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New Books : 8 November 2016

* Bassingthwaite, Don : Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories
(ChiZine Publications 978-1-77148-376-6, $16.99, 260pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483735

Collection of eight stories about holiday battles with supernatural forces.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Bates-Hardy, Courtney : House of Mystery
(ChiZine 978-1771484039, $17.99, 120pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771484046

Collection of poems that challenge familiar ideas about fairy tales.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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* Bonesteel, Elizabeth : Remnants of Trust
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-241367-3, $16.99, 528pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062413697
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062667267
Central Corps #2

Military SF novel, second in a series following The Cold Between (March 2016), about a patrol ship that responds to an attack on its sister ship.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Surprising, convincing character development makes this series worth following and leaves the reader confident that Bonesteel will successfully untangle the plot threads down the line.”

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* Clink, David : The Role of Lightning in Evolution
(ChiZine 978-1771484015, $17.99, 120pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771484022

Collection of speculative poetry.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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* Hutchison, Dave : Europe in Winter
(UK: Solaris 978-1781084632, £7.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Nov 2016
Fractured Europe #3

SF novel, third in a series following Europe in Autumn (2014) and Europe at Midnight (2015), both finalists for the Arthur C. Clarke, British SF Association, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards.
• Solaris’ site has this post. Though a UK edition, it’s available through Amazon.com as well as Amazon UK.
• James Bradley reviewed the previous book last year in Locus Magazine: “Yet, in a way, what is most striking about Europe at Midnight is not the hard edge of its politics, or even the casual brilliance of its science fictional reworking of the political thriller, but Hutchinson’s thrillingly assured control of his material. Hutchinson writes wonderfully, his prose animated not just by a keen eye for character, but by a blackly witty sense of humor, qualities that make Europe in Autumn both darkly entertaining and disturbingly timely.”

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* Islington, James : The Shadow of What Was Lost
(Orbit 978-0316274098, $26, 704pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316552745
UK edition: 978-0356507750 (Thu 10 Nov 2016)
The Licanius Trilogy #1

Epic fantasy novel, first of a trilogy and the author’s first novel.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed.”

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* Johnson, Suzanne : Belle Chasse
(Tor 978-0765376992, $31.99, 336pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466852853
Sentinels of New Orleans #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Royal Street (April 2012), River Road (Nov. 2012), Elysian Fields (2013), and Pirate’s Alley (2015), set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
• Macmillan’s website has this description with an excerpt.

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+ Littlewood, Alison : The Hidden People
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1-68144-293-8, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781848669918

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, October 2016)

Horror novel set in 19th century England, about a man investigating mysteries surrounding a rural cousin’s murder.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “There’s an amazing sense of place and time in this novel, as Littlewood perfectly captures the literary style, attitudes, and class consciousness of Victorian England.”

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* Neumeier, Rachel : The Mountain of Kept Memory
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-4894-9, $25.99, 448pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481448963

Fantasy novel about an heir to the throne of a protected kingdom anticipating an invasion.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Newman, Emma : After Atlas
(Roc 978-0-425-28240-3, $15, 384pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698404335
Planetfall #2

SF novel, second in a series following Planetfall (2015), about the death of a religious cult some 40 years after the departure of the starship Atlas.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this, as it did for the first book, a starred review, saying “Gripping and sorrowful, this imaginative story is a satisfying return to Newman’s future of greed and hope.”

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* O’Flaherty, Dennis : The Calorium Wars
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-881-1, $15.99, 300pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Guilded Age #2

Alternate history steampunk novel, follow-up to The King of the Cracksmen (2015), set in an 1877 in which US land west of the Mississippi has been sold to Russia.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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* Remic, Andy : The Iron Beast
(Tor.Com 978-0765391407, $14.99, 176pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765384034
A Song for No Man’s Land #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following A Song for No Man’s Land (Feb. 2016) and Return of Souls (June 2016), about soldier during the Great War who finds himself battling shapeshifting enemies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Bridging Infinity
(Solaris 978-1781084199, $14.99, 356pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016

Anthology of 15 science fiction stories, the fifth in the series of “Infinity” anthologies.
• Authors include Alastair Reynolds, Ken Liu, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven, Robert Reed, Charlie Jane Anders, and Stephen Baxter.
• Solaris’ site has this post about the book with links to online reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• Rich Horton reviews the book in the November issue of Locus Magazine, especially recommending the stories by Charlie Jane Anders and Karin Lowachee.

