New in Paperback, May 2015

Anderson, Kevin J. : The Dark Between the Stars
(Tor 978-0765369345, $8.99, 784pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Saga of Shadows #1

(First edition: Tor, June 2014)

SF novel, first in a new series set 20 years after the earlier “Saga of the Seven Suns” series, in which a new force threatens the galaxy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book is currently a Hugo Award finalist.

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Baker, Stephen : The Boost
(Tor 978-0765369864, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

SF novel, the author’s first novel (after two nonfiction books), about a future in which most of the world’s population have “boosts”, networked supercomputer chips, implanted in their brains.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online last year: “And there’s the theme in a nutshell. Reality versus simulation, solipsism versus mutuality, dominance by constructs versus unmediated interactions. This is certainly one of the biggest issues of our time, explored here with sophistication and insight.”

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Blake, E. C. : Shadows
(DAW 978-0756409630, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
The Masks of Aygrima #2

(First edition: DAW, August 2014)

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Masks (2013), in which the Autarchy of Aygrima has been cut off from its overseas trading partners.
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Britain, Kristen : Mirror Sight
(Daw 978-0756410360, $16, 784pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Green Rider #5

(First edition: DAW, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, fifth in the series that began with The Green Rider (1998) and continued with First Rider’s Call (2003), The High King’s Tomb (2007), and Blackveil (2011), about an elite group of messengers for the king who now face a threat from dark magicians.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Steadfast
(Ace 978-0425260531, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #4

(First edition: Ace, May 2014)

Military SF novel, fourth in the series following Dreadnaught (2011), Invicible (2012), Guardian (2013), and six earlier books in the “Lost Fleet” series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell. His site has a description and a link to a an excerpt.

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Canavan, Trudi : Thief’s Magic
(Orbit 978-0316209250, $16, 608pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Millennium’s Rule #1

(First edition: Orbit, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial revolution.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston : Earth Awakens
(Tor 978-0765367389, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
The First Formic War #3

(First edition: Tor, June 2014)

SF novel, third in a prequel trilogy to Card’s Ender’s Game, following Earth Unaware (2012) and Earth Afire (2013), set 100 years earlier as Earth fights invading Formic aliens.
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Carey, M. R. : The Girl With All the Gifts
(Orbit 978-0316334754, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015

(First edition: Orbit, June 2014)

Fantasy thriller set after the zombie apocalypse, about a young girl in a hospital where scientists are trying to cure affected children.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Clare, Cassandra : City of Heavenly Fire
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1442416901, $13.99, 768pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Mortal Instruments #6

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/McElderry, June 2014)

Young adult fantasy novel, sixth in the “Mortal Instruments” series following City of Bones (2007), City of Ashes (2008), City of Glass (2009), City of Fallen Angels (2011), and City of Lost Souls (2012).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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Coates, Deborah : Strange Country
(Tor 978-0765329035, $16.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015
Hallie Michaels #3

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Wide Open (2012) and Deep Down (2013), about a psychic Afghanistan vet who’s returned home to face supernatural threats in her South Dakota hometown.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “There aren’t any epic confrontations this time, and most of the supernatural elements are rather vague. In contrast, mundane details, like a trio of dogs Hallie ends up caring for, stand out sharply, providing real interest when the magic is frustratingly unclear.”

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Corey, James S. A. : Cibola Burn
(Orbit Us 978-0316334686, $17, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
The Expanse #4

(First edition: Orbit, June 2014)

Space opera novel, fourth book of “The Expanse” following Leviathan’s Deep (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), and Abaddon’s Gate (2014).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Edison, David : The Waking Engine
(Tor 978-0765370112, $8.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about the City Unspoken, the last in a series of world where gods and mortals are reborn and then die again.
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Finn, Ed, & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Hieroglyph
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062204714, $15.99, 560pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, September 2014)

Anthology of 20 original stories, subtitled “Stories and Visions for a Better Future”, inspired by a 2011 essay by Neal Stephenson.
• Authors include Neal Stephenson, Gregory Benford, Rudy Rucker, Cory Doctorow, David Brin, and Bruce Sterling.
• Lawrence M. Krauss provides a foreword, Neal Stephenson a preface, and the editors an introduction.
• The book’s Scribd page shows the table of contents and several pages of preview.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• The stories by Cory Doctorow and Elizabeth Bear are currently Locus Award finalists; the Doctorow and Geoffrey A. Landis stories are currently Sturgeon Award finalists.

