* Beaulieu, Bradley P. : The Flames of Shadam Khoreh
(Quillings Literary Services 978-1939649065, $14.95, 516pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 5 Jun 2013
The Lays of Anuskaya #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Winds of Khalakovo (2011) and The Straits of Galahesh (2012), set in an archipelago that controls world trade.
• Originally scheduled for release by Night Shade Books, the book is published by the author’s Quillings Literary Services.
• The author’s site has these posts about the book.

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* Betts, Matt : Odd Men Out
(Raw Dog Screaming/Dog Star 978-1-935738-46-6, $14.95, 224pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 17 Jul 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00E40H5NC

Alternate history steampunk novel, the author’s first novel, set in a United Nations of America, formed when the Civil War was suspended to fight a plague of zombies, about a man who takes refuge aboard a UN peacekeeping dirigible.
• Raw Dog Screaming’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Zombies, giant lizards, and other bizarre threats further complicate the matter. The stakes are high and the action and surprises are nonstop as Betts skillfully mixes elements of steampunk, alternate history, science fiction, and horror.”

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* Browne, S. G. : Big Egos
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-4767-1167-6, $16, 367pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1476711775

Near future SF novel in which people can acquire new identities by injecting a DNA-laced cocktail into the brain stem.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a sobering parable of people who don’t want to be themselves in a society that eschews self-examination for critical appraisal of others.”

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* Campbell, Ramsey : Holes for Faces
(Dark Regions 978-1937128449, $14.95, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover art Santiago Caruso)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 13 May 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00EI5AJIQ

Collection of 14 stories, all first published in the first decade of this century, with one story original to this book.
• Dark Regions’ site has this description, with a list of included stories. There are also limited edition and ebook editions.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Fernandes, Fabio, & Djibril al-Ayad, eds. : We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology
(Futurefire.net 978-0-9573975-2-1, $14, 213pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00ER51XP0

Anthology 18 original stories on the themes of colonialism and cultural imperialism.
• Authors include Lavie Tidhar, Ernest Hogan, Sofia Samatar, Sandra McDonald, and Aliette de Bodard.
• Amazon’s page for the Kindle edition has its “Look Inside” function with previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is not just an interesting and entertaining collection, but also a necessary, convincing critique of the colonialist tropes that mark many of speculative fiction’s genre conventions.”
• Lois Tilton reviewed the book for Locus Online, commenting “Despite this theme, the anthology does not simply present a series of dreary, bitter polemics. There’s variety here, and quite a few of the stories are entertaining, a lot of fun – particularly for readers who enjoy revenge tales.” She especially recommends stories by J.Y. Yang and Sunny Morraine.

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* Howey, Hugh : Dust
(CreateSpace 978-1490904382, 464pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 17 Aug 2013
Silo Saga #3

Dystopian SF novel, third in a series following Wool (2012) and Shift (Jan. 2013), set in an underground silo.
• The author’s site has information about this and his other books.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Entertainment Weekly‘s review gives it a B+.

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* Lansdale, Kasey, ed. : Impossible Monsters
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-505-5, $35, 204pp, hardcover, May 2013, cover art Timothy Truman)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Jul 2013

Anthology of 12 original stories. Authors include David J. Schow, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Bradley Denton, and Joe R. Lansdale.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, “Regardless of how faithfully the stories in Impossible Monsters live up to the book’s title, they do provoke thought on how we define monsters. The contents are uneven, but their variety is impressive, and several of the selections are as solidly written as you could hope for a well-told tale of horror.”

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* Neill, Chloe : Biting Bad
(NAL 978-0-451-41518-9, $15, 368pp, 140, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101614204
UK edition: Gollancz 978-0575107885 (Thu 8 Aug 2013)
Chicagoland Vampires #8


Paranormal romance novel, eighth in the “Chicagoland Vampires” series following House Rulesd (2013), about a grad student initiated into a society of vampires.
• Penguin’s site has this description, with a link to an excerpt.

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* Perry, Anne C., & Jared Shurin, eds. : Pandemonium: The Lowest Heaven
(UK: Jurassic London 978-0957646216, £9.99, 380pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 13 Jun 2013

Anthology of 17 original stories inspired by bodies in the solar system.
• Authors include Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Lavie Tidhar, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and Kameron Hurley.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview, including the table of contents.

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* Sidorova, J. M. : The Age of Ice
(Scribner 978-1-4516-9271-6, $26, 416pp, hardcover, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jul 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781451692730

Literary fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about an 18th century Russian empress who builds an ice palace, and gives birth to two sons, one of whom discovers his imperviousness to cold enables him to live for centuries.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• The Publisher Weekly review calls it a “sprawling debut”, and concludes, “Sidorova’s lyrical prose complements her protagonist’s fantastical tale of isolation on his mythic journey.”

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* Simmons, Dan : The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-541-3, $35, 120pp, hardcover, June 2013, cover art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 30 Jun 2013

Fantasy novella inspired by Jack Vance’s stories of The Dying Earth.
• It was first published in 2009 anthology Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Simmons (Drood) uses familiar characters and settings in ways that restore their original luster and sharp edges. Readers of quest fantasies may find it slow going, but those who linger on the aerial cruise will enjoy the ride.”

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* Tobler, E. Catherine : Steam & Silver
(Prime/Masque 978-1-60701-504-8, $4.99, ebk, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 5 Aug 2013
Rings of Anubis #2

Steampunk romance novel, second of a series following the author’s first novel Gold & Glass (July 2013), about a Parisian archaeologist whose adventures take her to Egypt.
• This is another title from Prime Books’ digital imprint Masque Books. Its site has this description of the book.
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