Dec 31 2010 3:03pm

Coming Soon, But Not Soon Enough?

Coming in 2011

Here we are, mere hours until the close of 2010 (Unless you’re in New Zealand in which case how is 2011 doing so far?) and we were wondering...what are you looking forward to next year?

2011 already promises a wealth of genre releases, from big fantasy novels like Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear or Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God, to the big screen debuts of Thor and Captain America, to the small screen debut of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

Is there an unsung science fiction book, movie, or show that you’re really excited about? Is 2011 the year you’re hoping for news or release dates on some long-awaited projects? Are you hoping to get your own work started/finished/out in this coming year?

One of the staffers has already promised to be obnoxious as Mistborn: Alloy of Law nears, and we’re already swooning over Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. How about you?

1. BryanThomasS
If he turns it in, which I don't know if he has, Requiem by Ken Scholes. Great series!
Daniel Goss
2. Beren
Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss is probably my most anticipated book this year (that I know of, anyway.) Running close behind, however, is Jim Butcher's Ghost Story. He really did an amazing job with Changes, and I'm chomping at the bit to see where he takes the character next. Especially after that doozy of a cliffhanger
Mieneke van der Salm
3. Mieneke
I'm really looking forward to Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves, Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London and Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear!
4. PhoenixFalls
Definitely swooning over Valente's Deathless and will probably buy The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Elizabeth Bear (matociquala) has two out early in the year I'm excited about as well: Grail and The Sea Thy Mistress; plus I think I've heard something about A Reckoning of Men (co-written with Sarah Monette) being a 2011 release? There's Jo Walton's Among Others, only a week or two away, and two from Jacqueline Carey that I plan on buying the instant they hit shelves: Naamah's Blessing and Saints Astray.

And I'm excited about Wise Man's Fear too, but since book three is still ages away I'll be waiting on the paperback for that one. . . plus it'll then match my copy of The Name of the Wind. :)
5. Steven Oerkfitz
Looking forward to new novels by Dan Simmons, Christopher Priest, China Mieville, Robert Charles Wilson and Joe Lansdale.
Mani A
6. sn0wcrash
Books: Crippled God, The Republic of Thieves, A Dance with Dragons (hey, I can hope)
Movies: Enh, none notable. Maybe Sucker Punch.
Games: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age II
Todd Tyrna
7. Ezramoon
My new year's wish would be for SGU to get picked up for a 3rd season somewhere. I really want to see how the overall story they had in mind pans out. Wishful thinking on my part though I'm sure...
8. Tim Ward
I'm really looking forward to Hellhole by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert. I loved their work on the Dune series and the premise for this new series looks fascinating.

Also, Resurrection by Mike Duran. It's his first book and I'm sure one of many great ones to come.
9. Freelancer
Wise Man's Fear, hands down. I just finished my fourth read of The Name of the Wind, and I continue to be amazed at how tightly Rothfuss crafted this volume. He admits to being compulsive about editing/re-editing, but if this is the result, he's welcome to always take all the time he needs. I cannot imagine any reader of fantasy, or pretty much any fiction, who would turn away from this work based on the "8 deadly words".

At least we know the final manuscript has been in for awhile, and the expected release date will be met.

