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Periodicals, late January

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/

January 2015
Issue 164-165, cover art by Sam Burley
Issue 165, posted January 22, has stories by Therese Arkenberg and Raphael Ordoñez, with an audio fiction podcast by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, an archive podcast by Justin Howe, and an archive story by Rosamund Hodge.
Issue 164, posted January 8, has stories by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Tamara Vardomskaya, a novel excerpt by James Morrow and an audio podcast, an audio vault podcast by Geoffrey Maloney, and an archive story by K.D. Wentworth.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• Stories posted this past month are by Caroline M. Joachim, Sarah Pinsker, Melanie Rees, J.Y. Yang, Yoon Ha Lee, and others.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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Farrago’s Wainscot

• Quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction and poetry, since 2007; editor-in-chief Darin Bradley
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.farragoswainscot.com/

January 2015
• First new issue of this ‘zine since October 2009, with stories by Toiya Kristen Finley, Forrest Aguirre, Jason Heller, and Richard Bowes.
• There’s also poetry by Bryan D. Dietrich, Glenn Shahenn, John Gallaher, and Adrienne J. Odasso.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• Fiction posted this month includes Vacui Magia by L.S. Johnson, The Animal Women (part 2) by Alix E. Harrow, and The Truth About Owls by Amal El-Mohtar.
• The site also has podcasts of these stories, and poetry by Marinelle G. Ringer, Daniel Ausema, Samantha Renda-Dollman, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel, with a poetry roundtable podcast.
• Columns are by Genevieve Valentine, Liz Bourke, and Eleanor Arnason. There are also interviews with Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein and Jo Walton, and an editorial presenting results of the 2014 readers’ poll.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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Terraform

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

January 2015
• Stories posted this past month include Faster Now by Paul Di Filippo, How a Machine Works, Exactly by Mark von Schlegell, CES 2067 by Sam Biddle, Re-Homing by Debbie Urbanski, and Rockall by Andrew David Thaler.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• Stories posted this past month include Kia and Gio by Daniel José Older, A Beautiful Accident by Peter Orullian, And the Burned Moths Remain by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Damage by David D. Levine, and The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castellucci.
Excerpts include those from works by Walter Mosley, Elizabeth Bear, Will Elliott, Neal Asher, and others.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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Uncanny

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

January/February 2015
Issue 2, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This issue has fiction by Sam J. Miller, Hao Jingfang, Sunny Morraine, Richard Bowes, Amal El-Mohtar, and Ann Leckie.
• Poetry is by Isabel Yap, Mari Ness, and Rose Lemberg.
• There are also interviews by Hao Jingfang and Ann Leckie, and essays by Jim C. Hines, Michi Trota, and others.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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New Books, 27 January

* Cole, Myke : Gemini Cell
(Ace 978-0425269640, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636756
Shadow Ops #4

Military SF novel, fourth in a series following Control Point (2012), Fortress Frontier (2013), and Breach Zone (2014), in which the US Army tries to control the many people who have developed magical talents.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Dietz, William C. : Deadeye
(Ace 978-0425273333, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698150102
The Mutant Files #1

SF novel, first book in a new series, about an LA detective in the years following an act of bioengineered terrorism in 2038 that left part of the population with horrible mutations.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Mosley, Walter : Inside a Silver Box
(Tor 978-0-7653-7521-6, $25.99, 300pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858442

SF novel about a torture device that has captured its alien builders, and two people in New York City who must save humanity from destruction by the alien Laz as they try to regain control of the box.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Mosley really pulls out all the stops, managing with improbable success to combine a struggle for the fate of all existence with a story about two New Yorkers from very different backgrounds coming to understand each other and address the mistakes they’ve made in their own lives. Wild concepts and deep thoughts sit comfortably alongside the musings of ordinary people undergoing radical changes in this top-notch tale.”

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* Shannon, Samantha : The Mime Order
(Bloomsbury 978-1-62040-893-3, $25, 528pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
The Bone Season #2

Fantasy novel, second in a project seven-volume series following The Bone Season (2013), about a dreamwalker in a future London.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Shannon’s world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground.”

