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December
Mario Acevedo
Jim Butcher
Steve Englehart
Steven Erikson
C.J. Henderson
McCaffrey & Scarborough
Jack McDevitt
John Scalzi
Neal Stephenson
Harry Turtledove
Timothy Zahn

November
Paolo Bacigalupi
Steven R. Boyett
John Brown
Charles de Lint
Anne R. Dick
Cecelia Holland
Katharine Kerr
Juliet Marillier
Niven & Lerner
John Ringo
Ekaterina Sedia
Travis S. Taylor
Harry Turtledove
Tad Williams

2011 Directories




 

Berg, Carol : The Spirit Lens
(Roc 978-0-451-46373-9, $7.99, 487pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jan 2011
Collegia Magica #1
(First edition: Roc, January 2010)

Fantasy novel, first novel in the Collegia Magica series, set in a world in which magic is giving way to natural science. It concerns a librarian, Portier, summoned by the king to undertake a secret investigation.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with links to an excerpt and to reviews.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "The magic system is intriguingly mysterious, as well, and Portier's conviction that he ought to be doing great magic communicates itself to the reader, making it seem there must be a deeper mystery to why magic has been so neutered in this age..."
• The second book in the series, The Soul Mirror, is due in hardcover this month.

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Card, Orson Scott : Hidden Empire
(Tor 978-0-7653-5971-1, $7.99, 456pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
Empire #2
(First edition: Tor, December 2009)

Near-future SF novel, sequel to Empire (2006), set in the aftermath of a US civil war between the right and the left. In this book, the US quarantines all of Africa as it's affected by a new plague.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly says that "Card combines flag-waving, political diatribe and Christian fervor in this bombastic sequel to 2007's Empire..."
• Amazon has mixed, but more positive than not, reader reviews.

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Farland, David : Chaosbound
(Tor 978-0-7653-6140-0, $7.99, 425pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
Runelords #8
(First edition: Tor, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, eighth volume in "The Runelords" series, following The Sum of All Men aka The Runelords (1998), The Brotherhood of the Wolf (1999), Wizardborn (2001), The Lair of Bones (2003), Sons of the Oak (2006), Worldbinder (2007), and The Wyrmling Horde (2008).
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "As the series grows in complexity, its appeal narrows, mostly drawing readers who like philosophy and complex machinations soaked in mud and blood."

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Haldeman, Joe : Starbound
(Ace 978-0-441-01979-3, $7.99, 308pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
Marsbound #2
(First edition: Ace, January 2010)

SF novel, sequel to Marsbound (2008), concerning an expedition from Earth to contact alien 'Others' who threaten humanity's existence. A third volume, Earthbound, is forthcoming, but not yet scheduled.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "workmanlike... Reminiscent of Asimov's early work and Heinlein's juvenile novels."
• Russell Letson reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "Haldeman takes on the Big Questions of SF and is one of the field's most able deployers of the genre's extrapolative and imaginative machineries -- and few writers give a more convincing and grounded sense of what it is like to live and love in a science-fictional world."

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Huston, Charlie : Sleepless
(Ballantine 978-0-345-50114-1, $15, 353pp, trade paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
(First edition: Ballantine, January 2010)

Near-future thriller, set in Los Angeles, about a plague that makes people unable to sleep.
• Ballantine's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has an exclusive review by Barry Eisler, who says "It's Charlie's best yet -- his most ambitious, his most engrossing, his most affecting."
Publishers Weekly notes the plot's involvement with an online game, and says "Some fans of Huston's crime fiction may not be comfortable with a novel that itself resembles a role-playing game, but it will gain him a whole new readership."

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Redick, Robert V. S. : The Ruling Sea
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50886-7, $7.99, 343pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
(trilogy) #2 ERROR -- 1st edition not found

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Red Wolf Conspiracy (2009), about the giant merchant ship Chathrand, which possesses a powerful weapon sought by a wizard trying to destroy humanity.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the book "features enough plot twists and double-crosses to satisfy the most demanding lover of suspense."
• The next volume, The River of Shadows, is due in April.

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Reeves, Dia : Bleeding Violet
(Simon Pulse 978-1416986195, $9.99, 454pp, trade paperback, December 2010)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Dec 2010
(First edition: Simon Pulse, January 2010)

Young adult urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about Hanna, a 16-year-old girl who, after her father's death, seeks out her mother in Portero, Texas.
• The publisher's site has this description with a browse-inside function.
• The author's site has a chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has 70 generally positive reader reviews.
• Gwenda Bond included this title among her Top 10 for 2010, commenting "Hanna shows Portero that every 'transy,' aka non-local, isn't cut from the same cloth over the course of an impossible-to-predict narrative packed with gore. An urban fantasy in the classic sense of the term, I defy anyone to name a more satisfyingly strange debut from last year."

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Ringo, John, & Tom Kratman : The Tuloriad
(Baen 978-1-4391-3409-2, $7.99, 504pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
(First edition: Baen, October 2009)

SF novel in the authors' long-running Posleen series, about a remote group of defeated Posleen searching for their homeworld.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews and an excerpt from the Publishers Weekly review: "As its Homeric-sounding name suggests, the latest Posleen War novel tells of a defeated people fleeing annihilation in search of a new home. ... Ringo and Kratman turn this space adventure into an intriguing discussion of the power of faith apart from the existence of God."

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Robinson, Kim Stanley : Galileo's Dream
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59087-6, $16, 532pp, trade paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
(First edition: UK: HarperVoyager, August 2009)

Science fiction novel about 17th-century scientist Galileo, the consequences of his discoveries through the telescope, and his visions of Jovian inhabitants 3000 years in the future, whose existence depends on Galileo's mediation.
• Spectra's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The novel was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Campbell Memorial Award, and placed 3rd in the Locus Poll for best sf novel of 2009.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: "Galileo's Dream may turn out to be the most moving and accurate fictional portrait of this 'first scientist' that we're likely to see, and if Robinson wants to abstract the philosophical conundra of the tale into a 31st century didactic space opera, he can just about get away with it through the force of his own narrative skill, but he doesn't need to: Galileo's own story, even demythified and enriched with the textures of real life, is powerful enough on its own terms."

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Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Torch of Freedom
(Baen 978-1-4391-3408-5, $8.99, 838pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010
(First edition: Baen, November 2009)

SF novel, second in a series set in Weber's "Honorverse" following Crown of Slaves (2003), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• In this book, Queen Berry of Torch is assigned protection, as a series of assassinations targets leaders both of Torch and of the Star Kingdom of Manticore.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mostly enthusiastic reader reviews.

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West, Michelle : City of Night
(DAW 978-0-7564-0644-8, $8.99, 548pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jan 2011
The House Wars #2
(First edition: DAW, February 2010)

Fantasy novel, second in "The House Wars" series following The Hidden City (2008), about a city besieged by worshippers of the Lord of the Hells.
• In this book, the den formed earlier by Jewel is joined by a farm boy named Angel.
• The third volume, House Name, was just published in hardcover.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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New in Paperback: January 2011

posted 20 January 2011





This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (Locus Online does not have access to materials sent to Locus Magazine).

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