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228 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in January 2014 (Your Monthly SF/F/H Cover Gallery)

Are you looking for science fiction, fantasy and horror books that are coming out in the next few weeks? Look no further! Here’s a handy gallery of the sf/f/h books coming out in January.

Which ones appeal to you the most?

  1. Indexing by Seanan McGuire (47North)
  2. Pirates of the Outrigger Rift by Gary Jonas & Bill D. Allen (47North)
  3. Z 2135 (Z 2134 series) by David W. Wright & Sean Platt (47North)

  1. Queen of Stars (The Starfolk) by Dave Duncan (47North)
  2. Siege Perilous (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 5) by E.D. deBirmingham (47North)
  3. Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos (47North)
  1. Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos (47North)
  2. The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia series) by Matthew Mather (47North)
  3. Dawn of Swords (The Breaking World) by David Dalglish & Robert J. Duperre (47North)
  1. Shadow Ops: Breach Zone by Myke Cole (Ace)
  2. Dragons Wild by Robert Asprin (Ace)
  3. Wakeworld (A Book of the Between) by Kerry Schafer (Ace)
  1. Hunting Ground (Alpha And Omega) by Patricia Briggs (Ace)
  2. Work Done for Hire by Joe Haldeman (Ace)
  3. A Nearly Perfect Copy: A Novel by Allison Amend (Anchor)
  1. Known Devil: An Occult Crimes Unit Investigation by Justin Gustainis (Angry Robot)
  2. Hang Wire by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)
  3. The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) by Phil Rickman (Atlantic Books)
  1. The King Arthur Trilogy Book Two: Warrior of the West by M. K. Hume (Atria Books)
  2. Journey Into the Flame: Book One of the Rising World Trilogy by T. R. Williams (Atria Books)
  3. Up from the Grave (Night Huntress) by Jeaniene Frost (Avon)
  1. Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere (Time Trips) by Jenny Colgan (BBC Digital)
  2. Revolution: The Secret World Chronicle III by Mercedes Lackey & Veronica Giguere & Martin Cody & Dennis Lee (Baen)
  3. A Liaden Universe® Constellation: Volume Two by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen)
  1. 1636: Seas of Fortune by Iver P. Cooper (Baen)
  2. The Forever Engine by Frank Chadwick (Baen)
  3. How Dark the World Becomes by Frank Chadwick (Baen)
  1. A Few Good Men (Earth’s Revolution) by Sarah A. Hoyt (Baen)
  2. Forsaken: The World of Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank (Ballantine Books)
  3. The People’s Will by Jasper Kent (Bantam Books)
  1. The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe (BenBella Books)
  2. Dark Wolf (Carpathian) by Christine Feehan (Berkley)
  3. River of Dreams (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms) by Lynn Kurland (Berkley Trade)
  1. Firstborn: A Novel by Lorie Ann Grover (Blink)
  2. The Science Fiction Handbook by Nick Hubble and Aris Mousoutzanis (Bloomsbury Academic)
  3. Pig’s Foot: A Novel by Carlos Acosta (Bloomsbury USA)
  1. Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Bolinda Audio)
  2. The Appeal of Evil by Pembroke Sinclair (Booktrope)
  3. Ex-Purgatory: A Novel (Ex-Heroes) by Peter Clines (Broadway Books)
  1. Ashes & Alchemy (The Gaslight Chronicles) by Cindy Spencer Pape (Carina Press)
  2. Gamification by Keith Hollihan (ChiZine)
  3. C-Monkeys by Keith Hollihan (ChiZine)
  1. The Zombie Rule Book: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide by Tony Newton (Cosmic Egg Books)
  2. Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles (Cowcatcher Press)
  3. Shovel Ready: A Novel by Adam Sternbergh (Crown)
  1. Pandemic: A Novel (Infected) by Scott Sigler (Crown)
  2. The Broken Dragon: Children of the Dragon Nimbus #2 by Irene Radford (DAW)
  3. Fury of the Demon (Kara Gillian) by Diana Rowland (DAW)
  1. Touch (Queen of the Dead) by Michelle Sagara (DAW)
  2. The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection by Alan Grant & John Wagner (DC Comics)
  3. Dark Moon Digest – Issue #14: The Horror Fiction Quarterly by Lori Michelle and Stan Swanson (Dark Moon Books)
  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  2. Transformers: Retribution by David J. Williams & Mark Williams (Del Rey)
  3. Circle of Fire: A Damask Circle Book: 1 by Keri Arthur (Dell)
  1. The Archived (Archived, The) by Victoria Schwab (Disney-Hyperion)
  2. The Unbound (An Archived Novel) (The Archived) by Victoria Schwab (Disney-Hyperion)
  3. Anthem (Dover Thrift Editions) by Ayn Rand (Dover Publications)
