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The audiobook of Stories of the Raksura I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is up for preorder.

And if you missed it, the Publishers Weekly review:
Two novellas and two short stories expand the setting of Wells’s dreamlike fantasy novels. In “The Falling World,” a vanished envoy triggers a diplomatic crisis between two courts, and investigation reveals a long-forgotten tragedy. “The Tale of Indigo and Cloud” sets two queens against each other, with an unhappy consort as the prize. Familiar characters appear in “The Forest Boy,” a prequel to The Cloud Roads that examines a brief encounter between Moon and forest dwellers, and “Adaptation,” in which Chime deals with an unwanted transformation and its disquieting implications. Wells is adept at suggesting a long, complex history for her world with economy, and, while her protagonists may not be human as we understand it, they are definitely people, sympathetic figures constrained but not defeated by their environments. Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells’s deft touch with characterization and the fantastic. (Sept.)


NASA Probes Record Sounds In Space – And It’s Terrifying. This isn't scary, it's the coolest thing ever.

Kickstarter: Uncanny Magazine: Year One
Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords) are launching year one of a new professional online SF/F magazine: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.


Trace of Magic: 1 (A Diamond City Magic Novel) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

One Night in Sixes by Arianne Thompson
When young Sil Halfwick’s attempt to sell horses ends in abject failure, he dreads the long trek back to Hell’s Acre to admit defeat to Boss Calvert. Instead, Sil heads west toward Sixes, near the border of lands emptied of white settlers by war and invasion. It falls to Appaloosa Elim—a mixed-race man who’s older, wiser, and scorned by Sil—to try to keep the ambitious young idiot alive. Elim is experienced enough to suspect that Sil is wandering into a hive of treachery, deceit, and dark magic, but he’s quickly out of his depth when a demigod is killed and he’s accused of the murder.

Paul Kearney author of The Ten Thousand: “This author can really write. If you loved Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – or even if you’re a hardened Cormac McCarthy fan – you will find this book right inside your wheelhouse. Living, witty dialogue, and a familiar-yet-strange world inhabited by vivid characters. I loved it. And I don’t say that about a book very often.”