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Periodicals, mid-September

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/

November 2014
Vol. 134 No. 11, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Joshua Meehan
• This issue has a novella by Arian Andrews, Sr., a novelette by Derek Künsken, and short stories by Robert R. Chase, Ian Creasey, Jay Werkheiser, Bud Sparhawk, V.G. Campen, and Auston Habershaw.
• The science fact article, by W.R.L. Anderegg, is about climate change.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Howard V. Hendrix, about vaccinations; an Alternate View column by Jeffery D. Kooistra; and a Reference Library column of book reviews by Don Sakers, covering titles by Michael Shea, Weber & Zahn, Neal Asher, and others.

(Fri 29 Aug 2014)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

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

October/November 2014
Vol. 38 No. 10&11 (whole #465&466), $7.99, 112pp
• This double issue has a novella by Allen M. Steele, novelettes by Gord Sellar, Dale Bailey, Emily C. Skaftun, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and short stories by Kate Bachus, Brendan DuBois, Joel Richards, James Patrick Kelly, Robert R. Chase, Jeff Grimshaw, Jason Sanford and Tim McDaniel.
• Poetry is by Greg Beatty, L.M. Alder, L.M. Lopez, Michael Meyerhofer, Craig Finlay, Aimee Ogden, Jessy Randall, and Jane Yolen.
• Departments include an editorial by Sheila Williams, presenting this year’s readers’ awards results; Robert Silverberg’s Reflections column, about “Robert A. Heinlein, Author of The Martian Chronicles“; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net column; and a Thought Experiment by Jay O’Connell about Google Glass. There’s also Norman Spinrad’s On Books column, covering titles by Andy Weir, Benford & Niven, and Rudy Rucker.
• (This description is based on the magazine’s website current issue page; physical issues have not shown up at any newsstands near Locus Online.)


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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/

September 2014
Cover art by Winston Blakeley
• Stories in this issue are by Gareth D. Jones & Aliette De Bodard & others, David Wright, Richard Zwicker, Cathy Douglas, Sean Monaghan, Brian Biswas, William R. Eakin, Edward Ashton, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Aaron Rasmussen, and Daniel Nathan Horn.
• Articles are by John McCormick and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Thu 18 Sep 2014)

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New Books, 16 September

* Barnett, David : Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon
(Tor 978-0-7653-3425-1, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466809093
Gideon Smith #2

Alternate history steampunk novel, second in a series following Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (2013), set in London after a failed American revolution.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Barnett’s characters are drawn with broad strokes, and the many subplots make for a bumpy pace, but there’s plenty to enjoy in this gleeful mix of brass goggles, sword-wielding swashbucklers, Darwin, and dinosaurs.”

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* Cato, Beth : The Clockwork Dagger
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-231384-3, $14.99, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062313850

Steampunk fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a healer on an airship voyage.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “This rousing tale of airborne intrigue and romance keeps itself grounded with a story as disarming and forthright as its appealingly capable heroine.”

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* Hoover, P. J. : Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life
(Tor/Starscape 978-0-7653-3468-8, $15.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466814752
King Tut #1

Middle-grade fantasy novel, first of a series, about King Tut, living as an eighth-grader in modern-day Washington DC.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The entertaining premise and fast pace keep this adventure on track, while the way Hoover reimagines the Egyptian pantheon—Isis owning a chain of funeral parlors, for instance—is pleasantly reminiscent of Rick Riordan’s work.”

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* Lake, Jay : Last Plane to Heaven
(Tor 978-0-7653-7798-2, $27.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858473

Collection of 32 stories, subtitled “The Last Collection”, with a foreword by Gene Wolfe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Lake’s command of language is strong and sincere, and his stories of everyday heartaches, filled with secret fears and self-delusion, whisk readers from inner geographies of mind to limitless gulfs of space.”
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Mamatas, Nick, & Masumi Washington, eds. : Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan
(Haikasoru 978-1421571744, $14.99, 300pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014

Anthology of 17 stories about Japan, including both fantasy and SF, by Japanese and non-Japanese writers.
• Author include Project Itoh, Tim Pratt, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Gary A. Braunbeck.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with contributor biographies.

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* Marr, Melissa : Made for You
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-201119-0, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062309983
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062329417

Young adult romantic fantasy novel about a woman who wakes in the hospital after an attempt on her life, who discovers she has the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to a sample.

