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
Plus 30-ish other anthologies, magazines, chapbooks, novels, and novelettes.
Hans Ulrich Obrist's Unbuilt Roads, 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, 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 Relievers Don't Win the Cy Young")
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 journey be 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)
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' opening poem use the word “dragon” five times. (Reread: The Dragonlance Chronicles)
Articles and reviews have also appeared online at Barnes and Noble, The Literary Platform, Weaponizer, Blackwells, 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.
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
Also including events, workshops, and talks with the Royal Observatory, Egypt Exploration Society, English PEN, Chelsea Fringe, National Maritime Museum, Tate Britain, Newcastle Innovation Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, and many more.