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New Books, 16 December

* Barron, Laird, ed. : The Year’s Best Weird Fiction
(ChiZine Publications/Undertow 978-0-9813177-5-5, $17.99, 350pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780981317762

First volume in a new annual series, reprinting 22 stories first published in 2013.
• The series editor, Michael Kelly, will select a different guest-editor each year.
• Authors include Michael Blumlein, Jeffrey Ford, Sofia Samatar, Jeff VanderMeer, and Chen Quifan.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine, commenting about Barron: ” One hopes this is not the last time that he helms an anthology, or even chooses the contents of another Best Weird Fiction annual. He has certainly raised the bar for future guest editors.”

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* Brett, Peter V. : Messenger’s Legacy
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-698-4, $25, 136pp, hardcover, November 2014, jacket illustration Lauren K. Cannon)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 30 Nov 2014

Short fantasy novel about demons who threaten humanity’s existence.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “slight novella” that introduces a character slated to appear in the fourth book of the author’s Demon Cycle.

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* Brissett, Jennifer Marie : Elysium
(Aqueduct Press 978-1619760530, $18, 208pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Dec 2014

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about two characters whose identities interchange experiencing a mysterious future apocalypose.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description and order page with quotes from reviews and blubs from Elizabeth Hand, James Patrick Kelly, and Jeffrey Ford.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Brissett deftly handles the challenge of a multitude of characters all being the same people in a multitude of places that are the same place, while exploring complicated questions about identity.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online: “If Carol Emshwiller—oblique and delicate—had collaborated with Samuel Delany—straightforward and blunt—then the result might resemble Jennifer Brissett’s impressive debut novel, Elysium, a kind of fantasia on identity and character, what is superficial and what is central to both.”

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* Bullington, Jesse, ed. : Letters to Lovecraft: Eighteen Whispers to the Darkness
(UK: Stone Skin 978-1-908983-10-7, £8.99, 224pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00OX75FWE

Anthology of 18 original stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s famous essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature”.
• Authors include Brian Evenson, Tim Lebbon, Jeffrey Ford, Gemma Files, Robin D. Laws, and Nick Mamatas.
• Stone Skin Press’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “The stories in this essential compilation are as diverse as the contributors, and together they form a wonderful confluence of criticism and creativity.”
• Amazon indicates, apparently incorrectly, the paperback edition published in June, with a Kindle edition on December 1st, which matches the date on the publisher’s site.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Nightmare Carnival
(Dark Horse 978-1616554279, $19.99, 381pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Anthology of 14 original stories, with an introduction by Katherine Dunn.
• Authors include Laird Barron, Robert Shearman, Genevieve Valentine, Jeffrey Ford, and Nick Mamatas.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Farr, Richard : The Fire Seekers
(Amazon/Skyscape 978-1477847732, $16.99, 325pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Nov 2014
Babel Trilogy #1

Young-adult fantasy novel, first book in a trilogy, about a 17-year-old boy’s involvement with a new cult that claims human history is about to end.
• The Amazon page has the book’s description, and the “Look Inside” feature provides previews.

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+ Littlewood, Alison : Path of Needles
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1-62365-855-7, $26.99, 384pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, June 2013)

Fantasy novel about a crime spree linked the classic fairy tales.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Crisp pacing and assured prose lend authenticity to a self-referential thriller that questions our values and the stories that define us.”

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* Millet, Lydia : Mermaids in Paradise
(W.W. Norton 978-0-393-24562-2, $25.95, 304pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 3 Nov 2014

Contemporary fantasy novel about a Caribbean resort where mermaids are discovered.
• Norton’s site has this description and order page, with blurbs from Karen Russell and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Millet comically deflates clear-cut distinctions between truth, fiction, and moral high ground. With equal parts calculated wryness and pleading earnestness, she delivers a thrilling piece of fabulist fiction.”

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* Murakami, Haruki : The Strange Library
(Knopf 978-0-385-35430-1, $18, 92pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-35431-8

Short fantasy novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. With illustrations by Chip Kidd.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This dryly funny, concise fable features all the hallmarks of Murakami’s deadpan magic, along with splashes of Lewis Carroll and the brothers Grimm.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry : The Compleat Ankh-Morpork: City Guide
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0385538237, $39.95, 128pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014

Associational nonfiction guide to the central setting of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. It includes a large folding map tucked in the back cover flap.
• The UK edition was published in 2012.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s page for the UK edition previews via its “Look Inside” function.

