Release Week(s): Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem, Tobias Buckell’s The Apocalypse Ocean, Stephen King’s Revival, V Wars: Blood and Fire, Bitter Waters, Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking, and Jeff VanderMeer’s “Area X”

NOVEMBER 5-18, 2014: A Chinese science fiction blockbuster translated into English by one of the world’s best new writers, a new novel from Stephen King read by actor David Morse, Amanda Palmer’s self-help advice/memoir book, an anthology series sequel to V Wars, Chaz Brentley’s collection Bitter Waters, the entire 4-book set of Tobias Buckell’s Xenowealth series, and a gorgeously packaged “Area X” omnibus of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy headline a fantastic fortnight of new audiobooks. There’s so much “also out” that trying to list everything up here would be a nightmare, but David Drake and John Lambshead’s Into the Hinterlands and Bernard Cromwell’s Excalibur finally unabridged are certainly worth highlighting, as is Anna Katharine Green’s 1890 novel The Forsaken Inn, narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir for Skyboat. In “seen but not heard” this week: The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck,  The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes, and The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher, as well as The Nickronomicon, a collection by Nick Mamatas, and the Sean Wallace-edited anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry. In other news, the Scholastic Audio Humble Bundle has added another handful of books to its haul with two days left to go, and I’ve added a long, long list of titles to the “coming soon” listings below, mostly in 2015. More? Sure! There’s a free Go the F* to Sleep sequel out, read by Bryan Cranston, and! Brandon Sanderson’s long-awaited follow-up to Legion is also free, read by Oliver Wyman. And if you’re looking for deals just a bit more expensive than “free” look no further than the November Whispersync Deal Roundup which still has a few more days left of usefulness. Enjoy! [And if you’re new to audiobooks, among the many ways to get started are: you can try Audible with a free audiobook or get your first 3 months at Audible for $7.49/month; try a free 30-day trial at audiobook streaming service; or sign up for a $12.99 monthly membership at DRM-free]


The Three-Body Problem | [Liu Cixin] The Apocalypse Ocean | [Tobias Buckell]

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books, November 11, 2014) is the first of an announced trilogy of translated editions of this 500,000-copy-selling Chinese sf series; a article in early May provided yet more information and yet still much more was unknown than known. Now it’s here, bearing reviews and coverage from NPR (“Cixin Liu doesn’t pose that question so much as let it play out in a sweeping drama that risks the highest stakes imaginable — and some that can barely be imagined at all. … as a science-fiction epic of the most profound kind, it’s already won.”), the NY Times (“The ‘Three-Body’ tomes chronicle a march of the human race into the universe set against the recent past, the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution. It is a classic science-fiction story in the style of the British master Arthur C. Clarke, whose work Mr. Liu says he grew up reading.”), the Wall Street Journal (“Aliens are invading Earth, and there are two Chinese camps: one that welcomes the alien invasion and one that wants to fight it. … ), (“The Three-Body Problem’s setting is tremendous; its science startling; and its fiction, finally, fascinating.”), Publishers Weekly ( “Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China’s most celebrated genre writers.”), and on and on, including a newspaper in Shanghai for which I do not have the character set to reproduce a quote here.

What might have happened, if in the midst of China’s cultural revolution, an alien race had landed, fleeing the ruination of their homeworld? That’s what we’re in for, and that’s what has got so many people so very excited. In terms of the audiobook, Luke Daniels narrates for Macmillan Audio, with a sample available at OverDrive and of course the other outlets. When I first saw the audiobook listing for The Three-Body Problem I was both ecstatic — I do nearly all my “reading” in audio and really, really hoped we’d get a concurrent audio release — and also a bit flabbergasted. Don’t get me wrong: I love Daniels as a narrator, and have immensely enjoyed his work on George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards, on Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles, Scott Meyer’s Off to Be the Wizard, Jay Posey’s Three, on and on, and even though he did display an impressive, Eurasia-spanning range of accents in The Mongoliad his wasn’t the first name I would have thought of when contemplating “Chinese science fiction”. Luckily for all concerned, I am not in charge of casting any audiobooks any time soon, as Daniels once again turns in a fantastic performance, capturing the detached third person narrative with clean, accentless narration. I found it to be just a tad on the deliberate side — which is something I wouldn’t have said about his previous, brisk narrations for Brilliance Audio — but absolutely engaging. More: Liu Cixin writes about the Big Idea behind the novel; Ken Liu writes about translating the book; an excerpt is available at Get: [Downpour | Audible | IndieBound]

Crystal RainRagamuffinSly Mongoose, and The Apocalypse Ocean By Tobias Buckell, Narrated By Robin Miles and Prentice Onayemi for Audible (Nov 11) bring new audio editions of Buckell’s Xenowealth novels, some of which replace older editions now no longer on offer, but at the very least The Apocalypse Ocean, Buckell’s Kickstarter-funded book four, was never in audio, and while I have a deep affection for the narrator of the original editions, these are fantastically well cast and performed by the immensely talented Miles and new-to-me (and to sf narration) Onayemi, providing stellar, stellar characterizations and narrations. “Long ago, so the stories say, the old-fathers came to Nanagada through a worm’s hole in the sky. Looking for a new world to call their own, they brought with them a rich mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a far-off planet called Earth. Mighty were the old-fathers, with the power to shape the world to their liking – but that was many generations ago, and what was once known has long been lost.” Speaking of Kickstarter, Buckell’s new campaign for a Xenowealth collection was fully funded nearly immediately, with plenty of time to check it out. And, speaking of shorts, his short story collection Mitigated Futures will be the focus of more detail next week.

Revival by Stephen King V Wars: Blood and Fire by Jonathan Maberry

Revival: A Novel by Stephen King (Scribner, Nov 11, 2014) — “A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.” Read by actor David Morse for Simon & Schuster Audio: “A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-30s – addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate – Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.” More: A review in the Washington PostGet: [Downpour | Audible | IndieBound | OverDrive]

V Wars: Blood and Fire edited by Jonathan Maberry (Blackstone Audio, Nov 18) — a follow-on to the original V Wars anthology, one of late 2012’s fantastic gems. A “shared world” anthology of linked stories in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards, the V Wars universe sees a virus trigger “junk DNA” which causes a global outbreak of something… vampiric. The sequel is narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir, Jamye Grant, Richard Gilliland, Roxanne Hernandez, Stephen Hoye, Sunil Malhotra, Arthur Morey, and Stefan Rudnicki. with many voices providing continuity across storylines from the first volume, and others voicing new contributors, as a few of this volume’s writers (which include Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Sigler, Larry Correia, Joe McKinney, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, James A. Moore, and Jonathan Maberry) are joining the story as well. “It’s been one year since a virus triggered junk DNA and people all over the world started changing, becoming something else, craving blood. It’s been 10 months since the word vampire stopped being something from old monster stories and Hollywood movies. It’s been six months since our world and theirs erupted into war, two since an uneasy peace was signed, and one hour since that peace was shattered. The war is here again – the vampire war.” Get: [Downpour | Audible]

Bitter Waters | [Chaz Brenchley, Geoff Ryman] The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Collection: Bitter Waters By Chaz Brenchley, with an introduction by Geoff RymanNarrated By Matthew Lloyd Davies for Lethe Press (Nov 14) — out in print/ebook just a little more than a week earlier, and more recently a starred review from Publishers Weekly, on the heels of a NY Times review of his novel Being Small which came out earlier this year. Here: “Winner of the August Derleth British Fantasy Award and author of over 500 short stories, Chaz Brenchley is one of the foremost storytellers of the eerie and unforgetable tale living today. In his new collection, Bitter Waters, Brenchley has assembled stories queer and weird: a man with morbidly sensitive hearing sets sail to chart dangerous rocks called the Silences; a ship’s chandler from among his shadowed stock gives an old friend a compass that guides through Hell rather than point north; a eunuch and his dwarf lover leave the Sultan’s harem to visit the baths of a city poisoned by magic; a youth who climbed the echelons of power thanks to his looks and guile finds being on the losing side of war has forced his to return to his sordid, early life.” If you haven’t heard of Brenchley yet, you may actually have: As Daniel Fox, he has published a Chinese-based fantasy series, beginning with Dragon in Chains; as Ben Macallan, an urban fantasy series beginning with Desdaemona.

