* Asher, Neal : The Departure
(UK: Tor UK 978-0-230-70873-0, £17.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Mon 5 Sep 2011
• Owner #1
SF novel, first of a new series about Alan Saul, the “Owner”, a character from three stories in the author’s first collection The Engineer, and concerning an orbital habitat called Argus Station that maintains an oppressive control over Earth.
• The PanMacmillan site has this description.
• The Amazon UK page also has the book description, and rather mixed reader reviews.
• Russell Letson reviews it in the October 2011 issue of Locus Magazine: “I hold that we return to writers hoping for More Of The Same, Only Different. (I do, anyway.) In Asher’s case, The Same would include vivid, graphic violence; widescreen special-effects sequences; ruthless, damaged, more-than- or not-exactly-human heroes and villains; a main setting that is a dire, unforgiving generator of danger, misery, and oppression, up to and including torture and mass murder; and a high-stakes conflict that ends (relatively) well for the damaged, etc., (relatively) good guys, though they wind up standing among smoking ruins.”
* Baxter, Stephen : Bronze Summer
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575089228, £18.99, 432pp, hardcover, September 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Sep 2011
• Northland Saga #2
Alternate history novel, second of a trilogy following Stone Spring (2010), set 10,000 in the past among tribes living on the land that then connected Britain to Europe, concerning a tsunami that threatens them and a plan to build a wall against the flood.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Amazon UK page provides a preview via its “Look Inside” function.
* Deas, Stephen : The Warlock’s Shadow
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575094512, £16.99, 304pp, hardcover, October 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Oct 2011
• Thief-Taker #2
* Hamilton, Peter F. : Manhattan in Reverse
(UK: Macmillan UK 978-0230750302, £17.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Fri 7 Oct 2011
Collection of 7 stories, including the novella “Watching Trees Grow” previously published by PS Publishing.
• The Amazon.com page (though not the Amazon UK page), has two detailed reader reviews, and a “Look Inside” preview function.
• Macmillan’s Australian site (though not apparently its UK site) has this description.
* Priest, Christopher : The Islanders
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-07004-2, £12.99, 339pp, hardcover, September 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 22 Sep 2011
SF novel set in the Dream Archipelago (setting of several earlier Priest works), a “chinese puzzle of a novel” arranged as a “Gazetteer of Islands” of some three dozen short and long chapters.
• Gollancz’ site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon UK’s page provides a preview via its “Look Inside” function.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the October 2011 issue of Locus Magazine: “[A]ttentive use of mystery-reading skills might not be a bad way to approach The Islanders, since often a minor detail in one chapter, such as a smudge on a hand, is later revealed as highly significant, as in a Gene Wolfe novel. But like Wolfe, Priest is not satisfied with a catalogue of ingenious narrative tricks; his prose is supple, elegant, and seductive, his insights about memory and perception tantalizing, his skill at visualizing the radically different land and seascapes of the islands endlessly compelling.”
* Roberts, Adam : By Light Alone
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-08364-6, £18.99, 407pp, hardcover, August 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Aug 2011
Science fiction novel in which people have been genetically engineered to photosynthesize sunlight, eliminating the need for food.
• Gollancz’ site has this description for the paperback edition.
• Amazon.com’s page for the book has three lengthy and positive reader reviews.
• Gwyneth Jones reviewed it for Guardian;
David Barnett reviewed it for The Independent: “By Light Alone is unashamedly SF, and would that half the supposed ‘literary’ novels on the shelves today were as well written, thoughtful and intelligent as this.”
* Wooding, Chris : The Iron Jackal
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575098060, £18.99, 480pp, hardcover, October 2011)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Oct 2011
• Tales of the Ketty Jay #3
Fantasy steampunk novel, third in a series following Retribution Falls (UK 2009, US 2011) and The Black Lung Captain (UK 2010, US 2011), about sky pirates.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
• Amazon UK’s “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt.