* Barnes, John : The Last President
(Ace 978-1937007157, $26.95, 400pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101560846
Daybreak #3

SF thriller, third in a trilogy following Directive 51 (2010) and Daybreak Zero (2011), about the aftermath of a movement that destroyed modern civilization.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Wikipedia’s entry indicates that future volumes in the series will be self-published.

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* Barron, Laird : The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-467-7, $26.99, 288pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013

Collection of nine stories, eight first published from 2010 to 2012, with one story original to the book.
• The introduction is by Norman Partridge.
• Night Shade’s heritage site has this description [with an earlier cover concept].
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that seven of the stories, though published independently, have Lovecraftian links. The review concludes, “Barron (The Croning) employs well-spoken and introspective narrators, torn between bravery and fear and between disbelief and terrified realization, and his richly evoked settings carry the reader relentlessly along without an irrelevant word or image, with an effect that manages a certain sort of grace within raw brutality.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, “It has long been thought that physical horror and the style of visionary horror that we associate with the fiction of Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, and H.P. Lovecraft, are mutually exclusive; that carnage and the cosmic cannot serve a common purpose in a tale of horror. Barron’s fiction disproves this. His characters live mean, desperate lives and dispense their share of brutalities. It’s all the more interesting that he persuades us these explicit horrors are a denatured trickle-down from horrors that defy expression.”

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* Bond, Gwenda : The Woken Gods
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry US 978-1908844255, $9.99, 384pp, trade paperback, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781908844262
UK edition: 9781908844248 (Thu 5 Sep 2013)

Urban fantasy novel about a 17-year-old girl in a world where the ancient gods from mythology have reappeared.
• Strange Chemistry’s site has this description
• The author contributes an installment of John Scalzi’s The Big Idea today.

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* Drake, David : Monsters of the Earth
(Tor 978-0-7653-2080-3, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1429948845
Books of the Elements #3

Fantasy novel, third in a four book sequence following The Legions of Fire (2010) and Out of the Waters (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” Drake slows down the beginning with an excess of exposition, but once the setting and backstory are established, any reader can enjoy the appealing cast of characters and Drake’s vividly imagined fantasy version of the Roman empire, where menageries feature “scaly apes” purchased from the Nubians, and magic mirrors and blood rituals provide gateways to fantastical realms.”

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* Farmer, Nancy : The Lord of Opium
(Simon & Schuster 978-1442482548, $17.99, 434pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442482562
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781442362420
House of the Scorpion #2

Young adult SF novel, sequel to The House of the Scorpion (2002), which won a National Book Award.
• This book is about 14-year-old Matt, the clone of a dead drug lord, who was created to provide spare parts.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Once again, Farmer’s near-future world offers an electric blend of horrors and beauty. Lyrically written and filled with well-rounded, sometimes thorny characters, this superb novel is well worth the wait.”

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* Gilman, Greer : Cry Murder! in a Small Voice
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-077-0, $10, ebook, August 2013, cover by Kathleen Jennings)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61873-078-7

Fantasy novella about playwright Ben Jonson playing detective in 1603 London.
• Small Beer Press’ site has this description.
• Amazon currently has only the e-book edition available, though Small Beer’s site indicates a saddle-stitched paperback edition soon.

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* Hill, Will : Department 19: Battle Lines
(Razorbill 978-1595144089, $18.99, 608pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101604250
Department Nineteen #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Department 19 (2011) and The Rising (2012), about a secret government unit attacked by vampires.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Jonach, Ingrid : When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry Us 978-1908844583, $17.99, 272pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781908844590
UK edition: 9781908844576 (Thu 5 Sep 2013)

Young adult SF romance novel, about a 16-year-old Nebraska girl smitten by a mysterious boy.
• Strange Chemistry’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Styxx
(St. Martin’s 978-1250029881, $27.99, 848pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250029904
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427230942
UK edition: Piatkus 978-0349400648 (Tue 3 Sep 2013)
Dark-Hunter #23


Supernatural romance novel, 23rd volume in the bestselling “Dark-Hunters” series, following Retribution (2011) and Time Untime (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with a video trailer (though no excerpt).
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with links to excerpts, background, and the book’s playlist.

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* Masterton, Graham : Broken Angels
(UK: Head Of Zeus 978-1781851180, £16.99, 368pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781781852194
Katie Maguire #2

Associational thriller, second in a series following White Bones (March 2013), about Detective Inspector Katie Maguire investigating the murders of two priests.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* McGuire, Seanan : Chimes at Midnight
(DAW 978-0-7564-0814-5, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101635667
October Daye #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), Late Eclipses (March 2011), One Salt Sea (2011), and Ashes of Honor (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls the series “increasingly entertaining” and concludes about this book, “Certain plot payoffs and emotional beats further reward longtime readers, making this a truly satisfying entry.”

