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August
Stephen Baxter
C.F. Bentley
Terry Brooks
M.M. Buckner
Greg Egan
Steven Erikson
Michael Flynn
Joe Haldeman
Herbert & Anderson
Jones & Bennett
Lackey & Mallory
Kat Richardson
Neal Stephenson
Eldon Thompson
F. Paul Wilson

July
Daniel Abraham
Neal Asher
Steve Berman
Alex Bledsoe
Ben Bova
Steven Brust
Julie E. Czerneda
Feist & Stirling
Flint & De Marce
Chris Marie Green
David Gunn
E.E. Knight
Jane Lindskold
Sandra McDonald
J.K. Rowling
Joel Shepherd
Sherwood Smith
Charles Stross
Liz Williams

2009 Directories




 

Bear, Elizabeth : All the Windwracked Stars
(Tor 978-0-765-35851-6, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

Fantasy novel based on Norse mythology, set in a city on a dying planet 2500 years after one Valkyrie survives Ragnorak.
• Tor's website has this description.
• A prequel novel, By the Mountain Bound, is due in hardcover from Tor this November.
• Amazon has its "search inside" feature, with an excerpt, and the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Readers will be captivated by Bear's incredibly complex, broken characters; multilayered themes of redemption; and haunting, world-breaking decisions."

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Clarke, Arthur C., & Frederik Pohl : The Last Theorem
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-47023-2, $15, 16+307pp, trade paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2008)

Near-future SF novel about a student in Sri Lanka who, while isolated by cruise ship hijackers, deduces a simple proof to Fermat's famous 'last theorem', while aliens called Grand Galactics descend upon Earth with the intent to destroy a potentially dangerous species.
• The novel was planned by Clarke for many years, and finally finished by Pohl when Clarke's failing health prevented him from completing it.
• Del Rey's site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Foster, Alan Dean : Quofum
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49606-5, $7.99, 279pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, October 2008)

SF novel, latest in the ongoing series about empath Philip Lynx and his mini-dragon companion Pip that began with The Tar Aiym Krang in 1972 and most recently included Trouble Magnet in 2006 and Patrimony in 2007. This penultimate book in the series concerns a mysterious planet occupied by four primitive intelligent species.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The final book in the series, Flinx Transcendent, was published in June.

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* Gunn, James : Human Voices
(Fantastic Books 1-60459-731-3, $14.95, 233pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Collection of 14 stories, first published from 1972 to 1999, with an introduction including story notes by the author.
• Amazon's page includes the Booklist review by Roland Green, which concludes "These are consistently and admirably intelligent, austerely but effectively written stories, featuring characterizations that, though unlikely to please everybody, show a skill beyond that of most other writers in the sf-as-literature-of-ideas school to which Gunn is supposed to belong."
• Amazon also has two reader reviews, one of which lists the table of contents.

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Kaye, Marvin, ed. : The Ghost Quartet
(Tor 978-0-7653-1252-5, $15.99, 303pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Stephen Hickman)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

Anthology of four original fantasy novellas, by Orson Scott Card, Marvin Kaye, Tanith Lee, and Brian Lumley.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews, and its "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Lerner, Edward M. : Fools' Experiments
(Tor 978-0-7653-5862-2, $7.99, 406pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

SF novel about a cybernetic lifeform, developed by military researchers, that gets loose on the internet.
• Tor's site has this description. The author's site has this page with a description and numerous quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has its "look inside" function including an excerpt, and the Publishers Weekly review: "Though warnings against invasive, malicious machine intelligences are nothing new, good science and entertaining writing make this a fast, fascinating read."

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Malan, Violette : The Soldier King
(DAW 978-0-7564-0569-4, $7.99, 413pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: DAW, September 2008)

Heroic fantasy novel, third in the series about mercenaries Dhulyn and Parno following The Mirror Prince (2006) and The Sleeping God (2007).
• The fourth book in the series, The Storm Witch, just appeared in hardcover.
• The author's site includes an excerpt.

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Parker, K. J. : The Company
(Orbit 978-0-316-03852-2, $14.99, 419pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Sam Hadley)

SF/fantasy novel about five war veterans who colonize an abandoned island, where the discovery of gold strains their friendship.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "With inexorable emotional logic and an eye for detail, deftly weaving in flashbacks to wartime, Parker carries the reader on a headlong gallop to the powerful conclusion."
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Though speculative sf or fantasy element is incidental, Locus Online's editor called it "quite brilliant in several ways... Fantasy or not, it's one of the best novels I've read this year."

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Ringo, John : The Last Centurion
(Baen 978-1-439-13291-3, $7.99, 602pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Baen, August 2008)

Near-future SF novel about an American Army officer trying to preserve his homeland in the aftermath of global catastrophes that strike in the next decade.
• Book site The Last Centurion has an episode guide, a video interview with the author, merchanside (t-shirts, mugs, caps), etc.
• Baen's webscription site has this page with links to several chapter excerpts.

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Robinson, Spider : Very Hard Choices
(Baen 978-1-439-13303-3, $7.99, 278pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)

SF thriller, sequel to Very Bad Deaths (2004), about a telepath and a hunt for a sadistic serial killer. In this book the telepath, Smelly, is pursued by government forces.
• Robinson's website has this synopsis.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapter excerpts.

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Scholes, Ken : Lamentation
(Tor 978-0-7653-6091-5, $7.99, 408pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Tor, February 2009)

Fantasy novel, the author's debut novel and first in the "Psalms of Isaak" series, about the destruction of the great city Windwir and a mechoservitor, Isaak, who may know why it happened.
• Tor's site has this description with a video interview of the author, excerpts from reviews, and an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe and Faren Miller both reviewed the book in Locus Magazine; Wolfe said the book "suggests the skills of a very talented storyteller at work, lauching us into a world that grows more intriguing with each page, populated with characters that actually seem to grow and learn along the way rather than merely acting out their archetypal assignments..."
• The second volume in the series, Canticle, will be published in hardcover this month, October.

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Shinn, Sharon : Fortune and Fate
(Ace 978-0-441-01775-1, $7.99, 433pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Ace, November 2008)

Fantasy novel, fifth in the "Twelve Houses" series following Mystic and Rider (2005), The Thirteenth House (2006), Dark Moon Defender (2006), and Reader and Raelynx (2007).
• The author's website has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded, "Despite the tweeny dialogue and predictable derring-do, Shinn combines a substantial range of appealing characters with a solid reinforcement of women's capabilities in peace and war, making the story comfortable, if not profound."
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Stirling, S. M. : The Scourge of God
(Roc 978-0-451-46266-4, $7.99, 511pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Roc, September 2008)

Alternate history SF novel, second in a trilogy following The Sunrise Lands (2007), set a generation after a mysterious "Change" that rendered most technology inoperative. This book concerns clan leader Rudi MacKenzie's quest to reach Nantucket Island, origin of the Change.
• Stirling's official website has this description with links to sample chapters, a map, and various other extras.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews; PW says that "Stirling eloquently describes a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF."
• The third book in the trilogy, The Sword of the Lady, just appeared in hardcover.

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New in Paperback: September 2009

posted 9 October 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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