New in Paperback: August 2017

Anderson, Kevin J. : Eternity’s Mind
(Tor 978-0765369369, $9.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Saga of Shadows #3

(First edition: Tor, September 2016)

SF novel, third in a trilogy following the Hugo-nominated The Dark Between the Stars (2014), and Blood of the Cosmos (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Baxter, Stephen, & Alastair Reynolds : The Medusa Chronicles
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481479684, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, June 2016)

Hard SF novel, sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s 1971 novella “A Meeting with Medusa”, about the discovery of creatures in the atmosphere of Jupiter.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “With this book, Baxter and Reynolds honor Clarke’s legacy at the same time as they point the way forward for the continuation of Clarke’s brand of optimistic SF which is no mere wish-fulfillment “competence porn” but also a clear-sighted depiction of both the virtues and vices of our species.”

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Bradley, Marion Zimmer, & Deborah J. Ross : Thunderlord
(DAW 978-0756410551, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Darkover #-

(First edition: DAW, August 2016)

Fantasy novel set in Bradley’s Darkover universe, following The Children of Kings (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description, with a preview.

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Drake, David : Death’s Bright Day
(Baen 978-1481482608, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
RCN #11

(First edition: Baen, June 2016)

Military SF novel, eleventh in the “RCN” series following With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary, Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor, and When the Tide Rises, In the Stormy Red Sky (2009), What Distant Deeps (2010), The Road of Danger (2013), and The Sea Without a Shore (2014).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Hamilton, Peter F. : A Night Without Stars
(Del Rey 978-0345547248, $8.99, 720pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Chronicle of the Failers #2

(First edition: UK: Macmillan UK, September 2016)

Far future SF novel, part of the author’s Commonwealth saga and second in a duology following The Abyss Beyond Dreams (2014).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Kowal, Mary Robinette : Ghost Talkers
(Tor 978-0765378262, $16, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017

(First edition: Tor, August 2016)

Fantasy novel about a World War I group of mediums called the Spirit Corps.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, contrasting the book to the author’s earlier works: “[T]his apparent standalone is even more brutally direct about the horrific death tolls of Britain’s Great War (World War One), showing its ghosts as they see themselves in their last moments.”

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Older, Malka : Infomocracy
(Tor.Com Publishing 978-0765392367, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
The Centenal Cycle #1

(First edition: Tor.com, June 2016)

Near-future SF novel, the author’s first novel, in which a search engine monopoly has created a global micro-democracy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Adrienne Martini reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: Infomocracy is full of interesting ideas that approach the world from an interesting angle that we’ve not really seen before. It doesn’t quite manage to hold itself together, but does send out strong signals that Older is a voice to watch out for.”

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Stirling, S. M. : Prince of Outcasts
(Ace 978-0451417381, $9.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Change #10

(First edition: Roc, September 2016)

Alternate history SF novel, tenth 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), The Golden Princess (2014), and The Desert and the Blade (2015).
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Toner, Tom : The Weight of the World
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808989, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017

(First edition: Skyhorse/Night Shade Books, January 2017)

SF novel, second in a series following The Promise of the Child (2016), set among post-human worlds in the 147th century.
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Turtledove, Harry : The House of Daniel
(Tor 978-0765380012, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017

(First edition: Tor, April 2016)

Alternate history fantasy novel about a man from Enid, Oklahoma who joins a hotshot baseball team in a Depression-era America populated with wizards and zombies.
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Willis, Connie : Crosstalk
(Del Rey 978-0345540690, $18, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2016)

Humorous SF novel about a tech company’s new product that increases empathy between romantic partners.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “…Crosstalk is a thoroughly plotted piece of work – hardly an advance in SFnal thinking about telepathy, but a thoroughly enjoyable example of what it’s really good for these days – as a way to tell a tale.”

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