Science Fiction and Fantasy - June 7, 2017

 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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New Books

The Space Between the Stars
by Anne Corlett

Years ago, Jamie fled an overpopulated Earth and a repressive relationship for the freedom of a frontier world on the fringes of civilization. Then a devastating virus struck the colony, and Jamie again faced with starting over. A garbled message from Earth suggests that someone from her past might still survive. Along with a few survivors, she travels across the reaches of space with dreams of new beginnings on Earth. But those dreams are rivaled by those clinging to old ways, and Jamie must confront the woman she once was with the one that she has become.

Take Us to Your Chief: and Other Stories
by Drew Hayden Taylor

A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. Inspired by science fiction legends like Clarke, Asimov and Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective and fresh parallels such as likening cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas.

The Circle Gathers
by Rowan Casey

Once, Jessie ‘the Berserker’ Noble was a top MMA fighter with a promising future. Now she’s struggling to survive in an underground circuit, fighting to earn just enough to afford the drugs that keep the horrible things she sees at bay. A man named Dante Grimm tells her that the visions reveal that she’s the modern incarnation of a champion of old. What’s more, she is desperately needed in a fight against the darkness that will soon arise. Jessie thinks he’s nuts. But Grimm knows that a battle the like of which hasn’t been seen in centuries is about to occur, with a foe straight out of nightmares.

All Systems Red
by Martha Wells

In the far future, all planetary missions must be approved by the Company, and exploratory parties must have Company-supplied androids along for safety. But on one planet where a science teams is conducting tests, one android has developed a self-awareness and hacked its own governor module. Calling itself ‘Murderbot’, all it wants is to be left alone. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their bot to figure out the truth.

The Vine That Ate the South
by J. D. Wilkes

In a forgotten corner of western Kentucky lies a haunted forest referred to locally as "The Deadening," where vampire cults roam wild and time is immaterial. Our protagonist and his accomplice set out down the Old Spur Line in search of the legendary Kudzu House, where an old couple is purported to have been swallowed whole by a hungry vine. Their quest leads them face to face with albino panthers, Great Dane-riding girls, protective property owners, and just about every American folk-demon ever, while forcing the protagonist to finally take stock of his relationship with his father and the man's mysterious disappearance.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2017: The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
edited by Julie Czerneda and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

This year’s Nebula Awards Showcase includes the best in the genre voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Featuring Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Pinsker and Alyssa Wong, this volume also includes works by acclaimed authors N. K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie.

The Waking Land
by Callie Bates

A young girl is kidnapped by the king to punish her father's rebellion against him. Years later, she returns home a fugitive, while grappling with a repressed magic that could, if mastered, make her the most powerful person in two kingdoms.

The Argus Deceit
by Chuck Grossart

Brody Quail exists in four simultaneous identities and enlists the help of Constrance Drake, who is dealing with her own fragmented sense of reality, to discover the truth about the mysterious presence that seems to be stalking them.

The Witchwood Crown
by Tad Williams

Thirty years after the events of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn saga, the world has reached a critical turning point once again. The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns--the long-vanquished elvish foe--are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs...

The Ship
by Antonia Honeywell

London has burned. People kill over bread. The police detain anyone without an ID card. Young Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos of civilization’s collapse. But on her sixteenth birthday, Lalla’s father decides to use their escape route—a ship he’s built only big enough for five hundred people. At first the ship is a haven, with an abundance of food, clothing and entertainment. But Lalla notices that there is no way to grow more food, no means to mend clothes, and no contact with the outside world. And why can’t anyone tell her where they are going? So she aims to find out why.