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June 2007
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New and Notable Books

Yoshitaka Amano, Worlds of Amano (DH Press Mar 2007)

Elegantly designed art book provides a broad overview of the famed Japanese artist’s work, from early drawings to book illustrations to video game designs, plus a brief biography.

Holly Black, Ironside (Simon & Schuster/McElderry May 2007)

A YA ‘‘modern faery’s tale.’’ Sequel to contemporary fantasy Tithe, with changeling Kaye caught up in supernatural intrigue as she explores the land of faerie in search of her human counterpart.

Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union (HarperCollins May 2007)

Combination of hardboiled detective story and compelling alternate history by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Takes place in a world where a Jewish homeland is established in Sitka Alaska in 1940, and the state of Israel does not succeed.

Philip K. Dick, edited by Jonathan Lethem, Four Novels of the 1960s (Library of America May 2007)

Dick is the first SF writer welcomed into the American literary canon by inclusion in the prestigious Library of America series. Includes four novels selected by Jonathan Lethem: The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik.

Kelley Eskridge, Dangerous Space (Aqueduct Press Jun 2007)

First collection by an acclaimed SF novelist gathers seven stories about music, art, and sex, including the original title novella.

Robert Holdstock, The Broken Kings (Tor May 2007)

Holdstock continues his evocative blend of Arthurian legend and Greek myth in this third volume of his Merlin Codex, which sees Merlin and Jason travel to Alba (England) to stop Jason’s sons from overthrowing the Pendragon. The UK edition appeared in 1/07.

John Klima, ed., Logorrhea (Bantam Spectra May 2007)

Anthology of 21 stories inspired by winning words from the National Spelling Bee includes new fiction by Daniel Abraham, Theodora Goss, Michael Moorcock, Jeff VanderMeer, and others. ‘‘A fine anthology, weird and versatile, a wonderful concept rewardingly realized.’’ [Nick Gevers]

Barry N. Malzberg, Breakfast in the Ruins (Baen Apr 2007)

Includes the entirety of Malzberg’s classic non-fiction book The Engines of the Night (1982) and adds another 200 pages of original essays and commentary on ‘‘Science Fiction in the Last Millennium,’’ all in Malzberg’s trademark angry and sardonic style.

Louise Marley, Absalom's Mother & Other Stories (Fairwood Press Apr 2007)

Debut collection by the accomplished novelist includes ten SF and fantasy stories, two original, with a feminist bent.

David Marusek, Getting to Know You (Subterranean Apr 2007)

This long-awaited first collection from the celebrated SF writer gathers ten stories – almost all his published work – including modern masterpieces ‘‘We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy’’ and ‘‘The Wedding Album’’. ‘‘It would be tempting to call Marusek the Cordwainer Smith of his generation.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe]

Ian McDonald, Brasyl (Prometheus/Pyr May 2007)

Ambitious novel set in the past, present, and future of Brazil that explores issues of class, race, culture, and technology. ‘‘A feast of fine prose, an able political novel, and an intriguing experiment in cross-temporal storytelling and implication.’’ [Nick Gevers]

Cameron Rogers, The Music of Razors (Ballantine Del Rey May 2007)

Originally published in Australia in 2001, Rogers’s debut dark fantasy novel has been expanded by nearly 40,000 words for its first US publication.

Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind (DAW Apr 2007)

Epic fantasy, first in the Kingkiller Chronicles. One of the most acclaimed and accomplished debuts in recent years, it breathes new life into familiar fantasy material. ‘‘Provide[s] surprise and delight in equal measure.’’ [Faren Miller]

John Scalzi, The Last Colony (Tor May 2007)

The latest by the last year’s winner of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer is a sequel to Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades and continues the story of John Perry, now chosen to lead a colony world against a backdrop of interstellar war between humans and advanced aliens.

Lucius Shepard, Softspoken (Night Shade Books May 2007)

This Southern Gothic novel about a haunted antebellum mansion is made remarkable by Shepard’s powerfully oppressive prose. ‘‘One of his most desolating works yet... a small masterpiece.’’ [Nick Gevers]

Delia Sherman & Theodora Goss, eds., Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (Interstitial Arts Foundation Apr 2007)

Original anthology of 19 ‘‘interstitial’’ stories, one a reprint, that expands or defies genre categories. Includes fiction by Leslie What, Holly Phillips, Catherynne M. Valente, Christopher Barzak, and others.

Allen Steele, Spindrift (Ace Apr 2007)

Steele’s latest hard SF offering is set in the world of his Coyote series, but in a different part of the universe, and concerns an expedition sent to examine an alien artifact in the vicinity of a distant star.

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin (Houghton Mifflin Apr 2007)

This ‘‘new’’ Tolkien novel, assembled by the author’s grandson Christopher Tolkien from various manuscripts, is set 6,000 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, and expands the vast mythology of Middle-earth.

Karen Traviss, Ally (Eos Apr 2007)

The struggle between humans and eco-conscious aliens continues in this fifth book of the ambitious Wess’har Wars series, which began with City of Pearl.

John C. Wright, Titans of Chaos (Tor Apr 2007)

Third and final novel in the Chronicles of Chaos concludes the story of students at a British boarding school who discover they’re more than human and go to war with the gods of Olympus. ‘‘The boisterous cliffhanger-infested cavalcade Wright unleashes is something remarkable, some of his best writing yet, and often exceptionally funny.’’ [Nick Gevers]

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