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Weekly Bestsellers, 13 October

Two titles are on Amazon lists with pre-publication sale, both due October 28th: The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., and Linda Antonsson (Bantam), and The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW).


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.19
WP
10.12
LAT
10.12
USAT
10.05
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.13)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 2               72 -31
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 8       xxx..   48 -12   xxx..
Martin/Antonssen, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 1           61 ++ 67 ++ 24 ++
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 7 7 -1 xx 1 +2 x [ 9 ] xxx.. x xx
Pratchett, Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (UK) 10.06.14 / 2             94 -14  
Pratchett, Raising Steam (UK) 08.12.13 / 26             91 + xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 107 10 =     xxx..        
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 60     xxx.. 69 -20 [ 8 ] xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 15     xxx.. 74 -33 [ 5 ] xxx   x
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 127 xxx..   xxx.. 60 -20   xxx xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 1           74 ++   81 ++
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 6 xxx..   17 -1 xxx..        
Westerfeld, Afterworlds 10.06.14 / 2 14 -1              
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 3 8 -1     x [ 16 ]      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.19
WP
10.12
LAT
10.12
USAT
10.05
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.13)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 29     12 -9 8 -5 [ 2 ] 35 -15 49 +14 xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 3       58 -24   20 -8 27 ++ 11 +9
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 14 xxx..   x       21 -5  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 18 20 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..        
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 41     11 = 27 -14 [ 4 ] x   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 51 19 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 187 x xxx.. xxx.. 145 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 29       xxx..   xxx..   39 +30
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 70 xxx..   xx 72 -34   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.19
WP
10.12
LAT
10.12
USAT
10.05
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.13)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Print Periodicals, early October

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

• Australian humorous and light-hearted SF and fantasy, since June 2002; editors rotate.
• Format: Print and PDF
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/

May 2014
Issue 60, Vol. 11 No. 4, A$12.95, 170pp, cover art by Eleanor Clarke
• This issue, edited by Sue Bursztynski, has fiction by C Stuart Hardwick, Peter Caunt, Cerberus, Gary Cuba, Stephanie Herman, Eirik Gumeny, and many others.
• Poetry is by Darrell Schweitzer, Mathias Jansson, and Penny Stirling.
• Features include book reviews by Sean Wright, Sue Bursztynski, and Edwina Harvey.

(Wed 8 Oct 2014)

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Dreams and Nightmares

• Magazine of fantastic poetry, published since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://dreamsandnightmares.interstellardustmites.com/

September 2014
Issue 99, $5, 20pp, cover art by Al Klosterman
• This issue has poetry by Kassidy Jack Kabza, F.J. Bergmann & Kendall Evans, Robert Borski, Wendy Rathbone, and others.
• David C. Kopaska-Merkel posts regular updates at the Dreams & Nightmares blog.

(Wed 8 Oct 2014)

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On Spec

• Canadian magazine of the fantastic, since 1989; managing editor Diane Walton
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.onspec.ca/

Summer 2014
Issue 97, Vol. 26 No. 2, $6.95, 108pp, cover art by Dan O’Driscoll
• Stories in this issue are by Mikey Hamm, Jason Fischer, Anita Dolman, Simon Habegger, Karl Johanson, Kate Heartfield, and Agnes Cadieux.
• Nonfiction includes an editorial by Cat McDonald and interviews with Mikey Hamm, Amber E. Scott, and Dave Gross.

(Wed 8 Oct 2014)

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Periodicals, early October

Apex Magazine

• Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Sigrid Ellis
• Format: Online; Ebook formats
• Frequency: Monthly
http://apex-magazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 65, cover art by Catherine Denvir
• This issue has fiction by Mary McMyne, Kris Millering, Jessica Sirkin, and Tom Piccirilli, with an eBook/subscriber exclusive by Maurice Broaddus.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Kris Millering and cover artist Catherine Denvir, an essay by Loraine Sammy, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.
• Lois Tilton reviewed this issue for Locus Online.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

October 2014
Issue 157, cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet
• This double-sized anniversary issue has fiction by Richard Parks, K.J. Parker, Aliette de Bodard, and Gwendolyn Clare.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Clarkesworld

