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New & Notable Books

New & Notable Books

Beagle & Lansdale
Kathleen Ann Goonan
George R.R. Martin
Daniel Polansky
Geoff Ryman
Dan Simmons
Charles Stross
Greg van Eekhout
VanderMeer & Chambers
K.D. Wentworth


Marie Brennan, With Fate Conspire (Tor Sep 2011)

Brennan returns to the world of the Onyx Court for a third novel, this time set in 1884 England, where the Faerie realm below London is threatened by the Industrial Revolution. "For more tales of a London based on history as well as sheer invention, try With Fate Conspire and its predecessors. Instead of the old-style fantasy of quests through green fields and dark domains, Brennan makes the most of one extraordinary city." [Faren C. Miller]

Julie E. Czerneda & Susan MacGregor, eds., Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy Sep 2011)

The noted Canadian anthology returns with this volume focusing on young-adult speculative fiction, with 23 stories and four poems. Authors include Claude Lalumière, Ed Greenwood, Tony Pi, and Nicole Luiken.

Jack Dann & Nick Gevers, eds., Ghosts by Gaslight (Harper Voyager Sep 2011)

Noted editors Dann and Gevers present 17 all-new stories mixing straight ghost stories, steampunk and the supernatural, and gaslight adventure, by an impressive group of authors including Peter S. Beagle, Gene Wolfe, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, and Lucius Shepard. "The book really is worthwhile from beginning to end... one of the really enjoyable anthologies of 2011." [Rich Horton]

Ellen Datlow, ed., Blood and Other Cravings (Tor Sep 2011)

Noted editor Datlow takes a different look at vampires, focusing on different kinds of vampires and their need to feed on others, in this anthology of 17 dark, contemporary stories, all but two new. Authors include Kathe Koja, Melanie Tem, Margo Lanagan, and Laird Barron.

Stephen R. Donaldson, The Best of Stephen R. Donaldson (Subterranean Press Sep 2011)

This collection of 11 wide-ranging stories, from high fantasy to horror to SF, showcases the skills of one of the field’s most respected authors.

Jonathan R. Eller, Becoming Ray Bradbury (University Of Illinois Press Sep 2011)

Eller’s biography explores Bradbury’s early life (through 1953) and how it affected his work; though thoroughly researched and published by an academic press, this provides an accessible, fascinatingly detailed look at one of SF’s greatest authors.

Paula Guran, ed., The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2011 Edition (Prime Books Aug 2011)

Guran’s second volume in this best-of-the-year series brings together 31 stories from 2010 by an impressive roster of writers including Caitlín R. Kiernan, Tanith Lee, Jay Lake, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Powers.

Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns (Ace Aug 2011)

A prince runs away and becomes an outlaw leader seeking vengeance in this first book in the Broken Empire series, a standout first novel that "defies the conventions of epic fantasy by invoking them only to take a savage delight in tearing them apart to expose the working heart, guts, and passions beneath the tale... a book that can move the open-minded reader with its eloquence, horror and beauty, even as it does its best to appall the bourgeoisie." [Faren Miller]

Ross E. Lockhart, ed., The Book of Cthulhu (Night Shade Books Sep 2011)

Intrepid editor Lockhart delves deep into Lovecraft’s mythos to select 27 Lovecraftian stories (two new) from authors including Ramsey Campbell, Charles Stross, Bruce Sterling, Joe R. Lansdale, Cherie Priest, and Tim Pratt.

Nick Mamatas, Sensation (PM Press/Spectacular Fiction Aug 2011)

Humans are pawns in a war between intelligent spiders and parasitic wasps in this darkly satiric SF novel of alien intelligences, conspiracy, and parasitic manipulation. "The book is as grimly antic as anything by Vonnegut, yet more bitter, and as paranoic as anything by Dick, though less hopeful. That’s Mamatas for you: he makes Vonnegut look warm and fuzzy, and Dick look like a cockeyed optimist." [Paul Witcover] "A bracing, original read, quite unlike any other book you’re likely to encounter." [Tim Pratt]

Tim Pratt, Briarpatch (ChiZine Publications Sep 2011)

Pratt’s latest contemporary fantasy novel follows a man’s quest to find out why a woman committed suicide, a search that leads him into the Briarpatch, a twisty maze of alternate worlds full of magic and complex characters.

Allen Steele, Angel of Europa (Subterranean Press Sep 2011)

Detective Otto Danzig investigates a series of deaths – including his own – on a space mission exploring the moons of Jupiter in this hard-SF crime novella, "a fast-paced and suspenseful story, solid core science fiction entertainment." [Gardner Dozois]

Daniel Wade, Exposé 9: Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe (Ballistic Publishing Sep 2011)

This spectacular art book presents digital art from over 300 artists from 60 countries, in a wide range of categories including fantasy, science fiction, game art, comic/manga, and surreal.

Patricia C. Wrede, Across the Great Barrier (Scholastic Aug 2011)

Wrede’s fascinating tales of an alternate American frontier continue in this second volume in the young-adult Frontier Magic series. Eff jumps at a chance to join an expedition exploring the lands outside the Great Barrier Spell, and her interest in multi-cultural magics helps save the day when they make some disturbing discoveries.

October 2011 Issue
New & Notable Books

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