SHARKPUNK 2 is the sequel to 2015’s SHARKPUNK, an anthology of killer shark stories by a host of genre talent, and published by Snowbooks. SHARKPUNK 2 features brand new SF, F and WTF? stories from the likes of James Lovegrove, Gavin Smith, Gav Thorpe, Guy Haley, Michael Carroll, Jonathan Oliver, and many more.
The inspiration behind the original SHARKPUNK was such classic shark movies as Jaws, Deep Blue Sea and The Reef – as well as such B-movie delights as Sharknado, Sharktopus and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus – and SHARKPUNK 2 contains more of the same.
SHARKPUNK 2 will also feature a brand new, original Sky Sharks story, set within the same universe as the forthcoming movie, directed by Marc Fehse, which was also funded via Kickstarter.
The book’s editor is Jonathan Green, who is most well known as an author of adventure gamebooks and steampunk novels, and whose previous anthologies – SHARKPUNK, GAME OVER and Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu – have won both critical and popular acclaim.
The Kickstarter to fund production of SHARKPUNK 2 launches on Saturday 28 th January 2017 at 12:00pm GMT (7:00am in New York, 11:00pm in Melbourne) and features a number of exclusives rewards. Included among these are signed Sky Sharks postcards, signed books, and the chance to have your name appear in print. There are also a number of reduced price rewards which will only be available during the Kickstarter’s first week, to encourage early backing.
This is the second anthology for Solaris from this editor, and whilst building on the excellence of the first, it has a fresh line up. New short fiction from the likes of Vandana Singh, Nancy Kress and (recent winner of the Red Tentacle) Nick Harkaway, features alongside 16 other works from writers both well known and relatively new, some of whom usually write only in long or novel forms. Refreshingly this selection is almost 50/50 male/female authors, meaning that the author of the opening work ‘Tom’, Paul Cornell would not need to stand down on parity grounds should this selection ever feature as a convention panel.
Following an (interesting) opening discourse from editor Ian Whates, this book races off on a goodly romp through a variety of science fiction and writing styles. Each story within tackles some key part of the human condition. ‘Tom’ is an exploration of coming to parenthood, made more poignant by knowing that Paul Cornell wrote it in the run up to the birth of his first child, whilst Neil Williamson’s ‘Pearl In The Shell’ is an all too possible tale of DRM gone quite peculiar, particularly poignant when you know that he is also a gigging musician. In ‘When Thomas Jefferson Dined Alone’ Kristine Kathryn Rusch explores attitudes in academia and relationships, through the medium of commentary on and letters by various White House occupants, an unusually futuristic University History Department, and the comparison of time travel and ouija boards.
There are also all the expected Monsters, Aliens, Starships, twists on contemporary life, guns, and far more. There is something for everyone, and Solaris Rising 2 serves as a brilliant gateway to the further and existing works of the authors featured within.
Expected retail price is £7.99
All authors featured: Paul Cornell, Nancy Kress, James Lovegrove, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Eugie Foster, Neil Williamson, Nick Harkaway, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Peel, Allen Steele, Kim Lakin-Smith, Kay Kenyon, Mercurio D. Rivera, Martin Sketchley, Norman Spinrad, Liz Williams, Martin McGrath, Mike Allen, Vandana Singh.
Paul Cornell, Nancy Kress, James Lovegrove and Adrian Tchaikovsky are just some of the top names featured in the brand new science-fiction anthology, Solaris Rising 2.
Featuring new short stories from big names in the genre, this latest galaxy-spanning collection of science-fiction from the leader in SF anthologies. Showcasing the finest new science fiction from both celebrated authors and the most exciting of emerging writers, it follows in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed first volume, editor Ian Whates has once again gathered together a plethora of thrilling and daring talent.
From unexplored frontiers to common themes of the genre – alien worlds, time travel, artificial intelligence – this is science-fiction made entirely new in the telling and once again proves why SF continues to be the most innovative, satisfying, and downright exciting genre of all.
The battle begins on 27th March (US & Canada) and 12th April (UK)
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In the latest in the New York Times bestselling Pantheon series, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, Cortez?s brutal suppression of Mexico never happened and the Aztec Empire rules the world.
Yet in jungle-infested London, a masked vigilante defies this cruel and ruthless oppressive regime: the Conquistador. As the apocalypse looms, he must help assassinate the mysterious and immortal Aztec emperor, but police detective Mal Vaughn is hot on his trail, determined to bring him to justice.
Merging ancient religions, interest in the ?forthcoming? 2012 Mayan apocalypse, and high-octane military SF, Age of Aztec continues Lovegrove?s bestselling Pantheon series. A breathtaking series that is not to be missed, The Age of Odin went straight onto the NYT bestsellers list and Age of Aztec is sure to be another hit.
Solaris is delighted to announce that sales of the critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Pantheon series by James Lovegrove have now topped 100,000.
In a remarkable coup for a military-SF series, the killer blend of high-octane action and worlds dominated by ancient religions, including New York Times bestseller TheAge of Odin , has been a massive hit. The series is now set to continue with three new titles.
The series focuses on the central question of ?what if the Gods of Mythology were not only real but played a direct role in mankind?s lives?? Created as alternative histories that can be read as stand-alone novels or enjoyed as a collective, Lovegrove revitalises deities of old with hard-nosed military science fiction and fascinating re-imaginings of our world.
This April will see the publication of the next in the series, Age of Aztec , which envisages a world where the Aztecs defeated the Conquistadors and then spread their empire across the Earth. As the apocalypse looms, this regime of ruthless oppression and regular human sacrifice is now openly defied by a masked vigilante known as the Conquistador.
