Release Week: Rudy Rucker’s Software, Michael Underwood’s The Younger Gods, Daniel Abraham’s The Price of Spring, Shae Ford’s Dragonsbane, Mary Rickert’s The Memory Garden, Russell H. Greenan’s It Happened in Boston?, Multiverse, and Rick Wilber’s Field of Fantasies

DECEMBER 17-31, 2014: I went ahead and extended this pair of weeks one extra day to give a clean cutoff to 2014. It was a fantastic year of audiobooks (and of course Dave and I will be here with some best-of-the-year picks in due course) and 2015 looks every bit as packed as we consider a preview of what’s to come. In the meantime, the last half of the last month of 2014 had some surprises, with all eight picks again coming off the “seen but not heard” listings — though a few of them are from just a few months earlier in the year. Also out and well worth checking out are Catherina Asaro’s Undercity, Walter Jon Williams’ Dread Empire’s Fall series, Mike Allen’s The Black Fire Concerto, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s This Shattered World. In “seen but not heard” to wrap up the year are Stephanie Ricker’s The Battle of Castle Nebula, Astrid ‘Artistikem’ Cruz’ The Last Superhero, and Guy Adams’ For a Few Souls More. Happy New Year!

PICKS OF THE WEEK(S):

Software: Ware, Book 1 | [Rudy Rucker] The Younger Gods | [Michael Underwood]

Software: Ware, Book 1Wetware: Ware, Book 2Freeware: Ware, Book 3, and Realware: Ware, Book 4 By Rudy Rucker, Narrated By Chris Sorensen (Dec 22) — “It was Cobb Anderson who built the “boppers” – the first robots with real brains. Now, in 2020, Cobb is just another aged “pheezer” with a bad heart, drinking and grooving on the old tunes in Florida retirement hell. His “bops” have come a long way, though, rebelling against their subjugation to set up their own society on the moon. And now they’re offering creator Cobb immortality but at a stiff price: his body his soul… and his world.” I’d been looking for an entry point to Rucker after repeatedly being recommended him for years, and here we go. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sorensen’s casting on an Australian epic fantasy in the last column, I liked him well on John Shirley’s “A Song Called Youth” a bit earlier this yar, and here he’s pretty nearly pitch-perfect for Rucker’s Philip K. Dick Award winning 1982 cyberpunk novel. (Book two also won the PKD Award. I don’t have the time today to do the research on how many series do that, but my guess is: few.)

The Younger Gods By Michael Underwood, Narrated By Luke Daniels (Dec 23) — first in a new series by the increasingly prolific Underwood, read by the always fantastic Daniels: “Jacob Greene was a sweet boy raised by a loving, tight-knit family… of cultists. He always obeyed, and was so trusted by them that he was the one they sent out on their monthly supply run (food, medicine, pig fetuses, etc.). Finding himself betrayed by them, he flees the family’s sequestered compound and enters the true unknown: college in New York City. It’s a very foreign place, the normal world and St. Mark’s University. And then his estranged sister arrives in town to kick off the apocalypse….” It’s also an inexpensive #WhispersyncDeal pickup, paired with the Kindle edition for $4.74+$2.99.

 Dragonsbane: Fate's Forsaken, Book 3 | [Shae Ford]

Next up are two series conclusions, starting with The Price of Spring by Daniel Abraham, read by Neil Shah for Tantor (Dec 23) — the fourth book of Abraham’s Long Price Quartet series, first published in the 2000s and brought the audio in rapid succession here to close 2014. “Fifteen years have passed since the devastating war between the Galt Empire and the cities of the Khaiem, in which the Khaiem’s poets and their magical power known as “andat” were destroyed, leaving the women of the Khaiem and the men of Galt infertile. The emperor of the Khaiem is trying to form a marriage alliance between his son and the daughter of a Galtic lord, hoping the Khaiem men and Galtic women will produce a new generation to help create a peaceful future. But Maati, a poet who has been in hiding for years and is driven by guilt over his part in the disastrous end of the war, defies tradition and begins training female poets. With Eiah, the emperor’s daughter, helping him, he intends to create andat and to restore the world to how it was before the war. As the prospect of peace dims under the lash of Vanjit’s new andat, Maati and Eiah try to end her reign of terror.”

Dragonsbane: Fate’s Forsaken, Book 3 by Shae Ford, narrated by Derek Perkins for Podium (Dec 19) — Battles fought on land and in the air conclude Ford’s “Fate’s Forsaken” series, read fantastically throughout by Perkins, utilizing a range of Commonwealth and other accents with excellent characterization and wonderful mainline narration. The trilogy now stands complete at about 55 hours, and Harbinger: Fate’s Forsaken, Book 1 and Slight and Shadow: Fate’s Forsaken, Book 2 are very inexpensive #WhispersyncDeal pickups, so fear not if you haven’t jumped into this epic fantasy series yet. Here: “With the thrones of the Sovereign Five broken, the Kingdom sits on the brink of ruin. A new threat rises from the north – an alliance between two rulers. While the Earl and the Countess plot for the throne, King Crevan slips deeper into madness. All of their fates are intertwined…and may yet be tied to a boy from the mountains. Forced to choose between avenging his village and protecting those he loves, Kael begins the long journey home.”

