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  1. Artifact Space By Miles Cameron - Coming June 2021 From Gollancz.



    Gollancz has landed a sci-fi debut by fantasy novelist Miles Cameron, who also writes historical fiction as Christian Cameron.

    Gillian Redfearn, deputy publisher, acquired world rights from Shelly Power of the Shelly Power Literary Agency. For publication in June 2021, Artifact Space is billed as “a perfect starfaring novel, blending space opera with grounded military SF in a wholly original and compelling way”.

    The synopsis states: “Midshipper Marca Nbaro has achieved the near-impossible. She’s made it from an orphanage to the Athens—one of the incomparable Greatships—escaping her upbringing and seizing a new life for herself among the stars. All it took was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication, and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she’s made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life—and scandals—behind isn’t so easy. She may have just combined all the dangers of her former life, with all the perils of the new...”

    Cameron is a fantasy novelist who lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a military veteran with a degree in Medieval History. His debut novel The Red Knight (Gollancz), first in The Traitor Son series, was nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar award. It was followed by the Masters and Mages series, which begins with Bright Steel (Gollancz).

    He explained: “Right at the start of Covid-19 I had an idea that took over my brain. It had three roots; years ago, during a Gollancz Festival, Alistair Reynolds suggested I base a novel on my experience of aircraft carriers, being the closest experience on Earth to living in Space. At the beginning of this year, I read a brilliant piece of non-fiction on the Great Galleys of Venice and the long-distance carrying trade. And finally, while I was reading that, I went to see 'Little Women' with my family. It must have been the night before theatres closed. And there it was: the character of Amy came together with the vibe and vitality of Ventian trade, plus aircraft carriers. I started writing that night, and finished Artifact Space in... 48 days? I hope you enjoy it, because it absolutely poured out of me.”

    Redfearn added: "When an author is so excited about a new project, you know you have to pay attention, and Artifact Space is epic science fiction at its best. An SF adventure which is absolutely grounded in military reality is a rare and wonderful thing—special in the same way The Martian is powerful for feeling real, so Miles Cameron had my attention the moment he mentioned this idea. But the clincher for me was Marca Nbaro: she’s exceptional, self-taught, always fighting imposter syndrome, and sharing her adventure is a joy. This release will be a highlight of 2021."



    The Great British Bake Off is back but this time, under exceptional circumstances and with some changes. Brand new host Matt Lucas joins Noel Fielding, and as we all adapt to the challenges 2020 has brought us, 12 new bakers form a bubble and enter the iconic white tent to tackle brand new challenges set by Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

    Starts Tuesday 22nd Sept 8.15 pm on Channel 4 and September 25 on Netflix.

  3. Adrian Tchaikovsky Sells Epic Space Opera Trilogy


    Adrian Tchaikovsky, who earned the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award for his novel Children of Time and the 2019 British Science Fiction Association Award for its sequel Children of Ruin, has sold a new epic science fiction trilogy, The Final Architecture, to Pan McMillan and Orbit Books, according to The Bookseller.

    But this new trilogy won’t be connected to those novels. “The big difference is that I’m shooting for space opera,” he informed me, “whereas Children of Time / Ruin was always intended as more of a hard SF, in that the science, even the giant spiders, was curtailed by what we currently think to be possible and how we think the universe works.”

    This trilogy will shift away from hard SF and venture more into space opera territory. “The Final Architecture is a setting with multiple space-faring alien races in which FTL travel between star systems is a commonplace event, which makes a huge difference to the societies and resources of the characters involved.”


  4. Revealing The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky



    We’re excited to share the cover for The Seventh Perfection, an innovative, mind-bending fantasy mystery from author Daniel Polansky—arriving September 22nd from Tor.com Publishing!

    When a woman with perfect memory sets out to solve a riddle, the threads she tugs on could bring a whole city crashing down. The God-King who made her is at risk, and his other servants will do anything to stop her.