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* Pagliassotti, Dru : Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1770530546, $15.95, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 15 Sep 2014
Clockwork Trilogy #3

Steampunk fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Clockwork Heart (2013) and Clockwork Lies (March 2014).
• Edge’s website has this description with a link to a PDF sample.

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* Prineas, Sarah : The Magic Thief: Home
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-220954-2, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062209573
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062345660
The Magic Thief #4

Middle-grade fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Magic Thief (2008), The Magic Thief: Lost (2009), and The Magic Thief: Found (2010), about a young thief and wizard’s apprentice.
• Illustrations are by Antonio Javier Caparo.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to a sample.

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* Shearman, Robert : They Do the Same Things Different There
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483001, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, September 2014, cover art Erik Mohr)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014

Collection of 24 stories.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with links to samples in various electronic formats.
• The author has won several awards for previous collections of short fiction.

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* Stroud, Jonathan : Lockwood & Co. : The Whispering Skull
(Disney/Hyperion 978-1-4231-6492-0, $17.99, 448pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
UK edition: 978-0857532657 (Wed 24 Sep 2014)
Lockwood & Co. #2

Middle-grade fantasy novel, second in a series after Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase (2013), about three teenagers who team up to hunt ghostly visitors that are plaguing the British Isles.
• Series site Lockwood & Co. has this PDF excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said about the first book: “Stroud plays with ghost story conventions along the way, while laying intriguing groundwork that suggests that the Problem isn’t the only problem these young agents will face in books to come—the living can be dangerous, too.”

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* Yancey, Rick : The Infinite Sea
(Putnam 978-0-399-16242-8, $18.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101599013
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611762990
The 5th Wave #2

Young adult science fiction novel, second in a series following The 5th Wave (2013), about the survivors of an alien invasion.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it (as it did the previous book) a starred review: “From an explosive start that reveals the boundless malevolence of Yancey’s conquering alien Others, this gut-wrenching sequel to The 5th Wave careens on a violent course of nonstop action.”

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* Zhang, Kat : Echoes of Us
(HarperCollins 978-0062114938, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062114952
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062329394
Hybrid Chronicles #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following What’s Left of Me (2012) and Once We Were (2013), about two souls, Eva and Addie, who share the same body.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to a sample.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book in the series a starred review: “Addressing issues of identity, ethics, and choice, Zhang’s concept is original and provocative; the deep bond between Eva and Addie (the shifts between I, we, and she in Eva’s narration are especially haunting) and the mystery about why their society is so desperate to “fix” hybrids are riveting.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 15 September

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks (Random House) debuts on three print lists this week, ranking as high as #3 on the New York Times list and #4 on the Publishers Weekly list.

Also debuting this week: Patricia Briggs’ Shifting Shadows (Ace), #16 and #13 on the NYT and PW lists, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Son of No One (St. Martin’s), #13 and #9 on the same two lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.21
WP
09.07
LAT
09.14
USAT
09.07
PW
09.15
Amz
(09.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.15)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Shifting Shadows 09.15.14 / 1 16 ++       13 ++      
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 7 xx   13 -7 xxx xxx xxx..   xxx..
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 11 x   7 + 128 -19 x xxx.. xxx.. xx
Kenyon, Son of No One 09.15.14 / 1 13 ++       9 ++      
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 23 xx   xxx.. xx 24 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 9 xxx..   9 -5 xxx.. xxx..      
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 3 3 ++     23 ++ 4 ++ 60 -18 16 -5 15 -8
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 36 15 =     xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 103 8 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 56     xxx.. 33 -10 7 +2 xxx xx x
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 25       129 -14   xxx.. xxx.. 84 +7
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 11     19 + 26 -6 3 = 82 -21   34 -1
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 124 xxx..   xxx.. 28 -7 xxx.. 83 +5 xx xxx
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 2 x   12 ++ x        
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.21
WP
09.07
LAT
09.14
USAT
09.07
PW
09.15
Amz
(09.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.15)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 189       94 -15 xxx.. 88 -10 xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 25     7 +8 6 +3 5 +5 11 +8 xxx.. 25 ++
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 10 xxx..   xxx..       17 +25  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 14 20 -1   xxx.. xxx.. 24 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 37     4 -1 9 -1 4 = 30 +2   xxx
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 47 11 +4   xx xxx xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 183 13 -1   xx xx xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 25       xxx   96 +   39 -8
McGuire, The Winter Long 09.15.14 / 1 12 ++     72 ++        
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 208       137 +   91 -26 87 -29 x
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 66 xxx..   xx 25 -7 23 = 73 -1 xxx 80 +
VanderMeer, Acceptance [tpb] 09.15.14 / 1 16 ++              
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.21
WP
09.07
LAT
09.14
USAT
09.07
PW
09.15
Amz
(09.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.15)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New in Paperback, September

