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Classics in Reprint, September 2017

Hodgson, William Hope : The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” and Other Nautical Adventures
(Night Shade Books 978-1597809207, $17.99, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017

(First edition: Night Shade Books, September 2003)

Omnibus of the 1907 title novel plus 23 other nautical stories, the first volume in Night Shade’s five-volume series of complete works by Hodgson, now appearing in paperback.
• Night Shade’s site has this post about the book, with the table of contents.
• Note that Amazon’s “Look Inside” function links to a different book (the hardcover edition of volume 2 in this series).

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London, Jack : The Star Rover
(CreateSpace 978-1974602971, $20.99, 270pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 19 Aug 2017

(First edition: Macmillan , 1915)

SF novel about a man who experiences a dissociation of mind and body following torture in San Quentin prison.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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McKillip, Patricia A. : The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
(Tachyon Publications 978161696277, $14.95, 237pp, trade paperback, September 2017, cover art Thomas Canty)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781616962791

(First edition: Atheneum, 1974)

Fantasy novel about a wizard, living alone in her castle full of magical beasts, who rediscovers the world of men.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and blurbs from Gail Carriger, Max Gladstone, E. Lily Yu, and others.
• The book won the first World Fantasy Award for best novel.

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Moorcock, Michael : Gloriana: Or, The Unfulfill’d Queen
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481487375, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481487399

(First edition: UK: Allison & Busby, 1978)

Fantasy novel set in an alternate-world England, in part an homage to Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast series, and generally regarded as Moorcock’s best novel.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The book won both the 1979 World Fantasy Award and the 1979 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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* Quinn, Seabury, edited by George A. Vanderburgh : The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, Volume Two: The Devil’s Rosary
(Night Shade Books 978-1597809276, $34.99, 512pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017

Collection of 19 stories, first published in Weird Tales magazine in 1929 and 1930.
• The book has an introduction by George A. Vanderburgh and Robert E. Weinberg.
• Night Shade’s site has this post about the book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The only thing marring these stories is the frequently racist description of nonwhite characters and their speech, which are an unfortunate sign of the times that these stories were published in. Connoisseurs of pulp adventure who can look past this, however, will be delighted.”

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* Sims, Michael : Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction
(Bloomsbury 978-1-63286-041-5, $22, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781632860422

Anthology of 20 stories and excerpts of Victorian-era science fiction.
• Authors include Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells, and Rudyard Kipling.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Even the most devoted science fiction reader will find unfamiliar treats in this assemblage of foundational fiction.”

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New in Paperback: September 2017

Beaulieu, Bradley P. : Of Sand and Malice Made
(DAW 978-0756413323, $14, 240pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
The Song of Shattered Sands #2

(First edition: DAW, September 2016)

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following Twelve Kings of Sharakhai (2015), set in a great desert city rules by twelve immortal kings.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Carson, Rae : Like a River Glorious
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0062242952, $9.99, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Gold Seer #2

(First edition: Harpercollins/Greenwillow, September 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, second book of a trilogy following Walk on Earth a Stranger (2015), about a girl with magical powers in 1849 California.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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Chabon, Michael : Moonglow
(Harper Perennial 978-0062225566, $16.99, 480pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

(First edition: Harper, November 2016)

Associational novel consisting of the deathbed confession of the narrator’s grandfather, about, among many other things, model rocketry and the space program.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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Czerneda, Julie E. : The Gate to Futures Past
(DAW 978-0756412234, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Reunification #2

(First edition: DAW, September 2016)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following This Gulf of Time and Stars (2015), set in the same universe as the author’s Clan Chronicles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Hardinge, Frances : The Lie Tree
(Abrams/Amulet 978-1419726415, $10.99, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

(First edition: UK: Macmillan, May 2015)

Young adult fantasy novel about a young woman, seeking to understand her father’s death, who discovers a strange tree that bears fruit when she whispers a lie to it.
• Abrams’ site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “It’s a rather stunning page-turner of a performance, and an excellent introduction to Hardinge’s increasingly important body of work.”

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Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Navigators of Dune
(Tor 978-0765381262, $9.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Dune #13

(First edition: Tor, September 2016)

SF novel, the thirteenth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson, and third in a trilogy following Sisterhood of Dune (2012) and Mentats of Dune (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Kadrey, Richard : Butcher Bird
(Night Shade Books 978-1597809245, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017

(First edition: Night Shade Books, July 2007)

Supernatural fantasy novel about a San Francisco tattoo artist whose attack by a demon reveals to him spheres of demonic existence unknown to other mortals.
• The Night Shade Books site has this description.
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the September 2007 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “a potent contemporary fantasy”.

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Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Alliance of Equals
(Baen 978-1481482660, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Liaden #19

(First edition: Baen, July 2016)

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following Dragon in Exile (2015), in which Clan Korval struggles to reestablish its trading supremacy from their new homeworld of Surebleak.
• Baen’s site has a description with links to several chapters.

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Liu, Cixin : Death’s End
(Tor 978-0765386632, $16.99, 608pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3

(First edition: Tor, September 2016)

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Hugo winner The Three-Body Problem (2014) and The Dark Forest (2015), about humanity dealing with Trisolarian invaders.
• The translator is Ken Liu.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book won the Locus Award for Best SF novel, and was a finalist for this year’s Hugo Awards.

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North, Claire : The End of the Day
(Orbit US/Redhook 978-0316316750, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017

(First edition: Orbit US/Redhook, April 2017)

Fantasy novel about a man named Charlie who visits people before they are visited by Death.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “With its fragmented structure and occasionally self-consciously meditative prose, The End of the Day might puzzle some who enjoyed the thriller plotting of The Sudden Appearance of Hope, but at its best it reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer.”

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Priest, Cherie : The Family Plot
(Tor 978-0765396075, $15.99, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017

(First edition: Tor, September 2016)

Fantasy novel about a salvage crew tasked with demolishing a haunted house.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Stokes, Paula : Vicarious
(Tor Teen 978-0765380951, $10.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017

(First edition: Tor Teen, August 2016)

Young adult SF novel about two Korean sisters working as digital stunt girls for ViSEs, Vicarious Sensory Experiencies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The second book, Ferocious, was published August 15th in hardcover.

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Taylor, Travis S., & Les Johnson : On to the Asteroid
(Baen 978-1481482677, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017

(First edition: Baen, August 2016)

SF novel about asteroid miners whose manipulation of an asteroid to bring it closer to Earth threatens the planet.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Wilde, Fran : Cloudbound
(Tor 978-0765377869, $17.99, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Bone Universe #2

(First edition: Tor, September 2016)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Updraft (2015), set in a city of living bone.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Liz Bourke reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: Cloudbound represents the opposite of a sophomore slump. It’s that rare bird, the follow-up to a highly praised first novel that doesn’t just equal its predecessor’s accomplishments, but exceeds them. I felt Updraft was a promising debut effort; Cloudbound sees much of that promise realised, with hints of more to come.”

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New Books : 19 September 2017

* Canavan, Trudi : Successor’s Promise
(Orbit 978-0316209281, $27, 576pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316324960
UK edition: 978-0356501161 (Thu 21 Sep 2017)
Millennium’s Rule #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Thief’s Magic (2014) and Angel of Storms (2015), about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial revolution.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cashore, Kristin : Jane, Unlimited
(Kathy Dawson Books 978-0-8037-4149-2, $18.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698158894
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525493365

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl who accepts an invitation to a friend’s family gala on is their island mansion Tu Reviens.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that “The story then restarts five times in five genres—spy thriller, horror, science fiction, mystery, fantasy—sometimes repeating information verbatim from a previous section.” The review concludes, “An ambitious departure for Cashore that will reward (and perhaps demand) many re-readings.”

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* Johnson, Kij : The River Bank
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-130-2, $24, 224pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731319

Children’s fantasy novel, a sequel to Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Wlllows, about the adventures of Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with the table of contents and quotes from numerous reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a sequel that will hit the spot for Grahame fans, but isn’t afraid to build on his characters and fill in some gaps for a modern readership.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “The delicate balance of challenging the assumptions of a beloved classic while retaining the oracular charm of that classic seems almost effortless in Johnson’s hands, but it’s more of an achievement than it might at first seem.”

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* Jones, Kelly : Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
(Knopf 978-0553535204, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553535228

Young adult fantasy novel about a 16-year-old girl in 1818 London who becomes a spy with her magical ability to sew glamours.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Mead, Syd : The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist
(Titan 978-1785651182, $49.95, 256pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

Nonfiction collection of concept art for films including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Tron, and Aliens.
• Titan’s site has this description

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* Morris, Mark, ed. : New Fears
(Titan 978-1785655524, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

Anthology of 19 original horror stories.
• Authors include Alison Littlewood, Angela Slatter, Ramsey Campbell, Nina Allan, Sarah Lotz, and Stephen Laws.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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+ Ness, Patrick : Release
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-240319-3, $17.99, 288pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062403216
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062795267

Young adult novel about a gay teenager’s coming of age, with a supernatural element about a ghost.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description, which acknowledges the author’s debut to Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, with a sample.
• The UK edition from Walker Books was published May 4, 2017.
The Guardian ran this review by Imogen Russell Williams in May: “Ness’s great achievement in Release is to acknowledge the weight, worth and agony of first love, and to show the richer blooming of a second, still prone to pain and error, irrevocably shaped by earlier experience, but knowing and expecting more, now, from both parties. It’s a book that will speak, with passionate warmth, to anyone who has ever been made to feel ‘less than’.”