If it was slated for release this coming year, A Memory of Light would top my list (sorry Patrick, but no comparing a 4 year wait with a 17 year wait). The ann......ticipation of finally seeing where Robert Jordan was taking us from the Two Rivers so very long ago, has become a veritable life constant.
10. SGriffin
SO looking forward to SPELLBOUND by Blake Charlton, second in the series. Go Blake! Go Blake!
Stephanie Ellis
11. Steph.Ellis
After Changes, I'm really looking forward to Jim Butcher's next book in his Dresden Files series, Ghost Story. Also, I love Lynn Flewelling, and I can't wait to read her next release, Casket of Souls.
12. RavensclawAlumna
Waiting for "Albus Severus Potter and the Marauder's Map". C'mon, Jo Rowling--give us a little of "19 years later".
13. dwndrgn
Similar to those above, I'm looking forward to A Wise Man's Fear, Ghost Story, Casket of Souls, A Republic of Thieves, Mistborn: Alloy of Law and while I'm not really aching to read The Crippled God I'll definitely be looking out for it - at least to just finish the series. I'm way behind on Ken Scholes' series so if I catch up I'll be reading Requiem. I don't know if Diana Gabaldon's next Outlander book is supposed to come out in 2011 but if it is I'll be first in line.
rick gregory
14. rickg
The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi. Rothfuss' new book. Fuzzy Nation by Scalzi. Didn't even know about Mistborn: Alloy of Law but that's now on the radar...
15. kelljones
Desperate for Flora's Fury by Ysabeau Wilce!
shawn keeling
16. longerwaves
How could any of you forget Michael Swanwicks "Dancing With Bears"! It is a Darger and Surplus full length novel. Any of you that have read his short story "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" will know what I am talking about and if you have NOT read it, then you should put that at the top of your 'to read' pile. Also looking forward to the new Abercrombie novel.
Darius Bacon
17. Darius
The new Vernor Vinge novel -- is it official yet? And more from Jo Walton and Walter Jon Williams. I hadn't heard of the Swanwick -- thanks for the alert, longerwaves.
18. Matt Carpenter
1. Honor's Paradox - PC Hodgell
2. The Tangled Muse - WH Pugmire
3. A Memory of Light - Sanderson/Jordan
4. The Heroes - Abercrombie
5. The Republic of Thieves - Lynch
6. The Wise Man's Fear - Rothfuss
7. I think GRRM will announce A Dance with Dragons is complete.
19. DRickard
As long as we're wishing for the impossible (Dance with Dragons):
Hey, Sam: Where the hell is The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities?
Brent Longstaff
20. Brentus
Snuff - Terry Pratchett (the previous 2 Watch books are hands-down the best Discworld books, so a new one is even more exciting than I Shall Wear Midnight was)
I Don't Want to Kill You - Dan Wells
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
Mistborn: Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson
Schlock Mercenary book 12: Force Multiplication - Howard Tayler (ongoing release as webcomic)

I'd put A Memory of Light but that's more likely to be in 2012.

Doctor Who series 6
Sherlock series 2

Deus Ex Human Revolution (the first Deus Ex is still the best game I've ever played)
pete hindle
21. petehindle
Pretty sure the new Vernor Vinge novel is official, and seeing as that is the sequel to Fire Upon the Deep. Also looking forward to the new Neal Stephenson book destroying my ability to socialise for about two weeks.

After last years appalling track record for films (Avatar: I'm looking at you. Both of you!) I'm only interested in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch - and only for the visuals. I don't think it will actually be any good. Fingers crossed the Avatar TV show sequel will be ok!
Michal Jakuszewski
22. Lfex
There is some hope for A Dance with Dragons making it in 2011. Vernor Vinge and Neal Stephenson are also unconfirmed but still seem likely.

As for officially confirmed books, my most anticipated titles are White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker and Deathless by Catherynne Valente. Close behind them come Among Others by Jo Walton, The Hammer by K. J. Parker and The Crippled God by Steven Erikson.

State of Grace by Peter Watts and Pearlant by M. John Harrison seem to be moved to 2012.
Lena Vogelmann
23. kalafudra
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Jasper Fforde's next Thursday Next novel)
The Heroes (Joe Abercrombie)
Embassytown (China Miéville)
Kiss of Snow (Nalini Singh)

Game of Thrones
(And of course the continuation of "my" shows)

the Marvel adaptations
Source Code
and more
24. Matt Carpenter
...well, if we can include movies...

The Whisperer in Darkness from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society
Peter Stone
25. Peter1742
I really want the sequel to Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, but he's rotating between his three series, so it's going to be a while.
Emmet O'Brien
26. EmmetAOBrien
There are two and a half Daniel Abrahams due this coming year to which I am greatly looking forward.
27. OtterB
Already mentioned but I'll join in looking forward to:

Among Others by Jo Walton
the next Dresden Files book

Not yet mentioned:

