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Weekly Bestsellers, 25 May 2015

Stephen King’s upcoming Finders Keepers (Scribner), a follow-up to Mr. Mercedes, moves up on all three Amazon lists this week in anticipation of its June 2nd publication.

Meanwhile, the trade paperback of King’s Revival is doing well on print lists, ranking as high as #2 on the Publishers Weekly trade paperback list this week.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.31
WP
05.24
LAT
05.24
USAT
05.17
PW
05.25
Amz
(05.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.25)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 12 xxx.. x 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 13 xxx.. xxx.. 12 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 05.11.15 / 3 xx xx   xx 25 -5     xx
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 4           16 +58 42 ++ 13 +39
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 2 4 -2     117 -84 16 -11      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 91     xxx.. 110 -10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 46     xxx.. xxx.. 18 -9 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 158 xxx..   xxx.. 129 -4 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 1           45 ++   11 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.31
WP
05.24
LAT
05.24
USAT
05.17
PW
05.25
Amz
(05.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire [tpb] 05.18.15 / 2         21 -6      
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 21 19 -9     x   xxx..    
Danielewski, The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May [tpb] 05.25.15 / 1 5 ++       19 ++      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 60     xxx.. 139 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 45 xxx..   xxx..       51 -18  
Grossman, The Magicians [tpb] 06.08.10 / 15 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 133 + xxx..      
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 2 5 +3 8 ++   61 +26 2 +2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 73     xxx.. x 12 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 169 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 217 4 +2 xxx.. 12 -1 69 +11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 18             77 + 81 ++
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 59       107 +16   41 -2 xxx.. 32 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 223   xxx..   xxx..   83 + xxx.. 50 +44
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 12 14 =     xxx.. 11 +3      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 78 7 =   xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 100 xxx..   xxx.. 149 = 10 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               96 -5  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 29 9 -3 xxx.. 11 -8 79 +4 20 -1 53 +33   38 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.31
WP
05.24
LAT
05.24
USAT
05.17
PW
05.25
Amz
(05.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.25)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, mid-May

Black Static

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

May-Jun 2015
Issue 46, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Ben Baldwin
• Stories in this issue are by Steven J. Dines, Neil Williamson, Damien Angelica Walters, Gary McMahon, Sarah Read, and Ralph Robert Moore.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Tony Lee, and Peter Tennant.

(Thu 21 May 2015)

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Fireside Magazine

• Quarterly fiction and comics magazine, since 2012, edited and published by Brian White
• Format: Online
• Frequency: quarterly
http://www.firesidefiction.com/

May 2015
Issue 23
• This issue has stories by Andrea Phillips and Amber D. Sistla, a serial episode by Lilith Saintcrow, and flash fiction by Renee Elizabeths.

(Fri 22 May 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/

April 2015
Issue 320, Vol. 27 No. 8, 32pp
• This special “Of Genmod Mice & Hobbits” issue features an essay on uplifting animals by Ken MacLeod and Sherryl Vint, and reviews of the Peter Jackson Hobbit films by David V. Griffin.
• Martin Morse Wooster reviews Harry Harrison, and Darrell Schweitzer reviews a volume of H.P. Lovecraft letters. Brian Stableford provides an essay on Edmond Haraucourt, and Gregory Benford hosts a roundtable on the state of the magazines, inspired by Lois Tilton’s 2014 Year in Review.
• The editorial, by Kevin J. Maroney, is about “The Puppies of Terror”.

(Fri 15 May 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/

May 2015
Cover art by Bill Wright
• Stories in this issue are by by Joseph Green & R-M Lillian, Harold R. Thompson, Cyn C. Bermudez, Guy T. Martland, Milo James Fowler, Jeremy Szal, K.C. Ball, Jack Ryan, Timothy J. Gawne, Gareth D. Jones, and Tim Major.
• Articles are by E.E. Giorgi and Pierre Duhem.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Mon 11 May 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/

May/June 2015
Issue 4, cover art by Tran Nguyen
• This issue has fiction by Catherynne M. Valente, A.C. Wise, John Chu, Elizabeth Bear, and Lisa Bolekaja, plus a reprint by Delia Sherman. Poetry is by Alyssa Wong, Ali Trotta, and Isabel Yap.
• Interviews are with John Chu and Delia Sherman. Nonfiction is by Mike Glyer (about the Hugos), Julia Rios, Steven H Silver, Christopher J Garcia, and Kameron Hurley.