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* Newitz, Annalee : Autonomous
(Tor 978-0-7653-9207-7, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765392091
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427290731

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a military agent and his bot partner Paladin on the trail of a drug hack that has left people addicted to their work.
• Macmillan’s site has this description, with blurbs from Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In a phenomenal debut that’s sure to garner significant awards attention, Newitz, cofounder of io9, sends three fascinating characters on an action-packed race against time through a strange yet familiar futuristic landscape.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “Paladin is by far the most interesting character in the book, and while his/her grappling with the notion of being human is far from new in SF, Newitz’s sophisticated understanding of current AI research and of the social construction of gender make a good case for rethinking the fictional uses of bots, and make Autonomous one of the most accomplished debut novels of the year.”

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* Older, Malka : Null States
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9338-8, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765393371
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427290717
The Centenal Cycle #2

Near-future SF novel, second in a series following the author’s first novel Infomocracy (2016), about threats to the global micro-democracy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There are great character moments, including Information employee Roz’s slow-building romance with a local sheik, and teammate Minzhe dealing with potential conflicts of interest due to his mother’s presence in a local government; those will please returning fans.”

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* Sakuraba, Kazuki : A Small Charred Face
(Haikasoru 978-1-4215-9541-2, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

Fantasy novel about a boy saved from death by a member of secretive race of vampires called “bamboo.”
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was first published in Japan in 2014. The translation here is by Jocelyne Allen.

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* Shatner, William, & Jeff Rovin : Zero-G: Green Space
(Simon & Schuster 978-1-5011-1158-7, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501111600
Samuel Lord #2

SF novel, second in a series following Zero-G (2016), about threats to the space station Empyrean in 2050.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shatner and Rovin’s fictional science is detailed, lending it an air of reality, and their characters’ awe at their surroundings and philosophic musings give them depth. Action, science, and politics mix in this enjoyable second outing.”

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* Stasi, Linda : Book of Judas
(Tor/Forge 978-0-7653-7875-0, $25.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466863361
Alessandra Russo #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Sixth Station (2013), a religious thriller about the discovery and disappearance of a gospel that declares Judas the beloved, not betrayer, of Jesus.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The plot follows predictable lines, but fans of Indiana Jones–style adventure should be satisfied.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 18 September 2017

— posted Monday 18 September 2017 @ 11:13 am PDT

Sarah J. Maas’s Tower of Dawn (Bloomsbury) debuts impressively at #3 on the combined Publishers Weekly list, and #2 on the Publishers Weekly Frontlist Children’s list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.24
WP
09.03
LAT
09.10
USAT
09.10
PW
09.18
Amz
(09.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.18)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer 09.11.17 / 2 2 +1     x 7 -1      
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 18 6 -1     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dawson, Star Wars: Phasma 09.11.17 / 2 x       18 -8      
Maas, Tower of Dawn 09.11.17 / 2       3 ++ 2 ++ x x  
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 59 xxx..     xxx.. xxx xxx.. 29 +18 xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.24
WP
09.03
LAT
09.10
USAT
09.10
PW
09.18
Amz
(09.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.18)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 31             5 +3 7 +41
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 36 7 -2   [ 5 ] 40 -8 xxx.. 8 +24   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 261   [ 7 ]   x xxx.. 77 -26 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 104 9 -1   [ 4 ] 45 -7   69 -21 xxx 92 -36
Jemisin, The Fifth Season [tpb] 09.19.16 / 3       xxx..   32 ++ 51 + 54 ++
King, It [tpb] 04.03.17 / 24 1 +3   [ 3 ] 4 +11   26 +49 70 -57 12 -5
King, It [tpb] 09.11.17 / 2         2 ++ 9 -7 9 =  
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 271 xxx..   [ 7 ] 23 -15 xxx.. xx 58 -25 xxx
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 41             60 = xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 123       54 -6   76 -36 xxx.. 48 -18
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 319   [ 3 ] [ 6 ] x   54 -28 86 -7 59 -10
Rowling/Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two [tpb] 08.07.17 / 7       x 3 +2   100 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               85 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 89             77 -5 42 -26
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.24
WP
09.03
LAT
09.10
USAT
09.10
PW
09.18
Amz
(09.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.18)
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]


The table shows the current rank of each book and the change since last week, where:

= same as last week

+/- change since last week

+ back on list

++ new on list

x no longer on list (number of x’s: weeks off list)

All lists rank hardcovers and paperbacks separately, except for the USA Today list, which is a single list combining fiction and nonfiction in all formats. Dates shown are posted dates, except those in parentheses, which are dates compiled. New York Times posts its list one week in advance of print publication.

Note that some sources do not compile paperback bestsellers, and some exclude YA books (like the Harry Potter series) from their hardcover and paperback fiction lists.

Category: Bestsellers

New Books : 12 September 2017

— posted Tuesday 12 September 2017 @ 12:07 pm PDT

* Abraham, Brad : Magicians Impossible
(St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne 978-1-250-08352-4, $27.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250083531

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man who discovers his late father was a secret agent in a society of magical spies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Abraham writes with a certain wistful charm…”

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* Anderson, M. T. : Landscape with Invisible Hand
(Candlewick Press 978-0-7636-8789-2, $16.99, 160pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780763697242

Young adult SF novel about the invasion of Earth by alien vuvv, who provide free advanced technology and cures for all illnesses, triggering a collapse of Earth’s economy.
• Candlewick’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Anderson takes issues of colonialism, ethnocentrism, inequality, and poverty and explodes them on a global, even galactic, scale. A remarkable exploration of economic and power structures in which virtually all of humanity winds up the losers.”

