Gollancz January Paperbacks

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The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. Authorities who believe that their visions point towards a new kind of danger.

And on one of the Jackaroo's gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site.

Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe's orphans, and Vic Gayle's murder investigation. Something that will challenge the limits of the Jackaroo's benevolence


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The power struggle begins . . .

The people of Weyland always believed the slavers raids, which destroyed families and homes like a natural disaster, were a misfortune that couldn't be averted or stopped.

But it's not true.

King Marcus struck a deal: his people in exchange for technology and a powerful alliance with the Vandian civilisation.

And now everyone knows.

Jacob and Carter Carnehan escaped the slavers - along with the true king of Weyland - and have returned home with both the truth, and a Vandian princess as their hostage. Their purpose was to avoid war . . . instead, the truth prompts a civil war at home - while an invasion force focused on reclaiming the captive princess starts to gather on their borders.

Jacob and Carter will be separated once again - and this time they're fighting for something bigger than their lives.


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Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space - from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these 'zones of thought', but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artefact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.


Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines - an alien race with a harsh medieval culture - and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue party, not entirely composed of humans, must free the children - and retrieve a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.


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To the residents of Abalone, Arizona, a sleepy southwestern town whose chief concern is surviving the Great Depression, the arrival of a circus in town is a chance to forget their woes for a while. But this is the circus of Dr. Lao and instead of relief, the townsfolk are confronted with an array creature seemingly straight out of mythology: a chimera, a Medusa, a sphinx, a sea serpent and, of course, the elusive, ever-changing Dr. Lao. As the circus unfolds, it spins events towards a climactic final act that will change the lives of Abalone's residents for ever.


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The Sword of Attila by David Gibbins cover art and synopsis

The Sword of Attila by David Gibbins will be published on November 19, 2015 by Pan Macmillan

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AD 439: the Roman Empire is on the brink of collapse. With shocking speed a Vandal army has swept through the Roman provinces of Spain and north Africa, conquering Carthage and threatening Roman control of the Mediterranean. But a far greater threat lies to the east, a barbarian force born in the harsh steppelands of Asia, warriors of unparalleled savagery who will sweep all before them in their thirst for conquest - the army of Attila the Hun.

For a small group of Roman soldiers and a mysterious British monk, the only defence is to rise above the corruption and weakness of the Roman emperors and hark back to the glory days of the Roman army centuries before, to find strength in history. But then they devise a plan of astonishing audacity that will take them to the heart of darkness itself, to the stronghold of the most feared warrior-king the world has ever known. In the showdown to come, in the greatest battle the Romans have ever fought, victory will go to those who can hold high the most potent symbol of war ever wrought by man - the sacred sword of Attila.


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Gollancz November Paperbacks

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This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel.

Toby's life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.

No one returns from the sanatorium.

Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, andeverything changes.

Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.


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They told David it was impossible - that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realise he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic - Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.


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A young woman possessed by a ghost has slain the Fisher King of the West, Scott Crane. Now, temporarily freed from that malevolent spirit, she seeks to restore the King to life.

But Crane's body has been taken to the magically protected home of Pete and Angelica Sullivan, and their adopted son, Koot Hoomie. Kootie is destined to be the next Fisher King, but he is only 13 years old -- too young, his mother thinks, to perform the rituals to assume the Kingship.

But not too young, perhaps, to assist in reuniting Scott Crane's body and spirit, and restoring him to life . . .


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Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.


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The balance of galactic power in the 31st century revolves around Illyrion, the most precious energy source in the universe. Captain Lorq van Ray's varied and exotic crew know their mission is dangerous, but they have no idea of Lorq's secret obsession: to gather Illyrion at source by flying through the very heart of an imploding star.

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Launching Richard Morgan’s A LAND FIT FOR HEROES

Richard Morgan’s A LAND FIT FOR HEROES is out now on mobile with a sinister plot and shameless anti-heroes for those who are ready to embrace all that is dark and violent. 

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Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, with Liber Primus Games, indie developer and creator of gamebook series Narborion Saga, today released their joint project – an addictive multiplayer gamebook, the first of its kind based on world-class novelist and Crysis 2 and Syndicate writer Richard Morgan’s book trilogy A LAND FIT FOR HEROES. This fantasy title which represents the first book in the trilogy is now available on the Play Store for Android devices, App Store for iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Amazon for Kindle Fire. Steam for Windows PC will launch closer to Christmas in late December.

“I am extremely delighted to announce that A LAND FIT FOR HEROES gamebook is finally out.” said the author Richard Morgan, “It’s amazing to see the vision of my books receive a new life in a digital game-book format. All fantasy fans will appreciate the power in their hands to choose the destiny of a character and explore above and beyond the original story.”

A LAND FIT FOR HEROES is a profound story of three distinct characters falling into a sequence of bloodthirsty events full of gore and mystery. It is not your average gamebook; A LAND FIT FOR HEROES is darker, deeper and very explicit, primarily its narrative is targeted towards a mature audience. The main characters are not traditional heroes but outcasts with marred souls and questionable pasts. This is a story and character design with a truly dark twist; readers may be shocked but they will still be enthralled by Morgan’s rich and mysterious dark fantasy presented in an entirely unique format for the book series.

