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mid July
Jes Battis
Mark Chadbourn
G.O. Clark
Julie E. Czerneda
S.J. Day
P.N. Elrod
E.E. Knight
Philip Martin
Charles Stross
Michael Swanwick
David Weber
Liz Williams

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

2009 Directories




 

+ Abercrombie, Joe : Best Served Cold
(Orbit US 978-0-316-04496-7, $24.99, 632pp, hardcover, July 2009) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2009)

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel set the world of his "First Law" trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and The Last Argument of Kings), concerning a battle between Duke Orso and General Monza Murcatto.
• The US publisher's site has this description. The author's site has an extract.
• Amazon has excerpts from reviews. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it "bleakly humorous" and concluding "Abercrombie is both fiendishly inventive and solidly convincing, especially when sprinkling his appallingly vivid combat scenes with humor so dark that it's almost ultraviolet."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the June issue of Locus Magazine; she writes that despite the violence, the book "has room for genuine wisdom, ironies and other humor, screwing (metaphoric and otherwise), and some well-conceived surprises."

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* Abraham, Daniel : The Price of Spring
(Tor 978-0-7653-1343-0, $27.99, 348pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)

SF novel, final volume in the "Long Price Quartet" following A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter, and An Autumn War. This one is set 15 years after the previous volume.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The starred Publishers Weekly review calls it a "melancholy and near-perfect conclusion" to the quartet, and concludes "Abraham shies away from the blood and swashbuckling of the previous novels, instead telling a tale of forgiveness and catharsis that concludes this complex saga with mixed notes of sadness and hope."
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine: "The Long Price Quartet is no fairy tale that could end in some Happily Ever After, and it's too sophisticated to view life as a struggle of Good against Evil in terms of individuals or societies."

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* Booker, M. Keith, & Anne-Marie Thomas : The Science Fiction Handbook
(Wiley-Blackwell 978-0-4051-6206-7, $26.95, 348pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Nonfiction survey of science fiction. There are three main parts to the book: ten chapters on subgenres (time-travel, space opera, cyberpunk, etc.), nineteen chapters on representative authors (Asimov, Atwood, Butler, Delany, Dick, et al.), and twenty chapters on individual texts (from Wells' The Time Machine to McDonald's River of Gods).
• There's also an introduction, glossary, bibliography, and index.
• The publisher's site has this description, with links to PDF excerpts of the table of contents and index. A hardcover edition is also available.

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* Dunwoody, David : Dark Entities
(Dark Regions Press 978-0-888993-65-3, $12.95, 111pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover art Thomas Moran)

Collection of 11 horror stories, five original to this volume, the others first published from 2004 to 2008.
• James Roy Daley provies an introduction, and there are interior illustrations by Thomas Moran.
• This is the first volume in the publisher's 'New Voices of Horror' series. The publisher's site has this page about the book with quotes from reviews and ordering details.

(Wed 29 Jul 2009) • (Directory Entry)

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+ Fallon, Jennifer : The Gods of Amyrantha
(Tor 978-0-7653-1683-7, $27.99, 493pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art Cliff Nielsen)

Fantasy novel, second in "The Tide Lords" series following The Immortal Prince.
• In this book Cayal, one of the immortal Tide Lords, longs for death.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's site has this page for the book with an extract.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and its "Look Inside" function including an extract.

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* Gunn, David : Death's Head: Day of the Damned
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50002-1, $26, 346pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket design and illustration David Stevenson)

Military SF novel, follow-up to Death's Head and Death's Head Maximum Offense, about a far-future assassin Sven Tveskoeg.
• In this book Sven and his associates' R&R visit to Farlight is interrupted by civil war.
• Del Rey's site has a description and an excerpt.

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+ Hunt, Stephen : The Kingdom Beyond the Waves
(Tor 978-0-7653-2043-8, $25.99, 556pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket illustration Max Schindler) First US edition (UK: HarperVoyager, May 2008)

Fantasy novel about archeologist Amelia Harsh and her search for the legendary lost kingdom of Camlantis. The book is set in the same world as the author's previous novel, The Court of the Air.
• Tor's site has this description, which calls the protagonist "a female Indiana Jones if there ever was one".
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "delightful, thrill-packed adventure" and concludes "Wildly imaginative and compelling, Amelia's journey plays out against a backdrop of civil war and failed rebellion, layered and complex treachery and love in surprising corners."

