Adam-Troy Castro has a fabulous new Andrea Cort short story in the newest issue of Analog--yay! This is set in the same world of his Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel, EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD, plus the next adventure THE THIRD CLAW OF GOD.
We couldn't be more thrilled--Kim Harrison's upcoming PALE DEMON has just received a wonderful Starred Review from Publishers Weekly!!
"Harrison's intriguing ninth Hollows novel (after 2010's Black Magic Sanction) lives up to the earlier books, which established Harrison as a major urban fantasy player. ... Elegant and taut as a gymnast's cartwheel, Harrison's polished prose drives a story that will have readers swerving in their seats every time Rachel turns the wheel."
Booklist also gave PALE DEMON a starred review, saying: "an excellent entry that is guaranteed to satisfy Harrison’s legion of followers. (Should there be any overlap between Clint Eastwood and Kim Harrison fan clubs, that subset will certainly enjoy Harrison’s allusions here to Eastwood’s Pale Rider.) The Rachel Morgan series is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in the urban-fantasy subgenre."
“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.”— Cory Doctorow
The end of one year and beginning of the next is always a great time for lists, both of “big hits” from the previous year and “looking forward to’s” for the next … And now, before I’ve even gotten last year’s lists properly sorted, it’s already Hugo Award nomination time again! (How did it come around so fast?)
The Hugo Awards are given each year by the World Science Fiction Society for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The awards are made at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), which this year is Renovation (yup, it’s in Reno, Nevada!) And you may recall that last year I had a lot of fun reading all the fiction finalists for the 2010 Awards and then blogging about the process here on HarperVoyager USA, in the following post series:
The last post was possibly the most exciting as I got to actually attend the Hugo Award ceremony, which was fan-tas-tic—especially when my two top picks for “Best Novel”, Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl and China Miéville’s The City & The City, tied for the Hugo (which is only the 4th time that has happened in the 68-year history of the awards.) And now I am looking forward to doing it all over again this year! (Well, except maybe for the being at the actual ceremony part, Reno being an awful long way awa’ from my corner of the world.)
A lot of the new SFF releases you have loved in the past year may well be eligible for this year’s awards, so to find out how to nominate, look here. Nominations are open until 26 March and I’ve already got a few names on my list to throw into the ring—but I’m also very much looking forward to seeing what makes it onto the final shortlist and reading them all. If I have not done so already, of course!
But if the Hugo Awards are not for you—and just to prove that this is still the season of lists—you might prefer to post about your top SciFi picks for the past decade (specifically, eleven years, since it’s 2000-2010.) That’s what they’re wanting readers to do right now over on Tor.com, where the quest is on to identify a readers’ choice for the Best SciFi-Fantasy Novel for the Decade. Nominations are currently fast and furious and all you have to do to enter the fray and support your top SFF read of the past decade is post a comment—so how about it? Rock on over and have your say.
Alternatively, post a comment here to let me know both your favorite book of the past decade and/or your top picks for 2011 Hugo Award nominations (from books published in 2010.) It won’t be a competition, but I am really interested to hear what you have to say.