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My first short fiction collection, Tide of Shadows and Other Stories, releases in less than a week! To celebrate the upcoming publication, you can now read an excerpt from Tide of Shadows and Other Stories right now.

“Tide of Shadows” is a military science fiction tale about a group of genocide survivors aboard the spaceship Spirit of a Sudden Wind. Travelling half the length of a galaxy, they’re on a mission of vengeance: to seek retribution against the terrifying alien race that destroyed their home world, and bring peace to the spirits of fallen.

Read “Tide of Shadows” Now!

Tide of Shadows and Other Stories will be released on May 4, 2015 and is available now for pre-order. You can also find the collection on Goodreads.

Book Smugglers Publishing revealed the cover art for Speculative Fiction 2014 today, and it’s wonderful! The series has always had a lot of fun with its covers, but I think this cover, designed by Kenda Montgomery, is my favourite so far.

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About the Collection

What exactly is fanfiction?
How are women “destroying” science fiction?
Why are we Sansa Stark?
Why is Nick Fury the Tyranny of Evil Men?

The Internet has the answers. Speculative Fiction 2014 collects over fifty of the best reviews, essays and media commentary from all facets of SFF. From insightful deconstruction of major blockbuster films, to considered arguments for diversity and inclusivity in science fiction and fantasy, this edition highlights many of the most complex, fraught, and important events in speculative fiction fandom from 2014.

Contributors include: 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, Betty, 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, thingswithwings, and Vandana Singh.

With a foreword by Kate Elliott and cover by Kenda Montgomery.

I’m quite proud to say that my review of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword will be reprinted in the collection. Speculative Fiction 2014 will be released on May 5, 2014.

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Have you ever seen an entertainment franchise, and thought to yourself, “I’d love to write a story in that world”?

Have you ever seen an entertainment franchise—be it Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, or Game of Thrones—and thought to yourself, “I’d love to write a story in that world”?

Well, some people do, post it online, and it’s called fan fiction (and there’s some awesome fanfic out there, don’t you doubt). At the same time, other people do, get paid for it, and it’s called tie-in writing. I fell into the latter category when I was contracted to write stories for Paizo’s Pathfinder Tales, a tie-in fiction line to the Pathfinder roleplaying game. So far, my work has included short stories such as “The Weeping Blade”, “Hunter’s Folly”, “The Price Paid”, and my novel, Forge of Ashes. Read More »

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When I met Fran Wilde at LonCon 3 last summer, I was instantly taken by her passion for the fan community and the books that bring us all together. She seemed to know everyone who crossed our path, and interesting discussion bloomed around her. I didn’t know at the time that she’d sold a fantasy series to Tor, but when SF Signal revealed Stephan Martiniere’s cover for her debut, Updraft, my interest grew immediately.

So, I reached out to Wilde to chat about the novel — why an airborne city? How about that awesome cover? What’s coming next?

She was kind enough to answer my questions, and my anticipation for the novel is higher than ever. Read More »

Murad, Shurin, and Oliver

Murad, Shurin, and Oliver

Via The Book Smugglers, Solaris Books, alongside Jared Shurin and Mavesh Murad, announced Djinnthology, “an eclectic and fantastical anthology collection, prefaced with a comprehensive and insightful introduction to the importance of Djinn and their extensive history that will provide new readers with an accessible window into the unseen world of the Djinn, whilst also setting the tone for this exciting and original new collection.”

The anthology will include stories from both established and upcoming SFF writers, and will hit bookshelves in 2017. With Murad and Shurin holding the reigns, you can be sure it will be full to the brim with stories from today’s most exciting authors.

About the Book

Jinn – or djinn! – have been a fascinating part of many cultures for centuries. Every country touched by Islam has their own version of these interesting mythological figures embedded in their cultural heritage: including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt, and even parts of Africa.

Nor has the West gone without. The Djinn have been a beloved (if overlooked) part of English and American fiction as well – more than simply Aladdin and I Dream of Jeannie! Djinn have appeared in classics of modern fantasy by Neil Gaiman and Tim Powers, as well as the acclaimed recent books by Helene Wecker and G. Willow Wilson.

Across the world, the Djinn have been presented as mischievous, powerful, devious, mysterious, good and evil, majestic, devilish and more… but despite their fascinating history and incredible cultural impact, the stories of these ‘hidden people’ have never before inspired a contemporary anthology.

From the Editors

“We’re really excited to create new stories inspired by some of the world’s oldest myths,” said Murad and Shurin. “Especially as it gives us a unique opportunity to work with talented writers from all backgrounds, from all over the world.”

“Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad are not only editors of exceptional taste, but they are also amongst genre’s newest champions – showing how valid a form of literature and expression speculative fiction is, and taking genre fiction forward in leaps and bounds with what promises to be a diverse, fresh and exciting anthology,” said Solaris EIC, John Oliver.

As a writer with a secondary world fantasy full of djinn-powered mechanics, to say I’m excited for this anthology is an absolute understatement.