Voyager Australia |

Voyager at the Ditmar Awards

We’re feeling super proud of our Voyager stars Kim Westwood and Tansy Rayner Roberts for their nominations in the 2012 Ditmar Awards. Congratulations! Tansy Rayner Roberts’ novel The Shattered City & Kim Westwood’s The Courier’s New Bicycle are nominated in the Best Novel Category. Tansy is also up for a load of other awards too!

To see the full ballot head over to Continuum http://continuum.org.au/ditmar-awards-ballot-released/#content The 2012 Ditmar Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Australians in 2011.

Voyager US |

Congratulations to the Shirley Jackson Award nominees

We’re thrilled to announce that we have two nominees in the Edited Anthology category:

Edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

GHOSTS BY GASLIGHT: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers

THE THACKERY T. LAMBHEAD CABINET OF CURIOUSITIES: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists, edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

In addition, Lucius Shepard’s “Rose Street Attractors,” from Ghosts by Gaslight is up for Best Novella!

CONGRATULATIONS to Jack, Nick, Ann, Jeff. Lucius, and all of the contributors to these great anthologies!

The awards will be announced July 23rd at Readercon, and the full list of nominees is here.

Voyager UK |

New acquisition announced for HarperVoyager UK

We at HarperVoyager UK are very excited to announce a new acquisition, which went out live in The Bookseller today as one of the Big Deals of the London Book Fair (recently held at Earl’s Court Exhibition centre on April 16-18).

The full press release details follow:

News Release
From the London Book Fair 2012

HarperFiction acquires three books by debut author Tom Isbell

 London, 18 April 2012:

HarperFiction Publisher Kate Elton, along with HarperVoyager commissioning editor Amy McCulloch, has acquired, at auction, UK and Commonwealth rights to three books by debut novelist Tom Isbell, beginning with The Hatchery, from Chandler Crawford at Chandler Crawford Agency and Victoria Sanders at Victoria Sanders & Associates.

Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future, The Hatchery follows a group of physically-impaired boys, known as LTs, who organize a daring escape from their camp after realizing they’re being raised as prey for a sadistic group of human hunters.

Amy McCulloch says: “The Hatchery is YA dystopian fiction at its raw, emotional, gritty best: brilliant writing, a terrifying world, and absolutely compelling characters you can’t help but root for. It is both an emotional rollercoaster and an action-packed read. It’s unusual to find a book that balances both elements so successfully and, as a result, I feel like The Hatchery is truly one of those rare books that will crossover into an adult market that is as hungry for these stories as YA.”

Victoria Sanders says: “We are all thrilled about HarperFiction’s passion for The Hatchery, and look forward to much success in both the YA and adult markets.”

Tom Isbell says: “I am so honoured to be working with both Kate and Amy on The Hatchery, and their belief in the LTs and their journey to a better place means so much to me. I feel like the luckiest guy alive.”

About the author:  Tom Isbell is an actor and has starred opposite stars such as Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Turturro, Anne Bancroft, and many others.  Credits range from the movies True Lies and The Abyss to such TV shows as Designing Women, Golden Girls, Columbo and Murder, She Wrote.  His play, Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major opened at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the fall of 2006 and went on a national tour in 2008.  It was made into a book, with Ronald Kidd writing the adaptation and then-First Lady Laura Bush penning the Foreword. A sequel, Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe, was produced in 2009.  He is currently working on an adaptation of Rodman Philbrick’s Newberry Honor-winning book, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, to be produced by Theatre for Young Audiences at the Kennedy Center in the fall of 2012.  A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he is a professor of theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion of Excellence in January, 2007.

Issued by: Elizabeth Dawson
PR Director, HarperFiction

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David Gemmell Awards 2012

Four Voyager titles have been nominated in the David Gemmell Awards! Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence ( HarperUK & HarperAUS ) & Heir of Night by Helen Lowe ( HarperUS ) are up for the Morningstar Award ( Best debuts of 2011 ) & the covers for both Journey by Night by Aaron Briggs ( HarperAUS ) & Oracle’s Fire by Frank Victoria ( HarperAUS ) are up for the Ravenheart Award ( best cover art of 2011 ) Congratulations to all our authors & artists!

Vote for Prince of Thorns or The Heir of Night here: http://www.gemmellaward.com/page/the-morningstar-award

and vote for either Journey by Night or Oracle’s Fire here: http://www.gemmellaward.com/page/the-ravenheart-award

Voyager US |

April Voyager Value E-Book Sales!

 

April Voyager Value E-Book Sales!

Emissaries of the Dead The Praxis Semper Mars
$7.99 $2.99 $8.99 $2.99 $7.99 $2.99
Fortress in the Eye of Time The Sharing Knife Volume One
$8.99 $2.99 $7.99 $2.99
You can also buy them directly from your favorite Indie store by clicking here!

