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New Books, 11 August 2015

* Berman, Steve, ed. : Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-360-5, $30, 286pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 5 Aug 2015

Anthology of 18 stories, all but three original to this book, plus an essay by Jess Nevins.
• Authors include Melissa Scott, Gemma Files, Amy Griswold, and Megan Arkenberg.
• Lethe’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The contents range from whimsical to serious, from romantic to tragic, and from historical to futuristic.”

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* Bova, Ben : Power Surge
(Tor 978-0765334978, $24.99, 368pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466819627

Contemporary thriller about a science advisor in Washington DC fighting special interests.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Coe, David B. : His Father’s Eyes
(Baen 978-1-4767-8062-7, $25, 320pp, hardcover, July 2015, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-402-4
Case Files of Justis Fearsson #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Spell Blind (Jan. 2015), about an Arizona private detective who uses magic in his hunt for a serial killer.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Coe mixes spells and Sherlocking with snappy dialogue, tight pacing, and characters who catch and keep the reader’s interest.”

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* Doyle, Tom : The Left-Hand Way
(Tor 978-0-7653-3752-8, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466834583
American Craftsmen #2

Military fantasy novel, second in a series following American Craftsman (2014), about modern soldiers who use magic.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This intense, thrilling romp makes excellent use of its cultural touchstones; it far surpasses its predecessor and welcomes new readers.”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2015 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-455-3, $19.95, 576pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Aug 2015

Anthology of nine novellas first published in 2014, the first volume of a new annual series.
• Authors include Nancy Kress, Mary Rickert, K.J. Parker, and Genevieve Valentine.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Longtime editor Guran makes a thoughtful selection of nine novellas in this high-quality anthology, which skews toward fantastical crime fiction.”

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* Hobb, Robin : Fool’s Quest
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-553-39292-0, $28, 768pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553392937
The Fitz and the Fool #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a trilogy following Fool’s Assassin (2014), about two characters from her earlier novels, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though there is some sluggishness in places, and a bit of reliance on magic to move the plot forward, Hobb’s expertise is evident as always.”

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* Hodder, Mark : The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats
(Pyr 978-1-63388-052-8, $18, 388pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Burton & Swinburne #6

Steampunk fantasy novel, sixth in a series following The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (winner of a Philip K. Dick Award), The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (2012), The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (2013), and The Return of the Discontinued Man (2014).
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “The sixth and final book in Hodder’s Burton and Swinburne steampunk series fills out the stories built up in the previous titles and provides a fitting and fiery conclusion.”

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* Hopkinson, Nalo : Falling in Love with Hominids
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-198-5, $15.95, 222pp, trade paperback, August 2015, cover art Chuma Hill)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015

Collection of 18 stories, first published from 2000 to 2015.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The stories all share a common thread of magic, which is often woven, whether subtly or blatantly, into the fabric of everyday reality, allowing characters to react to the strange or the impossible as it crosses into their world.”

(Fri 17 Jul 2015)
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* James, Elliott : Fearless
(Orbit 978-0-316-25344-4, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316253437
Pax Arcana #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Charming (2013) and Daring (2014), about a cursed prince named John Charming.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “What James’s brash urban fantasy series lacks in depth, it makes up in rollicking action and pure fun.”

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* Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 3
(Baen 978-1-4767-8068-9, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, August 2015, cover art Stephen Hickman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-432-1

Collection of 12 stories set in the authors’ Liaden universe, following volumes published in 2013 and 2014.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to four samples.

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* Liu, Cixin, translated by Joel Martinsen : The Dark Forest
(Tor 978-0-7653-7708-1, $25.99, 512pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466853430
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427268297
Three-Body Problem #2

SF novel, second in a trilogy following The Three-Body Problem (2014), about humanity preparing for the arrival of invading Trisolarians in four hundred years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The upbeat ending sets up the concluding volume, but not everyone will have the patience needed to get that far.”

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* Meseldzija, Petar : The Book of Giants
(Flesk Publications 978-1933865676, $34.95, 160pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015

Collection of illustrated linked stories about the land of giants, with sixteen painting and nearly 90 drawings by the author.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.

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* Nabhan, David : The Pilots of Borealis
(Skyhorse/Talos 978-1-940456-23-2, $14.99, 236pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a domed Lunar city that became rich by selling Helium-3 to colonies throughout the solar system.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Nabhan’s debut novel stars a pulpy paragon of a hero drawn in the primary colors of golden-age military SF.”

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* Scalzi, John : The End of All Things
(Tor 978-0-7653-7607-7, $24.99, 380pp, hardcover, August 2015, jacket art John Harris)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466849426
Old Man’s War #6

SF novel, sixth book in the series that began with Old Man’s War (2005) and most recently included The Human Division (20013), consisting of four connected novellas plus a 24-page alternate ending to one of them.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Scalzi knows just how to satisfy his fans, providing tense, thrilling action scenes while turning a critical eye on the interstellar equivalents of the military-industrial complex.”
• Adrienne Martini reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Scalzi has become – both by his own design as well as by having some of it thrust upon him – a lightning rod for all of the political and social movements that are swirling around SF culture right now. So far, Scalzi’s ability to tell a pointedly sharp and compulsively readable story remains intact.”

