M. H. Boroson, The Girl with Ghost Eyes
(Talos Press Nov 2015)
A young widow in San Francisco’s Chinatown of 1898 has the ability to see the spirit world, which shames her family, but accompanied by her knowledge of martial arts, her vision allows her to battle a sorcerer bent on summoning an ancient evil. A colorful tale, and a striking first novel.
Harlan Ellison, Can & Can’tankerous
(Subterranean Press Dec 2015)
A gold mine for fans of Ellison, this collection boasts ten previously uncollected stories, with comments by Ellison. Neil Gaiman also provides an introduction to one story that becomes a humorous story of his own about Harlan.
Gemma Files, Experimental Film
(ChiZine Publications Dec 2015)
Weird fantasy/mystery novel about a former film critic who spots what appears to be a famous missing socialite from the early 20th century on some old silent film, and decides to investigate. A fascinating and dark mix of film history and folklore.
Leena Krohn, Leena Krohn: The Collected Fiction
(Cheeky Frawg Books Dec 2015)
This hefty book includes six complete novels/novellas, plus 12 stories and excerpts, from throughout Krohn’s career as a notable Finnish writer. Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer; an appendix provides commentary in the form of a poem and four essays, one an afterword by Krohn.
Michael Matheson, The Humanity of Monsters
(ChiZine Publications Jan 2016)
What makes a person or thing a monster? The question is explored by an impressive slate of 26 authors, including Laird Barron, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and Peter Watts.
China Miéville, This Census-Taker
(Del Rey Jan 2016)
A post-apocalyptic SF novella about a lonely boy who lived high on a hill, and a census-taker who might be able to get him away from his sometimes frightening father. A bit of a murder mystery, with hints about past apocalypse, and questions about the boy’s real relationship with his father. ‘‘While this ambiguity, and the generally understated tone…may disappoint some looking for the usual Miéville fireworks, it may well haunt those readers who have valued his fierce intelligence and provocative nuances as much as his more baroque fancies.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe]
James Morrow, Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow
(Wesleyan University Press Nov 2015)
A collection of 12 stories, seven not previously collected, from the critically acclaimed writer noted for his satires of religion, popular culture, and philosophy.
Jonathan Strahan, ed., Meeting Infinity
(Solaris Dec 2015)
The fourth volume in the Infinity series of anthologies brings together 16 stories by an intriguing roster of writers including Madeline Ashby, Gregory Benford, Simon Ings, Gwyneth Jones, Nancy Kress, Ian McDonald, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Bruce Sterling. ‘‘Jonathan Strahan’s Infinity series has been consistently the most impressive pure SF anthology series of the past few years, and Meeting Infinity holds up its end.’’ [Rich Horton]
Sean Williams, Hollowgirl
(HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Nov 2015)
Action mixes with social criticism in this third book in the Twinmaker series, which finds Claire trying to enter a virtual world to stop the destruction of the real world. First published by Allen & Unwin as Fall. ‘‘To say that Sean Williams gives readers a great deal to think about with the Twinmaker series would be a vast understatement… epic and intense.’’ [Colleen Mondor]