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late May
Paolo Bacigalupi
Camille Bacon-Smith
Kage Baker
Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
Sara Creasy
Cory Doctorow
David Drake
Mira Grant
Devon Monk
Natasha Rhodes
Hiroshi Yamamoto

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Anderson, Taylor : Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4
(Roc 978-0-451-46333-3, $24.95, 416pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Alternate history SF novel, fourth in the "Destroyermen" trilogy following Into the Storm, Crusade (both 2008), and Maelstrom, about a World War II US battleship transported back in time to an era when two intelligent dinosaur species are fighting a war.
• The author's site includes a blog.
• Amazon has several positive reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Anderson raises questions about the morality of chemical warfare, genocide, and summary execution in wartime while holding out the possibility of diplomacy with relentless killers."

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* Cronin, Justin : The Passage
(Ballantine 978-0-345-50496-8, $27, 766pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Post-apocalyptic vampire novel, first of a trilogy, in which a vampire plague is unleashed by a government experiment gone wrong.
• Book site http://enterthepassage.com/ has quotes from reviews, a preview, a tour schedule, downloads, and a forum. There's an associated in-story site called Find Subject Zero.
• The book has been subject of much advance hype (by Stephen King and others), with comparison to King's The Stand and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and many positive reviews, including Amazon's feature review by Dan Chaon: "It takes two different kinds of books to work a reader up into that hypnotic, swept away feeling. The author needs to create both a deep intimacy with the characters, and an expansive, strange-but-familiar universe that we can be immersed in. The Passage is one of those rare books that has both these elements. I envy those readers who are about to experience it for the first time."
• Film rights have been bought by Ridley Scott.
Publishers Weekly's starred review and pick of the week concluded "PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Cronin uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style."

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* Estep, Jennifer : Web of Lies
(Pocket 978-1-4391-4799-3, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, June 2010, cover design and illustration Tony Mauro)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the Elemental Assassin series following Spider's Bite, about assassin Gin Blanco in the southern city of Ashland.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse inside" feature.
• The author's website has this page about the series, with frequenty asked questions, recipes, and explanations of runes.
• Amazon has over a dozen 5-star reader reviews.

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* Flint, Eric, & Ryk E. Spoor : Threshold
(Baen 978-1439133606, $25, 309pp, hardcover, June 2010, cover by Bob Eggleton)

SF novel, sequel to Boundary (2006), about a paleontologist whose work takes her from Mars to Ceres and the Jupiter system in a search for alien technology.
• Baen's site has this description and links to several chapters.

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* Gevers, Nick, & Marty Halpern, eds. : Is Anybody Out There?
(DAW 978-0-7564-0619-6, $7.99, 312pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)

Anthology of 15 original stories about the apparent absence of other intelligent species in the universe.
• Authors include Pat Cadigan, Paul Di Filippo, David Langford, James Morrow, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Ian Watson. SF Signal has the complete table of contents.
• Gardner Dozois reviewed the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, Rich Horton in the June issue. Dozois singles out stories by Jay Lake, Cadigan, and Alex Irvine. Horton seconds the Lake and Irvine stories in his recommendations in the June issue.

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* Green, Simon R. : From Hell with Love
(Roc 978-0-451-46332-6, $24.95, 362pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket painting Paul Young)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), and The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009>
• In this book Eddie and his witch girlfriend Molly deal with a race of immortals.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes: "Fans of the series will be delighted by the deft combination of urban fantasy adventure, sharp-edged sarcasm, and treachery upon treachery, which make this installment strong enough to stand alone as a great introduction to Green's work."

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* Hartwell, David G., & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Year's Best SF 15
(Eos 978-0-06-172175-5, $7.99, 16+494pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)

Anthology of 24 SF stories first published in 2009, with an introduction by the editors, and introductions to each story. Authors include Stephen Baxter, Peter Watts, Alastair Reynolds, Geoff Ryman, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Nancy Kress, and Gene Wolfe.
• The publisher's site has this description with a 'Browse Inside' feature including the table of the contents, the introduction, and the first 84 pages of stories.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "More than any other editors of these annuals, Hartwell & Cramer find tales which represent some of the fundamental pleasures of discovering SF: problem-solving hard SF (like Eric James Stone's "Attitude Adjustment"), hightech alien artifacts ("`This is the gateway to the stars!'" is another iconic line, from Gwyneth Jones's "Collision"), who's-the-clone puzzles (Mary Robinette Kowal's "The Consciousness Problem"), space-empire espionage (Yoon Ha Lee's "The Unstrung Zither"), futuristic secret agentry ..."

