+ Baxter, Stephen : Bronze Summer
(Roc 978-0-451-46479-8, $26.95, 512pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Northland Trilogy #2

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2011)

Alternate history novel, second of a trilogy following Stone Spring (2010), set 10,000 years in the past among tribes living on the land that then connected Britain to Europe, concerning a tsunami that threatens them and a plan to build a wall against the flood.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review is … mixed…: “Baxter mixes some engaging intrigue and espionage into his ancient world, but too often focuses almost fetishistically on brutality, with a barrage of descriptions of violence and rape (targeting children as often as adults) that render the world more bromidic than horrifying and undercut any power in the ending.”

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* Bujold, Lois Mcmaster : Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
(Baen 978-145-163845-5, $25, hardcover, November 2012, cover art Dave Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Vorkosian Saga #15

SF novel, latest in the long-running series about Miles Vorkosigan — 15th, counting only full-length novels (and based on the list in Wikipedia’s Vorkosigan Saga entry).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine, calling the book a “fast-paced narrative that can extend as far as the schemes of warring empires, then shrink back to the private intimacies of lovers with no mind to the future.”

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* Caine, Rachel : Bitter Blood
(Penguin/NAL 978-0-451-23811-5, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Morganville Vampires #13

Vampire novel, 13th in the “Morganville Vampires” series following Bite Club (May 2011), Last Breath (Nov. 2011), and Black Dawn (May 2012).
• The series site has an excerpt.

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* Collins, Lee : The Dead of Winter
(Angry Robot 978-0857662729, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, November 2012, cover art Chris McGrath)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012

Dark fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a marshal and his wife in Leadville, Colorado, investigating mysterious deaths.
• The book’s blurb is “True Grit meets True Blood“.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and a preview function.
• A sequel, She Returns from War, is scheduled for February 2013.
• The author’s site is Lee Collins Fiction.

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* Cooper, Brenda : The Creative Fire
(Pyr 978-1-61614-684-9, $17.95, 356pp, trade paperback, November 2012, cover illustration John Picacio)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Ruby’s Song #1

SF novel set on a generation ship, first of a series, about a robot-repairwoman fighting for freedom.
• The book’s blurb called it “Character-driven, social science fiction inspired by the life of Evita Peron.”
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “fast-paced, teen-friendly series starter”.

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* Crilley, Paul : The Lazarus Machine
(Pyr 978-1-61614-688-7, $16.95, 280pp, trade paperback, November 2012, cover illustration Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Tweed & Nightingale #1

Young adult steampunk SF novel, first of a series, set in 1895 concerning a 17-year-old boy, his conman father, and Professor Moriarty.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Davis, Hank : A Cosmic Christmas
(Baen 978-1-451-63862-2, $12, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2012, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Anthology of 13 stories about Christmas.
• Authors include Connie Willis, Poul Anderson, Manly Wade Wellman, George O. Smith, Catherine Asaro and S.N. Dyer.
• Baen’s site has a description with the table of contents and several chapter excerpts.

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* Harper, Steven : The Dragon Men
(Roc 978-0-451-46488-0, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Clockwork Empire #3

Steampunk SF novel, third “Novel of the Clockwork Empire” following The Doomsday Vault (2011) and The Impossible Cube (May 2012).
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* Huff, Tanya : The Silvered
(DAW 978-0-7564-0743-8, $24.95, 304pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Steampunk fantasy novel about a kingdom of werewolves facing war with a were-hating Empire.
• Amazon’s page has a description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “an overwhelming yet improbably seamless mix of steampunk, epic fantasy, and paranormal romance”, and concludes, “Huff fans who prefer her second-world fantasy tales (e.g., the Quarters series) will be pleased by this return to the form.”

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* Marillier, Juliet : Flame of Sevenwaters
(Roc 978-0-451-46480-4, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Sevenwaters #6

Fantasy novel, sixth book in the Sevenwaters series following the initial trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy), Heir of Sevenwaters (2008), and Seer of Sevenwaters (2010).
• The author’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* McDevitt, Jack, & Mike Resnick : The Cassandra Project
(Ace 978-1-937008-71-0, $25.95, 400pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Near-future SF novel about a NASA press agent who discovers a secret history of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the authors “mix conspiracy theories into classic SF ideas pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and Poul Anderson, producing a somewhat rushed spacesuit-and-dagger yarn that reads more like 1969 than 2019.”

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* Monk, Devon : Magic for a Price
(Roc 9780451464866, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Allie Beckstrom #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninght novel in the series following Magic to the Bone (2008), Magic in the Blood (2009), Magic in the Shadows (2009), Magic on the Storm (2010), Magic at the Gate (2010), Magic on the Hunt (Apr. 2011), Magic on the Line (2011), and Magic Without Myercy (2011), about Allison Beckstrom, a “Hound” who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it.
• The author’s site has this excerpt.

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* Resnick, Laura : Polterheist
(DAW 9780756407339, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Esther Diamond #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in the “Esther Diamond” (or “Manhattan Magic”) series following Disappearing Nightly (2005), Doppelgangster (2010), Unsympathetic Magic (2010), and Vamparazzi (2011), about a struggling actress in New York City working as a singing waitress.
• The author’s site has a description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Shinn, Sharon : Still Life With Shape-shifter
(Ace 978-0-425-25681-7, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Shifting Circle #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Shape of Desire April 2012), about a women who keeps her lover’s shape-shifting identity from family and friends.
• The author’s site has this series page with a description and comments.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review in August, though for some reason the review isn’t on PW’s site; it called the book “a triumphant tale of love and loss” and concluded, “This series is not to be missed.”

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* Spoor, Ryk E. : Phoenix Rising
(Baen 978-1-4516-3841-7, $14, 416pp, trade paperback, November 2012, cover art Todd Lockwood)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Fantasy novel about a highborn woman who sets out to battle rising evil in her land following the murder of her family.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Steele, Allen : Apollo’s Outcasts
(Pyr 978-1-61614-686-3, $16.95, 300pp, hardcover, November 2012, cover illustration Paul Young)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Young adult SF novel set in the late 21st century, about a group of kids sent to the Moon following a political coup in America.
• Pyr’s site has this description
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Like the best Heinlein juveniles, the science is realistic and the concepts drawn from modern speculation, and there’s even some chaste romance. This is solid, space-faring fun.”

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* Taylor, Laini : Days of Blood & Starlight
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-13397-5, $18.99, 528pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second of a trilogy after Daughter of Smoke & Bone (2011), about a 17-year-old art student in Prague whose encounter with an angel reveals the mysteries of her family.
• The author’s site has descriptions of both books with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Taylor’s dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction, even if it offers less of the cross-genre appeal that made its predecessor so extraordinary.”

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* Taylor, Travis, & Stephanie Osborn : A New American Space Plan
(Baen 9781451638653, $15, 224pp, trade paperback, November 2012, cover art Donnie Claxton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Nonfiction about how to revive the American space program, written in Taylor’s role as leader of the “Rocket City Rednecks”, whose eponymous TV show has been on the National Geographic channel since September, 2011.
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