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3rd week November
Keri Arthur
Scott Bakker
Alex Bledsoe
Bruce Boston
Steven R. Boyett
Carlos J. Cortes
Ellen Datlow
Ellen Datlow
Julie Kenner
Katharine Kerr
Jay Lake
Juliet Marillier
Devon Monk
Philip Palmer
Nicole Peeler

2nd week November
John Joseph Adams
Greg Bear
Dann & Dozois
Maurice G. Dantec
A.M. Dellamonica
J.C. Hutchins
Niven & Lerner
Tony Richards
Wilson Roberts
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Joel Shepherd
Kit Whitfield

2009 Directories




 

* Akers, Tim : Heart of Veridon
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-758-6, £7.99, 473pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art Jon Foster)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a disgraced pilot in an exotic city pursuing a mystery involving a strange artifact.
• The publisher's site has a description.
• Amazon has reader reviews, including one from Lou Anders: "A wonderful mixture of urban fantasy, steampunk, and crime-noir, and Akers hits the tones perfectly. It's full of haunting imagery, set pieces in a very compelling plot..."

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* Anthony, Piers : Jumper Cable
(Tor 978-0-7653-2351-4, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Humorous fantasy novel, 33rd in the popular, pun-filled "Xanth" series.
• This one is about an arachnid named Jumper who must assume human form to save the realm of Xanth.
• Tor's website has this description of the book.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Bisson, Terry : The Left Left Behind, plus...
(PM Press 979-1-60486-086-3, $12, 121pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Chapbook collection of two stories, an interview, and a bibliography; a title in the publisher's Outspoken Authors series.
• The title story was published in Postscripts in 2008; the second story is "Special Relativity", from Amazon Shorts in 2006.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon's Look Inside function includes an excerpt.

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* Butcher, Jim : First Lord's Fury
(Ace 978-0-441-01769-0, $25.95, 465pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket illustration Steve Stone)

Fantasy novel, sixth in the "Codex Alera" following Furies of Calderon (2004), Academ's Fury (2005), Cursor's Fury (2006), Captain's Fury (2007), and Princeps' Fury (2008), set in a realm where adults have bonds with magical spirits that provide defenses and talents.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with excerpts posted at weekly intervals.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Card, Orson Scott, & Jake Black : The Authorized Ender Companion
(Tor 978-0-7653-2062-9, $27.99, 432pp, hardcover, November 2009)

Nonfiction encyclopedia of people, places, events, and things in Orson Scott Card's Ender universe, written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card.
• Tor's website has this description, with a biography of Black.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the table of contents, and an excerpt.

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* Jones, Gwyneth : Imagination/Space: Essays and Talks on Fiction, Feminism, Technology and Politics
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-32-4, $19, 253pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover painting Jennifer Mondfrans)

Nonfiction collection of 21 talks and essays about science fiction and other topics.
• Contents include Jones' acceptance speech for her 2008 Pilgrim Award, and a reconsideration of the feminist SF canon. The book includes a bibliography and an index.
• The publisher's site has this description.
Locus Magazine will have a review of the book by Gary K. Wolfe in its January 2010 issue.

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* Kent, Steven L. : The Clone Betrayal
(Ace 978-0441017874, $7.99, 367pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover art Christian McGrath)

Military SF novel, fifth in the series following The Clone Republic, Rogue Clone (both 2006), The Clone Alliance (2007), and The Clone Elite (2008), set in a 26th century galaxy ruled by an Earth-based military of clones.
• This book concerns Liberator Clone Wayson Harris, who's made a scapegoat for an attack on the Unified Authority worlds.
• The author's website, Sad Sam's Palace, has excerpts from the previous books.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Little, Denise, ed. : Intelligent Design
(DAW 978-0756405687, $7.99, 307pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)

Anthology of 11 original stories about evolution versus creationism.
• Authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jean Rabe, Sarah A. Hoyt, Janny Wurts, Dean Wesley Smith, and Laura Resnick.

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* Little, Denise, ed. : The Trouble with Heroes
(DAW 978-0756405793, $7.99, 306pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)

Anthology of 22 original stories about people who enable and put up with heroes (Hercules' wife, Lovecraft's housekeeper, etc.).
• Authors include Laura Resnick, Phaedra Weldon, Jean Rabe, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Mike Moscoe, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

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* Rardin, Jennifer : Bite Marks
(Orbit 978-0316043823, $13.99, 314pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, sixth in a series that began with Once Bitten, Twice Shy (2007), about martial artist vampire hunter Jaz Parks.
• In this book, Jaz and her partner deal with gnomes attacking a NASA facility in Australia.
• The author's site has this excerpt and a page about the character Jaz Parks.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Robinson, Kim Stanley : The Lucky Strike, plus...
(PM Press 978-1-60486-085-6, $12, 122pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Chapbook collection of two stories, an interview, and a bibliography; a title in the publisher's Outspoken Authors series.
• The title story was published in 1984; the second story is "A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions", from 1991.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon's Look Inside function includes an excerpt.

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* Shepherd, Mike : Kris Longknife: Undaunted
(Ace 978-0441017867, $7.99, 353pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover art Scott Grimando)

Military SF adventure novel, seventh the series following Mutineer, Deserter (both 2004), Defiant (2005), Resolute (2006), Audacious (2007), and Intrepid (2008), about a Prime Minister's daughter who joins the space navy.
• In this book, peaceful aliens warn humanity about a strange force that threatens human worlds.
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* VanderMeer, Jeff : Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-90-2, $14.95, 329pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover illustration John Coulthart)

Nonfiction guide to making a living as a writer, including the public activities of marketing and the private activities of writing, with chapters about online platforms, blogs, networking, PR, branding, etc.
• Appendices include contributions by Colleen Lindsay, Nathan Ballingrud, Cat Rambo, Matthew Cheney, and others.
• Tachyon's site has this description with numerous blurbs, and a link to site Booklife with a press kit, list of resources, and more.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "The tips for creating a flourishing Public Booklife will appeal to a wide variety of writers, from those just starting out to those trying to navigate the changing world of book publishing, while the Private Booklife section seems more tailored to new authors... " -- and reader reviews from James Patrick Kelly, Michaen Arnzen, Minister Faust, and others.

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* Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Torch of Freedom
(Baen 978-1439133057, $26, hardcover, November 2009)

SF novel, second in a series set in Weber's "Honorverse" following Crown of Slaves (2003), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• In this book, Queen Berry of Torch is assigned protection, as a series of assassinations targets leaders both of Torch and of the Star Kingdom of Manticore.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mostly enthusiastic reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
4th week November 2009

posted 6 December 2009




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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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