  1. The Brownie of Bodsbeck and Other Tales (Collected Works of James Hogg) by James Hogg (Edinburgh University Press)
  2. Magic Possessed: The Hidden Series: Book 2 by Jaime Rush (Forever)
  3. Gilded Hearts by Christine D’Abo (Forever Yours)
  1. Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 6, January 2014 by Harry Turtledove & Eric Flint (Galaxy’s Edge)
  2. The Descent: Book Three of the Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu (Gallery Books)
  3. The Unwelcomed Child by V.C. Andrews (Gallery Books)
  1. Phoenix Island by John Dixon (Gallery Books)
  2. Treasure of Lima (Rogue Angel) by Alex Archer (Gold Eagle)
  3. Siren Song (Deathlands) by James Axler (Gold Eagle)
  1. The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign by Tom Lloyd (Gollancz)
  2. Fell Sword: Book 2 by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
  3. Wolves by Simon Ings (Gollancz)
  1. Mercy Snow: A Novel by Tiffany Baker (Grand Central Publishing)
  2. Game Slaves by Mr. Gard Skinner (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  3. Day Watch: Book Two (Night Watch) by Sergei Lukyanenko (Harper)
  1. The Echo by James Smythe (Harper Voyager)
  2. Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy by Christopher Golden (Harper Voyager)
  3. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky) by Veronica Rossi (HarperCollins)
  1. Beyond the Door: Short Story by Philip K. Dick (HarperPerennial Classics)
  2. Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum (HarperTeen)
  3. The War of the Grail by Geoffrey Wilson (Hodder & Stoughton)
  1. Of A Feather by Ken Goldman (Horrific Tales Publishing)
  2. The Vanishing by Wendy Webb (Hyperion)
  3. Judge Dredd Volume 3 by Nelson Daniel & Antonio Fuso & Jolyon Yates & Duane Swierczynski (IDW Publishing)
  1. Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time The Complete Series by Simon Fraser & Lee Sullivan & Mike Collins & Gary Erskine & Philip Bond (IDW Publishing)
  2. The Crow: Curare by Antoine Dode and James O’Barr (IDW Publishing)
  3. Tim Bradstreet: The Sketchbook Series Volume 1 by Tim Bradstreet (IDW Publishing)
  1. Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 4: Dead Man’s Hand by Mike Collins & Mitch Gerads & Tony Lee (IDW Publishing)
  2. Transformers: Regeneration One Volume 3 by Simon Furman (IDW Publishing)
  3. Ten Grand Volume 1 by Ben Templesmith & J. Michael Straczynski (Image Comics)
  1. The Pretenders (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy) by Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden (InkLit)
  2. Peacemaker: An Arcane West Novel (InterMix) by K. A. Stewart (InterMix)
  3. The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R. R. Martin & Ben Avery (Jet City Comics)
  1. Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough (Jo Fletcher Books)
  2. Swords of Good Men (The Valhalla Saga) by Snorri Kristjansson (Jo Fletcher Books)
  3. Netherworld (Chronicles of Diana Furnaval) by Lisa Morton (JournalStone)
  1. Pulse by Patrick Carman (Katherine Tegen Books)
  2. John Rain: Hell Hath Fury (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Celeste Easton (Kindle Worlds)
  3. The World of Kurt Vonnegut: Peace in Amber (Kindle Worlds Short Story) by Hugh Howey (Kindle Worlds)
  1. Erased (Altered) by Jennifer Rush (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  2. Zom-B Gladiator by Darren Shan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  3. The Visionist: A Novel by Rachel Urquhart (Little, Brown and Company)
  1. Star Wars: Maul – Lockdown by Joe Schreiber (LucasBooks)
  2. The Course of True Love (and First Dates) (The Bane Chronicles) by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  3. Iron Man: Extremis Prose Novel by Marie Javins (Marvel)
  1. The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) by Thomas D. Clareson & Joe Sanders (Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub)
  2. Dominion by C.J. Sansom (Mulholland Books)
  3. Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  1. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  2. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  3. Return to Nevèrÿon (Return to Nevèrÿon, 4) by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  1. Tales of Nevèrÿon (Return to Nevèrÿon, 1) by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  2. Flight from Nevèrÿon (Return to Nevèrÿon, 3) by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  3. Neveryóna: Or: The Tale of Signs and Cities (Return to Nevèrÿon, 2) by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  1. Nova by Samuel R. Delany (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  2. Sethra Lavode (The Viscount of Adrilankha) by Steven Brust (Orb Books)
