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early May
Stephen Baxter
S.C. Butler
Mark Chadbourn
C.J. Cherryh
David Drake
C.E. Murphy
Robert V.S. Redick
Lane Robins
Alison Sinclair
Maria V. Snyder
J.R.R. Tolkien

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

2009 Directories




 

* Anderson, Kevin J. : Enemies & Allies
(William Morrow 978-0-06-166255-3, $26.99, 326pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Comics-based novel subtitled "The Dark Knight meets the Man of Steel", in which Batman and Superman first meet to combat the world's bad guys.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse Inside" function including an excerpt, and a video clip from Anderson.
• Amazon has over 50 mostly positive reader reviews.

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Baker, Kage : The Empress of Mars
(Tor 978-0-7653-1890-9, $25.95, 303pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket art Paul Youll)
(First edition: Subterranean Press, December 2008)

SF novel, based on the 2003 Theodore Sturgeon Award winning novella of the same name, about a bar owner on a Mars abandoned by the founding British Arean Company.
• Tor's website has this description. Tor's is the first trade edition following the limited edition (now sold out) from Subterranean Press last December.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded "Though the international politics are sometimes threadbare, Baker's tale of individualists battling enforced conformity is a worthy evolution of her novella and will especially appeal to longtime science fiction fans."

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* Benedict, Lyn : Sins & Shadows
(Ace 978-0-441-01711-9, $7.99, 357pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Shane Rebenschied)

Urban fantasy novel, subtitled a "Shadows Inquiries" novel, about a private investigator who handles supernatural cases.
• The publisher's site has this description, a letter from the author, and an excerpt.

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* Brown, Eric : Xenopath
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-742-5, £7.99, 414pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover art Jon Sullivan)

SF novel set in a future spaceport, Bengal Station, where telepath monitor Jeff Vaughn works for a detective agency.
• This book, set two years after previous novel Necropath, concerns possible genocide on a colony world.
• The edition listed here in the UK edition, due in June; the US edition was published this month.
• The publisher's site has this description and a PDF sample chapter.

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* Buckell, Tobias S. : Tides from the New Worlds
(Wyrm Publishing 978-1-890464-07-3, $40, 293pp, hardcover, February 2009, cover art Brian Dow)

Collection of 19 stories, one original to this book, the others first published since 2000.
• Mike Resnick provides a book introduction, while Buckell provides an introduction to each story.
• This is a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies.
• The publisher's site has this order page for the book, with the complete table of contents.

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Relentless
(Ace 978-0-441-01708-9, $7.99, 15+320pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Peter Bollinger)

Military SF novel, fifth in the "Lost Fleet" series following Dauntless, Fearless, Courageous, and Valiant, about an Alliance Fleet in enemy territory.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell. His website has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Day, S. J. : Eve of Darkness
(Tor 978-0-7653-6041-0, $6.99, 353pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Gordon Crabb)

Urban fantasy novel, first book in the "Marked" trilogy, about a woman who's forced into becoming a celestial bounty hunter.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the enthusiastic Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Dynamic and vibrant, Eve is an impressive protagonist, and her fierce spirit and determination to make the best of her circumstances will keep readers enthralled."

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Day, Thomas A. : A Grey Moon Over China
(Tor 978-0-7653-2142-8, $24.95, 411pp, hardcover, May 2009)
(First edition: Black Heron Press, October 2006)

SF novel about energy wars between the US, Japan, and California, and a group of Army engineers with plans for a device that could prevent environmental disaster.
• It was first published by Black Heron Press in 2006, and named by Kirkus as one of the Best SF books of the year. Entertainment Weekly gave it an A.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author's site has a long description, background on the author, and excerpts from various reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "...this well-written, decidedly grim novel is replete with strong, thorny characters, fast-paced action sequences and rich descriptions of human folly and true heroism."

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* Drake, Jocelynn : Dayhunter
(Eos 978-0-06-154283-1, $7.99, 356pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Don Sipley)

Dark fantasy novel, second in the Dark Days series following Nightwalker (2008), about Mira, a centuries-old enforcer for a secret organization who has the special ability to create fire.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "browse inside" feature including an excerpt.
• The author's website also has an excerpt, plus several pages of history about the book's characters and essays about the book's concepts.

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+ Esslemont, Ian C. : Night of Knives
(Tor 978-0-7653-2369-9, $25.95, 284pp, hardcover, May 2009, cover art Steve Stone) First US edition (UK: PS Publishing, April 2005)

Fantasy novel set in the Malazan Empire, the world co-created by Esslemont and Steven Erickson, author of the 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
• This book concerns the one-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon on the island of Malaz.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Series website Malazan Empire includes a readers' forum and a Encyclopedia Malazica.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erickson's books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans."

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* Finlay, C. C. : Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch
(Del Rey 978-0-345-50390-9, $7.99, 330pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Craig Howell)

Historical fantasy novel, first of a trilogy (the subsequent volumes to be published over the next two months), about male witch Proctor Brown during the American Revolutionary war.
• The author is better known as Charles Coleman Finlay, whose novella "The Political Prisoner" is a Hugo and Nebula nominee this year.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "spellbinding" and which concludes "Finlay (The Prodigal Troll) provides enough well-researched minutiae of daily life in colonial America to make this a fine historical novel, while offering a magic-tinged view of the happenings at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill that impressively restores suspense and uncertainty to long-settled events."

