Kevin J. Anderson, ed., Nebula Awards Showcase 2011
(Tor May 2011)
The 45th volume in the annual anthology series gathers 15 stories -- including all the nominated short stories and novelettes -– three Rhysling Award-winning poems, and essays on Writer Emeritus Neal Barrett, Jr. and Grand Master Joe Haldeman.
James P. Blaylock, The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs
(Subterranean Press Jul 2011)
The seminal steampunk adventures of Langdon St. Ives continue in this ripping novella, extensively illustrated by J.K. Potter.
James S. A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes
(Orbit Jun 2011)
A thrilling space opera of space battles and politics set in a heavily settled pre-starflight solar system, the first book in the Expanse series by the pseudonymous team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. "An ingenious and absorbing (if mildly overweight) thrill-ride." [Russell Letson]
Ellen Datlow, ed., Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three
(Night Shade Books Jul 2011)
Award-winning editor Datlow provides 21 horror stories chosen as the best horror from 2010, with an extensive overview of the year. Authors include Laird Barron, Richard Christian Matheson, Joe R. Lansdale, and Tanith Lee.
Lisa Goldstein, The Uncertain Places
(Tachyon Publications Jun 2011)
Folklore and fairy tales mix with California color when a psychology student decides to free a family from their arranged sacrifice to otherworldly forces. "Goldstein handles all these folkloristic materials with relish and genuine appreciation... but her shrewdest narrative move... is the manner in which she grounds the novel firmly in the Napa and Berkeley of the 1970s." [Gary K. Wolfe]
David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, eds., Year's Best SF 16
(Harper Voyager Jun 2011)
Noted editors Hartwell & Kramer present their pick of the best SF from 2010, with 21 stories by authors including Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Vernor Vinge, Terry Bisson, and Catherynne M. Valente.
Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm, The Inheritance and Other Stories
(Harper Voyager May 2011)
The two pseudonyms of Margaret Lindholm demonstrate their distinct individual styles in this collection of seven stories (two original) by Lindholm and three stories (one original) by Hobb. "Readers who know only Hobb’s unique takes on epic fantasy should also welcome Lindholm’s fluency and power in science fiction, horror, and forms of fantasy quite removed from grand dimensions." [Faren Miller]
Graham Joyce, The Silent Land
(Doubleday Mar 2011)
A fantasy thriller with surprising depth, about a couple on a romantic ski holiday, who escape an avalanche only to discover everyone else at the isolated village has disappeared. First published in the UK by Gollancz (11/10).
Rudy Rucker, Jim and the Flims
(Night Shade Books Jun 2011)
The latest novel from acclaimed author Rucker takes the myth of Orpheus and moves the psychedlic action to "the 21st century surf-punk/slacker world of Santa Cruz and its eartly and extra-earthly environs. Hilarious, profound, visionary, and genuinely moving, it vaults to the top spot on my list of favorite Rudy Rucker novels." [Paul Witcover]
William Schafer, ed., Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2
(Subterranean Apr 2011)
The 11 all-new stories in this anthology range from fantasy with just a hint of darkness to outright horror, from a roster of notable authors including Joe Hill, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Bruce Sterling, Norman Partridge, and K.J. Parker.
Robert Silverberg, Hunt the Space-Witch: Seven Adventures in Time and Space
(Paizo/Planet Stories Apr 2011)
Fans of old-fashioned action-adventure SF -- or just interested in the history of the field -- should check out this collection of seven stories originally written for the short-lived Science Fiction Adventures magazine in the 1950s. Silverberg’s introduction provides an entertaining look at his involvement with the magazine.
Lavie Tidhar, Camera Obscura
(Angry Robot US May 2011)
The glamorous Lady De Winter, agent of the Quiet Council, investigates a locked-room murder in Paris in this thrilling fantasy steampunk novel, set in the same world as The Bookman, this time drawing on such influences as Poe’s "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and Dumas’s The Three Musketeers.
Kurt Vonnegut, edited by Sidney Offit, Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963-1973
(Library of America Jun 2011)
Vonnegut joins the elite group of authors published by the Library of America with this omnibus/collection of four novels, including Hugo winner Cat’s Cradle and Hugo and Nebula winner Slaughterhouse-Five, plus three stories and three non-fiction pieces.
Liz Williams, The Iron Khan
(Morrigan Books Jan 2011)
Williams’ quirky fantasy mystery series featuring Detective Inspector Chen continues with a fifth volume, now from a new publisher.