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early May
Anderson & Sebanc
James Axler
Stephen Baxter
Lyn Benedict
C.J. Cherryh
Laura Anne Gilman
Guy Gavriel Kay
Michael Kelly
Kollin & Kollin
Lackey/Flint/Freer
Suzanne McLeod
Paul Parsons
Marcus Pelegrimas
Tony Richards
Ringo & Thomsen
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Ekaterina Sedia
Ryk E. Spoor
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Jeffrey Thomas

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Anthony, Piers : Climate of Change
(Tor 978-0-7653-2353-8, $27.99, 446pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Historical SF novel about human evolution and climate change, fifth in the Geodyssey sequence following Isle of Woman (1993), Shame of Man (1994), Hope of Earth (1997), and Muse of Art (1999).
• Tor's site has this description.
• Anthony's site has this 2000 post about the book, when he (temporarily) abandoned it due to loss of market.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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* Crisp, Quentin S : "Remember You're a One-Ball!"
(UK: Chômu Press 978-1-907681-00-4, $15, 270pp, trade paperback, March 2010)

Horror novel about a man who returns to the village where he grew up, and perceives the sadistic games behind everyday life.
• The publisher's site has this description -- "Prepare yourself for an experience darker than The Wasp Factory and more grotesque than The League of Gentlemen. A novel others would not dare to publish is now available for the first time." -- and blurbs from Mark Samuels, Thomas Ligotti, Justin Isis, and Matthew Pendleton.
• Amazon.com's page for the US edition has a reader review.

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* Devoti, Lori : Amazon Queen
(Pocket 978-1-4391-6772-4, $7.99, 375pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover illustration Steve Stone)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the Amazons series following Amazon Ink (2009), about a Madison tattoo-parlor owner who was raised among the Amazon.
• The Juno Books imprint is identified on the copyright page; Juno's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has several reader reviews.

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* Feist, Raymond E. : At the Gates of Darkness
(Eos 978-0-06-146837-7, $27.99, 302pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket illustration Steve Stone)

Epic fantasy novel, second in the Demonwar Saga following Rides a Dread Legion (2009), and part of the Riftwar Cycle that includes most of Feist's works.
• The publisher's site has this description with an audio excerpt and a browse inside feature.
• Feist's website has this page for the book.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Kushner, Ellen : The Man with the Knives
(Temporary Culture 978-0-9764660-6-2, $15, 19pp, chapbook, 2010)

Original short story set in the world of Kushner's novel Swordspoint, with illustrations by Thomas Canty.
• The publisher has this order page with a description and sample images.

(Mon 10 May 2010) • (Directory Entry)

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* Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Saltation
(Baen 978-1-4391-3345-3, $24, 325pp, hardcover, April 2010, cover illustration David Mattingly)

SF novel in the authors' long-running Liaden Universe series, and sequel to last year's Fledgling.
• In this book Theo Waitley, daughter of two academics on the Safe World of Delgado, leaves to attend pilot school.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Lee and Miller prove they can still deliver elegant variations on the theme in this coming-of-age story ... readers don't need to know the series to understand or care about the characters" -- and enthusiastic reader reviews.

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+ Levene, Rebecca : The Infernal Game: Cold Warriors
(Abaddon Books 978-1-906735-83-8, $9.99, 295pp, trade paperback, 2010)

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about an occult spy agency created by the British government at the start of the Cold War.
• The publisher's site has this page about the author but nothing yet on this title.
• The parent publisher, Simon & Schuster, has this page for the book.

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* Pitts, J. A. : Black Blade Blues
(Tor 978-0-7653-2467-2, $15.99, 398pp, trade paperback, May 2010, cover art Don Dos Santos)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first book in a series, about a props master for low-budget movies who repairs a broken sword that she discovers is magical.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it an "amusing debut ... [T]here's enough entertainment and romantic tension to keep readers interested in the planned sequels" -- and reader reviews, including one from Susan R. Matthews.

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* Snodgrass, Melinda : The Edge of Ruin
(Tor 978-0-7653-1646-2, $27.99, 365pp, hardcover, April 2010)

Fantasy novel, sequel to The Edge of Reason (2008), about an Albuquerque cop and his involvement in a war between magic and reason.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Snodgrass strongly and convincingly highlights the danger of unreason..."

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* Stirling, S. M. : A Taint in the Blood
(Roc 978-0-451-46341-8, $25.95, 422pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket art Chris McGrath)

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a race of Shadowspawn who live among humans.
• Stirling's official website has a series of excerpts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Stirling's prose is competent, but there's nothing new in his story..." -- with most enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Stross, Charles : The Trade of Queens
(Tor 978-0-7653-1673-8, $24.99, 303pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art Paul Youll)

Fantasy novel, sixth and final volume of The Merchant Princes series following The Family Trade (2004), The Hidden Family (2005), The Clan Corporate (2006), The Merchants' War (2007), and The Revolution Business (2009), about a Boston biotech journalist who learns she is heiress in a family who trades across parallel universes.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "This is one of the most striking SF responses to American public policy and character I've seen since the Vietnam era. Which does not detract from its status as a first-rate intrigue thriller that also supports considerations of the economic, sociological, political, anthropological, psychological, and historical factors that provide the conditions that make the thrills possible. A roller-coaster. With annotations. And nice sharp teeth."

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* Tate, Benjamin : Well of Sorrows
(DAW 978-0-7564-0602-8, $16, 648pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first book of a planned trilogy, about a family that emigrates to a new continent, where they face underground dwellers and mysterious shadow creatures.
• The author's site has this description, plus links to a bio, FAQ, and a blog.

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* Tregillis, Ian : Bitter Seeds
(Tor 978-0-7653-2150-3, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art John Jude Palencar)

Alternate history novel, the author's first novel and first book of a trilogy, about a British secret agent in 1939 investigating supernatural beings created by the Nazis.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author's site has this description, along with the titles of the next two volumes, and a PDF excerpt and links to reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the author "breathes new life into alternate military history with this fun take on WWII" -- and most positive reader reviews.

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* Weber, David : A Mighty Fortress
(Tor 978-0-7653-1505-2, $27.99, 718pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Stephen Youll)

Far future SF novel, fourth in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), and By Heresies Distressed (2009), in which the Church of God Awaiting has suppressed technology on the planet Safehold.
• Tor's site has this description with an audio excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Wild, Mike : Engines of the Apocalypse
(Abaddon Books 978-1-906735-79-1, $9.99, 242pp, trade paperback, 2010)

Fantasy novel, first book in the publisher's Twilight of Kerberos series, set in a world where magic is halted by the appearance of giant dwarven sirens.
• The parent publisher's site has this description.

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New SF/F/H books:
mid May 2010

posted 28 May 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 23 36 59
Fantasy Novels 18 91 109
Horror Novels 8 3 11
totals 49 130 179
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

Murder on the wind: crows and ravens wheeled beneath a heavy sky, like spots of ink splashed across a leaden canvas. They soared over leafless forests, crumbling villages, abandoned fields of barleycorn and wheat. The fields had gone to seed; village chimneys stood dormant and cold. There would be no waste here, no food free for the taking.




Opening lines:

In a locked store room on the eighth—top—floor of a department store off Pennsylvania Avenue, a timer counted down towards zero.

Another timer matched its progress—in a janitor's store on the top floor of a museum building near the Mall, behind a door jammed by cyanoacrylate glue in the lock and hinges.

And unfathomably far away, on a scaffold by the swampy banks of a slow-moving river, two men labored over a third timer, readying it for delivery to a target in the looking-glass world of the United States of America.




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

Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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