* Antczak, Stephen L., & James C. Bassett, eds. : Clockwork Fairy Tales
(Roc 978-0-451-46494-1, $15, 336pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101614082
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

Anthology of original stories combining elements of steampunk and fairy tales.
• Authors include K.W. Jeter, Paul Di Filippo, Jay Lake, and Kat Richardson.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “one of the most inspired mash-ups of the year.”

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* Averill, Alan : The Beautiful Land
(Ace 978-0425265277, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101610985
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a man whose job exploring parallel timelines threatens his relationship with his girlfriend.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the novel won Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award last year and calls the book “slight”, but concludes, “Still, Averill injects enough breeziness and lovers’ angst to keep the reader lightly engaged.”

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+ Beukes, Lauren : The Shining Girls
(Little, Brown/Mulholland Books 978-0-316-21685-2, $26, 375pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316216845
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611132687
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

First US edition (UK: HarperCollins, April 2013)

SF thriller about a time-traveling serial killer.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a video and audiobook excerpt.
• Beukes’ site has this page with a link to an excerpt on the Mulholland Books’ site, and book site http://theshininggirls.com/, with with trailers, interviews, etc.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The shifting perspectives require readers to stay alert, but those who do will be rewarded. Beukes is particularly good at garnering sympathy for Harper’s female victims, creating deep characterizations in only a few pages, so that they come across as more than just fodder for a psychopath’s mission.”

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* Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston : Earth Afire
(Tor 978-0-7653-2905-9, $25.99, 399pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429943840
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1-4272-3096-6
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
The First Formic War #2

SF novel, second in a prequel trilogy to Card’s Ender’s Game, following Earth Unaware (2012), set 100 years earlier, Earth fighting invading Formic aliens.
• Tor’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Social upheavals and political ineptitude are realized through rich characterization and brisk action, marrying the genre staple of alien invasion with conflicts of conscience.”

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* Corey, James S. A. : Abaddon’s Gate
(Orbit 978-0-316-12907-7, $17, 576pp, trade paperback, June 2013, cover illustration Daniel Dociu)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235426
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
The Expanse #3

Space opera novel, second book of “The Expanse” following Leviathan’s Deep (2011) and Caliban’s War (2012).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Orbit’s site has this excerpt. Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Corey perfectly balances character development with action and uses shifts in point of view to keep the large cast intimate. Politics, philosophical ideas, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise. New readers should start with book one; series fans will find this installment the best yet.”

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* Fowler, Karen Joy : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
(Putnam/Marian Wood 978-0-399-16209-1, $26.95, 320pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101595688
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 May 2013

Associational novel about an American family with one unusual member.
• Penguin’s site has this description with links to an excerpt and a reading group guide.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “It’s worth the trouble to avoid spoilers, including the ones on the back cover, for Fowler’s marvelous new novel; let her introduce the troubled Cooke family before she springs the jaw-dropping surprise at the heart of the story.”
• Adrienne Martini reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Without any doubt, We are all completely beside ourselves isn’t a genre book. Also without any doubt, it is a book you should read the instant it is available.”

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* Green, Simon R. : Casino Infernale
(Roc 978-0451414298, $26.95, 384pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101607053
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Secret Histories #7

Fantasy novel, seventh in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009), From Hell with Love (2010), For Heaven’s Eyes Only (2011), and Live and Let Drood (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* King, Stephen : Joyland
(Titan/Hard Case Crime 978-1-78116-264-4, 288pp, trade paperback, June 2013, cover art Glen Orbik)
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1442359918
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

Mystery thriller with fantasy elements, about a 21-year-old spending the summer of 1973 at an amusement park in North Carolina.
• Hard Case Crime’s site has this description with an excerpt, plus information about a limited edition hardcover.
• Amazon names it a Best Book of the Month for June: “What a smart, sweet, spooky, sexy gem of a story.”
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “period murder mystery with a heart” and concludes, “King brings his usual finesse to this tale’s mystery elements, and makes Dev’s handling of them crucial to the novel’s bigger coming-of-age story, in which Dev adapts to the carny life and finds true romance.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, Eric Flint & Dave Freer : Burdens of the Dead
(Baen 978-1-4516-3874-5, $25, 448pp, hardcover, June 2013, cover art Larry Dixon)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-102-3
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Heirs of Alexandria #4

Alternate historical fantasy novel, fourth in the “Heirs of Alexandria” series following The Shadow of the Lion (2002), This Rough Magic (2003), and Much Fall of Blood (2010), set in the 15th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to chapters.