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert It Happened in Boston? by Russell H. Greenan

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert, read by Tavia Gilbert for Blackstone Audio (Dec 31) — Out a bit earlier at Audible, this first novel from acclaimed short story writer “M. Rickert” has been getting “best fantasy of the year” discussion pretty much all year long, and squeezes in off the “most missing audiobooks of 2014” list by the skin of its digital teeth: “Bay Singer has bigger secrets than most. Not that she knows about them. Her mother, Nan, is sure that the burden of those secrets would be too much, and that’s why she never told anyone the truth … not even Bay. There’s a lot that Nan has kept quiet over the years, especially those times with Mavis and Ruthie—times that were dark and full of guilt. But some secrets have a power all their own, and Nan realizes she needs Mavis and Ruthie now more than ever. When the three meet again in Nan’s garden, their reunion has spellbinding effects that none of them could have imagined, least of all Bay.” Gilbert’s narration is fantastic, but man, this cover, it does nothing for me; the print cover is much more appealing.

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.”

Multiverse by Greg Bear, Gardner Dozois Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural | [Rick Wilber]

The last two picks are anthologies, starting with Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois, narrated by Jim Manchester, Paul Michael Garcia, Charlotte Anne Dore, and Stephen R. Thorne for Blacksone Audio (Dec 30) — “A rousing, all-original anthology that stands both as a significant achievement in its own right and as a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable writer—and equally remarkable man. A nicely balanced mixture of fiction and reminiscence, Multiverse contains more than a dozen stories and novellas by some of today’s finest writers, along with moving reflections by, among others, Anderson’s wife, Karen; his daughter, Astrid Anderson Bear; and his son-in-law, novelist and coeditor Greg Bear.” Authors include (among others) Nancy Kress, Tad Williams, Eric Flint, Larry Niven, C.J. Cherryh, Stephen Baxter, and David Brin. Published in deluxe hardcover earlier this year by Subterranean Press, a more inexpensive physical edition is due in 2015 from Baen.

Finally, an anthology: Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural edited by Rick Wilber, narrated by Peter Berkrot, Aaron Abano, Eric Pollins, Christine Marshall, Norman Dietz, and Corey Gagne for Audible (Dec 23) — it’s a pity that none of Mike Jasper’s supernatural baseball stories are in here, but it’s quite an anthology for those who love both fastballs and fireballs. “Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses, superstitions, or supernatural events like baseball, America’s national pastime. While some of these can easily be explained, there are just as many that cannot. Field of Fantasies delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural.” Authors include Stephen King, Jack Kerouac, Karen Joy Fowler, Rod Serling, W. P. Kinsella, Kim Stanley Robinson, Gardner Dozois, John Kessel, Ray Bradbury, Cecelia Tan, and more.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

This Shattered World: A Starbound Novel | Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner Undercity | Catherine Asaro The Black Fire Concerto | Mike Allen

ALSO ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

The Battle of Castle Nebula (The Cendrillon Cycle, #1) The Last Superhero

  • Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker (ChiZine, Dec 16) — “In the remote city of Lushan, they know that the Fey are not fireside tales – but a dangerous reality. Generations ago, the last remnants of a dying empire bargained with the Faerie Queen for a place of safety in the mountains and each year the ruler of Lushan must travel to the high plateau to pay the city’s tribute. When an unexpected misfortune means that the traditional price is not met, the Queen demands the services of Teresine, once a refugee slave and now advisor to the Sidiana. “
  • No Life But This by Anna Sheehan (Orion UK, Dec 18) — “Young adult SF novel, a stand-alone sequel to A Long, Long Sleep (2011, a Golden Duck Award nominee), about a girl who slept a hundred years on an interstellar voyage.” (via Locus Online)
  • The Battle of Castle Nebula (The Cendrillon Cycle Book 1) 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 Last Superhero by Astrid ‘Artistikem’ Cruz (Dec 24) — “Even heroes have the right to bleed… Everybody knows that Steven S. Waldorf, the last superhero to roam the Earth, died twenty-eight years ago. What everyone ignores is that not only is he still alive, but being kept under the protection of the United State’s government. That until, one night, he finds himself saving a young woman from getting mugged. Giana is no ordinary twenty-nine year old, though. She’s witty, badmouthed, and once she’s set her focus on something nothing can make her stray from her goal. Even if that means putting her life on the line to save the man she’s come to know and love from the nightmares that torment him. Literally.”
  • Collection: Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies by Eleanor Arnason (Many Worlds Press, December)
  • Related non-fiction: Trigger Warnings by Brian Keene (Dec 29) — “This incendiary new non-fiction collection by World Horror Grandmaster Award winning author Brian Keene walks the line between profound and profane, poking and prodding everything from pop culture to politics. Whether it’s the downfall of America’s oldest mass-market publisher, the Second Amendment, advice on writing, marriage equality, crazed Internet trolls, writer’s organizations, the death of the Borders retail chain, misogyny in comic books, the history of the horror genre, or the apathy of a fading political system, Brian Keene shares his thoughts in that blunt, sardonic style readers have come to love.”
  • Macaque Attack! by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris, Dec 30) — follow-on to Ack-Ack Macaque and Hive Monkey, concluding this odd trilogy
  • For a Few Souls More by Guy Adams (Solaris, Dec 30) — “Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy (already followed by Elves: Rise of the TaiGethan (2012) and Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura (2013) in the UK), in which elves are enslaved by humans.” (via Locus Online)
  • The Shadow’s Heart (The Risen Sun #3)—K.J. Taylor (December 30, Ace)
  • Jazz Age Cthulhu by Jennifer Brozek, A.D. Cahill, and Darin Grey (Innsmouth Free Press, December 2014) — “Three new novelettes inspired by Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, set against the background of the Roaring Twenties.”
  • Novella: Nobody’s Home by Tim Powers (Subterranean Press, Dec 31) — “For the first time in his esteemed career, Tim Powers returns to the setting (and a central character) from his landmark time travel novel, The Anubis Gates.”