• SF and fantasy fiction, nonfiction, and podcasts, since 2006; publisher/editor Neil Clarke
• Format: Online; Ebook
• Frequency: Monthly
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 97, cover art by Sandeep Karunakaran
• This issue has fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Helena Bell, Rahul Kanakia, E. Catherine Tobler, K.J. Parker, and Alex Irvine.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Robert Reed and essays by Brian Francis Slattery and Daniel Abraham.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue for Locus Online, recommending the Helena Bell story.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

October 2014
• This month’s story is “Nine Instances of Rain” by M. Huw Evans.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

• Fiction and interviews, since 2005; publisher and executive editor Orson Scott Card, editor Edmund R. Schubert
• Format: Online, subscription access
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

September 2014
Issue 41, cover art by James Owen
• Stories in this issue are by H.G. Parry, K.C. Norton, James Beamon, Marie Vibbert, Nick T. Chan & Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, and Alex Shvartsman
• There’s an interview with Maurice Broaddus and an essay by Chris Bellamy.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 53
• This issue has SF stories by Daniel José Older, Rebecca Ore, Marie Vibbert, and Zoran Zivkovic, and fantasy stories by Kelly Link, Steve Hockensmith, Ysabeau S. Wilce, and Megan Kurashige.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with James S.A. Corey and Lawrence Krauss.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Lavie Tidhar, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ann Leckie.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 25
• This special “Women Destroy Horror!” issue is guest-edited by Ellen Datlow, and has stories by Gemma Files, A.R. Morlan, Livia Llewellyn, and Pat Cadigan.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Joyce Carol Oates and an essay by Chesya Burke.
• Exclusive paid content includes original and reprinted stories by Katherine Crighton, Catherine MacLeod, Tanith Lee, and Joyce Carol Oates, plus essays and a roundtable interview.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Quantum Muse

• Science fiction, fantasy and alternative stories and artwork, based on writers’ group submissions and critiques, since 1998; current lead editor Tim Goyette
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.quantummuse.com/

October 2014
• This month’s stories are by Jeff Baumgartner, Edward Sullivan, Gordon Rowlinson, Jessica Baumgartner, and Michele Dutcher.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Gordon Rowlinson.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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New Books, 7 October

* Belcher, R. S. : The Shotgun Arcana
(Tor 978-0-7653-7458-5, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466842731
Six-Gun Tarot #2

Historical fantasy novel, follow-up to The Six-Gun Tarot (2013), set in a Nevada town in 1870.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “fantastical romp through science, legends, and the Bible.

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* Brust, Steven : Hawk
(Tor 978-0-7653-2444-3, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429944823
Vlad Taltos #14

Fantasy novel, 14th in the series about Vlad Taltos, following Jhegaala (2007), Iorich (2010), and Tiassa (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Buehlman, Christopher : The Lesser Dead
(Berkley 978-0-425-27261-9, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146327

Vampire novel set in 1978 New York City.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Buehlman offers up a colony of fierce, brazenly unscrupulous vampires who reclaim the genre from angsty goths and return it to its fearsome and ferocious origins.

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword
(Ace 978-0-425-27225-1, $26.95, 384pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143326
The Lost Stars #3

Military SF novel, third in a new sequence related to his “Lost Fleet” series, following The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight (2012) and The Lost Stars: Perilous Sword (2013), set on the Syndicate World of Midway.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Campbell’s focus on the details of the Midway fleet and ground forces makes for a fast-paced thrill ride that leaps nimbly from harrowing to heartbreaking to heroic. The tentative steps of establishing a new society are no less intense. Both new and returning readers will dive right in.

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* Campbell, John L. : Ship of the Dead
(Berkley 978-0-425-27264-0, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146341
Omega Days #2

Zombie novel, second in a series following Omega Days (May 2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “If the playing-out of individual character themes and conflicts suggests conflicts of good and evil that are too clear-cut, the frequent and chilling zombie encounters highlight both Campbell’s competence in presenting horrific gore and his insistence that dedication to humanity is also the strongest definition of faith.

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* Carey, Jacqueline : Poison Fruit
(Roc 978-0-451-46531-3, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698158634
Agent of Hel #3

Contemporary fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Dark Currents (2012) and Autumn Bones (2013), set in a small midwestern town visited both by humans and by various supernatural entities.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of the lighter parts of Carey’s world will enjoy the continued influence of the town’s quirky coven and the introduction of beer-swigging bogle Skrrzzzt, while those more interested in Daisy’s personal arcs will be happy with the emotionally satisfying closure to the series.

