An 18th century frigate does battle... in orbit around Mercury!

Michael J. Martinez's The Daedalus Incident has an irresistible premise: 18th century sailing ships flying around space, thanks to strange alchemical inventions. And here's an exclusive excerpt where two of those ships do battle while sailing the solar winds. » 8/14/13 12:45pm 8/14/13 12:45pm

It's official: The sale of Night Shade Books is going through

For the past two months, the fate of Night Shade Books has been up in the air. Would the beloved indie science fiction press go bankrupt, or would a buy-out by two entities, Skyhorse and Start, go through? Now, at last, we know — Night Shade will continue as an imprint of the two larger publishers. » 6/03/13 2:20pm 6/03/13 2:20pm

Buyers of Night Shade Books Also Acquiring a Great Horror Publisher

Underland Press has put out some amazing books in the "scary and strange" genres, including horror and the "new weird." And now it's being bought by Skyhorse and Start, the same two companies that are buying Night Shade Books. » 4/16/13 6:40am 4/16/13 6:40am

A Better Deal for Night Shade Books' Authors

Over the past week, authors and literary agents have been worried about what will happen to the 160 authors whose books were published by the struggling Night Shade Books. Now the prospective buyers, Skyhorse and Start, have agreed to offer a better deal than the one they originally planned. » 4/08/13 5:04pm 4/08/13 5:04pm

Night Shade Books' would-be owners on their controversial deal: "We're…

Night Shade Books has published some of the coolest books of the past several years, but it's also run into financial difficulties. Now Night Shade is trying to sell out to two other entities, in a deal that authors and agents have criticized. We talked to the prospective buyers, and they explained their side of… » 4/05/13 1:39pm 4/05/13 1:39pm

The sale of Night Shade Books is killing the best new science fiction…

We were afraid of this. Now that Night Shade Books is being sold off, this means a premature end to Eclipse Online, the online magazine started by Jonathan Strahan as a continuation of his acclaimed Eclipse book series. » 4/04/13 3:56pm 4/04/13 3:56pm

Night Shade Books Editor in Chief on the buyout: "This is the last…

Yesterday, we reported that Night Shade Books is being sold, and some authors aren't happy with the terms they're being offered as part of the sale. We reached out to Night Shade Editor in Chief Jeremy Lassen for comment, but didn't hear back from him in time for our deadline yesterday. Now Lassen has sent us a… » 4/04/13 10:55am 4/04/13 10:55am

Another indie publisher on the ropes: Night Shade Books plans an asset…

Some of the edgiest, most interesting writing in the past several years has come out of Night Shade Books, a scrappy indie publisher in San Francisco. But now, it looks like one way or another, Night Shade might not be around much longer. » 4/03/13 3:54pm 4/03/13 3:54pm

Jonathan Strahan's acclaimed Eclipse anthology series becomes a free…

One of the great bright spots in the world of short genre fiction has been Jonathan Strahan's Eclipse anthology series — Eclipse Three, in particular, was one of the best anthologies of the past decade. Following in the footsteps of Dangerous Visions and Starlight, Eclipse gathered cutting-edge stories from some of… » 10/05/12 4:00pm 10/05/12 4:00pm

Read an excerpt from Osiris, a novel about revolution in a…

Just out from Nightshade Books is Osiris, the first novel from London author E. J. Swift, and the first in a trilogy called The Osiris Project. We've got an excerpt. » 8/22/12 1:30pm 8/22/12 1:30pm

The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport

To celebrate the publication of award-winning author Michael Swanwick's new novel Dancing with Bears (Night Shade Books), we're running Swanwick's complete short story "The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport." It's a story about Darger and Surplus, the protagonists in Dancing with Bears, and was originally… » 5/23/11 2:30pm 5/23/11 2:30pm

io9 Book Club Reminder: We've got free epub copies of God's War, this…

The io9 Book Club meets once per month to discuss a book, then chat with the author. In March, we're meeting on the 29th to discuss God's War by Kameron Hurley. We also have free epub copies of the book for you! » 3/15/11 6:25pm 3/15/11 6:25pm

Want to work at an up-and-coming science fiction publisher? Night Shade…

Night Shade Books, publishers of Paolo Bacigalupi's multi-award-winning The Windup Girl and many other great books, just put out an ad seeking a full-time editor. If you live in San Francisco (or can move there) and want to edit science fiction books for a living, this is a great opportunity. Details at the link. [… » 11/18/10 3:20pm 11/18/10 3:20pm

Februrary's io9 Book Club Pick: Paolo Bacigalupi's "Windup Girl"

Every month, the io9 book club meets to discuss a book we've read, often with the author joining in too. This month we're reading Windup Girl - and you can get a free electronic copy from the publisher! » 1/26/10 10:54am 1/26/10 10:54am

Independent Publishers Who Are Reinventing The Future

Genre publishing has taken some hard hits in recent years — but a slew of independent publishers is still out there, charting the unknown regions of book publishing and keeping your reading lists weird. Here are our favorite indy presses. » 11/20/09 1:02pm 11/20/09 1:02pm

Madness of Flowers: The City Is...Alive

The brilliant and prolific Jay Lake returns to the City Imperishable, with a Madness of Flowers. This is a decadent, surreal urban fantasy in the New Weird vein. Sex Dwarfs, spoilers, and a Polar Bear await. » 10/08/09 3:40pm 10/08/09 3:40pm

Night Shade Books' Jeremy Lassen on the Future of Book-Buying

Night Shade Books is a small press that's quickly getting bigger. Known for edgy novels, they've also published heavy-hitters like Iain M. Banks. And editor-in-chief Jeremy Lassen thinks his press fits perfectly into a future of videogames and online bookstores. » 9/11/09 3:38pm 9/11/09 3:38pm

GMO Espionage Fuels Environmental Thriller "The Windup Girl"

Science fiction about the environment can get preachy, so Paolo Bacigalupi's hard SF novel The Windup Girl is a welcome change. Set in Thailand's future, the book follows scientist spies hunting good genomes in a world ruined by GMO diseases. » 9/09/09 2:34pm 9/09/09 2:34pm

Sherlock Holmes Ventures Into A Fog Of Monsters And Weird Science

In anticipation of that upcoming movie with that guy who was in Weird Science, Night Shade Books presents The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The game is afoot! Or perhaps atentacle. » 9/01/09 3:40pm 9/01/09 3:40pm

Get Tentacular Summer Beach Reading With "Mall of Cthulhu"

Nothing epitomizes the fun summer geek read more than Seamus Cooper's Mall of Cthulhu (Night Shade). A charming buddy team - lesbian FBI agent Laura and loser barista Ted - fight monsters and white supremacists in a Providence mall. » 7/22/09 9:00am 7/22/09 9:00am