Out of This World Reading: Nebula Nominees 2014

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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced their nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards. Judging by the six nominees for Best Novel, 2014 was a outstanding year for original, provocative, and challenging fiction.

Short Fiction Is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

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Last summer Tor.com, which has been publishing original short fiction on its site, announced a new imprint “dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors.” On February 12, it released its initial list of titles.

Bacigalupi’s Near-Future Thriller, Maresca’s Debut of the Month, Award Winner Smale, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2015

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This month’s selections feature a wide range of romance. Bridging the paranormal romance and urban fantasy aisles are stories of affection that still create fantasy worlds.

E-Originals from Blackwood, Goodger, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews

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Blackwood’s sultry romance is written for a new adult audience; appealing characters and a bit of intrigue contribute to Goodger’s enjoyable romance; hard-core sf readers looking for a new author will go for Wilson’s Echoes

Fresh Voices in Fiction: Anderson, Carr, Freeman, Jackman, Lester, van den Berg, Yoerg, & Others | Debut Fiction, January 2015

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Freeman’s debut is thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended; Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road; van den Berg presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements; Yoerg’s debut leaves readers wanting more.

Abercrombie, Charish’s Debut of the Month, Tregillis | SF/Fantasy Reviews, January 2015

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Abercrombie’s tough and determined heroine is a big draw, exotic settings and rollicking adventure from Charish, Tregillis presents a fascinating look at the nature of free will and the existence of the soul.

Bear, Gordon’s Debut of the Month, Schwab, Holiday Shopping, Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, December 2014

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In the world of mixing up genres and making something new, it would be hard to find a more striking example than the genre of steampunk. Gadgets and airships, plus corsets and high tea—irresistible!

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction

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The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

New Novelists Carter, Karlsson, Kells, Truc, Walsh | Debut Fiction, November 15, 2014

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Carter’s clever historical thriller is a winner, Karlsson’s contemporary tale is mandatory reading for cubicle and office workers, Kells has written an absorbing tale that will grip anyone who enjoys survival stories, Walsh’s literary page-turner.

Brown’s Pick of the Month, VanderMeer, Walton, Plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, November 15, 2014

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This month brings plenty of offerings that scratch the action itch, from new military sf series from Odom and Resnick to the cutthroat politics and vicious conflicts in Brown’s Golden Son.