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Weekly Bestsellers, 8 June 2015

Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife (Knopf) debuts on three lists, though no higher than #16 on the New York Times list.

Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves debuts on the LA Times list this week at #3.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.14
WP
06.01
LAT
06.07
USAT
05.31
PW
06.08
Amz
(06.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.08)
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 / 1 16 ++     102 ++ 19 ++      
Corey, Nemesis Games 06.08.15 / 1               71 ++
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 6           9 -4 24 -13 8 -6
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 4 9 =     xx xx     57 ++
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 29     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 90 -13 xxx.. 40 +
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 1             25 ++  
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 93     xxx.. 118 +19 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 48     xxx.. xxx.. 20 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 3 5 -2 [ 3 ] 3 ++ 40 -34 8 -3 x   92 -26
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.14
WP
06.01
LAT
06.07
USAT
05.31
PW
06.08
Amz
(06.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.08)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 193       xxx.. xxx.. 40 +13 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 23 19 =     xxx   xxx..    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 62     xxx.. 107 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 29     xxx.. 110 +7   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 47 xxx..   xxx..       83 -41  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 10 xxx..     xxx.. xxx..   95 ++  
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 4 13 +2     113 -33 5 +1      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 75     xxx.. xxx 13 +6 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 219 8 -5   8 +1 65 -2 xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 20             62 -5 x
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 61       132 -28   17 +6 xxx.. 11 +3
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 225   [ 9 ]   xxx..   48 +36 xxx.. xx
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 14 xx     xxx.. 18 -4      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 80 5 =   xxx.. 126 +20 xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 102 xxx..   xxx.. xx 17 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 1               33 ++
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 31 5 +2   12 -5 48 +34 16 +2 22 +43 74 ++ 22 +54
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.14
WP
06.01
LAT
06.07
USAT
05.31
PW
06.08
Amz
(06.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.08)
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 June

Apex Magazine

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

June 2015
Issue 73, cover art by Tori K. Roman
• Fiction in this issue is by Mari Ness, Alex Livingston, DJ Cockburn, and (exclusive to the eBook/subcribers) Malon Edwards.
• Poetry is by Laura Madeline Wiseman, Bethany Powell, and John W. Sexton.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Mari Ness and Tori K. Roman, an essay by Ardi Alspach, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Sat 6 Jun 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/

June 2015
Issue 105, cover art by Liu Junwei
• Fiction is by E. Catherine Tobler, Andy Dudak, Kris Millering, Bogi Takács, Terry Bisson, and Caitlin R. Kiernan.
• Nonfiction includes a conversation with Robert Charles Wilson and essays by Jason Heller and John Chu.

(Sat 6 Jun 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/

June 2015
Issue 5, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This fifth issue of Neil Clarke’s SF reprint magazine has stories by Walter Jon Williams (with an interview), Vandana Singh, and Michael Swanwick.

(Sat 6 Jun 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/

June 2015
• This month’s story is “The Business of Buying and Selling” by Patricia Russo.

(Sat 6 Jun 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/

May 2015
Issue 45, cover art by Eric Wilkerson
• Stories in this issue are by Jamie Todd Rubin, Rob Steiner, Erica L. Satifka, Christian Heftel, H.G. Parry, and Sunil Patel.
• There’s also a podcast of the Sunil Patel story.

(Sat 6 Jun 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/

June 2015
Issue 61, cover art by Elizabeth Leggett
• This special “Queers Destroy Science Fiction” special issue, guest-edited by Seanan McGuire, has 10 original SF stories by Kate M. Galey, John Chu, Chaz Brenchley, Amal El-Mohtar, and others, 4 classic reprints, by Geoff Ryman and others, selected by Steve Berman, and flash fiction, by JY Yang, Sarah Pinsker, and others, selected by Sigrid Ellis.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with David Gerrold, book reviews by Amal El-Mohtar, and 27 personal essays about reading and writing SF as a queer person.
• The issue is available in trade paperback form from Amazon.

(Sat 6 Jun 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/

May 2015
Issue 321, Vol. 27 No. 9, 32pp
• This special “Into the Cosmos” issue features an essay by Christopher S. Kovacs about Roger Zelazny’s Eye of Cat and a review by Patrick McGuire of a book about the Vatican Observatory.
• Other reviews include D. Douglas Fratz on Grant Carrington, Michael Levy on Daryl Gregory, Russell Blackford on Clareson & Sanders’ book on Heinlein, and A.P. Canavan on Sándor Klapcsik.
• There’s also film recommended by Michael Andre-Driussi, an essay by Mike Barrett and Edith Wharton, an essay by Olympe Chambrionne about a French novel on sex and astrology, and an editorial by Kevin J. Maroney.

(Fri 29 May 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/

June 2015
Issue 33, cover art by Okan Bülbül
• This issue has stories by Maria Dahvana Headley, Sarah Langan, Dale Bailey, and Chet Williamson.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Lucy A. Snyder and a column by Mike Davis.