(Fri 22 May 2015)

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New Books, 19 May 2015

* Baldwin, Kathleen : A School for Unusual Girls
(Tor Teen 978-0765376008, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466849273
Stranje House #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a series, about a school for girls in Regency England.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Barker, Clive : The Scarlet Gospels
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-05580-4, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466859555
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427261571
UK edition: Macmillan 978-1447266983 (Thu 21 May 2015)


Horror novel involving two of Barker’s most famous characters: detective Harry D’Amour and the priest of hell Pinhead.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The visceral horrors that clot nearly every page of this novel are not for the squeamish, but the reader who stomachs them to the end will be impressed by the audacity of the author’s ambitions.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Where the machinations of Barker’s Hell are somewhat ordinary and something of a disappointment, its architecture and layout are something else. Barker’s vision of Hell is Dantesque in scale and scope, and he employs the same powers of description that he uses to fix unsettling images of carnage in the minds of readers to convey the awesome otherworldliness of its environs.”

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* Elrod, P. N. : The Hanged Man
(Tor 978-0-7653-2971-4, $24.99, 333pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429946643
Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a murder in 1879 London investigated by the psychic goddaughter of Queen Victoria.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This well-constructed novel will please fans of alternate history, fantasy, and mystery.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Alex is a damaged but determined protagonist, and her search makes a great adventure, with a steampunk background that supports the plot without overwhelming it.”

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* Fenner, Cathy, ed. : Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art
(Underwood Books 978-1599290720, $24.95, 128pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015

Art book compiling works by women creators of fantastic art.
• The Spectrum Fantastic Art Live site has this description of the project’s launch.
• Tor.com has this excerpt with Lauren Panepinito’s introduction and samples of artwork.

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* Gaiman, Neil, Michael Reaves & Mallory Reaves : Eternity’s Wheel
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-206799-9, $17.99, 288pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062068019
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062365736
InterWorld #3

Young adult novel, third in a trilogy following Interworld (2007) and The Silver Dream (2013), about a boy who learns to walk between other dimensions.
• The byline on the cover is: “Story by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves; Written by Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves”.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Higgins, Peter : Radiant State
(Orbit 978-0316219662, $26, 288pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316219648
Wolfhound Century #3

Alternate history novel, third in a series following Wolfhound Century (2012) and Truth and Fear (2014), set in an alternate Stalinist Russia.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Kilpatrick, Nancy, ed. : Expiration Date
(Edge 978-1-77053-062-1, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 May 2015

Anthology of 25 original horror stories.
• Authors include Kelley Armstrong, Steven Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem, Kathryn Ptacek, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
• Edge’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “These stories work best in small doses, but they offer a variety of compelling visions of deaths and other endings.”

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* McLachlan, J. A. : The Occasional Diamond Thief
(Edge 978-1770530751, $14.95, 250pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 May 2015

Young adult SF novel about a 16-year-old girl in training to be a universal translator.
• Edge’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Novik, Naomi : Uprooted
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-8041-7903-4, $25, 448pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780804179041
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780553410082

Fantansy novel about a wizard who protects a town from the malevolent power of the nearby woods, in exchange for a new female from the town every 10 years.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin, Lev Grossman, and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Novik’s use of language is supremely skillful as she weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Novik goes from alternate history dragons to full-on fairy tale in this nicely warped ‘Beauty and the Beast’.”
• John Scalzi’s blog has this Big Idea post today by Novik.

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* Rajaniemi, Hannu : Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-192-3, $25.95, 256pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015

Collection of 19 stories (all the author’s short fiction to date).
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Technology features strongly in this solid speculative fiction collection by Rajaniemi. His work is unabashedly in love with its genre, mixing complex technical jargon with classic, pulp-style plots along with a clear appreciation for speculative fiction.”

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* Stephenson, Neal : Seveneves
(Morrow 978-0-06-219037-6, $35, 880pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062190413

SF novel about a handful of survivors who escape the annihilation of Earth, and their progeny 5000 years later who return.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Stephenson’s remarkable novel is deceptively complex, a disaster story and transhumanism tale that serves as the delivery mechanism for a series of technical and sociological visions.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, concluding that by the end “mostly we get some surprising plot developments back on the slowly reviving Earth. Those are surprises that might lie just on the sharp edge of credibility, like that question of whether he can bring humanity back from its radically underpopulated brink, but it’s an edge that Stephenson has been treading throughout the novel, and which in the end lends it a genuinely moving, tragic, and epic scope.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 18 May 2015

Sarah J. Maas’ YA fantasy A Court of Thorns and Roses (Bloomsbury) debuts strongly on two YA lists at New York Times, ranking #2, and Publishers Weekly.

