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May-June
Marie Brennan
Javier Calvo
John Crowley
Lori Devoti
S.L. Farrell
C.C. Finlay
Michael Grant
PJ Haarsma
Jim C. Hines
Jay Lake
John Marco
Melissa Marr
Gail Z. Martin
Kelly McCullough
Lisa McMann
A.J. Menden
Rudy Rucker
Bud Sparhawk
Greg van Eekhout
David J. Williams
Sean Williams
Jane Yolen

late May
Steven Barnes
Jacqueline Carey
Alan Dean Foster
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Greer Gilman
Hartwell & Cramer
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Kirsten Imani Kasai
China Miéville
S.M. Peters
Tamora Pierce
Rabe & Greenberg
Paul T. Riddell
Lisa Shearin
Jeri Smith-Ready

2009 Directories




 

* Alan, Robert : This Way Madness Comes
(Cycad Press 978-0-9817962-4-6, $16.95, trade paperback, August 2009)

Science fiction thriller about a Cold War-era Soviet scientist who discovers an unlimited source of power, then faces a conflict between loyalty to his country and loyalty to humanity.
• Cycad Press is an imprint of Atlas Books, whose website has this description with an author profile and ordering information.
• The book is nominally to be published in August, but is available now from Amazon.

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* Anderson, Kevin J. : The Edge of the World
(Orbit 978-0-316-00418-3, $14.99, 578pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover illustration Lee Gibbons)

Epic fantasy novel, first in new series "Terra Incognita", about two warring kingdoms who both launch sailing ships to explore the unknown.
• The publisher's site has this feature page about the book, with links to news about a rock album CD based on the book, a widget to preview tracks from the album and read excerpts from the novel, and to reviews of the book.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Bauer, Stephen J. : Quest of the Shadow-Forge
(Xlibris 978-1-4363-9723-0, $21.99, 222pp, trade paperback, February 2009)

Fantasy novel that presents the story of the universe and the theories that surround it to a twelve-year-old boy with ADHD. It's subtitled "Andrew's Adventure Series".
• An author's note identifies it as a companion book to his The Evolutioning of Creation - Volume 1: An Alternative View of Modern Cosmology.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a Chapter 4 excerpt.

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+ Chadbourn, Mark : Darkest Hour
(Pyr 978-1-59102740-9, $15.98, 465pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover illustration John Picacio)

Fantasy novel, Book Two of the "Age of Misrule" following World's End (published last month by Pyr), about ancient Celtic gods returning to modern Britain.
• The series was first published 10 years ago in the UK; the third volume, Always Forever (2001), is coming from Pyr in July.
• Pyr's website has this description.

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* Day, S. J. : Eve of Destruction
(Tor 978-0-765-36042-7, $6.99, 418pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, second book in the "Marked" trilogy following Eve of Darkness (published last month), about a woman who becomes a celestial bounty hunter.
• In this book Eve, in training for her new role, encounters a demon killing off her fellow classmates.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The third book, Eve of Chaos, is due next month.

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* Frost, P. R. : Faery Moon
(DAW 978-0-7564-0556-4, $24.95, 355pp, hardcover, June 2009, cover illustration Melanie Delon)

Supernatural romance/mystery novel about a fantasy writer who fights demons, sequel to Hounding the Moon (2006) and Moon in the Mirror (2007).
• In this book Tess Noncoiré travels to Las Vegas, where she learns that dancers in a show are actually kidnapped faeries.
• The author's webpage has excerpts from both her first and second books.
• The Publishers Weekly concludes "The dark ending is leavened by the usual insider references to filk, as well as plenty of sword swinging and romantic angst."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Green, Simon R. : The Spy Who Haunted Me
(Roc 978-0-451-46272-5, $24.95, 389pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket painting Paul Young)

Fantasy novel, third in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007) and Daemons Are Forever (2008).
• This book concerns a challenge to solve five great mysteries left by legendary agent Arthur King.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes: "Though some supporting characters are clearly meant to be disposable, Eddie makes a likable hero, and fans will enjoy following him through this surprisingly complex mystery."

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* Harris, Charlaine : Dead and Gone
(Ace 978-0-441-01715-7, $25.95, 312pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Humorous fantasy novel, ninth in the very popular Southern Vampire series about Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, following Dead to the World (2004), Dead as a Doornail (2005), Definitely Dead (2006), All Together Dead (2007), and From Dead to Worse (2008). This one concerns a group of shapeshifters who out themselves to the world.
• The author's website has this excerpt.
Publishers Weekly warns that "Harris tries to cram too much into a single story, and even die-hard fans of Sookie's adventures in print and on HBO's True Blood will complain about the plot gaps."
• Carolyn Cushman's review in the May issue of Locus Magazine called it "one of the most thrilling, if downbeat, volumes in the series so far."

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* Hill, A. W. : Nowhere-Land
(Counterpoint 978-0-58243-498-8, $25, 8+469pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Suspense novel, subtitled "A Stephan Raszer Investigation", about a private investigator pursuing a young Jehovah's Witness church member whose abduction is connected with a triple homicide near Los Angeles.
• The publisher's site has this brief description.
• The author's site includes links to his earlier books, an excerpt, and a blog.
• Amazon has the Booklist review -- "It's a mixture of crime, spiritual arcana, fantasy, and some fairly overblown prose that depends quite a bit on the reader suspending disbelief and all hope of understanding much of what's going on..." -- and quotes from other reviews.

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* Koontz, Dean : Relentless
(Bantam 978-0-553-80714-1, $27, 356pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Thriller about a best-selling novelist who discovers that the famous literary critic who's written a poisonous review of his latest book is a sociopath.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has quotes from reviews -- Publishers Weekly writes "Koontz is working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love." -- and reader reviews.

