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New Books, 5 May

* Adrian, Chris, & Eli Horowitz : The New World
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux 978-0374221812, $24, 224pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374712228

SF novel about a surgeon who discovers her late husband’s head has been turned over to a cryogenics company, and the husband as he is revived in the future.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Graphics, color transitions, fades, and even the way in which the text sweeps compliment and contribute to this engaging digital narrative.”

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* Anderson, Taylor : Destroyermen: Straits of Hell
(Roc 978-0451470614, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698162969
Destroyermen #10

Alternate history SF novel, tenth in the “Destroyermen” series following Into the Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, Distant Thunders, Rising Tides, Firestorm, Iron Gray Sea (2012), Storm Surge (2013), and Deadly Shores (2014), about a World War II US battleship transported back in time to an era when two intelligent dinosaur species are fighting a war.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Atkinson, Kate : A God in Ruins
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-17653-8, $28, 480pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Associational novel, a companion piece to the author’s Life After Life (2013), about Ursula Todd’s younger brother and his life following World War II.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The book is currently subject of NPR’s Morning Edition book club.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “As in Life After Life, Atkinson isn’t just telling a story: she’s deconstructing, taking apart the notion of how we believe stories are told. Using narrative tricks that range from the subtlest sleight of hand to direct address, she makes us feel the power of storytelling not as an intellectual conceit, but as a punch in the gut.”

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* Cambias, James L. : Corsair
(Tor 978-0-7653-7910-8, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466866126

SF novel, the author’s second novel, about two former MIT students who are on opposite sides of schemes to return shipments from space mining back to Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, objecting to a casual slur: “But if unexpectedly encountering this kind of sentiment won’t ruin a book for you, then you might find Corsair to be an entertaining near-future thriller. Its subgenre is one that should be appealingly familiar to readers of Walter John Williams’ Deep State or Tobias Buckell’s Hurricane Fever…”

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan
(Ace 978-0-425-26054-8, $26.95, 336pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698185487
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #5

Military SF novel, fifth in the series following Dreadnaught (2011), Invicible (2012), Guardian (2013), Steadfast (2014), and six earlier books in the “Lost Fleet” series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Military intelligence may be an oxymoron to some, but this novel demonstrates that intelligent military SF is entirely possible.”

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* Connolly, Tina : Seriously Wicked
(Tor Teen 978-0765375162, $17.99, 208pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466880740

Young adult fantasy novel about the adopted daughter of a witch.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Conroy, Robert : 1882: Custer in Chains
(Baen 978-1-4767-8051-1, $25, 368pp, hardcover, May 2015, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-374-4

Alternate history novel in which General Custer survives the battle at Little Big Horn and becomes president.
• Baen’s site has the Introduction with links to the description and several sample chapters.

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* Duncan, Rod : Unseemly Science
(Angry Robot US 9780857664273, $7.99, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664280
UK edition: 9780857664266 (Thu 7 May 2015)
Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #2

Alternate history fantasy novel, second of a duology following The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter (2014), set in a divided United Kingdom.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The first book was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-818-7, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Anthology of 25 vampire stories by contemporary female authors.
• Authors include Tanith Lee, Carrie Vaughn, Suzy McKee Charnas, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lucy Snyder, and Kelley Armstrong.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Harris, Charlaine : Day Shift
(Ace 978-0-425-26319-8, $27.95, 320pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Midnight, Texas #2

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Midnight Crossroad (2014), about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Harris continues to open up her setting, layering in more secrets as well as revealing some answers, and, in a nod to her fans, dropping the S-bomb (‘Sookie Stackhouse’) to link this series with her famous Southern Vampire Mysteries series.”

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* Hendee, Barb : Witches with the Enemy
(Roc 978-0451471338, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698168589
Mist-Torn Witches #3

Fantasy novel, third in series following The Mist-Torn Witches (2013) and Witches in Red (2014), about two orphaned sisters posing as witches in the nation of Droevinka.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Koch, Gini : Alien Separation
(Daw 978-0756409319, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197084
Alien #11

SF novel, eleventh a series following Touched by an Alien (April 2010), Alien Tango (Dec 2010), Alien in the Family (April 2011), Alien Proliferation (2011), Alien Diplomacy (Apr 2012), Alien vs. Alien (Nov. 2012), Alien in the House (May 2013), Alien Research (Dec. 2013), Alien Collective (May 2014), and Universal Alien (Dec. 2014), about alien invaders from Alpha Centauri turning humans into monsters.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Kornher-Stace, Nicole : Archivist Wasp
(Small Beer Press/Big Mouth House 978-1618730978, $14, 256pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618730985

Children’s fantasy novel about an ‘Archivist’ whose job is to hunt ghosts and fight to remain in her position.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with links to an interview with the author and an excerpt on Tor.com.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Kornher-Stace writes a mean action sequence, but going beyond the moment to connect and contextualize plot points is a spottier proposition.”

