News Roundup – 15th June

Both Rosanne Rabinowitz and Francis Knight have made the British Fantasy Awards shortlist!


Rustblind and Silverbright, edited by David Rix and published by Eibonvale Press, has been nominated in the ‘Best Anthology’ category – the collection features ‘The Turning Track‘, a collaboration between Rosanne and Mat Joiner.


And Francis is up for ‘Best Newcomer’ off the back of ‘Fade To Black‘, the first book in the Rojan Dizon trilogy.


The full list of British Fantasy Awards nominees can be found here.



Also, Will Mitchell’s upcoming hard SF novel ‘Creations‘ is available for pre-order, and will be out at the end of August. Here’s what John Hunt Publishing have to say about ‘Creations’:


Earth in 2040 is on the brink of environmental disaster. International controls affect everything from who can travel by air to who can start a family. Meanwhile the rift between science and religion is growing as some turn to technology for answers, while others blame it for the catastrophe. And for biological engineer Max Lowrie, whose efforts to see evolution taught in schools have led to him receiving death threats, the fact his wife s staunchly religious family also see him as the enemy only adds to the strain. So when Max gets the job offer of a lifetime it s hard to say no. He ll be halfway around the world, safe from any danger, and he and Gillian will be able to get the treatments they need to start a family. The only problem is the project. It s supposed to pave the way for humanity s future: self-replicating machines that can mine materials from the harshest environments at no cost, opening up as yet unheard of resources in the sea, on land, and ultimately on the Moon. Everyone seems confident that the machines will be easy to control, but Max isn t so sure.



The good news doesn’t stop there, though! Gaie Sebold has been commissioned by Solaris for a sequel to her steampunk novel ‘Shanghai Sparrow‘. ‘Sparrow Falling‘ will be published in summer 2015. Early reviews for ‘Shanghai Sparrow’ have been very positive indeed:


“…a rip-roarin’ rollickin’ adventure that had me flying through the pages. In fact, two chapters from the end, I actually put the book down, and started reading something else. Because I didn’t want it to end. I so did not want to come back to the book to find out what happened, because I couldn’t bear the thought of finishing it.” TANGLED BOOKMARKS

An abundance of cover art

Apparently this is the week for shiny new cover art. First up, the new cover for the re-release of Sara-Jayne Townsend’sDeath Scene‘, the first in the Shara Summers mystery series, coming in June courtesy of MuseItUp publishing:

ImageAnd the cover for Will Mitchell’s upcoming novel ‘Creations’, due out in August:


Will Mitchell Wins Writers of the Future!

Will Mitchell won first place in the Writers of the Future competition for the third quarter of 2011. His story will appear in the WotF anthology for 2011 with the other 11 winners. In addition, he will be jetting off to Los Angeles in April 2012 to claim his prize and participate in the awards ceremony. Congratulations Will!

If you’re inspired by Will’s success, you can read the rules for the contest here. It runs every quarter and is open to “amateur writers” (see the rules for the definition of this). Winners receive considerable cash prizes, entry is free and entrants retain all publication rights, so what have you got to lose?

Will Mitchell in “Something Wicked”

Will Mitchell’s horror story Jiang Shi is now available in the South African magazine Something Wicked (Issue 14, October 2011).  The story is set in nineteenth century China, with a strong Lovecraftian tone to it, and follows one of the British opium traders as he tries to deal with chronic pain by first dipping into his own supply of drugs, then meddling with something even more sinister and dangerous when the drugs stop working.  The magazine is available in Kindle/EPub/pdf formats.