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late January
Carol Berg
Michael Bowers
Bradley & Ross
Laura Bynum
Paul Chafe
Steven Erikson
Flint & Freer
Hendee & Hendee
C.J. Henderson
Rich Horton
Charlie Huston
Fiona McIntosh
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Mike Resnick
Margaret Ronald
Timothy Zahn

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

+ Brown, Eric : Cosmopath
(Solaris US 978-1-84416-833-0, $7.99, 414pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Jon Sullivan) First US edition (UK: Solaris, December 2009)

US edition of 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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* Caine, Rachel : Unknown
(Roc 978-0-451-46309-8, $7.99, 308pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Outcast Season" series following Undone (2009), about Cassiel, an exiled djinn learning to live among humanity.

• The author's website has this description with a sample chapter.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Tails of Wonder and Imagination
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-170-6, $15.95, 464pp, trade paperback, February 2010, cover art Cory and Catska Ench)

Anthology of 40 stories, all previously published, about cats.
• Authors include Lewis Carroll, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, Graham Joyce, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, and many others.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes: "This is that rarity of rarities: an anthology of cat stories worth reading."

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* Del Franco, Mark : Unperfect Souls
(Ace 978-0-441-01838-3, $7.99, 338pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover art Jaime DeJesus)

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in the series about Druid detective Connor Gray following Unshapely Things (2007), Unquiet Dreams (2008), and Unfallen Dead (2009), about a battle between Celtic fairies and Teutonic elves that threatens the city of Boston.
• The author's website has a description with a link to a PDF excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Estep, Jennifer : Spider's Bite
(Pocket 978-1-4391-4797-9, $7.99, 395pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, first in the Elemental Assassin series, about assassin Gin Blanco, known as Spider, who gets mixed up in corrupt politics in the southern city of Ashland.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse inside" feature.
• The author's website has this page about the series, with the cover of the second book, frequenty asked questions, recipes, and explanations of runes.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Fans of Estep's humorous paranormal romances (Jinx; Hot Mama) may be taken aback by the gritty violence and steamy sex, but urban fantasy fans will love it."

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* Glass, Seressia : Shadow Blade
(Pocket/Juno 978-1-4391-5679-7, $7.99, 344pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, first in the Shadowchasers series, about Atlanta antiquities expert Kira Solomon, an ancient Egyptian blade, and the immortal demon seeking it.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse inside" function.
• The author's site also has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "heart-pounding", and which concludes "Kira's personal battle against the forces of chaos will keep readers riveted."

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* Greenberg, Martin H., & Kerrie Hughes : A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters
(DAW 978-0-7564-0614-1, $7.99, 306pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Anthology of 13 original urban fantasy stories about strong women.
• Authors include Jane Lindskold, Nancy Holder, Lilith Saintcrow, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Tanya Huff, and Mickey Zucker Reichert.
Flames Rising Horror Webzine has exclusive previews of stories by Saintcrow, Anton Strout, and Tanya Huff.

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* Hunter, Faith : Blood Cross
(Roc 978-0-451-46307-4, $7.99, 321pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the "Jane Yellowrock" series following Skinwalker (2009), about a shapeshifting vampire-hunter of Cherokee descent.
• In this book she's hired by the vampire council to kill one of their member who's violated their rules.
• The author's website has this description of the book with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "Jane's strong character and plenty of action keep things moving for a solid thriller with some nicely nasty villains."

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* Jones, William, ed. : The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction
(Elder Signs Press 978-1-934501-14-6, $14.95, 335pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Malcolm McClinton)

Anthology of 25 stories of dark fiction, several reprinted from magazine Dark Wisdom and several original to this book.
• This is the first of an annual anthology series that succeeds the magazine, both represented at website http://www.darkwisdom.com/.
• Authors include John Shirley, Peter Straub, Alan Dean Foster, Richard A. Lupoff, Gerard Houarner, and Tom Piccirilli.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Jones, William : Pallid Light
(Elder Signs Press 978-1-934601-11-5, $14.95, 301pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Dark fantasy novel about a worldwide cataclysm and the people in a small Illinois town where people die and the dead come back to life.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Kenner, Julie : Turned
(Ace 978-0-441-01811-6, $7.99, 294pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Craig White)

Urban fantasy novel, third in the "Blood Lily Chronicles" following Tainted and Torn (both 2009), in which a woman, killed while trying to protect her sister, is returned to life to learn how to kill demons.
• The author's website has this page for the book, with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Lowder, James, ed. : The Best of All Flesh
(Elder Signs Press 978-1-934501-16-0, $14.95, 279pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover art Malcolm McClinton)

Anthology of 22 zombie stories, all first published in anthologies The Book of All Flesh (2001), The Book of More Flesh (2002), and The Book of Final Flesh (2003).
• Authors include Tobias S. Buckell, Jesse Bullington, Charles Coleman Finlay, Claude Lalumière, Tom Piccirilli, and Scott Edelman.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Mandery, Evan : First Contact: Or, It's Later Than You Think
(Harper 978-0-06-174977-3, $13.99, 267pp, trade paperback, February 2010)

Satirical SF novel about alien visitors and their reception by a skeptical, God-fearing US president.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse and buy" function.
• The author's website has this synopsis with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "smart, witty romp" and which concludes "Mandery's sharp sense of humor and habit of addressing the reader make for a stimulating and intelligent read that's never short on laughs."
• Amazon currently has nine 5-star reader reviews.

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* Miyabe, Miyuki : The Book of Heroes
(Haikasoru 978-1421527758, $23.99, 352pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Young adult fantasy novel about a young girl who enters a magic book to seek her missing brother.
• The publisher's site has this description with an author profile and an excerpt, a link for how to make a flipbook, and links to several posts by editor Nick Mamatas.
• A paperback edition of earlier title Brave Story was just published in November.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the author.