Also debuting this week is Charlaine Harris’ Day Shift (Ace), second in her “Midnight, Texas” series, ranking as high as #15 on the NYT fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.24
WP
05.17
LAT
05.17
USAT
05.10
PW
05.18
Amz
(05.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.18)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Campbell, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan 05.18.15 / 1       82 ++        
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 11 xxx.. 7 + xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Harris, Day Shift 05.18.15 / 1 15 ++     52 ++ 18 ++      
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 12 xxx xxx.. 7 +6 xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xx
Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 05.11.15 / 2 x x   x 20 -12     x
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 3           74 +   52 +
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 1 2 ++     33 ++ 5 ++      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 90     xxx.. 100 -11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 45     xxx.. xxx.. 9 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 157 xxx..   xxx.. 125 -5 25 -11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.24
WP
05.17
LAT
05.17
USAT
05.10
PW
05.18
Amz
(05.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.18)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire [tpb] 05.18.15 / 1         15 ++      
Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (UK) [tpb] 09.06.05 / 6           xxx.. 15 +  
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 20 10 +6     137 +   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 44 xxx..   xxx..       33 +2  
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 1 8 ++     87 ++ 4 ++      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 72     xxx.. 132 +6 8 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven (UK) 05.11.15 / 2             98 -32  
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 216 6 +1 xxx.. 11 -3 80 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 58       123 -8   39 +4 xxx.. 31 -17
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 222   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 94 -18
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 11 14 -4     xxx.. 14 -7      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 77 7 -2   xxx x xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 99 xxx..   xxx.. 149 -5 10 -8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               91 +  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 28 6 = xxx.. 3 = 83 +7 19 -1 86 -17   xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 9 x       24 -11      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.24
WP
05.17
LAT
05.17
USAT
05.10
PW
05.18
Amz
(05.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.18)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New Books, 12 May 2015

* Beckett, Chris : Mother of Eden
(Broadway 978-0-8041-3870-3, $15, 480pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Dark Eden #2

SF novel, sequel to Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Dark Eden, about descendants of human settlers on the planet Eden.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description.
• The UK edition, in hardcover, is due June 5.

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* Dalglish, David : A Dance of Chaos
(Orbit 978-0316242578, $16, 512pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316242554
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478985273
Shadowdance #6

Fantasy novel, sixth volume of a series following A Dance of Cloaks (October 2013), A Dance of Blades (November 2013), A Dance of Mirrors (Dec. 2013), A Dance of Ghosts (2014) and A Dance of Shadows (2014).
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Danielewski, Mark Z. : The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May
(Random House/Pantheon 978-0375714948, $25, 880pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
The Familiar #1

Experimental metafictional novel about nine characters in various countries, including a 12-year-old girl trying to find her dog on a rainy day, two scientists on the run, and a programmer with a powerful new game engine.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• The second volume is due October 27.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Danielewski’s interest is clearly not in storytelling, but in faux profundity; hence the book’s multitude of wise-sounding quotations, random punctuation, fake code, blank pages, cheap pop-cultural citations, and The Matrix–aping techno-clichés make for familiar reading indeed.”

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* Grimes, Linda : The Big Fix
(Tor 978-0765376381, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851269
Ciel Halligan #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following In a Fix (2012) and The Quick Fix (2013), about a human chameleon who solves her clients’ problems by taking on their identities.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A moment of ambiguity concerning identity and sexual consent provides the only slightly discordant note in an otherwise juicy tale that will thrill fans of romance, mystery, and the supernatural.”

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+ Hardinge, Frances : Cuckoo Song
(Abrams Amulet 978-1-4197-1480-1, $17.95, 416pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015

First US edition (UK: Macmillan Children’s Books UK, May 2014)

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl, Triss, who wakes after an accident and comes to realize she is literally not hereself.
• Abrams’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In the guise of a gorgeously written and disconcerting fairy tale, Hardinge (A Face Like Glass) delves deeply into the darker side of family life, particularly sibling rivalry and the devastating effect war can have on those left at home.”

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+ Hogan, Edward : The Messengers
(Candlewick 978-0763671129, $16.99, 224pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015

Young adult horror novel about a 15-year-old girl who meets a strange man who tells her that they are both messengers, whose mission is to advise people of their impending deaths.
• Candlewick’s site has this description.
• Colleen Mondor reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: The Messengers presents not only a literary challenge to the definition of fate, but also poses the most basic of questions to ponder: how much would you do to change someone’s life and, further, what are you doing right now to change your own?”