(Sat 6 Jun 2015)

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New Books, 2 June 2015

* Afsharirad, David : The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera
(Baen 978-1-4767-8058-0, $16, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-393-5

Anthology of 15 stories first published in 2014, the first volume of an annual series.
• Authors include Linda Nagata, Charlie Jane Anders, Brad R. Torgersen, and Derek Künsken. There’s an introduction by David Drake.
• Baen’s site has the story copyrights, a description page, and links to several stories.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Every story takes the reader on a fascinating, thought-provoking, enjoyable journey into the militarized future.”

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* Anderson, Kevin J. : Blood of the Cosmos
(Tor 978-0-7653-3300-1, $27.99, 607pp, hardcover, June 2015, jacket art Stephen Youll)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429966481
Saga of Shadows #2

SF novel, second in a series following the Hugo-nominated The Dark Between the Stars (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

(Wed 27 May 2015)
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• (Directory Entry)

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* Birmingham, John : Resistance: Dave vs. the Monsters
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345539892, $9.99, 400pp, 9.99, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345539908
David Hooper #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters (Apr 2015), about an oil-rig worker battling monsters.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with a preview function.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Corey, James S. A. : Nemesis Games
(Orbit 978-0-316-21758-3, $27, 544pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316217590
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478903956
UK edition: 978-0356504223 (Thu 4 Jun 2015)
The Expanse #5

Space opera novel, fifth book of “The Expanse” following Leviathan’s Deep (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), Abaddon’s Gate (2013), and Cibola Burn (2014).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an OpenBook excerpt.

Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Corey cranks up the tension relentlessly in this fast-paced story of heroes and rebels fighting for freedom. With enough thrills and intrigue for three Hollywood blockbusters, the novel stands alone nicely, making it easy for new readers as well as diehard series fans to dive right in.”

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+ de Castell, Sebastien : Knight’s Shadow
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher US 978-1623653989, $26.99, 400pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
The Greatcoats #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Traitor’s Blade (2014), about a troupe of travelling Magisters reviled for having failed to prevent the overthrow of their king.
• Quercus’ site has this description of the UK edition, published in March.

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* Douglas, Ian : Deep Time
(Harper Voyager 978-0062184054, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062184016
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062404688
Star Carrier #6

Military SF novel, sixth in the “Star Carrier” series following Earth Strike (2010), Center of Gravity (2011), Singularity (2012), Deep Space (2013), and Dark Matter (2014), about an intergalactic battle between humanity and an evil empire.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Fortune, Margaret : Nova
(DAW 978-0-7564-1081-0, $24.95, 320pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197688
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780147525413

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a young woman who realizes she is a genetically engineered time bomb.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Johansen’s existential angst over her humanity is mildly compelling, and the novel’s resolution is neat and satisfying, but the book resembles nothing so much as a toned-down version of Total Recall.”

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Green, Simon R. : From a Drood to a Kill
(Roc 978-0451414335, $26.95, 400pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698184084
Secret Histories #9

Fantasy novel, ninth in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009), From Hell with Love (2010), For Heaven’s Eyes Only (2011), Live and Let Drood (2012), Casino Infernale (2013), and Property of a Lady Faire (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Griffith, Clay, & Susan Griffith : The Shadow Revolution
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345539502, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345539519
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781101890141
Crown & Key #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about werewolves in Victorian-era London.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• Subsequent volumes will be published at monthly intervals.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Harbour, Katherine : Briar Queen
(Harper Voyager 978-0062286765, $12.99, 368pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062286772
Night and Nothing #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Thorn Jack (2014), about a supernatural New York town.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Harbour makes love, suffering, and sacrifice the most poignant parts of her worlds, and readers with even the barest knowledge of fairy lore and legends will be pulled deep into this tale of sharp magic and its ruthless children.”

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Hurst, Melissa : The Edge of Forever
(Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press 978-1632204240, $14.99, 272pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015

Young adult novel about a time traveler from 2146 investigating a mystery surrounding a girl in 2013.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Jensen, Danielle L. : Hidden Huntress
(Angry Robot 978-0857664723, $9.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 25 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664730
UK edition: 9780857664655 (Thu 4 Jun 2015)
Maladiction Trilogy #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second book in a trilogy following Stolen Songbird (2014), about a young woman kidnapped to the underground city of the trolls.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* King, Stephen : Finders Keepers
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-5011-0007-9, $30, 448pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
UK edition: Hodder & Stoughton 978-1473698994 (Tue 2 Jun 2015)


Crime thriller (with no fantastic content) about a vengeful reader who has murdered his favorite author. The characters include those in last year’s novel Mr. Mercedes.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, concerning detective Bill Hodges, “His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail-biting suspense that’s the hallmark of King’s best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: Finders Keepers is an unsettling novel that holds up to fandom a mirror that most people who think of themselves as fans would prefer not to look into.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes : From a High Tower
(DAW 978-0756408985, $25.95, 336pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139794
Elemental Masters #10

