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June
Elizabeth Bear
Jacqueline Carey
Charles de Lint
Chris Evans
Jennifer Fallon
Simon R. Green
Tanya Huff
Holly Lisle
Niven & Lerner
Naomi Novik
Alastair Reynolds
Jenna Rhodes
Kat Richardson
Joel Shepherd
Dan Simmons
Melinda Snodgrass
David Weber
Phaedra Weldon
John C. Wright

May
Steve Alten
Kevin J. Anderson
Paul Chafe
Sara Douglass
David Keck
Katherine Kerr
Paul Melko
Brandon Sanderson
John Scalzi
Joel Shepherd
Michael Swanwick
Laini Taylor
Mark L. Van Name

2009 Directories




 

Abraham, Daniel : An Autumn War
(Tor 978-0-7653-5189-0, $7.99, 422pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Tor, July 2008)

SF novel, third in the "Long Price Quartet" following A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter, set in a world in which a military empire threatens to destroy the medieval cities of Khaiem.
• The fourth volume, The Price of Spring, has just appeared in hardcover.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Nick Gevers' review in Locus Magazine wrote: "Abraham, one of the most gifted newer fantasists, keeps his material under tight control, and by this cool restraint if anything magnifies the tension of his narrative."

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Asher, Neal : Prador Moon
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-120-1, $7.99, 300pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover illustration Bob Eggleton)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, May 2006)

SF novel, subtitled "a Novel of the Polity", in which human civlization finally contacts aliens -- crablike carnivores called the Prador.
• Asher's website has a page for the book; the publisher has a this order page.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews; the latter calls the book "A fast and furious spectacle developed with gusto."

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Berman, Steve, ed. : So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction
(Lethe Press 1-59021-228-2, $18, 347pp, trade paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Haworth, November 2007)

New edition of 2007 small press anthology of 22 original stories. Authors include Christopher Barzak, Holly Black, Richard Bowes, Sarah Monette, Delia Sherman, Melissa Scott, and Joshua Lewis, whose story "Ever So Much More than Twenty" won a Gaylactic Spectrum Award.
• The publisher's site includes a description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "this anthology is wholly readable and likely to engage general readers as well as its target audience."

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Bledsoe, Alex : The Sword-Edged Blonde
(Tor 978-0-7653-6203-2, $6.99, 296pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, November 2007)

Fantasy novel, a sword-and-sorcery noir whodunit about Eddie LaCrosse, a private eye hired to investigate the murder of a royal heir.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The next book in the series, Burn Me Deadly, will be published in November.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review of the hardcover edition, which called it "evocative of fantasy legend Fritz Leiber's classic tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser", and concludes "Bledsoe's genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist."

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Bova, Ben : Mars Life
(Tor 978-0-7653-5724-3, $7.99, 442pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Tor, August 2008)

SF novel, sequel to Mars (1992) and Return to Mars (1999), in which an anthropologist's discovery of evidence of Martian life triggers opposition to further exploration from the conservative New Morality movement on Earth.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Bova deftly captures the excitement of scientific discovery and planetary exploration. This compelling story, balancing action and plausible political intrigue, will easily be enjoyed by both fans and newcomers."

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Brust, Steven : Jhegaala
(Tor 978-0-7653-4155-6, $7.99, 300pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Tor, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, 11th in the series about Vlad Taltos, following Dzur (2006). In this book Taltos encounters trouble while seeking out distant relatives.
• Tor's website has this description. Brust's Wikipedia entry describes the series and lists the previous books.

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Czerneda, Julie E. : Riders of the Storm
(DAW 978-0-7564-0561-8, $7.99, 455pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: DAW, September 2008)

SF novel, second in the "Stratification" sequence following Reap the Wild Wind (2007). In this book, exiles from Yena Clan face winter in the mountains, where they discover secrets about their past.
• The third book, Rift in the Sky, just appeared in hardcover.
• The author's website has a description and excerpt.

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Feist, Raymond E., & S. M. Stirling : Jimmy the Hand
(Eos 978-0-06-079299-2, $7.99, 369pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)

Fantasy novel, third book in the YA "Legends of the Riftwar" series after Honoured Enemy (with William R. Forstchen) and Murder in LaMut (with Joel Rosenberg). This volume was first published in the UK in 2003.
• In this book Jimmy the Hand, pickpocket, flees the city of Krondor after a run in with the secret police.
• HarperCollins' website has this page with its "Browse and Buy" feature.

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Flint, Eric, & Virginia De Marce : 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
(Baen 978-1439132760, $7.99, 965pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Baen, October 2007)

Alternate history time travel novel, latest in a series that began with 1632 by Flint alone sequels by Flint and various co-authors, about a West Virginia town transported from 2000 to Germany in 1631.
• Flint's website links to www.1632.org, with a dictionary, FAQ, maps, and submission guidelines for The Grantville Gazette.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the Prologue and 18 chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "It is especially refreshing to read an alternate history that doesn't depend upon the clash of anachronistic arms, but rather on how modern ideas of human rights, education, sanitation and law might have affected the Europe of the 30 Years War."

