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early September
John Joseph Adams
Paolo Bacigalupi
J.G. Ballard
Dakota Banks
Iain M. Banks
James Barclay
Mark Bould et al
Bould & Miéville
Brom
Suzanne Collins
Mark Del Franco
David Anthony Durham
Patrick Ness
R.A. Salvatore
Jack Skillingstead
S.A. Swann
John Twelve Hawks

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

2009 Directories




 

* Anderson, C. L. : Bitter Angels
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59217-7, $7.99, 438pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Chris McGrath)

SF novel, a military space opera about political turmoil in the Erasmus System, and an ex-member of the special-forces Guardians sent in to investigate the murder of a colleague.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview feature.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature includes an excerpt.
• John Scalzi interviewed the author about the book's theme of "giving peace a chance".
• The book is copyright by Sarah Zettel.

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* Currier, Jameson : The Haunted Heart and Other Tales
(Lethe Press 1-59021-203-7, $15, 206pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover painting Richard Taddei)

Collection of 12 ghost stories with gay themes. Six stories were previously published.
• The author provides an introduction, and a group of story notes at the end of the book.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The books page on the author's site lists the story titles.

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* Downum, Amanda : The Drowning City
(Orbit 978-0-316-06904-5, $7.99, 351pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Larry Rostant)

Fantasy novel, first book in the "Necromancer Chronicles" and the author's first novel, about a necromancer pursuing revolutionaries in Symir, the Drowning City.
• The author's website has links to the first three chapters of the book, and lists titles of the next two volumes.
• Amazon has reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review, which says the author "effectively combines action, magic, police procedure and political intrigue in this complex and striking debut... Refreshingly, Downum treats necromancy as an unclean but necessary defense against evil and nicely handles the complex nuances of a quasi-Westerner fomenting revolution in a quasi-Asian country occupied by quasi-Arabs."

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* Duey, Kathleen : Sacred Scars
(Atheneum 978-0689840951, $17.99, 554pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket illustration David Ho)

Young adult fantasy novel, second in the "Resurrection of Magic" trilogy following Skin Hunger (2007).
• This book alternates between an era in which students try to restore magic, and another centuries later in which students struggle against the harsh rules of a wizard academy.
• The author's blog indicates work on a new website.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Keyes, Daniel : The Asylum Prophecies
(Leisure 978-0-8439-6271-0, $7.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)

Psychological thriller, the author's first novel in 30 years, about a woman in an aslym whose memories hold details about an impending terrorist attack against the US.
• The publisher's site has this description, which a "Browse Inside" feature.
• Harriett Klausner calls it "a fast-paced action-packed thriller"; no other reviews are available online.

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* Malan, Violette : The Storm Witch
(DAW 978-0-756-40574-8, $15, 312pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Steve Stone)

Heroic fantasy novel, fourth in the series about mercenaries Dhulyn and Parno following The Mirror Prince (2006), The Sleeping God (2007), and The Soldier King (2008).
• In this book the friends of Dhylun and Parno are taken hostage by Long Ocean Nomads.
• The author's site includes an excerpt.

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* Niswander, Adam : The War of the Whisperers
(Hippocampus Press 978-0-9824296-1-7, $20, 341pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art Ron Leming)

Fantasy novel, a supernatural thriller about Native American shamans.
• It's the fourth novel in the author's "Shaman Cycle", following following The Charm (1993), The Serpent Slayers (1994), and The Hound Hunters (1995), which transplants H.P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror to the American southwest.
• The publisher's site has this description.
Publishers Weekly recently reviewed a new edition of The Hound Hunters, concluding that "this novel succeeds through its intelligent fusion of cosmic horror and Native American mysticism and tripwire pacing that keeps events hurtling energetically to the finale."

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* Pulver, Joseph S., Sr. : Blood Will Have Its Season
(Hippocampus Press 978-0-9814888-8-2, $15, 280pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art Thomas S. Brown)

Collection of 41 fantasy and horror stories, poems, and prose-poems, many based on the mythology of The King in Yellow.
• A dozen or so have prior publication credits, since 1997.
• S.T. Joshi provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this description with the complete table of contents, links to reviews, and links to several extracts.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews, by Stanley C. Sargent and W.H. Pugmire among others.

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* Reichert, Mickey Zucker : The Flight of the Renshai
(DAW 978-0-756-40273-0, $25.95, 598pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket painting Jody Lee)

Fantasy novel, latest in the series that began with The Last of the Renshai in 1992, based on Norse mythology.
• In this book the warrior Renshai have been banished by the Westerners and are hunted by the Northmen.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Serling, Carol, ed. : Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary
(Tor 978-0-7653-2434-4, $14.99, 444pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Anthology of 19 original stories inspired by the famous TV series that began in 1959, created and hosted by her late husband Rod Serling.
• Contributors to this book include Kelley Armstrong, William F. Wu, Alan Brennert, Timothy Zahn, Tad Williams, and Whitley Strieber, as well as original series writers Earl Hamner and Rod Serling.
• Tor's website has this description with a video book trailer.

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* Skillingstead, Jack : Harbinger
(Fairwood Press 978-0-9820730-3-2, $16.99, 252pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Adam Hunter Peck)

SF novel, the author's first novel, about a man who discovers he's been made immortal, and who pursues the reason for this power across two centuries.
• The publisher's site has this description, with cover blurbs from Daryl Gregory and others, and several reviews.

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* Thurman, Rob : Trick of the Light
(Roc 978-0-451-46288-6, $7.99, 339pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, first in the "Trickster" series, about a Las Vegas bar owner who becomes involved in a war between angels and demons.
• The author's website has a description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded that "Thurman breaks little new ground, but urban fantasy fans will find this a pleasant, unsurprising comfort read."
• Amazon has nearly three dozen 5-star reader reviews.

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* Van Pelt, James : The Radio Magician & Other Stories
(Fairwood Press 978-0-9820730-2-5, $17.99, 290pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Paul Swenson)

Collection of 19 stories, most first published in various genre magazines since 2001.
• Carrie Vaughn provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this description, with cover blurbs from Nancy Kress and others, and several reviews.
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "James Van Pelt is an acclaimed and prolific writer of stories that could be categorized in many genre modes, yet everything he writes bears his own stamp: an attention to detail that gives even the outlandish a sense of the everyday (or the nightmare we take for normality when we sleep) and protagonists more troubled than heroic, whether or not they're human..."

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New SF/F/H books:
mid September 2009

posted 27 September 2009




Opening lines:

A soap bubble the size of a Volkswagen Beetle drifted over my bedroom. I opened my eyes in the dark. Strange how I knew it was there. But I was a strange boy back in 1974, the year I graduated from high school.




Opening lines:

On the night of November 17, 1973, Greek students gathered on the grounds of the Athens Polytechnic University, protesting against what they perceived to be the CIA-backed seven-year military dictatorship of Colonel Papadopoulos. Riot police attacked. Army tanks crashed through the gate. Thirty-four students were killed, 800 wounded.




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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