Spectra 25th anniversary

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Suvudu’s 2010 Retrospective


Suvudu’s 2010 Retrospective

It was a big year for us around here, made especially big as we waived goodbye to our initial “Beta” site design and re-launched with the site you see now. But that wasn’t all we did. Along the way we introduced our Cage Matches, talked about writing and editing, destroyed the world and discussed how we’d survive in the aftermath and a whole lot more.

Here’s a quick run-down of some of our most popular stuff from 2010.

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: Because Time Machines Don’t Have “The End”


Spectra 25th logo.JPGI started at Bantam Spectra in 1994—just shy of our tenth anniversary. After leaving a developmental biology PhD program with a masters in 1992, I started working as an editorial assistant over at Avon Books, for their then SF/F imprint, AvoNova, before moving to Bantam as an Associate Editor, under my then-boss, Spectra’s Executive Editor, Jennifer Hershey…

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: How Is This My Job?


I wanted to just say what a privilege it’s been to present these books to you over the past month. I started with Spectra a little over two years ago, and every time I look at our bookshelves, I’m pretty much overwhelmed by the publishing history of this imprint–and the fact that I get to be a part of it.

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: TOTAL OBLIVION, MORE OR LESS (2009) by Alan DeNiro


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I find it rather fitting that Alan DeNiro’s Total Oblivion, More or Less is the last book being featured in the 25 Years of Spectra Time Machine, because it’s all about “what’s next?”

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Paranormal

25 Years of Spectra: WOLFBREED (2009) by S.A. Swann


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Wolfbreed is one of those novels where you read it and go: “That’s different.”

Because, let’s face it–werewolves have been done.

And done.

And done.

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Suvudu

25 Years of Spectra: BLACK AND WHITE (2009) by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge


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I’m a sucker for superheroes, and Jackie and Caitlin have created two incredible ones with Jet and Iridium. They then established a believable, exciting world in which corporate sponsorship is a key component to being a superhero, put together an intricate plot with pleny of twists and turns, added their own brilliant styles that they’ve honed in previous urban fantasy novels, and let those characters lose.

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: THE MAGICIANS AND MRS. QUENT (2008) by Galen Beckett


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The third book from 2008 to make the 25 Years of Spectra list, the author and editor discuss how Galen Beckett’s The Magicians and Mrs. Quent came to be.

And make sure to be on the lookout for the next book in the series, The House on Durrow Street, which comes out this fall.

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: HAVEMERCY (2008) by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett


It’s hard not to see this cover and not go: That’s an awesome cover (which is why I left it so big on this post). I think Steve Youll has done some great work for Spectra over the years, but this is by far and away my favorite of his covers for one of our novels, and it couldn’t have happened to a cooler book. I’m sure Anne, below, is going to talk about how Havemercy came to be, so I’m just going to say this: Jaida and Dani are the kinds of authors that make me jealous, because they, well, they’re authors at such a young age and I’m not!

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: MIND THE GAP (2008) by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon


I’m not saying Christopher Golden needs a collaborator to make it onto this list (seriously–check out his books The Myth Hunters or The Boys Are Back In Town if you don’t think he can hold his own), but it just so happens the two books with his name on it also share credits with another [...]

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: SCAR NIGHT (2007) by Alan Campbell


Here’s another book that’s near and dear to my heart, if only because it’s one of the few authors on this list that I actually got to work with in an editorial capacity. And while I didn’t work on Scar Night with Alan Campbell, I did ultimately get to work with him on the [...]

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