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late December
Michael Aronovitz
James Barclay
James Barclay
Orson Scott Card
Dan Clore
Charles de Lint
Colin Harvey
Erica Hayes
Claire Light
Barbara Roden
Small Beer Press
Travis S. Taylor
Conrad A. Williams

mid December
Jesse Bullington
Mark Chadbourn
Penni Fitzmon
Laurell K. Hamilton
Stephen Jones
Russell Kirkpatrick
Karen Anne Mitchell
Graham Sharp Paul
Marcus Pelegrimas
Jordan Summers
Koushun Takami
Harry Turtledove
Sarah Waters
S.L. Wright

2009 Directories




 

* Berman, Steve, ed. : Wilde Stories 2009
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-080-2, $15, 237pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Anthology of 11 stories first published in 2008 -- subtitled "The Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction".
• Authors include Hal Duncan, Alex Jeffers, Joel Lane, Richard Bowes, and Chaz Brenchley.
• The publisher's new books page (scroll down) has a description with links to reviews by Charles Tan and Rainbow Reviews.

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* Brown, Eric : Cosmopath
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-832-3, £7.99, 414pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover art Jon Sullivan)

SF novel set in a future spaceport, Bengal Station, where telepath monitor Jeff Vaughn works for a detective agency. It's third in a trilogy following Necropath (2008) and Xenopath (2009).
• In this book Vaughn deals with an alien race whose secret could affect human expansion through the galaxy.
• Brown's website has this description.

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* Brust, Steven : Iorich
(Tor 978-0-7653-1208-2, $24.99, 319pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket art Stephen Hickman)

Fantasy novel, 12th in the series about Vlad Taltos, following Dzur (2006) and Jhegaala (2007).
• In this book Taltos' friend Aliera is arrested for practicing sorcery.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Tor.com posted this advance review by Jo Walton.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "Named for the Dragaeran clan of lawyers and judges, this installment has less action and more inscrutable dialogue than previous novels, providing some new insight into the interactions of the 17 clans. Newcomers will be a bit lost, but Brust fans will find a lot to think about as well as hints of larger plots to come."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the January issue of Locus Magazine: "Brust gets in some nicely trenchant comments on law and its relationship to justice -- but for most fans the real fun will lie in catching up with old friends."

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* Card, Orson Scott : Hidden Empire
(Tor 978-0-7653-2004-9, $24.99, 335pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket art Bob Werner)

Near-future SF novel, sequel to Empire (2006), set in the aftermath of a US civil war between the right and the left. In this book, the US quarantines all of Africa as it's affected by a new plague.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Card's website has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly says that "Card combines flag-waving, political diatribe and Christian fervor in this bombastic sequel to 2007's Empire..."

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* Green, Simon R. : The Good, the Bad and the Uncanny
(Ace 978-0-441-01816-1, $24.95, 275pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket illustration Jonathan Barkat)

Fantasy novel, tenth in the author's "Nightside" series about detective John Taylor in an otherworldly realm in London where the sun never rises.
• The series began with Something from the Nightside (2003); the previous volume was Just Another Judgement Day (2009).
• In this book, John deals with an elf lord, a zombie detective, and a request to succeed Walker, agent of The Authorities.
• Wikipedia's entry for the author has expanded to include an entry for the Nightside series, with descriptions of characters and a list of titles.
Publishers Weekly calls it "gripping, suspenseful, and wry", and concludes "Longtime fans and first timers alike will applaud Green's blend of fantasy, mystery, and humor."

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* Haldeman, Joe : Starbound
(Ace 978-0-441-01817-8, $24.95, 292pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket illustration Fred Gambino)

SF novel, sequel to Marsbound (2008), concerning an expedition from Earth to contact alien 'Others' who threaten humanity's existence. A third volume, Earthbound, is forthcoming.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "workmanlike... Reminiscent of Asimov's early work and Heinlein's juvenile novels."
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the January issue of Locus Magazine: "Haldeman takes on the Big Questions of SF and is one of the field's most able deployers of the genre's extrapolative and imaginative machineries-- and few writers give a more convincing and grounded sense of what it is like to live and love in a science-fictional world."

