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mid August
Rachel Caine
Steve Erikson
Terry Goodkind
Lev Grossman
Derek Gunn
Herbert & Anderson
Richard Kadrey
L. Jagi Lamplighter
James Lovegrove
Thomas Pynchon
Mike Resnick
Kim Stanley Robinson
Karen A. Romanko
Michael Rubens
Harry Turtledove
S.L. Viehl

early August
Kage Baker
Ben Bova
Mike Carey
Seamus Cooper
Chris Evans
C.C. Finlay
Tony Gonzales
Greenberg & Hughes
Jones & Bennett
Vicki Pettersson
Kat Richardson
Karl Schroeder
Sherwood Smith
Jonathan Strahan

2009 Directories




 

+ Ashley, Mike, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF
(Running Press 978-0762437238, $13.95, 531pp, trade paperback, September 2009, jacket design and illustration Joe Roberts)

Anthology of 21 stories, most previous published, with five stories original to the book, by Stephen Baxter, Robert Reed, Paul Di Filippo, Adam Roberts, and Eric Brown.
• SF Signal lists the table of contents. The book has gotten a lot of criticism, as indicated by comments here and the review on Amazon, for containing only stories by white males. Adam Roberts comments here.
• Gardner Dozois reviews the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine; of the original stories, he likes the one by Robert Reed the best.

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* Braziel, James : Snakeskin Road
(Bantam 978-0-553-38503-8, $15, 323pp, trade paperback, July 2009)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel in which climate change has turned the American South into a desert in 2044, about a pregnant woman on a dangerous journey to reach her mother in Chicago.
• Bantam's site has this description with a preview feature and an extract.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "There's no shortage of postapocalyptos this summer; this one unapologetically sits on the far dark end of the spectrum."
• Both Gary K. Wolfe and Faren Miller review it in the August issue of Locus Magazine. Wolfe admires its literary virtues: "The Faulknerian family drama that unfolds is in many ways as compelling as Jennifer's quest to make her way to Chicago with Mazy, and while it's clear that these relationships are Braziel's main interest, a sudden shift in point of view toward the end opens up the narrative in an unexpected way. Snakeskin Road may offer few surprises to SF readers, but Jennifer's worth spending some time with. Apocalypse is such a character-builder."

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* Broderick, Damien : Uncle Bones
(Fantastic Books 978-1604597707, $19.99, 215pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover art Anders Sandberg)

Collection of four SF novellas, including "The Game of Stars and Souls", a revised version of one of Broderick's earliest stories, two stories from the early '80s, "The Magi" and "The Ballad of Bowsprit Bearstead", and the title story, published earlier this year in Asimov's.
• George Zebrowski provides an introduction.
• Amazon has a brief description.
• Missions Unknown posted this interview with Broderick by John Picacio in June, in which he talks about this and other recent books.

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* Broderick, Damien : Unleashing the Strange: Twenty-First Century Science Fiction Literature
(Borgo Press 978-1-4344-5723-3, $19.99, 235pp, trade paperback, August 2009)

Nonfiction study of current SF, focusing on the Third and Fourth Waves of SF and the emerging Fifth Wave of the 21st century.
• Sections of the book are adapted from earlier published essays and reviews. The book includes a bibliography and index, and is dedicated "To the memory of Charles N. Brown".
• Amazon's page has a "Look Inside" function that previews the table of contents and first pages of the book.

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* Brooks, Terry : A Princess of Landover
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-45852-0, $26, 328pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket illustration Steve Stone)

Fantasy novel in the author's "Magic Kingdom" series that began with Magic Kingdom for Sale -- Sold! in 1986 and most recently included Witches' Brew in 1995.
• In this volume, Landover monarch Ben Holiday's daughter Mistaya responds to school discipline by running away from home.
• The publisher has this series page plus this description of the book with links to two excerpts.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "The lighthearted story, as with the earlier volumes, can be serious without the convoluted grittiness of Brooks's Shannara saga, and there are plenty of treats for returning readers."

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* Chadbourn, Mark : The Lord of Silence
(Solaris US 978-1844167524, $7.99, 537pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art John Picacio)

Fantasy novel about a man defending his city from terrors while being tormented by secrets from his own past.
• The author's site has a brief description on his books page, plus an extract.
• The publisher's site has this press release about the acquisition of the book.

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Correia, Larry : Monster Hunter International
(Baen 978-1439132852, $7.99, 713pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art Alan Pollack)

Humorous fantasy novel about a man recruited by a covert organization dedicated to eradicating monsters.
• The book was self-published in 2007.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the first seven chapters.
• Amazon has over 80 reader reviews, many five-star and many based on the original edition of the book.

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* Flint, Eric, ed. : The Grantville Gazette V
(Baen 978-1439132791, $25, 452pp, hardcover, August 2009, cover by Tom Kidd)

Anthology of 26 alternate history stories set in the universe of Flint's 1632 and sequels, concerning a 20th century American town sent back in time to 17th century Europe.
• Baen's site has a description with links to several stories and to the editor's introduction, in which he explains that unlike previous volumes, this one is a "best of" selection from several of the Gazette's electronic editions.

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* Golemon, David Lynn : Leviathan: An Event Group Thriller
(St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne Books 978-0-312-37663-5, $24.99, 353pp, hardcover, August 2009)

SF thriller, fourth in the "Event Group" series following Event (2006), Legend (2007), and Ancients (2008), about a secret US government agency investigating the paranormal.
• This book concerns attacks on Naval ships organized by an insane genius from an undersea vessel called Leviathan.
• The publisher's site has this description, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a recasting of Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; "While Golemon adds his own closing twist, the story line's overall lack of originality makes this less interesting than the series' first and strongest entry, Event."