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* Naam, Ramez : Apex
(Angry Robot 978-0857664013, $14.99, 608pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664020
UK edition: 9780857664006 (Thu 7 May 2015)
Nexus Arc #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Nexus and Crux (both 2013), about an experimental nano-drug.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• John Scalzi’s blog posted this Big Idea background from the author.

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* Reed, Kit : Where
(Tor 978-0-7653-7982-5, $25.99, 240pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466870499

SF novel about a couple, David and Merrill, who are separated when everyone in their South Carolina town except David disappears.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The conclusion is extremely abrupt and ambiguous, but the brilliant writing and characterization make even the faltering ending worth getting to.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Too much resolution can seem trite and facile (as in Stephen King’s Under the Dome), while too little can leave readers simply frustrated. Reed brings off the balancing act pretty well, but her main concern – as was King’s in his novel – lies in exploring the reactions of individual characters, and in particular in the relationship of the individual to the community.”

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine
(Solaris 978-1781083093, $19.99, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015

Anthology of 28 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2014.
• Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Greg Egan, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Ellen Klages, Michael Swanwick, and Kai Ashante Wilson.
• Jonathan Strahan has this post listing the complete table of contents.

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* Sumner-Smith, Karina : Defiant
(Skyhorse/Talos 978-1-940456-26-3, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Towers Trilogy #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Radiant (2014), about a 15-year-old girl without magic in a divided society of floating Towers.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with a link to an excerpt and quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes: “New readers will struggle to catch up, but returning fans will appreciate that Sumner-Smith has done a fine job of setting up the final good vs. evil, rich vs. poor magical showdown.”

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* Witcover, Paul : The Watchman of Eternity
(UK: Transworld/Bantam UK 978-0593070765, £18.99, 450pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781448152506

Alternate history novel, second in a series following The Emperor of All Things (2013), about an 18th century war between England and France.
• Transworld’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Website Civilian Reader has an excerpt, and SFFWorld.com has an interview with the author.

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* Wrede, Patricia C., & Pamela Dean : Points of Departure: Liavek Stories
(Diversion 978-1-62681-555-1, $17.95, 360pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015

Collection of 9 stories first published in the series of Liavek anthologies edited by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull beginning in the late 1980s.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The city lives and breathes as many fantasy cities do not, and the repetition of basic information at the beginning of each story is easy to tolerate. This deeply enjoyable journey to Liavek will be of interest to longtime fans and newcomers alike.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 11 May

— posted Monday 11 May 2015 @ 9:00 am PDT

A new Star Wars novel by Paul S. Kemp, Lords of the Sith (LucasBooks), debuts on four print lists, ranking as high as #8 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.17
WP
05.10
LAT
05.10
USAT
05.03
PW
05.11
Amz
(05.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.11)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 11 xx xxx 13 -7 xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. x
Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 05.11.15 / 1 17 ++ 10 ++   43 ++ 8 ++     52 ++
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 27   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. 97 + x
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 27     xx xxx.. 21 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 89     xxx.. 89 -27 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 44     xxx.. xxx 6 = xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 156 xxx..   xxx.. 120 -49 14 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.17
WP
05.10
LAT
05.10
USAT
05.03
PW
05.11
Amz
(05.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.11)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 19 16 -8     x   xxx..    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 59     xxx.. 112 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 24       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 92 +
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 27     xxx.. 131 -34   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 43 xxx..   xxx..       35 -9  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 71     xxx.. 138 -38 3 = xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven (UK) 05.11.15 / 1             66 ++  
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 215 7 = xxx.. 8 = 80 -14 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 57       115 -51   43 +6 xxx.. 14 -6
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 221   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 76 +
Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction 05.11.15 / 1             55 ++  
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 10 10 =     xxx.. 7 =      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 76 5 -1   xx 143 -22 xxx.. xxx..    
Riordan, The House of Hades 04.13.15 / 5         16 =      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 98 xxx..   xxx.. 144 -33 2 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 27 6 -1 xxx.. 3 -1 90 -23 18 +2 69 +31   xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 8 15 -1       13 =      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.17
WP
05.10
LAT
05.10
USAT
05.03
PW
05.11
Amz
(05.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.11)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early May

— posted Friday 8 May 2015 @ 10:35 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/

