New Books : 4 September 2018

Ten years of Tor.com short fiction in Irene Gallo’s anthology Worlds Seen in Passing, J.R.R. Tolkien’s unfinished The Fall of Gondolin, Stephen King & Ben Vincent’s anthology Flight or Fright, and new titles by Stephen Aryan, Larry Correia, Jaine Fenn, Sean Grigsby, Peter F. Hamilton, Nick Mamatas, Michael J. Martinez, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire, Patrick Ness & Rovina Cai, Tim Pratt, Justina Robson, Greg van Eekhout, Steve White, and Walter Jon Williams

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* Aryan, Stephen : Magefall
(Orbit 978-0-316-55481-7, $16.99, 480pp, trade paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316554800
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781549195013
Age of Dread #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series after Mageborn (2017), about a minority population with magical abilities in a society trying to eradicate magic.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though displays of magic occasionally manifest, Aryan’s tale is steeped more solidly in the intrigues of character clashes, petty politics, and power struggles in a culture whose marginalization of outsiders has significant contemporary resonance. His novel will whet fans’ appetites for the next installment in this gripping high fantasy series.”

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* Correia, Larry : Target Rich Environment
(Baen 978-1-4814-8344-5, $25, 336pp, hardcover, September 2018, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-665-3

Collection of 14 stories, two of them previously available in audio only, and one completely original to this book.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Fenn, Jaine : Hidden Sun
(Angry Robot 978-0857668011, $12.99, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857668028
UK edition: 9780857668011 (Thu 6 Sep 2018)
Shadowlands #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a noblewoman who journeys into the alien skyland in search of her missing brother.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Paul Cornell, and others.

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* Gallo, Irene, ed. : Worlds Seen in Passing
(Tor.com 978-1250171238, $27.99, 576pp, hardcover, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250171252

Anthology of 40 stories first published by Tor.com over the past 10 years.
• Authors include Jeff VanderMeer, Charlie Jane Anders, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Lavie Tidhar, and Kathleen Ann Goonan.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Grigsby, Sean : Daughters of Forgotten Light
(Angry Robot 978-0857667953, $12.99, 352pp, trade paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857667960
UK edition: 9780857667953 (Thu 6 Sep 2018)

SF novel about the leader of a vicious gang inside a deep space penal colony.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs from Cat Rambo, Beth Cato, and others.
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “Despite my criticisms, I enjoyed Daughters of Forgotten Light. It’s very entertaining pulp, and Grigsby has a lot of promise as an author.”

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* Hamilton, Peter F. : Salvation
(Del Rey 978-0399178764, $30, 576pp, hardcover, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399178771
Salvation #1

SF novel, first in a series, about the discovery of a wrecked alien ship in a future in which all humanity accesses the planets via linked jump gates.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with blurbs by Ken MacLeod, David Brin, Alastair Reynolds, and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* King, Stephen, & Bev Vincent, eds. : Flight or Fright
(Cemetery Dance 978-1-58767-679-6, $27.95, 332pp, hardcover, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018

Anthology of 16 stories and 1 poem about things that go wrong during plane flights. Two of the stories, by Joe Hill and Stephen King, are original to this book.
• Other authors include Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, John Varley, Dan Simmons, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents and descriptions of limited editions.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a strong anthology full of satisfying tales.”

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* Mamatas, Nick : The People’s Republic of Everything
(Tachyon 978-1-61696-300-2, $15.95, 336pp, trade paperback, August 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 29 Aug 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61696-301-9

Collection of 14 stories and a short novel, first published from 2007 to 2017.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents and blurbs from Terry Bisson and Brian Evenson and quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “The 15 stories in Mamatas’s strong collection show impressive imaginative range, cutting across the boundaries of fantasy and science fiction and veering into territory that defies genre pigeonholing.”

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* Martinez, Michael J. : MJ-12: Endgame
(Night Shade Books 978-1597809702, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
MJ-12 #3

Military fantasy novel, third in a series following MJ-12: Inception (2016) and MJ-12: Shadows (2017), about superhuman “variants” discovered at the end of World War II and controlled by a secret government program in Nevada.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* McDevitt, Jack : A Voice in the Night
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-880-3, $40, 464pp, hardcover, August 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Aug 2018

Collection of 24 stories.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Paul Di Filippo’s review for Locus Online comments, “In their themes and novums, these tales diversely inhabit almost the whole breadth of modern SF, but share certain qualities. They are all upbeat without being Pollyanna-ish; respectful of the rigors of solid science without being close-minded or unimaginative; and told in old-school, straightforward linear fashion, a kind of Ur-narrative that never really loses its punch or utility. Lively yet not without gravitas and poetry, these stories embody the core values of SF.”

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* McGuire, Seanan : Night and Silence
(DAW 978-0-7564-1476-4, $26, 368pp, hardcover, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698183537
October Daye #12

Urban fantasy novel, twelfth in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), Late Eclipses (March 2011), One Salt Sea (2011), Ashes of Honor (2012), Chimes of Midnight (2013), The Winter Long (2014), A Red Rose Chain (2015), Once Broken Faith (2106), and The Brightest Fell (2017).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “McGuire continues to put her heroes through harrowing emotional and physical dangers while peeling back more layers in an increasingly complicated mythos. There are significant payoffs for longtime readers as she calls back to numerous elements from previous books.”

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* Ness, Patrick, & Rovina Cai : And the Ocean Was Our Sky
(Harper-Teen 978-0062860729, $19.99, 160pp, hardcover, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062860743
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062882684

Young adult fantasy novel, illustrated by Rovina Cai, that inverts the story of Moby Dick as a pod of whales engages in an ongoing war with the world of men.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The whale epic, particularly Bathsheba’s discussions with the human hostage, mounts an exploration of inherited prejudices, violence justified, and the far-reaching consequences of war.”

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* Pratt, Tim : The Dreaming Stars
(Angry Robot 978-0857667670, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857667687
UK edition: 9780857667670 (Thu 6 Sep 2018)
Axiom #2

SF novel, second in a series following The Wrong Stars (2017), about a crew of humans and posthumans battling ancient aliens, the Axion.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “The Wrong Stars was a brilliantly pulpish space opera romp, filled with compelling characters, weird alien tech, great banter, and more explosions than you could shake a stick at. It was good enough that I’ve been waiting impatiently for the sequel ever since. It’s a piece of great good fortune, then, that The Dreaming Stars is every bit as much fun as its predecessor.”

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* Robson, Justina : Salvation’s Fire
(Solaris 978-1781086087, $11.99, 420pp, trade paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
After the War #2

Fantasy novel, second in a shared world series following Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Redemption’s Blade (July 2018), set in the aftermath of the brief, brutal reign of the Kinslayer.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Fall of Gondolin
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-1328613042, $30, 304pp, hardcover, August 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Aug 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781328612991

Fantasy novel, one of Tolkien’s earliest works, unfinished, published now as edited by Christopoher Tolkien and with illustrations by Alan Lee.
• It follows Beren and Lúthien (June 2017) and The Children of Húrin (2007).
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* van Eekhout, Greg : Voyage of the Dogs
(HarperCollins 978-0062686008, $16.99, 224pp, hardcover, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062686022
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062888181

Middle-grade SF novel about Barkonauts, specially trained dogs, who find themselves marooned in space.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* White, Steve : Her Majesty’s American
(Baen 978-1-4814-8342-1, $16, 240pp, trade paperback, September 2018, cover art Dominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-666-0

Alternate history SF novel set in a future in which the British Empire never crumbled.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Williams, Walter Jon : The Accidental War
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-246702-7, $16.99, 496pp, trade paperback, September 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Sep 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062467034
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062867186

Military SF novel, first in a trilogy set in the author’s Praxis universe.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Williams doesn’t lead with battles, but the groundwork that he lays ensures that this new war can carry several future volumes. This is a solid start to a series that military science fiction fans should enjoy.”

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