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* Cawdron, Peter : Retrograde
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/John Joseph Adams 978-1328834553, $24, 256pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781328834522

SF novel about what happens to an international Mars colony when disaster strikes Earth.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers craving scientific realism will appreciate the frequent narrative interruptions that provide details on what a Martian colony would actually need, including radiation protection and divisions of labor. This tense cat and mouse game plays off fears of self-aware computers to satisfying result.”

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* Ford, Jeffrey : The Twilight Pariah
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9734-8, $14.99, 176pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397331

Short horror novel about three college friends who explore a vacant mansion and discover a skeleton of a horned child.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Endearing characters, elegant descriptions, and imaginative monsters make this a breezy beach read for horror fans.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “There is, in short, a good deal more plot in this novella than the initial haunted house premise seems to suggest, and while Ford ramps up to a satisfying pyrotechnic finale, what finally distinguishes the story is its understated but convincing portrayal of friendship…”

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* Gailey, Sarah : Taste of Marrow
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9525-2, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9524-5
River of Teeth #2

Alternate history novel, second in a series following River of Teeth (May 2017), about hippopotamuses imported to Louisiana in the late 19th century.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While there are no new revelations about our heroes, Gailey deepens the existing characterizations and relationships that were a highlight of her previous work.”

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* Gibson, William : Archangel
(IDW Publishing 978-1-63140-875-5, $24.99, 144pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017

Graphic novel about political leaders in 2016 and a machine called the Splitter, which will manufacture a new reality.
• Amazon and the publisher’s page also credit co-author Michael St. John Smith and illustrators Butch Guice, Alejandro Barrionuevo, and Wagner Reis.

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* Gladstone, Max : The Ruin of Angels
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9589-4, $24.99, 576pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765395887
Craft Sequence #6

Fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Three Parts Dead (2012), Two Serpents Rise (2013), Full Fathom Five (2014), Last First Snow (2015), and Four Roads Cross (2106), about a magical Craftswoman in the city of Alt Coulumb.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this, as it did for all five earlier books, a starred review: “Gladstone packs a lot into his tale (including a brilliant sequence in which Kai encounters another trans person who lacked Kai’s access to divine resources), and longtime readers may find some of his choices surprising. The intriguing future story lines opened up by some of these new concepts help make the world feel even more vivid and real than it did before.”

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* Hutchinson, Dave : Acadie
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9826-0, $10.99, 112pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9825-3

SF novella about humans from Earth bent on the destruction of genetically enhanced colonists who settled on a new planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With a light touch on the science and society, Hutchinson creates a world that is not terribly far from our own, with the benefits and drawbacks of genome sequencing affecting perception and reality.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the Septembere issue of Locus Magazine: “Those familiar with Hutchinson’s dense, dark, award-winning Fractured Europe trilogy may at first be taken aback at the hilarious opening, but by the end it’s pretty clear that he’s thought through the deeper implications of his tale as well, while celebrating both the themes and forms of the classic SF novella.”

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* King, Maggie Shen : An Excess Male
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-266255-2, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062662576

Dystopian SF novel, the author’s first novel, about 40 million males in near-future China who, as a result of the One Child Policy and the preference for sons, now can’t find wives.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “thoughtful, heartbreaking,” and concludes, “King expertly explores the myriad routes to family, hope, and love in a repressive country.”
• Rachel Swirsky reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “I was impressed by this book’s unusual engagement with complex political issues, its complex characters, and its largely elegant plot development.”

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* Kristoff, Jay : Godsgrave
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-07303-7, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466885042
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427290243
Nevernight #2

Epic fantasy novel, ssecond in a series following Nevernight (2016), set in a land where three suns almost never set.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Through tragedy, betrayal, and victory, this glorious adventure thrills and satisfies with cold violence, terrifying monsters, roaring crowds, and bloody honor.”

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* Mann, George : Wychwood
(Titan 978-1783294091, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017

Fantasy novel about a woman who investigates a series of ritual murders in the forest near her mother’s home.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Meadows, Jodi : Before She Ignites
(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0-06-246940-3, $17.99, 496pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062469427
Fallen Isles #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a trilogy, about a young woman who is betrayed and sent to prison, where she strives to defend the dragons she loves.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Meadows leaves room to flesh out Mira’s island world in future books while exploring issues of inclusivity and discrimination.”

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* Porter, Sarah : When I Cast Your Shadow
(Tor Teen 978-0765380562, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397560

Young adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl who calls her brother back from the dead.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Sloan, Robin : Sourdough
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux/MCD 978-0-374-20310-8, $26, 272pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374716431
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427289278

SF novel about a San Francisco software engineer who gets involved with Bay Area food culture when she acquires a a sourdough starter for making bread.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Through narrative and email correspondence, Sloan captures contemporary work environments, current reality, and future trends.”

