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Literary fantasy: nine books, name your price!

Available for a limited time only, your chance to set your own price for a set of nine fantasy books, including a World Fantasy Award-winner and three exclusive ebooks available only here.

Literary fantasy bundle

The deal:

A purchase of $3 gets you the basic set of five books:

  • Spotted Lily by Anna Tambour
  • A Writer’s Life by Eric Brown
  • Lord of Stone by Keith Brooke
  • The Far-Enough Window by John Grant (exclusive to this set)
  • In Springdale Town by Robert Freeman Wexler

Even better, if you pay $12 or higher, you unlock four more titles:

  • The Ragthorn by Garry Kilworth and Robert Holdstock (winner of the World Fantasy Award, and exclusive to this set)
  • Facade by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Hairy London by Stephen Palmer
  • Little Sisters of the Apocalypse by Kit Reed (exclusive to this set)

The background:

When I first started talking with the fine people at StoryBundle about the possibility of putting together a bundle of books from writers associated with infinity plus we ran through a number of possible themes, but the one we kept returning to was Literary Fantasy. An elusive concept, perhaps – what marks ‘literary’ fantasy out from, simply, good fantasy, for starters? – but one that seemed to encompass the kind of books we wanted to offer: fantastical fiction with a sense of the magical and spiritual, written with a literary sensibility, by which we mean fiction with a love of language and an awareness of its place in the literary canon. As you’ll see from the books we’ve gathered together, that definition is deliberately elastic, inclusive rather than exclusive, yet still clear enough to bring a coherence to the set as a whole.

One of the first titles that came to mind for me was Stephen Palmer’s Hairy London, a quite extraordinary picaresque romp across an Edwardian London transformed by an overnight growth of… hair. In the streets, across the rooftops and bridges, submerging the parks. Everywhere. This is literary fantasy crammed full with alternate-historical and cultural references, but also one that never loses sight of the need to entertain.

About as unlike Hairy London as it’s possible to get and still feature here, Kit Reed’s Little Sisters of the Apocalypse is a novel that treads the indistinct boundaries between fantasy, science fiction and realism, as befits an author who describes her work as ‘transgenred’. A hard-hitting and impassioned story of a colony of women whose men have gone away to war and the role a gang of biker nuns plays in confronting the women’s deepest fears.

The appearance of Little Sisters of the Apocalypse in this bundle marks its first – and so far exclusive – appearance in ebook format. John Grant’s The Far-Enough Window is another title making its first ebook appearance, exclusive to this bundle: a classic fairytale that both delights the reader and cleverly challenges the form, from a Hugo- and World Fantasy Award-winning author. The Ragthorn, by Garry Kilworth and the late Robert Holdstock won the World Fantasy Award back in 1992 but, inexplicably, until now has never been published in standalone form – another exclusive first edition for this bundle.

It seems invidious to single out particular titles here from a bundle that manages to be so diverse in theme and approach, so all that remains is to urge you to explore what’s on offer before choosing the price you want to pay for either the core bundle or the entire set. From classic fairytale, ghosts and a deal with the Devil, through strange alternative pasts and presents to those biker nuns, there’s a bit of everything. Call it literary fantasy, or simply good fantasy, or give up labels altogether and simply read on.

A bit more detail:

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com/fantasy. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Buying this bundle also allows you to give to worthy causes: bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.

 


New: Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer

Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer

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AI or BI? Artificial intelligence or beautiful intelligence?

The race to create a sentient machine is headed by two teams, led by former researchers at Ichikawa Laboratories, who escape the regime there – and each other – to pursue their own dreams in the world beyond Japan.

Leonora Klee is creating a single android with a quantum computer brain, whose processing power has never before been achieved.

Manfred Klee is creating a group of individuals, none of them self-aware, in the hope that they will raise themselves to consciousness.

But with a Japanese chase team close on their heels, will either be successful before they are trapped and caught?

Beautiful Intelligence is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller that confronts questions of how we will create artificial sentience, and whether it will be beautiful.

