* Conroy, Robert : Rising Sun
(Baen 978-1-4516-3851-6, $25, 352pp, hardcover, December 2012, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

Alternate history novel set in 1942, as the US loses the Pacific to the Japanese, who begin attacking the American west coast.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Dietz, William C. : Andromeda’s Fall
(Ace 978-0425256251, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Legion of the Damned #10

Military SF novel, tenth book “Legion of the Damned” series following A Fighting Chance (2011), which was described as last book in the series; this new novel addresses the Legion’s early days.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has links to a couple reviews.

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* Fenner, Cathy, & Arnie Fenner, eds. : Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
(Underwood Books 9781599290645, $45, 304pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

Nineteenth annual yearbook of fantastic art, with reproductions of works by over 300 artists.
• The book includes artwork by this year’s winners in various categories, as listed on the Spectrum Fantastic Art site; artists include Edward Kinsella, Michael Whelan, Justin Sweet, and Grant Master James Gurney.

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* Freer, Dave : The Steam Mole
(Pyr 978-1-61614-692-4, $16.95, 300pp, hardcover, December 2012, cover illustration Paul Young)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

Young adult steampunk novel, second in a series following Cuttlefish (July 2012), involving burrowing machines called steam moles used to cross the unbearably hot Australian deserts.
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* Hodder, Mark : A Red Sun Also Rises
(Pyr 978-1-61614-694-8, $17.95, 375pp, trade paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

Fantasy novel about two people transported to an alien world with two suns, where the local aliens create a version of London based on their thoughts.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a loving homage to the 19th-century novel with the barest tweaks for a 21st-century sensibility”.

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* Hoyt, Sarah A. : Darkship Renegade
(Baen 978-1451638523, $14, 400pp, hardcover, December 2012, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Darkship #2

Space opera romance novel, sequel to Darkship Thieves (2010). In this book Thena and her husband return to Earth, are arrested, and pursue the secret of an ancient energy source to avoid a sentence of death.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.

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* Koch, Gini : Alien vs. Alien
(DAW 978-0-7564-0770-4, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Alien #6

SF novel, sixth a series following Touched by an Alien (April 2010), Alien Tango (Dec 2010), Alien in the Family (April 2011), Alien Proliferation (2011), and Alien Diplomacy (Apr 2012), about a woman who discovers that alien invaders from Alpha Centauri are turning humans into monsters.
• The author’s website has an excerpt.

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* Komatsu, Sakyo : Virus
(Haikasoru 978-1-4215-4932-3, $25.99, 380pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

SF novel, subtitled “The Day of Resurrection” and first published in Japan in 1964, in which a virus brought to Earth by astronauts results in nearly all human life wiped out on Earth.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author (Wikipedia) died in 2011; his best-known novel was Japan Sinks (1973).

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* Lackey, Mercedes, ed. : Elemental Magic
(DAW 978-0756407872, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

Anthology 17 original stories, subtitled “All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters”.
• Lackey’s website has a short description.

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* Nye, Jody Lynn : Robert Asprin’s Myth-Quoted
(Ace 9780425257012, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Myth #19

Humorous fantasy novel, latest in the long-running “Myth Adventures” series that began with Another Fine Myth (by Asprin alone) in 1978, with several later volumes co-written with Nye. This appears to be the first written by Nye alone.
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* Patton, Brett : Mecha Rogue
(Roc 978-0-451-46490-3, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Armor Wars #2

Military SF novel, second of a series following Mecha Corps (2011), about cadets learning to ride biomechanicals in order to combat confederacy pirates.
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* Resnick, Mike : The Doctor and the Rough Rider
(Pyr 978-1-61614-690-0, $17.95, 290pp, trade paperback, December 2012, cover art J. Seamus Gallagher)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Weird West Tales #3

Steampunk novel, third “Weird West Tale” following The Buntline Special (Dec 2010) and The Doctor and the Kid (2011).
• This one involves Doc Holliday, Geronimo, and Theodore Roosevelt.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book that “Resnick has done his research, and fast guns, fast plotting, and a comfortably entertaining writing style make this novel a rollicking Western with a steampunk tweak.”

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* Turtledove, Harry : Supervolcano: All Fall Down
(Roc 978-0-451-46481-1, $26.95, 416pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Supervolcano #2

SF disaster novel, sequel to Supervolcano: Eruption (2011), about the survivors of the eruption of a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.
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* Viehl, Lynn : Nightbred
(Signet 9780451238795, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Lords of Darkyn #2

Fantasy novel, second in the “Lords of Darkyn” trilogy following Nightborn (March 2012), the trilogy following seven earlier “The Darkyn” novels published from 2005 to 2009.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Wells, Martha : The Siren Depths
(Night Shade Books 978-1597804400, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, December 2012, cover art Steve Argyle)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
The Books of Raksura #3

Fantasy novel, third novel in a series following The Cloud Roads (2011) and The Serpent Sea (Jan. 2012).
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this description with long excerpt.

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