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Infinity Wars
(Solaris 978-1781084915, $14.99, 356pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781786180858

Anthology of 15 original stories.
• Authors include Nancy Kress, Peter Watts, Carrie Vaughn, Rich Larson, and Indrapramit Das.
• Rebellion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 11 September 2017

— posted Monday 11 September 2017 @ 2:54 pm PDT

Two media tie-in novels debut this week: Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Random House), on two children’s lists, ranking as high as #3; and Delilah S. Dawson’s Star Wars: Phasma (Del Rey), ranking #10 on two lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.17
WP
09.03
LAT
09.10
USAT
09.03
PW
09.11
Amz
(09.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.11)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer 09.11.17 / 1 3 ++     69 ++ 6 ++      
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 17 5 -2     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dawson, Star Wars: Phasma 09.11.17 / 1 10 ++       10 ++      
Maas, Tower of Dawn 09.11.17 / 1           66 ++ 63 ++  
Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 10.05.15 / 25 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 91 -60 xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 83     12 +7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 58 xxx..   x xxx.. xx xxx.. 47 -15 xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.17
WP
09.03
LAT
09.10
USAT
09.03
PW
09.11
Amz
(09.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.11)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 30             8 -2 48 -29
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 35 5 -2   5 -2 32 -9 xxx 32 +16   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 260   [ 7 ]   46 +7 xxx.. 51 + xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 103 8 -1   4 + 38 -9   48 +1 xx 56 +11
King, It [tpb] 04.03.17 / 23 4 +1   3 +7 15 +3   75 -32 13 +48 7 +27
King, It [tpb] 09.11.17 / 1           2 ++ 9 ++  
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 27 xxx..   xxx 97 -46 xx xxx..    
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 10       108 +20   xxx..   xxx..
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 114     xxx.. 74 -12 xxx.. xx   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 178 xxx..   xxx.. 142 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 270 xxx..   7 +2 8 +7 xxx.. x 33 -18 xx
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 40             60 -49 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 122       48 +50   40 -2 xxx.. 30 -27
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 58   [ 6 ]   87 -11   xxx xxx.. xx
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 318   [ 3 ] 6 -1 45 -8   26 -2 79 -27 49 -8
Rowling/Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two [tpb] 08.07.17 / 6       56 +1 5 +   x  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 82 +13   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 88             72 -24 16 +7
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.17
WP
09.03
LAT
09.10
USAT
09.03
PW
09.11
Amz
(09.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.11)
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]


The table shows the current rank of each book and the change since last week, where:

= same as last week

+/- change since last week

+ back on list

++ new on list

x no longer on list (number of x’s: weeks off list)

All lists rank hardcovers and paperbacks separately, except for the USA Today list, which is a single list combining fiction and nonfiction in all formats. Dates shown are posted dates, except those in parentheses, which are dates compiled. New York Times posts its list one week in advance of print publication.

Note that some sources do not compile paperback bestsellers, and some exclude YA books (like the Harry Potter series) from their hardcover and paperback fiction lists.

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early September 2017

— posted Saturday 9 September 2017 @ 11:29 am PDT

Apex Magazine

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

September 2017
Issue 100, cover art by Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor
• This 100th issue has fiction by Andrea Tang, Kameron Hurley, Carrie Laben, Kristi DeMeester, and Lucy A. Snyder.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Kameron Hurley and artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor, an essay on philosophy by M.B. Sutherland, and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Aphelion

• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/

September 2017
Issue 221
• This issue has fiction by Rory Angus, C.E. Gee, and Kelly Sauvage Angel.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Aurealis

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; online for purchase since 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aurealis.com.au/

Issue 103, 2017
• This issue has stories by Mitchell Salmon, Josh Melican, and Brian C Baer.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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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/

September 2017
Issue 132, cover art by Vladimir Manyukhin
• This issue has fiction by A. Brym, Eric Schwitzgebel, Suzanne Palmer, Jess Barber & Sara Saab, Gu Shi, Tom Purdom, and Geoff Ryman.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Charles Stross, and essays by Stephanie M. Bucklin and Kelly Robson.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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The Dark

• Monthly online horror ‘zine, edited by Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia; since October 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.thedarkmagazine.com/

September 2017
Issue 28
• This issue has new stories by Erica L. Satifka and Lora Gray, and reprint stories by Helen Marshall and Cassandra Khaw.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Forever

• Digital reprint SF magazine, edited by Neil Clarke, since February 2015
• Format: Ebook
• Frequency: monthly
http://forever-magazine.com/

September 2017
Issue 32, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Geoffrey A. Landis, Fran Wilde, and Suzanne Palmer.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Galaxy’s Edge

• Bimonthly online SF ezine, beginning March 2013, edited by Mike Resnick
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