  3. Escape From Kathmandu by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orb Books)
  1. Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orb Books)
  2. The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orb Books)
  3. Dirty Magic (Prospero’s War) by Jaye Wells (Orbit)
  1. Surreal Estate by Elliott James (Orbit)
  2. Arcanum by Simon Morden (Orbit)
  3. The Freedom Frontier (Metawars) by Jeff Norton (Orchard Books)
  1. Robin Hood (Myths and Legends) by Neil Smith (Osprey Publishing)
  2. The Rome Prophecy by Sam Christer (Overlook)
  3. The Dawn Stag: The Dalriada Trilogy, Book Two by Jules Watson (Overlook TP)
  1. Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth by Brian Attebery (Oxford University Press, USA)
  2. Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories by Neil Gaiman & Richelle Mead & Eoin Colfer & Michael Scott & Marcus Sedgwick (PENGUIN GROUP (UK))
  3. Theory of Mind and Science Fiction by Nicholas O. Pagan (Palgrave Pivot)
  1. The Bird’s Nest (Penguin Classics) by Shirley Jackson (Penguin Classics)
  2. The Sundial (Penguin Classics) by Shirley Jackson (Penguin Classics)
  3. Vampire Seeker (Samantha Carter) by Tim O’Rourke (Piatkus Books)
  1. The Orphan Choir: A Novel by Sophie Hannah (Picador)
  2. The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series) by G. Michael Hopf (Plume)
  3. The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series) by G. Michael Hopf (Plume)
  1. Bristol House: A Novel by Beverly Swerling (Plume)
  2. Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl (Pocket Books)
  3. Wicked After Midnight (Blud) by Delilah S. Dawson (Pocket Books)
  1. Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors by Kirsten Beyer (Pocket Books/Star Trek)
  2. Tales From High Hallack, Volume 1: The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume 1 by Andre Norton (Premier Digital Publishing)
  3. Board Stiff: Xanth #38 by Piers Anthony (Premier Publishing)
  1. Into the Wilderness (Blood of the Lamb) by Mandy Hager (Pyr)
  2. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Children) by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)
  3. Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce (Random House)
  1. Minders by Michele Jaffe (Razorbill)
  2. Vitro by Jessica Khoury (Razorbill)
  3. On Such a Full Sea: Signed Limited Edition by Chang-Rae Lee (Riverhead)
  1. On Such a Full Sea: A Novel by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead)
  2. Iron Night: A Generation V Novel by M.L. Brennan (Roc)
  3. Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter (Roc)
  1. A Wind in the Night: A Novel of the Noble Dead by Barb Hendee & J.C. Hendee (Roc)
  2. Once In a Blue Moon by Simon R. Green (Roc Trade)
  3. The Gospel of Z by Stephen Graham Jones (Samhain Publishing)
  1. Her Vampyrrhic Heart by Simon Clark (Severn House Publishers)
  2. Broken Blade (Colbana Files) by J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker, Inc.)
  3. Eastern Shadows: Illustrated Japanese Ghost And Monster Tales by Utagawa Kuniyoshi & Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Shinbaku Books)
  1. The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone by Will Storr (Short Books Ltd)
  2. The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto (Skyscape)
  3. Timebound (The Chronos Files) by Rysa Walker (Skyscape)
  1. Hive Monkey (Ack-Ack Macaque) by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)
  2. Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  3. A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney (Solaris)
  1. The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
  2. The Other Tree by DK Mok (Spence City)
  3. Timestorm: A Tempest Novel by Julie Cross (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  1. That Touch of Magic by Lucy March (St. Martin’s)
  2. Tidal (Watersong Novel) by Amanda Hocking (St. Martin’s)
  3. Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s Press)
  1. Snowblind by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Press)
  2. The Wavering Werewolf: A Monsterrific Tale (Monsterrific Tales) by David Lubar (Starscape)
  3. Shadowplay by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry)
  1. The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard (Strange Chemistry)
  2. Chiliad: A Meditation by Clive Barker (Subterranean)
  3. The Ape Man’s Brother by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean)
  1. Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour (The Chaos! Quincunx) by Garry Thomas Morse (Talonbooks)