Fantasy novel retelling of the story of Rapunzel.
• It’s the ninth book in the Elemental Masters series, following Fire Rose, Gates of Sleep, Serpent’s Shadow, Phoenix and Ashes, The Wizard of London, Reserved for the Cat, Unnatural Issue (2011), Elemental Magic (2012), Steadfast (2013), and Blood Red (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Lawrence, Mark : The Liar’s Key
(Ace 978-0-425-26880-3, $26.95, 479pp, hardcover, June 2015, jacket art Jason Chan)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101630945
The Red Queen’s War #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Prince of Fools. (2014), about a prince of the Broken Empire.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series.”

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* Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Dragon in Exile
(Baen 978-1-4767-8071-9, $26, 384pp, hardcover, June 2015, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-392-8
Liaden #18

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following Trade Secret (2013)
• Baen’s site has a description with links to several chapters.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Manney, PJ : (R)Evolution
(Amazon/47North 978-1-4778-2849-6, $14.95, 544pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Jun 2015

SF novel about a scientist whose nanotechology research is stolen and used to kill 70,000 people in Las Vegas.
• Amazon’s page has a description and a “Look Inside” preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Manney introduces so many interesting ideas that at times the book feels overcrowded and bogged down, despite its considerable length. Fans of gosh-wow SF will devour this novel all the way to the startling ending.”

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+ McAuley, Paul : Evening’s Empires
(Gollancz 978-0-575-10081-7, $16.95, 376pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Jun 2015
Quiet War #4

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, July 2013)

SF novel, fourth in a series following The Quiet War (2008), Gardens of the Sun (2009), and In the Mouth of the Whale (2012), set 1500 years after the Quiet War, about a 19-year-old pilot seeking revenge against those who murdered his family.
• This is the Gollancz paperback edition, distributed in the US. Gollancz’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a typically imaginative and complex vision of the far future.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the June 2013 issue of Locus Magazine: “McAuley is having a good deal of fun laying out what amounts to a tribute to classic space opera, and Evening’s Empires, while not lacking in the snazzy mise-en-scene spectacle or the philosophical debates of the earlier novels, is the most purely enjoyable straight adventure tale in the Quiet War series so far.”

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* Shepherd, Mike : Vicky Peterwald: Survivor
(Ace 978-0425266588, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101617328
Vicky Peterwald #2

Military SF novel, second in a spinoff series to Shepherd’s long-running Kris Longknife series, following Vicky Peterwald: Target (2014).
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Sprunk, Jon : Storm and Steel
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-63388-010-8, $18, 479pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781633880115
The Book of the Black Earth #2

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel, second in a series following Blood and Iron (2014).
• Pyr’s site has this description. (Also on distributor Penguin Random House’s site.)

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* Stirling, S. M. : The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth
(Roc 978-0451467560, $27.95, 640pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698141698

Anthology of 16 original stories set in the editor’s “Change” (aka “Emberverse”) series of novels, in which humanity rebuilds following an apocalypse in which all technology has disappeared.
• Authors include Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, John Barnes, Jane Lindskold, and John Birmingham.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Tremblay, Paul : A Head Full of Ghosts
(William Morrow 978-0-06-236323-7, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062363251
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062411525

Horror novel in which a 14-year-old girl’s descent into madness results in a hit reality TV show.
• HarperCollins’ description compares it to Mark Z. Danielewski, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and Shirley Jackson.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Tremblay paints a believable portrait of a family in extremis emotionally as it attempts to cope with the unthinkable, but at the same time he slyly suggests that in a culture where the wall between reality and acting has eroded, even the make believe might seem credible. Whether psychological or supernatural, this is a work of deviously subtle horror.”

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* Wells, Martha : Stories of the Raksura, Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-537-7, $15.99, 226pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015

Collection of two original novellas set in the world of the author’s Raksura books (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths), the second such volume following Stories of the Raksura, Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud (2014).
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample.”

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* Zaleski, Philip, & Carol Zaleski : The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux 978-0-374-15409-7, $35, 656pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374713799

Nonfiction study of the “Inklings”, the authors described in the title.
• Parent publisher Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and links to reading guides.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The Zaleskis trace the history of this informal club of Oxford-educated, Christian intellectuals, which first coalesced in the early 1930s, by focusing on four of the most prominent Inklings: Tolkien, Lewis, mystic Charles Williams, and philosopher Owen Barfield. As scholarship, the book is immensely successful, describing its protagonists’ strengths and shortcomings with insight and facility.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 1 June 2015

Neal Stephenson’s Steveneves (Morrow) debuts strongly on four print lists, ranking as high as #3 on the New York Times and Washington Post lists.

