New & Notable Books, November 2017

Robert Cargill, Sea of Rust (Harper Voyager US/Gollancz UK 9/17) Robots rule the world in this action-filled, post-apocalyptic SF novel, a “robot western” set in a world where robots wiped out mankind years before. Brittle scavenges the wastelands for parts, one of a dwindling few determined not to join the shared consciousness of the One World Intelligences warring for dominance.

 

Jeffrey Ford, The Twilight Pariah (Tor.com Publishing 9/17) College ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, October 2017

Nina Allan, The Rift (Titan US 7/17) Allan explores the difficulty of sifting truth from tales and memories in this novel, mingling elements of tantalizing mystery and SF in the story of a woman who hears from a sister who disappeared 20 years previously, and now claims to have traveled by rift to another world. Parts of her story are told as pure SF, while glimpses of the past show ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, September 2017




Michael Bishop, Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories
(Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions Jun 2017)

One of our most lyrical and literary authors has collected his stories set in Georgia, or about Georgians, with work reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor. This has an author’s note; an introduction by professor Hugh Ruppersburg, ‘‘Beyond Regionalism’’; and 15 stories, including Nebula Award finalist ‘‘Rattlesnakes and Men’’ and two originals.





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New & Notable Books, August 2017




Callie Bates, The Waking Land
(Del Rey Jul 2017)

This fantasy first novel by a promising new talent begins a new trilogy, following teenage Lady Elanna, who flees her home after being accused of murdering the king, dis­covers her own wild nature magic, and joins a rebellion.





Curtis C. Chen, Kangaroo Too
(St. Martin’s/Dunne Jun 2017)

This sequel to funny SF novel Waypoint Kangaroo continues the tale of the title ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, July 2017




Clive Barker, Infernal Parade
(Subterranean Press Mar 2017)

A dark fantasy novella told in six parts, finally bringing together pieces of story previously only available with action figures issued in 2004, now with new illustra­tions by Bob Eggleton. Convicted criminal and King of Showmen Tom Requiem leads a parade of humans and fantastic creatures from North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica. “Infernal Parade features some wonderful imagery ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, June 2017




John Joseph Adams, ed., Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press Apr 2017)

This original anthology includes 18 stories (five reprints) of adventure tales from far-flung galaxies, with work by Charlie Jane Anders, Tobias S. Buckell, Becky Cham­bers, Alan Dean Foster, Kameron Hurley, Linda Nagata, and more, with an introduction by the editor. ‘‘Fitting the scope of space opera into short stories can be hard, ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, May 2017




Kelley Armstrong, Lost Souls
(Subterranean Press Mar 2017)

Armstrong returns to the world of her popular Cainsville series for this novella of lawyer Gabriel Walsh, investigating a report of what sounds like a typical tale of a “disappearing hitchhiker,” hoping to dig up enough to intrigue and smooth things over with his investigator Olivia Taylor-Jones – only the story isn’t exactly the old urban legend he expected. A spirited tale ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, April 2017




Alex Bledsoe, Gather Her Round
(Tor Mar 2017)

The latest novel in the Tufa series continues to reveal largely unexplored corners of American fantasy, with the fae Tufa living alongside people in remote areas of the Appalachians. When Tufa woman Kera Rog­ers is found dead and half devoured, followed soon by the death of her secret lover, the other Tufa have to unravel the mystery and stop a monstrous force ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, March 2017




Gwenda Bond, Girl in the Shadows
(Amazon/Skyscape Jul 2016)

In the second volume in the Cirque American series, after Girl on a Wire, aspiring magician Moira Mitchell defies her father, a stage illusionist who disapproves of her career dreams, by using a purloined invitation to trick her way into joining the Cirque American. Ten­sions rise as her skills are tested, and Moira discovers there may be more to her ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, February 2017




Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale
(Ballantine Del Rey Jan 2017)

This thoroughly enchanting debut fantasy draws on Russian folklore and history. Vasilia lives with her father in the Russian wilder­ness, but when her new stepmother forbids the family to honor household spirits, things begin to go disastrously wrong, and it’s up to Vasilia to save the family using gifts long kept secret. ‘‘A particularly enchanting version of an ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, January 2017




Lauren Beukes, Slipping: Stories, Essays & Other Writing
(Tachyon Publications Nov 2016)

