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47North

A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan (47North 11 June 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: Private security firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group--all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them--a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground--a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come.

(Source: 47North)

Ace

Blade Reforged (A Fallen Blade Novel) by Kelly McCullough (Ace 25 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: After the fall of the goddess of justice, temple assassin Aral Kingslayer lost his purpose in life and turned to the bottle. That might have been the end of him if luck hadn't given him a few people to help him get back on his feet--notably the irresistible Baroness Maylien Dan Marchon, who once sought his aid in claiming the throne that's rightfully hers. Reluctant to resume the role of an assassin, he turned her down.

But now Aral has learned that one of the few people willing to help him in his darkest days has been imprisoned by Maylien's uncle, King Thauvik. Aral knows he can't let an old friend die, but the alternative is to return to the life he left years ago. It was the death of Thauvik's half brother that earned Aral the name Kingslayer, and now he is thrust into a war that will see no end until he lives up to his name. (Source: Ace)

The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill (Ace 04 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: The Beautiful Land is part science fiction, part horror--and, at its core, a love story, between a brilliant young computer genius and the fragile women he has loved since high school. Now, he must bend time and space to save her life, as the world around them descends into apocalyptic madness. (Source: Ace)

The City by Stella Gemmell (Ace 04 June 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: The City is ancient, layers upon layers. Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting endless wars with neighboring tribes and creating a barren wasteland of what was once green and productive.

In the center of the City lives the emperor. Few have ever seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime, though he should be very old. Some grimly speculate that he is no longer human, if he ever was. A small number have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperor's unnaturally long life.

From the mazelike sewers below the City, where the poor struggle to stay alive in the dark, to the blood-soaked fields of battle, where few heroes manage to endure the never-ending siege, the rebels pin their hopes on one man, Shuskara. The emperor's former general, he was betrayed long ago and is believed to be dead. But, under different aliases, he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from his immortal foe. Now the time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore. (see review)

Baen

Burdens of the Dead (Heirs of Alexandria) by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer (Baen 04 June 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: Sequel to Much Fall of Blood, book 4 in the Heirs of Alexandria series. Civilization at the crossroads. In an alternate Renaissance where magic works, a captain of Italian forces must deal with gods, goddesses and warfare in order to save his daughter at the siege of Constantinople--and prevent a new dark age.

In an alternate 15th century where magic still is part of life, the Holy Roman Empire rules Europe. Constantinople is under siege by the Venetians and their allies. Hekate, Goddess of Crossroads, presides over the conflict and carnage as alternate visions of civilization collide. And since Constantinople is the crossroad city of east and west, and it is here that Italian captain Benito Valdosta must deal with the powerful magical manifestation of the Weeping Woman, a disguised Hekate, in order to save his daughter and to destroy the fleets of the Chernobog assembling in the Black Sea before they can cut into the soft underbelly of Europe.

With land battle, naval action, cunning assassinations, and heartbreak aplenty--not to mention the ongoing conflict between Lord of the Dead Aidonus and Benito for the love of a woman, civilization is at the crossroads and choices must be made that will bring victory and freedom for centuries to come--or a new Dark Age. (Source: Baen)

Cobra Slave by Timothy Zahn (Baen 04 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Book One of the Cobra Rebellion Saga, and a new entry in New York Times best seller Timothy Zahn's legendary Cobra series.

Cobras: technologically-enhanced warriors bred to fight an alien menace no ordinary human can withstand. At the center of action on Cobra world Aventine: the legendary Moreau clan. In times of war, the Cobras are necessary, yet in times of peace they are often reviled by those they have saved. Now the Cobras have resisted a second invasion of the alien Troft forces, and forced the Troft to a stalemate -- and even converted some thoughtful Troft into uneasy allies against their kin.

Yet all is not well in the human sector of the galaxy. A supposed sister empire, the Dominion of Man, threatens the Cobra worlds with what is, in effect, enslavement, as it moves to consolidate power over all the Cobra worlds. The plan on Aventine: to extort from the Moreau family the location of the home planet of a mysterious human ally that may be more powerful than the Dominion: the Qasaman empire.

Meanwhile, Cobra Merrick Moreau is on a secret mission of his own to a world of humans enslaved by Troft masters. It is a world of barbaric cruelty where every human is slave chattel to Troft gamblers. There the Troft force whole villages, even children, into life and death struggles served up for Troft entertainment.

