Well, I’ve managed to get a couple weeks behind on this, but here’s a look at this month’s sci-fi and fantasy releases. As with last month, no guarantees I’ll get to them all, but two of them are already in the queue.
Lowball — George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass, eds. (Tor)
Once again, GRRM fans waiting for The Winds of Winter will wail and gnash their teeth as he returns to his “Wildcards” universe for another collection of short stories set in an alternate Manhattan where ordinary humans coexist with “wildcards”, people infected with a variety of superpowers after an alien invasion.
Willful Child— Steven Erikson (Tor)
The author of the acclaimed fantasy series “Malazan: The Book of the Fallen” pays tribute to Star Trek in this rollicking parody. The story follows Captain Hadrian Sawback and his crew of misfits as they wreak havoc across the galaxy in the name of galactic peace.
Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! — Harry Harrison (Tor)
The late sci-fi grand master, known for the “Stainless Steel Rat” and “Deathworld” series, candidly looks back on his life and work in this irreverent, posthumous autobiography.
The Three Body Problem — Cixin Liu (Tor)
This novel made quite a splash in Liu’s native China, and it is now coming to American shores in a sparkling translation by the award-winning Ken Liu (no relation). The novel kicks off a trilogy focusing on an inevitable alien conquest of Earth that has been facilitated by a scientist who survived the Maoist Cultural Revolution.
Revival — Steven King (Scribner)
The prolific master of horror is back with his second novel this year after June’s thriller Mr. Mercedes. This one examines the supernatural bond between a young musician and a travelling preacher who has electrified the local congregation.
The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert — Frank Herbert (Tor)
The master who took us to Arrakis in the “Dune” novels was also a prolific short story writer. This collection features 37 stories originally published between 1952 and 1976, plus the previously unreleased “The Daddy Box”.
Symbiont — Mira Grant (Orbit)
The sequel to Grant’s (the alter-ego of urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire) acclaimed Parasite, which earned a Hugo nomination this year. Symbiont finds humanity searching for answers as to why the tapeworms that were supposed to cure disease are turning their hosts into ravenous zombies.
Legion: Skin Deep — Brandon Sanderson (Subterranean Press)
This limited edition novella from one of today’s preeminent fantasists is a bit of a departure from his epic “Stormlight Archive”. The sequel to his 2012 novella Legion picks up with the title character, a young man who can manifest a multitude of personalities with unique skills, as he is employed by a shadowy organization to recover the corpse of a preeminent biotechnology researcher.
Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories From the World of Sookie Stackhouse —Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, eds. (Ace)
The “Southern Vampire” series and True Blood may be over, but there’s still plenty left to explore. Harris and Kelner collect 15 new stories about your favorite characters from Bon Temps, LA.