Voltaire's most famous literary creation, Candide, is now rebooted for the better-than-best of all possible worlds, 21st-century America. The globe-trotting misadventures of American Candide and his wingnut tutor, Dr. Pangloss, his totally hot BBW Cunegonde plus sundry suicide bombers, illuminati global warmers, insurance cults, sex-crazed illegal aliens and even the Senate Sub-Committee on Homeland Furnishings provides sufficient belly laughs to make exile, destitution, rape, murder and torture into something that happens to other, mostly foreign people, thank God.
From the jungle slums of darkest Africa to the lily-white McMansions of American suburbia, the human condition wreaks havoc upon Candide and his friends as they search for an American Dream being held against its will in an undisclosed location. College-boy sissies will call it a Juvenalian satire upon America's penchant for mindless optimism and casual racism but Candide says it's really 'rage against the rage, Voltaire-dude!'
A quirky collection of short sci-fi stories for fans of Kij Johnson and Kelly Link Assimilation is founded on surrender and being broken; this collection of short stories features people who have assimilated, but are actively trying to reclaim their lives. There is a concert pianist who defies death by uploading his soul into his piano. There is the person who draws his mother's ghost out of the bullet hole in the wall near where she was executed. Another character has a horn growing out of the center of his forehead—punishment for an affair. But he is too weak to end it, too much in love to be moral. Another story recounts a panda breeder looking for tips. And then there's a border patrol agent trying to figure out how to process undocumented visitors from another galaxy. Poignant by way of funny, and philosophical by way of grotesque, Hernandez's stories are prayers for self-sovereignty.
Cuban’s Guide To Quantum Santeria
"The End of the World Is Rye is a top-notch urban fantasy. Funny and sharp, it doesn't choke a good story in whimsy. Fans of Preacher and Sandman will have a great time with this one."
-- Garrett Cook, Time Pimp
What would you do for the perfect sandwich?
Well, if you were a rogue angel, you might just cause the Apocalypse. And it looks like that's just what he's about to do when he lands in a polygamist cult in Utah. So, now it's up to the rest of God's divine posse, including Jesus and Lucifer, to save all of existence from certain destruction.
In his debut novel, Brett Cottrell takes you on a provocative, celestial roller coaster ride that will have you laughing on the edge of your seat all the way to the gates of Hell.
The End of the World is Rye
“Taut and fast-paced, Exile sets you down in a chemical disaster zone that has become a petri dish for violence, sex, and sublimated dreams. Bradley’s characters struggle to define consent in a town where survival demands acquiescence and government interdiction kills hope. Sharp, smart and provocative, Exile grabs you from the first page and never lets go.”
--Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of Ink
Twenty years ago, a toxic spill in the small, southwest Texas town of Exile poisoned residents with permanent rage. The feds’ response? Quarantine. Only residents who pass the feds’ 4-S test can escape Exile’s heavily fortified borders. Heidi Palermo, unwilling medic to her family of bloodthirsty street warriors, has taken the test repeatedly, trying to prove she’s smart, strong, sterile, and sane. Three out of four ain't bad, but the feds don’t grade on a curve.
When her abusive brother dies in battle, Heidi turns her clinical eye to his killer. An Outsider who arrived post-spill, Tank seems open to Heidi's advances. Is Tank her ticket out of Exile? Before she can find out, the two are besieged by her vengeful family. Heidi must keep their blood feud from triggering a war with the feds if she wants to escape Exile. But Tank’s about as trusting as Heidi is monogamous—which is to say, not at all. So Heidi's picked the wrong mark, her family is gunning for her, and the feds are itching to nuke Exile once and for all. Heidi's got her fourth S now: Screwed.
New Dimensions in International Science Fiction
In its brief existence, Rosarium Publishing has worked hard in “introducing the world to itself” through groundbreaking, award-winning science fiction and comics. In combing the planet to find the best in each field, Rosarium's own Bill Campbell has found a fellow spirit in Italian publisher, Francesco Verso. Borrowing from the fine tradition of American underground dance labels introducing international labels' music to the people back home, Rosarium brings to you Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction, a thrilling collection of innovative science fiction originally published by Francesco Verso's Italian company, Future Fiction. Here you will find thirteen incredible tales from all around the globe that will not only introduce you to worlds you may not be familiar with but also expand your horizons and the horizons of the science fiction field itself.
“Future Fiction is a futuristic compendium of wonder and fear filled with mind-shattering technologies and cutting-edge sciences. ... A must for any science fiction reader on the hunt for an immersive, gripping, raw read.”
