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She survived future wars, but can she survive her own fancy brothel?

In Kieran Shea's novel Koko Takes a Holiday, Koko Martstellar has retired as a mercenary after living through some of the most intense warfare imaginable. Her reward? Running a luxury brothel full of simulated violence and weirdness. Until it all starts going south. Here's the first ever excerpt. » 7/31/13 10:30am 7/31/13 10:30am

The Shining Girls is one of the best serial killer tales ever written

Lauren Beukes won critical acclaim for her first two novels, Zoo City and Moxyland, both of which were urban fantasies set in her native South Africa. Now she's set her imagination loose on a different continent, to explore the inner life of a serial killer in Chicago who figures out how to travel through time. The… » 5/17/13 3:58pm 5/17/13 3:58pm

A Brand New Cyberpunk Story By Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes' novel Zoo City won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. And her next novel, The Shining Girls, garnered a massive deal at last year's Frankfurt Book Fair. Here's her short story "Branded," which puts a South African spin on cyberpunk. It's an except from The… » 9/13/12 4:30pm 9/13/12 4:30pm

Charles Yu, Lauren Beukes and Cherie Priest on the Challenges and…

It's been an exciting time for anybody who wants to see Hollywood adapting some more adventurous source material. Acclaimed books by Charles Yu, Lauren Beukes and Cherie Priest have all gotten movie deals recently. Jeff VanderMeer has a great roundup of how all three authors have responded to the news — including… » 12/29/11 6:30am 12/29/11 6:30am

Harper Collins Launches An SF Boutique Imprint

A new science fiction imprint of Harper Collins, Angry Robot Books, has started up in the UK and will be publishing in the US and elsewhere starting in September. The first four Angry Robot titles sound super- promising, as well: Lauren Beukes' Moxyland follows four hipsters in a world where your virtual identity is… » 3/09/09 4:30pm 3/09/09 4:30pm