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April
Catherine Asaro
Steven Barnes
Stephen Baxter
Chris Beckett
Eric Brown
Philip K. Dick
David Drake
Kate Elliott
Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford
Robin Hobb
Stephen Hunt
Michio Kaku
Julie Kenner
McCaffrey & Scarborough
Ian McDonald
Karen Anne Mitchell
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Harry Turtledove

March
Iain M. Banks
Kathleen Bryan
Emma Bull
John Crowley
Gordon Dahlquist
Dave Duncan
Steven Erikson
Raymond E. Feist
William Gibson
Peter F. Hamilton
Kay Kenyon
Jay Lake
Lee & Miller
Martin/Dozois/Abraham
David Marusek
Paul Park
Allen Steele
Travis S. Taylor
Michael Z. Williamson

2009 Directories




 

Alten, Steve : The Loch
(Tor 978-0-7653-6302-2, $9.99, 541pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Erik Hollander)

Thriller about a marine biologist haunted by memories of a near-drowning experience in Loch Ness.
• This is a reprint of the 2005 first edition from Tsunami Books.
• Tor's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and reproduces the Booklist review: "...this page-turner will make great beach reading."

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Anderson, Kevin J. : The Ashes of Worlds
(Orbit 978-0-316-00758-0, $7.99, 22+678pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Orbit, July 2008)

SF novel, final volume in the "Saga of Seven Suns" series following Hidden Empire, A Forest of Stars, Horizon Storms, Scattered Suns, Of Fire and Night, and Metal Swarm, concerning interstellar war among humans, renegade robots, and various alien races.
• Anderson's website has this description, with a link to an excerpt.

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Chafe, Paul : Genesis
(Baen 978-1-416-59163-4, $7.99, 589pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

SF novel about the construction of a gigantic space Ark launched to escape an overcrowded Earth.
• The first edition was published by Baen in November, 2007.
• The sequel, Exodus: The Ark, will be published in November, 2009.
• Baen's site has this description with links to two excerpts.

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Douglass, Sara : The Twisted Citadel
(Eos 978-0-06-088218-1, $7.99, 649pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the "DarkGlass Mountain" trilogy following The Serpent Bride (2007). In this book three new heroes face approaching war.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "browse inside" feature.
• This is a reprint of Eos' 2008 hardcover; the first edition was published earlier by HarperCollins Australia, whose page for the book has a text excerpt.
• The author's website has this page about the series, with a map.

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Keck, David : In a Time of Treason
(Tor 978-0-765-35170-8, $7.99, 402pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Tor, February 2008)

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following In the Eye of Heaven (2006), that the author describes as "a gritty medieval fantasy following a tournament knight from lowly shield-bearer to savior of an ancient kingdom."
• Tor's website has this description, with an excerpt.
• The author's website has an excerpt, plus quotes from reviews and the author's blog, The Maundry.

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Kerr, Katharine : The Shadow Isle
(DAW 978-0-756-40552-6, $7.99, 446pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: DAW, May 2008)

Fantasy Novel, third book of "The Silver Wyrm" following The Gold Falcon (2006) and The Spirit Stone (2007), and 14th book in the overall Deverry cycle, which began in 1986 with Daggerspell, and has just one more book to go after this.
• The author's website has this page about all the previous books in the Deverry sequence.
• The final volume in the series, The Silver Mage, is due in November.

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Melko, Paul : Singularity's Ring
(Tor 978-0-765-35702-1, $7.99, 326pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Tor, February 2008)

SF novel, the author's first novel, in which 90% of humanity has left Earth following a Singularity event, and the 10% who remain include a 'pod' individual of five teenagers named Apollo Papadopulos in training to become a starship captain.
• Tor's website has this description, and an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine analyzed the book as a descendant of Sturgeon's More Than Human, and concluded "Melko's skill both in story and setting is undeniable ... There's more than enough invention and imaginative courage here to suggest that Melko may be at the beginning of an auspicious career."
• The novel just won the Compton Crook Award, and is a finalist for this year's Locus Awards.

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Sanderson, Brandon : The Hero of Ages
(Tor 978-0-7653-5614-7, $7.99, 748pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Tor, October 2008)

Fantasy novel, final volume in "The Final Empire" trilogy following Mistborn (2006) and The Well of Ascension (2007).
• Tor's website has this description, with a video interview with the author.
• Amazon has its "look inside" function with an excerpt, and more than 80 very positive reader reviews.

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Scalzi, John : Zoe's Tale
(Tor 978-0-7653-5619-2, $7.99, 406pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Tor, August 2008)

SF novel in the universe of Old Man's War and a companion to the previous novel, The Last Colony -- this book tells the same story as that book, but from the perspective of Zoë, 17-year-old daughter of colony leaders John Perry and Jane Sagan.
• Tor's website has this description, with a video conversation between Scalzi and Cory Doctorow.
• Amazon's 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt.
• Scalzi's popular blog Whatever has this post about the book.
• The novel is currently a finalist for this year's Hugo Awards.

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Shepherd, Joel : Crossover
(Pyr 978-1-59102-737-9, $9.98, 457pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

SF novel, the debut novel by the Australian author, first published there by HarperCollins Voyager in 2001. It's the first "Cassandra Kresnov Novel", about an experimental android who's defected from her position with the League for refuge with her former enemy, the Federation.
• Subsequent volumes were Breakaway and Killswitch, both published by Pyr in 2007. The mass market edition of Breakaway is due in June.
• Pyr's website has this description and sample chapters.

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Swanwick, Michael : The Dragons of Babel
(Tor 978-0-765-35913-1, $7.99, 354pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Tor, January 2008)

Fantasy novel, set in the same universe as the author's acclaimed The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1994), about a war-dragon of Babel that lands in the post-industrial world of Faerie.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The author has created blog Flogging Babel with various entries related to this book.
• Russell Letson's review in Locus Magazine described Swanwick's writing as "elegant, erudite, slyly funny, hard-nosed, compassionate, propulsive, and capable of punching through overused conventions and sentimentalities and delivering the jolt that restores to the form its primal power."
• The book is currently a finalist in this year's Locus Awards.

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Taylor, Laini : Dreamdark: Blackbringer
(Firebird 978-0-14-241168-1, $9.99, 437pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Young adult fantasy novel about Magpie Windwitch, a faerie who faces an invasion of devils into her world, let loose by humans.
• The first edition was published by Putnam in June, 2007. The next book in the series, Dreamdark: Silksinger, is due in September.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt; the page for the first edition includes the Booklist review by GraceAnne A. DeCandido: "The tale takes its time in unfolding, with lovely echoes of its literary antecedents from Tolkien on down. ... Vibrant language overcomes a surfeit of telling rather than showing."

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Van Name, Mark L. : Slanted Jack
(Baen 978-1-416-59162-7, $7.99, 460pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Baen, July 2008)

Military SF novel, sequel to One Jump Ahead (2007), which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for best first novel of the year. In this book, nano-enhanced warrior Jon Moore and his AI tank Lobo encounter a con man named Slanted Jack.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapters.

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New in Paperback: May 2009

posted 27 May 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.

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+ = first US edition

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