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* Merz, Jon F. : The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul
(Baen 978-1-4516-3916-2, $15, 336pp, trade paperback, September 2013, cover art Sam Kennedy)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-189-4
Shadow Warrior #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about a Japanese ninja who travels to Korea, where he encounters a lord who has raised an army of the undead.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the author “Borrow[s] from horror plotting as much as from fantasy…”

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* Millar, Martin : The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf
(UK: Little, Brown UK/Piatkus 978-0349400556, £9.99, 672pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1405526234
Werewolf Girl #3

Young adult werewolf novel, third in a series following Lonely Werewolf Girl (2007) and Curse of the Wolf Girl (2010), about the youngest daugher in a clan of Scottish werewolves who has fled to London.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Rawlik, Pete : Reanimators
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-478-3, $14.99, 257pp, trade paperback, September 2013, cover illustration Anthony Palumbo)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59780-479-0

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, a retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “Herbert West: Reanimator”.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Rees, Rod : The Demi-Monde: Fall
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1849165082, £18.99, 560pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Aug 2013
Demi-Monde #4

SF thriller, final volume in a series of four, following The Demi-Mode: Winter (UK 2010, US Jan 2012), The Demi-Mode: Spring (UK 2012), and The Demi-Monde: Summer (UK Jan. 2013), about a virtual reality, created to train soldiers and run by cyber-duplicates of historical tyrants.
• The Amazon UK page has a description, but there’s nothing yet about this book on the publisher’s or author’s sites.
• No US edition is yet scheduled.

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* Reichert, Mickey Zucker : Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Obey
(Roc 978-0451464828, $25.95, 400pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101599082
I, Robot #2

SF novel, second book in a prequel trilogy inspired by Isaac Asimov’s classic collection I, Robot, following Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Protect (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description, with a link to an excerpt.

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* Ringo, John : Under a Graveyard Sky
(Baen 978-1-4516-3919-3, $25, 288pp, hardcover, September 2013, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-188-7
Zombie Apocalypse #1

SF/horror novel, first of a series, about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Ringo combines humor and horror in this strong series debut, the thinking reader’s zombie novel.”

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* Robinson, Kim Stanley : Shaman
(Orbit 978-0-316-09807-6, $27, 464pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235570
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478980353
UK edition: 978-1841499994 (Tue 3 Sep 2013)

Prehistoric novel set in the Pleistocene, in which 14-year-old shaman Loon sets off on a “wander”.
• Hachette’s site has this description. Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
• Both Gary K. Wolfe and Cecelia Holland review the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine. Wolfe comments, “But for the most part, despite its radical departure from the spectacular, hard-SF inhabited solar system of 2312, the novel mostly seems much of a piece with Robinson’s earlier survival tales, such as Antarctica or ‘Muir on Shasta’, and even with his meditations on the sources of passion in art, such as the brilliant ‘The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942’. … Like Joe Haldeman, Robinson has written a good deal more about the arts than most SF writers, or than he’s generally given credit for, and here he offers us a detailed and persuasive notion of how it all might have started.”
• Cecelia Holland concludes, “Stan Robinson has always been a writer of huge ambition – he owns Mars, after all – and in taking on this theme, he has another huge purpose: not to tell us what this most ancient of human worlds was, but somehow, through the act of fiction, to make us remember. This is what we were once. This is our true nature, indivisible from all nature; what it means to be human, then, and now.”

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* Scull, Luke : The Grim Company
(Roc 978-0-425-26484-3, $26.95, 400pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101609330
Grim Company #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, set in a land where the gods have been killed by magelords and their magical troops.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…this novel will please fantasy fans who like their protagonists to sweat, swear, bleed, and obsess about bodily functions. Scull both revels in and gently tweaks genre conventions while delivering a visceral, sometimes off-putting story.”

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* Stirling, S. M. : The Given Sacrifice
(Roc 978-0451417312, $27.95, 384pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101603192
Change #7

Alternate history SF novel, seventh in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), and Lord of Mountains (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to 10 sample chapters.

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* Williams, Tad : Happy Hour in Hell
(DAW 978-0-7564-0815-2, $25.95, 400pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698142770
Bobby Dollar #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012), about an angel on Earth who helps souls caught between Heaven and Hell.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans are assured of dark humor, even darker adventures, and quirky characters in this solid read, though the too-long stay in Hell sometimes slows the storyline.”

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