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Periodicals, late December 2016

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/

December 2016
Issue 214-215, cover art by Jinxu Du
Issue 215, posted December 22, has stories by Linden A. Lewis and Jordan Kureall, and an archive story by Erin Cashier.
Issue 214, posted December 8, has stories by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Priya Sridhar, and an archive story by Alberto Yáñez.

(Sat 31 Dec 2016)

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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/

December 2016
• Stories posted in December are by Peter M. Ball, Megan Arkenberg, William R. Eakin, Anatoly Belilovsky, and others.

(Sat 31 Dec 2016)

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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/

December 2016
• Issue 5 December has fiction by Tom Hadrava, poetry by Evelyn Deshane, and an interview with artist Mahendra Singh.
Issue 12 December has fiction by G.V. Anderson, poetry by Steffi Lang, and reviews.
Issue 19 December has fiction by Mário de Seabra Coelho, poetry by Mari Ness, a column by Andrea Phillips about metagames, and an editorial about changes in the fiction department.

(Sat 31 Dec 2016)

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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/

December 2016
Original stories posted in December are by Peter S. Beagle, Alix E. Harrow, and Carrie Vaughn.
Excerpts are from works by Vylar Kaftan, Charles Stross, John Scalzi, and others.

(Sat 31 Dec 2016)

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New UK Books : October – December 2016

* Aaronovitch, Ben : The Hanging Tree
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575132559, £14.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575132580
Rivers of London #6

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Midnight Riot (UK title Rivers of London), Moon Over Soho (both 2011), Whispers Under Ground (2012), Broken Homes (2013), and Foxglove Summer (2015), about a London police officer who can speak to the dead.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The US edition is due January 31, 2017.

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* Chambers, Becky : A Closed and Common Orbit
(UK: Hodder & Stoughton 9781473621442, £14.99, 384pp, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Oct 2016
Wayfarers #2

Humorous space opera novel, second in a series following The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (2014), about a young woman who joins the crew of an aging starship.
• The earlier book was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke, British Fantasy, and Kitchies awards.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The US paperback edition is due March 14, 2017.

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* Irwin, Robert : Wonders Will Never Cease
(UK: Dedalus 978-1910213476, £9.99, 392pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 4 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978 1 910213 52 9

Historical fantasy novel, based (according to the review by Ian Irvine on the Amazon page) on the Wars of the Roses, as is George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.
• Dedalus’ site has this page for the book.
• No US edition is currently scheduled.

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* Swainston, Steph : Fair Rebel
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575081697, £18.99, 336pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 24 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575086777
Castle #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Year of Our War (2004), No Present Like Time (2005), The Modern World (2007, US title Dangerous Offspring), and Above the Snowline (2010), about the people of the Fourlands battling alien Insects.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• No US edition is currently scheduled.

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New Books : 27 December 2016

* Bickle, Laura : Nine of Stars
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-243766-2, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062437655
Wildlands #1

Historical fantasy novel, first in a new series, about the daughter of an alchemist in a small Wyoming town.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “…Also of note is Bickle’s respectful treatment of Native American spirituality amid the otherwise European notions of alchemy that make up the backbone of the magic system in the central setting of Temperance, Wyo. The book ends with a cliff-hanger that will make fans and newcomers alike sit up and demand a sequel.”

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* Block, Lawrence, ed. : In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper
(Pegasus 978-1681772455, $25.95, 288pp, hardcover, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016

Anthology of 17 original stories based on the paintings of Edward Hopper.
• Authors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Joe R. Lansdale, and Warren Moore.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review highlights several stories, e.g. “In ‘The Music Room,’ contributor Stephen King, who happens to own a reproduction of Room in New York, 1932, turns that work’s seemingly innocent domestic scene—a man at a table reading a newspaper, a woman nearby striking a note on an upright piano—into a gruesome tableau involving a macabre scheme to stay ahead of the Great Depression.”