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* Taniguchi, Jason : Very Sensible Poems and Stories for Grown Persons
(ChiZine 978-1771484053, $17.99, 120pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771484060

Collection of stories and poems.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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+ Taylor, Jodi : A Trail Through Time
(Night Shade Books 978-1597808712, $12.99, 348pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following Just One Damned Thing After Another (June 2016), A Symphony of Echoes (July 2016), and A Second Chance (Sept. 2016), about time-traveling historians from St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research.
• The UK edition was published in September 2015.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
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* Weber, David : At the Sign of Triumph
(Tor 978-0765325587, $27.99, 768pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429952118
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427274588
Safehold #9

Far future SF novel, ninth in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), By Heresies Distressed (2009), A Mighty Fortress (2010), How Firm a Foundation (2011), Midst Toil and Tribulation (2012), Like a Mighty Army (2014), and Hell’s Foundations Quiver (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* White, Alex : Every Mountain Made Low
(Solaris 978-1781084663, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
UK edition: 978-1781084656 (Thu 3 Nov 2016)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a woman who can see the dead, who in turn can see her.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Wilber, Rick : Alien Morning
(Tor 978-0-7653-3290-5, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429965279

SF novel about a freelance “sweeper” who documents the arrival of alien S’hudonni in 2030.
• Macmillan’s site has with an excerpt.
• The
Publishers Weekly review begins, “Humans’ willingness to believe everything they see on TV—or its near-future equivalent—is the key to this thriller (parts of which were previously published as short stories) about dysfunctional families and first contact.”

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* Yolen, Jane, & Adam Stemple : The Seelie King’s War
(Viking 978-0670014361, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101998540

Middle grade fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Hostage Prince (2013) and The Last Changeling (2014), about a midwife’s apprentice and a prince who inadvertantly start a war.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 7 November 2016

Brent Weeks’ The Blood Mirror (Orbit), latest in his LIghtbringer series, debuts on three lists, ranking #8 on both the New York Times and Publishers Weekly lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.13
WP
11.06
LAT
11.06
USAT
10.30
PW
11.07
Amz
(11.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.07)
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 / 2 9 -2              
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 6       138 -75 9 -3 xxx    
Graceffa, Children of Eden 10.17.16 / 4 3 -1     x 20 -12      
Johnston, Star Wars Ahsoka 10.24.16 / 3 1 =     x 14 -9 xx    
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 56     xxx.. 89 -37 xxx.. xxx xxx xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 2           13 +6 26 +16 7 +42
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 6       44 +4 3 = 18 +3 43 -14 8 +15
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 39     13 -5 19 -10 1 = 8 +3 6 +3 14 -7
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 43             85 -21 19 +41
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 58       75 + 8 +2 37 +2 xxx.. xxx..
Salvatore, Hero: Homecoming, Book III 11.07.16 / 1         15 ++      
Weeks, The Blood Mirror 11.07.16 / 1 8 ++     10 ++ 8 ++      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 14 13 -1 x 10 -7 113 -34 20 -6 xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.13
WP
11.06
LAT
11.06
USAT
10.30
PW
11.07
Amz
(11.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.07)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 [tpb] 02.18.13 / 3   xxx..   131 ++        
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 83 xxx.. xxx.. 15 + xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 9     12 + xxx..       xxx..
King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams 10.31.16 / 2 4 +2     98 +5 6 =      
Koontz, Ashley Bell 10.10.16 / 5 12 -2     x 23 -13      
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 12 3 =              
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 75 xxx..   xxx.. 50 -19 xxx.. xx xxx xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 150 xxx..   10 -6 22 -9 10 -3 x x 97 -66
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 31       xxx.. xxx.. 87 +   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 46             53 +10 9 +2
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 29       xxx..   38 +3   xxx..
Sagara, Cast in Flight [tpb] 11.07.16 / 1       60 ++        
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.13
WP
11.06
LAT
11.06
USAT
10.30
PW
11.07
Amz
(11.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.07)
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 November 2016

Apex Magazine

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

November 2016
Issue 90, cover art by Ania Tomicka
• This issue has stories by E. Catherine Tobler, Onu-Okpara Chiamaka, Natalia Theodoridou, and Erica L. Satifka, plus a novel excerpt by Tade Thompson.
• Poetry is by Tiffany Midge and John Paul Davies.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with E. Catherine Tobler and Ania Tomicka, and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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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/

