Here’s what arrived on my doorstep this past week:
The follow up to the magnificent Three-Body Problem is one of my most anticipated releases this year. Three-Body was a magnificent tale of impending alien invasion viewed through the lens of post-Cultural Revolution China, written by China’s preeminent science fiction author, Liu Cixin and translated by Ken Liu, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. Translation duties this time are handled by Joel Martinson, in a story that follows four men, known as Wallfacers, whose minds are hidden from the invading Trisolarians. Available Aug. 11.
Acclaimed sci-fi author Michael Swanwick returns with the latest adventures from his futuristic con-men Darger and Surplus. In a post-apocalyptic future, the human and his intelligent dog companion travel to China, disguised as a Mongolian shaman, for their latest scam, aiding a warlord in unifying the country. But somehow their schemes start working, and they need to discover who is helping them. Available Aug. 11.
Noir meets robots in this upcoming tale. Raymond Electromatic is the last robot, working as a private investigator and hit man in Los Angeles, aided by his super-computer secretary Ada. When a mysterious dame hires him to investigate the disappearance of a famous movie star, he finds himself over his head in a plot that reaches beyond the upper echelons of Hollywood. Available Nov. 3.
The following eARCs were also approved:
Magic is dying in England and it is the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers’ fault. It has created a scandal by naming a freed slave as its Sorcerer Royal and stood by as the country’s magical supplies dwindled. Now the Sorcerer Royal must journey to Fairyland to discover what is wrong with magic in England. This almost feels like a sequel to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Available Sept. 1.
Check back in the coming weeks for reviews of all of these.