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On My Radar: NEW CTHULHU 2 ed. by Paula Guran, PLANETFALL by Emma Newman, and DEPTH by Lev AC Rosen

Here’s a trio of books I just learned about that pique my interest.


New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird edited by Paula Guran
(Prime Books | April 21, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


Many of the best weird fiction writers (and creators in most other media) have been profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos H.P. Lovecraft created eight decades ago. Lovecraft’s themes of cosmic indifference, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history – written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread – are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it. A few years ago, New Cthulhu : The Recent Weird presented some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction from the first decade of the twenty-first century. Now, New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird brings you more eldritch tales and even fresher fiction inspired by Lovecraft.


Lately, I’m reading far too little short fiction for as much as I love it. Plus, who doesn’t love a good Cthulhu story? This one seems tailor made to break me our of my short fiction slump. And, just look at that spectacular cover!

Planetfall by Emma Newman
(Ace/Roc | November 3, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


From the award-nominated author Emma Newman, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harbouring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…


I was stunned by this unique cover when I first saw it on Over The Effing Rainbow. I’ve heard great things about Emma’s writing, and since I tend to gravitate towards science fiction more than fantasy, this seems like the perfect time to see for myself. The premise sounds like a great foundation for some imaginative world building.


Depth by Lev AC Rosen
(Regan Arts. | April 28, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


In a post-apocalyptic flooded New York City, a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find—and someone is willing to kill for.

Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can’t possibly be real—but that won’t stop the city’s most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle.

“Heinlein meets Hammett in this whip-smart whodunnit set amid the billowing fog and rising waters of a future New York in which the truth, like the monuments and skyscrapers of the city’s past, seems always to lie just below the surface.”
—Chuck Greaves, award-winning author of Hush Money, Green-Eyed Lady, and The Last Heir.


The mash-up of hardboiled mystery and dystopian science sounds alluring. The plot outline here also sounds kinda interesting…like something that’s brimming with intrigue and twists.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on On My Radar: NEW CTHULHU 2 ed. by Paula Guran, PLANETFALL by Emma Newman, and DEPTH by Lev AC Rosen

  1. Paul Weimer // January 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm //

    Yep, really looking forward to PLANETFALL.

  2. The Planetfall cover caught my attention. I’m looking forward to seeing what Emma can do in science fiction.

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