COMING SOON:

The Galaxy Game

FEBRUARY 2015:

  • Anthology: Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer (PM Press, Feb 1, 2015)
  • Anthology: As Time Goes By  edited by Hank Davis (Baen, Feb 1) — “Timetravel tales of love and the future, alternate realities, and the worlds of fantasy.”
  • ADDED: Heart Collector by Jacques Vandroux, translated by Wendeline A. Hardenberg for AmazonCrossing (Feb 1) — “Finding murderers is just a day on the job for police captain Nadia Barka. But when a mutilated corpse is discovered in an old baptistery, she’s faced with some difficult questions: Who left a young woman’s body in a high-security museum in the middle of the night? And where is the victim’s heart? Barka has no leads, until several days later when unassuming computer technician Julien Lombard comes forward, claiming to have had a premonition of the woman’s abduction and murder. The ensuing investigation turns up nothing, however, and Julien is just as skeptical about his intel as the police are. But, after another woman goes missing, Barka decides to take a chance and trust in Julien’s gift. Does Julien hold the key to preventing another gruesome crime? Working together, can they find the murderer before he steals another heart?”
  • ADDED: Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall (Lake Union, Feb 1) — “Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle. Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne’s visions show her the secrets of those around her. When her visions begin to reveal dark mysteries of her own aristocratic French family, Adrienne is confronted by her formidable Aunt Marie, who is determined to keep the young woman silent at any cost. Marie wrenches Adrienne from her home in France and takes her to America, to Miramont Castle, where she keeps the girl isolated and imprisoned. Surrounded by eerie premonitions, Adrienne is locked in a life-or-death struggle to learn the truth and escape her torment.”
  • 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
  • Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Novel  by Judd Trichter (Thomas Dunne, Feb 3) — “Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android—but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.”
  • 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)
  • Bayonets, Balloons, and Ironclads: Britain and France Take Sides with the South by Peter G. Tsouras (Skyhorse, Feb 3)
  • Covenant’s End (Widdershins Adventures, #4)  by Ari Marmell (Pyr, Feb 3)
  • The Eterna Files  by (Tor, Feb 3) — “London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.”
  • Shutter  by Courtney Alameda (Feiwel and Friends, Feb 3) — “Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens.”
  • The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca (DAW, Feb 3)
  • It’s Up to Charlie Hardin  by Dean Ing (Baen, Feb 3) — “It is the summer of 1942, and young teen Charlie Hardin has been set loose on the streets of Austin, Texas with only one command from his parents: stay out of trouble. Charlie means to do just that. He never wants to disobey, but sometimes in a boy’s life situations come up that he cannot ignore and still be true-blue to his own restless soul. And when that time comes . . .”
  • Cities & Thrones by Carrie Patel (Feb 5, 2015) — follow-up to The Buried Life
  • The Synchronicity War, Part 1 By Dietmar Wehr, Narrated By Luke Daniels (Feb 6)
  • The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (Orbit, Feb 10, 2015)
  • Dendera by Yuya Sato and translated by Edwin Hawkes (Haikasoru, Feb 10, 2015)
  • The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron, read by Luke Daniels for Tantor (Feb 10) — Book 4 in the Eli Monpress series
  • An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 Book 3) by Scott Meyer, read by Luke Daniels for Brilliance Audio (47North, Feb 10)
  • Search & Recovery: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 4 (Retrieval Artist Universe) ByKristine Kathryn Rusch, Narrated By Jay Snyder (Feb 10)
  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur: The Pillars of Reality, Book 2 By Jack Campbell, Narrated By Macleod Andrews (Feb 10)
  • The Damned: A Novel by Andrew Pyper (Feb 10)
  • Crazy Love You: A Novel by Lisa Unger (Touchstone, Feb 10)
  • Teen: The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)  by Maureen Johnson (Putnam Juvenile, Feb 10)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Feb 10, HarperTeen)
  • Teen: Rebellion (Extraction, #2)  by Stephanie Diaz (St. Martin’s Griffin, Feb 10)
  • Cannonbridge  by Jonathan Barnes (Solaris, Feb 10)
  • Deathblade: A Tale of Malus Darkblade  by C.L. Werner (Games Workshop, Feb 10)
  • Monstrous  by MarcyKate Connolly (Harper Children’s, Feb 10)
  • Guns of the Dawn  by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK, Feb 12)
  • Second Life  by S.J. Watson (Doubleday, Feb 12)
  • Half the World (Shattered Sea, #2)  by Joe Abercrombie (Feb 12)
  • 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.”
  • Semper Fi: The Empire’s Corps, Book 4 By Christopher G. Nuttall, Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer (Feb 17)
  • 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.’”
  • Something Coming Through  by Paul J. McAuley (Gollancz, Feb 19)
  • The Synchronicity War: Part 2 By Dietmar Wehr, Narrated By Luke Daniels (Feb 20)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel (Feb 24, 2015)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)  by V.E. Schwab (Tor, Feb 24)
  • Collection: Lucky Alan: And Other Stories  by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday, Feb 24)
  • Unremembered By Jessica Brody, Narrated By Julia Whelan (Feb 24)
  • The Remaining: Allegiance By D.J. Molles, Narrated By Christian Rummel (Feb 24)
  • ADDED: The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics, Feb 24) — “With this volume, the holy trinity of fairy tales—the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen—becomes a quartet. In the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed the forests, lowlands, and mountains of northern Bavaria to record fairy tales, gaining the admiration of even the Brothers Grimm. Most of Schönwerth’s work was lost—until a few years ago, when thirty boxes of manu­scripts were uncovered in a German municipal archive.”
  • 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: 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.”
  • 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.”

