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mid May
Piers Anthony
Quentin S. Crisp
Lori Devoti
Raymond E. Feist
Ellen Kushner
Lee & Miller
Rebecca Levene
J.A. Pitts
Melinda Snodgrass
S.M. Stirling
Charles Stross
Benjamin Tate
Ian Tregillis
David Weber
Mike Wild

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Bacigalupi, Paolo : Ship Breaker
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-05621-2, $17.99, 326pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket illustration Bob Warner)

Young adult SF novel about a teenage boy, Nailer, who works as a ship scavenger on the Gulf Coast.
• The publisher's site has this description with an "OpenBook" function providing an excerpt.
• The author's site has this post about the book, with a link to the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "stellar YA debut with this futuristic tale of class imbalance on the Gulf Coast", and which concludes "At its core, the novel is an exploration of Nailer's discovery of the nature of the world around him and his ability to transcend that world's expectations."
• Amazon currently has seven 5-star reader reviews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Ship Breaker is not merely another entry in the growing subgenre of dystopian YA, but a genuinely uncompromising cautionary tale which, if it reaches the young readers it should, may leave them with some actual ideas."

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* Bacon-Smith, Camille : A Legacy of Daemons
(DAW 978-0-7564-0603-5, $7.99, 344pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)

Paranormal fantasy, third or fourth in a series about detective Evan Davis and his partners following Eye of the Daemon (1996), Eyes of the Empress (1998), and Daemon Eyes (2007).
• The publisher's site has this description, with a link to an audio interview with the author.

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Baker, Kage : Not Less than Gods
(Tor 978-0-7653-1891-6, $25.99, 319pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art Paul Youll)
(First edition: Subterranean Press, December 2009)

SF novel, ninth in Baker's long-running series about The Company, a future organization that sends immortals and cyborgs back in time to collect human artifacts.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Plenty of cloak-and-poison-dart action gets the reader through the exhausting Victorian nomenclature (the Aetheric Transmitter, the Ascending Chamber) and discourses on the evils of misused technology" -- and reader reviews.

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* Châteaureynaud, Georges-Olivier, translated by Edward Gauvin : A Life on Paper: Stories
(Small Beer Press 978-193152062-1, $22, 3+231pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Collection of 23 stories, the first appearance in English of the work of a French author of nine novels and over 100 stories. This volume has an introduction by Brian Evenson, who compares the author to Kafka and Isak Dinesen.
• Small Beer Press' site has this description and order page, with the table of contents and a long author profile.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "These 22 curious tales verging on the perverse will strike new English readers of Châteaureynaud's work as a wonderful find. Beautiful prose featuring ingenuous protagonists and clever, unexpected forays into horror are the hallmarks of these mischievous stories."

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* Creasy, Sara : Song of Scarabaeus
(Eos 978-0-06-193473-5, $7.99, 354pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)

SF novel, the author's first novel, about a terraforming technology called biocyph and an operative, Edie Sha'nim, who is kidnapped by rebels on her way to find out what went wrong with biocyph on the planet Scarabaeus.
• HarperCollins' site has this description, with a "Browse Inside" function, and blurbs from Linnea Sinclair and Vonda N. McIntyre.
• The author's site has a description, book trailer, bio, and a blog.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review: "This brilliantly conceived debut heralds a significant new talent." The review concludes, "Creasy's convincing scientific speculation, appealing characterizations, and eerie alien landscapes make this science fiction romance deeply satisfying."

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* Doctorow, Cory : For the Win
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2216-6, $17.99, 475pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Young adult SF novel about gamers and the shadow economy behind them, concerning a plan to unionize teens working in sweatshops around the world.
• Tor's website has this description. The author's page for the book has video interviews and a download page.
• Amazon has the starrede Booklist review: "Doctorow is indispensable. It's hard to imagine any other author taking on youth and technology with such passion, intelligence, and understanding."
• Adrienne Martini reviews the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine, aware that she is not among the target audience for the book: "Given all of my hand-wringing about not being the right reader for this book, the end analysis should be about whether or not the story works, even if the bulk of the cultural signifiers are lost on me. ... The last third of For the Win is a mighty force, one that sweeps up everything in its path and rearranges it in new and interesting ways. But, for me, the means to this dynamic end are hard to engage with."

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* Drake, David : The Legions of Fire
(Tor 978-0-7653-2078-0, $25.99, 367pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket art Donato)

Fantasy novel, first of a quartet set in the city of Carce, based on Europe during the later Roman Empire.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says that Drake "vividly recreates the attitudes of patrician Romans in this fantasy tale... Fans of fantasy and historical fiction will enjoy the decidedly noncontemporary characters and their adventures."

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* Grant, Mira : Feed
(Orbit 978-0-316-08105-4, $9.99, 574pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)

Postapocalyptic zombie novel, first in the "Newsflesh" trilogy by Seanan McGuire writing as Mira Grant, about twin sister bloggers who cover the aftermath of a zombie attack that kills a presidential candidate's daughter.
• The author's site has this page about the trilogy.
• John Scalzi's "The Big Idea" featured Grant with some background about the writing of the book.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Shunning misogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what's true and what's reported."

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* Monk, Devon : Magic on the Storm
(Roc 978-0451463272, $7.99, 344pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, fourth novel about Allison Beckstrom, a "Hound" who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it, following Magic to the Bone (2008), Magic in the Blood (2009), and Magic in the Shadows (2009).
• In this book Allie faces an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland.
• The author's site has a description with a link to an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Rhodes, Natasha : Circus of Sins
(Solaris 978-1-906735-72-2, £7.99, 567pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Luke Preece)

Supernatural fantasy novel, third in a series about vampire-hunter Kayla Steele, following Dante's Girl (2007) and The Last Angel (2008).
• In this book Kayla is bitten by a werewolf and battles a master vampire whose deal with the Devil will bring about a war in Heaven.
• The publisher's site has this description. The author's site has links to interviews.

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* Yamamoto, Hiroshi : The Stories of Ibis
(Haikusoru 978-1-4215-3440-4, $15.99, 423pp, trade paperback, April 2010)

SF novel, first published in Japan in 2006 and here translated by Takami Nieda, about humanity's role in an android civilization, cast as seven stories told by the android Ibis to a wandering human storyteller.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
Denver Post ran this review by Fred Cleaver: "The stories within are all recent but are infused with the history of American science fiction. Asimov's laws of robotics are taken as a given, and the name Ibis is explained as an obscure tribute to A.E. van Vogt. Van Vogt was famous for 'fix-up' novels that combined his short fiction into not always coherent books. Hiroshi Yamomoto has used the technique to make an excellent novel."

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New SF/F/H books:
late May 2010

posted 6 June 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 24 38 62
Fantasy Novels 18 96 114
Horror Novels 8 3 11
totals 50 137 187
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

Nailer clambered through a service duct, tugging at copper wire and yanking it free. Ancient asbestos fibers and mouse grit puffed up around him as the wire tore loose.




Opening lines:

In the game, Matthew's characters killed monsters, as they did every single night. But tonight, as Matthew thoughtfully chop-sticked a dumpling out of the styrofoam clamshell, dipped it in the red hot sauce and popped it into his mouth, his little squadron did something extraordinary: they began to win.




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.

* = first edition
+ = 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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