This year also sees the publication of the first ebook-only novella in the series, Age of Anansi, with the Age of Voodoo due for print publication in 2013.
The Age of Odin featured on the New York Times bestseller immediately upon release last year. The series also includes Age of Ra and Age of Zeus.
Marginalised rioters smash up their filthy ghettos in the heart of London; an underclass long dispossessed and reviled. But these aren?t hoodies and chavs, these are the demons among us, the strigoi … vampires.
It takes a special kind of ?community policeman? to bring law to the dark streets of the vampire ghettos. Captain John Redlaw is that man.
London?s most feared and respected officer for SHADE ? Sunless Housing And Disclosure Executive ? Redlaw must try and keep the peace as the strigoi slums erupt and angry humans overreact with violence of their own.
A fascinating world where vampires and humans live side-by-side, but not happily, Redlaw is the latest from the New York Times best-selling author of the hit Pantheon Trilogy: The Age of Ra, The Age of Zeus, and The Age of Odin ? prepare for 2011?s most striking new take on the vampire mythos.
As part of Solaris? on-going READ ANYTHING campaign, Redlaw will be available as an eBook in multiple platforms on the same day as the print version hits the shelves.
ANARCHY BOOKS is a radical new publishing company. Our focus is on multi-strand publishing projects, concepts which combine different media to present a wider experience for the entertainment junkie.
Our first project, SERIAL KILLERS INCORPORATED, is a thriller novel by Andy Remic, author of Spiral, Quake, Warhead, War Machine, Biohell, Hardcore, Cloneworld, Kell’s Legend, Soul Stealers and Vampire Warlords, with the music album provided by th3 m1ss1ng (featuring Jon Bodan from Atlanta’s Halcyon Way) and short film shot and chopped by Grunge Films. The novel and album release 1st April 2011, with the SERIAL KILLERS INCORPORATED short film June 2011.
Following SKINC comes SF novel SIM by Andy Remic, SF/horror novel MONSTROCITY by Jeffrey Thomas, the anthology VIVISEPULTURE featuring such notable authors as Neal Asher, Lauren Beukes, Eric Brown, Ian Graham, Vincent Holland-Keen, James Lovegrove, George Mann, Gary McMahon, Stan Nicholls, Andy Remic, Jordan Reyne, Ian Sales, Stephen Saville, Wayne Simmons, Jeffrey Thomas, Danie Ware, Ian Watson, Ian Whates, Conrad Williams, and with artwork by Vincent Chong, then horror novel RAIN DOGS by Gary McMahon. Each “project” is a work in progress, and will ship with varying degrees of album, game and film components.
ANARCHY BOOKS is looking to collaborate with musicians, video game creators (any platform) and filmmakers. Please read Archy Book’s SUBMISSION guidelines here www.anarchy-books.com.
It?s probably the most important sales-figures listing in the world: profoundly exclusive, scrupulous in its construction, and peerless in its influence. Since its first appearance in April 1942, the New York Times Best Sellers List has been a badge of success and a distinction that both book and author carry forever.
Solaris Books are very proud to announce that James Lovegrove?s The Age of Odin, the third stand-alone book in the Pantheon series, has made it onto the prestigious list, coming thirty-third in the list of Mass-Market Paperback Fiction for the week ending 16th January 2011, appearing in this weekend?s New York Times Book Review.
The Age Of Odin
Pitting retired British squaddies against an army of Norse giants, The Age of Odin follows Lovegrove?s previous projects The Age of Ra and The Age of Zeus ? described by the Guardian as ?The kind of complex, action-oriented science fiction Dan Brown would write if Dan Brown could write? ? in delivering a unique take on the stories of the gods and monsters of ancient mythology.
Author James Lovegrove was thrilled. ?My flabber is truly gasted by this news. I realise that this might be a career peak for me. Equally, maybe we can shunt the book higher up the chart. Come on, America. Now?s the time. I need you. Get out there and get buying. It?s your patriotic duty
?Seriously, though, what pleases me most is that The Age Of Odin is a book by a British author, written in a British idiom, full of parochial vernacular and references, and that hasn?t deterred Stateside readers one bit. In addition, it?s science fiction, and not even a popular form of the genre such as space opera, and has received almost no mainstream press review coverage. When you factor in all those potential minuses, you can’t help thinking that it?s the little book that done good.
?I can?t not mention the wonderful folks at Solaris, who are gracious, efficient and entertaining to work with. Their enthusiasm is matched only by their professionalism, and they?ve backed me to the hilt all the way. And if that doesn?t secure me a bigger advance on my next contract, I don’t know what will.
?Finally: I?ve caved in to pressure (and popular demand) and agreed to write at least two more Pantheon novels. So, there’s more to come, gods willing.?
Jonathan Oliver, Editor-in-Chief of Solaris Books, said, ?With so many amazing writers on our list, it?s great to see this kind of much-deserved recognition for one of our most talented authors.?
James Lovegrove can be heard discussing the Pantheon books and future projects on the May 2010 Abaddon & Solaris Books Podcast, available at http://www.solarisbooks.com/podcasts/index.xml.
About the Pantheon Series
A thematic series of related, but stand-alone novels, the Pantheon series addresses the theme of ?men versus the gods? in (to date) three different worlds, with three different pantheons, offering three different takes. All high-action military SF books, the series has presented an armed uprising against distant but powerful Egyptian divinities, a high-powered slugfest between battle-suited humans and super-heroic Greek gods, and now a gritty, intimate firefight between an infantry company and an army of ancient Norse giants.
James Lovegrove published his first novel at the age of twenty-four and has since written more than twenty books. His short fiction has appeared in magazines as diverse as Interzone and Nature and in numerous anthologies.