Brust, Steven, & Skyler White : The Incrementalists
(Tor 978-0765334237, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

(First edition: Tor, September 2013)

Urban fantasy novel about a secret society whose members have worked for 40,000 years to make the world better.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt, video trailer, and blurbs from John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and others.
• Tom Whitmore reviewed last year in Locus Magazine: “This is a book that I devoured in two sittings. I cared about the characters, I cared about the world, and I cared about who would survive.”

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Donaldson, Stephen R. : The Last Dark
(Ace 978-0425270059, $17, 592pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #4

(First edition: Putnam, October 2013)

Fantasy novel, fourth book in the “Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” following The Runes of Earth (2004), Fatal Revenant (2007), and Against All Things Ending (2010), and the final book in the entire Thomas Covenant series.
• Penguin’s site has a brief summary.

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Farmer, Nancy : The Lord of Opium
(Simon & Schuster/Atheneum 978-1442482555, $11.99, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
House of the Scorpion #2

(First edition: Simon & Schuster, September 2013)

Young adult SF novel, sequel to The House of the Scorpion (2002), which won a National Book Award.
• This book is about 14-year-old Matt, the clone of a dead drug lord, who was created to provide spare parts.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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Gemmell, Stella : The City
(Ace 978-0425264195, $16, 528pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014

(First edition: UK: Transworld/Bantam UK, April 2013)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first solo novel after completing David Gemmell’s last novel Troy: Fall of Kings, about a vast ancient city occupied by an emperor who’s lived an unnaturally long life.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Hair, David : Mage’s Blood
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher Us 978-1623658168, $9.99, 704pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Moontide Quartet #1

(First edition: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, September 2013)

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a 300-mile-long bridge that appears every 13 years to connect two otherwise isolated continents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The second volume, The Scarlet Tides, was published last year in the UK and will be published in the US next month.

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Lake, Jay : Kalimpura
(Tor 978-0765327161, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Green #3

(First edition: Tor, January 2013)

Fantasy novel, sequel to Green (2009) and Endurance (2011), about an assassin and ex-courtesan in a world where the Gods meddle in human affairs.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Mooney, J. E., & Bill Fawcett, eds. : Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe
(Tor 978-0765334596, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

(First edition: Tor, August 2013)

Anthology of 19 original stories written in tribute to the works of Gene Wolfe.
• Authors include Neil Gaiman, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman, Jack Dann, and Michael Swanwick. There are also two stories by Gene Wolfe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with excerpts.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, admiring the two new works by Wolfe, and concluding, Shadows of the New Sun probably couldn’t begin to represent the scope of Wolfe’s real impact, but what it does represent, despite its unevenness, is the affection and awe he seems to generate.”

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Palwick, Susan : Mending the Moon
(Tor 978-0765375872, $16.99, 336pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

(First edition: Tor, May 2013)

Contemporary novel with associational fantastic elements — the author’s fourth novel, after Flying in Place (1993), The Necessary Beggar (2005), and Shelter (2007) — about the aftermath of a Reno woman’s murder in Mexico, and her surviving adopted son’s involvement in comic book fandom.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Shinn, Sharon : Royal Airs
(Ace 978-0425261729, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Elemental Blessings #2

(First edition: Ace, November 2013)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Troubled Waters (2010).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Stirling, S. M. : The Given Sacrifice
(Penguin/Roc 978-0451417329, $9.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Change #7

(First edition: Roc, September 2013)

Alternate history SF novel, seventh in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), and Lord of Mountains (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to 10 sample chapters.

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Weber, David, & Jane Lindskold : Treecat Wars
(Baen 978-1476736631, $9.99, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Star Kingdom #3

(First edition: Baen, October 2013)

Young adult science fiction novel, third in a series after A Beautiful Friendship (2011) and Fire Season (2012), about a young woman who moves with her parents to a new planet and becomes a forest ranger.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Wilson, Robert Charles : Burning Paradise
(Tor 978-0765369178, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

(First edition: Tor, November 2013)

Alternate history SF novel, set in 2015, in which an extraterrestrial entity has been manipulating human affairs.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, concluding that Wilson “delivers a brisk and efficient, if somewhat familiar suspense tale that largely makes up in non-stop action what it lacks in ambition.”