    To become the God-King’s Amanuensis, Manet had to master all seven perfections, developing her body and mind to the peak of human performance. She remembers everything that has happened to her, in absolute clarity, a gift that will surely drive her mad. But before she goes, Manet must unravel a secret which threatens not only the carefully prepared myths of the God-King’s ascent, but her own identity and the nature of truth itself.


    Savage Legion (Savage Rebellion #1) by Matt Wallace - July 21, 2020



    An epic fantasy by Hugo Award–winning author Matt Wallace about a utopian city with a dark secret…and the underdogs who will expose it, or die trying.

    They call them Savages. Brutal. Efficient. Expendable.

    The empire relies on them. The Savages are the greatest weapon they ever developed. Culled from the streets of their cities, they take the ones no one will miss and throw them, by the thousands, at the empire’s enemies. If they live, they fight again. If they die, there are always more to take their place.

    Evie is not a Savage. She’s a warrior with a mission: to find the man she once loved, the man who holds the key to exposing the secret of the Savage Legion and ending the mass conscription of the empire’s poor and wretched.

    But to find him, she must become one of them, to be marked in her blood, to fight in their wars, and to find her purpose. Evie will die a Savage if she has to, but not before showing the world who she really is and what the Savage Legion can really do.

    "Savage Legion is the epic fantasy the genre has been waiting for!"—Sarah Gailey, Hugo award winning author of Magic for Liars.
    "Wallace deploys an epic tag-team of smack-you-in-the-face fight sequences alongside ingenious world building in this fast-paced first round of a fantasy trilogy taking on—and taking down—the allure of empire."—Kate Elliot, acclaimed author of the Crown of Stars series
    "Smart characters and brutal action create an intriguing story about power and the decisions made to keep it." -Library Journal, starred review



    Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse - October 13, 2020



    From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

    A god will return
    When the earth and sky converge
    Under the black sun

    In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

    Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

    Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.



  5. The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold (Orbit)

    Due to be published by Orbit February 25, 2020



    A former soldier turned PI tries to help the fantasy creatures whose lives he ruined in a world that’s lost its magic in a compelling debut fantasy by 'Black Sails' actor Luke Arnold.

    Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain.

    I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:

    1. Sobriety costs extra.
    2. My services are confidential.
    3. I don’t work for humans.

    It’s nothing personal–I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help.

    Walk the streets of Sunder City and meet Fetch, his magical clients, and a darkly imagined world perfect for readers of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.



    AXIOM’S END by Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s Press)



    Pitched as “Stranger Things meets Arrival“

    Here’s the synopsis:

    An alternate history first contact adventure set in the early 2000’s…

    By the fall of 2007, one well-timed leak revealing that the U.S. government might have engaged in first contact has sent the country into turmoil, and it is all Cora Sabino can do to avoid the whole mess. The force driving this controversy is Cora’s whistleblower father, and even though she hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government — and redirected it to her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him — until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

    To save her own life, she offers her services as an interpreter to a monster, and the monster accepts.

    Learning the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to find the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. But in becoming an interpreter, she begins to realize that she has become the voice for a being she cannot ever truly know or understand, and starts to question who she’s speaking for — and what future she’s setting up for all of humanity.

    Axiom’s End is due to be published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2020, in North America and in the UK.



    THE KINGDOM OF LIARS by Nick Martell (Gollancz/Saga Press)



    The Kingdom of Liars is the first novel in Nick Martell‘s new fantasy series, the Legacy of the Mercenary Kings. The Kingdom of Liars is due to be published in May 2020, by Gollancz in the UK and Saga Press in North America.


    Michael Kingman has been an outsider for as long as he remembers. The court which executed his father also exiled him and his family. They branded him a traitor, and the nobles who had been his friends turned their backs, prepared to let the legendary Kingman family die on Hollow’s city streets.

    Only they survived.

    And it should come as no surprise to Hollow Court, or the King, that they’ve been searching for the truth ever since.

    History is written by the winners, truth buried beneath lies until it’s Forgotten. Justice seems impossible in a city where the price of magic is a memory. But Michael Kingman is determined to make everyone remember…

    In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.

    Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.

    In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.

    What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.



    AGENCY by William Gibson (Berkley/Viking)



    Agency is due to be published in January 2020 by Berkley (North America) and Viking (UK).

    Here’s the synopsis:

    A science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.

    Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.

    Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.



    THE GLASS HOTEL by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf)



    The Glass Hotel is due to be published by Knopf in North America (March 24th, 2020) and Picador in the UK (April 30th, 2020).


    From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

    Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent’s half brother, Paul, scrawls a note on a windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company named Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

    Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.



  6. 2 hours ago, Maia said:

    @AncalagonTheBlack : would you recommend John Gwynne's "Of Blood and Bone" books? The first 2 have arrived in my library, but I didn't know whether to try them or not.

    Sorry, i have not read this new series , though i've read the first 3 books of his previous series.They're pretty much in the traditional fantasy mold, very much reminding me of the Heroic Fantasy books of David Gemmell, heroic and brave and very likable characters against Moustache Twirling evil villians.I did not continue past those three books.I also remember that they were not Grimdark, like the current trend in fantasy.

    But he does have quite a high rating on Goodreads and Amazon,so obviously he's got plenty of people who like his stuff.I think there are a few boarders here who have read more of his books than i have, so maybe they could chime in with their thoughts. :)

  7. New year (soon!) and new thread! :)

    First, let's get some of the elephants in the room out of the way! :D:P

    Unknown publication dates:

    The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin
    The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss
    The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
    Endlords by J. V. Jones


    My book list for 2020 releases will be done by Sunday (hopefully).In the meantime, which upcoming releases from 2020 are you guys looking forward to?



    The Broken Heavens by Kameron Hurley
    Prosper's Demon by K. J. Parker
    City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler
    The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman (US)
    Highfire by Eoin Colfer
    The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan
    Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
    A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
    The God Game by Danny Tobey
    Resurgence by C. J. Cherryh
    The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
    Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
    Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
    Song of the Risen God by R. A. Salvatore
    The Bard's Blade by Brian D. Anderson
    A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff
    Stars Beyond by S. K. Dunstall
    The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man by Rod Duncan
    Heart of Black Ice by Terry Goodkind

    False Value by Ben Aaronovitch
    The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold
    Bone Silence by Alastair Reynolds (ebook/US)
    Daughter from the Dark by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
    Sword of Fire by Katharine Kerr
    Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire
    Stormsong by C. L. Polk
    The Light Years by R.W.W. Greene
    Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
    The Fenmere Job by Marshall Ryan Maresca
    Twilight of the Gods by Scott Oden
    Burn Cycle by Joel Dane
    Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies (Drachenjäger in Germany)
    Finna by Nino Cipri
    The Queen of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff
    The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
    Three Californias: The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson (Tor Omnibus)
    A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne
    Mazes of Power by Juliette Wade
    The Chill by Scott Carson
    Breath of Gods by Tina LeCount Myers
    The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu
    Gravity of a Distant Sun by R. E. Stearns
    Carved from Stone and Dream by T. Frohock



    The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
    War of the Maps by Paul McAuley
    Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton
    Mother of Daemons by David Hair
    Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
    The Queen's Bargain (Black Jewels #10) by Anne Bishop
    Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole
    Beneath The Rising by Premee Mohamed
    Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine
    The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
    A Broken Queen by Sarah Kozloff
    The Poet King by Ilana C. Myer
    Docile by K.M. Szpara
    Otaku by Chris Kluwe
    The Last Human by Zack Jordan
    Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
    Shadows of Annihilation by S. M. Stirling
    Cyber Shogun Revolution by Peter Tieryas
    Agatha H and the Siege of Mechanicsburg by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
    The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag
    Ravencaller by David Dalglish
    The Breach by M. T. Hill

    The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
    Peace Talks by Jim Butcher (UK)
    Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
    The Devil's Blade by Mark Alder
    The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey
    A Time of Courage by John Gwynne
    The Ranger of Marzanna by Jon Skovron
    Bone Silence by Alastair Reynolds (Paperback /US)
    The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
    Critical Point by S. L. Huang
    Lady of Shadows by Breanna Teintze
    Creeping Jenny by Jeff Noon
    The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff
    Repo Virtual by Corey J. White
    The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
    Ghost Money by Stephen Blackmoore
    Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
    The Mistress of Illusions by Mike Resnick
    Titan's Day by Dan Stout
    Looking Glass by Christina Henry
    Alchemy of Glass by Barbara Barnett
    The Human Son by Adrian J Walker
    Weave The Lightning by Corry L. Lee
    Dark Star Rising by Bennett R. Coles
    Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu)

    The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell
    Network Effect by Martha Wells
    Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky
    The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
    Maker's Curse by Trudi Canavan
    The Human by Neal Asher
    Rule by Rowenna Miller
    Goldilocks by Laura Lam
    Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz
    Hope Island by Tim Major
    Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks
    Thrawn (Star Wars): The Ascendancy Trilogy #1 by Timothy Zahn
    T.I.M.E Stories: The Heiden File by Christophe Lambert
    The Aleph Extraction by Dan Moren
    Westside Saints by W.M. Akers
    The Home by Mats Strandberg
    Empress of Flames by Mimi Yu

    The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison
    Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
    The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso
    Interlibrary Loan by Gene Wolfe
    The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe (Omnibus)
    The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
    The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
    The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
    A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry
    We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson (republished by Orbit)
    The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty
    The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn
    The Black Coast by Mike Brooks (US)
    A Child of Two Worlds by Stephen Cox
    Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
    Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air by Jackson Ford
    Stormblood by Jeremy Szal
    Glorious by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
    Drowned Country by Emily Tesh
    The Unconquered City by K. A. Doore
    By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar
    The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus
    The Shadow Commission by David Mack
    Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black
    Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
    The Last Druid by Terry Brooks
    Hella by David Gerrold
    Spy, Spy Again by Mercedes Lackey
    Red Noise by John P. Murphy
    Corporate Gunslinger: A Novel by Doug Engstrom

    The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski (US)
    The Black Song by Anthony Ryan (UK)
    The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter
    Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell
    The Baron of Magister Valley by Steven Brust
    Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler
    Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
    When Jackals Storm the Walls by Bradley Beaulieu
    Queen of Storms by Raymond E. Feist
    Or What You Will by Jo Walton
    A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
    Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio
    Malorie: A Bird Box Novel by Josh Malerman
    The Worst of All Possible Worlds by Alex White
    ReV by Madeline Ashby
    Savage Legion by Matt Wallace
    Kill Orbit by Joel Dane
    The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan
    Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
    Quantum Shadows by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    In the Kingdom of All Tomorrows by Stephen R. Lawhead
    The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
    The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
    The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
    The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos
    The House of the Rising Sun by Richard Cox
    Relentless by R. A. Salvatore
    The Book of Dragons: An Anthology, edited by Jonathan Strahan
    The Culture: Notes and Drawings by Iain M. Banks and Ken MacLeod

    The Black Song by Anthony Ryan (US)
    The Black Coast by Mike Brooks (UK)
    Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley
    The Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn
    The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
    Ballistic Kiss (Sandman Slim #11) by Richard Kadrey
    Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne
    Breath by Breath by Morgan Llywelyn
    City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick
    The Last Uncharted Sky by Curtis Craddock
    Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund
    A Chorus of Fire by Brian D. Anderson
    The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
    Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
    The House of Styx by Derek Künsken
    Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley
    The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell
    Noumenon Ultra by Marina J. Lostetter
    Bystander 27 by Rik Hoskin
    Divine Heretic by Jaime Lee Moyer
    The Ikessar Falcon by K. S. Villoso