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Green, Chris Marie : Midnight Reign
(Ace 978-0-441-01733-1, $7.99, 321pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Ace, February 2008)

Vampire novel, second in the "Vampire Babylon" series following Night Rising (2007), about a Hollywood stuntwoman battling L.A. vampires who may have killed her parents.
• Series website http://www.vampirebabylon.com/ has a video trailer and an excerpt.
• The fifth book in the series, The Path of Razors, is due in August.

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Gunn, David : Death's Head Maximum Offense
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50869-0, $7.99, 398pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, May 2008)

Military SF novel, follow-up to Death's Head, about a far-future assassin Sven Tveskoeg. In this book Sven and his crew are sent to the artificial world of Hekati to find a missing citizen.
• Del Rey's site has this description with an excerpt.

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Knight, E. E. : Fall With Honor
(Roc 978-0-451-46238-1, $7.99, 353pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Roc, July 2008)

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, seventh in the "Vampire Earth" series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine's Rising (2005), Valentine's Exile (2006), and Valentine's Resolve (2007).
• In this book freedom fighter David Valentine organizes rebellion against the Kurian Occupation.
• Eight novel Winter Duty just appeared in hardcover.
• The series website has background on the milieu and settings of the series.

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Lindskold, Jane : Thirteen Orphans
(Tor 978-0-7653-5621-5, $7.99, 492pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

Fantasy novel based on Chinese folklore, first of a new series, about a college student who discovers that her ancestors came from another world to Earth, where they hid their magic system in the game of mah-jong.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author's website has a sample chapter.
• The next book in the series, Winter Duty, appears in August.

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McDonald, Sandra : The Stars Down Under
(Tor 978-0-7653-5556-0, $7.99, 331pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Tor, March 2008)

Military SF novel, sequel to The Outback Stars (2007), about a married couple, officer and enlisted, who are assigned to repair alien artifacts that enable spaceships to travel from world to world.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The next book in the series, The Stars Blue Yonder, just appeared in July.

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Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Scholastic 978-0-545-13970-0, $14.99, 759pp, trade paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, July 2007)

Young adult fantasy novel, seventh and final volume in the series about the boy wizard's battle with evil, with interior illustrations by Mary GrandPré.
• Wikipedia has this page with an extensive plot summary.
• Amazon's page has summaries of the previous books, the Publishers Weekly starred review, and over 3300 reader reviews.

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Shepherd, Joel : Killswitch
(Pyr 978-1-59102-743-0, $9.98, 447pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Pyr, November 2007)

SF novel, the third about Cassandra Kresnov, following Crossover and Breakaway, and first published in Australia in 2004.
• This book concerns a war between Earth and Callay, in which the android Cassandra is threatened by a killswitch installed in her brainstem.
• Pyr's website has this description with excerpts from the reviews and sample chapters.

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Smith, Sherwood : King's Shield
(DAW 978-0-7564-0562-5, $7.99, 687pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: DAW, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Inda and The Fox, about a prince turned mercenary. In this book Inda returns home from exile to defend his kingdom.
• The author's site has a page about Inda's Story, with links to pages about the world, the ships, the characters, a timeline, and a pronunciation guide.
• The next book in the series, Treason's Shore, will be published in August.

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Stross, Charles : Saturn's Children
(Ace 978-0-441-01731-7, $7.99, 321pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: Ace, July 2008)

Far future SF novel about a concubine femmebot named Freya in an android society that has succeeded humanity's extinction.
• Stross discussed the novel in his March 2008 Locus interview: "So I set out to write a modern late-period Heinlein novel. You've got to play by the Heinlein rules. To be canonical, it has to have a red-headed heroine with a nipple that goes 'spung.' This was a first and obvious anchor point..."
• Russell Letson reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: "Charles Stross dedicates Saturn's Children to the memories of Asimov and Heinlein -- so why did I keep thinking of Futurama and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?" Letson concludes "I'm happy to report that the book grabbed me (not without long reflections SF-tropes-as-metaphors) and finally convinced me that, as with Futurama, there is heart as well as smarts behind the jokes."
• The novel is currently a Hugo Award finalist.

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Williams, Liz : Precious Dragon
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-084-6, $7.99, 351pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, June 2007)

SF/paranormal thriller, third in the "Inspector Chen" series following Snake Agent (2005) and The Demon and the City (2006), about a Singapore detective in charge of supernatural and mystical investigations.
• In this book Chen and his partner escort a diplomatic envoy from Heaven to Hell.
• The publisher's page for the book has a description.

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New in Paperback: July 2009

posted 1 August 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

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














   
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