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2011 Directories




 

Banks, Iain M. : Surface Detail
(Orbit 978-0-316-12341-9, $14.99, 627pp, trade paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 May 2011
(First edition: UK: Orbit, October 2010)

Far future SF novel set in the author's Culture, about a war between supporters and opponents of virtual hells where thousands of races consign the souls of their sinners.
• Banks' website has this blog about the book, with posts linking reviews and interviews, and the first chapter excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Leaping with jaw-dropping speed from character to character and from reality to virtuality, the narrative swiftly pulls these concerns together. New readers may be taken aback by the rapid pace, but fans will dive right in and won't come up for air until the final page."
• The novel is currently a Locus Award finalist.

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Bender, Aimee : The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
(Anchor 978-0-385-72096-0, $15, 292pp, trade paperback, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2011
(First edition: Doubleday, June 2010)

Magical realist fantasy novel about a young woman who perceives the emotions of those who prepare her food.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Bender has been called a fabulist, but emerges as more a spelunker of the human soul; carefully burrowing through her characters' layered disorders and abilities, Bender plumbs an emotionally crippled family with power and authenticity." -- and over 200 reader reviews, which are evenly divided across the range.

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Egan, Greg : Zendegi
(Night Shade Books 978-1-5978-0175-1, $14.99, 279pp, trade paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2011
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, June 2010)

Near-future SF novel set in Iran, about the Human Connectome Project to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain, and a virtual world called Zendegi.
• Egan's site has this page with a description, an excerpt, and several pages of Egan's diary describing his visits to Iran.
• Russell Letson reviewed last year in Locus Magazine: "This book satisfies the claims that SF has to being an art form as fully engaged with the worlds of the family and the community as it is with those of the laboratory, the machine shop, the space habitat, or the computational environment. Egan's aliens and post-human personalities are engaging, sympathetic, and understandable creations. When he turns his attention to ordinary humans, living in a world that is just around the corner from our own, he will break your heart."
• Letson's entire review is posted in its entirety here.
• The book was included on Locus' 2010 Recommended Reading List.

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Egan, Jennifer : A Visit from the Goon Squad
(Anchor 978-0307477477, $14.95, 340pp, trade paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Mar 2011
(First edition: Knopf, June 2010)

Literary novel about a kleptomaniac woman in contemporary New York and her music producer boss, in a story that moves back and forth in time from the 1970s to 2020.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Readers will be pleased to discover that the star-crossed marriage of lucid prose and expertly deployed postmodern switcheroos that helped shoot Egan to the top of the genre-bending new school is alive in well in this graceful yet wild novel."
• The novel has won the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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Kay, Guy Gavriel : Under Heaven
(Roc 978-0-451-46389-0, $16, 579pp, trade paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2011
(First edition: Penguin Canada, April 2010)

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.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in 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."
• The novel is currently a Locus Award finalist.

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Kollin, Dani, & Eytan Kollin : The Unincorporated War
(Tor 978-0-7653-3110-6, $14.99, 462pp, trade paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2011
(First edition: Tor, May 2010)

SF novel, sequel to The Unincorporated Man (2009), 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.
• The third volume, The Unincorporated Woman, is due in August 2011.
• The brothers' interview in Locus Magazine's April issue is excerpted here.

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Mitchell, David : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
(Random House 978-0812976366, $15, 479pp, trade paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Mar 2011
(First edition: Random House, July 2010)

Literary novel with fantasy elements, about a Dutch official in 19th-century Japan.
• The official book site has the flap description, quotes from many reviews, and an excerpt, as well as sections about Mitchell's earlier books, including Cloud Atlas.
• Among many reviews is Ron Charles' Washington Post review, which alludes to the fantastic element: "What unspeakable evil festers behind the holy rituals of this sanctuary high in snow-capped mountains? I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. Brave men will give their lives to find out during 120 pages of peril at the center of the book -- a legendary rescue attempt in a setting so exotic that it reaches into the realm of fantasy."
• The book was included on Locus' 2010 Recommended Reading List.

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Simmons, Dan : Black Hills
(Back Bay Books 978-0-316-00699-6, $15.99, 486pp, trade paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 23 Mar 2011
(First edition: Little Brown/Reagan Arthur Books, February 2010)

Supernatural horror novel about Custer's Last Stand in 1876, in which Custer's ghost visits past and future via a 10-year-old Sioux warrior.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to a video and an audio excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which says Simmons "displays the impressive breath of his imagination in this historical novel with a supernatural slant. ... In his ability to create complex characters and pair them with suspenseful situations, Simmons stands almost unmatched among his contemporaries."

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New in Paperback: May 2011

posted 13 May 2011





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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