The 2023 Best of British SF/F Bundle, curated by Lavie Tidhar:
Britain has a long history of speculative fiction. One can think of the Gothic being born in the uneasily-dreaming mind of Horace Walpole in 1764; of Shakespeare's fairies in 1605's A Midsummer Night's Dream; or even of the adventures of King Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th century manuscript of the Historia Regum Britanniae. Science fiction itself flourished in the industrial age of the 19th century, with H.G. Wells' The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds still alive and kicking today.
British SF/F has always been somewhat different to its American counterpart. More peculiar, perhaps, a little more reserved. But on this little island off the coast of Europe, tales of wrecked spaceships and ogres, of bio-engineering and A.I., of gunslinging mathematicians and magic are feverishly and expertly written, as I hope this carefully curated collection can demonstrate. If America and Britain are "two countries divided by a common tongue" then it is to the benefit of both, for the speculative fiction of Britain is just as marvellous and strange, while retaining its own unique flavour.
You can read more about the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!
The Last Blade Priest by W.P. Wiles
"A deft and intelligent, immaculately constructed epic fantasy with characters as human as the Mountain is cold. Absolutely recommended."– British Fantasy Society
The Coral Bones by E. J. Swift
"A rich and brilliant novel about the connectedness of humanity in itself and with its world: beautifully written and compellingly drawn, layering history, present day and the future with brilliancy and power. It's a novel about the climate crisis, but it's a naturalist's novel too, with some wonderfully, vividly observed writing about sealife from coral to sharks and seahorses. Just marvellous."– Adam Roberts, author of The Thing Itself
Greensmith by Aliya Whiteley
"A brilliant mind altering, intergalactic delight. Brimming with humour and flair. Greensmith marks Aliya Whiteley's distinctive talents as something to get excited about."– Irenosen Okojie, award-winning author of Nudibranch, Butterfly Fish and Speak Gigantular
Falling Dark by Tom Lloyd
"an enthralling ambiance and eerie setting… give this awesome novella a go"– FanFiAddict.com
Triggernometry by Stark Holborn
"A wonderful, fresh concept, brilliantly done"– Joanne Harris, author of The Testament of Loki, The Strawberry Thief, Chocolat & many more
Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky
"A twisty social satire."– Publishers Weekly
Selkie Summer by Ken Macleod
"Ken MacLeod is a smooth professional and the words flow beautifully... Another small triumph from Newcon Press."– SFCrowsnest
Paper Hearts by Justina Robson
"What a superb novella this is: imagine we put an AI globally in charge of our happiness and welfare. Are human beings so contrary and suspicious of outside control that many would then immediately want to undermine its success?"– Goodreads Reviewer
Stealing For the Sky by Adam Roberts
"Think Indiana Jones, written by Tom Clancy, and directed by Quentin Tarantino."– Jonathan C
The Vanishing Kind by Lavie Tidhar
"Pretty close to perfect"– SFcrowsnest
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $20 or more, you get The Last Blade Priest by W.P. Wiles, The Coral Bones by E. J. Swift, Selkie Summer by Ken Macleod, Paper Hearts by Justina Robson, Stealing For the Sky by Adam Roberts and The Vanishing Kind by Lavie Tidhar!
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