Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Alien Sex
(Open Road B009193KBC, $9.99, ebk, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Sep 2012

(First edition: Dutton, May 1990)

Ebook edition of an anthology of 19 stories, 10 of them that were original to this book, with an introduction by William Gibson.
• Authors include Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Philip Jose Farmer, Lisa Tuttle, Pat Cadigan, Geoff Ryman, and Connie Willis.
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• Two other Datlow anthologies have been released as ebooks simultaneously: Off Limits (1996), and Sirens (1998, edited with Terri Windling).

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Le Guin, Ursula K. : A Wizard of Earthsea
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia 978-0547851396, $16.99, 240pp, hardcover, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Sep 2012

Young adult fantasy novel, first in the “Earthsea” series that has grown to six books, now all reprinted in hardcover with matching covers (from two different publishers).
• It concerns a young man who becomes a wizard’s apprentice.
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• The other five titles reissued in hardcover are The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu, from Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, and The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia.

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Levinson, Paul : The Silk Code
(JoSara MeDia B0091W43JW, $4.99, ebk, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Aug 2012

(First edition: Tor, October 1999)

SF novel, the author’s first novel from 1999, about forensic detective Phil D’Amato.
• Levinson announces this as the “author’s cut” edition, restoring some of the changes made during copyediting of the original edition.
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Silverberg, Robert : Majipoor Chronicles
(Roc 978-0-451-46483-5, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2012
Majipoor Cycle #2

Collection of 10 linked stories set on the world of Lord Valentine’s Castle (reissued by Roc in May 2012), most of them, including “The Desert of Stolen Dreams” and “The Soul-Painter and the Shapeshifter”, published earlier in magazines.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
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Silverberg, Robert : The Masks of Time
(Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick 978-1612421070, $9.99, 202pp, trade paperback, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 19 Sep 2012

(First edition: Ballantine, May 1968)

SF novel about a man, Vornan-19, who appears naked on the Spanish Stairs in Rome one day in 1998, claiming to be from the far future.
• Wikipedia has this entry with a lengthy plot summary.
• The book was a finalist for the Nebula Awards in 1969.
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Smith, Cordwainer : When the People Fell
(Baen 978-1451638295, $7.99, 848pp, mass market paperback, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Aug 2012

(First edition: Baen, September 2007)

Second of two volumes, after We the Underpeople (2006), collecting the works of Cordwainer Smith. (The earlier volume included the novel Norstrilia).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to Frederik Pohl’s introduction and several of the stories.
• Wikipedia has an entry on Cordwainer Smith that includes a bibliography, including a number of titles with links to Wikipedia entries themselves.

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* Wolfe, Gary K. : American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s
(Library of America 978-1598531572, $70, 1750pp, hardcover, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Sep 2012

Two-volume boxed set of nine SF novels first published in the 1950s: Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination, James Blish’s A Case of Conscience, Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow, Algis Budrys’ Who?, Robert A. Heinlein’s Double Star, Pohl & Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants, Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time, Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man, and Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human.
• Library of America has subsite http://www.loa.org/sciencefiction/ with appreciations of the novels by William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Michael Dirda, and others, plus essays by Wolfe, a gallery of original covers, and a detailed timeline of the decade.
• The two volumes are available separately: Volume 1, Volume 2.

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