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late September
Anderson & Sebanc
Margaret Atwood
Patricia Briggs
Steven Erikson
Lackey & Mallory
Lee & Miller
Paul McAuley
Seanan McGuire
Audrey Niffenegger
Justina Robson
S.M. Stirling
Laini Taylor
Betsy Tobin
Mark von Schegell
F. Paul Wilson

mid September
C.L. Anderson
Jameson Currier
Amanda Downum
Kathleen Duey
Daniel Keyes
Violette Malan
Adam Niswander
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Mickey Zucker Reichert
Carol Serling
Jack Skillingstead
Rob Thurman
James Van Pelt

2009 Directories




 

* Andre-Driussi, Michael : The Wizard Knight Companion
(Sirius Fiction 978-0-9642795-3-7, $14.95, 9+121pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Nonfiction lexicon for Gene Wolfe's two-volume The Wizard Knight series, The Knight and The Wizard (both 2004).
• Also included is a foreword by Gene Wolfe, maps, an introduction, and a cosmology diagram; and following the lexicon, a synopsis of the two novels, and a bibliography.
• Amazon has a product description. There's also a hardcover edition available.

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* Andrews, Ilona : On the Edge
(Ace 978-0-441-01780-5, $7.99, 309pp, mass market paperback, October 2009, cover art Victoria Vebell)

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a family that lives on the "Edge" of two worlds, the mundane and the magical.
• The author's site has this description and excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Andrews has created a complex plot and convincing characters that will keep the pages turning."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "It's a great, fun romance, an offbeat mix of old-fashioned rural magics, contemporary life (complete with WalMart and comic book shops), and magic sword-wielding warriors, and the plot's just twisted enough that it repays re-reading after you learn what was really going on."

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* Baxter, Stephen : Ark
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-08057-7, £18.99, 457pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Near-future catastrophe novel, second in a diptych following Flood (2008), about a global deluge. This book concerns the attempt to build a starship to send a few hundred survivors to a new world.
• The publisher's site has this description, with quotes from reviews and an author Q&A.
• The author's website has this entry about the book, with links to a background essay and other stories set in this universe.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "In recent years, Baxter has shown an increasing preference for organizing his narratives, or narrative segments, to human scale, and this 56-year arc permits him to follow a core group of characters through a series of episodes that include not only space disasters and mutinies, but also such more quotidian issues as child molestation, internal power struggles, and even personality disintegration. ... Though in the past Baxter has often been criticized for his engineering and speculative prowess at the expense of believable characters, here he pays a great deal of attention to the human side of his tale.."

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* Carriger, Gail : Soulless
(Orbit 978-0-316-05663-2, $7.99, 357pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)

Humorous fantasy novel set in Victorian London, about a soulless woman who accidentally kills a vampire with her parasol.
• It's the first novel in the "Parasol Protectorate" series.
• The author's website has a description, presskit, and background pages on London and steampunk, with deleted scenes, etc.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "...overall this is a delightfully fun supernatural comedy of manners, with a refreshing romance thrown in -- and a highly promising first novel."

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* Chambers, James : Resurrection House
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-69-1, $14.95, 177pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Jason Whitley)

Collection of ten horror stories, eight of them first published from 2002 to 2006, two of the stories original to this book.
• There's also a foreword by C.J. Henderson, and interior illustrations by Jason Whitley.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book, with a description, ordering information, and a link to a PDF sample.

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* Engdahl, Sylvia Louise : Promise of the Flame
(Ad Stellae Books 978-0615314884, $17.5, 493pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

SF novel, sequel to Stewards of the Flame (2007), about colonists with psi powers settling a new planet.
• The book's webpage notes that this can be read independently of its predecessor, and provides a description and short excerpt.
• The author's website includes this FAQ page about these books, including their relationships to current US congressional efforts to reform health care.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt, while Amazon's Sylvia Louise Engdahl page includes posts by the author.

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* Friesner, Esther M., ed. : Strip Mauled
(Baen 978-1439133200, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, October 2009, cover by Clyde Caldwell)

Anthology of 21 original stories about supernatural events in suburbia.
• Authors include Jody Lynn Nye, K.D. Wentworth, David Levine, Sarah A. Hoyt, Robin Wayne Bailey, and Jim C. Hines.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the introduction and four of the stories.

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+ Gaiman, Neil : Odd and the Frost Giants
(Harper 978-0-06-167173-9, $14.99, 117pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket art Brett Helquist) First US edition (UK: Bloomsbury, March 2008)

Young adult fantasy novella about a Viking boy who befriends three Norse gods who've been turned into animals.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse and Buy" function and an audio excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the UK edition of the book in Locus Magazine's May 2008 issue: "Odd and the Frost Giants may be lightweight fun for Gaiman's more serious readers, but it's not a throwaway, and what's the problem with lightweight fun anyway?"

