Welcome the mayhem. A six-page extract from the Fight Club 2 graphic novel is now available to read online. The opening pages of Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel were published by Playboy. The story is set nine years after the first novel, with the protagonist – now known as Sebastian – married to Marla and father to a young son, though he struggles with his normal, boring life, taking prescription drugs and marijuana to ease his troubles. You can read the pages here.
The nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards have been announced. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have revealed that Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation in the ‘Southern Reach trilogy’), Jack McDevitt (Coming Home), Katherine Addison (The Goblin Emperor), Ann Leckie (Ancillary Sword, the sequel to former Nebula winner Ancillary Justice) and Cixin Liu (The Three-body Problem) are in the running to collect the prize for best novel. The Awards weekend will be held from 4–7 June. The website has full details of the other awards up for grabs, including best short story and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
In keeping with the fantasy theme, it looks like 2015 is going to continue to be an exciting year for the genre’s titles. See this collection of heavily anticipated books, chosen by publishers and the editorial teams behind them, to set your imagination racing.
There has been a new Sherlock Holmes tale uncovered, now available to read online at the Telegraph. The story, written by Arthur Conan Doyle 111 years ago, was discovered in an attic in Selkirk, Scotland.
David Walliams wins at Red House Children’s Book Awards. His Demon Dentist won the Books for Younger Readers category. The Red House awards are unique as they are the only such awards to be determined entirely by votes from children. Split Second by Sophie McKenzie won the Books for Older Readers category, winning out over Malorie Blackman and Stuart Hill.
Malorie Blackman is also involved in another exciting young readers’ event. On 4 and 5 March, Blackman and other authors will be participating in World Book Day’s TeenFest. Writers will be interviewed on Facebook, Twitter and Google Hangout, and there will also be playlists and blogs popping up online. World Book Day is 5 March.