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* Lebbon, Tim : The Island
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-38468-0, $15, 394pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover art Cliff Nielsen)

Fantasy novel set in Noreela, as in previous novels Dusk (2006), Dawn (2007), and Fallen, about an island that appears following a tsunami.
• Bantam's site has this description with a Browse & Search feature to read an excerpt.
• A hardcover edition is published this month in the UK by Allison & Busby.
• Website Tim Lebbon's Noreela has news, an excerpt, a Noreela glossary, etc.
• The starred Publishers Weekly review calls it a "solidly constructed tale [that] offers hope that the compelling protagonists can achieve believable heroism if they're willing to pay for it."

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* Morton, Lisa, ed. : Midnight Walk
(Darkhouse Publishing 978-0-578-02162-1, $15.95, 9+257pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Anthology of 14 original "tales of terror and suspense". Authors include Del Howison, gaming writer Armand Constantine, screenwriter Joey O'Bryan, makeup artist Mike McCarty, movie actor and voice artist Richard Grove, and others.
• This is the premiere publication from Darkhouse Publishing, whose website has the table of contents.
• Amazon has a product review with descriptions of the stories.

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* Neill, Chloe : Some Girls Bite
(NAL 978-0-451-22625-9, $14, 341pp, trade paperback, April 2009)

Romantic fantasy novel, first of a series subtitled "A Chicagoland Vampires Novel", about a grad student initiated into a society of vampires.
• The author's site has this description with links to an excerpt and to a deleted scene.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine, noting plot elements involving a serial killer and a coming war: "It's not quite as over-the-top as it sounds, a fun mix and an interesting start to a new series."

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* O'Neal, James : The Human Disguise
(Tor 978-0-7653-2014-8, $15.95, 365pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Near-future thriller set in a war-ravaged US in which a Florida police officer discovers a battle between two ancient races for control of Earth.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• This is the author's first SF novel, but he's published crime novels under the name James O. Born. The author's website includes a bio, and photos.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "O'Neal provides the postapocalyptic genre with few innovations, but his self-assured, hard-edged writing style, solid characters and wildly entertaining thriller plot will keep readers enthralled."

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+ Reynolds, Alastair : House of Suns
(Ace 978-0-441-01717-1, $26.95, 473pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket illustration Chris Moore) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, April 2008)

Far future SF novel about members of a clone line, spread throughout the galaxy but meeting at long intervals for reunions, and an unknown force trying to extermine them. It's a stand-alone novel, independent of the author's previous seven novels.
• Ace's website has this description plus a feature essay by Reynolds about the book.
• Nick Gevers reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: "House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds's vigorous and diverting eighth novel, is somewhat mellower than its predecessors -- more optimistic, more expansive. There's less of the Gothic atmosphere, the sense of ultimate doom familiar from the Inhibitor novels, the menace radiating from haunted technological architectures."

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* Sanderson, Brandon : Warbreaker
(Tor 978-0-7653-2030-8, $27.95, 592pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket art Daniel Dos Santos)

Fantasy novel, a stand-alone and not part of a series, about two sister princesses, a God King one of them is to marry, and resurrected heroes.
• Tor's website has this description with a video interview, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story."
• Amazon has a remarkable number of reader reviews, 70, most of them awarding 4 or 5 stars.
• Faren Miller's review in the June issue of Locus Magazine concludes, "Sanderson retains enough darkness, sense of character (and mistrust of war) to make the book more than just casual entertainment."

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* Silverberg, Robert : Other Spaces, Other Times
(NonStop Press 978-1-933065-12-0, $29.95, 199pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Autobiographical nonfiction, subtitled "A Life Spent in the Future", focusing on the circumstances of writing numerous stories and novels, and including numerous previously published essays, afterwords, and introductions, plus a several-times updated and expanded version of his 1974 F&SF essay "Sounding Brass, Tinkling Cymbal", here filling 50 pages of the book.
• Included are numerous photos, both black and white and in color, cover images, a bibliography, and an index.
• Silverberg's introduction notes that he has "avoided writing anything like a conventional autobiographical book, and I intend to go on avoiding writing one to the end of my days".
• Sci Fi Wire posted this review by Paul Di Filippo.

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* Van Name, Mark L. : Overthrowing Heaven
(Baen 978-1-4139-3267-8, $25, 409pp, hardcover, June 2009, cover art Stephen Hickman)

Military SF novel, third in a series following One Jump Ahead (2007) and Slanted Jack (2008), about nano-enhanced warrior Jon Moore and his assault vehicle Lobo.
• In this book the two pursue a scientist performing illegal nano research on children.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review says "While some major characters are little more than cardboard cutouts, the pedal-to-the-metal narrative and nonstop action will satisfy most adventure SF fans."

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* Weldon, Phaedra : Phantasm
(Ace 978-0-441-01716-4, $15, 360pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover art Christian McGrath)

Paranormal fantasy, third of a series following Wraith (2007) and Spectre (2008), about ZoČ Martinique, a professional snoop with astral abilities.
• In this book Zoe deals with the sudden loss of her powers.
• Ace's website has this description plus a special excerpt.

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New SF/F/H books:
early/mid June 2009

posted 18 June 2009




Opening lines:

This is a thing I've learned: Even with a gun to my head, I am capable of being convulsed with laughter. I am not sure what this extreme capacity for mirth says about me. You'll have to decide for yourself.




Opening lines:

From the end of the bar, Tom Wilner could look through the cavernous main room and pool hall and still see her dark hair as she leaned back in her chair. The boyfriend, Tiget Nadovich, sat next to her, wearing that dark jacket over his black shirtand black pants that Wilner had seen him in twenty times before.




Opening lines:

There were great advantages to being unimportant.




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