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2011 Directories




 

Flynn, Michael : The January Dancer
(Tor 978-0-765-35779-3, $7.99, 410pp, mass market paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2011
(First edition: Tor, October 2008)

Far future space opera novel about the discovery by a spaceship captain of a mysterious alien artifact, and the subsequent schemes by others -- rulers, pirates, collectors -- to acquire it.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and the starred Publishers Weekly review.
• Paul Witcover reviewed the book in Locus Magazine, comparing it to Samuel R. Delany's Nova: "So-called 'new' space opera is very much the thing these days, but -- and not to take anything away from those writers who are bringing renewed vitality to the field -- when it comes to new space opera, Delany got there first, and to my mind, no one has surpassed him. Flynn comes damn close, however. Composed with structural brilliance, invested with authentic human feeling, and redolent not only of its SF precursors but of archetypal myths that echo timelessly through life and art, The January Dancer is a masterpiece."

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Gaiman, Neil, & Al Sarrantonio, eds. : Stories: All-New Tales
(Harper Perennial 978-0-06-123093-6, $16.99, 428pp, trade paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2011
(First edition: William Morrow, June 2010)

Anthology of 27 original fantasy stories. Authors include a mix of genre and non-genre names: Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Chuck Palahniuk, Stewart O'Nan, Jeffrey Deaver, Richard Adams, Michael Swanwick, Peter Straub, Gene Wolfe, Tim Powers, Michael Moorcock, Elizabeth Hand, Joe Hill, and others.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: "While in some ways Stories is surprisingly uneven, its best stories -- Hand, Oates, Straub, Gaiman, Lansdale, Ford, Swanwick, Powers -- are more than enough to make it worth the trip. What is almost unavoidable, though saying it risks appearing to defend the perimeter, is that with few exceptions those authors already comfortable with the fantastic handle the mainstream elements far more adroitly than mainstream writers (whether literary or bestseller) handle the fantastic."
• Neil Gaiman's story "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" won this year's Locus Award for Best Novelette and the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette.

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Mann, George : The Osiris Ritual
(Tor 978-0-765-32323-1, $13.99, 319pp, trade paperback, June 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2011
Newbury & Hobbes Investigations #2
(First edition: UK: Snowbooks, July 2009)

Steampunk SF novel set in an alternate early-20th century London, second in a series following The Affinity Bridge (UK 2008, US 2009).
• This book concerns an Egyptian mummy that wakes up inside the British Museum, and a villain bent on achieving immortality.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author's website has this page about the series, with US and UK cover images, descriptions, and links to a timeline and to some Newbury & Hobbes short stories.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Miller, Karen : The Reluctant Mage
(Orbit 978-0-316-13338-8, $7.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Jul 2011
Fisherman's Children #2
(First edition: Orbit, July 2010)

Fantasy novel, second "Fisherman's Children" novel following The Prodigal Mage (2009) and fourth Mage book overall after the "Kingmaker, Kingbreaker" duology, The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage.
• This book concerns Rafel, who has been possessed by his father's enemy, and his sister Deenie's search for him.
• Orbit's website has an excerpt.

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Van Name, Mark L. : Children No More
(Baen 978-1-4391-3453-5, $7.99, 489pp, mass market paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2011
Jon & Lobo #5
(First edition: Baen, August 2010)

Military SF novel, fourth novel in a series following One Jump Ahead (2007), Slanted Jack (2008), and Overthrowing Heaven (2009), about nano-enhanced warrior Jon Moore and his assault vehicle Lobo.
• In this book Jon and Lobo try to rescue a group of children turned into soldiers by rebels on another planet.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapters.
• A dedicated site for this book, Children No More home, describes the author's intent to donate all proceeds from this book to Falling Whistles, to help rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers.

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Weber, David : Mission of Honor
(Baen 978-1-4391-3451-1, $7.99, 860pp, mass market paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2011
Honor Harrington #12
(First edition: Baen, July 2010)

SF space opera novel, 12th volume in the Honor Harrington series.
• In this book Honor leads a delegation from the Manticore Empire to negotiate peace with the Republic of Haven.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Wikipedia has entries on Honor Harrington and this book, with a lengthy plot summary.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews, and mostly positive reader reviews. PW writes, "Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracyl..."

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Yu, Charles : How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
(Vintage 978-0-307-73945-2, $14.95, 239pp, trade paperback, June 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2011
(First edition: Pantheon, September 2010)

Metafictional time travel novel, the author's first novel, about a time-travel repairman named Charles Yu and his search for his father.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has a "Look Inside" excerpt, a review by Lev Grossman -- "a triumph, as good as anything in Calvino or Stanislaw Lem" -- and a Q&A with the author, plus somewhat mixed reader reviews.
• The book was a finalist for this year's Locus Awards (placing 2nd in the final results) and John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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New in Paperback: July 2011

posted 18 July 2011





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