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Classic Reprints, April

* Burroughs, Edgar Rice : Tarzan the Untamed and Other Tales
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-12917-7, £25, 1040pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473201989

Omnibus of six novels: Tarzan the Untamed, Tarzan the Terrible, Tarzan and the Golden Lion, Tarzan and the Ant Men, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, and Tarzan and the Lost Empire, first published from 1920 to 1929.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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* Chandler, A. Bertram : Upon a Sea of Stars
(Baen 978-1476736365, $14, 640pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

Omnibus of two novels and two story collections about space merchant John Grimes, fifth volume of six of Baen’s series of Grimes collections, following To the Galactic Rim (March 2011), First Command (August 2011), Galactic Courier (Dec 2011), and Ride the Star Winds (2012).
• Contents include novels Into the Alternate Universe (Ace 1964), Contraband from Otherspace (Ace 1967), The Rim Gods (Ace 1969), and The Commodore at Sea (Ace 1979).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several samples.

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* Compton, D. G. : SF Gateway Omnibus: Synthajoy, The Steel Crocodile, Ascendancies
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-11810-2, £18.99, 480pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473202023

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1968, 1970, and 1980 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Cooper, Edmund : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Cloud Walker, All Fools’ Day, A Far Sunset
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-11638-2, £18.99, 480pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473201880

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1973, 1966, and 1967 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Jordan, Robert : Winter’s Heart
(Tor 978-0-7653-3780-1, $17.99, 560pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014

(First edition: Tor, November 2000)

Fantasy novel, ninth in the “Wheel of Time” series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an audiobook excerpt.

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* Lumley, Brian : The Compleat Crow
(Subterranean Press 978-1596065543, $35, 192pp, hardcover, March 2014, jacket art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00JDKRVT6

Collection of 11 stories about psychic sleuth Titus Crow.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Vance, Jack, edited by Terry Dowling & Jonathan Strahan : Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Four
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-645-8, $45, 368pp, hardcover, March 2014, jacket art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Mar 2014

Collection of 8 stories, the fourth volume of Vance’s early work following Hard-Luck Diggings (2010), Dream Castles (2012), and Magic Highways (2013).
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes, Rational explanations of psychic and paranormal phenomena like ghosts, telepathy, and ESP have been an interest of post-WWII science fiction since legendary editor John W. Campbell coined the term “psionics.” This collection of eight stories by SF grandmaster Vance displays his fascination with such topics.

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New Books, 15 April

+ Asher, Neal : The Line of Polity
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805087, $15.99, 672pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00HFYSPS8
Cormac #2

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, March 2003)

SF adventure novel, second in a series following Gridlinked (2001) and followed by Brass Man (2005), Polity Agent (2006) and The Line War (2008), about polity agent Ian Cormac.
• In this book Cormac investigates an outlink station destroyed by a nanomycelium.
• This is the first US edition.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Bova, Ben : Transhuman
(Tor 978-0-7653-3293-6, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429965422

SF novel about a cellular biologist who abducts his dying granddaughter in order to treat her with an unapproved enzyme not yet approved by the FDA.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cameron, Dana : Pack of Strays
(Amazon/47north 978-1477819777, $14.95, 346pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00G3NAPNU
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480593367
Fangborn #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Seven Kinds of Hell (2013), about a secret race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity.
• Amazon’s page has a description, with previews via “Look Inside”.

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* Canavan, Gerry, & Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. : Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7426-8, 312pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7428-2

Nonfiction anthology of 13 essays, on subjects relating science fiction to environmental issues.
• Contributors include Christina Alt, Rob Latham, Elzette Steenkamp, Eric C. Otto, and Melody Jue.
• The book includes 20 pages of references “Of Further Interest” and an index.
• There’s also a paperback edition (978-0-8195-7427-5).
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs from Fredric Jameson and Patrick D. Murphy.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Lovecraft’s Monsters
(Tachyon Publications 978-1616961213, $16.95, 379pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

Anthology of 18 stories inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
• Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Howard Waldrop, Kim Newman, Karl Edward Wager, and Laird Barron. Two of the stories, by John Langan and Rachel Fagundes, are original to the book; the others are previously published.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

(Thu 3 Apr 2014)
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* Davidson, Rjurik : Unwrapped Sky
(Tor 978-0-7653-2988-2, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948388

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about Caeli-Amur, a city once saved by minotaurs, where three people challenge tradition and superstition.
• The author’s 2010 UK collection The Library of Forgotten Books had the same setting.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers who enjoy the mix of outré technology and body-warped beings in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag novels will appreciate Davidson’s work, though Davidson makes it easier to distinguish between good guys and bad guys.”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, commenting “the science-fantastical equivalent of smog and traffic noise shouldn’t prevent Caeli-Amur from rewarding anyone who grants it more than a day-trip’s passing glance.”

