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Osama sells to mass market; Poland, Hungary; nominated for a Campbell Award

It’s been some time coming, but I’m delighted to announce that Solaris Books have bought mass market paperback edition rights to Osama! The mass market edition will be available in both the US and the UK and is due to be released in October 2012. It will use the same cover art as the PS edition, by the brilliant Pedro Marques.

In addition to that, my tireless agent has also sold Polish and Hungarian rights to the novel: Hungarian rights were bought by Ad Astra via Gynn Kalman of the Torus Books Agency on behalf of Zeno, and Polish rights went to MAG in a deal negotiated by Patrycja Swiat at ANAW Literary Agency on behalf of Zeno.

And, shortly after announcing this yesterday, I also found out that Osama is nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel. It’s in fantastic company there.

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The Lives and Deaths of Che Guevara

The second of four stories I have out this month is “The Lives and Deaths of Che Guevara”, in the just-released Solaris Rising anthology, edited by Ian Whates from Solaris Books.

On the night of October 10, 1967, the residents of Vallegrande woke up uneasily with their mouths watering and the smell of pork crackling wafting through the air. It was a rare delicacy in the small Bolivian town, and children and adults as one went out into the quiet street to look for the source of the smell.

It is a small, pretty colonial town, Vallegrande, about 125 kilometres away from Santa Cruz. It has a church and a town square, an airstrip and a bakery and a school.

And the smell was coming out of the bakery.

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It had been an exciting day in the life of Vallegrande. Only on October 9, just one day before, a military helicopter had landed in the small strip and the lifeless body of Ernesto “Che” Guevara was brought out. He had been shot nine times.