May 2015
Issue 72, cover art by Beth Spencer
• Fiction in this issue is by Sarah Pinsker, David Bowles, JY Yang, and Suzette Mayr.
• Poetry is by S.G. Larner, Kelly Dalton, A.E. Ash, and Alexandra Seidel.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Sarah Pinsker and Beth Spencer, an article about genetic myths by Dan Koboldt, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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Aphelion

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

May 2015
Issue 195
• This issue has a serial by Christopher J. Ferguson and stories by Matt Kolbet, David Cleden, Kent Rosenberger, David J. Gibbs, Robert A. Lawler, Dimitrije Medenica, Iain Cambridge, Ita Ekhaletruo, and Charles G. Chettiar.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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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/

May 2015
Issue 104, cover art by Julie Dillon
• Fiction is by Matthew Kressel, Andrea M. Pawley, A Que, Ian Muneshwar, Bo-Young Kim, James Van Pelt, and Hannu Rajamiemi.
• Nonfiction includes a conversation with Cat Rambo, an article on Mars by Andrew Liptak, and an essay by Ken Liu.

(Fri 8 May 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/

May 2015
• This issue has an original flash fiction by Amy Griswold and Sarah Grey, and reprint fiction by Sarah Totton, Bruce Coville, and Alex Shvartsman.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro, Steven Sawicki, and Gillian Daniels.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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Forever

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

May 2015
Issue 4, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• Fourth issue of Neil Clarke’s SF reprint magazine, with stories by Robert Reed, Juliette Wade, and Elizabeth Bear.

(Fri 8 May 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/

May 2015
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Robert A. Heinlein, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Harry Turtledove, C. Stuart Hardwick, Michael Bishop, Sean Williams, Nancy Kress, Anna Wu, Tom Gerencer, Alan Dean Foster, and Larry Niven.
• There’s also the third part of a serialization of Michael Flynn’s “Melodies of the Heart”.
• Joy Ward has an interview with David Brin, and there are columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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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/

May 2015
• This month’s story is “Sacred Cows: Death and Squalor on the Rio Grande”.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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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/

May 2015
Issue 60
• SF stories in this issue are by C.C. Finlay, Annie Bellet, Seanan McGuire, and Sean Williams. Fantasy stories are by Merrie Haskell, Helena Bell, R.C. Loenen-Ruiz, and Matthew Hughes.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with artist Li Shuxing and book reviews by Sunil Patel.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes a novella by Paul Di Filippo and novel excerpts by Paolo Bacigalupi and Maria Dahvana Headley.

(Fri 8 May 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/

April-June 2015
Issue 1.4, cover art by Elena de’ Grimani
• This issue has stories by C.S. MacCath, Jessy Randall, and Adam Howe, and poetry by Wendy Rathbone, Jane Yolen, Natalia Theodoridou, and Dominik Parisien.
• The issue is available for sale now in electronic formats, while content is posted for free at monthly intervals; April and May content is currently live.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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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/

May 2015
Issue 32, cover art by Dariusz Zawadzki
• This issue has stories by Kealan Patrick Burke, Kaaron Warren, Sandra McDonald, and Stephen Graham Jones.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with William F. Nolan and a column by Lynda E. Rucker.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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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/

May 2015
Cover art by Piotr Kupsc
• This month’s stories are by Harris Tobias, Michele Dutcher, James Gardner, and Bill Kowaleski.
• There’s also flash fiction by Branden Szabo.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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Shimmer

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

May 2015
Issue 25
• This issue has stories by Kali Wallace, J.R. Troughton, Isabel Yap, and Cassandra Khaw.

(Fri 8 May 2015)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 5 May

— posted Tuesday 5 May 2015 @ 11:42 am PDT

* Adrian, Chris, & Eli Horowitz : The New World
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux 978-0374221812, $24, 224pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374712228

SF novel about a surgeon who discovers her late husband’s head has been turned over to a cryogenics company, and the husband as he is revived in the future.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Graphics, color transitions, fades, and even the way in which the text sweeps compliment and contribute to this engaging digital narrative.”

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* Anderson, Taylor : Destroyermen: Straits of Hell
(Roc 978-0451470614, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698162969
Destroyermen #10

Alternate history SF novel, tenth in the “Destroyermen” series following Into the Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, Distant Thunders, Rising Tides, Firestorm, Iron Gray Sea (2012), Storm Surge (2013), and Deadly Shores (2014), about a World War II US battleship transported back in time to an era when two intelligent dinosaur species are fighting a war.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Atkinson, Kate : A God in Ruins
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-17653-8, $28, 480pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Associational novel, a companion piece to the author’s Life After Life (2013), about Ursula Todd’s younger brother and his life following World War II.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The book is currently subject of NPR’s Morning Edition book club.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “As in Life After Life, Atkinson isn’t just telling a story: she’s deconstructing, taking apart the notion of how we believe stories are told. Using narrative tricks that range from the subtlest sleight of hand to direct address, she makes us feel the power of storytelling not as an intellectual conceit, but as a punch in the gut.”

