New in Paperback, March – April 2016

Anderson, Kevin J. : Blood of the Cosmos
(Tor 978-0765369352, $8.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Saga of Shadows #2

(First edition: Tor, June 2015)

SF novel, second in a series following the Hugo-nominated The Dark Between the Stars (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Baxter, Stephen : Ultima
(Penguin/Roc 978-0451467737, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Proxima #2

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

SF novel, second of a duology following Proxima (2013), about a 27th century colonization of a planet circling Proxima Centauri.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in Locus Magazine. ” ‘‘Ultima’’ can mean ‘‘farthest’’ as well as ‘‘last,’’ and that extremity would seem to be the destination of this second volume, though it takes its time getting there and wanders through some genre spaces that do not at first seem much related to the cosmic gosh-wow promised by the vatic opening and closing passages of Proxima. (Part of me wonders whether Baxter is seeing how many SF tropes and traditions he can fit into one big narrative framework.)”

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Cherryh, C. J. : Tracker
(Daw 978-0756410759, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Foreigner #16

(First edition: DAW, April 2015)

SF novel, 16th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), Protector (2013), and Peacemaker (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The latest book in the series, Visitor, was just released in hardcover.

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Flint, Eric : Grantville Gazette VII
(Baen 978-1476781396, $7.99, 624pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016

(First edition: Baen, April 2015)

Anthology of alternate history stories set in the universe of Flint’s 1632 and sequels, concerning a 20th century American town sent back in time to 17th century Europe.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several stories, and an introduction explaining that this book, like the previous volumes, is a collection of the best stories from several issues of the online magazine.

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Harris, Charlaine : Day Shift
(Ace 978-0425263204, $9.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Midnight, Texas #2

(First edition: Ace, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Midnight Crossroad (2014), about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The next book in the series, Night Shift, is due May 3 in hardcover.

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Herbert, Brian : The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma
(Tor 978-0765381507, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

Near-future SF novel in which the US has saved the environment at the cost of becoming a dictatorship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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King, Stephen : Finders Keepers
(Pocket 978-1501100123, $9.99, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Mar 2016
Bill Hodges #2

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, June 2015)

Crime thriller (with no fantastic content), second in a trilogy following Mr. Mercedes (2014), about a vengeful reader who has murdered his favorite author.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: Finders Keepers is an unsettling novel that holds up to fandom a mirror that most people who think of themselves as fans would prefer not to look into.”

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Novik, Naomi : Uprooted
(Del Rey 978-0804179058, $16, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, May 2015)

Fantansy novel about a wizard who protects a town from the malevolent power of the nearby woods, in exchange for a new female from the town every 10 years.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin, Lev Grossman, and others.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Novik goes from alternate history dragons to full-on fairy tale in this nicely warped ‘Beauty and the Beast’.”

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Orullian, Peter : Trial of Intentions
(Tor 978-0765364708, $9.99, 768pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Vault of Heaven #2

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Unremembered (2011), about three orphans who embark on a quest.
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Taylor, Travis S. : Trail of Evil
(Baen 978-1476781402, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Tau Ceti #4

(First edition: Baen, April 2015)

Military SF novel, fourth in a series following One Day on Mars (2007), The Tau Ceti Agenda (2008), and One Good Soldier (2009).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Valentine, Genevieve : Persona
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481425131, $14.99, 336pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, March 2015)

Near-future political thriller about an assassination attempt on a diplomat from the new country United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation.
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