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mid January
Tim Akers
Greg Egan
Jasper Fforde
Alexander Jablokov
Gail Z. Martin
Juliet E. McKenna
Jim McPherson
Adrian Phoenix
Andy Remic
Linda Robertson
Kim Stanley Robinson
John Scalzi
P.E. Snyder

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

2009 Directories




 

* Berg, Carol : The Spirit Lens
(Roc 978-0-451-46311-1, $16, 464pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art Gordon Crabb)

Fantasy novel, first novel in the Collegia Magica series, set in a world in which magic is giving way to natural science. It concerns a librarian, Portier, summoned by the king to undertake a secret investigation.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with links to an excerpt and to reviews.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Berg shapes the well-worn elements of epic fantasy into a lush, absorbing narrative. Even her minor characters, caught up in fiendish plots and deathly secrets, ring regally true..."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "The magic system is intriguingly mysterious, as well, and Portier's conviction that he ought to be doing great magic communicates itself to the reader, making it seem there must be a deeper mystery to why magic has been so neutered in this age..."

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* Bowers, Michael : Prison Ship
(Ace 978-0441018154, $7.99, 328pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Scott Grimando)

Military SF novel, the author's first novel, about a space commander, framed for murder, now leading a crew of thieves and murderers on a mission behind enemy lines.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Spectrum Literary Agency has an author profile.

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* Bradley, Marion Zimmer, & Deborah J. Ross : Hastur Lord
(DAW 978-0756406226, $24.95, 421pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Fantasy novel set in Bradley's Darkover universe, concerning Regis Hastur's reign during the transition of the Terran Empire to a Federation.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Ross' webpage has a brief description, noting that the book is based on a partial manuscript begun by Bradley.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Bynum, Laura : Veracity
(Pocket 978-1-4391-2334-8, $25, 376pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Dystopian SF novel, the author's first novel, about a totalitarian society in which everyone wears implants that monitor their speech for forbidden words.
• The author's website has background, quotes from reviews, a link to a PDF excerpt, etc.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "emotionally gripping" and says that "Bynum makes her protagonist's emotional turmoil painfully believable and creates a number of other interesting and thorny characters..."

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* Chafe, Paul : Exodus: The Ark
(Baen 978-1439133224, $16, 486pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover art David Mattingly)

SF novel, second book of a trilogy following Genesis (2007), about a gigantic space Ark launched to escape an overcrowded Earth.
• In this book, the descendants of the original crew have forgotten they are on a ship, and a theocracy rules over the inhabitants.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.

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+ Erikson, Steven : Dust of Dreams
(Tor 978-0-7653-1009-5, $17.99, 816pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art Steve Stone) First US edition (UK: Bantam UK, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, ninth and penultimate 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, Reaper's Gale, and Toll the Hounds, concerning the Malazan empire and its numerous enemies.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt from the hardcover edition.
• 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.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's review, which calls it "dizzyingly complex" and which concludes "Erickson begins to reel in the long lines of his huge plot, giving enough hints to leave readers impatient for the 10th volume."

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* Flint, Eric, & Dave Freer : The Sorceress of Karres
(Baen 978-1439133071, $24, 307pp, hardcover, January 2010, cover illustration Stephen Hickman)

SF novel, sequel to The Wizard of Karres by these authors and Mercedes Lackey (2004), which was a sequel to the popular 1966 novel by James H. Schmitz.
• In this book Captain Pausert and two of the witches embark on a mission to the Chaladoor region of space.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the first several chapters.

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* Hendee, Barb, & C. J. Hendee : Through Stone and Sea
(Roc 978-0451463128, $24.95, 424pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket art Steve Stone)

Fantasy novel, eighth in the "Noble Dead" series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, and Child of a Dead God, about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• The author's site NobleDead.com has a description with quotes from reviews, a pronunciation guide, and an excerpt.

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* Henderson, C. J. : Brooklyn Knight
(Tor 978-0-7653-2083-4, $14.99, 335pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art chris Cocozza)

Urban fantasy thriller about the curator at the Brooklyn Museum, who specializes in arcane and paranormal artifacts.
• Tor's website has this description, with blurbs from William Shatner and Mike Resnick, who says the book "is everything a thrilling old-time pulp adventure should be".
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and reader reviews.