— Monica Valentinelli
“Future Fiction offers a selection of imaginative, adventurous sci-fi by international authors – and that is what makes this collection so welcome and exciting. These stories take place in every part of the world and are told in distinct, diverse voices. Whether their focus is transhumanism or ecological devastation, space travel or techno-dystopia, they remind us that future does not happen to a select few, but to everyone, everywhere. Highly recommended reading for anyone open to expanding their idea of international science fiction.”
— Emmi Itäranta, author of Memory of Water
"A mind-bendingly adventurous collection with story content as diverse as its authors."
— AJ Hartley, New York Times bestselling author of the Steeplejack series
Special 40th Anniversary Edition
A 1974 New York Times Notable Book and 1975 Edgar Award Nominee
Before There Was Street Lit, There Were The Streets ...
And The Jones Men Ruled Them
"It was The Wire before there was The Wire."
--Gar Anthony Haywood
To become the King, you have to take the crown. It won't be given up lightly. Heroin kingpin, Willis McDaniel, has been wearing that particular piece of jewelry for far too long, and youngblood, Lennie Jack, thinks it would look really good on his head. When a junkie tells Jack about a big delivery, the young Vietnam vet makes his move. Feeling his empire crumble, McDaniel puts the word out to find whoever's responsible. The hunt is on, the battle is engaged, and the streets of Detroit run red with blood.
In 1974 Vern E. Smith took the crime fiction world by storm with his debut novel, The Jones Men. Heralded as "a large accomplishment in the art of fiction" by The New York Times, The Jones Men went on to be nominated for an Edgar and became a New York Times Notable Book. The art of crime fiction has never been the same since.
The Jones Men
“A tingling thriller … the action never lets up.”
- Publishers Weekly
“Not just the facts but also the smell, feel and terror that the facts along could never convey … convincing.”
- Chicago Tribune
“The best street novel I ever read until now was Little Caesar. The Jones Men exceeds it in importance. The Jones Men is a work of art.”
- Richard Condon, author of The Manchurian Candidate
“A winner on all acounts.”
- Hartford Times
“Vern E. Smith knows the scene … his dialogue is real and right and frighteningly subhuman.”
- The New Yorker
“His hallmark of excellence is a mastery of dialogue … He is the equal of Hemingway when The Killers was written. But Smith sustains the pace for a greater distance.”
- San Francisco Examiner
“Vern E. Smith succeeds brilliantly in the presentation of his story.”
- Hartford Times
“A fierce taut action tale … It moves on crisply cinematic chase scenes and bloody murder rendered in karate-chop language that knifes through the gunsmoke and flashes over the blood puddles without a bit of false sympathy.”
“A large accomplishment in the art of fiction … written with terse, impersonal immediacy … seen, heard, felt and reflected off the blue-steel barrel of a handgun.”
- New York Times Book Review
“A tough, hard, authentic look at the people who deal in living death.”
- Houston Post
All the rappers in Koontown are being killed, and rumor has it that it's vampire crack babies doing the killing. Desperate the police reach out to Genevieve "Jon Vee" Noire, ex-super model/ex-homicide detective/private detective. Together with her former partner, Genevieve must navigate the dangerous world of gangsta rappers, shady record executives, corrupt cops and politicians, '80s pimps, welfare queens, secret sistah societies, Ubernoggin, and the National Guard. Can the ex-super model survive the chaos and insanity to save her beloved Koontown while it explodes all around her?
Koontown Killing Kaper
In this wildly varied collection designed to showcase multiculturism, diversity, and characters of color in genre fiction, editors Campbell (Koontown Killing Kaper) and Hall (Chimera Island) bring together 40 authors to create an experience that’s both eye-opening and unpredictable…a provocative, entertaining, and vital anthology that accomplishes its mission.
FEATURING: Junot Diaz, Lauren Beukes, and Victor LaValle
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond sets a bold new course for anthologies by showcasing the work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside speculative fiction. The authors in this anthology have earned such literary honors as the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker, among others. They have garnered numerous accolades and have sold millions of books around the world. Many of their names are likely to be new to you; Mothership is your invitation to get acquainted with them and their writing.
Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond
We at Rosarium thank SF3 for their generous grant to help out with our Mothership endeavors. In all actuality, we could never thank you enough.
"I was ... struck by Bill Campbell's Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which...is very strong."
–Lavie Tidhar, author of The Violent Century and editor of the Apex Book of World SF anthology series
"I'm looking forward to reading Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which I want to plug because it is, in my opinion, on the cutting edge."
–Sarah Hans, editor of the anthology, Steampunk World
A truly knockout collection, from big names and new-to-me names, and as diverse as they come. If I had to recommend one book this year, this would be it.
