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Redshirts

Redshirts

by John Scalzi

Hardcover, 317 pages, St Martins Pr, $24.99, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • John Scalzi

Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.

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Talulla Rising

Talulla Rising

by Glen Duncan

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Glen Duncan

Grieving for her werewolf lover, Talulla Demetriou is pregnant and popularly believed to be the last surviving werewolf. She flees to a remote Alaskan lodge to have her child in secret and avoid capture by the deadly forces — including, rumor has it, the oldest living vampire on Earth — that are after her.

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Zone One

Zone One

by Colson Whitehead

Paperback, 322 pages, Anchor, $15, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Colson Whitehead

In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague. By the author of Sag Harbor.NPR Bestseller

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Shadow of Night

Shadow Of Night

by Deborah Harkness

Paperback, 583 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Deborah Harkness

The sequel to A Discovery of Witches finds Yale professor and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, together with the hunky vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, traveling back in time to Elizabethan London. There, Diana studies at Oxford and seeks a magical tutor while Matthew is forced to confront his past. But when an evil cabal steals a mysterious book, the witch-vampire duo set off on a search across Europe to find it.NPR Bestseller

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Year Zero

Year Zero

by Rob Reid

Hardcover, 357 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Rob Reid

After two aliens reveal that the whole universe is addicted to humanity's music, has committed gross copyright violations, and is murderously unhappy with the resulting fines and penalties, entertainment lawyer Nick Carter has forty-eight hours to save the planet.

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The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Paperback, 516 pages, Anchor, $15, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.NPR Bestseller

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The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

by Karen Thompson Walker

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published June 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Karen Thompson Walker

Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

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A Dance with Dragons

A Dance With Dragons

by George R.R. Martin

Paperback, 1033 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • George R.R. Martin

New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies. Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.NPR Bestseller

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Overseas

Overseas

by Beatriz Williams

Hardcover, 456 pages, Putnam Adult, $25.95, published May 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Beatriz Williams

A cynical Wall Street analyst falls uncharacteristically in love with a billionaire with a mysterious past, in a romance with mystical ties to a relationship between a World War I British officer and a beautiful young American who held vital information about a fateful reconnaissance mission.

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The Black Jewels Trilogy

The Black Jewels Trilogy

Daughter of the Blood/Heir to the Shadows/Queen of the Darkness

by Anne Bishop

Paperback, 1204 pages, Penguin Group USA, $22, published December 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Daughter of the Blood/Heir to the Shadows/Queen of the Darkness
  • Anne Bishop

Three men, sworn enemies, vie for sway over the girl witch Jaenelle, destined to rule over the Dark Kingdom, commencing a ruthless game of politics, magic, power, and betrayal, in which the weapons are love and hate.

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The Magician King

The Magician King

A Novel

by Lev Grossman

Paperback, 400 pages, Plume, $16, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman's sequel to his 2009 fantasy novel The Magicians catches up with the spell-casting prodigies we met in that adventure, now ruling as kings and queens in the mystical land of Fillory. In his "hauntingly fantastic follow-up," the author dares to ask: What if all your dreams came true and you still needed your antidepressants? What if magic alone is not enough?NPR Bestseller

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

Paperback, 374 pages, Broadway, $14, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • Ernest Cline

Immersing himself in a mid-21st century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Stories
  • 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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Throne of the Crescent Moon

Throne of the Crescent Moon

by Saladin Ahmed

Hardcover, 274 pages, DAW Hardcover, $24.95, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Saladin Ahmed

Three superheroes in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms bound together by a series of magical murders must work together in a race against time to prevent a sorcerer's plot from destroying the world.

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Arctic Rising

Arctic Rising

by Tobias S. Buckell

Hardcover, 303 pages, Tor Books, $24.99, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Tobias S. Buckell

In a future ravaged by global warming, an innovative corporation creates a technology that can both cool the planet and provide a massive super-weapon, prompting airship pilot Anika Duncan to be swept up in an international plot.

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2312

2312

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hardcover, 561 pages, Orbit, $25.99, published May 22 2012 | purchase
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  • Kim Stanley Robinson

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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Blackout

Blackout

by Mira Grant

Paperback, 659 pages, Orbit, $9.99, published June 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Mira Grant

In 2041, Georgia Mason, held hostage by a team of CDC researchers, must find her way back to Shaun Mason, who is dealing with his own problems, such as zombie bears, mad scientists and rogue government agencies, before things get worse in her post-zombie, post-resurrection America.

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