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* Horton, Rich, ed. : The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2009 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-214-6, $19.95, 541pp, trade paperback, January 2010)

Anthology of 37 stories first published in 2008.
• Authors include Kij Johnson, Margo Lanagan, Peter S. Beagle, Peter Watts, Patrick Rothfuss, Jeff VanderMeer, Elizabeth Bear, Robert Reed, Jeffrey Ford, and Ian McDonald.
• This is the first volume of a new series, following Horton's separate volumes for SF and fantasy in the past three years from the same publisher.
• Horton provides an introduction to the book, author biographies at the end, and a list of recommended reading.

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* Huston, Charlie : Sleepless
(Ballantine 978-0-345-50113-4, $25, 353pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Near-future thriller, set in Los Angeles, about a plague that makes people unable to sleep.
• Ballantine's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has an exclusive review by Barry Eisler, who says "It's Charlie's best yet -- his most ambitious, his most engrossing, his most affecting."
Publishers Weekly notes the plot's involvement with an online game, and says "Some fans of Huston's crime fiction may not be comfortable with a novel that itself resembles a role-playing game, but it will gain him a whole new readership."

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+ McIntosh, Fiona : Tyrant's Blood
(Eos 978-0-06-158269-1, $7.99, 479pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)

Fantasy novel, second book of the Valisar Trilogy following Royal Exile (2009), about a young Crown Prince of Penraven facing an invading warlord who seeks the fabled Valisar Enchantment.
• The book was first published in Australia by HarperVoyager in September 2009.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "browse and buy" function.

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Arms-Commander
(Tor 978-0-7653-2381-1, $27.99, 522pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket art Matt Stawicki)

Fantasy novel, 16th book in the Saga of Recluce, set 10 years after The Chaos Balance (7th volume in the series) and concerning the all-female refuge Westwind.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "The novel moves slowly but develops considerable momentum ... [T] he complex plot will keep readers engaged." -- and mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Resnick, Mike : Starship: Flagship
(Pyr 978-1-59102-788-1, $26, 335pp, hardcover, December 2009, cover illustration John Picacio)

SF space opera novel, fifth in the Starship series following Starship: Mutiny, Starship: Pirate, Starship: Mercenary, and Starship: Rebel, about the rebel starship Theodore Roosevelt.
• Pyr's site has this description.
• Resnick's website has this timeline, which places the 'Starship' novels into the chronology first established in Resnick's early novel Birthright: The Book of Man.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "The cleverness of [the] schemes and the interesting political struggles will remind genre TV fans of Babylon 5. The only real flaw is a rather contrived conclusion."

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* Ronald, Margaret : Wild Hunt
(Eos 978-0-06-166242-3, $7.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Don Sipley)

Urban fantasy novel, second "Evie Scelan" novel following Spiral Hunt (2009), about a Boston woman with the ability to track anything by scent.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse and buy" feature.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Zahn, Timothy : Cobra Alliance: Cobra War, Book 1
(Baen 978-1-4391-3306-4, $24, 280pp, hardcover, December 2009, cover illustration David Mattingly)

Military SF novel, first of a new trilogy following Cobra (1985), Cobra Strike (1986) and Cobra Bargain (1988), about nano-tech enhanced warriors built to defend humanity against aliens called Trofts.
• Now a new menace appears that requires the Cobra warriors.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "Zahn emphasizes the stern values of duty, honor, planetary group, and suggests that peace comes only through oft-displayed strength. The rough-and-tumble combat crackles like fingertip laser implants..."

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New SF/F/H books:
late January 2010

posted 8 February 2010




Opening lines:

Of a sudden Maura's brows lifted and she tilted her head as if to see better beyond my shoulder. She leaned forward slightly and spoke directly into my chest, "On your guard, good sir. Your nemesis approaches."




Opening lines:

The deeper I get into the prairie, the more I realize what I've been told about the wastelands is false. The trees here are green. The crops, tall and heavy with corn. There are no black clouds threatening to drip acid onto my car, no checkpoints full of frothing police ready to execute every onerous code they see fit. I havenít seen a Blue Coat since Wernthal. God willing, it will stay that way.




Opening lines:

Park watched the homeless man weave in and out of the gridlocked midnight traffic on La Cienega, his eyes fixed on the bright orange AM/FM receiver dangling from the man's neck on a black nylon lanyard. The same shade orange the SL response teams wore when they cleared a house. He closed his eyes, remembering the time an SLRT showed up on his street at the brown and green house three doors down. The sound of the saw coming from the garage, the pitch rising when it hit bone.




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