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early November
Poppy Z. Brite
John Brown
Harry Connolly
Cory Doctorow
David Farland
Gunn/Barr/Candelaria
Jordan & Sanderson
Kilpatrick & Morrell
Stephen King
Maria Lima
Jack McDevitt
Clelie Rich
Ken Scholes
Sherman & Barzak
Jeff VanderMeer

late October
Kelley Armstrong
John Connolly
William C. Dietz
Christopher Fletcher
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Richard Gavin
Laura Anne Gilman
Barb Hendee
Daniel McGachey
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Cherie Priest
Laura Reeve
Ringo & Kratman
Sharon Shinn
Jonathan Strahan
Jeffrey Thomas
Jack Vance
VanderMeer & VanderMeer

2009 Directories




 

* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-160-7, $15.95, 454pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art David Palumbo)

Anthology of 28 stories about famous detective Sherlock Holmes.
• One story, by Naomi Novik, is original; other contributors include Stephen King, Robert J. Sawyer, Vonda N. McIntyre, Anthony Burgess, Michael Moorcock, and Neil Gaiman.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review. Gardner Dozois reviewed the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine, citing Novik's story, and Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald" as the best of the reprints.

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* Bear, Greg : Mariposa
(Vanguard Press 978-1-59315-497-4, $25.95, 340pp, hardcover, November 2009)

Near-future thriller, follow-up to Quantico (2005), about three FBI agents, graduates of the academy in Quantico, Virginia.
• This book involves a security corporation that threatens the US government, and drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder called Mariposa that has unexpected side effects.
• The publisher's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Under less capable hands, the extraordinarily complicated plot, numbers of characters and the constant explanations of future technologies might lead to terminal turgidity, but SF veteran Bear keeps everything whizzing right along to the slam-bang conclusion."

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* Dann, Jack, & Gardner Dozois, eds. : The Dragon Book
(Berkley 978-0-441-01764-5, $24.95, 8+433pp, hardcover, November 2009)

Anthology of 19 original stories about dragons.
• Authors include Gregory Maguire, Naomi Novik, Andy Duncan, Cecelia Holland, Peter S. Beagle, and Jane Yolen.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Dantec, Maurice G. : Grand Junction
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49994-3, $18, 579pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel set at an abandoned spaceport following the worldwide destruction by viruses of electronic devices in 2057.
• The book was first published in French in 2006. This edition is translated by Tina Kover.
• Del Rey's site has this description, which calls it "a masterwork of hip, literary science fiction", and an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also has an excerpt.

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* Dellamonica, A. M. : Indigo Springs
(Tor 978-0-7653-1947-0, $14.99, 317pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover art Julie Bell)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a woman, Astrid, who moves into her deceased father's house, which she discovers is a source of magical stream of blue liquid that enchants everyday objects.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• The author's website has this page about the book with a chapter excerpt and a page about the making of the book.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "The depiction of magic is original and consistent, and Astrid's exploration of her magical ability coincides with growth in her relationships and the unveiling of her town's dark history..."

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* Hutchins, J.C. : 7th Son: Descent
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-38437-1, $14.99, 356pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

SF thriller, first of a trilogy, about seven clones brought together following a presidential assassination. It's the author's first novel.
• The book began as a podcast novel; the author's site has details. Tor.com is posting installments.
• The publisher's website has this description.
• Amazon has mostly very positive reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review: "Though there's not a lot for the hard SF crowd, thriller readers seeking edge-of-your-seat action flavored with conspiracy and futuristic tech will love every page."

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* Niven, Larry, & Edward M. Lerner : Destroyer of Worlds
(Tor 978-0-7653-2205-0, $25.99, 365pp, hardcover, November 2009, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)

SF novel in Niven's Known Space universe, third prequel to his Hugo and Nebula award winning Ringworld, following Fleet of Worlds (2007) and Juggler of Worlds (2008).
• Tor's website has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "With the authors working hard to knit together backstory, this one is primarily for fans of Niven's Known Space setting who will enjoy seeing past puzzles made clear."
• Russell Letson's review, in the November issue of Locus Magazine, is posted here.

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* Richards, Tony : Night of Demons
(Eos 978-0-06-147467-5, $7.99, 390pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover art Don Sipley)

Horror novel, sequel to Dark Rain (2008), about the town of Raine's Landing, Massachusetts, inhabited by descendants of the witches who escaped Salem.
• This book concerns a serial killer targeting the town's adepts.
• Harper's website has a description with a "browse and buy" function providing an excerpt.
• The author's website also has an excerpt.

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* Roberts, Wilson : The Serpent and the Hummingbird
(Fantastic Books 978-1-60459-819-3, $19.99, 318pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Original novel which, according to the press release and description at Amazon.com and the publisher's site, "tells the story of six people whose lives become entwined in a complex mixture of fear, love, violence and bizarre religious practices, as they struggle with matters of belief, reflecting the confusions, the threats, and promises of deeply held faith central to our current political, social, and economic dialogues. The story deals with these issues in a timely fashion, and is peopled with fully realized characters who live in a world close to our own, but bizarre enough to approach the grotesque that Flannery O'Connor said was necessary to shock readers into a realization of the misshapen nature of our times."

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn : Diving Into the Wreck
(Pyr 978-1-59102-786-7, $16, 269pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover illustration Dave Seeley)

SF adventure novel about Boss, an explorer of derelict spacecraft, whose latest discovery is an ancient Earth vessel apparently built before faster than light travel.
• Pyr's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Rusch's spare prose sometimes flattens the characters, but admirably suits both the adventure and the deep moral questions she raises."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "Rusch pulls it all off very well, with strong psychological insights into both Boss and those around her, from old friends to the latest enemies..."

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* Shepherd, Joel : Sasha
(Pyr 978-1-59102-787-4, $16, 421pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover illustration David Palumbo)

Fantasy novel, first volume of "A Trial of Blood & Steel", about a young swordswoman in a land divided by rival religions.
• Pyr's site has this description with excerpts from several reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "Once Shepherd finds his stride, the second half of the book crackles with intriguing characters, witty banter and vivid, realistic battles, leaving readers optimistic about the planned sequels."

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* Whitfield, Kit : In Great Waters
(Del Rey 978-0-345-49165-7, $15, 401pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

Alternate history fantasy novel about a race of water-dwelling people who, since making a pact with the citizens of Vienna, rule of world's oceans.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's site also has a description, plus excerpts from reviews, a FAQ page, and a blog.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "Fans of English history, dense prose and high-level political maneuvering will love it."

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New SF/F/H books:
2nd week November 2009

posted 23 November 2009




Opening lines:

Edward Benjamin Quinn wiped his hand on a towel and stood back to survey the damage.

The woman on the floor had a slight pulse and was still breathing, but with a slow, jerked rhythm. Soft brown hair fanned in a dark halo around her contorted face.




Opening lines:

Voices had been sounding in his head for quite a while. And they were not the ones that he was familiar with, those heavy, breathless murmurs. For a start, these were mostly female. Their accents were strange, old-worldly. And they did not try to comfort him or re-assure him, the way the Old Ones usually did. They were hostile, hissing at him in an urgent tone.




Opening lines:

Henry could remember the moment of his birth. Crushing pressure, heat, and then the contact with the sea, terrifyingly cold -- but at the same time a release from constriction, the instant freedom of the skin. His mother gathered him up in her arms and swam to the surface, cradling him on her slick breast to lift his head above the water for his first breath. Henry never forgot it, the mouthful of icy air, the waves chopping his skin, a woman's arms holding him up in a world suddenly without warmth.




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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