* Abraham, Daniel : The Tyrant’s Law
(Orbit 978-0-316-08070-5, $17, 528pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235549
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013
The Dagger and the Coin #3

Military fantasy novel, third of a series following The Dragon’s Path (2011) and The King’s Blood (2012), about resistance to the lord regent of a young king.
• Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it, as it did the previouis book a starred review: “The third novel in the Dagger and the Coin quintet undermines expectations in the most satisfying ways. This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes.”

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* Asaro, Catherine, ed. : Nebula Awards Showcase 2013
(Pyr 978-1-61614-783-9, $18, 390pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61614-784-6
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013

Anthology of winners and runners-up for the Nebula Awards (and associated SFWA awards) presented in 2012 for works first published in 2011.
• This volume has Nebula winning stories Kij Johnson, Geoff Ryman, and Ken Liu, excerpts from Jo Walton’s winning novel Among Others and from Delia Sherman’s Andre Norton winner The Freedom Maze, and a story by Grand Master winner Connie Willis.
• There are also Rhysling winning poems by C.S.E. Cooney and Amal El-Mohtar, and an essay by Solstice winner John Clute.
• Other stories are by E. Lily Yu, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ferret Steinmetz, Nancy Fulda, David Goldman, Brad R. Torgersen, and Katherine Sparrow.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Feist, Raymond E. : Magician’s End
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-146843-8, $29.99, 576pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062291851
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062263100
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013
Chaoswar #3

Epic fantasy novel, third book in the Chaoswar Saga (or the Midkemian Trilogy) following A Kingdom Besieged (2011) and A Crown Imperiled (2012), and 30th and final book in the Riftwar Cycle. (See Wikipedia for complete list of titles.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Gaiman, Neil : Make Good Art
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-226676-7, $12.99, 80pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062266828
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013

Nonfiction, text of the commencement address Gaiman gave in 2012 to Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. The book is designed by Chip Kidd.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Hautman, Pete : The Cydonian Pyramid
(Candlewick 978-0-7636-5404-7, $16.99, 368pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0763663766
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013
Klaatu Diskos #2

Young adult SF novel, sequel to The Obsidian Blade, about two far-future teenagers who escape through time from the girl’s planned sacrifice.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a PDF sample chapter.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time travel framework (including dispatches from the far future), and a heart-stopping conclusion will leave readers looking forward to the next book.”

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* Lee, Yoon Ha : Conservation of Shadows
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-387-7, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, May 2013, cover art Sherin Nicole)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781607013983
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Apr 2013

Collection of 16 stories, one original to this book, with an introduction by Aliette de Bodard.
• Prime Books’ site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “As the author’s notes make clear, Lee draws on a wide range of inspirations, using other genre fiction and Korean history as a seeds around which to crystalize stories. Lee’s stories are often dark and tragic, and always worth the reader’s time.”

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* McEntire, K. D. : Never
(Pyr 9781616147716, $17.99, 300pp, hardcover, May 2013, cover illustration Sam Weber)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013
Lightbringer #3

Young adult urban fantasy/romance, third in a series following Lightbringer (2011) and Reaper (2012), about a young woman who helps deliver the souls of those who died young into the light.
• Pyr’s website has this description.

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* Melton, Henry : Henry’s Stories: Volume 2
(Wire Rim Books 978-1-935236-45-0, $14.99, 219pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-935236-46-4
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1-935236-47-4
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 20 Mar 2013

Collection of 13 stories, first published from 1987 to 2011 on the author’s online magazine.
• Scott A. Cupp provides an introduction.
• Amazon’s page has a preview.

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* Newitz, Annalee : Scatter, Adapt, Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
(Doubleday 978-0-385-53591-5, $26.95, 320pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53592-2
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-2729-5
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013

Nonfiction, by the editor-in-chief of io9, about the ways humanity might survive a global catastrophe.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Newitz voice is fervent and earnest, and despite her gloomy topic, she leaves readers with hope for a long future.”

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* Palwick, Susan : Mending the Moon
(Tor 978-0-7653-2758-1, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429987158
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013

Contemporary novel with associational fantastic elements — the author’s fourth novel, after Flying in Place (1993), The Necessary Beggar (2005), and Shelter (2007) — about the aftermath of a Reno woman’s murder in Mexico, and her surviving adopted son’s involvement in comic book fandom.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Samatar, Sofia : A Stranger in Olondria
(Small Beer Press 978-1-9315-2076-8, $16, 299pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-931520-77-5
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Apr 2013

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a pepper merchant’s son who travels to Olondria, where he becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate girl from his own country.
• Small Beer Press’ site has this description with links and quotes from reviews. There’s also a hardcover (978-1-61873-062-6) edition.
• Tor.com posted excerpt. John Scalzi hosted the author for a Big Idea post in April.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Some of the religious and cultural terms are never clearly defined, and context is not always sufficient, but the country and the people are vividly painted.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from Locus Magazine is posted here; he concludes, “… it’s the rare first novel with no unnecessary parts – and, in terms of its elegant language, its sharp insights into believable characters, and its almost revelatory focus on the value and meaning of language and story, it’s the most impressive and intelligent first novel I expect to see this year, or perhaps for a while longer.”

(Fri 12 Apr 2013)
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* Sanderson, Brandon : The Rithmatist
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2032-2, $17.99, 378pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429953160
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427221148
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013
Rithmatist #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about magicians called Rithmatists who have the power to control two-dimensional creatures called Chalklings.
• Illustrations are by Ben McSweeney.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Sanderson’s blog has some background about the book.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Featuring ingenious magic (complete with profuse chalk drawing–style diagrams and illustrations from McSweeney), feisty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages.”

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* Scalzi, John : The Human Division
(Tor 978-0-7653-3351-3, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466802315
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 May 2013
Old Man’s War #5

SF novel, latest in the series that began with Old Man’s War (2005) and following The Last Colony (2007), in which Earth, feeling betrayed by the human Colonial Union, considers an invitation to join an alliance of alien races.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart”, and concludes, “Deeply realized characters and stinging webs of political and social deceit lend mystery and emotionally harsh realism to a thrilling setting of deep space and distant worlds.”

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* Yancey, Rick : The 5th Wave
(Putnam 978-0399162411, $18.99, 480pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101598962
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 May 2013
5th Wave #1

Young adult science fiction novel, first of a series, about the survivors of an alien invasion.
• The publisher’s page describes it as “The Passage meets Ender’s Game“, and has a video trailer.
• Amazon has both its “Look Inside” preview function and a link to a PDF excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, saying “Yancey makes a dramatic 180 from the intellectual horror of his Monstrumologist books to open a gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion. The author fully embraces the genre, while resisting its more sensational tendencies (rest assured, though, there are firefights and explosions aplenty).”

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