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What SF/F/H Books Are You Looking Forward to in the New Year?

As I’m compiling my end-of-the-year post, it occurs to me that there we a lot of really enjoyable books published this year. And next year is shaping up to be equally full of good reads.

So a quickie question in the slow week before 2011: What SF/F/H Books Are You Looking Forward to in the New Year?

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25 Comments on What SF/F/H Books Are You Looking Forward to in the New Year?

  1. Dino Mascolo // December 29, 2010 at 2:43 am //

    The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2) by Patrick Rothfuss

    http://WWW.Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer

    The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

    How to Write Magical Words A Writer’s Companion


  2. I am looking forward to:-

    Recollection by Gareth L. Powell
    The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates

    Remembered Earth: Poseidon’s Children Book 1 by Alastair Reynolds

    Ascendant Stars by Michael Cobley



  3. I’m looking forward to (and, in fact, I have already preordered all of them):

    Embassytown, by China Miéville

    Blue Remembered Earth, by Alastair Reynolds

    Orthogonal, by Greg Egan

    and, of course:

    A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin (if it finaly comes out in 2011).



  4. The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2) by Patrick Rothfuss (Mar 1, 2011)

    Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga by Greg Bear (January 4th 2011)

  5. I’m curious about The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi.  (I’m in the US)


  6. I know it’s already out, but I’ve only just learned of the Songs of the Dying Earth. I won’t be getting it until the new year, so does that count?

    As another commented above, The Lost Gate is also on my list of things to look forward to.

  7. Jeff VanderMeer // December 29, 2010 at 9:30 am //

    I’m looking forward to WTF: The sequel by Mousehands Kestrelbomb the most. jv

  8. Waiting, like a child waiting for Christmas morning, for Gene Wolfe’s Home Fires. I’ll also pick up China Mieville’s Embassytown and C.S.E. Cooney’s The Big Bah-Ha.

  9. Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge!

  10. The biggest one for me is Christopher Priest’s first novel in ten years, The Islanders, though we have to wait until October for it. Otherwise Scott Bakker’s The White Luck Warrior, Daniel Abraham’s The Dragon’s Path and Leviathan Wakes, Peadar O Guilin’s The Deserter, Embassytown by Mieville, Paul Kearney’s Kings of Morning and Adam Roberts’s By Light Alone. I’ve also heard good things about Mary Gentle’s Black Opera, Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns and Brian Ruckley’s The Edinburgh Dead. It could be a total car crash, but I’ll also at least take a look at the ‘new’ Mervyn Peake Gormenghast novel, Titus Awakes.

  11. Brave New Worlds, John Joseph Adams’ anthology, which is available now but is listed as January 2011 and which will not make it to my house before the New Year.

    Jo Walton’s Among Others, Gary K. Wolfe’s Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature , Catherynne Valente’s Deathless, and the VanderMeers’ Lambshead Cabinet anthology.

  12. “The biggest one for me is Christopher Priest’s first novel in ten years, The Islanders”

    Uhhh, didn’t know about that one. I’ve just pre-ordered it. Thanks!!!


  13. Howard Waldrop’s The Moone World, which he keep saying is getting close…

    Joe R. Lansdale’s Heyenas and Devil Red.

    And the Vinge, if it appears, and the Mieville. And I’ve already read Home Fires.

    The Apocalypse Codex doesn’t look like it’s due out until 2012.

    And since he’s actually writing again, I guess it’s within the realm of possibility that we might actually get to read Steven R. Boyett’s The Geography of Dreams sometime in our lifetimes…

  14. Dancing with Dragons by G.R.R.Martin – the same novel I have been wanting every year for the last 20odd years I think it is now…

    Whatevre is next from China Meilvile, Charles Stross, Richard Morgan, Scalzi and Cory Doctorow are the ones that pop to mind but probably a few more.

  15. The one I’m itching the most for is The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. Can’t get enough of those misfits in the North. Also have been waiting patiently for G R R Martin’s and Rothfuss’ next books. And I’ll definitely pick up Al Reynolds latest, even though I was somewhat ambivalent about Terminal World.

  16. Matte Lozenge // December 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm //

    A few of ’em…

    Paolo Bacigalupi, The Alchemist

    Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes


    Hannu Rajaniemi, The Quantum Thief

    Michael Swanwick, Dancing With Bears

    Steven Gould, 7th Sigma

    Daryl Gregory, Raising Stony Mayhall

    Charles Stross, Rule 34

    Robert Charles Wilson, Vortex

  17. Good Luck, Yukikaze by Chohei Kambayashi which is a sequel to Yukikaze a sentient fighter plane fighting Alien machine like AIs on a planet connected to Earth by a portal.All I need is for Nick Mamatas of Haikasoru to get it translated and published so I can continue to follow the exploirs of Yukikaze

  18. Great suggestions, folks!

    I should have realized beofre I posted this that my wanna-read list for next year would get even longer!

  19. There looks to be a lot of potential great books releasing in 2011.  I’m looking forward to:


    Engineering Infinity ~edited by Jonathan Strahan

    Cowboy Angels ~Paul McAuley

    Home Fires ~Gene Wolfe

    Dark Jenny ~Alex Bledsoe

    Life on Mars ~edited by Jonathan Strahan

    Eclipse Four ~edited by Jonathan Strahan

    Fuzzy Nation ~John Scalzi

    City of Ruins ~Kristine Kathryn Rusch


  20. @carlv: Cowboy Angels is out, at least in the US


  21. Eric Searleman // December 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm //

    Turbulence by Samit Basu. The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis. Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines. Ghosts of War by George Mann. And finally: Austin Grossman (Soon I Will be Invincible) says his next book will be out soon. Fingers crossed. 

  22. Dan Geiser // December 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm //

    One of Our Thursdays Is Missing: A Novel (2011) by Jasper Fforde
    Deadline (2011) by Mira Grant
    Embassytown (2011) by China Mieville
    Napier’s Bones (2011) by Derryl Murphy
    The Moon Maze Game (2011) by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
    All the Lives He Led (2011) by Frederik Pohl
    WWW: Wonder (2011) by Robert J. Sawyer
    Fuzzy Nation (2011) by John Scalzi
    Flashback (2011) by Dan Simmons
    Rule 34 (2011) by Charles Stross
    Crysis: Legion (2011) by Peter Watts
    Deep State (2011) by Walter Jon Williams
    Vortex (2011) by Robert Charles Wilson

  23. michael zavis // December 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm //

    @Lawrence Person:

    Boyett never stopped writing. You should check out his website. And he’s made it pretty clear he’s not going to finish the Architect books.

  24. Michael Prior // December 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm //

    There is only 4 that I am really looking forward to coming out over the next year or so

    Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi – I’ve just recently found H Beam Pipers books and really enjoyed them, it is a real shame that they are out of print.

    The Dark At The End by F Paul Wilson – the last of the Repairman Jack books taking him from The Tomb to Nightworld.

    README by Neal Stephenson – it is being sold as a thriller but I will be there on the day it comes out.

    The last Wheel Of Time book – Because it is finally OVER!!! I’ve wasted something like 15 years on this!!!

  25. Hey tam, thanks for the heads up.  It hasn’t been on bookstore shelves yet in either Borders or Barnes and Noble here, so if it doesn’t crop up in a week or so I’ll probably just have to order it.

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