November 2016
Issue 122, cover art by Joseph Biwald
• This issue has fiction by Nin Harris, Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas, Samantha Murray, Bo Balder, Chen Hongyu, Nnedi Okorafor, Ian McDonald, and Paul McAuley.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Lauren Beukes and articles by Mark Cole and Sarah Pinsker.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

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

November/December 2016
• This issue has stories by Alexis A. Hunter, Blaize Kaye, Nisi Shawl, Carole McDonnell, and Dennis Mombauer.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Steven Sawicki, Adam-Troy Castro, Terence Taylor, and Gillian Daniels.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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Forever

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

October 2016
Issue 21, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Michael Swanwick, Fiona Moore, and Allen M. Steele.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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Galaxy’s Edge

• Bimonthly online SF ezine, beginning March 2013, edited by Mike Resnick
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

November 2016
Issue 23, $6.99
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Brian Trent, Ron Collins, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Cline, Rebecca Birch, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jay O’Connell, Laura Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, David A. Kilman, and Leena Likitalo.
• There’s also the concluding part of a serialization of Leigh Brackett’s “The Long Tomorrow”.
• Joy Ward has an interview with Harry Turtledove, and there are columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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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/

November 2016
• This month’s story is “Standing on the Floodbanks” by Bogi Takács.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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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/

November 2016
Issue 78
• This issue has SF stories by Chris Kluwe, Alyssa Wong, Lavie Tidhar, and Mary Robinette Kowal, and fantasy stories by J.B. Park, Helena Bell, Alex Jeffers, and Catherynne M. Valente.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Stephen Baxter and book reviews by Kate M. Galey, Jenn Reese, Rachel Swirsky, and Christie Yant.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Paul Di Filippo and a novel excerpt by Arlene F. Marks.

(Sat 5 Nov 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 October is a story by Andrew Gilstrap and poetry by Lore Graham and Jeannine Hall Gailey.
• November content is a story poem by TJ Radcliffe and poems by Gwynne Garfinkle and Mari Ness.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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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/

November 2016
Issue 50
• This issue has fiction by Tananarive Due, Sandra McDonald, Michael Shea, and Tim Pratt.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by Colin Dickey, and an interview with Jack Ketchum.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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Shimmer

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

November 2016
Issue 34, cover art by Sandro Castelli
• Stories in this issue are by Lia Swope Mitchell, Jeff Hemenway, Rachael Acks, and Natalia Theodoridou.

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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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/

November/December 2016
Issue 13, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This issue has original fiction by Paul Cornell, Brooke Bolander, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Alex Bledsoe, Kat Howard, and Nalo Hopkinson, and reprint fiction by Amal El-Mohtar.
• Poetry is by Neil Gaiman, Theodora Goss, and Sofia Samatar.
• There are also interviews with Jennifer Marie Brissett and Alex Bledsoe, and essays by Alyssa Wong, Monica Valentinelli, Navah Wolfe, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Keidra Chaney, and Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu).

(Sat 5 Nov 2016)

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New Books : 1 November 2016

* Adams, John Joseph, & Douglas Cohen, eds. : What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-3499-7, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481435000

Anthology of 20 original horror stories.
• Authors include Laird Barron, John Langan, Adam-Troy Castro, Alan Dean Foster, and Tim Pratt.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description. There’s also a trade paperback edition.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Taken as a compilation of horror tales with no thematic link, the book offers some chills—though perhaps not enough, given the dramatic exclamation of the title.”

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* Beaulieu, Bradley, & Rob Ziegler : The Burning Light
(Tor.com 978-0765390868, $14.99, 178pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390851

Short SF novel about a addictive entity called Light that disconnects its users from the mind-network in a future, flooded New York City.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The authors imbue this novella with the emotional heft of something much grander through sharp characterizations, detailed worldbuilding, vibrant descriptions, and thunderous action pieces.”

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* Birch, Chandler : The Facefaker’s Game
(Simon & Schuster/Simon451 978-1501147753, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501111990

Fantasy novel about a young beggar who apprentices with a company of magicians.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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* Brandt, Gerald : The Operative
(DAW 978-0756412043, $26, 320pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
San Angeles #2

SF novel, second in a series following The Courier (March 2016), about a motorcycle courier in a near future where multi-level San Angeles stretches from San Francisco to San Diego.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly called the first book a “gritty near-future science fiction thriller”.