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* Scott, Melissa, & Amy Griswold : A Death at the Dionysus Club
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-530-2, $18, 268pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 18 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00OM34RZA

Fantasy detective novel set in a Victorian London where magic works, sequel to Death by Silver (2013).
• Lethe Press’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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+ Sedia, Ekaterina, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance
(Running Press 978-0762454679, $14.95, 512pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014

Anthology of 21 original stories “of love in the Victorian era”.
• Authors include Richard Bowes, N.K. Jemisin, Barbara Roden, Nisi Shawl, Delia Sherman, and Genevieve Valentine.
• The publisher’s site has this short description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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+ Sinisalo, Johanna : The Blood of Angels
(Peter Owen 978-0-7206-1004-8, $16.95, 240pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Oct 2014

Near-future SF novel about an ecological disaster hitting Finland, translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The UK edition, from the same publisher, was released on July 30.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “dour but impressive novel” and concludes, “The novel’s flat tone and didacticism can make it hard to warm to at first, but as Orvo’s life story emerges—particularly his complex relationships with his son, father, and grandfather—the reader will be moved to contemplate the unforeseen ways that each generation influences the next.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine, who says The Blood of Angels [is] both poignant and angry. It sounds like a backhanded compliment to say this is the finest novel we’re likely to see about Colony Collapse Disorder, but we’re fortunate to have one this good at all.”

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* Sweet, Caitlin : The Door in the Mountain
(ChiZine Publications/ChiTeen 978-1771481915, $12.99, 300pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771481922

Young adult fantasy novel, first book in a two-part series, about Ariadne, Icarus, and others in ancient Crete.
• ChiZine’s site has this description, with quotes from reviews and links to samples.

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* Tripp, Ben : The Accidental Highwayman
(Tor Teen 978-0765335494, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466822634
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427258717

Young-adult fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about an 18th-century highwayman’s boy servant who falls into magical adventures.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Tripp infuses his story with whimsy, humor, and derring-do, and his miniature spot illustrations and handful of lovely full-page pieces add to the overall charm.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 15 December

A new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jason, is #1 on the New York Times mass market paperback list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.21
WP
12.14
LAT
12.14
USAT
12.07
PW
12.12
Amz
(12.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.15)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 6               22 +35
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 240     xxx.. xxx.. 14 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 17       65 +4   x   xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 9 4 = 6 -5 16 -12 16 -1 3 +1 27 -3 93 -36 30 -8
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 3     17 -1     82 ++    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 10   7 -2   43 -6 7 -2 24 +6 27 -4 8 =
Murakami, The Strange Library 12.15.14 / 1 8 ++       14 ++      
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 7 11 -4 xxx x 91 -17 14 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 116 12 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 6     10 -3 20 -4 3 +2 23 -4 xx 45 +4
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 68     xxx.. 82 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 24     xxx.. 56 -12 7 +5 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 135 xxx..   xxx.. 78 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 10 20 = xxx.. 18 -1 xxx.. x xxx..   xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.21
WP
12.14
LAT
12.14
USAT
12.07
PW
12.12
Amz
(12.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.15)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 72       86 -48 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 6       136 -3 12 +8      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 38     xxx.. 27 +6 16 +1 87 +1 xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 12       55 +28   34 +6 xxx.. 17 +10
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 6     xxx.. 49 +5   98 -18    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 23 xxx..   xxx..       22 +4  
Griffith, Hild [tpb] 12.08.14 / 2     13 -3          
Hamilton, Jason 12.15.14 / 1 1 ++     30 ++ 12 ++      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 2       105 +3        
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 2 4 +3     128 ++ 3 +2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 50     xxx.. 53 +5 8 +15 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 194 20 -12 xxx.. 8 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 38       142 +   49 +11 xx 19 +43
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 77 xxx..   xxx.. 107 -31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 11 xxx..   14 ++ xxx.. xxx..      
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 6 4 +1 6 = 3 = 66 +6 12 +1     46 +27
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.21
WP
12.14
LAT
12.14
USAT
12.07
PW
12.12
Amz
(12.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.15)
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]

New in Paperback, December

Bornikova, Phillipa : Box Office Poison
(Tor 978-0765365569, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Linnet Ellery #2

(First edition: Tor, August 2013)

Urban fantasy novel, second of a series after This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (2012), about a human lawyer in a world run by vampires, werewolves, and elves.
• The author is Melinda Snodgrass, writing under a pseudonym.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, concluding, “…if this mystery is a bit contrived, it still manages to be lots of fun, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about Linnet and her world.”