(Mon 27 Jul 2015)
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* Shawl, Nisi, & Bill Campbell, eds. : Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany
(Rosarium Publishing 978-0-9903191-7-7, $28.95, 350pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 3 Aug 2015

Anthology of 33 original stories and essays inspired by Samuel R. Delany.
• Contributors include Michael Swanwick, Eileen Gunn, Nalo Hopkinson, Junot Diaz, Kit Reed, and Geoff Ryman.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, concluding that the book’s selections “run the gamut from light fantasy to hard science fiction, and their sheer diversity is a testament to how Delany’s fertile imagination has inspired his colleagues.”

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* Swanwick, Michael : Chasing the Phoenix
(Tor 978-0-7653-8090-6, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466876064

Post-apocalyptic SF novel about con artists Darger and Surplus, subjects of several short stories over the past decade and the author’s 2011 novel Dancing with Bears.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly concludes, “Swanwick deftly incorporates the literature and history of imperial China into the established post-technology world. The style may distance readers who are more used to stories of emotional development, but as Darger’s schemes become more intricate, the intellectual puzzles keep interest right to the end.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 10 August 2015

Andy Weir’s The Martian is again the highest ranking genre book on lists this week, ranking #1 at LA Times and in the top three on three other lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.16
WP
08.09
LAT
08.09
USAT
08.02
PW
08.10
Amz
(08.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.10)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Abercrombie, Half a War 08.10.15 / 1       61 ++        
Bacigalupi, The Water Knife 06.08.15 / 9 xxx..   19 + xxx.. xxx..      
Cline, Armada 07.13.15 / 5 9 -3 xx 6 -1 88 -30 18 -6 xx   44 +10
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 41       102 +3   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 15 15 -2 xx xx 55 -19 9 +1 xxx.. xxx.. x
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 10             29 +5  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 40 13 +     xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Robinson, Aurora 07.20.15 / 3     20 -8 xxx        
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 96     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 69 +1 xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave 05.13.13 / 33 12 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.16
WP
08.09
LAT
08.09
USAT
08.02
PW
08.10
Amz
(08.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.10)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 202   xx   76 -4 xxx.. 40 +7 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 32 10 +3   11 ++ 72 -6   56 +26   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 71     xxx.. 48 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 29       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 84 +
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 38     xxx.. 53 -6   xxx..    
Estep, Spider’s Trap 08.10.15 / 1       109 ++        
Mandel, Station Eleven [tpb] 06.15.15 / 9 9 +2 xxx.. 5 +2 131 + 12 +1      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 228 12 -7 xxx.. xxx.. 143 -47 xxx.. xxx.. 85 -20 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 129 xxx.. xxx.. 15 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 70       xx   x xxx.. 16 +2
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 234   xxx..   106 -17   45 = 81 = x
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 23 xxx..     xxx.. 22 -1      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 89 5 +1   xxx.. 83 +34 xxx.. xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               70 -9  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 119 +16   xxx..    
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 40 2 = 3 + 1 +3 13 -1 2 = 15 = 26 +6 24 +15
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 17 xxx..       18 -2      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.16
WP
08.09
LAT
08.09
USAT
08.02
PW
08.10
Amz
(08.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.10)
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]

Periodicals, early August

Apex Magazine

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

August 2015
Issue 75, cover art by Bill Norrby
• This issue has fiction by Mehitobel Wilson, Alexis A. Hunter, Sunny Morraine, Damien Angelica Walters, and an ebook/subscriber exclusive story by E. Catherine Tobler.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Mehitobel Wilson and Bill Norrby, an essay by Gary A. Braunbeck, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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Aphelion

• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/

August 2015
Issue 198
• This issue has a serial by David Ames and stories by J. Eckert Lytle, James Tatum, Frank D. Ferrari, K.I. Borrowman, Ray Prew, Joe S. Kimbrough II.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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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/

August 2015
Issue 107, cover art by Julie Dillon
• Fiction is by Martin L. Shoemaker, J.B. Park, Han Song, Emily Devenport, Peter M. Ball, and Neal Asher.
• Nonfiction includes essays by Mark Cole and Emily Devenport, and a roundtable on writing for video games led by Alvaro Zinos Amaro.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

• Original and reprint SF & F; edited by Warren Lapine
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/

July/August 2015
• This issue has an original story by José Pablo Iriarte, an original story by Christina Sng, and other stories and flash by Nancy Fulda, M.K. Hutchins, and Caroline M. Yoachim.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro, Steven Sawicki, and Gillian Daniels.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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Farrago’s Wainscot

• Quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction and poetry, since 2007; editor-in-chief Darin Bradley
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.farragoswainscot.com/

July 2015
• This issue has fiction by Wendy N. Wagner, Josh Rountree, Hal Duncan, and Krista Hoeppner Leahy.
• Poetry is by Michael Kellichner, Jen Schalliol, F.J. Bergmann, and Teresa Milbrodt.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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Forever

• Digital reprint SF magazine, edited by Neil Clarke, since February 2015
• Format: Ebook
• Frequency: monthly
http://forever-magazine.com/

August 2015
Issue 7, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Nancy Kress (with an interview), James Morrow, and Kathleen Ann Goonan.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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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/

August 2015
• This month’s story is “Blow the Moon Out” by E. Catherine Tobler.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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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/

August 2015
Issue 63, cover art by Reiko Murakami
• Science fiction stories in this issue are by Chen Quifan, Vandana Singh, Sarah Pinsker, and Vylar Kaftan. Fantasy stories are by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Genevieve Valentine, Ursula Pflug, and Sam J. Miller.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Kazuo Ishiguro and book reviews by Sunil Patel.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes a novella by John Varley and novel excerpts by Jason M. Hough and Brian W. Aldiss.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Essays and reviews, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.; PDF and other electronic formats since Sept. 2012
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.nyrsf.com/