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* Burgis, Stephanie : Congress of Secrets
(Pyr 978-1-63388-199-0, $17, 347pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016

Historical fantasy novel about a wealthy English widow affected by alchemy.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This capably written and captivating tale is a fine example of historical fantasy.”

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* Butcher, Jim, & Kerrie L. Hughes, eds. : Shadowed Souls
(Roc 978-0-451-47499-5, $17, 352pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698192607
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524702687

Anthology of 11 original urban fantasy stories.
• Authors include Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, Rob Thurman, and Jim Butcher.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Not every story will appeal to every reader, but the best of them truly shine.”

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* Clamp, Cathy : Illicit
(Tor 978-0765388315, $28.99, 304pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Luna Lake #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Forbidden (2015), about two clans of shapeshifters.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt. There’s also a trade paperback edition.

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* Connolly, Tina : Seriously Shifted
(Tor Teen 978-0765383754, $17.99, 240pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466893221
Seriously #2

Young adult fantasy novel, sequel to Seriously Wicked (2015), about the adopted daughter of a witch.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cornell, Paul : Lost Child of Lychford
(Tor.Com 978-0765389770, $14.99, 144pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765389763
Witches of Lychford #2

Short fantasy novel, second in a series following Witches of Lychford (2015), about a small hamlet that lies on the border between two worlds.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-232-6, $16.95, 427pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016

Anthology of 24 horror stories first published from 2005 to 2015; a sequel to Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010).
• Authors include Gene Wolfe, John Langan, M. Rickert, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, Richard Kadrey, and Lisa Tuttle.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This is the perfect introduction to the horror genre, especially for readers who don’t crave easy scares but appreciate slow burn that lingers long after the book is closed.”

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* Erikson, Steven : Willful Child: Wrath of Betty
(Tor 978-0765383907, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765383914
Willful Child #2

SF novel that spoofs Star Trek, second in a series following Willful Child (2014)
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Gray, Claudia : A Million Worlds with You
(Harperteen 978-0062279026, $17.99, 432pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062279040
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062571243
Firebird #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a trilogy following A Thousand Pieces of You (2014) and Ten Thousand Skies Above You (2015), about a teenaged girl who uses her parents’ invention to travel through alternate dimensions in search of her boyfriend.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Hinz, Christopher : Binary Storm
(Angry Robot 978-0857666215, $14.99, 432pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666222
UK edition: 9780857666208 (Thu 3 Nov 2016)

SF novel about genetically engineered assassins called binaries. The book is a loose prequel to Liege-Killer (1987).
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Hunter, Faith : Curse on the Land
(Roc 978-0451473325, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698184497
Soulwood #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Blood of the Earth (August 2016), set in the same world as the author’s 10 Jane Yellowrock novels.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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+ Itäranta, Emmi : The Weaver
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-232617-1, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062326195
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062471451

Fantasy novel about a young woman in an island world who hides her forbidden ability to dream.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Itäranta writes engagingly, displaying her setting and atypical characters in full color. Both seasoned readers of fantasy and newcomers to the genre will savor Itäranta’s captivating fiction.”

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* Liu, Ken, ed. : Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
(Tor 978-0-7653-8419-5, $24.99, 384pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765384188

Anthology of 13 stories, edited and translated by Liu, by seven different authors, and three essays.
• Contents include Hao Jingfang’s Hugo Award-winning novelette “Folding Beijing”, and two stories by Liu Cixin.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Although greatly varied in theme and approach, all of these stories impress with their visionary sweep and scope.”

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* Maresca, Marshall Ryan : An Import of Intrigue
(DAW 978-0756411732, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Maradaine Constabulary #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following A Murder of Mages (2015), about a university magic student who leads a double life.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Marillier, Juliet : Den of Wolves
(Roc 978-0-451-46703-4, $27, 448pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139244
Blackthorn & Grim #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Dreamer’s Pool (2014) and Tower of Thorns (2015), about a magical healer who has escaped prison, and her former prison mate.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Marillier’s evocative, poetic prose, coupled with her finely crafted delineation of personality in even the most minor of her characters, makes this a thoroughly convincing and touching journey into her mystical, imaginative world.”

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* McLean, Peter : Dominion
(Angry Robot 978-0857666123, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666130
UK edition: 9780857666116 (Thu 3 Nov 2016)
The Burning Man #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Drake (Jan. 2016), about a hitman forced to deal with Lucifer.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs and excerpts from reviews.

