Camera Obscura released in Japan

The second volume of the Bookman Histories, Camera Obscura, has just come out in Japan from Hayakawa. I don’t know who the cover artist is but those covers are just amazing.

My next two books in Japan will be The Great Game (the third volume of the Bookman Histories) and The Violent Century. Can’t wait!

Camera Obscura, Hayakawa, Japan, 2013

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“Murder in the Cathedral” coming to Asimov’s

I forgot to mention this the other day, but my Bookman Histories novelette, “Murder in the Cathedral” will be published in a future issue of Asimov’s magazine.

It tells the never-before-told story of what really happened when Orphan went to France half-way through The Bookman. And begins with Orphan, coming across the Channel by ship, making a new friend…

‘Your name?’ the officer said. Herb was next.

‘Herbert George Wells,’ Herb said.

‘And your profession, monsieur?’

‘I am a writer.’

‘Oh,’ the French officer said, and raised his eyebrows. ‘What do you write, monsieur?’

Herb Blushed. ‘Scientific romance, that sort of thing,’ he mumbled, and Orphan, watching him, almost laughed despite his nervousness. But the French officer’s face lit up at the words. ‘ Roman scientifique?’ he said. ‘But that is marvellous! C’est bon! You are going to la convention du monde?’

‘Yes,’ Herb said, pleased and surprised. ‘You know of it?’

‘Of course!’ The officer reached under his desk and returned with a rather used-looking book. ‘See?’

Orphan craned his neck. It was a copy of Victor Hugo’s classic (for even Orphan had read it as a child), La Créature de la Lagune Noire. ‘Here in France, we honour such writings,’ the officer said, and he rose, and shook Herb’s hand. ‘Welcome, Mr. Wells. Welcome to France!’

Camera Obscura nominated for a Sidewise Award

I’m delighted to say that Camera Obscura is nominated for the Sidewise Award for alternate history, in the long-form category.

I have to admit, the Sidewise is one of my favourite awards, as I love alternative histories – I never expected to be nominated for it though! This is the second award nomination for Camera Obscura, following the Airship Award nomination last year. And, interestingly, my fifth award nomination this year (following the Kitschies, BSFA, BFS and Campbell nominations). A bit of naches, to use the Yiddish term…

Here’s the full press release with nominees:

We are pleased to announce this year’s nominees for the Sidewise Award
for Alternate History. The winners will be announced at Chicon 7,
this year’s Worldcon, in Chicago, Illinois during the weekend of
August 30. The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since
1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This
year’s panel of judges was made up of Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper,
Jim Rittenhouse, Stu Shiffman, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

Congratulations and best of luck.

Short Form

* Michael F. Flynn, The Iron Shirts (Tor.com)
* Lisa Goldstein, Paradise Is a Walled Garden (Asimov’s, 8/11)
* Jason Stoddard, Orion Rising (Panverse 3, edited by Dario Ciriello,
Panverse Publishing)
* Harry Turtledove, Lee at the Alamo (Tor.com)

Long Form

* Robert Conroy, Castro’s Bomb (Kindle)
* Robert Conroy, Himmler’s War (Baen Books)
* Jeff Greenfield, Then Everything Changed (Putnam)
* Ian R MacLeod, Wake Up and Dream (PS Publishing)
* Ian McDonald, Planesrunner (Pyr)
* Ekaterina Sedia, Heart of Iron (Prime)
* Lavie Tidhar, Camera Obscura (Angry Robot)

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were conceived in late 1995
to honor the best allohistorical genre publications of the year. The
first awards were announced in summer 1996 and honored works from
1995. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story
“Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth
to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

For more information, contact Steven H Silver at shsilver@sfsite.com
or go to http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise.