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March 2009

February New & Notable
Poul Anderson
Kage Baker
James P. Blaylock
Ellen Datlow
Felix Gilman
Alison Goodman
John Langan
Laura Miller
Richard K. Morgan
Holly Phillips
Lisa Rogak
Franz Rottensteiner
Michael Shea
Dave Stevens
Jonathan Strahan

January New & Notable
Christopher Barzak
Ray Bradbury
Carl & Greenberg
Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.
Peter F. Hamilton
William Heaney
Jack McDevitt
Cherie Priest
Andrzej Sapkowski
Ken Scholes
Michael Swanwick

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New & Notable Books: March 2009
posted 13 March 2009

Poul Anderson, The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 1: Call Me Joe (NESFA Press Feb 2009)

Collection of 26 stories and 20 poems from one of SF's Grand Masters.

Robert Bloch, Skeleton in the Closet and Other Stories (Subterranean Press Oct 2008)

Collection of 16 previously uncollected stories, volume two in the Reader's Bloch series edited by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz.

Ray Bradbury, We'll Always Have Paris (Morrow Jan 2009)

One of the field's most celebrated authors presents a wide range of tales in this all-new collection of 21 stories and one poem.

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Sharing Knife: Horizon (Eos Feb 2009)

Bujold wraps up her four-volume series with this final volume, which finds farmer-girl Fawn and her Lakewalker husband Dag heading back upriver, still looking for ways to bring their peoples together — and unwittingly heading towards the biggest danger they've yet faced.

C. J. Cherryh, Regenesis (DAW Jan 2009)

The long-awaited sequel to the Hugo-winning Cyteen picks up shortly after the events of that book, with adolescent clone Ariane Emory searching for her progenitor's murderer.

Thomas M. Disch, The Proteus Sails Again (Subterranean Press Dec 2008)

The good ship Proteus sails out of the ancient Mediterranean of The Voyage of the Proteus, only to land off Staten Island in a post-apocalyptic future, in which Socrates and Disch tackle a murder mystery, a tale "...filled with disturbing reminders of Dischís own tribulations... Itís a sad and grim book and it's fun to read... [Disch's writing] is never dull and could almost be a case study in the redemptive power of wit." [Gary K. Wolfe]

Rich Horton, ed., Science Fiction: The Best of the Year: 2008 Edition (Prime Books Aug 2008)

Best of the year anthology with 18 stories from 2007 by authors including Paul Di Filippo, Ken MacLeod, Holly Phillips, and Michael Swanwick.

Nancy Kress, Steal Across the Sky (Tor Feb 2009)

Aliens arrive in 2020 and declare that they wish to atone for crimes against humanity — but it's up to a small group of human witnesses to travel to other worlds where humans have been settled and figure out for themselves what those crimes might be. A thought-provoking mix of anthropological and sociological SF in which "...the issues are as strongly felt as any in the Beggars or Probability sequences..." [Russell Letson].

Sergei Lukyanenko, Last Watch (Hyperion/Miramax Feb 2009)

The fourth volume in the bestselling Russian dark fantasy series finds Moscow Investigator Anton Gorodetsky going to Edinburgh to help the Scottish Night Watch investigate an apparent vampire murder and uncovers evidence of a complex conspiracy.

Lisa McMann, Fade (Simon Pulse Feb 2009)

Young-adult dark fantasy novel, sequel to the critically acclaimed Wake. Janie is finally learning to control her ability to experience other peopleís dreams, when she gets in over her head in an undercover police case at school — and learns just what it means to be a Dream Catcher.

James Morrow, Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Tachyon Publications Feb 2009)

Noted author Morrow offers a satiric tribute to '40s horror films in this entertaining SF novella of WWII, a B-movie actor, a US military plot, Godzilla-sized nuclear iguanas, and a really cool monster suit.

Cherie Priest, Those Who Went Remain There Still (Subterranean Press Dec 2008)

History and horror pervade this thrilling tale of a monster in a cave in the wilds of Kentucky, mixing a story of Daniel Boone with another set 100 years later, in which a patriarch's will sends his feuding descendants out to face the monster of family legend — only the monster turns out to be very real, and no longer alone.

Robin Anne Reid, Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Greenwood Press Jan 2009)

This hefty two-volume reference offers a guide to female authors and to the representation of women in the genre, covering not only fiction but also film, graphic novels, and more. Survey essays provide overviews of a wide range of topics, while encyclopedic entries give more specific details.

Mike Resnick, Kilimanjaro: A Fable of Utopia (Subterranean Press Dec 2008)

This companion novella to Resnickís award-winning "Kirinyaga" picks up 100 years later, as the Maasai tribe tries building their own planetoid Utopia, taking pains to avoid the problems that plagued Kirinyaga.

Jonathan Stroud, Heroes of the Valley (Hyperion Jan 2009)

Stroudís first young-adult fantasy after the Bartimaeus trilogy takes on a medieval Norse flavor. Young Halli Sveinsson dreams of being a hero, but his quest for revenge soon shows him that doing the right thing isnít as easy as it sounds in the legends. A fun and frequently thrilling exploration of the power of stories.

Stanley Wiater, Matthew R. Bradley & Paul Stuve, eds., The Twilight and Other Zones: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson (Citadel Feb 2009)

A combination reference and tribute, this non-fiction compendium includes essays on and tributes to Matheson, as well as bibliographies and filmography. This is the first trade edition, somewhat revised from the 2007 limited-edition The Richard Matheson Companion (Gauntlet).

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