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1st week March
Elizabeth Bear
Amber Benson
Anne Bishop
Kevin Brockmeier
Catherine Fisher
Flint & Wentworth
Walter Greatshell
Chris Marie Green
Kim Harrison
Nancy Holzner
Stacia Kane
Ari Marmell
Seanan McGuire
Alexey Pehov
Rabe & Greenberg
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Allen Steele
Anton Strout
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Rob Thurman

late February
Robert Jackson Bennett
David Edelman
Daniel Fox
Kris Greene
Ed Greenwood
C.J. Henderson
Joe Hill
N.K. Jemisin
Graham Joyce
James Knapp
Robert McCammon
Lisa Morton
Christopher Rowley

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Bova, Ben : Able One
(Tor 978-0-7653-2386-6, $24.99, 398pp, hardcover, February 2010)

Near-future thriller about the US response to a North Korean missile attack that wipes out most of the world's orbiting satellites.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and mixed reader reviews.

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* Charlton, Blake : Spellwright
(Tor 978-0-7653-1727-8, $24.99, 350pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket art Todd Lockwood)

Epic fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first book of a trilogy, about a young wizard whose dyslexia threatens his ability in a world where spells must be written out in text.
• Tor's site has this description, with an audio sample and a text excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Charlton's baroque prose perfectly mirrors the central role of language and the byzantine politics surrounding the Convocation and the potential prophecy, and the innovative spell craft will please fantasy readers weary of more traditional magics." -- and a starred Booklist review: "Charlton's unique take on how magic is cast will tickle magic fans despite, or because of, its bearing very little resemblance to magic ... la Harry Potter."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "The setting is evocative, the wizards' school occupying only a small part of a city built and abandoned by a long-gone species; the magic system is intriguingly different, with the concept of cacography providing a truly distinctive twist."

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* Coe, David B. : The Dark-Eyes' War
(Tor 978-0-7653-1640-0, $27.99, 363pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket art Romas)

Fantasy novel, third in the "Blood of the Southlands" trilogy following The Sorcerer's Plague (2007) and The Horseman's Gambit (2009).
• Tor's site has this description of the book.
• Coe's website has sample chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Coe steers his characters with considerable force, creating some inconsistencies en route to a conclusion that is satisfying if not surprising."

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-173-7, $15.95, 308pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover art Santaiago Caruso)

Anthology of 17 horror stories first published in 2009.
• Authors include Suzy McKee Charnas, John Langan, Laird Barron, Kaaron Warren, Glen Hirshberg, and Stephen Graham Jones.
• Datlow provides a lengthy summation, covering the year's awards, novels, anthologies, collections, magazines, etc., and three pages of honorable mentions at the end.
• The publisher's site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature includes the first few pages of Datlow's introduction.

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+ De Pierres, Marianne : Dark Space
(Orbit 978-1-84149-428-9, $9.99, 393pp, mass market paperback, January 2010) First US edition (UK: Orbit, May 2007)

Space opera novel, first book in "The Sentients of Orion" trilogy, about rivalry for a space pilot position among aristrocrats of a mining planet.
• The second book, Chaos Space, was published in February in the US; the third, Mirror Space, has so far appeared only in the UK; a fourth book, Transformation Space, is scheduled for UK publication in November '10.
• The author's website has this page about the series, and this page about the book, with a link to an extract, a YouTube video trailer, and excerpts from many reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "an engaging space opera with plenty of action".

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* Griffin, Kate : The Midnight Mayor
(Orbit US 978-0316041232, $19.99, 467pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, subtitled "Or, the Inauguration of Matthew Swift", sequel to A Madness of Angels (2009), about a resurrected sorcerer in London.
• In this book, an unknown threat attacks the supernatural defenses of London.
• The publisher's site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The author's website has a description of the book (scroll down), with images of both the UK and US edition covers.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Kambayashi, Chohei : Yukikaze
(Haikasoru 9781421532554, $14.99, 317pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover illustration Shoji Hasegawa)

Military SF novel, first published in Japan in 2002, in which humanity fights back against aliens who tried to invade Earth via a hyper-dimensional passageway over Antarctica.
• The publisher's site has this description with an author profile, an excerpt, and a blurb by David Drake.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Kenyon, Kay : Prince of Storms
(Pyr 978-1-59102-791-1, $26, 389pp, hardcover, January 2010, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere)

Far-future SF novel, fourth book of "The Entire and the Rose" series following Bright of the Sky (2007), A World Too Near (2008), and City Without End (2009), in which a former star pilot from Earth (whose universe is called the Rose) rules a parallel universe (the Entire).
• Pyr's site has a description.
• The author's site has this page about the universe with a page of extras detailing geo-cosmic features, characters, places, and sentients.
• Amazon has reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; the former concludes, "New readers will struggle with the complexities, but the broad themes, exotic setting, and advanced technology are charmingly reminiscent of golden age SF."

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+ McAuley, Paul : Gardens of the Sun
(Pyr 978-1-61614-196-7, $16, 411pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Sparth) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, October 2009)

SF novel, a sequel to (or second half of) The Quiet War (2008), in which city states in the outer solar system have fallen to the Earth Alliance.
• Pyr's site has this description.
• McAuley's website has this description, with links to several chapters posted online.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Together, these two books tell a magnificent story."
• The novel is included on Locus' 2009 Recommended Reading List.
• Gary K. Wolfe and Russell Letson both reviewed the book in the February '10 issue of Locus Magazine. Wolfe concluded, "As a whole, the two-volume Quiet War sequence must be counted as one of the decade's most distinguished achievements in hard SF." Letson concurred: "The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun really ought to be read as a single novel, a sciencefictional War and Peace -- and perhaps a distant, more human prequel to Last and First Men. Whatever comparisons one chooses to apply, it is certainly a major work."

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* McMann, Lisa : Gone
(Simon Pulse 978-1416979180, $16.99, 214pp, hardcover, February 2010)

Young adult paranormal fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Wake (2008) and Fade (2009), about a girl who can experience other people's dreams.
• In this book Janie meets her father for the first time.
• The publisher's description page features a "browse inside" function.
• The author's site has this description with a link to a trailer.
• Amazon has a long note to reader from the author, a Booklist review, and reader reviews.

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* Merciel, Liane : The River Kings' Road
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-4391-5911-8, $26, 388pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art Stephen Youll)

Epic medieval fantasy novel, subtitled "A Novel of Ithelas" and first of a series, about two warring kingdoms and a surprise massacre whose lone survivor is a baby.
• The author's website has a description with links to two chapter excerpts.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it "impressive"; "Mercial has constructed an inspired new world where unexpected plot twists bedevil strong, clearly visualized characters, in a story that glints with intelligence and hums with life."
• Amazon has blurbs from Joshua Palmatier and L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and reader reviews.

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* Shepherd, Joel : Petrodor
(Pyr 978-1-61614-193-6, $16, 441pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover illustration David Palumbo)

Fantasy novel, second volume in the quartet "A Trial of Blood & Steel" following Sasha (2009), about a young swordswoman in a land divided by rival religions.
• Pyr's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "...as soon as the action picks up, the banter, character development, and vivid descriptions build tension toward a gripping climax, leaving tantalizing threads dangling."

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-171-3, $19.95, 516pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art John Berkey)

Anthology of 29 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2009.
• Authors include Kij Johnson, James Patrick Kelly, Geoff Ryman, Nicola Griffith, Michael Swanwick & Eileen Gunn, Andy Duncan, Peter Watts, Bruce Sterling, Robert Charles Wilson, and others.
• The publisher's site has this order page for the book, with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and its "Look Inside" function with an excerpt of Nicola Griffith's story.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine, discussing the stories in detail, noting the preponderance of female characters, and concluding "As recently as a decade ago, solid hard-SF stories like those by Baxter and Watts might have seemed the unarguable centerpieces of a year's best SF anthology like this; now they seem part of a broadly eclectic buffet. If Strahan's selections can be taken as a reasonable representation of the state of the field these days, it may be that there really isn't a center anymore, and it may be that this isn't a bad thing."

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* Williams, Tad : Shadowrise
(DAW 978-0756405496, $27.95, 28+564pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket painting Todd Lockwood)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Shadowmarch (2004) and Shadowplay (2007), about conflict between humans and a race of fairy folk called the Qar.
• The author's website has a description with links to excerpts, while website www.shadowmarch.com has background about the world and a message board.
• Amazon has a Booklist review, which notes that one more volume, Shadowheart, is forthcoming, and positive reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
2nd week March 2010

posted 24 March 2010




2010 Novel Counts, To Date
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 12 18 30
Fantasy Novels 11 55 66
Horror Novels 7 2 9
totals 30 75 105
See Directory for sorted lists







Opening lines:

Hank Barstow frowned at the blank screen of his GPS box. Rolling down Interstate 75 at nearly eighty miles per hour, he was looking forward to making a breakfast stop at the Sticky Fingers restaurant a couple of his trucker pals had told him about. Food’s not all that much, they’d said, but there’s this really stacked blonde waitress....




Opening lines:

Nicodemus waited for the library to empty before he suggested committing a crime punishable by expulsion.

"If I edit you, we can both be asleep in an hour," he said to his text in what he hoped was a casual tone.




Opening lines:

She sat on the throne, insane, but no one blamed her for that. Ghoris was a navitar. Titus Quinn shifted under her unnerving gaze, trying to believe she was a friend. Could a navitar know compassion and loyalty, or only the frazzled mysteries of the Nigh? A frisson of awe crept over him as he looked into her inhuman eyes.




Opening lines:

A hundred murdered ships swung around Saturn in endless ellipses.




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+ = first US edition

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