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 9 September

— posted Tuesday 9 September 2014 @ 2:20 pm PDT

* Bennett, Robert Jackson : City of Stairs
(Crown/Broadway 978-0-8041-3717-1, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-3718-8

Fantasy novel about a city, Bulikov, that conquered the world until its divine protectors were killed.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Bennett ventures into secondary-world fantasy in this action-packed, occasionally numinous, noir-like novel, which combines metaphysical and geopolitical observations.”

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* Carlson, Amanda : Red Blooded
(Orbit 978-0316404334, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316404341
UK edition: 978-0356504032 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)
Jessica McClain #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Full Blooded (2012), Hot Blooded (Apr 2013), and Cold Blooded (Oct 2013), about a woman who becomes the first female werewolf.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Eller, Jonathan R. : Ray Bradbury Unbound
(University of Illinois 978-0-252-03869-3, $34.95, 336pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 30 Aug 2014

Nonfiction biography of Ray Bradbury, a continuation of Eller’s earlier book Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011), this time focusing on Bradbury’s film and stage projects.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “… fans who know Bradbury only for his fiction are likely to enjoy this diverse look at his work and creative process.”

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* Finn, Ed, & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Hieroglyph
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062204691, $27.99, 560pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Anthology of 20 original stories, subtitled “Stories and Visions for a Better Future”, inspired by a 2011 essay by Neal Stephenson.
• Authors include Neal Stephenson, Gregory Benford, Rudy Rucker, Cory Doctorow, David Brin, and Bruce Sterling.
• Lawrence M. Krauss provides a foreword, Neal Stephenson a preface, and the editors an introduction.
• The book’s Scribd page shows the table of contents and several pages of preview.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.

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* Gould, Steven : Exo
(Tor 978-0765336545, $25.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466828483
Jumper #5

SF novel, latest in a series following Jumper (1992), Reflex (2004), prequel Jumper: Griffin’s Story (2007), and Impulse (2013), about a teenager who can teleport.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Harrison, Kim : The Witch With No Name
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-195795-6, $26.99, 480pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062356017
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062350619
Hollows #13

Urban fantasy novel, thirteenth and final volume in the “Hollows” or “Rachel Morgan” series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After (2012), and The Undead Pool (Mar 2014).
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The magical escapades are plentiful and profound, as Harrison goes for one final shake-up of the status quo, and they lead to a satisfying ending for almost everyone involved. A Rowlingesque peek into the future offers some last-minute surprises, and should be enough to satisfy any fan who’s followed Rachel’s journey from its beginning.”

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* Kress, Nancy : Yesterday’s Kin
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-175-6, $14.95, 189pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

SF novel aliens who arrive on Earth warning of a plague of spores that threatens both them and humanity.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “There’s plenty of modern science in the story, but the plot’s twists and moral quality feel oddly reminiscent of golden-age stories.”
• Both Gardner Dozois and Gary K. Wolfe review the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine. Dozois calls it “one of the strongest sto- ries of the year to date”, while Wolfe concludes, “Kress’s clear prose and deft strokes of character add to the sense of a much larger canvas done almost in miniature, and her ideas, even when some-what familiar, are as compelling as always. She is, as I mentioned earlier, a hard SF writer in the classic mold, and she shows us that the form still has a lot of life in it.”

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* Link, Kelly, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. : Monstrous Affections
(Candlewick Press 978-0763664732, $22.99, 480pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Young adult anthology of 15 original stories about monsters and love.
• Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Nalo Hopkinson, Patrick Ness, Kelly Link, M.T. Anderson, and Holly Black.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a 56-page PDF sampler.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, citing stories by Bacigalupi, Black, Anderson, and others, concluding “all of the entries are strong, and many are splendid.”

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* Maguire, Gregory : Egg & Spoon
(Candlewick Press 978-0763672201, $17.99, 496pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Middle-grade fantasy novel, based on Russian folklore, about an impoverished girl who switches placed with a wealthy young woman on a passing train.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a 49-page PDF sampler.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Like the matryoshka doll Elena carries, there are a lot of layers to Maguire’s story. Rich, descriptive language will reward readers who like to sink their teeth into a meaty story.”

