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Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams


Next month, Saga Press will publish Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies edited by John Joseph Adams. Check out the Table of Contents below and the gorgeous cover art by Chris Foss.


Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies
Saga Press, April 18, 2017
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams
A collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today’s best writers—for fans who want a little less science and a lot more action—and edited by two-time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams.

Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand-new stories from some of science fiction’s best authors including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

The IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award Winner - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


The William L. Crawford Fantasy Award was presented at the 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts which was held March 22-26, 2017 at Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside, Orlando, Florida.
The IAFA Crawford Award each year recognizes an outstanding new writer whose first fantasy book was published during the previous calendar year. It is not specifically a first novel award. The award was established with the support of the late Andre Norton, who also helped establish the criteria and who continued to support the award over the years. from the IAFA website
The Crawford Award Winner for a novel published in 2016 is Charlie Jane Anders for All the Birds in the Sky!



Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

The IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award Winner - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
From the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the worldand the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together—to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky is a deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.



My review

It's hard to explain All the Birds in the Sky - it's a story with magic; it's a story with science; it's a story about the impending apocalyptic end of the world. It's all those and a story about love, friendship, and finding your place in the world. It's also an absolute joy to read.

Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead are awkward pre-teens with parents who do not understand them. They barely understand themselves. Their lives intersect when they are in middle school (where horrible things happen). They are both captivating and interesting for entirely different reasons. Laurence is a person of science; Patricia is a person of magic. They are friends and not friends, but they always seem to have each other's backs in middle school. For years they don't see each other. They grow up and reconnect as the world is more and more falling apart - superstorms, famine, water wars, disease, etc. Patricia is a powerful witch who doesn't understand everything she can do yet despite her training, but is working to save the world. Laurence is a genius also working to save humanity through science. Obviously they have different approaches to what that means.

All the Birds in the Sky is deeply character-driven. Patricia and Laurence are such vibrant characters it seems that they could have carried the story on their own, but Anders populates their world with wonderful secondary characters that add layers of depth to the story, marvelous magic and cutting edge/weird science.

Anders writing is spellbinding - she transports you deeply into this fabulous story. All the Birds in the Sky has everything I look for in a novel - great writing, wonderful characters and a fascinating, deeply engaging story. I was upset when the book ended because I wanted more! All the Birds in the Sky is an exhilarating, exuberant, magical novel that I very highly recommend.

Originally posted here: Interview with Charlie Jane Anders and review of All the Birds in the Sky

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1


This is the first in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch
    Ben Aaronovitch (Author), Andrew Cartmel (Author), Lee Sullivan (Illustrator)
Titan Comics, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel conjured forth from the bestselling series of supernatural police procedural crime novels!

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London's only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature - and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!

When the young daughter of a wealthy Russian ogliarch is seemingly kidnapped by mythical monster the Leshy, Peter and Nightingale must delve further into the supernatural than ever before to find the truth, before it's too late for the girl. But there is something off about this case. For one, Leshies don't exist. Two, if they did, they certainly wouldn't be found in Kent, England! The magical special unit must enlist the help of Varvara Sidorovna Tamonina, Night Witch by name and nature! But will they uncover something even more sinister along the way?


The Hanging Tree
Rivers of London 6
DAW, January 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA






Ania Ahlborn (2012)

The Devil Crept In
Gallery Books, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.





Nina Allan (2016)

The Art of Space Travel
    A Tor.Com Original
Tor Books, July 27, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
"The Art of Space Travel" by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette. In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy. Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch. As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts more and more. Emily's mother, Moolie, has a message to give her, but Moolie's memories are fading. As the astronauts' visit draws closer, the unearthing of a more personal history is about to alter Emily's world forever.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Five Stories High
    By K. J. Parker, Sarah Lotz, Robert Shearman, Tade Thompson and Nina Allan
    Edited by: Jonathan Oliver
Solaris, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
One house, five hauntings, five chilling stories.

Five Stories High is a collection of five novellas each set in the same house – Irongrove Lodge. This five storey Georgian mansion, once a grand detached property, has now been split into five apartments.  This is a building with history, the very bricks and grounds imbued with the pasts of those who have walked these corridors, lived in these rooms.

Five extraordinary writers open the doors, revealing ghosts both past and present in a collection that promises to be as intriguing as it is terrifying.

