|Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 12:14 pm: |
Here's the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY publisher SOLARIS announces FIRST signings
BL Publishing is very pleased to announce the first three signings to its brand new science fiction and fantasy imprint, Solaris.
ASHOK BANKER – IRON GODS
Acclaimed author of the highly successful Ramayana series, ASHOK BANKER presents a galaxy-spanning spectacle of classic science fiction. Iron Gods is wrought on a truly epic scale, an adventure-filled, high concept space opera deep in the vein of Greg Bear’s Forge of God and Peter F Hamilton’s The Reality Dysfunction.
This powerful new novel examines the consequences of first contact with alien beings and the fallout that occurs when they alter the course of the human race forever. Infused with an Indian aesthetic, but drawing deeply on Western sensibilities too, this is science fiction with a truly global – and universal – perspective.
Praise for Ashok Banker
“A cracking good yarn... Bask in the warm waters of one of the sources of world mythology, made more accessible to the modern, Western reader by Banker's excellent narrative interpretation... In a word, Wow!”
—The Alien Online
JEFFREY THOMAS – DEADSTOCK
Highly regarded short story writer JEFFREY THOMAS pens a gritty SF detective thriller set amongst the dirty streets of his famed setting, the city of Punktown. Deadstock is ultra-noir science fiction at its very best – raw, edgy and dark. Adding a modern twist to the cyberpunk genre, it follows Private Detective Jeremy Stake as he hunts living genetic experiments through a bleak dystopian future, all the while doing battle with his own personal demons and trying to stay one step ahead of his sinister employer.
This bold new novel will appeal to fans of Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, William Gibson’s Neuromancer and George Alec Effinger’s When Gravity Fails.
Praise for Jeffrey Thomas and Punktown
“Punktown is searing and alien and anxious and rich, and it is humane, and it is moving. Jeffrey Thomas has done something wonderful.”
– China Mieville
NATASHA RHODES – DANTE’S GIRL
Fresh from the novelization of the smash hit Blade: Trinity movie, rock music photographer NATASHA RHODES has written a contemporary vampire novel set amidst the glamour and corruption of LA. Dark and sexy, this is modern fantasy with a cosmopolitan twist that will appeal to all fans of supernatural literature, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sex and the City.
Dante’s Girl marks the beginning of a fantastic series of dark supernatural adventures in the vein of Laurel K Hamilton’s Anita Blake sequence or Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten.
Praise for Natasha Rhodes
“Taut and gripping, Natasha Rhodes’s prose is that precious thing: the stuff you just can’t put down…”
Solaris publisher Marc Gascoigne adds: “This is just the first of a wave of announcements of signings to our new imprint. As we suspected, the arrival of Solaris has revealed a large untapped pool of SF and Fantasy writing talent. We’re especially gratified to welcome Ashok Banker; although known for his rich epic fantasies, his move to hard SF is nothing short of spectacular and we’re very pleased to offer a home for his new direction. Stay tuned for plenty more announcements soon!”
IRON GODS, DEADSTOCK and DANTE’S GIRL will be published by SOLARIS in spring 2007, for simultaneous release in the UK and USA. All deals were concluded by Solaris commissioning editors Christian Dunn and Mark Newton.
For more information please contact BL Publishing on: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call George Mann on ++44 (0)115 - 900 4172
|Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 04:29 am: |
That's fantastic news, Jeff - congratulations! I'll be looking forward to it.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 11:45 am: |
Thanks, Keith; very proud of the story, and the sale!
|Posted on Saturday, September 09, 2006 - 01:54 am: |
Solaris have the cover up on their new web site -- I think it's brilliant!
It's up at Amazon.com, too, though the colors of the cover are weirdly reversed there!
|Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 03:44 am: |
The Solaris web site has made the prologue of DEADSTOCK available as a PDF sneak peek:
Beware the painted phallus!
|Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 05:41 am: |
It's me again. Hi, me!
Hey, Britain's prestigious newspaper The Guardian has given DEADSTOCK a glowing review, here:
They say: "This is that rare animal, a thriller that keeps the reader guessing. Thomas's control of pacing and plot is expert, while Punktown has the chaotic immediacy and lived-in feel of a real place...Deadstock is a gripping page-turner written with verve and intelligence."
|Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 01:40 pm: |
Solaris books has created some handsome desktop designs for DEADSTOCK, that can be downloaded here:
Not enough DEADSTOCK for you? Read on!
