Angsten, David :
(St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne Books 0-312-34373-6, $24.95, 9+337pp, hardcover, July 2006)
Thriller with 'mythic' elements, the author's first novel, about three college grads who travel to Puerto Vallarta in search of a lost brother and shipwreck treasure.
The author's website consists of a flash ad for the book.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "Take a quest to find a lost brother, hot sex with incredibly beautiful babes, a giant man-eating beast that may or may not be a god, a sunken ship and a fortune in gold. Throw in some evil, demented villagers and a pirate or two, place these plot elements into the hands of a stylish, intelligent writer, and you've got yourself a page-turner that will take readers back to the days when a good book meant you stayed up all night under the covers with a flashlight."
Barzak, Christopher, Alan DeNiro & Kristin Livdahl, eds. :
Rabid Transit: Long Voyages, Great Lies
(Velocity Press no ISBN, $6, 92pp, trade paperback, May 2006)
Anthology of 6 original stories. Authors are Alice Kim, David J. Schwartz, F. Brett Cox, Heather Shaw, Meghan McCarron, and Geoffrey H. Goodwin.
This is the fifth in a series of chapbook anthologies that began in 2002 by a writers' group known as the Ratbastards. The publisher's site has these descriptions with contents lists and ordering information.
Tangent Online provides this review by E. Sedia.
Rich Horton reviews the volume in the upcoming July issue of Locus Magazine, favoring the stories by Cox and Shaw.
Byrnes, M. Scott :
(Blue Stripe Books 0-9772674-0-7, $19.95, 279pp, hardcover, May 2006)
SF novel in which discoveries on Mars lead to revelations about Jesus, God, and the coming Armageddon.
The author's site has this summary and an excerpt.
The Amazon page has reader reviews, including a detailed summary in Harriet Klausner's review.
Gilman, Carolyn Ives :
Candle in a Bottle
(Aqueduct Press 1-933500-07-7, $9, 104pp, trade paperback, May 2006)
SF novella in which savants of Institut Sorel anticipate an imminent phase transition that will affect the entire world.
The story was first published in F&SF in 1996.
The publisher's site has this description.
Anthology of 31 SF stories first published in 2005, with an introduction by the editors, and introductions to each story. Authors include David Langford, Gardner Dozois, Ken MacLeod, Bruce Sterling, Ted Chiang, Oliver Morton, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Joe Haldeman, and Cory Doctorow.
This is the SF Book Club edition, the first hardcover edition, published more-or-less simultaneously with the paperback from Eos. The Book Club site has this description.
Inclán, Jessica :
When You Believe
(Zebra 0-8217-8080-8, $13, 327pp, trade paperback, June 2006)
Paranormal romance novel, first of a trilogy, about a magical group called Les Croyant des Trois whose members protect the Earth from dark forces.
The publisher's site has this page with the description and author background, plus this excerpt.
Anthology of 6 original novellas by Alan Dean Foster, Allen M. Steele, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Jack McDevitt, and Julie E. Czerneda.
Editor Kaye provides an introduction, and introductions to each story.
This book is available exclusively from the Science Fiction Book Club, whose site has this description, with brief summaries of each story.
SF/fantasy adventure novel about a human/alien hybrid whose quest for an old enemy takes her to Earth.
The publisher's site has this description and a preview with an excerpt.
Copyright Theresa M. Moore.
Morrison, Rusty, & Ken Keegan, eds. :
Paraspheres: Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist Stories
(Omnidawn Publishing 1-890650-18-8, $19.95, 637pp, trade paperback, August 2006, cover illustration Michael Parkes)
Anthology of 50 'slipstream' stories, a dozen or so being reprints, including Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Birthday of the World", Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Lucky Strike", and Angela Carter's "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe", the remainder originals, by authors including Shelley Jackson, L. Timmel Duchamp, Anna Tambour, Brian Evenson, and Jeff VanderMeer.
The publisher's site has this description with ordering information, including the complete table of contents, the review by Nick Gevers from the April issue of Locus Magazine, and the complete afterword by editor Keegan titled "Why Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist Stories in an Anthology Named PARASPHERES?"
Rich Horton reviews the book in the upcoming July issue of Locus Magazine, saying "Overall I was very impressed" and citing original stories by Justine Courter, Janice Law, and Michael Constance.
Omnibus of three fantasy novels about dragons used in the Napoleonic Wars published earlier this year in paperback originals by Ballantine Del Rey: His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War.
The author's website has this page about the series, with excerpts and a short story.
This omnibus edition is available exclusively from the SF Book Club, whose site has this page with a club review and member reviews.
Locus Magazine reviews of the books included one from Gary K. Wolfe, who said about the first volume: "the action sequences are terrific, the characters enormously appealing, the style accomplished and ironic, and the promise of future volumes quite inviting".
Rockwood, Alyn :
How Noble in Reason
(A.K. Peters 1-56881-288-4, $24.95, 207pp, hardcover, May 2006)
SF novel about a Cornell University artificial intelligence researcher, inventor of three sentient computers named A, B, and C, who's implicated in the destruction of one of them.
The publisher's site has this description.
The author has this professional web page.
Amazon has a brief description, and a reader review.
Singh, Vandana, illustrated by B. M. Kamath :
Younguncle Comes to Town
(Viking 0-670-06051-8, $14.99, 153pp, hardcover, April 2006, jacket illustration Sandy Nichols)
Children's novel set in India about three children and their father's youngest brother, who arrives with tales about stolen cows and an angry tree ghost.
It's the author's first book, "published to great acclaim" in her country according to the publisher's description, and comes with a jacket blurb from Ursula K. Le Guin: "Anyone who reads this book will be perfectly happy".
The author, who has a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics, has this webpage, with a blog and an in-work section on Indian Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Amazon has reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist; the latter comments "chief charm of these low-key stories, for American readers, is in their introduction to Indian culture, family life, lore, and legend." Amazon's 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt.
Anthology of 9 novellas first published in 2005. Authors are Ian McDonald, Matthew Hughes, Cory Doctorow, Harry Turtledove, Kelly Link, Steven Erikson, Wil McCarthy, Connie Willis,, and Jeffrey Ford.
Strahan provides a book introduction and introductions to each story. He posted on his blog this preview back in April, with descriptions of the stories and links to those available online.
This book is available exclusively from the Science Fiction Book Club, whose site has this page for the book, with a club review.
Tan, Cecilia, ed. :
Sex in the System
(Thunder's Mouth Press 1-56025-851-9, $15.95, 10+283pp, trade paperback, July 2006)
Anthology of 14 stories and one poem, subtitled "stories of erotic futures, technological stimulation, and the sensual life of machines". All but four of the stories are original to this book. Authors include Joe Haldeman, Sarah Micklem, Scott Westerfeld, Gavin J. Grant, Paul Di Filippo, and M. Christian.
Amazon has the back cover description, though several of the authors it lists (Hopkinson, Asaro, Sterling) are not in the book.