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* Shearin, Lisa : The Dragon Conspiracy
(Ace 978-0425266922, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101618431
SPI Files #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grendel Affair (2014), about a Seer for the Supernatural Protection & Investigations agency in New York City.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Shearin’s light, breezy style suits the simple plot; her naïve protagonist serves as both guide and expository catalyst. Although the justification for keeping mythological beings secret is never made clear, plenty of dismembered people and grand schemes will distract the reader from questioning the plot holes.”

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* Sykes, Sam : The City Stained Red
(Orbit 978-0316374873, $16, 640pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316374866
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478927846
Bring Down Heaven #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about the characters from the author’s previous Aeons’ Gate series, about adventurer Lenk and his companions battling demons trying to break free from Hell.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review, comments, “The fantastical, dangerous world and the creatures that populate it are packed with potential, different enough from standard fantasy fare to be exciting.”

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* Van Eekhout, Greg : Pacific Fire
(Tor 978-0-7653-2856-4, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
California Bones #2

Fantasy novel set in an alternate Los Angeles, sequel to California Bones (2014), about an osteomancer, who who consumes bones to gain power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed, but notes “the rich and amazing setting.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Van Eekhout’s scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative… “

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Weekly Bestsellers, 26 January

Dean Koontz’s Saint Odd (Bantam), the final book in his Odd Thomas series, debuts this week, as high as #1 on the USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.01
WP
01.18
LAT
01.25
USAT
01.18
PW
01.26
Amz
(01.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.26)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 2 20 ++     111 ++       x
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 23       37 =   62 +5   xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 27 xxx..   xxx.. 101 +13 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 15 14 -4   x 69 -13 13 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 1 3 ++     4 ++ 1 ++     55 ++
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 9 11 +1   x 107 -3 24 -3 xxx..    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 16   [ 10 ] xx xx 18 -1 x xxx 84 +9
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 16 xxx   18 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 122 13 -3     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 12     17 -1 98 -18 11 -3 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 74     xxx.. 44 -9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 30     xxx.. 127 -22 3 +2 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 141 xxx..   xxx.. 35 -11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 2 6 -5     84 -75 13 -11      
Sanderson, Steelheart 10.07.13 / 17 15 -4     xxx.. xxx..      
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 26       119 -54 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.01
WP
01.18
LAT
01.25
USAT
01.18
PW
01.26
Amz
(01.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.26)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 12       93 +13 5 +2      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 44     xxx.. 14 -2 15 -5 x xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 18       xx   100 -20 xxx.. 35 +31
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 12     13 + 21 -1   46 =    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 28 xxx..   x       20 -3  
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 2           68 +    
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 4 12 -3     xxx.. 10 -1      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 8 xx     xxx 19 +1      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 56     xxx.. 67 -10 4 +2 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 200 18 -4   xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 118 xxx   4 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 43       xxx   xxx xxx.. 42 -13
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 213       xxx..   75 + x xxx
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 10 15 -2   9 +3          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 83 xxx..   xxx.. 40 -10 16 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 12 5 -1 [ 9 ] 6 -4 60 -9 15 -4 52 +3   51 -8
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.01
WP
01.18
LAT
01.25
USAT
01.18
PW
01.26
Amz
(01.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.26)
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 Books: January Supplemental

* Strayhorn, Willa : The Way We Bared Our Souls
(Penguin/Razorbill 978-1595147356, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 22 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698137240

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about five trouble teens who, in a mystical ceremony in New Mexico, exchange each other’s sorrows.
• Penguin’s site has this description

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* Sykes, Sam : The City Stained Red
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575132177, £16.99, 656pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575132191
Scions Gate #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about the characters from the author’s previous Aeons’ Gate series, about adventurer Lenk and his companions battling demons trying to break free from Hell.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review (of the US edition, due in February), comments, “The fantastical, dangerous world and the creatures that populate it are packed with potential, different enough from standard fantasy fare to be exciting.”

