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172 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in August 2013 (A GIANT Book Cover Gallery)

Here’s your one-stop, monthly roundup of sf/f/h (and related) reads coming your way.

I don’t know about you, but even my top picks are more than I can read in a month. What are your favorites?

  1. A Clockwork Heart: Book Two in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow by Liesel Schwarz (Del Rey)
  2. A Nomad of the Time Streams – The Steel Tsar by Michael Moorcock (Titan Books)
  3. A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon (Premier Digital Publishing)

  1. Against Gravity by Gary Gibson (Pan Macmillan)
  2. Age of Godpunk: Collecting Age of Anansi, Age of Satan and Age of Gaia by James Lovegrove (Solaris)
  3. Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber (Tor Books)
  1. Angel Stations by Gary Gibson (Pan Macmillan)
  2. Assault on Sunrise (The Extra Trilogy) by Michael Shea (Tor Books)
  3. Asylum by Madeleine Roux (HarperCollins)
  1. B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 6: The Return of the Master by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi (Dark Horse)
  2. Beyond the Sun edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Fairwood Press, Inc)
  3. Billy Moon by Douglas Lain (Tor Books)
  1. Blood Bond (An Anna Strong, Vampire Novel) by Jeanne C. Stein (Ace)
  2. Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  3. Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets by Sam Cabot (Blue Rider Press)
  1. Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova (Tor Books)
  2. Breath of Iron: A Novel of the Clockwork Agents by Kate Cross (Signet)
  3. Cataveiro (The Osiris Project) by E.J. Swift (Night Shade Books)
  1. Cayos in the Stream: A Tor.Com Original by Harry Turtledove (Tor Books)
  2. Celestial Inventories by Steve Rasnic Tem (ChiZine Publications)
  3. Charmed I’m Sure by Elliott James (Orbit)
  1. Children of Fire by Drew Karpyshyn (Del Rey)
  2. Chosen (Alex Verus) by Benedict Jacka (Ace)
  3. Codex Born: (Magic Ex Libris: Book Two) by Jim C. Hines (DAW Hardcover)
  1. Cold Redemption (Gallow) by Nathan Hawke (Gollancz)
  2. Control by Kim Curran (Strange Chemistry)
  3. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
  1. Crux by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  2. Dark Melody of Madness by Cornell Woolrich (Centipede Press)
  3. Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising by Lara Parker (Tor Books)
  1. Deadline at Dawn by Cornell Woolrich (Centipede Press)
  2. Deadman’s Crossing by Joe R. Lansdale (Tachyon Publications)
  3. Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale (Tachyon Publications)
  1. Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing by William Peter Blatty (Centipede Press)
  2. Devil May Cry by Guillaume Dorison aka IZU (Titan Comics)
  3. Dimiter by William Peter Blatty (Centipede Press)
  1. Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure edited by Kathryn Allan (Palgrave Macmillan)
  2. Disenchanted & Co., Part 1: Her Ladyship’s Curse by Lynn Viehl (Pocket Star)
  3. Doctor Who and Race edited by Lindy Orthia (Intellect Ltd)
  1. Doctor Who: Enemy Aliens (Destiny of the Doctor 8) by Alan Barnes (AudioGO Limited)
  2. Doctor Who: Shockwave: Destiny of the Doctor #7 by James Swallow & James Mortimer (AudioGO Ltd.)
  3. Doctor Who: Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (AudioGO Limited)
  1. Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (7th Dr) by Stephen Wyatt (AudioGO Limited)
  2. Doorways to Extra Time edited by Trisha Wooldridge (Spencer Hill Press)
  3. Dragon Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen)
  1. Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern edited by Todd McCaffrey (Smart Pop)
  2. Dust by Hugh Howey (CreateSpace)
  3. Elegy (Watersong) by Amanda Hocking (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  1. Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans) by Suzanne Johnson (Tor Books)
  2. Elysium: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury (Titan Books)
  3. Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire) by Mark Lawrence (Ace Hardcover)
  1. Esprit de Corpse by Gina X. Grant (Pocket Star)
  2. Everything You Need by Michael Marshall Smith (Earthling Publications)
  3. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” by Corey Olsen (Mariner Books)
  1. False Sight (A False Novel) by Dan Krokos (Disney-Hyperion)
  2. Flesh by Philip Jose Farmer (Titan Books)
  3. Fortress Sorek by D. Michael Carriere (Tate Publishing)
  1. Godzilla Volume 3 by Simon Gane & Duane Swierczynski (IDW Publishing)
  2. Gotrek & Felix: Lost Tales by David Guymer & Josh Reynolds & Jordan Ellinger & Frank Cavallo (Black Library)
  3. Guardian Demon (Guardian Series) by Meljean Brook (Berkley)
  1. Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors #3 by Adam-Troy Castro (Grosset & Dunlap)
  2. Heart Fortune (Celta) by Robin D. Owens (Berkley Trade)
  3. Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin) by Jennifer Estep (Pocket Books)
  1. Hearts in Darkness: Nikki and Michael Book 2 by Keri Arthur (Dell)
  2. Heaven’s Fall (Heaven’s Shadow) by David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt (Ace Hardcover)
  3. Heaven’s Hell by Anthony Jones (Titan Books Ltd)
  1. Heavy Metal (A Goddesses Rising Novel) (Entangled Select) by Natalie J. Damschroder (Entangled: Select)
  2. Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edietd by Tenea D. Johnson & Steve Berman (Lethe Press)
  3. Hot Times in Magma City by Robert Silverberg (Subterranean)
  1. I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich (Centipede Press)
  2. Immortally Ever After (Monster Mash) by Angie Fox (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)
  3. Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Tor Books)
  1. Jack Cloudie (Jackelian) by Stephen Hunt (Tor Books)
  2. Jack Vance SF Gateway Omnibus: Big Planet, The Blue World & the Dragon Masters and Other Stories by Jack Vance (Gollancz)
  3. Jupiter War (The Owner) by Neal Asher (Night Shade Books)
  1. Kenobi (Star Wars) by John Jackson Miller (LucasBooks)
  2. Kindred and Wings (A Shifted World Novel) by Philippa Ballantine (Pyr)
  3. Kingmaker by Christian Cantrell (47North)
  1. Lenore – Purple Nurples (Vol.5) by Roman Dirge (Titan Books)
  2. Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Ben H. Winters (Price Stern Sloan)
  3. Lords of Mars by Graham McNeill (The Black Library)
  1. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR))
  2. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1 by Shinobu Otaka (VIZ Media LLC)
  3. Midnight (A Dark Age Dawning Novel) by Ellen Connor (Berkley)
  1. No Love for the Wicked by Megan Powell (47North)
  2. Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt (Scribner)
  3. Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Dutton)