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* Connolly, Tina : Silverblind
(Tor 978-0-7653-7514-8, $24.99, 272pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466845404
Ironskin #3

Romantic fantasy novel, third in a series following Ironskin (2012, a Nebula finalist) and Copperhead (2013), about a half-fey woman in an alternate England.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Connolly offers some playful takes on gender and appearance and gently explores a variety of sexual orientations, placing subtle clues to the nature of her universe in her chapter headings. Her sympathies, however, remain more with the ecology of her magical setting than the tale of rag-tag bohemians fighting the rise of fascism.

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* Davis, Hank, ed. : The Baen Big Book of Monsters
(Baen 978-1-4767-3699-0, $14, 496pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-316-4

Halloween-themed anthology of 21 reprint and original stories.
• Authors include Arthur C. Clarke, H.P. Lovecraft, Howard Waldrop, Murray Leinster, and Henry Kuttner, with originals by Wen Spencer, Sarah A. Hoyt, Larry Correia, and others.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link once), with links to several chapters.

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+ Fforde, Jasper : The Eye of Zoltar
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-0547738499, $16.99, 416pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Chronicles of Kazam #3

First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton, April 2014)

Middle-grade fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Last Dragonslayer (2010) and The Song of the Quarkbeast (2011).
• Houghton’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Fowler, Christopher : Nyctophobia
(Solaris 978-1781082119, $9.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082102 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)

Horror novel about a couple who purchase an unusual home in southern Spain, a house with a neglected side shrouded in darkness.
• Solaris’ site has this post with comments from the editors and both the UK and US covers.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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+ Hair, David : The Scarlet Tides
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1-623-65829-8, $26.99, 704pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Moontide Quartet #2

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, October 2013)

US edition of fantasy novel, second in a series following Mage’s Blood, about war between two continents.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book “is mostly dizzying movement, plunging headfirst into a convoluted series of plots, unraveling alliances, and tightening nooses.

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* Harper, S. J. : Reckoning
(Roc 978-0425263303, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101599327
Fallen Siren #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Cursed (2013), about two FBI agents, one cursed and the other a werewolf.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Harper is a pseudonym for Jeanne C. Stein and Samantha Sommersby.

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* Hunter, Faith : Broken Soul
(Roc 978-0-451-46595-5, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636190
Jane Yellowrock #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the series following Skinwalker (2009), Blood Cross (2010), Mercy Blade (2011), Raven Cursed (Jan. 2012), Death’s Rival (2012), Blood Trade (2013), and Black Arts (Jan. 2014), about a shapeshifting vampire-hunter of Cherokee descent.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The continuing character development and fascinating new horizons will assuage dedicated fans.

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* Joshi, S. T. : The Madness of Cthulhu
(Titan 978-1781164525, $15.95, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Anthology of 16 stories, all but two original to this book, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
• Authors include Harry Turtledove, John Shirley, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and others, with reprints by Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Silverberg.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Khanna, Rajan : Falling Sky
(Pyr 978-1-61614-982-6, $17, 260pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, set generations after a plague turned most people in North America into ‘ferals’, and survivors live in airships.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “solid and memorable and concludes, “Though the pace drags a little, this postapocalyptic adventure is a fine start to Khanna’s career.

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* Lackey, Mercedes : Closer to Home
(DAW 978-0756408992, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157774
The Herald Spy #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series within Lackey’s Valdemar Saga, following the Collegium Chronicles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Latham, Rob, ed. : The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction
(Oxford University Press 978-0199838844, $150, 640pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Oct 2014

Nonfiction anthology of 44 original essays divided into four sections, considering science fiction as genre, as medium, as culture, and as worldview.
• Contributors include Gary K. Wolfe, Farah Mendlesohn, Gary Westfahl, Brian Attebery, Roger Luckhurst, Adam Roberts, and Andrew M. Butler.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a Google preview fuction, and the complete table of contents.

