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]





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New and Notable Books, March




Kelley Armstrong, Forsaken
(Subterranean Feb 2015)

A lavish, limited-edition novella of supernatural suspense, set in the author’s popular urban fantasy Otherworld series, features gorgeous full-color illustrations by French artist Xaviére Daumarie.





Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest
(Little, Brown Jan 2015)

The acclaimed YA author returns to her fairytale roots with this dark and compelling story about a pair of siblings who live in a town where humans ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, February




Ben Aaronovitch, Foxglove Summer
(DAW Jan 2015)

In this fifth volume in the delightful Rivers of London series, about a London policeman assigned to a special detail that investigates supernatural crimes, Peter Grant is forced to leave the city (and his comfort zone) to investigate the disappearances of several children in a small Herefordshire village.





William Alexander, Ambassador
(McElderry Sep 2014)

Alexander’s debut novel Goblin Secrets (2012) won a National ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, January




Mike Allen, Unseaming
(Antimatter Oct 2014)

Allen’s first prose collection gathers 14 fascinatingly dark stories, three new, demon­strating the author’s range and skill developed over 16 years as author, poet, and journalist.





Jennifer Marie Brissett, Elysium
(Aqueduct Press Dec 2014)

A computer chronicles the lives of two people – always the same people, but always different – surviving in a broken, post-apocalyptic city in this unusual literary SF nov­el, a ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, December




Greg Bear, War Dogs
(Orbit Oct 2014)

This first book in a new series presents a future Earth transformed by the technology and insights of seemingly benevolent advanced aliens called the Gurus… but 13 years after their arrival, the bill for all that help comes due: the Gurus are being pursued by an ancient enemy, and they need the people of Earth to fight them on the battlefields of Mars. ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, November




Joe Abercrombie, Half a King
(Ballantine Del Rey Jul 2014)

A reluctant king vows to avenge his father’s death and regain the throne despite the deformed hand that makes him half a man in the eyes of his war- like people. This first novel in the Shattered Sea young-adult fantasy series is a powerful coming- of-age story of Viking adventure, treachery, and revenge.





Paolo Bacigalupi, The Doubt Factory
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New and Notable Books, October




Daniel Abraham, The Widow’s House
(Orbit Aug 2014)

The fourth volume in the Dagger and the Coin fantasy series continues to deftly weave a compelling tapestry of characters and plots, including a Lord Regent whose ambition outstrips his competence, a cult of priests devoted to a spider goddess, a mercenary captain and a banker trying to save the world from disaster… and new revelations about the nearly extinct dragons who ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, September




Poul Anderson, The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 6: A Bicycle Built for Brew
(NESFA Press Aug 2014)

The ongoing series of the SF Grand Master’s short fiction continues with this collection of five short novels and three novellas, including the original magazine version of Three Hearts and Three Lions (unavailable since its original 1953 publication), along with stories featuring Nicholas van Rijn, Dominic Flandry, and David Falklyn. ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, August




Tobias S. Buckell, Hurricane Fever
(Tor Jul 2014)

The author’s signature blend of ecological SF and thriller elements shines in this sequel to Arctic Rising. Former spy Prudence ‘‘Roo’’ Jones, a supporting character in the first volume, takes center stage here when he’s forced to come out of retirement to investigate the murder of an old colleague against a background of catastrophic climate change in the Caribbean, with Buckell’s ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, July




John Joseph Adams, ed., Dead Man’s Hand
(Titan May 2014)

The Wild West gets weird in this anthology of 23 weird Western stories by some of the biggest guns in the field, including Joe R. Lansdale, Seanan McGuire, Charles Yu, Hugh Howey, Orson Scott Card, and Tad Williams.





Greg Bear & Gardner Dozois, eds., Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds
(Subterranean Press Apr 2014)

The many worlds of Anderson’s fiction provide ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, June




Elizabeth Bear, Steles of the Sky
(Tor Apr 2014)

Bear delivers the thematic complexity, deft worldbuilding, and compelling storytelling we’ve come to expect in this concluding volume of the Eternal Sky trilogy, set in a world inspired by 13th-century Asia and The Arabian Nights.





