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2312

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hardcover, 561 pages, Orbit, $25.99, published May 22 2012 | purchase
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The latest novel from Robinson, author of the celebrated "Mars Trilogy," deals with what's happened to humanity since colonizing most of the solar system. The action begins when a politician-scientist from Mercury secretly makes a disturbing discovery about how power is being consolidated among just a few planets in the system. But just as she and her colleagues decide to do something about it, a series of possible crimes undermine their cause — including the politician's death. The politician's troubled granddaughter Swan, an artist and biosphere designer, is left to deal with the consequences.

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After the Apocalypse

After the Apocalypse

Stories

by Maureen F. McHugh

Paperback, 264 pages, Small Beer Press, $16, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Maureen F. McHugh

This collection of dark short stories takes place somewhere in a near future where the U.S. economy has crumbled, dirty bombs are commonplace in American cities and prion diseases are eating everyone's brains. A prisoner dumped into Cleveland's "zombie preserve" sees his bloodthirsty companions not as monsters, but as a new kind of wildlife. A teenager watches her mother slipping away into madness as disease eats her brain, but worries more about how to escape her mother's girlfriend, a hoarder who is slowly filling their home with piles of junk. A woman who sells dolls on the internet has to deal with an online reputation she never asked for, and hip-hop loving Chinese factory workers are fomenting socialist-capitalist hybrid revolutions.

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Intrusion

Intrusion

by Ken MacLeod

Hardcover, 320 pages, Orbit, $32.85, published March 1 2012 | purchase
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All Yesterdays

All Yesterdays

Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals

by Darren Naish, John Conway and C. M. Koseman

Paperback, 100 pages, Irregular Books, $32.82, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals
  • Darren Naish, John Conway, et al

An illustrated survey of possibilities and details that may have been overlooked by paleontologists reconstructing the ways dinosaurs looked — combined with speculation about what future paleontologists may think when confronted with the fossil record modern life will leave.

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Alif the Unseen

Alif The Unseen

by G. Willow Wilson

Hardcover, 433 pages, Grove Press, $25, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • G. Willow Wilson

Forced underground when his ex-lover's new fiancee breaches his computer, putting him and his clients in jeopardy, young Arab-Indian hacker and shielder Alif discovers the secret book of the jinn and uses its insights to enable life-threatening developments in information technology. By the creator of the acclaimed comics Air and Vixen.

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The Cold Commands

The Cold Commands

by Richard K. Morgan

Hardcover, 496 pages, Del Rey, $26, published October 11 2011 | purchase
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  • Richard K. Morgan

Relates the story of aging warrior Ringil Eskiath, whose return to the violent life of a hero is further complicated by a major threat that compels Ringil to forge uncomfortable alliances.

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Merge / Disciple

Merge / Disciple

by Walter Mosley

Hardcover, 288 pages, Tor Books, $24.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Walter Mosley

Two speculative tales include "Merge," in which a heartbroken lottery winner discovers true joy through an otherworldly entity; and "Disciple," in which a dead-end employee is rendered a pawn in an evil plot against the life forces on Earth.

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Among Others

Among Others

by Jo Walton

Paperback, 302 pages, Tor Books, $14.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Jo Walton

Startling, unusual and irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

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Saga 1

Saga 1

by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Paperback, 160 pages, Image Comics, $9.99, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to raise their child in a dangerous world.

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Dune/Special 25th Anniversary Edition

Dune

by Frank Herbert

Paperback, 535 pages, Ace, $6.50, published August 1 1992 | purchase
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  • Frank Herbert

Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke, is given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.

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Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm

Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm

A New English Version

by Philip Pullman

Hardcover, 405 pages, Viking Adult, $27.95, published November 8 2012 | purchase
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The acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy presents mature and scholarly retellings of 50 favorite and lesser-known fairy tales on the 200th anniversary of the Grimm brothers' Children's and Household Tales, in a volume that includes such stories as "Cinderella," "Rapunzel" and "Briar-Rose." 30,000 first printing.

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Mars Attacks

Mars Attacks

50th Anniversary Collection

by The Topps Company, Len Brown and Zina Saunders

Hardcover, 221 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $19.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • The Topps Company, Len Brown, et al

The first-ever compilation of the infamous science-fiction trading card series produced by Topps in 1962 brings together high-quality reproductions of the entire original series, as well as the hard-to-find sequel from 1994, rare and never-before-seen sketches, concept art and test market materials.

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Under Wildwood

Under Wildwood

by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Hardcover, 559 pages, Balzer + Bray, $17.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to the divided country of Wildwood.

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The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer

by Jasper Fforde

Hardcover, 256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Jasper Fforde

In his witty first novel for young readers, the New York Times best-selling author introduces 15-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange. Jennifer runs Kazam, an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions begin about the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer, Jennifer realizes that everything could change for Kazam — and herself — and that Big Magic is in store.

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Dodger

Dodger

by Terry Pratchett

Hardcover, 336 pages, HarperCollins, $17.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

Surviving by his wits in an alternative-universe London ruled by a young Queen Victoria, the intrepid young Dodger inadvertently foils a murderous Sweeney Todd's operation and encounters numerous fictional and historical characters, including Darwin, Disraeli and Dickens. By the award-winning author of A Hat Full of Sky.

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At the Mouth of the River of Bees

At the Mouth of the River of Bees

Stories

by Kij Johnson

Paperback, 300 pages, Small Beer Press, $16, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Kij Johnson

At the Mouth of the River of Bees is the latest collection of stories from the Nebula Award-winning science fiction author.

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

by George R.R. Martin

Paperback, 835 pages, Random House, $7.50, published September 1 1997 | purchase
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  • George R.R. Martin

The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes

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