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late April
Peter V. Brett
Joe Chiappetta
Gary William Crawford
Ellen Datlow
L. Timmel Duchamp
Michael Ehart
Bill Fawcett
Daniel Homan
Henry Melton
Meridi Myers
Adam Roberts
Jonathan Sparrow
Tremblay & Wallace
Ian Whates

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Anderson, James G., & Mark Sebanc : Darkling Fields of Arvon
(Baen 978-1-4391-3353-8, $14.99, 424pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art Todd Lockwood)

Epic fantasy novel, second of a series following The Stoneholding (2009), about refugees from an ancient highlands community who seek an abducted prince.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "The story doesn't offer anything unique, but the authors' stylish and poetic narrative, coupled with a cast of endearing -- albeit two-dimensional -- characters make this a real page-turner that epic fantasy fans will enjoy."

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* Axler, James : Infinity Breach
(Gold Eagle 978-0373638666, $6.99, 316pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, 53rd volume in the long-running "Outlanders" series set in a post-apocalyptic future run by mysterious barons and elite archons.
• Wikipedia's page for the series describes the background and lists most of the titles.
• The Axler website has this list of titles, with this page for the current title, actually written by Rik Hoskin.

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+ Baxter, Stephen : Ark
(Roc 978-0-451-46331-9, $24.95, 532pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket painting Larry Rostant)

Near-future catastrophe novel, second in a diptych following Flood (2008), about a global deluge. This book concerns the attempt to build a starship to send a few hundred survivors to a new world.
• The author's website has this entry about the book, with links to a background essay and other stories set in this universe.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: "In recent years, Baxter has shown an increasing preference for organizing his narratives, or narrative segments, to human scale, and this 56-year arc permits him to follow a core group of characters through a series of episodes that include not only space disasters and mutinies, but also such more quotidian issues as child molestation, internal power struggles, and even personality disintegration. ... Though in the past Baxter has often been criticized for his engineering and speculative prowess at the expense of believable characters, here he pays a great deal of attention to the human side of his tale.."
• Amazon has an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and mixed reader reviews.

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* Benedict, Lyn : Ghosts & Echoes
(Ace 978-0-441-01870-3, $7.99, 362pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Shane Rebenschied)

Urban fantasy novel, second "Shadows Inquiries" novel following Sins & Shadows (2009), about a private investigator who handles supernatural cases.
• This book concerns a spiritual hitchchiker.
• Lyn Benedict is a pen name for Lane Robins, whose website has this synopsis and an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Cherryh, C. J. : Deceiver
(DAW 978-0756406011, $25.95, 355pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket painting Todd Lockwood)

SF novel, 11th volume in Cherryh's long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Conspirator (2009).
• Wikipedia has an article about the Foreigner universe, with a list of titles.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : Hard Magic
(Harlequin/Luna 978-0-373-80313-2, $14.95, 329pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Paranormal fantasy novel, first book in the "Paranormal Scene Investigations" series, involving a character from the author's earlier Retrievers books.
• The publisher's site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Gilman's deft plotting and first-class characters complement her agile blend of science and spell craft, and readers will love the Mythbusters-style fun of smart, sassy people solving mysteries through experimentation, failure, and blowing stuff up."

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+ Kay, Guy Gavriel : Under Heaven
(Roc 978-0-451-46330-2, $26.95, 573pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket art Larry Rostant)

Historical fantasy novel inspired by the Tang Dynasty of 8th century China, concerning the son of a general who won a great battle 20 years before.
• The author's site has this description plus, on the homepage, links to excerpts.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "... the complex intrigues of poets, prostitutes, ministers, and soldiers evolve into a fascinating, sometimes bloody, and entirely believable tale."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Under Heaven is a generously rewarding novel in many ways, from the graceful interpolated poems to spurts of violent combat to large-scale setpieces like the evacuation of the capital city in the face of the advancing rebel army... " Wolfe writes that the tension between the historical and fantastic "defines Kay's best work, and there seems little doubt that Under Heaven belongs in that company."

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* Kelly, Michael : Undertow and Other Laments
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-74-5, $15.95, 142pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Jason Whitley)

Collection of 18 stories, fourth volume in the publisher's "New Voices of Horror" series.
• Introduction by Gary Braunbeck.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with blurbs by Scott Nicholson, Brett Alexander Savory, and Craig Davidson.

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* Kollin, Dani, & Eytan Kollin : The Unincorporated War
(Tor 978-0-765-31900-5, $25.99, 462pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket art Dave Seeley)

SF novel, sequel to last year's The Unincorporated Man, set in a 24th-century society in which everyone is incorporated at birth.
• In this book, Justin Cord is exiled from Earth and starts a civil war between the outer planets and the society headquartered on Earth.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon's "look inside" feature includes an excerpt.