Also debuting this week is Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels (St. Martin’s), on three lists, ranking as high as #9.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.07
WP
06.01
LAT
06.01
USAT
05.24
PW
06.01
Amz
(06.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.01)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barker, The Scarlet Gospels 06.01.15 / 1 9 ++     69 ++ 9 ++      
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 5           5 +11 11 +31 2 +11
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 3 9 -5     x x      
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 28   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 77 + xxx xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 92     xxx.. 137 -27 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 47     xxx.. xxx.. 23 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 2 3 ++ 3 ++   6 ++ 5 ++ 99 -54   66 -55
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.07
WP
06.01
LAT
06.01
USAT
05.24
PW
06.01
Amz
(06.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.01)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 192   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 53 + xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 22 19 =     xx   xxx..    
Danielewski, The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May [tpb] 05.25.15 / 2 20 -15       x      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 61     xxx.. 116 +23 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 28     xxx.. 117 +   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 46 xxx..   xxx..       42 +9  
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 3 15 -10 x   80 -19 6 -4      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 74     xxx.. xx 19 -7 xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven (UK) 05.11.15 / 3             87 +  
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 170 19 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 84 + xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 218 3 +1 xxx.. 9 +3 63 +6 xxx.. xxx.. 97 + xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 19             57 +20 88 -7
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 60       104 +3   23 +18 xxx.. 14 +18
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 224   9 +   xxx..   84 -1 xxx.. x
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 13 x     xxx.. 14 -3      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 79 5 +2   xxx.. 146 + xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 101 xxx..   xxx.. x 16 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 30 7 +2 xxx.. 7 +4 82 -3 18 +2 65 -12   76 -38
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.07
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LAT
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Periodicals, late May 2015

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.analogsf.com/

July/August 2015
Vol. 135 No. 7&8, $7.99, 192pp, cover art by Tomislav Tikulin
• This double issue includes the first part of a serial by Stanley Schmidt, a novella by Adam-Troy Castro, novelettes by Liz J. Andersen and Rob Chilson, and short stories by Ian Watson, Marissa Lingen & Alec Austin, Arlan Andrews, Sr., Jacob A. Boyd, Ian Creasey, Ron Collins, Bond Elam, Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg, Bud Sparhawk, and Tom Greene.
• There’s also a “Probability Zero” vignette by Jay Werkheiser, and a poem by G.O. Clark.
• Science fact articles are by Edward M. Lerner and Robert Zubrin. Departments include a guest editorial by Rosemary Claire Smith, an “Alternate View” column by John G. Cramer, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Thu 28 May 2015)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

• Science Fiction magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.asimovs.com/

July 2015
Vol. 36 No. 7 (whole #474), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by James Steidl/Shutterstock
• This issue has a novella by Derek Künsken, novelettes by Mary Robinette Kowal, David Gerrold, and Will Ludwigsen, and a short story by Rudy Rucker.
• Poetry is by Cullen Groves, Thom Dunn, and James Valvis.
• Departments include an editorial about the 2015 Dell Magazines Award, Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column about “Leechdoms, Wortcunning, Starcraft”, and book reviews by Paul Di Filippo.

(Thu 28 May 2015)

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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/

May 2015
Issue 173-174, cover art by Christopher Balaskas
Issue 173, posted May 14, has stories by Marissa Lingen and Bill Powell (with a podcast), plus an archive story by Caleb Wilson.
Issue 174, posted May 28, has stories by Yoon Ha Lee (with a podcast) and Kay Chronister, and an archive story by Helen Marshall.

(Thu 28 May 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/

May 2015
• Stories posted this past month are by Cat Rambo, Caroline M. Yoachim, Bruce McAllister, Bruce Boston, Lavie Tidhar, and others.

(Thu 28 May 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/

May/June 2015
Issue 258, £4.99, cover art by Martin Hanford
• Fiction in this issue is by T.R. Napper, Julie C. Day, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Christien Gholson, and Malcolm Devlin.
• Features include columns by Christopher Fowler, Jonathan McCalmont, and Nina Allan, and David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obituaries.

(Sat 23 May 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/

May 2015
• Fiction posted in May: The Pieces by Teresa Milbrodt, Cloth Mother by Sarah Pauling, By Degrees and Dilatory Time by S.L. Huang, and an excerpt from Vestiges by Laurence Suhner.
• Poetry is by Kailee Marie Pedersen, Deepthi Gopal, Jenny Blackford, and Shveta Thakrar, with a group podcast of readings of these poems.
• Articles and columns include a column by Renay about communities; a column by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz about using anger; and a column by Nancy Jane Moore about how the golden age of science fiction is twenty-nine.

(Thu 28 May 2015)

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Terraform

• Weekly online SF magazine, edited by Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans, since November 2014
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
http://motherboard.vice.com/terraform

May 2015
• Stories posted this past month are Out of This World by Koren Shadmi, It’s About Ethics in Revolution by Kameron Hurley, A Song for You by Jennifer Marie Brissett, Science Fiction Ideas by Tao Lin, and The Counselor by Robin Sloan.