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* Cambias, James L. : Corsair
(Tor 978-0-7653-7910-8, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466866126

SF novel, the author’s second novel, about two former MIT students who are on opposite sides of schemes to return shipments from space mining back to Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, objecting to a casual slur: “But if unexpectedly encountering this kind of sentiment won’t ruin a book for you, then you might find Corsair to be an entertaining near-future thriller. Its subgenre is one that should be appealingly familiar to readers of Walter John Williams’ Deep State or Tobias Buckell’s Hurricane Fever…”

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan
(Ace 978-0-425-26054-8, $26.95, 336pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698185487
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #5

Military SF novel, fifth in the series following Dreadnaught (2011), Invicible (2012), Guardian (2013), Steadfast (2014), and six earlier books in the “Lost Fleet” series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Military intelligence may be an oxymoron to some, but this novel demonstrates that intelligent military SF is entirely possible.”

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* Connolly, Tina : Seriously Wicked
(Tor Teen 978-0765375162, $17.99, 208pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466880740

Young adult fantasy novel about the adopted daughter of a witch.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Conroy, Robert : 1882: Custer in Chains
(Baen 978-1-4767-8051-1, $25, 368pp, hardcover, May 2015, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-374-4

Alternate history novel in which General Custer survives the battle at Little Big Horn and becomes president.
• Baen’s site has the Introduction with links to the description and several sample chapters.

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* Duncan, Rod : Unseemly Science
(Angry Robot US 9780857664273, $7.99, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664280
UK edition: 9780857664266 (Thu 7 May 2015)
Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #2

Alternate history fantasy novel, second of a duology following The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter (2014), set in a divided United Kingdom.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The first book was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-818-7, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Anthology of 25 vampire stories by contemporary female authors.
• Authors include Tanith Lee, Carrie Vaughn, Suzy McKee Charnas, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lucy Snyder, and Kelley Armstrong.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Harris, Charlaine : Day Shift
(Ace 978-0-425-26319-8, $27.95, 320pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Midnight, Texas #2

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Midnight Crossroad (2014), about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Harris continues to open up her setting, layering in more secrets as well as revealing some answers, and, in a nod to her fans, dropping the S-bomb (‘Sookie Stackhouse’) to link this series with her famous Southern Vampire Mysteries series.”

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* Hendee, Barb : Witches with the Enemy
(Roc 978-0451471338, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698168589
Mist-Torn Witches #3

Fantasy novel, third in series following The Mist-Torn Witches (2013) and Witches in Red (2014), about two orphaned sisters posing as witches in the nation of Droevinka.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Koch, Gini : Alien Separation
(Daw 978-0756409319, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197084
Alien #11

SF novel, eleventh a series following Touched by an Alien (April 2010), Alien Tango (Dec 2010), Alien in the Family (April 2011), Alien Proliferation (2011), Alien Diplomacy (Apr 2012), Alien vs. Alien (Nov. 2012), Alien in the House (May 2013), Alien Research (Dec. 2013), Alien Collective (May 2014), and Universal Alien (Dec. 2014), about alien invaders from Alpha Centauri turning humans into monsters.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Kornher-Stace, Nicole : Archivist Wasp
(Small Beer Press/Big Mouth House 978-1618730978, $14, 256pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618730985

Children’s fantasy novel about an ‘Archivist’ whose job is to hunt ghosts and fight to remain in her position.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with links to an interview with the author and an excerpt on Tor.com.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Kornher-Stace writes a mean action sequence, but going beyond the moment to connect and contextualize plot points is a spottier proposition.”

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* Maas, Sarah J. : A Court of Thorns and Roses
(Bloomsbury 978-1619634442, $18.99, 432pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
UK edition: 978-1408857861 (Tue 5 May 2015)
Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a 19-year-old huntress, Feyre, who is abducted to the world of immortal faeries.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The gruesome politics and magical might of the Fae may seem to leave Feyre hopelessly outmatched, but her grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes—and readers—sit up and pay attention.”