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* Rambo, Cat : Neither Here Nor There
(Hydra 978-0-9890828-7-7, $17.95, 288pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Dec 2016

Collection of 23 stories, presented in the double-sided ‘dos’ format of Ace Doubles.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This double collection showcases Rambo’s versatility within the fantasy genre.”

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* Thompson, Arianne ‘‘Tex” : Dreams of the Eaten
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781084885, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Dec 2016
Children of the Drought #3

Dark fantasy western, third in a series following One Night in Sixes (2014) and Medicine for the Dead (2015), about a border town near an area populated by shapeshifters and animal gods.
• Solaris’ site has this post about the book.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 26 December 2016

— posted Monday 26 December 2016 @ 10:13 am PST

As the holiday season ends and rankings of various titles by J.K. Rowling begin to slip a bit, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad dominates the chart again this week, rising to #1 at LA Times and remaining in the top 10 on three other lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.01
WP
12.25
LAT
12.25
USAT
12.18
PW
12.26
Amz
(12.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.26)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 9 8 -3       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 4 13 +1 9 -4 2 -1 79 -2 11 = 77 -4    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 34 6 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Corey, Babylon’s Ashes 12.19.16 / 2       63 -26        
Luceno, Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel 11.28.16 / 5 xxx   xx 96 +45 xxx     x
Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis 12.12.16 / 3 x   11 -6 x 18 -4      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 9     7 -1 4 +2 x 9 -7 11 -3 4 -2
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 13       56 -21 x 36 +49 48 +25 50 +16
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 46     9 +2 9 +2 x 14 +9 16 -2 15 -12
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 50             55 +34 28 +7
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 65       42 = xxx.. 34 -3 xxx.. xxx..
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 3 9 +              
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 21 4 +2 2 = 1 +1 25 +11 4 +4 19 -5   59 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.01
WP
12.25
LAT
12.25
USAT
12.18
PW
12.26
Amz
(12.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.26)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 87 8 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams 10.31.16 / 9 9 +5     xxx.. 13 +3      
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 19 2 +2              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 282   xxx..   xx   xxx.. xxx.. 61 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 82 xxx..   xxx.. 89 +42 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 157 xxx..   xxx 41 +19 x xxx.. xx 94 -21
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 22 xxx..   11 = xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 129 +14   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               94 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 52 +9   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 31       xxx..   xxx.. 38 +22  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 52             xxx.. 39 +
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 36       64 -1   37 -7   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.01
WP
12.25
LAT
12.25
USAT
12.18
PW
12.26
Amz
(12.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.26)
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

Classics in Reprint, December 2016

— posted Friday 23 December 2016 @ 10:29 am PST

Aldrin, Buzz, & John Barnes : The Return
(Tor 978-0765390714, $8.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016

(First edition: Forge, May 2000)

Second collaborative SF novel by Apollo 11 moonwalker Aldrin and SF veteran Barnes, after The Encounter (1996); this is about a foundation’s effort to send ordinary citizens into space.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Landis, Geoffrey A. : Mars Crossing
(Tor 978-0765390998, $8.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016

(First edition: Tor, December 2000)

SF novel, the author’s first and so-far only novel, about the first manned landing on Mars.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was a Nebula Award finalist, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

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Piercy, Marge : He, She and It
(UK: Random House/Ebury/Del Rey Uk 978-1785033797, £8.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Dec 2016

(First edition: Knopf, October 1991)

SF novel about a mid-21st century America dominated by Japanese corporations.
• The novel won an Arthur C. Clarke Award under its UK title Body of Glass.

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Wells, H. G. : A Modern Utopia
(Dover 978-0486808352, $7, 416pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 14 Dec 2016

(First edition: UK: Chapman & Hall, 1905)

SF novel about a duplicate Earth organized around socialist utopian principles, consisting of a dialogue between an “Owner of the Voice” and a botanist as they tour the planet.
• Wikipedia has this page about the book.
• Dover’s site has this description.

