* Bacigalupi, Paolo : Zombie Baseball Beatdown
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-22078-1, $17, 304pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BAXFBIW
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0804121521

Children’s zombie novel (Amazon rates it grades 3-7), about three boys who discover the local meat-packing plant is turning out cow zombies.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a video by the author.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Bacigalupi defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story’s grisly and goofy roots.”

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* Bardugo, Leigh : Siege and Storm
(Holt 978-0805094602, $17.99, 448pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jun 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780805097115
Grisha Trilogy #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Shadow and Bone (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and a video trailer.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book “Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger.”
• Gwenda Bond reviews this book in the September issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, “Balancing pathos with dry humor, Bardugo builds to another thrilling conclusion. This is one of the must-read series in YA.”

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* Boston, Bruce : Dark Roads
(Dark Renaissace Books 978-1-56592-479-6, $14.95, 154pp, trade paperback, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Aug 2013

Collection of 41 long poems, subtitled “Selected Long Poems, 1971-2012″, with illustrations by M. Wayne Miller.
• Titles include “Three Evocations of the Mutant Rain Forest”, “In the Darkened Hours”, and “Confessions of a Body Thief” (the latter two Rhysling Award winners).
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and blurbs from Andrew Joron, David Lunde, and others.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology
(Hydra House 978-0-9890828-0-8, $27.95, 394pp, trade paperback, June 2013, cover art Todd Lockwood)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Jul 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-9848301-9-0

Anthology of 16 previously-published stories by the alumni of the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle.
• Authors include Kathleen Ann Goonan, Louise Marley, Margo Lanagan, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Andy Duncan, David Marusek, and Kij Johnson.
• Vonda N. McIntyre provides an introduction.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the full table of contents.
Publishers Weekly posted a starred review: “This is a time capsule of not only the best of Clarion, but also some of the best short speculative fiction of the last three decades.”

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+ Fforde, Jasper : The Song of the Quarkbeast
(Harcourt 978-0-547-73848-2, $16, 304pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
The Chronicles of Kazam #2

First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton, November 2011)

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Last Dragonslayer (2010), set at a time magic is returning to the world, and concerning a 16-year-old girl who works for an employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers.
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “It’s not essential to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but those who enjoyed the witty wordplay and whacked-out humor of The Last Dragonslayer will find the same delights in this sequel.”

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* Hellard, Paul, & Mark Thomas, eds. : Exposé 11
(Ballistic Publishing 978-1921828980, $79, 240pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013

Art book, subtitled “The Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe”, 11th volume published by various editors.
• The publisher’s site has this page for the book
Locus Magazine includes it on its September issue New & Notable Books page: “The eleventh edition of the annual round-up of ‘the finest digital art in the known universe’ includes over 500 pieces by more than 400 artists, in categories including SF, fantasy, robotic/cyborg, steampunk, and surreal, while even the non-genre categories often include work with fantastic elements. Also feature a section on Grand Master Roger Dean, with an essay on his career and a gallery of his work.”

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* Holt, Kay T., ed. : Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women
(Crossed Genres 978-0615777092, $11.95, 188pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 4 Mar 2013

Anthology of four novellas by Anna Caro, Minerva Zimmerman, M. Fenn, and Marissa James.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gave this a starred review: “In addition to the wonderfully realized speculative elements, these stories are all notable for the foregrounding of problems specific to their very different heroines without defining them: aging bodies, retirement, previous marriages, parenting to adult children, are all aspects of these women without defining their character. As a whole this collection is important and necessary, successfully demonstrating the many ways in which women’s stories needn’t end with youth.”

