Sep 20
2018

Kirkus starred review for Dragon Pearl

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

“This latest in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint launches Korean mythological creatures into outer space.

Thirteen-year-old Min cannot believe her older brother, Jun, has deserted his Space Force post, as he’s been accused of doing. Naturally, Min runs away from home to clear her brother’s name. It’s a Rick Riordan trademark to thrust mythological figures into new settings. Fans will breathlessly watch while fox-spirit Min charms her way onto a hijacked starship, ending up on her brother’s military star cruiser on the way to the lawless Ghost Sector. Lee has created an adrenaline-filled space opera with mythological creatures living alongside humans. Min and her family are gumiho, or shape-shifting foxes, but they present as human to hide their magical natures. She takes on the identity of Jang, a male cadet killed in battle, and enlists the aid of two other supernatural Space Force cadets: Haneul, a female dragon, and Sujin, a nonbinary goblin. Min is first and foremost a teenager on a mission and a magical being second. The ambivalence of her identity (fox or human, male or female, hero or traitor,) echoes ethical questions that many kid readers face. It is refreshing to see both Korean elements and a nonbinary character seamlessly integrated into the storyline. Narrator Min explains Korean mythology smoothly as the action progresses for readers with no previous knowledge.

A high-octane, science-fiction thriller painted with a Korean brush and a brilliant example of how different cultures can have unique but accessible cosmology and universal appeal.” — Kirkus, Starred Review

Jun 18
2018

Locus on Revenant Gun

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

“Revenant Gun is a fast, gripping story. Its shifting viewpoints – all seeing some part of the picture, none with a complete view or good insight into other people’s motivations – and potential for betrayals make it feel complex and demanding. At base, though, it’s a thriller crossed with a story about learning to live with consequences you didn’t choose. It’s a story in part about mortality: it holds a contrast between someone who wants to die and someone who wants to never die, and the costs, to oneself or to others, of taking those desires to extremes. Jedao, like Cheris, is an extremely compelling character – as is, somewhat to my surprise, the robot servitor Hemiole, whose naiveté and determination make an interesting comparison with the other, more jaded characters.

I really enjoyed Revenant Gun, and I sincerely hope that Lee has the opportunity to write many more novels. This is excellent space opera, and I wish there were more like it.” — Locus

Apr 30
2018

Lee, Bear, Wells, and Kowal are all 2018 Locus Award finalists!

The 2018 Locus Awards finalists have been announced, and they include Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (for best Science Fiction Novel), The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear (for best Fantasy Novel), All Systems Red by Martha Wells (for best Novella), “The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal (for best Novelette), and “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (also for best Novelette)!

Apr 4
2018

2018 Hugo Finalists include Lee, Wells, and Ahmed!

The 2018 Hugo Award Finalists include Yoon Ha Lee, Martha Wells, and Saladin Ahmed! Congratulations to all!

BEST NOVEL
Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

BEST NOVELLA
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

BEST NOVELETTE
“Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed (Marvel)

BEST SERIES
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)

Feb 5
2018

2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List includes Yoon Ha Lee, Elizabeth Bear, Nicky Drayden, Martha Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Lucy Taylor! Congratulations to all!

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

NOVELS – FANTASY
The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)

FIRST NOVELS
The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager US)

NOVELLAS
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTES
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers)
“Extracurricular Activities”, Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com 2/15/17)
“Sweetlings”, Lucy Taylor (Tor.com 5/3/17)

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