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* Hartwell, David G., & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Year's Best Fantasy 9
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-2449-8, $15.95, 476pp, mass market paperback, September 2009)

Anthology of 28 fantasy stories first published in 2008.
• Authors include Peter S. Beagle, Jeffrey Ford, James Morrow, Naomi Novik, Geoff Ryman, Howard Waldrop, and Daryl Gregory. The editors provide an introduction and notes to each story.
• This volume, unlike previous volumes in the series, is published both electronically and print-on-demand from Tor.com, whose website has this order page. Tor.com has been making segments of the book available free to registered users of its site, e.g. via this post.

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* Horton, Rich, ed. : Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 2008 Download
(Wyrm Publishing 978-1-890464-11-0, $14.95, 295pp, trade paperback, January 2010)

Anthology of 14 stories first published in online sources in 2008.
• Authors include Cory Doctorow, Nancy Kress, Peter S. Beagle, Catherynne M. Valente, and Hal Duncan.
• The publisher's site has this description with the complete table of contents, plus reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
PW wrote, "A short but superlative substantiation of the quality of speculative fiction being published on the Internet, this exceptional anthology of the best science fiction and fantasy put online in 2008 includes gems by genre luminaries as well as rising stars like Tina Connolly and Beth Bernobich."

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* LaValle, Victor : Big Machine
(Spiegel & Grau 978-0-385-52798-9, $25, 370pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Mainstream novel with fantasy/horror elements, about a 40-year-old black janitor who is invited to join a society of "Unlikely Scholars" in Vermont, researching evidence for the existence of a godlike "Voice", a pursuit which leads to the discovery of subterranean beasts and a suicide cult near Oakland, California.
• Published in August, the book came to attention with inclusion on year-end lists of best SF/fantasy books in Washington Post and LA Times.
• The author's website has this description with a YouTube video of an author reading.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review, which calls it a "high-stakes mashup of thrilling paranormal and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man", and Elizabeth Hand's review from Washington Post: "Despite its steady pulse of dark humor, its supernatural Voice and the presence of some creepy entities known as the Devils of the Marsh, 'Big Machine' is a novel about faith and the ways in which religion can create monsters far more terrifying than anything dreamed up by H.P. Lovecraft."

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* McCaffrey, Anne, & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough : Catalyst
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51376-2, $26, 256pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket illustration Jennifer Reagles)

SF novel, first in the "Tale of the Barque Cats" series, about a breed of cats who have become prized crewmembers on interstellar starships.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has 5-star reader reviews from Harriet Klausner and others.

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* Merrick, Helen : The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-33-1, $19, 7+343pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Nonfiction history of feminist culture in SF -- not of feminist SF works, but of "the stories told about feminist science fiction by the various communities responsible for creating feminist sf culture, including authors, editors, fans, and scholars from across the disciplines", according to the description on publisher's website.
• The book includes an extensive (45 page) bibliography, and an index.
• The publisher's site has reviews and blurbs from Rick Kleffel, Gwyneth Jones, Katie King, and Veronica Hollinger.

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+ Pinto, Ricardo : The Third God
(Bantam 978-0-593-05051-4, $29.95, 704pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket illustration Jim Burns) First US edition (UK: Bantam UK, March 2009)

Fantasy novel, third in "The Stone Dance of the Chameleon" trilogy following The Chosen (2000) and The Standing Dead (2002).
• The UK publisher's site has this description
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.
Publishers Weekly comments that "Never using one word when three will do, Pinto evokes a vaguely West Asian mystique amid the tale of the decline of an imperial oligarchy..."
• David Langford's SFX review said that "Sometimes a richly complex story genuinely deserves a long, long book, like this apocalyptic finale of Ricardo Pinto's trilogy. ... Huge, breathtaking, exhausting and compelling. Recommended."

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New SF/F/H books:
early January 2010

posted 14 January 2010




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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