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* Panzo, Will : The Burning Isle
(Ace 978-1-101-98810-7, $16, 432pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101988114

Grimdark fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a mage who comes to a lawless island.
• PenguinRandomHouse’s site has this description.

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* Shinn, Sharon : Unquiet Land
(Ace 978-0-425-27703-4, $26, 400pp, hardcover, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698176416
Elemental Blessings #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Troubled Waters (2010), Royal Airs (2013), and Jeweled Fire (2015)
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: “…overall this is a fun adventure, a welcome return to this land with its unusual system of blessings, intriguing elemental magics, and engaging primes and ruling family.”

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* Weber, David : Shadow of Victory
(Baen 978-1-4767-8182-2, $28, 768pp, hardcover, November 2016, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-546-5
Honor Harrington #-

SF space opera novel in the Honor Harrington series about an officer in the Manticoran space navy.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Williamson, Michael Z. : Angeleyes
(Baen 978-1-4767-8186-0, $26, 368pp, hardcover, November 2016, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61824-973-9
Freehold #8

Military SF novel, eighth in the “Freehold” series following Freehold (2004), The Weapon (2005), Better to Beg Forgiveness (2007), Contact with Chaos (2009), and Do Unto Others (2010), Rogue (2011), and When Diplomacy Fails… (2012)
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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 31 October 2016

— posted Monday 31 October 2016 @ 11:31 am PST

J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Arthur A. Levine), due November 18, has been selling on Amazon lists for several weeks already, and is added to the chart here this week.

Debuting this week is the paperback edition of Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Pocket), ranking #6 on both the New York Times mass market list and the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.06
WP
10.30
LAT
10.30
USAT
10.23
PW
10.31
Amz
(10.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.31)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Hag-Seed 10.24.16 / 2 x       x     55 ++
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 1 7 ++              
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 5       63 -13 6 = xx    
Graceffa, Children of Eden 10.17.16 / 3 2 =     141 -82 8 =      
Hamilton, Crimson Death 10.24.16 / 2 x     118 -107 20 -14      
Johnston, Star Wars Ahsoka 10.24.16 / 2 1 =     54 -31 5 = x    
Kaufman/Kristoff, Gemina 10.31.16 / 1 3 ++              
Martin, A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition 10.31.16 / 1         17 ++      
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 55     xxx.. 52 -5 xxx.. xx xx xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 1           19 ++ 42 ++ 49 ++
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 5       48 -29 3 = 21 -1 29 +3 23 -3
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 38     8 +1 9 +1 1 = 11 = 9 +3 7 +4
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 42             64 +4 60 -14
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 57       xx 10 = 39 = xxx.. xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 13 12 -2 8 -2 3 +1 79 -28 14 -3 xxx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.06
WP
10.30
LAT
10.30
USAT
10.23
PW
10.31
Amz
(10.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.31)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 237   xxx..   xxx xxx.. 90 -3 xxx.. xxx..
King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams 10.31.16 / 1 6 ++     103 ++ 6 ++      
Koontz, Ashley Bell 10.10.16 / 4 10 -2     148 -22 10 -3      
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 108       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 98 +
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 11 3 +1              
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 74 xxx..   xxx.. 31 -5 xxx.. x xx xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 149 xxx..   4 +2 13 -5 7 = 87 +9 82 -30 31 +46
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               93 -7  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 76 -10   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 45             63 -3 11 +8
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 28       xxx..   41 +4   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.06
WP
10.30
LAT
10.30
USAT
10.23
PW
10.31
Amz
(10.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.31)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late October 2016

— posted Saturday 29 October 2016 @ 11:24 am PST

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

October 2016
Issue 210-211, cover art by Raphael LaCoste
Issue 211, posted October 27, has stories by K.J. Kabza and Kelly Stewart, a podcast of the Kabza story, and an archive story by Therese Arkenberg.
Issue 210, posted October 13, has stories by Stephanie Burgis and Martin Cahill, a podcast of the Burgis story, and an archive story by Siobhan Carroll.

(Sat 29 Oct 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/

October 2016
• Stories posted in October are by Alex Shvartsman, Eric Brown, Cassandra Khaw, James Van Pelt, Mari Ness, Paulo da Silva, and others.

