For more details, see this story in the Guardian.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Alastair Reynolds has signed a £1m deal to deliver ten books in ten years to editor Jo Fletcher at Gollancz. "It gives me a huge amount of security for the next ten years, and writers don't have a lot of security.... To have that in place is fantastic for me."
For more details, see this story in the Guardian.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Filming began in London this week on the movie adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005). The novel, a Clarke Award and Booker Award finalist, is set in a dystopian Britain where clones are harvested for replacement organs. Actress Keira Knightley plays clone Kathy H, in a film written by Alex Garland and directed by Mark Romanek.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Guy Gavriel Kay's World Fantasy Award-winning novel Ysabel has been optioned for feature film development by Maryke McEwen of Kinetic Productions and Jeanne Strømberg and Alan Hausegger of StrømHaus Productions in Toronto, Ontario. Kinetic Productions is an independent production company, and StrømHaus Productions specializes in feature film adaptations of literary works. Debbie Wood of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the deal.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Amazon has enraged the Twitterverse. In response to what authors and others believe is a new policy by Amazon to remove "adult" titles from its sales ranking, petitions, protests, and googlebombing are reaching online mob proportions, primarily decrying the delisting of titles of gay and lesbian titles; it appears that LGBT titles are being singled out (even some with no sexual content), while other "adult" content is unaffected.
According to PW, the director of the Erotic Authors Association, Erastes, said a number of their members "noticed their titles had been stripped of their sales rankings" on Amazon, which affects both sales and search results. One member, Mark Probst, contacted an Amazon customer service representative, later recounting on his blog that the rep told him that "'adult' material" is being excluded from appearing in "some searches and best seller lists" as a "consideration of our entire customer base."
In response to queries, an Amazon spokesperson stated that a glitch had occurred in its sales ranking feature that was in the process of being fixed, adding that there was no new adult policy.
Monday, April 6, 2009
According to recent announcements, the late Michael Crichton left behind a finished pirate novel and a partial techno-thriller novel, and HarperCollins plans to publish them. The completed work is a departure from his usual science-based fare; Pirate Latitudes is an adventure story set in Jamica in the 17th century. According to Jonathan Burnham, Harper publisher, "it's packed through with great detail about navigation and how pirates operated, and links between the New World and the Caribbean and Spain," adding that HarperCollins plans a print run of one million copies in the US, to be released on November 24, 2009. The publisher also said they intend to work with Crichton's agent Lynn Nesbit and the Crichton estate to choose a co-writer to finish the other work, the sequel to Next.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Greg Bear will write a trilogy set in the world of the science fiction video game franchise Halo for Tor via Richard Curtis, with the first volume to appear in 2010. The series will take place before the events of the video games, and will explore the mysterious alien "Forerunners" who built the vast artificial ring-shaped habitats central to the fictional universe. The Halo games have sold over 26 million copies worldwide.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Gathering Storm, the twelfth Wheel of Time book and the first episode of the series' concluding trilogy A Memory of Light, is slated to appear on shelves November 3, 2009 according to Tor Books. The conclusion was written in part by Jordan and is being completed by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. After Jordan's death in 2007, his editor and wife Harriet McDougal chose Sanderson to finish the final book, now a trilogy since "the scope and size of the novel was such that it could not be contained in a single volume. " Plans for comics series and graphic novels of Jordan's books, as well as a film by Universal Pictures, are also in the works.
The first ever JordanCon will take place this year, April 17-19 in Alpharetta GA. Jordan's wife and editor, Harriet McDougal, Tom Doherty, Brandon Sanderson, and other "Team Jordan" members will be featured guests.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger sold a new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, for nearly $5 million to Scribner, for publication in October. The auction for the manuscript was "fiercely contested," according to the NY Times, and a notably generous deal in such uncertain economic times. The UK edition will come out from Jonathan Cape.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Simon Pulse senior editor Anica Rissi acquired world English rights to the first three books in a YA fantasy series by Orson Scott Card, via Barbara Bova of the Barbara Bova Literary Agency, in what was described as a "very good" deal. The series will follow teenager Ligg on his journey to save his world from destruction. The first book is due to appear in hardcover in 2011, with the others to follow annually. Card's adult titles have been published by Tor.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Suvudu.com, the online portal for SF and fantasy from Random House, has announced their Free Book Library, offering readers free PDF downloads of the first books in assorted series.
The first five books on offer are Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, Her Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik; Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt; Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson; and Settling Accounts: Return Invasion by Harry Turtledove. They plan to add additional books on an ongoing basis. To download, visit www.suvudu.com/freelibrary.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Charles Coleman Finlay -- writing as C.C. Finlay -- and his publisher Del Rey are giving away a free PDF of his forthcoming Revolutionary War fantasy The Patriot Witch, first in his Traitor to the Crown series, due to be published April 2009. This is the first time Del Rey has given away a free electronic version of a frontlist book. To download the DRM-free PDF, visit http://www.ccfinlay.com/.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Ellen Datlow, editor of the horror half of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror since the series began, has announced a deal with Night Shade Books to edit at least two Year's Best Horror anthologies, starting this year.
Long-running anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press), edited by Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, is coming to an end after 21 years of continuous publication. There will be no 2009 edition collecting work from 2008, though "new incarnations of the book may appear." Read the announcement from Grant & Link.
Friday, January 9, 2009
HarperCollins will publish the previously unseen The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, J.R.R. Tolkien's narrative-verse retelling of the Norse legend of Sigurd the Völsung. Tolkien wrote the poem during the '20s and '30s while teaching at Oxford, before he wrote The Lord of the Rings. The book, edited and with an introduction by the author's son Christopher Tolkien, is scheduled for a May 2009 hardcover release.
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