Amazon launches science fiction/fantasy/horror imprint

Amazon launches science fiction/fantasy/horror imprint

Amazon’s march into traditional publishing continues with a new imprint, 47North. As detailed in this

press release

it’s going to publish science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles.

I have to say first: 47North? I know it identifies Seattle (as seen from space?), but I still like “Aurora”, or “Ravenna”, which I suggested in this

earlier post

when I was just hypothesizing an Amazon science fiction/fantasy/horror imprint.

I also want to say again that this should have traditional publishers quaking in their boots. Not that these books are going to dominate the market in the beginning, but that the publishers are being cut out (for more information on that, see thisΒ earlier post, A Tale of Two Middles).

The success of these Amazon tradpub (traditional publishing) imprints will depend to a large degree on content, of course. While Amazon’s promotional push will make a difference, they need to get interesting authors and interesting stories. I think that may be a particular challenge in this area…authors have respect for some of the existing publishers (some of which had authors involved in their creation), and it isn’t as hard to break into this area as it is in some others, in my opinion.

Here’s the initial line-up (all books, as I believe is the case with all Amazon imprints, do not block text-to-speech and have lending enabled):

The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Series)
by Greg Bear, Neal Stephenson, E. D. deBirmingham, Mark Teppo, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, Cooper Moo

Bear (Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio) and Stephenson (Snow Crash, Cyrptonomicon) are undoubtedly two of the banner names in this list. They are Hugo and Nebula winners, and bring very solid geek cred to the imprint. Notice, though, that there are as many authors listed here as there were people stranded on Gilligan’s Island. πŸ™‚ I’ll leave it to them to figure out what the match-ups might be. πŸ˜‰ Group writing can work: this may be short stories, but my guess is that it is team writing of a novel instead. This involves Mongols taking over Europe in 1241…and warrior monks.

Note: it’s a pre-order for April 24, 2012.

Against the Light
by David Duncan

This is the Canadian writer, not the also screenwriter. The book involves a magical kingdom and internal politics.

Pre-order for January 24, 2012.

Technomancer (Unspeakable Things: Book One)
by B.V. Larson

An investigator deals with a mysterious murder.

Pre-order for June 19, 2012

Further: Beyond the Threshold
by Chris Roberson

According to the book, it’s the 34th century…and the spaceship’s pilot has been in cryogenic suspension for twelve thousand years. I’m guessing they mean twelve hundred (which would make it close to our time), and not prior to the written language and regular agriculture, but hey, you never know. πŸ˜‰

Pre-order for May 15, 2012

by Arwen Elys Dayton

We want e-books to get us print books that are out of print…and do it at affordable prices. While this may not be the first book that comes to mind in that category, it fits…it’s been out of print for a while. It has to do with technology left on Earth in ancient times.

Pre-order for January 24, 2012

Into the Black: Odyssey One
by Evan Currie

This is a reissue of the book formerly known just as Odyssey One (it’s the first in a series). It’s described as a military science fiction epic.

Pre-order for March 27, 2012

Nightfall (Nightingale: Book One)
by Stephen Leather

This is a discovered destiny novel from the British thriller author…although the destiny is a dark one.

Pre-order for March 20, 2012

Face Of Evil (Dead Man #1)
by Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

Did you like Monk? Lee Goldberg was one of the screenwriters on that show, and one of the leading tie-in novelists. Lee has a lot of fans as a writer…this might make you one of them. πŸ™‚ Sorry, William Rabkin…just not as familiar with you. πŸ˜‰

Pre-order for October 24, 2011…just two weeks away

A Good and Useful Hurt
by Aric Davis

The author had another book published by AmazonEncore…are they cultivating their own authors, now? Horror, involving body modification.

Pre-order for February 21, 2012

Well, they’ve sort of scattered them over the course of eight months or so…order them now, and it will be like a 47North book of the month club. πŸ™‚

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theΒ I Love My Kindle blog.

2 Responses to “Amazon launches science fiction/fantasy/horror imprint”

  1. Sherri Says:

    Maybe 47North is a nod towards the horror end of the spectrum. When I moved up here and experienced my first dark winter up here, I became very aware of just how far north I had moved. It’s not Alaska, but 8 hours of (grey) daylight in December is pretty dark.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Sherri!

      That’s interesting! My Significant Other and I always say that we are two of the few people who would move to Seattle for the weather. I find the sunny summer much scarier…I like it overcast. I mean, having a giant ball of radiation producing gas in the sky that can give you cancer sounds pretty scary to me. πŸ˜‰ My family got me a t-shirt that says, “Keep Out of Direct Sunlight”.

      Keep out of Direct Sunlight – Black, L

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