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3rd week March
Karen Chance
Robert Conroy
Carolyn Crane
Ian Douglas
Steve Englehart
Markus Heitz
Glenda Larke
Martin & Dozois
Garth Nix
Alastair Reynolds
Diana Rowland
Linnea Sinclair
Tidhar & Yaniv
Gene Wolfe

2nd week March
Ben Bova
Blake Charlton
David B. Coe
Ellen Datlow
Marianne De Pierres
Kate Griffin
Chohei Kambayashi
Kay Kenyon
Paul McAuley
Lisa McMann
Liane Merciel
Joel Shepherd
Jonathan Strahan
Tad Williams

2010 Directories
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* Acevedo, Mario : Werewolf Smackdown
(Eos 978-0-06-156718-6, $14.99, 406pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Will Stahle)

Vampire detective novel, fifth in the series following The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, The Undead Kama Sutra (2008), and Jailbait Zombie (2009), about an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq.
• In this volume PI Felix Gomez deals with a battle among werewolves in Charleston, South Carolina.
• HarperCollins has this page for the book, with its Browse Inside function providing an excerpt.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with a PDF excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Plenty of cliffhangers keep the story moving in this horror fan's perfect vacation read."

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* Banville, John : The Infinities
(Knopf 978-0-307-27279-9, $25.95, 273pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Literary fantasy novel about a dying mathematician whose family affairs are watched over by Zeus, Pan, and other immortals, including Hermes, who narrates.
• The author won the Man Booker prize in 2005 for his previous novel (under his own name), The Sea.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book, noting SF elements -- it's set in an alternate future powered by cold fusion -- and inspirations.
• The publisher's site has this description, with quotes from many reviews, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a Q&A with the author, and the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Hermes assures us that mortal speech is barely articulate gruntings, yet Banville has the perfect instrument for his textured prose, almost never as finely tuned as this."

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* Bickle, Laura : Embers
(Pocket/Juno Books 978-1-4391-6765-6, $7.99, 359pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first of a series, about a Detroit arson investigator who doubles as a ghost hunter by night.
• The author's website has this description. Juno's website also has the description, plus an excerpt.
• The author also writes as Alayna Williams, with a book coming out in June.
• Amazon has five five-star reviews.

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Blatty, William Peter : Dimiter
(Macmillan Audio 978-1-4272-0907-8, $29.99, cd, March 2010)
(First edition: Forge, March 2010)

Audiobook edition of a religious thriller that begins with a prisoner held in Albania in the 1970s.
• The hardcover edition is published by Forge, whose site has this description with an audio excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it "a beautifully written, haunting tale of vengeance, spiritual searching, loss, and love."

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* Briggs, Patricia : Silver Borne
(Ace 978-0-441-01819-2, $24.95, 342pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket illustration Daniel Dos Santos)

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who's also a VW mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), and Bone Crossed (2009).
• The author's website has her comments about writing the book, and a sample chapter.
Publishers Weekly said "Briggs creates both well-rounded characters and a complex mythology, resulting in a rich read that's far more than a series of action adventures strung together."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "Despite all the plot twists, including some potentially heart-wrenching complications, this turns out to be an exciting, relatively straightforward adventure with some touching moments for payoff."

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* Carriger, Gail : Changeless
(Orbit US 978-0-316-07414-8, $7.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)

Humorous fantasy novel set in Victorian London, sequel to last year's well-received Soulless.
• In this book Alexia Tarabotti investigates the disappearance of her werewolf husband.
• The author's website has a description, background pages on London and steampunk, and links to excerpts.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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+ de Pierres, Marianne : Chaos Space
(Orbit 978-1841494296, $9.99, 393pp, mass market paperback, 2010)

Space opera novel, second book in "The Sentients of Orion" trilogy following Dark Space.
• The third book, 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.

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* de Vries, Jetse, ed. : Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF
(UK: Solaris 978-1-906735-66-1, £7.99, 453pp, mass market paperback, April 2010, cover art Vincent Chong)

Anthology of 16 original "near-future optimistic" SF stories.
• Authors include Jason Stoddard, Alastair Reynolds, Lavie Tidhar, Gareth L. Powell & Aliette de Bodard, Kay Kenyon, and Holly Phillips.
• The editor provides an introduction, introductions to each story, and author profiles.
• The book's website includes the table of contents, a platform, and quotes from reviews.
• Rich Horton and Gardner Dozois both review the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine; Dozois singles out stories by Tidhar, Gord Sellar, and Eric Gregory, while Horton includes Gord Sellar's story on his recommended stories list.

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* Kincaid, Paul, & Niall Harrison : British Science Fiction and Fantasy: Twenty Years and Two Surveys
(BSFA 978-0-9558662-1-0, £7.99, 207pp, trade paperback, 2010)

Nonfiction compilation of results of two surveys of British SF and fantasy writers, conducted in 1989 and 2009 by Paul Kincaid and Niall Harrison respectively.
• Respondents were asked 10 questions, with an additional question added in 2009, about what they write, British influences, differences between British and American Sf/fantasy, and the nature of SF and fantasy.
• The book is for sale from the BSFA website.

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* Lansdale, Joe R. : The Best of Joe R. Lansdale
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-94-0, $15.95, 369pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover illustration John Picacio)

Collection of 16 stories, including five that have won Bram Stoker awards, ranging from horror, mystery, southern gothic, and western.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review -- "This is a great introduction to the raunchy, cheerfully unclassifiable East Texan bon vivant." -- and a Booklist review by Carl Hays: "For the record, 'Mad Dog Summer,' about a brother and sister's tense encounter with a backwoods creature during the Depression, is worth the price of the volume all by itself; and as a bonus attraction, Lansdale includes a rambling, autobiographical essay describing his East Texas boyhood and the many influences on his fiction, from comics to fantasy."

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* Lovegrove, James : The Age of Zeus
(UK: Solaris 978-1-906735-68-5, £7.99, 678pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Marek Okon)

SF novel, sequel to The Age of Ra, a human rebellion against beings who've arrived on Earth as incarnations of the ancient Greek gods.
• The author's website has a description -- "a flat-out action-adventure effort. There's power armour, monsters galore, violence, intrigue, deception, betrayal, violence, Australian swearing, punning porn movie titles ... did I mention violence?" -- and an extract.

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* Martinez, A. Lee : Divine Misfortune
(Orbit 978-0-316-04127-0, $19.99, 307pp, hardcover, April 2010)

Fantasy novel about a down-on-their-luck couple who go shopping for a personal god, and settle on Luka, raccoon god of prosperity.
• The author's website has this description with reader comments.
• Orbit's website has this excerpt.
• Amazon has half a dozen five-star reader reviews.

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* McEwan, Ian : Solar
(Doubleday/Nan A. Talese 978-0-385-53341-6, $26.95, 287pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Associational, literary novel about a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, his failing fifth marriage, and his involvement with climate change.
• The author's website has this page about the book with a description, author tour dates, video clips of author readings and interviews, and a long list of links to reviews.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has mixed but mostly positive reader reviews, and the Booklist review.

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* Moon, Elizabeth : Oath of Fealty
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50874-4, $25, 14+471pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket illustration Paul Youll)

Fantasy novel, new book in the author's "Legend of Paksenarrion" series that began with Sheepfarmer's Daughter in 1988.
• Del Rey's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has several positive reader reviews.

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* Spinrad, Norman : He Walked Among Us
(Tor 978-0-7653-2584-6, $27.99, 540pp, hardcover, April 2010)

SF novel about a stand-up comedian, whose shtick is that he's a prophet from the future, who becomes a megastar with the help of an SF writer and a New Age guru.
• The novel was written nearly a decade ago and published in France in 2009, and is now is published in English. The author's webpage discusses the publication difficulties of this book and another, Osama the Gun.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Spinrad alternates between revulsion at overweight SF fans, whom Dexter shamelessly manipulates for 'egoboo pussy' and joke fodder, and an unshakable conviction that these 'Monkey People' can change the world if they just apply themselves..."

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* Wells, Jaye : The Mage in Black
(Orbit 978-0-316-03780-8, $7.99, 328pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the series about half-vampire, half-mage Sabina Kane, an assassin for her vampire rulers.
• The author's website has this description along with an author profile, a blog, and a playlist for the book.
• The parent publisher's site has an extract.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
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posted 11 April 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 16 21 37
Fantasy Novels 14 65 79
Horror Novels 7 2 9
totals 37 88 125
See Directory for sorted lists




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He belonged to that class of men -- vaguely unprepossessing, often bald, short, fat, clever -- who were unaccountably attractive to certain beautiful women.




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Of the things we fashioned for them that they might be comforted, dawn is the one that works. When darkness sifts from the air like fine soft soot and light spreads slowly out of the east then all but the most wretched of humankind rally.




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"Hello. My name is Anubis. I like long walks on the beach, carrying departed souls into the underworld, and the cinema of Mr. Woody Allen."




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