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* Gee, Emily : The Laurentine Spy
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-711-1, £7.99, 410pp, mass market paperback, April 2009, cover illustration Larry Rostant)

Romantic fantasy novel set in the Corhonase citadel, where Saliel keeps secret the magic she uses as a spy.
• The publisher's site has this description and a PDF sample chapter.
• The UK edition is listed here; the US edition was published simultaneously.
• The New Zealand author's website has information on her first book, a gallery of photos from world travel, etc.

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : Blood from Stone
(Luna 978-0-373-80297-5, $14.95, 346pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Contemporary urban fantasy novel, sixth in the "Retrievers" series following Staying Dead (2004), Curse the Dark (2005), Bring It On (2006), Burning Bridges (2007), and Free Fall (2008) about a woman with magical talents who specializes in finding things gone missing.
• In this book Wren Valare deals with a child-snatcher.
• The publisher's site has a description with a "Browse the Book" link to preview selected pages.
• Amazon has an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, noting that this book wraps up the current storyline, though more books in the series are planned; "Everything wraps up with an entertaining bit of action, and if happily-ever-after's nowhere near guaranteed, at least it looks like there's a chance..."

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* Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Longeye
(Baen 978-1-4165-9153-5, $24, 313pp, hardcover, April 2009, cover art Tom Kidd)

Romantic fantasy novel, second of a duology following Duainfey. In this book the fate of the world rests on the Fey Longeye and the human Rebecca Beauvelley.
• Baen's website has this description with links to several chapters.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "The tone is quite different from the previous book's, lacking both the Regency flavor and the elements of S&M and rape. Instead, we get an exploration of this world's magic, based on life force and partially described in terms of science..."

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+ Millar, Martin : Lux the Poet
(Soft Skull Press 9781593762315, $13.95, 202pp, trade paperback, 2009)

Associational novel with fantasy elements (reincarnated angels) about a man searching for the love of his life amidst riots in '80s Britain.
• The novel was first published in 1988 in the UK by Fourth Estate. Martin Millar is better known by his pseudonym, Martin Scott, author of the Thraxas novels, the first of which won a World Fantasy Award in 2000.
• The publisher's site has this description, author info, and an excerpt.

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* Monette, Sarah : Corambis
(Ace 978-0-441-01596-2, $24.95, 421pp, hardcover, April 2009, jacket illustration Judy York)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the series following Mélusine (2005), The Virtu (2006), and The Mirador (2007), set in the magical city of Mélusine. This book concerns rival wizards and a fortress called the Mirador.
• The author's site has links to excerpts from the earlier novels, to a map and an explanation of the calendar, and to mp3 author readings of the first two chapters of this book.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Monette throws in numerous unsubtle lessons on love, lust and power, but for full effect, the intricate plot requires familiarity with prior installments."
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, concluding that it "should satisfy even the rare cynical reader who hasn't already been won over by Monette's gifts for character, voice and great prose."

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* Monk, Devon : Magic in the Blood
(Roc 978-0-451-46267-1, $6.99, 358pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

Fantasy novel, follow-up to Magic to the Bone (2008), about Allison Beckstrom, a "Hound" who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it.
• In this book Allie is asked to consult on a missing persons case.
• The publisher's page for the book has no description at all.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Ore, Rebecca : Centuries Ago and Very Fast
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-25-6, $16, 158pp, trade paperback, February 2009)

Collection of 14 linked stories, only two of which have been previously published in earlier forms, concerning a gay man from the Paleolithic who jumps through time from hunting mammoths to witnessing the Stonewall riots.
• The publisher's site has this description, along with blurbs from Samuel R. Delany -- "Ore's little book has intelligence and charm. Really, you've just got to read this!" -- and Pamela Sargent.
• Amazon also has the description, and reviews from Don D'Ammassa, who compares it to "R.A. Lafferty, although only if he was collaborating with Harlan Ellison", and Richard Labonte, who calls it "a time-travel tale incorporating ancient religious rites, a tender gay love story, snapshots of historical attitudes about homosexuality -- and earthy queer erotica."

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* Ruckley, Brian : Fall of Thanes
(Orbit 978-0-316-06771-3, $14.99, 471pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Gene Mollica)

Fantasy novel, third book of "The Godless World" trilogy following Winterbirth (2007) and Bloodheir (2008), about war between the clans of the Black Road and the True Bloods.
• The author's site has this synopsis and an extract.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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+ Sapkowski, Andrzej : Blood of Elves
(Orbit US 978-0-316-02919-3, $7.99, 398pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

Fantasy horror novel, sequel to The Last Wish (2008), about sorcerer Geralt de Riv, basis for the Atari videogame The Witcher.
• Orbit's website has this description.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
mid May 2009

posted 22 May 2009




Opening lines:

The movement of birds. That was what told Orisian oc Lannis-Haig that they were coming. Wood pigeons, half a dozen, took flight from the leafless treetops, their wingtips cracking like a rattle of drums. He saw them arrowing away over the canopy, and knew that in their flight they told a tale of what lay beneath. Somewhere there, down amidst the dank greys and browns of the tree trunks and undergrowth, the enemy were coming: men, and likely women, he meant to see dead before the pale, sinking sun touched the horizon.




Opening lines:

Proctor Brown stopped in the middle of bustling King Street, close enough to Boston's long wharf to smell the fishing boats, and wished he hadn't worn his best linen jacket. He rolled his shoulders to loosen the fit, but it still felt too tight. His mother had given him the linen jacket two years ago for his eigh teenth birthday, and he'd already outgrown it. Taking over all the work on the farm hadn't made his shoulders any smaller.




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (Locus Online does not have access to materials sent to Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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+ = first US edition

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