Featuring novellas by Sarah Lotz, JK Parker, Nina Allan, Robert Shearman and Tade Thompson.


Nina Allan (2016)
Charlie Jane Anders (2016)
Ken Liu (2015)

Drowned Worlds
    Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Solaris, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

The brand new anthology from multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan, featuring stories set in futures wracked by the deluge, from some the best writers in SF, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Jeffrey Ford, and James Morrow.

We stand at the beginning of one of the greatest ecological disasters in the time on Man. The world is warming and seas are rising.  We may deny it, but we can’t hide when the water comes. Already the streets of Miami flood regularly and Mick Jones looks more and more prescient when he sang that “London is drowning and I, I live by the river!” all those years ago.

And yet water is life. It brings change. Where one thing is wiped away, another rises in its place.  There has always been romance and adventure in the streets of a drowned London or on gorgeous sailing cities spanning a submerged world, sleek ships exploring as land gets ever rarer.

Drowned Worlds looks at the future we might have if the oceans rise, good or bad.  Here you’ll find stories of action, adventure, romance and, yes, warning and apocalypse. Stories inspired by Ballard’s The Drowned World, Sterling’s Islands in the Net, and Ryman’s The Child Garden.  Stories that allow that things may get worse, but remembers that such times also bring out the best in us all.





G.T. Almasi (2012)

Talon of Scorpio
A Novel of the Shadowstorm 3
Hydra, March 21, 2017
eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
Superagent Alix Nico returns in a new Shadowstorm thriller from the author of Blades of Winter, which was hailed as “a hell-bent-for-leather mash-up of spy novel and science fiction” by Jason Bourne novelist Eric Van Lustbader.

Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a one-woman demolition derby. As a top American Level, she’s a cybernetically and biologically enhanced operative fighting a Cold War among the forces of freedom, a Soviet Union that never fell, a China hungry for power, and a Germany that emerged from World War II more powerful than ever.

There’s a mole within ExOps, the covert agency responsible for the security of the United States, who has been working to decapitate the organization’s leadership. And when treason strikes, Scarlet and her partner, Darwin, find themselves matched against a rogue Level known as Talon, a merciless killing machine whose augmentations place her in a league of her own. But behind Talon lurks the real enemy, a traitor whose thirst for control threatens to upset the fragile balance of mutually assured destruction that has kept the four Great Powers from breaking into open warfare—until now.





Charlie Jane Anders (2016)

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

[Description not yet available for the Trade Paperback Edition]



Charlie Jane Anders (2016)
Ken Liu (2015)

Bridging Infinity
    Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Infinity Project 5
Solaris, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
BUILDING TOWARDS TOMORROW

Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction. When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale - metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes re-engineered, starships bigger than worlds - the only response we have is reverence, admiration, and possibly fear at something that is grand, sublime, and extremely powerful.

Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of that experience, as builder, as engineer, as adventurer, reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, the galaxy and possibly the entire universe in some of the best science fiction stories you will experience.

Bridging Infinity continues the award-winning Infinity Project series of anthologies with new stories from Alastair Reynolds, Pat Cadigan, Stephen Baxter, Charlie Jane Anders, Tobias S.Buckell, Karen Lord, Karin Lowachee, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Gregory Benford, Larry Liven, Robert Reed, Pamela Sargent, Allen Steele, Pat Murphy, Paul Doherty, An Owomoyela, Thoraiya Dyer and Ken Liu.

Interview with Charlie Jane Anders and review of All the Birds in the Sky


Please welcome Charlie Jane Anders to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. All the Birds in the Sky was published on January 26th by Tor Books.



Interview with Charlie Jane Anders and review of All the Birds in the Sky




The QwilleryWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Charlie Jane Anders:  I've been writing for as long as I can remember! I started out when I was a little kid. When I was in third grade, I filled all my school workbooks with Doctor Who fanfic. I was always making up stories in my head.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

CJA:  I'm like some kind of weird mish-mash. It kind of depends on the story -- sometimes, I get a story in my head, and I know exactly how it progresses and what the ending needs to be. That's only happened with short fiction thus far, and it's pretty rare in any case. But I try to figure out where the story is going and where it's supposed to end up, as I go along. At the same time, I usually don't outline before I write a story. I will write a draft (or two or three) and then outline it, trying to nail down exactly what the key things that happen are, and exactly what order they need to happen in.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

CJA:  It depends on which day you ask. But probably the biggest challenge is getting to the emotional core of the story. The thing that is the real source of the emotion and passion and intensity -- the one relationship that drives the whole thing, or the desire that one character has that makes everything go. Finding that emotional core is a nightmare, and it never gets easier the next time around. And then once you find it, holding on to it and building everything around it. It's a huge pain.