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* Larbalestier, Justine : Liar
(Bloomsbury 978-1-59990-305-7, $16.99, 376pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Young adult novel about a compulsive liar who becomes a murder suspect at a private school in New York City.
• The author's site has this page for the book, with links to an excerpt, influences, reviews, and a page of FAQs.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "This is a well-paced novel with a masterfully constructed unreliable narrator, confessing to lies she has told readers along the way ('You buy everything, don't you? You make it too easy') and explaining how she makes lies believable."
• Adrienne Martini reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine, questioning the genre content of the book, deciding "yes, Liar is a genre novel but a very subtle one", and careful not to give too much away, except that "Liar is a really great book."

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* Melton, Henry : Golden Girl
(Wire Rim Books 978-0-9802253-5-8, $14.95, 267pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Young adult SF novel, part of the author's loose series "Small Towns, Big Ideas", about a small town girl plucked into time travel.
• The author's site has this page for the book, with a description, while his homepage has links to several reviews.

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* Moning, Karen Marie : Dreamfever
(Delacorte 978-0-385-34165-3, $26, 388pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Craig White)

Dark fantasy novel, fourth in the "Fever" series following Darkfever (2006), Bloodfever (2007), and Faefever (2008), about a young woman from a small town in Georgia who comes to Dublin and becomes involved in the Fae world.
• The author's website has this synopsis, plus links to excerpts from the prior books, a music CD Bloodrush for the series by Neil Dover, and a link to series site The Fever World.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has over 100 5-star reader reviews.

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* Powers, Richard : Generosity: An Enhancement
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux 978-0-374-16114-9, $25, 296pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Literary SF novel about the discovery of a happiness gene.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to an audio excerpt and a reading group guide.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Much of the tension behind Powers's idea-driven novels stems from the delicate balance between plot and concept, and he wisely adopts a voice that is -- sometimes painfully -- aware of the occasional strain ... Powers strays from mere record to attempt an impossible task: to make the world right."
The New Yorker has a long piece by James Wood about Powers, this novel, and a couple of his earlier novels.

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* Pratchett, Terry : Unseen Academicals
(Harper 978-0-06-116170-4, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket design and illustration Scott McKowan)

Fantasy novel, latest in Pratchett's popular, long-running Discworld series, following Making Money (2007).
• This book concerns Unseen University's entry into the world of sports.
• HarperCollins' site has this description, with its Browse and Buy function and a link to an audio excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "an affectionate satire on the foibles of sports and sports fans... [T]he prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel."

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* Westerfeld, Scott : Leviathan
(Simon Pulse 978-1-4169-7173-3, $19.99, 440pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket illustration Sammy Jr. Yuen)

Young adult alternate history steampunk novel, first of a four-book series, about conflict between Darwinists and Clankers in 1914 Europe.
• Westerfeld's website has this page for the book, with a link to the first chapter, audio excerpts, free downloadable graphics, and samples of Keith Thompson's interior illustrations.
• Amazon has two video trailers.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "The protagonists' stories are equally gripping and keep the story moving, and Thompson's detail-rich panels bring Westerfeld's unusual creations to life. The author's fully realized world has an inventive lexicon to match -- readers will be eager for the sequels."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "[T]hat notion of a steampunk primer seems to be something that Westerfeld takes seriously, even down to the design of the book and a generous selection of absolutely marvelous period-style illustrations by Keith Thompson, complete with Victorian style quote captions. It's a lovely book..."

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New SF/F/H books:
early October 2009

posted 14 October 2009




Opening lines:

The Austrian horses glinted in the moonlight, their riders standing tall in the saddle, swords raised. Behind them two ranks of diesel-powered walking machines stood ready to fire, cannon aimed over the heads of the cavalry. A zeppelin scouted no-manís-land at the center of the battlefield, its metal skin sparkling.




Opening lines:

A man rides backward in a packed subway car. This must be almost fall, the season of revision. I picture him in the thick of bequest, tunneling beneath the I Will City, the world's twenty-fifth biggest urban sprawl, one wedged in the population charts between Tianjin and Lima. He hums some calming mantra to himself, a song with the Chicago in it, but the train drowns out the tune.




Opening lines:

I was born with a light covering of fur.

After three days it had all fallen off, but the damage was done. My mother stopped trusting my father because it was a family condition he had not told her about. One of many omissions and lies.

My father is a liar and so am I.




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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