Portada de Skyward de Brandon Sanderson

Ya conocemos cuál será la portada de la nueva obra de ciencia ficción de Brandon Sanderson, una obra juvenil titulada Skyward.

Esta es la sinopsis:

Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and combat the Krell. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Becoming a pilot has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring above the earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending Flight School at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, which will make Spensa’s world twice as deadly . . . but just might take her skyward.

La ilustración es de Charlie Bowater y el diseño de Regina Flath.

Finalistas premios Locus 2018

Ya conocemos a los finalistas de los premios Locus de esta año. La lista es bastante larga, pero aquí os la traigo.

Novela de ciencia ficción

Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Head of Zeus)
The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
Luna: Wolf Moon, Ian McDonald (Tor; Gollancz)
Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer (Tor; Head of Zeus)
New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor US; Tor UK)
Borne, Jeff VanderMeer (MCD; HarperCollins Canada; Fourth Estate)

Novela de fantasía

The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley (Saga)
The House of Binding Thorns, Aliette de Bodard (Ace; Gollancz)
The Ruin of Angels, Max Gladstone (Tor.com Publishing)
Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Delirium Brief, Charles Stross (Tor.com Publishing; Orbit UK)
Horizon, Fran Wilde (Tor)

Novela de terror

Ill Will, Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
Universal Harvester, John Darnielle (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Scribe UK)
After the End of the World, Jonathan L. Howard (Dunne)
Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw (Abaddon US; Abaddon UK)
The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge (Penguin Press)
The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
Red Snow, Ian R. MacLeod (PS)
Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough (Flatiron; HarperCollins UK)
Mormama, Kit Reed (Tor)
Ubo, Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

Novela juvenil

Tool of War, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, Stephanie Burgis (Bloomsbury; Bloomsbury USA)
Chalk, Paul Cornell (Tor.com Publishing)
Buried Heart, Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)
A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan; Amulet)
Frogkisser!, Garth Nix (Scholastic; Allen & Unwin; Piccadilly)
Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
Shadowhouse Fall, Daniel José Older (Levine)
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Fickling UK)

Primera novela

The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager US)
Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com Publishing)
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House; Bloomsbury)
An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon (Akashic)
Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (Vintage)

Novella

In Calabria, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
Agents of Dreamland, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Tor.com Publishing)
Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One)“, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
The Red Threads of Fortune, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette

“Children of Thorns, Children of Water“, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“The Hermit of Houston”, Samuel R. Delany (F&SF 9-10/17)
“Come See the Living Dryad“, Theodora Goss (Tor.com 3/9/17)
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers“, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“Extracurricular Activities“, Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com 2/15/17)
“The Hidden Girl”, Ken Liu (The Book of Swords)
“The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids”, Seanan McGuire (Black Feathers)
“Wind Will Rove”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 9-10/17)
“The Lamentation of Their Women“, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 8/24/17)
“Waiting on a Bright Moon“, JY Yang (Tor.com 7/12/17)

Relato corto

“Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue“, Charlie Jane Anders (Global Dystopias)
“Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
“Persephone of the Crows”, Karen Joy Fowler (Asimov’s 5-6/17)
“Fire.”, Elizabeth Hand (Fire.)
“Dear Sarah”, Nancy Kress (Infinity Wars)
“The Martian Obelisk“, Linda Nagata (Tor.com 7/19/17)
“Fandom for Robots“, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny 9-10/17)
“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM“, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex 8/17)
“Starlight Express”, Michael Swanwick (F&SF 9-10/17)
“Carnival Nine“, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)

Antología

Cosmic Powers, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Saga)
Black Feathers, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Pegasus)
The Book of Swords, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; HarperCollins UK)
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Bookburners, Max Gladstone, ed. (Saga)
The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin, eds. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
The Best of Subterranean, William Schafer, ed. (Subterranean)
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eleven, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)
Infinity Wars, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)
Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, Bogi Takács, ed. (Lethe)

Colección

Six Months, Three Days, Five Others, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com Publishing)
The Overneath, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Norton; Bloomsbury)
Strange Weather, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz)
Wicked Wonders, Ellen Klages (Tachyon)
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories, Naomi Kritzer (Fairwood)
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories, Ursula K. Le Guin (Library of America)
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
Tender, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)

Magazine

Analog
Asimov’s
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Clarkesworld
F&SF
File 770
Lightspeed
Strange Horizons
Tor.com
Uncanny

Editorial

Angry Robot
Baen
DAW
Gollancz
Orbit
Saga
Small Beer
Subterranean
Tachyon
Tor

Editor

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
C.C. Finlay
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Sheila Williams
Navah Wolfe

Artista

Kinuko Y. Craft
Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Bob Eggleton
Gregory Manchess
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Shaun Tan
Charles Vess
Michael Whelan

No ficción

Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Liz Bourke (Aqueduct)
In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume 1, 1957-1969, Samuel R. Delany (Wesleyan University Press)
The Invention of Angela Carter, Edmund Gordon (Oxford University Press US; Chatto & Windus 2016)
Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction, James Gunn (McFarland)
Iain M. Banks, Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
Not So Good a Gay Man, Frank M. Robinson (Tor)
Don’t Live for Your Obituary, John Scalzi (Subterranean)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, Nat Segaloff (NESFA)
J.G. Ballard, D. Harlan Wilson (University of Illinois Press)