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* Miller, Karen : The Falcon Throne
(Orbit 978-0-316-12008-1, $20, 528pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235563
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781619696730
UK edition: 978-1841499598 (Tue 9 Sep 2014)
Tarnished Crown #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about strife within a divided kingdom.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite some flaws, the story is complex and engrossing; fans of George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie should particularly take note.”

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* Parzybok, Benjamin : Sherwood Nation
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-086-2, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Near future SF novel about a drought-stricken Portland, Oregon.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Parzybok’s self-conscious reinvention of the Robin Hood legend is well-founded on contemporary environmental, social, and economic concerns…”
• Paul Di Filippo will a have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Planck, M. C. : Sword of the Bright Lady
(Pyr 978-1-61614-988-8, $18, 403pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
World of Prime #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an man who goes for a walk in Arizona and finds himself in a magical world.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers looking for a new twist on an old story will be interested in this tale of modern idealism set in a gritty medieval world.”

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* Waldorf, Marek : Widow’s Dozen
(Turtle Point Press 978-1-933527-77-2, $15.95, 316pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-933527-78-9

Collection of 11 interrelated short stories connected by a 1974 time capsule in New York’s Bearden County.
• The publisher has a description on its recent and forthcoming books page.
• The Publishers Weekly review describes it as “Eleven stories [that] portray a world rocked by a bizarre disaster that plays havoc with natural laws. Whether that world is ours, an alternate world, a combination of the two, or something else entirely, depends on who is narrating, and when.” The review concludes, “This collection could prove a hard read for readers looking for more traditional fiction, but will attract those willing to indulge anchorless experimental prose.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 8 September

— posted Monday 8 September 2014 @ 3:05 pm PDT

The major debut this week is Brent Weeks’ The Broken Eye (Orbit), which debuts on four print lists this week, as high as #5 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Also debuting this week: John Scalzi’s Lock In (Tor), coming in at #20 on the New York Times list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.14
WP
09.07
LAT
09.07
USAT
08.31
PW
09.08
Amz
(09.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.08)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 12 16 +1 xxx.. 18 + x 25 -3 xxx..   x
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 6 x   6 -3 xx xx xxx..   xxx..
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 10 11 = xx x 109 -54 18 -6 xxx.. xxx.. x
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 22 x xxx.. xxx.. x 20 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xx
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 8 xxx..   4 = xxx.. xxx..      
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 2           42 -35 11 +1 7 +16
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 35 15 -1     xxx.. xxx xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 102 9 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 55     xxx.. 23 -5 9 -3 xx x 55 +35
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 24       115 -52   xxx.. xxx 91 -42
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 10     xx 20 -8 3 -2 61 -8   33 -6
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 123 xxx..   xxx.. 21 -8 xxx.. 88 -33 x xx
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 1 20 ++     107 ++        
Weeks, The Broken Eye 09.08.14 / 1 5 ++ 7 ++   26 ++ 9 ++     96 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.14
WP
09.07
LAT
09.07
USAT
08.31
PW
09.08
Amz
(09.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.08)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 188   xxx..   79 -15 xxx.. 78 -16 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 123 16 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 24     15 + 9 -5 10 -1 19 +7 xxx  
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 16 xxx..   8 +          
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 9 xxx..   xxx..       42 -18  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 13 19 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 24 -9      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 36     3 -1 8 -6 4 = 32 -8   xx
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 166 25 -9 xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 92 -26 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 46 15 -7 xxx.. x xx xxx.. xxx.. 82 -27 xxx
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 182 12 -6 xxx.. x x xxx.. xxx.. 95 -23 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 165 x   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 83 -23 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 24       xx   xxx   31 -19
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 207   xxx..   x   65 +32 58 +24 50 +
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 65 xxx..   x 18 -7 23 -13 72 -22 xx xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.14
WP
09.07
LAT
09.07
USAT
08.31
PW
09.08
Amz
(09.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.08)
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 September

— posted Saturday 6 September 2014 @ 8:30 am PDT

Apex Magazine

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

September 2014
Issue 64, cover art by Jeff Ward
• Stories in this issue are by Gary Kloster, Seth Dickinson, Liz Argall, and Karin Lowachee. Ebook/subscriber exclusives are stories and excerpts by Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, Timothy Zahn, and Walter Mosley.
• Poetry is by Amanda Lord, irving, and Marsheila Rockwell.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Seth Dickinson and Jeff Ward, an article by Charles Tan, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Thu 4 Sep 2014)