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* Maas, Sarah J. : A Court of Thorns and Roses
(Bloomsbury 978-1619634442, $18.99, 432pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
UK edition: 978-1408857861 (Tue 5 May 2015)
Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a 19-year-old huntress, Feyre, who is abducted to the world of immortal faeries.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The gruesome politics and magical might of the Fae may seem to leave Feyre hopelessly outmatched, but her grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes—and readers—sit up and pay attention.”

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* Martinez, Michael J. : The Venusian Gambit
(Skyhorse/Night Shade 978-1-59780-819-4, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Daedalus #3

SF/fantasy novel, third in a series following The Daedalus Incident (2013) and The Enceladus Crisis (2014), about a 22nd century manned mission across a solar system where a transdimensional rift links to 19th-century Earth.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “…Martinez somehow makes it all work. He skillfully handles the intricacies of characterization and the many moving parts, building to the trilogy’s utterly satisfying and quite epic finale.”

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* Murray, Susan : The Waterborne Blade
(Angry Robot 978-0857664365, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664372
UK edition: 9780857664358 (Thu 7 May 2015)

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a queen who flees her citadel to escape an invading traitor.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The second book, Waterborne Exile, is due in August.

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* Nelson, Michael Alan : Hexed
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-63388-056-6, $14.99, 281pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Fantasy novel based on the Hexed comic, about a magical teenaged girl who investigates the kidnapping of a policeman’s daughter.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Oates, Joyce Carol : Jack of Spades
(The Mysterious Press 978-0-8021-2394-7, $24, 208pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Horror novel, subtitled “A Tale of Suspense”, about a respected literary author who secretly writes lurid thrillers under a pseudonym.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Readers are sure to be gripped and unsettled by her depiction of a seemingly mild-mannered character whose psychopathology simmers frighteningly close to the surface.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, expanding on Oates’ homages to Edgar Allan Poe; “Oates has found a marvelous modern parallel to Poe’s tales of neurotic narrators struggling to project the appearance of sanity even as they are being overwhelmed by the emotions undoing them. Her novel is a thrilling excursion into the literary macabre that persuades us to buy into the story Andrew J. Rush has crafted about himself, then pulls the rug out from under us – just as Jack of Spades would do.”

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* Okorafor, Nnedi : The Book of Phoenix
(DAW 978-0-7564-1019-3, $24.95, 240pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698175167
UK edition: Hodder & Stoughton 978-1444762792 (Thu 7 May 2015)


SF novel, prequel to the author’s World Fantasy Award winner Who Fears Death, about a genetically-accelerated woman who realizes her home in New York’s Tower 7 is a prison.
• Penguin’s site has this description,
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Tor.com posted a review by Brit Mandelo today: The Book of Phoenix isn’t just well written, and it isn’t just smart as hell; it’s also a damn good story, and it kept me reading almost nonstop all the way through. I was desperate for Phoenix to reveal the nature of the catastrophe that changed the world….”

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* Scull, Luke : Sword of the North
(Roc 978-0425264867, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609378
Grim Company #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grim Company (2013), set in a land where the gods have been killed by magelords and their magical troops.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “…this novel will please fantasy fans who like their protagonists to sweat, swear, bleed, and obsess about bodily functions. Scull both revels in and gently tweaks genre conventions while delivering a visceral, sometimes off-putting story.”

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* Spoor, Ryk E. : Phoenix in Shadow
(Baen 978-1-4767-8037-5, $15, 432pp, trade paperback, May 2015, cover art Todd Lockwood)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-376-8
Balanced Sword #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Phoenix Rising (2012), about a highborn woman who battles evil in her land.
• Baen’s site has this map with links to the description and to several chapters.

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* West, Michelle : Oracle
(DAW 978-0756410094, $25.95, 688pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698161771
House War #6

Fantasy novel, sixth in “The House War” series following The Hidden City (2008), City of Night (2009), House Name (2011), Skirmish (2012), and Battle (2013) about a city besieged by worshippers of the Lord of the Hells.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Williamson, Michael Z. : A Long Time Until Now
(Baen 978-1-4767-8033-7, $25, 672pp, hardcover, May 2015, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61824-973-9
Temporal Displacement #1

SF novel, first book in a new series, about a military unit transported back into Paleolithic times.
• Baen’s site has this Dedication page with links to the description and to several chapters.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 4 May

Andy Weir’s The Martian remains the highest-ranking genre title on general lists this week, ranking #2 on the LA Times paperback list and #5 on the NY Times trade paperback list, in its 26th week on these charts.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.10
WP
04.26
LAT
05.03
USAT
04.26
PW
05.04
Amz
(05.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 37       124 -17   xxx..   xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 10 xxx.. xxx.. 19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 10 x xx 6 +3 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx 62 +4
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 26   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 18 + xxx xxx.. 82 -23
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 26     x xxx.. 21 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 88     xxx.. 62 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 43     xxx.. xx 6 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 155 xxx..   xxx.. 71 +2 14 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.10
WP
04.26
LAT
05.03
USAT
04.26
PW
05.04
Amz
(05.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.04)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 18 8 +6     129 -16   xxx..    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 58     xxx.. 110 -20 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 26     xxx.. 97 -14   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 42 xxx..   xxx..       26 -4  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 70     xxx.. 100 + 3 +7 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 214 7 -2 xxx.. 8 +5 66 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 17             85 +  
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 56       64 -46   49 +6 xxx.. 8 +7
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 9 10 -1     xxx.. 7 =      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 75 4 =   x 121 +26 xxx.. xxx..    
Riordan, The House of Hades 04.13.15 / 4         16 -1      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 97 xxx..   xxx.. 111 -27 2 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 26 5 -1 xxx.. 2 -1 67 +13 20 -3 100 -22   xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 7 14 +       13 +8      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.10
WP
04.26
LAT
05.03
USAT
04.26
PW
05.04
Amz
(05.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.04)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, late April

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.analogsf.com/

June 2015
Vol. 135 No. 6, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Vincent Di Fate
• This special 1000th issue features a cover modeled after the cover, by H.W. Wessolowski, from the January 1930 issue of Astouding Stories of Super-Science. Special features include an editorial marking the occasion and pieces by Stanley Schmidt, Ben Bova, and Mike Ashley.
• Fiction includes novelettes by Richard A. Lovett and Sean McMullen and short stories by Gwendolyn Clare, Ted Reynolds & William F. Wu, Brenta Blevins, Ron Collins, C.C. Finlay, Seth Dickinson, and Jay Werkheiser.
• The science fact article, by Michael Carroll, is about “Really Big Tourism”. Departments includes Jeffrey D. Kooistra’s final “Alternate View” column, and “The Reference Library” by Don Sakers, covers titles by Karen Lord, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and others.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, recommending the story by Sean McMullen.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

• Science Fiction magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.asimovs.com/

June 2015
Vol. 36 No. 6 (whole #473), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Mathias Rosenthal
• Novelettes in this issue are by Django Wexler, Henry Lien, M. Bennardo, and Sarah Pinsker, with short stories by Ray Nayler and Indrapramit Das. There’s also poetry by Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, and Geoffrey A. Landis.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Kathleen Ann Goonan, a “Reflections” column by Robert Silverberg, about the end of the world; an “On the Net” column by James Patrick Kelly, “The Optimist’s Tale”, and book reviews by Peter Heck, covering titles by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Harry Harrison, and others.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, recommending the story by Ray Nayler.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

April 2015
Issue 170-172, cover art by Ignacio Bazán Lazcano
Issue 172, a special “Weird Western Issue”, posted April 30th, has stories by E. Catherine Tobler, Erin Cashier, and Shannon Peavey. There’s also a podcast of the Cashier story, and archive items by Saladin Ahmed and Peter Darbyshire.
Issue 171, posted April 16, has stories by Spencer Ellsworth and Thomas M. Waldroon, with a podcast of the Ellsworth story and archive items by Erin Cashier and Rachael Acks.
Issue 170, posted April 2, has stories by Cat Rambo and Heather Clitheroe, with a podcast by Sylvia Anna Hivén and an archive story by Michael J. DeLuca.
• Lois Tilton reviewed these issues here, recommending the Thomas M. Waldroon story.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Essays and reviews, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.; PDF and other electronic formats since Sept. 2012
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.nyrsf.com/

