Release Week: Eric Flint's 1632, Elizabeth Moon's Echoes of Betrayal, Larry Niven, and The Technologists

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Release Week: Eric Flint's 1632, Elizabeth Moon's Echoes of Betrayal, Larry Niven, and The Technologists

Posted on 2012-02-21 at 18:43 by Sam
Since, though apparently I missed the memo, TC McCarthy’s Exogene is set for a March 1 release instead of coming out today as I’d mistakenly thought, the big audiobook release this week is 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1 By Eric Flint, Narrated by George Guidall for Recorded Books:

Published in print by Baen in 2000, 1632 became a bestseller and spawned a bestselling series of alternate history and its own fanfiction magazine, its own track at Dragon*Con, and who knows what else. Synopsis: A small bit of modern (well…) Grantville, West Virginia is thrown back to northern Germany in 1632: “When the dust settles, Mike leads a small group of armed miners to find out what’s going on. Out past the edge of town Grantville’s asphalt road is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell; a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter Iying screaming in muck at the center of a ring of attentive men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don’t have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of The Thirty Years War.”

In terms of new releases, it’s Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin’s Legacy, Book 3 By Elizabeth MoonNarrated byJennifer VanDyck for Brilliance Audio which leads a fairly quiet week:

Concurrent with the print release from Del Rey: “The action continues fast and furious in this third installment of Elizabeth Moon’s celebrated return to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. This award-winning author has firsthand military experience and an imagination that knows no bounds. Combine those qualities with an ability to craft flesh-and-blood characters, and the result is the kind of speculative fiction that engages both heart and mind.”



  • The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit, Feb 21, 2012) — “ Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions. But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father’s troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change. Because there is a secret within Silenus’s show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it’s not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives. And soon…he is as well. ”
  • Non-Fiction: Liars and Outliers by Bruce Schneier (Feb 21, Wiley, John & Sons) — no audio news for this rumination on trust and security which was a recent Big Idea piece on Scalzi’s Whatever blog

NEXT WEEK (Feb 28):

  • Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell (Tor, Feb 28, 2012) — coming to audio from Audible Frontiers, read by Dina Pearlman
  • Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper (Tor, Feb 28, 2012) — a well-received fantasy published in the UK last year
  • The Scar by Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Dyachenko (Feb 28, 2012) — no audio news
  • YA: Pandemonium (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver (Feb 28, 2012) — sequel to Delirium
  • Kings of Morning (Macht Trilogy) by Paul Kearney (Solaris, Feb 28, 2012) — no audio news
  • Dancing With Bears by Michael Swanwick (Audible, Feb 28, 2012) — originally published by Night Shade Books on May 17, 2011, coming to audiobook on Feb 28 (along with 4 other Swanwick novels)
  • Non-genre: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Coming February 28, 2012) — jazz in the time between world wars — coming to audio per’s “Coming Soon” list
  • Touchstone (Glass Thorns) by Melanie Rawn (Tor, Feb 28, 2012) — no audio news
  • Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm (Angry Robot, Feb 28, 2012) — no audio news
  • Carpathia by Matt Forbeck (Angry Robot, Feb 28, 2012) — coming to audio June 1 from Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
  • The Kingdoms of Dust (The Necromancer Chronicles) by Amanda Downum (Orbit, Feb 28, 2012) — no audio news
  • Collection: The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andy Duncan (PS Publishing, February 2012) — no audio news
  • Unruly Islands by Liz Henry (Aqueduct, February 2012) — no audio news
  • Non-fiction: The History of Supernatural Fiction, Volume 1 by S. T. Joshi (PS Publishing, February 2012) — no audio news
  • Mare Ultimate by Alex Irvine (novella, PS publishing, February) — no audio news
  • The Ruined City by Paula Brandon (Spectra, February 28) — sequel to October 2011’s The Traitor’s Daughter — Paula Brandon’s epic and captivating trilogy continues as magic and mystery wreak havoc with the very fabric of existence.
  • Exogene by T. C. McCarthy, read by Bahni Turpin for Blackstone Audio (Orbit, Mar 1) — sequel to 2011’s Germline
  • Surfing the Gnarl (Outspoken Authors) by Rudy Rucker (PM Press, Mar 1, 2012)
  • Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger (Orbit, March 1)
  • Any Day Now: A Novel by Terry Bisson (Overlook, Mar 1, 2012) — alternate history going from Kerouac and The Beats forward… I just learned about this book and am very excited to read it
  • Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (Orbit UK, Mar 1) — UK-only so far
  • The Morning Star: A Novel by Andre Schwarze-Bart and Julie Rose (Overlook, Mar 3, 2011)

TWO WEEKS (Mar 6):


FOUR WEEKS (Mar 20):

FIVE WEEKS (Mar 27):

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