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* Lackey, Mercedes, Eric Flint & Dave Freer : Much Fall of Blood
(Baen 978-1-4391-3351-4, $27, 594pp, hardcover, May 2010, cover illustration Larry Dixon)

Alternate historical fantasy novel, third in the "Heirs of Alexandria" series following The Shadow of the Lion (2002) and This Rough Magic (2003), set in the 16th century.
• Lackey's site has this description, which indicates one more title in the series is forthcoming.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

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+ McLeod, Suzanne : The Sweet Scent of Blood
(Ace 978-0-441-01871-0, $7.99, 363pp, mass market paperback, May 2010) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2008)

Urban fantasy novel, first book in the "Spellcrackers.com" series, about a company run by witches that solves magical problems.
• The author's site includes an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the 2008 UK first edition of the book in Locus Magazine: "Things get nicely atmospheric with touches of humor in the middle of massive misdirection, threats, and bloodletting, with a sexy overlay of corsets, a satyr colleague, bondage, and even a little girl-on-girl action. So much is going on it all gets a bit messy, overflowing with characters and spells, but it's still a fun read, with a piquant British flavour that helps makes this first novel a standout."

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* Parsons, Paul : The Science of Doctor Who
(Johns Hopkins University Press 978-0-8018-9560-9, $24.95, 15+307pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Nonfiction guide to the long-running UK television series, discussing scientific concepts such as time travel, cosmology, and robotics.
• The publisher's site has this description, which blurbs from Colin Baker and Stephen Baxter.
• Amazon has somewhat mixed reader reviews.

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* Pelegrimas, Marcus : Skinners: Teeth of Beasts
(Eos 978-0-06-146307-5, $7.99, 375pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Larry Rostant)

Urban fantasy novel, third in the "Skinners" series following Blood Blade and Howling Legion, about a video game designer who discovers that monsters of the night -- vampires, werewolves, shape-shifting monsters -- are real, and who becomes a member of a secret society devoted to fighting them.
• The author's site includes a bio and a link to his blog.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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+ Richards, Tony : Going Back
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-77-6, $15.95, 215pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Frank Walls)

Collection of 18 dark fantasy stories.
• The book was published earlier in the UK by Elastic Press, and was a 2008 British Fantasy Award finalist.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.

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* Ringo, John, & Brian M. Thomsen, ed. : Citizens
(Baen 9781439133477, $16, 287pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art Tom Kidd)

Anthology of 15 military SF stories written by military veterans.
• Authors include Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Harry Harrison, and Frederik Pohl. Four of the stories, by Michael Z. Williamson and others, are original to this book.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to Ringo's introduction and stories by Laumer, Russell, Leinster, and Clarke.
• Amazon includes reader reviews, including one which lists the stories and comments on each one.

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn : Recovering Apollo 8 and Other Stories
(Golden Gryphon Press 978-1-930846-62-3, $24.95, 12+316pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket painting Bob Eggleton, jacket design Lynne Condellone)

Collection of eight stories, including the Sidewise Award-winning title novella.
• Other stories include "Diving into the Wreck" (recently expanded into a novel), "June Sixteenth at Anna's", and "Substitutions".
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Readers looking for serious, somber SF will appreciate Rusch's thoughtful examinations of sorrow and loss."

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* Sedia, Ekaterina, ed. : Running with the Pack
(Prime Books 9781607012191, $14.95, 339pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Anthology of 22 original stories about werewolves.
• Contributors include Jeffrey Ford, Lawrence Schimel, Carrie Vaughn, Laura Anne Gilman, Mike Resnick, N.K. Jemisin, Susan Palwick, and Mike Brotherton, whose blog entry about the book lists the table of contents.

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* Spoor, Ryk E. : Grand Central Arena
(Baen 978-1-4391-3355-2, $7.99, 671pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Steve Hickman)

SF novel about the first test of a faster-than-light spaceship and the discovery of a vast artifact inhabited by alien factions playing in an "Arena".
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has several reader reviews, which note the story's debt to early space opera writer E.E. "Doc" Smith.

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+ Tchaikovsky, Adrian : Blood of the Mantis
(Pyr 978-1-61614-199-8, $16, 301pp, trade paperback, May 2010, cover illustration Jon Sullivan)

Fantasy novel, third in the "Shadows of the Apt" series after Empire in Black and Gold and Dragonfly Falling, about a peaceful Lowlands threatened by the hungry Wasp Empire.
• Pyr's website has this description. The book was published by Tor UK in 2009.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which describes it as "steampunk-flavored sword and sorcery", and which concludes, "New readers may struggle to keep up as Tchaikovsky puts his large cast through its paces, introduces secretive assassins of a forgotten race, and heaps on plot twists with a generous hand."

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* Thomas, Jeffrey : The Fall of Hades
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-78-3, $19.95, 178pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Frank Walls)

Horror novel, sequel to Letters from Hades (2003), about a woman caught amidst a centuries-long battle between angels and demons.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.

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New SF/F/H books:
early May 2010

posted 21 May 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 23 33 56
Fantasy Novels 18 82 100
Horror Novels 7 3 10
totals 48 118 166
See Directory for sorted lists




Opening lines:

Amid the ten thousand noises and the jade-and-gold and the whirling dust of Xinan, he had often stayed awake all night among friends, drinking spiced wine in the North District with the courtesans.




Opening lines:

"Watch the next keyhole, Ariane, that bastard's going to try to force a scrape or worse!"

Ariane Austin heard the concerned voice in her helmet as she pulled round the third turn, spinning Whip Hand and then relaxing the gyros, lining up the nuclear rocket blast through instinct and experience, firing to skirt the marker asteroid and get on a vector to pass through the next course obstacle -- the "keyhole" that Carl had mentioned. The power of the rocket pinned her to the acceleration chair with the thrilling force she sometimes felt was drawn from and through her, making her feel a part of the little racing ship.




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