March 2015
Issue 319, Vol. 27 No. 7, 32pp
• This special “Forward into the Past” issue features an Samuel R. Delany’s afterword to new volume of his early novels (last month’s issue featured the foreword), and an MIT discussion with Greg Bear and Gregory Benford — both very long.
• There’s also a review by Michael Levy of Karen Lord’s The Galaxy Game, and an announcement of the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards.
• The editorial, by Kevin J. Maroney and the editors, is about “The Puppy Fight”.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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Strange Horizons

• Fiction, art, articles, poetry, and reviews; founded September 2000; editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi through 2010, Niall Harrison beginning 2011
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly; reviews posted three times a week
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

April 2015
• Fiction posted in April: Noise Pollution by Alison Wilgus, Among the Sighs of the Violoncellos by Daniel Ausema, and Nine Thousand Hours by Iona Sharma.
• Poetry is by Jenn Grunigen, Gwynne Garfinkle, Salik Shah, and Natalia Theodoridou. There’s a podcast of readings of these poems.
• Articles and columns include a column by Genevieve Valentine about Hollywood and non-white characters, a column by Eleanor Arnason about diversity in SF, Book Club posts about Nicola Griffith’s Hild and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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Tor.com

• SF & fantasy fiction, reviews, commentary, founded 2008; staff includes fiction editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Daily
http://www.tor.com/

April 2015
• Stories posted in April are Ballroom Blitz by Veronica Schanoes, The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias, The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik, and Ambiguity Machines: An Examination by Vandana Singh.
Excerpts include many episodes of Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s 1883 Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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New Books, 28 April

* Birmingham, John : Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345539878, $9.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345539885
David Hooper #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about an oil-rig worker battling monsters.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with a preview function.
• The following volumes will appear at monthly intervals.

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* Grey, Melissa : The Girl at Midnight
(Delacorte Press 978-0-385-74465-2, $17.99, 361pp, hardcover, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780385390996
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780553552317

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a race of people with feathers for hair who live beneath the streets of New York.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The publisher’s page quotes the Booklist review: “This first novel will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters…[and] a breathtaking climax that…cannot come soon enough!”

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* Headley, Maria Dahvana : Magonia
(HarperCollins 978-0062320520, $17.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062320544
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062365828

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a girl with a lung disease who discovers a magical land in the sky where she is healthy.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Sweeping, strange, and built around a richly imagined world of chimerical bird-men and airships, the novel is ideal for fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone and its sequels.”

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* Kerzner, Liana : Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling with Gods
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1-77053-068-3, $15.95, 272pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 15 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-77053-069-0

Anthology of 24 stories and poems.
• Authors include Robert J. Sawyer, Tony Pi, Matthew Hughes, and Derwin Mak.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and a PDF sampler.

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* Kowal, Mary Robinette : Of Noble Family
(Tor 978-0-7653-7836-1, $27.99, 576pp, hardcover, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466861237
Glamourist Histories #5

Fantasy novel, fifth and final volume in a series following Shades of Milk and Honey (2010), Glamour in Glass (2012), Without a Summer (2013), and Valour and Vanity, set in a Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered essential for a lady of quality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a twisty, emotionally loaded conclusion to a delightful series.”

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* McCullough, Kelly : Darkened Blade
(Ace 978-0425270011, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101638231
Fallen Blade #6

Fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Broken Blade (2011), Bared Blade (July 2012), Crossed Blades (Dec. 2012), Blade Reforged (2013), and Drawn Blades (2014), about a swordsman and his familiar whose goddess has been murdered.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this page about the book with a description and excerpt.

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* Nevill, Adam : No One Gets Out Alive
(St. Martin’s 978-1-4668-3739-3, $27.99, 640pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466837393

Horror novel about a young woman who rents a room in a house she discovers is haunted.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though Nevill’s verbosity extends the book’s length by an unnecessary hundred pages or so, the slow and steady pace preys on the reader as much as the plot itself, eliciting a reading experience fraught with real chills.”

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* Purdom, Tom : Romance on Four Worlds: A Casanova Quartet
(Fantastic 978-1-62755-635-4, $12.99, 150pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 24 Apr 2015

Collection of four stories, first published in Asimov’s, about an interplanetary adventuruer.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “These deeply human post-human romances exemplify a new and exciting way of combining romance and SF, and they are a pleasure from beginning to end.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online earlier this month: “Purdom succeeds in fashioning some farcical yet genuinely speculative and authentic romps along themes that are noticeably and regrettably absent from so much SF.”

