New Books : 16 April 2019

Light ’em up with this week’s new books: a burning throne, a fire season, a perihelion summer, and a nuke attack that destroys Earth!
New titles this week are by Ashok K. Banker, Stephen Blackmore, Bennett R. Coles, Bridget Collins, Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne, Lara Elena Donnelly, Greg Egan, John Gwynne, Gwyneth Jones, Kay Kenyon, Emma Newman, Mike Resnick, Jonathan Strahan, and Timothy Zahn. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews Zero Bomb by M.T. Hill

Zero Bomb by M.T. Hill (Titan 978-1-78909-001-7, $14.95, 304pp, trade paperback) March 2019.

The byline M.T. Hill is a not-too-opaque screen for the writer Matt Hill, whose two previous books under that name have been The Folded Man (2013) and Graft (2016). I mention this fact only because his third novel, Zero Bomb, is so good that you will want to snatch up copies of the first two, as ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker

Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker (Baen 978-1-4814-8384-1, $16, 336pp, trade paperback) March 2019.

Martin Shoemaker’s debut novel (he had his first story publication in 2011), is based on his tale “Today I Am Paul“. That quietly emotional story about “Medical Care Android BRKCX-01932-217JH-98662” garnered Shoemaker a Nebula nomination, and consequently a fair number of readers will certainly be quite interested to see how Shoemaker expands what was ...Read More

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New Books : 26 March 2019

Nine new books! Get your space opera fix with ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy; the latest Expanse novel by James S.A. Corey; and A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine.
New titles this week are by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, James S.A. Corey, Katharine Duckett, Sarah Fine, Richard A. Knaak, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Helen Marshall, Arkady Martine, and Namwali Serpell. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea

Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-155-5, $17, 286pp, trade paperback) March 2019

Having published her first story as recently as 2012 — that date surely seems barely in the rearview mirror to me, although your personal chrono-mileage may vary — Sarah Pinsker has accomplished a lot. With nearly fifty stories to her credit, and a couple of major awards, she has ...Read More

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Blinks: Ben H. Winters; Slaughterhouse-Five; Guardian reviews; free anthology; Scott Edelman

» NY Times Book Review: Ben H. Winters asks What Do the Make-Believe Bureaucracies of Sci-Fi Novels Say About Us?

» NY Times: The Moral Clarity of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ at 50 by Kevin Powers

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Ann Leckie, Tade Thompson, Helen Marshall, Stephen Palmer, Temi Oh

» The Verge: Arizona State University released a free sci-fi anthology about the future of solar power

» Scott Edelman dines with ...Read More

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New Books : 19 March 2019

A war journalist, warrior priest, war against the machines, war on the moon, interstellar war, and Game of Thrones leadership secrets on this week’s list of 13 new books!
New titles this week are by K. Ancrum, Bruce Craven, David Dalglish, Cory Doctorow, K.A. Doore, Sarah Beth Durst, M.T. Hill, Kameron Hurley, Ian McDonald, Sarah Pinsker, Sarah Porter, Alastair Reynolds, and Jack Skillingstead. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones by Micah Dean Hicks

Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones by Micah Dean Hicks ((John Joseph Adams 978-1-328-56645-4, $24, 304pp, hardcover, February 2019)

Arguably, we live in a golden age for ghost stories, of an excellence and profusion on a par with the Victorian era classics. Writers such as Mike Carey, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Tim Powers, and Paul Tremblay are working in this mode at the top of their game. As an article in ...Read More

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Blinks: NYT reviews and essay; PRI on Chinese SF; Scott Edelman

» NY Times Book Review: Alec Nevala-Lee reviews John Lancheseter’s The Wall

» Also in NYTBR, Jennifer Hubert Swan reviews Y.A. crossover fantasy by Berry, LaFevers, Ahmed, and Chokshi

» Next week’s NYTBR: Zambian novelist Namwali Serpell on When Science Fiction Comes True

» PRI podcast: The sci-fi of another language, about Liu Cixin and Ken Liu

» Scott Edelman dines with Michael J. Walsh ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor 978-0-7653-7996-2, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, February 2019)

Charlie Jane Anders’s debut novel from 2016, All the Birds in the Sky, marked the emergence of a truly distinctive voice. In her tale of battling magicians and scientists, she managed to gainfully conflate a touching love story with a scary apocalypse, yoking the quotidian with the cosmic, the comic ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The Plotters by Un-su Kim

The Plotters by Un-su Kim ((Doubleday 978-0385544382, $25.95, 304pp, hardcover, January 2019)

The theme of secret conspiracies running our mundane world has sunk deep roots into the genre of fantastika. Although quite often such books exhibit no supernatural or SFnal apparatus, they still manage to evoke speculative or weird effects that resonate with the genre, since they demand a kind of cognitive estrangement: everything you know is wrong. John Crowley ...Read More

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New Books : 5 March 2019

20 new science fiction and fantasy books released this week!
New titles this week are by Andrew Bannister, Elizabeth Bear, Laura Bickle, Anne Bishop, K. Chess, Brian Lee Durfee, Jenna Glass, Kevin Hearne/Lila Bowen/Chuck Wendig, Kate Heartfield, John Lanchester, Tim Maughan, Seanan McGuire, Rati Mehrotra, Dan Moren, Helen Oyeyemi, Tim Powers, John Ringo & Gary Poole, Amber Royer, Martin L. Shoemaker, and Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye. ...Read More Read more