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mid April
Kelley Armstrong
John Barnes
Jenna Black
Jim Butcher
Ian C. Esslemont
Gemma Files
Michael Flynn
J.V. Jones
Celine Kiernan
Tom Kratman
Jay Lake
Lucius Shepard

early April
Ann Aguirre
Henry Baum
Gini Koch
Karin Lowachee
George Mann
Ian McDonald
Dexter Palmer
K.J. Parker
Robert J. Sawyer
Darrell Schweitzer
Adrian Tchaikovsky
David Weber
E.O. Wilson

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Brett, Peter V. : The Desert Spear
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50381-7, $26, 16+579pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket illustration Larry Rostant)

Fantasy novel, sequel to The Warded Man (2009) aka The Painted Man in the UK, about desert tribes preyed upon by night demons.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Romantic entanglements occupy much of the book and lead to an abrupt conclusion that would benefit from a gentler epilogue, but is sure to leave fans on tenterhooks waiting for the last installment."

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* Chiappetta, Joe : Star Chosen
(Joe Chiappetta 978-0-9644323-2-1, $10, 125pp, trade paperback, March 2010)

SF space opera novel about a Faith War that threatens to destroy all religions, and a group of survivors called "the Chosen".
• The author's website and blog has posts about his works.
• Amazon has a description, and reader reviews.

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* Crawford, Gary William : Voices from the Dark
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-75-2, $9.95, 96pp, trade paperback, December 2009, cover art M. Wayne Miller)

Poetry collection, subtitled "Selected Poems 1979-2009", with several works appearing here for the first time.
• Bruce Boston provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with a blurb by Marge Simon.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-208-5, $14.95, 310pp, trade paperback, May 2010, cover art Marc Hericher)

Anthology of 15 stories first published in various online venues edited by Ellen Datlow -- Omni Online, Event Horizon, and Sci Fiction.
• Authors include Paul Park, Howard Waldrop, Kelly Link, Jeffrey Ford, Andy Duncan, and Karen Joy Fowler.
• Datlow provides a book introduction, and an introduction to each story.
• Amazon has a brief description.

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* Duchamp, L. Timmel, ed. : Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-34-8, $19, 260pp, trade paperback, April 2010)

Nonfiction anthology of 16 essays, inspired by a 2008 WidCon panel about "Narrative and Politics".
• Contributors include Samuel R. Delany, Eleanor Arnason, Nicola Griffith, Eileen Gunn, Andrea Hairston, Claire Light, and Susan Palwick. Most essays appear to be original to this book; a few, including Delany's and Griffith's, are reprinted.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.

(Fri 23 Apr 2010) • (Directory Entry)

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* Ehart, Michael : The Tears of Ishtar
(Ancient Tomes Press 978-1-936021-12-3, $16.95, 269pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Historical sword & sorcery novel set in bronze-age Mesopotamia about a woman cursed to live forever in service of a shape-shifting Manthycore.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview. There are blurbs by Michael Moorcock, Steven Barnes, and Mary Rosenblum.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review and reader reviews.

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* Fawcett, Bill, ed. : Nebula Awards Showcase 2010
(Roc 978-0-451-46316-6, $16, 417pp, trade paperback, April 2010)

Anthology of winners and runners-up for the Nebula Awards presented in 2009 for works first published in 2007 and 2008.
• Contents include winning stories "The Spacetime Pool" by Catherine Asaro, "Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel, and "Trophy Wives" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, plus an excerpt from winning novel Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin.
• Winners of other categories and SFWA awards are represented by a short story by M.J. Engh (author emerita); Rhysling and Dwarf Star poetry winners Greg Beatty, F.J. Bergmann, and Catherynne M. Valente; an excertp from Ysabeau S. Wilce's Andre Norton Award winning novel Flora's Dare, an excerpt from Nebula winning script Wall-E, and a story by Grand Master Harry Harrison.
• Nonfiction includes a series of essays on SF of eras past, by Robert Weinberg, David Drake, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl & Elizabeth Anne Hull, Kevin J. Anderson, Lynn Abbey, and Mike Resnick.
• The publisher's site has this brief description of the book.