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* Scott, M. J. : The Shattered Court
(Roc 978-0451465399, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101631720
Four Arts #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about members of a royal court who develop magical powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Romance fans will enjoy the growing relationship between Cameron and Sophie, but the story’s real strength lies in the web of intrigue Scott creates around her characters. This is a promising start to the series.”

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* Sparhawk, Bud : Distant Seas
(Fantastic 978-1-62755-633-0, $13.99, 216pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 24 Apr 2015

SF novel combining four previously published stories about a professional sailor who enters a race in the atmosphere of Jupiter.
• The book was self-published in 2010.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Louella is the archetypal sailor whose hard edge, razor-sharp instincts, almost superhuman endurance, and reverence for sailing—on any planet—make for a rousing and thoughtful adventure with roots as deep as the oceans themselves.”

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* Steele, Allen : Tales of Time and Space
(Fantastic 978-1-62755-634-7, $14.99, 242pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 24 Apr 2015

Collection of 12 stories.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This is a wonderful introduction to Steele’s work, in which he stretches his talents well beyond the scope of his novels before returning to familiar themes.”

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* Wellington, David : Positive
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-231537-3, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062315380
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062394804

Post-apocalyptic zombie novel.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “If John Wyndham had written a zombie novel, it might very well have resembled Wellington’s clever apocalyptic thriller, which has a number of parallels to Wyndham’s classic The Day of the Triffids …”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 27 April

— posted Monday 27 April 2015 @ 8:49 am PDT

Andy Weir’s The Martian is the highest-ranking genre title on general lists this week, ranking #1 on the LA Times paperback list and #4 on the NY Times trade paperback list, in its 25th week on these charts.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.03
WP
04.19
LAT
04.26
USAT
04.19
PW
04.27
Amz
(04.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.27)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 36       107 +12   xxx..   xxx..
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 9 17 -1 [ 10 ] 9 -6 xxx 21 -2 xxx.. xx 66 +28
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 25     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx.. 59 -13
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 25     14 +4 xxx.. 20 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xx
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 87     xxx.. 70 -39 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 42     xxx.. x 3 = xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 154 xxx..   xxx.. 73 -44 14 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.03
WP
04.19
LAT
04.26
USAT
04.19
PW
04.27
Amz
(04.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.27)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 17 14 -3     113 -3   xxx    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 57     xxx.. 90 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 23       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 53 +
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 25     xxx.. 83 +5   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 41 xxx..   xxx..       22 +11  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 69     xxx.. xxx 10 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 168 20 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 213 5 +12   13 + 66 +66 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 55       18 +95   55 -26 xxx.. 15 =
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 8 9 +1     xxx 7 -3      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 74 4 +1   5 + 147 -35 xxx.. xxx..    
Riordan, The House of Hades 04.13.15 / 3         15 +3      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 96 xxx..   xxx.. 84 -38 2 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 25 4 +3   1 +2 80 +7 17 + 78 +   xxx
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 6 xxx       21 +      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.03
WP
04.19
LAT
04.26
USAT
04.19
PW
04.27
Amz
(04.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.27)
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Category: Bestsellers

Classic Reprints, April

— posted Friday 24 April 2015 @ 9:49 am PDT

Arnason, Eleanor : Daughter of the Bear King
(Aqueduct Press B00UZP7VAM, $7.95, 245pp, ebook, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Mar 2015

(First edition: Avon, August 1987)

Fantasy novel about a middle-aged woman suddenly transported to another world.
• The publisher’s description and order page says the book is “Not your everyday fantasy” and that it “clearly arises from Second Wave Feminism”.
• This is one of three Arnason novels released as ebooks by Aqueduct, along with To the Resurrection Station and The Sword Smith (all on the same order page).

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Egan, Greg : Teranesia
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805438, $15.99, 280pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, August 1999)

SF novel about an uninhabited Pacific island where the butterfly population exhibits strange evolutionary mutations.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The novel won both the Aurealis and Ditmar awards, though the author declined both.
• The author’s site has this page about the book, with links to the afterword and an excerpt.

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McCaffrey, Anne : Dragonsinger
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481425810, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015

(First edition: Atheneum, 1977)

Young adult sf novel, second in the “Harper Hall of Pern” trilogy that’s part of the author’s Dragonriders of Pern series.
• The first novel, Dragonsong, appeared last month from this publisher; the third, Dragondrums, will be published April 28th.
• The three books have new introductions by Tamora Pierce, Naomi Novik, and Brandon Sanderson respectively.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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Newman, Kim : The Night Mayor
(Titan 978-1781165669, $14.95, 192pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

(First edition: UK: Simon & Schuster, August 1989)

SF novel, the author’s first novel from 1989, about a criminal who’s escaped into a virtual reality scenario called the City.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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Silverberg, Robert : Downward to the Earth
(Gollancz 9781473211926, £8.99, 256pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575106154

(First edition: Nelson Doubleday, 1970)

SF novel set on a world inhabited by sentient elephant-like aliens, concerning a human administrator returning to the planet after it gained its independence.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this summary.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides an excerpt.
• This novel is the one by Silverberg included in David Pringle’s Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels (covering 1949 to 1984).

