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Curt Benjamin
Kazuo Ishiguro
Lackey & Gellis
Lee & Miller
Garth Nix
Robert Reed
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Jon Snodgrass
Nick Webb
Weber & Ringo
John C. Wright
Sarah Zettel

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Gregory Benford
Clarke & Baxter
Raymond E. Feist
Margo Lanagan
Justine Larbalestier
Jonathan Lethem
Fiona McIntosh
Lyda Morehouse
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert Charles Wilson

2005 Archive


This page lists selected newly published SFFH books seen by Locus Online (independently from the listings compiled by Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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+ = first US edition
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Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

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New SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen : April 2005 Week 2

* Appleyard, Bryan : Aliens: Why They Are Here
(UK: Scribner 0-7432-5685-9, £15.99, 340pp, hardcover, March 2005)

Nonfiction survey about aliens in popular culture, with consideration of numerous SF works -- there are whole chapters on Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem -- and references to many SF books and films throughout. Includes notes, sources, and index.
• The publisher's site has the inside cover flap copy, and nothing else. [UK publishers seem noticeably less generous on their websites than US publishers.]
• Cheryl Morgan reviews the book in Emerald City; other reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, and The Times.

(Sat 9 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* Ishiguro, Kazuo : Never Let Me Go
(UK: Faber and Faber 0-571-22411-3, £16.99, 263pp, hardcover, March 2005)

UK first edition of Ishiguro's literary novel (noted last week here in its US edition) about clones raised for organ donation. See earlier listing for links to descriptions and reviews.

(Sat 9 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* MacLeod, Ian R. : The House of Storms
(UK: Simon & Schuster UK 0-7432-5672-7, £12.99, 457pp, hardcover, February 2005, jacket illustration Larry Rostant)

Alternate history SF novel, a stand-alone sequel to The Light Ages (2003), set in a Dickensian England in which the discovery of 'aether' has brought about a different kind of industrial revolution, set a century after the earlier book.
• The author's website has a lost excerpt that was deleted from the final version of the book.
• Cheryl Morgan posted this review. Nick Gevers reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine, saying "MacLeod is one of the finest prose stylists around, and -- borrowing as he does much of the melodrama of Victorian literature, along with the revisionist modernism of later authors like D. H. Lawrence -- his writing is unfailingly elegant, full of brilliantly realized English landscapes, deftly sensitive characterizations, luminously reworked fairy tales, and poetic elegies to lives and opportunities lost. ... The House of Storms is that uncommon thing, a sequel to be treasured as much as its precursor."

(Sat 9 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* Resnick, Mike, ed. : I, Alien
(DAW 0-7564-0235-2, $6.99, 307pp, mass market paperback, April 2005)

Anthology of 27 original stories written from the viewpoints of aliens. Authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert J. Sawyer, Janis Ian, Harry Turtledove, William Sanders, Barry N. Malzberg, Michael Burstein, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jennifer Roberson, and Laura Resnick.
• The publisher's site has this very brief description.

(Mon 11 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* Roberson, Chris : Here, There, & Everywhere
(Prometheus/Pyr 1-59102-331-9, $15, 283pp, trade paperback, April 2005, cover art and design John Picacio)

SF novel about a young woman given a device that enables her to travel anywhere in time and space. Concluding author's notes describe the book's publication history.
• Pyr's site has this description, with excerpts from reviews and an author Q&A, with a link to this PDF excerpt.
• The author's website also has an excerpt (in html).
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Clever popular culture references, amusing showdowns and true human feeling lift this well-crafted debut."
• Damien Broderick reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine.

(Tue 5 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* Taylor, Travis : The Quantum Connection
(Baen 0-7434-9896-8, $24, 289pp, hardcover, April 2005, cover illustration Alan Pollack)

SF novel, sequel to Warp Speed (2004), about a computer repairman battling alien 'Grays'.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "What the story lacks in characterization, it more than makes up for in plot complications. The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are mind-boggling. ... Beneath the comic-book exuberance, there's plenty of stimulating and satisfying speculation."

(Fri 8 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* Turtledove, Harry, ed. : Alternate Generals III
(Baen 0-7434-9897-6, $24, 306pp, hardcover, April 2005, cover art Jeff Easley)

Anthology of 13 original stories of alternate military history. Authors include Mike Resnick, William Sanders, Esther M. Friesner, Roland J. Green, and William Sanders.
• Baen's site has this description with links to stories by A.M. Dellamonica, Jim Fiscus, William Sanders, and John Mina.
• Amazon has the PW review, which says this "solid third alternative military history anthology neatly evokes this popular subgenre."

(Fri 8 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


* White, Steve : The Prometheus Project
(Baen 0-7434-9891-7, $24, 280pp, hardcover, March 2005, cover art Bob Eggleton)

SF novel about an undercover agent perpetuating a hoax that Earth has a unified government in order to keep Earth being taken over by aliens.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the description, and a review by Harriet Klausner.

(Fri 8 Apr 2005) • Purchase this book from Amazon


Opening lines:
When Greatgrandmistress Alice Meynell brought her son to Invercombe, she fully believed she was taking him to die there.
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The woman was there again, haunting him, when the phone rang.
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"Mr. President! Mr. President!" The White House press corps rose to its collective feet like an attention-seeking wave.

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