(Sat 28 Mar 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/

May 2015
• Stories posted in May are The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt by Alex Bledsoe, Elephants and Corpses by Kameron Hurley, Ginga by Daniel José Older, and Zapped by Sherwood Smith.

(Thu 28 May 2015)

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New in Paperback, May 2015

Anderson, Kevin J. : The Dark Between the Stars
(Tor 978-0765369345, $8.99, 784pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Saga of Shadows #1

(First edition: Tor, June 2014)

SF novel, first in a new series set 20 years after the earlier “Saga of the Seven Suns” series, in which a new force threatens the galaxy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book is currently a Hugo Award finalist.

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Baker, Stephen : The Boost
(Tor 978-0765369864, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

SF novel, the author’s first novel (after two nonfiction books), about a future in which most of the world’s population have “boosts”, networked supercomputer chips, implanted in their brains.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online last year: “And there’s the theme in a nutshell. Reality versus simulation, solipsism versus mutuality, dominance by constructs versus unmediated interactions. This is certainly one of the biggest issues of our time, explored here with sophistication and insight.”

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Blake, E. C. : Shadows
(DAW 978-0756409630, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
The Masks of Aygrima #2

(First edition: DAW, August 2014)

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Masks (2013), in which the Autarchy of Aygrima has been cut off from its overseas trading partners.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Britain, Kristen : Mirror Sight
(Daw 978-0756410360, $16, 784pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Green Rider #5

(First edition: DAW, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, fifth in the series that began with The Green Rider (1998) and continued with First Rider’s Call (2003), The High King’s Tomb (2007), and Blackveil (2011), about an elite group of messengers for the king who now face a threat from dark magicians.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Steadfast
(Ace 978-0425260531, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #4

(First edition: Ace, May 2014)

Military SF novel, fourth in the series following Dreadnaught (2011), Invicible (2012), Guardian (2013), and six earlier books in the “Lost Fleet” series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell. His site has a description and a link to a an excerpt.

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Canavan, Trudi : Thief’s Magic
(Orbit 978-0316209250, $16, 608pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Millennium’s Rule #1

(First edition: Orbit, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial revolution.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston : Earth Awakens
(Tor 978-0765367389, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
The First Formic War #3

(First edition: Tor, June 2014)

SF novel, third in a prequel trilogy to Card’s Ender’s Game, following Earth Unaware (2012) and Earth Afire (2013), set 100 years earlier as Earth fights invading Formic aliens.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Carey, M. R. : The Girl With All the Gifts
(Orbit 978-0316334754, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015

(First edition: Orbit, June 2014)

Fantasy thriller set after the zombie apocalypse, about a young girl in a hospital where scientists are trying to cure affected children.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Clare, Cassandra : City of Heavenly Fire
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1442416901, $13.99, 768pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Mortal Instruments #6

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/McElderry, June 2014)

Young adult fantasy novel, sixth in the “Mortal Instruments” series following City of Bones (2007), City of Ashes (2008), City of Glass (2009), City of Fallen Angels (2011), and City of Lost Souls (2012).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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Coates, Deborah : Strange Country
(Tor 978-0765329035, $16.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Hallie Michaels #3

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Wide Open (2012) and Deep Down (2013), about a psychic Afghanistan vet who’s returned home to face supernatural threats in her South Dakota hometown.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “There aren’t any epic confrontations this time, and most of the supernatural elements are rather vague. In contrast, mundane details, like a trio of dogs Hallie ends up caring for, stand out sharply, providing real interest when the magic is frustratingly unclear.”

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Corey, James S. A. : Cibola Burn
(Orbit Us 978-0316334686, $17, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
The Expanse #4

(First edition: Orbit, June 2014)

Space opera novel, fourth book of “The Expanse” following Leviathan’s Deep (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), and Abaddon’s Gate (2014).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Edison, David : The Waking Engine
(Tor 978-0765370112, $8.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about the City Unspoken, the last in a series of world where gods and mortals are reborn and then die again.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Finn, Ed, & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Hieroglyph
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062204714, $15.99, 560pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, September 2014)

Anthology of 20 original stories, subtitled “Stories and Visions for a Better Future”, inspired by a 2011 essay by Neal Stephenson.
• Authors include Neal Stephenson, Gregory Benford, Rudy Rucker, Cory Doctorow, David Brin, and Bruce Sterling.
• Lawrence M. Krauss provides a foreword, Neal Stephenson a preface, and the editors an introduction.
• The book’s Scribd page shows the table of contents and several pages of preview.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• The stories by Cory Doctorow and Elizabeth Bear are currently Locus Award finalists; the Doctorow and Geoffrey A. Landis stories are currently Sturgeon Award finalists.