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* Kiernan, Stephen P. : The Curiosity
(Morrow 978-0-06-222106-3, $25.99, 448pp, hardcover, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jul 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062221087
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062263308

SF thriller, the author’s first novel, about the reanimation of a 1906 man whose frozen body is found intact in an iceberg.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “ambitious fiction debut” and concludes, “Still, this is a gripping novel with a clever conceit.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine, writing “[T]he story moves beyond science to explore the nature of curiosity itself. Some of this involves the startling physical, mental, and emotional restoration of the man we come to know as Judge Jeremiah Reid, after more than a century in the ice. There’s also the sheer strangeness of modern life to this outsider thrust into its midst, as Reid confronts the 21st century…”

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* Klima, John, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, eds. : Glitter & Mayhem
(Apex 978-1-937009-19-9, $16.99, 272pp, trade paperback, September 2013, cover art Galen Dara)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013

Anthology of 20 original SF and fantasy stories about “roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.”
• Authors include Daryl Gregory, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, Sofia Samatar, and Rachel Swirsky.
• Apex’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Though stories range from humorous to horrific and from innocent to explicit, they stick to the theme with thoroughly enjoyable results. The diverse cast includes gay, lesbian, transgender, and drag queen characters, all portrayed in sensitive and positive lights. This collection definitely brings the party, with nary a poor choice to spoil the evening.”
• Karen Burnham reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, writing “…there’s a sense of ‘you must be at least this cool to ride this ride.’ Once you get into the stories themselves however, they are open and welcoming, and it’s easy to get swept up in their energy and passion. Certainly there’s a lot of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll here, but that isn’t exclusive of thoughtful, interesting, and insightful.”

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* Lovegrove, James : Age of Godpunk
(Solaris 978-1-78108-129-7, $8.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-84997-626-8
UK edition: 978-1781081280 (Thu 12 Sep 2013)

Collection of three novellas, “Age of Anansi”, “Age of Satan”, and “Age of Gaia”, previously published as e-books in 2012 and 2013.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the author’s introduction.

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Fire & Ash
(Simon & Schuster 978-1442439924, $18.99, 250pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1442439948
Rot & Ruin #4

Young adult zombie novel set in a post-apocalypse America, fourth in a series following Rot & Ruin (2010), Dust & Decay (2011), and Flesh & Bone (2012).
• The publisher’s site has this description with a “Browse Inside” function.

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* McClure, Melia : The Delphi Room
(Chizine Publications 978-1771481854, $16.95, 250pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00CO4DGCY

Fantasy novel about Velvet and Brinkley, two people perhaps trapped in Hell who watch each other’s pasts unfold.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
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* Melton, Henry : In the Time of Green Blimps
(Wire Rim Books 978-1-935256-51-1, $14.99, 327pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 21 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00EPJNLUS
Project Saga #4

SF novel, fourth volume of a series following Star Time (2011), Kingdom of the Hill Country (2012), and Tales of the U’tanse (2012), about aliens who trigger a supernova to destroy mankind.
• The author’s site has this description.
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* Scalzi, John : The Mallet of Loving Correction: Selected Writings From Whatever, 2008-2012
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-579-6, $35, 488pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 13 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F633XHI

Associational nonfiction collection of writings from the author’s popular blog Whatever.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
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* Wasserman, Robin : The Waking Dark
(Knopf 978-0-375-86877-1, $17.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-375-89962-1
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-307-96810-4

Young adult horror novel about five people in a small Kansas town who go on killing sprees.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Wasserman (The Book of Blood and Shadow) delivers an exceptional horror novel that will lead to inevitable (and deserved) Stephen King comparisons.”

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* Westfahl, Gary : William Gibson
(University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-07937-5, $23, 210pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 19 Aug 2013

Nonfiction study of the work of William Gibson, the second in the publisher’s “Modern Masters of Science Fiction” series (after a volume about John Brunner published in February).
• The book includes an e-mail interview with Gibson, an extensive (20 page) bibliography of Gibson’s works, a bibliography of secondary sources, and an index.
• The University Press’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• There is also a hardcover edition (978-0-252-03780-1, $85).

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* Zettel, Sarah : Golden Girl
(Random House 978-0-375-86939-6, $17.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2013, cover art Juliana Kolesova)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jun 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-375-98319-1
American Fairy Trilogy #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Dust Girl (2012), about a half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl who, after her mother goes missing in a Kansas dust storm, follows clues to her destiny in California.
• The Random House site has this description with a “Look Inside” function.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews this in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “The mix of ’30s Hollywood and fairies makes for plenty of drama, and though a middle book, this has a relatively self-contained story with a satisfying conclusion.”

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