  2. The Pack by Daniel Faccilongo & Jon Conkling & Michael a Devito & Mike Raicht (Th3rd World Studios)
  3. Path of the Eldar by Gav Thorpe (The Black Library)
  1. There Is Only War (Warhammer) by Christian Dunn (The Black Library)
  2. Wolf Hunt (The Horus Heresy) by Graham McNeill (The Black Library)
  3. Malodrax (Space Marine Battles) by Ben Counter (The Black Library)
  1. The Unremembered Empire (The Horus Heresy) by Dan Abnett (The Black Library)
  2. Mark of Calth (The Horus Heresy) by Laurie Goulding (The Black Library)
  3. Wolf of Sigmar (Time of Legends) by C. L. Werner (The Black Library)
  1. Master of Death (Time of Legends) by Josh Reynolds (The Black Library)
  2. Neferata (Time of Legends) by Josh Reynolds (The Black Library)
  3. Star Road: A Novel by Matthew Costello & Rick Hautala (Thomas Dunne Books)
  1. Luminary (Anomaly) by Krista McGee (Thomas Nelson)
  2. Star Wars Omnibus: Dark Times v. 1 by Randy Stradley and Douglas Wheatley (Titan Books Ltd)
  3. Adventure Time: Mathematical Edition v. 3 by Ryan North (Titan Books Ltd)
  1. Star Wars Omnibus: Adventures by Randy Stradley (Titan Books Ltd)
  2. Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic v. 2 by John Jackson Miller (Titan Books Ltd)
  3. Alien: Out of the Shadows Bk. 1 by Tim Lebbon (Titan Books Ltd)
  1. Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Titan Books Ltd)
  2. Andromeda’s fall by William C. Dietz (Titan Books Ltd)
  3. The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff (Titan Books Ltd)
  1. Solid State Tank Girl by Alan Martin (Titan Comics)
  2. Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (Titan Comics)
  3. SNOWPIERCER VOL. 1: THE ESCAPE by Jacques Lob (Titan Comics)
  1. Rex Regis (The Imager Portfolio) by L. E. Modesitt (Tor Books)
  2. Dragon Weather (Obsidian Chronicles) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (Tor Books)
  3. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
  1. The Magic Engineer (Saga of Recluce) by L. E. Modesitt (Tor Books)
  2. Halo: Mortal Dictata by Karen Traviss (Tor Books)
  3. Watchers in the Night (The Guardians of the Night, Book 1) by Jenna Black (Tor Books)
  1. A Darkling Sea by James Cambias (Tor Books)
  2. The Intelligence Director: A Tor.Com Original by Jessica Brody (Tor Books)
  3. Nighttime in Caeli-Amur: A Tor.Com Original by Rjurik Davidson (Tor Books)
  1. Ekaterina and the Firebird: A Tor.Com Original by Abra Staffin-Wiebe (Tor Books)
  2. The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging: A Tor.Com Original by Harry Turtledove (Tor Books)
  3. The Revolution Trade (incorporating The Revolution Business and The Trade of Queens): A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (Tor Books)
  1. The Traders’ War (incorporating The Clan Corporate and The Merchants’ War): A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (Tor Books)
  2. The Bloodline Feud (incorporating The Family Trade and The Hidden Family): A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (Tor Books)
  3. The Cartography of Sudden Death: A Tor.Com Original by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books)
  1. He Drank, and Saw the Spider: An Eddie LaCrosse Novel by Alex Bledsoe (Tor Books)
  2. The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) by Brian Staveley (Tor Books)
  3. Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn (Tor Books)
  1. Stepping Stone / Love Machine: Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley (Tor Science Fiction)
  2. Hellhole Awakening (Hellhole Trilogy) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Science Fiction)
  3. Notes for The Big Aha by Rudy Rucker (Transreal Books)
  1. The Big AHA by Rudy Rucker (Transreal Books)
  2. Gregory Benford (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by George Slusser (University of Illinois Press)
  3. 07-GHOST, Vol. 8 by Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara (VIZ Media LLC)
  1. Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 9 (Ooku: The Inner Chambers) by Fumi Yoshinaga (VIZ Media LLC)
  2. The Smell of Evil by Charles Birkin (Valancourt Books)
  3. The Raker by Andrew Sinclair (Valancourt Books)
  1. A Beastly Business by John Blackburn (Valancourt Books)
  2. Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Vertigo)
  3. John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 7: Tainted Love by Garth Ennis (Vertigo)
  1. Preacher Book Three by Garth Ennis (Vertigo)
  2. Wolverton Station by Joe Hill (William Morrow Impulse)
  3. Wild West Exodus: An Outlaw’s Wrath by C. L. Werner (ZMOK)