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* Duncan, Hal : Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-261-5, 269pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 5 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59021-093-2

Nonfiction examination of the current state of science fiction, with a long introduction examining the many traditional definitions of SF.
• Lethe’s site has this description with blurbs from Brit Mandelo and Will Ludwigsen.
• Brit Mandelo contributed this review to Tor.com: “The dual functions of the book, proposing a theoretical framework with which to talk about and understand SF while also taking down non-functional, problematic, or just plain ignorant points of debate about the genre (both from inside and outside), work well together and allow Duncan to cover a great deal of intellectual ground. I appreciate his attention to detail, his willingness to tackle arguments and issues within the genre that often go unchallenged—particularly those based in false dichotomies and “us versus them” doctrinaire arguments.”

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+ Edwards, Janet : Earth Star
(Pyr 978-1616148973, $17.99, 360pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00G1IUFM8
Earth Girl #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Earth Girl (2013),
the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about an 18-year-old girl whose immune system will not allow her to leave Earth.
• Pyr’s site has this description, though the site is down at the moment pending renewal.
• The book was published in August 2013 by Harper Voyager in the UK.

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* Miller, Ian, & Tom Wyte : The Art of Ian Miller
(UK: Titan 9781781167793, $34.95, 160pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 11 Apr 2014

Artbook with over 300 works spanning Miller’s career.
• Titan’s site has a brief description. There’s also a limited edition.
• This Google images search turns up some samples.

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* Riopelle, Robin : Deadroads
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 9781597805131, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, subtitled “A Novel of Supernatural Suspense”, about a Louisiana family with the ability to see beyond the spectral plane.
• Night Shade’s legacy site has has this description; the book was apparently first planned for publication in April 2013.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Sullivan, Michael J. : Hollow World
(Tachyon 978-1-61696-183-1, $15.95, 372pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

SF novel about a man who travels through time to a utopic civilization in the year 4078.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Sullivan’s heavy reliance on contemporary references (including Winnie-the-Pooh, Star Wars, and Lost) is distracting, but his old-fashioned utopian allegory will please readers who share his views on same-sex love (he’s for it) and fascism (he’s against it).”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “this novel combines the far reaches of possibility with elements from mainstream contemporary life, godlike mechanisms of creation, and metamorphosis with our very human tendency to construct opposing philosophies and endlessly debate the nature of paradise.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 14 April

Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back (Quirk) debuts on two more lists this week, ranking as high as #9 at Los Angeles Times.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.20
WP
04.13
LAT
04.13
USAT
04.06
PW
04.14
Amz
(04.14)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.14)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.14)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, Sea of Shadows 04.14.14 / 1               54 ++
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 4 x   x 142 -52 25 -8      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 35       xx 23 -5 xxx.. xxx.. x
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 245 xxx..   xxx.. 101 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 218     xxx.. 40 -10 7 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 3 18 -2   9 ++   20 ++      
Kenyon, Illusion 04.14.14 / 1       20 ++ 8 ++      
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 3 24 -11 xx 13 -4 xx x      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 15 7 =     120 -2 12 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 81 5 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 34     10 +2 5 -1 1 = 11 -3 14 -2 12 -2
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 3       10 -4   6 -3 6 +20 4 =
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 102 xxx..   6 +2 2 +1 xxx.. 7 = 11 -4 39 -20
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 9 14 -4 x x 138 -43 22 -7 xxx..   x
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 9 25 -2   11 + xx x xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.20
WP
04.13
LAT
04.13
USAT
04.06
PW
04.14
Amz
(04.14)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.14)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.14)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 13 20 -5 xxx.. 7 + xxx.. xxx xxx.. 24 -11  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 102 16 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clare, City of Bones [tpb] 04.08.08 / 83 xxx..     133 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 56         19 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 197 xxx..   xxx.. 106 -27 xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 3       13 -5   89 -47    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 4 xxx..   8 +          
Kenyon, Styxx 04.14.14 / 1         20 ++      
King, Under the Dome, Part 2 04.07.14 / 2 10 -8     x 23 -9      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 15       77 +24   xx    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 145 xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 84 + xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 25 7 = xxx.. x 125 +18 xxx.. 87 = 55 + x
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 161 4 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 66 +26 xxx.. xxx.. 44 +41 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 102 xxx.. xxx.. 6 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 3             28 +11  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 144 xx   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 59 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 3       91 +31   12 -3   3 +2
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 41     xxx.. 47 +4 5 +2      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 44 xxx..   1 +1 1 +1 2 = 4 +2 20 -15 15 -4
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.20
WP
04.13
LAT
04.13
USAT
04.06
PW
04.14
Amz
(04.14)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.14)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.14)
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, mid-April

Aurealis

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

April 2014
Issue 69
• This issue has stories by Richard Viskovic and Mick Spadaro.
• There’s also an interview with Tim Hehir, and an archival essay by Stephen Higgins.

(Sat 12 Apr 2014)

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Kaleidotrope

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

Spring 2014
• This issue has stories by Andrew Miller, LaShawn M. Wanak, Desirina Boskovich, Andy Dudak, Erin Stock Rubin, and Berrien C. Henderson.
• There’s also poetry by Mary Alexandra Agner and Mark McCutcheon.

(Sat 12 Apr 2014)

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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/

Winter/Spring 2014
Issue 30, $5.00, 30pp, cover art by Tim Mullins
• This final print issue reprints 25 poems from the ‘zines first 25 issues, from 1998 to 2011.
• Poets include Shira Lipkin, Charlee Jacob, Ann K. Schwader, Sonya Taaffe, Kendall Evans, Bud Webster, and others.
• The site’s order page has the wrap-around cover image and the full table of contents.

(Mon 7 Apr 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/

March 2014
Issue 307, Vol. 26 No. 7, 32pp
• This special “Relativistic Time Dilation” issue features Karen Burnham on Greg Egan’s Orthogonal trilogy and Joe Milicia reviewing Charles Stross’ Neptune’s Brood.
• Other reviews include Martin Morse Wooster on Michael Moorcock, Derek Künsken on Hartwell’s Year’s Best SF 18, Darrell Schweitzer on a volume of Clarke Ashton Smith poetry, Peter Rawlik on Ramsey Campbell, and Michael Andre-Driussi on the Gene Wolfe tribute anthology.
• There’s also an essay by Brian Stableford, reviews of short fiction and essays by Michael Swanwick, and a review by Jen Gunnels of a play by Jeanne Beckwith.

(Tue 8 Apr 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/

April 2014
Cover art by Liviu Matei
• Stories in this issue are by Joseph Green and Shelby Vick, Nathaniel Heely, Siobahn Gallagher, Holly Schofield, Linda A.B. Davis, John Skylar, Devin Miller, Michael McGlade, Jack Ryan, and Jeff Samson.
• Articles are by J. Richard Jacobs and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 12 Apr 2014)

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New Books, 8 April

* Armstrong, Kelley : Sea of Shadows
(Harper 978-0-06-207124-8, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0062071262
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0062299918
Age of Legends #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about twin sisters who are destined to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has a note from the author about the inspiration for the book.

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* Bear, Elizabeth : Steles of the Sky
(Tor 978-0-7653-2756-7, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429947688
The Eternal Sky #3

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following Range of Ghosts (2012) and Shattered Pillars (2013), set on a world resembling central Asia where various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The conclusion is both untelegraphed and completely appropriate. Bear’s trilogy makes a rich contribution to epic fantasy’s expanding borders of emotion and invention.”

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* Benford, Gregory, & Larry Niven : Shipstar
(Tor 978-0-7653-2870-0, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1429949682
Bowl of Heaven #2

Hard SF novel, second book of a duology following Bowl of Heaven (2013), about explorers who discover a huge bowl-shaped object that half-encircles its star.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly called the first book “a solid work that will appeal to fans of classic hard SF.”
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, commenting “The two-part layout of this double-decker is not only the result of the time and space (in authorial-resource terms) needed to get it done; it becomes part of the story design in a way not unlike what Philip José Farmer did with the Riverworld series’ unfolding of secrets and solving of puzzles. … [The Bowl is] full of surprises, perspective shifts, and trapdoors.”

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* Buettner, Robert : Balance Point
(Baen 9781476736440, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Orphan’s Legacy #3

Military SF novel, third in a series following Overkill (2011) and Undercurrents (2012), about a former soldier, Jazen Parker, who becomes a mercenary.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters, though the page currently auto-forwards to a note about an extra story in the book, “Mole Hunt”.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of classic military SF will enjoy the twists and quips as Jazen dives in and Kit follows to rescue him and prevent open war.”