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The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig cover art and synopsis

The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig will be published on February 9, 2016 by Abaddon Books

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In February 2016 Abaddon will publish two of Chuck Wendig’s earliest works, the vampire-in-zombieland comedy horror Double Dead and the follow up novella Double Dead: Bad Blood, together for the first time in The Complete Double Dead.

With a brand new cover by Joey Hi-Fi and a bonus Tomes Of The Dead novella by Mark Clapham, this is an unmissable slice of full-tilt horror with extra added funnies, from before the time Chuck was one of the most talked about names in genre.

As an added bonus – as if all that glorious Wendig writing wasn’t enough – we’ve also included Dead Stop by Mark Clapham in The Complete Double Dead, giving readers even more undead carnage to sink their teeth into. Delicious!

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After You Die by Eva Dolan cover art and synopsis

After You Die by Eva Dolan will be published on January 3, 2016 by Harvill Secker

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Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit.

The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death?

Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?

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A New Open Door Period at Angry Robot

The Open Door period at Angry Robot will last from 1 December 15 to 31 January 2016.

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More detailed notes are coming soon. For now, the message is simple:

- The next Angry Robot Open Door opens December 1st 2015
- It will close on January 31st 2016
- It will be open to full-length science fiction and fantasy novels
- We want to buy and publish the best of these books on the Angry Robot list
- Angry Robot have found a notable clutch of fabulous writers from Open Door in past – this time, it could be you.

More details here

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama cover art and synopsis

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama will be published on March 3, 2016 by Quercus Books

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SIX FOUR.
THE NIGHTMARE NO PARENT COULD ENDURE.
THE CASE NO DETECTIVE COULD SOLVE.
THE TWIST NO READER COULD PREDICT.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as 'Six Four'. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.


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Tickets to a Gollancz Festival 2015 day for aspiring writers go on sale

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Gollancz is delighted to share two substantial updates regarding The Gollancz Festival. Firstly, the full schedule of events, including the topics for discussion and selection of panellists, at the events in Manchester, 16 October, and London, 17 October, is now available at gollanczfestival.com.

Secondly, Gollancz is launching an additional Waterstones Piccadilly-based event for at aspiring writers on Sunday 18 October, from 12 until 3pm!

Tickets to The Gollancz Festival 2015 at London Piccadilly sold out in an astonishing three weeks. Subsequently Gollancz received a number of messages and tweets from disappointed genre fiction fans who missed out on purchasing tickets. Many of them are part of writing groups or identified themselves as aspiring authors. Inspired by their messages, Gollancz have decided to launch ‘The Gollancz Festival for Writers’ from 12 until 3pm on Sunday 18 October, tickets priced at £8 (£6 for Waterstones card holders). The event is aimed at aspiring writers and anyone looking for an insight into an author’s process. It will include talks from Ben Aaronvitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris and Joe Hill, as well as a panel of talented debut authors discussing ‘the trials and tribulations of their first year in print’. Please see the full programme and buy tickets here.

Publishing Director, Gillian Redfearn said: ‘Gollancz has always encouraged new writers so I’m thrilled that we’re able to offer a bespoke event focused on helping them to build their craft. We’ve developed a programme of practical and inspiring talks from genre-leading authors, and debut novelists, as well as industry-leading agents and editors’.

A small number of tickets for the Manchester Gollancz Festival from 16 October 6 – 9pm, are still available for £8. Please book now to avoid disappointment. At Waterstones Deansgate, there will be two rooms featuring 3 hours of action-packed programming. In both rooms attendees will see the same brilliant line-up featuring more than 20 authors with headline names including Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris, Brandon Sanderson and, in a new addition to the bill, Joe Hill. You can book tickets at gollanczfest.com.

Tickets to The Gollancz Festival, London Piccadilly, 17 October from 2–7pm, are now sold out, but for those who have purchased tickets the programme is now available. While those haven’t been able to buy tickets are welcome to join us on Sunday 18 October at ‘The Gollancz Festival for Writers’ or at Gollancz Festival events at the Prince Charles Cinema.


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The Sea Hates A Coward by Nate Crowley cover art and synopsis

The Sea Hates A Coward by Nate Crowley will be published on October 9, 2015 by Abaddon Books

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Schneider Wrack was never a dissident. But since he’s serving the sentence anyway, he may as well become one.

Because in the city, the sentence for sedition is death. Death, and then reanimation, before being shipped out to Ocean to work until you fall apart – or something gets you. There’s always a need for fresh bodies in Ocean. In the 70 years the city has been under siege, it’s been the only place to get food, and so the whaling barges work night and day to haul in enough meat to keep three million people from the edge of starvation. Human labour isn’t an option – Ocean’s too big, too cruel, too full of monsters – so it’s the dead that man the whaleboats. They’re meant to be mindless, empty vessels, but the procedure isn’t perfect. Schneider has woken up months into his sentence, trapped in a living hell of meat and brine, and he’s not happy.

It’s going to take a lot to stir the workforce into revolt; few of them have all their original limbs, and fewer still can remember their own names. But you’ve got to do what you can with what you’ve got.

It’s time to bring hell back to the city.

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