Previewing July 2011

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Previewing July 2011

Posted on 2011-07-01 at 9:0 by Sam

My most anticipated title this month is, not surprisingly, A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Coming July 12, 2011) narrated once again by Roy Dotrice:

Another audiobook (among several!) to watch out for in July: Germline is the debut novel by South Carolina author T. C. McCarthy (Coming July 26, 2011) and is narrated by Donald Corren, beginning a new military SF series.


  • Heartless by Gail Carriger (Coming to July 1, 2011) continues her Steampunk series The Parasol Protectorate
  • Flashback by Dan Simmons (Coming to July 1, 2011) is a new standalone novel: “The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn’t care: they’re addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom’s wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he’s lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.”
  • The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan (July 4, Night Shade Books) (discovered via Jonathan Strahan’s Coode Street Podcast) (no audio news) is built around a delicious hard sf conceit which changes a few laws of physics and lets the world proceed from there
  • Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (Harcourt Childrens) read by Julia Whelan (Blackstone Audio, July 4) is a debut fantasy novel of mermaids and humanity and begins The Lost Voices Trilogy
  • Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson (Coming to July 5, 2011) continues the story of Spin and Axis
  • Heaven’s Shadow by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt (Jul 5, 2011) (no audio news) which I discovered via an interview by Lou Anders on the SF Signal Podcast
  • 7th Sigma by Steven Gould (July 5)
  • Anthology: Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow is an anthology of original urban fantasy by Jim Butcher, Holly Black, Patricia Briggs, Lavie Tidhar, … Update: Oh, my! Macmillan Audio has produced this!
  • Rule 34 by Charles Stross (Coming July 5, 2011) (no confirmed audio)
  • Bloodshot by Cherie Priest (Titan, July 5) (no confirmed audio)
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1 by Rhiannon Frater (Tor, July 5) was originally published in August 2008 via’s CreateSpace
  • Titus Awakes by Maeve Gilmore based on a fragment by Mervyn Peake, narrated by Simon Vance (coming July 6, 2011) continues the Gormenghast trilogy
  • Anthology: Future Media (Tachyon) edited by Rick Wilbur: “This startling exploration of the mass-media age uniquely combines complex nonfiction and prescient fiction from the best and brightest visionaries of the future.” (no audio news)
  • Anthology: The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer (Jul 12, 2011) (confirmed: no audio)
  • Anthology: Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse) with original fiction from Nick Mamatas, Joe Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Frost, and Jeffrey Ford
  • The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham edited by Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas (Dark Horse)
  • Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia (Prime, July 28) which is introdcued as: “In a Russia where the Decembrists’ rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854 …” (no audio news)
  • The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell (Pyr, July 28, 2011) (no audio news)
  • Out of the Waters by David Drake, sequel to The Legions of Fire (no audio news)
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 by Jim Butcher (Roc Hardcover, July 26; Penguin Audio)


The next round of Iambik Audiobooks titles should go live pretty much any time now, one to watch out for is Paul Jessup’s Open Your Eyes, among others (and if you can’t wait, they are already available direct from Iambik). I’m also hoping to see a title from Buzzy Multimedia show up sooner rather than later, that being last November’s The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith (Pyr). And while Jay Requard’s debut fantasy novel The Night doesn’t have a release date, I am fairly sure it’s coming fairly soon. Just not (yet?) in audio.

AUGUST 2011:

  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman, sequel to one of my favorite audiobooks of all time, The Magicians
  • A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller
  • Machine Man by Max Barry (author of such books as Jennifer Government)
  • Young reader alert: The White City by John Claude Bemis, rounding out his The Clockwork Dark trilogy (The Nine Pound Hammer; The Wolf Tree)
  • Dark Tangos (political thriller) by Lewis Shiner, author of Glimpses and Black & White (no audio news)
  • Anthology: The Wild Side: Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge edited by Mark L. Van Name (Baen) (no audio)
  • Circle Tide by Rebecca Rowe (EDGE)
  • The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara by Terry Brooks (Del Rey, Brilliance Audio)
  • Mayan December by Brenda Cooper (Prime)
  • YA: The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt) after 2008’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox



  • Non-genre alert: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Outspoken Authors) by Cory Doctorow (Paperback - Oct 1, 2011, PM Press)
  • Non-fiction collection: Context by Cory Doctorow (Paperback - Oct 1, 2011, Tachyon)


  • Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer (Macmillan Audio)
  • Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon)
  • The Folded Word by Catherynne M. Valente, book 2 in her A Dirge for Prester John after 2010’s The Habitation of the Blessed
  • When We Were Executioners by J. M. McDermott (Night Shade Books) sequel to Never Knew Another)
  • Seed by Rob Ziegler (Night Shade Books), cover unveiled here
  • Anthology: Alien Contact by Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card and Cory Doctorow (Paperback - Nov 22, 2011, Night Shade Books) edited by Marty Halpern
  • Anthology: Lightspeed: Year One (Nov 15, Prime Books)



  • Greatshadow by James Maxey (Solaris) which begins a new fantasy series from the author of Bitterwood
  • The Dread by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit) sequel to February 2011’s The Sworn
  • The Great Game: The Bookman Histories, Book 3 by Lavie Tidhar (Jan 31, 2012)
  • Exogene by T. C. McCarthy (Orbit, March) sequel to 2011’s Germline
  • Punk: An Aesthetic (non-fiction) by Jon Savage, William Gibson, and Johan Kugelberg (Rizzoli, April) (really, really doubtful in audio!)
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, February 3, 2012)
  • Mark L. Van Name’s next Jon & Lobo novel (May 2012, Baen)
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Tor Books, May 2012)
  • The Drowned Cities: Ship Breaker #2 by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little Brown, May 2012)
  • We Leave Together by J. M. McDermott (June 2012, Night Shade) concludes his Dogsland Trilogy
  • The Spindle of Necessity by Catherynne M. Valente, concluding her series A Dirge for Prester John (Night Shade Books, November 2012)
  • Anthology: Armored edited by John Joseph Adams (Baen) which serves up mech and power armor short stories

Whew. So: what are you looking forward to in July? How about later this year?

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