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* Jones, Paul Antony : Revelations
(Amazon/47north 978-1477817834, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F3MKEGA
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480581913
Extinction Point #3

SF novel, third in a series following Extinction Point (Feb. 2013) and Exodus (June 2013), about a plague that wipes out and transforms life on Earth, except for one newspaper reporter in New York City.
• Amazon’s page has a description and preview via its “Look Inside” function.

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+ Lebbon, Tim : Coldbrook
(Titan 9781781168783, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014

SF/horror novel about a secret Appalachian lab that discovers a gateway to another world.
• The UK edition was published in 2012 by Cornerstone.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Archetypal themes of love, sacrifice, and guilt add emotional vigor and intellectual substance to what can also be enjoyed simply as a gutsy horror show.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Briggs : Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion…So Far
(Harper 978-0-06-229255-1, $27.99, 464pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062292575

US edition of the latest guide to Pratchett’s long-running Discworld fantasy series, up-to-date through Snuff (2011). The UK edition was published in late 2012.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
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+ Priest, Christopher : The Adjacent
(Titan 978-1781169438, $24.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

US edition of SF/slipstream novel concerning a terrorist attack in near-future London, a World War I era meeting between a stage magician and a science fiction writer, a woman pilot who escapes the Nazis in 1943, and a present day scientist who creates an ‘adjacency’.
• Titan’s site has this interview with Priest about the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The novel is currently shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the March 2014 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “endlessly tantalizing and ultimately very satisfying” and concluding, “In some ways a contrapuntal intergenerational love story, in some ways a meditation on war and remembrance, in some ways an exploration of the nature of illusion and observation (it’s no accident there are so many reporters, photographers, and illusionists here), it is, overall, rather stunning.”

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* Reese, Jenn : Horizon
(Candlewick Press 978-0763664176, $16.99, 400pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0763669775
Above World #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a series following Above World (2012) and Mirage (2013), about kids from a future undersea city who discover the world above the sea.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a PDF sample chapter.

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* Shepherd, Joel : Operation Shield
(Pyr 978-1-61614-895-9, $16.95, 463pp, trade paperback, April 2014, cover art John Picacio)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Cassandra Kresnov #5

SF novel, fifth in a series following Crossover (2001), Breakaway (2003), Killswitch (2004), and 23 Years on Fire (2013), about a cyborg soldier.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shepherd piles on the political intrigue and action, producing enough fireworks to power a Hollywood blockbuster. Readers new to the series will feel a bit lost, but Shepherd provides plenty of excitement and shenanigans to enjoy once they’re up to speed.”

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* Taylor, Laini : Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-13407-1, $19, 624pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0316280167
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1478952633
Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3

Young adult fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy followingDaughter of Smoke & Bone (2011) and Days of Blood & Starlight (2012), about a 17-year-old art student in Prague whose encounter with an angel reveals the mysteries of her family.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Delivering less blood and gore than Days of Blood & Starlight and more yearning—for love, for peace, for a home—than both preceding books, the story is borne along by an increasingly strong undercurrent: the hope of overcoming embedded prejudices and instinctual hatreds to create a more harmonious world.”

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* Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Cauldron of Ghosts
(Baen 978-1476736334, $25, 592pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Crown of Slaves #-

SF novel, third in a series set in Weber’s “Honorverse” following Crown of Slaves (2003) and Torch of Freedom (2009), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• Baen’s site has this description, with links to several chapters.

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* Wilson, Daniel H., & John Joseph Adams, eds. : Robot Uprisings
(Vintage 978-0-345-80363-4, $15.95, 18+476pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-80364-1

Anthology of 17 stories about robot revolutions. Five of the stories are reprints; the others are original to this book.
• Authors include Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, Ernest Cline, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though a robot loves and raises a human child in Julianna Baggott’s “The Golden Hour” and a woman in an African village poisoned by a pipeline teaches a robot guard to play music in Nnedi Okorafor’s “Spider the Artist,” most of the stories in this entertaining and occasionally unsettling anthology present a decidedly pessimistic vision of machine futures.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 7 April

— posted Monday 7 April 2014 @ 3:33 pm PDT

Mass market editions of Stephen King’s Under the Dome have placed on lists this past month; this week, Under the Dome, Part 2 debuts on three lists, as high as #2 on the New York Times mass market list.