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* Weinberg, Robert, Douglas Ellis & Robert T. Garcia : The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay
(American Fantasy Press 978-0-9907846-1-6, $125, 208pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014

Artbook collecting black and white and color illustration by Finlay, who was popular from the 1930s to the 1960s.
• The book has 48 pages of color illustrations, and 160 pages of text and black & white artwork. There are commentary by Robert Weinberg and Doug Ellis, and profiles of the collectors from whose collections these works are drawn.
• The book is signed by Robert Weinberg, Douglas Ellis, Robert T. Garcia, and Lail Finlay.
• The publisher’s site has a description, with photos of sample pages, links to background and interview articles, and Paypal buttons for purchasing various editions.
• The book was among Michael Dirda’s picks for holiday gift books last month.

(Sat 17 Jan 2015)
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* Williams, T. R. : Journey Through the Mirror
(S&S/Atria 978-1-4767-1341-0, $16, 544pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Rising World Trilogy #2

Dystopian SF novel, second in a trilogy following Journey into the Flame (2014), about survivors of a worldwide cataclysm in 2027 who depend on a set of ancient books, the Chronicles of Satraya, for survival.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The series site is www.satraya.com/.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “the jumble of New Age empowerment, Mayan and Egyptian religious practices, pyramid power, and world-dominating secret societies feels more like 1970 than 2070.”

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Category: New Books

Classic Reprints, January

— posted Thursday 22 January 2015 @ 2:05 pm PST

Carey, Jacqueline : Kushiel’s Dart
(Tor 978-0765379726, $17.99, 656pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, June 2001)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, and first in what has become a long-running series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this article about the book.
• It won the Locus Award in 2002 for Best First Novel.
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the June 2001 issue of Locus Magazine, saying “Carey dismantles standard notions of both magic and morality to produce a long, complex saga worthy of the field’s best…an astonishing debut.”

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Egan, Greg : Diaspora
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805421, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

(First edition: UK: Millennium, September 1997)

Far-future hard SF novel in which humanity has split into several forms, including conscious software called polises and robotic bodies called gleisners.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Wikipedia has this article about the book.
• Egan’s own site has this page for the book, with errata and numerous links to background information and illustrations.

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Egan, Greg : Distress
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805414, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

(First edition: UK: Millennium, December 1995)

Hard SF novel setin 2055, concerning a physics conference on an artificial island called Stateless, a society that’s defined five new genders, and a new mental disorder called Distress.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Wikipedia has this short article.
• Egan’s own site has this page for the book with an excerpt.

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* Ellison, Harlan : The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison
(Subterranean Press/Edgeworks Abbey 978-1-59606-634-2, $45, 536pp, hardcover, December 2014, jacket illustration Michael Whelan)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014

Collection of 23 stories, from “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” (1965) to “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” (2010), all of which have won awards.
• (The awards include Hugos, Nebulas, and Locus Awards as well as the Edgar Award and the Writers Guild of Canada award.)
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine, who says the book “may be the single most useful Ellison collection to date … The massive The Essential Ellison may have provided a more comprehensive mosaic of Ellison’s entire life and career, with plenty of nuggets for enthusiasts, but here we have only the stories.”

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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books, 20 January

— posted Tuesday 20 January 2015 @ 11:41 am PST

* Files, Gemma : We Will All Go Down Together
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771482011, $16.99, 350pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 25 Nov 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771482028

Fantasy novel about a strange village in the Ontario woods and the five clans who’ve lived there for hundreds of years.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with links to samples in various formats.
• The site links to this Entertainment Weekly review column on short-story cycles, which describes this book as “a vivid, haunting mix of horror and fantasy woven together through a complex fugue of short stories. The effect is powerful. It’s a book you have to work hard at, in order to make sure you’re not missing any of the peripheral connections. But it rewards the effort, and then some.”

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* Fine, Sarah : Marked
(Amazon/47North 9781477825853, $14.95, 332pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Jan 2015
Servants of Fate #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a Boston paramedic whose side job is to ferry the dead to the Afterlife.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Hocking, Amanda : Frostfire
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250049827, $9.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466850774
The Kanin Chronicles #1

Middle-grade fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a half-blood blond girl in a magical secret kingdom.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Subsequent volumes are due in May and August.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the book is set in the world of the author’s Trylle trilogy, and concludes, “Those unfamiliar with Hocking’s Trylle novels may find the boundary between the human and troll worlds difficult to discern, but the novel’s lingering questions and the author’s knack for cliffhangers are reason enough to anticipate the next installment.”