Related non-fiction: The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer, with a foreword by Brené Brown (Grand Central, Nov 11) — “Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.” Read by the author for Hachette Audio, it doesn’t get more authentic to the text than this. Her husband Neil Gaiman called the book’s publication the “most important publishing event in our house“, even as a pair of his own fairy tale adaptations were hitting bookstores. Cory Doctorow, writing for the New Statesman, says that “as a manifesto and a confessional of an artist uniquely suited to her time and place, it is without parallel.” Get: [Downpour | Audible | IndieBound]


Even after seeing that FSG would be bringing out a gorgeous hardcover omnibus of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, it wasn’t until the audiobook omnibus was upon us that I learned it would exist as well. Here, Area X presents Annihilation (read by Carolyn McCormick), Authority (read by Bronson Pinchot), and Acceptance (read by McCormick, Pinchot, and Xe Sands) in a beautiful box set. Downpour has a download edition, as well as the consumer CD and MP3-CD editions, and Blackstone Library has further editions. What else can we here at The AudioBookaneers say about these books and audiobooks? I’ve reviewed/praised AnnihilationAuthority, and Acceptance; Dave’s also written that “It’s as if The Company from Alien sent The Dharma Initiative into the Mountains of Madness.” Whatever format, one at a time or all at once, don’t miss these books. More: VanderMeer guest posts “Tidal Pool Rules” at My Bookish Ways; an interview by Julianna Baggott; another interview at Timeout New York; and! VanderMeer will be the subject of a reddit AMA on December 2nd. You’ve got time, just, to enter that thread without fear of spoilers…


Into the Hinterlands: Citizen, Book 1 | [David Drake, John Lambshead] The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green
Motherless | [Erin Healy] Fear City: Repairman Jack: Early Years, Book 3 | [F. Paul Wilson]
The Wolfen | [Whitley Strieber] Nice Dragons Finish Last: Heartstrikers, Book 1 | [Rachel Aaron]

  • Indie: Railroad!: Volume 1: Rodger Dodger By Tonia Brown, Narrated By JoBe Cerny (Nov 5) — “a fast pace steampunk story of gadgetry, gunplay and grit.Join us as we follow the strange stand-alone train known as the Sleipnir; eight cars of free traveling steam powered might. Able to lay her own tracks, as well as pick them up again, the train is a marvelous feat of engineering, and as an unbound entity she can travel anywhere her master desires. The only trouble is the trouble she attracts.”
  • Time and Time Again By Ben Elton, Narrated By Jot Davies for Random House Audio (Nov 6) — “It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be. Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history. Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century? And, if so, could another single bullet save it?”
  • The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery by Michele W. Miller, read by Gabrielle de Cuir (Nov 7) — “Eight people escape zombie-infested New York. They have only one thing in common: the addict gene. The same genetic quirk that makes alcoholics and addicts susceptible to booze and drugs gives them a mysterious ability to evade the undead. But that’s not enough to unite them. They’re an unlikely crew: A Botoxed Upper East Sider; a drug dealer; a resentful daughter of addicts; a recovering AA guy; a Japanese ex-dope fiend; an addicted Ivy Leaguer; and a Mexican immigrant. They dodge zombies, toxic wastelands, drugged lunatics, their personal demons and sometimes each other, only to find themselves in a cult that takes A.A. to fundamentalist extremes. They have to make a choice, one they may not survive.”
  • Ringstones By Sarban, Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki for Skyboat (Nov 11) — out a bit early (Nov 5) at Audible, first published in 1951: “One of Sarban’s first published works, Ringstones helped establish him among critics and readers as a writer of unusually evocative power. Originally published in 1951, the story is set on the Northumberland moors, where Daphne Hazel appears to cross the boundaries of time, becoming involved with terrifying personalities from the mysterious past.”
  • The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard (Skyboat Audio, Nov 11) — the 3rd book in Howard’s Johannes Cabal series — out a bit early (Nov 5) at Audible — “Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more. This time, his talents are purchased by the Fear Institute as they hunt for the phobic animus—the embodiment of fear. The three institute members, led by Cabal and his silver key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh, and phobias that torment and devastate.”
  • Betrayal in Winter by Daniel Abraham, read by Neil Shah for Tantor (Nov 11) — book two of The Long Price Quartet, published a decade ago and now coming to audio; see a bit more about this series in my writeup of the release of book one a month ago
  • Motherless By Erin Healy, Narrated By Tavia Gilbert for Oasis Audio (Nov 11) — “A whispering voice at the back of my mind reminds me that I’ve been this way for some time. Dead, that is. The dead have a very broad view of the living, of actions performed out of sight, of thoughts believed to be private. I would know. Losing both parents is a trial no child should endure, and Marina and Dylan have endured enough. They deserve the one thing I could never give them: a mother’s love. A mother’s love, and the truth.” [Downpour]
  • Thriller: Fear City: Repairman Jack: Early Years, Book 3 By F. Paul Wilson, Narrated By Alexander Cendese for Brilliance Audio (Nov 11) — “Centered around an obscure group of malcontents intent on creating a terrible explosion in New York City in 1993, Fear City shows the final stages of young Jack becoming Repairman Jack. It is a dark and terrible story, full of plots and needless mayhem, with secret agents, a freelance torturer, a secret society as old as human history, love, death, and a very bleak triumph.”
  • Fiction: Sons of Anarchy: BRATVA By Christopher Golden, Narrated By Peter Berkrot (Nov 11) — Normally, I wouldn’t pay too much attention to a TV series tie-in novel, but Christopher Golden has the chops to make something interesting of this, and Berkrot could read anything and make it worthwhile.
  • Collection: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon By Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner, Peter Berkrot, Simon Vance, Steve West, Ralph Lister, and Johnny Heller for Pegasus (Nov 11)
  • Collection: The David Foster Wallace Reader By David Foster Wallace, Narrated By Robert Petkoff, David Foster Wallace, Sally Foster Wallace, Sean PrattKristine Hvam, Ben Shenkman, and Bobby Cannavale for Hachette Audio (Nov 11) — Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Short: The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales By Russell Brand, Narrated By Russell Brand (Nov 11) — Length: 45 mins — cue “what is this I don’t even”
  • The Wolfen By Whitley Strieber, Narrated By Robert Fass for Crossroad Press (Nov 12) — Striber’s 1978 novel: “In the dark, they are watching… They are waiting for you. No one has ever lived to tell the horrifying truth about them. Yet even now the Wolfen are gathered in the night-dark alleys … unseen, poised … ready to destroy their helpless human prey. Only one man and one woman, trained cops, willing to risk their lives, stand in the way.”
  • Into the Hinterlands: Citizen, Book 1 By David Drake and John Lambshead, Narrated By Brian Holsopple for Audible (Nov 18) — Drake’s outline of a space sf series based on the life of George Washington, written by John Lambshead, ahead of the release of the second book next year: “A young hero comes of age in the crucible of war and galactic struggle. When Allen Allenson, scion of a noble family that has fallen on hard times, gets a mission to roust the power-hungry Terrans from a “wild” star sector where they’re encroaching, he jumps at the chance to show his individual worth, improve his family’s fortunes – and gather enough lucre to make a good marriage. But the wily Terrans are not so easily persuaded by a young colonial they think of as a ‘rube’.”
  • Nice Dragons Finish Last: Heartstrikers, Book 1 By Rachel AaronNarrated By Vikas Adam for Audible (Nov 18) — the author of the Eli Monpress series and (as Rachel Bach) Fortune’s Pawn starts a new series: “As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ – a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit – Julius has one month to prove he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…”
  • Enemy of God and Excalibur By Bernard CornwellNarrated By Jonathan Keeble (Nov 18) — unabridged for the first time, books 2 and 3 in the Warlord Trilogy; book 1 is due on Dec 2; also out this week is one of his historical fictions Gallows Thief: A Novel, also narrated by Keeble.
  • Mystery: The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green, Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir for Skyboat (Nov 18) — out a bit early at Audible, originally published in 1890: “An old and dilapidated inn in upstate New York provides the setting for this gothic mystery involving two couples in the 1700s. Edwin Urquhart, loved by two sisters, chooses to marry the elder. Arriving at the Forsaken Inn for their honeymoon, they occupy an apartment containing a secret chamber. That night, the young bride is murdered and buried in this secret room. Did her new husband commit the crime – or is something much more sinister afoot?”