TQWhat has influenced your writing?

CJA:  There are so many authors who have influenced me massively. Probably my biggest influences are Douglas Adams and Doris Lessing, though.



TQDescribe All the Birds in the Sky in 140 characters or less. 

CJA:  Can magic and science mix? A witch and a mad scientist might just be the only ones who can understand each other.



TQTell us something about All the Birds in the Sky that is not found in the book description.

CJA:  There is a lot of weird food in there, including Passive-Aggressive Lasagna. And chocolate-flavored poison.



TQWhat inspired you to write All the Birds in the Sky? What appeals to you about writing Contemporary Fantasy?

CJA:  I wanted to write the kind of books that excited me when I was younger, those weird genre-defying books where you didn't know what to expect every time you turned the page. And I love stories where people come into their power, but then also realize that having power doesn't miraculously solve all your problems, and you still have to figure out how to be a good person.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for All the Birds in the Sky?

CJA:  There was a ton of weird research that went into getting this right, on everything from computer science (because of the super computer that Laurence, the mad scientist, creates) to physics (because of the things he helps invent later in the book.) I bugged tons of experts to give me their feedback on various aspects of the science in the book, because I wanted all of the science to feel at least semi-plausible -- that way, the magic could be kind of wild and out there, but it was put up against some crazy science that was rooted in reality.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

CJA:  The characters were all kind of tough to write, but the most fun to write was probably Theodolphus, the assassin who becomes a middle-school guidance counselor. He is just such a bizarre character, his scenes could have gone on for pages and pages. (And in some cases, they did -- I had to cut a lot of stuff.) There were some characters in the book where I was writing people from very different cultural backgrounds, because it was important to me to depict my near-future San Francisco as a diverse city. And that meant I had to spend a lot of time talking to people who came from other cultures, to make sure I was getting stuff right. I'm thinking of Ernesto, the leader of the magical community in San Francisco, in particular. As a white person, I feel like it's on me to do the homework when I wrote characters of color, and that's a process that ought to be difficult.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from All the Birds in the Sky.

CJA:  Probably my favorite line from the book is the one Laurence says halfway through: “You know… no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you’re not. But if you’re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.” That just sums up a lot for me, both about what's going in this book, and about life in general.



TQWhat's next?

CJA:  I'm working on a second novel for Tor Books -- this one is a straight-up science fiction novel, set on another planet, and it is basically kicking my butt. I'm at that stage right now where I keep asking "What the hell was I thinking?" All those ideas that seemed so cool and exciting when I started on this project are starting to feel dumb and unworkable, and I’m beating my head against the wall over and over. The good news is, I've been here before, and I have some faith that I'll make it work in the end. (The bad news? Some of those cool ideas probably ARE dumb and/or unworkable, and I won't know which ones they are for another few months, and that's if I'm lucky.)



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





All the Birds in the Sky
Author:  Charlie Jane Anders
Publisher:  Tor Books, January 26, 2016
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
List Price:  US$25.99 (print); US$12.99
ISBN:  9780765379948 (print); 9781466871120 (eBook)

Interview with Charlie Jane Anders and review of All the Birds in the Sky
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.


Qwill's Thoughts

It's hard to explain All the Birds in the Sky - it's a story with magic; it's a story with science; it's a story about the impending apocalyptic end of the world. It's all those and a story about love, friendship, and finding your place in the world. It's also an absolute joy to read.

Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead are awkward pre-teens with parents who do not understand them. They barely understand themselves. Their lives intersect when they are in middle school (where horrible things happen). They are both captivating and interesting for entirely different reasons. Laurence is a person of science; Patricia is a person of magic. They are friends and not friends, but they always seem to have each other's backs in middle school. For years they don't see each other. They grow up and reconnect as the world is more and more falling apart - superstorms, famine, water wars, disease, etc. Patricia is a powerful witch who doesn't understand everything she can do yet despite her training, but is working to save the world. Laurence is a genius also working to save humanity through science. Obviously they have different approaches to what that means.