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de Lint, Charles : The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
(Little, Brown 978-0316053594, $8, 320pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014

(First edition: Little, Brown, March 2013)

Children’s fantasy novel about Lillian Kindred, a girl who is turned into a kitten by the magical cats of Tanglewood Forest, with illustrations by Charles Vess.
• The publiisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, noting that it’s an expansion of de Lint and Vess’s 2003 picture book A Circle of Cats, concluding, “De Lint zestfully combines the traditional and the original, the light and the dark, while Vess’s luminous full-color illustrations, simultaneously fluid and precise, capture Lillian’s effervescent blend of determination and curiosity.”

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Dietz, William C. : Andromeda’s Choice
(Ace 978-0425262146, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Legion of the Damned #11

(First edition: Ace, December 2013)

Military SF novel, eleventh book “Legion of the Damned” series following A Fighting Chance (2011) and Andromeda’s Fall (2012), about the Legion’s early days.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Drake, David : Monsters of the Earth
(Tor 978-0765360472, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Books of the Elements #3

(First edition: Tor, September 2013)

Fantasy novel, third in a four book sequence following The Legions of Fire (2010) and Out of the Waters (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Trade Secret
(Baen 978-1476737041, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Liaden #17

(First edition: Baen, November 2013)

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following Necessity’s Child (Feb. 2013)
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. : Dangerous Women, Volume 3
(Tor 978-0-7653-6883-6, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014

(First edition: Tor, December 2013)

Anthology of 7 original stories, the third of three paperbacks that reprint the 2013 hardcover.
• This volume has stories by Joe Abercrombie, Melinda Snodgrass, Pat Cadigan, and others.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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Ringo, John : To Sail a Darkling Sea
(Baen 978-1476780252, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Black Tide Rising #2

(First edition: Baen, February 2014)

SF/horror novel, second in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Turtledove, Harry : Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart
(Roc 978-0451240552, $8.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Supervolcano #3

(First edition: Roc, December 2013)

SF disaster novel, third in a series following Supervolcano: Eruption (2011) and Supervolcano: All Fall Down (2012), about the survivors of the eruption of a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Vaughn, Carrie : Dreams of the Golden Age
(Tor 978-0765370105, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Golden Age #2

(First edition: Tor, January 2014)

Superhero novel, sequel to After the Golden Age (2011), about the teen daughter of two Commerce City superheroes.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Wolfe, Gene : The Land Across
(Tor 978-0-7653-3596-8, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014

(First edition: Tor, November 2013)

Fantasy novel about an American writer of travel guides who is stranded in an obscure Eastern European country.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, concluding, “Wolfe evokes Kafka, Bradbury, and The Twilight Zone in combining the implausible, creepy, and culturally alien to create a world where every action is motivated by its own internal logic, driving the story forward through the unexplored and incomprehensible.”
• The novel was a finalist for this year’s World Fantasy Awards.

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Category: New in Paperback

Periodicals, early December

— posted Thursday 11 December 2014 @ 2:52 pm PST

Apex Magazine

• Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Sigrid Ellis
• Format: Online; Ebook formats
• Frequency: Monthly
http://apex-magazine.com/

December 2014
Issue 67, cover art by Nello Shep
• Fiction in this issue is by John Zaharick, Marie Vibbert, Brooke Juliet Wonders, and Rebecca Kaplan. Additional pieces by Kiini Ibura Salaam and Chris Bucholz are exclusive to eBook/subscribers.
• Poetry is by Joshua Gage, Melanie Rees, and Elizabeth R. McClellan Rees.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Marie Vibbert and Nello Shep, an article on fandom by Andrea Judy, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here.

(Thu 11 Dec 2014)

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Black Static

• British fantasy and horror magazine, debuting 2007 (formerly The Third Alternative), edited by Andy Cox
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/

Nov-Dec 2014
Issue 43, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Ben Baldwin
• Stories in this issue are by Ralph Robert Moore, Usman T. Malik, Simon Bestwick, Annie Neugebauer, Andrew Hook, and Aliya Whiteley.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Tennant, and Tony Lee.

