* Banks, Iain : Stonemouth
(UK: Little, Brown 978-1408702505, £18.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 Apr 2012

Associational (non-fantastic) novel about a man who returns to a small Scottish town where he has a history with the town’s biggest crime family.
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* Brooke, Keith, ed. : Strange Divisions and Alien Territories: The Sub-Genres of Science Fiction
(UK: Palgrave Macmillan 978-0230249677, £17.99, 240pp, trade paperback, February 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 10 Feb 2012

Nonfiction study of the sub-genres of SF from the perspectives of various SF authors. Contributors include Alastair Reynolds (on space opera), Adam Roberts (religion), Paul Di Filippo (special powers), and James Patrick Kelly (cyberpunk). Michael Swanwick provides a foreword.
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* Chadbourn, Mark : The Devil’s Looking-Glass
(UK: Bantam 978-0593062494, £12.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 Apr 2012
Swords of Albion #3

Historical fantasy novel, third book in the “Swords of Albion” series following The Silver Skull (2009) and The Scar-Crow Men (2011), set in Elizabethan England, about spy Will Swyfte and an ongoing Cold War with the forces of Faerie.
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* Harte, Aidan : Irenicon
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-0857388964, £18.99, 388pp, hardcover, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Mar 2012
The Wave Trilogy #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about an artificial river that runs uphill, created by the Concordian Empire through a city of feuding factions using an engineering device called the Wave.
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* Hoban, Russell : Soonchild
(UK: Walker Uk 978-1406329919, £9.99, 144pp, hardcover, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Mar 2012

Children’s fantasy novel, final novel by the author who died last December, about an unborn Inuit child unable to hear the World Songs that inspire newborns to come into the world.
• The book has illustrations by Alexis Deacon.
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Guardian ran this review by Tony Bradman: “One question looms large, of course: is it a children’s book? The themes – birth, death, spiritual regeneration – might lead you to think otherwise, but that would be a mistake. Hoban himself said several times that all his work is about looking at the world and finding it strange. That’s what children and young people do, and what the best books do for them. Every adolescent should have a copy of this one. Trust me, nobody will be writing stories quite like this any more.”

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* Kearney, Paul : The Kings of Morning
(UK: Solaris 978-1907519383, £7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Mar 2012
Macht Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Ten Thousand (2008) and Corvus (2010), about a young war-leader named Corvus.
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* MacLeod, Ken : Intrusion
(UK: Orbit 978-1841499390, £18.99, 320pp, hardcover, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Mar 2012

Near future SF thriller set in a post-climate change London in which the Nanny State enforces a pill called The Fix, designed to correct genetic defects in fetuses, which is voluntary until one tries to refuse it.
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• The Guardian has a review by Gwenyth Jones; Cory Doctorow posted this review at Boing Boing: “With Intrusion, MacLeod pays homage to Orwell, showing us how a society besotted with paternalistic, Cass Sunstein-style “nudging” of behavior can come to the same torturing, authoritarian totalitarianism of brutal Stalinism. MacLeod himself is a Marxist who is lauded by libertarians, and his unique perspective, combined with a flair for storytelling, yields up a haunting, gripping story of resistance, terror, and an all-consuming state that commits its atrocities with the best of intentions.”

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* Scott, Rob : Asbury Park
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575093904, £14.99, 640pp, trade paperback, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Mar 2012

Supernatural thriller about a detective whose investigation into a double homicide in New Jersey leads to a recuperation on the New Jersey shore, where he has nightmares about an earlier case.
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