“A supremely odd yet deeply rewarding experience…” Jason Pettus, CCLAP

“Stephen Palmer is a find.” Time Out

“Stephen Palmer is a writer you should read. His work is unique, original, sometimes challenging, always fresh and sometimes barking…” Amazing Stories

Cover by Steve Jones
Published: 01 Jul 2015

Buy this ebook from: Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1511550627): Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaCreateSpace – and other booksellers


Fish Eats Lion: new print edition of Singaporean speculative fiction anthology

Just out – the first infinity plus print edition of Fish Eats Lion, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg:

Fish Eats Lion: Singaporean speculative fictionFish Eats Lion collects the best original speculative fiction from Singapore – fantasy, science fiction, and the places in between – all anchored with imaginative methods to the Lion City. These twenty-two stories, from emerging writers publishing their first work to winners of the Singapore Literature Prize and the Cultural Medallion, explore the fundamental singularity of the island nation in a refreshing variety of voices and perspectives. This anthology is a celebration of the vibrant creative power underlying Singapore’s inventive prose stylists, where what is considered normal and what is strange are blended in fantastic new ways.

“Lundberg combines accessibility with a uniquely Singaporean flavor in his selections. SF readers looking to expand their horizons will enjoy visiting new worlds from an unaccustomed point of view.” – Publishers Weekly

“I doubt I’ll read a more engaging collection this year. […] There’s a rich optimism to be found here that speaks of lesser-known spec-fic writers rising to a challenge, and that challenge being more than adequately met.” – Pete Young, Big Sky

“Entertaining in this post-colonial era, it hints at how storytellers can become mythmakers, with the power to change the world.” – Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1502984822): Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaCreateSpace – and other booksellers

Also available as an ebook from: Amazon USAmazon UK – Barnes and NobleKoboApple – Smashwords


Excellent reviews for Garry Kilworth’s The Iron Wire

The Iron Wire by Garry KilworthLovely to see some great early reviews for Garry Kilworth’s new novel The Iron Wire, the story of a young telegrapher taking part in a venture in the Australian outback that would change the world of the 19th Century.

Over on her blog, World Fantasy Award nominee Anna Tambour hails it as a new Australian classic:

Kilworth captures so much of the mystery, beauty, night terrors, and fascination of the uninhabited Australia that I especially recommend this novel to the vast majority of Australians who would no more venture into the bush than they would, drink a cup of pre-barista International Roast… The Iron Wire: A novel of the Adelaide to Darwin Telegraph Line deserves to take its place amongst Australian classics — and is a ripper of a read, anywhere.

Readers posting reviews on Amazon have been equally positive:

I read this book in one go because eh! Suspense! The descriptions are very vivid. You can almost taste the dust! … It’s also beautifully written. It makes you realize that while we can all write a sentence; we can’t all write a beautifully turned sentence. It’s wonderful to read something so well written.

For anyone who loves history, this is a must read. Mr. Kilworth has taken a virtually unknown event in Australia’s history and brought it to life.

A great yarn that carries the reader into the heart of the then barely explored Australian outback as history is being made by ordinary men.

Very evocative of time and place. A well-researched book which grips from the beginning…

The ebook edition of Garry Kilworth’s The Iron Wire is available from: Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords

The print edition is available from: Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaCreateSpace – and other booksellers

Publication day for Garry Kilworth’s The Iron Wire

Published today in print and ebook formats:
The Iron Wire by Garry Kilworth

“Intensely charming… captures so much of the mystery, beauty, night terrors, and fascination of the uninhabited Australia. The portrayal of the society of men isolated from society, as well as individual characters is superb. It makes this mystery/adventure a sleep-stealer. Once begun, I was done for, in the best way.” Anna Tambour, World Fantasy Award-shortlisted author of Crandolin

The Iron Wire by Garry KilworthIn 1870 an enterprise began in Australia that was breathtaking in its ambition: to construct a single galvanised iron wire between Adelaide and Darwin, crossing two thousand miles of virtually unexplored wilderness. This was the Overland Telegraph Line, using local trees as poles, thousands of them, and hundreds of men who would not return to civilization for two years or more. Some would not return at all.

Alex McKenzie is a young telegrapher who believes his chosen profession to be at the cutting edge of contemporary science. A man who knows that once the last pole is erected and the line is open from Adelaide, to Darwin, to London and on to New York, the world will have shrunk and messages that used to take four months from sender to receiver will then take only minutes. His hopes for the future, for him and the love of his life, Sally, rest on the success of this magnificent Australian achievement. However, there are those whose enmity he has aroused and who would not hesitate to rob him of his life simply because he represents all they hate: someone who has grabbed at his opportunities and has risen from farm labouring roots to man of science.

