Monthly Archives: August 2012

"Gods of Risk" by James S.A. Corey

Cover Art for “Gods of Risk” by James S.A. Corey

As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer’s involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War, Chemistry deepens James S. A. Corey’s acclaimed Expanse series.

Let’s just cut to the chase here: it’s a new James S.A. Corey novella; it’s probably gonna be awesome. Seems like a no brainer, to me.

Ann VanderMeer joins Tor.com as Consulting Fiction EditorAnn VanderMeer has been hired by Tor.com as a ‘consulting fiction editor,’ joining Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky in acquiring short fiction for the website. Tor.com says:

Since the beginning, much of our fiction has been acquired and edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden; additionally, Liz Gorinsky began buying and editing for the site in 2010. Now we’re pleased to add Ann VanderMeer as a consulting fiction editor for Tor.com. [...] She brings a sharp eye for adventurous fiction to all of her projects, and we look forward to the stories and authors she’ll bring to Tor.com.

Ann VanderMeer is one of the best in the business, and, after a public departure from the legendary genre magazine Weird Tales, it’s great to see her snapped up by another of the leading publishers of high-quality genre short fiction.

This is good news for any and all (like me) who are discouraged by the excessive turn-around times for Tor.com short fiction submissions, which, according to Duotrope, are currently sitting at a median of 299 days, well above the average wait time for SF/F/H short fiction venues. In comparison, Clarkesworld turns stories around in three days, and Lightspeed turns stories around in two days. Adding another acquiring editor, especially one with VanderMeer’s experience and expertise, should ease this period. Hopefully.

Equally, this is good news for anyone who likes good SF/F/H short fiction, as VanderMeer has a strong track record of acquiring and publishing quality stories from some of the genre’s best and brightest names.

Congratulations to both Tor.com and Ann VanderMeer.

Because I’m currently nearing the end of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and also recently completed The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the nth time, I’ve got Zelda on my mind. So, a gallery of some of my favourite Zelda-inspired fan art:

Where able, I’ve sourced the original artist. What are your favourite pieces of The Legend of Zelda fan art?