Orbit – Publishing Jan-Jun 2016!

Logo Orbit Here’s an (edited) look at what Orbit have coming for you over the period January to June 2016! We’ll be bringing you our particular recommends of all publishers together by month of publication. Note: Publication dates are liable to change and some jackets are still to come…
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*** See Other Publishers Jan-Jun 16 ***

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August 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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CB - Corgi - Aug - The Hive Construct
CB - Aug - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
CB - Go - Aug - The House of Shattered Wings
CB - AR - Aug - The Contrary Effect of the Butterfly Girl

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The two months following August are where publishers traditionally bring out their big guns ready for a certain festive season; that said August is a pretty heavyweight month as far as we’re concerned, with some cracking mass market paperbacks, not to mention trades and hardbacks of particular note.

And our top picks aren’t the end of the either, so check out the individual Publisher links for their July to December output: plenty more on those as well!

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The Fantastical & The Speculative – Publishing July to December 2015!

Carabas Pub Jul-Dec 15 Herein, via links to individual pages, lies the more-or-less complete output of UK SFF and major worldwide Graphic Novel publishers for July to December 2015!
We’ve applied selection criteria with the assumption that readers with a penchant for paranormal romance and titles more for the American market will have no problem finding those elsewhere; reissues and classic reprints are included sparingly.

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Orbit – Publishing Jul-Dec 15!

Logo Orbit Here’s an (edited) look at what Orbit have coming for you over the period July to December 2015! We’ll be bringing you our particular recommends of all publishers together by month of publication. Note: Publication dates are liable to change and some jackets are still to come…
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*** See Other Publishers Jul-Dec 15 ***

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July 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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Having just worked through the next 6 months of fantastical output we’re finding it as hard as ever to restrain our top picks; just so much great stuff! But there really is something about July this year where we’ve straightforwardly had to say ‘whatever – all this must go in’… And these aren’t even the end of the story – check out the individual Publisher articles for their July to December output as they come: plenty more on those as well!

It’s just a great month of books.

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Creator Profile: Mike Carey

558px-10.10.10MikeCareyByLuigiNovi1 www.mikeandpeter.com – Mike Carey and Peter Gross
Mike Carey’s Goodreads page
On Wikipedia
On Comic Book DB (Database)
@michaelcarey191
(Photo by Luigi Novi)

 

CBP Clarke Award - The Girl with all the Gifts Many will now know Mike – or M.R. – Carey from the recent and massive success of the award-nominated The Girl with all the Gifts, already to become a film adapted by the author himself and starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine. But he’s been around a lot longer than this, authoring fantastical prose and comics in the horror / dark fantasy genres for decades… CGP - PC - Lucifer V1

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Author Profile: Benedict Jacka

CPP Benedict Jacka www.benedictjacka.co.uk
On Little Brown (Orbit author)
On Goodreads
On Wikipedia
@BenedictJacka
About (from Orbit / Little Brown): Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at 19 he sat in his school library and began writing in the back of an exercise book. Since then he has studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law, but has always found the time to keep writing. CBP - Fated - Benedict Jacka CBP - Aug - Veiled

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The Clarke Awards 2015!

Congratulations to Emily St John Mandel, winner of the 2014 Clarke Award!

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Read on for more on the Awards themselves and the other fantastic titles that were shortlisted… (and check out 2016’s on Carabas here!)

CBP Clarke Award - The Girl with all the Gifts CBP - Clarke Award - Europe in Autumn CBP - Clarke Award - Station Eleven CBP - Clarke Award - Memory of Water CBP - Clarke Award - The Book of Strange New Things CPP - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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Author Profile: Charles “Charlie” Stross

CPP - CS - Charles Stross at EasterCon 2012 - by Cory Doctorow www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static
www.facebook.com/charlesstross
On Wikipedia
@cstross
“I tell lies for money. (Author, not politician.)”
(Photo by Cory Doctorow – EasterCon 2012)
CPP - CS - Singularity Sky Charles “Charlie” Stross worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist. With a strong science background and love of SFF he’d had articles and stories published in the 70’s and 80’s; his first full length novel Singularity Sky, a stunning space opera debut championed locally and centrally by Waterstone’s, marked the beginning of his rise to prominence on the pro scene. Since then his novels and novella’s have been nominated for and won the major awards in the genre. CBP - Apr - isbn9780356502533-detail

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May 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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May brings another great package of debuts, latest-in-series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month!