But the totalitarian Dominion of Man and the Troft game-masters are in for a rude surprise: Cobras are not merely technological marvels. They are far more. For within each Cobra, bred by close family ties and hard testing in battle, there beats the heart of a warrior and the burning conviction that a Cobra will be slave to no one. Rebellion is at hand, and once again, Cobras lead the fight for freedom.

(Source: Baen)

Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer (Baen 04 June 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: First entry in a new urban fantasy saga by the creator of the popular Tinker contemporary fantasy/SF series. A young American expat writer in Japan suffering from OCD tries to figure out if she's crazy or not while solving a murder that may be part of a war among Japanese deities.

A contemporary fantasy of mystery and death as American expats battle Japanese gods and monsters to retrieve an ancient artifact that can destroy the world.

On Saturday afternoon, Nikki Delany thought, "George Wilson, in the kitchen, with a blender." By dinner, she had killed George and posted his gory murder to her blog. The next day, she put on her mourning clothes and went out to meet her best friend for lunch to discuss finding a replacement for her love interest.

Nikki is a horror novelist. Her choice of career is dictated by an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that forces her to write stories of death and destruction. She can't control it, doesn't understand it, but can use it to make money anywhere in the world. Currently "anywhere" is in Japan, hiding from her mother who sees Nikki's OCD as proof she's mentally unstable. Nikki's fragile peace starts to fall apart when the police arrest her for the murder of an American expatriate. Someone killed him with a blender.

Reality starts to unravel around Nikki. She's attacked by a raccoon in a business suit. After a series of blackouts, she's accompanied by a boy that no one else can see, a boy who claims to be a god. Is she really being pursued by Japanese myths--or is she simply going insane?

What Nikki does know for sure is that the bodies are piling up, her mother has arrived in Japan to lock her up for the rest of her life--and her novels always end with everyone dead. (Source: Baen)

Man-Kzin Wars 25th Anniversary Edition by Larry Niven with Poul Anderson and Dean Ing (Baen 04 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: 25th anniversary edition of the original volume that started it all. Includes an all-new introduction by Larry Niven and art by Stephen Hickman for this re-issue of the first volume in a series that now numbers fourteen volumes. A special commemoration of this long-running themed science fiction anthology edited by multiple #1 best seller, Larry Niven.

A special commemoration of this long-running themed science fiction anthology edited by multiple #1 best seller, Larry Niven. Here is the 25th anniversary edition of the original volume that started it all. Includes an all-new introduction by Larry Niven for this re-issue of the first volume in a series that now numbers fourteen volumes and is still going strong.

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series begins! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, here is the first masterful volume in the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe anthology created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven.

(Source: Baen)

Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia (Baen 25 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Book 4 in the New York Times Best Selling Monster Hunter series. A conference in Vegas becomes a showdown between Owen Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International with an ancient god, one that could turn Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

Monster Hunter International might be the premier monster eradication company in the business, but they've got competition.

When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first.

Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

Read our review of a Monster Hunter Legion in our September 2012 issue. (Source: Baen)

When Diplomacy Fails by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen 25 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: #7 in the Freehold Universe series. Science fiction high adventure with a compulsive thriller edge. High tech near-future mercenaries Ripple Creek Security must protect an obnoxious world government minister from the tons of enemies who want her deadand killed in the worse possible way.

Alex Marlow and Ripple Creek Security's best personal security detail return to action. This time, they really don't like their principal, World Bureau Minister Joy Herman Highland--a highly-placed bureaucrat with aspirations to elected office. Even worse, Highland's assistant wants to publicize every movement and action for his boss's pending campaign, which is anathema to good security.

With a person of this status, it's not a case of someone wanting her dead. The only question is how many people want her dead, and what are they bringing to the fight?

The enemies are from without, within and all over. They have resources, funding and political cover. Ripple Creek needs to be cautious. But the enemy also needs to worry. They're going to be getting in each others' way in the process of carrying out their plans. And Ripple Creek has no qualms about explosions on galactic news. In fact, they enjoy it. (Source: Baen)

Clarion Books

Escape from the Pipe Men! by Mary G. Thompson (Clarion Books 11 June 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: Thirteen-year-old Ryan Hawthorn has spent his life on display as a human exhibit in the multi-eyed Pipe Men's intergalactic zoo. When his father is accidentally poisoned, it's up to Ryan and his seven-year-old sister, Becky, to scour the universe for the antidote. Along the way, they encounter many strange creaturesfrom the doglike Hottini to the spindly-legged, hairy Xaxor--and learn that the Pipe Men (or, as Becky calls them, "overgrown drainpipes") are not kindly overlords, as they had been led to believe. It's not only the humans who are planning to rebel! A wildly imaginative middle grade space-travel adventure. (Age 10 and up) (Source: Clarion Books)

DAW

Blood Price (Blood Series) by Tanya Huff (DAW 04 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto's homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic--along with another, unexpected ally.

Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world--but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.

(see review)

Steadfast: (Elemental Masters #8) by Mercedes Lackey (DAW 04 June 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: The new novel in Mercedes Lackey's bestselling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real—and Elemental Masters are in control.

Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He's an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn't take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he's no ordinary magician--and for Lionel to discover that she's no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She's also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal? (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Six) by Kevin Hearne (Del Rey 25 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O'Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he's being chased by not one but two goddesses of the huntArtemis and Diana--for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha D Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is ... run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok--AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on livingand still have a world to live in.

Don't miss Kevin Hearne's novella "Two Ravens and One Crow" in the back of the book. (Source: Del Rey)

Limits of Power (Paladin's Legacy) by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey 11 June 2013 / $26.00) - Product Description: Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her bestselling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb.

The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves--known as the Lady--is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady's half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.

Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family--rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it--even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peaceno matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides ... if they can survive. (Source: Del Rey)

Graywolf Press

City of Bohane: A Novel by Kevin Barry (Graywolf Press 04 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Forty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin' that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there's trouble in the air. They say Hartnett's old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight.

Kevin Barry's City of Bohane combines Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic-novel cool and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, beautiful, and startlingly new. (Source: Graywolf Press)

Harper

The Long War (Long Earth) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Harper 18 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by "stepping". A new "America"--Valhalla--is emerging more than a million steps from Datum--our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.

Soon Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a building crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any humankind has waged before. (Source: Harper)

Mulholland Books

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books 04 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: The Time Traveler's Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace--until one of his victims survives.


In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.

Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.

THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the classic serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing girl in pursuit of a deadly criminal.
(Source: Mulholland Books)

Orbit

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit 25 June 2013 / $10.00) - Product Description: The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
See our review of 2312 in our July 2012 issue. (Source: Orbit)

Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse) by James S.A. Corey (Orbit 04 June 2013 / $17.00) - Product Description: For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Before the Fall (A Rojan Dizon Novel) by Francis Knight (Orbit 18 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Rojan Dizon just wants to keep his head down. But his worst nightmare is around the corner.

With the destruction of their power source, his city is in crisis: riots are breaking out, mages are being murdered, and the city is divided. But Rojan's hunt for the killers will make him responsible for all-out anarchy. Either that, or an all-out war. And there's nothing Rojan hates more than being responsible.

The fantastic follow-up to Fade to Black. (Source: Orbit)

Other Press

The Center of the World by Thomas Van Essen (Other Press 04 June 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: Alternating between nineteenth-century England and present-day New York, this is the story of renowned British painter J.M.W. Turner and his circle of patrons and lovers. It is also the story of Henry Leiden, a middle-aged family man with a troubled marriage and a dead-end job, who finds his life transformed by his discovery of Turner's The Center of the World, a mesmerizing and unsettling painting of Helen of Troy that was thought to have been lost forever.

This painting has such devastating erotic power that it was kept hidden for almost two centuries, and was even said to have been destroyed...until Henry stumbles upon it in a secret compartment at his summer home in the Adirondacks. Though he knows it is an object of immense value, the thought of parting with it is unbearable: Henry is transfixed by its revelation of a whole other world, one of transcendent light, joy, and possibility.

Back in the nineteenth century, Turner struggles to create The Center of the World, his greatest painting, but a painting unlike anything he (or anyone else) has ever attempted. We meet his patron, Lord Egremont, an aristocrat in whose palatial home Turner talks freely about his art and his beliefs. We also meet Elizabeth Spencer, Egremont's mistress and Turner's muse, the model for his Helen. Meanwhile, in the present, Henry is relentlessly trailed by an unscrupulous art dealer determined to get his hands on the painting at any cost. Filled with sex, beauty, and love (of all kinds), this richly textured novel explores the intersection between art and eroticism. (Source: Other Press)