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* Koontz, Dean : Saint Odd
(Bantam 978-0-345-54587-9, $28, 352pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54588-6
UK edition: 978-0007518111 (Thu 15 Jan 2015)
Odd Thomas #7

Horror novel, seventh and final book in a series following Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), Brother Odd (2006), Odd Hours (2008), Odd Apocalypse (2012), and Deeply Odd (2013), about a young man who can see spirits of the dead.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* O’Flaherty, Dennis : The King of the Cracksmen
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-551-3, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

Alternate history steampunk novel, the author’s first novel, set in an 1877 in which US land west of the Mississippi has been sold to Russia.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with blurbs from Phil Foglio and K.W. Jeter.
• The Publishers Weekly review: “…O’Flaherty has done plenty of research and thought through the implications of the changes to history…”

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* Powers, Tim : Nobody’s Home
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-670-0, $35, 88pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014
• SF Encyclopedia: Tim Powers

Fantasy novella in the setting of Powers’ first novel The Anubis Gates (1983).
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine: Nobody’s Home is a fairly slight tale which only hints at the richness of invention of the larger world of The Anubis Gates, but for all its brevity it packs a fair amount of Powers’s uniquely evocative prose, his skill at quickly establishing a vivid, ominous setting, and his gift for extraordinarily creepy figures…”
• And Lois Tilton reviewed it for Locus Online: “There’s a lot of interesting ghost lore, which seems to be the original creation of the author. I’m particularly taken by the use of a hopscotch course for the purpose of exorcism.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen : The Globe: The Science of Dischworld II
(Anchor Books 978-0-8041-6896-0, $15.95, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-6897-7
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9361-0

First US edition (UK: Ebury Press, May 2002)

Nonfiction guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, second volume following The Science of Discworld (US edition June 2014 from Anchor Books). This second volume, first published in 2002, does not seem to have been revised since then.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 19 January

— posted Monday 19 January 2015 @ 9:23 am PST

Brandon Sanderson’s YA novel Firefight (Delacorte) debuts this week, ranking #1 on the NY Times Young Adult list, #2 on the equivalent Publishers Weekly list, and #9 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.25
WP
01.18
LAT
01.18
USAT
01.11
PW
01.19
Amz
(01.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.19)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 1               80 ++
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 22       37 -10   67 +   xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 26 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 114 +31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 14 10 -4 xx 20 + 56 -18 11 -6 xxx xxx xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 8 12 =   12 +8 104 -25 21 -3 xxx    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 15   10 + x x 17 -8 82 + xx 93 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 121 10 -1     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 11     16 -6 80 -35 8 +1 xx xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 73     xxx.. 35 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 29     xxx.. 105 -47 5 -3 xxx..   xxx
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 140 xxx..   xxx.. 24 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 1 1 ++     9 ++ 2 ++      
Sanderson, Steelheart 10.07.13 / 16 11 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 25       65 -26 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.25
WP
01.18
LAT
01.18
USAT
01.11
PW
01.19
Amz
(01.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.19)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 77       143 -38 21 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 208 xxx..   xxx.. 133 -33 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 11       106 -40 7 =      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 43     xxx.. 12 -4 10 = 94 + xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 17       x   80 + xxx.. 66 +
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 11     xxx.. 20 -6   46 +    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 27 xxx..   15 +       17 +  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 25 18 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 3 9 ++     xxx.. 9 ++      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 7 x     xx 20 -9      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 55     xxx.. 57 = 6 +6 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 56 x xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 199 14 -7 xxx.. xxx x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 117 xx xxx.. 13 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 42       xx   xx xxx.. 29 +
Murakami, The Strange Library [tpb] 12.15.14 / 6 17 -3   3 -2   xxx..      
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 46   2 +   xxx..       xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 212   xxx..   xxx..   xx 76 + xx
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 9 13 -2   12 =          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 82 xxx..   xxx.. 30 -7 12 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 11 4 -2 9 + 2 +5 51 -3 11 = 55 +   43 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.25
WP
01.18
LAT
01.18
USAT
01.11
PW
01.19
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers

New in Paperback, January

— posted Saturday 17 January 2015 @ 12:21 pm PST

Cook, Glen : Working God’s Mischief
(Tor 978-0765379269, $8.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Instrumentalities of the Night #4