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

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7 Comments on 228 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in January 2014 (Your Monthly SF/F/H Cover Gallery)

  1. As New Year’s Day approached I was as excited about knowing we would have the first Books post of 2014 as I was for anything else.

    A Darkling Sea sounds like a really interesting debut novel, and with a host of SFF author praise, including Jo Walton, it may be worth taking a chance.

    Speaking of Jo Walton, I am so excited about reading What Makes This Book so Great. I’ve enjoyed what essays of hers I’ve caught on and I’m happy to see them collect several together.

    Although I am two books behind in the series I’ll be picking up He Drank and Saw the Spider by Alex Bledsoe. The Eddie LaCrosse books are a fun mash-up.

    I’m very curious about The Almost Girl.

    That special edition slipcase for On Such a Full Sea is cool…would be hard to shelve though. 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing Ransom Riggs at a book signing this month, not the least of which is the chance to get Hollow City and read it.

    I’m hoping there will be an ebook version of Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, Eleven Stories although I don’t see the option on Amazon. I’m interested in the whole book but am especially excited about stories by Neil Gaiman and Alex Scarrow.

    The Heritage of Heinlein might be a good book, but its current cover price, even with an Amazon discount, prices it out of the market for it to generate good sales, in my opinion.

    I’ve got to finish James Smythe’s “The Explorer”, which I bought because of a glowing review here on SF Signal last year, so I can read “The Echo”.

    Wolves by Simon Ing sounds good. The technology as described sounds like what Will McIntosh did with the excellent Love Minus Eighty but with a much more overtly dark premise.

    I am in the midst of my first exploration of the Liaden Universe with Baen’s short story collection, A Liaden Universe Constellation, Vol. 1, and I plan on being at my local Barnes and Noble on January 7th to pick up Vol. 2. Really enjoying these stories.

    January is already starting out looking like 2014 will not help me in my books purchased vs. books read struggle, ha!

  2. Steve Oerkfitz // January 1, 2014 at 10:16 am //

    I’ve already read Sarah Pinborough’s Mayhem in the British edition. A fine novel
    I have most of the Samuel Delaney’s in print editions already. Have read the Kim Stanley Robinsons and the Shirley Jacksons as they are reprints of older editions. Have also read the Joe Lansdale.
    Out of the new books I am mostly interested in the Joe Haldeman, Jo Walton and the Simon Ing.
    Have zero interest in media generated books-Dr. Who, Star Wars, Star Trek-or paranormal romance(which seems to overwhelm the new pb release section of my local B&N.)

  3. Oh awesome, the new volume of Ooku! I love that series.

    I’m really trying to avoid buying so many books, but I have to get Wolves.

  4. Read this and totally totally loved it. Complex characters and incredibly twisty plot, and for lovers of ‘hard sci-fi’ plenty of science. It’s also way steamier than the usual sci-fi…

  5. For the past few months, I’ve been trying every available Amazon preview linked from these galleries to see what I might like, and my picks for January were …

    Jo Walton, What Makes This Book So Great.
    Simon Morden, Arcanum.
    Seanan McGuire, Indexing.
    Marko Kloos, Lines of Departure.
    Joanna Wiebe, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant.
    Karen Traviss, Halo: Mortal Dictata.
    Brian Staveley, The Emperor’s Blades.

  6. I looked at this lot and was hugely upset that my own January release “Heaven is a Place on Earth” was not listed. Then I realised that the post was dated 1 Jan. This means that you must have based the list on pre-release data from Amazon etc.. You probably know that Amazon only allows certain publishers to enter a novel in their system before its release date. Self-published writers don’t have this capability. Which explains why my novel isn’t there. I had to enter it on the release date – 1 Jan.

    As a writer who has moved from commercial to self publishing, I’m increasingly sensitive to how the publishing establishment still has lingering privileges that the rest miss out on. It’s getting better all the time, of course, but there are still arbitrary rules and other hangovers from the past that tend to disadvantage the self-published writer. None of my self-published novels will ever be in your list for any month, ever.

    I had a guest post on your site about the two time travel novels I had published last year (by Pan Macmillan/Momentum). You were also kind enough to mention that one of those novels, “True Path”, was recently shortlisted for an Aurealis Award. So I’m not completely unknown to SF Signal. Yet, because of an arbitrary Amazon rule, your “one stop shop” listing of January releases, did not pick up my new novel, “Heaven is a Place on Earth”.

    Maybe if I let you know in advance that I have another sci-fi novel coming out on 1 April called “Cargo Cult” (a comedy this time) you will add it to your listing for April? I’m happy to send you the cover and any other information you need.

    • That would help, Graham. It’s unfortunate Amazon places these restrictions on you. From my end, know that these posts take a lot of time, so I start them up to 2 weeks before the end of the month to get them ready for publication on the 1st.

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