Anderton, Jo. Debris. Angry Robot. (Veiled Worlds Trilogy, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780857661548. pap. $7.99.
Set in a world where mental powers construct fabulous works of engineering and architecture, this series opener revolves around a young woman who can use her abilities to destroy and build. An accomplished debut reminiscent of the visionary works of China Miéville. (LJ 10/15/11)
Bova, Ben. Leviathans of Jupiter. Tor. ISBN 9780765317889. $24.99.
A physicist must fight religious and political interference as he seeks to use a deep-pressure manned probe to confirm the sentience of the Leviathans‚ massive symbiotes‚ who inhabit Jupiter’s atmosphere. Stellar. (LJ 1/11)
Corey, James S.A. Leviathan Wakes. Orbit: Hachette. (Expanse, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780316129084. pap. $15.99.
This panoramic tale of war in space successfully blends top-notch space opera with noir detective fiction. At the heart of this outstanding series opener is a pair of unlikely heroes driven by their dedication to the truth. (LJ 4/15/11)
Goldstein, Lisa. The Uncertain Places. Tachyon, dist. by IPG. ISBN 9781616960148. pap. $14.95.
A Berkeley student falls in love with a family of unusual and eccentric women only to find they live under an eerie curse. A modern fairy tale elegantly told. (LJ 5/15/11)
Gregory, Daryl. Raising Stony Mayhall. Del Rey: Ballantine. ISBN 9780345522375. pap. $15.
Years after the end of the zombie plague, a woman and her daughters find a zombie infant on the side of the road and decide to raise him. A luminous tale of a love that defies standard limits. (LJ 7/11)
Martin, George R.R. A Dance with Dragons. Bantam. (Song of Ice & Fire, Bk. 5). ISBN 9780553801477. $35.
Nearly six years after A Feast for Crows was released, Martin’s long-awaited installment in his epic fantasy series will satiate his huge and hungry audience, as it picks up the action with favorite characters missing from the previous book. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/15/11)
Orullian, Peter. The Unremembered. Tor. (Vault of Heaven, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780765325716. $27.99.
This epic fantasy debut, which sets a coming-of-age tale in a world undergoing a cultural revolution, marks Orullian as an author to watch. (LJ 3/15/11)
Rajaniemi, Hannu. The Quantum Thief. Tor. ISBN 9780765329493. $24.99.
A master thief, a spaceship pilot, her sentient spaceship, and a beleaguered detective make up the building blocks of this remarkable debut by a talented Finnish master of literary sf on a par with Gene Wolfe and Samuel R. Delaney. (LJ 3/15/11)
Sullivan, Michael J. Theft of Swords. Orbit: Hachette. (Riyria Revelations, Vol. 1). ISBN 9780316187749. pap. $14.99.
A pair of mercenaries take pride in their uncanny ability to pull off the impossible until the theft of a sword leads to their arrest for regicide‚ and to more impossible tasks. First published online, this debut novel brings to mind Fritz Leiber’s classic Fafhrd and Gray Mouser adventures. (LJ 9/15/11)
Vinge, Vernor. The Children of the Sky. Tor. ISBN 9780312875626. $25.99.
Hiding a colony of children from the life-destroying alien Blight by relocating to a slow zone of the universe proves harder as the children grow. Revisiting his Zones of Thought series, Vinge demonstrates an original way of thinking about time and space that remains fresh and exciting a decade later. (LJ 6/15/11)