(First edition: Tor, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, fourth volume of the “Instrumentalities of the Night” following The Tyranny of the Night (2005), Lord of the Silent Kingdom (2007), and Surrender to the Will of the Night (2010), concerning political and religious turmoil in a world surrounded by walls of ice.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Friedman, C. S. : Dreamwalker
(DAW 978-0756409647, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Dreamwalker #1

(First edition: DAW, February 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a 16-year-old girl who discovers she is not related to her parents but is one of a race of besieged “changelings”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The next book in the series, Dreamseeker, is due in July.

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Haldeman, Joe : Work Done for Hire
(Ace 978-0425256619, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014

(First edition: Ace, January 2014)

Associational thriller about a former military sniper, trying to build a career writing near-future SF, who is obliged to accept an assassination contract.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviewed in last year in Locus Magazine: “Eventually, when the Spoiler Statute of Limitations is reached, there will be interesting analyses and critiques and evaluations of this book – it positively begs to be anatomized. In the meantime, just read it and discuss it among yourselves. Just keep schtum on how it all works out and how you would have solved the various plot problems.”

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Hendee, Barb, & J.C. Hendee : A Wind in the Night
(Roc 978-0451468147, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Noble Dead #12

(First edition: Roc, January 2014)

Fantasy novel, twelfth in the “Noble Dead” series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, Child of a Dead God, Through Stone and Sea, Of Truth and Beasts, Between Their Worlds, and The Dog in the Dark (2013), about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The 13th book in the series, First and Last Sorcerer, just appeared in hardcover.

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King, Stephen : Mr. Mercedes
(Gallery 978-1476754475, $16, 448pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, June 2014)

Crime thriller (with no fantastic content) about a retired detective pursuing the driver of a stolen Mercedes who ran down people at a job fair a year earlier.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “We’ve seen [Brady’s] type before in King’s fiction, but King often endows such characters with a supernatural pedigree, to set them apart from the ordinary people they torment. Brady is unremarkably human: he mistakes his ability to get away with murder for his superiority to the weak and defenseless people he preys on. In fact, he’s very fallible and, as villains go, pretty pathetic. His most frightening aspect is his anonymity, and King unnerves with a story that suggests that such monsters walk among us, unrecognized and unsuspected.”

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Rex Regis
(Tor 978-0765370907, $8.99, 640pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Imager Portfolio #8

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Fantasy novel, eighth volume in a series following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), Princeps (2012), and Imager’s Battalion (Jan. 2013), and Antiagon Fire (2013) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Spoor, Ryk E. : Spheres of Influence
(Baen 978-1476737096, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Grand Central Arena #2

(First edition: Baen, November 2013)

SF novel, sequel to Grand Central Arena (2010), about a starship crew that discovers an alien “Arena”.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Steele, Allen : V-S Day
(Ace 978-0425259757, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014

(First edition: Ace, February 2014)

Alternate history novel in which the space race occurs during the years of World War II.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The author’s site notes that it’s based on an earlier story, “Goddard’s People”.
• Steven H Silver’s review compares this book to Steele’s 1996 novel on the same theme, The Tranquility Alternative.

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Tregillis, Ian : Something More Than Night
(Tor 978-0765375780, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014

(First edition: Tor, December 2013)

Standalone fantasy novel, a murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’ vision of heaven.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Weber, David : Like a Mighty Army
(Tor 978-0765361271, $8.99, 912pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Safehold #7

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Far future SF novel, seventh in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), By Heresies Distressed (2009), A Mighty Fortress (2010), How Firm a Foundation (2011), and Midst Toil and Tribulation (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Wright, John C. : The Judge of Ages
(Tor 978-0765375803, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Count to a Trillion #3

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

SF novel, third in a series following Count to a Trillion (2011) and The Hermetic Millennia (2012), about rival efforts to counter an alien menace that will arrive at Earth in another 4000 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the previous book for Barnes & Noble, describing it as a mix of Olaf Stapledon, Jack Vance, Philip José Farmer, and Jared Diamond: “It’s a heady brew that achieves an ever-oscillating balance between pulp action and philosophical gravitas.”
• The final book in the series, The Architect of Aeons, is due in April.

