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2nd half April
John Joseph Adams
Ann Aguirre
Ilona Andrews
Ben Bova
Datlow & Windling
James Enge
Eric Garcia
Kay Kenyon
Ursula K. Le Guin
Farah Mendlesohn
Adam Roberts
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Charles Stross

2nd week April
Shana Abé
Bernard Beckett
Ray Bradbury
Kathleen Bryan
Alan Campbell
Dave Duncan
Max Frei
Gevers & Lake
Alexander C. Irvine
Melanie Rawn
Mark Rich
Robert J. Sawyer
Tony White
Michael Z. Williamson

2009 Directories




 

+ Baxter, Stephen : Flood
(Roc 978-0-451-46271-8, $24.95, 490pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket painting Larry Rostant) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, July 2008)

Near-future catastrophe novel in which sea levels rise and flood coastal cities -- though not because of global warming. It's first of a diptych, to be followed later this year (in the UK) by Ark.
• The author's site (scroll down) has links to an article on the background of the novel, The Flooding of London, and several short works related to the novel exclusively on the site.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "engrossing, daring and occasionally overambitious".
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine, noting that the publisher is promoting it as "entry-level SF", "making few conceptual demands of the reader and replete with the kind of melodramatic coincidences and touching reunions of pop disaster tales"; but Wolfe concludes "for what it is, a largely old-fashioned disaster tale presented with spectacle and efficient pacing, Flood is a pretty effective entertainment."

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* Butler, S. C. : The Magicians' Daughter
(Tor 978-0-7653-1479-6, $27.95, 446pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket art Daniel Dos Santos)

Young-adult SF novel, third in the "Stoneways Trilogy" following Reiffen's Choice (2006) and Queen Ferris (2007), about a 12-year-old heir to two thrones.
• Series website valingstoneways.com has a map, an excerpt, news, cover art, and reviews.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon's "look inside" function includes an excerpt.

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+ Chadbourn, Mark : World's End
(Pyr 9781591027393, $15.98, 415pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover illustration John Picacio) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, July 1999)

Fantasy novel, Book One of the "Age of Misrule", about ancient Celtic gods returning to modern Britain.
• It was first published 10 years ago in the UK, and was followed by Darkest Hour (2000) and Always Forever (2001); those titles are forthcoming from Pyr in June and July.
• Pyr's website has this description and some sample chapters.

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* Cherryh, C. J. : Conspirator
(DAW 978-0-7564-0570-0, $25.95, 370pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket painting Todd Lockwood)

SF novel, 10th volume in Cherryh's long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deliverer (2007).
• This book is about the first ateva youth to live in a human environment.
• The Publishers Weekly calls it "complex and sophisticated ... A space opera where ideas are as important as action."

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* Drake, David : In the Stormy Red Sky
(Baen 978-1-416-59159-7, $25, 378pp, hardcover, May 2009, cover art Stephen Hickman)

Military SF novel, seventh in the "RCN" series following With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary, Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor, and When the Tide Rises. In this book Leary, now Captain, and master-spy Lady Adele Mundy pursue a "diplomatic" mission in a remote region.
• Baen's Webscriptions site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Murphy, C. E. : The Pretender's Crown
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49465-8, $14, 461pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Gene Mollica)

Alternate history sf/fantasy novel, Book 2 of "The Inheritors' Cycle" following The Queen's Bastard (2008), concerning political tensions in an Elizabethan-era world in which aliens have visited the Earth.
• Del Rey's site has this description.
• The author's website has an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "Murphy tends toward long discussions of war, succession and various attempts by the Heseth to influence human development, mostly balanced by clever intrigue and raw, explicit sex scenes."

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+ Redick, Robert V. S. : The Red Wolf Conspiracy
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50883-6, $26, 450pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket illustration Craig Howell) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, February 2008)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy and the author's first novel, concerning a giant merchant ship on a mission to bring peace between the Empire of Arqual and the Mzithrin Empire.
• The book was published last year in the UK, to much publicity and acclaim.
• Del Rey's site has this description, citing comparisons to Pullman, Martin, and Miéville, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has an exclusive review by Terry Brooks, who says that Redick's "accomplishment is in crafting a story that is a throwback to the days of the European Adventure story writers--Stevenson, Dumas, Scott and the like--a tale that is a gripping page-turner accessible to all ages."
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "dramatic, complex" and concludes "Both adult and young adult readers will find much to enjoy in this tale of sea-faring and bloody diplomacy."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Redick's inventiveness sometimes outpaces his eloquence, and he produces the occasional expository lump, but The Red Wolf Conspiracy still manages to be an irresistible read. I'll certainly look forward to seeing more of his work."