The US edition of Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam debuts on the LA Times list, but drops down on two lists and drops off two others.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.13
WP
04.06
LAT
04.06
USAT
03.30
PW
04.07
Amz
(04.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.07)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 3 15 -5   11 +2 90 -47 17 -6      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 34       x 18 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 86 +
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 244 xxx..   xxx.. 104 -37 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 217     xxx.. 30 -17 5 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 2 16 -4              
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 25 xxx.. xxx.. 10 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 2 13 -11 x 9 ++ x 19 -15      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 14 7 -1     118 -30 13 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 80 5 -1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 33     12 + 4 = 1 = 8 -1 12 +16 10 =
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 2       6 ++   3 -1 26 +27 4 =
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 101 xxx..   8 +2 3 -1 xxx.. 7 -1 7 +8 19 -5
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 8 10 -2 10 -6 17 -13 95 -32 15 -3 xxx   92 -10
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 8 23 -2   x x 24 -3 xxx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.13
WP
04.06
LAT
04.06
USAT
03.30
PW
04.07
Amz
(04.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.07)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 12 15 -2 xxx.. x xxx.. xx xxx.. 13 -3  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 101 17 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 55         17 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 196 xxx..   xxx.. 79 -22 xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 2       8 -1   42 ++    
Harris, Dead Ever After 04.07.14 / 1 9 ++              
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 10 21 +1 xxx..   xxx xxx xxx..   xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 1 03.24.14 / 3 x       25 ++      
King, Under the Dome, Part 2 04.07.14 / 1 2 ++     149 ++ 14 ++      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 14       101 -2   x    
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 24 7 -1 xxx.. 10 + 143 -20 xxx.. 87 + xxx 79 -12
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 160 6 +3 xxx.. xxx.. 92 +1 xxx.. xxx.. 85 -35 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 101 xxx.. xxx.. 7 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 2             39 +23  
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 2       122 ++   9 +17   5 +10
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 40     xxx.. 51 -15 7 =      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 43 xxx..   2 +2 2 -1 2 +1 6 -2 5 +7 11 =
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 11 xxx..   14 -5   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.13
WP
04.06
LAT
04.06
USAT
03.30
PW
04.07
Amz
(04.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.07)
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, early April

— posted Saturday 5 April 2014 @ 12:31 pm PDT

Abyss & Apex

• Magazine of Speculative Fiction, since Jan/Feb 2003; editor-in-chief Wendy S. Delmater
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

2nd Quarter 2014
Issue 2Q, Whole #50
• This 50th issue has fiction by Debi Carroll, Leah Rhyne, Thomas K. Carpenter, and Sherri Cook Woosley.
• There’s also flash fiction by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks and Pam L. Wallace, and poetry by David Barber and several others.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Analog Science Fiction and Fact

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

June 2014
Vol. 134 No. 6, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Dominic Harman
• This issue has novelettes by Michael F. Flynn and J.T. Sharrah, and short stories by Jay Werkheiser, Tony Ballantyne, Ron Collins, Jennifer R. Povey, and Bud Sparhawk. There’s also a “Probability Zero” vignette by Kate Gladstone, and a poem by G.O. Clark.
• The science fact article, by Edward M. Lerner, is about the paranormal.
• Departments include a guest editorial by David Bartell, “Popcorn Science”; an “Alternate View” column by Jeffery D. Kooistra, “Past Master of Electromagnetism”; and “The Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers, covering titles by Ann Leckie and others.

(Thu 3 Apr 2014)

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Apex Magazine

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

April 2014
Issue 59, cover art by Mehrdad Isvandi
• This issue has fiction by Haddayr Copley-Woods, Tom Piccirilli, Ferret Steinmetz, and John Chu, with an additional story by Pamela Dean and a novel extract by Lavie Tidhar that are exclusive to ebook/subscribers.
• There’s also poetry by Beth Cato, Michele Bannister, Sonya Taaffe, and Chris Lynch.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Ferrett Steinmetz and Mehrdad Isvandi, an essay by Abra Staffin-Wiebe, and an editorial.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

April 2014
Issue 144, cover art by David Demaret
• This issue, posted April 3, has stories by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Raphael Ordoñez, with an audio podcast of the former.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Clarkesworld

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

April 2014
Issue 91, cover art by Peter Mohrbacher
• This issue has fiction by Michael Swanwick, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Kali Wallace, Sean Williams, Susan Palwick, and Dominic Green.
• Nonfiction includes a conversation with Ben Tanzer, essays by Julie Novakova and Daniel Abraham, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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GigaNotoSaurus

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

April 2014
• This month’s story is “Three Partitions” by Bogi Takács.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

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

March 2014
Issue 38, cover art by Scott Altmann
• Stories in this issue are by Gareth D. Jones, Jeffrey A Ballard, Alter S. Reiss, Brain K. Lowe, and Edmund R. Schubert.
• There’s an interview with Allen M. Steele, an essay on film by Chris Bellamy, and a podcast story by Shannon Peavey.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Interzone

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

March/April 2014
Issue 251, cover art by Wayne Haag
• This issue has fiction by John Grant, Karl Bunker, Greg Kurzawa, Suzanne Palmer, Tracie Welser, and Gareth L. Powell.
• Features and reviews are by David Langford, Tony Lee, Nick Lowe, Paul Kincaid, and others, with an interview of Simon Ings.