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Harrison, Kim : The Witch With No Name
(Harper Voyager 978-0061957963, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Hollows #13

(First edition: Harper Voyager, September 2014)

Urban fantasy novel, thirteenth and final volume in the “Hollows” or “Rachel Morgan” series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After (2012), and The Undead Pool (Mar 2014).
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Jones, Diana Wynne, & Ursula Jones : The Islands of Chaldea
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-229508-8, $9.99, 368pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

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Young adult fantasy novel, completed by the author’s sister after the author’s death in 2011. It’s about a young girl from a line of magic makers who awaits the blooming of her own powers.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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King, Stephen : Revival
(Gallery 978-1476770390, $17, 416pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, November 2014)

Supernatural fantasy novel about a small town minister who loses his faith following the deaths of his wife and child, and develops an obsession with harnesing the power of electricity.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, noting King’s many influences (which are acknowledged in the book): “But the writer whom King pays direct homage to is Arthur Machen, ‘whose short novel ‘The Great God Pan’,’ King writes on the dedication page, ‘has haunted me all my life.’ Machen’s tale, for those not familiar with it, is about a scientific experiment to lift ‘‘the veil’’ of perceived reality and get a glimpse of the real world behind it.”

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Pratchett, Terry : A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction
(UK: Corgi 978-0552167727, £7.99, 384pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 May 2015

(First edition: UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, September 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.
• The UK Random House site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Priest, Christopher : The Adjacent
(Titan 978-1783292172, $14.95, 352pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

US edition of SF/slipstream novel concerning a terrorist attack in near-future London, a World War I era meeting between a stage magician and a science fiction writer, a woman pilot who escapes the Nazis in 1943, and a present day scientist who creates an ‘adjacency’.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the March 2014 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “endlessly tantalizing and ultimately very satisfying” and concluding, “In some ways a contrapuntal intergenerational love story, in some ways a meditation on war and remembrance, in some ways an exploration of the nature of illusion and observation (it’s no accident there are so many reporters, photographers, and illusionists here), it is, overall, rather stunning.”

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Rajaniemi, Hannu : The Causal Angel
(Tor 978-0765381279, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Quantum Thief #3

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

Hard science fiction novel, third in a series following The Quantum Thief (2010) and The Fractal Prince (2012), about Jean le Flambeur, a post-human thief in the Heterarchy, the culture of the far future solar system.
• Macmillan’s site this description.

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Roberts, Adam : Bête
(Orion/Gollancz 978-0575127692, £8.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 May 2015

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2014)

Near future SF novel about animals rights and artificial intelligence.
• Orion’s site has this description with a link to an extract.
• The novel is current a finalist for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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Walton, Jo : My Real Children
(Tor 978-0765332684, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

SF novel about an olderly Englishwoman in 2015 who remember two different, parallel pasts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed last year in Locus Magazine: “It’s rare for me to think that any novel might have been a bit longer, but Walton’s two worlds are so tantalizingly familiar yet estranged that I sometimes felt I needed a little more context for the various radical historical changes that occur mostly in the background or crammed into chapter-opening paragraphs. Nevertheless, Walton’s undeniable skills in both character development and social extrapolation result in a novel which at its best is an epic of regret and redemption, and a wise meditation on what our lives mean, and what they might have meant.”

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 26 May

— posted Tuesday 26 May 2015 @ 10:55 am PDT

* Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Water Knife
(Knopf 978-0-385-35287-1, $25.95, 384pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780385352895
UK edition: 978-0356501741 (Thu 28 May 2015)

Near-future SF novel in which the American southwest is suffering a severe drought.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With elements of Philip K. Dick and Charles Bowden, this epic, visionary novel should appeal to a wide audience.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “With The Water Knife, Bacigalupi’s most crucial and important novel to date, he offers an updated version of an old SF favorite, the arcology, which has fascinated writers since long before Paolo Soleri coined the term in the 1960s…”

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* Bledsoe, Alex : Long Black Curl
(Tor 978-0-7653-7654-1, $25.99, 384pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851412
Tufa #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Hum and the Shiver (2011) and Wisp of a Thing (2013, about people descended from Irish fairies who live in Appalachia.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The core concept is solid and fascinating; the execution strikes just the right tone between fantastic and tragic. Bledsoe plays with lyrics and atmosphere, incorporates folklore and superstition to good effect, and even toys with alternate history for further resonance.”