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* Leckie, Ann : Ancillary Sword
(Orbit US 978-0-316-24665-1, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316246644
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478931263
UK edition: 978-0356502410 (Tue 7 Oct 2014)
Imperial Radch #2

Military SF novel, second in a trilogy following the author’s multiple-award winning Ancillary Justice (2013).
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers new to the author will be enthralled, and those familiar with the first book will find that the faith it inspired has not been misplaced.

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* Morgan, Richard K. : The Dark Defiles
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49310-1, $18, 656pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54565-7
A Land Fit for Heroes #3

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Steel Remains (2008) and The Cold Commands (2011), about three veterans who take different paths in an ongoing war.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The UK edition coming in November will be a hardcover.

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* Newman, Kim : An English Ghost Story
(Titan 978-1-78116-559-1, $14.95, 304pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
UK edition: 978-1781165584 (Fri 10 Oct 2014)

Fantasy novel about a British family that buys a home in the country.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “well crafted if predictable haunted house tale, and concludes, “Newman’s innovative suggestion is that it is we, not our ghosts, who are responsible for our problems, but the obviousness of the plot and a transparent moralistic message obscure and diminish the underlying concept.

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* Rawlik, Pete : The Weird Company: The Secret History of H.P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-545-2, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00MSYUXW6
Reanimators #2

Horror novel, a follow-up to the author’s first novel Reanimators (2013), that blends many elements of the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.
• Amazon has the publisher’s description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers who share Rawlik’s devotion to Lovecraft may enjoy the abundant allusions to his novels, stories, and poetry; those with less comprehensive knowledge of the canon will find no thread to lead them through this maze of jarring elements.

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* Somers, Jeff : We Are Not Good People
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-4516-9679-0, $16.99, 688pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781451696820
Ustari Cycle #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a new series, about mages whose spells are made more powerful by using human blood. This is a revision and expansion of the author’s 2013 novel Trickster.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “By turns frightening and sorrowful, this is a story that offers no good choices to its characters. The ever-present violence is balanced by compassion, which in turn is eroded by the grim fight to save humankind. There is very little resolution in this twisting labyrinth of a plot; the conclusion either defies logic or resets the cycle of bloodshed.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy 2
(Solaris 978-1781082133, $9.99, 352pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082126 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)

Anthology of 14 original fantasy stories; a follow-up to the 2013 anthology Fearsome Journeys.
• Authors include Garth Nix, K.J. Parker, Ellen Klages, Robert Shearman, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
• Strahan’s site has the complete table of contents.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Rich Horton reviews the book in the October issue of Locus Magazine, especially recommending stories by Justina Robson and Genevieve Valentine.

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* Torgersen, Brad R. : The Chaplain’s War
(Baen 978-1-4767-3685-3, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art David Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-315-7
Chaplain’s War #1

Military SF novel, the author’s first novel and first book in a series, about a chaplain on a ship fighting mantis cyborgs. It incorporates two previously published stories, “The Chaplain’s Assistant” and “The Chaplain’s Legacy”.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link from this page) with links to an author’s note and several chapters.

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* Twelve Hawks, John : Spark
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0-385-53867-1, $25.95, 320pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53868-8
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-39906-6
UK edition: 978-0593073315 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)

Near-future thriller about a corporate assassin whose Cotard’s syndrome makes him especially effective in his job, until the condition starts to wear off.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Twelve Hawks’s prose, cold and clinical at times, yet punctuated with moments of great sensitivity, matches the tone and mood of his setting perfectly.

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* VanderMeer, Jeff, & Desirina Boskovich : The Steampunk User’s Manual
(Abrams Image 978-1419708985, $24.95, 256pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Nonfiction guide, subtitled “An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams”, about creating steampunk art, fashion and architecture, storytelling, music and performance, and dreams; with illustrations.
• Abrams’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Weber, David, & Timothy Zahn : A Call to Duty
(Baen 978-1-4767-3684-6, $25, 384pp, hardcover, October 2014, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-313-3
Manticore Ascendant #1

Military SF novel, first book of a new series set in Weber’s Honorverse.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link once to get there) with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though this astronautical adventure is filled with technical details and military protocol, the minutiae never outweigh the intrigue and political drama.