  1. Orcs War-Fighting Manual by Den Patrick (Gollancz)
  2. Orion: The Tears of Isha by Darius Hinks (The Black Library)
  3. Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  1. Pathfinder Tales: King of Chaos by Dave Gross (Paizo Publishing, LLC.)
  2. Perdition (The Dred Chronicles) by Ann Aguirre (Ace)
  3. Phantom Lady by Cornell Woolrich (Centipede Press)
  1. Phoenix by S. F. Said (David Fickling Books)
  2. Pirates of the Timestream by Steve White (Baen)
  3. Plastic by Christopher Fowler (Solaris)
  1. Possession: A Greywalker Novel by Kat Richardson (Roc Hardcover)
  2. Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, Vol. 2 by Masaki Hiramatsu (Yen Press)
  3. Quick Fix by Linda Grimes (Tor Books)
  1. Red Rain: A Novel by R.L. Stine (Pocket Books)
  2. Right to Know by Edward Willett (Bundoran Press Publishing)
  3. Satan’s Reach (Weird Space) by Eric Brown (Abaddon Books)
  1. Saxon’s Bane by Geoffrey Gudgion (Solaris)
  2. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder (Harlequin MIRA)
  3. Seventh Retribution by Ben Counter (Black Library)
  1. Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe by Bill Fawcett & J.E. Mooney (Tor Books)
  2. Sherlock Holmes – The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove (Titan Books)
  3. SideQuest Adventures (The Foreworld Saga) by Mark Teppo & Angus Trim & Michael Tinker Pearce & Linda Pearce (47North)
  1. Space Marines: The Omnibus edited by Christian Dunn (The Black Library)
  2. Speak to Me of Death: The Selected Short Fiction of Cornell Woolrich, Volume 1 by Cornell Woolrich (Centipede Press)
  3. Spice and Wolf, Vol. 9: The Town of Strife II by Isuna Hasekura (Yen Press)
  1. Spirit of the Century Presents: Khan of Mars by Stephen Blackmoore (Evil Hat Productions, LLC)
  2. Spirits From Beyond (A Ghost Finders Novel) by Simon R. Green (Ace)
  3. Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by David R. George III (Pocket Books/Star Trek)
  1. Star Wars: Blueprints by J. W. Rinzler (Titan Books Ltd)
  2. Star Wars: Hard Targets v. 2: Agent of the Empire by Christian Dalla Vecchia & John Ostrander & Randy Stradley (Titan Books Ltd)
  3. Star Wars: Prisoner of Bogan v. 2: Dawn of the Jedi by John Ostrander & Randy Stradley & Jan Duursema (Titan Books Ltd)
  1. Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book Two by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  2. Super Stories of Heroes & Villains edited by Claude Lalumiere (Tachyon Publications)
  3. Tales of Jack the Ripper edited by Ross E. Lockhart (Word Horde)
  1. Tales: The Art of Christian Alzmann by Christian Alzmann (Design Studio Press)
  2. Tell My Sorrows to the Stones by Christopher Golden & Cherie Priest (ChiZine Publications)
  3. Terminated: A Revivalist Novel by Rachel Caine (Roc)
  1. The Art of Brom by Brom (Flesk Publications)
  2. The Art of John Alvin by John Alvin (Titan Books)
  3. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer) by Brent Weeks (Orbit)
  1. The Bone Season: A Novel by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury USA)
  2. The Clone Rebellion: Clone Redemption Bk. 7 by Steven L. Kent (Titan Books Ltd)
  3. The Companions: The Sundering, Book I by R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast)
  1. The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles) by Michael J. Sullivan (Orbit)
  2. The Death of Integrity (Space Marine Battles) by Guy Haley (The Black Library)
  3. The Dragon Queen by Stephen Deas (Gollancz)
  1. The Exodus Towers by Jason M. Hough (Titan Books Ltd)
  2. The Exodus Towers by Jason M. Hough (Del Rey)
  3. The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, Book 4) by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  1. The Fallen 5: Armageddon by Thomas E. Sniegoski (Simon Pulse)
  2. The Ghost Bride: A Novel by Yangsze Choo (William Morrow)
  3. The Iron Fey Volume One: The Iron King\The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen)
  1. The Lost Prince by Edward Lazellari (Tor Books)
  2. The Mark of Calth (Horus Heresy) edited by Laurie Goulding (Black Library)
  3. The Merlin Prophecy Book Three: Hunting with Gods by M. K. Hume (Atria Books)
  1. The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick (Subterranean)
  2. The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway by Karina Cooper (Carina Press)
  3. The Omega Project by Steve Alten (Forge Books)
  1. The Poison Oracle by Peter Dickinson & Sara Paretsky (Small Beer Press)
  2. The Raven’s Shadow (The Wild Hunt) by Elspeth Cooper (Gollancz)
  3. The Sensory Deception by Ransom Stephens (47North)
  1. The Shade of the Moon: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 4 by Susan Beth Pfeffer (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  2. The Shadow of the Soul: The Forgotten Gods: Book Two (The Forgotten Gods Trilogy) by Sarah Pinborough (Ace Trade)
  3. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker (Pamela Dorman Books)
  1. The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books)
  2. The Treasury of the Fantastic edited by David Sandner & Jacob Weisman (Tachyon Publications)
  3. The Vengeance of Rome: The Fourth Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet by Michael Moorcock (PM Press)
  1. The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce (Strange Chemistry)
  2. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh (Zubaan Books)
  3. The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2013 Edition edited by Paula Guran (Prime Books)
  1. Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez (Tor Fantasy)
  2. Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations from Michael Z. Williamson by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen)
  3. Transcendental by James Gunn (Tor Books)
  1. Undead and Unsure (Undead / Queen Betsy) by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley Hardcover)
  2. Under A Spell (Underworld Detective Agency) by Hannah Jayne (Kensington)
  3. Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan (Bluefire)
  1. Vampirella Strikes TP by Tom Sniegoski (Dynamite Entertainment)
  2. Walking In the Midst of Fire: A Remy Chandler Novel by Thomas E. Sniegoski (Roc Trade)
  3. Warbound: Book Three of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen)
  1. Warriors: Part Three of the Druids trilogy by Barbara Galler-Smith & Josh Langston (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)
  2. William Gibson (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by Gary Westfahl (University of Illinois Press)
  3. Winds of Salem: A Witches of East End Novel by Melissa de la Cruz (Hyperion)
  1. Wooing the Echo: Book One of the Christopher Penrose Novels by Lee Morgan (Cosmic Egg Books)
  2. Wrath-bearing Tree (A Tournament of Shadows Book Two) by James Enge (Pyr)
  3. Zero Point (The Owner) by Neal Asher (Night Shade Books)
  1. Velveteen vs. The Multiverse by Seanan McGuire (ISFiC Press)