(Tue 2 Dec 2014)

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Clarkesworld

• SF and fantasy fiction, nonfiction, and podcasts, since 2006; publisher/editor Neil Clarke
• Format: Online; Ebook
• Frequency: Monthly
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

December 2014
Issue 99, cover art by Lake Hurwitz
• Fiction is by Kali Wallace, Tom Crosshill, M. Bennardo, Dominica Phetteplace, Allen M. Steele, Alastair Reynolds, and Xia Jia.
• Nonfiction include an article on Chinese SF by Ken Liu, an interview with Kameron Hurley, a column by Daniel Abraham, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.
• Lois Tilton reviews the issue here, recommending the story by Tom Crosshill.

(Thu 11 Dec 2014)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

December 2014
• This month’s story is “Dragon Winter” by Judith Tarr.

(Thu 11 Dec 2014)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

November/December 2014
Issue 255, £4.99, cover art by Wayne Haag
• This issue has fiction by Malcolm Devlin, RM Graves, Thana Niveau, Tim Major, E. Catherine Tobler, Jennifer Dornan-Fish, and Tom Greene.
• Features include an editorial by cover artist Wayne Haag; David Langford’s “Ansible Link” column of news and obituaries; columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan; books reviews, including an interview with Hannu Rajamiemi; DVD/Bly-ray reviews by Tony Lee; and film reviews by Nick Lowe.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue last month.

(Tue 2 Dec 2014)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

December 2014
Issue 55
• SF stories in this issue are by Shale Nelson, N.K. Jemisin, Vanada Singh, Paul Park, and Rachael Acks. Fantasy stories are by Delia Sherman, Nik Houser, Nalo Hopkinson, and Damien Angelica Walters.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Kim Harrison and Steven Gould, and an “In Memoriam” for art director Karen Jones.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes a novella by John Crowley and novel excerpts by Catherine Asaro and Sergei Lukyanenko.
• Lois Tilton reviews the issue here.

(Thu 11 Dec 2014)

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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/

January/February 2015
Vol. 128 No. 1&2 (whole #717), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Kent Bash
• This issue has novelets by Matthew Hughes, Dale Bailey, Naomi Kritzer, Albert E. Cowdrey, and Bud Webster, plus short stories by Eleanor Arnason, Eric Schweitzgebel, Nik Houser, Alan Baxter, Gregor Hartmann, and Francis Marion Soty. There are also poems by Alan Ira Gordon and Robert Frazier.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering titles by Seanan McGuire and others; a “Books” column by James Sallis, covering titles by Marek S. Huberath and Paul Park; a “Plumage from Pegasus” vignette by Paul Di Filippo; a “Films” column by David J. Skal; a “Science” column by Paul Doherty and Pat Murphy, about falling into a black hole; and a “Curiosities” column by Stephen Haffner, about a 1940 titles by David H. Keller.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, recommending the story by Eleanor Arnason.

(Tue 9 Dec 2014)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

December 2014
Issue 27, cover art by Brom
• This issue has stories by Tim Lebbon, Christa Faust, Seras Nikita, and Michael Marshall Smith.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Robert Shearman and a column by Simon Strantzas.

(Thu 11 Dec 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 9 December

— posted Tuesday 9 December 2014 @ 8:18 pm PST

* Baxter, Stephen : Ultima
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978- 0575116870, £20, 560pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Nov 2014
Proxima #2

SF novel, second of a duology following Proxima (2013), about a 27th century colonization of a planet circling Proxima Centauri.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the December issue of Locus Magazine. ” ‘‘Ultima’’ can mean ‘‘farthest’’ as well as ‘‘last,’’ and that extremity would seem to be the destination of this second volume, though it takes its time getting there and wanders through some genre spaces that do not at first seem much related to the cosmic gosh-wow promised by the vatic opening and closing passages of Proxima. (Part of me wonders whether Baxter is seeing how many SF tropes and traditions he can fit into one big narrative framework.)”

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* Ellinger, Jordan, & Richard Salter, eds. : Fantasy for Good
(Nightscape Press 978-1938644207, $22.99, 374pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Dec 2014

Charity anthology of 30 new and reprint fantasy stories.
• Authors include Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny, Ken Scholes, George R.R. Martin, David Farland, Alan Dean Foster, Piers Anthony, Neil Gaiman, Carrie Vaughn, Nnedi Okorafor, and Jay Lake.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Inheritance Trilogy
(Orbit 978-0316334006, $20, 1472pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Dec 2014

Omnibus of three novels — The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010), The Broken Kingdoms (2010), and The Kingdom of Gods (2011) — plus a new novella, “The Awakened Kingdom”.
• Orbit’s site has this post about the volume, with a video.

