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Weekly Bestsellers, 1 September

David Mitchell’s new novel, The Bone Clocks (Random House), officially due tomorrow, is selling today on the three Amazon lists, ranking as high as #7 at Amazon.com.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.07
WP
08.31
LAT
08.31
USAT
08.24
PW
09.01
Amz
(09.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.01)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, Visions 09.01.14 / 1               70 ++
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 15       145 -42 19 = xxx.. xx 72 +11
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 232     xxx.. xxx.. 18 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 11 17 -3 xxx.. xxx 112 -14 22 -3 xxx..   84 -31
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 5 21 -11   3 +1 x x xxx..   xxx
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 9 11 -4 x 11 -5 55 -17 12 -1 xxx.. xxx.. 76 +20
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 21 20 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 103 -18 17 -6 xxx.. xxx.. x
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 7 xxx   4 -3 xxx.. xxx..      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 26             75 +15  
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 1           7 ++ 12 ++ 23 ++
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 34 14 +     xxx.. xx xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 101 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 54     xxx.. 18 -2 6 = x 71 -1 90 +8
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 23       63 -30   xxx xx 49 +20
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 9     x 12 -5 1 = 53 -15   27 -4
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 122 xxx..   xxx.. 13 -2 xxx.. 55 +9 52 +32 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.07
WP
08.31
LAT
08.31
USAT
08.24
PW
09.01
Amz
(09.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.01)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 33 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 86 -16  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 187   xxx..   64 +1 xxx.. 62 -14 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 122 11 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 23     xx 4 +5 9 = 26 -1 xx  
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 8 xxx..   xxx..       24 -6  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 12 20 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 15 +5      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 35     2 +13 2 = 4 = 24 +6   x
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 165 16 -3 xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 66 +65 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 45 8 -1 xxx.. 15 + x xxx xxx.. 55 -1 xx
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 181 6 -1 xxx.. 7 +5 107 -10 xxx.. xxx.. 72 +3 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 164 21 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 60 +34 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 23       x   xx   12 +6
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 206   xxx..   98 +7   97 -36 82 +1 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 61     xxx.. 132 -22 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 64 xxx..   8 + 11 -5 10 = 50 +1 x xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.07
WP
08.31
LAT
08.31
USAT
08.24
PW
09.01
Amz
(09.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.01)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, late August

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 2014
Issue 153-154, cover art by Tomas Honz
• Issue 154, posted August 21st, has stories by Peter Darbyshire and Stephen V. Ramey, an audio podcast by Michael Haynes, an audio vault podcast by Catherine S. Perdue, and an archive story by Nancy Fulda.
Issue 153 had stories by Michael Haynes and Rachel Halpern, an audio fiction podcast by Fran Wilde, an audio vault podcast by Kenneth Mark Hoover, and an archive story by Camille Alexa.

(Sat 30 Aug 2014)

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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 2014
• Stories posted this past month are by Tim Pratt, James Van Pelt, Jonathan L. Miller, Caroline M. Yoachim, and others.

(Sat 30 Aug 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/

September/October 2014
Vol. 127 No. 3&4 (whole #715), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Bryn Barnard
• Novelets in this issue are by Jérôme Cigut, Phyllis Eisenstein, Albert E. Cowdrey, Matthew Hughes, and David Gerrold, with short stories by Oliver Buckram, Tom Underberg, Jay O’Connell, Dale Bailey, Brenda Carre, Robert Reed, and Ray Vukcevich.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering comic books; a “Books” column by Elizabeth Hand, covering Rene Denfeld, Matthew Olshan, and Finnish Weird; a “Science” column by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty; a “Film” column by David J. Skal; and a “Curiosities” page by Graham Andrews about a 1964 novel by John Lymington.

(Thu 28 Aug 2014)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

August 2014
Issue 312, Vol. 26 No. 12, 32pp
• This special “The Past Is Present” issue features a review by Maureen Speller Kincaid of Alan Garner and an essay by Michael Bishop about Philip K. Dick.
• Reviews include David Mead on James L. Cambias, Jenny Blackford on Leigh Kennedy, Eugene Reynolds on Steampunk III, John Crowley on Calvino’s Complete Cosmicomics, and Greg L. Johnson on Max Gladstone.
• There are also essays by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay on Ian Watson and Darrell Schweitzer on Thrilling Wonder Stories, plus an editorial on the to replace the bust of H.P. Lovecraft as the design of the World Fantasy Awards.

