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New Books

1st week June
Vera Brosgol
Joseph R.G. DeMarco
Simon R. Green
Kevin Hearne
Matthew Hughes
Dean Koontz
Mercedes Lackey
Rudy Rucker
Allen Steele
Daniel H. Wilson
Yang & Pham

late May - early June
Jes Battis
Ellen Datlow
Ian C. Esslemont
Hartwell & Cramer
John Klima
Ursula K. Le Guin
Melissa Marr
Gregory Miller
Catherynne M. Valente

2011 Directories


* Corey, James S. A. : Leviathan Wakes
(Orbit 978-0-316-12908-4, $15.99, 561pp, trade paperback, June 2011, cover illustration Daniel Dociu)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 15 Jun 2011
The Expanse #1

Space opera novel, first book of "The Expanse", set in a colonized solar system, about a derelict ship that attract both ice hauler Jim Holden and Ceres detective Joe Miller, as evidence emerges that may trigger interplanetary war.
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Series site is a shared blog by the authors, with this description of the book, and links to the prologue and chapter one. The George R.R. Martin blurb on the cover reads, "It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera."
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels."
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Egan, Greg : The Clockwork Rocket
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-227-7, $24.99, 328pp, hardcover, July 2011, jacket design and illustration Cody Tilson)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2011
Orthogonal #1

Hard science fiction novel, first of a trilogy, set in a universe with unusual physical laws (e.g. light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy), concerning a girl, Yalda, through her education to her leadership of an expedition to discover new science needed to save her world.
• Night Shade's site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine, writing that the plot eventually engages "all the classic issues of the generation-starship tale, which presumably will lead us into the next two novels in the series. Though perhaps a bit late getting started, this human dimension of the tale, from Yalda's unstated love for Eusebio (who she must leave behind) to her growing reputation as a near-visionary leader, becomes solidly compelling and even unexpectedly moving. Egan has probably done as much as any SF writer to uncover a kind of chilly Euclidian beauty in the pure mathematics of space-time, but he can still surprise us with the comparatively far simpler story of a girl who became a hero."

(Mon 13 Jun 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Goldstein, Lisa : The Uncertain Places
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-014-8, $14.95, 237pp, trade paperback, June 2011, cover illustration Ann Monn)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 15 Jun 2011

Fantasy novel about a Berkeley student who, beginning in 1971, becomes involved with a family of four women who seem to lead magically charmed lives.
• Tachyon's site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly said "This leisurely, lyrical tale owes much to old school mythic fictionists like Charles de Lint and Terri Windling. The fictional folktale of the Bondmaid feels utterly authentic...", though it concludes the novel is too short.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine, writing that Goldstein's "shrewdest narrative move, and the one which most effectively sets The Uncertain Places apart from more conventional fantasies, is the manner in which she grounds the novel firmly in the Napa and Berkeley of the 1970s and 1980s (the entire novel spans nearly 20 years). Goldstein has always been highly skilled at developing a convincing sense of time and place..."

(Thu 19 May 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Grant, Mira : Deadline
(Orbit 978-0-316-08106-1, $9.99, 584pp, mass market paperback, June 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Jun 2011
Newsflesh #2

Postapocalyptic zombie novel, second in the "Newsflesh" trilogy following (Hugo-nominated) Feed.
• In this book blogger Shaun Mason investigates the high death rate among certain scientists studying the zombie condition.
• The author is Seanan McGuire writing as Mira Grant.
• The author's site has this page about the trilogy. Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it an "adrenaline-packed, quick-witted tale of medicine and mayhem".
• Tim Pratt reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "This is the middle book of a trilogy, and doesn't resolve in as satisfying a way as Feed did -- pretty much everything is left hanging, or at least tottering on a precipice. That said, while some writers might hold off on Earth-shattering developments in a middle book, Grant doesn't hesitate to raise the stakes to uncanny heights (like, say, threatening the whole of human civilization) in the course of setting us up for what I expect to be a devastating conclusion in next year's Blackout."

(Tue 14 Jun 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Jaros, James : Burn Down the Sky
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-201630-0, $7.99, 325pp, mass market paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2011

Post-apocalyptic thriller set after a virus has wiped out most of mankind, as a mother attempts to rescue her children from a religious cult.
• Harper's site has this description, noting that James Jaros is a pseudonym for "multiple Emmy and Edgar Award-winning investigative journalist and author Mark Nykanen".
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview.
• Amazon has a dozen mostly positive reader reviews.

(Fri 17 Jun 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Rabe, Jean, & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. : Hot and Steamy
(DAW 978-0-7564-0689-9, $7.99, 305pp, mass market paperback, June 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2011

Anthology of 16 original stories combining steampunk and romance.
• Authors include Michael A. Stackpole, Maurice Broaddus, Jody Lynn Nye, Matt Forbeck, and C.J. Henderson.

(Fri 17 Jun 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


+ Remic, Andy : Vampire Warlords
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-106-7, $7.99, 435pp, mass market paperback, June 2011, cover art Adrian Smith)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011
The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #3 First US edition (UK: Angry Robot, May 2011)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Kell's Legend and Soul Stealers (both 2010), in which the land of Falanor is invaded by an albino army.
• Angry Robot's site has this description, with excerpts from reviews and a preview function.

(Wed 8 Jun 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Venables, Toby : Viking Dead
(Abaddon 978-1-907519-69-7, $9.99, 351pp, trade paperback, April 2011, cover by Gerard Miley)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Apr 2011
Tomes of the Dead #-

Horror novel in the "Tomes of the Dead" series, which explores "the zombie genre in new and thrilling ways".
• This book is set in in northern Europe, 976 AD, as a viking ship heads upriver and finds itself in a land of pestilence.
• There have been a dozen or so earlier volumes in the series, written by various authors and been published since 2006. The publisher's site has a description of the series on its book titles page.
• Amazon has a couple reader reviews. Note the cover of the final book, scanned here, is different than the version shown on Amazon and the publisher's site.

(Wed 1 Jun 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


Previous New Books: 1st week June

New SF/F/H books:
2nd week June 2011

posted 18 June 2011

2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 8 50 58
Fantasy Novels 11 120 131
Horror Novels 1 4 5
totals 20 174 194
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).

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