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Wolfe, Bernard : Limbo
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473212473, £9.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Dec 2016

(First edition: Random House , 1952)

SF novel about a pacifist movement following an atomic war, a movement in which young men voluntarily amputate their limbs.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• The book has several citations in critical guides to science fiction, including David Pringle’s 1985 book Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels.

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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books : 20 December 2016

— posted Tuesday 20 December 2016 @ 10:50 am PST

* Bear, Greg : Take Back the Sky
(Orbit 978-0316223973, $26, 296pp, hardcover, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316223966
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478940210
War Dogs #3

Near-future SF novel, third in a trilogy following War Dogs (2014) and Killing Titan (2015), about an interstellar war whose alien protagonists have come to Earth and Mars.
• Hachette’s site has a description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book that it was “Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity”.

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* Corey, James S. A. : Babylon’s Ashes
(Orbit 978-0316334747, $27, 544pp, hardcover, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316217637
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909521
The Expanse #6

Space opera novel, sixth book of “The Expanse” following Leviathan’s Deep (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), Abaddon’s Gate (2013), Cibola Burn (2014), and Nemesis Games (2015).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the previous book 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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* Egan, Greg : The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-791-2, 96pp, hardcover, November 2016, jacket illustration Dominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 30 Nov 2016

SF novella, first published in the December 2015 Asimov’s, about conflicts between colonists of asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This is top-notch thought-provoking and suspenseful space opera, with impressively effective worldbuilding given its short length.”

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* Lansdale, Joe R. : Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-747-9, $40, 296pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 30 Nov 2016

Collection of eight stories that pay tribute to pulp writers including Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comment, “Readers who succumb to the adolescent charms of straightforward storytelling with a twist of noir will be entertained…”

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* MacLeod, Ken : The Corporation Wars: Insurgence
(Orbit 978-0316363693, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316363709
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478968351
UK edition: 978-0356505015 (Thu 1 Dec 2016)
Corporation Wars #2

SF novel, second in a series following The Corporation Wars: Dissidence (May 2016), about a reincarnated soldier and mining robot that has gained sentience fighting in a far-future A.I. war.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed both novels recently for Locus Online: “The overarching designation of the series—“The Corporation Wars”—has an echt-cyberpunk air about it. But the series, while dealing with some of the core tropes of that sub-genre, is really more New Space Opera with a Greg Egan-ish overlay of metaphysics.”

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* Oliver, Jonathan, ed. : Five Stories High
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781083925, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, December 2016, cover art Oz Osborne)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016
UK edition: 978-1781083918 (Thu 1 Dec 2016)

Anthology of five stories, by Nina Allan, K.J. Parker, Tade Thompson, Robert Shearman, and Sarah Lotz, edited and with a linking narrative by Jonathan Oliver.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Stueart, Jerome : The Angels of Our Better Beasts
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771484077, $16.99, 300pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771484084

Collection of 15 illustrated stories about beasts.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 19 December 2016