(Note: Release information was sourced from Amazon, Locus magazine and elsewhere. Some reprints have been omitted. Release dates subject to change. So there.)

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11 Comments on 172 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in August 2013 (A GIANT Book Cover Gallery)

  1. Whoo-hoo, Cornell Woolrich is being reprinted! Classic stories of darkest noir.

  2. Hmm, I’ll have to find out about all those Gary Gibson space operas. Anyone familiar?

  3. A lot of cool looking titles this month, and anything with Lansdale’s name on it instantly goes on my watch list.

  4. Philip Jose Farmer’s Flesh. Maybe Karen & Karen can talk about it. Heh.

  5. David Greybeard // August 2, 2013 at 8:57 am //

    My favorite monthly column. I love it.

  6. So many titles that I want to read! I think if I read every title released this month that I’m interested in, ‘d be set for books until near the end of the year.

    Of course, I’m starting to feel that way just about every month now…

    I’m very much interested in “Disability in Science Fiction,” though. Shame the pre-order cost seems to be insanely expensive, so unless there’s a less expensive Kindle edition upon release or something, I doubt I’ll get to read it for some time.

  7. Plan on picking up the McCaffrey book, and Hugh Howey’s Dust. Although I need to finish Second Shift and read Third Shift.

    I haven’t read Lenore in forever…should pick this volume up.

    Also will be picking up Zero Point by Asher.

  8. Preordered Dust. What’s with the Lansdale “books” prices? $10 a piece for less than 200 pages each seems steep.

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