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* Orullian, Peter : Trial of Intentions
(Tor 978-0765325723, $27.99, 672pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429949613
Vault of Heaven #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Unremembered (2011), about three orphans who embark on a quest.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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+ Pinborough, Sarah : Beauty
(Titan 978-1783291144, $14.95, 208pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Fairy Tales #3

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, October 2013)

Retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, with illustrations by Les Edwards; third in a series of retellings of fairy tales, following Poison and Charm.
• Titan’s site has this page for the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Priest, Cherie : I Am Princess X
(Scholastic/Levine 978-0545620857, $18.99, 240pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015

Young adult fantasy novel, with illustrations by Kali Ciesemier, about the heroine of a series of stories told by two best friends.
• Scholastic’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Fresh and contemporary, this hybrid novel/comic packs a lot of plot in a relatively short book, but its strongest suit may be Priest’s keen understanding of the chasmic gap between the way teens and adults engage in the landscape of the Internet.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 25 May 2015

— posted Monday 25 May 2015 @ 11:18 am PDT

Stephen King’s upcoming Finders Keepers (Scribner), a follow-up to Mr. Mercedes, moves up on all three Amazon lists this week in anticipation of its June 2nd publication.

Meanwhile, the trade paperback of King’s Revival is doing well on print lists, ranking as high as #2 on the Publishers Weekly trade paperback list this week.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.31
WP
05.24
LAT
05.24
USAT
05.17
PW
05.25
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
(05.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 12 xxx.. x 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 13 xxx.. xxx.. 12 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 05.11.15 / 3 xx xx   xx 25 -5     xx
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 4           16 +58 42 ++ 13 +39
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 2 4 -2     117 -84 16 -11      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 91     xxx.. 110 -10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 46     xxx.. xxx.. 18 -9 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 158 xxx..   xxx.. 129 -4 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 1           45 ++   11 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.31
WP
05.24
LAT
05.24
USAT
05.17
PW
05.25
Amz
(05.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire [tpb] 05.18.15 / 2         21 -6      
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 21 19 -9     x   xxx..    
Danielewski, The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May [tpb] 05.25.15 / 1 5 ++       19 ++      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 60     xxx.. 139 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 45 xxx..   xxx..       51 -18  
Grossman, The Magicians [tpb] 06.08.10 / 15 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 133 + xxx..      
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 2 5 +3 8 ++   61 +26 2 +2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 73     xxx.. x 12 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 169 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 217 4 +2 xxx.. 12 -1 69 +11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 18             77 + 81 ++
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 59       107 +16   41 -2 xxx.. 32 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 223   xxx..   xxx..   83 + xxx.. 50 +44
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 12 14 =     xxx.. 11 +3      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 78 7 =   xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 100 xxx..   xxx.. 149 = 10 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               96 -5  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 29 9 -3 xxx.. 11 -8 79 +4 20 -1 53 +33   38 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
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LAT
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USAT
05.17
PW
05.25
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Amz UK
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-May

— posted Friday 22 May 2015 @ 9:08 am 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/

May-Jun 2015
Issue 46, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Ben Baldwin
• Stories in this issue are by Steven J. Dines, Neil Williamson, Damien Angelica Walters, Gary McMahon, Sarah Read, and Ralph Robert Moore.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Tony Lee, and Peter Tennant.

(Thu 21 May 2015)

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Fireside Magazine

• Quarterly fiction and comics magazine, since 2012, edited and published by Brian White
• Format: Online
• Frequency: quarterly
http://www.firesidefiction.com/

May 2015
Issue 23
• This issue has stories by Andrea Phillips and Amber D. Sistla, a serial episode by Lilith Saintcrow, and flash fiction by Renee Elizabeths.

(Fri 22 May 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/

April 2015
Issue 320, Vol. 27 No. 8, 32pp
• This special “Of Genmod Mice & Hobbits” issue features an essay on uplifting animals by Ken MacLeod and Sherryl Vint, and reviews of the Peter Jackson Hobbit films by David V. Griffin.
• Martin Morse Wooster reviews Harry Harrison, and Darrell Schweitzer reviews a volume of H.P. Lovecraft letters. Brian Stableford provides an essay on Edmond Haraucourt, and Gregory Benford hosts a roundtable on the state of the magazines, inspired by Lois Tilton’s 2014 Year in Review.
• The editorial, by Kevin J. Maroney, is about “The Puppies of Terror”.

(Fri 15 May 2015)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

• E’zine of hard SF fiction, nonfiction, and art, since 2012; edited by Sam Bellotto Jr.
• Format: Monthly
• Frequency: Online
http://www.perihelionsf.com/

May 2015
Cover art by Bill Wright
• Stories in this issue are by by Joseph Green & R-M Lillian, Harold R. Thompson, Cyn C. Bermudez, Guy T. Martland, Milo James Fowler, Jeremy Szal, K.C. Ball, Jack Ryan, Timothy J. Gawne, Gareth D. Jones, and Tim Major.
• Articles are by E.E. Giorgi and Pierre Duhem.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Mon 11 May 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/

May/June 2015
Issue 4, cover art by Tran Nguyen
• This issue has fiction by Catherynne M. Valente, A.C. Wise, John Chu, Elizabeth Bear, and Lisa Bolekaja, plus a reprint by Delia Sherman. Poetry is by Alyssa Wong, Ali Trotta, and Isabel Yap.
• Interviews are with John Chu and Delia Sherman. Nonfiction is by Mike Glyer (about the Hugos), Julia Rios, Steven H Silver, Christopher J Garcia, and Kameron Hurley.