Voyager US |

Kadrey, Feist at LA Times Festival of the Book April 21-22

Richard Kadrey (Aloha From Hell) and Raymond E. Feist (A Crown Imperiled) will be featured at the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book this weekend! See below for panel and signing times. A full schedule can be found here. Hope you can be there!

 

Richard Kadrey

Saturday, April 21

3 p.m.

SIGNING: Mysterious Galaxy booth #372

Sunday, April 22

11 a.m.

PANEL: Fiction, Bump In the Night (Panel 2082)

Davidson Continuing Education Center

Melissa de la Cruz
Seth Grahame-Smith
Deborah Harkness
Richard Kadrey

Moderator: Paul Tremblay

Raymond E. Feist

Sunday April 22

11 a.m.

PANEL: Fiction & Fantasy: Otherworldly Adventures

Taper Hall, Panel 2111

Panelists

Greg Bear

Raymond E. Feist

Boyd Morrison

Moderator: Rob Latham

12 p.m.

A book signing will follow the panel.

Voyager UK |

Voyager UK hosts a party at the Tower of London

It’s certainly been a week to remember for HarperVoyager UK. Having the great George R.R. Martin in town means that we have been able to toast his great success and to celebrate all the other fantastic authors and team members that have made Voyager the UK’s number one science fiction and fantasy publisher.

From L-R: Jon Courtney Grimwood, Sam Baker, Abdel Bakrim, George R.R. Martin, and two guests from HBO

Last night was literally the ‘crowning’ event, a party celebrating Voyager held at the infamous White Tower at the Tower of London, with George as the guest of honour. Invitees were treated to a private tour of the crown jewels (we really could have done with the royal punch bowl to fill with 100 bottles of wine) and the armoury, before heading up to the second floor of the White Tower to mingle with our guest of honour and his lovely wife Parris; fellow Voyager authors Stacia Kane, James Smythe and Stephen Hunt; and Game of Thrones cast members John Bradley West and Gethin Anthony.

George R.R. Martin with the two Waterstones competition winners

Voyager publishing director Jane Johnson and deputy publishing director Emma Coode gave a joint speech, with a well-deserved thank you to Laura Mell, publicity maven extraordinaire who organized the event as well as the rest of George’s packed schedule.

Then the rest of the evening was dedicated to champagne, canapés and ogling Henry VIII’s codpiece (who did he think he was kidding?). George, Parris and all the Voyager authors were then whisked away to witness the Ceremony of the Keys – the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, an event that has happened every night, without fail, for 700 years.

And may all our Voyager books last that long!

The tower at night - no tourists to be seen... spooky

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Robin Hobb is at Romantic Times and C2E2 in Chicago this weekend!

04/11/12 – 04/15/12 Robin Hobb in Rosemont, Illinois at RT Booklovers Convention

Wednesday, April 11

4:45 p.m. Social: Intergalactic Bar and Grille

 

Friday, April 13:

11:15 a.m. Panel: “Beyond Unicorns & Elves”

6:15 to 7:30 pm: Signing

 

 

04/13/12 Robin Hobb in Chicago, Illinois at Chicago Comic Con Buy tickets

Friday, April 13:

1:00 p.m. Signing

2:00 p.m. Panel: “Modern Dragon Lore: a tribute to Anne McCaffrey”

Voyager US |

Starred PW review for Vicki Pettersson’s THE TAKEN

We could not be more excited for Vicki Pettersson’s upcoming new Celestial Blues series, which starts with THE TAKEN 6/12/12, featuring fallen angel Griffin Shaw and intrepid reporter, and we’re far from the only ones.  THE TAKEN has received great advance quotes from Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, and Sophie Littlefield, and now just received a fabulous starred review from Publishers Weekly!

“In a world where angels can be monsters, Griffin Shaw, a murdered PI turned tough-guy soul-collector, and Las Vegas reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig lock horns and hearts in this supernatural noir mystery. The resulting irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy.”   – Publishers Weekly  ”starred review”

Here’s a great Q&A with Vicki about her angels, writing supernatural noir, rockabilly and more at Publishers Weekly.

Other praise for THE TAKEN:

“A stylish, atmospheric mash-up of rockabilly and angelic affairs … The Taken proves that Pettersson is not afraid to explore the darkest corners of the human heart – and that her gift for writing redemption is unsurpassed.” — Sophie Littlefield

“A delectably dark paranormal thriller. I’ve always been a fan of Pettersson’s work, but she knocks it out of the park with this one.” — Kelley Armstrong

“Exceptional. An enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages until the final, satisfying end. I can’t wait for the sequel.” –Kim Harrison

Voyager UK |

George R.R. Martin interview with Jane Johnson – Part One

Jane: I’ve heard you say that historical fiction and fantasy are “sisters under the skin”. Can you tell me more about what you mean by that?