(Sat 30 Aug 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/

August 2014
• Fiction posted this month includes Resurrection Points by Usman T. Malik, The Air We Breathe is Stormy, Stormy, and Cold as the Moon by Sunny Moraine.
• Poetry this month is by Lisa Bellamy, Jessy Randall, Chalres Bane, Jr., and Cory O’Brien.
• Nonfiction includes John Clute’s Scores column, covering Paul Park, and an article by Stephe Harrop about A Song of Ice and Fire.

(Sat 30 Aug 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/

August 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include In the Sight of Akresa by Ray Wood, Sleeper by Jo Walton, La Signora by Bruce McAllister, Hero of the Five Points by Alan Gratz, Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land by Ruthanna Emrys, Strongest Conjuration by Skyler White, and A Cup of Salt Tears by Isabel Yap.
Excerpts include those from novels by Robert Jackson Bennett, Steven Gould, John Scalzi, Nancy Kress, and many others.

(Sat 30 Aug 2014)

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New Books: August UK Books

* Jacobs, John Hornor : The Incorruptibles
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575133662, £20, 320pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575123632
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781409156284

Fantasy novel about a group of mercenaries who protect a royal family in a territory where native “stretchers” threaten intruders.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has the same description plus blurbs from Pat Rothfuss, Mark Lawrence, and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* James, John : The Fourth Gwenevere
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 9781848664128, £20, 288pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781848664142

Posthumous novel by John James, writer of historical novels, especially Votan, just reissued as a Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks volume.
• This book, which is “completed and edited” by John and Caitlín Matthews, is about the woman who is the key to peace in Britain following the death of Arthur.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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* Neill, Chloe : Blood Games
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575108240, £8.99, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575108387
Chicagoland Vampires #10

Paranormal romance novel, tenth in the “Chicagoland Vampires” series following Wild Things (2014), about a grad student initiated into a society of vampires.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The US edition appeared August 5th.

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* Pollock, Tom : Our Lady of the Streets
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1780870144, $14.99, 445pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781780870168
The Skyscraper Throne #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series after The City’s Son (2012) and The Glass Republic (2013), in which London is a battleground between opposing gods.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black.”

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* Thompson, Arianne ‘Tex’ : One Night in Sixes
(UK: Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781082379, £7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2014, cover art Thomasz Jedruszek)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014
Children of the Drought #1

Dark fantasy western, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a border town near an area populated by shapeshifters and animal gods.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The US edition appeared July 29th.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The racially divided societies of this weird western are uncomfortable but not implausible, and while Sil is a pompous, dangerous nitwit without much to redeem him, hapless Elim is more endearing. Thompson’s debut is clearly written and engaging even if the details of her setting remain murky.”

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New Books, 26 August

* Aguirre, Ann : Havoc
(Ace 978-0-425-25812-5, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
The Dred Chronicles #2

SF novel, second in a series after Perdition (2013), about politics aboard a spaceship prison in orbit around an asteroid.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Some of Aguirre’s characters are simply monstrous, but most have intriguing, complex histories and motives, and she brings them together for a raucous tale of grit and gumption.”

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* Anderson, Kevin J. : Slimy Underbelly
(Kensington 978-1617731143, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. #4

Fantasy novel about a zombie detective, fourth in a series following Death Warmed Over (2012), Unnatural Acts (2013), and Hair Raising (2013).
• Kensington’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Carson, Rae : The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-233433-6, $9.99, 272pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062345578

Collection of three novellas set in the world of Carson’s fantasy series The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011), The Crown of Embers (2012), and The Bitter Kingdom (2013). The novellas were originally published digitally.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Dashner, James : The Rule of Thoughts
(Delacorte 978-0-385-74141-5, $18.99, 336pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-375-98464-8
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-2250-4
Mortality Doctrine #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a series following The Eye of Minds (2013), about teenagers battling a sentient computer program whose plan is to populate the earth with human bodies populated by similar programs.
• Random House’s site has this description.

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* Duncan, Rod : The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-530-0, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, September 2014, cover art Staehle)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665317
UK edition: 9780857665294 (Thu 4 Sep 2014)
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first of a duology, set in a divided United Kingdom.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description. The second book, Unseemly Science, is due in February 2015.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Steeped in illusion and grounded in an alternative history of the Luddite Rebellion, Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series.”