July 2015
Issue 323, Vol. 27 No. 11, 32pp
• This special “To Fantastic or Not Fantastic” issue features an essay on “The Exile of the Fantastic in the Postwar American Short Story” by Amelia Beamer and Gary K. Wolfe, and an essay on Mario Vargas Llosa by Joe Sanders.
• Christopher Brown reviews Lavie Tidhar, and there are other essays by Michael Andre-Driussi, Mike Barrett, Brian Stableford, Darrell Schweitzer, and Lee Weinstein.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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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/

August 2015
Issue 35, cover art by Carlos Villa
• This issue has stories by Nathaniel Lee, Steve Rasnic Tem, Megan Arkenberg, and Molly Tanzer.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Clive Barker and a column by Seanan McGuire.

(Sat 8 Aug 2015)

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New Books, 4 August 2015

+ Aldiss, Brian : Finches of Mars
(Open Road 978-1-5040-0213-4, $12.99, 202pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015

First US edition (UK: HarperCollins UK/The Friday Project, June 2013)

SF novel about a colony on Mars whose women give birth only to stillborn children.
• Open Road’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online last year: Finches of Mars certainly does not disappoint, and in fact shows Aldiss at the top of his game. … It’s truly a novel of ideas, in the manner of late-period Wells (“Brian at the end of his tether?”) or perhaps one of the Euro-SF authors like Lem.”

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* Ames, Phyllis : Frozen in Amber
(DAW 978-0-7564-0780-3, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197725

Urban fantasy novel about a woman who shapeshifts into a WerCougar.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Ames’s urban fantasy debut relies on an angsty protagonist incoherently stumbling her way through a completely confusing plot.”

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* Andrews, Ilona : Magic Shifts
(Ace 978-0-425-27067-7, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Kate Daniels #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the “Kate Daniels” series following Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds (2010), Magic Slays (2011), Magic Rises (2012), and Magic Breaks (2014), about a female mercenary in a magical Atlanta.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “This is definitely a middle book in the series, but it’s all quite chaotic and fun.”

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* Arnett, Mindee : The Nightmare Charade
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3335-3, $18.99, 384pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466800700
Arkwell Academy #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following The Nightmare Affair (2013) and The Nightmare Dilemma (2014), about a girl at a magic academy who can sneak into people’s dreams.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book “The scrappy first-person narration and integration of frightening dreamscapes make Arnett’s debut a fun paranormal mystery, with a focus on atmosphere over romance. But original it is not: for all the tweaks, Dusty, down to her frizzy red hair, is barely a step removed from Hermione Granger.”

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+ Baxter, Stephen : Ultima
(Roc 978-0451467720, $26.95, 512pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698142961
Proxima #2

First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, November 2014)

SF novel, second of a duology following Proxima (2013), about a 27th century colonization of a planet circling Proxima Centauri.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine. ” ‘‘Ultima’’ can mean ‘‘farthest’’ as well as ‘‘last,’’ and that extremity would seem to be the destination of this second volume, though it takes its time getting there and wanders through some genre spaces that do not at first seem much related to the cosmic gosh-wow promised by the vatic opening and closing passages of Proxima. (Part of me wonders whether Baxter is seeing how many SF tropes and traditions he can fit into one big narrative framework.)”

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* Bedford, Jacey : Crossways
(DAW 978-0756410179, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698173149
Psi-Tech #2

SF novel, second in a series following Empire of Dust (2014), about agents working for interplanetary mega corporations who are implanted with telepath technology.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Readers who crave high adventure and tense plots will enjoy this voyage into the future.”

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* Bee, Ishbelle : The Contrary Tale of Butterfly Girl
(Angry Robot 978-0857664457, $9.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664464
UK edition: 9780857664440 (Thu 6 Aug 2015)
Notebooks of John Loveheart #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath (June 30, 2015), about a nonhuman little girl and her shape-shifting guardian in Victorian England.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Brennan, M. L. : Dark Ascension
(Roc 978-0451474124, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Generation V #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth novel in a series following Generation V (May 2013), Iron Night (Jan. 2014), and Tainted Blood (Nov. 2014), about a down and out vampire faced with a threat to his family’s territory.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, “Brennan’s smart, sassy, and seductive vampire mythos injects fresh blood into a lethargic subgenre.”

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* Doubinsky, Seb : The Song of Synth
(Skyhorse/Talos 978-1-940456-25-6, $14.99, 276pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015

Near-future SF novel about a drug that induces hallucinations indistinguishable from reality.
• Skyhorse’s site has this description.
• This is presumably an expansion of a novella published by PS Publishing in 2012.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “At once gritty and dreamlike, somber and sexy, this is a powerful tale of guilt, addiction, and self-discovery.”

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* Farnsworth, Christopher : The Eternal World
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062282927, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062282934

Fantasy novel about a descendant of the Spanish conquistador who claimed the Fountain of Youth, now head of a pharmaceutical firm developing anti-aging medicines, and a centuries-long rivalry with a survivor of the Native American tribe that guarded the fountain.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Each man is obsessed with living forever, yet exhausted from the lies and hiding they’ve done for centuries and bored by life’s pleasures. ‘To live forever, you have to have something to live for,’ one of them thinks. The realistic approach is one of this inventive novel’s major strengths.”