His name is Buddy Vrolik -- a mutant suffering from the condition called Acardia amorphus, which has given him the form of a 150 pound sphere of flesh. But the people of Punktown know him as BUDDY BALLOON, the star of the hit VT sitcom! Buddy is hooked up to a device that transmits his thoughts into vocalizations, and he's famous for his snide wisecracks about his zany sitcom family. Of course, the lewd and crude Buddy is best known for his line, "Somebody Kill Me!" BUDDY BALLOON figures into the novels DEADSTOCK and its upcoming sequel BLUE WAR, and now you can lie back in your BUDDY BALLOON t-shirt and BUDDY BALLOON thong while sipping from your BUDDY BALLOON coffee mug, by shopping for your own BUDDY BALLOON merchandise here:
Let BUDDY BALLOON be your best buddy!
|Posted on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 01:45 pm: |
The Solaris web site now features an interview they did with me. You can read it here:
Yesterday I received the thrilling news that Publishers Weekly will be giving DEADSTOCK a starred review in the 2/19/07 issue. Yesssss!!!!!
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:38 pm: |
(Doggedly carrying on my one-sided conversation here!)
The starred Publishers Weekly review of DEADSTOCK can now be seen online at:
Quite happy, of course, with words like: “For a wild ride…readers will be hard-pressed to find a better vehicle than Thomas’s bizarre multiverse; fans of cyberpunk noir and Lovecraftian horror will find much to enjoy in this messy, bravura hybrid.” I’m messy, and proud of it!
|Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 11:26 pm: |
A few cool bits of news. This was posted by Clint Leduc at Shocklines.com:
"Just a heads up for any Massachusetts/New England area Shockliners...we have another exciting event coming up at the B. Dalton Bookseller in Braintree, MA (located in the South Shore Plaza Mall). On Saturday, March 24th from 2:00-5:00pm, we're throwing a launch party for the release of Jeffrey Thomas' new Punktown novel (the very first mass market Punktown novel), DEADSTOCK. Come on in and pick up a signed copy, and while you're there enjoy some free coffee & donuts! We're working out some kind of prize drawing as well, details to come on that later. Hope to see some Shockliners at the event!"
Come on, now, don't leave me there eating those donuts alone!
And SF Signal gives DEADSTOCK a wonderful, insightful review -- the reviewer really got, and appreciated, all that I was aiming for:
The DEADSTOCK coolness rolls on!
|Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 09:42 am: |
Hey Jeffty--congrats on the new book!
|Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 09:52 pm: |
Oh my God, a guest on my board! THANKS for the congrats, Robert! Going to Readercon this year? Hope to see you there.
|Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 06:55 am: |
There’s been a great new review of DEADSTOCK here, at the web site for the Sci Fi Channel:
“Forget it, Stake — it’s Punktown” indeed! (These words had occurred to me, myself, when I was still polishing the book.)
And, the UK’s wonderful SFX magazine has interviewed me for their web site, here:
They have a review of DEADSTOCK in their current issue, #155, which I just sent away for (hope they liked it!), and it won the “Star Letter prize” in issue # 154, whatever that means! I ordered that, too, just to see.
Meanwhile, the Amazon.com reviews are coming in, and I’m liking them. There’s one by a fan of mine who calls herself Schtinky, whose reviews I always enjoy. And then there’s this comment, which I wish could be a blurb on the book: “It’s like watching ‘Blade Runner’ while eating Ben & Jerry’s and chasing it with Malibu Rum and Diet Pepsi with lime.”
I’ve received copies of the second UK printing (it’s exciting that there had to BE a second printing, almost before the book had even made the shelves!). There are new quotes on the front and back covers and first page to reflect the reviews in the Guardian and Publishers Weekly. Oh, but it looks so nice.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 12:41 am: |
Last week Gail Martin, author of the Solaris novel THE SUMMONER, recorded a conversation we had to feature on her web site as part of an ongoing series. The topic for our chat was, "Why do fantasy novels romanticize the past while science fiction novels tend to envision a bleak future?" To hear our little talk on this subject, you can download an mp3 here:
Also, there's another nice review of DEADSTOCK here:
I like that they got the novel's thoughts on what constitutes identity in a world when sentient life can be mass produced: "Along the way, he meets genetically engineered mutants, clones and the deadstock of the title. Like them, Stake has a warped sense of self, and is unable even to look in a mirror to remind himself who he is. By the end, however, he’s rediscovering some self-esteem."
|Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 12:55 am: |
Yet another review of DEADSTOCK here; a tough critic, judging from his other reviews, but overall it's pleasing.
|Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 02:16 pm: |
I thought I'd point out a cool article about DEADSTOCK and Punktown that Jeff VanderMeer wrote for Amazon.com's blog (he's their official SF/fantasy blogger). The article takes a fun angle about the origins of Punktown, and the videos Scott and I used to set there. Some photos of vintage Thomas Brothers movie props accompany the article:
SEE - an authentic Hate Machine (which inspired the PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY short story by that name)!
SEE - an eerie papier-mache zombie!
SEE - Jeffrey's ex-wife Rose portraying a three-eyed mutant (with the help of a latex mask using a halved milk jug as its base)!
Go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/post/PLNKTZ24GK5H6U55
The article has a nice plug for the next Punktown novel, BLUE WAR, as well. Now, I guess I should get back to writing it!