The Iron Wire: a novel of human hope and progress in a land where men die, women are widowed, and bushrangers live by the lie and the gun.

Buy this ebook from: Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon AustraliaBarnes and NobleKoboApple – Smashwords

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1500779423): Amazon USAmazon UK – CreateSpace – and other booksellers

“His characters are strong and the sense of place he creates is immediate.” (Sunday Times on In Solitary)
“The Songbirds Of Pain is excellently crafted. Kilworth is a master of his trade.” (Punch Magazine)
“Atmospherically overcharged like an impending thunderstorm.” (The Guardian on Witchwater Country)
“A convincing display of fine talent.” (The Times on A Theatre Of Timesmiths)
“A masterpiece of balanced and enigmatic storytelling …Kilworth has mastered the form.” (Times Literary Supplement on In The Country Of Tattooed Men)
“An absolute delight, based on the myths and legends of the Polynesian peoples.” (Mark Morris on The Roof Of Voyaging)
“A subtle, poetic novel about the power of place – in this case the South Arabian Deserts – and the lure of myth. It haunted me long after it ended.” (City Limits Magazine on Spiral Winds)


War Stories: In Stores Today!

Keith Brooke and infinity plus:

I was going to post separately about this, but Andrew Liptak has already done such a good job he’s saved me the work! All I’ll say is that this is a hell of an anthology, and I’m honoured to be included.

Originally posted on Andrew Liptak:

At long last, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is officially out in bookstores today! Co-edited by Jaym Gates and myself, the anthology takes a new look at warfare in science fiction, with the central focus of how the people who wage it and are caught up in it are impacted by the fighting.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

War is everywhere. Not only among the firefights, in the sweat dripping from heavy armor and the clenching grip on your weapon, but also wedging itself deep into families, infiltrating our love letters, hovering in the air above our heads. It’s in our dreams and our text messages. At times it roars with adrenaline, while at others it slips in silently so it can sit beside you until you forget it’s there.

Join Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, Karin Lowachee, Ken Liu, Jay Posey, and more as they take you on a tour…

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Stumbling into print

Working on Garry Kilworth’s fabulous new novel, The Iron Wire (due later this month – watch this space), I was struck by how many excellent books I’ve worked on at infinity plus, and in particular, how many of them now have print editions. I thought I’d write a blog post to highlight some of them, and explain how we kind of sidestepped into print editions, having initially set out as an ebook-only publisher.

But then, I thought… it’s not fair to pick out individual titles to highlight like this, particularly when it’s the range of titles that had struck me. So instead, here’s the complete listing of print titles.

Note: while I hope that you’ll enjoy these books wherever you buy them (and I’m delighted that independent bookstores are stocking our books), authors get the most financial benefit if you buy from Createspace.

