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September
Elizabeth Bear
Clarke & Pohl
Alan Dean Foster
James Gunn
Marvin Kaye
Edward M. Lerner
Violette Malan
K.J. Parker
John Ringo
Spider Robinson
Ken Scholes
Sharon Shinn
S.M. Stirling

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




 

Anthony, Piers : Two to the Fifth
(Tor 978-0-7653-5894-3, $7.99, 361pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Tor, October 2008)

Humorous fantasy novel, 32nd in the popular, pun-filled "Xanth" series.
• This one is about a magical bird called Ragna Roc that tries to take over the realm of Xanth.

• Tor's website has this description of the book, and an excerpt.

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Card, Orson Scott : A War of Gifts
(Tor 978-0-7653-5899-8, $5.99, 196pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Tor, November 2007)

Novella, subtitled "An Ender Story", set during Ender's stay at Battle School and concerning a conflict over celebrating religious holidays.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "heartwarming novella for the holidays" and concludes "Exploring themes of tolerance and compassion, this story about stuffing stockings is, fittingly, a perfect stocking stuffer for science fiction fans of all ages."

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Cooper, Brenda : Reading the Wind
(Tor 978-0-7653-5510-2, $7.99, 447pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Tor, July 2008)

SF novel, second book in a trilogy following the author's first solo novel The Silver Ship and the Sea (2007), set on a planet where war has been fought between "original" and genetically engineered humans.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The third book in the series, Wings of Creation, is due in hardcover in November.
• The author's website has background and commentary about the books.

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Dietz, William C. : When Duty Calls
(Ace 978-0-441-01779-9, $7.99, 356pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Ace, October 2008)

Military SF novel, eighth in the "Legion of the Damned" series following When All Seems Lost (2007).
• This book follows Captain Antonio Santana in the war with the Ramanthian, and his love, diplomat Christine Vanderveen, who confronts the president of the Clone Republic.
• The ninth book in the series, At Empire's Edge, was published in hardcover in October.

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Drake, David : The Complete Hammers Slammers: Volume One
(Baen 978-1-439-13309-5, $12, 516pp, mass market paperback, October 2009, cover art Kurt Miller)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, February 2006)

Collection of 20 stories, one original ("A Death in Peacetime"), and two non-fiction pieces in Drake's military SF series about a mercenary tank regiment, beginning with "Under the Hammer" from 1974.
• Introduction by Gene Wolfe. This is the first of a three-volume set gathering the complete Hammers series. Baen will reprint the second volume in February '10.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the foreword and several stories.

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Drinkard, William : Elom
(Tor 978-0-7653-5722-9, $7.99, 470pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Tor, March 2008)

SF novel about Geerna, a woman whose contact with a goddess when she was young gave her primitive community directives on how to live their lives.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which notes that it's the debut novel from "former Alabama state senator Drinkard", and summarizes "Shifting romantic entanglements, team dynamics and personal growth keep the human level interesting despite revelations in which the characters are largely passive."

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Engdahl, Sylvia Louise : Stewards of the Flame
(Ad Stellae Books 978-0-615314877, $17.5, 495pp, trade paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: BookSurge, September 2007)

SF novel about a starship captain who's detained on a colony planet.
• The sequel, Promise of the Flame, was published simultaneously with this reissue.
• The book's website, www.stewardsoftheflame.com has a description -- "Part science fiction, part what's sometimes called 'visionary fiction,' this controversial novel deals with the so-called 'paranormal' powers of the human mind and will appeal to a wide range of readers who question the dominant medical philosophy of today's society." -- and excerpts.

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Farland, David : The Wyrmling Horde
(Tor 978-0-7653-5585-0, $7.99, 343pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

Fantasy novel, seventh volume in "The Runelords" series, following The Sum of All Men aka The Runelords (1998), The Brotherhood of the Wolf (1999), Wizardborn (2001), The Lair of Bones (2003), Sons of the Oak (2006), and Worldbinder (2007).
• The eighth volume in the series, Chaosbound, was just published in hardcover.
• Tor's website has this description, with a description.

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Hendee, Barb : Blood Memories
(Roc 978-0-451-46305-0, $7.99, 339pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Vision Novels, November 1999)

Fantasy novel, first in the "Vampire Memories" series, about a reluctant vampire, Eleisha Clevon, who has learned how to feed from her victims without killing them.
• The author's website has a description and excerpt.
• The second volumes, Hunting Memories, was just published in trade paperback.

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King, Stephen : Just After Sunset
(Pocket 978-1-416-58665-4, $9.99, 539pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)
(First edition: Scribner, November 2008)

Collection of 13 stories, 12 of them previously published, with 54-page "N." original to this volume. It's King's first story collection since Everything's Eventual (2002).
• King provides an introduction and "Sunset Notes" about the stories.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly starred review: "Most of these 13 tales show him at the top of his game, molding the themes and set pieces of horror and suspense fiction into richly nuanced blends of fantasy and psychological realism."

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Lackey, Mercedes : Foundation
(DAW 978-0-756-40576-2, $7.99, 418pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: DAW, October 2008)

SF novel, first volume in the "Collegium Chronicles" set early in history of Valdemar. It concerns an orphan slave who is discovered to have special talents.
• Carolyn Cushman's review last year in Locus Magazine said that the author "returns to her tried-and-true formula: an abused child is rescued when Chosen by a Companion to become a Herald, and turns out to have special talents that may turn out to save the kingdom..."

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Lima, Maria : Blood Bargain
(Juno 978-1-4391-5675-9, $7.99, 296pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Juno, November 2008)

Fantasy/paranormal/mystery novel, second in the Blood Lines series following Matters of the Blood (2007), about a woman from a paranormal family in Texas.
• In this book Keira Kelly and her vampire lover deal with weird events at Wild Moon Ranch.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Blood Kin, was just published.

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Matheson, Richard : The Box
(Tor 978-0-7653-6143-1, $7.99, 258pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Tor, April 2008)

Collection of 12 stories, first published from 1950 to 1970, with a new introduction by the author.
• The earlier trade paperback edition was called Button, Button, the name of the story upon which current film The Box is based; it was released in early November 2009.
• Several of the other stories in the book were the bases for films or TV shows. Tor's website has this description, with the trailer for the film.

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McKiernan, Dennis L. : City of Jade
(Roc 978-0-451-46297-8, $7.99, 351pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Roc, October 2008)

Fantasy novel in the Mithgar series, set between Silver Wolf, Black Falcon (2000) and collection Red Slippers (2004).
• In this book Aravan, captain of the Elven ship Eroean, embarks on an expedition to find the mythical lost city of jade.
• The author's site has his forward to the book, with an excerpt from Chapter 1 on the homepage.

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Remic, Andy : BioHell
(Solaris 978-1844167579, $7.99, 651pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Solaris, November 2008)

Military SF novel in the Combat-K series, following War Machine.
• In this book the Combat-K squad deals with zombies created by hackers who've broken the Biomod Human Upgrade code.
• The next book in the series, Hardcore, is due from Solaris in January.
• The author's website has this description.

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New in Paperback: October 2009

posted 21 November 2009










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