The Djinn Falls in Love (with Mahvesh Murad):
"Exquisite and audacious, and highly recommended." - The New York Times
"Irregularity is incredible, 'a webwork of reference, inspiration, inference and opposition' which investigates the place of the imagination in an era on the very edge of enlightenment" - Tor.com
"At its worst it’s entertaining and fun; at its best it does indeed succeed in doing something interesting and new with mummies and exploring their cultural status" - res gerendae (University of Cambridge)
The Lowest Heaven (with Anne Perry):
"A perfect snapshot of the state of current science fiction.... There's a lot to relish here, a lot to enjoy, and nothing that doesn't display both thought and talent." - Arc
Pornokitsch [has] fast found its way on to the favourite bookmarks of many readers thanks to creators Anne C Perry and Jared Shurin's insightful reviews, easy style and refreshing lack of the po-faced earnestness that can afflict many genre review sites. - Guardian
Plus 30-ish other anthologies, magazines, chapbooks, novels, and novelettes.
We are surrounded by media and influences, from The Wire to BritPop, Harry Potter to the menu at our favourite Italian restaurant. Trying to determine what sticks in our subconscious—much less the subconscious of our favourite author—is an impossible task.What we do know is that, for whatever reason(s), many of which are completely coincidental, 2006 wound up being a remarkable year. Thanks, Spice Girls. (Why was 2006 such an epic year in epic fantasy?)
How do you recognise the path to completion? At what point in Zeno's infinite copy-edits does he eventually deserve to claim the title of author? Hans Ulrich Obrist explored the idea, tangentially, with Unbuilt Roads, which focused on the 'unrealized' projects - architectural plans that, for some reason or another, never achieved fruition. But it too is a celebration of beginning, not middling: a recognition of 'speculation', and not the process along the way.
If we're going to get more people down the path from A to Z, we need a better way of celebrating B to Y. ("Middle Receivers Don't Win the Cy Young")
I think we bandy the term ‘escapism’ around a lot in genre fiction—often as a way of apologising for, or worse yet, ignoring, badly-written work. But Ibn-e-Safi reminds us that ’escapism’ also has inherent social value: a way of giving recreation and, as he later notes, a way of seeding “high concepts” to everyone. Literature in all forms is a mental retreat—why should that be a journey reserved exclusively for the elite? (Ibn-e-Safi's The House of Fear)
"Critics aren’t complicated, really. They’re just part of the cultural metabolism. A huge number of books get published, more every year, and somebody has to digest them and help readers find the good ones (or the ones they like, anyway). We’re like intestinal bacteria." (Interview: Lev Grossman)
If you go into this thinking that you can “win” and have the definite collection of something, you’re just going to wind up frustrated (and poor). It is more important to turn this on its head: collecting is something you can do forever; there are always more books to find and opportunities to grow your own stash of treasures. ("So you want to be a book collector...")
This book is all about the how, and that makes it perfect for a reread: whether you’ve read it six times or none, we’re all on the same page. It is a book nearly impossible to spoil. (Reread: KJ Parker's The Folding Knife)
It begins in "ages deep", describing the world and its three moons and—you’ll hear this word a lot—dragons. Dragons, dragons, dragons. In case you forget what sort of lance-book you picked up, the first two stanzas of the series use the word “dragon” five times. (Reread: The Dragonlance Chronicles)
In the matrix, however, time does not exist—explaining, to some small degree, Case’s obsession with returning to cyberspace.... Neuromancer introduces a mechanism where Case spends much of the book “flipping” back and forth with a VR device, reversing between the abstract vastness of cyberspace and the vigorous physicality of Molly’s sensations. With every abrupt change in perception, the reader gets a fraction of what Case must feel—the shift from languorous contemplation of the universal to grubby, painful reality. ("Neuromancer", in Literary Wonderlands)
Articles and reviews have also appeared online at Barnes and Noble, The Literary Platform, Weaponizer, Blackwells Bookshops, The Book Smugglers, London Calling, Hub Fiction, and Terrible Minds; in print with Marketing Week, BFS Journal, Weaponizer, Alt Hist, and Adventure Rocketship; and collected in Speculative Fiction 2012 and 2013, 1001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You Die, Literary Landscapes and Literary Wonderlands .
Odds and ends
Tim Weaver's MISSING (with Penguin Random House):
Over one million listeners and winner of seven different awards, including iTunes' Best of the Year, a BIMA jury prize, and and the WARC Innovation Prize.
A relative newcomer, oozing just the right amounts of swagger, hipness and (with a tip of the hat to what really makes writers tick) rum. The Kitschies' shortlist... exemplifies the organisers' mission to honour "the year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works of genre literature". - Guardian
During its five year run, Jurassic London published over four dozen titles, including award-winning original fiction, contemporary non-fiction, chapbooks featuring new authors, and luxury editions of both new and classic works.
Events have included partnerships with the Royal Observatory, Egypt Exploration Society, English PEN, Chelsea Fringe, National Maritime Museum, Tate Britain and many more.