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+ Foyle, Naomi : Astra
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher Us 978-1623654054, $22.99, 464pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Astra #1

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

Young adult SF novel, first of a series, about a girl in Is-Land who learns the truth about her home and the Non-Land “infiltrators” she’s been taught threaten it.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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* Henry, Christina : Alice
(Ace 978-0425266793, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101618189

Stand-alone fantasy novel, inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, about a woman in a hospital who doesn’t remember why she’s there.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Hocking, Amanda : Crystal Kingdom
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250075352, $22.99, 432pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
The Kanin Chronicles #2

Middle-grade fantasy novel, third in a series following Frostfire (Jan. 2015) and Ice Kissed (May 2015), about a half-blood blond girl in a magical secret kingdom.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Jacka, Benedict : Veiled
(Ace 978-0-425-27575-7, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Alex Verus #6

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), Taken (Sept. 2012), Chosen (2013), and Hidden (2014), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls this a “consistently smart and exciting urban fantasy series.”

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* Jackson, Shirley : Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
(Random House 978-0812997668, $30, 448pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780812997675

Collection of 56 stories and nonfiction pieces, many never before published, by the author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “together they are a multifaceted portrait of the artist as wife, mother, commentator on the comfortable middle class, and pioneer who explored a world of inexplicable, occasionally frightening phenomena.”

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Fifth Season
(Orbit 978-0-316-22929-6, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
The Broken Earth #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new trilogy, set on a world whose sole continent is split by a great red rift.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Jemisin’s graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world.”

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Dragonbane
(St. Martin’s 978-1250029942, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250029959
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427261205
Dark-Hunter #25

Supernatural romance novel, 25th volume (by Wikipedia’s count) or 19th volume (by the publisher’s count) in the bestselling “Dark-Hunters” series, following Retribution (2011), Time Untime (2012), Styxx (2013), and Son of No One (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with links to excerpts, background, and the book’s playlist.

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* Lain, Douglas : After the Saucers Landed
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808231, $15.99, 248pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00VGTC692

Satirical SF novel in which the aliens that land on the White House lawn look just like the cheesy aliens from a B movie.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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* Meluch, R. M. : The Twice and Future Caesar
(DAW 978-0756408961, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637388
Merrimack #6

Military SF novel, sixth in the series about the USS Merrimack, in a 25th century with American and Roman interstellar empires battling an alien threat called the Hive, following The Myriad (2005), Wolf Star (2006), The Sagittarius Command (2007), Strength and Honor (2008), and The Ninth Circle (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Miéville, China : Three Moments of an Explosion
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1-101-88472-0, 400pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101884737
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781101922835
UK edition: Macmillan 978-0230770171 (Thu 30 Jul 2015)


Collection of 28 stories, 10 of them original to this book.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Award winner Miéville moves effortlessly among realism, fantasy, and surrealism in this dark, sometimes horrific short story collection.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Miéville is as brilliant as ever in finding the necessary balance between narrative mode and unfettered invention.”

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* Murray, Susan : Waterborne Exile
(Angry Robot 978-0857664396, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664402
UK edition: 9780857664389 (Thu 6 Aug 2015)
Waterborne Blade #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following The Waterborne Blade (May 2015), about a queen who flees her citadel to escape an invading traitor.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Posey, Jay : Dawnbreaker
(Angry Robot 978-0857664488, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664495
UK edition: 9780857664471 (Thu 6 Aug 2015)
Legends of the Duskwalker #3

SF novel, third in a series following Three (2013) and Morningside Fall (2014), set in a post-apocalypse western US.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : Blood Call
(Orbit 978-0-316-34360-2, $20, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316343640

Supernatural thriller about a woman who turns to her ex-boyfriend, a liquidation agent with “talents”, for help.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review has reservations, but concludes, “But exploding baddies make for exciting action scenes, and Anna and Josiah’s pale, mangled, cautious vampire ally is delightfully creepy.”

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* Snodgrass, Melinda : The Edge of Dawn
(Tor 978-0-7653-3816-7, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466837812
Edge of Reason #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Edge of Reason (2008) The Edge of Ruin (2010), about an Albuquerque cop and his involvement in a war between magic and reason.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Snodgrass focuses on the internal struggles as effectively as the exterior action, which helps distinguish her protagonist from his enemies more clearly than the stated division between rationality and superstition…”

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* Vaughn, Carrie : Kitty Saves the World
(Tor 978-0-7653-6870-6, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Kitty Norville #14

Fantasy novel, fourteenth and final book in the series following Kitty Steals the Show (2012), Kitty Rocks the House (Apr. 2013), Kitty in the Underworld (Aug. 2013), and Low Midnight (Jan. 2015), about werewolf radio talk show host Kitty Norville.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Longtime readers will enjoy the sense of payoff—especially when certain characters meet much-deserved fates and others get their happy-for-nows—and they’ll be eager to see where Vaughn goes next. “
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “Rarely do books boast such a huge spoiler in the title, but seeing how Kitty gets there is the entertaining part in this 14th and final book in the Kitty series.”