All the Birds in the Sky is deeply character-driven. Patricia and Laurence are such vibrant characters it seems that they could have carried the story on their own, but Anders populates their world with wonderful secondary characters that add layers of depth to the story, marvelous magic and cutting edge/weird science.

Anders writing is spellbinding - she transports you deeply into this fabulous story. All the Birds in the Sky has everything I look for in a novel - great writing, wonderful characters and a fascinating, deeply engaging story. I was upset when the book ended because I wanted more! All the Birds in the Sky is an exhilarating, exuberant, magical novel that I very highly recommend.





About Charlie Jane Anders

Interview with Charlie Jane Anders and review of All the Birds in the Sky
Photo by Tristan Crane
Charlie Jane Anders is an American journalist, editor, and fiction writer. Her novel Choir Boy won a Lambda Literary Award in 2005. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is managing editor of the science fiction website io9.












Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter @charliejane



The View From Monday - January 25, 2016


Happy Monday! Hope that everyone who was affected by Snowzilla 2016 is well and dug out!

There are four debuts this week:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders;

The Blue Line by Ingird Betancourt;

The Rule of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance by Catherine Cerveny;

and

Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles 8) by Kevin Hearne;

The Mime Order (The Bone Season 2) by Samantha Shannon is out in Trade Paperback;

Broken Hero (Arthur Wallace 4) by Jonathan Wood:

and

Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome 1) by Rebecca Zanetti.



The View From Monday - January 25, 2016



January 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Case of the Fickle Mermaid P. J. Brackston M/FairyT - A Brothers Grimm Mystery 3
Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints (h2tp) P. J. Brackston M/FairyT - A Brothers Grimm Mystery 1
Inversion Point (e) Kelly Jensen
Jenn Burke
SFR - Chaos Station 4



January 26, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All the Birds in the Sky (D) Charlie Jane Anders SF
Sage's Eyes V.C. Andrews Family Saga
Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology Kelley Armstrong CF - Otherworld
The Evening Spider Emily Arsenault PsySus
City of Blades Robert Jackson Bennett F - The Divine Cities 2
The Blue Line (D) Ingrid Betancourt MR
A Pocket Full of Lies Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
The Skull Throne (h2mm) Peter V. Brett F - The Demon Cycle 4
Never Let Me: Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, Never Let Me Die Jennifer Brozek UF - Melissa Allen Trilogy 1 - 3
Kushiel's Avatar (ri) Jacqueline Carey HistF - Kushiel's Legacy 3
The Rule of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (D) (e) Catherine Cerveny SFR
Lethal Velocity (ri) Lincoln Child SF/Sus
Eaters of the Dead (ri) Michael Crichton H
The Philip K. Dick Reader Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Graveyard William C. Dietz UF - Mutant Files 3
First Kill: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jennifer Fallon UF
Spider Game Christine Feehan PNR - Ghostwalker 12
Castaway Planet (h2mm) Eric Flint
Ryk E Spoor
SF - Boundary 4
Staked Kevin Hearne UF - The Iron Druid Chronicles 8
Carnal Sacrifice (e) Angelika Helsing PNR
Lords of the Sith: Star Wars (h2mm) Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars
11/22/63 (tp2mm) Stephen King HistTh/TT
Mothership (ri) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 1
Daughter of Blood Helen Lowe F - Wall of Night 3
The Devil's Bag Man (h2mm) Adam Mansbach H/Sup/Sus - Jess Galvan 2
Warriors 1 (e) George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
Various - Anthology
Warriors 2 (e) George R. R. Martin  (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
Various - Anthology
Warriors 3 (e) George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
Various - Anthology
Satin Island (h2tp) Tom McCarthy LF/Dys/Meta
No Going Back (h2mm) Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon & Lobo 5
The Dark Side of the Cross James S. Parker Th/Sup - A James MacBridan Mystery 1
Dark Homecoming William Patterson Gothic/Sus
The Long Utopia (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 4
7 Sykos (e) Marsheila Rockwell Jeff Mariotte SF
Roadside Magic Lilith Saintcrow UF - Gallow and Ragged 2
The Bands of Mourning Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 6
Shattered Shields (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed)
Jennifer Brozek(ed)
F - Anthology
The Mime Order (h2tp) Samantha Shannon F - The Bone Season 2
The Brimstone Deception Lisa Shearin UF - SPI Files 3
Night Study Maria V. Snyder F - Study 5
Noah's Wife (D) Lyndsay Starck LF
Lustlocked: A Sin du Jour Affair Matt Wallace F - Sin du Jour Affair 2
Broken Hero Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 4
Mercury Striking Rebecca Zanetti R/AP/PA/Sus - The Scorpius Syndrome 1