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* Green, Simon R. : Voices from Beyond
(Ace 978-0-425-25994-8, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139732
Ghost Finders #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Ghost of a Chance (2010), Ghost of a Smile (2011), Ghost of a Dream (2012), and Spirits from Beyond (2013), about operatives of the Carnacki Institute whose mission is to do something about the ghosts.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Hurley, Kameron : The Mirror Empire
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-556-0, $14.99, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665577
UK edition: 9780857665553 (Thu 4 Sep 2014)
Worldbreaker Saga #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a world where people and civilizations are affected by changing stars.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Readers will blaze through this opening installment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”

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* Kadrey, Richard : The Getaway God
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-209461-2, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062094629
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062332363
Sandman Slim #6

Urban fantasy thriller, sixth in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), and Kill City Blues (2013), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The novel is wall-to-wall action, and Stark careens from mayhem to chaos, doing battle with the recently deceased and those who can never die. His choices are anchored in the salvation of a video store, a donut shop, and a woman he can’t be sure he knows…”

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* Scalzi, John : Lock In
(Tor 978-0-7653-7586-5, 336pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466849358

Near-future SF novel, a departure from Scalzi’s space opera novels, about a virus that leaves survivors trapped within bodies they can experience but from which they cannot respond.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers.”
• Scalzi’s blog has this post: “The novel is getting some of the best reviews of my career to date, include starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist. Io9 calls it one of my best novels yet; others have also been nicely positive.

You can read the first five chapters at Tor.com. You can also read the related novella “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome” at Tor.com.”

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* Watts, Peter : Echopraxia
(Tor 978-0-7653-2802-1, $24.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948067

SF novel, sequel to the author’s acclaimed Blindsight (2006).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “dense, fast-moving companion to 2006’s Blindsight set in a late-21st-century world of genetically resurrected vampires, weaponized zombies, and Nobel-winning monastic hive minds”, and its review concludes, “The novel delivers an intricately inventive and coolly deterministic lesson in the futility of trying to outthink evolution, less a critique of human transcendence than an indictment of its basic assumptions.”
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online in September.

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* Weeks, Brent : The Broken Eye
(Orbit 978-0-316-07992-1, $28, 816pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
UK edition: 978-1841499093 (Tue 26 Aug 2014)
Lightbringer #3

Fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following The Black Prism (2010) and The Blinding Knife (2012).
• The author’s site has this post about the book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “His characters are charming even as they are threatened with being swept off the chessboard. Fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire will find the family dynamics of the Guiles quite familiar.”

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* Whates, Ian, ed. : Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction
(Solaris 978-1781082096, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

Anthology of 18 original science fiction stories.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Contributors include Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Ken Liu, Ian Watson, Adam Roberts, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 25 August

— posted Monday 25 August 2014 @ 5:09 pm PDT

We’ll mention that Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is #1 on a couple lists this week, but it doesn’t seem to have any fantastic element, and so it won’t be tracked here or posted on any of our Monitor pages.

Also, David Mitchell’s next novel, The Bone Clocks, is bubbling with pre-publication sales on the various Amazon lists; we’ll list it once it’s published.