Pocket Books/Star Trek

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett (Pocket Books/Star Trek 25 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: A new nation has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan War: the United Federation of Planets, an unprecedented union of diverse species cooperating for the good of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer--the former captain of the Earth starship Enterprise, whose efforts made this union possibleenvisions a vibrant Federation promoting galactic peace and a multispecies Starfleet dedicated to exploring strange new worlds. Archer's former crewmates, including Captain T'Pol of the U.S.S. Endeavour and Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer, work with him to secure that bright future. Yet others within the Federation see its purpose as chiefly military, a united defense against a dangerous galaxy, while some of its neighbors view that military might with suspicion and fear. And getting the member nations, their space fleets, and even their technologies to work together as a unified whole is an ongoing challenge.

When a new threat emerges from a force so alien and hostile that negotiation seems impossible, a group of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to come to its defense, and the Federation's leaders seize the opportunity to build their reputation as an interstellar power. But Archer fears the conflict is building toward an unnecessary war, potentially taking the young nation down a path it was never meant to follow. Archer and his allies strive to find a better solution ... but old foes are working secretly to sabotage their efforts and ensure that the great experiment called the Federation comes to a quick and bloody end. (Source: Pocket Books/Star Trek)

Post Mortem Press

Losing Touch by Christian Larsen (Post Mortem Press 06 June 2013 / $5.99) - Product Description: Morgan Dunsmore feels like everything is out of reach--a paying job, a healthy marriage, and even a good bowel movement. Complicated by his wife's recent back surgery, Morgan tries to protect his wife and kids from his anxieties, not to mention their financial burdens, but that just pushes them away even further.

And in the middle of it all, he starts to lose his tangibility. He may be able to walk through walls, but that ability comes with a price. He has to learn not just how to control it, but how to use it without anyone finding out, not even his family. He doesn't want to become a circus freak or government test subject while providing for his wife and kids, but there doesn't seem to be any honest work for a man who can secretly phase through solid matter. The temptations, on the other hand--the temptations are endless, and when he succumbs to the first, the rest begin to fall like dominoes.

Pyr

In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdoms Chronicles (The Fall of Llael Book One) by Ari Marmell (Pyr 04 June 2013 / $18.00) - Product Description: The first novel based upon the award-winning WARMACHINE steam-powered fantasy wargame and the world of the Iron Kingdoms Role Playing Game is an action-packed steam-tech fantasy that combines elements of epic wartime adventure with thrilling cloak-and-dagger espionage. The Iron Kingdoms are at war-a war fought with machine guns and magic, knights of valor, and earth shaking titans of steam and steel. And now that war may hinge entirely on nothing more than a sheaf of papers. An alchemical formula, stolen by an ally they thought they could trust, could cost the brave soldiers of Cygnar everything. Their only hope: a cunning spy, a knight out of her element, and a frighteningly small unit of the best that Cygnar has to offer. Arrayed against them is not only a single, devious enemy, but the combined intelligence apparatus-and possibly the full military might-of the most brutal martial power Cygnar has ever known. (Iron Kingdoms, WARMACHINE(R), Privateer Press, and all related content (c) [2013] and/or (TM) Privateer Press, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used under license.) (Source: Pyr)

Redhook

The Quarry by Iain M. Banks (Redhook 25 June 2013 / $26.00) - Iain's final novel, written during the year he was dying of cancer himself, and a story about a young man coming to grips with the fact that his father is, in fact dying of cancer himself. That it's not one of Bank's sf works is telegraphed to us by the missing "M," on the cover, the author's helpful telltale, makes me selfishly sad, but I'm looking forward to reading it and thinking about one of my favorite authors nonetheless.

Roc

Casino Infernale: A Secret Histories Novel by Simon R. Green (Roc 04 June 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: My name is Drood, Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond. For generations my family has protected you ordinary mortals against things that lurk in the darkness, just out of sight, but not at all out of mind.

Unfortunately, I've had a falling out with my near and dear (some of whom were trying to kill me), so my true love--and powerful witch--Molly Metcalf and I are now in the employ of The Department of the Uncanny. We've been given an Extremely Important Assignment: attend Casino Infernale, an annual event held by the Shadow Bank, financiers of all global supernatural crime. Our mission: rig the game and bring down the Shadow Bank.