Gregory Benford & Larry Niven, Shipstar
(Tor Apr 2014)

Two masters of hard SF once more join forces to conclude the duology they began in ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, May




Marie Brennan, The Tropic of Serpents
(Tor Mar 2014)

The second book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent finds the intrepid lady naturalist on a dragon-hunting expedition into her world’s version of Africa, where adventure mixes with a scientific attitude about the fantastic beasts encountered. ‘‘These chronicles have the power of fabulous and historic voyages, along with a wry wit that refuses to accept the standard notions of any era.’’ ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, April




Rae Carson, The Bitter Kingdom
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow Sep 2013)

Young Queen Elisa deals with enemies inside and outside her country in this young-adult fantasy novel, third in the acclaimed trilogy begun in The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is ‘‘feminist fantasy of the most epic variety… one of the best of its type.’’ [Gwenda Bond]





Adam-Troy Castro, Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories
(Prime Books Feb 2014)

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New and Notable Books, March




James L. Cambias, A Darkling Sea
(Tor Feb 2014)

In this impressive hard-SF debut about alien culture clash, Terran scientists study a race of blind, intelligent aliens living beneath a kilometer of ice on the planet Ilmatar, while trying to maintain strained diplomatic relations with their previous extraterrestrial contact, the Sholen.





Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day
(Candlewick Aug 2013)

In this evocative and sometimes chilling YA by the noted Australian ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, February




Emily Croy Barker, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic
(Viking/Pamela Dorman Aug 2013)

In this enchanting debut novel, disenchanted PhD student Nora gets lost in the woods and finds herself in a strange new world of elegant balls and weird magic, where she becomes a magician’s apprentice. Barker ‘‘brings an unconventional outlook to elements of the fantastic.’’ [Faren Miller]





Ben Bova, Mars, Inc.: The Billionaire’s Club
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New and Notable Books, January




Kage Baker, In the Company of Thieves
(Tachyon Publications Nov 2013)

A welcome posthumous collection of six stories, one an original tale co-authored by Baker’s sister Kathleen Bartholomew in the acclaimed Company series.





E. C. Blake, Masks
(DAW Nov 2013)

A young woman’s masking is supposed to confirm her as a Gifted magic uses, but instead sends her to slave in the mines in this powerful fantasy novel, the first ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, December




Richard Bowes, If Angels Fight
(Fairwood Press Oct 2013)

The award-winning author’s collection includes 12 stories from the past quarter century, including International Horror Guild Award winner ‘‘There’s a Hole in the City’’ and the World Fantasy Award-winning title story.





Mira Grant, Parasite
(Orbit Oct 2013)

Seanan McGuire’s alter-ego, best known for the Newsflesh zombie SF series, begins a new series of medical-thriller SF set in a near future where ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, November




Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam
(Random House/Doubleday/Talese Sep 2013)

Post-apocalyptic survival takes some odd twists in this third volume in Atwood’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic SF trilogy after Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. ‘‘As SF, the trilogy has what we might call issues with coherence. As a kind of posthuman foundation myth, however, it achieves some moments of genuinely haunting power.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe] Published 8/13 by McClelland & ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, October




Neal Asher, Zero Point
(Night Shade Books Aug 2013)

The second novel in the Owner series continues the story of that powerful immortal in a grim 22nd century, a mix of ‘‘psychological-moral-political drama’’ and ‘‘highly kinetic action-movie stuff, with industrial quantities of death-dealing up and down the scale, from space battles to hand-to-hand single combat, laid out in parallel-plotted, cross-cut, near-Saturday-matinée cliffhanger mode.’’ [Russell Letson] First published by Tor UK ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, September




Ellen Datlow, ed., Telling Tales
(Hydra House Jun 2013)

The ‘‘Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology’’ gathers 16 stories by graduates of the prestigious writing workshop, including Daniel Abraham, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Kij Johnson, Margo Lanagan, and Rachel Swirsky, with afterwords by instructors including Samuel R. Delany, Connie Willis, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and a general introduction by Vonda N. McIntyre.





