A reminder: I'm looking for short, funny stories inspired by space opera for our annual Stocking Stuffer.
Deadline 29 October. 750 words strict max. £30. Details are all here.
Irregularity is about the tension between order and chaos in the 17th and 18th centuries. Men and women from all walks of life dedicated themselves to questioning, investigating, classifying and ordering the natural world.
These brave thinkers dedicated themselves and their lives to the idea that the world followed rules that human endeavour could uncover... but what if they were wrong?
This anthology is published to coincide with Ships, Clocks and Stars, a major exhibition on the story of the quest for longitude at sea National Maritime Museum. The Museum has also our partner for the creation of Irregularity, including access to their archives for materials, imagery and inspiration.
The launch party is at the National Maritime Museum this evening, as part of their Dark and Stormy Late. Hope to see you there!
A huge, vast, immeasurable thank you to all of the contributors: writers, artists, proofreaders, fact-checkers, image-finders and launch-makers. This anthology had a vast army of irregulars (sorry) behind it, and it wouldn't have been possible without them.
Hardcover via National Maritime Museum
Sam's done a ridiculous job reeling in the big fish, and the contributors to date include Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz, Tricia Sullivan, Harry Markov, Charlie Human, David Bryher, Kirsty Logan, Bram E. Gieben, Emad Akhtar, J.Y. Yang, Robert Sharp and Fabio Fernandes.
We're delighted not only to have so many amazing new authors as part of the extended Jurassic family, but such an outstanding new editor as well.
The Near Now will be published in Spring/Summer 2015.
There's a blog devoted to the book - and inspirational, um, fodder - at www.thenearnow.net. And Sam's site is over here. And information about the book is, of course, over on the Jurassic London site.
P.S. If you've ever wondered about the rather cryptic names on our 'coming soon' page, this was "Project Falcon".
Second, Irregularity is being given away on Goodreads.
Five copies going! Five days left! (Goodreads)
Third, Irregularity is out next Thursday.
The limited edition - the rather prestigiously-named 'Meridian Edition' - is available for pre-order through the National Maritime Museum. There are only 100 copies, signed, numbered, fancy-lookin'. (National Maritime Museum)
Fourth, Irregularity has a launch party - and please come join us!
We'll be part of the overall shenanigans at the Museum's 'Dark and Stormy Late' - which features cocktails, storytelling, readings, signings, games and, of course, a rather spectacular exhibition. Tickets are on sale through the Museum - we hope you can make it! (National Maritime Museum)
Fifth, more announcements later this week.
Irregularity is another collaboration with the fantastic people at the National Maritime Museum. And, as the nice people at Tor.com say, "it promises to do for the Age of Reason what The Lowest Heaven did for the exploration of space". At least, so I hope.
The anthology contains fourteen absolutely amazing stories, the artwork of Gary Northfield and Howard Hardiman and the National Maritime Museum, an afterword from Sophie Waring and Richard Dunn, and other astoundingness. The stories came from a combination of stealthy recruitment (blackmail, mostly) and open submissions. They're all on the theme of humanity's Quixotic desire to bring order to the universe. And what results when (or if) the universe doesn't feel like cooperating.
The stories are by Nick Harkaway, Claire North, Rose Biggin, Kim Curran, Richard de Nooy, E. J. Swift, M. Suddain, Tiffani Angus, Archie Black, James Smythe, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Simon Guerrier, Roger Luckhurst and Adam Roberts. And they feature Isaac Newton, Ada Lovelace, John Harrison, Christopher Wren and Émilie du Chatelet, as well as time travel, monsters, evolution, robot dinosaurs, flowers, black holes and spiders (shudder).
Irregularity is out on 24 July as a paperback and an ebook. There's also the "Meridian Edition", which is limited to 100 copies and is a properly beautiful object: a combination of ultra-modern and 17th century book design. Sign up here to be notified as soon as it goes on sale.
All sorts of Jurassic London news lately. More details over on that particular neck of the Internet woods, but to round up:
Big Jim's Shadow is out now! Four stories set in Dublin, 1913. Featuring work from Archie Black, Martin McGrath, Damien Kelly and Stuart Suffel - plus a cover from Jennie Gyllblad. Really proud of this one. It isn't particularly SF/F-y (although it includes an alt-history twist that'll make a big difference to the shared world of Pandemonium), but the stories are great examples of how to pack a lot of power into a very small space. Free on Kobo, Goodreads, Spacewitch. Pennies on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Sidewise Awards! Adam Roberts is up for "Tollund", his delightfully subversive tale from The Book of the Dead. (Find it here.)
British Fantasy Awards! Sophia McDougall is up for "Golden Apple", her deliciously haunting story from The Lowest Heaven! (Find it here.)
British Fantasy Awards! Again! Speculative Fiction 2012 is up for Best Non-Fiction! (Find that one here.)