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* Wells, Martha : Stories of the Raksura, Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-535-3, $15.99, 240pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00KK6BJJU
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B00M8HB4DK

Collection of original novellas and short stories set in the author’s Raksura books (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths).
• Skyhorse’s site has a page for volume 2 (due next April), but not one for this book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells’s deft touch with characterization and the fantastic.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 6 October

Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds (Simon Pulse) is a runner-up at #13 on the New York Times‘ Young Adult list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.12
WP
10.05
LAT
10.05
USAT
09.28
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.06)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 1               41 ++
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 7       xxx..   36 -9   xxx..
Harrison, The Witch With No Name 09.22.14 / 3 xx xx   128 + 25 -4      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 12 xxx..   15 -5 xxx.. xxx..      
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 6 6 -2 x 3 -2 102 + 9 -1 xxx 82 -16 x
Pratchett, Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (UK) 10.06.14 / 1             80 ++  
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 106 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 59     xxx.. 49 + 8 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 14     xxx 41 + 5 = xx   48 +29
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 126 xxx..   xxx.. 40 + xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 5 xxx..   16 = xxx..        
Westerfeld, Afterworlds 10.06.14 / 1 13 ++              
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 2 7 -3     100 ++ 16 -8      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.12
WP
10.05
LAT
10.05
USAT
09.28
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.06)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 191   xx   112 + xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 124 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 28     3 -1 3 + 2 +1 20 -4 63 +24 xxx
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 2       34 ++   12 +1   20 -9
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 13 xxx..   8 +       16 -1  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 17 17 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 40     11 -1 13 + 4 = 86 -14   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 50 13 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 186 17 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 28       xxx..   xxx   69 -10
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 69 xxx..   x 38 + xxx xxx xxx.. xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.12
WP
10.05
LAT
10.05
USAT
09.28
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.06)
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New Books, 30 September

* DeLima, Jan : Summer Moon
(Ace 978-0425266212, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101615683
Celtic Wolves #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Celtic Moon (2013), about a clan of werewolves in an isolated Maine town.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Gaiman, Neil, & P. Craig Russell : The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2
(HarperCollins 978-0062194831, $19.99, 176pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014

Second of a two-volume graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman’s 2008 young adult novel The Graveyard Book.
• Volume one was published in late July.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “””The artwork sets out to entertain rather than to horrify; even the initial murder scene has a certain tranquility. It’s a treasure worth having even if the novel is already on the shelf.””

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* Headley, Maria Dahvana, & Kat Howard : The End of the Sentence
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-679-3, $20, 176pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014

Short horror novel about a man who buys a house in a remote Oregon village that is already inhabited by a mysterious entity who says he’s been held prisoner in the house for 117 years.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Ultimately Malcolm and the reader must decide whether this is dark magic or something stranger altogether.””

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* Howard, Jonathan L. : The Brothers Cabal
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-03754-1, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250037534
Johannes Cabal #4

Steampunk fantasy novel, follow-up to three novels about Johannes Cabal published from 2009 to 2011 about a sorcerer who makes a deal with the devil to regain his soul.
• In this book Johannes is saved by his vampire brother Horst.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Even if more of the brothers together would have been welcome, Howard nevertheless ably spins an entertaining and surprisingly emotional yarn that promises entertaining future trials for the Cabal brothers.””

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* Kaufmann, Nicholas : Die and Stay Dead
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250-03612-4, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250036117
Dying Is My Business #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Dying Is My Business (2013), about a burglar who comes back from the dead each time he’s killed.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””Each character has a strong voice, allowing for quick engagement even if the reader missed the first book. The strong writing and open ending will leave fans hungry for the next installment.””

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* Lansdale, Joe R. : Black Hat Jack
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-677-9, $25, 128pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014

Associational [non-fantastic] novella about a black cowboy.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Lansdale’s classic Old West tale hits all the requisite plot points with the exuberance of a cowboy who has an overeager trigger finger, though it skimps on the necessary dose of buddy cowboy mischief that would make readers care more for the amusing duo.””

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* Lindsey, Erin : The Bloodbound
(Ace 978-0-425-27268-8, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146419
Bloodbound #1

Romantic fantasy novel, first of a series, about palace intrigue and magicians who can wield powerful weapons.
• Penguin’s site has this description with blurbs from Tanya Huff and Jacqueling Carey.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””By the time the relevance of the novel’s title to the bonds of family, as well as to battle and enchantment, becomes clear, Lindsey’s mostly balanced mix of romance and heroic fantasy will have captured readers’ hearts.””