–Francis Knight, author of Last to Rise
Thirty-two-year-old writer Damian Cross has just returned from a disastrous first book tour only to be dumped by his fiancée. Now, newly-single for the first time in seven years, he has to pick up the pieces, start his life all over again, and write a second novel.
Damian blogs his way through today's dating scene and all its hazards-online dating, biological clocks, single mothers and their children, well-meaning friends, ex-girlfriends, and his meddling, matchmaking cousin-to find that the only thing that stands between him and success may actually be himself. Can Damian stop his world from crumbling around him and get it together in time to gain a chance at true happiness and write the "booty novel" everyone's telling him to write?
My Booty Novel
Pitch Black Rainbow is the latest collection of illustrations and process art work from graphic artist, John Jennings. It collects the best of Jennings' catalogue from the last five years. This book demonstrates Jennings' stylistic conventions of digital artwork, textured storytelling, graphic innovation, and strong classical underpinnings. His work celebrates the importance of black images in the speculative genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror and how the very presence of those images radicalizes the notions of the black subject. What's at the end of the rainbow? The freedom and unfettered power of the black imagination. [more]
Pitch Black Rainbow
“Jennings carves colors out like lush wood reliefs. Rich, classic and roots of an oak. Stunning works.”
–Afua Richardson, artist on Top Cow's upcoming OGN Genius
“Nobody makes images like John Jennings, nobody. With his up-all-night colors and muscular line, now undulating, now skittering, John creates instant icons bristling with energy and texture and the jazzled frazzled feeling of the way we live now. Greasy with history and soaked in blues power, his work points the dancing way to a very funky future.”
–Tony Puryear, writer and artist. Co-creator of Dark Horse's Concrete Park graphic novel.
“John Jennings explodes with a style that not only captures your attention with bold lines and striking colors, he has a unique style that is all his own, which speaks from another cultural dimension. If you are seeking a powerhouse of fresh and original artistic inspiration . . . look no further!"
–Dawud Anyabwile, Emmy Award-winning animator and co-creator of the Brotherman comics series.
“John Jennings is a brilliant man with a brilliant plan! He homogenizes the sequential art medium and academia in a fashion that has inspired and challenged many! I am one of them."
–Sanford Greene, comics creator and illustrator of An Army of Frogs, Rotten Apple, and 1000.
Two years ago, Bill Campbell (author of My Booty Novel and Sunshine Patriots) decided to stay home with his newborn daughter and write a new novel. Of course, as every parent can guess, it didn't quite work out that way. As "Poohbutt" went from crawling to taking her first steps and as presidential politics turned into one historic election, Bill turned the chaos around him into an iconoclastic, incendiary blog, Tome of the Unknown Writer. Pop Culture compiles the best that the blog has to offer into an entertaining, witty collection that will have you laughing out loud and loving the day Poohbutt had her first solid meal.
Steampunk takes on Southeast Asia in this anthology The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. The Sea Is Ours is an exciting new anthology that features stories infused with the spirits of Southeast Asia's diverse peoples, legends, and geography.
The Sea is Ours
Stories for Chip brings together outstanding authors inspired by a brilliant writer and critic, Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R. “Chip” Delany. Award-winning SF luminaries such as Michael Swanwick, Nalo Hopkinson, and Eileen Gunn contribute original fiction and creative nonfiction. From surrealistic visions of bucolic road trips to erotic transgressions to mind-expanding analyses of Delany’s influence on the genre—as an out gay man, an African American, and possessor of a startlingly acute intellect—this book conveys the scope of the subject’s sometimes troubling, always rewarding genius. Editors Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have given Delany and the world at large, a gorgeous, haunting, illuminating, and deeply satisfying gift of a book. [more]
Stories for Chip
"I read The Jewels of Aptor in 1962, when I was fourteen. Samuel Delany had written it when he was nineteen, and I totally got that, the fantastic youth of the thing, but I was also blown away by what I didn't yet understand was the style. It induced one of the most persistent and global somatic memories of reading I've ever had, to the point that I can actually use it as a sort of time-travel device. And yes, I know he's written many novels since then, including Dhalgren, but I've always wanted a chance to say that about The Jewels of Aptor!"
--William Gibson, author of Pattern Recognition
"Samuel R. Delany sits at the crossroads of the story of SF. Explore any path--why SF matters, how, to whom--and he is there, beaming, either in person or reflected in the writers forging ahead. This book of beautiful, brilliant stories, fiction and nonfiction, shows us why he matters so much--and how, and to whom. All of us, of course."