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* Kane, Stacia : Demon Inside
(Pocket Books/Juno 978-1-4391-5507-3, $7.99, 353pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, follow-up to Personal Demons (2008), about a radio talk show host who promises to slay her listeners' "personal demons".
• Juno's site has this description and a PDF excerpt.
• The author has website www.staciakane.com and a blog.
• Amazon has the Chapter One excerpt on its page, and some reader reviews.

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* McDonald, Sandra : The Stars Blue Yonder
(Tor 978-0-7653-2041-4, $27.99, 350pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art Donato)

Military SF novel, sequel to The Outback Stars (2007) and The Stars Down Under (2008) about a married couple, officer and enlisted, who are assigned to repair alien artifacts that enable spaceship to travel from world to world.
• In this book Chief Myell has died -- but returns on a time travel mission to save humanity.
• Tor's website has this description.

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* Ogawa, Issui, translated by Jim Hubbert : The Lord of the Sands of Time
(Haikasoru 978-1421527628, $13.99, 199pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Bukichi Nadeara)

SF novel, first published in Japanese in 2007, about a man sent back in time to change human history in order to defeat an alien invasion.
• This is one of two inaugural books in VIZ Media's new SF line, Haikasoru, bringing Japanese SF into English translation. The series is edited by Nick Mamatas. SciFi Wire has this article about the line, quoting Mamatas: "If you like Lois McMaster Bujold, you'd like Ogawa, or at least The Lord of the Sands of Time."
• Parent publisher Simon & Schuster has the line's current catalog in PDF, with brief excerpts of each book.

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* Ringo, John : Eye of the Storm
(Baen 978-1-4391-3273-9, $26, 420pp, hardcover, July 2009, cover illustration Kurt Miller)

Military SF novel, part of the "Legacy of the Aldenata" series that includes the "Posleen War" novels that began with A Hymn Before Battle (2000).
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which notes that "Ringo brings together characters and plot threads from his solo novels and collaborations", and concludes "Ringo's lively action scenes and thorough knowledge of military subculture dynamics make enjoyable reading."

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* Sakurazaka, Hiroshi, translated by Alexander O. Smith : All You Need Is Kill
(Haikasoru 978-1421527611, $13.99, 201pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration yoshitoshi ABe)

SF novel first published in Japanese in 2004, about a soldier sent to battle invading aliens, who finds himself killed in battle and resurrected, again and again.
• As with the Ogawa title listed above, this is one of two inaugural books in VIZ Media's new SF line, Haikasoru, bringing Japanese SF into English translation, edited by Nick Mamatas. SciFi Wire has this article about the line.
• Parent publisher Simon & Schuster has the line's current catalog in PDF, with brief excerpts of each book.

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* Shufeldt, Ken : Genesis
(Tor 978-0-7653-5849-3, $7.99, 310pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)

Thriller about the discovery of an ancient manuscript in Iraq that holds the secret of potential human extinction.
• Tor's site has a description and excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Williams, Tad, & Deborah Beale : The Dragons of Ordinary Farm
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-154345-6, $16.99, 412pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket art Greg Swearingen)

Young adult fantasy novel about two kids who discover their uncle's farm is full of dragons, unicorns, and other creatures.
• This is the first collaboration by the authors.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature also includes an excerpt. Amazon has the Booklist, which comments "The pace picks up considerably when the kids set out for a bit of time travel and a journey into an alternate reality, both of which are teasingly quick jaunts away from the farm."

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New SF/F/H books:
late July 2009

posted 3 August 2009




Opening lines:

The sunrise was the colour of bad blood. It leaked out of the east and stained the dark sky red, marked the scraps of cloud with stolen gold. Underneath it the road twisted up the mountainside towards the fortress of Fontezarmo a cluster of sharp towers, ash-black against the wounded heavens. The sunrise was red, black and gold.




Opening lines:

Colin tested the parlor door. It was, as he expected, firmly closed and locked, but he hadn't planned on going in anyway. He got down on his knees and looked through the keyhole.




Opening lines:

Eiah Machi, physician and daughter of the Emperor, pressed her fingers gently on the woman's belly. The swollen flesh was tight, veins marbling the skin blue within brown. the woman appeared for all the world to be in the seventh month of a pregnancy. She was not.




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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