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* Vance, Jack, edited by Terry Dowling & Jonathan Strahan : Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-710-3, $45, 472pp, hardcover, March 2015, jacket illustration Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015

Collection of 5 stories, the fifth volume of Vance’s early work following Hard-Luck Diggings (2010), Dream Castles (2012), Magic Highways (2013), and Minding the Stars (2014).
• Four of the stories first appeared in the early 1950s, and two of them eventually appeared in book form as The Five Gold Bands (1963) and The Houses of Iszm (1964). The fifth story, Space Opera, was published in 1965.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Fans of SFWA Grandmaster Vance (1916–2013) know him for jeweled language and dry wit, but this volume of five short novels brings out his two-fisted, pulp-action side.”

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New Books, 21 April

— posted Tuesday 21 April 2015 @ 9:56 am PDT

* Christopher, Adam : The Machine Wakes
(Tor 978-0-7653-7640-4, $25.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851344
UK edition: Titan 978-1783292035 (Fri 24 Apr 2015)
Spider War #2


SF novel, second book in a trilogy following The Burning Dark (March 2015), about a far future war against machine intelligences.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “There are still plenty of entertaining action sequences (an interrogation interrupted by yet another assassination is staged particularly well), and the rest isn’t bad so much as underwhelming.”

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* Johnson, Suzanne : Pirate’s Alley
(Tor 978-0765376978, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466852846
Sentinels of New Orleans #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Royal Street (April 2012), River Road (Nov. 2012), and Elysian Fields (2013), set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
• Macmillan’s website has this description with an excerpt.

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* Martin, Gail Z. : War of Shadows
(Orbit 978-0-316-27802-7, $16, 640pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316278003
UK edition: 978-0356504933 (Thu 23 Apr 2015)
Ascendant Kingdoms #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series after Ice Forged (2013) and Reign of Ash (2014), about colonists in a northern wasteland who return to the kingdom that exiled them.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Colorful descriptions of vivid battle and magic scenes, complete with terrifying fantastic creatures, and complex familial and political relationships will reward the motivated reader, but when characters speculate on the actions of their adversaries it slows an already unwieldy story.”

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* Sakuraba, Kazuki : Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas
(Viz/Haikasoru 978-1-4215-7857-6, $15.99, 300pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

Fantasy novel about an abandoned Outland People baby girl who becomes an Akakuchiba family matriarch, her manga artist daughter, and her granddaughter Toko.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was first published in Japanese in 2006 and won a Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2007.

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* Wilson, Robert Charles : The Affinities
(Tor 978-0-7653-3262-2, $25.99, 300pp, hardcover, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466800779
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427262592

Near-future SF novel in which increasingly powerful social media groups, called Affinities, threaten traditional social and political institutions.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Wilson’s trademark well-developed characters and understated but compelling prose are very much in evidence in this quietly believable tale of the near future.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Wilson has always written strongly humanistic tales of relationships within SF frameworks, and sometimes the SF itself is mostly a way of exploring the ways in which we cope, or fail to cope, with change. This may be Wilson’s grand theme, and it’s no less skillfully handled here than in his more spectacular slingshot novels.”

(Tue 7 Apr 2015)
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* Wright, John C. : The Architect of Aeons
(Tor 978-0-7653-2970-7, $27.99, 396pp, hardcover, April 2015, cover art John Harris)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429951685
Count to a Trillion #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following Count to a Trillion (2011), The Hermetic Millennia (2012), and The Judge of Ages (2014), about rival efforts to counter an alien menace that will arrive at Earth in another 4000 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, calling it a “galaxy-spanning extravaganza with nods to the Odyssey, Shakespeare, and Japanese legend, as well as classic visionary and military SF.”