MARCH 2015:

  • A Man’s Word (The King’s Hounds Book 3) by Martin Jensen (March 1)
  • Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four by Seanan McGuire (Mar 3, 2015)
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot, Mar 3, 2015)
  • Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex) by R. A. Salvatore (March 3)
  • Anthology: Old Venus by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Mar 3, 2015)
  • The Devil’s Detective: A Novel by Simon Kurt Unsworth (Doubleday, Mar 3)
  • The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles, #1)  by Becky Wallace (Margaret McElderry, 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
  • Heir to the Jedi (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, #3)  by Kevin Hearne (LucasBooks, Mar 3) — “A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.”
  • Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop (Roc, Mar 3)
  • Madness in Solidar: The Ninth Book of the Imager Portfolio by L. E. Modesitt (Tor, Mar 3)
  • Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz (Angry Robot, Mar 3)
  • Kids: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland, #4)  by Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends, March 3, 2015)
  • Death Marked (Death Sworn, #2) by Leah Cypess (Greenwillow, March 3)
  • Anthology: Operation Arcana edited by John Joseph Adams (Baen, March 3) — all-new stories of “High fantasy, contemporary and urban fantasy, and fantasy action and adventure all set in a military vein by top authors including Jonathan Maberry, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Moon, Tanya Huff, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, and Linda Nagata.”
  • The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) by Jodi Meadows (Katherine Tegen, March 10)
  • Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)  by Rachel Hartman (Random House Children’s, March 10)
  • Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron, read by Luke Daniels for Tantor (Mar 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.”
  • 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)
  • Teen: The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone Book 2) by Lori M. Lee (Skyscape, March 10)
  • Vanishing Girls  by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins, Mar 10)
  • The Peyti Crisis: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 5 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Narrated By Jay Snyder (Audible, Mar 10)
  • The Black Dream (Heart of the World #3) by Col Buchanan (March 12)
  • 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?
  • 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.”
  • The Outcast: The Empire’s Corps, Book 5 By Christopher G. Nuttall, Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer (March 17)
  • The Glorious Angels  by Justina Robson (Gollancz, March 19)
  • In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey (Penguin/Kathy Dawson, Mar 24, 2015)
  • Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (Tor, March 24)
  • Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy, #2)  by Steven Erikson (Bantam, March 24)
  • Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2)  by Sally Green (Viking Juvenile, Mar 24, 2015)
  • ADDED: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle (Harper Voyager, March 24) — “A contemporary dark fantasy set in the American West in which a geologist searches for her lost father in the parklands and ghost towns of Wyoming, home to bulletproof ranch hands, rogue alchemists, and dormant horrors better left undisturbed.”
  • The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent, #3)  by Marie Brennan (Tor, Mar 31)
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • ADDED: The Pulse Between Dimensions and the Desert by Rios de la Luz (Broken River/Ladybox, March 2015)
  • ADDED: Gods of Chaos by Jen McConnel (Month9Books, March 31) — Book 2 of Daughter of Chaos
  • Fiction: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Tin House, March 2015) — “Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed.”

APRIL 2015:

