Going Pop | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2017

Chiaverini, Jennifer. Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace. Dutton. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101985205. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101985229. HISTORICAL
Leave it to Chiaverini, the New York Times best-selling author of numerous effective portrayals of historically significant women, to take on the redoubtable Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, Lord Byron’s only legitimate child. Trained from the nursery in science and mathematics by her mathematician mother, determined that Ada not follow her father’s wild ways, Ada became enthralled with Charles Babbage’s calculating machine and is now regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. Here she has secrets to learn about her estranged parents, too.

Corey, James S.A. Persepolis Rising. Orbit: Hachette. Dec. 2017. 608p. ISBN 9780316332835. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316332828. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316332842. SF
Leading lights in the sf/fantasy community, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck joined forces under the penname Corey to write the New York Times best-selling “Expanse” series, now a top television series on Syfy. The series’ sales escalate from volume to volume (over 650,000 copies are out there somewhere), which explains the 100,000-copy first printing for this seventh volume.

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Tor. Dec. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780765391063. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765391087. FANTASY/ANTHOLOGY
Former fiction editor of OMNI magazine and SciFiction, Datlow has edited more than 50 anthologies and won multiple awards for her efforts. The stories in this latest anthology don’t directly imitate Lewis Carroll’s immortal Alice but leap into their own mad fancies. Take a walk through this looking-glass.

Haig, Francesca. The Forever Ship. Gallery. Dec. 2017. 3230p. ISBN 9781476767208. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476767253. SF
Tasmanian-born, London-based poet/novelist Haig got some full-of-spark reviews for The Fire Sermon and Map of Bones, the first two books in the trilogy wrapping up here. In Haig’s imagined world of one powerful Alpha twin and one mutated Omega, Omegas Cass and Zach don’t look so bad on the outside. But Cass has a secret Zach is spoiling to spill.

Kurland Lynn. The Dreamer’s Song. Berkley. Dec. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780425282199. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698198746. FANTASY/ROMANCE
Here, the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, continues her “Nine Kingdoms” series with Acair of Ceangail determined to wipe out some dark magic without using magic of his own (he has a bad rep as a black mage). His companion, Léirsinn of Sàraichte, is eager to help but learns that it will come as a price.

Martin, George R.R., ed. Mississippi Roll: A Wild Cards Novel. Tor. Dec. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780765390523. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765390547. SF/FANTASY
Written by a collective of 30 authors called the Wild Cards Trust, Wilds Cards is a series of sf anthologies, mosaic novels, and solo works edited by Martin. Here, authors like Hugo Award winner David D. Levine and Nebula finalist Cherie Priest write speculatively with Ol’ Man River as backdrop. TV rights for Wild Cards have been sold to Universal Cable Productions, so stay tuned.

Roberts, Nora. Year One. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781250122957. $27.99l ebk. ISBN 9781250122988. FANTASY
In this launch of a sweeping hardcover trilogy, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Roberts goes dystopic, conjuring a world where both government and the electrical grid have failed and half the population is destroyed by a virus. Fortunately, a community of spirited survivors, including former New Yorkers Lana and Max, are willing to begin again.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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