Seas of Venus | [David Drake] The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert, Bill Ransom


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  • Teen: The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers (Adaptive Books, Nov 5, 2014) — in a guest post for YA Books Central he writes: “Ever since I read Alvin’s Secret Code by Clifford Hicks when I was a kid, I have been fascinated with ciphers. This one is pretty easy to crack, but I got to play with some more challenging puzzles in THE SILENCE OF SIX. Designing a book cover is a little like cryptography: You try several different approaches and when you hit on the right one, it just fits. That’s how it was with this cover! As soon as I saw what the brilliant creative team at Adaptive Books had come up with, I knew it was the perfect image to convey the intrigue, technology, and darkness at the core of the story — without giving away too much.” The post includes an excerpt as well as this synopsis: “Haunted by the unforgettable image of his best friend’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max is on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.”
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig: A Bobby Dollar Novella (The Bobby Dollar Books Book 4) by Tad Williams (Nov 5) — “‘Oh, ho, ho!’ the demon Chickenleg said, sounding like your drunk uncle trying to get you to laugh at a dirty joke. ‘Oh, ho! You’ll love this one, Dollar!’ Bobby Dollar, Advocate Angel and perpetual thorn in the side of Heaven, is about to save the holidays for a very special someone. Or somewolf. Or maybe even some pig… Bobby is summoned on Christmas Eve to do his part in the heavenly judgement of a man who is not prepared to go lightly. You see, the family of the gentleman in question are victims of Nazi war crimes, and the crimes are still occurring — in fact, the worst is yet to come. With special dispensation from an Angelic Judge named Ambriel, Bobby Dollar has until Christmas Morning to right some serious wrongs and bring some justice (and a little seasonal cheer) into a rotten world…”
  • After #4: Whiteout by Scott Nicholson (Nov 5) — 4th in Nicholson’s post-apocalyptic “After” series
  • The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions, Nov 11) — “One of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation, Erpenbeck follows up the celebrated novel Visitation with a heady conceit located somewhere between Cloud Atlas and Groundhog DayThe End of Days follows a single character, born early in the 20th Century, to five different deaths: the first as an infant, the second as a teenager, and so on. In each case, her life illuminates the broader history of Europe, which remains ever in the background, dying its own deaths.” (via The Millions)
  • The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher (Nov 11) — “Rhea is an ordinary miller’s daughter, engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing. He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women. Rhea has a hedgehog. It’s probably not going to be enough.”
  • Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory (Solaris- Nov. 11th) — out a bit earlier in ebook, but I missed it there, so here it is this time around: “Oliver Gooch comes across a tooth, in a velvet box, with a handwritten note from 1888 to say it’s a tooth from the boy Edgar Allan Poe. He displays it in his new bookshop, and names the store Poe’s Tooth Books. “
  • Teen: Revolution (Replica) by Jenna Black (Tor Teen, Nov 11, 2014) — “In Revolution, Nadia Lake and Nate Hayes find themselves at the center of a horrifying conspiracy in the action-packed finale of Jenna Black’s SF romance series that began with Replica. Paxco has a new ruler. Dorothy Hayes claims to be the secret daughter of the recently-assassinated Chairman. She also claims that Nate Hayes, the true heir and her supposed brother, was the one who murdered their father. Nate and his best friend, Nadia Lake, are the only ones who know the truth about what really happened to the Chairman, and more importantly, the truth about Dorothy.”
  • Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry edited by Sean Wallace (Running Press, Nov 11) — A PW-starred “Anthology of 25 fantasy stories, mostly by authors who arose over the past decade.  Authors include Jay Lake, K.J. Parker, Aliette de Bodard, Saladin Ahmen, Scott Lynch, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Yoon Ha Lee, and Naomi Novik.”
  • Anthology: The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley (Baen, Nov 11, 2014) — A charity anthology: “Who is the mysterious Joe Buckley, and why does he meet so many unfortunate ends in various Baen books? Joe Buckley is simultaneously a real person and an unlucky figment of numerous Baen authors’ imaginations. He’s been drowned, shot, stabbed, turned into a werewolf, eaten by a shark, and put through a snow blower and had his atomized remains spewed into the air, just to name a few. He’s been spindled, folded, mutilated, blown up, and autopsied. Now for the first time we have compiled the many instances of Buckley meeting a bad end, with introductions by the dastardly authors–and one artist–who did him in. Find out who killed him first and why, and how the tradition grew.”
  • Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume 25 edited by Stephen Jones (Nov 11) — Out in the UK in mid-October, a massive 21-story anthology with a 90-page introduction and 73-page “necrology”
  • Collection: Prophecies, Libels, and Dreams by Ysabeau S. Wilce (Small Beer Press, Nov 11) — “Collection of 7 interconnected stories, subtitled “Stories of Califa”. Two of the stories are original to this book.” (via Locus Online)
  • Fiction: The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes (Two Dollar Radio, Nov 11) — “In the mid-’90s a rare-film librarian at a state university in Pennsylvania mysteriously burned his entire stockpile of film canisters and disappeared. Roberto Acestes Laing was highly regarded by acclaimed directors around the globe for his keen eye, appreciation for eccentricity, and creativity in interpretation. Unsure at first whether Laing is a pseudonym or some sort of Hollywood boogeyman, a journalist manages to track the forgotten man down to a motel on the fringe of the Wisconsin wilds. Laing agrees to speak with the journalist, but only through the lens of the cinema. What ensues is an atmospheric, cryptic extrapolation of movies and how they intertwine with life, and the forgotten films that curse the lost librarian still.”
  • Bo-Aku – Undisputed King of the Forest: Tales from West Africa by Emmanuel Ngwainmbi (Crossroad Press, Nov 12) — “an adaptation of some sixty myths and legends collected in Africa with a research grant from the Southern Education Foundation. The stories describe the experiences of children and parents confronted by a gorilla and lion in the African jungle. They are eclectic, rich in moral values, humorous, suspenseful, and contain wisdom. They seek to enlighten the reader about Bantu African mythology and other ways of reasoning. They open the door to an enchanted universe where the child learns that every evil phantom has its opposite that is more powerful and worth imitating.  The legends and folktales are set against the backdrop of Bantu culture, steeped in mysticism and logical reasoning that date back to the 12th Century A.D., when interdependent villages existed in the grasslands and mountains of the black tribes in the Benue and Adamawa regions, a part of what is known today as West Africa. Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Mali are among the twenty-two countries in northwest Africa.” [interview]
  • Collection: Hummingbird Futures: Stories of Magic and Machines by Simon Bisson (Nov 15) — Brenda Cooper says: “This is a thing I recommend! Simon is a great techie geek friend from England, and a sci if writer. I have only had the pleasure of reading one of his stories so far, so I shall go buy this and tuck it away for future reading. You might consider doing the same.”
  • Asura Girl by Otaro Maijo and Stephen Snyder (Haikasoru, Nov 18, 2014)
  • Heritage of Cyador (Recluce) by L. E. Modesitt (Tor, Nov 18) — audio coming January 27, 2015 from Tantor
  • Collection: The Nickronomicon by Nick Mamatas (Inssmouth Free Press, November 18, 2014) — collects all of Mamatas’ Lovecraft-inspired fiction into a single volume, including a new, never-before-published novella, titled “On the Occasion of My Retirement.”
  • Collection: The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert by Frank Herbert (Tor, Nov 18)
  • The Dire Earth: A Novella by Jason M Hough (Random House-Nov. 18th)
  • Non-Fiction: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow, with forewards by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (McSweeney’s, Nov 18) — audio coming on Dec 2, read by Wil Wheaton for Blackston Audio — “In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today — about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them.”
  • Art: Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by John Fleskes (Flesk, Nov 18)
  • Anthology: via Jeff VanderMeer: “The Shared Worlds 2014 student writing book we’ve been working on is now available as a PDF download from Wofford’s SharedWorlds site. Cover and interior layout by Jeremy Zerfoss