Take An Exclusive Peek At The Most Anticipated Scifi Imprint In Years

  • Stiletto (The Checquy Files 2) by Daniel O’Malley (Head of Zeus, 1 Apr 2015) — UK release for the sequel to The Rook
  • Victory of the Hawk (Rebels of Adalonia) by Angela Highland (Carina Press, April 6)
  • 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)
  • Tracker: A Foreigner Novel by C. J. Cherryh (DAW, Apr 7)
  • Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove (Roc, Apr 7)
  • 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)
  • The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot, Apr 7)
  • Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2)  by Kelley Armstrong (HaperCollins, April 7)
  • Collection: Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below  by Martha Wells (Night Shade Books, April 7)
  • Dragon of the Stars  by Alex J. Cavanaugh (Dancing Lemur, April 7) — “The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.”
  • Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig, read by Kate Reinders for Brilliance Audio (April 7) — “You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns. Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault. You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get bit. Previously published as two volumes, Shotgun Gravy and Bait Dog, this combined edition includes editorial revisions.”
  • Teen: Zeroboxer  by Fonda Lee (Flux, April 8) — “Rocky meets Gattaca
  • 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.”
  • Sympathy For The Devil by Terrence McCauley (April 14)
  • The Winter Family: A Novel by Clifford Jackman (Apr 14) — a “hyperkinetic western noir”
  • A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall (Orbit, April 14) — “It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre.”
  • Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel by Bray, Libba (Apr 14, 2015)
  • The Dead Lands: A Novel  by Benjamin Percy (Grand Central, April 14)
  • Vigilantes: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 6 (Retrieval Artist Universe) ByKristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Studios, April 14)
  • ADDED: A Rebel’s Stone by P.T. McHugh (Glass House, April 14) — Book 2 of Stone Ends: “Jason Evans, newly minted Keeper of the Black Stones, defeated Lord Dresden in the War of the Roses, and saved Medieval England. He knows that much. But the fight isn’t over. Not even close. “
  • Valkyrie’s Song (The Wolfsangel Cycle #4)  by M.D. Lachlan (Gollancz, April 16)
  • Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, April 16, 2015) — Book #3 of Poseidon’s Children after Blue Remembered Earth and On a Steel Breeze
  • 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.”
  • Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (Putnam, Apr 21)
  • 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 Chimeraand The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.”
  • War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit, April 21, 2015) — book 3 in the Ascendant Kingdoms saga which began with Ice Forged
  • The Affinities  by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, April 21)
  • Dave vs. The Monsters: Emergence (David Hooper 1) by John Birmingham (Titan Books, April 24)
  • Teen: Rogue (Talon, #2)  by Julie Kagawa (Harper Teen, April 28)
  • Lords of the Sith  by Paul S. Kemp (Del Rey, April 28)
  • 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 the cover reveal for this latest in Kowal’s Regency fantasy Glamourist Histories series
  • 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 Philosopher’s Zombie by Robert J. Sawyer (April 2015)
  • The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar III (April 2015) — 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
  • Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant (Curiosity Quills Press, April 2015) — “Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated–super-heroic changes. Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man. When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew–one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.”
  • Fiction: Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Tin House, April 2015) — “Mary Rose MacKinnon is a successful author of YA fiction doing a tour of duty as stay-at-home mom while her partner, Hilary, takes a turn focusing on her career. She tries valiantly to balance the (mostly) solo parenting of two young children with the relentless needs of her aging parents. But amid the hilarities of full-on domesticity arises a sense of dread. Do other people notice the dents in the expensive refrigerator? How long will it take Mary Rose to realize that the car alarm that has been going off all morning is hers, and how on earth did the sharpest pair of scissors in the house wind up in her toddler’s hands?”
  • The Book of Phoenix  by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW Hardcover, May 5) — a prequel to Who Fears Death in Okorafor’s magical futurism mode!
  • A Long Time Until Now by Michael Z Williamson (Baen, May 5, 2015)
  • Sword of the North (The Grim Company, #2)  by Luke Skull (Roc Hardcover, Hay 5)
  • 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.””
  • Straits of Hell: Destroyermen, Book 10 by Taylor Anderson (Roc, May 5)
  • 1882: Custer in Chains by Robert Conroy (Baen, May 5)
  • The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray (Angry Robot, May 5, 2015)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (May 5, 2015)
  • Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)  by Amy Plum (May 5)
  • Apex (Nexus, #3)  by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot, May 5)
  • Teen: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)  by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s, May 5, 2015)
  • Corsair  by James L. Cambias (Tor, May 5)
  • Beneath London  by James P. Blaylock (Titan, May 5)
  • Fiction: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press, May 5) — “a genre-bending memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author’s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.”
  • Lord of Ashes (Steelhaven, #3)  by Richard Ford (Headline, May 7)
  • Hallow Point (Mick Oberon, #2)  by Ari Marmell (Titan, May 12)
  • Teen: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3)  by Susan Ee (Skyscape, May 12)
  • Where  by Kit Reed (Tor, May 12) — unsettling speculative fiction set in Carolina’s Outer Banks
  • The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  by Renee Ahdieh (Putnam Juvenile, May 12)
  • Dreams of Shreds and Tatters  by Amanda Downum (Solaris, May 12)
  • Starbase Human: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 7 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Studios, May 12)
  • 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)