For this week, the notable debut is Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Assassin (Del Rey), which ranks #13 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list, and debuts lower on two other lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.31
WP
08.24
LAT
08.24
USAT
08.17
PW
08.25
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 14       103 -18 19 -2 xxx.. x 83 -21
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 231     xxx.. xxx.. 18 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 10 14 +4 xxx.. xx 98 -8 19 + xxx..   53 +31
Goodkind, Severed Souls 08.18.14 / 2 19 -15   20 ++ x x      
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 4 10 -9   4 ++ 129 -107 20 -12 xxx   xx
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 8 7 = 10 -3 6 -2 38 -5 11 -5 xxx xxx 96 -3
Hobb, Fool’s Assassin 08.25.14 / 1 13 ++     51 ++ 23 ++      
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 20 18 -3 xxx.. xxx 85 -13 11 + xxx.. xxx.. 136 -102
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 6 xx   1 +2 xxx xxx      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 25             90 -18  
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 100 10 -2     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 53     xxx.. 16 = 6 -1 104 -36 70 -6 98 -80
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 22       33 +22   xx x 69 -46
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 8     10 -2 7 -3 1 = 38 -16   23 -12
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 121 xxx..   xxx.. 11 -1 xxx.. 64 -24 84 -63 94 -56
Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 08.25.14 / 1     18 ++          
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.31
WP
08.24
LAT
08.24
USAT
08.17
PW
08.25
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 32 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 70 -4  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 186   xxx..   65 +27 xxx.. 48 -16 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 121 8 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 22     x 9 +3 9 -1 25 -4 x  
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 15 xxx..   11 +          
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 7 xxx..   xxx..       18 -2  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 11 18 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 20 -3      
Grossman, The Magicians [tpb] 06.08.10 / 13 25 + xxx.. xxx.. 147 -13 xxx..      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 30 x xxx.. xxx.. 149 -24 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 34     15 ++ 2 +1 4 +2 30 -12   77 +15
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 164 13 = xxx.. x xxx xxx.. xxx.. 131 -98 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 44 7 +1 xxx.. x 137 +3 xx xxx.. 54 -2 x
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 180 5 -1 xxx.. 12 -7 97 -11 xxx.. xxx.. 75 -39 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 163 21 -5   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 94 -55 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 22       148 -1   x   18 -8
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 205   xxx..   105 +10   61 -8 83 -24 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 60     xxx.. 110 +25 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 63 xxx..   xxx.. 6 = 10 = 51 -26 123 -76 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.31
WP
08.24
LAT
08.24
USAT
08.17
PW
08.25
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
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

New Books: August Supplemental

— posted Saturday 23 August 2014 @ 2:25 pm PDT

* Fine, Sarah : Of Metal and Wishes
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1-4424-8358-3, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442483606

Young adult novel set in an alternate Asia, about a 16-year-old girl whose father’s medical clinic is located inside a slaughterhouse haunted by a ghost.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fine creates a memorable atmosphere of desperation, deftly weaving together numerous subplots that intersect in a grisly and satisfying climax.”

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* Lockhart, Ross E., & Justin Steele, eds. : The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron
(Word Horde 978-1-939905-02-4, $29, 344pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-939905-03-1

Anthology of 17 original stories in honor of horror author Laird Barron.
• Contributors include Gemma Files, Michael Cisco, Jeffrey Thomas, Stephen Graham Jones, and John Langan.
• The publisher’s site has description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book is ” a worm-riddled literary playground from elements of the fiction of horror maestro Laird Barron. The results come across with a coherent feeling of dread, without feeling derivative of the source.”

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* O’Connell, Bishop : The Stolen
(Harper/Voyager Impulse 978-0-06-235879-0, $6.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062358776
An American Faerie Tale #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a woman whose daughter is stolen by faeries.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Smith, Ken Scott : Path of the Reliquary
(Necro Publications 978-1-939065-61-2, $12.95, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Travis Anthony Soumis)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
The Horseman Chronicles #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Host of the Armageddon (2012), about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.

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* Spriggs, Robin : The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom
(Anomalous Books 978-0-9634296-6-7, $16.95, 205pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Kelly O)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Aug 2014

Fictional biography composed of numerous short chapters of stories and poems.
• The publisher’s site has a description on its titles page (scroll down).
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Medium is the message in this dazzling anti-story, a love letter to the weird. Despite obvious homage to Dunsany and Lovecraft, a distinct vision, lent eerie authority by copious scholarly footnotes and self-referential secondary sources, emerges.”

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* Teppo, Mark : The Court of Lies
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-44-6, $16.99, 294pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 16 Jul 2014

Collection of 17 stories, the author’s first collection. One story, “Sequence”, is previously unpublished.
• Fairwood Press’ site has this description with the PW review and a blurb by Daryl Gregory.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews. (This title has been announced for some months now but was published just this past month; do not believe the Amazon date of March 20.)
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Fascinating and quirky characters come together in this excellent collection of short stories by Teppo. … Even the linear plots feature twists and turns, thanks to unreliable narrators. This collection is a true hit for Teppo’s fans and new readers alike.”

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* Thomas, Jonathan : 13 Conjurations
(Hippocampus 978-1-61498-067-4, $20, 278pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Jason C. Eckhardt)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 20 Aug 2014

Collection of 13 stories, all apparently original to this book.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with reviews by Hellnotes and Don D’Ammassa.
• The Publishers Weekly review remarks that the stories “are stronger in conception than in execution”.