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New and Notable Books, August




Eleanor Arnason, Big Mama Stories
(Aqueduct Jul 2013)

Arnason pioneers (and possibly invents) the subgenre of ‘‘space-age tall tales’’ here, with five stories (two original) about ‘‘Big Mamas,’’ cosmic trickster figures capable of traveling in time and space and changing in size from bigger than galaxies all the way down to human scale, as they meddle in the affairs of people and aliens. ‘‘Wonderfully over-the-top.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe]





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New and Notable Books, July




Daniel Abraham, The Tyrant’s Law
(Orbit May 2013)

A tyrant’s quest for peace leads to ever greater was in this third book in the acclaimed fantasy series, The Dagger and the Coin. ‘‘This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes.’’ [Publishers Weekly]





K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr, Loki’s Wolves
(Little, Brown May 2013)

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New and Notable Books, June




C. J. Cherryh, Protector
(DAW Apr 2013)

The latest novel set in the Foreigner series continues to explore the delicate relations between human settlers and alien natives on a distant planet, with human mediator/diplomat Bren Cameron trying to maintain a new balance in the wake of civil war and political upheavals. “I’m happy to observe that after 14 volumes produced over a stretch of nearly 20 years… [this] series continues ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, May




John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen, eds., Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
(Amazon/47North Feb 2013)

This homage to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz includes 15 original tales that reinvent the world and characters of the classic novel in radical ways, with stories by Orson Scott Card, Theodora Goss, Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Jane Yolen, and more. Includes an introduction by Gregory Maguire. ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, April




John Joseph Adams, ed., The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination
(Tor Feb 2013)

This (mostly) original anthology provides a range of takes on the Mad Scientist trope from authors including Theodora Goss, Austin Grossman, Harry Turtledove, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Genevieve Valentine, and more. It’s ‘‘a really interesting anthology that gives us a number of perspectives, mostly funny but also often thoughtful, on this most clichéd trope of adventure ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, March




Neal Asher, The Departure
(Night Shade Books Feb 2013)

The long-awaited US edition (Tor UK 2011) of the first volume in Asher’s dark SF series The Owner is here at last. Set in the 22nd century on an overpopulated dystopian Earth and a Mars colony struggling for survival, this delivers Asher’s usual blend of ‘‘vivid, graphic violence; widescreen special-effects sequences; ruthless, damaged, more-than- or not-exactly-human heroes and villains… and a ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, February




Jesse Bullington, The Folly of the World
(Orbit Dec 2012)

This historical fantasy revels in the grime and filth – human and otherwise – found in the aftermath of the Saint Elizabeth Flood that devastated Holland in 1421, with a trio of conspirators out to make a profit from the chaos. ‘‘Suspense and horror lurk around the edges of this gritty, ribald book where nothing comes easy.’’ [Faren Miller]





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New and Notable Books, January




Joe Abercrombie, Red Country
(Orbit Nov 2012)

Fantasy novel, a sequel to the First Law series set some 15 years later in frontier country in almost Wild West style, only with swords and spears instead of rifles, and a female protagonist bent on revenge, fueled by grit and determination. First published in the UK by Gollancz (10/12).





William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
(McElderry Mar 2012)

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New and Notable Books, December




Stephen Baxter, Iron Winter
(Orion/Gollancz Aug 2012)

The third and concluding book in the Northland series, set in an alternate past where medieval traders, scholars, and ordinary people struggle to keep civilization and themselves alive in the face of a coming ice age.





Elizabeth Bear, Shoggoths in Bloom
(Prime Books Nov 2012)

The latest story collection from this versatile author includes 20 stories from the past six years, with one ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, November




Iain M. Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata
(Orbit US Oct 2012)

The ninth SF novel in the Culture series focuses on a race ready to take the next step into the Sublime state – if certain religious conflicts can be resolved, a problem that sends investigators looking for the incredibly ancient individual who composed ‘‘The Hydrogen Sonata’’. ‘‘You can skip the philosophy and enjoy a long, complicated, entertainingly detailed, funny, smart ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, November




Iain M. Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata
(Orbit US Oct 2012)

The ninth SF novel in the Culture series focuses on a race ready to take the next step into the Sublime state – if certain religious conflicts can be resolved, a problem that sends investigators looking for the incredibly ancient individual who composed ‘‘The Hydrogen Sonata’’. ‘‘You can skip the philosophy and enjoy a long, complicated, entertainingly detailed, funny, smart ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, October




Christopher Barzak, Birds and Birthdays
(Aqueduct Press Aug 2012)

This slim collection from an author gathering considerable critical attention presents three stories (one original) inspired by, and an essay about, three female Surrealists and their works.





Rae Carson, The Crown of Embers
(Greenwillow Sep 2012)

The sequel to acclaimed YA fantasy The Girl of Fire and Thorns continues the tale of Elisa – now a widowed queen, and still chosen ...Read More

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