Tate Britain, the redoubtable art museum, opened an exhibit about the 19th century painter John Martin on 21 September, 2011. Tantalizingly titled “John Martin: Apocalypse”, the exhibition was intended to bring this mostly forgotten painter, a flash-in-the-pan during his own lifetime, to the attention of a modern audience by associating his gigantic, Biblical paintings with an emerging cultural fascination with the end of the world.
With The Extinction Event behind us, a reminder that extinction itself is only a week away!
Our books are going out of print on 1 November, so if you're looking for some of the universe's best fiction1, strike now!
Our chapbooks are downloadable for free on Goodreads (and will remain so indefinitely)
1: This is completely true. I'll totally provide references in, like, early November. Until then, just take my word for it.
Thursday evening we're having a welcome party for The Extinction Event and a farewell to Jurassic London. Please join us and many of the book's contributors from 7 pm at the Yorkshire Grey (London, WC1X) to give the book/press the welcome/goodbye it deserves!
There are very few copies of The Extinction Event unclaimed. It is very unlikely that there will be any left for sale on the night, so if you are interested in this special edition, 150-copy-only, never to be reprinted or ebooked, rather stately monolith of a book... you should probably order it now.
20 October 2016, we launch our final book: The Extinction Event.
The Extinction Event weighs in at over 600 pages of wonderful, with 31 stories, over a dozen illustrations and a double-handful of special guest introductions.
Plus, as it is our very last book, we've gone slightly off the rails with the special features. Slipcase! Ribbon! Crazy Iguanadon Binding! Printed Endpapers!
There are only 150 copies total, so order yours quickly.
Plus, we're having a party! (You don't need to buy a copy to attend!)
We'll be launching the book and saying farewell to Jurassic London. There will be a silent auction, an opportunity to get your books signed, and... a lot of nice people having very nice drinks.
Invitation art by Sarah Anne Langton, who is the actual bestest.
We're taking a quick break, and will be back next week with all our (ir)regularly scheduled cool stuff.
On the horizon: there's more from Kuzhali, Stark, Selena, Molly, Becky, Silvia, Jamie and the One Comic team, our DGLA reviews, some very special guest posts, some super-nerdy data stuff and the start of a brand new feature series.
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[Updated April 2017]
The 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.
Other vetted national and local charities can be found here including The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project provide a 24/7 hotline and webchat for LGBTQ youth, ensuring they always have a safe space and someone to talk to.
Delighted 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!
*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.
[via Jurassic London]
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.
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