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Category: New Books

Periodicals, mid-August

— posted Thursday 21 August 2014 @ 9:25 am PDT

The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

July 2014
Issue 311, Vol. 26 No. 11, 32pp
• This special “Science and Scientists” issue features a survey of medical myths in genre fiction by Christopher S. Kovacs and Susan M. MacDonald and an essay on Roman Scientifique by Brian Stableford.
• Reviews include Dan’l Danehy-Oakes on Jo Walton, James L. Cambias on Robert Silverberg, Alec Austin on Greg van Eekhout, Peter Rawlik on Sergei Lukyanenko, and Darrell Schweitzer on David Goudsward.
• There are also essays by Michael Andre-Driussi, Michael Bishop, and Mike Barrett.

(Mon 18 Aug 2014)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

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

August 2014
Cover art by Gart Paese
• Stories in this issue are by Megan Neumann, Andrew Hook, Brent Knowles, Seth W. Kennedy, Eric Del Carlo, Kurt Heinrich Hyatt, Marilyn K. Martin, Edward Morris, Malanie Rees, Tais Teng, and Leon Chan.
• Articles are by John McCormick and a “Popular Mechanics” reprint from 1923.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Thu 21 Aug 2014)

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Subterranean

• Fiction and reviews, since 2007; head editor William K. Schafer
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly issues; periodic updates
http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/

Summer 2014
• This final issue of the quarterly e-zine has stories by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Alastair Reynolds, Kat Howard, K.J. Parker, Jay Lake, Maria Dahvana Headley, Rachel Swirsky, Lewis Shiner, and Harlan Ellison®.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, especially recommending the Rachel Swirsky story.

(Thu 21 Aug 2014)

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The Dark

• Bimonthly online horror ‘zine, edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace, since October 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.thedarkmagazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 5, cover art by Timothy Lantz
• This issue has stories by Stephen Graham Jones, Octavia Cade, Emily B. Cataneo, and Darja Malcolm-Clarke.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, especially recommending the Octavia Cade story.

(Tue 12 Aug 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 19 August

— posted Tuesday 19 August 2014 @ 10:07 am PDT

* Armstrong, Kelley : Visions
(Penguin/Dutton 978-0-525-95305-0, $26.95, 464pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157101
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780698153561
UK edition: Sphere 978-1847445124 (Thu 14 Aug 2014)
The Cainesville Trilogy #2


Paranormal romance novel, second in a trilogy following Omens (2013), about a young adopted woman who discovers her real parents were serial killers.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The chilling ending leaves just enough unresolved to hook readers for the next installment. “

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* Gratz, Alan : The League of Seven
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765338228, $16.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466838505
League of Seven #1

Middle-grade steampunk adventure novel, first in a series, set in an alternate 1875 America. Illustrations are by Brett Helquist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” An enticing alternate history presents an America in which Native tribes have as much power and presence as Yankees, with politics of their own to navigate. Gratz has created an imaginative world with appeal far beyond its immediate middle-grade market.”

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* Karpyshyn, Drew : The Scorched Earth
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54936-5, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54989-1
UK edition: Del Rey 978-0091952853 (Thu 4 Sep 2014)
The Chaos Born #2


Epic fantasy novel by an author known for gaming and media tie novels, second in a series following Children of Fire (2013)
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book in the series a starred review, concluding “This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.”

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* Peek, Ben : The Godless
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05002-1, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851221
UK edition: Tor UK 978-1447251248 (Thu 14 Aug 2014)
Children #1


Epic fantasy novel, first of a series, set 15,000 years after warring Gods have left their bodies across the world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Although this volume serves mainly to introduce the Children series, readers fond of open-ended epic fantasies set in vivid, and occasionally lurid, worlds will find it right up their alley.”