But at Casino Infernale, the stakes are high indeed--winner takes all and losers give up their souls.... (see review)

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables by (Roc 04 June 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new in ways sure to engage every fantasy reader.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes", K.W. Jeter's "La Valse" forges a fable about love, the decadence of technology, and a gala dance that becomes the obsession of a young engineer--and the doom of those who partake in it. In "You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens", Jay Lake tells the story of Sleeping Beauty--and how the princess was conceived in deception, raised in danger, and rescued by a prince who may be less than valiant. The tale of "The Tinderbox" takes a turn into the surreal when a damaged young soldier comes into possession of an intricate, treacherous treasure and is drawn into a mission of mercy in Kat Richardson's "The Hollow Hounds". In "The Kings of Mount Golden", Paul Di Filippo tells the story of a young man's search for his heritage and a mechanical marvel that lies at the heart of a sinister pact in this fascinating take on "The King of the Golden Mountain".

Also includes stories from Steven Harper, Nancy A. Collins, G.K. Hayes, Gregory Nicoll, and Pip Ballantine. (Source: Roc)

Signet Select

Darkness Unmasked: A Dark Angels Novel by Keri Arthur (Signet Select 04 June 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is beginning to believe that the only way to find the keys she's been searching for and save her friends is by dying. And when Wolfgang Schmidt, the lover of her boss at the vampire council, is found dead, her worst fears are confirmed. With the first portal of hell permanently open, the energies of the dark path are leaching into the world.

Searching for Schmidt's killer and the keys at the same time, Risa and reaper Azriel track a shape-shifting spider spirit capable of changing her form into a seductive woman. But when they finally find the second key, the Aedh Lucian snatches it and disappears.

Risa is intent on finding Lucian and fighting him to the death--for in her mind, she knows that neither can remain while the other lives. (Source: Signet Select)

Soho Teen

Deviant by Helen FitzGerald (Soho Teen 11 June 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: When sixteen-year-old Abigail's mother dies in Scotland--leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and aone-way ticket to America--she feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother abandoned her as a baby to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in California. What's more, she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky. And the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them.

While struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the grave (not to mention anything positive) Abigail tries to fit in with her strange, new American family: a distant father with a closed past, a too-perfect stepmother, and most puzzling of all, her long-lost sister. Becky sweeps Abigail into a shadowy underground movement involving clandestine street art, jailbreaks, and a bizarre double life. Soon, Abigail uncovers something unimaginable: a plot with vast implications, one that is aimed not only at controlling her sister, but the behavior of rebellious teens across the globe. (Source: Soho Teen)

Solaris

Crash by Guy Haley (Solaris 25 June 2013 / $6.99) - Product Description: Dariusz is an engineer whose career ended years ago; now, a man he's never met sits in a bar that doesn't exist and offers him a fresh start... at a price. Cassandra 'Sand' to her friends is a space pilot, who itches to get her hands on the controls and actually fly a ship, rather than watch computers do it for her.

The 'Pointers' the elite 0.01% who control virtually all wealth have seen the limitations of a plundered Earth and set their eyes on the stars. And now Dariusz and Sand, and a half-million ambitious men and women just like them, are sent out to extend the Pointers' and the Market's influence across the galaxy.

But the colony fleet is sabotaged and the ESS Adam Mickiewicz crashes, on an alien planet where one hemisphere is seared by perpetual daylight and the other shrouded in eternal night. The castaways have the chance to create society from scratch... if they're not destroyed by the hostile planet or their own leaders before they can even begin.

Sportula

Terra Nova: An Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Science Fiction by Felicidad Martnez (Sportula 15 June 2013 / $12.00) - Product Description: Six top Spanish-language authors prove that science fiction remains sharp and visionary, with stories about the deepest anxieties, challenges, and problems of our societies. Their speculations and metaphors analyze and dissect a reality in continuous change.

  • The Texture of Words, by Felicidad Martnez: women seek to lead despite being blind and dependent, while men fight constant wars.
  • Deirdre, by Lola Robles: in the future, robotics can create made-to-order lovers.
  • Greetings from a Zombie Nation, by Eric J. Mota: a stagnant society turns its citizens into the living dead.
  • Light a Single Candle, by Victor Conde: social networks want too much and never let go.
  • Bodies, by Juanfran Jimnez: in a globalized and pseudodemocratic Europe, the rich practice sex tourism by means of mind exchange.
  • Memory, by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverra: personal relationships and sex roles evolve in radical ways on a terraformed Mars in a relatively near future.
  • Science Fiction from Spain, by Mariano Villarreal: a close view of what Spanish science fiction is and has been.
    • Subterranean

      The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz by Dan Simmons (Subterranean 30 June 2013 / $35.00) - Product Description: Jack Vance's stories of the Dying Earth are among the most indelible creations of 20th century fantasy. Set on a far future Earth moving toward extinction under a slowly dying sun, these baroque tales of wonder have exerted a profound influence on generations of writers. One of those writers is Dan Simmons, who acknowledges that influence in spectacular fashion in The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz, an informed and loving act of literary homage.

