New in Paperback, September 2016

Card, Orson Scott : Gatefather
(Tor 978-0765365408, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Mither Mages #3

(First edition: Tor, October 2015)

YA fantasy novel, third book in the “Mither Mages” series following The Lost Gate (2011) and The Gate Thief (2013), about Danny North, member of rural family with magical powers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Conroy, Robert : Germanica
(Baen 978-1476781709, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
More… #1

(First edition: Baen, September 2015)

Alternate history novel, first book in a new series, set in the final days of the Third Reich.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several sample chapters.

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Correia, Larry : Son of the Black Sword
(Baen 978-1476781570, $8.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1

(First edition: Baen, November 2015)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an elite warrior who maintains order in an era following a war with demons.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to sample chapters.

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Czerneda, Julie E. : This Gulf of Time and Stars
(Daw 978-0756411718, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Reunification #1

(First edition: DAW, November 2015)

SF novel, first in a trilogy, set in the same universe as the author’s Clan Chronicles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “The conclusion leaves an awful lot hanging – like who is after all the M’hiray, or what exactly the end of a mysterious experiment will mean – but it’s all intriguing.”
• The second book, The Gate to Futures Past, just appeared in hardcover.

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Donaldson, Stephen R. : The King’s Justice
(Ace 978-0425283899, $17, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

(First edition: Putnam, October 2015)

Collection of two original novellas, the title story and “The Augur’s Gambit”.
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Erikson, Steven : Willful Child
(Tor 978-0765374905, $8.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor, November 2014)

SF novel that spoofs Star Trek, about the voyages of the starship Willful Child.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviews it for Locus Online: “Now comes Steven Erikson’s rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson’s version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism, in the form of Captain Hadrian Alan Sawback, commander of the Affiliation Engage-class starship Willful Child. If you can imagine a season of Red Dwarf scripted by gonzo novelist Philip Palmer, you might have a faint notion of Erikson’s accomplishments here.”

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Friedman, C. S. : Dreamseeker
(Daw 978-0756410766, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Dreamwalker #2

(First edition: DAW, November 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Dreamwalker (2014), about a 16-year-old girl who discovers she is not related to her parents but is one of a race of besieged “changelings”.
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McDonald, Ian : Luna: New Moon
(Tor 978-0765375520, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Luna #1

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

SF novel, first in a series, about a lunar settlement run by rival corporations called the Five Dragons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from Locus Magazine is posted here; Luna: New Moon is the best moon novel I’ve seen in many years, but it’s also something of a piece with the recent movement on the part of Paul McAuley, Kim Stanley Robinson, and oth­ers to confine novels to the solar system, out of a realistic assessment that this is likely all we’ll have to work with — but McDonald takes this a step further.”

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Older, Daniel José : Shadowshaper
(Scholastic/Levine 978-1338032475, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

(First edition: Scholastic/Levine, June 2015)

Fantasy novel about a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her ancestral powers of shadowshaping.
• Scholastic’s site has this description.
• The book was a finalist for the Andre Norton, Locus, and Mythopoeic awards.

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Pratchett, Terry : The Shepherd’s Crown
(Harper 978-0062429988, $9.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Discworld/Tiffany Aching #5

(First edition: HarperCollins, September 2015)

Yound adult fantasy novel, fifth in the series about Tiffany Aching and set in the Discworld universe, following The Wee Free Men (2003), A Hat Full of Sky (2004), Wintersmith (2006), and I Shall Wear Midnight (2010), and Pratchett’s final novel.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The book won a Locus Award for Best YA Book in 2016.

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Reynolds, Alastair : Poseidon’s Wake
(Ace 978-0425256343, $9.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Poseidon’s Children #3

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SF novel, third in a trilogy following Blue Remembered Earth (2012) and On the Steel Breeze (2013), about mankind’s expansion into the universe on generation ships.
• The first UK edition appeared from Gollancz in April 2015.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe wrote of the first book, “Despite a plot hook that could as easily power a YA franchise (a dying matriarch leaves behind a series of mysterious clues, each of which leads toward more portentous implicaitons), Reynolds both develops a richly detailed portrait of a resurgent, postapocalyptic Earth society and economy, and leaves himself plenty of room to expand his narrative space exponentially… “

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Stirling, S. M. : The Desert and the Blade
(Roc 978-0451417367, $9.99, 848pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Change #9

(First edition: Roc, September 2015)

Alternate history SF novel, ninth in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), Lord of Mountains (2012), The Given Sacrifice (2013), and The Golden Princess (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to 10 sample chapters.

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Swanwick, Michael : Chasing the Phoenix
(Tor 978-0765380913, $17.99, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel about con artists Darger and Surplus, subjects of several short stories over the past decade and the author’s 2011 novel Dancing with Bears.
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Weber, David : Hell’s Foundations Quiver
(Tor 978-0765361554, $9.99, 1044pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Safehold #8

(First edition: Tor, October 2015)

Far future SF novel, eighth in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), By Heresies Distressed (2009), A Mighty Fortress (2010), How Firm a Foundation (2011), Midst Toil and Tribulation (2012), and Like a Mighty Army (2014).
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Wilde, Fran : Updraft
(Tor 978-0765377845, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a flying trader who breaks Tower Law and is forced to join the city’s secretive Singers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was a finalist for the Nebula Award this year, and won the Andre Norton award.

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