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* Lackey, Mercedes : Steadfast
(DAW 978-0756408015, $25.95, 320pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101635742
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Elemental Masters #8

Fantasy novel about the daughter of a Water Mage in a Welsh fishing village, who rebels against her arranged marriage.
• It’s the eighth book in the Elemental Masters series, following Fire Rose, Gates of Sleep, Serpent’s Shadow, Phoenix and Ashes, The Wizard of London, Reserved for the Cat, Unnatural Issue (2011), and Elemental Magic (2012)>
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Lafferty, Mur : The Shambling Guide to New York City
(Orbit 978-0-316-22117-7, $15, 342pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316221160
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478977674
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a travel writer assigned to write a guide to New York City for the undead.
• Orbit’s site has this post about the book, with a link to a map.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt from the audiobook.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…excerpts from the guide and adventures at coterie hangouts make the novel an enjoyable tour of the city’s supernatural side.”

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* MacFarlane, Alex Dally : Aliens: Recent Encounters
(Prime Books 978-1607013914, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

Anthology of 32 stories about alien encounters.
• Authors include Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, and Nancy Kress.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Marmell, Ari : In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdoms Chronicles
(Pyr 978-1-61614-773-0, $18, 300pp, trade paperback, June 2013, cover illustration Jon Sullivan)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
The Fall of Llael #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, “based upon the award-winning WARMACHINE® steam-powered fantasy wargame and the world of the Iron Kingdoms™ Role Playing Game”.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Marmell’s site has this page for the book with some comments from the author.

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* Masterton, Graham : Community
(UK: Severn House 978-0727883100, £19.99, 240pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 May 2013

Horror novel about the survivor of a car crash recovering from a coma in a small town in Montana.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The US edition is scheduled for September 1st.

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* Mead, Richelle : Gameboard of the Gods
(Dutton 978-0-525-95368-5, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101624302
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611761764
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Age of X #1

Fantasy novel set in a future secular North America, about an investigation into a series of murders apparently committed by a religious group.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the author “tries her hand at adult paranormal fiction with mixed results…”
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Still, it’s an intriguing scenario, what with gods coming back to a complacent, only vaguely futuristic world that has denied them too long.”

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* Olson, Melissa F. : Trail of Dead
(Amazon/47North 9781612183121, $14.95, 297pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00AW147EC
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Scarlett Bernard #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Dead Spots (2012), about a “null” who attempts to hide evidence of paranormal activity from LAPD crime scenes.
• Amazon’s page has a description and a preview via its “Look Inside” function.
• The author’s site has an extras page with chapter one excerpts and playlists.

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* Robinson, R. M. : A Planet Called Happiness
(Firefall 978-1-939434-00-5, $29.95, 320pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Jun 2013

SF novel in the publisher’s series of “science fiction by scientists”, sequel to The Seeds of Aril (2012) in the same series, about human colonists investigating a planet where art is the primary goal of life.
• Firefall’s website has a list of previous titles in this series.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “…Robinson examines a few new discoveries in thorough scientific detail, never forgetting the humanity of the explorers’ stories. Readers interested in the minutia of worldbuilding will most appreciate this outing.”

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* Ross, Deborah J. : The Seven-Petaled Shield
(DAW 978-0756406219, $7.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101635582
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

Fantasy novel about a kingdom once protected by a magical device, now conquered new invaders.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Silverberg, Robert, & Damien Broderick : Beyond the Doors of Death
(Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor 978-1-61242-112-4, $14.99, 186pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 May 2013

Anthology of two stories, Silverberg’s Nebula Award winning “Born with the Dead”, and an original novella based on it, “Quicken”, by Broderick.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview of Silverberg’s new introduction, which mentions two very slight revisions to his story for this book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While Broderick does not recapture the intimacy of Silverberg’s original, which is included in this volume, he does add broad, intriguing speculation on human evolution and first contact.”

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* Smith, Michael Marshall : The Gist
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-561-1, $35, 80pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 May 2013

Collection of three versions of the same story: Smith’s original, a translation into French by Benoît Domis, and then a translation from the French back into English by Nicholas Royle.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “ambitious collaboration [that] attempts to get at the very roots of storytelling.”

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* Spencer, Wen : Eight Million Gods
(Baen 978-1-4516-3898-1, $25, 368pp, hardcover, June 2013, cover art Tom Kidd)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-103-0
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013

Fantasy novel about a horror novelist who compulsion toward violence leads her to battle with Japanese gods.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Zahn, Timothy : Cobra Slave
(Baen 978-1451638998, $15, 288pp, trade paperback, June 2013, cover art Dave Seely)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00CTP73QS
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Cobra Rebellion #1

SF novel, first in a new series about the Cobra, nano-tech enhanced warriors built to defend humanity against aliens.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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