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Daniel Abraham
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Steven Brust
Julie E. Czerneda
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Chris Marie Green
David Gunn
E.E. Knight
Jane Lindskold
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J.K. Rowling
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Sherwood Smith
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Elizabeth Bear
Jacqueline Carey
Charles de Lint
Chris Evans
Jennifer Fallon
Simon R. Green
Tanya Huff
Holly Lisle
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Alastair Reynolds
Jenna Rhodes
Kat Richardson
Joel Shepherd
Dan Simmons
Melinda Snodgrass
David Weber
Phaedra Weldon
John C. Wright

2009 Directories




 

Baxter, Stephen : Conqueror
(Ace 978-0-441-01742-3, $7.99, 337pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, February 2007)

Historical SF novel, second in the "Time's Tapestry" sequence, following Emperor and followed by Navigator and Weaver, about a prophecy that affects four centuries of Roman and British families.
• The publisher's site has a description.
• Nick Gevers wrote about the book in Locus Magazine: "Baxter is accomplishing something special here, rather as Mary Gentle did in 1610: an anti-alternate history, which casts off numerous interesting counterfactual echoes while remaining essentially a well-researched, accurate, excitingly told, orthodox historical novel. Time's Tapestry is SF, and not."

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Bentley, C. F. : Harmony
(DAW 978-0-7564-0565-6, $7.99, 465pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: DAW, August 2008)

SF/fantasy novel about the planet Harmony, sole source of a valuable metal, which is caught in a conflict between the human Confederate Star System and the alien Marillon Empire.
• The second book in the series, Enigma, is due this month in hardcover.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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Brooks, Terry : The Gypsy Morph
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-48415-4, $7.99, 459pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, September 2008)

Fantasy novel, third in the "Genesis of Shannara" series following Armageddon's Children and The Elves of Cintra, set on a plague-ridden future Earth besieged by demons attempting to exterminate humanity.
• Del Rey's site has a description with a author Q&A and an excerpt.

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Buckner, M. M. : Watermind
(Tor 978-0-7653-5990-2, $7.99, 353pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

Near-future SF novel about a self-organized neural net, the Watermind, that forms in a Louisiana delta.
• This is the author's first hardcover, after several paperback originals, including Philip K. Dick Award winner War Surf.
• Tor's site has this description. The author's site has a synopsis with a video trailer.
• Amazon's page has its "look inside" feature with an excerpt, and the Publishers Weekly review.

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Egan, Greg : Incandescence
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-129-4, $14.95, 250pp, trade paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, May 2008)

Far future hard SF novel about contact between the human Amalgam, which occupies most of the galaxy, and the mysterious Aloof, which occupies the galactic core, and the alien inhabitants of a world near the galactic core.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Egan's website has this page for the book, with links to two YouTube trailers and to numerous highly-technical pages illustrating the geometry and physics behind the book's depiction of Splinter, a rocky world illuminated by the Incandescence. Also available is novella Riding the Crocodile, a 2005 novella set in the same universe.
• Russell Letson's review (of this novel and Egan's collection Dark Integers and Other Stories) from the April 2008 issue of Locus Magazine is posted here online; Letson says the books demonstrate "his range and his consistent focus on philosophical questions enabled by mathematical conjectures and the thought-experimental possibilities of various post-human conditions."

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Erikson, Steven : Toll the Hounds
(Tor 978-0-765-34885-2, $9.99, 1269pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: UK: Bantam UK, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, eighth book of the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series following Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, and Reaper's Gale, concerning the Malazan empire and its numerous enemies.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• The series' website, www.malazanempire.com, has background on the author and the books. Wikipedia has this detailed entry about Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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Flynn, Michael : Eifelheim
(Tor 978-0-765-34035-1, $7.99, 492pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Tor, October 2006)

SF novel about contemporary researchers investigating the fate of a vanished Black Forest village, and the 14th century pastor there who encounters a crashed spaceship full of alien "Krenken".
• The novel incorporates Flynn's 1986 novella of the same name, a Hugo nominee and winner of that year's Analog Analytical Laboratory.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The novel was a Hugo Award finalist in 2007.