(Thu 9 Apr 2015)
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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 20 April

— posted Monday 20 April 2015 @ 9:07 am PDT

Debuting this week is Faith Hunter’s Faith Hunter (Roc), latest in her series about shapeshifter Jane Yellowrock, ranking #19 on the New York Times mass market paperback list, and #34 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.26
WP
04.19
LAT
04.19
USAT
04.12
PW
04.20
Amz
(04.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 35       119 -42   xxx..   xxx..
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 8 16 -7 10 = 3 +1 xx 19 -6 xxx x 94 -5
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 2           xxx   92 +
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 24   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. 46 +52
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 24     18 +2 xxx.. 24 + xxx.. xxx.. x
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 86     xxx.. 31 -10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 41     xxx.. 91 -32 3 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 153 xxx..   xxx.. 29 -14 15 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.26
WP
04.19
LAT
04.19
USAT
04.12
PW
04.20
Amz
(04.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.20)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 16 11 -1     110 -27   xx    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 56     xxx.. 90 -52 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 24     xxx.. 88 -49   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 40 xxx..   xxx..       33 +15  
Hunter, Dark Heir 04.20.15 / 1 19 ++     34 ++        
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 68     xxx.. xx 11 +12 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 212 17 +1 xxx.. xxx.. 132 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 54       113 +   29 -19 xxx.. 15 -5
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 7 10 +2     xx 4 +4      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 73 5 -1   xxx.. 112 -15 xxx.. xxx..    
Riordan, The House of Hades 04.13.15 / 2         18 -4      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 95 xxx..   xxx.. 46 -18 2 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 24 7 -2 xxx.. 3 -2 87 -8 x x   xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.26
WP
04.19
LAT
04.19
USAT
04.12
PW
04.20
Amz
(04.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.20)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-April

— posted Saturday 18 April 2015 @ 10:26 am PDT

Farrago’s Wainscot

• Quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction and poetry, since 2007; editor-in-chief Darin Bradley
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.farragoswainscot.com/

April 2015
• This issue has fiction by Willow Fagan, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Romie Stott, and Paul Jessup.
• Poetry is by Bruce Bond, Joelle Jameson, Robert Lunday, and Brian Glaser.

(Sat 18 Apr 2015)

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Fireside Magazine

• Quarterly fiction and comics magazine, since 2012, edited and published by Brian White
• Format: Online
• Frequency: quarterly
http://www.firesidefiction.com/

April 2015
Issue 22
• This issue has a story by Daniel José Older, a serial episode by Lilith Saintcrow, flash fiction by Jen R Albert and Sunil Patel, and a novel excerpt by Andrea Phillips.

(Sat 18 Apr 2015)

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Kaleidotrope

• Semi-regular sf/f/h zine, since 2006, becoming electronic after Fall 2011; editor Fred Coppersmith
• Format: Print
• Frequency: 2-3/year
http://www.kaleidotrope.net/

Spring 2015
Cover art by Tex McCranie
• This issue has stories by Eric Rosenfield, Zen Cho, Jetse de Vries, Charles Ebert, and Nicole M. Taylor.
• There’s also poetry by Beth Cato, Sandi Leibowitz, and David Coleman.

(Sat 18 Apr 2015)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.fandsf.com/

May/June 2015
Vol. 128 No. 5&6 (whole #719), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Michael Garland
• This issue has a novella by Robert Grossbach, novelets by Lisa Mason, David Gerrold, and James Sarafin, and short stories by Albert E. Cowdrey, Sarah Pinsker, Caroline M. Yoachim, Amy Sterling Casil, and Rob Chilson.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, on titles by Alice Hoffman, Michelle Gagnon, and others; Elizabeth Hand’s “Books”, covering titles by Kelly Link, Eleanor Arnason, and John Connolly; a “Films” column by David J. Skal, about “Into the Woods” and “Predestination”; results of the previous Competition and rules for the next one; and a “Curiosities” page by David Langford, about a 1971 book by Edward D. Hoch.

(Wed 8 Apr 2015)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

• E’zine of hard SF fiction, nonfiction, and art, since 2012; edited by Sam Bellotto Jr.
• Format: Monthly
• Frequency: Online
http://www.perihelionsf.com/

April 2015
Cover art by Sassystock
• Stories in this issue are by Kenneth Schneyer, Peter Wood, Clint Spivey, Stephen L. Antczak, Jacey Bedford, Travis Heermann, D. Thomas Minton, Kathleen Molyneaux, Douglas J. Ogurek, Amy Power Jansen, and Sean Mulroy.
• Articles are by Anthony Melchiorri and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 11 Apr 2015)

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Category: Periodicals

New in Paperback, April

— posted Friday 17 April 2015 @ 10:01 am PDT

Cherryh, C. J. : Peacemaker
(Daw 978-0756409654, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Apr 2015
Foreigner #15

(First edition: DAW, April 2014)

SF novel, 15th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), and Protector (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Conroy, Robert : 1920: America’s Great War
(Baen 978-1476780443, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Mar 2015

(First edition: Baen, December 2013)

Alternate history SF novel in which Germany invades the US in 1920.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Gilman, Felix : The Revolutions
(Tor 978-0765337191, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Apr 2015

(First edition: Tor, April 2014)

Standalone SF novel, about a journalist in 1893 London who gets a well-paying job with a mysterious occult society.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon also has a text excerpt.

