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early January
Steve Berman
Eric Brown
Steven Brust
Orson Scott Card
Simon R. Green
Joe Haldeman
Hartwell & Cramer
Rich Horton
Victor LaValle
McCaffrey & Scarborough
Helen Merrick
Ricardo Pinto

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

2009 Directories




 

+ Akers, Tim : Heart of Veridon
(Solaris 978-1-84416-759-3, $7.99, 473pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover art Jon Foster) First US edition (UK: Solaris, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a disgraced pilot in an exotic city pursuing a mystery involving a strange artifact.
• The publisher's site has a description.
• This is the US edition, just seen; the UK edition was listed earlier.
• Amazon has reader reviews, including one from Lou Anders: "a wonderful mixture of urban fantasy, steampunk, and crime-noir, and Akers hits the tones perfectly. It's full of haunting imagery, set pieces in a very compelling plot..."

(Thu 14 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Egan, Greg : Crystal Nights and Other Stories
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-240-5, $35, 310pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket illustration Steve Montiglio)

Collection of nine stories, previously uncollected in the US, though several appeared in UK collection Oceanic (Gollancz, July 2009), including previously unpublished novella "Hot Rock". Other stories, first published from 1995 to 2008, include Hugo Award nominees "TAP" (1995), "Border Guards" (1999), and "Oracle" (2000), Sturgeon Award runner-up "Singleton" (2002), and the British SF Assoc Award finalist title story.
• Egan's website has this bibliography entry for the book, with links to other publications of each story.
• Subterranean's site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Steadfastly reductionist, Egan nevertheless makes room for the moral implications of the treatment of refugees in 'Lost Continent,' while 'Crystal Nights' offers a pointed critique of technologists enthused by the idea of enslaved creations..."
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in the September '09 issue of Locus Magazine: "Egan is a deeply and painstakingly moral writer. ... Throughout, the tonic key of this collection is passionate engagement with a world in which understanding processes cannot be separated from moral vision, in which understanding is itself a kind of sacrament, a validation of our nature as thinking beings."

(Wed 13 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Fforde, Jasper : Shades of Grey
(Viking 978-0-670-01963-2, $25.95, 390pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Fantasy social satire novel, first of a trilogy, set in a future in which social castes are determined by the ability to perceive color.
• The author's site has this section about the book, with links to factoids, free stuff, special features, and a sleuthing competition.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it an "inventive fantasy", and a long review by Ron Charles from Washington Post: "Fforde has now created his most original story, an elaborate social satire about a weird but oddly familiar world almost 500 years in the future. Every page of this high-concept novel (the first of a projected trilogy) glistens with ingenious details..."

(Wed 20 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Jablokov, Alexander : Brain Thief
(Tor 978-0-7653-2200-5, $24.99, 383pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Near-future SF novel, a screwball cyberpunk noir adventure tale involving an AI space exploration robot.
• This is Jablokov's first novel in over a decade, since Deepdrive (1998); the author's site explains that he's been away working full-time and raising children.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the current issue of Locus Magazine: "[L]ike the famously convoluted plot of the film version of The Big Sleep, this one spins us all around so thoroughly (often with a bucket over our heads) that by the time it's all sorted out it's hard to tell whether it all made sense. (I think it does, just don't make me explain how in detail.) ... This really is a science fiction story after all -- just one that's set on the other side of the rabbit hole, which is always an entertaining place to visit."

(Wed 13 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Martin, Gail Z. : Dark Lady's Chosen
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-830-9, £7.99, 595pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Marek Okon)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the "Chronicles of the Necromancer" following The Summoner (2007), The Blood King (2008), and Dark Haven (2009).
• Solaris' website has this description.
• The author's official site has this page for the book, with a link to a PDF excerpt, and an interview with the author about the background of the book.

(Thu 14 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon • (Directory Entry)

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* McKenna, Juliet E. : Blood in the Water
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-840-8, £12.99, 414pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art David Palumbo)

Epic fantasy novel, second in the "Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution" following Irons in the Fire (2009), about the aftermath of civil war in the country of Lescar.
• The publisher's site has this description, with blurbs by Kate Elliott and Paul Cornell.
• The author's website has a page about The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and this page about the current book.