September 2017
Issue 28, $6.99
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Robert Jeschonek, Rachelle Harp, Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Hodges, Sean Patrick Hazlett, John DeChancie, Zach Shephard, Stewart C Baker, Barry N. Malzberg, Nick DiChario, T.R. Napper, and James Wesley Rogers.
• There’s also part two of a serialization of Joan Slonczewski’s Daughter of Elysium.
• There’s also an interview with Nancy Kress, and columns by Robert J. Sawyer and Gregory Benford.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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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/

September 2017
• This month’s story is “With Perfect Clarity” by Wendy N. Wagner.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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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/

September 2017
Issue 88
• This issue has SF stories by Marissa Lingen, Timothy Mudie, Genevieve Valentine, and Giovanni De Feo; and fantasy stories by Jaymee Goh, Tamsyn Muir, Tony Ballantyne, and Tobias S. Buckell.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Theodora Goss, book reviews by Amal El-Mohtar, and media reviews by Joseph Allen Hill.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Elizabeth Hand, and a novel excerpt by Annalee Newitz.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Mythic Delirium

• Quarterly fiction and poetry journal published and edited by Mike Allen; debuted 1998 as a biannual poetry journal, became quarterly in 2013
http://www.mythicdelirium.com/

July-September 2017
Issue 4.1, cover art by Susan Jamison
• Posted in September is a story by David Sandner, and poetry by Jennifer Crow and Jane Yolen.
• Posted in August was a story by Sandra M. Odell, and poetry by Jennifer Crow and Sonya Taaffe.
• Posted in July was a story by Rich Larson, and poetry by Jane Yolen and Mari Ness.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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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/

September 2017
Issue 60
• This issue has fiction by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Chesya Burke, Ashok K. Banker, and John Skipp.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by S.P. Miskowski, and a book review by Adam-Troy Castro.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Shimmer

• Fantasy fiction, since 2005; senior editor E. Catherine Tobler; electronic only since issue 19
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Bi-monthly
http://www.shimmerzine.com/

September 2017
Issue 39
• Stories in this issue are by Sonya Taaffe, Brian Holguin, Natalia Theodoridou, and Maria Haskins.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Uncanny

• Magazine of SF and fantasy, since 2014; edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://uncannymagazine.com/

September/October 2017
Issue 18, cover art by Ashley Mackenzie
• This issue has original fiction by N. K. Jemisin, Fran Wilde, C.S.E. Cooney, Catherynne M. Valente, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and Delia Sherman, reprint fiction by Malinda Lo.
• Poetry is by Jo Walton, Brandon O’Brien, Ali Trotta, and Gwynne Garfinkle.
• There are also interviews with C.S.E. Cooney and Delia Sherman, and nonfiction by Sophie Aldred, Cecilia Tan, Sarah Kuhn, Sam J. Miller & Jean Rice, and Sabrina Vourvoulias.

(Sat 9 Sep 2017)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books : 5 September 2017

— posted Tuesday 5 September 2017 @ 11:02 am PDT

(Note: Macmillan‘s site is down this morning, so several titles due today from Macmillan imprints, including Tor, will be posted later.)

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* Asaro, Catherine : The Bronze Skies
(Baen 978-1-4814-8258-5, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, September 2017, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-609-7
Skolian Saga #16

SF novel, 16th (or 22nd, depending on which volumes and shorter works are counted) in the author’s long-running Skolian Saga, and second in a new series that began with Undercity (2014), about a female private investigator.
• Baen’s site’ has this description, with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Not just for fans of Asaro’s Skolian Saga, this exciting novel stands alone for anyone who enjoys science fiction adventure.”

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+ Bradley, James : Clade
(Titan 978-1785654145, $14.95, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017

First US edition (Australia: Penguin, 2015)

SF novel about changes across Earth including extreme weather, the collapse of bee colonies, incidents of inferlity, and advances in technology.
• This is the first US edition of a novel published to some acclaim two years ago in Australia.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review in the February 2015 issue of Locus Magazine is here: “[I]t is among the most literate and humane contributions to that slowly emerging tradition of what is sometimes called ‘‘slow apocalypse’’ fiction – tales that grapple with the emergent realities of climate change, species die-offs, virulent new diseases, and the inexorable pattern of the world going irreversibly to hell in a comparatively pokey handbasket.”

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* Brassey, Joseph : Skyfarer
(Angry Robot 978-0857666765, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666772
UK edition: 9780857666758 (Thu 7 Sep 2017)
The Drifting Lands #1

Space fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an apprentice sorceress on a space quest for a mythical relic.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a blurb from Neal Stephenson.

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* Cargill, C. Robert : Sea of Rust
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-240583-8, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062405845
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062742407

Post-apocalyptic SF novel about a renegade robot in a world where humanity has been wiped out by their machines.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Cargill effectively takes a grim look at a war-torn future where our nonhuman successors face complex moral dilemmas, exploring what it means to be alive and aware through the trials and tribulations of Brittle and her allies. This action-packed adventure raises thought-provoking and philosophical questions.”

