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DC Drops Diamond

Comics giant DC has end­ed its 25-year relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, telling retail customers that future or­ders will be fulfilled by the newly created Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors (for peri­odicals), and Penguin Random House (for graphic novels and collections). DC says, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momen­tous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC’s distribution plans ...Read More

Ian Mond Reviews Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh

Blue Ticket, Sophie Mackintosh (Doubleday 978-0-38554-563-1, $26.95, 304pp, hc) June 2020. Sophie Mackintosh’s much anticipated second novel, Blue Ticket, shares several qualities with her critically acclaimed and Man Booker longlisted debut The Water Cure. Both books feature dystopian settings. Both books are deeply concerned with a new wave of reactionary politics – fuelled by right-wing populists and conservative legislative bodies – that look to undermine women’s rights. ...Read More

Paula Guran Reviews Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

Night of the Mannequins, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com Publishing 978-1-250-75207-9, $11.99, 138pp, tp) July 2020. Stephen Graham Jones often takes readers into the minds of children and teens. Their fictional brains respond to consensus reality in ways that reflect convincing realities others can’t see. The results of these quirky points of view fuel plots that prove unsettling. His latest novella, Night of the Mannequins, is deeply disturbing. Sawyer, ...Read More

2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Longlist

The 12-title longlist for the 2020 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including the following titles and authors of genre interest. Salt Slow, Julia Armfield (Picador) Things We Say in the Dark, Kirsty Logan (Vintage) Sudden Traveller, Sarah Hall (Faber) The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for ...Read More

COVID-19 SF/F Event Cancellations as of 7/10/2020

Numerous upcoming conventions and literary events have been postponed or canceled as part of efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes respiratory illness COVID-19. The situation remains in flux as the full extent of the pandemic remains to be seen. We will update this story and our convention listing with further information about cancellations and postponements as it becomes available. Readercon 31, scheduled for July 9-12, ...Read More

Sunspot Jungle, Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Bill Campbell

In 2018 Rosarium Publishing passed a milestone of five years in publishing, a remarkable accomplishment in this competitive industry, and Sunspot Jungle is an anniversary gift from the small press to itself

Tales from the Script

by Alec Nevala-Lee “Retention,” my latest short story for Analog (July/August 2020) [on sale now], was originally written as an audio play, and before you