Generally if we have to limit our picks (and we do!) we’ll err on the side of new titles and those now in mass market paperbacks. But there’s a bunch of fabulous reissues in May, no less than four, that we just couldn’t not include – one being a top personal favourite: Michael Marshall Smith’s Only Forward. If you haven’t already bought and read you really have to do yourself and favour and do so now! Similarly, and having endeavored to limit ourselves to a single ‘Top Recommend’ over the last months, we just had to go for two in May.

Both have actually been out in a different form before. One has been a YA wattpad phenomenon, now deservedly in print; the other was released by the author in a limited print edition a few years back and now has its mainstream debut.

And if you don’t know what these might be then read on and find out – but don’t go too fast and miss the rest of the awesome publishing in May!

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A Pint with… JIM BUTCHER! Our inaugural interview with the Master of Urban Fantasy…

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I’d had a number of publishers ask if I was looking to do author interviews; it was certainly ‘on the list’ though I’d a mind to do something a little different – a casual pint or coffee with… But where to begin or, rather, who?
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Sometimes the world does actually work a little magic and JIM BUTCHER – over on his first ever UK tour with the paperback release of Skin Game, the latest in his fantastic Dresden Files series – was good enough to be our inaugural interviewee. I caught up with Jim & co on his last day in the UK, after his talk and signing at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, up in the shop’s 5th floor bar…

 

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April 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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April brings us another great package of debuts, latest in series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month!

As ever our special pick is rather arbitrary and just a little something we wanted to wave a slightly larger flag for after reading an extract of a previous work the author’s editor posted online and blew us away… But whether or not that (no spoilers – read on!) tickles your fancy there’s a whole bunch of treats from which to select your next read… Read the rest of this entry »

STEAMPUNK (and Associated Fantastical Anachronisms) publishing Jan-Jun 15!

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Ah Steampunk – and the singular allure of Victoriana with added steam, cogs and fantastical contrivances. What’s that sir / madam? You’d like a 6 month overview of the literary diversions of the very same and associated anachronistic, retro-futuristic fiction? Well you’ve come to the right place!
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We have many fine articles for your perusal here after, but it seems you’ve landed on the very one you’re looking for: read on!

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The Fantastical & The Speculative – Publishing January to June 2015!

Carabas Publishing Jan-Jun 15
Herein, via links to individual pages, lies the more-or-less complete output of UK SFF publishers and the major worldwide Graphic Novel publishers for January to June 2015!
We’ve applied selection criteria with the assumption that readers with a penchant for paranormal romance and titles more for the American market will have no problem finding their next read elsewhere; reissues and back-in-print classic titles are included sparingly.

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April 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends (WS)

Carabas - New Book Recommends

April brings us another great package of debuts, latest in series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month! As ever our special pick is rather arbitrary and just a little something we wanted to wave a slightly larger flag for after reading an extract of a previous work the author’s editor posted online and blew us away… But whether or not that (no spoilers – read on!) tickles your fancy there’s a whole bunch of treats from which to select your next read… Read the rest of this entry »

March 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CBP - The Boy who lost Fairyland 9780575134430 CBP Mar - The Dying of the Light CBP - Sword of the North CBP - unwrapped-sky-978144725236801

 

Another month of amazing books coming up (days away as of time of writing) with a mix of debuts and eagerly awaited follow-ups and conclusions whether as first edition hardbacks and trades, ‘new in paperback’, or straight into mass market PB. This is our shortlist of the great titles coming and, as ever, our pick of the month is a tough call; but similarly something we just thought deserved a good shout out about. This time it’s neither London set or authored, but a writer getting touted by such names as a certain Mr G.R.R. Martin, and of the steampunk genre to boot.

But it’s another incredible month of the fantastical and speculative, so read on and see what delights await in March!

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