Libro artístico

The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History, Douglas Ellis, Ed Hulse & Robert Weinberg, eds. (IDW)
Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes, ed. (Flesk)
Paul Kidby, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium (Gollancz)
Jeffrey Alan Love, Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki, Kevin Crossley-Holland (Candlewick Studio)
Gregory Manchess, Above the Timberline (Saga)
Syd Mead, The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist, Craig Hodgetts (Titan)
Jean-Baptiste Monge, Celtic Faeries: The Secret Kingdom (Goblin’s WAY)
Wendy Pini, Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, Richard Pini (Flesk)
Omar Rayyan, Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti (Donald M. Grant)
James Wyatt, The Art of Magic: The Gathering: Kaladesh (Viz)

¡Enhorabuena a los nominados!

Portada de Empire of Silence

Se ha desvelado la portada de Empire of Silence, la primera novela de Christopher Ruocchio, que promete ser cuando menos llamativa.

Esta es la sinopsis:

Meet Hadrian Marlow.

Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.

It was not his war.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives–even the Emperor himself–against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fighting a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.

La portada es obra de Patrick Knowles.

Portada de Port of Shadows

Ya nos hicimos eco de la noticia hace un tiempo, pero ahora os traemos la que será portada de la nueva novela de la Compañía Negra, Port of Shadows, obra de Raymond Swanland.

Temporalmente se sitúa entre las dos primeras novelas de la Compañía, The Black Company y Shadows Linger.

El libro se publicará el 11 de septiembre.

Zorglub : La hija de Z

He de reconocer que tengo una debilidad especial por el trabajo de José Luis Munuera, como ya se ha podido comprobar por estos lares. Así que cuando vi que se iba a iniciar una nueva línea de Spirou, pero tomando como personaje principal a Zorglub, fue inevitable que el ejemplar cayera en mis manos.

Munuera tiene una innegable vis cómica, visible en otros trabajos en solitario como Los Campbell que está muy presente en esta obra también. Pero no es lo único destacable del tomo. En la parte del guión se trata de una manera muy natural el conflicto generacional entre padres e hijos, la sobreprotección de los vástagos frente a la búsqueda de libertad de estos. Esta dinámica de enfrentamiento da lugar a unos diálogos francamente divertidos. Me encanta también como el autor se burla de sí mismo metiéndose con las continuaciones infinitas de contenidos audiovisuales dentro de un tebeo que de por sí es una nueva continuación. Quizá se cargan demasiado las tintas en el elemento antibelicista que sustenta la narración, pero por contra tenemos una integración racial perfectamente llevada a cabo.

El aspecto visual es sencillamente espectacular. Los personajes estilizados a los que nos tiene acostumbrados el autor se unen con un dinamismo tan bien conseguido en las escenas de acción que entran por el ojo como si se tratara de una secuencia cinemática. Además, hay que destacar que en la edición de Dibukks hay una maravillosa splash-page central en la que recrearse.

El tratamiento del color también es muy adecuado a la historia que se está contando. En general, me parece un muy buen inicio de serie, que cae algo en los tópicos pero que pretende desligarse del resto de Spirou para labrar su propio camino. Es una apuesta arriesgada pero que puede ser muy acertada.

Peter S. Beagle nombrado SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master

La SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) ha nombrado a Peter S. Beagle Gran Maestro por sus contribuciones a la literatura de género.

La presidenta de la asociación, Cat Rambo, declaró:

Peter Beagle’s work has been the gateway for multitudes of fantasy readers, but also writers as well, including myself. His work shines a light on the human heart and its beauties even when that heart is flawed and wanting, showing how that beauty arises from such imperfect conditions. Beagle unquestionably belongs among the greats, and I count it a privilege to invite him to be the next SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master.

Portada de Embers of War

Aquí os traigo la que será portada de la nueva novela de Gareth L. Powell, Embers of War. En realidad es la portada y contraportada del ARC, pero sirve para hacerse una idea.

Parece space opera interesante, ¿no?

Portadas de Mary Robinette Kowal

«The Lady Astronaut off Mars» consiguió ganar el premio Hugo en la categoría novelette y la autora ha escrito dos nuevos libros en el mismo mundo que se publicarán en verano del año que viene. Estos libros, The Calculating Stars y The Fated Sky, serán precuelas a la historia.

Se han dado a conocer las portadas de estas dos nuevas historias, aquí os las traigo a ver qué os parecen. Son de Jamie Stafford-Hill.

Al ser dos novelas sobre el mismo hecho desde distintos puntos de vista, me parece brillante la elección de un tema similar cambiando el color de fondo para crear contraste. ¿Qué os parecen a vosotros?

Portada de City of Lies

Hoy os traigo la portada City of Lies, la primea novela de la serie Poison Wars de Sam Hawke. Es obra de Greg Ruth.

La sinopsis:

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…

Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he’s a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.

But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising… and angry.