Bradbury, Ray :
The Cat's Pajamas: New Stories
(HarperCollins/Perennial 0-06-077733-8, $12.95, 19+234pp, trade paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, July 2004)
Collection of 22 stories, most of them previously unpublished, many first written in the 1940s and '50s and unsold at the time.
The Amazon page reproduces the Publishers Weekly review: "Alternately thoughtful, whimsical, probing and slapdash, these tales are a mixed bag, but a very interesting one."
Carey, Jacqueline :
(Tor 0-765-34429-7, $7.99, 502pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Tor, November 2004)
Fantasy novel, first in duology "The Sundering", about seven gods waging war for control of the universe. The second volume, Godslayer, was just released in hardcover.
The author's website has a description and a sample chapter.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Perhaps nowhere in fiction is a dragon described as remarkably or as lovingly, a creature of unbelievable power yet also of gentle tenderness. This is a memorable beginning to what should be another strong series."
Carrère, Emmanuel :
I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick
(Picador 0-312-42451-5, $15, 15+315pp, trade paperback, June 2005)
(First edition: Metropolitan Books, June 2004)
Nonfiction biography of Philip K. Dick, translated by Timothy Bent from the French Je suis vivant et vous etes morts (Editions du Seuil 1993).
The publisher's site has description. Amazon has a selection of quotes from reviews.
Flint, Eric, & Andrew Dennis :
1634: The Galileo Affair
(Baen 0-743-49919-0, $7.99, 675pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Baen, April 2004)
SF time travel novel, third in a series following Flint's 1632 (2000) and Flint & David Weber's 1633 (2002), this one set in Renaissance Italy.
Baen's site has this description with links to numerous excerpts.
Flint's website, www.ericflint.net, has a bibliography of past and forthcoming works.
The Publishers Weekly review on the Amazon page says "In many ways this reads like a Tom Clancy techno-thriller set in the age of the Medicis with the Three Stooges thrown in for seasoning."
Gardner, James Alan :
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-81332-7, $7.99, 404pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Eos, August 2004)
Military SF novel involving members of an explorer corps called 'expendables' and character Admiral Festina Ramos from Gardner's previous novels; this is his seventh novel, and was the first to be published in hardcover.
The publisher's site has this description and excerpt.
The author's webpage includes a list of his novels with brief descriptions.
Gould, Steven :
(Tor 0-812-57854-6, $6.99, 380pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Tor, December 2004)
SF novel, sequel to the popular YA Jumper (1992) about a teenager who can teleport, set years later as the protagonist, now grown up and married, becomes involved in a conspiracy at the National Security Agency.
Amazon has the starred PW, which called it a "delightful SF thriller", and reader reviews.
Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine found the merging of YA novel with technothriller somewhat awkward, but conceded "What results might make for a pretty good TV pilot about a teleporting secret agent, complete with ingeniously worked out variations on how Jumping might be used creatively in cliffhanger situations, and with hints of comic possibilities as well. (Gould has clearly left himself room for sequels.)"
Haldeman, Joe :
(Ace 0-441-01252-3, $7.99, 289pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Ace, August 2004)
SF novel about an alien artifact found undersea, and two alien shapeshifters who follow different paths as they learn what it means to be human.
Gerald's Jonas's New York Times review called it a "smoothly written entertainment".
It ranked #6 on the 2005 Locus Poll in the Best SF Novel category, and it was co-winner of this year's James Tiptree, Jr. Award.
Hunt, Walter H. :
The Dark Ascent
(Tor 0-765-34982-5, $7.99, 452pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Tor, August 2004)
Military SF novel, follow-up to The Dark Wing (2001) and The Dark Path (2003).
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "Hunt's fast-paced space adventure ... rises above the humdrum repetitions typical of this SF subgenre."
Judson, Theodore :
(DAW 0-7564-0271-9, $7.99, 548pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: DAW, August 2004)
SF novel, the author's first, set in a 26th century where a semifeudal Yukon Empire has succeeded the technological societies that collapsed in the 21st century.
The book garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which said "Judson's use of the twin viewpoints allows him to make points about subjects as diverse as history and heroes, academia and ambition, love and shame. Yet like Heinlein, Asimov and other great writers in the genre, Judson never lets his message get in the way of the story, nor does he lapse into preachiness. This terrific SF debut is sure to be a contender for many awards."
It placed #11 on the 2005 Locus Poll in the Best First Novel category.
Miéville, China :
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-45842-7, $15.95, 564pp, trade paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2004)
SF/fantasy novel, the author's fourth novel and his third set in the world of New Crobuzon, setting of Perdido Street Station (2000, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke and British Fantasy Awards) and The Scar (2002, winner of the Locus and British Fantasy Awards).
The publisher's site has this description, an author Q&A, and an excerpt.
The book won a 2005 Locus Award as Best Fantasy Novel, was a 2005 Hugo Award nominee and a Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist, and is currently nominated for this year's World Fantasy Awards.
Robinson, Kim Stanley :
Forty Signs of Rain
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58580-0, $7.99, 393pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Bantam, June 2004)
Near-future SF novel about global warming, politics, and scientific research. First of a trilogy; the second volume, Fifty Degrees Below, is just out in the UK and is due in the US from Bantam in October.
SF Weekly ran an interview with Robinson (conducted by Nick Gevers) that goes into detail about the book.
It ranked #4 on the 2005 Locus Poll in the Best SF Novel category.
Sagan, Nick :
(NAL 0-451-21527-3, $13.95, 325pp, trade paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Putnam, August 2004)
SF novel, sequel to Idlewild (2003), about a group of students raised in virtual reailty, six of whom survive a plague that wipes out the rest of humanity. A third novel, Everfree, will follow.
The author's website has a description with links to review excerpts, among them a 5-star review from SFX Magazine: "Edenborn is one of the best post-apocalyptic novels you will ever read. ... It's not often authors like Nick Sagan crop up, and it's a crying shame they don't."
Viehl, S. L. :
(Roc 0-451-46008-1, $7.99, 391pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Roc, July 2004)
SF novel in the author's Stardoc universe.
The author's website appears to be defunct.
Amazon has the PW review, which concludes "The strong romance elements, along with the general youth of the characters (Jadaira loses her virginity), will appeal to young adult SF fans."
Wolfe, Gene :
(Tor 0-765-34701-6, $7.99, 16+527pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Tor, January 2004)
Fantasy novel, Book One of "The Wizard Knight", about a teenaged boy who wanders into a realm containing seven levels of reality. The second part, published as The Wizard, appeared in hardcover last year and will appear in trade paperback in October.
There was an earlier trade paperback of this book; this listing is for the mass market paperback edition.
The combined novel ranked #2 on this year's Locus Poll in the Best Fantasy Novel category, and is currently nominated for the World Fantasy Award.
Wright, John C. :
The Last Guardian of Everness
(Tor 0-812-57987-9, $6.99, 324pp, mass market paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Tor, August 2004)
Fantasy novel about a watchman who guards the modern world from ancient evils. It's the first part of a two-volume sequence, the second of which, Mists of Everness, was published in March.
Wright's SF Site interview with Nick Gevers concludes with a description of the book.
Zettel, Sarah :
The Firebird's Vengeance
(Tor 0-765-34723-7, $7.99, 468pp, mass market paperback, July 2005)
(First edition: Tor, August 2004)
Fantasy novel, conclusion of the Isavalta trilogy following A Sorcerer's Treason (2002) and The Usurper's Crown (2002).
The author's webpage has some notes about these and other works.