Orbit announced today the acquisition of three new novels and four original novellas from multiple Hugo Award-nominated author Mira Grant. One of the novels will be a third book in the “Parasitology” series, following the Hugo Award-nominated PARASITE (US | UK | AUS) and SYMBIONT, and will conclude the trilogy, while the second novel and all four novellas will be set in the world of the “Newsflesh” series. The third novel will be a standalone.

Mira Grant is a pseudonym of Seanan McGuire, winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Orbit published the first Mira Grant novel, FEED (US | UK | AUS), in 2010, and the following year it became her first Hugo Award-nominated novel. The sequels, DEADLINE (US | UK | AUS) and BLACKOUT (US | UK | AUS), were also nominated for the award. Seanan McGuire has also received two shared Hugo Awards for Best Fancast for her work on the SF Squeecast.

PARASITE is a finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award, the fourth Best Novel nomination for Mira Grant. Her science fiction writing has been praised as “Horrifying, riveting, and a bit too plausible” (Library Journal, starred review of PARASITE) and “exceptionally creepy” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram on PARASITE).

Editor Will Hinton said, “It’s a dream to work with an author like Seanan and it’s thrilling to have more Mira Grant books to look forward to. I know her readers will be as excited as I am to return to the Parasitology trilogy, the beloved Newflesh series, and explore entirely new territory in a standalone novel.”

SYMBIONT, book two in the “Parasitology” series, will be published in Fall 2014. The “Parasitology” series is set in a near-future world where parasites have nearly eliminated human disease, but dependence on them may prove to be disastrous.

Seanan McGuire said of the deal, “I am overjoyed to be able to continue to write in the Parasite universe, and more, I am so, so excited to return to the world of Kellis-Amberlee, the Rising, and my unique approach to future journalism.  I hope that everyone else will be as excited as I am to go back there, and I promise I have some thrilling surprises in store for you.  As for that stand-alone third novel, well…  You’ll have to wait and see what that’s going to be about.  I can tell you one thing for sure: it’s going to be an adventure.”

The newly-acquired book three in the “Parasitology” series is currently scheduled for Fall 2015, while the first two “Newsflesh” novellas are slated for release in Summer 2014 and Summer 2015.

So, this was part of my weekend.

For those who don’t recognise her, which I’m guessing includes the entire con, I am dressed as Dr. Shannon Abbey. Here’s a description:

The echoes of my knock were still ringing when the door swung open, revealing a short, cheerfully curvy woman with spiky brown hair streaked with bleach-white lines that looked more accidental than anything else. She was wearing an electric orange T-shirt that read DO NOT TAUNT THE OCTOPUS, jeans, and a lab coat, and was pointing a hunting rifle at the middle of my chest.

She is an excellently eccentric mad scientist. This is an example of her personality.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Challenge.

As an addition to (and inspired by) Libraryofmind’s Conquer the Lurker Challenge in which I will be reading one chapter of A Dance with Dragons a day in order to try to finish it already, I am going to be picking a book from my unread shelf every week that has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for several months or more. Perhaps you are like me and you have several books that you keep meaning to get to it but never do. I’m hoping to change that in 2012. Every Monday I will make a post saying what book from my shelf I’d like to tackle for the week. You’re welcome to join in. You can list your book as a response to my post or make a post in your own blog.

My pick from the cemetery this week:


“In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as “Marburg Amberlee”—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed “The Rising,” and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?”

I will be back next Monday to tell you if I accomplished my goal and select my choice for the next week’s forgotten book.

So how come tumblr isn’t constantly talking about the Newsflesh Trilogy?

You want zombies? boom there ya go. You want political intrigue and a conspiracy? cool that’s in the book too. Female narrator? Meet Georgia Mother Fuckin Mason. Acknowledgement that romantic relationships are a part of everyday life but never having them be the plot? Have three books of it. Bisexual WOC with a massive amount of political power and has every single one of her relationships treated with equal respect and validity? Magdalene Grace Garcia likes to be called Maggie, has a small army of teacup bulldogs and loves to host movie nights. You want more women too? In all sorts of jobs and personalities and hobbies and roles? Here have like half the characters in the series. More than one POC? hell yeah how about like half of the characters again. What about hard science? Well let me tell ya buddy, this series has some of the best researched virology I’ve ever seen. Commentary about what it means to be human and the mental state of humans who need to grieve but have neither the freedom nor the means to? yeah heavy stuff for a zombie book I know but it’s really good.

What’s that? Don’t think a book series like this is possible? Buckle up kids because it’s written by a woman too. Mira Grant. The first book is called Feed go read it.

It’s the oldest story in the world. Boy loves girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back thanks to the unethical behavior of megalomaniacal mad scientists who never met a corpse they wouldn’t try to resurrect. Anyone coming within a hundred yards of my happy ending had better pray that they’re immune to bullets.

Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy #3) - Mira Grant


insanemaleflutist replied to your post: insanemaleflutist replied to your post: omg oyu…

pfft,I don’t get to geek out about fantasy much. I’d prefer to have a conversation about the awesomeness that is a well developed fantasy world than the woes of batman any day.

I… am incapable of choosing between Batman and other Batman-caliber subjects.

It’s true, I get to talk about Batman all the time and I get the chance to geek out over Brandon Sanderson, the Wheel of Time, or any of the other books I love (:cough: FEED :cough: Everyone go read it now, please :cough:) less often, but I don’t really prefer one over the other.

HEAD IS NOT MY HOME - a newsflesh fanmix for the Masons

Imogen Heap - Speeding cars The coffee’s never strong enough / I know you think it’s more than just bad luck // Oh don’t lose your head / ‘Cause none of us were angels / And you know I love you, yeah || Bloc Party - Truth It was the truth / That fell from these lips / It blinded us / And then the darkness left // I am yours now / Truthfully || MS MR - Head Is Not My Home Secrets lie in our way / Your kiss tastes better outside the light of day / Know you’re sure to scratch your back / Break my knuckles feel them crack || Language Room - Skin and Heart and Lungs But how much can you heal if all you know that’s real is / What you feel / In this skin & heart & lungs || Brand New - Degausser Well take me, take me back to your bed / I love you so much that it hurts my head / Say I don’t mind you under my skin / I’ll let the bad parts in, the bad parts in || MS MR - Twenty Seven Don’t need the promise of heaven / Just faith I’ll pass twenty seven / Broken at the source / Let me be your singing chords || The National - Baby, We’ll Be Fine I put on an argyle sweater and put on a smile / I don’t know how to do this / I’m so sorry for everything // I pull off your jeans and you spill jack and coke in my collar || Civil Twilight - Highway of Fallen Kings I am the ghost / That she passes through / She’s the choice / I can never chose / When am I going to find my peace? || Interpol - Summer Well It’s alright / I rely on the process, don’t mind the frame / They will never take this dream from me / It’s alright / Make it back || The Head and the Heart - River and Roads But our friends will be gone away / Nothin’ is as it has been / And I miss your face like hell // Rivers and roads / Rivers ‘til I reach you



I read a chapter of my nightly fiction fix (new thing; trying to read fiction more, must get either 1 chapter or at minimum, 5 pages of reading done a night. That number may increase if I discover 5 pages is stupidly easy). For those interested, I’m doing a reread of Feed by Mira Grant (which I highly recommend).

I just need to put out my sticky notes for What I Learned Today (another project, to document what I learned every single day of the week bc I’m AWESOME) and write out the books I need to buy tomorrow at the book store (ALL OF THEM silly me taking both AP English and English IV).