--Nicola Griffith, author of Hild
"This anthology rocks your mind, rolls your heart, and makes you tingle all over. Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have curated an entertaining and provocative volume, a whirlwind tour of the mythic, science fictional landscape that Delany engendered. These stories, essays, and memoirs are sensuous encounters with Delany, an ongoing conversation in the delanyesque universe. A polymath geek fest! Stories for Chip is a perfect tribute to a creative genius, a theoretical titan, and a great adventurer."
--Andrea Hairston, author of Redwood and Wildfire
"This lovingly made tribute to Samuel R. Delany is packed with tiny delights. Stories that are as diverse as they are refreshing to the palate. A blend of so many different voices and takes on the influence of this great author--one could only dream that in the winter of one's career such a collection could be constructed in one's honor."
--Jennifer Marie Brissett, author of Elysium
"A powerful testimonial to the impact Delany has had in inspiring so many of this generation's diverse voices."
--Tobias Buckell, author of Arctic Rising
"A tribute to one of the greatest geniuses of science fiction, this diamond of a book has stories as multi-faceted, brilliant, and wickedly sharp as Delany himself."
--Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea
Rebellion erupts on the "paradise" planet of Elysia, plunging the colony into chaos. In response, the all-powerful United Earth dispatches its elite corps of cyborg soldiers, led by Aaron "The Berber" Barber.
For a hero celebrated galaxy-wide for his acts of bravery against alien hordes, a ragtag group of colonized miners with antiquated weapons should be no challenge. But Barber and his soldiers are unprepaed to meet the most dangerous enemy yet--humans just like them. And on Elysia, the soldiers discover dangers that neither United Earth nor the Elysians themselves could have foreseen. The secrets Barber and his soldiers uncover lead them to question the true meaning of freedom in a world where nothing is what it seems. [more]
"Reads like an unlikely collision between William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, and Robert Heinlein ... Sunshine Patriots quickly reaches critical mass and shines with a furious, distinctive, and compelling energy all its own!"
--Tony Daniel, author of Metaplanetary
"As these are historic times, many works of literature are bound to be inspired. Campbell's Sunshine Patriots deserves attention as such a work."
-- Kim Thorpe, Boston's Weekly Dig
"A jazzily written, satirically tinged story."
-- Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper
"[Bill Campbell has] founded an entirely new literary genre."
-- Pamela Zoslov, Cleveland Free Times
"Sunshine Patriots is outrageous and brilliant. Its characters will intrigue and enrage you; its story is as familiar as an old shirt and as wondrous as a soothsayer's vision. Few authors have both the skill and the chutzpah to push the frontiers of science fiction this far, and this well."
--Kavita Philip, author of Civilizing Natures
"A real page-turner, and very thought provoking besides. I didn't want to put this one down. Every scene played out before me like a movie. This was a very good book. The characters were well developed and three dimensional. I got into them right off. The setting was also very well developed. I could almost smell the alien colony while I was reading. Good work. Bill Campbell is a name to watch. I predict more good books from him in the future."
-- Dan L. Hollifield, Aphelion Review
"In his debut novel, Sunshine Patriots, author Bill Campbell presents an oppressive techno-corporate political machine presiding over a Unified Earth, unified primarily in its abject poverty and desolation. The book ... portrays an Earth as global slum, from which forced enlistment in the armed services constitutes the only "escape" for the brutalized classes. Rife with dystopian themes, Sunshine Patriots also reveals a wry and literate sense of humor (a lead character, the Jamaican war hero Aaron Edmund Barber, known as "the Berber," nominally evokes two of Shakespeare's most compelling villains), a sure ear for slang and the expressive richness of subculture, and an intriguing sociopolitical motivation. In other words, unlike in the bulk of the sci-fi canon, it isn't always the Anglo/Asian who saves the day, and it isn't always the black guy who gets it in the neck."
-- John Rodat, Metroland (Albany, New York)
This Y/A collection of Twilight Zone-inspired short stories is a stunning assortment of modern-day twists on classic fables and science fiction standards, featuring a girl who can live in yesterday, a boy who can see through mountains, and a closet monster hunter. But, as we all have learned, every gift comes with responsibility, every vision comes with unwanted knowledge, and nothing is ever what it seems.
Try Looking Ahead
We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” This is why we continue to remember the tales of struggle and tales of perseverance, even as we look to tales of hope. What a people choose to remember about its past, the stories they pass down, informs who they are and sets the boundaries of their identity. We remember the pain of our past to mourn, to heal, and to learn. Only in that way can we ensure the same mistakes are not repeated. The voices make up our stories. The stories make up who we are. A collected voice.
THE VOICES OF MARTYRS