(Sat 29 Oct 2016)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

August 2016
Issue 336, Vol. 28 No. 12, 32pp
• This special “Distant Paradises” issue features an essay by Robert Eldridge about SF Edens, and an essay by Jeremy Adam Smith about “Jewish SF and the San Francisco Bay”.
• Other essays are by Brian Stableford, Mike Barrett, Victor Grech, and Darrell Schweitzer.
• Reviews are Peter Rawlik on a performance of Lovecraft poems; David Mead on Allen Steele; Dan’l Danehy-Oakes on The Big Book of Science Fiction; and Michael Levy on Peter Beagle.

(Thu 27 Oct 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/

October 2016
• This redesigned site now links content to weekly issue pages. Issue 3 October 2016 has fiction by K. T. Bryski, a column by Renay, plus poetry and reviews.
10 October 2016 has fiction by Philip Schweitzer, a column by Andrea Phillips, and poetry and reviews.
17 October 2016 has fiction by Margaret Ronald, a “Scores” column by John Clute, plus poetry and other reviews.
24 Octobere 2016 has an editorial by Niall Harrison about the new design, a Roundtable about climate change, a podcast of October poetry, and reviews.

(Sat 29 Oct 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/

October 2016
Original stories posted in October are by Lettie Prell, Sarah McCarry, Margaret Killjoy, Charlie Jane Anders, and Daniel Polansky.
Excerpts are from works by Andy Remic, Kai Ashante Wilson, Laurie Penny, Brandon Sanderson, and others.

(Sat 29 Oct 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

Classics in Reprint, October 2016

— posted Friday 28 October 2016 @ 2:09 pm PST

* Aickman, Robert : The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories
(Valancourt Books 978-1943910458, $19.99, 430pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Oct 2016

Omnibus volume of the title novel, first published in 1964, and six stories, with an introduction by Philip Challinor.
• Valancourt’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Dick, Philip K. : The Man in the High Castle
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-0544916081, $22, 288pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2016

(First edition: Putnam, 1962)

New hardcover edition of Dick’s famous alternate-history novel in which Germany and Japan have won World War II and divided the US between them; currently adapted as a TV series.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The novel won the Hugo Award in 1963.

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* Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5139-0, $29.99, 801pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481451413

Collection of 13 novellas, from “Vast Than Empires and More Slow” (1971) to “Paradises Lost” (2002).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Le Guin is never soggily sentimental, but throughout her long career she has preferred to deal with heartbreakingly real characters who discover that they can extend themselves into acts of generous compassion. These stories are wonderful, and full of wonder.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Onilne: “The first appreciation derives from the sheer level of talent and word-wizardry and world-building that Le Guin exhibits. These stories are constructed so solidly, with such ingenuity and craftsmanship and heart, that they achieve the inevitable rightness and impressiveness of real world things.”

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Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Left Hand of Darkness
(Penguin 978-0143111597, $25, 288pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016

(First edition: Ace Special, March 1969)

SF novel about a human emissary to a world whose inhabitants have no gender, until it is time to mate, when a person can become either male or female.
• Penguin’s site has this description. This is one of a series of classic SF and fantasy novels published in hardcover with matching graphic covers, all with a series introduction by Neil Gaiman.
• The others are T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer. The six books are available in a boxed set.

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New Books : 25 October 2016

— posted Tuesday 25 October 2016 @ 4:20 pm PST

* Brom : Lost Gods
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-209568-8, $27.99, 496pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062095701
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062564894

Illustrated fantasy novel about a man who descends into Purgatory to save the souls of his wife and unborn child.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Fantasy artist and author Brom creates a fascinating vision of the underworld in this sprawling dark novel…”

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* Cameron, Miles : The Plague of Swords
(Orbit 978-0-316-30242-5, $16.99, 512pp, trade paperback, November 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316302418
Traitor Son #4

Historical fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Red Knight (2013), The Fell Sword (2014), and The Dread Wyrm (2015), about a tournament between knights.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “The dense fourth novel in the Traitor Son Cycle isn’t an easy jumping-on point for newcomers, but it serves as a very solid continuation of the tale for readers who have been following the adventures of Gabriel in Cameron’s sprawling alternate historical Europe.”

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* Douglas, Ian : Altered Starscape
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-237919-1, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062379214
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062448743
Andromedan Dark #1

Military SF novel about a human expedition to the galactic core that is sucked into a black hole and emerges four billion years in the future, when the Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Fahnestock, Todd : The Wishing World
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765385888, $17.99, 224pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765385901

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl searching for her family, who have disappeared into a magical world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Gustainis, Justin : The Devil Will Come
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1770530898, $12.95, 200pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016

Collection of 21 stories about evil.
• The publisher’s site has this description with previews.

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* McCormack, Una : The Star of the Sea
(Solaris 978-1781084830, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Weird Space #f

SF novel, fourth in a series begun by Eric Brown with Weird Space: The Devil’s Nebula (2012), with the third volume, Weird Space: The Baba Yaga (2015), by McCormack and Brown. McCormack is otherwise known for novels in the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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* McIntosh, Will : Faller
(Tor 978-0-7653-8355-6, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466892460

SF novel in which Earth becomes fragmented into islands of rock in an endless sky, and no one can remember who they are or how to read.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…this is an overall sound piece of work.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: “It’s a bit overpacked, to be sure, but when McIntosh starts gathering the threads, he does make a case for unity in his novel, even as those threads, like the lines in Faller’s parachute, get pretty strained from all the buffeting.”

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* Melanson, Trevor : Terminal City
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1770530836, $12.95, 200pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Terminal City Saga #1

Fantasy novel about man debating between becoming a student at the city’s top university, or following in his necromancer father’s footsteps.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Moreno-Garcia, Silvia : Certain Dark Things
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-09908-2, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250099099
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427285027

Vampire novel set in Mexico City.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Moreno-Garcia’s action-packed second standalone novel (after Signal to Noise) brings myths from multiple cultures into focus as different, coexisting types of vampires get tangled up in the drug wars of near-future Mexico, setting the stage for a bloody and engrossing story of rival families.”

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* Shepherd, Mike : Kris Longknife: Bold
(Ace 978-0425277386, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698180666
Kris Longknife #14

Military SF adventure novel, fourteenth in the series following Mutineer, Deserter (both 2004), Defiant (2005), Resolute (2006), Audacious (2007), Intrepid (2008), Undaunted (2009), Redoubtable (2010), Daring (2011), Furious (2012), Defender (2013), Tenacious (2014), and Unrelenting (2015) about a Prime Minister’s daughter who joins the space navy.
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a “Look Inside” link.

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* Weeks, Brent : The Blood Mirror
(Orbit 978-0-316-25133-4, $28, 704pp, hardcover, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316251310
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478978367
UK edition: 978-0356504605 (Thu 27 Oct 2016)
Lightbringer #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Black Prism (2010), The Blinding Knife (2012), and The Broken Eye (2014).
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Weeks deftly moves the pieces around his chessboard, snapping them with assured feeling onto their new squares in preparation for a climactic confrontation. Readers will need to pay careful attention to catch all the political and social machinations.”

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* Wilson, Kai Ashante : A Taste of Honey
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9004-2, $14.99, 160pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390059

Fantasy short novel, set in the world of the author’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, about a royal family member’s gay romance with a handsome soldier.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Setting the rewards of duty against loyalty to self, Wilson displays his talent for tugging the reader’s heartstrings and underplaying hard emotion, and he delivers a poignant and satisfying conclusion.”

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* Wise, A. C. : The Kissing Booth Girl and other stories
(Lethe 978-1-59021-633-0, $18, 254pp, trade paperback, October 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2016

Collection of 14 stories, four of them original to this book.
• Lethe’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Wise’s inventive sense of weirdness and wonder comes to the forefront in this intense, graceful collection of stories in which plot plays second fiddle to quietly immersive world-building, longing and obsession are the forces of beauty, and grimness leads not to depressive dystopia but to desperately hopeful and brave, if still unsettling, solutions.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 24 October 2016

— posted Monday 24 October 2016 @ 9:59 am PST

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Crimson Death (Berkley), latest in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, debuts on three lists, ranking as high as #6 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.