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* Johansen, K. V. : The Lady
(Pyr 978-1-61614-980-2, $18, 435pp, trade paperback, December 2014, cover illustration Raymond Swanland)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Dec 2014
Marakand #2

Fantasy novel, second volume in a two-book set, about an assassin eager to die in order to free himself of a curse, following The Leopard (June 2014).
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Johansen has found a winning combination: the modern epic fantasy penchant for a cast of thousands and the golden age feeling of a tale of Conan or Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser dueling with gods gone mad.”

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* Klima, John, ed. : The Best of Electric Velocipede
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-47-7, $17.99, 348pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Dec 2014

Anthology of 34 stories that first appeared in the small-press ‘zine Electric Velocipede, which published 27 issues from 2001 to 2013.
• Authors include Mark Rich, Alan DeNiro, Hal Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Catherynne M. Valente, Patrick O’Leary, Richard Bowes, KJ Bishop, E. Lily Yu, Aliette de Bodard, and Ken Liu.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Those who persevere—or prefer to skip around rather than reading straight through—will find plenty of gems worthy of individual consideration.”

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* Page, Shannon, & Jay Lake : Our Lady of the Islands
(Per Aspera Press 978-1-941662-06-9, $29.99, 524pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Dec 2014

Fantasy novel set in the world of Lake’s Green, completed by Page following Jay Lake’s death earlier this year.
• Per Aspera’s site has this description and order page.
Publishers Weekly includes it among its Best SF/fantasy/horror books of 2014.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Page has done a phenomenal job of completing Lake’s work after his death, honoring his contributions and vision while giving the novel an emotionally authentic, coherent voice.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine: “Though co-author Jay Lake died of cancer early in 2014, the healing in Our Lady of the Islands is not wish-fulfillment. This collaboration with Shannon Page was largely written by the time he became too sick to work (four years after they first planned it, a year before he died). Thanks to a publisher’s query, Page completed it, beautifully. Per Aspera now releases it in an edition fine enough to honor the bittersweet, but ultimately triumphant, survival of a very special book.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 8 December

— posted Monday 8 December 2014 @ 2:52 pm PST

Stephen King’s Revival bumps up to #1 at Washington Post but settles into the #4 spot on three other lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.14
WP
12.07
LAT
12.07
USAT
11.30
PW
12.08
Amz
(12.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.08)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 5               57 +4
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 239     xxx.. xxx.. 19 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 16       69 -6   89 -7   xxx..
Gibson, The Peripheral 11.03.14 / 6 xxx   18 -4 xxx.. xxx     xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 8 4 -2 1 +2 4 -2 15 -7 4 -2 24 -5 57 -7 22 -12
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 2     16 +          
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 9   5 +   37 +36 5 +7 30 -10 23 -6 8 -3
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 6 7 +3 xx 9 -4 74 -27 13 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 115 13 -3     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 5     7 +5 16 +2 5 -2 19 -1 x 49 -20
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 67     xxx.. 84 +17 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 23     xxx.. 44 +62 12 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 134 xxx..   xxx.. 77 +14 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 9 20 -6 xxx 17 -2 xxx 23 -1 xxx..   x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.14
WP
12.07
LAT
12.07
USAT
11.30
PW
12.08
Amz
(12.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.08)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 71       38 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 205 xxx..   xxx.. 103 +30 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 5       133 + 20 -9      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 37     xxx.. 33 -4 17 -2 88 + xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 11       83 +61   40 +5 xxx.. 27 -1
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 5     xxx 54 +   80 +4    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 22 xxx..   xxx..       26 -1  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 20 17 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
Griffith, Hild [tpb] 12.08.14 / 1     10 ++          
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 1       108 ++        
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 1 7 ++       5 ++      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 49     xxx.. 58 -6 23 -14 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 52 15 + xxx.. 12 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 193 8 +8 xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 37       xxx..   60 -9 x 62 -41
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 5     6 +          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 76 xxx..   xxx.. 76 +16 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 5 5 +2 6 +3 3 -1 72 +40 13 -1     73 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.14
WP
12.07
LAT
12.07
USAT
11.30
PW
12.08
Amz
(12.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.08)
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Category: Bestsellers

New Books, 2 December

— posted Tuesday 2 December 2014 @ 1:06 pm PST

+ Amish : The Immortals of Melhua
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1-62365-143-5, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Shiva Trilogy #1

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, January 2013)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set in ancient India. The second and third books, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras, have already appeared from Quercus in the UK.
• Series site Shiva Trilogy has this page for the book, with a video trailer and author profile.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Amish’s debut, the first of a trilogy, made him a bestselling literary star in India. In translation, this fictionalized history of the Hindu deity Shiva’s journey to godhood is conceptually clever, but it’s sadly lackluster in execution.”