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Periodicals, mid-January

— posted Thursday 15 January 2015 @ 2:54 pm PST

Apex Magazine

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

January 2015
Issue 68, cover art by Emma SanCartier
• Fiction in this issue is by Ursula Vernon, Samuel Marzioli, Andy Dudak, and Allison M. Dickson, with eBook/subscriber exclusives by E. Catherine Tobler and J.M. McDermott.
• Poetry is by Alina Rios, Armel Dagorn, and Wendy Rathbone.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Ursula Vernon and Emma SanCartier, an essay about Dunbar’s number by DeAnna Knippling, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Thu 15 Jan 2015)

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Aphelion

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

January 2015
Issue 191
• This double issue, dated December 2014/January 2015, has long fiction by Glenn M. Diamond and Christopher J. Ferguson, and short stories by Clarie McMurray, Charles E.J. Moulton, Andrew Hodges, Graeme Tennant, Roy Dorman, Tarah Flicek, Nicholas Sherry, and Sergio Palumbo.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.
• The issue includes links to the best works from 2014 issues.

(Thu 15 Jan 2015)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

• Original and reprint SF & F; edited by Warren Lapine
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/

January 2015
• This issue has original stories by Krystal Claxton and Katherine Mankiller, a reprinted story by Nancy Fulda, and flash fiction by Sarena Ulibarri and Alex Shvartsman.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro (covering Exodus and Birdman), Steven Sawicki (books by Greg van Eekhout, Richard Kadrey, and others), and Gilliam Daniels (current short fiction).

(Thu 15 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Robert T. Jeschonek, Gardner Dozois, Sandra M. Odell, Maureen McHugh, Ron Friedman, Robert A. Heinlein (“All You Zombies”), Zaslow Crane, Jack McDevitt, Andrea G. Stewart, and Tina Gower.
• There’s also the first part of a serialization of Michael Flynn’s “Melodies of the Heart”.
• There’s also an interview with Eric Flint, and columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Paul Cook.

(Thu 15 Jan 2015)

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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/

Winter 2015
Cover art by Bridget Wilde
• This issue has stories by Cynthia McGean, Michael Andre-Driussi, Stephen J. Barringer, and Gemma Files.

(Thu 15 Jan 2015)

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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/

Jan.-March 2015
Issue 1.3, cover art by Anita Allen
• This issue has stories by Swapna Kishore, Sunny Moraine and Livia Llewellyn, and poetry poetry by Shveta Thakrar, Sheree Renée Thomas, Kristine Ong Muslim, John Philip Johnson, and Jeannine Hall Gailey
• The issue is available for sale now in electronic formats, while content is posted for free at monthly intervals; January content (items by Kishore, Thakrar, and Thomas) is online now.

(Sat 10 Jan 2015)

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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/

December 2014
Issue 316, Vol. 27 No. 4, 32pp
• This special “Unexpected Segues” issue features an essay on Shockwave Radio Theater by David E. Romm and an essay on sexual equality in early by Olympe Chambrionne.
• Reviews include Peter Rawlik on Mike Allenb, Aaron Grunfeld on Geek Theater, David Mead on Peter Watts, and Greg L. Johnson on Robert Charles Wilson.
• There are also essays by Michael Andre-Driussi, Mike Barrett, and Donald M. Hassler, and editorial by Kevin J. Maroney.

(Mon 5 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
Cover art by Gart Paese
• Stories in this issue are by Jude-Marie Green, Brian Biswas, Milo James Fowler, Michael Hodges, Leslie Lupien, Mark Ayling, Michael Andre-Driussi, Peter Wood, Steven L. Peck, Rebecca Birch, and Sean Monaghan.
• Articles are by Adam Paul and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Thu 15 Jan 2015)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 13 January

— posted Tuesday 13 January 2015 @ 2:47 pm PST

* Black, Holly : The Darkest Part of the Forest
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-21307-3, $18, 328pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316213059
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478955894

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl and her brother who live in a town where faeries are a tourist attraction.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Close in tone to some of Charles de Lint’s work, it’s an enjoyable read with well-developed characters and genuine chills, though perhaps not as original as Black’s earlier supernatural excursions.”

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* Carey, Peter : Amnesia
(Random House/Knopf 978-0-385-35277-2, $25.95, 320pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-35278-9

Associational literary novel by the two-time Booker Prize winner, about a cyber attack on Australian and American prisons, and a journalist’s attempt to write a biography of the culprit.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• NPR interviewed Carey.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Throughout the book, Carey’s cartwheeling prose and dazzling intellect can be challenging to keep up with, but the book is worth the effort.”

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* Grahame-Smith, Seth : The Last American Vampire
(Grand Central 978-1-4555-0212-7, $27, 416pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781455502103
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611138283
Vampire #2

Fantasy novel, seqeuel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2010), about vampire Henry Sturges in early 20th-century America and England.
• Hachette’s site has this description with preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There are some nice twists—one spoiled by the previous book, unfortunately—and fans of supernatural fights and gory killings will find plenty to enjoy.”

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* Larke, Glenda : The Dagger’s Path
(Orbit 978-0316399685, $16, 464pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316399678
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478983620
The Forsaken Lands #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Lascar’s Dagger (2014), about a religious conspiracy that implicates the king’s spiritual adviser.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book “Densely plotted without being convoluted, this is an absorbing political fantasy that bodes well for the rest of the series.”

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* Moorcock, Michael : The Whispering Swarm
(Tor 978-0765324771, $26.99, 480pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429986427
The Sanctuary of the White Friars #1

Fantastic, semi-autobiographical novel, first of a trilogy, about a man in post-World War II London who discovers a secret realm beneath London.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Locus Magazine’s December issue ran an interview with Moorcock, conducted by John Picacio, excerpted here.

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* Morrow, James : Galapágos Regained
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-05401-2, $28.99, 496pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466880924

Historical SF/associational novel about an assistant to Charles Darwin in 1848 who steals Darwin’s unpublished theory in order to enter a contest to prove or disprove the existence of God.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Although too long, the complex tale is a round-the-world romp of improbable but delightful fun and harrowing adventures, a cross between Phileas Fogg and Lara Croft.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine: “Morrow is not unfamiliar with the classic science fictional notion of using ideas as heroes – he did it in The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice – and his title Galápagos Regained, suggesting both Darwin and Milton, certainly calls attention to this. But I can think of few authors who would try to cast a deeply intellectual psychomachia in the form of a wildly comic picaresque tall tale, and fewer still who could get away with it and have so much fun in the process.”

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn : A Murder of Clones
(WMG 978-1-56146-608-5, $18.99, 380pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
The Anniversary Day Saga #3

Mystery/SF novel, tenth in the ‘Retrieval Artist’ series following The Disappeared (2002), Extremes (2003), Consequences (2004), Buried Deep (2005), Paloma (2006), Recovery Man (2007), Duplicate Effort (2009), Anniversary Day (2011), and Blowback (2012), and third in the sequence beginning with Anniversary Day.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of Rusch’s Retrieval Artist universe will enjoy the expansion of the Anniversary Day story, with new characters providing more perspectives on its signature events, while newcomers will get a good introduction to the series.”

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* Staveley, Brian : The Providence of Fire
(Tor 978-0-7653-3641-5, $27.99, 608pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Emperor’s Blades (2014), about the daughter and two sons of a slain emperor.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Staveley nicely complicates the moral scheme with plausible-sounding villains and shaky political alliances, but the appearance of immortals and legends threatens to drown out his mortal protagonists, and the realizations and reversals seem to stem from plot needs more than character development.”

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* Walton, Jo : The Just City
(Tor 978-0-7653-3266-0, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466800823

SF novel about a planned city created by the goddess Pallas Athene and populated by children and adult teachers from across history.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The sequel, The Philospher Kings, is due in June.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments “Walton expertly observes the cracks between Platonic ideal and messy reality, but she relies heavily and uncomfortably on sexual violence and its aftermath as vehicles for exploring concepts of consent and free will.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine, contrasting the varying styles of Walton’s novels: The Just City, by contrast, is nearly all dialogue – which seems appropriate since its model, not only in form but in substance, is Plato’s dialogue The Republic.”

(Fri 26 Dec 2014)
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