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* Carroll, Jonathan : The Crow’s Dinner
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-827-8, $40, 584pp, hardcover, August 2017, jacket art Ryder Carroll)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Aug 2017

Nonfiction collection of essays, hundreds of short pieces that originally ran on the author’s website Medium.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “All very short—most no more than a page—each selection offers a polished and precise observation of a person, impression, or idea.”

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* Daniel, Tony : The Amber Arrow
(Baen 978-1-4814-8253-0, $18.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2017, cover art Dan Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-608-0
Wulf’s Saga #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a series following The Dragon Hammer (2016), about an alternate Viking-like America invaded by a vampire-based Roman empire.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Flint, Eric, & Alistair Kimble : Iron Angels
(Baen 978-1-4814-8256-1, $25, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017, cover art Adam Burn)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-606-6

Urban fantasy novel about an FBI investigation into a Chicago religious cult that reveals an ancient evil.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “…this tale is energetic at times”.

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* Lackey, Mercedes : Apex
(Disney/Hyperion 978-1-4847-0786-9, $18.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Hunter #3

Young adult fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy that began with Hunter (2015) and Elite (2016), about conflict between the Hunters and the PsiCorps to protect Apex City from monstrous Outsiders.
• Disney’s site has this description.

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* Maas, Sarah J. : Tower of Dawn
(Bloomsbury 978-1681195773, $18.99, 672pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781681195803
Throne of Glass #7

Young-adult fantasy novel, seventh in a series following Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass (2012), Crown of Midnight (2013), Heir of Fire (2014), Queen of Shadows (2015), and Empire of Storms (2016), about a teenaged assassin inspired by Cinderella.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with quotes from reviews of the earlier books.

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* Martinez, Michael J. : MJ-12: Shadows
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597809269, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781597809283
Majestic-12 #2

Military fantasy novel, second in a series following MJ-12: Inception (2016), about superhuman “variants” discovered at the end of World War II and controlled by a secret government program in Nevada.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* McGuire, Seanan : The Brightest Fell
(DAW 978-0-7564-1331-6, $26, 368pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698183520
October Daye #11

Urban fantasy novel, eleventh in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), Late Eclipses (March 2011), One Salt Sea (2011), Ashes of Honor (2012), Chimes of Midnight (2013), The Winter Long (2014), A Red Rose Chain (2015), and Once Broken Faith (2106).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This compelling mystery with intensely personal stakes and genuine surprises is one of the strongest installments to date.”

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* Norman, Lisanne : Circle’s End
(DAW 978-0756408558, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756413330
Sholan Alliance #9

SF novel, ninth and final book in the “Sholan Alliance” series about human alliance with cat-like aliens called the Sholans, that began with Turning Point (1993).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Novik, Naomi : Golden Age and Other Stories
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-830-8, $25, 184pp, hardcover, August 2017, jacket illustration Sandara Tang)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Aug 2017

Collection of seven stories set in the author’s Temeraire series.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review has mysteriously vanished, but the Subterranean page above quotes from it: “Perhaps the best story in the collection is ‘Golden Age,’ which tells an alternate version of the first meeting between Temeraire (here called Celeste) and Laurence and the formation of their unusual bond.”

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* Orwin, Paige : Immortal Architects
(Angry Robot 978-0857665942, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665959
UK edition: 9780857665935 (Thu 7 Sep 2017)
The Interminables #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Interminables (2016), about a wizard’s cabal that runs the east coast of the US in 2020.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Rowland, Diana : White Trash Zombie Unchained
(DAW 978-0756408244, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101608708
White Trash Zombie #6

Humorous zombie novel, sixth in a series following My Life as a White Trash Zombie (2011), Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (2012), White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (2013), How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (2014), and White Trash Zombie Gone Wild (2015).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Steinmetz, Ferrett : The Uploaded
(Angry Robot 978-0857667175, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857667182
UK edition: 9780857667168 (Thu 7 Sep 2017)

SF novel about a world run by the elderly, who have moved online and whose priority for society is maintaining their digital heaven.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Valente, Catherynne M. : The Glass Town Game
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1-4814-7696-6, $17.99, 544pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481476980
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508241706

Young adult fantasy novel about a game invented by the four Brontë sisters to defeat Napolean who finds their game come to life as a train whisks them to a real Glass Town.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “a linguistically dazzling novel that draws on the Brontë siblings’ real-life childhood writings about Glass Town, an invented land where they escaped the difficulties of their lives.”

