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New Book Wednesday!

(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias
Enforcer and drug dealer Fernando has seen better days. On his way home from work, some heavily-tattooed gangsters throw him in the back of a car and take him to an abandoned house, where they saw off his friend's head and feed the kid's fingers to...something. Their message is clear: this is their territory, now. But Fernando isn't put down that easily. Using the assistance of a Santeria priestess, an insane Puerto Rican pop sensation, a very human dog, and a Russian hitman, he'll build the courage (and firepower) he'll need to fight a gangbanger who's a bit more than human...


* Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey
In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin—the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.


* Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And now she must return home to her people...


* Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories by Catherine Lundoff
Eleven tales of the queer fantastic by award-winning author Catherine Lundoff. A bookstore clerk goes on a quest for the Norns while a couple of mercenaries wake up to some big surprises at their favorite inn. Shakespeare’s sister, Judith, forms an alliance with playwright Christopher Marlowe. A witch attempts the wrong love spell and a young prince meets an irresistible monster. Swordswomen, ghosts, the Queen of the Fay, the occasional gentleman of the evening and other unforgettable characters populate these stories rich and strange. Includes the Gaylactic Spectrum Award finalist “At the Roots of the World Tree” as well as several other stories not previously collected.


* Magic of Blood and Sea by Cassandra Rose Clarke
A pirate princess and a cursed assassin find their fates intertwined in this gorgeous and thrilling adventure. Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an ally pirate clan. She wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to a handsome and clueless man. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns that her fiancé’s clan has sent an assassin after her.


* The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world.


* Latin@ Rising An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Matthew David Goodwin
Latin@ Rising is the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy written by Latinos/as living in the United States. The book gives an overview to the field of Latino/a speculative literature, showing the great variety of stories being told by Latino/a writers. Fifty years ago the Latin American "Boom" introduced magical realism to the world; Latin@ Rising is the literature that has risen from the explosion that gave us García Márquez, Jorge Amado, Carlos Fuentes and others. The 21st century writers and artists of Latin@ Rising help us to imagine a Latino/a past, present, and future which have not been whitewashed by mainstream perspectives.


* Of Oysters Pearls and Magic by Joyce Chng
Enter the world of Mirra. She is a magic user, but her gift is scorned by the menfolk in her village. Men are allowed to use magic; women are not. So, after a tumultuous event, Mirra decides to leave and heads for the City to continue her own self-journey. This is her tale.


* Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer
Unar dreams of greatness. Determined but destitute, she escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery. Now she serves in the Garden of the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. But when Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a reincarnated newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
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Three Worlds Map on Exhibit





This exhibit has the map I made for the Books of the Raksura.

New Cushing Exhibition Opens February 10th

Come explore realms and cities, lands and planets that never existed save in the imagination! Fantastical lands await you at the Worlds Imagined: Maps of Imaginary Places Collection exhibit. Plan your next adventure to your favorite literary, film, or game locale using maps from the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives and Maps & GIS collections.

The opening reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 2017 and will be followed by the lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. All of which is free and open to the public.

The opening lecture and reception will feature Priscilla Spencer, a renowned fantasy cartographer, writer, and producer. Three of her own maps, Kingdom of the Westlands (2016), The Realm of Alera and the Barbarian Lands (2015), and Yggdrasil and Nine Realms of the Norse (2012), are included within the exhibition.

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FYI

I wrote this for Facebook but I think it applies to Live Journal, Dreamwidth too:


You see a lot of people popping up in your posts that you don't know, or who are friends of friends. They may actually be white supremacists/Nazi sympathizers/all lives matter racists who spout that rhetoric, they may just want to argue with every word you say, but they are all Trump supporters, and the only thing they have in common is that they want you to shut up.

It can be scary to speak out about your feelings and fears at any time, let alone when you're facing an actual rise of open fascism. These people are there to stop you, to scare you. It's not a conspiracy. They've been indoctrinated by Fox News, by sites like Breitbart, by their families, they don't need a conspiracy, they know what to do without any outside help. They want you to shut up. They just want you to be nice, be kind, don't talk about politics, just shut your damn mouth, lie down, and let us do what we want. They want you to shut up.

All I have is advice, and that's to not shut up. I've been abused, I've been bullied, and I can tell you that there is nothing more satisfying than to keep talking when a bully wants you to shut up. If you don't know this person and you don't want them in your posts arguing constantly, ban them from your Facebook. It's easy and fun. If a friend wants you to shut up, that's harder. But if someone wants you to shut up about your fears, when they want you to shut up about politics when your friends and relatives and innocent strangers are being hurt or put in danger of their lives by those politics, then that person is not your friend. It's a hard thing to learn, but it's true.


Couple of links:

Calling Congress is easier than you think: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/138465/how-to-call-senator

General Strike Called for February 17: https://mic.com/articles/167192/general-strike-feb-17-what-will-happen-if-activists-stage-a-nationwide-strike-against-trump#.dg8japJXA

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FYI News

Author Tananarive Due will be one of the guests of honor for World Fantasy Con 2017 in San Antonio! Other guests of honor are Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gorden van Gelder, and I'm the toastmaster. Dates are November 2-5 2017 http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

Other Stuff:

- The Harbors of the Sun will have a simultaneously release in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook. It is now available for preorder for a July 4 release.

The trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds is available for preorder for an April release. My new SF novella, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is available for preorder in ebook and paperback for a May 2 release. (and the ebook is only 2.99) (first chapter excerpt is here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm)


- I went to a NoBanNoWall protest on the TAMU campus last night with a group of friends, and there was a big turn-out, maybe a few hundred people, very good to see. Some friends went to the rally in Austin at the capitol today: http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2017/01/31/follow-live-texas-muslim-capitol-day-rally/

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Resistance

If you want to take action but aren't sure what to do, here are some links:


It's Time to Fight: http://itstimetofight.weebly.com/things-to-do-week-of-13017.html


Fascism Watch: http://s-leary.tumblr.com/tagged/fascism-watch


The Sixty-Five: http://thesixtyfive.org/home


Indivisible Guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Calling your senators and representatives works way better than petitions. Letters and email help also.

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It's Worse Again

Trump boots top officials (including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-boots-top-officials-but-includes-steve-bannon-in-reshuffled-national-security-council/ The former Goldman Sachs executive presided over the expansion of Breitbart from a fringe right-wing web community to a sprawling hub of the so-called “alt-right,” a collection of white nationalists, racists, anti-feminists and neo-Nazis.

I posted this in a comment on Facebook:

We should have known this was possible from the rise of the gamergaters, and the Sad/Rabid Puppies. Those both have their roots in white supremacist/Nazi movements, no matter what they say. (And a lot of their members are open Nazi ("alt-right") supporters.) Their grievance is basically that women, POC, LGBTQIA people want to participate in games, in SF/F fandom and the SF/F and gaming professional communities and they want to reserve all of that for straight white men.

Keep that in mind when the Sad Puppies whine at you at the next convention. Remember these are people who benefit directly from Nazism and are perfectly happy with that.

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It's Worse

“Trump Executive Order Could Block 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents From Returning to America From Trips”

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-executive-order-could-block-legal-residents-from-returning-to-america?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=sprout&utm_content=1485565886


“Following President Trump’s executive order green card, visa holders already blocked by airports”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-order-blocks-green-card-visa-holders-airports-article-1.2957910


“Fears That Trump’s Visa Ban Betrays Friends and Bolsters Enemies”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/world/middleeast/muslims-trump-visa-restrictions-.html


“President Trump is leading our country out of fear instead of facts. His executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from some Muslim majority countries to the United States play right into the hands of our enemies. ISIS has already used his statements to help recruit new suicide bombers, and you can bet Trump’s policies will help inspire attacks against Americans both at home and abroad.”

“His policies literally put our troops’ lives at risk—I’ve heard this loud and clear when I have visited them overseas. They also prove he has zero understanding of our country’s values and no intention of defending our Constitution.“

https://moulton.house.gov/legislative-center/moulton-condemns-trumps-executive-order-on-refugees/

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Publishing News

I got some good news today. Skyhorse/Nightshade is going with simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions of The Harbors of the Sun. (This was after Barnes & Noble said they'd take 1200 copies if it was released in trade paperback, but only a few 100 if released in hardcover.) I think this is great, because people who want a nice hardcover can get one and you still have the more affordable trade paperback.

Also, I posted the new Raksura Patreon story today: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567

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New Book Tuesday on Monday

FYI, this journal is mirrored over on http://marthawells.dreamwidth.org/ if you'd like to follow me there.

(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)



* Black Dog Short Stories II by Rachel Neumeier
Stories from the world of Rachel's Black Dog novel, which takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world.


* Preorder: Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves. Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.


* Short story: Tor.com A Human Stain by Kelly Robson


* Short Story: Tor.com Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story by S.B. Divya


* Oathbreaker by J. Kathleen Cheney
From the world of Dreaming Death, we follow Amal, Lady Horn as she and her guards try to preserve one of the great secrets of Larossa: an abandoned Fortress. Amal, the chief of the Oathbreakers, is one of only a handful of people aware of the true dangers the abandoned Fortress of Salonen presents. The Cince Empire wants its secrets, and will do anything to get someone inside.


* Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
Connected by ansible, humanity has spread across galaxies and fought a war against an enemy that remains a mystery. At the edge of human space sits the Citadel—a relic of the war and a listening station for the enemy's return. For a young Ensign Aldo, fresh from the academy and newly cloned across the ansible line, it's a prison from which he may never escape.


* Preorder: House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war... As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.


* Available tomorrow: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.


* The Truth About Cats and Wolves by Alethea Kontis
Like many paranormals of Greek descent, Kai Xanthopoulos will not know her true nature until her young powers fully manifest. Unlike her parents—and much to the dismay of her stray cat best friend—Kai has chosen not to spend the rest of her life at the diner in Nocturne Falls. She takes a job at Delaney’s Delectables instead, a decision that puts her directly in the path of a fugitive werewolf that could change her destiny...


* Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari. Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.


* and if you haven't already, please check out Uncanny Magazine


* Hugo nominations are open, and I encourage anybody who can nominate (members of the previous WorldCon in Kansas City and the next WorldCon in Finland) to fill up their ballots.
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Three Worlds Map

I'm not getting much done this week, as watching the fascist takeover of the US is kind of terrifying and depressing and enraging. But here's something I stumbled on recently that I told someone I'd post. Maybe it'll distract me and others and provide a few minutes of relief.

This is the only map of the Three Worlds, from The Books of the Raksura. The original is at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, being prepared for a spot in an exhibition of maps of imaginary places. I thought I hadn't taken any photos of it, but found these the other day:






I didn't ever want professional maps in the books, because I wanted the reader to visualize the Three Worlds as a vast landscape with no boundaries, so these were only for personal reference.

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