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Jul 31 2012 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Science Fiction

What’s going on? When was the last month we had science fiction releases in the double-digits? But yes, there are 13 new releases this month. Okay, some are aimed at young adults, but still. Ann Aguirre has a new entry in her popular Sirantha Jax series, and there are new series books from Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, Dani and Eytan Kollin, Michael Z. Williamson, Katherine Kerr, John Ringo, and Richard Paul Evans. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, check back tomorrow for the “Genre Benders” list.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.”

 Keep track of them all here.

WEEK ONE

Glitch (Glitch #1), by Heather Anastasiu (August 7, St. Martin’s)

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

Love on the Run (Nola O’Grady #4), by Katherine Kerr (August 7, DAW)

Nola O’Grady is sick and tired of psychic squid-images following her everywhere, waving their tentacles and generally making nuisances of themselves. She and her partner, Ari Nathan, have a dangerous job on their hands, hunting down two criminals who have escaped into another level of the multiverse, the San Francisco of Terra Six. Terrorists have turned parts of that city into a deathtrap—religious fanatics, yes, but from what religion? Nola suspects that the Peacock Angel Chaos cult lies behind the bombings and mass murders. As she gathers evidence, she finds herself face-to-face with part of her own personal past that she’d prefer to bury forever. And by the way, just who is it that keeps trying to kill her?

Queen of Wands (Special Circumstances #2), by John Ringo (August 7, Baen)

Soccer mom and demon fighter Barbara Everette has a problem.  It seems Janea, Barbara’s assistant and The Foundation for Love and Universal Faith’s best operative, has been thrown into a coma by some very nasty magic she’s stirred up. Barbara must track down the perpetrators and break the spell or Janea’s soul will be forever lost on the astral plane. Oh, and if she can’t break the spell, zombies will destroy all mankind.

When Diplomacy Fails (Freehold:  Ripple Creek #3), by Michael Z. Williamson (August 7, Baen)

Alex Marlow and Ripple Creek Security’s best personal security detail really don’t like their principal, World Bureau Minister Joy Herman Highland—a highly-placed bureaucrat with aspirations to elected office. Even worse, Highland’s assistant wants to publicize every movement and action for his boss’s pending campaign, which is anathema to good security. With a person of this status, it’s not a case of someone wanting her dead. The only question is how many people want her dead, and what are they bringing to the fight?

 

WEEK TWO

False Memory (False Memory #1), by Dan Krokos (August 14, Hyperion)

Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability. Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. Young Adult.

Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2), by Richard Paul Evans (August 14, Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink)

Michael was born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. Young Adult.

The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel), by James Dashner (August 14, Delacorte)

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease.

 

WEEK THREE

Fate of Worlds:  Return from the Ringworld, by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (August 21, Tor)

For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies Trilogy #3), by Pittacus Lore (August 21, HarperCollins)

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others, including John. But so are they.

The Unincorporated Future (Unincorporated Man #4), by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin (August 21, Tor)

Sandra O’Toole is the president of the Outer Alliance, which stretches from the asteroid belt to the Oort Cloud beyond Pluto. Resurrected following the death of Justin Cord, the unincorporated man, O’Toole has become a powerful political figure and a Machiavellian leader determined to win the Civil War against the inner planets at almost any cost.

 

WEEK FOUR

Bloodstar (Star Corpsman #1), by Ian Douglas (August 28, Harper Voyager)

In the 23rd Century, war is still hell.  Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined up to save lives and see the universe. Now he and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are en route to Bloodworld — a hellish, volatile rock colonized by the fanatical Salvationists who desired an inhospitable world where they could suffer for humanity’s sins. Their penance could prove fatal — for the Qesh, a strange alien race detected but still mysterious for six decades, have made violent first contact.

Endgame (Sirantha Jax #6), by Ann Aguirre (August 28, Ace)

Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait. