* Aguirre, Ann : Perdition
(Ace 978-0-425-25811-8, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101625170
The Dred Chronicles #1

SF novel, first in a new series, about politics aboard a spaceship prison in orbit around an asteroid.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Prolific science fiction, fantasy, romance, and YA author Aguirre revisits the classic idea of survival within an anarchic, violent society, offering protagonists whose moral gray contrasts with the stygian dark of those around them.”

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+ Asher, Neal : Zero Point
(Night Shade Books 978-1-597-80470-7, $15.99, 406pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1597804714
Owner trilogy #2

First US edition (UK: Macmillan/Tor UK, August 2012)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following The Departure (2011), about Alan Saul and the Argus Station as it hurls toward Mars.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, beginning “Sometimes reading Neal Asher makes me feel like the kids in the UK who used to watch the Daleks and Cybermen of Doctor Who from behind the sofa: I want to turn away but I can’t take my eyes off the action.” He continues, “In reviewing The Departure, I characterized a typical Asher novel as starting with ‘‘vivid, graphic violence’’ and ending with ‘‘smoking ruins,’’ and that pattern holds in the sequel.”

(Tue 20 Aug 2013)
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* Atwood, Margaret : MaddAddam
(Canada: McClelland & Stewart 978-0-7710-0846-7, C$32.95, 448pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7710-0897-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-7393-8399-5
UK edition: Bloomsbury 978-1408819708 (Thu 29 Aug 2013)
MaddAddam #3


Dystopian SF novel, third in a trilogy following Oryx and Crake (2003) and The Year of the Flood (2009).
• The Canadian edition is the true first edition, by a couple days; the UK edition, cover shown at right, is due August 29th, and the US edition, with the same cover as the Canadian edition, is due next week, September 3rd.
• McClelland & Stewart’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s US page has a “Look Inside” function providing a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: Atwood’s “vision is as affirming as it is cautionary, and the conclusion of this remarkable trilogy leaves us not with a sense of despair at mankind’s failings but with a sense of awe at humanity’s barely explored potential to evolve.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review will appear in the October issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Block, Francesca Lia : Love in the Time of Global Warming
(Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books 978-0-805-09627-9, $16.99, 240pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0805099027

Young adult SF novel about 17-year-old Penelope , a survivor of a Los Angeles earthquake, who sets out to find her family.
• Macmillan’s site has this description, with an excerpt and quotes from reviews.
• Tor.com has this excerpt, and a review by Theresa DeLucci.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Literary-minded readers will enjoy teasing out the allusions to Homer—and possibly even The Wizard of Oz—but knowledge of the classics is not a requirement to be swept up in the tatterdemalion beauty of the story’s lavish, looping language.”

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* Carson, Rae : The Bitter Kingdom
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-202654-5, $17.99, 448pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-06-223918-1
Fire and Thorns #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy after the author’s first novel The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011) and The Crown of Embers (2012).
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review (as it did the previous volume); “The plot takes time to gather momentum, but Carson moves the story along with terrific world-building and character development. She also tackles classic fantasy tropes, springing off into unusual and refreshing directions that reinforce her story.”

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* Cooper, Susan : Ghost Hawk
(McElderry 978-1-4424-8141-1, $16.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442481435
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781442364813

Young adult historical fantasy novel about an Native American boy’s contact with the Pilgrims.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, commenting, “Despite its occasional violence, much of veteran fantasist Cooper’s story is understated, devoted to what is essentially philosophical discussion and a vivid depiction of the Massachusetts wilderness. Although the tale unfolds almost entirely in English, Cooper impressively conveys the barriers, both cultural and linguistic, that divided natives and settlers, sometimes with horrifying results.”

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Five
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-474-5, $15.95, 54+406pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover art Allen Williams)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781597804752

Anthology of 28 horror stories first published in 2012.
• Authors include Laird Barron, Kij Johnson, Margo Lanagan, Jeffrey Ford, Dan Chaon, and Ramsey Campbell.
• Datlow provides a 54-page summation of the year in horror.
• Night Shade’s site has this description
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

(Tue 20 Aug 2013)
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* Golden, Christopher : Tell My Sorrow to the Stones
(ChiZine Publications 978-1-77148-153-3, $16.95, 325pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover art Erik Mohr)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 26 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-77148-154-0

Collection of 12 stories, one co-written by Mike Mignola, with an introduction by Cherie Priest.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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* Green, Simon R. : Spirits From Beyond
(Ace 978-0425259931, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101625156
Ghost Finders #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Ghost of a Chance (2010), Ghost of a Smile (2011), and Ghost of a Dream (2012), about operatives of the Carnacki Institute whose mission is to do something about the ghosts.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Gudgion, Geoffrey : Saxon’s Bane
(Solaris 978-1781081372, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
UK edition: 978-1781081365 (Thu 12 Sep 2013)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man who survives a car crash near a village where a young archaeologist has found a peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Gunn, James : Transcendental
(Tor 978-0-7653-3501-2, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466820814

SF novel about a war veteran on an interstellar voyage with other passengers on a mission to achieve transcendence.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Gunn keeps the action dancing nimbly through uneasy alliances, abrupt betrayals, and sudden violence as the ship sails through the starless void toward its destination. Perhaps inevitably, the conclusion is anticlimactic, making the novel feel like the first installment of a much longer story.”
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online in September.

