Things That Make Me Ecstatic: Twelve Planets Series with Lucy Sussex, Sue Isle, and Tansy Rayner Roberts


Ann just got these titles in the mail from Twelfth Planet Press, the first in their new Twelve Planets series. All three are story collections.

Nightsiders by Sue Isle (intro by Marianne de Pierres) – “A teenage girl stolen from her family as a child; a troupe of street actors who affect their new culture with memories of the old; a boy born into the wrong body; and a teacher who is pushed into the role of guide tell the story of The Nightside.”

Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts (intro by Helen Merrick) – “The world is in greater danger than you ever suspected. Women named Julia are stronger than they appear. Don’t let your little brother make out with silver-eyed blondes. Immortal heroes really don’t fancy teenage girls. When love dies, there’s still opera. Family is everything. Monsters are everywhere. Yes, you do have to wear the damned toga.”

Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex (intro by Karen Joy Fowler) – “Why are certain subjects difficult to talk about? What is justice? Why does it matter? Why do writers think that other people’s lives are fair game? And what do we really know about the first chemist? Welcome to the worlds of Lucy Sussex.”

In my opinion, Twelfth Planet Press is one of the best indies in the world, and this new series is compact, sharply designed, well-thought-out, and featuring a good mix of established and newer writers. I just love it thus far—and Ann’s contributed an introduction to the next book in the series, a forthcoming title by Deborah Biancotti.

You can order these books at the Twelfth Planet Press website. But why not go one better—you can also subscribe to the series there.

Alisa Krasnostein is the mastermind behind Twelfth Planet Press, and she’s up for a World Fantasy Award this year. She fully deserves to win.