  • Fiction: Something New By P. G. Wodehouse, Narrated By B.J. Harrison (Nov 19)
  • Teen: Midnight Thief: Midnight Thief, Book 1 By Livia Blackburne, Narrated By Bianca Amato (Nov 19)
  • Indie: Altar of Influence: The Orsarian War (The Dying Lands Chronicle Book 0) By Jacob Cooper, Narrated By Michael Kramer (Nov 20) — a 10-hour prequel novel to Cooper’s smash indie epic fantasy success Circle of Reign which he published earlier in the year, also performed by Kramer (narrator of Jordan’s Wheel of Time and Sanderson’s Misborn and Stormlight Archive)
  • Fiction: 8 novels by Anthony Burgess including Byrne: A Novel in Verse read by Sean Barrett, A Clockwork Testament: EnderbyEnderby Outside: EnderbyEnderby’s Dark Lady, and Inside Mr Enderby read by John Sessions, M/F read by Jack Hawkins, Earthly Powers read by Gordon Griffin, and A Dead Man in Deptford read by David Thorpe (Nov 20)
  • Historical fiction: The King and the Slave By Tim Leach, Narrated By Barnaby Edwards for Audible (Nov 20)
  • Mogadishu of the Dead: Arisen, Book Two By Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James, Narrated By R.C. Bray (Nov 21)
  • ADDED: Free: Legion: Skin Deep By Brandon Sanderson, Narrated By Oliver Wyman (Nov 24) — “As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous.”
  • ADDED: Collection: Grimmer Than Hell By David Drake, Narrated By Bronson Pinchot (Nov 24) — Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pinchot reading Drake is a thing which is happening. Oh. My. God.
  • ADDED: Collection: Mitigated Futures By Tobias Buckell, Narrated By Prentice Onayemi, Jay Snyder,Jeena Yi, Allyson Johnson, Christian RummelJonathan Davis (Nov 24) — many (if not all?) of the stories are also available standalone
  • ADDED: Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Racoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy by Dan Abnett (GraphicAudio, Nov 24) — “Marvel’s first original audiobook featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four – in fact, they’re barely even famous – but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they’re on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons, Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who’s about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence-again!”
  • Symbiont (Parasitology) by Mira Grant (Orbit and Hachette Audio, Nov 25, 2014) — “The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.” — read by Christine Lakin
  • Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane (Berkley and Tantor Audio, Nov 25) — read by Angela Dawe — “In Night Shift, four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge listeners into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark.” — Narrated By Angela Dawe
  • ADDED: Wild Card: A Raine Benares Novella by Lisa Shearin (Nov 25)
  • ADDED: The Archer’s Tale: The Grail Quest, Book 1Vagabond: The Grail Quest, Book 2, and Heretic By Bernard Cornwell, Narrated By Andrew Cullum (Nov 25)
  • Anthology: Robot Uprisings By Daniel H. Wilson, John Joseph Adams (editor), Narrated By Emily Beresford, Tamara Marston, A.T. Chandler, Steve Baker, Robin Miles, Steven Menasche (Nov 25)
  • Anthology: The Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4 By Stephen Baxter, Michael Blumlein,Alexander Jablokov, Vylar Kaftan, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Martin L. Shoemaker, Narrated By Tom Dheere, Jared Doreck,Nancy Linari (Nov 25)
  • ADDED: The Recruit: The Morcai Battalion, Book 2 By Diana Palmer, Narrated By Todd McLaren for Brilliance Audio (Nov 25)
  • Black Widow By Jennifer Estep, Narrated By Lauren Fortgang (Nov 25)
  • Endsinger by Jay Kristoff (St. Martin’s Press -Nov 25th)
  • ADDED: Kids: Quest for the Diamond Sword: A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure and Mystery of the Griefer’s Mark: A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure, Book Two By Winter Morgan, Narrated By Luke Daniels (Nov 25)
  • ADDED: Ultima by Stephen Baxter (Gollancz, Nov 27) — “On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered—hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences….” — US release is set for August 2015 from Roc
  • The Last Changeling by Jane Yolen (Viking Children’s, Nov 28)
  • Black Gum Godless Heathen by J David Osborne (Broken River Books, November 2014) — sequel to Low Down Death Right Easy
  • Anthology: STRAEON edited by M. David Blake (Rampant Loon, November) — a new original short fiction anthology series from the author of “Absinthe Fish” and editor of the Campbellian Anthology pre-reading anthology series
  • Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett (Aqueduct Press, Dec 1, 2014) — “A computer program etched into the atmosphere has a story to tell. It’s the story of two people … of a city lost to chaos … of survival and love … but the data has been corrupted.”
  • Anthology: Letters to Lovecraft edited by Jesse Bullington (Stone Skin Press, Dec 1) — stories in direct response to quotes selected from Lovecraft’s essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature.”
  • Anthology: The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane (Running, Dec 1) — via PW’s best books of 2014: “Written in the form of letters, travelogues, encyclopedia entries, and galactic gazetteers as well as conventional narratives, and embracing approaches that include folktales (Nalo Hopkinson’s “Tan-Tan and Dry Bone”), Lovecraftian horror (Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette’s “Boojum”), steampunk (Tori Truslow’s “Tomorrow Is Saint Valentine’s Day”), and hard SF (Nisi Shawl’s “Good Boy”), the 33 stories that MacFarlane (Aliens: Recent Encounters) has gathered for this volume dazzle with the virtuosity of their contributors’ talents.”
  • ADDED: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell (GraphicAudio, Dec 1) — out in print/ebook earlier this year, book one of Marmell’s new 1932 supernatural Chicago-set “Mick Oberon Job” series
  • City of Eternal Night (Crescent City) by Kristen Painter (Orbit, Dec 2, 2014)
  • Vacant: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex Hughes (Roc, Dec 2, 2014)
  • The Beating of His Wings by Paul Hoffman (Dec 2, 2014) — US release for the final installment of Hoffman’s The Left Hand of God trilogy
  • ADDED: The Godless: A Novel By Ben Peek, Narrated By Chris Sorensen (Dec 2) — “The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world’s ocean.”
  • ADDED: The Winter King By Bernard Cornwell, Narrated By Jonathan Keeble (Dec 2) — “The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.”
  • ADDED: Historical fiction: Sword Song: The Battle for LondonThe Last Kingdom, and The Pale Horseman By Bernard Cornwell, Narrated By Jonathan Keeble (Dec 2)
  • Rise of the Spider Goddess: An Annotated Novel by Jim C. Hines (Dec 2, 2014) — “In 2006, DAW Books published Jim C. Hines’ debut novel Goblin Quest. But before Jig the goblin, before fairy tale princesses and magic librarians and spunky fire-spiders, there was Nakor the Purple, an elf who wanted nothing more than to stand around watching lovingly overdescribed sunrises with his pet owl Flame, who might actually be a falcon, depending on which chapter you’re reading. This is Nakor’s story, written in 1995 and never before shared with the world. (For reasons that will soon be painfully clear.) Together with an angsty vampire, a pair of pixies, and a feisty young thief, Nakor must find a way to stop an Ancient Evil before she destroys the world. (Though, considering the rel-atively shallow worldbuilding, it’s not like there’s much to destroy…) With more than 5000 words of bonus annotation and smart-ass commentary, this is a book that proves every author had to start somewhere, and most of the time, that place wasn’t very pretty.”
