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Steve Alten
Kevin J. Anderson
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Paul Melko
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Joel Shepherd
Michael Swanwick
Laini Taylor
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Catherine Asaro
Steven Barnes
Stephen Baxter
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Eric Brown
Philip K. Dick
David Drake
Kate Elliott
Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford
Robin Hobb
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Julie Kenner
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Ian McDonald
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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Harry Turtledove

2009 Directories




 

Bear, Elizabeth : Ink and Steel
(Roc 978-0-451-46279-4, $7.99, 441pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Roc, July 2008)

Fantasy novel in the author's "Promethean Age" series about war between Faerie and the iron world, a prequel to Blood and Iron (2006) and Whiskey and Water (2007). This book concerns Christopher Marlowe and Will Shakespeare.
• The follow-up volume, Hell and Earth, was first published last August and will be in mass market paperback in December.
• The author's site has this page about the series, linking excerpts and with a chronology that includes titles not yet written.
• Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Carey, Jacqueline : Kushiel's Mercy
(Grand Central 978-0-446-61016-2, $7.99, 796pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Grand Central, June 2008)

Fantasy novel, sixth in the series overall and conclusion of the "Imriel" trilogy following Kushiel's Scion (2006) and Kushiel's Justice (2007).
• Carey's website has the chapter one excerpt. Amazon's "Search Inside" function also has an excerpt.
• Faren Miller's review in Locus Magazine said: "Carey can still spin a fine tale with some deeper moral dimensions, and Imriel's later adventures involve plenty of journeys, sleuthing, peril and help from unexpected sources, as well as moments of self-questioning. I just wish the feat of sorcery that set it all off hadn't yanked so hard on my suspended disbelief."

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de Lint, Charles : Medicine Road
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-88-9, $14.95, 186pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Charles Vess)
(First edition: Subterranean Press, July 2004)

Fantasy novel, illustrated by Charles Vess, about twin musicians Laurel and Bess Dillard and their involvement with Native American spirits. The characters appeared in earlier novel Seven Wild Sisters (2002).
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has reader reviews and the reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; PW concluded "The mythic magic inevitable in all of De Lint's best fantasies marks the spirited conclusion."

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Evans, Chris : A Darkness Forged in Fire
(Pocket 978-1-416-57052-3, $9.99, 620pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Pocket, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, Book One of the Iron Elves and the author's first novel, about exiled mercenary Konowa Swift Dragon and the return to the world of magic, heralded by the Red Star.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Author's site Iron Elves includes a PDF excerpt, and author interview, news, and a link to the author's blog.
• The second book in the series, The Light of Burning Shadows, is due in hardcover at the end of July.

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Fallon, Jennifer : The Immortal Prince
(Tor 978-0-765-35607-9, $7.99, 585pp, mass market paperback, June 2009) ERROR -- 1st edition not found

Fantasy novel, first in new series The Tide Lords, about a murderer who survives his own hanging and proclaims himself to be the legendary Immortal Prince. The book was first published in Australia in 2007.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The second book in the series, The Gods of Amyrantha , is due from Tor in July.
• The author's site has this page for the series with forthcoming titles, including the second and third volumes, already published in Australia.

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Green, Simon R. : Daemons Are Forever
(Roc 978-0-451-46278-7, $7.99, 414pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Roc, June 2008)

Fantasy novel, second in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007). This book concerns creatures called the Loathly Ones.
• Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, The Spy Who Haunted Me, just appeared in hardcover.

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Huff, Tanya : Valor's Trial
(DAW 978-0-7564-0557-1, $7.99, 410pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: DAW, June 2008)

Military SF novel, fourth in the "Confederation" series following Valor's Choice (2000), The Better Part of Valor (2002), and The Heart of Valor (2007). In this book Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr finds herself prisoner, apparently of mysterious aliens called the Others.
• DAW's website has this brief description. Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in Locus Magazine: "It's a great read, a powerful survival scenario made particularly fascinating by the interactions of multiple species working together."

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Lisle, Holly : Hawkspar
(Tor 978-0-765-34874-6, $7.99, 594pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Tor, June 2008)

Fantasy novel, second book subtitled "A Novel of Korre" after Talyn (2005). This book concerns a slave tracker seeking his sister, who is being transformed into Hawkspar, a demigoddess who can change the flow of time.
• Tor's website has this page for the book with a description and an excerpt. Amazon's "Search Inside" function also includes an excerpt.
• The author's website has this page for the series, with links to maps, alphabets, floorplans, ship diagrams, etc.

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Niven, Larry, & Edward M. Lerner : Juggler of Worlds
(Tor 978-0-765-35784-7, $7.99, 436pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

SF novel in Niven's Known Space universe, like Fleet of Worlds (2007) a prequel to his Hugo and Nebula award winning Ringworld, set 200 years before, concerning Earth agent Sigmund Ausfaller and Puppeteer representative Nessus.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon's 'Search Inside' feature also has an excerpt.