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Aurealis

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

September 2014
Issue 74
• This issue has stories by Imogen Cassidy and Leife Shallcross.
• And there are articles by Stephen Higgins and Chris Large.
• The current issue page features the issue’s editorial.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 155, cover art by Tomas Honz
• This issue, posted September 4th, Tony Pi and Alter S. Reiss, with a podcast of the Pi story and an audio vault story by Kathryn Allen.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 96, cover art by Ian McQue
• Fiction in this issue is by Susan Palwik, Jy Yang, Xia Jia, Brendan Dubois, Leigh Kennedy, and Peter Watts
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Ann Leckie, essays by Mark Cole and Alethea Kontis, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Thu 4 Sep 2014)

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Galaxy’s Edge

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

September 2014
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Brian Trent, Robert J. Sawyer, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Larry Niven, Laurie Tom, K.C. Norton, Tobias S. Buckell, Ian Whates, Mercedes Lackey, and Eric Flint.
• There’s also the fourth part of a serialization of L. Sprague de Camp’s novel Lest Darkness Fall.
• There’s also an interview with George R.R. Martin, and columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Paul Cook.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
• This month’s story is “The Curator’s Job” by Laura E. Price.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 52
• This issue has original SF stories by Tananarive Due, Saundra Mitchell, Holly Black, and Sam J. Miller, and fantasy stories by Sarah Pinsker, Aliette de Bodard, Matthew Hughes, and Rhys Hughes.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Mary Robinette Kowal and Diana Gabaldon.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Gregory Feeley, Jonathan L. Howard, and Randy McCharles.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 24, cover art by Sam Guay
• Stories this month are by Sunny Moraine, Charles L. Grant, Daniel José Older, and Lisa Tuttle.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Cecil Baldwin, a column by Lesley Bannatyne, and an editorial.
• Exclusive ebook content includes novel excerpts by Eric Red and Mason James Cole.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
• This month’s stories are by Harris Tobias, Edward Sullivan, Jessica Baumgartner, and Richard Tornello.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Michele Dutcher.

(Thu 4 Sep 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 2 September

— posted Tuesday 2 September 2014 @ 4:45 pm PDT

* Briggs, Patricia : Shifting Shadows
(Ace 978-0-425-26500-0, $26.95, 464pp, hardcover, September 2014, cover art Daniel Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609507
Mercy Thompson #-

Collection of 10 stories, subtitled “Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson”. Four stories are original to this book.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “These intriguing, suspenseful, and occasionally heartwarming stories will thrill and delight fans of Mercy and her friends.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “All together, it’s a highly entertaining read, and though most likely to interest fans of the series, most of the stories standalone enough to be of interest to urban fantasy fans in general.”

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* Daniel, Tony, & David Drake : The Savior
(Baen 978-1-4767-3670-9, $25, 416pp, hardcover, September 2014, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-309-6
The General #10

SF novel set on the planet Duisenberg, where an Egyptian-like culture has developed and a young hero tries to lead the planet out of the galactic dark ages.
• It’s the tenth book, following The Heretic (2013), in a series called The General written by S.M. Stirling and others from outlines by Drake (according to Wikipedia).
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link a couple times) with links to several chapters.

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* Hunter, Sylvia Izzo : The Midnight Queen
(Ace 978-0425272459, $15, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698144651
Noctis Magicae #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a student sent away in disgrace from Oxford’s Merlin College.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Jacka, Benedict : Hidden
(Ace 978-0-425-26494-2, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609439
Alex Verus #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), Taken (Sept. 2012), and Chosen (2013), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that a development in this book “promises really exciting, substantial conflict for future books in the series.”

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Son of No One
(St. Martin’s 978-1250029911, $27.99, 432pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Dark-Hunter #24

Supernatural romance novel, 24th volume in the bestselling “Dark-Hunters” series, following Retribution (2011), Time Untime (2012), and Styxx (2013).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with links to excerpts, background, and the book’s playlist.

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* Lewis, J. F. : Grudgebearer
(Pyr 978-1-61614-984-0, $18, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Grudgebearer #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about disputes between a race of former slaves and the race that enslaved them.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publisehrs Weekly review concludes, “The well-worn framing device of a game between disappointingly one-dimensional gods is the weakest part of this otherwise complex trilogy opener from Lewis, which features a particularly interesting and thoughtful exploration of slavery.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Fall of Night
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1-250-03494-6, $15.99, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250034953
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427251893
Dead of Night #2

Zombie horror novel, second in a series following Dead of Night (2011), with characters linking these books to the author’s Joe Ledge and Rot & Ruin series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Messy, tense, and highly atmospheric, this is a perfect example of zombie action.”