(Sat 29 Mar 2014)

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Lightspeed

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

April 2014
Issue 47, cover art by Rémi Le Capon
• Science fiction stories this month are by RoboNinja, translated by Brooke Bolander, Scott Sigler, Linda Nagata, Shaenon K. Garrity, and Ted Chiang. Fantasy stories are by Carmen Maria Machado, K.J. Bishop, C.J. Cherryh, and Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Darren Aronofky and Scott Sigler.
• Exclusive ebook content includes a novella by Michael Shea and a tribue to Shea by Laird Barron, and novel excepts by Daryl Gregory and Elizabeth Bear.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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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/

April-June 2014
Issue 04
• April content from this quarterly issue is now online: a short story by Rhonda Parrish and poems by Lynette Mejía and Jane Yolen. Poems to be posted in May and June are also listed.
• There’s also an editorial by Mike Allen.

(Fri 4 Apr 2014)

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Nightmare Magazine

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

April 2014
Issue 19
• Stories this month are by Bones, Dale Bailey, Nancy Etchemendy, and Martin Cahill.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Darren Shan and a column by Nicholas Kaufman.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Quantum Muse

• Science fiction, fantasy and alternative stories and artwork, based on writers’ group submissions and critiques, since 1998; current lead editor Tim Goyette
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.quantummuse.com/

April 2014
Cover art by Keith Bentham
• This month’s stories are by James Turnbull, Harris Tobias, Michele Dutcher, Bill Kowaleski, Gordon Rowlinson, and Jerome Henry.
• There’s also flash fiction by Harris Tobias, and an editorial by Michele Dutcher.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 2 April

— posted Wednesday 2 April 2014 @ 2:09 pm PDT

* Addison, Katherine : The Goblin Emperor
(Tor 978-0-7653-2699-7, $25.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429946407

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel under this name, about a half-goblin heir to the throne who becomes emperor.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Tor.com ran this review by Liz Bourke, which mentions that Addison is an open pseudonym for Sarah Monette, and concludes, The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy I’ve read in quite some time. It’s certainly my favourite of the last great while, and though it’s early days yet, I suspect it may be the best single novel I read this year. I vigorously recommend it, and I really hope that there’s a sequel in the works. Because I desperately want to read more.”

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* Ahlborn, Ania : The Bird Eater
(Amazon/47north 978-1477817605, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00EZCY0MS
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480580824

Paranormal fantasy novel about a bereft man returning to his childhood home in Arkansas.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The author’s site lists her previous books.

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* Anonymous : Battle Royale Slam Book: Essays on the Cult Classic Novel by Koushun Takami
(Vizmedia/Haikasoru 978-1421565996, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

Nonfiction collection of essays about the Japanese novel Battle Royale, a new edition of which is listed below.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description.
• Contributors include John Skipp, Sam Hamm, and Toh Enjoe.

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+ Beckett, Chris : Dark Eden
(Broadway 978-0-8041-3868-0, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-3869-7
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9057-2

First US edition (UK: Corvus, January 2012)

First US edition of a novel that won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2013, about a community of colonists on a sunless planet who cling to the hope that rescuers from Earth will someday arrive.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says that “predictability mars a solid concept.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Beckett’s award-winner is a type of tale instantly recognizable within the genre. But it’s done so splendidly it feels brand new and remade.”

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* Benulis, Sabrina : Covenant
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-206941-2, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062069450
Books of Raziel #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series after Archon (2012), about angels and demons battling for the possession of a girl.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Cherryh, C. J. : Peacemaker
(DAW 978-0-7564-0883-1, $25.95, 384pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101635216
Foreigner #15

SF novel, 15th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), and Protector (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description, with an excerpt.

