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late August
Mike Ashley
James Braziel
Damien Broderick
Damien Broderick
Terry Brooks
Mark Chadbourn
Larry Correia
Eric Flint
David Lynn Golemon
Faith Hunter
T. Jackson King
Richelle Mead
Karen Miller
Mike Resnick
John Shirley
Jeff Somers
Freda Warrington
K.D. Wentworth

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

2009 Directories




 

* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : By Blood We Live
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-156-0, $15.95, 485pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art David Palumbo, cover design Michael Ellis)

Anthology of 36 stories about vampires, mostly reprints but with two original stories.
• Original stories are by John Langan and Sergei Lukyanenko.
• Reprints include stories by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Tanith Lee, Anne Rice, Harry Turtledove, and Lilith Saintcrow.
• Adams provides a book introduction and an introduction to each story. There's also an extensive bibliography of vampire fiction, compiled by Ross E. Lockhart.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's John Joseph Adams page has several posts by the editor.

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* Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Windup Girl
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-157-7, $24.95, 359pp, hardcover, October 2009, cover illustration Raphael Lacoste)

SF novel, the author's first novel, set in a future Bangkok where calorie sources are scarce, and involving Emiko, a "windup girl", one of the genetically engineered "New People".
• The book is set in the same future as the author's acclaimed short works "The Calorie Man" and "Yellow Card Man".
• The publisher's site has this description, plus links to downloads of the two "Windup Stories" previously published, and a link to the author's acknowledgments page, accidentally omitted from the first edition.
• The author blogs at http://windupstories.com/.
Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review: "This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year."
• Other reviews include John Clute's for Sci Fi Wire -- "I think it is an important book, and a fine one."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "easily among the most important debut novels of the year."

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+ Ballard, J. G. : The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard
(Norton 978-0-393-07262-4, $35, 15+1199pp, hardcover, September 2009) First US edition (UK: HarperCollins/Flamingo, November 2001)

Collection of 98 stories, first published from 1956 to 1996.
• This edition is essentially a reprint of the UK book The Complete Short Stories (2001), with three additions: a new, May 2009, introduction by Martin Amis (Ballard died in April 2009), and two stories omitted from the British edition, "The Secret Autobiography of J.G.B." (1981 in French; 1984 in the UK) and "The Dying Fall" (from Interzone, 1996).
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Prominent reviews include Michael Dirda's in Washington Post and Jonathan Lethem's in The New York Times.

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* Banks, Dakota : Dark Time: Mortal Path, Book One
(Eos 978-0-06-168730-3, $7.99, 306pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art Don Sipley)

Supernatural fantasy novel, first of a series, about a woman once forced to serve as a demon's assassin, now trying to atone for her past by saving a life for every one she has taken.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse and Buy" preview function.
• The author's website has a chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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* Banks, Iain M. : Transition
(Orbit 978-0-316-07198-7, $25.99, 404pp, hardcover, September 2009)

SF novel about a mysterious organization called the Concern, which intervenes in history across multiple parallel worlds, and a operative of the Concern, Temudjin Oh, who announces himself as an "Unreliable Narrator".
• The author's website has this description.
• This profile of Banks in The Independent characterizes the book as a "hybrid" between his SF novels and the mainstream novels published as by "Iain Banks".
• Keeping the Door indicates mixed reviews for the book in the UK, with Doug Johnstone's in The Independent being very positive: "a book that makes you think, one that makes you look at the world around you in a different light, and it's also a properly thrilling read. If only more contemporary fiction was like it."
• New Scientist has a review by Michael Marshall: "Transition may not be one of Banks's very best, but it is thumpingly good."

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+ Barclay, James : Dawnthief
(Pyr 978-1-59102-779-9, $16, 403pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Sam Hadley) First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, July 1999)

Fantasy novel, first book in the "Chronicles of the Raven", about a group of six men and an elf who hire out as mercenaries in the ongoing wars in Balaia.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The next two books, Noonshade and Nightchild, are due from Pyr in October and November.
• The author's website has this description of this, his first novel, along with an extract.
• Amazon has reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; the latter's Roland Green concludes that "Barclay builds a world and peoples it intelligently".

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* Bould, Mark, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts & Sherryl Vint, eds. : Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction
(Routledge 978-0-415-43950-3, $26.95, 24+288pp, trade paperback, July 2009)

Nonfiction collection of essays on the significant figures of science fiction, including authors, filmmakers, and scholars.
• Each essay is by a different contributor, e.g. Carl Freedman on Isaac Asimov, Andy Sawyer on Arthur C. Clarke, Gary Westfahl on Hugo Gernsback.
• The publisher's website has this description, with partial lists of contributors and subjects (alphabetical by first name).
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes excerpts, but not the actual table of contents.
• The book has a bibliography for each subject, and an extensive index for the entire volume.

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* Bould, Mark, & China Miéville, eds. : Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-6913-4, $27.95, 10+293pp, trade paperback, August 2009)

Nonfiction anthology of essays, with an introduction by Bould and an afterword, "Cognition as Ideology: A Dialectic of SF Theory", by Miéville.
• Contributors of the eleven essays include Matthew Beaumont, Carl Freedman, Sherryl Vint, Phillip Wegner, and Rob Latham. Each essays has Notes.
• Appendices include annotated lists of books, films, and critical works. There's also an index.
• The publisher's site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon's page has blurbs by Kim Stanley Robinson, Neil Easterbrook, and others.

