I see this news has already been making the rounds (via Twitter) but I thought that I would post it anyway, since it’s awesome news! 🙂 Thanks to John Jarrold for informing me!
James Frenkel, Senior Editor at Tor Books in New York, has concluded a two-book world rights deal for Australian SF author Rjurik Davidson, for a good five-figure sum in US dollars. The agent was John Jarrold.
The first of these books will be Davidson’s debut novel. It is presently titled CAELI-AMUR after the city in which it and its sequel take place.
James Frenkel said of Rjurik Davidson, “He’s a unique talent, with a fabulously imagined world that is both enticing and strange, the sort of place that makes one at the same time afraid and excited, thrilling to discover as its many secrets are revealed. Peopled with engaging characters who seem entirely real, it’s a world with a rich, deep history and a strange, compelling destiny.”
“Rjurik’s writing is wonderful,” said John Jarrold. “I’m very happy that this marks my first direct deal with a major US publisher. I know that Jim has admired his short fiction for several years.”
Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and Associate Editor of Overland magazine. He has written short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. His short collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, was recently released by PS Publishing. His work has been published in Postscripts, Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volumes One, Two and Four, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006, SciFiction, Aurealis, Borderlands and elsewhere. He has been short-listed for the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story three times, the Aurealis Award once and won the Ditmar award for Best New Talent in 2005.
Great news, and as I let John know, I like the title – it’s definitely evocative and easy to pronounce, even though it’s not English. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the cover! 🙂