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Harrison, Kim : The Witch With No Name
(Harper Voyager 978-0061957963, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Hollows #13

(First edition: Harper Voyager, September 2014)

Urban fantasy novel, thirteenth and final volume in the “Hollows” or “Rachel Morgan” series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After (2012), and The Undead Pool (Mar 2014).
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Jones, Diana Wynne, & Ursula Jones : The Islands of Chaldea
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-229508-8, $9.99, 368pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

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Young adult fantasy novel, completed by the author’s sister after the author’s death in 2011. It’s about a young girl from a line of magic makers who awaits the blooming of her own powers.
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King, Stephen : Revival
(Gallery 978-1476770390, $17, 416pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, November 2014)

Supernatural fantasy novel about a small town minister who loses his faith following the deaths of his wife and child, and develops an obsession with harnesing the power of electricity.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, noting King’s many influences (which are acknowledged in the book): “But the writer whom King pays direct homage to is Arthur Machen, ‘whose short novel ‘The Great God Pan’,’ King writes on the dedication page, ‘has haunted me all my life.’ Machen’s tale, for those not familiar with it, is about a scientific experiment to lift ‘‘the veil’’ of perceived reality and get a glimpse of the real world behind it.”

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Pratchett, Terry : A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction
(UK: Corgi 978-0552167727, £7.99, 384pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 May 2015

(First edition: UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, September 2014)

Nonfiction collection of articles and essays, about Discworld and about causes including Alzheimer’s and animal rights.
• Neil Gaiman provides a forword.
• The UK edition has a hyphen in “non-fiction”; the US edition does not.
• The UK Random House site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Priest, Christopher : The Adjacent
(Titan 978-1783292172, $14.95, 352pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

US edition of SF/slipstream novel concerning a terrorist attack in near-future London, a World War I era meeting between a stage magician and a science fiction writer, a woman pilot who escapes the Nazis in 1943, and a present day scientist who creates an ‘adjacency’.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the March 2014 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “endlessly tantalizing and ultimately very satisfying” and concluding, “In some ways a contrapuntal intergenerational love story, in some ways a meditation on war and remembrance, in some ways an exploration of the nature of illusion and observation (it’s no accident there are so many reporters, photographers, and illusionists here), it is, overall, rather stunning.”

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Rajaniemi, Hannu : The Causal Angel
(Tor 978-0765381279, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Quantum Thief #3

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

Hard science fiction novel, third in a series following The Quantum Thief (2010) and The Fractal Prince (2012), about Jean le Flambeur, a post-human thief in the Heterarchy, the culture of the far future solar system.
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Roberts, Adam : Bête
(Orion/Gollancz 978-0575127692, £8.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 May 2015

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2014)

Near future SF novel about animals rights and artificial intelligence.
• Orion’s site has this description with a link to an extract.
• The novel is current a finalist for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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Walton, Jo : My Real Children
(Tor 978-0765332684, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 May 2015

(First edition: Tor, May 2014)

SF novel about an olderly Englishwoman in 2015 who remember two different, parallel pasts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed last year in Locus Magazine: “It’s rare for me to think that any novel might have been a bit longer, but Walton’s two worlds are so tantalizingly familiar yet estranged that I sometimes felt I needed a little more context for the various radical historical changes that occur mostly in the background or crammed into chapter-opening paragraphs. Nevertheless, Walton’s undeniable skills in both character development and social extrapolation result in a novel which at its best is an epic of regret and redemption, and a wise meditation on what our lives mean, and what they might have meant.”

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