      The narrative begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth's history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Simmons's protagonist--Shrue the diabolist--learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician. The narrative that follows tells the story of that quest, a quest whose outcome will affect the fate of the entire dying planet.

      The result is a hugely engrossing novella filled with marvels, bizarre encounters, and an array of astonishing creatures--the pelgranes, daihaks, and assorted elementals of Jack Vance's boundless imagination. Written with wit, fidelity, and grace, and rooted in its author s obvious affection for his source material, The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz is something special, a collaborative gem in which the talents and sensibilities of two master storytellers come powerfully--and seamlessly--together. (see review)

      The Last Full Measure by Jack Campbell (Subterranean 30 June 2013 / $20.00) - Product Description: As the author of the bestselling Lost Fleet series, Jack Campbell's name is well-known to fans of interstellar heroics. Now, with his thrilling new novella The Last Full Measure, Campbell brings his keen eye for military adventure and political intrigue to a tale that is earthbound, but no less wondrous...

      In a transformed mid-nineteenth century America dominated by plantation owners and kept in line by Southern military forces, a mild-mannered academic from Maine, Professor Joshua Chamberlain, stands accused of crimes against the nation. In court alongside him is Abraham Lincoln, whose fiery rhetoric brands him a 'threat to the security of the United States of America.' Convicted, Chamberlain is sentenced to forty years hard labor, while Lincoln's fate is indefinite detention at Fortress Monroe. But Professor Chamberlain then encounters military minds who understand the true ideals upon which the country was founded and who want to foment revolution. To succeed, they need a leader, someone to inspire the people to take up the cause of liberty: Lincoln. All they have to do is flawlessly execute a daring plan to rescue him from the darkest federal prison.

      In The Last Full Measure, Campbell delivers a riveting look at an America where war is imminent, and nothing is as it should be. (see review)

      Thomas Dunne Books

      Reviver: A Novel by Seth Patrick (Thomas Dunne Books 18 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarilyrevive the deadso they can say goodbye to their loved ones--or tell the police who killed them.

      Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he's the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it's Jonah's job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it's only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah isn't so certain.

      Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered. Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a sinister force that threatens us all. (Source: Thomas Dunne Books)

      Titan Books

      Ecko Rising by Danie Ware (Titan Books 11 June 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane.

      When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own perceptions of reality and his place within it. (Source: Titan Books)

      Tor Books

      Earth Afire (First Formic War) by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (Tor Books 04 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: One hundredyears before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

      Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely.Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat.They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

      And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

      (Also Earth Afire is available in Audio CD.) (see review)

      Requiem (The Psalms of Isaak) by Ken Scholes (Tor Books 18 June 2013 / $27.99) - Product Description: Ken Scholes's debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy.Heralded as a "meszerizing debut novel" by Publishers Weekly, and a "vividly imagined SF-fantasy hybrid set in a distant, postapocalyptic future" by Booklist, the series gained many fans. It was followed by Canticle and Antiphon. Nowcomes the fourth book in the series, Requiem.

      Who is the Crimson Empress, and what does her conquest of the Named Lands really mean?Who holds the keys to the Moon Wizard's Tower?

      The plots within plots are expanding as the characters seek their way out of the maze of intrigue.The world is expanding as they discover lands beyond their previous carefully controlled knowledge.Hidden truths reveal even deeper truths, and nothing is as it seemed to be. (Source: Tor Books)

      Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler (Tor Books 18 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form ofthe eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius's many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation.Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

      Her journey to win Octavius's freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's questtests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

      (Source: Tor Books)

      Shadow People by James Swain (Tor Books 11 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: In Shadow People, national bestselling author James Swain's brilliant follow-up to Dark Magic, magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. A psychic who peers into the future, he is able to use the information to alert the authorities to pending trouble.