Beukes’s first collection presents a lively mix of 19 stories, a set of Twitter mash-up stories, a poem, and five non-fiction pieces. ‘‘Beukes writes with passion and a hot immediacy, employing demotic prose that often attains a gritty poetry…. the book can only enhance her reputation in the field.’’ [Paul di Filippo]





Michael Chabon, Moonglow
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New & Notable Books, December 2016




John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen, eds., What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press Nov 2016)

This ‘‘anthology of the monstrous and the macabre’’ inspired by a funny meme – see Cohen’s introduction for the origin story – celebrates fear of the unknown in various forms (sometimes, but not exclusively, Lovecraftian), with 20 original stories by authors including Laird ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, November 2016




Peter S. Beagle, Summerlong
(Tachyon Publications Sep 2016)

Beagle’s first fantasy novel in over 15 years does not disappoint, a tale of a couple in the Pacific Northwest who find their lives changed by the arrival of a beautiful young waitress. ‘‘It’s a lovely, graceful, quiet meditation on matters of aging, families, art, love, relationships, and (since this is Beagle) Greek mythology.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe]





Keith Donohue, The Motion of ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, October 2016




Matthew M. Bartlett, Creeping Waves
(Muzzleland Press Apr 2016)

Stories, clippings, and radio broadcasts are woven together into horror novel of the cursed town of Leeds, Massachusetts, a sequel to Gateways to Abomination. ‘‘A striking book that cements Bartlett’s reputation as a writer of vision and talent… Creeping Waves belongs on the bookshelf of every reader interested in the current state of horror fiction.’’ [John Langan]





Beth Cato, Breath ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, September 2016




R. Scott Bakker, The Great Ordeal
(Overlook Press Jul 2016)

The third and penultimate volume of the Aspect-Em­peror series (set in the same epic fantasy world as the earlier, acclaimed Prince of Nothing saga) continues the grim and gritty tale of clashing armies, personal tragedy, and impending apocalypse against an intricate and vast backdrop that stands as a true triumph of worldbuilding.





Steve Berman, ed., Wilde Stories 2016
(Lethe Aug ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, August 2016




Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
(Harper Voyager Jul 2016)

Chambers’s character-driven first novel focuses on a woman joining the diverse crew of an aging spaceship that has been offered a dangerous job making hyperspace tunnels between worlds. Originally self-published to consid­erable acclaim – nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Fantasy Awards’ Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and even The Kitschies. ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, July 2016




Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds, The Medusa Chronicles
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press Jun 2016)

SF novel, an epic space opera, sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s Nebula Award-winning novella ‘‘A Meeting with Medusa’’, this continues the adventures of astronaut Howard Falcon, the first explorer of Jupiter, over almost 800 years of his long life, thanks to his cyborg body – following the con­tinued human exploration of space, contact with sentient races, ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, June 2016




Joan Aiken, The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories
(Small Beer Press Apr 2016)

This retrospective collection gathers 20 stories by the late author of mesmerizingly strange fiction, with pieces published from the 1950s to the ’90s. It includes an introduction by Kelly Link about her relationship to Aiken’s work, and another by the author’s daughter, Lizza Aiken, on ‘‘The Power of Storytelling’’.





Madeline Ashby, Company Town
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New & Notable Books, May 2016




Daniel Abraham, The Spider’s War
(Orbit Mar 2016)

The fifth and final book in the Dagger and the Coin series finds war spilling out across the world as nations fall to the mad priesthood, while in Carse a small group works to bring peace to the world with the help of traitors, the last dragon, and a revolutionary financial scheme. ‘‘The resolution of the series is quite satisfying… when I ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, April 2016


Mishell Baker, Borderline
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press Mar 2016)

In this quirky urban fantasy novel, disabled film­maker Millie Roper takes a job with the Arcadia Project to help control creatures of myth and fairy tale from an alternate world who have managed to cross over into Hollywood. An entertaining first novel, the first book in The Arcadia Project series.





Darin Bradley, Aaron Leis & Misti Morrison, eds., FWA 1: A ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, March 2016




Mark Alder, Son of the Morning
(Pegasus Feb 2016)

This ambitious, epic historical fantasy novel of light and dark angels meddling in human affairs during the Hundred Years War finally receives a US edition after appearing in the UK in 2014. ‘‘Alder turns standard notions of fantasy and history, human and supernatural motivations, Nature and a structured Cosmos, on their heads, writing beautifully and at a pace undaunted by the ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, February 2016




M. H. Boroson, The Girl with Ghost Eyes
(Talos Press Nov 2015)

A young widow in San Francisco’s Chinatown of 1898 has the ability to see the spirit world, which shames her family, but accompanied by her knowledge of martial arts, her vision allows her to battle a sorcerer bent on summoning an ancient evil. A colorful tale, and a striking first novel.





