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third week May
S. Spencer Baker
Terry Bisson
Caldwell & Haffner
Trudi Canavan
Lois Gresh
Andrea Hairston
Kevin Hearne
Claude Lalumière
China Miéville
Jody Lynn Nye
Michael Swanwick
Lavie Tidhar
Vanderhooft & Lundoff

second week May
Albert Brooks
Pearl Cleage
C.J. Henderson
M.K. Hobson
Hannu Rajamiemi
John Ringo
John Scalzi
Genevieve Valentine
Ian Whates
White & Gannon

2011 Directories




 

* Akers, Tim : Dead of Veridon
(Solaris 978-1-907519-48-2, $7.99, 366pp, mass market paperback, June 2011, cover art Greg Staples)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011
Burn Cycle #2

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Heart of Veridon (2009), about a disgraced pilot in an exotic city pursuing a mystery involving a strange artifact.
• The publisher's site has a description.
• Note that the cover of the published book, scanned here, is different than what is shown on Amazon and the publisher's site.

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* Anderson, Kevin J., ed. : Nebula Awards Showcase 2011
(Tor 978-0-7653-2842-7, $17.99, 412pp, trade paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2011

Anthology of winners and runners-up for the Nebula Awards presented in 2010 for works first published in 2008 and 2009.
• This volume, now with Tor (previous volumes were published by Roc), is restructured and focuses on fiction, to the exclusion of the essays featured in earlier volumes.
• Contents include all the short story nominees, including winner "Spar" by Kij Johnson; all the novelette nominees, including winner "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" by Eugie Foster; and the novella winner, "The Women of Nell Gwynne's" by Kage Baker.
• Also included are stories by Author Emertis Neal Barrett, Jr. and Grand Master Joe Haldeman, plus the three winners of the Rhysling Awards, by Amal El-Mohtar and Geoffrey A. Landis.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt of Saladin Ahmed's short story nominee.
• Note that the cover of the book received for review, scanned here, is different than the version shown on Amazon and the publisher's site.

(Mon 23 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Douglas, Kristina : Demon
(Pocket 978-1-4391-9193-4, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, June 2011, cover illustration Craig White)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011
The Fallen #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Raziel (Feb 2011) about fallen angels.
• The author's site has a description and excerpt.

(Fri 20 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Fallon, Jennifer : The Chaos Crystal
(Tor 978-0-7653-1685-1, $27.99, 476pp, hardcover, May 2011, jacket art Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2011
Tide Lords #4

Fantasy novel, fourth and final book in "The Tide Lords" series following The Immortal Prince, The Gods of Amyrantha, and The Palace of Impossible Dreams (2010).
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's site has an extract from the book, which was first published in Australia in 2008.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" also provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly calls the book "grim" and warns that "An abrupt and brutal ending will shock even those fans who love Fallon's work for its unstinting darkness and cynicism."

(Fri 20 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Freeman, Pamela : Ember and Ash
(Orbit 978-0-316-05375-4, $7.99, 498pp, mass market paperback, May 2011, cover illustration David Franklin)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 May 2011
Castings Trilogy #4

Fantasy novel, a stand-alone book set in the world of the "Castings Trilogy" that concluded with Full Circle (2009), set in the Eleven Domains.
• In this book an offended Fire god denies a domain any fire for cooking or warmth unless the girl Ember will marry him.
• Orbit's site has an extract.
Publishers Weekly said "Freeman's unique setting and compelling characters make for a highly entertaining tale."

(Fri 13 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Green, Jonathan : Anno Frankenstein
(Abaddon Books 978-1-907519-45-1, $9.99, 325pp, trade paperback, May 2011, cover art Mark Harrison)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2011
Pax Britannia #-

Alternate history steampunk novel about Ulysses Quicksilver, an agent of the crown who pursues time-traveling villains trying to influence history.
• This is an entry in the publisher's "Pax Britannia" line by various authors, including half a dozen others by Jonathan Green.
• The publisher's site has this description. Note that the final cover, scanned here, is different than the one displayed by the publisher and on Amazon.

