Apex Book Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of the novel PLAGUE BIRDS by Jason Sanford.

PLAGUE BIRDS is the epic tale of a young woman betrayed into becoming one of the future’s hated judges and executioners, with a killer AI bonded to her very blood. A genre-bending mix of science fiction and dark fantasy, PLAGUE BIRDS is Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts meets the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. Weird and epic and dark.

The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in the summer of 2021.

Jason Sanford is an award-winning author and a member of the SFWA. Born and raised in the American South, he currently lives in the Midwestern U.S. with his family. His life's adventures include work as an archaeologist and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Jason has published more than a dozen of his short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which once devoted a special issue to his fiction. His fiction has also been published in Asimov's Science Fiction, Apex, Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Tales of the Unanticipated, and other places. Books containing his stories include multiple "year's best" story collections, the Tachyon anthology The New Voices of Science Fiction, and original anthologies such as Bless Your Mechanical Heart.

Two collections of Jason’s short stories have been released: Never Never Stories and Heaven’s Touch and Other Science Fiction Dreams.

Jason’s awards and honors include being a finalist for both the Nebula Award for Best Novella and the Nebula Award for Best Novelette along with receiving an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. He has also won two Interzone Readers' Polls for best story of the year and was a co-winner of a third. His stories have been named to multiple Locus Recommended Reading Lists along with being translated into a number of languages including Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Italian and Czech.