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News and events

Symphony of War Declared
The second novel in the Kaddon Keys series is available in ebook.

WFC 2013
Impressions from the World Fantasy Convention held in Brighton in 2013.

Threat Of Massive Closures To Lincolnshire Libraries
Lincolnshire County Council plan to shut down two thirds of Lincolnshire libraries, and to slash mobile library services. They must be stopped.

The BFS Award Nominations, And A Hiatus
This is possibly the best kind of jury duty there is.

FantasyCon 2012
The annual convention of the BFS at Brighton was the first convention to feature a dance-off between Joe Abercrombie and Tom Pollock. It may not be the last.

The In-Between Musical
A new fantasy musical concept album launches, but will Laura Tisdall get to put it on the stage?

Novacon 41
The 41st Novacon convention, held in Nottingham, featured John Meaney as Guest of Honour.

Lincoln Book Festival 2011
YA authors in costume, steamy paranormal romance, and eye-popping visual appeal from the 2011 Lincoln Book Festival.

Eastercon 2011
Pictures from the 62nd Illustrious Eastercon at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

Genre for Japan
The science fiction, fantasy and horror community is rallying in support of the people of Japan hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami and its aftermath.

An Interview With John Beachem
John riffs on zombies, trilogies and his plans for The Lorradda Stone, and the Dumbledore and Gandalf deathmatch in this interview.

British Fantasy Awards 2010
Pictures and results from the award ceremony of the British Fantasy Society.

The Heady Heights of Book Reviewing
Take a peek into the Headline offices, where bloggers were let loose on defenceless authors for the Headline Meets Online do on the 24th March.

The Pack cover  


SFF Imprints Launching

24th February 2012

Berkley UK

Penguin have launched a new imprint dedicated to science fiction and fantasy. At the moment Berkley UK only has a Facebook page, but it will have its own dedicated blog in the near future.

They'll be publishing some titles brought in from Berkley US. However their publicist Joe Yule told me "our editor will soon be looking to commission new authors from the UK which is very exciting!" Time to polish off those query letters and manuscripts until they gleam, then.

Out in April is The Pack, the first of a new trilogy by Jason Starr, about a stay-at-home dad who meets a bunch of guys he can relate to after he loses his job. But he finds their tight-knit group is linked by much more than the usual shared experiences between men.

Elsewhen Press

Elsewhen Press launched in November with the anthology [Re]Awakenings, edited by PR Pope and featuring the work of new writers Alison Buck, Neil Faarid, Gingerlily, Robin Moran, PR Pope, Alexander Skye, and Peter Wolfe. So it's not completely new, but from March they will be publishing books in print as well as in ebook form, starting with [Re]Awakenings on the 1st of March. Their strategy is to put out ebooks several months in advance of the paperback release.

This is quite similar to the concept behind Andy Remic's Anarchy Books, although with Anarchy it's all about putting out ebooks followed by other digital media such as tie-in soundtracks, games and films. Does this mark the beginning of the obsolescence of the dead tree format? I don't know. But it's a sign that things are changing when well known writers such as Eric Brown, Gary McMahon and James Lovegrove are opting to prioritise ebooks over print.

© Ros Jackson