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* Martinez, Michael J. : The Venusian Gambit
(Skyhorse/Night Shade 978-1-59780-819-4, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Daedalus #3

SF/fantasy novel, third in a series following The Daedalus Incident (2013) and The Enceladus Crisis (2014), about a 22nd century manned mission across a solar system where a transdimensional rift links to 19th-century Earth.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “…Martinez somehow makes it all work. He skillfully handles the intricacies of characterization and the many moving parts, building to the trilogy’s utterly satisfying and quite epic finale.”

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* Murray, Susan : The Waterborne Blade
(Angry Robot 978-0857664365, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664372
UK edition: 9780857664358 (Thu 7 May 2015)

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a queen who flees her citadel to escape an invading traitor.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The second book, Waterborne Exile, is due in August.

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* Nelson, Michael Alan : Hexed
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-63388-056-6, $14.99, 281pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Fantasy novel based on the Hexed comic, about a magical teenaged girl who investigates the kidnapping of a policeman’s daughter.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Oates, Joyce Carol : Jack of Spades
(The Mysterious Press 978-0-8021-2394-7, $24, 208pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

Horror novel, subtitled “A Tale of Suspense”, about a respected literary author who secretly writes lurid thrillers under a pseudonym.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Readers are sure to be gripped and unsettled by her depiction of a seemingly mild-mannered character whose psychopathology simmers frighteningly close to the surface.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, expanding on Oates’ homages to Edgar Allan Poe; “Oates has found a marvelous modern parallel to Poe’s tales of neurotic narrators struggling to project the appearance of sanity even as they are being overwhelmed by the emotions undoing them. Her novel is a thrilling excursion into the literary macabre that persuades us to buy into the story Andrew J. Rush has crafted about himself, then pulls the rug out from under us – just as Jack of Spades would do.”

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* Okorafor, Nnedi : The Book of Phoenix
(DAW 978-0-7564-1019-3, $24.95, 240pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698175167
UK edition: Hodder & Stoughton 978-1444762792 (Thu 7 May 2015)


SF novel, prequel to the author’s World Fantasy Award winner Who Fears Death, about a genetically-accelerated woman who realizes her home in New York’s Tower 7 is a prison.
• Penguin’s site has this description,
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Tor.com posted a review by Brit Mandelo today: The Book of Phoenix isn’t just well written, and it isn’t just smart as hell; it’s also a damn good story, and it kept me reading almost nonstop all the way through. I was desperate for Phoenix to reveal the nature of the catastrophe that changed the world….”

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* Scull, Luke : Sword of the North
(Roc 978-0425264867, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609378
Grim Company #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grim Company (2013), set in a land where the gods have been killed by magelords and their magical troops.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “…this novel will please fantasy fans who like their protagonists to sweat, swear, bleed, and obsess about bodily functions. Scull both revels in and gently tweaks genre conventions while delivering a visceral, sometimes off-putting story.”

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* Spoor, Ryk E. : Phoenix in Shadow
(Baen 978-1-4767-8037-5, $15, 432pp, trade paperback, May 2015, cover art Todd Lockwood)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-376-8
Balanced Sword #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Phoenix Rising (2012), about a highborn woman who battles evil in her land.
• Baen’s site has this map with links to the description and to several chapters.

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* West, Michelle : Oracle
(DAW 978-0756410094, $25.95, 688pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698161771
House War #6

Fantasy novel, sixth in “The House War” series following The Hidden City (2008), City of Night (2009), House Name (2011), Skirmish (2012), and Battle (2013) about a city besieged by worshippers of the Lord of the Hells.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Williamson, Michael Z. : A Long Time Until Now
(Baen 978-1-4767-8033-7, $25, 672pp, hardcover, May 2015, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61824-973-9
Temporal Displacement #1

SF novel, first book in a new series, about a military unit transported back into Paleolithic times.
• Baen’s site has this Dedication page with links to the description and to several chapters.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 4 May