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* Roberts, Adam : Bête
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575127685, £18.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 25 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575127708

Near future SF novel about animals rights and artificial intelligence.
• Orion’s site has this description with a link to an extract.
• Tor.com posted this review by Niall Alexander: “””This, then, is not some novelty novel, but a fully-fledged philosophical fable for our age. Affectionate albeit barbed, far-fetched yet oddly plausible, and dark, but not without a certain spark, Bête is as smart and as satisfying and as challenging as anything any of the Adam Robertses have written.””

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* Strout, Anton : Incarnate
(Ace 978-0425273555, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698151734
Spellmason Chronicle #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Alchemystic (2012) and Stonecast (2013), about a struggling artist in New York who discovers she has the power to breath life into stone.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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+ Wallace, Sean : The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures
(Running Press 978-0762454648, $14.95, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Sep 2014
UK edition: 978-1472110619 (Thu 18 Sep 2014)

Anthology of 25 steampunk stories, a follow-up volume to 2012’s The Mammoth Book of Steampunk.
• Authors include Jay Lake, Christopher Barzak, Ken Liu, Sofia Samatar, K.W. Jeter, and Cherie Priest.
• The Running Press site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””This is an expansive display of creative world-building by thoughtful storytellers, boldly ranging well beyond its quasi-historical contexts.””

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 29 September

— posted Monday 29 September 2014 @ 2:48 pm PDT

Rick Yancey’s YA novel The Infinite Sea (Putnam), sequel to The 5th Wave, debuts on two lists this week, ranking as high as #4 on the New York Times young adult list.

USA Today‘s bestsellers page is blank today.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.05
WP
09.28
LAT
09.28
USAT
09.14
PW
09.29
Amz
(09.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.29)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 234     xxx..   25 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 6           27 +   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 26 xxx.. xxx.. 8 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harrison, The Witch With No Name 09.22.14 / 2 x x   [ 8 ] 21 -16      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 11 xxx..   10 =   xxx..      
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 5 4 +2 2 +4 1 +1 [ 57 ] 8 +2 xx 66 -28 45 -30
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 105 10 -1       xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 58     xxx.. [ 38 ] 9 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 13     xx [ 33 ] 5 -1 x   77 -35
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 4 xxx   16 -10          
Yancey, The 5th Wave 05.13.13 / 26 15 +   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 1 4 ++       8 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.05
WP
09.28
LAT
09.28
USAT
09.14
PW
09.29
Amz
(09.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.29)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 27     2 +6 [ 5 ] 3 +2 16 -3 87 + xx
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 1           13 ++   11 ++
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 12 xxx..   xxx..       15 -3  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 16 18 +2 xxx.. xxx..   xx      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 39     10 -3 [ 10 ] 4 -2 72 -18   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 49 15 -4 xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 185 16 -3 xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 27           xx   59 -35
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 210   xxx..       xx 97 -17 xxx
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 68 xxx..   14 + [ 28 ] xx xx xxx.. xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.05
WP
09.28
LAT
09.28
USAT
09.14
PW
09.29
Amz
(09.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.29)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late September

— posted Saturday 27 September 2014 @ 2:24 pm PDT

Black Static

• British fantasy and horror magazine, debuting 2007 (formerly The Third Alternative), edited by Andy Cox
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/

Sep-Oct 2014
Issue 42, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Dave Senecal
• Stories in this issue are by Sara Saab, Alyssa Wong, Noah Wareness, Matthew Cheney, David D. Levine, Kristi DeMeester, and Stephen Hargadon.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Tennant, and Tony Lee.

(Thu 25 Sep 2014)

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Daily Science Fiction

• Original science fiction & fantasy emailed to you every weekday; debuted September 1, 2010; editors Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
• Format: Online; email
• Frequency: daily
http://dailysciencefiction.com/

September 2014
• Stories posted this past month are by Eugie Foster, Deborah Walker, Cat Rambo, Erica L. Satifka, James S. Door, and others.

