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late June - early July
MaryJanice Davidson
Del Toro & Hogan
Ian Douglas
Dozois & Strahan
Markus Heitz
Alice Hoffman
Hutchins & Weisman
Kessler & Kittredge
David Langford
James Maxey
K.E. Mills
Linda Robertson
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

3rd week June
Alex Bell
Jacqueline Carey
Gardner Dozois
Esther M. Friesner
Tanya Huff
Denise Little
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Drew Morse
Dan Stone
Robert Charles Wilson

2009 Directories




 

* Battis, Jes : A Flash of Hex
(Ace 978-0-441-01723-2, $7.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover art Timothy Lantz)

Fantasy novel, second OSI novel following Night Child (2008), about an Occult Special Investigator for Vancouver's Mystical Crime Lab.
• In this book, OSI Tess Corday investigates a series of brutal murders.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author's website includes this excerpt of the new book. He published blog now titled Exploring queer traces in culture and fiction.

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+ Chadbourn, Mark : Always Forever
(Pyr 978-1-59102-741-6, $15.98, 469pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration John Picacio)

Fantasy novel, Book Three of the "Age of Misrule" following World's End and Darkest Hour, about ancient Celtic gods returning to modern Britain.
• The series was first published 10 years ago in the UK.
• Pyr's website has this description.

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* Clark, G. O. : Strange Vegetables
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-67-7, $7.95, 53pp, chapbook, June 2009, cover art M. Wayne Miller)

Chapbook collection of 31 poems, reprinted from publications ranging from Asimov's and Aphelion to Space & Time and Dreams & Nightmares.
• The author provides interior illustrations.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and back-cover blurbs from Bruce Boston, Marge Simon, and Mike Allen.

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* Czerneda, Julie E. : Rift in the Sky
(DAW 978-0-7564-0560-1, $24.95, 419pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket painting Luis Royo)

SF novel, third in the "Stratification" sequence following Reap the Wild Wind (2007) and Riders of the Storm (2008).
• The author's website has a description -- she calls it "the most emotional book I've ever written" -- and a brief excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine, saying the book "left me looking forward to the next trilogy, Reunification, set after the Trade Pact trilogy, which will bring the M'hiray back to their roots and reveal more about the fascinating world of Cersi."

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* Day, S. J. : Eve of Chaos
(Tor 978-0-765-36043-4, $6.99, 364pp, mass market paperback, July 2009, cover art Gordon Crabb)

Urban fantasy novel, third book in the "Marked" trilogy following Eve of Darkness and Eve of Destruction, about a woman who's become a celestial bounty hunter.
• In this book, Satan puts a bounty on Eve's head.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's website has this description with a Chapter 1 excerpt.

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* Elrod, P. N., ed. : Strange Brew
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-38336-7, $14.99, 371pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Bruce Emmett)

Anthology of nine original urban fantasy stories.
• Authors include Jim Butcher, with Harry Dresden story "Last Call", Charlaine Harris, with Sookie Stackhouse story "Bacon", Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Faith Hunter, and Karen Chance.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt of Harris' story.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Though not particularly groundbreaking, these tales will easily keep paranormal mystery fans entertained."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine: "Maybe novel writers aren't at their best in the short form; none of these stories are truly outstanding, but they are entertaining, and make an interesting sampler of the genre."

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* Knight, E. E. : Winter Duty
(Roc 978-0-451-46274-9, $24.95, 343pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art Steve Stone)

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, eighth in the "Vampire Earth" series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine's Rising (2005), Valentine's Exile (2006), Valentine's Resolve (2007), and Fall with Honor (2008).
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.
• The series website has background on the milieu and settings of the series.