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, May 19, 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.”
  • The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon, May 19, 2015)
  • The Shadow of Elysium  by Django Wexler (InterMix, May 19) — a novella in The Shadow Campaigns
  • The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (May 19)
  • Illusionarium  by Heather Dixon (Greenwillow, May 19)
  • 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.”
  • Odin: The Viking Allfather (Myths and Legends) by Steven Long and Maria Moreno(Osprey, May 26, 2015)
  • The Paradox (Oversight Trilogy, #2)  by Charlie Fletcher (Orbit, May 26)
  • Long Black Curl: A Novel of the Tufa  by Alex Bledsoe (Tor, May 26)
  • Dance of Chaos by David Dalglish (Orbit, May 2015)
  • ADDED: Founders by Stuart Jaffe (Silence in the Library, May 2015) — “LOSTish SF”
  • 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: Trompe l’Oeil by Nancy Reisman (Tin House, May 2015) — “During a vacation in Rome, the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the immediate aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as the years pass the weight of the loss disintegrates the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member.”
  • Rhune (The First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan (Spring, 2015) — “Before the Dark Ages, there was the age of Myth and Legend. Before kings and castles, there were mystics and heroes. Before two thieves, there was an empire. And before there was an empire, there was Nyphron.”
  • Fiction: Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt (280 Steps, Spring 2015) — “from the author ofDirtbags, 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.”
  • 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.”
  • The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key) by Clay 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.”
  • A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel by Paul G. Tremblay (William Morrow, June 2)
  • The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (Change Series) by S. M. Stirling (Roc, June 2)
  • The Fold: A Novel by Peter Clines (Crown, June 2)
  • Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King (June 2)
  • 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
  • Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton (June 2)
  • Dragon in Exile (Liaden Universe) by Sharon Lee (Baen, June 2)
  • The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War #2)  by Mark Lawrence (Ace, June 2)
  • Hungry Ghosts (Eric Carter, #3)  by Stephen Blackmoore (DAW, June 2)
  • Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor, June 2, 2015) — synopsis and cover available at SFSignal
  • Spellstorm by Ed Greenwood (Wizards of the Coast, June 2)
  • Knight’s Shadow  by Sebastien de Castell (Jo Fletcher, June 2)
  • Storm and Steel  by Jon Sprunk (Pyr, June 2)
  • The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Duology, #2)  by Beth Cato (Harper Voyager, June 9)
  • The Long Utopia  by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Harper, June 9)
  • The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen (June 9)
  • The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood (Tor, Jun 9)
  • Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon, June 9)
  • The Liminal War  by Ayize Jama-Everett (Small Beer Press, June 9, 2015) — YES! A follow-on to The Liminal People is a thing which is happening and now I want to virtual high-five Gavin Grant and the rest of the Small Beer Press team but they are too busy doing awesome things…
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly  by Stephanie Oakes (Dial, June 9)
  • Slow Bullets  by Alistair Reynolds (Tachyon, June 9) — “From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.”
  • Masterminds: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 8 (Retrieval Artist Universe) ByKristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Studios, June 9)
  • The Devil’s Only Friend (John Cleaver, #4)  by Dan Wells (Tor, June 16)
  • 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)
  • Beyond Redemption (Manifest Delusion #1) by Michael R. Fletcher (Harper Voyager, June 16)
  • Ruin (The Faithful and the Fallen #3)  by John Gwynne (Tor UK, June 18)
  • The Undying Legion (Crown & Key, #2)  by Clay and Susan Griffith (June 30)
  • The Hollow Queen (The Symphony of Ages) by Elizabeth Haydon (June 30)
  • 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!”
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey, June 2015) — “Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire 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 Tor.com)
  • AnthologyThe End has Come: The Apocalypse Triptych #3 edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey (June 2015) — via io9
  • The Philosopher Kings  by Jo Walton — Thessaly #2 (Tor, June 30)
  • Old Man’s Ghosts (The Empire of a Hundred Houses, #2)  by Tom Lloyd (Gollancz, July 1)
  • The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files, #6)  by Charles Stross (July 2)
  • The Immortal Throne  by Stella Gemmell (Bantam, July 2)
  • Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris, July 7, 2015) — “A Steampunk novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh. New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as ‘hell with the lid off.’”
  • The Price of Valour (The Shadow Campaigns, #3)  by Django Wexler (Roc, July 7)
  • The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks (Del Rey, July 7)
  • The Chart of Tomorrows (Gaunt and Bone, #3)  by Chris Willrich (Pyr, July 7)
  • Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed by Clive Barker (Tor, July 7)
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (Jul 7, 2015) — cover reveal on Tor.com for this second book in “The 3-Body Problem” translated by Ken Liu
  • 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)
  • Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (Tor, July 7)
  • Queen of Fire (Raven’s Shadow, #3)  by Anthony Ryan (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 Tor.com
  • 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
  • Teen: Deceptive (Illusive, #2)  by Emily Lloyd-Jones (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, July 14)
  • 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.”
  • Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor, July 14)
  • Bombs Away: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, July 14)
  • Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn (Del Rey, July 14)
  • The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #3)  by Charlie N. Holmberg (47North, July 21)
  • Return to the Dark House (Dark House, #2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Disney Hyperion, July 21)
  • Leviathan’s Blood: Book Two of the Children Trilogy  by Ben Peek (Thomas Dunne, July 28)
