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World Fantasy Awards: Congratulations!

Shewalksinshadows2-266x400The World Fantasy Award finalists are out. Although all the shortlists are, of course, amazing, we're particularly glad to see two of our contributors - Selena Chambers and Silvia Moreno-Garcia - on the list!

Selena's "The Neurastheniac", from Cassilda's Song, is up for best short story.

Silvia's She Walks in Shadows, co-edited with Paula R. Stiles, is competing for best anthology.

You can find the complete lists here.

Selena is currently hosting a Mary Shelley read-along for us, while Silvia and Molly Tanzer are (heroically) wrestling with Gor.

Congrats, all!


The Long Way to a Small, American Paperback

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is out in the US in paperback today!

My opinion of this book is pretty well-documented by this point (tldr; one of my favourite books of all time, and the sort of joyous science fiction that makes you believe in a better future), but just in case you need further encouragement:

Here's the Guardian story on how this kickstarted debut novel became one of Hodder & Stoughton's summer blockbusters.

And here are some the awards that have recognised it: Baileys, Arthur C. Clarke, The Kitschies, Tiptree, BFS, BSFA.

And here are some reviews:

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'Nerd History' Storybundle, featuring Irregularity

IrregularityDelighted to announce that Irregularity is part of this month's 'Nerd History' Storybundle, sitting alongside some rather fascinating works of computing non-fiction.*

Storybundles are fun. You pay what you want. The books are DRM free. You get a ton of reading. And a big ol' cut goes to an awesome charity - in this case, the Computer History Museum. For those counting down the days until Jurassic goes extinct, it is also a nice way to pick up Irregularity before it disappears into the ether. (Or aether, take your pick.)

Irregularity contains over a dozen stories of the Age of Reason - featuring the ambitious men and women who tried to categorise and organise the world. And all the things that defied such organisation...

It contains stories by E.J. Swift**, Kim Curran***, Claire North, Nick Harkaway, Simon Guerrier, Rose Biggin, James Smythe, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Richard de Nooy, Roger Luckhurst, M. Suddain, Archie Black, Tiffani Angus and Adam Roberts.**** Plus some gorgeously irregular art from Gary Northfield, and an afterword from our partners at the National Maritime Museum. 

Tis a pretty good book, if I say so myself. And now's a chance to get it with six of its friends!

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*Disclaimer: As compelling as time-travelling Bryan May and mechanical dinosaurs might be, Irregularity is not actually non-fiction. Unless you want it to be, in which case, go for it.

**This one was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize.

***This one got Tiptree Honors.

****This one was described as 'the most Adam Roberts thing that Adam Roberts has ever Adam Robertsed'. Which is pretty accurate.


Announcing... The Extinction Event

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This October is Jurassic London's 5th anniversary, and we're celebrating with a huge new anthology.

The Extinction Event currently clocks in at over 150,000 words; over half of which will be completely new material. We've been taking this as an opportunity to revisit our previous publications - including the more rare and out of print titles - and also commission some terrific new stories.

I suppose the clue is in the name, but... The Extinction Event is also Jurassic London's last book. 

The Extinction Event will be published in late October, as a very glamorous limited edition. In fact, this will be the only edition - no ebook! - so we're going to make it as special as possible. 

It has been an incredible five year run and we've had a blast. We'll do the various "thank you" and "goodbye" bits in October, and we'll wait and talk about it then. But for now: you're all awesome! This is not a sad thing! 

For now... start clearing some shelf space. The Extinction Event is coming, and it is going to be big

Links and updates:

"ACK! I'm a Jurassic London reader and/or writer. What does this mean?!" 

Table of Contents - and a bit of art! - revealed at Tor.com.

r/fantasy will be hosting an AMA for contributors on 13 October

For updates on pre-orders and the launch party, join the Jurassic London mailing list.


The Ides of March!

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Our annual excuse to share Rose Biggin's wonderful "Put to Silence" - a story about a story about a murder within a murder:

The director told me the aim was for Brutus, he told me Brutus deserved it, and he gave me a figure and a cash advance. He told me who was in on it: Julius Caesar, Cassius the Conspirator - and now me. They wanted somebody strong and reliable in the chorus, because they weren’t all as accustomed to the act as I was. They were all committed to the job, don’t get me wrong, he said; but until you’ve truly gone through with it, you don’t know for sure.

Read the whole story here.


Daniel Polansky and Howard Hardiman's The Builders

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 The special edition of The Builders, written by Daniel Polansky and illustrated by Howard Hardiman, is now available for pre-order. 

This hardcover edition is limited to 75 copies, signed by both author and artist. It comes complete with coloured endpapers, ribbon bookmark and 14 original black and white illustrations. 

 You can order your copy here.

More details here.


(Our) Year in Review

I always wind up writing 3,000+ word versions of these posts, and then delete them: there are few things on the internet more annoying than bloggering (verb. 'to blog about blogging, at the expense of saying anything remotely interesting'). Rather than bore you with sixteen pages of cod philosophising and blithering self-aggrandisement: bullets!

Executive summary

  • This is the year we went from 'a couple of people yelling into the void' to 'a dozen people yelling into the void'
  • By the numbers, our most successful year ever. And growing.
  • We published 260ish articles from a dozen regular contributors and a horde of guests. That includes 175+ reviews of books, comics, films, radio plays, games and stuff.
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. Being read feels awesome.

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The Indisputable, Irrefutable, Wholly Objective Best of 2015 List(s)

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Tis the season for listicles!

And we didn't want to miss out on the fun, so we asked our contributors... friends... family... strangers... slow-moving housepets... for their 2015 favourites. As you'll see, the results aren't only indisputable and irrefutable, but also exhaustive. If something happened in 2015 and it isn't on one of these lists, it didn't happen.

There are even more lists coming over the next week, because we're lazy super-excited about sharing lists.

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