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* Duncan, Hal : Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-193-9, 226pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

Collection of 15 stories, two original to this book, including five stories about the title characters, a group of immortal street youths.
• Lethe’s site has this description for a deluxe hardcover edition (978-1-59021-394-0), which includes additional original story and 40 color photographs.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, calling it a “thrilling, funny, and moving collection.”
• Tor.com has this review by Brit Mandelo: “As a whole, Scruffians! is a very strong collection. Duncan’s voice is uniquely grand, and the stories gathered here reflect his ongoing exploration of both queer experience and mythic/narrative modes of storytelling and meaning-making. Frequently sharp-tongued and a bit dark—I’d even say a little roguish, sometimes—these stories are delightful and provocative, and I’d certainly recommend picking them up for a read.”

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* Fisher, Sharon Lynn : The Ophelia Prophecy
(Tor 978-0-7653-7418-9, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1429960557

Romantic SF novel about two human survivors on an Earth overrun by engineered fighters called the Manti.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite pedestrian dialogue and paper-thin characters, Fisher makes a solid case for responsible bioengineering research and creates colorful settings from boggy Ireland to Manti-and-Moorish Granada.”

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* Flewelling, Lynn : Shards of Time
(Del Rey 978-0-345-52231-3, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54673-9
Nightrunners #7

Fantasy novel, seventh and final book in the “Nightrunner” series following Luck in the Shadows (1996), Stalking Darkness (1997), Traitor’s Moon (1999), Shadows Return (2008), The White Road (2010), and Casket of Souls (2012).
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Gilman, Felix : The Revolutions
(Tor 978-0-7653-3717-7, $26.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466831360

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

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* Harris, Charlaine, & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. : Games Creatures Play
(Ace 978-0-425-25687-9, $26.95, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101638873
UK edition: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1780872605 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)


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

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* Hughes, Alex : Marked
(Roc 978-0-451-46693-8, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698138209
Mindspace Investigations #3

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

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* Jensen, Danielle L. : Stolen Songbird
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry Us 978-1908844965, $9.99, 480pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1908844972
UK edition: 978-1908844958 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
Malediction Trilogy #1

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, and young woman kidnapped to the underground city of the trolls.
• Strange Chemistry’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Illusion
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250002846, $18.99, 464pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466847279
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427236258
Chronicles of Nick #5

Young adult fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Infinity (2010), Invincible (2011), Infamous (2012), and Inferno (2013) about 14-year-old Nick Gautier and the vampire-slaying Dark Hunters.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with text and audio excerpts.
• The author’s site has this page about the book, with a playlist and character profiles.

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* Knight, E. E. : Baltic Gambit
(Roc 978-0-451-41446-5, $24.95, 288pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637951
Vampire Earth #11

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

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* Martin, Gail Z. : Reign of Ash
(Orbit 978-0-316-09363-7, $16, 656pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
UK edition: 978-1841499161 (Tue 1 Apr 2014)
Ascendant Kingdoms #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series after Ice Forged (2013), about colonists in a northern wasteland who return to the kingdom that exiled them.
• Orbit’s site has this post by the author about the book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Martin draws upon traditional genre elements, such as self-sacrifice and fate vs. free will, to hint at significance, but provides few attractions other than the vibrant action.”

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* Monk, Devon : Stone Cold
(Roc 978-0-451-41793-0, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101608883
Broken Magic #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Hell Bent (2013), about a world in which magic is broken, where two “breakers” have the power to bring magic back to full power.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Fantasy need not be bound by the laws of our reality; a writer can, in all good conscience, blow something up with magic. But she has to really blow it up.”

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* Schoon, Christian : Under Nameless Stars
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry Us 978-1908844873, $9.99, 368pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781908844880
UK edition: 9781908844869 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
Zenn Scarlett #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a series following Zenn Scarlett (2013), 17-year-old girl who training as an exoveterinarian on Mars.
• Strange Chemistry’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Takami, Koushun : Battle Royale: Remastered
(Vizmedia/Haikasoru 978-1421565989, $16.99, 600pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

New translation of the 1999 Japanese SF novel set in a totalitarian Japan in which junior high school students are taken to a desert island, given weapons, and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left.
• Haikasoru has this description. This publication is accompanied by a nonfiction book, The Battle Royal Slam Book, listed above.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 31 March