January 27, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sleep Garden Jim Krusoe LF
The Maiden Thief: A Tor.Com Original (e) Melissa Marr F



January 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Driven Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld Stories



D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on January 24, 2016.



Vote for your favorite January 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Will Staehle




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover design by Frank Rivera.
Cover images ©iStockphoto.com/Jasmina007/RonTech200




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts

Happy New Year! There are 12 debuts for January. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite January cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on Janaury 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for January 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.




Ingrid Betancourt

The Blue Line
Penguin Press, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
From the extraordinary Colombian French politician and activist Ingrid Betancourt, a stunning debut novel about freedom and fate

Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War and infused with magical realism, The Blue Line is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal by one of the world’s most renowned writers and activists. Ingrid Betancourt, author of  the New York Times bestselling memoir Even Silence Has an End, draws on history and personal experience in this deeply felt portrait of a woman coming of age as her country falls deeper and deeper into chaos.

Buenos Aires, the 1970s. Julia inherits from her grandmother a gift, precious and burdensome. Sometimes visions appear before her eyes, mysterious and terrible apparitions from the future, seen from the perspective of others. From the age of five, Julia must intervene to prevent horrific events. In fact, as her grandmother tells her, it is her duty to do so—otherwise she will lose her gift.

At fifteen, Julia falls in love with Theo, a handsome revolutionary four years her senior. Their lives are turned upside down when Juan Perón, the former president and military dictator, returns to Argentina. Confronted by the realities of military dictatorship, Julia and Theo become Montoneros sympathizers and radical idealists, equally fascinated by Jesus Christ and Che Guevara. Captured by death squadrons, they somehow manage to escape. . . .

In this remarkable novel, Betancourt, an activist who spent more than six years held hostage by the FARC in the depths of Colombian jungle, returns to many of the themes of Even Silence Has an End. The Blue Line is a story centered on the consequences of oppression, collective subservience, and individual courage, and, most of all, the notion that belief in the future of humanity is an act of faith most beautiful and deserving.




Jason Buchholz

A Paper Son
Tyrus Books, January 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Grade school teacher and aspiring author Peregrine Long sees a Chinese family on board a ship--in his morning tea. The image inspires him to write the story of this family, but then a woman turns up at his door, claiming that he's writing her family history exactly as it happened. She doesn't like it, but she has one question: What happened to the little boy of the family, her long-lost uncle?

Throughout the course of a month-long tempest that begins to wash the peninsula out from beneath them, Peregrine searches modern-day San Francisco and its surroundings--and, through his continued writing, southern China and the Pacific immigration experience of a century ago--for the missing boy. The clues uncovered lead Peregrine to question not only the nature of his writing, but also his knowledge of his own past and his understanding of his identity.




Catherine Cerveny

The Rule of Luck
Redhook, January 26, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
The Rule of Luck is a whirlwind thriller romance in a futuristic setting that will tug at your heartstrings while sending you on high-speed chases alongside a genetically-enhanced (and incredibly handsome...) criminal mastermind.
As a famed tarot card reader, all is well in luck and love for Felicia Sevigny, until Russian crime leader Alexei Petriv walks into her shop and demands a reading.

Petriv's future looks dark and full of danger, which wouldn't be Felicia's problem, except that it's also aligned with hers. Felicia discovers she is the key pawn in Petriv's plot to overthrow the all-knowing government, and she must decide if she will trust with him with her heart, body and soul, before the future of the entire human race collapses around her.




Jessica Chiarella

And Again
Touchstone, January 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
In the spirit of Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles, this exciting literary debut novel imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of their former bodies.