  • ADDED: ATLAS: ATLAS Series, Book 1 and ATLAS 2 By Isaac Hooke, Narrated By Peter Berkrot for Brilliance Audio (Dec 2)
  • The Fortress in Orion by Mike Resnick (Pyr, Dec 2) — the first book in a new military space opera series: “The Democracy is at war with the alien Traanskei Coalition. War hero Colonel Nathan Pretorius has a record of success on dangerous behind-enemy-lines missions, missions that usually leave him in the hospital. Now he’s recruited for a near-impossible assignment that may well leave him dead.”
  • An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham, read by Neil Shah for Tantor Audio (Dec 2) — book 3 of The Long Price Quartet, first published a decade ago
  • Anthology: Carbide Tipped Pens edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi (Tor, December 2, 2014) — a an original hard sf anthology with stories from Gregory Benford, Nancy Fulda, Aliette de Bodard, Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu), Daniel H. Wilson, and more
  • Skylight by José Saramago (HMH, Dec 2) — “This is Saramago’s so-called “lost work,” which was written in the 1950s, but rediscovered after the Nobel laureate’s death in 2010. The novel features the interconnected stories of the residents of an apartment building in Lisbon in the 1940s.” (via The Millions)
  • Short: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami and translated by Ted Goossen (Knopf and Random House Audio, Dec 2, 2014) — an illustrated short novel of “A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination.” — Narrated By Kirby Heyborne for Random House Audio
  • ADDED: Non-Fiction: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow, with forewards by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, read by Wil Wheaton for Blackstone Audio (Dec 2) — published by McSweeney’s on Nov 18 — “In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today — about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them.”
  • Anthology: Dangerous Games edited by Jonathan Oliver (Solaris, Dec 4) — “In a world of chances, one decision can bring down the house, one roll of the dice could bring untold wealth, or the end of everything. In this anthology of all new short stories the players gather, their stories often dark, and always compelling.”
  • The Whispering Swarm: Book One of The Sanctuary of the White Friars by Michael Moorcock (Tor, Dec 9)
  • Our Lady of the Islands by Shannon Page and Jay Lake (Per Aspera, Dec 9) — via PW‘s best books of 2014: “A fantasy set in the archipelago world of Alizar, Our Lady of the Islandsfeatures the reluctant adventures of Domina Sian Katte — a middle-aged business woman who is wrenched away from her comfortable, quiet life when she is unwillingly chosen by the Priest of the Butchered God and endowed with an unwanted power. Book One of The Butchered God.”
  • ADDED: Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse By William H. Weber, Narrated By Kevin Stillwell (Dec 9)
  • ADDED: Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate By Richard Parks, Narrated By Brian Nishii (Dec 9)
  • The Lady (Marakand) by K.V. Johansen (Pyr, Dec 9)
  • Beautiful Curse by Jen McConnel (Swoon Romance, Dec 9, 2014) — “a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.”
  • Finders, Inc. by Michael Jasper (UnWrecked Press, Dec 9) — book one in a new supernatural mystery series set in Boone, NC
  • Severance by Chris Bucholz (Apex Books, Dec 9) — a dark SF novel from columnist Bucholz — “After 240 years traveling toward Tau Prius and a new planet to colonize, the inhabitants of the generation ship Argos are bored and aimless. They join groups such as the Markers and the Breeders, have costumed orgies, and test the limits of drugs, alcohol, and pain just to pass the time. To Laura Stein, they’re morons and, other than a small handful of friends, she’d rather spend time with her meat plant than with any of her fellow passengers. But when one of her subordinates is murdered while out on a job, Laura takes it as her responsibility to find out what happened. She expects to find a personal grudge or a drug deal gone wrong, but instead stumbles upon a conspiracy that could tear the ship in two.”
  • Mystery: Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (Dec 9, 2014)
  • ADDED: Historical fiction: Empire of Sin By Gary Krist (Dreamscape Media, Dec 9) — “A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
    From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war.”
  • The Jupiter Pirates #2: Curse of the Iris by Jason Fry (Dec 16, 2014)
  • ADDED: It Happened in Boston? by Russell H. Greenan, read by Robert Fass for Blackstone Audio (Dec 17) — Greenan’s acclaimed 1968 debut, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem: “In this breathtakingly imaginative book—now appearing in audio for the first time—we enter the mind of an unnamed artist of prodigious talent and intelligence who is determined to correct the world’s wrongs via a direct confrontation with the Almighty, no matter what the consequences. A spellbinding tale told by a memorably unreliable narrator, It Happened in Boston? places you inside a vivid world that brilliantly and surprisingly interweaves art, genius, love, madness, betrayal, God … and murder.”
  • Dragonsbane: Fate’s Forsaken, Book 3 By Shae Ford, Narrated By Derek Perkins for Podium (Dec 19)
  • The Cendrillon Cycle by Stephanie Ricker (Dec 21, 2014) — “I’m extremely pleased to announce that if you enjoy the world of A Cinder’s Tale, you’ll have the chance to explore that universe further in The Cendrillon Cycle, a series of novellas recounting the past and future adventures of Elsa, Karl, Bruno, and the rest of the cinder crew.”
  • The Price of Spring by Daniel Abraham, read by Neil Shah for Tantor (Dec 23) — fourth book of Abraham’s Long Price Quartet series, first published 2009
  • ADDED: The Assassination Option (A Clandestine Operations Novel)
    W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam, December 30) — coming to audio read by Alexander Cendese for Brilliance Audio
  • Jazz Age Cthulhu by Jennifer Brozek, A.D. Cahill, and Darin Grey (Innsmouth Free Press, 2014)
  • All That Outer Space Allows (The Apollo Quartet, Book 4) by Ian Sales (Whippleshield, December 2014) — “I plan to have copies available for Loncon 3 in August, but we’ll see how the research and writing goes. I suspect it may be the hardest of the four to write – and Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above was no picnic… Meanwhile, I have a bunch of other projects on the go.”
  • Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon by Cameron Pierce (Broken River Books, December 2014)
  • Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers, read by Stefan Rudnicki (December 2014)
  • The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar III (December 2014) — Follow-on to The Black God’s War in Siregar’s epic fantasy “Splendor and Ruin” trilogy: “I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar, a terrific Indy writer who I think is going to blow up big when this comes out. A top tier epic fantasy from him, and hopefully it will be out soon.” –Jonathan Wood, author of NO HERO