Also debuting is a YA Star Wars novel, E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars Ahsoka (Disney Lucasfilm), ranking #1 on the New York Times Young Adult hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.30
WP
10.23
LAT
10.23
USAT
10.16
PW
10.24
Amz
(10.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.24)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Hag-Seed 10.24.16 / 1 19 ++       25 ++      
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 4       50 +5 6 -2 x    
Graceffa, Children of Eden 10.17.16 / 2 2 -1     59 -21 8 -1      
Hamilton, Crimson Death 10.24.16 / 1 9 ++     11 ++ 6 ++      
Johnston, Star Wars Ahsoka 10.24.16 / 1 1 ++     23 ++ 5 ++ 79 ++    
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 54     xxx.. 47 +7 xxx x x xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 4       19 -15 3 -2 20 -7 32 -8 20 -9
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 37     9 -2 10 +1 1 +2 11 -2 12 -4 11 -3
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 41             68 -14 46 -5
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 56       x 10 -1 39 -9 xxx.. xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 12 10 -1 6 + 4 -2 51 -12 11 -1 xx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.30
WP
10.23
LAT
10.23
USAT
10.16
PW
10.24
Amz
(10.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.24)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 236   xxx..   xx xxx.. 87 + xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 8     10 -1 xxx..       xxx..
Koontz, Ashley Bell 10.10.16 / 3 8 -2     126 -23 7 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 106     xxx.. 140 + xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 10 4 -1              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 279   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx 51 +48
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 73 xxx..   xxx.. 26 -1 xxx.. 85 -34 x xx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 148 xxx..   6 -1 8 = 7 -2 96 -53 52 -12 77 -22
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               99 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               86 +8  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 66 -3   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 44             60 +4 19 +7
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 27       xxx..   45 -8   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.30
WP
10.23
LAT
10.23
USAT
10.16
PW
10.24
Amz
(10.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.24)
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

Print Periodicals, October 2016

— posted Saturday 22 October 2016 @ 11:45 am PST

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/

November 2016
Vol. 136 No. 11, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by David A. Hardy
• This issue has a novella by Gray Rinehart, a novelette by Mark Niemann-Ross, and short stories by Genevieve Williams, Jerry Oltion, Garrett Ashley, Frank Wu, and Jay Werkheiser. There’s also a poem by Robert Borski.
• The science article, by Richard A. Lovett, is about the asteroid belt.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Rosemary Claire Smith, an “Alternate View” column by Richard A. Lovett, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers, covering Brendan DuBois, Mike Resnick, and others.

(Fri 21 Oct 2016)

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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/

October/November 2016
Vol. 40 No. 10&11 (whole #489&490), $7.99, 192pp, cover art by Karla Oritz
• This double “Special Slightly Spooky Issue” has novellas by Alexander Jablokov and Michael Blumlein, novelettes by Octavia Cade, Michael Libling, Will Ludwigsen, and Dominica Phetteplace, and short stories by Sandra McDonald, Rich Larson, Susan Palwick, and S.N. Dyer.
• Poetry is by Herb Kauderer, Eliot Fintushel, Megan Arkenberg, Lisa Bellamy, Lucy A. Snyder, Sarah Gittens, and Jane Yolen.
• Departments include Sheila Williams’ editorial; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column on “Magical Thinking”; James Patrick Kelly’s “On the Net” column; and “On Books” by Norman Spinrad, covering two Nebula Awards anthologies and collections by Fredric Brown and Harlan Ellison.

(Fri 21 Oct 2016)

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Black Static

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

September-October 2016
Issue 54, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Richard Wagner
• Stories in this issue are by Steven J. Jones, Julie C. Day, Ralph Robert Moore, and Malcolm Devlin.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Tennant (book reviews, including an interview with Damien Angelica Walters), and Gary Couzens.

(Fri 30 Sep 2016)

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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/

Sep-Oct 2016
Issue 266, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Vincent Sammy
• This issue has fiction by Tade Thompson, Georgina Bruce, Ray Cluley, Aliya Whiteley, and Malcolm Devlin.
• Features include an editorial by Stephen Theaker and columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, a book review section, film reviews by Nick Lowe, and DVD/Blu-ray reviews by Tony Lee.

(Fri 30 Sep 2016)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by C.C. Finlay
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.fandsf.com/

Nov/Dec 2016
Vol. 131 No. 5&6 (whole #728), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Kristin Kest
• This issue has novellas by Esther M. Friesner, Albert E. Cowdrey, Matthew Hughes, and Robert Reed; and short stories by Lilliam Rivera, Gardner Dozois, Minsoo Kang, Kurt Fawver, Charlotte Ashley, James Beamon, and Sandra McDonald.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering Stephen King and others; Chris Moriarty’s “Books”, covering Kim Stanley Robinson, Neal Stephenson, and Andy Weir; David J. Skal’s “Films”, on High-Rise; and a “Curiosities” page by Graham Andrews, about a 1924 work by James C. Welsh, M.P.

(Wed 19 Oct 2016)

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Category: Periodicals


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