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* Hunter, Faith : Skinwalker
(Roc 978-0-451-46280-0, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series, about Jane Yellowrock, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter of Cherokee descent. In this book she's hired to find a rogue vampire in New Orleans.
• The author's website has this description of the book with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "There's not a lot of humor here, but plenty of action, and Jane herself has an entertaining attitude that makes her one of the hottest new contenders in urban fantasy field."

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* King, T. Jackson : Judgment Day and Other Dreams
(Fantastic Books 978-1604597226, $24.95, 240pp, hardcover, March 2009)

Collection of 15 stories, 12 of them first published from 1992 to 2002.
• The Amazon page has the book description, including blurbs from Roger Zelazny and David Brin, and several reader reviews, including one from the author.
• The author's webpage has a description of this and other books.

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* Mead, Richelle : Thorn Queen
(Zebra 978-1420100976, $6.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)

Paranormal fantasy novel, second in the "Dark Swan" series following Storm Born (2008), about a freelance shaman who banishes creatures from the Otherworld.
• In this book Eugenie Markham, now queen of Thorn Land, deals with young girls kidnapped from the Otherworld.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Miller, Karen : The Prodigal Mage
(Orbit 978-0316029209, $24.99, 503pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket illustration David Wyatt)

Fantasy novel, first book of the "Fisherman's Children" and follow-up to the "Kingmaker, Kingbreaker" duology, The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage, about a fisherman's son who finds a job in the royal palace.
• This book concerns Rafel, son of the sorcerer Asher, who's inherited his father's talents.
• The author's website has background on the earlier books.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Resnick, Mike : Stalking the Dragon
(Pyr 978-1-59102-745-4, $15.98, 296pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover illustration David Palumbo)

Humorous fantasy novel subtitled "A Fable of Tonight", sequel to Stalking the Unicorn (1987) and Stalking the Vampire (2008), about private investigator John Justin Mallory in an alternate Manhattan.
• In this book Mallory pursues a kidnapped miniature dragon.
• Pyr's site has this description with excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it an "homage to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze" and concludes "Resnick's light touch will leave readers grinning and eager for more."

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* Shirley, John : Bleak History
(Pocket 978-1-4165-8412-4, $15, 370pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover illustration Jonathan Barkat)

Urban fantasy novel about bounty hunter Gabriel Bleak, whose paranormal abilities attract the attention of Homeland Security agents.
• Shirley's website has this page for the book, with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
Library Journal wrote in its review "Shirley has a gift for storytelling that emphasizes both depth of character and immediacy of vision. Verdict: This gritty and fast-moving horror urban fantasy will appeal to readers who enjoy dark supernatural thrillers."

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* Somers, Jeff : The Eternal Prison
(Orbit US 978-0-316-02211-8, $12.99, 390pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover illustration Jae Lee)

SF thriller, third in a series following The Electric Church (2007) and The Digital Plague (2008), about killer-for-hire Avery Cates.
• In this book Cates finds himself incarcerated in Chengara Penitentiary.
• The series website has background developed for the first book and a link to the author's blog.

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* Warrington, Freda : Elfland
(Tor 978-0-7653-1869-5, $25.99, 462pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Kinuko Y. Craft)

Fantasy novel about Aetherials, or Fair Folk, who live among humans, and a gate that is opened every seven years to the Other World.
• Tor's website has this description. The author's page for the book has some background about the writing of the book, and excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "sensuous, relationship-driven story", and which concludes "Solid wordplay, great pacing and a thrilling conclusion will definitely earn Warrington some new American fans."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, saying the book "gives Warrington an opportunity to deal with her version of elves as though they were characters in a mainstream novel..."

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* Wentworth, K. D., ed. : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXV
(Galaxy 978-1-59212-436-7, $7.99, 543pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover art Stephan Martiniere)

Anthology of 12 original stories, with illustrations, by winners and runners-up of the 2009 Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests.
• There are also essays about writing and art by L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Silverberg, and Ron Lindahn.
• Writers include Grand Prize Writer winner Emery Huant and quarterly winners Matthew S. Rotundo, Donald Mead, and Jordan Lapp. Illustrators include Grand Prize winner Oleksandra Barysheva . Budrys provides an introduction, and a summary of the year's quarterly contest results.
• For a report on the awards ceremony, see this news story.

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New SF/F/H books:
late August 2009

posted 6 September 2009




Opening lines:

The Movement dropped me off on the outskirts of Urumqi city, deep in Xinjiang province. They sent me there to get lost in the wilderness of what used to be western China, to stay hidden in one of the few places left on Earth that hadn't been claimed by the mega corps. It was a dry, windy day, the dust kicking up and the truck's old diesel engine coughing dirty fumes in my face.




Opening lines:

The crow with the red eyes sat on the highest branch of the farthest tree at the very back of the aviary, dreaming its dark and terrible dreams. Had there been substance to those dreams, they would have scalded the earth and melted the iron bars and steel-mesh netting that held it prisoner. Had there been substance, they would have burned a hole in the very air and opened a passage to that other world, the world to which the crow belonged and desperately needed to return. But the dreams were ethereal and served only to pass the time and grow darker as the days wore on and the crow remained trapped.




Opening lines:

A humid New York summer day. And someone was following him.

Gabriel Bleak always knew when he was being followed. This time, he could feel the tracker about half a block back. He sensed it was a woman, blinking her eyes in the hot light searing off the windows of the high Manhattan buildings. She was hurrying through the crowd to keep him in sight. He couldn't read her mind -- but, as long as her attention was fixed on him for more than a few seconds, he could see what she saw. Attention itself had a psychic energy, a power he could feel, could connect to.




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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