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  • ADDED: Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (GraphicAudio, Jan 1) — Priest’s 2013 novel in her Clockwork Century series, first audio edition/adaptation: “Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a brilliant inventor, but the job is less glamorous than one might think, especially since the assassination attempts started. Worse yet, they’re trying to destroy his greatest achievement: a calculating engine called Fiddlehead, which provides undeniable proof of something awful enough to destroy the world. Both man and machine are at risk from forces conspiring to keep the Civil War going and the money flowing.”
  • ADDED: Control Point by Myke Cole (GraphicAudio, Jan 1) — a standard audiobook exists for this first book in Cole’s “Shadow Ops” series, now coming to GraphicAudio’s “movie in your mind” format
  • The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (Del Rey, Jan 6, 2015) — a follow-on to 2013′s The Best of All Possible Worlds: “For years, Rafi Delarua saw his family suffer under his father’s unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under close watch, but, hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning – and thanks to his best friend, he has found a way to train with the elite. But Rafi soon realises he’s playing quite a different game, for the galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution – involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game.”
  • Firefight (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, Jan 6, 2015) — follow-on to best-selling Steelheart
  • Spell-Blind (Casebooks of Justis Fearsson) by David B. Coe (Baen, Jan 6, 2015)
  • Strands of Sorrow (Black Tide Rising) by John Ringo (Jan 6, 2015)
  • ADDED: Zombie Rules by David Achord, read by Graham Halstead for Tantor (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Related non-fiction: The Deep Zoo by Rikki Ducornet (Coffee House Press, Jan 6) — “a record of Rikki Ducornet’s reading of the world, a gathering of alchemies where the unknown has become visible through the medium of art, be they Borges’s tigers and Cortazar’s lions, desire, mystery, or the grotesque.”
  • ADDED: Short: Payoff By Alex Hughes, Narrated By Daniel Thomas May (Jan 6)
  • Kids: Dragonbreath #10: Knight-napped! by Ursula Vernon (Jan 6, 2015)
  • ADDED: Reishi Adept: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 7 By David A. Wells, Narrated By Derek Perkins for Podium (Jan 9)
  • The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) by Brian Staveley (Tor, Jan 13, 2015) — “Brian Staveley’s Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series in the tradition of Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin. The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.”
  • Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link (Random House, Jan 13, 2015)
  • The Dagger’s Path by Glenda Larke (Orbit, Jan 13, 2015) — sequel to The Lascar’s Dagger
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Jan 13, 2015)
  • Fiction: Binary Star by Sarah Gerard (Two Dollar Radio, Jan 13) — “Sara Gerard’s star is rising. The NYC-based bookseller slash art-mag-employee slash writer drew attention last fall with “Things I Told My Mother,” an essayistic inquiry into women’s representation in society, spawned by a topless walk the author took through Times Square. This kind of intensity and boldness guide all of Gerard’s work — whether concerning other writers, or her own bout with anorexia, addiction, and a stint jumping freight trains, and now in her first novel Binary StarBinary Star interweaves astronomical research with a story about an unnamed anorexic who burns through her intensely dysfunctional life like a star burns fuel, never to be replenished.” (via The Millions)
  • Glow by Ned Beauman (Knopf, Jan 20) — “Beauman’s previous novels, The Boxer Beetle and The Teleportation Accident — the one a fanciful look at eugenics and fascism, the other a genre-bending wonder about an avant-garde set designer in 1930s Berlin — each displayed a learned, diabolical imagination at work. His latest appears just as unhinged. Enrolled in a “continuous amateur neurochemistry seminar” and suffering from a sleep disorder, its hero experiments with the designer drug, “glow,” which opens up a gateway into a Pynchonian universe: a disappeared friend, pirate radio stations, and a nefarious Burmese mining company.” (via The Millions)
  • The Mime Order: The Bone Season (The Remnant Chronicles) by Samantha Shannon (Jan 25, 2015) — sequel to The Bone Season – “Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.”
  • The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files) by Lisa Shearin (Ace, Jan 27, 2015)
  • Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout (Tor, Jan 27) — could this be a follow-on to California Bones? Signs point to maybe…
  • Teen: Fairest by Melissa Meyer (Macmillan, Jan 27) — a prequel to Cinderin her The Lunar Chronicles series
  • Teen: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins, January 27, 2015) – the final book in the Madman’s Daughter series
  • Dark Intelligence: Transformation: Book One by Neal Asher (29 Jan 2015)
  • ADDED: After #5: Red Scare by Scott Nicholson (Jan 30) — fifth in Nicholson’s post-apocalyptic series, available for preorder on Kindle,Kindle UK, Kobo, and Apple
  • ADDED: Forsaken (Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong (Subterranean Press, Jan 31) — deluxe illustrated hardcover
  • Related non-fiction: The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature) by Gerry Canavan and Eric Link (Jan 31, 2015)
  • Horror: This is Filth by Nathan Ballingrud (This is Horror Press, January 2015) — “Ballingrud is a master at writing about the darkness inside us. And as terrifying as it might be to see, you can’t look away or close your eyes against it thanks to his beautifully precise and evocative prose. There’s a dark heart to The Visible Filth and Ballingrud uses its blood for ink to tell a story that really gets under your skin, or rather calls to something that might already be there. Fantastic work, highly recommended.” –Ray Cluley
  • Anthology: Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer (PM Press, Feb 1, 2015)
  • ADDED: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (Tor, Feb 3) — “Hugo-Award winning author Elizabeth Bear offers something new in Karen Memory, an absolutely entrancing steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century—an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a “soiled dove,” a young woman on her own who is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts into her world one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, seeking sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered. Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper-type story of the old west with the light touch of Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.” — cover by Cynthia Sheppard
  • Impulse: Lightship Chronicles, Book 1 by Dave Bara (DAW, Feb 3)
  • Collection: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (Feb 3)
  • City of Savages by Lee Kelly (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, Feb 3, 2015)
  • ADDED: Bayonets, Balloons, and Ironclads: Britain and France Take Sides with the South by Peter G. Tsouras (Skyhorse, Feb 3)
  • Cities & Thrones by Carrie Patel (Feb 5, 2015) — follow-up to The Buried Life
  • The Thousand and One: Book II of The Crescent Moon Kingdoms by Saladin Ahmed (February 2015)
  • The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (Orbit, Feb 10, 2015)
  • Dendera by Yuya Sato and translated by Edwin Hawkes (Haikasoru, Feb 10, 2015)
  • ADDED: The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron, read by Luke Daniels for Tantor (Feb 10) — Book 4 in the Eli Monpress series
  • ADDED: The Damned: A Novel by Andrew Pyper (Feb 10)
  • ADDED: Crazy Love You: A Novel by Lisa Unger (Touchstone, Feb 10)
  • Find Me by Laura van den Berg (FSG, Feb 17) — “Laura van den Berg’s fictions often unfurl just beyond the real, with their madcap mix of zany and dreamlike set-ups. Case in point, van den Berg’s recent story collection, The Isle of Youth, was peopled by yacht thieves, a mother-daughter magician team, and newlyweds who survive a plane crash. Her first novel, Find Me, continues this surreal, at times catastrophic streak, as it follows Joy, a grocery clerk, cough-syrup addict who’s immune to an ongoing plague of memory illness. Joy’s resulting hospital stay and cross-country journey plotline sounds like a surreal mash-up of Stephen King’s The Stand and Grace Krilanovich’s The Orange Eats Creeps.”
  • Related Non-Fiction: They Live (Cultographies) by D. Harlan Wilson (Wallflower press, Feb 17, 2015) — “Born out of the cultural flamboyance and anxiety of the 1980s,They Live (1988) is a hallmark of John Carpenter’s singular canon, combining the aesthetics of multiple genres and leveling an attack against the politics of Reaganism and the Cold War. The decision to cast the professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as his protagonist gave Carpenter the additional means to comment on the hypermasculine attitudes and codes indicative of the era. This study traces the development of They Live from its comic book roots to its legacy as a cult masterpiece while evaluating the film in light of the paranoid/postmodern theory that matured in the decidedly ‘Big 80s.’”
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel (Feb 24, 2015)
  • The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz, Feb 26, 2015) — “The Death House is a home where, in a world where people are safe against illness, children and teenagers who are susceptible to terminal conditions are sent to die. Their fates are certain. Their lives are in their hands. The question is: what will they choose to do with them?”
  • Those Above by Daniel Polansky (Hodder & Stoughton, Feb 26, 2015) — “You’ve seen him do crime – low fantasy by way of HBO’s The Wire. You knew it as Low Town, the crime-ridden city where only death is certain. But you’ve never seen him do epic fantasy. Until now. From the acclaimed author of THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE comes this spectacular new series – epic fantasy, as only Daniel Polansky can imagine it.”
  • Prisoner 489 by Joe R. Lansdale (Dark Regions, February 2014) — a new novella — “On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair for execution. After multiple surges of electricity and nearly knocking out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him in the prison graveyard with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489.” — hardcover pre-orders will be emailed an ebook well ahead of the release date
  • Anthology: Old Venus by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Mar 3, 2015)
  • ADDED: The Devil’s Detective: A Novel by Simon Kurt Unsworth (Doubleday, Mar 3)
  • Edge of Dark (The Glittering Edge) by Brenda Cooper (Pyr, Mar 3, 2015) — “What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living.  And yet, that life thrived?  It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun.  What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any way? The Glittering duology describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh and blood life meets the near-AI’s that it banished long ago.  This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet, complex adventure set in powerful space stations, and the desire to live completely whether you are made of flesh and bone or silicon and carbon fiber.  In Edge of Dark, meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator, and explore their home on a planet that has been raped and restored more than once.  Meet Nona Hall, child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system, the Diamond Deep.  Meet Nona’s best friend, a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic body….”
  • Into the Maelstrom (Citizen) by David Drake and John Lambshead (Baen, Mar 3, 2015) — book two after Into the Hinterlands
  • ADDED: Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop (Roc, Mar 3)
  • ADDED: Madness in Solidar: The Ninth Book of the Imager Portfolio by L. E. Modesitt (Tor, Mar 3)
  • ADDED: Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron, read by Luke Daniels for Tantor (Feb 10) — Book 5 in the Eli Monpress series
