News Roundup for End 2013

News from the latter half of 2013, all in one round up!

Gary Couzens had a story accepted for an anthology of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing titled punkPunk!

David Gullen‘s short story collection, Open Waters, was published by Exaggerated Press and is available now.

David’s debut sci-fi novel, Shopocalypse was published by Clarion and is also available now. Jump in the passenger seat for a road trip with Josie and Novak, on the run after an unlucky encounter, unintentionally in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and over 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Laura Mauro received an Honourable Mention from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year for her story Red Rabbit, published in Shadows and Tall Trees 4.

Laura’s story When Charlie Sleeps appeared in the November edition of Black Static. It will also be reprinted in Best British Horror 2014, edited by Johnny Mains.

Another story from Laura, Ptichka will appear in the the Horror Uncut anthology.

Gaie Sebold was on the longlist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best fantasy newcomer/debut and the David Gemmell Legend Award for best release of the year for her novel Babylon Steel.

Sara-Jayne Townsend‘s book Dead Cool (also known among the group as The Case of the Defenestrated Rock Star) will be published by Canadian e-publisher MuseItUp Publishing in late 2104. The novel is the second in the Shara Summers series, following the adventures of an actress turned amateur sleuth.

Congratulations to all! We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014.

David Gullen Reviews for Arc Magazine

David Gullen reviewed Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White for Arc Magazine. The book is the first novel ever published by London’s Science Museum, and David says it’s a “a triumph of controlled anger”.

Part fiction, part historical narrative, part science journalism, Shackleton’s Man Goes South depicts an adventure as magnificent and dreadful as Scott’s or Shackleton’s. Commissioned by the Science Museum as part of a five-year programme of contemporary art on the subject of climate, this is a book about going forwards by going back. Characters in the future echo those from the past; as clues from fossils and ice cores tell us about a warmer past, and hint at the future.

You can read the complete review at Arc magazine here.

“Shopocalypse” Gets a Cover

David Gullen‘s début novel, Shopocalypse, will be coming out from Clarion Publishing later this year. Ben Baldwin designed the cover which features Mr. Car, a favourite character among the T-Party beta readers.

Meet Mr. Car!

Here’s what Clarion have to say about Shopocalypse:

Novik and Josie have a lot of catching up to do. After two years in jail she has waited for his release and never ever wants him to go back in again. In the America of the near-future, being a decent person can cost you dearly.

A stress-filled encounter with some “Old-fashioned Boys” at a chain eatery turns their best of intentions upside-down: they’re now on the run and in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Shopocalyptic road trip, anyone?

David Gullen has written a witty and observant novel that effortlessly waves a tale of geo-political destabilisation, shopping, performance art police, well-meaning automobiles, cool killer robots, eco-terrorists, and the importance of storage-space.

Watch this space for news of the publication date!

Aliette de Bodard’s Awards Round-Up

Aliette de Bodard‘s short story, Immersion has gathered an astonishing array of awards. Deep breath, now:

You can read Immersion in full here.

In addition, Ms. de Bodard’s novella, On a Red Station, Drifting, was on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2012, and has been nominated for the following awards so far.

You can read an extract from On a Red Station, Drifting here. The novella is available from Immersion Press and amazon.

Many, many congratulations to Ms. de Bodard!

Francis Knight’s Debut on Most Anticipated List

Congratulations to Francis Knight! Her début novel, Fade to Black, got an honourable mention on Fantasy Faction’s top ten most anticipated fantasy books of 2013.

Fade to Black cover

From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala. It’s a city built upwards not across–where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings, A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn’t mind staying in the shadows, because he’s got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can’t hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan – this is going to hurt.

Fade to Black is available in paperback and ebook format from all the usual places, and the sequel, Before the Fall, out this June, can be pre-ordered.

Deborah Walker in Arc

Congratulations to Deborah Walker, who was a runner up in Arc magazine’s short story competition with Drink Deep and Long the Circean Poison. The introduction to her story reads:

Must artists suffer? The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy thought so, quipping that “light writes white”. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World  is a narcotised shopping mall, its zombie denizens, blissed into political quiescence.

Deborah Walker (@deboree), a runner-up in our recent short story competition, broadly agrees – but her story, set in a world where pleasure has been harnessed and commodified, is altogether more mischevious. There is no conspiracy here, no attempt to defraud humankind; only a technology that speaks to some very deep, politically uncorrect (and largely male) assumptions about what greatness is, and how it can be achieved.

Click here to read the whole story.

Kate Kelly’s “Red Rock” Sold

Congratulations to Kate Kelly! Her début sci-fi novel for children 10 and up, Red Rock, will be published by Curious Fox in 2013.

Ms. Kelly is represented by the Greenhouse Literary Agency. Here’s what they say about the novel:

The world is changing. The ice is melting. But as the icecaps retreat secrets are revealed, ancient ruins that have remained hidden for a hundred thousand years.
A civilisation that wasn’t human…

Fourteen year old Danni’s astronaut aunt is murdered, shot down by a sniper right in front of her eyes. As she dies she presses something into Danni’s hand and whispers: Tell no-one.

Suddenly Danni is the one in danger.  The evil Morgan Pew and his organisation EMMA, The European Mars Mission Agency, will stop at nothing to get their hands on what Danni now wears around her neck. When Danni’s uncle goes missing, it has to be Morgan Pew who’s responsible.

What powers does the artefact possess? And why does Pew want it so badly? To find the answers, and her uncle, Danni must brave flooded cities, marauding bands of scavengers, and travel across a Europe changed by the rising seas.

Clarion Buys David Gullen’s Sci-Fi Novel

Huge congratulations to David Gullen! Clarion Publishing have bought his (as yet untitled) novel set in the near future.  The story is a “a fantastical future-tale of greed, government, excessive shopping, nuclear war and drug-induced happy fun-times” and is packed to bursting with exciting ideas.

The press release from Clarion is available here, and you can find out more about Mr. Gullen on the Clarion author page, and on his own website.