Lawless Lands: Tales From The Weird Frontier funding on Kickstarter through Wed, Jan 25 2017 12:45 PM EST.
January 13-15 (Friday to Sunday) — Local science fiction convention illogiCon returns for a 6th year at the Embassy Suites RDU with guests of honor Daniel José Older and Dave Ellis, along with program participants Natania Barron, Samantha Bryant, Richard Butner, Tony Daniel, Richard Dansky, Nicole Givens Kurtz, J.L. Hilton, Mur Lafferty, Josh Leone, Ian Malone, Gail Z. Martin, Misty Massey, James Maxey, Gray Rinehart, and many more.
January 14 (Saturday) 10:30 am -- Ultimate Comics hosts writer Jeremy Whitley for a signing of his latest book The Unstoppable Wasp #1. "Writer Jeremy Whitley will be in-store to sign your copies of Wasp #1, Princeless, and My Little Pony Friends Forever! Appearing at each store throughout the day! Durham 10:30-11:30am, Cary 12:00-2:00pm, Raleigh 3:00-5:00pm."
February 9 (Thursday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Jason Rekulak for his debut novel The Impossible Fortress. The Quirk publisher who brought us Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and others brings his quirky sensibilities to his own debut coming-of-age novel. Jason Rekulak shares The Impossible Fortress with us on Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm. The 80s live again as a group of teenage boys seek a near-impossible goal: a forbidden copy of Playboy. Will a store owner's daughter be their path to success, or an unmoveable obstacle? “Rekulak’s novel will have readers of a certain age waxing nostalgic about Space Invaders and humming Hall and Oates, … a fun ride that will appeal to all.”—Publishers Weekly."
February 13 (Monday) 7:30 pm -- The Regulator Bookshop presents an off-site event at Motorco Music Hall with author John Darnielle, for his new book Universal Harvester. "Set in Iowa in the late 1990s, life in a small town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut."
Febuary 15 (Wednesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Darnielle for Universal Harvester.
February 24 (Friday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Scott Westerfeld for his new young adult science fiction novel Horizon. "He's one of the most fascinating speakers we've had, as well as one of the most inventive writers in YA fantasy today. Scott Westerfeld returns on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 pm with Horizon, the start of a new supernatural series for slightly younger readers. Imagine Survivor on steroids. Eight young people crash in the Arctic. But instead of an icy landscape, they find themselves in a forbidding jungle, with impossibly bizarre flora and fauna. Survival means banding together, which may be equally impossible."
March 7 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Charlie Lovett for his new novel The Lost Book of the Grail. "It takes a bibliophile to know one. An English professor's passion for ancient manuscripts, his Cathedral, and all things to do with the Holy Grail comes under threat in a story of medieval mysteries, modern technological threats, and perhaps a bit of romance."
March 14 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts London author Samantha Shannon for her new novel The Song Rising. "On the eve of a new decade, after two hundred years of Scion rule, a rebellion is stirring. Its unlikely cradle is the clairvoyant underworld in London, and even a shattering betrayal within the community cannot stop it. Paige Mahoney is now Underqueen in London, determined to fight for her fellow clairvoyants against overwhelming odds. Her tentative alliance with the Ranthen is tested, and her rule is threatened by a technology so powerful it could destroy the world as she knows it. Racing against the clock, Paige goes north in search of a solution—but with a new enemy pulling the strings, and war on the horizon, she will have to make dangerous sacrifices to protect the ones she loves."
March 18-19 (Saturday and Sunday) -- NC Comicon: Oak City 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
March 22 (Wednesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Scalzi for his new science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire. "The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War."
March 23 (Thursday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts John Scalzi for his new science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire. "The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War." [Facebook]
April 7 (Friday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Kessel for his first new novel in some time, The Moon and the Other forthcoming from Saga Press. "Welcome to the Moon of the 22nd century where politics, rival city—states, and a matriarchal society collide. Passions, both sexual and warlike, come to a boil as the players must decide what really matters to them."
May 30 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for hew new novel The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows forthcoming from Small Beer Press. "Kij Johnson has won the major awards for fantasy (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo). Now Johnson turns to the most elemental of fantasies – the fairy tale – as she lovingly re-creates Kenneth Grahame's world, and expands upon it."
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- January newsletter: illogiCon welcomes Daniel Jose Older, Jeremy Whitley signs “Wasp”, the 2016-17 Manly Wade Wellman Award season gets underway, and more
- Paul Kincaid’s From the Other Side, October-November 2016: Michelle Paver’s Thin Air to Dave Hutchinson’s Europe in Winter, and plenty more in between “to keep us awake as the nights draw in”
- Paul Kincaid’s From the Other Side, September 2016: Christopher Priest’s The Gradual, Alastair Reynolds’ Revenger, Jonathan L. Howard, P.S. Publishing, and more
- Paul Kincaid’s From the Other Side, August 2016: The Arthur C. Clarke Awards, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Nalini Singh, Martin MacInnes, Gaie Sebold, Jeff Noon, and more
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