Peter V. Brett, The Desert Spear
(Ballantine Del Rey Apr 2010)
The sequel to Brett's noted debut, The Warded Man. Humanity has long awaited the legendary Deliverer, who will defeat the demons that haunt the night but now there are two candidates for the title Arlen, the Warded Man, and the desert leader Ahmann Jardir, come to conquer the green lands and unite all mankind against the demons.
Gail Carriger, Changeless
(Orbit US Apr 2010)
The redoubtable Alexia Tarabotti returns in this second steampunk/Victorian urban fantasy novel in the Parasol Protectorate series, a fast-paced romp that's as fun as her first but this time adds a deadly parasol, a thrilling trip by dirigible, and a mysterious anti-supernatural force striking the werewolves, vampires, and ghosts of London, all depicted "...with the same mix of world-building, sexuality, and wit that made Soulless such a pleasure." [Faren Miller]
Ellen Datlow, ed., Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror
(Tachyon Publications Mar 2010)
Datlow picks some of her favorite horror stories from 1984-2005, saying in her introduction, "...they are the horror stories that have stayed with me. That still thrill me and chill me when I read them." Authors include Clive Barker, Edward Bryant, Peter Straub, Lucius Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, and Neil Gaiman.
Ellen Datlow, ed., Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy
(Prime Books May 2010)
Anthology of 15 stories originally published in online magazines edited by Datlow. Authors include James P. Blaylock, Paul Park, Jeffrey Ford, Kim Newman, and Andy Duncan.
Jetse de Vries, ed., Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF
(Solaris Apr 2010)
Tired of dark and dreary dystopian visions of the near future? This anthology takes an optimistic look at the years to come, with 16 all-new stories by authors including Holly Phillips, Lavie Tidhar, Kay Kenyon, and Alastair Reynolds.
Christopher Golden, ed., The New Dead
(St. Martin's Griffin Feb 2010)
Golden joins the zombie parade with this impressive anthology of 19 all-new zombie stories by authors including John Connolly, Tim Lebbon, Kelley Armstrong, Mike Carey, Tad Williams, Joe R. Lansdale, and David Wellington.
Joe R. Lansdale, The Best of Joe R. Lansdale
(Tachyon Publications Mar 2010)
This collection of 16 stories provides a wide-ranging sampler of Lansdale's best and weirdest, including five Stoker winners, plus a potent autobiographical introduction about the crucified dreams that have inspired his work.
Nick Mamatas & Sean Wallace, eds., Realms 2: The Second Year of Clarkesworld Magazine
(Wyrm Publishing Mar 2010)
The second year of Clarkesworld Magazine is celebrated with this anthology of 25 stories originally published in the magazine. Authors include Ken Scholes, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tim Pratt, Jeffrey Ford, Rebecca Ore, and Jay Lake.
George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds., Warriors
(Tor Mar 2010)
This duo of editorial heavyweights weighs in with a new original anthology of 20 stories about warriors in a mix of genres including historical and contemporary crime fiction as well as fantasy and SF. The stellar lineup of writers includes Peter S. Beagle, Howard Waldrop, Diana Gabaldon, Naomi Novik, and Joe Haldeman, plus a new novella by Martin himself set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Christopher Moore, Bite Me
(Morrow Mar 2010)
Dark suspense mixes with gonzo humor and even romance in this third book in the San Francisco Vampire trilogy (after in Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck). Vampire lovers Tommy and Jody, trapped in a bronze statue by their goth assistant Abby Normal, may be the only ones who can save the city from Chet the enormous vampire cat.
Allen Steele, Coyote Destiny
(Ace Mar 2010)
The fifth SF novel in the Coyote series picks up almost 20 years after Coyote Horizon for an action filled conclusion to the duology. A ship from Earth finally arrives at Coyote -- with news that there's a terrorist on the planet.
Ian Tregillis, Bitter Seeds
(Tor Apr 2010)
Magic and mad science mix in this entertaining alternate history of WWII, with the warlocks of Britain uniting to battle German forces with super powers. A striking first novel.
Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals
(Tachyon Publications Feb 2010)
The authors (Jeff in his online guise as Evil Monkey) discuss some wonderfully obscure creatures from myth and folklore, from the Japanese abumi-guchi to the Ziz, for this delightfully strange and whimsical look at what creatures might or might not be kosher and even ways to serve them.
Tad Williams, Shadowrise
(DAW Mar 2010)
The tension builds in this third volume in the epic fantasy series begun in Shadowmarch; the series was originally planned as a trilogy, but the final book had to be split into two volumes, with the conclusion, Shadowheart, to follow in November.
Gene Wolfe, The Sorcerer's House
(Tor Mar 2010)
Noted author Wolfe turns to the epistolary form for his latest fantasy novel, a complex, sometimes surreal, and often funny tale in which a scholarly man recently released from prison inherits a house with plenty of supernatural surprises in store for him.