  • 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)
  • The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key, #3)  by Clay and Susan Griffith (July 28)
  • 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 Dinosaur Lords  by Victor Milan (July 2015)
  • The Cage by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray, Summer 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.”
  • John Claude Bemis is set to launch a new Steampunk/alchemist series for young readers, to be published by Disney/Hyperion starting in summer 2015
  • The Casualties: A Novel  by Nick Holdstock (Thomas Dunne, Aug 4)
  • The Way of Sorrows (The Angelus Trilogy, #3)  by Jon Steele (Blue Rider, Aug 4)
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by Jemisin, N. K. (Orbit, August 4, 2015) — “This is the way the world ends. Again.”
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews (Ace, Aug 4)
  • Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s, Aug 4)
  • Nightwise by R. S. Belcher (Tor, Aug 4)
  • Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass (Aug 4)
  • Kitty Saves the World (Kitty Norville) by Carrie Vaughn (Aug 4)
  • The Veil: A Devil’s Isle Novel by Chloe Neill (Aug 4)
  • 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.”
  • Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Clarion, Aug 4)
  • Black Heart  by Mark Smylie (Pyr, Aug 5)
  • Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)  by Robin Hobb (Del Rey, Aug 11)
  • The End of All Things (The Human Division, Book 2) by John Scalzi (Tor, Aug 11, 2015)
  • Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick (Aug 11) — “Apparently a date has been set for Chasing the Phoenix, my second Darger and Surplus novel, and it is… drum roll, please!… August 11, 2015.  That’s the cover up above.  The big fella would have to be Vicious Brute.  And the little one?  Maybe Little Spider, possibly even Surplus.  Though that would make Vicious Brute very large indeed. You can read an anticipatory review (based on the publicity material rather than the text, which is not available yet) over at Bibliosanctum by clicking here.”
  • Power Surge by Ben Bova (Tor Books, Aug 11)
  • Related non-fiction: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day (Aug 11, 2015) — “From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.” [See the book announcement video!]
  • The Fire Sermon  by Francesca Haig (Harper Voyager, Aug 14)
  • Deceptions: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong (Aug 18)
  • Teen: Court of Fives  by Kate Elliott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug 18) — “A teenage girl secretly competes in her city’s prestigious athletic competitions in this high-fantasy adventure that can be pitched as Game of Thronesmeets The Hunger Games meets Little Women.”
  • ADDED: Kids: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon (Dial, Aug 18) — a new illustrated chapter book by the author of the Danny Dragonbreath series: “Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you’ll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather . . . dull.”
  • The House of Shattered Wings  by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz, Aug 20) — “It is the beginning of the 21st Century, and Paris is a city of witches and alchemists; of warlocks and Fallen angels; where the colonies still feed an irrepressible appetite for novelty and distractions. The Great Magicians’ War has come and gone, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins are haunted ruins; Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart.”
  • 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 Trials  by Linda Nagata (Saga, Aug 25)
  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #1)  by Bradley P. Beaulieu (DAW, August 2015)
  • 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.”
  • ADDED: The Geomancer: Vampire Empire: A Gareth and Adele Novel by Clay and Susan Griffith (Pyr, September 1) — “The uneasy stalemate between vampires and humans is over. Adele and Gareth are bringing order to a free Britain, but bloody murders in London raise the specter that Adele’s geomancy is failing and the vampires might return.”
  • The Wolf in the Attic  by Paul Kearney (Solaris, Sep 15)
  • The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer, #2)  by Elizabeth May (Sep 17)
  • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare (September 2015)
  • The Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley (Oct 6, 2015) — sequel to The Mirror Empire
  • The Black Wolves (The Black Wolves Trilogy, #1)  by Kate Elliott (Orbit, Oct 6)
  • Teen: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rich Riordan (Disney Hyperion, Oct 6)
  • The Dread Wyrm (The Traitor Son Cycle, #3)  by Miles Cameron (Gollancz, Oct 15)
  • The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) by Justin Cronin (Orion, Oct 22)
  • Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch, #3) by Ann Leckie (Orbit, October 2015)
  • The Lost Country by William Gay (Dzanc Books, October 2015) — “Dzanc Books has acquired world, performance, and audio rights for William Gay’s long-awaited novel,The Lost Country (tentatively scheduled for October 2015), as well as another book entitled Little Sister Death and paperback reprint rights for Gay’s debut novel,The Long Home.”
  • 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.”
  • 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)
  • Related non-fiction: Luke Skywalker Can’t Read by Ryan Britt (Plume, Fall 2015) — essay collection from the former Tor.com staff writer and creator of the “genre in the mainstream” column
  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, Fall 2015)
  • 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.”
  • King of Shards by Matthew Kressel (Resurrection Press/Arche Press, Fall 2015) — “Across the ineffable expanse of the Great Deep float billions of failed creations, shattered universes known as the Shards. Populated with wrathful demons and struggling humans, the Shards depend on Earth for their existence as plants depend on the sun for life. Earth itself is sustained by thirty-six righteous people, thirty-six anonymous saints known as the Lamed Vav. Kill but a few of the Lamed Vav and Earth shatters, and the Shards that depend on Earth for life will die in a horrible, eons-long cataclysm.”
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Pan Macmillan UK and Penguin Random House US, Fall 2015) — “The book takes us to a Regency London where the Crown calls on magic, and English high society holds an uneasy truce with the land of the Faerie. Even though Zacharias Wythe has only begun his work as England’s first African Sorcerer Royal, he’s is already facing three non-magical problems: The Fairy court thinks he murdered his predecessor, a dangerous faction is scheming to unseat him by any means necessary, and…Prunella Gentleman. Prunella, an orphan who has spent her life toiling at a school she hates, has just uncovered a secret that might change the course of English Magic. Wythe doesn’t want to work with her, but it looks like he doesn’t have a choice…”
