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Hello! The Newsflesh series has been in my Top 3 Favorite Books List (because series totally count for one spot on that list) for so long, and it's been such a wonderful treat getting to enjoy your Tumblr presence! This weekend I took a long car trip with my partner, and we listened to Feed on the trip. He'd never read them before, and it was lovely getting to revisit the characters and world in a different way, while getting to show him one of my favorite things. So, thank you! <3

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The first time I called the CDC, I said that I wanted to talk to someone about possibly designing a zombie virus. …So every time I came up with a new iteration of Kellis-Amberlee, I would call back and say, “If I did this, this, this, this, this and this, could I raise the dead?” And every single time they would say, “No.” And I’d say, “OK,” hang up, and go back to working. After about the 17th time, I called and said, “If I did this, this, this, this, this, this and this, could I raise the dead?” And got, “Don’t … don’t do that.” At that point, I knew I had a viable virus.
—  Seanan McGuire / Mira Grant



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 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.

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.

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
Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

Check out this great listen on The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so, we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEE…

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