— posted Monday 4 May 2015 @ 8:28 am PDT

Andy Weir’s The Martian remains the highest-ranking genre title on general lists this week, ranking #2 on the LA Times paperback list and #5 on the NY Times trade paperback list, in its 26th week on these charts.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.10
WP
04.26
LAT
05.03
USAT
04.26
PW
05.04
Amz
(05.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 37       124 -17   xxx..   xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 10 xxx.. xxx.. 19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 10 x xx 6 +3 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx 62 +4
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 26   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 18 + xxx xxx.. 82 -23
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 26     x xxx.. 21 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 88     xxx.. 62 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 43     xxx.. xx 6 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 155 xxx..   xxx.. 71 +2 14 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.10
WP
04.26
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 18 8 +6     129 -16   xxx..    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 58     xxx.. 110 -20 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 26     xxx.. 97 -14   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 42 xxx..   xxx..       26 -4  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 70     xxx.. 100 + 3 +7 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 214 7 -2 xxx.. 8 +5 66 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 17             85 +  
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 56       64 -46   49 +6 xxx.. 8 +7
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 9 10 -1     xxx.. 7 =      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 75 4 =   x 121 +26 xxx.. xxx..    
Riordan, The House of Hades 04.13.15 / 4         16 -1      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 97 xxx..   xxx.. 111 -27 2 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 26 5 -1 xxx.. 2 -1 67 +13 20 -3 100 -22   xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 7 14 +       13 +8      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late April

— posted Saturday 2 May 2015 @ 3:15 pm PDT

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

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

June 2015
Vol. 135 No. 6, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Vincent Di Fate
• This special 1000th issue features a cover modeled after the cover, by H.W. Wessolowski, from the January 1930 issue of Astouding Stories of Super-Science. Special features include an editorial marking the occasion and pieces by Stanley Schmidt, Ben Bova, and Mike Ashley.
• Fiction includes novelettes by Richard A. Lovett and Sean McMullen and short stories by Gwendolyn Clare, Ted Reynolds & William F. Wu, Brenta Blevins, Ron Collins, C.C. Finlay, Seth Dickinson, and Jay Werkheiser.
• The science fact article, by Michael Carroll, is about “Really Big Tourism”. Departments includes Jeffrey D. Kooistra’s final “Alternate View” column, and “The Reference Library” by Don Sakers, covers titles by Karen Lord, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and others.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, recommending the story by Sean McMullen.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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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/

June 2015
Vol. 36 No. 6 (whole #473), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Mathias Rosenthal
• Novelettes in this issue are by Django Wexler, Henry Lien, M. Bennardo, and Sarah Pinsker, with short stories by Ray Nayler and Indrapramit Das. There’s also poetry by Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, and Geoffrey A. Landis.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Kathleen Ann Goonan, a “Reflections” column by Robert Silverberg, about the end of the world; an “On the Net” column by James Patrick Kelly, “The Optimist’s Tale”, and book reviews by Peter Heck, covering titles by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Harry Harrison, and others.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, recommending the story by Ray Nayler.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

April 2015
Issue 170-172, cover art by Ignacio Bazán Lazcano
Issue 172, a special “Weird Western Issue”, posted April 30th, has stories by E. Catherine Tobler, Erin Cashier, and Shannon Peavey. There’s also a podcast of the Cashier story, and archive items by Saladin Ahmed and Peter Darbyshire.
Issue 171, posted April 16, has stories by Spencer Ellsworth and Thomas M. Waldroon, with a podcast of the Ellsworth story and archive items by Erin Cashier and Rachael Acks.
Issue 170, posted April 2, has stories by Cat Rambo and Heather Clitheroe, with a podcast by Sylvia Anna Hivén and an archive story by Michael J. DeLuca.
• Lois Tilton reviewed these issues here, recommending the Thomas M. Waldroon story.

(Sat 2 May 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/

March 2015
Issue 319, Vol. 27 No. 7, 32pp
• This special “Forward into the Past” issue features an Samuel R. Delany’s afterword to new volume of his early novels (last month’s issue featured the foreword), and an MIT discussion with Greg Bear and Gregory Benford — both very long.
• There’s also a review by Michael Levy of Karen Lord’s The Galaxy Game, and an announcement of the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards.
• The editorial, by Kevin J. Maroney and the editors, is about “The Puppy Fight”.

(Sat 2 May 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/

April 2015
• Fiction posted in April: Noise Pollution by Alison Wilgus, Among the Sighs of the Violoncellos by Daniel Ausema, and Nine Thousand Hours by Iona Sharma.
• Poetry is by Jenn Grunigen, Gwynne Garfinkle, Salik Shah, and Natalia Theodoridou. There’s a podcast of readings of these poems.
• Articles and columns include a column by Genevieve Valentine about Hollywood and non-white characters, a column by Eleanor Arnason about diversity in SF, Book Club posts about Nicola Griffith’s Hild and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant.

(Sat 2 May 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/

April 2015
• Stories posted in April are Ballroom Blitz by Veronica Schanoes, The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias, The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik, and Ambiguity Machines: An Examination by Vandana Singh.
Excerpts include many episodes of Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s 1883 Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism.

(Sat 2 May 2015)

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