infinity plus: titles by format: print

Ordered by release date

See also: books from our infinite press imprint

An old era is drawing to a close, a new era about to begin, and the great mage Donn has passed on his Talents to a new generation. When a rogue church leader threatens to set loose wild powers, Donn’s children must oppose him but, also, they must contend with Donn himself: the old mage has not finished with his children yet. A fantasy epic of revolution, jealousy and earth-shattering magic. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsWeightless Books
Print (ISBN: 1500976466): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Rites of PassageRites of Passage by Eric Brown
Rites of Passage gathers four long stories from a British Science-Fiction Award-winning author. Stories of a Victorian London facing the threat of alien invasion, a strange world where the sun is fixed eternally overhead, the struggle to survive in a near-future post-apocalypse, and a far-future Earth where giant crabs and a swollen sun threaten humanity’s very existence. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1499500319): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Hairy LondonHairy London by Stephen Palmer
What is love? One evening at the Suicide Club three gentlemen discuss this age-old problem, and thus a wager is made. Dissolute fop Sheremy Pantomile, veteran philosopher Kornukope Wetherbee and down-on-his-luck Velvene Orchardtide all bet their fortunes on finding the answer amidst the dark alleys of a phantasmagorical Edwardian London. But then, overnight, London Town is covered in hair… (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1495995224): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Nocturnes and Other NocturnesNocturnes and Other Nocturnes by Claude Lalumière
Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes: Twenty-five dark stories that span a daring breadth of genres. In these noir tales that unfold at the edge of realism, mythic nocturnes from impossible pasts, and disquietingly intimate stories of speculative fiction, Claude Lalumière explores our collective and intertwined obsessions with sex and death. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1494461978): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Strange MammalsStrange Mammals by Jason Erik Lundberg
Strange superheroes and the magic of the quotidian; stories of piercing darkness and quirky, surreal humor; writing from the heart and soul; phantasmagorical journeys into what it means to be human. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1492363685): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
The Fabulous BeastThe Fabulous Beast by Garry Kilworth
A set of beautifully crafted tales of the imagination from “the best short story writer in any genre” (New Scientist). (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading CompanySpacewitch
Print (ISBN: 1490339604): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Falling OverFalling Over by James Everington
Sometimes when you fall over you don’t get up again. And sometimes, you get up to find everything has changed. Ten stories of unease, fear and the weird from James Everington. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading CompanySpacewitch
Print (ISBN: 1490339132): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
SalvageSalvage by Eric Brown
The Salvageman Ed series of linked stories – four of which appear here for the first time – combine action, humour and pathos, from the master of character-based adventure science fiction. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading CompanySpacewitch
Print (ISBN: 1490339051): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Parallax ViewParallax View by Keith Brooke and Eric Brown
Stories that examine the interface between human and alien – a parallax view from two of Britain’s top science fiction writers, both shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K Dick Award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboApple
Print (ISBN: 1481009052): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
On my way to Samarkand: memoirs of a travelling writerOn my way to Samarkand: memoirs of a travelling writer by Garry Kilworth (writing as Garry Douglas Kilworth)
Garry Kilworth’s books include SF and fantasy, historical novels, literary novels, story collections, children’s books and film novelisations. This autobiography covers family history, travels and his experiences in publishing. ‘A master of his trade’ (Punch) (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1480208299): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Red Dot IrrealRed Dot Irreal by Jason Erik Lundberg
Once you enter the surreal worlds of Lundberg’s equatorial fantastika, a part of you will never leave. “A fine meal for the mind awaits you in Lundberg’s collection” (Jonathan Carroll) (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1492364894): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
The Alchemy of HappinessThe Alchemy of Happiness by Jason Erik Lundberg
A triptych of stories rooted in Asian myth and legend, literary fantasy at its very best from the author of Red Dot Irreal, plus a hybrid essay on the transformative power of speculative fiction. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1492379212): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
GenetopiaGenetopia by Keith Brooke
The wilds: a world where genes mutate and migrate between species through plague and fever, but that’s where Flint must go… “A minor masterpiece that should usher Brooke at last into the recognized front ranks of SF writers” (Locus) (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1480192406): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
What happens when every wish you make is immediately granted by God? If you could use the power of music to travel through time? If your body was the battleground for a strange, alien invasion? In turns humorous, lyrical, profound – but always entertaining – these are the haunting tales of an author at the height of his power. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1480298131): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
One of UsOne of Us by Iain Rowan
Anna fled her own country when the police murdered her brother and her father, but now, in a world of people trafficking, prostitution and murder, she must decide how much she is prepared to give up to be one of us? Shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1470075768): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
GhostwritingGhostwriting by Eric Brown
Over the course of a career spanning twenty five years, Eric Brown has written just a handful of horror and ghost stories – and all of them are collected here. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 147010086X): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
From cyberpunk visions of post-human futures to traditional tales of alien encounter and time travel, ten science fiction stories from the two times winner of the BSFA short story award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1479242047): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Nowhere To GoNowhere To Go by Iain Rowan
Eleven stories of murder, obsession, fear and – sometimes – redemption, from a writer shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1475127863): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
One More UnfortunateOne More Unfortunate by Kaitlin Queen
Relentlessly drawn back to a circle of old friends and enemies, Nick Redpath has all kinds of issues to deal with. But first he must prove that he didn’t murder his old flame, Geraldine Wyse… (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1470068273): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers

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