(Thu 14 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon • (Directory Entry)

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* McPherson, Jim : The War of the Apocalyptics
(James H McPherson 978-0-9781342-4-2, $22, 308pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the author's Phantacea Mythos cycle following Feeling Theocidal (2008), based on the Phantacea comic book series pubished from 1977 to 1980..
• The series website has links to excerpts and numerous features.

(Sat 9 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Phoenix, Adrian : Beneath the Skin
(Pocket 978-1-4391-3729-1, $7.99, 415pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover illustration Craig White)

Urban fantasy novel, third in "The Maker's Song" series about FBI agent Heather Wallace and vampire Dante Baptiste, following A Rush of Wings (2008) and In the Blood (2009).
• The author's website has a description and a [Word doc] excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

(Thu 14 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Remic, Andy : Hardcore
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-793-7, £7.99, 652pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Marek Okon)

Military SF novel, third in the Combat-K series following War Machine (2007) and BioHell (2008). It's copyright 2009 but publication date is January 2010.
• Solaris' site has this description.
• The author's website has this description with a video trailer.

(Fri 15 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon • (Directory Entry)

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* Robertson, Linda : Hallowed Circle
(Pocket/Juno Books 978-1-4391-5678-0, $7.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series about witch Persephone Alcmedi, following Vicious Circle (2009).
• In this book Persephone competes for the position of High Priestess of her local coven.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to an excerpt and information about the author.

(Mon 18 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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+ Robinson, Kim Stanley : Galileo's Dream
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-80659-5, $26, 532pp, hardcover, January 2010) First US edition (UK: HarperVoyager, August 2009)

Science fiction novel about 17th-century scientist Galileo, the consequences of his discoveries through the telescope, and his visions of Jovian inhabitants 3000 years in the future, whose existence depends on Galileo's mediation.
• This is the first US edition; the UK edition was published last August (so the book is eligible now for certain awards); Spectra's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "Galileo's Dream may turn out to be the most moving and accurate fictional portrait of this 'first scientist' that we're likely to see, and if Robinson wants to abstract the philosophical conundra of the tale into a 31st century didactic space opera, he can just about get away with it through the force of his own narrative skill, but he doesn't need to: Galileo's own story, even demythified and enriched with the textures of real life, is powerful enough on its own terms."

(Wed 20 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Scalzi, John : The God Engines
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-299-3, $20, 136pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket art Vincent Chong)

Dark fantasy novella about the captain of a spaceship powered by an enslaved god, whose mission leads him to confront the truth about his Lord and religion.
• The publisher's site has this descripton with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly warns that "Readers who are used to Scalzi's straightforward, optimistic SF will be disconcerted by the dollop of ice-cold cosmic horror in this novella", but concludes "If J.G. Ballard and H.P. Lovecraft had ever collaborated on a space opera, the results might have been like this: ferociously inventive, painfully vivid, dispassionately bleak and dreadfully memorable."

(Mon 18 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Snyder, P. E. : Advent Tour
(Black Matrix Publishing 978-1449536152, $13.95, 198pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover art Caroline Ramsey)

Young adult fantasy novel, from the publisher of new magazines Encounters and Realms, about a young man who becomes a ruler in a strange fantasy land.
• Amazon has the back cover description.
• The author has a twitter account.

(Tue 19 Jan 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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New SF/F/H books:
mid January 2010

posted 25 January 2010




Opening lines:

It was time to whip the god.




Opening lines:

For Bernal, the message in the cowboy boot finally confirmed that something was wrong.




Opening lines:

I was on the Glory of Day when she fell out of the sky. I rode the flames and shattered gears down into the cold, dark reine, survived because I was only half-alive to begin with. Two times I've been dragged out of the wreckage of a zipliner, two times I've walked away. This time I was just a passenger. The first time I was a captain, Pilot, and only survivor. The sky doens't like me much.




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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