Jo Fletcher Books secures English rights for epic Indian fantasy trilogy

Jo Fletcher has acquired rights to a big fiction bestseller from India, The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi.

The World SF Blog

[Via the BSFA]

Jo Fletcher has acquired rights to a big fiction bestseller from India, The Shiva Trilogy by Amish, epic fantasy based on Indian mythology. The first two books in the series, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas, have become a phenomenon in the Indian market,topping all the charts and selling close on a million copies so far, making it one of the bestselling series of all time in the country. The third volume of the trilogy is
due out next year. Jo Fletcher Books bought English language rights outside of the
Indian sub-continent and will publish the first book, The Immortals of Meluha, in the
UK in January 2013, and in the US in Summer 2014.

Since publication, the books have attracted a wide and devoted audience, including
this from the internationally bestselling author and guru Deepak Chopra, who said:
‘Amish’s…

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The Science Fiction Award Season Buzz

hugo_smHere is some news about the Science Fiction award season. The Nebulas (the writer-voted awards) close in February 2013. The Hugos (the fan-voted awards) opened on January 1st. You can become a member and vote for the Hugos.

Check out the buzz on Scalzi’s blog (it gets about 50,000 visitors a day).

Lavie Tidhar, (his novel Osama won the World Fantasy Award) said something interesting about the The Best Fan Writer category of the Hugo Award over at the WorldSFBlog.wordpress.com.

(This award is “given each year for writers of works related to science fiction or fantasy which appeared in low – or non-paying publications such as semiprozines or fanzines”.  Lavie Tidhar’s interesting story “This Other World” appears in “Breaking The Bow“,  an anthology of speculative fiction stories inspired by the Ramayana, edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh.)

He lists various interesting SF Fan writers across the world and says, “Aishwarya Subramanian (India) is a voice to seek.”

Meanwhile, SF Signal asked various writers:

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“Do you think the Hugo Awards nominations are underrepresented by non-Anglo writers?”

To which Samit Basu said, “The short answer is yes. I’ve been following discussions around SF and fantasy over the last decade, and a consistent complaint is that SF and fantasy, in terms of audience, books published, promotions and awards, both SF and fantasy are overwhelmingly white and male.” Read more…

Hello world!

One summer, about 20 years ago, a friend’s uncle brought a book to India from the US. Two stories from that book, Bradbury’s ‘Sound of Thunder’ and Heinlein’s ‘_ And He Built A Crooked House’ made such an impression on me that I still have a vivid memory of the light steaming through my window as I read them.

Then years later, but before Wikipedia became my source of information, I began keeping a record of Hugo and Nebula winners in a document. I carefully color coded the winning books I owned, the books I had read and the books I had yet to read.

My love for Speculative Fiction (SF) has given birth to http://IndianSF.wordpress.com.

SF usually means science fiction and fantasy but it also encompasses various genres like: aliens, bio-tech, far-future, alternate history, parallel universe, space travel, robots and AI, nano bots time travel, clones, dystopia, utopia, steam punk, mythology, magic, magic realism, slip stream, monsters, dragons and beasts, fairy tales, parapsychology, dreams and other worlds and a whole lot more.

With IndianSF I hope to bring focus to the writers of this genre by encouraging them to publish their SF short stories with this magazine.
This magazine welcomes readers and writers from across the borders, but hopes to especially encourage Indian writers / writers of Indian origin and feature news, interviews and reviews about SF books that are being released in India.

This is a free to read magazine, for now.

I welcome your comments, feedback and suggestions. You can get in touch with me on IndianSF@ContactART.in
– Geetanjali Dighe