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* Arthur, Keri : Darkness Falls
(Signet 978-0451419606, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101621943
Dark Angels #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh and final book in a series that began with Darkness Unbound (Oct 2011) and included most recently Darkness Splintered (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Asaro, Catherine : Undercity
(Baen 978-1-4767-3692-1, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, December 2014, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-334-8
Skolian Saga #15

SF novel, 15th (or 19th depending on which volumes and shorter works are counted) in the author’s long-running Skolian Saga.
• Baen’s site’ has this description, with links to several chapters.

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* Bova, Ben, & Eric Choi, eds. : Carbide Tipped Pens
(Tor 978-0-7653-3430-5, $27.99, 400pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466810198

Anthology of 17 original hard SF stories.
• Authors include Gregory Benford, Howard Hendrix, Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu), Jack McDevitt, and Robert Reed.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and a video trailer.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the editors “successfully recapture the feel of classic hard SF, presenting 17 stories in which science and technology are truly essential to the plot.”
• Lois Tilton reviewed the book for Locus Online, recommending the Gregory Benford story.

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* Dietz, William C. : Andromeda’s War
(Ace 978-0425256268, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146525
Legion of the Damned #12

Military SF novel, twelfth book “Legion of the Damned” series following A Fighting Chance (2011), Andromeda’s Fall (2012), and Andromeda’s Choice (2013), about the Legion’s early days.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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+ Fowler, Christopher : Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart
(Bantam 978-0-345-54765-1, $26, 400pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54766-8
Bryant & May #11

First US edition (UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, March 2014)

Supernatural crime novel, eleventh in a series about detectives Bryant and May that began with Full Dark House (2004).
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls the book “solid” but concludes, “Fowler has delivered more imaginative resolutions in previous entries.”

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* Hughes, Alex : Vacant
(Roc 978-0451466945, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698138216
Mindspace Investigations #4

SF novel, fourth in a series after the author’s first novel Clean (2012) and then Sharp (2013) and Marked (Apr 2014), about an ex-Telepath’s Guild member who helps police solve crimes.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review of the previous book concluded, “Powered by incisive writing, conflicted characters, and strong plotting, this effort solidifies Hughes’s place on the urban fantasy shelves.”

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* Koch, Gini : Universal Alien
(DAW 978-0756409302, $7.99, 544pp, nvl, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698182172
Alien #10

SF novel, tenth 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), and Alien Collective (May 2014), about alien invaders from Alpha Centauri turning humans into monsters.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Kurtz, Katherine : The King’s Deryni
(Ace 978-0425276686, $26.95, 560pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698171992
Childe Morgan Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy in the author’s long-running “Deryni” series, following In the King’s Service (2003) and Childe Morgan (2008).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Wikipedia has a detailed page for Deryni novels, with chronologies of all five trilogies and related works.

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* Lackey, Mercedes, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee & Veronica Giguere : Collision
(Baen 978-1-4767-3691-4, $25, 576pp, hardcover, December 2014, cover art Larry Dixon)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-333-1
Secret World Chronicle #4

Alternate history thriller, fourth in a series following Invasion (2011), World Divided (2012), and Revolution (Jan. 2014), about ‘meta-heroes’ during World War II.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Lackey, Mercedes, ed. : No True Way
(DAW 978-0756407698, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101635735

Anthology of 16 original stories, subtitled “All-New Tales of Valdemar”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Lukyanenko, Sergei : The Genome
(Open Road 978-1497643963, $16.99, 496pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00NX8U3J4

SF thriller about a genetically-modified spaceship pilot assigned to ferry alien diplomats to human worlds.
• Open Road’s site has this description and order page.

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+ MacFarlane, Alex Dally, ed. : The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women
(Running Press 978-0762454709, $14.95, 512pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014

First US edition (UK: Robinson, October 2014)

Anthology of 33 previously published stories, first published over the past 20 years.
• Authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler, Nnedi Okorafor, Nalo Hopkinson, Nancy Kress, Sofia Samatar, Karin Tidbeck, and Catherynne M. Valente.
• Running Press’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Representing nearly a dozen countries and twice as many ethnicities, this book’s contents offer something for every fan of well-written SF.”