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* Homan, Daniel : The Queen of Hearts
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-204-7, $14.95, 269pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover art Timothy Lantz)

Dark fantasy novel about a man infiltrating a Manor ruled by dark magician Mesmer in search of the fate of his parents.
• Fantasy Magazine has this interview with the author about the origin of the novel, and his 2008 short story of the same title.
• The author's site has a short description: "Alice in Wonderland wanders into Iraq..."

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* Melton, Henry : Pixie Dust
(Wire Rim Books 978-0-9802253-8-9, $14.95, 338pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Arthur Wang)

Young adult SF novel, part of the author's "Home Planet Adventures" series, about a lab experiment in vacuum decay that transforms a teenaged girl.
• The author's site has this page for the book.

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* Myers, Meridi : Titus and Atreus
(Hero Publishing 978-0-615-32072-4, $12.95, 323pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Young adult fantasy novel about an orphaned boy who is transported to another world where he helps a young prince unravel a prophecy.
• The book's elaborate website has a description, glossary, character lists, wallpaper, etc.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Roberts, Adam : New Model Army
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-08360-8, £18.99, 281pp, hardcover, April 2010)

SF novel, a near-future satire about a civil war in Britain fought by New Model Armies, spontaneous bands of mercenaries who make collective decisions based on wireless connections to the internet.
• Gollancz's site has this synopsis.
• The author's site has this post quoting reviews of the book.
• Amazon has several detailed, mostly enthusiastic, reader reviews.

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* Sparrow, Jonathan : The Moon's Prophecy
(Wings 978-1-60701-10-02, $16.99, 269pp, hardcover, April 2010, cover art John Bergin)

Young adult animal fantasy novel, "Brave Tails: Book One", about small animals who defend their kingdom of Riversplash against invading boars.
• The publisher is associated with Prime Books and lists website http://www.wings-books.com/, which is not active.
• A reader review on Amazon indicates that the author is A.A. Attanassio writing pseudonymously.

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* Tremblay, Paul, & Sean Wallace, eds. : Phantom
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-200-9, $14.95, 196pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover art Timothy Lantz)

Anthology of 14 original "literary horror" stories.
• Authors include F. Brett Cox, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lavie Tidhar, Steve Berman, Michael Cisco, and Stephen Graham Jones.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Ghosts, disaffected wives, deserted towns, obsessive journalists and children who never existed haunt the pages of this stunning, elegant and frightful anthology..." -- and a reader review by Jesse Bullington.

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* Whates, Ian : The Noise Within
(Solaris US 978-1-906735-65-4, $7.99, 436pp, trade paperback, May 2010, cover art Dominic Harman)

SF space opera novel about the inventor of a human/AI interface and a mysterious pirate vessel called The Noise Within.
• Solaris' site has this description (with a different cover than the finished book).
• The author's website includes a blog with posts about this book, and his first novel City of Dreams and Nightmare that appeared last month from Angry Robot.

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New SF/F/H books:
late April 2010

posted 9 May 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 22 30 52
Fantasy Novels 17 75 92
Horror Novels 7 2 9
totals 46 107 153
See Directory for sorted lists




Opening lines:

I am not the hero of this story. Because I am narrating it, and because it relates events mostly from my point of view, you may conclude it is somehow about me. I ask that you remember, throughout, that it is not. The hero of the story -- in the old style of these things, according to the way novels have traditionally been made -- is that New Model Army of which I was formerly a component.




Opening lines:

Fort Rizon's wall was a joke.

Barely ten feet high and only one thick, the entire city's defenses were less than the meanest of a Damaji's dozen palaces. The Watchers didn't even need their steel-shod ladders; most simply leapt to catch the lip of the tiny wall and pulled themselves up and over.




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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