(Fri 22 May 2015)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 19 May 2015

— posted Tuesday 19 May 2015 @ 12:59 pm PDT

* Baldwin, Kathleen : A School for Unusual Girls
(Tor Teen 978-0765376008, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466849273
Stranje House #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a series, about a school for girls in Regency England.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Barker, Clive : The Scarlet Gospels
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-05580-4, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466859555
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427261571
UK edition: Macmillan 978-1447266983 (Thu 21 May 2015)


Horror novel involving two of Barker’s most famous characters: detective Harry D’Amour and the priest of hell Pinhead.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The visceral horrors that clot nearly every page of this novel are not for the squeamish, but the reader who stomachs them to the end will be impressed by the audacity of the author’s ambitions.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Where the machinations of Barker’s Hell are somewhat ordinary and something of a disappointment, its architecture and layout are something else. Barker’s vision of Hell is Dantesque in scale and scope, and he employs the same powers of description that he uses to fix unsettling images of carnage in the minds of readers to convey the awesome otherworldliness of its environs.”

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* Elrod, P. N. : The Hanged Man
(Tor 978-0-7653-2971-4, $24.99, 333pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429946643
Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a murder in 1879 London investigated by the psychic goddaughter of Queen Victoria.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This well-constructed novel will please fans of alternate history, fantasy, and mystery.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Alex is a damaged but determined protagonist, and her search makes a great adventure, with a steampunk background that supports the plot without overwhelming it.”

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* Fenner, Cathy, ed. : Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art
(Underwood Books 978-1599290720, $24.95, 128pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015

Art book compiling works by women creators of fantastic art.
• The Spectrum Fantastic Art Live site has this description of the project’s launch.
• Tor.com has this excerpt with Lauren Panepinito’s introduction and samples of artwork.

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* Gaiman, Neil, Michael Reaves & Mallory Reaves : Eternity’s Wheel
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-206799-9, $17.99, 288pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062068019
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062365736
InterWorld #3

Young adult novel, third in a trilogy following Interworld (2007) and The Silver Dream (2013), about a boy who learns to walk between other dimensions.
• The byline on the cover is: “Story by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves; Written by Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves”.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Higgins, Peter : Radiant State
(Orbit 978-0316219662, $26, 288pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316219648
Wolfhound Century #3

Alternate history novel, third in a series following Wolfhound Century (2012) and Truth and Fear (2014), set in an alternate Stalinist Russia.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Kilpatrick, Nancy, ed. : Expiration Date
(Edge 978-1-77053-062-1, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 May 2015

Anthology of 25 original horror stories.
• Authors include Kelley Armstrong, Steven Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem, Kathryn Ptacek, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
• Edge’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “These stories work best in small doses, but they offer a variety of compelling visions of deaths and other endings.”

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* McLachlan, J. A. : The Occasional Diamond Thief
(Edge 978-1770530751, $14.95, 250pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 May 2015

Young adult SF novel about a 16-year-old girl in training to be a universal translator.
• Edge’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Novik, Naomi : Uprooted
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-8041-7903-4, $25, 448pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780804179041
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780553410082

Fantansy novel about a wizard who protects a town from the malevolent power of the nearby woods, in exchange for a new female from the town every 10 years.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin, Lev Grossman, and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Novik’s use of language is supremely skillful as she weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Novik goes from alternate history dragons to full-on fairy tale in this nicely warped ‘Beauty and the Beast’.”
• John Scalzi’s blog has this Big Idea post today by Novik.

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* Rajaniemi, Hannu : Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-192-3, $25.95, 256pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015

Collection of 19 stories (all the author’s short fiction to date).
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Technology features strongly in this solid speculative fiction collection by Rajaniemi. His work is unabashedly in love with its genre, mixing complex technical jargon with classic, pulp-style plots along with a clear appreciation for speculative fiction.”

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* Stephenson, Neal : Seveneves
(Morrow 978-0-06-219037-6, $35, 880pp, hardcover, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062190413

SF novel about a handful of survivors who escape the annihilation of Earth, and their progeny 5000 years later who return.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Stephenson’s remarkable novel is deceptively complex, a disaster story and transhumanism tale that serves as the delivery mechanism for a series of technical and sociological visions.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, concluding that by the end “mostly we get some surprising plot developments back on the slowly reviving Earth. Those are surprises that might lie just on the sharp edge of credibility, like that question of whether he can bring humanity back from its radically underpopulated brink, but it’s an edge that Stephenson has been treading throughout the novel, and which in the end lends it a genuinely moving, tragic, and epic scope.”

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Category: New Books


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