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* Nassise, Joseph : On Her Majesty’s Behalf
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-204878-3, $14.99, 336pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062048806
The Great Undead War #2

Military zombie novel, second in a series following The Great Undead War (2012), about an alternate World War I in which Germany employs a new chemical weapons that revives the dead.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “another competent horror thriller set in a fantastical version of WWI.”

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* Oliver, Jonathan, ed. : Dangerous Games
(Solaris 978-1781082683, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082652 (Thu 4 Dec 2014)

Anthology of original stories about games.
• Authors include Lavie Tidhar, Pat Cadigan, Robert Shearman, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Melanie Tem, and Chuck Wendig.

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* Painter, Kristen : City of Eternal Night
(Orbit 978-0-316-27833-1, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Crescent City #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series involving a character from the author’s “House of Comarré” novels, following House of the Rising Sun (May 2014), about a new-future New Orleans that has become a refuge for vampires.
• Orbit’s site has this post about the book with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Painter takes this romp to unexpected places, with many, but not all, of Harlow’s family secrets revealed.”

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* Resnick, Mike : The Fortress in Orion
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-61614-990-1, $18, 300pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Dead Enders #1

Military SF novel, first book of a new series, about a human plan to replace an alien general with a specially trained clone.
• Pyr’s site has this description with blurbs from Robert J. Sawyer, Nancy Kress, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments that Resnick’s “take on the military caper novel in space is entertaining, but it lacks the verve of his earlier space westerns.”

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* Spoor, Ryk E. : Paradigms Lost
(Baen 978-1-4767-3693-8, $15, 544pp, trade paperback, December 2014, cover art Stephen Hickman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-335-5

SF novel, a revision and expansion of the author’s first novel Digital Knight (2003), about an information specialist who confronts the supernatural.
• Baen’s site has the description with links to several chapters.

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* Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn : Sustenance
(Tor 978-0765334015, $29.99, 480pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Dec 2014
Sant-Germain #27

Vampire novel, 27th novel in the long-running Saint-Germain series that began with Hotel Transylvania (1978) and most recently included Night Pilgrims (2013).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book is a “detailed period piece that’s heavy on history but light on speculative elements.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 1 December

— posted Monday 1 December 2014 @ 12:25 pm PST

Stephen King’s Revival slips a notch or two on three lists, and debuts on the LA Times list at #2.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.07
WP
11.30
LAT
11.30
USAT
11.23
PW
12.01
Amz
(12.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.01)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 4               61 +10
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 238     xxx.. xxx.. 13 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 15       63 +   82 +14   xxx..
Gibson, The Peripheral 11.03.14 / 5 xx   14 -1 xxx xx     xxx
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 7 2 -1 3 -2 2 ++ 8 -6 2 -1 19 -3 50 -7 10 -2
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 8   x   73 + 12 -2 20 +11 17 +3 5 +11
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 5 10 -4 x 5 -2 47 + 10 -4 xxx   xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 114 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 4     12 -6 18 + 3 +1 18 = 103 -15 29 +10
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 66     xxx.. 101 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 22     xxx.. 106 + 8 = xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 133 xxx..   xxx.. 91 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 8 14 -4 xx 15 +1 xx 22 -8 xxx   94 +2
Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex II: Rise of the King 10.20.14 / 3     20 +          
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 8 xxx..   17 + xxx..        
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.07
WP
11.30
LAT
11.30
USAT
11.23
PW
12.01
Amz
(12.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.01)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 70       42 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 204 xxx..   xxx.. 133 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 4       xx 11 -1      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 36     xxx.. 29 + 15 -4 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 10       144 +   45 +22 xxx.. 26 +16
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 4     xx xx   84 +4    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 21 xxx..   xxx       25 +1  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 48     xxx.. 52 + 9 = xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 192 16 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 36       xxx..   51 +34 28 ++ 21 +2
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 75 xxx..   xxx.. 92 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 4 7 +1 9 ++ 2 +5 112 + 12 +2      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.07
WP
11.30
LAT
11.30
USAT
11.23
PW
12.01
Amz
(12.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.01)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late November

— posted Friday 28 November 2014 @ 1:20 pm PST

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/

November 2014
Issue 160-161, cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet
• Issue 161, posted November 25th, has stories by Margaret Ronald and Yosef Lindell, with an audio vault story by Marissa Lingen and an archive story by A.B. Treadwell.
Issue 160, posted November 13, has stories by M. Bennardo and Peter Hickman, an audio fiction podcast of the Hickman story, an audio vault story by David Tallerman, and an archive story by J. Kathleen Cheney.

