* Blaylock, James P. : The Aylesford Skull
(Titan 978-0857-68979-5, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0857-68981-8
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B00B5OWGKM
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Jan 2013
Langdon St. Ives #3

Steampunk fantasy novel, third in a series about Langdon St. Ives following Homunculus (1986) and Lord Kelvin’s Machine (1992), both of which have just been reissued by Titan in matching covers.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, saying that Blaylock “returns in top form”; she concludes, “[A]mid delightful absurdities, The Aylesford Skull won’t neglect keen minds, and equally urgent feelings.”

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* Bowes, Richard : The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-61976-028-8, $12, 140pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BR8LBRA
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Mar 2013

Collection of 9 stories told as fairy tales, the 35th volume in Aqueduct’s “Conversation Pieces” series. One story is original to this book.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description.
• Rich Horton covers the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, commenting, “the one new story, ‘The Lady of Wands’, is solid as well, about detection and politics in Faerie, as the title character investigates the murder of a mortal, which might lead to secrets about past treachery at the highest levels of Faerie politics.”

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* Ekman, Stefan : Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7323-0, $27.95, 288pp, trade paperback, February 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7324-7
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Feb 2013

Nonfiction study of fantasy maps.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents. There’s also a $75 hardcover edition available.
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* Engdahl, Sylvia Louise : Defender of the Flame
(Ad Stellae Books 978-0-615-80434-7, $16.5, 454pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00CGCWBUW
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 20 Apr 2013
Flame #3

SF novel, third in a series following Stewards of the Flame (2007) and Promise of the Flame (2009), about colonists with psi powers settling a new planet.
• The publisher is the author’s personal imprint; its site has this page about the series and this page about this book, with an excerpt. The author notes that this book can be read independently and is not a young adult novel, and links to this FAQ.
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* Frazetta, Frank, & J. David Spurlock : Frazetta Sketchbook
(Vanguard Productions 978-1934331569, $24.95, 128pp, hardcover, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 27 Feb 2013

Artbook, one in a series of sketchbooks from this publisher.
• Vanguard’s site has this description and order page. There are three editions: hardcover, softcover, and deluxe slipcased hardcover.
• Amazon has several detailed reader reviews.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-384-6, $16.99, 480pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-399-0
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Mar 2013

Anthology of 23 stories about paranormal investigators, first published from 2004 to 2011.
• Authors include Elizabeth Bear, Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, and Carrie Vaughn.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview, including Guran’s introduction.

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* Hobb, Robin : The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-544-4, $35, 184pp, hardcover, March 2013, cover by Jon Foster)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 28 Feb 2013

Short fantasy novel based on the mythology of the Elderlings.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and indicates both the trade and limited editions are sold out; however, Amazon has copies in stock.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Hobb (a pen name for fantasist Megan Lindholm) pulls off the difficult trick of telling multiple tales simultaneously and well, adding depth to her fictional world without sacrificing a human connection to it.”

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* Horton, Rich, ed. : Superheroes
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-380-8, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Feb 2013

Anthology of 17 stories about superheroes.
• Authors include Peter S. Beagle, Carol Emshwiller, Kelly Link, James Patrick Kelly, and Ian McDonald.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Gardner Dozois reviews the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, citing Daryl Gregory’s story as the “best story here, by a good margin…”

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* Jeffers, Alex : Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-092-5, $18, 314pp, tpg, February 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59021-480-0
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 28 Feb 2013

Fantasy novel about a sleep-deprived office worker with a love for Italian Renaissance literature who encounters a lost prince from an imaginary Italy.
• Lethe’s site has this description with links to reviews and interviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “queer and fantastical bildungsroman”.

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* Klaw, Richard, ed. : The Apes of Wrath
(Tachyon 978-1-61696-085-8, $15.95, 372pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Feb 2013

Anthology of 17 stories and 3 original articles about apes.
• Authors include Aesop, Frank Kafka, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Waldrop, and Edgar Allan Poe.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The starred Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is no gimmicky set of sideshows but a powerful exploration of the blurry line between animal and human.”

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Lalumière, Claude, & Camille Alexa, eds. : Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories
(Canada: Tyche Books 978-0991836901, $14.95, 308pp, trade paperback, March 2013, cover art Steve Thomas)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-9918369-1-8
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 27 Feb 2013

Anthology of 24 stories by Canadian writers about superheroes.
• Authors include Derryl Murphy, A.C. Wise, David Nickle, E.L. Chen, and Jason S. Ridler.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.
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* Levinson, Paul : Unburning Alexandria
(JoSara MeDia B00CMBWDXW, $4.99, 225pp, ebk, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 May 2013

SF novel, sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates (2006), about time traveler Sierra Waters, now on a mission to save the Library of Alexandria.
• The author’s site has this post about the book, with a video trailer
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* McAllister, Bruce : The Village Sang To The Sea: A Memoir of Magic
(Ireland: Aeon Press 978-0953478491, $14.95, 172pp, trade paperback, April 2013)

Fantasy novel about an American boy who moves with his family to northern Italy, where he discovers a magical village.
• This is McAllister’s third novel, following Humanity Prime (1971) and Dream Baby (1989).
• Book site http://www.thevillagesang.com/ has a video trailer and blurbs from Peter S. Beagle, Nancy Kress, and others.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Montillo, Roseanne : The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece
(Morrow 978-0-06-202581-4, $26.99, 336pp, hardcover, February 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062235886
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Feb 2013

Nonfiction study exploring the background of Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
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* Nagata, Linda : The Red: First Light
(Mythic Island Press 978-1-937197-13-1, $16, 352pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-937197-14-8

Near-future military SF novel about a squad of high-tech soldiers in Africa.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with a long excerpt and blurbs from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Vonda N. McIntyre, and Sean Stewart.
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* Parks, Richard : Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-383-9, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-394-5
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Jan 2013

Collection of 10 related stories about a nobleman living as a demon hunter for hire in ancient Japan.
• Prime Books’ site has this description.
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* Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla, translated by Anna Summers : There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories
(Penguin 978-0-14-312152-7, $15, 192pp, trade paperback, February 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101602980
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013

Collection of 16 stories by the Russian author of World Fantasy Award winning collection There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales (2009).
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls the book “both supremely gritty and realistically life-affirming”.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “…the closest single voice to hers in our genre is probably that of Carol Emshwiller. Whichever comparison you favor, Petrushevskaya maintains and extends that assured eerie dulcet tone in her newest collection (which spans her entire professional career), and thus ensures herself a place high in the roster of unsettling Writers of the Weird.”

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* Valente, Catherynne M. : Six-Gun Snow White
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-552-9, $40, 168pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jan 2013

Fantasy novella retelling the fairy tale of Snow White.
• Subterranean’s site has this description, and indicates it’s sold out. Amazon has links to third-party sellers.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Any attempt to derive a simple message from this work would be an injustice to the originality of the atmosphere, the complexity of the interplay of its elements, and the simple pleasure of savoring Valente’s exuberant writing.”

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* Winter, Jerome, ed. : Los Angeles Review of Books – Digital Editions #12: Science Fiction
(Los Angeles Review of Books B00CEMC834, $2.99, 88pp, ebk, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 17 Apr 2013

Nonfiction ebook anthology of essays from online Los Angeles Review of Books.
• Contributors includes Rob Latham, Paul Di Filippo, Gary K. Wolfe, and Paul McAuley.
• The LARB site has this index of science fiction posts.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents and the introduction by Gerry Canavan.

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