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New & Notable Books

New & Notable Books

Lou Anders
Poul Anderson
Mike Ashley
Kage Baker
Ray Bradbury
Charles de Lint
Wesleyan Anthology
Cecelia Holland
Julia Holmes
Elizabeth Anne Hull
Alaya Dawn Johnson
Mary Robinette Kowal
Tim Pratt
Charles Stross
Jack Vance
Jeff VanderMeer


Kevin J. Anderson, ed., L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years (Galaxy Oct 2010)

This lavish history of the writing contest includes over 1,000 color photos, including portraits of professional SF writers and editors serving as judges and instructors, and spotlighting the many finalists who went on to become successful writers, including Karen Joy Fowler, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Robert Reed, Jo Beverly, Nancy Farmer, Stephen Baxter, Jay Lake, and Patrick Rothfuss.

Peter S. Beagle, ed., The Secret History of Fantasy (Tachyon Publications Sep 2010)

Noted fantasy author Beagle put together this selection of 19 not-so-traditional fantasy stories by an impressive roster of authors including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Francesca Lia Block, and Patricia A. McKillip. Essays by Ursula K. Le Guin and David G. Hartwell look at the nature and history of modern fantasy.

Ted Chiang, The Lifecycle of Software Objects (Subterranean Press Jul 2010)

Celebrated short fiction author Chiang explores the development of artificial intelligences in this SF novella. ‘‘a rigorous examination of the ramifications of creating artificial life... thorough, sensitive, and thought-provoking.’’ [Rich Horton]

Cassandra Clare, The Clockwork Angel (Simon & Schuster/McElderry Aug 2010)

Clare goes back to Victorian times for this first volume in the Infernal Devices young-adult fantasy series, prequel to her critically acclaimed Mortal Instruments trilogy.

Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds., Haunted Legends (Tor Sep 2010)

Two noted editors team up to present this anthology of 20 all-new stories retelling regional ghost stories by an impressive roster of authors including Caitlín R. Kiernan, Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, and Catherynne M. Valente.

Peter F. Hamilton, The Evolutionary Void (Ballantine Del Rey Sep 2010)

The final volume of the Void trilogy brings a grand conclusion to this sweeping — but tightly plotted — far-future space opera, as forces fight to help or hinder the Living Dream cult’s plan to enter the Void microuniverse.

Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Thresholds (Viking Aug 2010)

Hoffman weaves a charming middle-grade fantasy in this tale, the first book in a series. Seventh-grader Maya moves to a new town and learns the neighbors keep portals to other worlds.

Rich Horton, ed., The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2010 Edition (Prime Books Jun 2010)

Horton’s choice of the best short fiction of 2009 presents 30 stories by authors including Paul McAuley, Kelly Link, Jay Lake, Paul Park, and Peter Watts.

Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Ammonite Violin & Others (Subterranean Aug 2010)

Kiernan decided to explore different sides of dark fantasy and sensuality in Sirenia Digest, her ‘‘monthly erotic vignette subscription service.’’ Now 20 of the best stories are collected here. ‘‘The collection as a whole is intoxicating and provocative... the constant here is the marvelously crafted prose, which moves from lushness to precision, and from the dreamlike to the concrete, as each story demands.’’ [Tim Pratt].

Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore, Detour to Otherness (Haffner Press Jul 2010)

Haffner brings back two classic collections (originally published as by Kuttner alone) Bypass to Otherness and Return to Otherness, plus eight more hard-to-find stories.

William H. Patterson, Jr., Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century (Tor Aug 2010)

Patterson’s extensively researched, authorized biography looks at the life and career of one of SF’s most respected writers — and one of the more colorful personalities. This first of two volumes covers the early years, through Heinlein’s marriage to Virginia. ‘‘Exhaustively researched and documented and sometimes minutely detailed, but nevertheless quite readable.’’ [Russell Letson]

Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings (Tor Aug 2010)

A massive new epic fantasy series opens with this first of a projected ten volumes in the Stormlight Archive, set in a storm-wracked world with an interesting cross of magic and technology, where much of history has been lost to myth, and aristorats fight over mystical weapons.

Ken Scholes, Antiphon (Tor Sep 2010)

Connections are revealed and plot threads begin to come together in this third book (of five) in the critically acclaimed Psalms of Isaak epic fantasy series.

Jonathan Strahan, ed., The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four (Night Shade Books Apr 2010)

Strahan’s selection of the best short fiction of 2009 weighs in with 29 stories, by authors including Karen Joy Fowler, Diana Wynne Jones, Peter S. Beagle, Bruce Sterling, and Geoff Ryman.

Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem, In Concert (Centipede Press Sep 2010)

This collection presents 21 collaborative stories — one original — from the noted horror writers. ‘‘The stories will appeal to those who prefer thoughtful, subtle horror over creepy-crawlies and violence.’’ [Publishers Weekly starred review].

Sheri S. Tepper, The Waters Rising (Eos Sep 2010)

Science fiction and fantasy mix in this futuristic fable of a land where advanced technology has been abolished since the ‘‘Big Kill’’ caused by the excesses of our time. Now, the waters are rising steadily, and a seemingly insignificant young woman may be the only hope for mankind’s survival.

October 2010 Issue
New & Notable Books

posted 6 October 2010

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