Banks, Iain M. : The Hydrogen Sonata
(Orbit 978-0-316-21236-6, $17, 529pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Culture #10

(First edition: Orbit US, October 2012)

Far future SF novel set in the author’s Culture, 10th book in the sequence following 2010′s Surface Detail.
• It’s about the Gzilt civilization, one of the founding societies of the Culture, now ready to elevate themselves to the Sublime.
• Banks’ site has this description of the US edition.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The book was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and placed 3rd in this year’s Locus Poll.

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Bennett, Christopher : Only Superhuman
(Tor 978-0-7653-6886-7, $7.99, 390pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013

(First edition: Tor, October 2012)

Hard SF adventure novel set in a future solar system in which genetic engineering is banned on Earth but runs rampant in the asteroid belt.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review noted that “A healthy respect for superhero tropes is the strength and weakness of Bennett’s first non–tie-in novel.”

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Buehlman, Christopher : Between Two Fires
(Ace 978-0-425-25690-9, $15, 464pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013

(First edition: Ace, October 2012)

Historical fantasy novel set in 1348, about a disgraced knight and a little girl who claims the Black Death is part of a larger war on heaven.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s first novel, Those Across the River, was a World Fantasy Award finalist.

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Bujold, Lois McMaster : Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
(Baen 978-1-4516-3915-5, $15, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Vorkosian Saga #15

(First edition: Baen, November 2012)

SF novel, latest in the long-running series about Miles Vorkosigan — 15th, counting only full-length novels (and based on the list in Wikipedia’s Vorkosigan Saga entry).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The book was a finalist for this year’s Hugo Awards and ranked 4th in this year’s Locus Awards.

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Butcher, Jim : Cold Days
(Roc 978-0-451-41912-5, $9.99, 640pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Dresden Files #14

(First edition: Penguin/Roc, December 2012)

Fantasy novel, fourteenth in the “Dresden Chronicles” about crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden in Chicago, following Ghost Story (2011).
• The author’s website has this page about the book, with links to several chapter excerpts.

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Card, Orson Scott : Ruins
(Simon Pulse 978-1416991809, $11.99, 544pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Pathfinder #2

(First edition: Simon Pulse, November 2012)

Young adult novel, second in a trilogy following Pathfinder (2010), about a boy, Rigg, who discovers he has the power not only to see the past, but to change it.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Carson, Rae : The Crown of Embers
(Harpercollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-202653-8, $9.99, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Fire and Thorns #2

(First edition: Greenwillow, September 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy after the author’s first novel The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011), in which young Queen Elisa deals with palace intrigue and threats from external enemies.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a “Read Now” function.
• The third book in the series, The Bitter Kingdom, just came out in hardcover.

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Doctorow, Cory : Pirate Cinema
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2909-7, $9.99, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013

(First edition: Tor Teen, October 2012)

Young adult SF novel, set in near-future Britain in which a 16-year-old obsessed with sampling old movies is victim of Draconian laws that cut off his family’s internet access for a year.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review commented, “Doctorow, a noted free Internet advocate (and PW columnist), handles his topic with great passion, creating engaging and believably geeky characters who share his fervor for both the Web and the new forms of art and communication it has made possible.”
• The book won this year’s Prometheus Award.

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Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Dragon Ship
(Baen 978-1-4516-3918-6, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Laiden #15

(First edition: Baen, September 2012)

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following last year’s Ghost Ship.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to 11 chapters.

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Levithan, David : Every Day
(Random House/Ember 978-0-307-93189-4, $9.99, 384pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013

(First edition: Knopf, September 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel about A, who occupies the body of a different person every day, and who after some 6000 days falls in love with a girl, Rhiannon.
• Parent publisher Random House has this description, with an excerpt.
• Amazon has a link to a related PDF short story, and has an essay by the author, “A Similar Kind of Love Song”, plus numerous quotes from reviews.

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Maberry, Jonathan : Flesh & Bone
(Simon & Schuster 978-1442439900, $9.99, 470pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013
Rot & Ruin #3

(First edition: Simon & Schuster, September 2012)

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

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Smith, Sherwood : Revenant Eve
(DAW 978-0-7564-0807-7, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Coronets #3

(First edition: DAW, October 2012)

Fantasy novel, third book in a series, following Coronets and Steel (2010) and Blood Spirits (2011), about an L.A. grad student who yearns for older, more romantic times.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in Locus Magazine, concluding, “…it’s an interesting jaunt through a bit of history, and quite satisfying in its own way.”

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Stirling, S. M. : Lord of Mountains
(Roc 978-0-451-41476-2, $9.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Sep 2013
Emberverse #6

(First edition: Roc, September 2012)

Alternate history SF novel, sixth 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), and The Tears of the Sun (2011).
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to sample chapters and a map.
• The latest book in the series, The Given Sacrifice, was just released in hardcover.

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Weeks, Brent : The Blinding Knife
(Orbit 978-0-316-06814-7, $17, 671pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Aug 2013
Lightbringer #2

(First edition: Orbit, September 2012)

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following The Black Prism (2010), about Gavin Guile, a priest and emperor who has five years to achieve five impossible goals.
• The author’s site has this description with a link to the first three chapters.

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