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early-mid June
Robert Alan
Kevin J. Anderson
Stephen J. Bauer
Mark Chadbourn
S.J. Day
P.R. Frost
Simon R. Green
Charlaine Harris
A.W. Hill
Dean Koontz
Tim Lebbon
Lisa Morton
Chloe Neill
James O'Neal
Alastair Reynolds
Brandon Sanderson
Robert Silverberg
Mark L. Van Name
Phaedra Weldon

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

2009 Directories




 

+ Bell, Alex : The Ninth Circle
(Gollancz 978-0575084650, $14.95, 264pp, trade paperback, June 2009) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, April 2008)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a Budapest amnesiac whose pursuit of his identity leads to evidence of a demonic war.
• This is the first US edition, reprinted by Gollancz and stickered for sale in US markets.
• The publisher's site has this description ("This is The Bourne Identity ... as if Neil Gaiman had written it ...") of the original first edition.
• Amazon has a description, and reader reviews.
• Both Faren Miller and Paul Witcover reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine; Witcover called it "enjoyable if less-accomplished" and compared Bell to Sergei Lukyanenko.

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* Carey, Jacqueline : Naamah's Kiss
(Grand Central 978-0-446-19803-5, $26.99, 645pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket illustration Alan Ayers)

Fantasy novel, seventh installment in the Kushiel series after Kushiel's Mercy (2008), set in an allegorical version of Earth where angels, including Naamah, watch over lands called Terre d'Ange [France] and Alba [Great Britain].
• This book concerns a young woman, Moirim, whose romantic adventures take her from Terre d'Ange to Ch'in.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an "Open Book" function providing an excerpt.
• Carey's website has the chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Carey's triumph as a writer lies in her ability to turn these stock -- nearly stereotyped -- components into an engaging, fascinating novel."

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* Dozois, Gardner, ed. : The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection
(St. Martin's 978-0-312-55105-6, $21.95, 48+639pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Chad Beatty)

Anthology of 30 stories first published in 2008, plus a 48-page "Summation: 2008", and 11 pages of 'honorable mentions' at the end.
• Contents include a number of this year's Hugo Awards nominees -- Michael Swanwick's "From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled", Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler", Mary Robinette Kowal's "Evil Robot Monkey", Charles Coleman Finlay's "The Political Prisoner", Nancy Kress' "The Erdmann Nexus", James Alan Gardner's "The Ray-Gun: A Love Story", and Ian McDonald's "The Tear", plus other stories by Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, Jay Lake, Paul McAuley, Greg Egan, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "This is a worthy addition to a venerable series."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review of the book should appear in the September issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Friesner, Esther M., ed. : Witch Way to the Mall
(Baen 978-1439132746, $7.99, 406pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover art Tom Kidd)

Anthology of 21 original stories of "suburban fantasy", concerning witches who've moved to the suburbs.
• Authors include Harry Turtledove, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jan and S.M. Stirling, K.D. Wentworth, and Robin Wayne Bailey.
• Baen's site has this description with links to Friesner's introduction and to four of the stories.

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* Huff, Tanya : The Enchantment Emporium
(DAW 978-0-7564-0555-7, $24.95, 361pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket painting Alan Ayers)

Urban fantasy novel about a young woman who inherits her grandmother's Calgary junk shop, and discovers that it serves a supernatural community.
• The publisher's site has this brief description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes: "Fantasy buffs will find plenty of humor, thrills and original mythology to chew on, along with refreshingly three-dimensional women in an original, fully realized world."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Amusingly, even for the bad guys, everything turns out to be about family, and a big part of the fun of this offbeat contemporary fantasy is figuring out just what's really going on with Allie's extended family."

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* Little, Denise, ed. : Swordplay
(DAW 978-0756405595, $7.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)

Anthology of 17 original stories about swords.
• Authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Phaedra Weldon, Jean Rabe, Laura Resnick, and Loren Coleman.

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Haze
(Tor 978-0-7653-2302-6, $24.95, 303pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket art Sparth)

SF techno-thriller-mystery novel about a Federation scout investigating a world surrounded by nanotech satellites.
• Tor's website has this description plus an excerpt.
• Amazon has its "Look Inside" function with an excerpt, and mixed reader reviews.

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* Morse, Drew : The 2009 Rhysling Anthology
(The Science Fiction Poetry Association no isbn, $12.95, 173pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Anthology, subtitled "The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Poetry of 2008", of 93 poems first published last year and eligible for this year's Rhysling Awards as selected by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
• Contents are grouped into "short poems" and "long poems". Authors include Brian Aldiss, Mike Allen, Bruce Boston, G.O. Clark, Billy Collins, Deborah P. Kolodji, Geoffrey A. Landis, Sandra Lindow, J.M. McDermott, Mark Rich, Catherynne M. Valente, Ian Watson, and Jane Yolen.
• Deborah P Kolodji's site has this post with an image of the wrap-around cover.
• The book does not yet seem to be available from Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

(Fri 19 Jun 2009) • (Directory Entry)

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* Stone, Dan : The Rest of Our Lives
(Lethe Press 1-59021-147-2, $15, 227pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Gay romantic fantasy novel about a man who can stop time and who meets his counterpart.
• The publisher's site has these posts about the book, with background by the author and a link to an excerpt.
• Amazon has a brief description, and several 5-star reader reviews.

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* Wilson, Robert Charles : Julian Comstock
(Tor 978-0-7653-1971-5, $25.95, 413pp, hardcover, June 2009)

SF novel, subtitled "A Story of 22nd-Century America", set in a future when the US is ruled by a religious Dominion and has reverted to 19th-century technology.
• It's an expansion of Wilson's 2006 novella Julian: A Christmas Story, a Hugo and Sturgeon award finalist.
• Tor's website has this description, an audio excerpt, and a text excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Written with the eloquence and elegance of a Victorian novel, this thoughtful tale combines complex characters, rousing military adventure and a beautifully realized, unnerving future."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, posted here; "beautifully written, populated with engaging and sympathetic, if conflicted, characters, and unlike anything else [Wilson has] done to date".

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New SF/F/H books:
third week June 2009

posted 24 June 2009




Opening lines:

In October of 2172 -- the year the Election show came to town -- Julian Comstock and I, along with his mentor Sam Godwin, rode to the Tip east of Williams Ford, where I came to possess a book, and Julian tutored me in one of his heresies.




Opening lines:

I first met Aidan approximately two thousand years ago, give or take a decade. I was the pretty wife of a Hebrew fisherman who claimed he was on the boat when Christ told an ornery Red Sea to calm itself. Aidan was a Roman soldier who spotted me scurrying away from a crucifixion (not that one) on my way to market in Galilee and who just had to have me.




Opening lines:

I was born to the Maghuin Dhonn.

We are the folk of the Brown Bear and the oldest magic in Alba runs in our veins. Once, there were great magicians among us; men and women capable of seeing all the skeins of the future unwind in the great stone circles, capable of taking on the shape of the Maghuin Dhonn Herself.




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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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