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* McKenna, Juliet E. : Banners in the Wind
(UK: Solaris 978-1-906735-74-6, £12.99, 408pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art David Palumbo)

Epic fantasy novel, second in the "Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution" following Irons in the Fire (2009) and Blood in the Water (2010), about the aftermath of civil war in the country of Lescar.
• The publisher's site has this description, with links to the two earlier books.
• The author's website has a page about The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and this page about the current book.

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* Okorafor, Nnedi : Who Fears Death
(DAW 978-0-7564-0617-2, $24.95, 386pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set in Africa, about a young sorceress who realizes that she must die in order to achieve her destiny.
• This is the first adult novel by the author of The Shadow Speaks (2007) and Zahrah the Windseeker (2005).
• The author's website has this page for the book, with quotes from reviews, links to Publishers Weekly's profile, links to interviews (including Locus's), and a link to a reading guide on the publisher's site.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Okorafor examines a host of evils in her chillingly realistic tale -- gender and racial inequality share top billing, along with female genital mutilation and complacency in the face of destructive tradition -- and winds these disparate concepts together into a fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "Written in a direct and uncompromising prose and driven by a passion and anger only hinted at in the earlier novels, Okorafor's first adult novel is easily her best."

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+ Reynolds, Alastair : Terminal World
(Ace 978-0-441-01866-6, $26.95, 487pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Chris Moore) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, March 2010)

Far-future SF novel set in Spearpoint, a city-spire where different city-states operate to different physical laws, and maintain different levels of technology.
• The author's website calls it a "steampunk-influenced planetary romance about the adventures of an exiled pathologist, and a city in need of medicine..."
• Beginning January 2010 the author's blog is now at Approaching Pavonis Mons by balloon.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Russell Letson reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: "I was pulled through this long, zig-zag story partly by the plot machine, partly by the ingenious and vivid settings, and partly by the underlying (or overarching) mysteries: How did the zones originate? What is Spearpoint, really? Is this even our universe? ... I will say that while the last movement completes the action, readers will be quite justified in expecting Reynolds to produce a sequel -- and it's going to require some fancy dancing to top the exotic scenery, special effects, set-pieces, and costume design of this one."

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+ Shan, Darren : Procession of the Dead
(Grand Central 978-0-446-55175-5, $19.99, 278pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a man, Capac Raimi, whose new life as a gangster in the City runs afoul of the ruling Cardinal.
• It's the first adult novel by an author widely known for YA fiction, and already published in the UK. The author's website has this page about the book, with a long essay about the origin and inspirations for the novel. The site's extras page has some deleted scenes and notes.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "The dialogue is realistic, the characters and settings are vivid, and the plotting is tight, complemented perfectly by a bleak, desolate tone. Any fan of postapocalyptic fiction will find it absolutely riveting."

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* Weldon, Phaedra : Revenant
(Ace 978-0441018659, $15, 337pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)

Paranormal fantasy novel, fourth of a series following Wraith (2007), Spectre (2008), and Phantasm (2009), about ZoČ Martinique, a professional snoop with astral abilities.
• In this book Zoe deals with dead bodies from another astral plane turning up in Atlanta.
• Ace's website has this description plus a special excerpt.
• The author's site has this page about the series with excerpts.

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* Williams, Alayna : Dark Oracle
(Pocket 978-1-4391-8279-6, $7.99, 328pp, mass market paperback, June 2010, cover illustration Chad Michael Ward)

Urban fantasy novel about a criminal profiler who uses Tarot cards.
• The author also writes as Laura Bickle. The Alayna Williams website has this description and an excerpt.
• Juno Books' site also has a description and excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Yang, Gene Luen : Prime Baby
(First Second 978-1-59643-612-1, $6.99, 56pp, trade paperback, April 2010)

Comic strip series about an eight-year-old boy, his baby sister, and space aliens. It first ran in the New York Times Magazine funny pages.
• The author is know for American Born Chinese. His website has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Booklist review: "Sf readers who value humor and humanity (not just slam-bang action), Christians, newcomers to graphic novels, and fans of Yang's simultaneously childlike and sophisticated ability to create and maintain tension should all be satisfied by his new book."

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New SF/F/H books:
early June 2010

posted 12 June 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 25 41 66
Fantasy Novels 19 102 121
Horror Novels 8 3 11
totals 52 146 198
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

Before she became the Girl from Nowhere -- the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years -- she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte.




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).

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