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early March
John Barnes
Amber Benson
Anne Bishop
Thomas Blackthorne
Maurice Broaddus
Steven Erikson
P.R. Frost
Walter Greatshell
Faith Hunter
Mercedes Lackey et al
Seanan McGuire
Patrick Rothfuss
Robert Silverberg
Rob Thurman
Tim Waggoner

second half February
Ben Aaronovitch
Joe Abercrombie
Stephen L. Antczak et al
Rachel Caine
Mark Chadbourn
Stephen Deas
Deborah Harkness
Kim Harrison
Gail Z. Martin
Andy Remic
Jonathan Strahan
S. Andrew Swann
K.J. Taylor
David Weber
Martha Wells
Gary Westfahl et al

2011 Directories




 

* Aaronovitch, Ben : Moon Over Soho
(Del Rey 978-0-345-52459-1, $7.99, 288pp, mass market paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2011
Rivers of London #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Midnight Riot (UK title Rivers of London), about a London police officer who can speak to the dead.
• Del Rey's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The hardcover UK edition will be released in April.
• Faren Miller's review in the January issue of Locus Magazine is posted here.

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Adams, Cat : Demon Song
(Tor 978-0-7653-2496-2, $14.99, 382pp, trade paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2011
Blood Song #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Blood Song (June 2010) and Siren Song (Oct 2010), about a bodyguard who is transformed into an Abomination, something neither human nor vampire.
• 'Cat Adams' is a joint pseudonym for C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, "This series just keeps getting better, maintaining a delicate balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. The emotional components are just as strong as the action sequences, set against an increasingly interesting world."

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Anderson, Taylor : Rising Tides
(Roc 978-0-451-46388-3, $25.95, 433pp, hardcover, February 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Feb 2011
Destroyerman #5

Alternate history SF novel, fifth in the "Destroyermen" trilogy following Into the Storm, Crusade (both 2008), Maelstrom (2009), and Distant Thunders (2010), about a World War II US battleship transported back in time to an era when two intelligent dinosaur species are fighting a war.
• The author's site includes a blog.
Publishers Weekly concludes, "Anderson continues to broaden the scope of the story, but never lets the philosophy drown out the action, tossing in a full-scale naval battle and a volcanic tsunami for the twin climaxes."

(Tue 22 Feb 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Alchemist
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-353-2, $20, 95pp, hardcover, February 2011, jacket illustration J.K. Drummond)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Jan 2011

Fantasy novella set in a world besieged by bramble, a substance created by the use of magic, where an alchemist, whose methods are more scientific than magical, creates a device to destroy it.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• The story is currently a Nebula Award finalist by virtue of a 2010 audiobook edition from Audible.com, who commissioned this story as a pairing with a novella by Tobias S. Buckell.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "This bite-sized tale is charming, lyrically written, and thematically rich."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed both novellas in the December 2010 issue of Locus Magazine: "The results, Buckell's The Executioness and Bacigalupi's The Alchemist, are both charming and revealing of how the same fantasy world can be used in different ways by different writers."

(Sun 27 Feb 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Briggs, Patricia : River Marked
(Ace 978-0-441-01973-1, $26.95, 326pp, hardcover, March 2011, jacket art Daniel Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2011
Mercy Thompson #6

Fantasy novel, sixth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who's also a VW mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), and Silver Borne (2010).
• Amazon has somewhat mixed reader reviews.

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Buettner, Robert : Overkill
(Baen 978-1439134207, $14, 309pp, trade paperback, March 2011, cover art Justin Adams)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2011
Orphan's Legacy #1

Military SF novel, first of a series, about a former soldier, Jazen Parker, who becomes a mercenary on a tycoon's safari and is marooned on a planet known as Dead End.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Buettner previously published 5-book Jason Wander series with Orbit; this is his first book for Baen. The sequel, Undercurrents, is due in July.
• Amazon has several positive reader reviews.

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Douglas, Ian : Center of Gravity
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-184026-5, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, February 2011, cover art Gregory Bridges)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Feb 2011
Star Carrier #2

Military SF novel, second in the "Star Carrier" series following Earth Strike (2010), about an intergalactic battle between humanity and an evil empire.
• The publisher's page has a description and preview function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature also has an excerpt. There are 10 mostly positive reader reviews.

