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Few writers keep news of their upcoming novels as tightly under wraps as Guy Gavriel Kay. Today, however, the Canadian author took to Twitter and announced the title of his next novel almost a year ahead of release. It’s going to be called Children of Earth and Sky.

Little else is known at this point, but given Kay’s predilection for basing his fantasy world’s on the cultures and histories of our world, perhaps we could have some fun trying to put together the pieces and figure out where this one might be set?

Children of Earth and Sky will be released in Spring 2016.

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Robin Hobb revealed the cover art for the UK edition of Fool’s Quest today, and it’s very pretty. I really like the way Jackie Morris‘ art has come into its own and helped to define this series. I wasn’t always a fan, but this is gorgeous and Hobb’s books are some of the most recognizable on UK shelves. Great all around.

The North American cover for Fool’s Quest was revealed in January.

The 2015 nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award were announced today:

  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (Orbit)
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate)
  • Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager)
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Orbit)
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Picador)

The Clarke Award is given to the best science fiction novel first published in the UK, and boy are there some doozies on this list. I’ve only read Mandel’s Station Eleven (which is sublime), but the rest of the list, such as Carey, North, and Itäranta, includes some of the best reviewed and critically acclaimed science fiction from 2015.

“This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist,” said Tom Hunter, director of the award. “We’ve got six authors who have never been nominated for the Clarke Award before and while the subject matter may often be dark, when we think about what this list says about the strength of science fiction literature itself, I see a future that’s full of confidence, creativity and diversity of imagination.”

If you’re unimpressed by other 2015 award ballots, you can do a lot worse than starting at the top of this list and working down. Hunter believes that award shortlists should be viewed as an opportunity for readers, not a challenge. “A good shortlist isn’t a statement about what you should like,” he said. “It’s an invitation to go beyond the limitsof what you already know so you can experience and enjoy something new. Why limit an appreciation of a literature that’s built on the power of human imagination?”

More of Hunter’s thoughts on the award, and the list of panelists who determined the short list, is available on the Arthur C. Clarke Award’s official Facebook page.

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I am pleased to announce Tide of Shadows and Other Stories—a collection of five science fiction and fantasy stories spanning adventure, comic whimsy, and powerful drama—from a star-faring military science fiction tale of love and sacrifice, to a romp through the dragon-infested Kingdom of Copperkettle Vale. Tide of Shadows and Other Stories will be published by A Dribble of Ink as an eBook on May 4, 2015.

Pre-order Tide of Shadows and Other Stories

Table of Contents

  • “A Night for Spirits and Snowflakes”
  • “The Girl with Wings of Iron and Down”
  • “Of Parnassus and Princes, Damsels and Dragons”
  • “The Colour of the Sky on the Day the World Ended”
  • “Tide of Shadows”

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Speculative Fiction 2013, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Today, Book Smugglers Publishing announced the contributor list for Speculative Fiction 2014. This is the third volume of the Hugo Award-nominated series. Like its predecessors, the collection, edited by Renee Williams and Shaun Duke, aims to collect the best online SFF writing into one volume. The cover art has not yet been revealed.

The following writers are included in the collection (including your’s truly):

    Abigail Nussbaum
    Adam Roberts
    Aidan Moher
    Aja Romano
    Alex Dally MacFarlane
    Amal El-Mohtar
    Ana Grilo
    Andrew Lapin
    Annalee Newitz
    Anne C. Perry
    Bertha Chin
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    Charles Tan
    Chinelo Onwualu
    Clare McBride
    Corinne Duyvis
    Daniel José Older
    Deborah Pless
    Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
    Erika Jelinek
    Foz Meadows
    Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
    Joe Sherry
    Jonathan McCalmont
    Juliet Kahn
    Justin Landon
    Kameron Hurley
    Kari Sperring
    Ken Neth
    Mahvesh Murad
    Martin Petto
    Matthew Cheney
    Memory Scarlett
    Mieneke van der Salm
    N.K. Jemisin
    Natalie Luhrs
    Ng Suat Tong
    Nina Allan
    Olivia Waite
    Paul Weimer
    Rachael Acks
    Rebecca Pahle
    Renay
    Rose Lemberg
    Saathi Press
    Sara L. Sumpter
    Shaun Duke
    Tade Thompson
    Tasha Robinson
    The G
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    Vandana Singh

Speculative Fiction 2014 will be released in May 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. All profits from sales of the collection will be donated to Room to Read.