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early January
James Barclay
Orson Scott Card
Seo-Young Chu
Bernard Dukas
Catherine Fisher
Walter Greatshell
Barb & J.C. Hendee
Dean Koontz
K.J. Parker
Nicole Peeler
Mike Resnick
Beth Revis
Diana Rowland
K.J. Taylor
Michelle West

end December
Piers Anthony
Lauren Beukes
Nancy A. Collins
Jennifer Estep
Diana Pharaoh Francis
James Lovegrove
Linda Robertson
Jonathan Strahan
Swirsky & Wallace

2011 Directories




 

+ Carey, Mike : The Naming of the Beasts
(Orbit 978-1-84149-655-9, $8.99, 463pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 5 Jan 2011
Felix Castor #5 First US edition (UK: Orbit, September 2009)

Supernatural thriller, fifth in the "Felix Castor" series following The Devil You Know (2006), Vicious Circle (2006), Dead Men's Boots (2007), and Thicker than Water (2009), about a London exorcist in near-future England.
• In this book, Felix Castor deals with an evil spirit inhabiting his best friend.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "superlative", and concludes, "At this rate, Carey could give Jim Butcher more than a run for his money as the best living writer of dark urban fantasy."

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+ Forbeck, Matt : Amortals
(Angry Robot 978-0857660022, $7.99, 376pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010 First US edition (UK: Angry Robot, November 2010)

Science fiction thriller in which a murdered Secret Service agent is brought back to life to hunt his killer, by restoring his backed-up memories into a vat-bred clone.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with numerous blurbs and quotes from reviews, plus a preview function.
• Amazon has a handful of reader reviews.

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* Green, Simon R. : A Hard Day's Knight
(Ace 978-0-441-01970-0, $25.95, 294pp, hardcover, January 2011, jacket illustration Jonathan Barkat)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jan 2011
Nightside #11

Fantasy novel, eleventh in the author's "Nightside" series about detective John Taylor in an otherworldly realm in London where the sun never rises, following The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny (2010).
• In this book, John comes into possession of King Arthur's sword Excalibur.
• Wikipedia's entry for the author has expanded to include an entry for the Nightside series, with descriptions of characters and a list of titles.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Taylor's irrepressible sarcasm and a twisted take on quotidian scenes compensate for a few too many solemn, self-important pronouncements and evil-overlord lectures."

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* Greenberg, Martin H., & Kerrie Hughes : Love and Rockets
(DAW 978-0756406509, $7.99, 307pp, mass market paperback, December 2010)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Dec 2010

Anthology of 13 original romantic space opera stories.
• Authors include Brenda Cooper, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Steven H Silver, and Dean Wesley Smith.
• Introduction is by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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* Henry, Christina : Black Wings
(Ace 978-0-441-01963-2, $7.99, 295pp, mass market paperback, December 2010, cover art Kris Keller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Nov 2010
Black Wings #1

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first of a series, about a Chicago woman who escorts souls to the afterlife.
• The author's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has generally positive reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment."

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* Holzner, Nancy : Hellforged
(Ace 978-0-441-01980-9, $7.99, 340pp, mass market paperback, January 2011, cover art Don Sipley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
Deadtown #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following her debut Deadtown (2010), about shape-shifter Victory Vaughn fighting demons in an alternate Boston.
• The author's website has this page about the book with an excerpt.
• Amazon has generally positive reader reviews.

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* Hurley, Kameron : God's War
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-214-7, $14.99, 288pp, trade paperback, February 2011, cover art David Palumbo)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011

Far future science fiction novel, the author's first novel, about a centuries-old war and a government assassin who may be able to end it.
• The publisher's site has this description with a video trailer. The publisher calls this a "bugpunk" novel.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "Readers will be fascinated by the setting of this slow-starting but compelling far-future debut. ... [T]he story is highly engaging once it starts, and Hurley smoothly handles tricky themes such as race, class, religion, and gender without sacrificing action."