(Mon 16 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Jay, Stacey : Dead on the Delta
(Pocket 978-1-4391-8986-3, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, June 2011, cover illustration Elena Dudina)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011
Delta #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a Louisiana private investigator dealing with killer mutant fairies.
• The author's site has this description.

(Fri 20 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Macallan, Ben : Desdaemona
(Solaris 978-1-907519-63-5, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2011, cover art Vincent Chong)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011
Desdaemona #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series, by Chaz Brenchley writing under a pseudonym.
• It's about Jordan, a supernatural runaway who helps kids, and Desdaemona, who enlists his help to find her sister.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Brenchley has this page about the book on his site.

(Fri 27 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Martinez, A. Lee : Chasing the Moon
(Orbit US 978-0-316-09355-2, $19.99, 310pp, hardcover, June 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 25 May 2011

Comic fantasy novel about a woman who finds the perfect apartment - except that it's inhabited by monsters.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Orbit's site has a several posts by the author, Sympathy for Cthulhu, Doomed, and most recently The Cuddle Factor, on the subjects of horror and monsters.
Publishers Weekly says the author "excels at off-the-wall storytelling that perfectly suits this cheerful apocalyptic fantasy."

(Fri 20 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Navarro, Yvonne : Concrete Savior
(Juno Books 978-1-4391-9197-2, $7.99, 343pp, mass market paperback, June 2011, cover illustration Craig White)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011
Dark Redemption #2

Dark fantasy novel, second in a series following Highborn (2010), about a fallen angel who's come to Earth.
• Pocket Books' site has this description.

(Fri 20 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn : City of Ruins
(Pyr 978-1616143695, $16, 303pp, trade paperback, May 2011, cover illustration Dave Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2011
Boss #2

SF adventure novel, follow-up to Diving Into the Wreck (2009), about Boss, an explorer of derelict spacecraft.
• In this book she investigates a mysterious city where explosions may be tied to the "Stealth Tech" she discovered earlier.
• Pyr's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Faren Miller review the earlier book last year in Locus Magazine: "Rusch pulls it all off very well, with strong psychological insights into both Boss and those around her, from old friends to the latest enemies..."

(Fri 13 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Stirling, S. M. : The Council of Shadows
(Roc 978-0-451-46393-7, $26.95, 375pp, hardcover, May 2011, jacket art Chris McGrath)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2011
Shadowspawn #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following A Taint in the Blood (2010), about a race of Shadowspawn who live among humans.
• Stirling's official website has this page of acknowledgements with links to excerpts across the bottom of the page.
• Amazon also provides an excerpt, and has several 5-star reader reviews.

(Thu 26 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Wentworth, K. D., ed. : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVII
(Galaxy 978-1-59212-870-9, $7.99, 543pp, mass market paperback, May 2011, cover art Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 20 Jun 2011

Anthology of 13 original stories, with illustrations, by winners and runners-up of the 2011 Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests.
• There are also essays about writing and art by L. Ron Hubbard, Mike Resnick, and (new illustrator judge) Robert Castillo.
Winners of this year's contests were writer winner R.P.L. Johnson, and illustrator winner Irvin Rodriguez, who in this book illustrates stories by both Brennan Harvey and John Arkwright.
• Wentworth provides an introduction, and a summary of the year's quarterly contest results.
• The book was distributed to guests at the award ceremony on May 15th, though Amazon indicates that the official publication date is not until June 20th.
• Video of the event are available on the Writers of the Future website.

(Sun 15 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Previous New Books: third week May

New SF/F/H books:
fourth week May 2011

posted 28 May 2011




2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 8 48 56
Fantasy Novels 11 113 124
Horror Novels 1 3 4
totals 20 164 184
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

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'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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