* de Rojas, Agustín : The Year 200
(Restless 978-1-63206-051-8, $18.99, 640pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Jul 2016
SF novel, first published in Cuba in 1990 and here translated into English by Nick Caistor and Hebe Powell, set in a future in which the Communist Federation has defeated the Capitalist Empire.
• The publisher’s site has this description, which calls it the author’s “magnum opus.”
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “De Rojas is perfectly willing to ask hard questions, and this struggle for the soul of humankind’s future will leave readers thinking long after the last page is turned, but as a work of fiction, it never quite comes together.”
* Hollins, Jon : The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold
(Orbit 978-0-316-30823-6, $14.99, 544pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308250
• Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938439
• The Dragon Lords #1
Humorous fantasy novel, apparently first of a series, about living in a world ruled by dragons.
• The Amazon description notes that Hollins is a pseudonym.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hollins’s seat-of-the-pants fantasy comedy snowballs wildly into a glorious disaster of fire, magic, multiple threats to people’s intestines, and fun—for the reader, if not the characters.”
* Kenny, John, ed. : Decade 1: The Best of Albedo One
(Ireland: Aeon Press 978-0-9934682-0-9, $14.95, 184pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Anthology of 13 stories first published in the Irish SF magazine Albedo One over the past decade.
• Authors include Gill Alderman, Tais Teng, Neil Williamson, and Mike O’Driscoll.
• The magazine’s site has this description.
• The book is also listed on Amazon.com.
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* Langan, John : The Fisherman
(Word Horde 978-1-939905-21-5, $16.99, 282pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Jun 2016
Horror novel about two widowers drawn to a mysterious creek in upstate New York.
• Word Horde’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “Shifting between past and present, Langan builds terrifying scenes…”
* Strugatsky, Arkady, & Boris Strugatsky : The Doomed City
(Chicago Review Press 978-1-61373-596-1, $18.99, 416pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
• Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Jul 2016
First English translation of a political SF novel, written in the early 1970s and not published in Russia until 1988-89. It’s about an experimental city, populated by people plucked from various times in the 20th century, and run by inscrutable Mentors.
• The publisher’s site has this description, which calls it the brothers’ “magnus opus”.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The Strugatsky Brothers criticize not only Communism but all tyrannical governments in a startlingly original microcosm that captures humanity’s despair and resolve. … This unsettling and intelligent novel’s chief terror resides in its underlying ideas.”
• A hardcover edition is also available.
* Tolmie, Sarah : Two Travelers
(Aqueduct 978-1-61976-103-2, $16, 200pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
• Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Jun 2016
Collection of two novellas, “The Dancer on the Stairs” and “The Burning Furrow”.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description with blurbs from A.M. Dellamonica and Amy Thomson.
• Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Tolmie’s investigations of identity, place, and personal meaning are a delight to read and a great contribution to the genre.”