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* Knight, E. E. : March in Country
(Roc 978-0-451-46334-0, $24.95, 341pp, hardcover, January 2011, jacket art Steve Stone)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jan 2011
Vampire Earth #9

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, ninth in the "Vampire Earth" series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine's Rising (2005), Valentine's Exile (2006), Valentine's Resolve (2007), Fall with Honor (2008), and Winter Duty (2009).
• The series website has background on the milieu and settings of the series.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Leicht, Stina : Of Blood and Honey
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-213-0, $14.99, 296pp, trade paperback, February 2011, cover art Min Yum)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011
The Fey and The Fallen #1

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first of a series, in which the English/Irish conflicts of the 1970s involve war between The Fey and The Fallen.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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+ McAuley, Paul : Cowboy Angels
(Pyr 978-1-61614-251-3, $16, 365pp, trade paperback, January 2011, cover illustration Sparth)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011 First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2007)

SF technothriller in which Turing gates have opened a variety of alternate Americas to each other beginning in 1963, leading to a series of wars that Jimmy Carter, elected president in 1984, vows to end.
• Pyr's website has this description.
• McAuley's official site has this extract.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly calls it a "gripping tale, which calls to mind both the Stargate TV series and any number of spy thrillers..." Its review concludes, "McAuley provides nonstop action, a believably damaged hero, and a complex set of mysteries that will keep the reader breathlessly turning pages."
• Nick Gevers reviewed the first edition in Locus Magazine in 2007: "Cowboy Angels, a magisterial alternate worlds tale, takes the means and modes of the thriller and meshes them so perfectly with ambitious political allegory that for the first time a McAuley SF/thriller succeeds on every level, every technique complementing every other, hardboiled characters and dialogue ably supporting momentous themes and supplying a well-measured turn of humor. The result is one of the best SF novels of the year."

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* McDermott, J. M. : Never Knew Another
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-215-4, $14.99, 232pp, trade paperback, February 2011, cover art Julien Alday)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011
Dogsland #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about two outcasts in the city of Dogsland.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• The author's site quotes Paul Witcover's review from the April 2011 issue of Realms of Fantasy: "Dogsland is one of those rare fantasies that must not only be read, it must be deciphered, translated, absorbed. In short, learned. Those are the fantasies that stick with me, that I keep coming back to, and that I keep searching for as a reader."

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* Ringo, John : Citadel
(Baen 978-1-4391-3400-9, $26, 389pp, hardcover, January 2011, cover by Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jan 2011
Troy Rising #2

SF novel, second of a three-book series following Live Free or Die (2010), about humans fending off alien invaders from the Rangora Empire.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly notes that the book "moves slowly but gathers considerable momentum"; the review concludes, "While humans of various backgrounds learn to cooperate, the feuding, reptilian Rangora elite are baffled by the bold, inventive American capitalists. The novel sometimes feels methodical to the point of plodding, but it climaxes in a satisfyingly grand space battle."

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* Walton, Jo : Among Others
(Tor 978-0-7653-2153-4, $24.99, 302pp, hardcover, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011

Fantasy novel about a Welsh teen girl whose coming of age is informed by science fiction and fantasy novels.
• Tor's site has this description, while Tor.com has a post by editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden to promote the book as a title of special and significant interest.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Never deigning to transcend the genre to which it is clearly a love letter, this outstanding (and entirely teen-appropriate) tale draws its strength from a solid foundation of sense-of-wonder and what-if."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review from the January issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; he writes, "I don't believe I've seen, either in fiction or in memoir, as brilliant and tone-perfect an account of what discovering SF and fantasy can mean to its young readers -- citing chapter and verse of actual titles -- as in Jo Walton's remarkable and somewhat autobiographical new novel Among Others."

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* Wolfe, Gene : Home Fires
(Tor 978-0-7653-2818-2, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011

Science fiction novel about a couple separate by time dilation who reunite for a round-the-world cruise that encounters spies, aliens, and pirates.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Red herrings and unknown, mistaken, or confused identities saturate the novel, making this well suited for readers, especially mystery readers, who don't often read science fiction."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the December issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "the purest SF novel from Wolfe in something like a decade". He concludes, "Amazingly, Wolfe's approach to SF themes that we thought we knew all about is as innovative and elegant as ever."

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* Zahn, Timothy : Cobra Guardian
(Baen 978-1439134061, $24, 296pp, hardcover, January 2011, cover by David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jan 2011
Cobra War #2

Military SF novel, second in a trilogy following Cobra Alliance (2009), about nano-tech enhanced warriors built to defend humanity against aliens called Trofts.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, "Zahn emphasizes the stern values of duty, honor, planetary group, and suggests that peace comes only through oft-displayed strength. The rough-and-tumble combat crackles like fingertip laser implants..."

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New SF/F/H books:
mid January 2011

posted 22 January 2011




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 60 99 159
Fantasy Novels 44 275 319
Horror Novels 11 10 21
totals 125 384 509
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online, via purchases, review copies received, or bookstore sightings. (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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

Date with publisher info is official publication month.

'Nominal Publication Date' is the day of publication, typically as indicated by Amazon.com.

Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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