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* McGuire, Seanan : The Winter Long
(DAW 978-0756408084, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101601754
October Daye #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), Late Eclipses (March 2011), One Salt Sea (2011), Ashes of Honor (2012), and Chimes of Midnight (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Mitchell, David : The Bone Clocks
(Random House 978-0-8129-9473-5, $30, 640pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8129-9473-5

Literary novel with SF and fantasy elements, following the life of a woman named Holly Sykes over the decades from the 1980s to 2043.
• Random House’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “From gritty realism to far-out fantasy, each section has its own charm and surprises. With its wayward thoughts, chance meetings, and attention to detail, Mitchell’s novel is a thing of beauty.”

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* Monk, Devon : House Immortal
(Roc 978-0-451-46736-2, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698140226
House Immortal #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, set in a world where eleven ruling Houses fight for control of immortal creations called the galvanized.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Monk’s corporatist feudal future is painted in broad strokes, and while the technology that drives the plot is uninhibited by any sort of plausibility, the melodramatic story moves with such energy that readers will be inclined to forgive its slip-ups.”

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* Nye, Jody Lynn : Fortunes of the Imperium
(Baen 978-1-4767-3672-3, $15, 480pp, trade paperback, September 2014, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-311-9
Imperium #2

Military SF novel, sequel to View from the Imperium (2011), about a new Acadamy graduate of aristocratic background given his first command.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Priest, Cherie : Maplecroft
(Roc 978-0-451-46697-6, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698138384
The Borden Dispatches #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about Lizzie Borden and her sister, plagued by the evil that possessed their parents.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author has a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog today.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Readers will be intrigued by the weird monsters and 19th-century science, but the story is really carried by the characters’ emotional dynamics, especially those between the Borden sisters.”

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* Spencer, Wen : Wood Sprites
(Baen 978-1-4767-3671-6, $25, 496pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Elfhome #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Tinker (2003), Wolf Who Rules (2006), and Elfhome (2012), in which near-future Pittsburgh borders the land of the elves.
• Baen’s site has a description and links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, ” The mélange of science fiction and fantasy tropes, starships rubbing shoulders with proud elf warriors, is uncommon but tasty.”

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* Stirling, S. M. : The Golden Princess
(Roc 978-0451417336, $27.95, 432pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101603260
Change #8

Alternate history SF novel, eighth in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), Lord of Mountains (2012), and The Given Sacrifice (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to 10 sample chapters.

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* VanderMeer, Jeff : Acceptance
(Farrar Straus Giroux/FSG Originals 978-0-374-10411-5, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
UK edition: HarperCollins UK/Fourth Estate 978-0007553532 (Tue 2 Sep 2014)
Southern Reach #3


SF novel, third volume of a trilogy, about decades of efforts to understand a mysterious region called Area X.
• It follows Annihilation (Feb. 2014) and Authority (May 2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “In many ways, this is the most mysterious and puzzling book of the three: VanderMeer employs multiple flashbacks and POVs, which contribute to a multifaceted, mutating portrait of Area X. … By the time the book is finished, the reader knows that this trilogy is that rare thing—a set in which the whole is as great as the parts.”
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “…over its wandering course Acceptance shows just how narrow-minded technophilia can be, compared to an active sense of wonder.”

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* Watson, Angus : Age of Iron
(Orbit 978-0-316-39978-4, $16, 576pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Iron Age #1

Fantasy novel set in the Iron Age, first of a series, and the author’s first novel.
• Orbit’s blog has this post about the book, with quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The blend of historical accuracy and authorial liberties suggests an old-school sword-and-sorcery epic, though with some clearly modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure.”

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* Williams, Tad : Sleeping Late on Judgement Day
(DAW 978-0756408893, $25.95, 448pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157699
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780756409951
Bobby Dollar #3

Fantasy novel, third book in a series following The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012) and Happy Hour in Hell (2013), about an angel on Earth who helps souls caught between Heaven and Hell.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 1 September

— posted Monday 1 September 2014 @ 10:57 am PDT

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)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late August

— posted Saturday 30 August 2014 @ 12:54 pm PDT

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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Category: Periodicals


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