— posted Monday 31 March 2014 @ 10:15 am PDT

The US edition of Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam (Doubleday) debuts strongly on four lists, ranking as high as #2 on the New York Times and Washington Post fiction hardcover lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.06
WP
03.30
LAT
03.30
USAT
03.23
PW
03.31
Amz
(03.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.31)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 2 10 -8   13 ++ 43 -37 11 -8      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 33       147 -35 16 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 243 xxx..   xxx.. 67 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 216     xxx.. 13 +1 5 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 1 12 ++              
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 24 xxx.. xxx.. 18 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 1 2 ++ 2 ++   24 ++ 4 ++      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 13 6 =     88 -22 11 = xxx..   xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 79 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 32     x 4 -1 1 +1 7 -1 28 +10 10 +6
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 1           2 ++ 53 ++ 4 ++
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 100 xxx..   10 = 2 = xxx.. 6 -1 15 +22 14 +12
Salvatore, Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, Book 1 03.24.14 / 2 16 +3     x 17 -1      
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 7 8 -3 4 -3 4 -2 63 -26 12 -2 xx   82 -7
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 7 21 =   8 -1 100 +20 21 +3 xx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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03.30
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03.30
USAT
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PW
03.31
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 11 13 -4 xxx.. 1 +5 xxx.. x xxx.. 10 -4  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 173   7 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 100 13 +6 xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 54         14 +1 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 55         xxx.. 81 -23 x xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 195 xxx..   xxx.. 57 -1 xxx.. xxx x xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 1       7 ++        
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 9 22 -4 xxx..   xx xx xxx..   xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 1 03.24.14 / 2 25 -1              
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 13       99 +   85 -34    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 144 19 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 23 6 +3 xxx.. xxx 123 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xx 67 +23
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 155 22 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 159 9 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 93 +10 xxx.. xxx.. 50 +26 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 100 xxx.. xxx.. 8 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 1             62 ++  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 143 24 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 1           26 ++   15 ++
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 39     xxx.. 36 +4 7 +1      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 42 xxx..   4 -3 1 = 3 = 4 -2 12 +9 11 -5
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 4             33 + xxx..
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 10 xxx..   9 +5   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.06
WP
03.30
LAT
03.30
USAT
03.23
PW
03.31
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late March

— posted Saturday 29 March 2014 @ 11:38 am PDT

Asimov’s Science Fiction

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

June 2014
Vol. 38 No. 6 (whole #461), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Maurizio Manzieri
• This issue has novelettes by Suzanne Palmer, David Erik Nelson, and Lavie Tidhard, and short stories by Kara Dalkey, Ian Creasey, Sylvain Jouty, James Van Pelt, and Nancy Kress.
• Poetry is by Shawn Fitzpatrick, G.O. Clark, Robert Frazier, Robert Borski, Jane Yolen, and William F. Cullen.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Alice Sola Kim, a “Reflections” column by Robert Silverberg, an “On the Net” column by James Patrick Kelly, about awards, and book reviews by Peter J. Heck.

(Fri 28 Mar 2014)

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Black Static

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

March/April 2014
Issue 39, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Ben Baldwin
• Stories in this issue are by Ralph Robert Moore, Tyler Keevil, Vajra Chandrasekera, Joel Arnold, Steven J. Dines, and Suzanne Palmer.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Tennant, and Tony Lee.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue earlier this month, recommending the story by Vajra Chandrasekera.

(Mon 24 Mar 2014)

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Dreams and Nightmares

• Magazine of fantastic poetry, published since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://dreamsandnightmares.interstellardustmites.com/

January 2014
Issue 97, $5, 20pp, cover art by Hanes Bach
• This issue has poetry by Neal Wilgus, Sofia Rhei with a translation by Lawrence Schimel, Jane Yolen, Robert Borski, Mary Soon Lee, and others.
• David C. Kopaska-Merkel posts regular updates at the Dreams & Nightmares blog.

(Fri 28 Mar 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/

March 2014
• Fiction posted this past month includes Carlie St. George’s Such Lovely Teeth, Such Big Teeth (in two parts) and Nathaniel Lee’s The Mountain Demon’s Ballad.
• There are columns by Renay, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and Genevieve Valentine, plus a month-end discussion of culture and reviewing with an essay by Nisi Shawl, an essay by Samuel R. Delany, and roundtable on Inclusive Reviewing with Delany, Duchamp, Samatar, and others.
• There is also poetry by Sandi Leibowitz, Liz Bourke, Francesca Forrest, and Gemma Files, and thrice-weekly book reviews.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue in her most recent column.

(Sat 29 Mar 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/

March 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include Daniel José Older’s Anyway, Angie, Elizabeth Fama’s Noma Girl, Lindsay Smith’s Doppel, and A.M. Dellamonica’s The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti.
• Lois Tilton just reviewed the story by Lindsay Smith.

(Sat 29 Mar 2014)

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Category: Periodicals


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