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* Resnick, Laura : Doppelgangster
(DAW 978-0-7564-0595-3, $7.99, 386pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Dan Dos Santos)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the "Esther Diamond" (or "Manhattan Magic") series following Disappearing Nightly (2005), about a struggling actress in New York City working as a singing waitress.
• In this book Esther works at a mob restaurant where gangsters are being mysteriously duplicated.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with quotes from reviews and links to excerpts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "gleeful, clever" and says "Resnick introduces a colorful cast of gangsters and their associates, including a thrice-bereaved mob widow and an attractive young priest, as she spins a witty, fast-paced mystery around her convincingly self-absorbed chorus-girl heroine."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the December '09 issue of Locus Magazine, describing it as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets The Sopranos" and concluding "this is a delightful comedy of errors".

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* Shea, Michael : The Extra
(Tor 978-0-7653-2435-1, $22.99, 283pp, hardcover, February 2010)

Satiric near-future SF novel in which Hollywood filmmakers use expendable 'extras' in films where those who survive earn huge payoffs.
• It's based on a 1987 story first published in F&SF, and according to the PW is the first of a trilogy.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "SF fans and thriller readers alike will go for the furious action on the ground and in the air, with carnage galore, hairbreadth escapes, and heroic sacrifices."
• Paul Witcover reviews the book in the January issue of Locus Magazine: "The Extra is all about survival, violence, and vengeance. It is also impossible to put down." Witcover concludes, "It's a shrewd and more than slightly cynical piece of entertainment, as slickly made as any of the Hollywood productions it ostensibly satirizes. Trust me, you're gonna love it."

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* Sherman, David, & Dan Cragg : Starfist: Double Jeopardy
(Del Rey 978-0-345-50101-1, $25, 351pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket art Shane Rebenschied)

Military SF novel, 14th in the long-running "Starfist" series about 25th-century Marines that began with First to Fight in 1997.
• This book concerns the Marines' deployment to the planet Ishtar.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "The verisimilitude of quiet moments and combat scenes alike makes for quality military SF."

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* Swann, S. Andrew : Heretics
(DAW 978-0-7564-0613-4, $7.99, 369pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover art Stephan Martiniere)

SF novel, second book in the Apotheosis series following Prophets (2009), set 200 years after the collapse of the Confederacy, when the Roman Catholic Church and the Eridani Caliphate race to investigate a long-lost human colony at Xi Virginis.
• The author's site has this page for the book, and a page for related earlier series The Hostile Takeover Trilogy.
• SF Signal's John DeNardo, who called the first book "a splendidly constructed space opera", likes this one too: "Swann's blend of space opera, combined with his smooth prose delivery and drag-you-forward plot decisions, makes reading this like eating candy."

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* Tidhar, Lavie, ed. : The Apex Book of World SF
(Apex 978-0-9821596-3-7, $18.95, 287pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Randall McDonald)

Anthology of 16 stories by non-English language authors, several published here in English for the first time.
• Authors include Somtow Sucharitkul, Jetse de Vries, Han Song, Jamil Nasir, Aliette de Bodard, Aleksandar Ziljak, and Zoran Zivkovic.
• The publisher's site has this description with the table of contents and excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.
• Jeff VanderMeer's summary of the Best of 2009 for Locus Online called it "an excellent first step in creating an annual showcase for world speculative fiction, with stories of consistently good quality... Apex deserves extraordinary credit for publishing an anthology with few marketable names therein, and the series appears to be set to only become stronger and more diverse with each installment..."

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* Willis, Connie : Blackout
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-80319-8, $26, 491pp, hardcover, February 2010)

SF time travel novel about historians from 2060 visiting 1940s Britain to investigate the Blitz.
• It shares the background of earlier novels To Say Nothing of the Dog (1999) and Doomsday Book (1992), and expands the theme of her 1982 Hugo- and Nebula-winning novelette "Fire Watch". However-- this book is only the first half of a single long novel that will conclude with All Clear, to be published in November.
• Spectra's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's fan webpage has a message from the author about completing the book(s), and links to several YouTube clips of her reading excerpts.
Publishers Weekly said "Willis uses detail and period language exquisitely well, creating an engaging, exciting tale that cuts off abruptly on the last page."
• Adrienne Martini reviews the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "What [Willis is] able to do is to play her reader like a newly tuned piano. Scenes that could be milked for every last mawkish drop somehow get around your defenses and wring out your heart. Moments that you think you know how they'll feel because you've seen them played out so many times -- like when a historian is caught outside during an air raid and shells are falling near her -- don't feel routine here. Willis makes them immediate and new, so that you feel them even more keenly." The full review is posted here.

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New SF/F/H books:
early February 2010

posted 16 February 2010




Opening lines:

Colin tried the door, but it was locked. The porter, Mr. Purdy, obviously hadn't known what he was talking about when he'd said Mr. Dunworthy had gone to Research. Blast it. I should have known he wasn't here, Colin thought. Only historians prepping for assignments came to Research. Perhaps Mr. Dunworthy'd told Mr. Purdy he was going to do research, in which case he'd be in the Bodleian Library.




Opening lines:

When Ralph Bailey, attaché to the President, entered the family chambers at 5:26 A.M. with the news that aliens had contacted the American government, the President was on the treadmill.




Opening lines:

That's right, that was us. Amazing, how many people noticed, but then, for extras, we got a lotta screen time. Remember the big white guy with me after that running-down-the-fallen-skyscraper scene? He's my friend Japh. So. You wanted to know what drove me to make the leap into the movies. Well, it was this strange day the two of us had right before they started shooting Alien Hunger.




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