— posted Monday 19 December 2016 @ 10:46 am PST

In the wake of its National Book Award and inclusion on several top-10 books of the year lists, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad rises on several lists, ranking #2 this week at both Washington Post and LA Times.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.25
WP
12.18
LAT
12.18
USAT
12.11
PW
12.19
Amz
(12.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.19)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 8 5 +1       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 3 14 = 5 + 1 +1 77 -12 11 +1 73 +23    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 33 7 +2   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Clare/Brennan, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy 11.28.16 / 4       xx 16 -2      
Corey, Babylon’s Ashes 12.19.16 / 1       37 ++        
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 12       x 12 +3 xxx..   xxx
Graceffa, Children of Eden 10.17.16 / 9 6 +4     xxx.. xxx..      
Luceno, Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel 11.28.16 / 4 xx   x 141 -37 xx     100 ++
Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis 12.12.16 / 2 15 -8   5 ++ 95 -69 14 -6      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 8     6 +1 6 -4 2 = 2 -1 8 +3 2 -1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 12       35 -10 5 = 85 -64 73 -8 66 -22
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 45     11 -3 11 -3 3 = 23 -5 14 = 3 +1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 49             89 + 35 +5
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 64       42 -6 xxx.. 31 -4 xxx.. xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 20 6 +7 2 + 2 +4 36 +27 8 +7 14 +3   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.25
WP
12.18
LAT
12.18
USAT
12.11
PW
12.19
Amz
(12.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.19)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others [tpb] 11.14.16 / 6 15 -7 xx x xx xxx xxx    
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 86 12 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams 10.31.16 / 8 14 -4     xxx.. 16 -3      
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 111       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 77 -9
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 18 4 =              
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 81 xxx..   xxx.. 131 -18 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 156 xxx..   xx 60 -4 21 = xxx.. x 73 +
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 21 xxx..   11 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 143 +   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 61 -4   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 30       xxx..   xxx.. 60 ++  
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 35       63 -25   30 -4   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.25
WP
12.18
LAT
12.18
USAT
12.11
PW
12.19
Amz
(12.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.19)
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, mid-December 2016

— posted Friday 16 December 2016 @ 11:36 am PST

Apex Magazine

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

December 2016
Issue 91, cover art by Billy Nuñez
• This issue has stories by Helen Stubbs, K.T. Bryski, Lavie Tidhar, and Michael A. Burstein.
• Poetry is by M. Brett Gaffney and Donna Ison.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Helen Stubbs, Billy Nuñez, and Michael A. Burstein, essays by Keffy R.M. Kehrli and Lesley Connor, and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Fri 16 Dec 2016)

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Aphelion

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

December 2016/January 2017
Issue 213
• This issue has long fiction by Patrick Niemeyer, and short stories by David Schwitzgebel, Agnieszka Halas, Susan Anwin, T.S. Kay, and S.C. Hickman.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Fri 16 Dec 2016)

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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/

Oct.-Dec. 2016
Issue 3.2, cover art by Bill Rutherfoord
• Posted in December is a story by Chris Reinhardt and poetry by Sandi Leibowitz and Jeannine Hall Gailey.
• November content is a story poem by TJ Radcliffe and poems by Gwynne Garfinkle and Mari Ness.
• Posted in October is a story by Andrew Gilstrap and poetry by Lore Graham and Jeannine Hall Gailey.

(Fri 16 Dec 2016)

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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/

December 2016
Cover art by Daniel Beaudin
• Stories in this issue are by Rebecca Birch, Paul R. Hardy, Josh Pearce, Richard Wren, Diane Ryan, Patrick Wiley, Andrew Muff, Timothy J.
Gawne, J.R. Hampton, Matthew F. Amati, and John Teehan.
• Articles are by Carol Kean and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Fri 16 Dec 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New in Paperback, November – December 2016

— posted Thursday 15 December 2016 @ 3:09 pm PST

Dickinson, Seth : The Traitor Baru Cormorant
(Tor 978-0765380739, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Nov 2016
Traitor #1

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

Fantasy novel, first book of a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a young woman who tries to liberate her people.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Duncan, Dave : Speak to the Devil
(Tor 978-0765363343, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016
Brothers Magnus #1

(First edition: Tor, June 2010)

Fantasy novel set in 15th-century Europe, that was followed by When the Saints (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description .
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Flint, Eric, & Andrew Dennis : 1635: A Parcel of Rogues
(Baen 978-1476781976, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Nov 2016
The Ring of Fire #20

(First edition: Baen, January 2016)

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Kupari, Mike : Her Brother’s Keeper
(Baen 978-1476782010, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Nov 2016

(First edition: Baen, November 2015)

SF novel, the author’s first solo novel, about a privateer who returns to her home planet after many years to help rescue her wayward brother.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Powers, Tim : Medusa’s Web
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062262462, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Dec 2016
• SF Encyclopedia: Tim Powers

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, January 2016)

Fantasy novel about a couple exploring a decaying Hollywood Hills mansion that hides a family secret from the era of silent film.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the February 2016 issue of Locus Magazine: “Powers manages to pull all the strings together in a satisfying way, but as appealing and vulnerable as Scott and Maddy might be, as ingeniously as the time-switches are worked out, his most resonant characters remain mostly offstage, and his most compelling mythic dimension is available mostly through glimpses rather than immersion.”

