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April
Anderson & Sebanc
Stephen Baxter
Peter V. Brett
Thomas A. Day
Dozois & Strahan
Ian C. Esslemont
Flint & Freer
Peter F. Hamilton
Jane Lindskold
Sarah Monette
Niven & Pournelle
Brandon Sanderson
Robert J. Sawyer

March
Poul Anderson
Anne Bishop
Jim Butcher
Kate Elliott
S.L. Farrell
Ed Greenwood
Warren Hammond
Brian Keene
Tom Kratman
Brian Lumley
David Marusek
Eric Nylund
David Weber
Liz Williams

2010 Directories




 

Anderson, Kevin J. : The Edge of the World
(Orbit 978-0-316-00419-0, $7.99, 644pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Orbit, June 2009)

Epic fantasy novel, first in new series "Terra Incognita", about two warring kingdoms that both launch sailing ships to explore the unknown.
• The publisher's site has this feature page about the book, with links to news about a rock album CD based on the book, a widget to preview tracks from the album and read excerpts from the novel, and to reviews of the book.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The next volume of the series, The Map of All Things, will be published in June.

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Asimov, Isaac : Pebble in the Sky
(Orb 978-0-7653-1913-5, $14.99, 255pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Paperback reprint of Tor's 2008 hardcover edition of Asimov's first published novel, about a Chicago tailor transported to the far future, when Earth is a forgotten backwater of the Galactic Empire.
• Tor's site has this page for the book, with an excerpt.
• Wikipedia has an extensive summary of the book.

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Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Windup Girl
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-158-4, $14.95, 361pp, trade paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, October 2009)

SF novel, the author's first novel, set in a future Bangkok where calorie sources are scarce, and involving Emiko, a genetically engineered "windup girl". It's set in the same future as the author's acclaimed short works "The Calorie Man" and "Yellow Card Man".
• The publisher's site has this description, plus links to downloads of the two "Windup Stories" previously published, and a link to the author's acknowledgments page, accidentally omitted from the first edition.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The author blogs at http://windupstories.com/.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, calling it "easily among the most important debut novels of the year."
• The book has already won the Nebula Award and the Compton Crook Award, and is a finalist for this year's Locus and Hugo awards.

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Beckett, Bernard : Genesis
(Mariner 978-0547335926, $10.95, 150pp, trade paperback, May 2010) ERROR -- 1st edition not found

Dystopian novel set in a future society based on Plato's Republic, where a student in history makes encounters unsettling questions of science and philosophy.
• The book was first published in New Zealand in 2006.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has its own "Best of the Month, April 2009" review by Mari Malcolm, which says the book plays homage to predecessors Asimov, Clarke, and Dick, and says the book "reads like a thriller to the last word, propelled by the power of ideas longing to be unleashed." There's also an interview with the author.

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Cherryh, C. J. : Conspirator
(DAW 978-0-7564-0604-2, $7.99, 387pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: DAW, May 2009)

SF novel, 10th volume in Cherryh's long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deliverer (2007).
• This book is about the first ateva youth to live in a human environment.
• The Publishers Weekly called it "complex and sophisticated ... A space opera where ideas are as important as action."
• Jo Walton has been reviewing the entire series, book by book, at Tor.com; her post about this book is here (though she warns not to start with this one).

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Fallon, Jennifer : The Gods of Amyrantha
(Tor 978-0-7653-5608-6, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Australia: Voyager, 2007)

Fantasy novel, second in "The Tide Lords" series following The Immortal Prince. In this book Cayal, one of the immortal Tide Lords, longs for death.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's site has this page for the book with an extract.

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Hoffman, Nina Kiriki : Fall of Light
(Ace 978-0-441-01873-4, $7.99, 307pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Ace, May 2009)

Fantasy novel about a special effects make-up artist who realizes one of her actors is under the influence of a supernatural being. It's a sequel of sorts to A Fistful of Sky (2002).
• The publisher's website has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review called it an "entertaining supernatural thriller with cozy, sexually explicit scenes of reawakening and personal growth".

