+ Asher, Neal : The Line of Polity
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805087, $15.99, 672pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00HFYSPS8
Cormac #2

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, March 2003)

SF adventure novel, second in a series following Gridlinked (2001) and followed by Brass Man (2005), Polity Agent (2006) and The Line War (2008), about polity agent Ian Cormac.
• In this book Cormac investigates an outlink station destroyed by a nanomycelium.
• This is the first US edition.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Bova, Ben : Transhuman
(Tor 978-0-7653-3293-6, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429965422

SF novel about a cellular biologist who abducts his dying granddaughter in order to treat her with an unapproved enzyme not yet approved by the FDA.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cameron, Dana : Pack of Strays
(Amazon/47north 978-1477819777, $14.95, 346pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00G3NAPNU
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480593367
Fangborn #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Seven Kinds of Hell (2013), about a secret race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity.
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* Canavan, Gerry, & Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. : Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7426-8, 312pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7428-2

Nonfiction anthology of 13 essays, on subjects relating science fiction to environmental issues.
• Contributors include Christina Alt, Rob Latham, Elzette Steenkamp, Eric C. Otto, and Melody Jue.
• The book includes 20 pages of references “Of Further Interest” and an index.
• There’s also a paperback edition (978-0-8195-7427-5).
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs from Fredric Jameson and Patrick D. Murphy.
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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Lovecraft’s Monsters
(Tachyon Publications 978-1616961213, $16.95, 379pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

Anthology of 18 stories inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
• Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Howard Waldrop, Kim Newman, Karl Edward Wager, and Laird Barron. Two of the stories, by John Langan and Rachel Fagundes, are original to the book; the others are previously published.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Davidson, Rjurik : Unwrapped Sky
(Tor 978-0-7653-2988-2, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948388

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about Caeli-Amur, a city once saved by minotaurs, where three people challenge tradition and superstition.
• The author’s 2010 UK collection The Library of Forgotten Books had the same setting.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers who enjoy the mix of outré technology and body-warped beings in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag novels will appreciate Davidson’s work, though Davidson makes it easier to distinguish between good guys and bad guys.”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, commenting “the science-fantastical equivalent of smog and traffic noise shouldn’t prevent Caeli-Amur from rewarding anyone who grants it more than a day-trip’s passing glance.”

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* Duncan, Hal : Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-261-5, 269pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 5 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59021-093-2

Nonfiction examination of the current state of science fiction, with a long introduction examining the many traditional definitions of SF.
• Lethe’s site has this description with blurbs from Brit Mandelo and Will Ludwigsen.
• Brit Mandelo contributed this review to Tor.com: “The dual functions of the book, proposing a theoretical framework with which to talk about and understand SF while also taking down non-functional, problematic, or just plain ignorant points of debate about the genre (both from inside and outside), work well together and allow Duncan to cover a great deal of intellectual ground. I appreciate his attention to detail, his willingness to tackle arguments and issues within the genre that often go unchallenged—particularly those based in false dichotomies and “us versus them” doctrinaire arguments.”

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+ Edwards, Janet : Earth Star
(Pyr 978-1616148973, $17.99, 360pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00G1IUFM8
Earth Girl #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Earth Girl (2013),
the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about an 18-year-old girl whose immune system will not allow her to leave Earth.
• Pyr’s site has this description, though the site is down at the moment pending renewal.
• The book was published in August 2013 by Harper Voyager in the UK.

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* Miller, Ian, & Tom Wyte : The Art of Ian Miller
(UK: Titan 9781781167793, $34.95, 160pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 11 Apr 2014

Artbook with over 300 works spanning Miller’s career.
• Titan’s site has a brief description. There’s also a limited edition.
• This Google images search turns up some samples.

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* Riopelle, Robin : Deadroads
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 9781597805131, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, subtitled “A Novel of Supernatural Suspense”, about a Louisiana family with the ability to see beyond the spectral plane.
• Night Shade’s legacy site has has this description; the book was apparently first planned for publication in April 2013.
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* Sullivan, Michael J. : Hollow World
(Tachyon 978-1-61696-183-1, $15.95, 372pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

SF novel about a man who travels through time to a utopic civilization in the year 4078.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Sullivan’s heavy reliance on contemporary references (including Winnie-the-Pooh, Star Wars, and Lost) is distracting, but his old-fashioned utopian allegory will please readers who share his views on same-sex love (he’s for it) and fascism (he’s against it).”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “this novel combines the far reaches of possibility with elements from mainstream contemporary life, godlike mechanisms of creation, and metamorphosis with our very human tendency to construct opposing philosophies and endlessly debate the nature of paradise.”

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