Stephen Baxter, Ark
(Roc May 2010)
Baxter mixes SF tropes with a flourish in this second volume in the series begun in Flood, shifting from disaster novel to space academy story to generation starship tale as floodwaters cover the Earth, refugees build a spaceship, and finally take off in search of a new home. First published in the UK by Gollancz (9/09).
Elizabeth Bear, Bone and Jewel Creatures
(Subterranean Press Apr 2010)
A wizard who creates servants made of bone and jewels faces a plague in the City of Jackals in this striking novella. "This elegant fantasy fuses familiar elements from steampunk and the New Weird into something that feels fresh and original, introducing a world and characters that I hope Bear will return to at greater length." [Paul Witcover]
Justin Cronin, The Passage
(Ballantine Jun 2010)
The celebrated literary author turns his hand to genre fiction with this epic tale, the first volume in a trilogy, about a virus that transforms its victims into immortal monsters and leads to the collapse of civilization. The story sprawls through time and space, its many plot threads tied together by the life of an extraordinary girl who may have the power to save the world.
David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, eds., Year's Best SF 15
(Eos Jun 2010)
Hartwell & Cramer's annual, strictly SF anthology showcases 24 stories from 2009, by authors including Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Robert Charles Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Peter Watts, and others.
Robin Hobb, Dragon Haven
(Eos May 2010)
The mood lifts in this second volume in the Rain Wilds Chronicles begun in Dragon Keeper; this is actually the second half of what was originally a single novel, in which humans and dragons continue their expedition in search of legendary dragon cities. First published in the UK by Voyager (3/10).
Diana Wynne Jones, Enchanted Glass
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow Apr 2010)
Jones is in classic form in this young-adult fantasy about a small English village and an unprepared professor who suddenly finds himself in charge of the local magic and a runaway boy of unexpected power as magical creatures out of legend collide with plans for the village fête. First published by HarperCollins UK (1/10).
Fritz Leiber, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Charles N. Brown, Selected Stories
(Night Shade Books May 2010)
This retrospective collection of 17 stories covers five decades of Leiber's long career, showcasing his skill and the remarkable breadth and variety of his imagination. Edited by Jonathan Strahan & Charles N. Brown, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
Daniel Pinkwater, Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Jun 2010)
Big Audrey goes off on a solo adventure in this quirky young-adult fantasy novel, third in the series begun in The Neddiad.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Recovering Apollo 8 and Other Stories
(Golden Gryphon Press May 2010)
Death is a primary focus in this collection of nine recent, critically acclaimed stories, including awards winners and nominees.
Jonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon, ed., Wings of Fire
(Night Shade Books Jun 2010)
This massive anthology gathers 25 stories (and one poem) with various perspectives on that most iconic of fantasy monsters: the dragon. Holly Black and Margo Lanagan present original stories, with classic and recent reprints from Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle, and others.
Rachel Swirsky, Through the Drowsy Dark
(Aqueduct Press May 2010)
This collection showcases the feminist work of a new writer receiving critical notice and major award nominations, with ten stories three original and nine poems.
Greg van Eekhout, Kid vs. Squid
(Bloomsbury May 2010)
Van Eekhout's first book for children is a strange, fast, funny romp about a boy stuck for the summer with his weird uncle in the beach town of Los Huesos, where the cursed refugees of Atlantis wash up on the shore to work the boardwalk each year.
Walter Jon Williams, The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories
(Night Shade Books May 2010)
Williams's latest collection includes the Nebula Award-winning title story, Nebula winner "Daddy's World", Sturgeon and Nebula Award finalist "Lethe", and half a dozen other short works, plus story notes and an introduction by Charles Stross.
Jack Williamson, With Folded Hands...and Searching Mind: The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume Seven
(Haffner Press Apr 2010)
The latest volume in this ambitious and authoritative collection of works by SF Grand Master Williamson features 15 stories from 1941-53, plus seven non-fiction pieces, a foreword by Robert Silverberg, and an afterword by the late author written in 2005.