      During a sance Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a person's soul. Peter is taken to another plane, where he confronts a serial killer about to claim his next victim.It's a harrowing encounter that Peter only barely manages to survive.

      Peter soon realizes that the shadow people are connected to the serial killer, and that he is a member of the Order of Astrum, a group of evil psychics who murdered his parents years ago. He must find the serial killer in real time before he claims his next victim. To save many lives, Peter may have to tap into a legacy that he has always dreaded...and a power that may consume him.

      (see review)

      The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington (Tor Books 25 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Doctor Toby Glyer has effected miraclecureswith the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer's controversial nanites are more than just the latest technological advance, they are a new form of life--and they have more uses than just medical. Glyer's nanites also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids.

      Twenty-five years ago, the Briareus mission took nanomachinery out to divert an Earth-crossing asteroid and bring it back to be mined, only to drop out of contact as soon as it reached its target. The project was shut down and the technology was forcibly suppressed.

      Now, a much, much larger asteroid is on a collision course with Earthand the Briareus nanites may be responsible. While the government scrambles to find a solution, Glyer knows that their only hope of avoiding Armageddon lies in the nanites themselves. On the run, Glyer must track down his old partner, William Connors, and find a way to make contact with their wayward children.

      As every parent learns, when you produce a new thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. But with a two-hundred-gigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs hurtling toward Earth, Glyer and Connors don't have time to argue. Will Glyer's nanites be Earth's salvation or destruction? (Source: Tor Books)

      The World of the End by Ofir Touch Gafla (Tor Books 25 June 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. But when that denouement is the untimely demise of his beloved wife, Ben is incapable of coping. Marian was more than his life partner; she was the fiber that held together all that he is. And Ben is willing to do anything, even enter the unknown beyond, if it means a chance to be with her again.

      One bullet to the brain later, Ben is in the Other World, where he discovers a vast and curiously secular existence utterly unlike anything he could have imagined: a realm of sprawling cities where the deceased of every age live an eternal second life, and where forests of family trees are tended by mysterious humans who never lived in the previous world. But Ben cannot find Marian.

      Desperate for a reunion, he enlists an unconventional afterlife investigator to track her down, little knowing that his search is entangled in events that continue to unfold in the world of the living. It is a search that confronts Ben with one heart-rending shock after another; with the best and worst of human nature; with the resilience and fragility of love; and with truths that will haunt him through eternity. (Source: Tor Books)

      Wisp of a Thing: A Novel of the Tufa (Tufa Novels) by Alex Bledsoe (Tor Books 18 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the internet:they are an enigmatic clan of swarthy, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy. Some people say that when the first white settlers came to the Appalachians centuries ago, they found the Tufa already there. Others hint that Tufa blood brings special gifts.

      Rob finds both music and mystery in the mountains. Close-lipped locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can't begin to comprehend. A vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play, and a strange feral girl runs wild in the woods, howling in the night like a lost spirit.

      Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow's Treeand a timeless curse must be broken at last. (Source: Tor Books)

      Tor Teen

      Solstice by P.J. Hoover (Tor Teen 18 June 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy the Earth. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

      Piper discovers auniverse she never knew existed--asphere of gods and monsters--and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spiralsout of controlas she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth--her very identity.

      An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover. (see review)

      Twilight Times Books

      Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden (Twilight Times Books 01 June 2013 / $16.95) - Book Description: Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family's reputation isn't easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs. (see review)

      Wesleyan

      Travel Scholarships (Early Classics of Science Fiction) by Jules Verne (Wesleyan 12 June 2013 / $29.95) - Product Description: Nine students from London's Antillean School receive travel scholarships to visit their island homelands in the Caribbean. Accompanied by their eccentric Latin professor, they set sail on what they expect to be a thrilling educational voyage. Little do they realize that, prior to their arrival on board, their ship had been hijacked by escaped convicts who murdered its original captain and crew. This is the only novel by the legendary Jules Verne that has never been available in English until now. Although ostensibly written for an adolescent audience, its suspense-filled plot, sophisticated narrative style, and critique of European colonialism make it an engrossing read for all ages. (Source: Wesleyan)

      William Morrow

      The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow 18 June 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman makes the impossible all too real in this bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, memory, and magic.

      When he was seven years old, he found himself in unimaginable danger--from inside his family, and from without. His only hope is the girl who lives a the end of the lane. She says her duck pond is an ocean. She may be telling the truth. After all, her grandmother remembers the Big Bang. (see review)

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