science fiction

Unsung launches 2084 at FantasyCon 2017

It's nearly time for FantasyCon in Peterborough, where we will be launching 2084, as well as celebrating the rest of our 2017 titles, Metronome, Pseudotooth and You Will Grow Into Them, in the Reading Room from 1:30pm on the Sunday.

Announcing 2084: A science fiction anthology inspired by Orwell

You know that thing where a publisher goes about something in complete silence, not telling a soul, and then suddenly springs a new book that looks just so damn tasty that you have to click on the cover and find out what it’s all about?

Publication: The Beauty

Hot on the heels of our Déjà Vu, Unsung Stories are proud to announce The Beauty has just been published. That's right, twins! (Non-identical) We've got the advances here in the office and they look really rather fine. She's slim, elegant and punches above her weight.

The Beauty is available in paperback with digital formats following later this week. You can get your paperback direct from our store, www.unsungstories.co.uk/store, or order yours in from your local independent bookshop, Foyles, Waterstones, Blackwells, and all the other wonderful retailers out there.

Pre-orders will be going out imminently and you can now go and don't forget to harass your local bookstore until they are compelled to order up our entire stock.

People are saying some very nice things about the book too, with more in that in coming weeks. In fact, on behalf of Aliya and the Unsung scutters, thank you to all those people. In years to come, remember you said it first. 

As to whoever put the novella on the long list for the 2015 British Fantasy Society Awards? We salute you.

Deus Ex Arca and what makes it great

This is an intellectual love letter. Some stories are good. Some are great, and when I say great I mean that staggering kind of great that makes you want to read it again immediately, and then emulate it as best you can. One such example of the latter is Deus Ex Arca by Desirina Boskovich

Teaching in fiction, or how I learned to stop worrying and love cryptology

Here’s an idea to make school more fun, and the world a more considered place: let’s embrace the teaching potential of fiction. As a species we love stories in all forms, so much so that we go out of our way to consume them at every opportunity. So if we’re doing it anyway why not make the most of it?

What's a genre for?

I’m beginning to wonder if there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all the other things that come under the umbrella of ‘speculative fiction’. It might just be that elephant is called Genre. The question is, are we approaching the point where it's more of a hinderance than a brave new world