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Gladstone, Max : Full Fathom Five
(Tor 978-0765335760, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Apr 2015
Craft Sequence #3

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Three Parts Dead (2012) and Two Serpents Rise (2013), about a magical Craftswoman in the city of Alt Coulumb.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Gregory, Daryl : Afterparty
(Tor 978-0765336934, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Mar 2015

(First edition: Tor, April 2014)

SF novel about a smart drug called Numinous that makes people religious.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Russell Letson’s review last year in Locus Magazine concluded, “This is a real science-fiction crime thriller: the old evils and insanities are all there, given new twists by the double-edged blades of science and technology. And, like the best crime and SF novels, those moral and philosophical questions linger, after the mere whodunnit puzzles have been solved.”

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Harris, Charlaine, ed. : Games Creatures Play
(Ace 978-0425257074, $16, 432pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Apr 2015

(First edition: Ace, April 2014)

Anthology of 15 original paranormal fantasy stories.
• Authors include the editors, Adam-Troy Castro, Mercedes Lackey, Ellen Kushner, Joe R. Lansdale, and Brandon Sanderson.
• Penguin’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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Harris, Charlaine : Midnight Crossroad
(Ace 978-0425263167, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015
Midnight, Texas #1

(First edition: Ace, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The second book in the series, Day Shift, is due in hardcover May 5th.

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Higgins, Peter : Truth and Fear
(Orbit 978-0316219716, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Mar 2015
Wolfhound Century #2

(First edition: Orbit, March 2014)

Alternate history novel, second in a series following Wolfhound Century (2012), set in an alternate Stalinist Russia.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function, and blurbs and quotes from reviews of the books.
• The third book in the series, Radiant State, is due in hardcover May 19th.

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Knight, E. E. : Baltic Gambit
(Penguin/Roc 978-0451414472, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Apr 2015
Vampire Earth #11

(First edition: Roc, April 2014)

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, elevent in the “Vampire Earth” series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine’s Rising (2005), Valentine’s Exile (2006), Valentine’s Resolve (2007), Fall with Honor (2008), Winter Duty (2009), March in Country (2011), and Appalachian Overthrow (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Kowal, Mary Robinette : Valour and Vanity
(Tor 978-0765334183, $16.99, 432pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015
Glamourist Histories #4

(First edition: Tor, April 2014)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Shades of Milk and Honey (2010), Glamour in Glass (2012), and Without a Summer (2013), set in a Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered essential for a lady of quality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Lindskold, Jane : Artemis Awakening
(Tor 978-0765370822, $8.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015
Artemis #1

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

SF novel, first of a new series, about a distant pleasure planet rediscovered centuries after the Empire that built it has fallen.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “This is clearly just the beginning of the tale, but a major controntation provides a solid conclusion for the moment, and leaves more of this intriguing puzzle to be solved in future volumes.”
• The second book in the series, Artemis Invaded, is due in hardcover on June 30.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Cyador’s Heirs
(Tor 978-0765374783, $8.99, 736pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015
Recluce #17

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, 17th book in the Saga of Recluce following Arms-Commander (2010), set a generation after the fall of Cyador.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Varley, John : Dark Lightning
(Ace 978-0425274088, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015
Thunder and Lightning #-

(First edition: Ace, August 2014)

SF novel, fourth in a sequence of Heinleinian SF novels following Red Thunder (2003), Red Lightning (2006), and Rolling Thunder (2008). This book concerns a crisis aboard a starship heading for New Earth.
• Penguin’s site has this description. Varley’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Your enthusiasm or distaste for Heinlein will completely determine your enjoyment of Varley’s homage. … most readers lacking the anti-Heinlein bias will encounter a swift, exciting, emotionally resonant tale with no small moral fallout involving a group of pioneers, neither unalloyed saints nor pure devils, seeking to carry humanity’s legacy to the stars.”

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