    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
    The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey
    A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
    To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
    The Stars Around Us by Mark Oshiro
    Call of the Bone Ships by RJ Barker
    Prime Deceptions by Valerie Valdes
    As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool
    World Engines: Creator by Stephen Baxter

    The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski (UK)
    Map's Edge by David Hair
    Dead Lies Dreaming by Charles Stross
    Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold

    The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides
    Legacy of Steel by Matthew Ward
    God of Night by Tom Lloyd
    Quiver X by Christopher Hinz


    Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

    Untitled K. J. Parker 1 Paperback – 27 Aug 2020
    The captivating follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City from World Fantasy Award-winner K. J. Parker

  8. As a big fan of Lindsey Davis's Roman mystery series, this news makes me very happy! :)


    Deadline reports that ITV is in advanced development on a sweeping adaptation of Lindsey Davis’ Falco Roman private detective novels after the project was originally in with the BBC.

    Deadline can reveal that Mammoth Screen will make the series, and the World On Fire and War Of The Worlds producer is in negotiations with ITV over the number episodes, casting and the production budget.

    The series was originally pitched to the BBC and was in development with the public broadcaster for some time. It has now moved over to the BBC’s biggest commercial rival where it is being overseen by ITV head of drama Polly Hill.

    Mammoth, which makes Victoria for ITV, optioned the Falco books back in 2013 and has worked with Lost In Austen writer Guy Andrews to adapt them for television, with author Davis consulting on the series.

    She has published 20 Falco novels, starting with The Silver Pigs in 1989. Each tells a self-contained story about Marcus Didius Falco, a fictional Roman private detective who investigates crimes and acts as an often reluctant imperial agent.

    Falco is described by Davis as a “laid-back” operator whose adventures take place across the Roman Empire in 70AD and beyond.


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    Doctor Who Seasons 13 and 14 Confirmed, Coming to HBO Max


    Comicon.com reports that the BBC’s deal with HBO Max includes making all existing 11 seasons on the streaming service at launch, with “an additional three seasons to come.”

    With season 12 already planned to air some time next year, this means seasons 13 and 14 are guaranteed to follow, with as-yet unnannounced air dates. It’s not clear whether HBO Max will stream any of these three seasons as they air on BBC America, or if they’ll be made available on HBO Max after they finish, instead .

    Season 12 will once again feature Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, with Chris Chibnall as showrunner. Filming wrapped up in February, according to Cultbox. There’s no word yet on the cast or crew for seasons 13 and 14 which have yet to be announced by the BBC, as The Doctor Who Companion notes.


  10. I'm interested in historical mysteries, nothing from 'recent' history though. ;)

    Any rec's of ancient/medieval historical mysteries are welcome.A few of my friends have rec'd these to me, are they any good? Which one's are worth reading?

    Ellis Peters's Cadfael Chronicles

    Lindsey Davis's Falco series

    John Maddox Roberts's SPQR series

    Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa

    Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett Series

    Paul Doherty's Brother Athelstan Series

    Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma mysteries

    Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew series

  11. What happened to the 'search' bar? It's gone.:unsure:

    edit - nevermind,my new adblocker (uBlock Origin) was the culprit it seems.Working now.

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    The next season of The Great British Bake Off – the second on Channel 4 and the ninth season overall – will premiere on Channel 4 on Tuesday August 28th at 8pm, it has been announced.

    Season nine once again runs ten episodes and will feature the same line up of hosts and judges from season eight, namely: Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding as hosts, and Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith as the judges. Twelve of the country’s best amateur bakers are competing. In a break with tradition, the first week is biscuit week (the first week has always been bread week in the past).


  13. Duncan M. Hamilton has sold more than 220,000 copies of his fast-paced, character-focused, fantasy adventure novels.


    Since self-publishing his first ebook, The Tattered Banner (one of BuzzFeed's 12 Greatest Fantasy Books of the Year, 2013), Duncan M. Hamilton has sold more than 220,000 copies of his fast-paced, character-focused, fantasy adventure novels. Tor Books is pleased to introduce this popular author to new readers.


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