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : The Ripper Affair
(Orbit 978-0-316-18372-7, $15, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235532
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478983545
Bannon and Clare #3

Steampunk fantasy novel set in an alternate London, third in a series following The Iron Wyrm Affair (2012) and The Red Plague Affair (2013), about a forensic sorceress and an unregistered mentath.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an Open Book preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Part history, part steampunk, laced with magic and a healthy dose of Manners, this fantasy may evoke a certain bloody Jack, but Saintcrow takes as many liberties with that story as she does with the rest of her uniquely fascinating setting.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 18 August

— posted Monday 18 August 2014 @ 10:45 am PDT

Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land (Viking) debuts on three lists, ranking #1 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Terry Goodkind’s Severed Souls (Tor) also debuts on three of the lists compiled here, ranking a notch or three below Grossman in every case.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.24
WP
08.10
LAT
08.17
USAT
08.10
PW
08.18
Amz
(08.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.18)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 13       85 -14 17 -1 xxx.. 95 -37 62 -19
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 230     xxx.. xxx.. 19 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return 07.14.14 / 2 xxx..   20 ++   xxx..      
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 9 18 -3 xxx.. x 90 +1 x xxx..   84 -35
Goodkind, Severed Souls 08.18.14 / 1 4 ++     23 ++ 9 ++      
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 3 1 ++     22 ++ 8 ++ xx   x
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 7 7 -3 7 + 4 -1 33 -6 6 -1 xx xx 93 -56
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 19 15 -3 xxx.. xx 72 -14 x xxx xxx.. 34 +7
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 5 x   3 +1 xx xx      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 24             72 -24  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 33 xx     xxx.. 23 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 99 8 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 52     xxx.. 16 +9 5 +1 68 -23 64 -21 18 +1
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 21       55 +46   x 73 +20 23 +47
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 7     8 +5 4 +5 1 = 22 -9   11 -5
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 120 xxx..   xxx.. 10 +10 xxx.. 40 -22 21 +13 38 -14
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.24
WP
08.10
LAT
08.17
USAT
08.10
PW
08.18
Amz
(08.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.18)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 66 -14  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 185   xxx..   92 +12 xxx.. 32 +2 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 120 10 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 21     12 + 12 +7 8 ++ 21 -2 88 +7  
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 6 xxx..   xxx..       16 ++  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 10 17 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 17 -1      
Grossman, The Magicians [tpb] 06.08.10 / 12 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 134 + xxx..      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 29 21 +3 xxx.. xxx.. 125 + xxx.. xxx..   xxx
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 9 xxx     xxx.. 21 -3      
Leckie, Ancillary Justice [tpb] 08.18.14 / 1             81 ++  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 33       3 +4 6 +1 18 +60   92 -53
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 163 13 +2 xxx.. 13 + xx xxx.. xxx.. 33 -5 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 43 8 +1 xxx.. 11 + 140 -24 x xxx 52 -12 99 +
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 170 24 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 179 4 = xxx.. 5 -1 86 -17 xxx.. xxx.. 36 +2 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 162 16 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 39 -7 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 21       147 -33   65 -22   10 -3
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 204   xxx..   115 +5   53 -4 59 +11 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 59     xxx.. 135 -46 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 62 xxx..   xxx 6 +9 10 +9 25 -9 47 +13 82 -31
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.24
WP
08.10
LAT
08.17
USAT
08.10
PW
08.18
Amz
(08.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.18)
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]

Category: Bestsellers

Classic Reprints, August

— posted Friday 15 August 2014 @ 1:58 pm PDT

* Anderson, Poul : The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 6: A Bicycle Built for Brew
(NESFA Press 978-1-61037-306-7, $29, 474pp, hardcover, August 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Aug 2014

Collection of 8 short novels and novellas, the sixth volume in NESFA’s ongoing series to gather the best short works of Anderson.
• Contents include the original magazine version of “Three Hearts and Three Lions” from 1953, and the humorous title story.
• NESFA Press’ site has this description and order page.

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* Clement, Hal : SF Gateway Omnibus: Iceworld, Cycle of Fire, Close to Critical
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575110151, £18.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202078

Omnibus of three novels, first published in 1953, 1964, and 1964 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Delany, Samuel R. : The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch – Angouleme
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0819567185, $27.95, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Aug 2014

Book-length analysis of a 1974 story, “Angouleme”, by Thomas M. Disch.
• This edition has an introduction by Matthew Cheney.
• The publisher’s description notes that this edition includes the author’s “corrected text”.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Farmer, Philip José : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Maker of Universes, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Dayworld
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575119581, $20, 528pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202108

Omnibus of three novels published in 1965, 1971, and 1985 respectively. The second title won the Hugo Award.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* Knight, Damon : SF Gateway Omnibus: Far Out, In Deep, Off Centre, Turning On
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575111219, £20, 544pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202184

Omnibus of four short story collections, first published in 1961, 1963, 1965, and 1967 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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Category: Classic Reprints


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