George: Historical books are a little grittier, which is one of the things I wanted to do when combining the two; to take that sort of gritty realism you find in a historical novel and combine it with the imagination and wonder of Fantasy.

I have thought about writing historical fiction myself, when I interviewed Bernard Cornwell for Harper a few months ago we talked about this.  For me the frustration in writing real historical fiction is that if you know history you know how it comes out. You can write about the actual Wars of the Roses and you know what’s going to happen to those princes in the tower and you know what’s going to happen at the battle of Bosworth Field. With my books I like to keep them a little off balance. Ultimately you don’t know what’s going to happen to the kids in my books or who’s going to live or die or end up with their head on a spike.

But the reading experience can be quite similar. Jane has been reading the Accursed Kings series by the great Maurice Druon – a wonderful series of historical novels.  One of the great things for me when I read them was that I didn’t know a lot of the history. You know, French people may know all of this but for me it wasn’t something that was covered on our history courses, nor presumably, in history courses here. I didn’t know who these people were, even only the most abstract terms, or how this was going to come out. That was a very similar reading experience to a fantasy novel.

Jane: They read incredibly fresh. We’ve just bought the world rights to publish them because they’ve been out of print since the sixties, I think it’s going to be great fun to make them available to people. They read as if they were written yesterday, they’re really sharp and funny, as well.

The brothers Goncourt said: “History is a novel that has been lived…” I think that’s a really good quote but I feel also that with A Game of Thrones, you feel that every character in your books has a life that goes on behind the scenes: they’re not just walking out on stage and playing out what you want them to play out. You do see them as real people. How much of that elaboration do you have in your head before you set out writing your characters?

George: I’m not actually deluded enough to think that they are real people. I know that I’m making them up. It seems obvious but I’ve met some writers over the years that have peculiar views on the subject and seem to think they’re receiving emanations from other dimensions or something. I don’t buy into that but certainly when I’m writing these characters and living with them they achieve enormous reality to me.

You know, many years ago I wrote a short story, a novelette actually, that won the Nebula award called “Portraits of His Children”. It is about a writer and his relationship with his characters. Its sort of a cliché that characters are a writer’s children but there’s a great amount of truth to it. At least for a writer like myself; the characters I have created over the years are a part of me, are a part of my life. They are not me, but they are created by me and are a part of me. The analogy with the children has a certain apt-ness to it.

Jane: Well you’re a cruel father

George: I take after the Romans; they had the whole “paterfamilias” thing going on there. If you were a disappointing son “I’m sorry son you’re disappointing me would you please commit suicide”…“Yes dad I’d be happy to”. We’ve lost some of these traditions over the years.

Voyager UK |

George R.R. Martin in conversation with Jane Johnson

Last night at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, 500 George R.R. Martin fans had the opportunity to listen to the man himself in conversation with his UK editor (and Voyager Publishing Director, and successful author in her own right) Jane Johnson. Tickets were sold through Waterstones Gower Street, who were wonderful hosts for George and Jane, and who delivered a sell-out event.

The scheduled 30-minute conversation overran to just under an hour, but no-one in the audience was complaining – in fact, most tweeters were annoyed that it didn’t go on longer! George opened with two very exciting announcements: that both Game of Thrones the TV series and A Dance with Dragons had been nominated for Hugo Awards (for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form and Best Novel, respectively) and that Game of Thrones has officially been picked up by HBO for a third season.

Then Jane opened with the questioning, beginning with a note on how closely related Fantasy and Historical fiction are – as George said, they are “sisters under the skin” – which gave George the opportunity to expand upon his love of Historical fiction. Any George fan should read his excellent interview with Bernard Cornwell, and he also cites the brilliant French author Maurice Druon (The Accursed Kings) as one of the influences for A Song of Ice and Fire.

Following on were questions concerning how he manages to hold all the character threads and settings and histories of A Song of Ice and Fire in his head while writing (George admits: sometimes at the expense of real-life memories!) and his views on war and why fantasy writers in particular find it such fascinating subject matter. A few questions from Jane’s Twitter feed (Follow her: @JaneJohnsonBakr) caused a few laughs and a bit of consternation from George – like the question about how he manages to write so well from the point of view of a teenage girl! The answer, said the author, comes down to empathy – he’s not a dwarf, a crippled boy or a teenage girl but all of those characters are, at their heart, just people, and that common thread of humanity helps George get into the skin of any person he needs to. Look out for a full transcript of the interview, coming shortly on this blog.

A very successful signing followed, with fans lining up to have their books ‘defaced’ (as George calls it) by one of their idols.

It all went very smoothly and we have it on good authority that George RR Martin loved his time meeting and greeting the UK fans. Voyager would like to extend a special thanks to anyone who came out to the event and contributed to being such a gracious audience – it was a great event and that’s all down to the fans.