(Fri 28 Nov 2014)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

• Fiction and interviews, since 2005; publisher and executive editor Orson Scott Card, editor Edmund R. Schubert
• Format: Online, subscription access
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

November 2014
Issue 42, cover art by Anna Repp
• Stories in this issue are by Rachael K. Jones, Zach Shephard, M.K. Hutchins, Adria Laycraft, Stephen Gaskell, and Samuel Marzioli.
• There’s a bonus excerpt from Orson Scott Card’s novel Visitors.
• There’s an interview, and a reprint story, by Paolo Bacigalupi.

(Fri 28 Nov 2014)

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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/

November 2014
• Fiction published in November includes That’s Entertainment by Meda Kahn, A Moon for the Unborn by Indrapramit Das, She Commands Me and I Obey by Ann Leckie, and Once, Upon a Lime by E. Catherine Tobler.
• Articles and columns include an interview with Iain Banks, a column by Eleanor Arnason, John Clute’s Scores (discussing David Mitchell’s The Bones Clocks), a 1979 essay by Darko Suvin (with a 2014 postscript), and a book club roundtable.
• There’s also poetry and reviews.

(Fri 28 Nov 2014)

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Terraform

• Weekly online SF magazine, edited by Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans, since November 2014
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
http://motherboard.vice.com/terraform

November 2014
• New online short fiction venue that debuted November 17th with stories Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell by Cory Doctorow, The Overview Effect by Claire L. Evans, and The Brain Dump by Cory Doctorow.
• There’s also an editorial and submission guidelines. Plans are to post one story a week.
• Story One Day, I Will Die on Mars was posted on November 24th.

(Fri 28 Nov 2014)

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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/

November 2014
• Original stories posted this past month are Where the Lost Things Are by Rudy Rucker and Terry Bisson, The Walk by Dennis Etchison, and Where the Trains Turnby Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen.
Excerpts are from books by Frank Herbert, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and several others.

(Fri 28 Nov 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

Classic Reprints, November

— posted Wednesday 26 November 2014 @ 1:39 pm PST

Bishop, Michael : Count Geiger’s Blues
(Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions 978-1933846484, $17.99, 354pp, trade paperback, November 2014, cover art Paul Swenson)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014

(First edition: Tor, July 1992)

SF novel about a fine arts critic who, after being exposed to radiation, is transformed into a comic-book superhero.
• Fairwood Press’s site has this description with blurbs from Greg Bear, Nancy Kress, James Morrow, and others.
• Amazon’s page has the Publishers Weekly and Library Journal reviews; the latter concludes, “Bishop consistently grapples with significant issues in his novels, and Thaxton’s struggle to redefine his values while at war with his body is no exception. Whether viewed as modern parable, cautionary tale, or splendid satire, this is a top-notch addition to any library’s sf or general fiction collection.

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Egan, Greg : Axiomatic
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805407, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014

(First edition: UK: Millennium, May 1995)

Collection of 18 stories, the author’s first collection, with stories first published from 1989 to 1992.
• Notable titles include “Learning to Be Me”, “The Infinite Assassin”, and “Closer”.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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Egan, Greg : Quarantine
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805384, $15.99, 224pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014

(First edition: UK: Legend, September 1992)

SF novel, the author’s second novel (after 1983’s An Unusual Angle), in which the Earth in 2034 is surrounded by a barrier that cuts it off from the stars.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Gunn, James, & Jack Williamson : Star Bridge
(Tor 978-0765335029, $16.99, 304pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014

(First edition: Gnome Press , 1955)

SF novel about a repressive corporation that holds the secret to the faster-than-light travel that links the galaxy’s inhabited planets.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Kadrey, Richard : Metrophage
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-233448-0, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062334473

(First edition: Ace Special, February 1988)

SF novel, the author’s first novel, subtitled “A Romance of the Future”, in which a future Los Angeles is segregated into a small wealthy elite and a wasteland of despairing masses.
• The book has a Q&A with Cory Doctorow.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Sheffield, Charles : SF Gateway Omnibus: Sight of Proteus, Summertide, Cold As Ice
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575083622, £20, 608pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202139

Omnibus of three hard SF novels, first published in 1978, 1990, and 1992 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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