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* Martin, Philip : A Guide to Fantasy Literature
(Crickhollow Books 978-1-933987-04-0, $16.95, 147pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Nonfiction, subtitled "Thoughts on Stories of Wonder and Enchantment", study of fantasy literature.
• Chapters cover the history of fantasy, the building blocks of fantasy fiction, and fantastic places, characters, and plots.
• This is a revision of earlier The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature (2002), which garnered praiseworthy blurbs from Lloyd Alexander and Peter S. Beagle.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Book site www.fantasylit.com includes the table of contents, and notes for reviewers.

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* Stross, Charles : Wireless
(Ace 978-0-441-01719-5, $24.95, 14+352pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art S. Miroque)

Collection of nine stories, including an original novella, "Palimpsest".
• Reprinted stories include Locus Award winner "Missile Gap" (2006), "Trunk and Disorderly" (2007), and "Unwirer" (2004, with Cory Doctorow). Stross provides a book introduction, and afterwords to the stories.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the stories "demonstrate Stross's ability to crisscross genres, blending SF, fantasy, horror and espionage."
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine; he calls "Palimpsest" "a Strossian take on Poul Anderson's Time Patrol motif, with a big dash of the paranoia and solipsism of '-- All You Zombies-- ' and tips of the hat to a number of other temporal-displacement classics."

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* Swanwick, Michael : Hope-In-the-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees
(Temporary Culture 978-0-9764660-5-5, $20, 12+100pp, trade paperback, July 2009)

Nonfiction study, subtitled "The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees", about the author of Lud-in-the-Mist (1926).
• The book has an introduction by Neil Gaiman, and a fold-out frontispiece illustration by Charles Vess.
• Sections were first published in Foundation and The New York Review of Science Fiction. The book includes Notes, and bibliography, and a lexicon.
• The publisher's site has this order page for the book, which was officially published at last weekend's Readercon.

(Fri 19 Jun 2009) • (Directory Entry)

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* Weber, David : By Heresies Distressed
(Tor 978-0-7653-1503-8, $27.99, 492pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art Stephen Youll)

Far future SF novel, sequel to Off Armageddon Reef (2007) and By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), in which the Church of God Awaiting has suppressed technology on the planet Safehold.
• In this book two kingdoms unite to fight the corrupt Church.
• Tor's website has this description, along with an audio excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "The personalities and motivations of the numerous characters are particularly well drawn and credible, and Weber makes grand strategies and political machinations easily accessible to casual readers."
• The novel is also available as a Macmillan audiobook, unabridged on 20 CDs, read by Jason Culp.

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* Williams, Liz : The Shadow Pavilion
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-122-5, $24.95, 240pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket art Jon Foster)

SF/paranormal thriller, fourth in the "Inspector Chen" series following Snake Agent (2005), The Demon and the City (2006), and Precious Dragon (2007), about a Singapore detective in charge of supernatural and mystical investigations.
• In this book Chen's demon partner Zhu Irzh disappears.
• The book's publication was announced for mid-2008 -- and it was reviewed in Locus Sept. '08 issue -- but actual publication has been delayed until June 2009. The three earlier books are all available in paperback reprint, including third book Precious Dragon, also just released in June.
• The publisher's page for the book has a description. There's also a limited edition available, for $49, with a bonus story, "...and Taxes".
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded that "Williams seamlessly blends the occult with modern issues like feminism and illegal immigration to create a thoroughly original fantasy."
• Faren Miller's review last year in Locus Magazine concluded by noting the book's "wonderfully devious version of the happy ending".

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New SF/F/H books:
mid July 2009

posted 15 July 2009




Opening lines:

"Somebody's dead—and I can't decide between Boston Cream or Jelly."




Opening lines:

This will never happen:

You will flex your fingers as you stare at the back of the youth you are going to kill, father to the man who will never now become your grandfather; and as you trail him home through the snowy night, you'll pray for your soul, alone in the darkness.




Opening lines:

Pauleng Go ducked as the whisky bottle hurtled toward his head and smashed on the opposite wall. He cried out in anguish.

"Lara! Sweetheart! Darling! That was a twenty-five-year-old malt!"




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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