Friday, March 11, 2011

2010 faves, new publisher and publishing forum

The results from the SF Crowsnest's readers poll are in. Check out the Hyper Hundred Best sci-fi novels of 2010.

Thery're top ten includes:
Some of the books in the top ten include:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi.
Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds.
Kraken by China Mieville.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
How many have you read?

Better late than never are my top ten faves from last year with links to my reviews:
The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
www:WATCH by Robert J. Sawyer
Mad Skills by Walter Greatshell
Soulless by Gail Carringer
Mozaart's Blood by Louise Marley
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
Are You There? And Other Stories by by Jack Skillingstead

There's a new e-publishing company that looks like they know what they're doing. Auriga Press handles novels of 100K words or more, mostly as digital releases. Explore their cool new website to learn more.

The Gatekeepers Post, a "Social Media Book Publishing Community," launched on Feb 1st. Frankly, it frightens me. Where do you begin. It seems to be a very busy place, but I've been too busy to really search through its many nooks and crannies to see if it only looks busy. The press release claims it is "A cross between Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly, the outlet features some of the most important and respected voices in book publishing."

And here's the name-dropping portion:
"The support from the industry has been overwhelming," says Rivera, "I'm proud of the high caliber of Gatekeepers and guest bloggers who'll be joining us." Veteran agents, major editors, librarians, publishers, publicists and authors such as New York Times bestseller Alisa Valdes Rodriguez will be lending their voice to the community as well. Book publishing heavy weights such as Andrea Barzvi of ICM, Keith Ogorek of Author Solutions, Harvey Klinger of the Harvey Klinger Agency, Bill Gladstone of Waterside Productions, Glenn Yeffeth of BenBella Books, Steve Wilson CEO of Fast Pencil and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of Gotham Group have also joined.

And the promise:
A steady stream of book-centric reviews, headlining news, articles, and op-ed pieces, will be incorporated within the outlet along with forthcoming special events such as virtual panel discussions and online conferences.

Why not head on over and check it out? You might want to give me a heads up before you go in and let me know when you come out, so I know if I need to send a rescue party.


Reid Kemper said...

"The Quantum Thief" by Rajaniemi sounds interesting. I missed Sawyer's WWW series, but they sound interesting as well.

Ed said...

I just finished Kraken. Very heavy in detail and not for the faint of heart. A very good read. I usually can get through a thick volume in a week, this was almost a month.

Ann Wilkes said...

@Reid - Look for a review of WWW:Wonder along with an interview of Robert Sawyer the first week of April. Just finished interviewing him. Good stuff!
@Ed - Haven't read a thick one in a while. I'll have to put it on my list.

Reid Kemper said...

Thanks for the heads up! I'll check out the review and interview when you post it.