+ Anderson, Darran : Imaginary Cities: A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between
(University of Chicago Press 978-0-226-47030-6, $22.5, 576pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Apr 2017

Nonfiction study of cities, including those from SF and fantasy, inspired in part by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
• It was first published as Imaginary Cities in the UK by Influx Press in 2015.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews of the UK edition.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments that Anderson ” investigates this curio shop of cities in essays that explore themes of community and identity, mythical past and speculative future, and utopia and dystopia.”

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* Beal, Clifford : The Witch of Torinia
(Solaris 978-1-78108-513-4, $9.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Tales of Valdur #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Guns of Ivrea (2016), about a war to overthrow the king by splitting the One Faith into factions.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly called the first book a “merrily anachronistic adventure.”

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* Durst, Sarah Beth : Journey Across the Hidden Islands
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion 978-0544706798, $16.99, 352pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780544707344

Middle-grade fantasy novel about twin sisters encoutering threats on their way to pay their respects to the kingdom’s dragon guardian.
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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* Farland, David, ed. : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33
(Galaxy Press 978-1-61986-529-7, $15.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61986-528-0

Anthology of winners and finalists in the Writers and Illustrators of the Year contests.
• Included are essays by L. Ron Hubbard, Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Todd McCaffrey, and Bob Eggleton.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of classic science fiction will find much to appreciate here.”

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* Jones, Gwyneth : Proof of Concept
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9144-5, $14.99, 112pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-8736-3

Short SF novel set on an overcrowded future Earth, where the government invests in science to enable travel to a distant planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with blurbs from Pat Cadigan, Gregory Benford, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “With this thorough portrayal of the environmental and social consequences of climate change and overpopulation, British SF author Jones gives a grim warning of the planet’s potential future and a tempting theory about its redemption.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Mars One
(Simon & Schuster 978-1481461610, $17.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481461634

Young adult SF novel about a teen and his family chosen to colonize Mars.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Tristan is very much in the Heinlein tradition of young heroes, levelheaded and highly competent, with genius-level engineering skills.”

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* Mason, Zachary : Void Star
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux 978-0-374-28506-7, $27, 400pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374709822

SF novel set in 22nd century San Franciso, where the wealthy prosper while poor refugees suffering the effects of climate change survive in the city’s periphery.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Patient readers who persist through the excessive layers of description will be rewarded with a vivid story, complete with a chilling and satisfying ending.”

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* Moon, Elizabeth : Cold Welcome
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1-101-88731-8, $28, 448pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101887325
Vatta’s Peace #1

Sf novel, first in a series involving Kylara Vatta, her of the earlier Vatta’s War sequence that ended with Victory Conditions (2008).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Abounding with a new set of piratical baddies, ramped-up military slang, assorted betrayals, and echoes of Shackleton’s incredible cold-weather trek, this lengthy space opera alternates among Ky in the planet’s coldest regions…”

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+ Pollock, Tom : Our Lady of the Streets
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681443812, $14.99, 464pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Skyscraper Throne #3

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, August 2014)

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series after The City’s Son (2012) and The Glass Republic (2013), in which London is a battleground between opposing gods.
• The publisher’s site has this description of the UK edition.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black.”

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* Smith, Gavin : Special Purpose
(Solaris 978-1781085219, $16, 224pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017

Alternate history novel about a Russian virus released in Cold War era New York that creates a horde of zombies.
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+ Smythe, J. P. : Long Dark Dusk
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681442037, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
The Australia Trilogy #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Way Down Dark (2015), about a survivor of the starship Australia‘s return to and crashlanding on Earth.
• The UK edition was published in 2016.
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* Steele, Allen : Avengers of the Moon
(Tor 978-0-7653-8218-4, $26.99, 304pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466886445

SF novel reviving Edmond Hamilton’s Capture Future, as a man raised in isolation takes on the role in order to fight a plot to assassinate the president.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “affectionate pastiche of Edmond Hamilton’s mid-20th-century Captain Future space operas”.

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