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Haldeman, Joe : Marsbound
(Ace 978-0-441-01739-3, $7.99, 273pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Ace, August 2008)

SF novel, first of a trilogy, about a teenaged girl whose family is among the first settlers on Mars, where she discovers aliens inhabiting underground caverns.
• The next book, Starbound, will be published in January.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature includes an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in Locus Magazine: "I could feel gears shifting as I read the novel's three sections. 'Leavetaking' and 'First Contact' are strongly traditional YA material in the Heinlein vein: feisty-young-woman narrator, smartass younger brother, grownups of varying degrees of agreeability and nastiness, the frontier/outpost/space-travel experience, and so on. But the narrator ages as the story progresses, so that by part three, 'Second Contact,' we have left behind the world of strictly young-adult concerns for more cosmic matters..."

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Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Paul of Dune
(Tor 978-0-7653-5150-0, $9.99, 611pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

SF novel, the ninth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
• This novel concerns what happened with Paul Muad'Dib in the interval between Dune and its sequel Dune Messiah.
• Tor's site has this description with a video interview and an excerpt.

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Jones, Jaida, & Danielle Bennett : Havemercy
(Bantam Spectra 978-0-553-59137-8, $7.99, 431pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, the authors' debut novel, about battle between two enemies fought with mechanical dragons.
• The sequel, Shadow Magic, just appeared in hardcover.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.

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Lackey, Mercedes, & James Mallory : The Phoenix Endangered
(Tor 978-0-7653-5507-2, $7.99, 455pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

Fantasy novel, second in "The Enduring Flame" trilogy following The Phoenix Unchained (2007), and sequel to the authors' earlier "Obsidian Trilogy", set 1000 years later as both magic and darkness are being reintroduced into the world.
• The third volume, The Phoenix Transformed Magic, will be published next month.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.

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Richardson, Kat : Underground
(Roc 978-0-451-46283-1, $7.99, 358pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Roc, August 2008)

Urban fantasy novel, third in the series following Greywalker (2006) and Poltergeist (2007), about a Seattle PI Harper Blaine, who wakes up two minutes after being killed, able to move between our world and the other side.
• In this book Harper deals with zombies in Seattle's Pioneer Square.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• The fourth volume in the series, Vanished, just appeared in hardcover.

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Stephenson, Neal : Anathem
(Harper 978-0-06-147410-1, $7.99, 19+981pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Morrow, September 2008)

Science fiction novel about a monastic order on the planet Arbre that maintains secular knowledge, threatened by an extraterrestrial force that portends global disaster.
• The publisher's site has this description, with its 'browse and buy' feature.
• Stephenson's page for the book links excerpts from reviews, a Wired interview, a trailer and video interviews, seven tracks of music "from the World of Anathem" (which came on a CD with advance reader's copies of the book), and excerpts from the book's Dictionary.
Locus Magazine's Gary K. Wolfe wrote, "For readers willing to sit through alternate-philosophy seminars as prerequisites for intellectual space opera, or readers who may be hypnotized by the elegance of these classic ideas as Stephenson re-imagines them, Anathem will more than repay the demands it makes, and will almost certainly become the topic of endless online seminars of its own. For others, it may become one of those classic philosophical fictions more browsed than read, more admired than engaged. In either case, its brilliance is undeniable..."
• The book was a Hugo Award finalist and won the Locus Award for Best SF Novel of 2008.

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Thompson, Eldon : The Divine Talisman
(Eos 978-0-06-074155-6, $7.99, 769pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Eos, August 2008)

Fantasy novel, third in the "Legend of Asahiel" trilogy following The Crimson Sword (2005) and The Obsidian Key (2006).
• The HarperCollins site has a description, with its "browse and buy" feature including an excerpt.
• The author's website has a chapter one excerpt, plus pages of maps, characters, locations, and artifacts in the world of the trilogy.

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Wilson, F. Paul : By the Sword
(Tor 978-0-7653-5633-8, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Forge, October 2008)

Fantasy/thriller novel, 12th in the "Repairman Jack" series about a vigilante hero who deals in the paranormal. This volume follows directly from the previous, Bloodline, and concerns a legendary Japanese sword.
• The series has its own website, www.repairmanjack.com, with a page for the author's Secret History of the World.
• The publisher's website has this description with an excerpt.
• The next volume in the series, Ground Zero, will be published next month.

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New in Paperback: August 2009

posted 29 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

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