(Sat 27 Sep 2014)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

September/October 2014
Issue 254, £4.99, cover art by Wayne Haag
• This issue has fiction by Nina Allan, Jay O’Connell, S.L. Nickerson, T.R. Napper, Julie C. Day, and Sam J. Miller.
• Features include an editorial by Jim Steel, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, a column by Jonathan McCalmont, a new column by Nina Allan, and book, DVD/Blue-ray, and film reviews.

(Thu 25 Sep 2014)

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Strange Horizons

• Fiction, art, articles, poetry, and reviews; founded September 2000; editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi through 2010, Niall Harrison beginning 2011
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly; reviews posted three times a week
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

September 2014
• Fiction posted this month includes Claire Humphrey’s Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye, Polenth Blake’s Never the Same, Sarah Brooks’ The Great Detective, and (reprint) Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Lucky Strike.
• Columns are by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Genevieve Valentine.
• Poetry is by Eric Otto, Yoon Ha Lee, Pamela Manasco, and Saira Ali.
• There are also reviews, and a note from Niall Harrison about changes in the reviews department.

(Sat 27 Sep 2014)

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Tor.com

• SF & fantasy fiction, reviews, commentary, founded 2008; staff includes fiction editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Daily
http://www.tor.com/

September 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include Julio Cortazar’s Headache, Edith Cohn’s Tuckitor’s Last Swim, Charlie Jane Anders’ As Good As New, Kendare Blake’s When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami, Lavie Tidhar’s Selfies, David Barett’s The Golden Apple of Shangri-La, and Seanan McGuire’s Midway Relics and Dying Breeds.
Excerpts include those from novels by Timothy Zahn, Steven Brust, George R.R. Martin, Faith Hunter, Elizabeth Haydon, and others.

(Sat 27 Sep 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

Classic Reprints, September

— posted Friday 26 September 2014 @ 11:54 am PDT

Brunner, John : Stand on Zanzibar
(Gollancz 978-1473206373, £12.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575101470

(First edition: Doubleday, 1968)

SF novel set in an overpopulated future, blending several story lines in a collage structure famously modeled on John Dos Passos’ “U.S.A.” trilogy.
• This is a new edition of a volume in Gollancz’ SF Masterworks series.
• Gollancz’s site has this description. Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The novel won the Hugo, British SF Association, and Apollo awards.

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* Cowper, Richard : SF Gateway Omnibus: Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Road to Corlay, A Dream of Kinship, A Tapestry of Time
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575108042, £20, 528pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202085

Omnibus of one novella and three novels, respectively first published in 1976, 1978, 1981, and 1982, comprising the complete “Corlay” sequence set in a post-apocalyptic England a thousand years after rising sea levels have flooded much of the island.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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Egan, Greg : Permutation City
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805391, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014

(First edition: UK: Millennium, April 1994)

New edition of Egan’s third novel from 1994, in which virtual reality provides eternal life.
• The author’s site has this description with a publication history, excerpt, and FAQ.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The book won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1995.

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* Holdstock, Robert : SF Gateway Omnibus: Berserker: Shadow of the Wolf, The Bull Chief, The Horned Warrior
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575092365, £18.99, 416pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Sep 2014

Omnibus of three early novels published under the pseudonym Chris Carlsen in 1977, 1977, and 1979 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Moorcock, Michael : Tales from the End of Time
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575092617, $12.99, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Sep 2014

Omnibus of one novel and two collections, The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming (1976, aka A Messiah at the End of Time, 1978), collection Legends from the End of Time (1976), and collection Elric at the End of Time (1984), all works that follow Moorcock’s earlier “Dancers at the End of Time” novels set in the far future.
• (There was a 1989 Science Fiction Book Club volume with this title, but with apparently slightly different contents.)
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews (though not including the table of contents).

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* Moorcock, Michael : The War Amongst the Angels
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-09273-0, £10.99, 832pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0575092761

Omnibus of three novels in the author’s “Second Ether” sequence: Blood: A Southern Fantasy (1995), Fabulous Harbours (1995), and The War Amongst the Angels (1996)
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* Silverberg, Robert : The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Nine: The Millennium Express
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-668-7, 488pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 31 Aug 2014

Ninth volume in Subterranean’s ongoing series, with 16 stories published since 1995, including “Diana of the Hundred Breasts”, “Against the Current”, and the title story.
• The author’s introduction indicates this is likely the final volume of collected Silverberg short fiction.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents, along with links to the earlier volumes in the series.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans will be pleased to find all the themes and settings for which Silverberg has become so well known and celebrated.”