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Shea, Michael : The Extra
(Tor 978-0765363947, $8.99, 256pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016

(First edition: Tor, February 2010)

Satiric near-future SF novel in which Hollywood filmmakers use expendable ‘extras’ in films where those who survive earn huge payoffs.
• It’s based on a 1987 story first published in F&SF, and according to the PW is the first of a trilogy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Witcover reviewed the book in the January 2010 issue of Locus Magazine: “The Extra is all about survival, violence, and vengeance. It is also impossible to put down.”

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Weis, Margaret, & Tracy Hickman : Doom of the Dragon
(Tor 978-0765359278, $9.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Dec 2016
Dragonships of Vindras #4

(First edition: Tor, January 2016)

Fantasy novel, fourth and final book in a series following Bones of the Dragon (2009), Secret of the Dragon (2010), and Rage of the Dragon (2012), about seagoing tribes (inspired by Viking and Norse mythology) who fight side by side with dragons and gods.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Wolfe, Gene : A Borrowed Man
(Tor 978-0765381156, $16.99, 304pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Nov 2016

(First edition: Tor, October 2015)

SF novel in which clones of deceased writers live as personality uploads on library shelves.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: “None of this background turns out to be arbitrary, of course, and the eventual solution to the mystery depends entirely on a rather bold SF concept which it would not be prudent to reveal here. I will say that it has something to do with one of those doors…”

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books : 13 December 2016

— posted Tuesday 13 December 2016 @ 10:15 am PST

* Canavan, Gerry : Octavia E. Butler
(University of Illinois 978-0-252-08216-0, $22, 224pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016

Nonfiction study of the works of Octavia E. Butler, the latest volume in the publisher’s “Modern Masters of Science Fiction” series.
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs from Michael Levy and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This excellent, comprehensive study sheds new light on the process and philosophy of one of the most important authors of our time.”

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* Crowley, John : The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae
(Small Beer Press 978-1618731081, $16, 224pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Dec 2016

New version of a 1616 novel by Andreae about a journey to a hidden castle where a symbolic wedding takes place.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the original book.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “It’s Crowley’s mad, capricious and hypnotically glorious retelling of a 400-year-old book which he has the temerity to dub, during an interview in the Guardian newspaper, ‘the first science fiction novel’…”

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+ Fowler, Christopher : Bryant & May: Strange Tide
(Bantam 978-1101887035, $27, 448pp, hardcover, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101887042
Bryant & May #13

First US edition (UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, March 2016)

Supernatural crime novel, thirteenth in a series about detectives Bryant and May that began with Full Dark House (2004) and most recently included The Burning Man (2015).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Lord, Karen, ed. : New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean
(Peekash 978-1-61775-526-2, $17.95, 150pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Nov 2016

Anthology of 11 original stories by Caribbean writers.
• Authors include Tammi Browne-Bannister, Summer Edward, and Portia Subran.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “None of these writers is likely to be familiar to American audiences, but all are worth getting to know. Readers who love the writing of Nalo Hopkinson, Tobias S. Buckell, and Lord herself will savor this volume.”

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* Wagers, K. B. : After the Crown
(Orbit US 978-0-316-30863-2, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, December 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308625
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478940227
The Indranan War #2

SF novel, second in a series following Behind the Throne (Aug. 2016), about a gunrunner who becomes heir to a galactic empire.
• Hachette’s site has this description
Publishers Weekly gives it, as it did the earlier book, a starred review: “Wagers’s exciting second Indranan War space epic keeps roaring, with plenty of action, tension, and constant interplay among the characters.”

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