* Banks, Iain M. : The Hydrogen Sonata
(UK: Little, Brown UK/Orbit 978-0356501505, £20, 528pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 4 Oct 2012
Culture #10

Far future SF novel set in the author’s Culture series, 10th book in the sequence following 2010’s Surface Detail.
• It’s about the Gzilt civilization, one of the founding societies of the Culture, now ready to elevate themselves to the Sublime.
• The author’s site has this description of the UK edition, which according to the Amazon availability date, precedes the US edition by five days.
Guardian ran this review by Stuart Kelly of the book and the entire Culture series: “For all that the books are epic in scope and derangingly replete in detail, The Hydrogen Sonata reiterates a key theme: that personal fulfilment, in whatever form that takes, is rare and to be treasured. …. Banks is always on the side of those trying rather than those succeeding, and that, ironically, is his great success.”

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* Bradbury, Ray : Green Town to Tinsel Town
(UK: PS Publishing/Stanza Press 978-1-848632-22-6, hardcover, July 2012, cover art Ray Bradbury)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 Jul 2012

Collection of poetry, edited and compiled by Donn Albright.
• The publisher’s site has this description; this is the 8th in their Stanza poetry series.

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* Erikson, Steven : The Wurms of Blearmouth
(UK: PS Publishing 978-1-848634-77-0, £19.99, 121pp, hardcover, September 2012, cover art David Gentry)

SF novella, subtitled “A Tale of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach”.
• PS Publishing’s site has this description

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* Hamilton, Peter F. : Great North Road
(UK: Macmillan UK 978-0230750050, £20, 1100pp, hardcover, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Sep 2012

SF novel, stand-alone set in the 22nd century, about an investigation into an alien threat that may be responsible for the murders of wealthy North family clones.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with a video author interview.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Hunt, Stephen : From the Deep of the Dark
(UK: Harper Voyager 978-0007289684, £7.99, 560pp, trade paperback, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 13 Sep 2012
Jackelian #6

Steampunk fantasy novel, sixth set in the world of The Court of the Air (2007), The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (2008), The Rise of the Iron Moon (2009), Secrets of the Fire Sea (2010), and Jack Cloudie (2011).
• Amazon’s page provides a description and a preview via its “Look Inside” function.

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* McLeod, Suzanne : The Shifting Price of Prey
(UK: Gollancz 9780575098404, £7.99, 544pp, hardcover, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Aug 2012
Spellcrackers.com #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth book in the “Spellcrackers.com” series following The Sweet Scent of Blood (UK 2008, US 2010), The Cold Kiss of Death (UK 2009, US 2011), and The Bitter Seed of Magic (UK 2011, US 2012), about a company run by witches that solves magical problems.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
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* Polansky, Daniel : Tomorrow, the Killing
(UK: Hodder 978-1444721348, £18.99, 368pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Oct 2012
Low Town #2

Dystopian SF novel, second in a series after the author’s first novel The Straight Razor Cure (2011, published in the US as Low Town), about a disgraced intelligence agent named Warden in the city of Rigus.
• Hodder’s site has this description with quotes from reviews of the first book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Tor.com posted this review by Stefan Raets: “…there’s no sophomore slump here. Tomorrow, the Killing starts with the solid foundation of its predecessor, but adds a more complex and engaging plot, lots of fascinating information about the main character’s past, and a truly stunning ending. It’s in almost every way a better novel than the already excellent series opener.”

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* Pratchett, Terry : A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction
(UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK 978-0385618984, £20, 320pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Oct 2012

Collection of 33 stories, first published from 1963 to 2009, with a foreword by A.S. Byatt.
• Doubleday’s site has this synopsis with an “Open the Book” function providing a preview, including the table of contents.

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* Pullman, Philip : Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
(UK: Penguin 978-1846140266, £20, 432pp, hardcover, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Sep 2012

Collection of 50 classic fairy tales, presented here in “clear as water” retellings by the author.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Telegraph posted this review by Philip Womack: “Pullman has retold them admirably, with added sprinklings of wit.”

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* Rajaniemi, Hannu : The Fractal Prince
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575088917, £20, 320pp, hardcover, September 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Sep 2012
Quantum Thief #2

Hard science fiction novel, sequel to the author’s first novel The Quantum Thief (2010), about Jean le Flambeur, a post-human thief in the Heterarchy, the culture of the far future solar system.
• Gollancz has this description
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function includes a preview.
Guardian ran a review by Adam Roberts: “The bottom line is that Rajaniemi is a baroque writer. By that I mean not just that his work is characterised by elaborate details and conceptual curlicues – although it is. I mean he writes by folding abstruse science and mannered artistry in architecturally intriguing ways. … Thoughtful, hard, densely realised and highly patterned, there’s nothing quite like it in contemporary SF.”

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