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* Williamson, Michael Z. : Forged in Blood
(Baen 978-1-4814-8270-7, $25, 400pp, hardcover, September 2017, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-607-3
Freehold #8

Anthology of 16 original stories set in the editor’s “Freehold” universe of novels including most recently When Diplomacy Fails (2012).
• Authors include Larry Correia, Rob Reed, Tom Kratman, Tony Daniel, and Zachary Hill.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 4 September 2017

— posted Monday 4 September 2017 @ 10:19 am PDT

The trade paperback edition of Stephen King’s It (Scribner) has been ranking on lists for several weeks, in anticipation of the film version opening next week.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.10
WP
09.03
LAT
09.03
USAT
08.27
PW
08.28
Amz
(09.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 55 6 +   xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 16 3 =     xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 10.05.15 / 24 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. 31 -17 x
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 46   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   x xxx.. 84 +12
Maxwell, The Last Magician 08.07.17 / 5 10 -1              
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 82     19 -11 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 24 xxx.. xxx.. 12 + xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 57 xxx.. xxx.. 9 + xxx.. [ 22 ] xxx.. 32 -14 xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.10
WP
09.03
LAT
09.03
USAT
08.27
PW
08.28
Amz
(09.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.04)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 29             6 -3 19 -9
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 34 3 = x 3 +2 23 +2   48 -30   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 259   7 -1   53 -6   x xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 102 7 -2 x x 29 -5   49 -12 x 67 -17
King, It [tpb] 04.03.17 / 22 5 +1   10 +3 18 -2   43 -16 61 +9 34 -3
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 26 xxx..   xx 51 -21 [ 11 ] xxx..    
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 9       128 -32   xxx..   xxx..
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 113     xxx.. 62 +23   x   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 269 xxx.. xxx.. 9 + 15 +3   66 -34 15 = x
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 39             11 -1 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 121       98 +13   38 -9 xxx.. 3 -1
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 57   6 +   76 +33   xx xxx.. x
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 317   3 +4 5 +3 37 -11   24 -9 52 +24 41 +5
Rowling/Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two [tpb] 08.07.17 / 5       57 -14 [ 1 ]   79 -16  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               91 +4  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 95 -15   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 87             48 -12 23 +63
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.10
WP
09.03
LAT
09.03
USAT
08.27
PW
08.28
Amz
(09.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.04)
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]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late August 2017

— posted Thursday 31 August 2017 @ 2:17 pm PDT

Aphelion

• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/

August 2017
Issue 220
• This issue has fiction by Rod Clark, Lou Antonelli, Ray Prew, Charlie Fish, Gregory Cioffi, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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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/

August 2017
Issue 231-233, cover art by Jordan Grimmer
Issue 231, posted August 3rd, has stories by Stephen Case and Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, and an archive story by Bradley P. Beaulieu.
Issue 232, posted August 17th, has stories by Kate Marshall and Benjanun Sriduangkaew, plus an archive story by Cae Hawksmoor.
Issue 233, posted August 31st, has stories by Marissa Lingen and Mel Kassel, and an archive story by J.S. Bangs.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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Daily Science Fiction

• Original science fiction & fantasy emailed to you every weekday; debuted September 1, 2010; editors Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
• Format: Online; email
• Frequency: daily
http://dailysciencefiction.com/

August 2017
• Stories posted in August are by Jakob Drud, Mary E. Lowd, Ken Altabef, James Van Pelt, Ian Watson, Tina Connolly, and others.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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Forever

• Digital reprint SF magazine, edited by Neil Clarke, since February 2015
• Format: Ebook
• Frequency: monthly
http://forever-magazine.com/

August 2017
Issue 31, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Ian McDonald, Vandana Singh, and John Barnes.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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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/

August 2017
Issue 58, cover art by Dean Spencer
• This issue has stories by J.P. Sullivan, Jared W. Cooper, Ken Altabef, Shannon Peavey, Allison Mulder, and Amanda Helms.
• There’s also an interview with and vintage fiction by Walter Jon Williams.
Columns include science fact by Randall Hayes, writing advice by Mette Ivie Harrison, and book reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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Persistent Visions

• Speculative Fiction Journal, with weekly story posts, since 2016; fiction editor Heather Shaw
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
https://persistentvisionsmag.com/

August 2017
• Stories posted in July and August are by Naomi Libicki, Melanie Rees, Michael McGlade, and Ryan Row.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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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 to 2017; currently Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

August 2017
• Issue 31 July has poetry by Rohinton Daruwala, an article on female werewolves by Hannah Priest, an interview with Jaymee Goh, and a poetry podcast.
• Issue 7 August has fiction by Elaine Cuyegkeng, poetry by Holly Lyn Walrath, and reviews. Issue 14 August has fiction by Jes Rausch, poetry by Gwynne Garfinkle, a “Scores” column by John Clute (covering John Kessel and Paul La Farge), and other reviews.
• Issue 21 August has fiction by J.B. Park, poetry by Lora Gray, an editorial about a fund drive, and reviews. Issue 28 August has fiction by Elizabeth P. Glixman, a poetry podcast, a roundtable of emotional labour, and reviews.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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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/

August 2017
Original stories posted in August are by Stephen Baxter, Greg Egan, Matthew Bright, Kai Ashante Wilson, and Cory Doctorow.
Excerpts are from works by Benjamin Percy, JY Yang, Annalee Newitz, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

(Thu 31 Aug 2017)

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Category: Periodicals


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