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* Brom : The Child Thief
(Eos 978-0-06-167133-3, $26.99, 10+481pp, hardcover, September 2009, cover by Brom)

Fantasy novel, a dark retelling of the Peter Pan legend by the well-known gothic artist. In this version, Peter recruits children to join the Devils in Avalon, where they fight real monsters.
• The book has black and white illustrations, and an 8-page color insert, by the author.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse and Buy" function.
• The author's site has this page showing some of the artwork, with a statement by the author.
• Amazon's page has numerous reader reviews, many of them 5-star though warning of the book's violence and adult themes.

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* Collins, Suzanne : Catching Fire
(Scholastic Press 978-0-439-02349-8, $17.99, 391pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket art Tim O'Brien)

Young adult SF novel, second in the trilogy that began with the popular The Hunger Games (2008), set in a future dystopia in which pairs of teenagers from the twelve districts of Panem are forced to compete to the death.
• In this book survivors Katniss and Peeta go on a victory tour before preparing for the next, 75th-anniversary, round of games.
• The publisher's site has this page about the book, with a video promo and an audio excerpt read by the author.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "The star remains Katniss, whose bravery, honesty and wry cynicism carry the narrative. Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. Forget Edward and Jacob: by book's end (and it's a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides ..."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "It's different enough to be as absorbing in its own way as the first book, but this time the ending's more of a real cliffhanger, leaving no doubt that the real battle lies ahead in the third book of this powerful trilogy."

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* Del Franco, Mark : Skin Deep
(Ace 978-0-441-01743-0, $7.99, 292pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art Chris Cocozza)

Fantasy novel, first of a series, set in an alternate reality in which humans and feys coexist, concerning InterSec, a global security firm, and Laura Blackstone, PR director for the Fey Guild.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with a PDF first chapter excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it an "electric series opener" and which concludes "Del Franco does a commendable job of blending each of Laura's different personas into the addictively fast-paced narrative and fully believable setting."

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* Durham, David Anthony : The Other Lands
(Doubleday 978-0-385-52332-5, $28, 464pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket illustration Mikko Kinnunen)

Fantasy novel, second book in the "Acacia" trilogy following Acacia (2007), in which the children of the assassinated ruler of Acacia struggled to avenge their father's death.
• This book focuses on the oldest child, Corrin, now a queen.
• Doubleday's site has this description.
• The author's blog links to a summary, excerpts from reviews, a map, and a PDF chapter excerpt
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also has an excerpt. Amazon's page also has a statement by the author, and the Publishers Weekly review, which says that the first book "isn't quite matched by this sequel, though it still features intelligent, well-crafted prose and complex characters."

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+ Ness, Patrick : The Ask and the Answer
(Candlewick Press 978-0-7636-4490-1, $18.99, 519pp, hardcover, September 2009)

Young adult science fiction novel, sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008), co-winner of this year's James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, set on a colony planet where living things project their thoughts. It's the second book in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy.
• In this book, teenagers Todd and Viola are separated and forced into opposite sites of a civil war.
• The publisher's site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it a "grim and beautifully written sequel" and concluding "This is among the best YA science fiction novels of the year."

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* Salvatore, R. A. : The Dame
(Tor 978-0-7653-1790-2, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Todd Lockwood)

Sword & sorcery fantasy novel, third of four books in "Saga of the First King" set in the world of Corona, following The Highwayman (2004) and The Ancient (2008).
• Tor's website has this description of the book, with links to an audio excerpt and a text excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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* Skillingstead, Jack : Are You There and Other Stories
(Golden Gryphon Press 978-1-930846-61-6, $24.95, 13+330pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket painting John Picacio, jacket design Lynne Condellone)

Collection of 26 stories, first published from 2004 to 2009, with one story, "Here's Your Space", apparently original to this book.
• Notable contents include "Life on the Reservation", "Dead Worlds", and "Strangers on a Bus".
• Nancy Kress provides an introduction, and the author provides three pages of notes at the end.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review said "This edgy and dark collection revels in sorrow and loss. ...Readers braced for powerful emotions will find this collection more than worthwhile."

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* Swann, S. A. : Wolfbreed
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-80738-7, $15, 383pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Gene Mollica)

Fantasy novel in which the 13th-century Catholic Church uses a breed of werewolves against those who refuse to accept Christianity.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Swann turns opposing viewpoints into sympathetic perspectives, clearly painting the complex political and religious dynamics of the time."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "Compared to the schizoid stereotypes of dueling personas in standard variations on the Jekyll and Hyde story, or the superficial glamor that glosses over shape-changers in much of fantasy romance, Swann's take on physical and psychological change shows a welcome lack of cliché..."

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* Twelve Hawks, John : The Golden City
(Doubleday 978-0-385-51430-9, $25.95, 358pp, hardcover, September 2009)

Sf thriller, third in "The Fourth Realm" trilogy following The Traveler (2005) and The Dark River (2007), about a secret organization that monitors the world via a 'Vast Machine', and the Travelers who oppose it.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews. The Publishers Weekly review says that with this book "Hawks has returned, somewhat, to the excitement of the first, though those expecting a final, titanic battle to decide the fate of the world will come away frustrated. ... Newcomers should read the series in order."

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New SF/F/H books:
early September 2009

posted 21 September 2009




Opening lines:

I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.




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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