SciFi Sandwich: 9/7/20

Penguin, HarperCollins Eye Up Simon & Schuster Sale; The Stand Teaser; Dragon Con Award Winners;

Bread & Butter News

Who Will Purchase Simon & Schuster?

In an article titled “Will the Big Get Bigger?” Publisher’s Weekly Penguin released their financial report for the first half of 2020 and their numbers were in line with other publishing companies that had higher than expected earnings during the pandemic lock down. They saw a significant 15% increase in digital sales.

Shortly after this release, Penguin announced its interest in acquiring Simon & Schuster which was put up for sale after its parent company, Viacom, merged with CBS earlier this year.

Official Trailer: The Stand

CBS is presenting a limited series of the famed The Stand by Stephen King in which a pandemic wipes out 98% of the population. Fans just can’t get enough of this series. Watch the teaser trailer and you’ll know why. It looks like producers have captured King’s flawless balance between supernatural tension and real life terror. 

The new series will feature nine episodes and begin airing on December 17th, 2020.

2020 Dragon Awards Announced

With nominees comparable to other official award organizations, the Dragon Awards have come into the mainstream SFF spotlight. The winners range from the top novel to the top card game with everything in between. See the best of the best here

Fun Toppings

Viral Reads

If you’ve been mulling over the way the coronavirus has seeped into nearly every facet of our lives, maybe you’d like to read about characters who had to handle viruses that were much worse than ours. These books are all centered around an explosive illness that devastates the world they’re set in, but, they’re also about the characters who endured them. Read for leisure. Read for perspective. Read for hope. 

Try A Sample

Are you a Stephen Graham Jones fan? Tor put out a fresh short story from him that you can read for free! It’s called Wait for Night. If you don’t know, Jones is an experimental horror author who pulls literary styles into his speculative fields.

New on the Menu

The Phlebotomist by Christ Panatier; Angry Robot; 9/8/20

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart; Orbit; 9/8/20

Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston; Tor; 9/8/20

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry; Berkley Books; 9/8/20

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks; Angry Robot; 9/8/20

Fresh Finds

Cover Reveal: Doors of Sleep 

See this special announcement by Angry Robot on the cover reveal and exclusive excerpt from Tim Pratt’s upcoming Doors of Sleep, out January 12th of 2021. In the story, Zax wakes up in a new world every time he goes to sleep. He doesn’t get to choose. It could be an tech-advanced utopia or an ashed-out wasteland. It sounds like a book you don’t want to miss.

Orbit's Acquisition Announcement

Orbit has released details on one of their recent manuscript acquisitions. They’re clearly excited about this title by “Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence MFA instructor Lincoln Michel’s sci-fi thriller The Body Scout, a diamond-sharp and savagely wry portrait of an all-too-possible future where the human body is just another product.” It’s so early in the deal there is no release date but The Body Scout might just be a title to keep in mind.

Would You Like Fries With That?

Small God Series

The Small God Series is an experimental, quirky project done between artist Lee Moyer and author Seanan McGuire. Three times a week, the pair develops a flash poetic piece about a small god. Some of the gods they’ve created so far are The Small God of Inappropriate Laughter, The Small God of Wishful Obituaries, The Small God of the Munchies, and The Small God of Extra-Spectral Colors. The art is incredible and the prose is delightful. Take a break today and read about a small god.

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