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* Weber, David : The Sword of the South
(Baen 978-1476-7-8084-9, $27, 560pp, hardcover, August 2015, cover art Asplund Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-429-1
Sword of the South #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series set in the author’s Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* White, Steve : Soldiers Out of Time
(Baen 978-1-4767-8072-6, $15, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2015, cover art Don Maitz)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-430-7
Jason Thanou #5

SF novel, fifth in a series following Blood of the Heroes (2006), Sunset of the Gods (Jan. 2013), Pirates of the Timestream (Aug. 2013), and Ghosts of Time (2014), about a time traveler to ancient Greece where the Greek gods are real.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The time travel leads to a twisty, clever series of surprises and plot mechanics.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 3 August 2015

— posted Monday 3 August 2015 @ 10:24 am PDT

Ernest Cline’s Armada debuts on one more print list this week, though it slips on the three other lists that were updated this week.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.09
WP
07.26
LAT
08.02
USAT
07.26
PW
08.03
Amz
(08.03)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.03)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.03)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cline, Armada 07.13.15 / 4 6 -2 [ 4 ] 5 ++ 58 -49 12 -9 x   54 -9
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 40       105 +37   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 14 13 = [ 10 ] x 36 -4 10 = xxx.. xxx.. 86 +
Novik, Uprooted 07.27.15 / 2     17 +2          
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 9             34 +19  
Robinson, Aurora 07.20.15 / 2     12 ++ xx        
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 95     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 70 +5 xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 11 xxx..   20 -12 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave 05.13.13 / 32 13 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.09
WP
07.26
LAT
08.02
USAT
07.26
PW
08.03
Amz
(08.03)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.03)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.03)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 201   [ 6 ]   72 +15 xxx.. 47 -3 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 133 16 -2   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 31 13 -2     66 +2   82 -18   xxx
Crichton, Jurassic Park 06.22.15 / 6     14 + xx     xxx..  
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 70     xxx.. 43 +29 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 37     xxx.. 47 +43   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 54 xxx..   xxx..       88 +  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 83     xxx.. xxx.. 14 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven [tpb] 06.15.15 / 8 11 -2   7 + x 13 +2      
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 177 20 -1   xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 227 5 +1   xxx.. 96 -8 xxx.. xxx.. 65 -25 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 128 xxx..   10 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 27             92 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 69       x   97 -8 xxx.. 18 +3
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 233       89 +4   45 +3 81 -18 90 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 22 xxx..     xxx.. 21 +2      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 88 6 +2   xxx.. 117 +15 xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 109 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 23 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               98 -10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               61 -11  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               89 +2  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 135 +3   xxx..    
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 8 xxx..             100 -49
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 39 2 = [ 3 ] 4 -1 12 +2 2 = 15 +1 32 -5 39 +15
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 16 xxx..       16 +1      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.09
WP
07.26
LAT
08.02
USAT
07.26
PW
08.03
Amz
(08.03)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.03)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.03)
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]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late July 2015

— posted Thursday 30 July 2015 @ 2:21 pm PDT

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/

July 2015
Issue 177-178, cover art by Julie Dillon
• Issue 178, posted July 23, has stories by Raphael Ordoñez and Benjanun Sriduangkaew, with a podcast story by Kate Marshall and an archive story by Nicole M. Taylor.
Issue 177, posted July 9, has stories by Caroline M. Yoachim and Kate Marshall, with a podcast story by Karalynn Lee and an archive story by Seth Dickinson.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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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/

Jul-Aug 2015
Issue 47, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Richard Wagner
• Stories in this issue are by James Van Pelt, Kate Jonez, John Connolly, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Ray Bluley, and Eric J. Guignard.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Tony Lee, and Peter Tennant.

(Thu 23 Jul 2015)

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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/

July 2015
• Stories posted in July are by Sean Williams, Bud Sparhawk, Mari Ness, J. Robert DeWitt, and others.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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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/

July 2015
Issue 46, cover art by M. Wayne Miller
• Stories in this issue are by Ken Scholes, Holly Heisey, Scott M. Roberts, Nathaniel Lee, James Maxey, and D. Thomas Minton.
• There’s also an interview with Max Gladstone, a vintage story by Gladstone, and an essay on film by Chris Bellamy.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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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/

July/August 2015
Issue 259, cover art by Martin Hanford
• Fiction in this issue is by E. Catherine Tobler, Chris Butler, Sara Saab, Richard W. Strachan, Rich Larson, and Mack Leonard.
• Features include columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, film reviews by Nick Lowe, DVD and Blu-ray reviews by Tony Lee, and numerous book reviews including an interview with Al Robertson.

(Sun 26 Jul 2015)

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Mythic Delirium

• Quarterly fiction and poetry journal published and edited by Mike Allen; debuted 1998 as a biannual poetry journal, became quarterly in 2013
http://www.mythicdelirium.com/

July-Sept. 2015
Issue 2.1, cover art by Paula Arwen Owen
• This issue has stories by Sara M. Harvey, Cassandra Khaw and Barbara Krasnoff, and poetry by Alicia Cole, Sandi Leibowitz, Hannah Strom-Martin, Anne Carly Abad, Shira Lipkin and Jane Yolen.
• The issue is available for sale now in electronic formats, while content is posted for free at monthly intervals; July content is currently live.

(Mon 20 Jul 2015)

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Shimmer

• Fantasy fiction, since 2005; senior editor E. Catherine Tobler; electronic only since issue 19
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Bi-monthly
http://www.shimmerzine.com/

July 2015
Issue 26
• This issue has stories by Roshani Chokshi, Lavie Tidhar, Cat Hellisen, and Erica L. Satifka.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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Star*Line

• Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
http://www.sfpoetry.com/

Summer 2015
Issue 38.3, $5, 48pp, cover art by Piero di Cosimo
• This issue has poetry by Mary Soon Lee, Jenny Blackford, Sarah Page, Bruce Boston, Beth Cato, Robert Borski, and many others.
• Features include an editorial by F.J. Bergmann, a President’s Message by Bryant D. Dietrich, small press reviews, and a “Stealth SF” column by Denise Dumars.
• This issue comes with Dwarf Stars 2015, a chapbook containing short poems eligible for this year’s Dwarf Stars Award.