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ill patients—have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves—without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are different, their vision is impeccable, and most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

But the fresh start they’ve been given is anything but perfect. Without their old bodies, their new physical identities have been lost. Hannah, an artistic prodigy, has to relearn how to hold a brush; David, a Congressman, grapples with his old habits; Connie, an actress whose stunning looks are restored after a protracted illness, tries to navigate an industry obsessed with physical beauty; and Linda, who spent eight years paralyzed after a car accident, now struggles to reconnect with a family that seems to have built a new life without her. As each tries to re-enter their previous lives and relationships they are faced with the question: how much of your identity rests not just in your mind, but in your heart, your body?




Dan Koboldt

The Rogue Retrieval
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 19, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That's how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out.

Scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves wonder, humor, and heart into this debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval. Fans of Terry Brooks and Terry Pratchett will find this a thrilling read.




Peter McLean

Drake
Burned Man 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Cover Art: Raid71

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice the Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ One Last Hit / Both Ends Burning / Going Underground / London’s Finest ]




Scott Allan Morrison

Terms of Use
Thomas & Mercer, January 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 355 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Circles is the most popular social network in the world: vast, ubiquitous, and constantly evolving. Days before expanding into China, Circles suffers a devastating cyberattack—and a key executive is brutally murdered.

As he fights to save the company he helped build, top engineer Sergio Mansour uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy that turns the power of Circles against its users. But as Sergio investigates, someone is watching his every move—someone ruthless enough to brand him a criminal and set a vicious hit man on his trail.

Desperate to clear his name, Sergio turns to Malina Olson, a beautiful and headstrong doctor who has an agenda of her own. Now, he and Malina must survive long enough to expose the truth in a world without hiding places, where a single keystroke can shift the global balance of power.




Megan E. O'Keefe

Steal the Sky
Scorched Continent 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Cover: Kim Sokol

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

File Under: Fantasy [ Sky Heist / Doppel Vision / Knives Out / Up Up & Away ]




M K L Murphy

The Isle of Minimus
Repeater, January 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 228 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
The Isle of Minimus is a neon mirage from the heart of the sandblasted Nevada wasteland, a panorama of crazed dictators, dreamy acrobats, the urban warlords of Hollywood, video game cults, sinister boatmen, rogue airshow pilots, feral tourists, minituarised landmarks, opium dens, pop art, nuclear war, architecture, music, money, the sixties, the nineties, the post-nineties…a story of limitless scope and spectacle.

Using repetition, paradox and association, the novel leaves conventional views of linearity behind as it revisits the World’s Fair in Montreal 1967 and its antithesis, Las Vegas in 1999, by way of a confrontation in which a cast of dwarfs fight their way out of the now-never of capitalist ontology in an attempt to find a way back into history.




Lindsay Starck

Noah's Wife
G.P Putnam's Sons, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
In the tradition of Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, a gorgeously written, brilliantly introspective, fable-like novel reimagining Noah’s Ark in our modern times

Noah’s Wife may be a contemporary allegory, but Lindsay Starck is a classic storyteller. . . . Her novel is an engrossing fusion of wisdom and beautiful writing.” — Mary McGarry Morris, internationally bestselling author

When young minister Noah and his dutiful wife arrive at their new post in the hills, they find a gray and wet little town where it’s been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Noah’s wife is determined to help her husband revive this soggy congregation, but soon finds her efforts thwarted by her eccentric new neighbors, among them an idiom-wielding Italian hardware store owner, a towering town matriarch, and a lovelorn zookeeper determined to stand by his charges. Overwhelmed, Noah’s wife fails to realize that Noah, too, is battling his own internal crisis.

Soon, the river waters rise, flooding the streets of the town and driving scores of wild animals out of the once-renowned zoo. As the water swallows up the houses, the telephone poles, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and the townspeople must confront not only the savage forces of nature but also the fragile ties that bind them to one another.

Full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.




Eric James Stone

Unforgettable
Baen, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
TRADE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL. Out of sight, out of mind. Due to a fluke of quantum mechanics, no one can remember Nat Morgan for more than one minute—not even his boss at the CIA.

Out of sight, out of mind.

In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. No one can remember he exists for more than a minute after he's gone. It's a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists.

Nat's attempt to steal a quantum chip prototype is thwarted when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology for the Russion mob.

Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

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