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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

The End[via Jurassic London]

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

The Extinction Event will include over two dozen stories, a ton of art, and a whole heap of stuff, including new story introductions from a wide range of luminaries. 

We're still finalising the Table of Contents, but it 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 material.

The Extinction Event will be published in late October, as a very glamorous limited edition. In fact, this will be the only edition, so we're going to make it as special as possible. 

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

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, so we'll wait and talk about it then. But for now: you're all awesome! This is not a sad thing! We'll follow up later this week with a post explaining what you can expect from us over the next six months.

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


Daniel Polansky and Howard Hardiman's The Builders

Barley by Howard Hardiman

[via Jurassic London]

 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.


(Free) Stocking Stuffer

JL Xmas Stocking Stuffer 2015 - CoverThe annual Jurassic London Stocking Stuffer is out now, and available as a free download.

This year's theme is "book-collecting", because books are awesome.

It includes all sorts of practical advice for bibliophiles, including:

  • Where's the best book-shopping in 19th century London?
  • Why should collectors be wary of limited editions?
  • Why shouldn't you remove mysterious stains?
  • What books did Napoleon collect?

Plus a rambling introduction from yours truly and a gorgeous cover from Sarah Anne Langton.

Have a very, very happy holiday season, and a bookish new year!

Download your copy now.

(This non-fictional Stocking Stuffer is new for 2015. If you're interested in some short-short stories for the holiday season, you can find the previous Stocking Stuffers on Amazon.)

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Jurassic London is a not-for-profit publisher, and the proceeds from the sales of our books go to selected charity partners. In 2015, these included The Eve Appeal, UNHCR, MOSAC, The Trevor Project, The Homestead and many others. Thanks for supporting us - and them. We hope you have a terrific holiday season.


Announcing... Aleriel, A Voyage to Other Worlds by W.S. Lach-Szryma and Molly Tanzer

AlerielOur erratic and extremely particular publishing wing, Jurassic London, has a new (or very old) title on the horizon: Aleriel, A Voyage to Other Worlds.

First published in 1883, Aleriel is one of the early classics of science fiction. The titular hero explores the Solar System - from his homeworld of Venus to the 'inchoate horrors of Saturn', with lengthy stops to visit a Utopian society on Mars and, of course, Earth. Notable for the way the novel incorporated the latest scientific, political and religious thinking, Aleriel is also the first work of fiction to use the words 'Martian' or 'Venusian' to describe the residents of these planets.

This new edition of Aleriel contains the author's original prefaces and end-notes to the first and second editions, and comes with a lengthy introduction from the Richard Dunn (Head of Science and Technology, Royal Museums Greenwich) and Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich), discussing the role our celestial neighbours - especially Mars - have played in inspiring contemporary fiction. 

As a further bonus, Vermilion and The Pleasure Merchant's (and Pornokitsch's) Molly Tanzer has written a brand new sequel to Aleriel, "Civilisation and Its Discontented", which investigates the repercussions of Aleriel's visit to Mars.

The cover is by Jonathan Edwards, whose distinctive style can be found in the Guardian, Q and NME, as well as adorning album covers by, amongst others, The Black Eyed Peas.

Aleriel is out 24 November. Ebooks can be ordered now via Amazon and Amazon.co.uk. And the paperback is available here.

 


Jews vs Zombies, Jews vs Aliens & The Book of the Dead

Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens

Out now!

In Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens, editors Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene have gathered together brand new stories from the light-hearted to the profound with almost twenty tales of zombies, aliens and the Chosen People.

With authors including Orange Prize winner Naomi Alderman, Big Bang Theory writer/producer Eric Kaplan, BSFA Award winner Adam Roberts and best-seller Sarah Lotz, these are undoubtedly the must-have anthologies of the year. (Plus, check out the sexy covers by Sarah Anne Langton!)

Jews vs Aliens - Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk / Kobo

Jews vs Zombies - Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk / Kobo

Details and TOC and whatnot.

The Book of the DeadAlso, for today only...

The Book of the Dead is completely free! This is to celebrate the unveiling of Amelia Edwards' English Heritage Blue Plaque. As well as the founder of the Egypt Exploration Fund (later Society), Amelia Edwards was a suffragette, archaeologist and author of brilliant supernatural fiction. All of which is why we dedicated The Book of the Dead to her in the first place.

We're delighted to see her honoured, so please - grab a copy of this terrific anthology (the one and only collection of all-original mummy fiction) and tell your friends!

The Book of the Dead contains original stories from Gail Carriger, Paul Cornell, Adam Roberts, Roger Luckhurst, Jesse Bullington, David Thomas Moore, Lou Morgan, Molly Tanzer, Jenni Hill, Michael West, Sarah Newton, Den Patrick, Glen Mehn, Jonathan Green, Louis Greenberg, Will Hill, Maurice Broaddus and Maria Dahvana Headley. The illustrations are by Garen Ewing, and the introduction is courtesy of John J Johnston, of the Egypt Exploration Society. 

The  Book of the DeadAmazon.com / Amazon.co.uk


The Good Shabti - Unwrapping Party Tonight!

The Good ShabtiOur (rather lovely) limited edition of The Good Shabti is being unleashed upon the unsuspecting world... tonight!

Join us at the Betsey Trotwood (56 Farrington Road, EC1R 3BL) from 7pm for an evening of mummies, books and very nice people.

The Good Shabti is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. Everyone at the launch gets first crack at them - and then Jurassic London mailing list subscribers get dibs on what's left

Learn more about "the greatest Egyptian adventure since 'Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy'". (Tom Harper said that)

Details about tonight's shindig are available here.