(Sat 10 Aug 2013)
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* Hough, Jason M. : The Exodus Towers
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-53714-0, $9.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-53715-7
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-385-39336-2
UK edition: Titan 978-1781167656 (Fri 30 Aug 2013)
Dire Earth #2


SF novel, second in a trilogy following the author’s first novel The Darwin Elevator (published last month), set in a 23rd century when the survivors of an alien plague congregate on a space elevator anchored in Darwin, Australia.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “impressive first installment of a planned trilogy”, and concludes, “Newcomer Hough displays a talent for imaginative plotting and realistic dialogue, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger ending will keep readers enthralled and eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
• Paul Di Filippo contributed this review of Hough’s first two novels: “Hough stuffs his tale with a goodly number of classic SF elements that all work together in agreeable synergy.”

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* Jacka, Benedict : Chosen
(Ace 978-0-425-26492-8, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609422
Alex Verus #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), and Taken (Sept. 2012), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it (like all three previous volumes) a starred review, which begins, “Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel (after Taken), a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast.”

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* Karpyshyn, Drew : Children of Fire
(Del Rey 978-0-345-54223-6, $26, 512pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54676-0

Epic fantasy novel by an author known for gaming and media tie novels.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, concluding “Karpyshyn (author of numerous novels in the Star Wars and Mass Effect universes) injects mature moral dilemmas and powerful characterization into frenzied moments of battle, betrayal, and terror. This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.”

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* Lain, Douglas : Billy Moon
(Tor 978-0-7653-2172-5, $24.99, 272pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948074

Fantasy novel about a real-life Christopher Robin. It’s the author’s first novel.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that “The narrative is laced with humor. … But the overwhelming poignancy, as Christopher prays to be allowed to ‘finally be an adult,’ is what gives this book its power.”
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: Billy Moon brings its two plot threads, neither one quite mainstream, together in a mix-up of fact and fancy, grand hopes and desperate fears, that might become powerful enough to tweak the nature of reality itself.”

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* Mooney, J. E., & Bill Fawcett, ed. : Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe
(Tor 978-0-7653-3458-9, $25.99, 416pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466814165

Anthology of 19 original stories written in tribute to the works of Gene Wolfe.
• Authors include Neil Gaiman, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman, Jack Dann, and Michael Swanwick. There are also two stories by Gene Wolfe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with excerpts.
Publishers Weekly give it a starred review: “These and many other top-notch writers have brought all their skills to bear on making this homage worthy of Wolfe’s prodigious talents, and it shows.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine, admiring the two new works by Wolfe, and concluding, Shadows of the New Sun probably couldn’t begin to represent the scope of Wolfe’s real impact, but what it does represent, despite its unevenness, is the affection and awe he seems to generate.”

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* Naam, Ramez : Crux
(Angry Robot/Osprey 978-0-85766-296-5, $14.99, 560pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857662972
UK edition: 9780857662958 (Thu 5 Sep 2013)
Nexus #2

SF novel, sequel to the author’s first novel Nexus, about an experimental nano-drug.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.”

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* Sagara, Michelle : Cast in Sorrow
(Harlequin/Luna 978-0-373-80356-9, $14.95, 480pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00C84GCK8
Chronicles of Elantra #9

Fantasy novel, ninth in the “Chronicles of Elantra” series following Cast in Shadow (2005), Cast in Courtlight (2006), Cast in Secret (2007), Cast in Fury (2008), Cast in Silence (2009), Cast in Chaos (2010), Cast in Ruin (2011), and Cast in Peril (2012), about Kaylin Neya, member of an elite team that keeps the city of Elantra safe.
• Harlequin’s site has this description, with an excerpt.
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+ Sapkowski, Andrzej, translated by David French : The Time of Contempt
(Orbit 978-0-316-21913-6, $15, 288pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-575-08843-6
UK edition: Gollancz 978-0575085084 (Tue 27 Aug 2013)
The Witcher #2


Fantasy horror novel, second novel in a series following Blood of Elves (2008), about sorcerer Geralt de Riv, basis for the Atari videogame The Witcher. There was one earlier book published in English, a collection of four stories called The Last Wish (2007).
• This book was first published in Polish in 1995. Orbit’s is the first US edition; the UK edition, shown at right, was published June 27th.
• The book has simultaneous publication dates in the US and UK. Gollancz’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book “mashes up political intrigues, military maneuvers, magic duels, and monster hunts”, and it concludes, “Sapkowski moves the plot quickly amid a welter of names and lightly sketched histories, giving the world depth but also confusing the reader at times.”

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* Stein, Jeanne C. : Blood Bond
(Ace 978-0-425-25887-3, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101625163
Anna Strong #9

Vampire novel, ninth book in a series following The Becoming (2006), Blood Drive (2007), The Watcher (2007), Legacy (2008), Retribution (2009), and Chosen (2010), Crossroads (2011), and Haunted (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Tem, Steve Rasnic : Celestial Inventories
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771481656, $16.95, 325pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover art Erik Mohr)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 26 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BATWN2I

Collection of 22 stories, with one story original to this volume.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
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