  • 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.”
  • A Red Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)  by Seanan McGuire (Corsair, Nov 5)
  • Teen: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends, Nov 24)
  • ADDED: Air and Darkness by David Drake (Tor, November 2015) — the concluding book 4 in The Books of the Elements series
  • Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder’s Arc, #3)  by Jeff Salyards (Night Shade Books, November 2015)
  • Teen: Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)  by Gail Carriger (November 2015)
  • The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch (2015)
  • Breakout (Dred Chronicles, #3)  by Ann Aguirre (Ace, 2015)
  • Chimera (Parasitology, #3)  by Mira Grant (Orbit, 2015)
  • The Blood Curse (Cursed Kingdoms, #3)  by Emily Gee (2015)
  • The Labyrinth of Flame (Shattered Sigil, #3)  by Courtney Shafer (2015) — “I will berunning a kickstarter in mid-February (2015) to fund production for The Labyrinth of Flame. This will include production of both a limited-edition trade paperback and an ebook.”
  • A Pitiless Rain (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #10)  by Glen Cook (2015?)
  • The Dragon House (The Wild Hunt, #4)  by Elspeth Cooper (2015?)
  • Matryoshka (Deathless, #2)  by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor, 2015?)
  • The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld, #41) (Tiffany Aching, #5)  by Terry Pratchett (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 Uninvited by Cat Winters (William Morrow, 2015) — 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, 2015) — 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.”
  • 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)
  • Anthology: Exigencies edited by Richard Thomas (Dark House Press, 2015) — a 22-story original neo-noir fiction anthology
  • 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)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (HarperCollins, 2015?) — “A modern retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. With magic!”
  • Six of Crows: The Dregs, Book 1 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.”
  • The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (DAW, 2015) — Williams returns to the world of his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn epic fantasy trilogy
  • Crime: Eddie & Sunny by Stacey Cochran (Amazon Kindle Scout, 2015) — “Eddie and Sunny have never had much in life, save for each other’s love. For months they’ve lived out of a car with their young son. A tragedy on the road one night turns the couple into fugitives of the law, separates them, and eventually leads each to believe that the other has died and all hope is lost. A passionate, triumphant conclusion follows as the very essence of love, hope, and the American Dream unite in a novel of beautiful simplicity.”
  • Joe Ledger: Wet Works by Jonathan Maberry (JournalStone, 2015)
  • Angel of Storms (Millenium’s Rule, #2)  by Trudi Canavan (Orbit, 2015)
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde (Tor, 2015) — first novel
  • Teen: The Dead House  by Dawn Kurtagich (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015)
  • Teen: The Forgotten Crown (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)  by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, 2015)
  • The Song of the Orphans (Silvers, #2)  by Daniel Price (2015?)
  • League of Dragons (Temeraire, #9)  by Naomi Novik (2015?)
  • The Tower of Bann (Blackthorn and Grim, #2)  by Juliet Mariller (2015?)
  • All the Worlds Against Us (Jon and Lobo) by Mark L. Van Name (Baen, 2015?) — Audible Frontiers has produced the previous books in the series, under fantastic narrations by Tom Stechschulte
  • Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3)  by Joe Abercrombie (2015?)
  • Welcome to Night Vale (Harper Perennial, 2015?)
  • City of Blades by Robert Jackston Bennett (Crown, 2015?) — sequel to City of Stairs
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)  by Jim Butcher (2015?) — “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Sherlock meets Hornblower”
  • Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16)  by Jim Butcher (2015?)
  • Thunderbird (Miriam Black, Book 4) by Chuck Wendig (Saga Press, 2015?)
  • Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick (2015?)
  • Ebon (Pegasus, #2) by Robin McKinley (2015?)
  • The Unholy Consult (Aspect-Emperor, #3)  by R. Scott Bakker (2015?)
  • The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW, 2015?)
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6) by George R.R. Martin (2015?)
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • The Revenant Express (Newbury and Hobbes, #5)  by George Mann (Tor, Feb 1 2016)
  • The Thousand and One: Book II of The Crescent Moon Kingdoms by Saladin Ahmed (Spring 2016) — “Revolution has come to the Crescent Moon Kingdoms, and ancient terrors roam the deserts and alleyways. Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, the last real ghul hunter in the city of Dhamsawaat, stubbornly ignores the turmoil around him — until his long-awaited wedding is interrupted by the enigmatic Queen of the Djenn. Meanwhile, the tribeswoman Zamia Badawi, haunted by dead kinsmen and forbidden love, becomes an unlikely general in a brutal civil war. And holy warrior Raseed bas Raseed undertakes a deadly journey back to the Lodge of God, hoping to purify himself of religious doubts and his troubling attraction to Zamia. Once again, Adoulla and his friends set out to make things right in a world gone wrong — but the greatest threat may be the one they can’t see.”
  • Underground Airlines 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)
  • The Medusa Chronicles
  • Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)  by Seanan McGuire (September 2016)
  • 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.”
  • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (Saga Press, 2016) — “a standalone space opera for fans of Ann Leckie and China Mieville; set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, it follows the feud between the matriarchal families of two of the world-ships, whose feud will grow into a war to wrest control of the fading hopes of the legion of worlds.”
  • The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (2016) — long-awaited follow on to His Dark Materials
  • Jerusalem by Alan Moore (2016?) — “Comics legend Alan Moore has finished the first draft of his second novel, Jerusalem – and it runs to more than 1m words.”
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