(Wed 29 Jul 2015)

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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/

July 2015
• Fiction posted this month includes The Lone Star Sin Eaters by Evan Berkow, It Brought Us All Together by Marissa Lingen, and The Visitor by Karen Myers.
• Columns and articles include Communities: Weighty of History by Renay, an interview with artist Sishir Bommakanti, a column on writing by Kari Sperring, an article about Pluto by Paul McAuley, and a book club roundtable about a novel by Molly Gloss.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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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/

July 2015
• Original stories posted in July include At the End of Babel by Michael Livingston, Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978 by David Herter, In the Cave of the Delicate Singers by Lucy Taylor, The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography by Kelly McCullough, and Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma.
Excerpts include works by Paul Cornell, Cixin Liu, Kate Elliott, Charlie Jane Anders, Michael Swanwick, and others.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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Uncanny

• Magazine of SF and fantasy, since 2014; edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://uncannymagazine.com/

July/August 2015
Issue 5, cover art by Antonio Caparo
• This issue has fiction by Shveta Thakrar, E. Lily Yu, Mary Robinette Kowal, Charlie Jane Anders, Sarah Monette, Scott Lynch, and Delilah S. Dawson.
• Poetry is by Bryan Thao Worra, C.S.E. Cooney, and Sonya Taaffe.
• There are also interviews with E. Lily Yu and Delilah S. Dawson, and essays by Sofia Samatar, Natalie Luhrs, Caitlín Rosberg, and Michael R. Underwood.

(Thu 30 Jul 2015)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 28 July 2015

— posted Tuesday 28 July 2015 @ 4:45 pm PDT

* Abercrombie, Joe : Half a War
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-8041-7845-7, $26, 352pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780804178471
Shattered Sea #3

Fantasy novel, third book in a trilogy after Half a King (2014) and Half the World (Feb. 2015), about a second son who becomes king following the deaths of his father and brother.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Abercrombie piles on shocking betrayals and charges his characters a high price for vengeance in this powerful and fitting final volume.”

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+ Carey, Edward : Foulsham
(Overlook Press 978-1-4683-0954-6, $16.99, 336pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Jul 2015
Iremonger #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second book of a trilogy following Heap House (2014), about a London family whose grandfather can turn people into objects and form objects in the shapes of people. The book is illustrated by the author.
• Overlook’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the earlier book a starred review, calling it a “delightful variation on Mervyn Peake’s classic Gormenghast books.”

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* Dietz, William C. : Redzone
(Ace 978-0-425-27334-0, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698150119
Mutant Files #2

SF novel, second in a series following Deadeye (Feb. 2015), about an LA detective in the years following an act of bioengineered terrorism in 2038 that left part of the population with horrible mutations.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Science fiction flourishes notwithstanding, the novel tracks as a straight crime thriller. Its brisk pacing and suspenseful twists will suck in readers, who will eagerly await the revelation of the Bonebreaker’s identity in a future book.”

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* Estep, Jennifer : Spider’s Trap
(Pocket 978-1-5011-0517-3, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Elemental Assassin #16

Urban fantasy novel, 16th in the Elemental Assassin series of now 13 novels and 3 novellas, about assassin Gin Blanco in the southern city of Ashland.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “As always, the central mystery and interpersonal relationships are well crafted.”

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* Griffith, Clay, & Susan Griffith : The Conquering Dark
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345540508, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Crown & Key #3

Urban fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following The Shadow Revolution (June 2, 2015) and The Undying Legion (June 30, 2015), about werewolves in Victorian-era London.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Grossman, Austin : Crooked
(Little, Brown/Mulholland Books 978-0-316-19851-6, $26, 368pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316198509
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478904113

Alternate history novel in which Richard Nixon tells the story of his life, revealing, among other things, the supernatural secret he discovered as a young man.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Grossman has done a fine job of combining history, thriller, and weird tale.”

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* Holt, Tom : The Good, the Bad, and the Smug
(Orbit 978-0-316-36881-0, $15, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316368803
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909170

Humorous fantasy novel, subtitled “A novel beyond good and evil”, about a goblin king investigating how the human race is getting so rich.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, saying the author “achieves near-perfection in his new comic fantasy” and concluding, “Holt keeps track of every thread from beginning to end and cleverly ties them all together in unexpected ways. This is a must-read for those who grew up in awe of The Phantom Tollbooth.”

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* Ishiguro, Tatsuaki : Biogenesis and Other Stories
(Vertical 978-1-934287-30-9, $14.95, 240pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-942993-44-5

Collection of 4 or 5 stories by the Japanese author, his first work to appear in English, about (according the Amazon description) the precariousness of species.
• Vertical’s site has this description, with blurbs from Kenzaburo Oe and others.

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* Johnson, Jean : The Terrans
(Ace 978-0425276914, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698175785
First Salik War #1

Military SF novel, first in a new series set in the world of the author’s “Theirs Not to Reason Why” series, set 200 years earlier.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Kadrey, Richard : Killing Pretty
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-237310-6, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062373243
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062395344
Sandman Slim #7

Urban fantasy thriller, seventh in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), Kill City Blues (2013), and The Getaway God (2014), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There’s little sense of menace or looming darkness, but plenty of over-the-top entertainment.”

