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Ellen Datlow
Teresa Frohock
Jim C. Hines
Anne & Todd McCaffrey
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Jason Vey
Rick Wilber
Jonathan Wood

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

2011 Directories


+ Ballard, J. G. : Millennium People
(Norton 978-0-393-08177-0, $25.95, 288pp, hardcover, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011 First US edition (UK: Flamingo, September 2003)

Near-future SF novel in which the middle class revolts against the consumer society.
• This is the first US edition of Ballard's penultimate novel, first published in the UK in 2003. (His last novel was Kingdom Come, UK 2006, with the US edition scheduled by Norton for March 2012.)
• Norton's site has this description with numerous endorsements and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: "Ballard is a British Philip K. Dick, heir to Conrad and H.G. Wells, in whose stories the present, taken to extremes, anticipates the future. In fact, the only complaint to be made of this bruisingly smart novel is that it has taken eight years for it to appear in the U.S."

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* Dozois, Gardner, ed. : The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-56950-1, $21.99, 41+662pp, trade paperback, July 2011, cover illustration Slawek Wojtowicz)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011
Year's Best SF #28

Anthology of 33 stories first published in 2010, with a 41-page "Summation: 2010", and 10 pages of 'honorable mentions' at the end.
• The book is capped by two Robert Reed stories -- "A History of Terraforming" first, and "Dead Man's Run" last -- with contributions in between by Lavie Tidhar, Peter Watts, Geoffrey A. Landis (Sturgeon Award winner "The Sultan of the Clouds"), Joe Haldeman, Cory Doctorow, Hannu Rajamiemi, Michael Swanwick, Alastair Reynolds, and Aliette de Bodard.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides the table of contents and portions of Dozois' introduction.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "This series remains an excellent resource for those who can't keep up with the field's increasing annual output."

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* Martin, George R. R. : A Dance with Dragons
(Bantam 978-0-553-80147-7, $35, 1016pp, hardcover, July 2011, jacket illustration Larry Rostant)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Jul 2011
A Song of Ice and Fire #5

Fantasy novel, fifth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series following A Game of Thrones (1996), A Clash of King (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000), and A Feast for Crows (2005).
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Wikipedia already has this long entry about the book.
• Amazon has several videos of Martin talking about the earlier book in the series. Amazon reviews are mixed, with 20 5-star reviews as of today, and 7 1-star reviews.
• Media reviews are very positive however, including Andrew Leonard's in Salon, Jeff VanderMeer's in the Los Angeles Times, and Lev Grossman's in Time Magazine.
Publishers Weekly writes, "A few images recur in the enormously complex fifth installment of Martin's massively multicharacter epic: the chess-like game cyvasse, small rivers flowing into larger ones, ships and armies battered by terrible storms. These themes suggest that readers should think strategically, be patient as the story grows, and brace for a beating."

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* Stross, Charles : Rule 34
(Ace 978-0-441-02034-8, $25.95, 358pp, hardcover, July 2011, cover illustration Alberto Seveso)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011
Halting State #2

SF novel, sequel to Halting State (2007), about a police investigation into a series of murders related to Internet spamming. The book's title refers to the Internet meme "if it exists, there's porn about it".
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author's site has this spoiler thread.
Publishers Weekly calls it a "brisk sequel" and concludes, "Each section builds on the others, making the whole more than the sum of its parts."

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* Wilson, Robert Charles : Vortex
(Tor 978-0-7653-2342-2, $25.99, 331pp, hardcover, July 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2011
Spin #3

SF novel, third in the sequence following Hugo Award winning Spin (2005) and follow-up Axis (2007).
• In this book Turk Findley pursues the true purpose of the Hypotheticals, aliens who built gateways that give humanity access to other worlds.
• Tor's website has this description, with an excerpt.
• Glen Weldon reviewed it for NPR earlier this week: "You don't need to have read the first two novels in the series to understand and enjoy Vortex, but if you have, that closing chapter will land on you especially hard..."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine: "As a conclusion to one of the most important series in recent SF, however, it does not disappoint, and attains moments of true brilliance."

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Previous New Books: 1st week July

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

posted 14 July 2011

2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 8 63 71
Fantasy Novels 11 138 149
Horror Novels 1 7 8
totals 20 208 228
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2011 first novels

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