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* Robins, Lane : Kings and Assassins
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49574-7, $15, 353pp, trade paperback, April 2009)

Fantasy novel, sequel to the author's debut novel Maledicte (2007), about Janus Ixion, the Earl of Last, a former commoner striving to reclaim his birthright as he schemes against the king and his country's decline.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Robins's tapestry of lies, deception and violence is deftly woven but not for the fainthearted."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: "the element of fantasy adds further complexity to both [Janus'] predicaments and his opportunities, as gods, men, ghosts and the god-possessed all draw together for a climax that manages to be horrific yet capable of surprises, and not entirely shaped by the forces of doom."

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* Sinclair, Alison : Darkborn
(Roc 978-0-451-46270-1, $15, 348pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover art Melanie Delon)

Romantic fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set in a world inhabited by the Darkborn, who can't survive light, and the Lightborn, who need it to survive. The story concerns a Darkborn doctor who takes in a fugitive woman who gives birth to Lightborn twins.
• Amazon has the book description and reader reviews.
Publishers Weekly calls it "slow-moving but intriguing".
• Faren Miller reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Fast-paced and crammed with dangers to its main characters, Darkborn goes beyond romantic suspense to explore their complex personalities and the sometimes self-contradictory nature of culture and society in these two peoples who were one until a curse divided them many centuries ago. It's a fine start to what looks like a truly interesting project."

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* Snyder, Maria V. : Storm Glass
(Mira 978-0-7783-2564-2, $13.95, 488pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Fantasy novel about Opal, a student at a magical academy, who discovers latent mystical talents.
• The author's site has description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "The wealth of glassmaking lore compensates for the quick-moving but predictable plot, which leaves abundant room for at least two sequels."

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* Tolkien, J. R. R., edited by Christopher Tolkien : The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
(Houghton Mifflin 978-0-547-27342-6, $26, 377pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Verse retelling of the two epic Norse tales about Sigurd the Völsung and The Fall of the Niflungs, with commentary by editor Christopher Tolkien.
• It's a previously unpublished work, written by Tolkien in the 1920s and '30s.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has links to Christopher Tolkien's introduction and to a video trailer with the publisher.
• Elizabeth Hand's Washington Post review calls it a "dense yet fascinating volume". She notes that "Readers might be familiar with these tales from casual readings in Norse myth or from Wagner's 'Ring' Cycle, which drew on the same source material: There are magic rings, warrior maidens, dragons, doomed lovers, betrayals and much head-cleaving." And she concludes "Given the global reach and phenomenal success of the Tolkien franchise, it is difficult sometimes to focus on what a strange, brilliant, obsessive writer he actually was..."

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New SF/F/H books:
early May 2009

posted 12 May 2009




Opening lines:

It began, as every disaster in his life began, with a calm. The harbor and the village slept. The wind that had roared all night lay quelled by the headland; the bosun grew too sleepy to shout. But forty feet up the ratlines, Pazel Pathkendle had never been more awake.




Opening lines:

And now the world turns slowly from the light. Not with the cymbal clash of guns and tanks, but with the gently plucked harp of shifting moods and oddly lengthening shadows, the soft tread of a subtle invasion, not here, then here, and none the wiser. Each morning the sun still rises on supermarket worlds of plastic and glass, on industrial estates where slow trucks lumber in belches of diesel, on cities lulled by the whirring of disk drives breaking existence down into digitised order. People still move through their lives with the arrogance of rulers who know their realms will never fall. Several weeks into the new Dark Age, life goes on as it always has, oblivious to the passing of the Age of Reason, of Socratic thought and Apollonian logic.




Opening lines:

"Heart of Steel are our ships!" played the band on the quay. The Bergen and Associates shipyard was decked with bunting and packed with temporary bleachers for this unique occasion. "Heart of Steel are our crews!"




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