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September
Poul Anderson
Iain M. Banks
Robert Bloch
Philip K. Dick
James Gunn
Edmond Hamilton
Edmond Hamilton
Edmond Hamilton
Robert A. Heinlein
Ken MacLeod
Ian McDonald
Michael Moorcock
Adam Niswander
Robert Silverberg

May '09
Poul Anderson
Christopher Anvil
Isaac Asimov
Mark Geston
Peter F. Hamilton
Peter F. Hamilton
Abraham Merritt
Frederik Pohl
Jerry Pournelle
Christopher Priest
Silverberg & Randall
Robert Silverberg
Robert Silverberg
E.E. "Doc" Smith
Jeff VanderMeer
John Wyndham

2009 Directories




 

Boyett, Steven R. : Ariel
(Ace 978-0-441-01794-2, $7.99, 413pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Ace, December 1983)

Urban fantasy novel about a mysterious Change that renders technology inoperable and magical beings to appear.
• The author's website points to book site http://www.arielbook.com/, with background information, sample chapters, maps, etc.
• Sequel Elegy Beach has just appeared in hardcover; Boyett has http://www.elegybeach.com/ about that book.
• Amazon has several dozen most 5-star reader reviews.

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Bull, Emma : Bone Dance
(Orb 978-0-7653-2173-2, $15.99, 315pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover art Rick Berry)
(First edition: Ace, May 1991)

SF novel, subtitled "A Fantasy for Technophiles", about Sparrow, a trader in pre-nuke artifacts in post-apocalypose America, who becomes involved in a battle between two of the 'Horsemen' who triggered the apocalypse.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of the original edition, which notes that "Sparrow's androgyny is also skillfully handled... Sparrow is sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine, sometimes neither, always believable."
• The novel was a finalist for several awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy, and received a special citation for that year's Philip K. Dick Award.

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* Dick, Philip K., edited by Gregg Rickman : The Early Work of Philip K. Dick: The Variable Man and Other Stories
(Prime 978-1607012023, $28, 408pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Collection of 15 of Philip K. Dick's earliest stories, first published in 1952 and 1953; this is the first of two volumes, followed by The Early Work of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: Breakfast at Twilight and Other Stories, edited and selected by Gregg Rickman. The books have 2008 copyrights but apparently appeared in 2009.
• Amazon has the publisher's description and the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Rickman provides an informative introduction and detailed endnotes on each story, which alone would make this volume worth acquiring. This collection is a must-have for PKD fans."

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Farmer, Philip José : Two Hawks from Earth
(MonkeyBrain 978-1-932265-28-6, $15.95, 223pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover illustration Lee Moyer)
(First edition: Belmont, October 1966)

SF novel about an Amerindian WWII bomber pilot who lands in a parallel world where North and South America don't exist.
• The book was first published as The Gate of Time. This edition has an afterword by Christopher Paul Carey.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.

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* Kelly, James Patrick, & John Kessel, eds. : The Secret History of Science Fiction
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-93-3, $14.95, 381pp, hardcover, November 2009)

Anthology of 19 stories selected to represent an "alternative vision of sf from the early 1970s to the present, one in which it becomes evident that the literary potential of sf was not squandered", according to the editors' introduction.
• Authors include genre figures Thomas M. Disch, Connie Willis, Lucius Shepard, Gene Wolfe, and the editors, along with literary figures T.C. Boyle, Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Michael Chabon, and Steven Millhauser.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the opening pages. The Publishers Weeky review notes that stories by Atwood and Millhauser "make it clear that nongenre authors have been writing stories that appropriate many genre tropes."
• Paul Witcover's review in Locus Magazine is posted here: "First off, these are wonderful stories, every one."

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* Myers, Howard L. : A Sense of Infinity
(Baen 978-1-4391-3278-4, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, July 2009, cover art Alan Pollack)

Collection of 10 stories, including the short novel "Cloud Chamber", published from 1968 to 1977, mostly in Analog magazine and some under the pseudonym Verge Foray. It's edited by Eric Flint.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several stories.
• Baen published an earlier Myers collection, The Creatures of Man, in 2003.

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Pournelle, Jerry : Exile and Glory
(Baen 978-1-439132937, $7.99, 493pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover art Clyde Caldwell)

Omnibus of two early Pournelle books, collection High Justice (first published 1974) and novel Exiles to Glory (1977), with a new introduction by the author.
• The paperback edition is a reprint of Baen's hardcover edition published in 2008.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several stories.
• Amazon has a variety of reader reviews.

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Sawyer, Robert J. : Flashforward
(Tor 978-0-575-09101-6, $7.99, 319pp, trade paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Tor, June 1999)

SF novel about the aftermath of a physics experiment that shifts the consciousness of humanity ahead by 20 years.
• This is a tie-in edition to the current ABC tv series, which alters the premise somewhat.
• The book won an Aurora Award as best long work in English for that year.
• Sawyer's site has this page about the book, with links to excerpt, reviews, interviews, a discussion guide, etc.

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* Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. : The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-91-9, $15.95, 475pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art David A. Hardy)

Anthology of 23 stories, subtitled "60th Anniversary Anthology", first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from 1951 to 2007.
• Authors include Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, Daniel Keyes, Roger Zelazny, Harlan Ellison, Damon Knight, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Bisson, Peter S. Beagle, and Ted Chiang.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "For sheer reading pleasure, this anthology is unparalleled."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "Gordon Van Gelder's Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: 60th Anniversary Anthology serves as a wonderful reminder why I came to love both genres, plus the occasional piece of high-quality horror... There's not a dud in the bunch."

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Classic Reprints:
September - October 2009

posted 28 November 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).

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