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Novik, Naomi : Victory of Eagles
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51225-3, $7.99, 376pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, fifth in the Temeraire series about dragons used as weapons during the Napoleonic Wars, following the initial trilogy His Majesty's Dragon, Black Powder War, and Throne of Jade, which collectively won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and fourth book Empire of Ivory (2007).
• In this book, dragon Temeraire and his captain Will Laurence struggle to reunite to battle the imminent invasion of London by Napoleon.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman's review in Locus Magazine said: "If, once again, the conclusion finds things looking dire for our heroes, we have the joy of knowing they'll be back in the next installment of this delightful fantasy alternate history series."

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Reynolds, Alastair : The Prefect
(Ace 978-0-441-01722-5, $8.99, 563pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, April 2007)

SF novel, set in the universe of Revelation Space and its three sequels, about a prefect in the utopian society Glitter Band whose murder investigation uncovers a takeover plot by a posthuman entity called Aurora.
• Ace's website has this brief description.
• Nick Gevers' review in Locus Magazine called it "a fine, provocative portrait of utopia on the brink. The relentless narrative momentum it employs simply underscores the pertinent urgency of that topic."

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Rhodes, Jenna : The Dark Ferryman
(DAW 978-0-756-40558-8, $7.99, 568pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: DAW, June 2008)

Fantasy novel, second volume of the "Elven Ways" series following The Four Forges (2006), about a race of elves transported to a new world. In this book the Vaelinar race is threatened by civil war.
• The publisher's site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said "The intricately plotted, character-driven saga of the Vaelinar's desperate struggles finds anchors in folklore and legend, appealing to fans of slower pacing and detailed world building."

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Richardson, Kat : Greywalker
(Roc 978-0-451-46132-2, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Roc, October 2006)

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a Private Investigator who wakes up two minutes after being killed, as a 'Greywalker' able to move between our world and the other side.
• The author's website has descriptions of the books in the series, with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Sequels were Poltergeist and Underground; the fourth book, Vanished, is due in August in hardcover.

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Shepherd, Joel : Breakaway
(Pyr 978-1591027423, $9.98, 425pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Pyr, April 2007)

SF novel, second "Cassandra Kresnov Novel", follow-up to Crossover and first published by HarperCollins Australia in 2003. In this book the experimental android is caught in a war between the League and the Federation.
• Pyr's website has this description, excerpts from the reviews, and sample chapters.

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Simmons, Dan : The Terror
(Little Brown 978-0-316-00807-5, $7.99, 960pp, mass market paperback, January 2009)
(First edition: Little Brown, January 2007)

Historical fantasy/horror novel about the 1845 Franklin Expedition, which never returned from its search for a Northwest Passage above Canada, aboard two ships called Erebus and Terror.
• The publisher's site has this description with an "OpenBook" function providing an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "This complex tale should find many devoted readers and add significantly to Simmons's already considerable reputation."

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Snodgrass, Melinda : The Edge of Reason
(Tor 978-0-765-35420-4, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Tor, May 2008)

Fantasy novel about an Albuquerque cop who becomes involved in an ancient battle between the forces of magic and religious fanaticism, and the cause of reason and technology.
• Tor's site has this description, and audio interview with the author, and an excerpt.
• The author's website has this PDF sample with the first 169 pages of the book.
• The next book in the series, The Edge of Ruin, is still in work.

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Weber, David : By Schism Rent Asunder
(Tor 978-0-765-35398-6, $7.99, 714pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Tor, July 2008)

Far future SF novel, sequel to Off Armageddon Reef (2007), set on the planet Safehold, in which human survivors of a war with aliens have sacrificed human rights and scientific inquiry in order to survive. In this book religious war looms as the powerful Church of God Awaiting faces attack by the kingdom of Charis.
• Tor's website has this description, and audio excerpt, and a print excerpt.
• The next volume in the series, By Heresies Distressed, is due in July in hardcover.

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Weldon, Phaedra : Wraith
(Ace 978-0-441-01697-6, $7.99, 421pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Ace, June 2007)

Paranormal fantasy, first of a series, about ZoČ Martinique, a professional snoop with astral abilities. In this book Zoe's investigation of a murder involves a ghostly wraith, a sexy copy, a televangelist, and her psychic mother.
• The second book, Spectre, is due in mass market paperback in October; the third book, Phantasm, just appeared in trade paperback.
• Amazon's 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt.

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Wright, John C. : Null-A Continuum
(Tor 978-0-765-35537-9, $7.99, 18+424pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Tor, May 2008)

SF novel written as a sequel to classic SF novels The World of Null-A (1948) and The Players of Null-A (1956) by A.E. van Vogt, about a double-brained amnesiac with "non-Aristotlean" mental powers, using the original author's pulp prose style.
• In this book Gilbert Gosseyn battles galactic dictator Enro the Red in an ever-expanding plot that eventually spans all space and time.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.

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New in Paperback: June 2009

posted 17 June 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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