New in Paperback, October 2015

Bova, Ben, & Les Johnson : Rescue Mode
(Baen 978-1476781037, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Sep 2015

(First edition: Baen, June 2014)

Hard SF novel about a Mars mission stranded by a meteor strike, and political resistance back on Earth to rescuing them.
• Baen’s site has this description (click ‘back’ from this link) with links to several chapters.

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Campbell, Jack : The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword
(Ace 978-0425272268, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Sep 2015
The Lost Stars #3

(First edition: Ace, October 2014)

Military SF novel, third in a new sequence related to his “Lost Fleet” series, following The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight (2012) and The Lost Stars: Perilous Sword (2013), set on the Syndicate World of Midway.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell.

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Carriger, Gail : Waistcoats & Weaponry
(Little, Brown 978-0316190251, $10, 320pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015
Finishing School #3

(First edition: Little, Brown, November 2014)

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series set in the same world as the author’s Parasol Protectorate novels, following Etiquette & Espionage (Feb 2013) and Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 2013), about a 14-year-old girl sent to a finishing school that includes the topics of death, diversion, and espionage.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an OpenBook excerpt.

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Gibson, William : The Peripheral
(Berkley 978-0425276235, $17, 496pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015

(First edition: Penguin/Putnam, October 2014)

SF thriller involving a future economic collapse called “the jackpot”, and a beta-tester for an online game.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Russell Letson’s review last year in Locus Magazine is posted here: “The world evoked by The Peripheral is deliberately and progressively estranged, not only by its genre furniture (around to which we will get eventually), but by the writerly craft with which everything in the story is delivered.”

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Grant, Mira : Symbiont
(Orbit Us 978-0316219013, $15.99, 544pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Oct 2015
Parasitology #2

(First edition: Orbit, November 2014)

SF novel, second in a series following Parasite (2013), about genetically engineered tapeworms designed to attack disease that instead attack their hosts.
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Harris, Charlaine : Dead But Not Forgotten
(Ace 978-0425271759, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015

(First edition: Ace, December 2014)

Anthology of 15 original stories set in the world of Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse.
• Authors include Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Seanan McGuire, and Christopher Golden.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
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Ing, Dean : It’s Up to Charlie Hardin
(Baen 978-1476781075, $9.99, 256pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015

(First edition: Baen, February 2015)

Associational (non-SF/fantasy) novel about the adventures of a 12-year-old boy in 1944 Austin, Texas.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Krokos, Dan : The Black Stars
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765376688, $11.99, 304pp, trade paperback, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Sep 2015
Planet Thieves #2

(First edition: Tor/Starscape, October 2014)

Middle grade SF novel, second of a series following The Planet Thieves (2013), about Space Command cadets.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Lackey, Mercedes : Closer to Home
(DAW 978-0756409906, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015
The Herald Spy #1

(First edition: DAW, October 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a series within Lackey’s Valdemar Saga, following the Collegium Chronicles.
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Lackey, Mercedes, with Cody Martin, Dennis Lee & Veronica Giguere : Collision
(Baen 978-1476780993, $7.99, 832pp, mass market paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Sep 2015
Secret World Chronicle #4

(First edition: Baen, December 2014)

Alternate history thriller, fourth in a series following Invasion (2011), World Divided (2012), and Revolution (Jan. 2014), about ‘meta-heroes’ during World War II.
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Manieri, Evie : Fortune’s Blight
(Tor 978-0765368928, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015
Shattered Kingdoms #2

(First edition: Tor, February 2015)

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Blood’s Pride (2013), set in a quasi-Mediterranean region and involving Norlander warriors, fisherfolk forced into slavery, and desert-dwelling tribes.
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Westerfeld, Scott : Afterworlds
(Simon Pulse 978-1481422352, $12.99, 624pp, trade paperback, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Sep 2015

(First edition: Simon Pulse, September 2014)

Young adult fantasy novel within a novel, about a young novelist who comes to New York City to finish her book, which is about an “Afterworld” between the living and the dead.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.

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