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New Books, 23 September

— posted Tuesday 23 September 2014 @ 6:46 pm PDT

* Brennan, Sarah Rees : Unmade
(Random House 978-0-375-87043-9, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-375-97996-5
Lynburn Legacy #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following Unspoken (2012) and Untold (2013), about a girl detective in the English village of Sorry-in-the-Vale.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of of the first book, identifying gothic and manga influences, “A promising launch with a dark cliffhanger of an ending.”

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* Clarke, Neil, ed. : Upgraded
(Wyrm Publishing 978-1890464301, $16.95, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014, cover art Julie Dillon)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00MQGNM10

Anthology of 26 original stories about cyborgs.
• Authors include Greg Egan, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, and Peter Watts.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the book for Locus Online here, especially recommending stories by Robert Reed and Ken Liu.

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* Grant, Michael : Messenger of Fear
(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0062207401, $17.99, 272pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014

Young adult fantasy/horror novel, about a girl who becomes an apprentice to a magical boy who dispenses justice to the world.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function and several blurbs and quotes from reviews.

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* James, Elliott : Daring
(Orbit 978-0316253406, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Pax Arcana #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in series following Charming (2013), about a cursed prince named John Charming.
• Hachette’s site has this description for the previous book, but site searches today turn up nothing for this book, or even for “Elliott James”.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “James’s debut delivers a solid though sometimes familiar-feeling tale.”

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+ Jones, Stephen, ed. : Fearie Tales
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1623658069, $24.99, 480pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, September 2013)

US edition of an anthology of 15 original stories, subtitled “Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome”, based on tales by the Brothers Grimm.
• Authors include Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Michael Marshall Smith, Peter Crowther, and Ramsey Campbell.
• Quercus’ site has this description for the 2013 UK edition.

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* Pratchett, Terry : A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0385538305, $26.95, 336pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
UK edition: Transworld/Doubleday UK 978-0857521224 (Thu 25 Sep 2014)


Nonfiction collection of articles and essays, about Discworld and about causes including Alzheimer’s and animal rights.
• Neil Gaiman provides a forword.
• The UK edition has a hyphen in “non-fiction”; the US edition does not.
• Random House’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Spalenka, Greg : The Art of Greg Spalenka
(UK: Titan 978-1781168844, $34.95, 160pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014

Art book by the artist who has won two Gold Spectrum Awards.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Sumner-Smith, Karina : Radiant
(Skyhorse/Talos 978-1-940456-10-2, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Towers Trilogy #1

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about a 15-year-old girl without magic in a divided society of floating Towers.
• Skyhorse’s site has a page for the next book, Defiant, due May 2015, but no page for this book.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Inequality, economics, and postapocalyptic necromancy combine persuasively in Sumner-Smith’s ingenious, insightful debut.”

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* Waugh, Sandra : Lark Rising
(Random House 978-0-449-81748-3, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-449-81750-6
Guardians of Tarnec #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a 16-year-old girl trying to save her people.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “As Lark’s story unfolds, her self-confidence becomes the key to unlocking her potential and overcoming her own uncertainty. As the king and others remind her, “Trust that you will know what to do.” Ages 12–up.”

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* Weis, Margaret, & Robert Krammes : The Seventh Sigil
(Tor 978-0-7653-3350-6, $27.99, 528pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466801820

Epic military fantasy novel, final book of a trilogy following Shadow Raiders (2011) and Storm Riders (2013), set in a world connected by airships where two rival empires vie for an invention that could revolutionize warfare.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This hefty excursion into a complex world of spymasters, derring-do captains, sorceresses, maturing heroes and heroines, and benevolent and sinister monks and nuns often reads like a hasty transcript of an interminably breathless role-playing game, but it fitfully comes to life with the help of enormous dragons, who provide an engaging extra dimension to this predictable would-be epic.”

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* Zahn, Timothy : Soulminder
(Open Road 978-1-4976-4620-9, $14.99, 238pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014

SF novel about a technology to capture a dying person’s soul.
• Open Road’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…those who enjoy deep philosophical questions will appreciate being left with much to ponder.”

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