The SciFi Sandwich is a weekly article we put out to keep you up-to-date with the latest publishing news and author updates to take place in the science fiction and fantasy world.
Bread & Butter News
Bookshop.org Opens in the UK
Bookshop.org is an online bookstore that supports local, independent bookstores. For every sale that happens on their platform, 75% of the proceeds get donated to small book shops. When you buy from Bookshop.org, you can choose which small, local stores earn the profits of your sale, otherwise the money goes into a pool dedicated to financially supporting small bookstores.
Now, the online store has opened in the UK. We hope everyone across the pond will join in the effort to keep small stores alive and keep culture in our communities. Bookshop.org is a chance for us to stand up to the market domination that Amazon has. This is why we (Nicole & Rebecca) have chosen Bookshop.org as our affiliate partner. When you click on the links in our website, you’ll be taken to Bookshop.org.
Wildfires Take Toll on Booksellers
With the fires raging on the western side of the US, small businesses are faced with double turmoil. The coronavirus has dealt a hard blow on main stream shops and now, friends in Washington and Oregon face the additional destruction of spreading fires. Read up on how those orange, ashy skies are affecting some of the wonderful publishers and bookstores that have made the Pacific Northwest their home.
Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles Coming to Netflix
Fan of Rick Riordan? He’s the author of the Percy Jackson series. His trilogy, The Kane Chronicles, is coming to Netflix. The main character, 12-year-old Sadie Kane, is a striking role model for young girls. Riordan has been very vocal about staying true to his characters so the series is expected to be an inspiration for younger generations.
Bonus: The Percy Jackson Series is in development for a series on Disney.
Get To Know Mary Shelley
You might’ve read Frankenstein in your high school literature class, but Mary Shelley led such an elaborate life most are unaware of. In this exposé, learn about how Shelley grew into the woman she did and about how huge her impact on pop culture really was.
On Illustrating Tolkien
Artist Kip Rasmussen talks about how he fell in love with Tolkien’s work and he shares tidbits on his journey to illustrate The Silmarillion. Some of the things he has to say are the words of a die-hard fan:
The Silmarillion is not just one of the greatest works of serious world literature, but one of the greatest achievements in all of artistic endeavor.
Aside from getting the inside scoop on Rasmussen’s influences, you’ll also have the chance to see some of his stunning work. If you’re a fan of Tolkien or of next-level illustration, check out this interview.
Try a Sample
In this story by Grace Seybold, two sisters grow up in a society that replaces live bones with ghost bones. When one of the sisters makes an unusual choice of bone to go ghost, their lives are changed forever.
Trette’s Bones is a chilling tale that you’ll be thinking about for the rest of the day. Maybe even the rest of the week. Don’t pass it up.
New on the Menu
The Trouble With Peace (Book 2) by Joe Abercrombie; Orbit; 9/15/20
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini; Tor; 9/15/20
An Unnatural Life by Erin K. Wagner; Tor; 9/15/20
The Trials of Koli (Book 2) by M.R. Carey; Orbt; 9/15/20
Read an Excerpt From These Violent Delights
Chloe Gong’s debut novel comes out November 17th from Margaret K. McElderry Books. These Violent Delights is a futuristic re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet. In a city wrought with gang wars and betrayal, our fated characters will face a monstrosity that lives in the depths of the Huangpu River. Read an excerpt from this book and see if it’s something you’d like to pick up.
Stephen King’s Next Crime Novel
This likely won’t surprise you: Stephen King has yet another title coming out soon. This one is a hard-boiled detective novel. And, of course, in his King way, it will include a genre slant in the form of a young boy with supernatural powers.
The book, title Later, will be available in March 2021 by Hard Case Crime, an imprint of Titan Books dedicated to pulp. Two of King’s other novels – The Colorado Kid and Joyland – were also published by Hard Case Crime. They’re most notable by their nostalgic, pulp-inspired cover art. Read more about it on Syfy Wire or read a sample chapter on the publisher’s website.
Would You Like Fries With That?
Let this one sink in. It’s a photo of a 22-year-old Neil Gaiman and a 30-year-old Douglas Adams. This picture was originally taken by Polaroid.
Gaiman says it was Adams who made him a writer. He reminisced on his late friend in this article by The Guardian. The article also includes a lecture Gaiman did at Douglas Adams’ memorial in 2015. Good stuff.