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* Milán, Victor : The Dinosaur Lords
(Tor 978-0-7653-3296-7, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429966115

Fantasy novel about a world that mirrors 14th century Europe in which knights battle on dinosaurs rather than horses. This is the author’s first non tie-in novel in some 20 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Milán skillfully crafts his characters, giving each one vivid individuality. He has also given significant thought to just how knights might use dinosaurs as mounts in combat, suggesting novel techniques such as hadrosaurs that make sonic attacks. Readers who pick this up for the gimmick will relish it for the able storytelling.”

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* Molles, D. J. : The Remaining: Extinction
(Orbit 978-0-316-26164-7, $10, 480pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316261661
The Remaining #6

Post-apocalypse zombie novel, sixth in a series following The Remaining: Allegiance (Feb. 2015).
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The series wraps up on a literally explosive but hopeful note that speaks to the resilience and bravery of humans in the face of utter devastation.”

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* Nassise, Joseph, & Del Howison, eds. : Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed
(Tor 978-0-7653-3542-5, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466823624

Anthology of 22 original stories based on Clive Barker’s novella “Cabal” and the film Nightbreed.
• Authors include Seanan McGuire, Amber Benson, Nancy Holder, and David J. Schow.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “References to characters and plot points from Barker’s original may puzzle those not familiar with it, but the juxtapositions of monstrous humans and humanized monsters will register with fans of thought-provoking horror.”

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* Ochse, Weston : Grunt Traitor
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781083581, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2015
Task Force Ombra #2

Military SF novel, second of a series following Grunt Life (2014), about a military man fighting an alien invasion of Earth.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 27 July 2015

— posted Monday 27 July 2015 @ 8:30 am PDT

Ernest Cline’s Armada (Crown) debuts strongly on four lists, ranking as high as #3 on the Publishers Weekly list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.02
WP
07.26
LAT
07.26
USAT
07.19
PW
07.27
Amz
(07.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.27)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bacigalupi, The Water Knife 06.08.15 / 8 xxx..   16 -2 xxx.. xxx..      
Cline, Armada 07.13.15 / 3 4 ++ 4 ++   9 ++ 3 ++ 103 -43   45 -12
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 39       142 +   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 13 13 -6 10 -2 20 -14 32 -6 10 -4 xxx xxx.. xx
Novik, Uprooted 07.27.15 / 1     19 ++          
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 8             53 -12  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 39 15 +     xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 94     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 75 + xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 10 xxx.. xxx.. 8 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.02
WP
07.26
LAT
07.26
USAT
07.19
PW
07.27
Amz
(07.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.27)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 200   6 +   87 -3 xxx.. 44 = xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 132 14 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 30 11 =     68 +24   64 +5   xx
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 69     xxx.. 72 +7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 28       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 70 +3
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 36     xxx.. 90 =   xxx..    
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 82     xxx.. xxx.. 15 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven (UK) 05.11.15 / 8             71 +  
Mandel, Station Eleven [tpb] 06.15.15 / 7 9 -1 xx x 147 + 15 +1      
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 176 19 + xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 226 6 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 88 -31 xxx.. xxx.. 40 +21 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 127 xxx xxx.. 11 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 68       134 +10   89 -26 xxx.. 21 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 232   xx   93 +5   48 -14 63 +21 xxx
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 21 xxx..     xxx.. 23 =      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 87 8 -3   xxx.. 132 -38 xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 108 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 25 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               88 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK) 07.19.04 / 39             96 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               50 -5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               91 -28  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 138 +   xxx..    
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 7 xxx             51 -8
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 38 2 = 3 -1 3 -2 14 -2 2 = 16 -2 27 +13 54 -28
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 15 xxx..       17 +2      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.02
WP
07.26
LAT
07.26
USAT
07.19
PW
07.27
Amz
(07.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.27)
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]

Category: Bestsellers

Classic Reprints, July 2015

— posted Saturday 25 July 2015 @ 11:09 am PDT

de Lint, Charles : Seven Wild Sisters
(Little, Brown 978-0316053525, $8, 272pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316239950

(First edition: Little, Brown, 2014)

Young adult fantasy novel, companion to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, with color illustrations by Charles Vess.
• The earlier 2014 Little, Brown hardcover edition was a revision of a 2002 Subterranean edition.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Delany, Samuel R. : A, B, C: Three Short Novels
(Vintage 978-1-101-91142-6, $16.95, 28+472pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101911433

Omnibus of three early Delany novels: The Jewels of Aptor, The Ballad of Beta-2, and They Fly at Çiron, first published in 1962, 1965, and 1993 respectively, though an earlier version of the last title appear in 1971 in F&SF (co-written with James Sallis).
• This volume also has a new foreword by the author, and a 40-page afterword recalling how the books were written and published.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “All of the novels are excellent and must-reads for anyone interested in science fiction, and the additional autobiographical notes in the afterword add a wealth of material for Delany’s fans.”

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Moorcock, Michael : The King of the Swords
(Titan 978-1783291694, $9.95, 240pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
Corum #3

(First edition: Berkley, 1971)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Knight of the Swords and The Queen of the Swords (both 1971, both recently reissued by Titan), about Prince Corum, one of the many incarnations of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Verne, Jules : The Self-Propelled Island
(University Of Nebraska Press/Bison Books 978-0803245822, $29.95, 352pp, hardcover, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Jul 2015

First unabridged translation of the author’s 1895 novel L’Île à hélice, which had earlier English-language versions in 1896 and 1965 (SFE). This version is translated by Marie-Thérèse Noiset and has an introduction by Volker Dehs.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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New in Paperback, July 2015

— posted Wednesday 22 July 2015 @ 3:02 pm PDT

Bear, Elizabeth : Steles of the Sky
(Tor 978-0765379658, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
The Eternal Sky #3

(First edition: Tor, April 2014)

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following Range of Ghosts (2012) and Shattered Pillars (2013), set on a world resembling central Asia where various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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Bear, Greg : War Dogs
(Orbit 978-0316072823, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jul 2015
War Dogs #1

(First edition: Orbit, October 2014)

Near-future SF novel, first in a series, about an interstellar war whose alien protagonists have come to Earth and Mars.
• Hachette’s site has a description with a preview function.