  • Persona by Genevieve Valentine (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, 3/10/15) — “When Suyana, Face of the United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, secretly meets Ethan of the United States for a date that can solidify a relationship for the struggling UARC, the last thing she expects is an assassination attempt. Daniel, a teen runaway-turned-paparazzi out for his big break, witnesses the first shot hit Suyana, and before he can think about it, he jumps into the fray, telling himself it’s not altruism, it’s the scoop. Just like that, Suyana and Daniel are now in the game of Faces. And if they lose, they’ll die.”
  • Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale (Del Rey, Mar 17, 2015) — “His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles” in the Panverse Two anthology (edited by Dario Ciriello), won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and he has recently sold a trilogy of novels set in the same universe. The first book, CLASH OF EAGLES, will appear from Del Rey.”
  •  The Darkside War by Zachary Brown (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, 3/17/15) — “People used to wonder if we were alone in the universe. Well, we’re not. Not by a long shot. Aliens come in all shapes and sizes, and even the good guys are likely to haunt your nightmares. And oh, you’ll have nightmares, even after you leave the service. If you leave the service.”
  • Stiletto (The Checquy Files 2) by Daniel O’Malley (Head of Zeus, 1 Apr 2015) — UK release for the sequel to The Rook
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, 4/7/15) — “Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.”
  • Disciple of the Wind: A Novel of the Fated Blades by Steve Bein (Roc, Apr 7, 2015) —  concluding book in a trilogy (Daughter of the Sword and Year of the Demon)
  • Superposition by David Walton (Pyr, Apr 7)
  • ADDED: Tracker: A Foreigner Novel by C. J. Cherryh (DAW, Apr 7)
  • ADDED: Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove (Roc, Apr 7)
  • Clash of Iron by Angus Watson (Orbit, Apr 14, 2015) — “Battle-hardened warriors and bloodthirsty druids clash in the second volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy that will appeal to fans of Joe Abercrombie and HBO’s Game of Thrones.”
  • ADDED: Sympathy For The Devil by Terrence McCauley (April 14)
  • ADDED: The Winter Family: A Novel by Clifford Jackman (Apr 14) — a “hyperkinetic western noir”
  • Kids: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial, Apr 21, 2015) — “From the creator of Dragonbreath comes a tale of witches, minions, and one fantastic castle, just right for fans of Roald Dahl and Tom Angleberger. When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite.”
  • ADDED: Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (Putnam, Apr 21)
  • ADDED: Positive: A Novel by David Wellington (Harper Voyager, April 21) — “In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera andThe Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.”
  • A Long Time Until Now by Michael Z Williamson (Baen, May 5, 2015)
  • ADDED: Midnight’s Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison (Berkeley, May 5)
  • Teen: Girl at the Bottom of the Sea by Michelle Tea (McSweeney’s McMullen’s, May 5, 2015) — “the follow-up to Michelle Tea’s beloved Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, “a refreshing breath of air in the world of YA, equal parts eerie, heartbreaking, and fantastical.””
  • ADDED: Straits of Hell: Destroyermen, Book 10 by Taylor Anderson (Roc, May 5)
  • ADDED: 1882: Custer in Chains by Robert Conroy (Baen, May 5)
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow, May 19, 2015) — I know nothing yet about this book, other than that I will be reading and/or listening to it on April 14, and that Upcoming4Me has posted a synopsis
  • Eternity’s Wheel (InterWorld Trilogy) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves (May 19, 2015)
  • Odin: The Viking Allfather (Myths and Legends) by Steven Long and Maria Moreno(Osprey, May 26, 2015)
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, May 2015) — “A new work that takes us on an interstellar journey in search of a new home planet from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson.”
  • Dance of Chaos by David Dalglish (Orbit, May 2015)
  • Fiction: Minnow by James McTeer (Hub City, May 2015) — winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize — “Minnow is a gorgeous fever-dream of a novel,” said competition judge Ben Fountain. “McTeer’s story of a young boy’s quest achieves a narrative drive and depth that are rare in any novel, much less a debut effort. Minnow picked me up by the scruff of the neck and carried me along as powerfully as a novel by Pat Conroy or Toni Morrison. Yeah, McTeer is that good. I look forward to many more novels by this excellent young writer.”
  • Fiction: Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt (280 Steps, Spring 2015) — “from the author of Dirtbags, a twisted and sinister crime story.”
  • Anthology: Aickman’s Heirs edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertown Books, Spring 2015) — “an anthology of strange, weird tales by modern masters of weird fiction, in the milieu of Robert Aickman, the master of strange and ambiguous stories.”
  • The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith (Jun 2, 2015) — “In the 1820s, a powerful but inexperienced magician is trapped in a struggle between ancient necromancers and elementals. To save innocents from the growing darkness, he gathers a group of alchemists, arcane engineers, and monster hunters to fight with him. Think of it as Charlotte Bronte’s Avengers.”
  • ADDED: A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel by Paul G. Tremblay (William Morrow, June 2)
  • ADDED: The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (Change Series) by S. M. Stirling (Roc, June 2)
  • ADDED: The Fold: A Novel by Peter Clines (Crown, June 2)
  • ADDED: Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King (June 2)
  • ADDED: Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling) by Nalini Singh (June 2)
  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (Jun 2, 2015) — first novel from 2010 Clarion Workshop graduate
  • ADDED: Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton (June 2)
  • ADDED: Dragon in Exile (Liaden Universe) by Sharon Lee (Baen, June 2)
  • Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey (Orbit, June 2015) — “The fifth novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse series–now being produced for television by the SyFy Channel!”
  • ADDED: Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed by Clive Barker (Tor, July 7)
  • ADDED: Bombs Away: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, July 14)
  • Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn (Del Rey, July 14)
  • The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch (2015)
  • Anthology: Exigencies edited by Richard Thomas (Dark House Press, 2015) — a 22-story original neo-noir fiction anthology
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by Jemisin, N. K. (Orbit, August 4, 2015) — “This is the way the world ends. Again.”
  • The Cage by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray, Supper 2015) — first in a new “YA sci-fi trilogy about six teenagers trapped in an elaborate “human zoo” by an otherworldly race known as the Kindred.”
  • The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (DAW, 2015) — Williams returns to the world of his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn epic fantasy trilogy
  • All the Worlds Against Us (Jon and Lobo) by Mark L. Van Name (Baen) — Audible Frontiers has produced the previous books in the series, under fantastic narrations by Tom Stechschulte
  • Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick (2014?)
  • Love in the Time of Mechanical Replication by Judd Trichter (St. Martins? Thomas Dunne? 2014? 2015?)
  • Ebon (Pegasus, #2) by Robin McKinley (2015?)
  • The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW, 2015?)
  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, 2015?)
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6) by George R.R. Martin (2015?)
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf, May 26, 2015) — “Knopf has acquired a new novel by Paolo Bacigalupi, the science fiction writer whose 2009 book “The Windup Girl” sold 200,000 copies and was considered one of the top novels of the year. The new book, “The Water Knife,” is set in a lawless, water-starved American Southwest in the not-too-distant future.”
  • ADDED: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Feb 10, HarperTeen)
  • Anthology: Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams (Titan Books, February 2015) – “the star-studded follow-up to the 2008 bestselling anthology Wastelands.”
  • Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (Subterranean Press, March 2015) — “When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.”
  • A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall (Orbit, April 14) — “It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre.”
  • War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit, April 21, 2015) — book 3 in the Ascendant Kingdoms saga which began with Ice Forged
  • The Philosopher’s Zombie by Robert J. Sawyer (April 2015)
  • AnthologyThe End has Come: The Apocalypse Triptych #3 edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey (June 2015) — via io9
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey, June 2015) — “Naomi Novik, author of theTemeraire novels, is taking us to a new world with Uprooted! The story is a dark fairy tale, where a grim wizard defends villagers from the horrors of an enchanted Wood. In return? He demands ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and a young woman named Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?” (via
  • John Claude Bemis is set to launch a new Steampunk/alchemist series for young readers, to be published by Disney/Hyperion starting in 2015
  • The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle, #4) by Peter V. Brett (2015?)
  • The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) — “Originally planned as a collection of short stories, the project changed to focus on Harry D’Amour going up against Pinhead. The novel has been in works for more than a decade and we’ll be able to read it in 2015, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press: ‘Clive is delighted to announce that St Martin’s Press has acquired world English rights to publish The Scarlet Gospels, his upcoming novel featuring Pinhead and Harry D’Amour. St Martin’s anticipates a winter 2015 publication date.’”
  • The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) by Justin Cronin
  • The Uninvited by Cat Winters (William Morrow) — via PW Book Deals: “Lucia Macro at HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint acquired world English rights to Cat Winters’s novel, The Uninvited. The book, which Morrow compares to The Night Circus and The Thirteenth Tale, is a paranormal work set during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Winters, who was represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, was a finalist for the YALSA’s 2014 Morris Award, for her novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds.”
  • How to Invent a Language by David Peterson (Penguin) — via PW Book Deals: “For Penguin Press, Elda Rotor took world rights to David Peterson’s How to Invent a Language. Peterson has created languages for shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Syfy’s Defiance, and the book will be a guide for anyone looking to craft a new tongue. Agent Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media represented Peterson.”
  • Teen: The Burning Depths by James P. Smythe (Hodder, February 2015) — “Centuries ago, the Australia left a dying Earth in search of an inhabitable planet its colonists could call home. But no such planet was ever discovered. Law and order gave way to rioting and chaos as gangs began battling for control of the ship and its dwindling resources, and the Australia was left to drift, directionless, through the emptiness of space. Seventeen-year-old Chan, fiercely independent and self-sufficient, keeps her head down and lives quietly, careful not to draw attention to herself amidst the violence and disorder. Until the day she makes an extraordinary discovery – a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so would bring her to the attention of the fanatics and the murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger. And a safe return to Earth is by no means certain.”
  • Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four by Seanan McGuire (Mar 3, 2015)
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot, Mar 3, 2015)
  • ADDED: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex) by R. A. Salvatore (March 3)
  • Ancestral Machines: A Humanity’s Fire novel by Michael Cobley (Orbit, Mar 10, 2015)
  • The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars) by Ian Tregillis (Orbit, March 10, 2015)
  • ADDED: Teen: The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone Book 2) by Lori M. Lee (Skyscape, March 10)
  • The Last Days of Video: A Novel by Jeremy Hawkins (Soft Skull Press, Mar 17, 2015) — “The video stores are dying. But most of you don’t care. You’ve got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store?”
  • In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey (Penguin/Kathy Dawson, Mar 24, 2015)
  • Anthology: The Doll Collection edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor, March 2015) — all-original dark tales including: “Heroes and Villains” by Stephen Gallagher; “The Doll-Master” by Joyce Carol Oates; “Gaze” by Gemma Files; “In Case of Zebras” by Pat Cadigan; “Miss Sibyl-Cassandra” by Lucy Sussex; “Skin and Bone” by Tim Lebbon; “There Is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold” by Seanan McGuire; “Goodness and Kindness” by Carrie Vaughn; “Daniel’s Theory of Dolls” by Stephen Graham Jones; “After and Back Before” by Miranda Siemienowicz; “Doctor Faustus” by Mary Robinette Kowal; “Doll Court” by Richard Bowes; “Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line” by Genevieve Valentine; “Ambitious Boys Like You” by Richard Kadrey; “The Permanent Collection” by Veronica Schanoes; “Homemade Monsters” by John Langan; “Word Doll” by Jeffrey Ford
  • Shower of Stones by Zachary Jernigan (Night Shade Books, Spring 2015) — “Conclusion to the visceral, inventive narrative begun in No Return, ‘the most daring debut novel of 2013,’ Shower of Stones pits men against gods, swords against world-destroying magic, offering readers another glimpse into the fascinatingly harsh world of Jeroun.”
  • King of Ashes: Book One of The War of Five Crowns by Raymond E. Feist (April 7, 2015)
  • Dark Heir: A Jane Yellowrock Novel by Faith Hunter (Apr 7, 2015)
  • ADDED: The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot, Apr 7)
  • Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel by Bray, Libba (Apr 14, 2015)
  • Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor, Apr 28, 2015) — coming simultaneously in audio from Audible, read by the author; RT has the scoop on thecover reveal
  • Teen: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (Harper Collins, Apr 28, 2015) — “a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.”
  • The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray (Angry Robot, May 5, 2015)
  • ADDED: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (May 5, 2015)
  • The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon, May 19, 2015)
  • ADDED: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (May 19)
  • Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor, June 1, 2015) — synopsis and cover available at SFSignal
  • ADDED: Spellstorm by Ed Greenwood (Wizards of the Coast, June 2)
  • ADDED: The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen (June 9)
  • ADDED: The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood (Tor, Jun 9)
  • ADDED: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon, June 9)
  • ADDED: The Hollow Queen (The Symphony of Ages) by Elizabeth Haydon (June 30)
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (Jul 7, 2015) — cover reveal on for this second book in “The 3-Body Problem” translated by Ken Liu
  • ADDED: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (Tor, July 7)
  • Last First Snow (Craft Sequence) by Max Gladstone (Tor, Jul 14, 2015) — Gladstone writes about writing this novel (in the universe which includes Three Parts Dead) at
  • Kids: Nightborn (Thrones and Bones, Book 2) by Lou Anders (Crown Books for Young Readers, Jul 14, 2014) — follow-on to Frostborn, a fantastic Viking-infused middle grade fantasy of board games, dragons, frost giants, and more
  • Alive by Scott Sigler (Del Rey, Jul 14, 2015) — “For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.”
  • ADDED: Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor, July 14)
  • Armada by Ernest Cline (Crown, July 28, 2015) — “Cline wowed the world with Ready Player One in 2011, a brilliant debut that was pure geek gold: a glorious fusion of near future science fiction, epic fantasy quest, and unlikely love story, that above all else is an homage to the 1980s. Millions of readers worldwide have been anxiously awaiting his second novel, which evidently chronicles the adventures of a video game geek named Zack, who is conscripted into a top-secret government program and must save the world from an alien invasion.” (via Paul Goat Allen’s “The Most Anticipated Sci-fi and Fantasy Releases of 2014″ for Barnes & Noble)
  • ADDED: The Fall: A Novel by R. J. Pineiro (Thomas Dunne, Jul 28) — “A sci-fi thriller in which a man jumps from the upper-most reaches of the atmosphere and vanishes, ending up on an alternate Earth where he died five years earlier.”
  • The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway (Tor, July 7, 2015) — “Tor said the books are “hilarious urban fantasy novels” set in a world that pulls from New York’s punk scene in the 1970s as well as the modern-day Los Angeles entertainment industry.” (via PW)
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Tor, Fall 2015) — “The series is set in a world where three empires rule and every member of the population is born with a magical skill set, known as a “witchery.” Tor elaborated: “Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries-long war is about to end, the balance of power will fall on the shoulders of two young women, who must accept their fate, and themselves, to survive.”” (via PW)
  • Anthology: Neverland’s Shadow edited by Shawn Speakman and Roger Bellini (Grim Oak Press, 2015) — from the editor/publisher of Unfettered comes an original short fiction anthology focusing on the antagonist, with contributors including Ken Liu, Ann Aguire, R. Scott Bakker, Mark Lawrence, Tanith Lee, Scott Lynch, and Michael J. Sullivan (among others)
  • ADDED: Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews (Ace, Aug 4)
  • ADDED: Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s, Aug 4)
  • ADDED: Nightwise by R. S. Belcher (Tor, Aug 4)
  • ADDED: Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass (Aug 4)
  • ADDED: Kitty Saves the World (Kitty Norville) by Carrie Vaughn (Aug 4)
  • ADDED: The Veil: A Devil’s Isle Novel by Chloe Neill (Aug 4)
  • ADDED: The Bestiary by Ann VanderMeer (Centipede Press, Aug 4) — “A modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, along with an ampersand and an invisible letter, featuring some of the best and most respected fantasists from around the world, including Karen Lord, Dexter Palmer, Brian Evenson, China Mieville, Felix Gilman, Catherynne M. Valente, Rikki Ducornet, and Karin Lowachee.”
  • The End of All Things (The Human Division, Book 2) by John Scalzi (Tor, Aug 11, 2015)
  • ADDED: Power Surge by Ben Bova (Tor Books, Aug 11)
  • ADDED: Deceptions: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong (Aug 18)
  • ADDED: Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (William Morrow, Aug 25)
  • World of Water by James Lovegrove (Solaris, August 25, 2015) — follow-on to World of Fire — “Dev Harmer has landed in a new body on a new planet. He has gills and fins and a chronic malfunction in his genes. With only 72 hours to bring the settlers and natives of a colonised world to peace before his temporary body expires, murder and corruption are the least of his worries.”
  • The Spider’s War by Daniel Abraham (Orbit, August 2015) — “The epic conclusion to The Dagger and The Coin series, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin.”
  • Fake Fruit Factory by Patrick Wensink (Curbside Splendor, Fall 2015) — “Thrilled to announce that we’ll publish best-selling author Patrick Wensink’s next novel FAKE FRUIT FACTORY in Fall 2015. Part screwball comedy, part sociological autopsy of small town America, and part love story FAKE FRUIT FACTORY is like Karen Russell by way of E.L. Doctorow.”
  • Illuminae by Annie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Knopf, Fall 2015) — “Told through a dossier of hacked documents – including emails, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, graphics, and more – for what’s billed as a found footage-style mashup of Battlestar Galactica and Ten Things I Hate About You, Illuminae is the story of of a young hacker and her fighter pilot ex-boyfriend who must uncover the truth about the deadly plague ravaging their fleet, the AI that should be protecting them, and the powers that be who may or may not be lying about everything.”
  • Anthology: The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction edited by David Afsharirad (Baen, 2015) — first installment in a new anthology series
  • YA: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly (Tor Teen, 2015) — “a YA about a girl who’s being raised by a seriously wicked witch. It contains: 1 sweet boy-band boy, 1 dragon who lives in an RV garage, 1 demon who occasionally imitates Elvis, 1 hidden phoenix that’s going to explode on Halloween, 1 witch who just wants to run the whole city, sheesh, is that too much to ask? and 1 girl named Cam trying to fix it all”
  • The Lost Level by Brian Keene (Apex Books, 2015)
  • Normal: A Novel by Warren Ellis (FSG Originals, Nov 3, 2015) — “A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future—by an iconic visionary writer. Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.”
  • The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson (Simon & Schuster / Saga Press, June 16,  2015) — “set in a Manhattan “shrouded in mystery” and follows a 17-year-old Catholic high school student who begins to acquire supernatural powers after being introduced to a book called The Calendar of Sleights by a strange classmate. The protagonist is then pulled into a long-running war among rival factions of magicians.” (via PW)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (HarperCollins, 2015?) — “A modern retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. With magic!”
  • The Dregs by Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt, 2015?) — “The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11 and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the “Grishaverse” (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture … but also home to one of the most dangerous criminal underworlds. A crew of dangerous felonious misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world.”
  • Graphic novel: The Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (First Second, 2015?) — “Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.”
  • ADDED: Collection: Blood: Stories by Matthew Cheney (Black Lawrence Press, January 2016) — “We are very pleased to announce that we have chosen a winner for the 2014 Hudson Prize. Congratulations to Matthew Cheney! His manuscript Blood: Stories will be published by Black Lawrence Press in January, 2016. We offer this excerpt of the title story for your reading pleasure. “Blood” was originally published in One Story,along with an interview with Matthew in which he discusses violence in art, how playwriting informs his fiction, and the best writing advice he has ever received.”
  • Underground Airline by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland, Spring 2016) — “an ‘epic contemporary detective story,’ according to the publisher, set in alternate world in which the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the American South. The novel follows an undercover agent trying to capture an escaped slave. Winters, who has written titles for adults and children, won both the Edgar and the Philip K. Dick Award for books in the Last Policeman series.” (via PW)
  • Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear (Gollanzc, late 2016) — first in a two-book space opera which “imagines the invention of The White Drive: an easy, nonrelativistic means of travel across unimaginable distances. The gripping story follows salvage operators, Haimey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz, as they pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human – and alien – vessels.”
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