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Kadrey, Richard : Sandman Slim
(Harper 978-0-06-197626-1, $7.99, 388pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Eos, August 2009)

Urban fantasy thriller about a hit man from Hell, James Stark, who returns to life in Los Angeles.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "Browse and Buy" function, and quotes from reviews.
• Adrienne Martini's review for Locus Magazine said: "If you accept it for what it is, which an urban fantasy and a spaghetti western tossed into a blender with a soup‡on of action hero bad-assery and laser-bright images of an LA gone dark, you will be richly rewarded."

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Kollin, Dani, & Eytan Kollin : The Unincorporated Man
(Tor 978-0-7653-2724-6, $15.99, 490pp, trade paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Tor, April 2009)

SF novel about a 21st-century tycoon brought out of cryogenic sleep into a 24th-century society in which everyone is incorporated at birth.
• Tor's website describes it as "A novel of social transformation in the tradition of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land" and has this description with an excerpt.
• The sequel, The Unincorporated War, appeared last month in hardcover.
• The Publishers Weekly review said "The Kollin brothers keep the plot moving briskly despite the high proportion of talk to action. Their cerebral style will especially appeal to readers nostalgic for science fiction's early years."

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Mann, George : The Affinity Bridge
(Tor 978-0-7653-2322-4, $13.99, 334pp, trade paperback, May 2010) ERROR -- 1st edition not found

Steampunk SF novel set in an alternate early-20th century London, concerning an investigation of a crashed zeppelin.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The second book in the "Newbury & Hobbes Investigations" series, The Osiris Ritual, is due from Tor in August.

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Miéville, China : The City & the City
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49752-9, $15, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, June 2009)

Fantasy novel about a murder investigation in the European city of Beszel, which coexists with another city called Ul Qoma.
• Del Rey's site has this description, and an author Q&A and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a "Best of the Month, June 2009" review: "Mieville is well known as a modern fantasist (and urbanist), but from book to book he's tried on different genres, and here he's fully hard-boiled, stripping down to a seen-it-all detective's voice that's wonderfully appropriate for this story of seen and unseen..."
• The novel recently won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and is currently a finalist for the Locus and Hugo awards.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Haze
(Tor 978-0-7653-6290-2, $7.99, 339pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Tor, June 2009)

SF techno-thriller-mystery novel about a Federation scout investigating a world surrounded by nanotech satellites.
• Tor's website has this description plus an excerpt.

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Sinclair, Alison : Darkborn
(Roc 978-0-451-46300-5, $6.99, 285pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Roc, May 2009)

Romantic fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set in a world inhabited by the Darkborn, who can't survive light, and the Lightborn, who need it to survive. The story concerns a Darkborn doctor who takes in a fugitive woman who gives birth to Lightborn twins.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "Fast-paced and crammed with dangers to its main characters, Darkborn goes beyond romantic suspense to explore their complex personalities and the sometimes self-contradictory nature of culture and society in these two peoples who were one until a curse divided them many centuries ago. It's a fine start to what looks like a truly interesting project."
• The next book, Lightborn, is due this month in trade paperback.

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Wilkins, Kim : The Veil of Gold
(Tor 978-0-7653-5973-5, $7.99, 500pp, mass market paperback, May 2010) ERROR -- 1st edition not found

Supernatural fantasy novel drawn from Russian history, about researchers pursuing a magical statue of a golden bear who disappear in the Russian wilderness.
• The book was published earlier as Rosa and the Veil of Gold by HarperCollins Australia in 2005 and Orion UK in 2006.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's site has a description on this page of supernatural thrillers, with a link to a YouTube video of the author talking about the book.

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Wolfe, Gene : The Best of Gene Wolfe
(Tor 978-0-7653-2136-7, $17.99, 478pp, trade paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Tor, March 2009)

Collection of 31 stories, subtitled "A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction", chosen by the author.
• Contents include "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", "The Fifth Head of Cerberus", "The Death of Dr. Island", "La Befana", "Forlesen", "The Eyeflash Miracles", "Seven American Nights", "Death of the Island Doctor", and "A Cabin on the Coast". Wolfe provides an afterword to each story.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The book is currently a finalist for this year's Locus Awards.

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New in Paperback: May 2010

posted 9 June 2010










This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (Locus Online does not have access to materials sent to Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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+ = first US edition

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