Kings of the North, by Elizabeth Moon, second in her new Paksworld series
The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells, first in a new series
Pack of Lies, by Laura Anne Gilman, second in the Paranormal Investigators spinoff from her Retrievers series
Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
David Thomson
28. ZetaStriker
I have a lot to look forward to this year, much of which you already touched upon in the opening post. The HBO broadcast of A Game of Thrones has me counting away the minutes and hours, and just about every series I'm currently reading seems slated to have a new release some time in 2011. Dragons will finally begin Dancing in RR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice, Sanderson will bring us to an end(but not the end, for. . . wheel etc etc) for Robert Jordan's long-running Wheel of Time. Sooner still, Erikson will close his Malazan Book of the Fallen as Esslemont expands the world with The Crippled God and Stonewielder. And finally Rothfuss, the newest author to pique my interest, will follow up his excellent first novel with The Wise Man's Fear. There's a lot to like about 2011.
29. mityorkie
The Captal's Tower by Melanie Rawn - because hope springs eternal. It's been on my Amazon wish list since 2005.
30. Martina Frammartino
A Dance with Dragons, what else? A Memory of Light probably is done in 2012, Guy Gavriel Kay had published Under Heaven in 2010, so A Dance with Dragons is the only I'm waiting this year.
Judith S. Anderson
31. jskanderson
Oh Mityorkie!, what a reminder! I'd given up and forgotten, but I'll join in your hope!
Allana Schneidmuller
32. blutnocheinmal
Like many above: A Dance With Dragons, The Wise Man's Fear, The Crippled God. Also, in the 'sort of guilty pleasure urban fantasy series' books, Pale Demon by Kim Harrison, River Marked by Patricia Briggs, and Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews.

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can Advance
All Star Superman
Green Lantern
Captain America
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Cowboys & Aliens
Sucker Punch
I won't lie, also looking forward to the next Transformers, the last Harry Potter, and especially Pirates 4. But mostly because Disney used Tim Power's novel as inspiration. Heck, the main character was even already named Jack. Need to read it still though.
33. Mogbot the Mulchy
Suckerpunch looks insane. But otherwise I'm just saving my excitement for the Hobbit movies, maybe in 2012.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Games of Thrones

Dances with Dragons
A Memory of Light
Josh Catlin
34. jdcatlin
Looking forward to Tiassa by Brust and The River of Shadows by Redick in addition to a fair amount of the books named above.
35. billcap
Firefly season two
Kevin John Feeley
36. kevinjohn35
I just finished Michael A. Stackpole's At the Queen's Command and I am looking very forward to the second volume in that trilogy: Of Limited Loyalty.

I am also anticipating fantastic reading experiences with Catherynn Valente's 3 releases in 2011: The Folded World, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and Deathless. As well as China Mieville's Embassytown and George Mann's The Immorality Engine.

Then there's The Wise Man's Fears, the new Mistborn, The Unremembered by Peter Orullian, L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Regained and oh so many more...


I love books.
37. Driceman
I'm basically behind on books at all times no matter how hard I try, but if I wasn't I suppose I'd be excited for Wise Man's Fear, Dance With Dragons (as many above have said, we can pray, right?), and the next Mistborn. Sanderson said he's pretty much positive Memory of Light won't be out until 2012, but it might as well make the list anyway. I mean, The Wheel of Time ending is an epic statement to say the least, isn't it?

As it is, I'm reading Lord of Chaos for the first time and will then be taking a short break from WoT to read Game of Thrones for the first time (told you I'm behind). Hopefully I'll get both of those and a few more from their respective series knocked out this year, plus maybe Name of the Wind.

Movies: Harry Potter 7, Part 2. I thought Part 1 was fantastic, personally, and I love the series as a whole anyway, so I'm really excited. Thor, Captain America, and Green Lantern sound cool, too (is that last making it out this year?)

TV: I honestly never watch TV, but HBO shows are kind of a hybrid of movies and TV shows to me, and since I'll be reading it anyway I'm really excited for Game of Thrones.
Chris Lehotsky
38. Tel_Janin
I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't looking forward to new Rothfuss, Lynch, Martin, or Sanderson, but Matt Stover's His Father's Fist comes out sometime this year, and that's all sorts of awesome. It's the 4th and (sadly) probably final Caine novel. His work is what got me away from Star Wars and into SFF proper. Thanks Matt, it's good to be here.

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