British Fantasy Awards! Seriously! Joey Hi-Fi is up for Best Artist! Granted, Joey did spectacular work for so many publishers last year, but I've got a soft spot for his gorgeous retro starmap for The Lowest Heaven. (Very pretty.)
Giveaways! We've sent a stack of books - physical and virtual - to The Cultural Gutter to help with their annual Gutterthon. They're one of our favourite sites and we're proud to support them. Check it out!
Glaze! We only published the limited edition of Kim Curran's brilliant new novel, but if you missed out, there's now a paperback edition! (Find it here.)
New website! Well, template. The second one this year! But it was bugging the hell out of me, and it also needed to be responsive. And voila - now it is!
More! So many announcements! Starting this week, we'll be announcing or detailing a book each week - including a new novella, the details of Irregularity and the first peek at next year's big Jurassic anthology!
I am proud to announce that Jurassic London has acquired the limited edition rights to Glaze, a new novel from Kim Curran. Kim is one of the great new voices in young adult science fiction - and Glaze is her strongest work yet, a combination of astute technological insight, uneasy social commentary and brilliant adventure.
Glaze will be our first foray into novel-length original fiction, and I still believe this will be the exception for us, not the rule. But I strongly believe that the innovation and excitement in genre fiction is coming from writers like Kim, and I am delighted that we have the opportunity to work with her to bring her vision to life.
Our goal is to create a stunning physical edition of Glaze that both supports and showcases its incredible story: a beautiful, exclusive book that does Kim's work proud.
Glaze - in both its limited and trade editions - will be released late Spring 2014.
For news and information when Glaze will be available for pre-order, please join our mailing list.
If you are a reviewer or retailer, interested in further information about this title, please contact me at jared at jurassic-london.com
2013 by the numbers: 9 books, over 60 authors (more than 100 with SpecFic!), 5 artists, 4 editors, 3 award shortlists, a dozen 'Best of Year' selections and nominations and at least one sneaky surprise.
Jurassic London is a not-for-profit publisher and, thanks to our generous readers, this year we we were able to send donations to Room to Read, Epilepsy Research UK, Music and the Deaf, Samaritans UK and The Trevor Project (all charities selected and supported by our authors), as well as our partners at the Egypt Exploration Society and National Maritime Museum (both registered charities).
A slightly more detailed look at what we published in 2013 lurks below the jump.
With Speculative Fiction 2013 on the horizon, I've taken the opportunity to rejig 2012 into a slightly prettier version. There aren't substantial differences, but it is a little slicker, a little easier on the eyes and, while I was at it, a little more typo-free. This 'second printing' is now available through Amazon US and Amazon UK (where it seems to be 20% off right now - no idea why).
All proceeds from the sale of Speculative Fiction 2012 are donated to Room to Read, so now's the chance to buy some amazing non-fiction and feel good about yourself for doing so.
And, don't forget, it isn't too late to submit your favourite online essays or reviews (either your own or those of others) for 2013, edited by Ana and Thea of The Book Smugglers.
Need more convincing? Here are just a few of my own favourite quotes from Speculative Fiction 2012...
"I feel that by limiting feminist expression to strong female characters only, we are shortchanging ourselves. If male characters are allowed to be strong, weak, broken, insane, anti-heroes – why can’t we have a range of female characters likewise? I think that writing women in a non-stereotyping way, as people with desires, weaknesses, strengths – is feminist. I want portrayals of women that are as vivid and varied as portrayals of men." - Rose Lemberg
"[Miéville] has created one genuine masterpiece, The City and the City, and several works of importance, chief amongst them Perdido Street Station, which represented nothing less than a paradigm-shift in commercial fantasy fiction but – like Neuromancer in its turn – could not turn its numerous imitators into anything but moderately talented hacks." - Lavie Tidhar
"It’s funny because whenever you challenge somebody to look around at the people in their lives who don’t fit dominant expectations of what men and women should be doing, they come up with hundreds of examples. But ask them to construct fictional worlds that contain that same kind of fluidity between gender roles, and it all goes to hell." - Kameron Hurley
"The overwhelming sense one gets, working through so many stories that are presented as the very best that science fiction and fantasy have to offer, is exhaustion." - Paul Kincaid
"I may transgress against the rules of SF because there are many things that I do not know about science fiction. I did not grow up surrounded and soaked in its language." - Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
"Imagine a female point of view character is going along about her protagonist adventure, seeing things from her perspective of the world as written in third person. She hears, sees, considers, and makes decisions and reacts based on her view of the world and what she is aware of and encounters. Abruptly, a description is dropped into the text of her secondary sexual characteristics usually in the form of soft-focus Playboy-Magazine-style sexualized kitten-bunny-I-would-fuck-her-in-a-heartbeat lustrous-eyes-and-nipples phrases. Her breasts have just become omniscient breasts." - Kate Elliott