Bova, Ben : Power Play
(Tor 978-0765357236, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012

(First edition: Tor, January 2012)

SF novel about an astronomer recruited by a senatorial candidate to develop MHD, magnetohydrodynamics, as a cheaper alternative to nuclear power.
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Dietz, William C. : A Fighting Chance
(Ace 978-0-425-25612-1, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Legion of the Damned #9

(First edition: Ace, November 2011)

Military SF novel, ninth and final novel in the “Legion of the Damned” series following When Duty Calls (2009).
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Douglass, Sara : The Devil’s Diadem
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-220009-9, $14.99, 522pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012

(First edition: UK: Harper Voyager, June 2011)

Fantasy novel, a stand-alone, set in a twelfth-century England wracked by a demonic plague.
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Dyachenko, Sergey, & Marina Dyachenko : The Scar
(Tor 978-0-7653-6790-7, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012

(First edition: Tor, February 2012)

Fantasy novel, published in Russian in 1997 and here translated by Elinor Huntington, about a guardsman who kills an innocent student in a duel and is subsequently cursed with a scar across his face.
• Wikipedia has this entry on the authors, noting that this novel is sequel to their first work, The Gate-Keeper (1994), which was named “Best Debut Work” at EuroCon in 1995.
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Flynn, Michael : In the Lion’s Mouth
(Tor 978-0-7653-6283-4, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
January Dancer #3

(First edition: Tor, January 2012)

Far future space opera novel, third in a series following The January Dancer (2008) and Up Jim River (2010).
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• The Publishers Weekly review gave it a star, concluding, “Space opera fans will be swept away by the poetic rhythm and subtle plot construction, and the open-ended conclusion will leave them clamoring for future Donovan buigh adventures.”

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Foglio, Phil, & Kaja Foglio : Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess
(Night Shade Books 978-1597802239, $15.99, 344pp, trade paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Agatha H. #2

(First edition: Night Shade Books, April 2012)

“Gaslamp fantasy” novel, second a series following Agathat H. and the Airship City (2011), about a hapless Transylvania Polygnostic University student, Agatha Clay, whose abduction aboard an airship sparks her special genius.
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Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Expansive descriptions of places and mechanisms, delightful characterization of creatures human, near human, and thoroughly mechanical, and an inventive, high-drama story line make this an immersive yet lighthearted and delightful bit of adventurous fun.”

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Hodgell, P. C. : Honor’s Paradox
(Baen 978-1451638547, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
God Stalker #6

(First edition: Baen, December 2011)

Fantasy novel, sixth in the “Kencyrath” series (or the “God Stalker Chronicles”) following God Stalk (1982), Dark of the Moon (1985), Seeker’s Mask (1994), To Ride a Rathorn (2006), and Bound in Blood (2010), about various peoples brought together by the Three-Faced God to battle chaos.
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Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois : Down These Strange Streets
(Ace 978-1937007911, $16, 496pp, trade paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012

(First edition: Ace, October 2011)

Anthology of 16 original urban fantasy stories. Authors include Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Lisa Tuttle, S.M. Stirling, and Carrie Vaughn.
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• Rich Horton’s review last year in Locus Magazine said: “But that’s all that matters, in a way: one masterwork like Bradley Denton’s ‘The Adakian Eagle’, one of the best stories of the year so far, would justify a book of duds, and Down These Strange Streets is not that.”

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Rucker, Rudy : Nested Scrolls: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker
(Tor 978-0-7653-2753-6, $15.99, 336pp, nf, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Dec 2012

(First edition: UK: PS Publishing, May 2011)

Nonfiction autobiography of the science fiction author whose first novel was Spacetime Donuts (1981) and whose later books included Software (1982), winner of a Philip K. Dick Award, The Sex Sphere (1983), Wetware (1988), also winner of a Philip K. Dick Award, collection Transreal! (1991), and most recently novel Jim and the Flims (2011).
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Turtledove, Harry : Supervolcano: Eruption
(Roc 978-0-451-41366-6, $8.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Dec 2012
Supervolcano #1

(First edition: Roc, December 2011)

SF disaster novel about the eruption of a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.
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