Harlan Ellison, Can & Can’tankerous
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New & Notable Books, January 2016



James Bradley, Clade
(Penguin Australia Jan 2015)

Three generations of a family face the effects of global warming in this near-future literary SF novel that follows the family through severe storms, political unrest, a pandemic, and more, enduring with unexpected moments of hope.





Paula Guran, ed., Warrior Women
(Prime Books Dec 2015)

Guran’s latest anthology brings us 24 stories about powerful woman, ranging from sword & sorcery to outer space. ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, December 2015




Leah Bobet, An Inheritance of Ashes
(Clarion Oct 2015)

This strange and compelling YA fantasy takes place in the aftermath of a war against a dark god, with sisters Hallie and Marthe trying to keep their farm alive following the devasta­tion. When they hire a veteran to help work the land, he brings with him the ghosts of the past conflict… and the revelation of family secrets better left hidden. ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, November 2015



John Joseph Adams, ed., Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press Sep 2015)

Adams selects stories from an impres­sive roster of authors for this anthology of 26 stories about climate change. Authors include Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Seanan McGuire, and Robert Silverberg.




Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last
(Doubleday/Talese Sep 2015)

Noted author Atwood presents this near-future dystopian SF fix-up novel, revised from ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, October 2015




Stephen Baxter, Ultima
(Roc Aug 2015)

The second half of a two-part novel begun in Proxima, this grand space opera continues the story with some alternate histories, with characters finding themselves in a universe where Rome never fell, some taken to join a spaceship full of legionar­ies, slaves, and Roman functionaries headed back to an alternate Terra. And then there are Incas in space, and the End of Time, ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, September 2015




Wesley Chu, Time Salvager
(Tor Jul 2015)

The author of the popular Tao trilogy launches a new time-travel series with this intense tale of ‘‘chronmen,’’ operatives sent back to the moments before historical disasters to steal valuable resources without altering the timeline. When chronman James Griffin-Mars breaks the rules by rescuing a scientist from the prior century, they go on the run to escape justice.





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New and Notable Books, August 2015




Clive Barker, The Scarlet Gospels
(St. Martin’s May 2015)

The much-anticipated new novel from Barker combines two of his popular characters, Pinhead and psychic detective Harry D’Amour – and sends them on a spectacular tour of Hell.





Quan Barry, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
(Pantheon Feb 2015)

This mystical and poetic literary fantasy novel follows a girl born during the Vietnam War who can hear the dead, painting an ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, July 2015




John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey, eds., The End Is Nigh (CreateSpace 3/14); The End Is Now (Cre­ateSpace 9/14); The End Has Come
(CreateSpace May 2015)

Noted editor John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey teamed up to create this original anthology series, the Apocalypse Triptych, with its varied kinds of apocalypses seen in three views – before, during, and after. It begins with The End Is Nigh, ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, June 2015




Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife
(Knopf May 2015)

Bacigalupi’s first adult novel since his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning debut The Windup Girl combines his signature grim extrapolations about environmental devastation with a compelling and fast-moving thriller, set in a drought-stricken American Southwest where water is worth killing and dying for. ‘‘Baciga­lupi’s most crucial and important novel to date…. The classic thriller elements are in place… but The Water Knife is ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, May 2015




Dale Bailey, The End of the End of Everything
(Arche Press Apr 2015)

Collection of nine dark fantasy and horror stories with a literary touch, from an author whose work deserves more attention.





Elizabeth Bear, Karen Memory
(Tor Feb 2015)

Bear brings her own touch to Steampunk in this Western novel set in a 19th-century city with a strong resemblance to Seattle during the Alaska gold rush, seen through the ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, April 2015




Joe Abercrombie, Half the World
(Ballantine Del Rey Feb 2015)

This second book in the Shattered Sea series begun in Half a King finds Yarvi minister to the king, while the book’s focus shifts to two teens, a boy and a girl, trained as warriors, in a ‘‘tantalizing world of medieval rivalries and suggestively high-tech ruins of a lost, and oddly familiar, elven civiliza­tion.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe]





Neal Asher, Dark ...Read More

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