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Bova, Ben : New Frontiers
(Tor 978-0765376503, $8.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

Collection of 14 previously published stories, with new introductions by the author.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online.

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* Brett, Peter V. : The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold
(Tachyon Publications 978-1616961978, $14.95, 192pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015

Omnibus of two volumes published earlier in hardcover by Subterranean Press: collection The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (2010) and novella Brayan’s Gold (2011).
• Tachyon’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Cheney, J. Kathleen : The Seat of Magic
(Roc 978-0451417770, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
Golden City #2

(First edition: Roc, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Golden City (2013), about a spy for the magical sea folk who are banned from the Golden City.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Goodkind, Terry : Severed Souls
(Tor 978-0765366214, $9.99, 640pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Richard and Kahlan #3

(First edition: Tor, August 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Omen Machine (2011) and The Third Kingdom (2013), concerning two characters, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, from the author’s popular “Sword of Truth” series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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Kadrey, Richard : The Getaway God
(Harper Voyager 978-0062197627, $14.99, 416pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015
Sandman Slim #6

(First edition: Harper Voyager, August 2014)

Urban fantasy thriller, sixth in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), and Kill City Blues (2013), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.

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Kratman, Tom : The Rods and the Axe
(Baen 978-1476780740, $7.99, 688pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Carrera #6

(First edition: Baen, July 2014)

Military SF novel, sixth in a series following A Desert Called Peace (2007), Carnifex (2007), The Lotus Eaters (2010), The Amazon Legion (2011), and Come and Take Them (2013), about military leader Carrera and his battles against Islamic terrorists and other threats on the world of Terra Nova.
• Baen’s site has this description (hit the ‘back’ link in upper right once or twice if necessary) with links to several chapters.

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Lackey, Mercedes, & James Mallory : The House of the Four Winds
(Tor 978-0765370532, $8.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
One Dozen Daughters #1

(First edition: Tor, August 2014)

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about a royal family with one son and a dozen daughters, who must fend for their own futures.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Mitchell, David : The Bone Clocks
(Random House 978-0812976823, $18, 656pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015

(First edition: Random House, September 2014)

Literary novel with SF and fantasy elements, following the life of a woman named Holly Sykes over the decades from the 1980s to 2043.
• Random House’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.

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Monk, Devon : Cold Copper
(Roc 978-0451418616, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
Age of Steam #3

(First edition: Roc, July 2013)

Steampunk fantasy novel, third in a series following Dead Iron (2011) and Tin Swift (2012), about bounty hunter and werewolf Cedar Hunt in search of the Holder, a device that would open a door between this world to the realm of the Strange.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Palmatier, Joshua : Shattering the Ley
(DAW 978-0756409913, $7.99, 560pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
Erenthrall #1

(First edition: DAW, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about the magical city of Erenthrall, hub of a ley line system that links it to the rest of the world.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Park, Paul : All Those Vanished Engines
(Tor 978-0765375414, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jul 2015

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

SF novel in three parts, each set in its own alternate-history universe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Closer in form to Borges than to Wells, All Those Vanished Engines is not so much a return to science fiction as an effort, maddening and brilliant by turns, to re-invent it as a way of understanding our own tangled histories.

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Rice, Anne : Prince Lestat
(Random House/Anchor 978-0345803658, $15.95, 608pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
The Vampire Chronicles #14

(First edition: Random House/Knopf, October 2014)

Vampire novel, the first new book in the author’s Vampire Chronicles series since Blood Canticle in 2003.
• The book has two appendices describing the characters and the earlier books.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Ringo, John : Islands of Rage & Hope
(Baen 978-1476780436, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Black Tide Rising #3

(First edition: Baen, August 2014)

SF/horror novel, third in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013) and To Sail a Darkling Sea (2014), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Stross, Charles : The Rhesus Chart
(Ace 978-0425256565, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Laundry Files #5

(First edition: Ace, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, fifth in the author’s “Laundry Files” sequence following The Atrocity Archives (2004), The Jennifer Morgue (2006), The Fuller Memorandum (2010), and The Apocalypose Codex (2012), about British secret service agent Bob Howard battling Lovecraftian horrors.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Turtledove, Harry : Last Orders
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345524720, $18, 416pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015
The War That Came Early #6

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2014)

Alternate history novel, sixth in a series following Hitler’s War (2009), West and East (2010), The Big Switch (2011), Coup d’Etat (2012), and Two Fronts (2013), about an alternate World War II that followed when Neville Chamberlain stood up to Hitler rather than appeased him with the Munich Accord.
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Valentine, Genevieve : The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
(Simon & Schuster/Washington Square Press 978-1476739090, $15, 288pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015

(First edition: Atria, June 2014)

Associational novel set in Jazz Age Manhattan, about the eldest of 12 daughters who helps them sneak out of their father’s townhouse at night to visit speakeasies. It’s based on the Brothers Grimm story “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”.
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