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Hellhole
(Macmillan Audio 978-1-4272-1142-2, $49.99, CD, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Mar 2011
Hell Hole #1

Audiobook edition of the first book in a new space opera series about desperate colonists on a ravaged planet, where an exiled general works to build alliances with other worlds.
• Tor's site has this description with a trailer and audio excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "quite similar to Frank Herbert's Dune in setting, theme, and conflict", and the starred Booklist review, which calls it a "militaristic sf story of galactic proportions".

(Mon 14 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Jamieson, Trent : Managing Death
(Orbit 978-0-316-07798-9, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, January 2011, cover illustration Richard Jones)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Jan 2011
Steven de Selby #2

Humorous urban fantasy novel, second in a series following the author's debut novel Death Most Definite (2010), about a Brisbane businessman who sends souls to the afterlife.
• Parent publisher Hachette's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon also has the description, and an author profile, plus half a dozen 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Jones, Howard Andrew : The Desert of Souls
(St. Martin's/Dunne 978-0-312-64674-5, $24.99, 309pp, hardcover, February 2011, jacket illustration Charles Keegan)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Feb 2011
Dabir and Asim #1

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, set in 8th-century Baghdad, where a scholar and a soldier pursue a stolen magic tablet into the desert. The characters Dabir and Asim have appeared in several previous stories, published in Black Gate, Jim Baen's Universe, and elsewhere.
• The publisher's site has this description, along with blurbs and advance reviews from Steven Brust, Kevin J. Anderson, Glen Cook, and many others, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has both the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews; PW says "A captivating setting and well-realized characters make this a splendid flying-carpet ride."
• Rich Horton reviewed it for SF Site: "This is a very satisfying first novel, and I will certainly be looking for the promised sequel...."

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Marmell, Ari : The Warlord's Legacy
(Spectra 978-0-553-80777-6, $26, 367pp, hardcover, February 2011, jacket illustration Larry Rostant)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jan 2011
Corvis Rebaine #2

Humorous dark fantasy novel, follow-up to The Conqueror's Shadow (2010), about an evil overlord, nicknamed "Terror of the East", who faces a new villain.
• Spectra's site has this description with an excerpt.

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Matheson, Richard : Other Kingdoms
(Tor 978-0-7653-2768-0, $24.99, 316pp, hardcover, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2011

Fantasy novel set in 1918 about an American soldier who settles in a small English village, where he is torn between two powerful women, a witch and a faerie.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "bittersweet blend of fantasy and romantic suspense".
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, remarking that "What's most impressive, though, is Matheson's young/old narrative voice. We're never allowed to forget that this is an 82-year-old man recalling his 18-year-old self, and that the intervening decades saw yet a third iteration of Alex -- the successful writer of sensational horror novels..."

(Tue 15 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Pierce, Gabriella : 666 Park Avenue
(William Morrow 978-0-06-143477-8, $13.99, 307pp, trade paperback, February 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Feb 2011
666 Park Avenue #1

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a young architect living in France who is swept off her feet by a wealthy man from New York City -- whose mother is a witch.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• The next book, The Dark Glamour, is scheduled for September.
• Amazon has a Booklist review -- "Pierce's first novel is a clever, engaging story for those who like their Gossip Girl tales with a little edge." -- and somewhat mixed reader reviews.

(Mon 14 Mar 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Stauber, Katy : Revolution World
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-233-8, $14.99, 232pp, trade paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2011

Near-future SF novel, the author's first novel, about a genetic engineer and a computer programmer whose romance is derailed by conflict between the US government and the citizens of Texas.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "[L]ibertarians will enjoy this story of individuals fighting for their rights against the evil Feds."

(Mon 7 Feb 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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New SF/F/H books:
mid-March 2011

posted 25 March 2011




2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 8 17 25
Fantasy Novels 8 50 58
Horror Novels 1 1 2
totals 17 68 85
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2011 first novels




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online, via purchases, review copies received, or bookstore sightings. (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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

Date with publisher info is official publication month.

'Nominal Publication Date' is the day of publication, typically as indicated by Amazon.com.

Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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