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June/July
Jacqueline Carey
Karen Chance
Daryl Gregory
Joe Kimball
Gary McMahon
Simon Morden
Felix J. Palma
Philip Palmer

3rd week June
Don D'Ammassa
Steve Englehart
Max Frei
Laura Anne Gilman
Brent Hayward
Erin Hoffman
Rich Horton
Andrew Mayer
Irene Radford
Jo Ramsey
Alison Sinclair
Bradley H. Sinor

2011 Directories




 

* Buettner, Robert : Undercurrents
(Baen 978-1439134498, $14, 290pp, trade paperback, July 2011, cover by Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011
Orphan's Legacy #2

Military SF novel, second of a series following Overkill (2011), about a former soldier, Jazen Parker, who becomes a mercenary.
• In this book he faces local Nazis on a planet called Paleozoic.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has several positive reader reviews.

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* Carriger, Gail : Heartless
(Orbit US 978-0-316-12719-6, $7.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2011
The Parasol Protectorate #4

Humorous steampunk fantasy novel set in Victorian London, fourth in the series following Soulless (2009), Changeless (2010), and Blameless (2010).
• The author's website has a section about Alexia's London, with character sketches and deleted scenes.
• The book's Facebook page has the first chapter, if you 'like' it.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "It's a ripping yarn, full of action, supernatural complication, and the occasional fashion tip for those who like to keep things stylish as well as proper while dealing with the supernatural."

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-38524-8, $15.99, 13+539pp, trade paperback, July 2011, cover illustration Dan Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011

Anthology of 20 original urban fantasy stories.
• Authors include Peter S. Beagle, Jim Butcher, Ellen Kushner, Naomi Novik, John Crowley, Jeffrey Ford, Lucius Shepard, and Elizabeth Bear.
• Datlow's blog listed the complete table of contents.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt of Jim Butcher's story.
Publishers Weekly says the book "adds to [Datlow's] already lengthy list of impressive anthology credits" and notes that "For newbies, her short but informative intro clearly lays out the boundaries of these works, which combine 'the often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic.' "

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* Frohock, Teresa : Miserere: An Autumn Tale
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-289-5, $14.99, 280pp, trade paperback, June 2011, cover art Michael C. Hayes, cover design Silvers, Rebecca)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 4 Jul 2011
Katharoi #1

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about an exorcist who deserts his lover in order to save his sister's soul.
• Night Shade's site has this description.
• The author's site has this page about the book with numerous blurbs and quotes from reviews, an link to a PDF excerpt, and the titles of the next two volumes.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.

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* Hines, Jim C. : The Snow Queen's Shadow
(DAW 978-0-7564-0674-5, $7.99, 337pp, mass market paperback, July 2011, cover art Scott Fischer)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011
Princess #4

Fantasy novel based on fairy tales, fourth and final book in the author's Princess series following The Stepsister Scheme (2009), The Mermaid's Madness (2009), and Red Hood's Revenge (2010>
• The author's site has this page about the series, with a PDF preview.
• The starred Publishers Weekly review says, "Hines fills this volume with heart-wrenching emotional scenes as well as exciting fight sequences, and brings each heroine's story arc to a reasonable conclusion."

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+ McCaffrey, Anne, & Todd McCaffrey : Dragon's Time
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50089-2, $26, 321pp, hardcover, July 2011, jacket illustration Les Edwards)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2011
Dragonriders of Pern/Todd #4 First US edition (UK: Transworld/Bantam UK, June 2011)

SF novel in the Pern series, the authors' third collaboration following Dragon's Kin (2003), Dragon's Fire (2006), and Dragon Harper (2007).
• In this book Fiona and Lorana use time travel to defend their planet.
• Del Rey's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says "Smooth, clear writing allows the well-realized characters to resonate with the world of Pern..."
• Reader reviews on Amazon, however, are mostly unfavorable.

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* Simmons, Dan : Flashback
(Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur Books 978-0-316-00696-5, $27.99, 554pp, hardcover, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Jul 2011

Near-future thriller set in a dystopian US where a drug called flashback allows people to relive their favorite memories.
• The author's website has a very long essay explaining the genesis of the novel and calling it his "one and only dystopian novel".
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly calls it an "outstanding mystery thriller" and concludes, "Simmons keeps the action moving briskly and smoothly, despite the novel's length."

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* Vey, Jason : Broken Gods
(Reliquary Press 978-0-9841833-6-4, $13.95, 285pp, trade paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2011

SF/fantasy novel about an 18-year-old girl and an amnesiac young man who are recruited by opposite sides in a war that could bring about Armageddon.
• The publisher's site has a description on its homepage.

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* Wilber, Rick, ed. : Future Media
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-020-9, $16.95, 431pp, trade paperback, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 Jul 2011

Anthology of stories, novel excerpts, and essays about the mass media age.
• Contents include excerpts from novels by Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley, Norman Spinrad, and Cory Doctorow; stories by Gregory Benford, Kate Wilhelm, James Tiptree, Jr., Pat Cadigan, and Robert Sheckley; and essays by Marshall McLuhan, Nicholas Carr, Timothy Berners-Lee, and Vannevar Bush.
• Tachyon's site has this description with the complete list of contents.

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* Wood, Jonathan : No Hero
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-282-6, $14.99, 307pp, trade paperback, June 2011, cover art E.M. Gist, cover design Popovich, Amy)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 4 Jul 2011

Comic horror thriller, the author's first novel, about an Oxford detective who relies on Kurt Russell for inspiration as he confronts cosmic horrors called the Progeny.
• Night Shade's site has this description.
• Baen's Webscription site also has the description, plus links to numerous chapters.
• Amazon has a couple 4-star reader reviews.

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Previous New Books: late June / early July

New SF/F/H books:
first week July 2011

posted 9 July 2011




2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 8 54 62
Fantasy Novels 11 131 142
Horror Novels 1 5 6
totals 20 190 210
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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