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New Books : 4 August 2020 – Locus Online

New books this week are by Ben Bova & Doug Beason, Hank Davis & Christopher Ruocchio, Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan, Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt, Micaiah Johnson, Tom Kratman, Laura Lem & Elizabeth May, Stephanie Meyer, Tamsyn Muir, Anthony Ryan, Sam Sykes, Carrie Vaughn, and Alex White.


* Bova, Ben, & Doug Beason : Space Station Down
(Tor 978-1-250-30743-9, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250307446

SF novel about a tourist venture to the International Space Station that turns into a terrorist threat to destroy New York City.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Davis, Hank, & Christopher Ruocchio, eds. : Cosmic Corsairs
(Baen 978-1-9821-2478-6, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-779-7

Anthology of 15 new and reprinted stories about space pirates.
• Authors include Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, Gregory Benford, James Blish, and Robert Silverberg.
• Baen’s site has this description and this page with links to several samples.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* del Toro, Guillermo, & Chuck Hogan : The Hollow Ones
(Grand Central 978-1-5387-6174-8, $28, 336pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781538761731
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478999379
Blackwood Tapes #1

Horror novel, first in a series, about the aftermath of an FBI shooting that leads to the discovery of a supernatural entity.
• Hachette’s site has this description (scroll down).
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The authors keep the tension high throughout. Fans of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Pendergast books will be enthralled.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Flint, Eric, & Walter H. Hunt : 1636: The Atlantic Encounter
(Baen 978-1-9821-2475-5, $25, 352pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-776-6
ring of fire #28

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description and this page with links to several samples.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Johnson, Micaiah : The Space Between Worlds
(Del Rey 978-0-593-13505-1, $28, 336pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780593135068
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780593213780

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a woman who can access alternate worlds in the multiverse, but only those worlds where the version of herself there has already died.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite occasional melodramatics and some hazy political structures, this immersive, original adventure is sure to please readers looking for smart, diverse science fiction. Johnson is a writer to watch.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Kratman, Tom : Days of Burning, Days of Wrath
(Baen 978-1-9821-2476-2, $25, 400pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-777-3
Carerra #8

Military SF novel, eighth in a series following A Desert Called Peace (2007), Carnifex (2007), The Lotus Eaters (2010), The Amazon Legion (2011), Come and Take Them (2013), The Rods and the Axe (2014), and A Pillar of Fire by Night (2018), about military leader Carrera and her battles against Islamic terrorists and other threats on the world of Terra Nova.
• Baen’s site has this description and this page with links to several samples.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Lam, Laura, & Elizabeth May : Seven Devils
(DAW 978-0-7564-1580-8, $26, 464pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756415815

SF novel, first in a feminist space opera duology, about resistance fighters battling the Tholosian empire.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This epic, if occasionally bumpy, voyage will appeal to fans of underdog stories and bombastic feminist sci-fi.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Meyer, Stephanie : Midnight Sun
(Little, Brown 978-0316707046, $27.99, 672pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316592253
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781549134654
Twilight #5

Young adult vampire novel, fifth book in the popular series following Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Muir, Tamsyn : Harrow the Ninth
(Tor.com 978-1-250-31-322-5, $26.99, 512pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250313201
The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Gideon the Ninth (2019), about a lesbian necromancer trapped aboard an emperor’s haunted space station.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it, as it did the first book, a starred review: “Ending on a heart-stopping cliffhanger sure to have readers clamoring for the next installment, this dark, bloody puzzle box of a sequel is a knockout.”
• Liz Bourke reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “Harrow the Ninth is a fun read. Its voice is strong. It’s an entertaining mess, and I enjoyed it. But it’s still a mess…”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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+ Ryan, Anthony : The Black Song
(Ace 978-0-451-49254-8, $28, 448pp, hardcover, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780451492562
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780593214596
Raven’s Blade #2

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following The Wolf’s Call (2019), about a warrior facing a near-god.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Both returning readers and those new to the series will be drawn in by the expert worldbuilding, crackling dialogue, gripping action, and subtle shifts of the political chessboard.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Sykes, Sam : Ten Arrows of Iron
(Orbit 978-0-316-36347-1, $17.99, 720pp, trade paperback, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316363464
The Grave of Empires #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Seven Blades in Black (2019), about an outcast mage caught between two warring empires.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it, as it did the first book, a starred review: “Despite the novel’s epic scope, Sal’s relationship with her beloved, Liette, remains personal, intimate, and heartbreakingly human throughout. This an unforgettable epic fantasy.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Vaughn, Carrie : The Heirs of Locksley
(Tor.com 978-1-250-75662-6, $13.99, 128pp, trade paperback, August 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250756619
The Robin Hood Stories #2

Fantasy novella, second in a series following The Ghosts of Sherwood (June), about the children of Robin Hood and Marian.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers won’t have to know much about the Robin Hood legends to be swept up in this quick, entertaining tale.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* White, Alex : The Worst of All Possible Worlds
(Orbit 978-0-316-41214-8, $16.99, 528pp, trade paperback, July 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316412131
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781549151514
The Salvagers #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe and A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (both 2018), about a starship crew this time searching for humanity’s first colony ship.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “White’s tale of justice and vengeance sends the series out on a high note with electrifying action sequences, depth, and darkness. This thrilling finale will have readers on the edges of their seats.”
• Liz Bourke reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “The Worst of All Possible Worlds is an action-packed hustle of a novel, with a sense of humour and a keen eye for the ridiculous. It’s not deep or terribly meaningful, but it is cracking good fun.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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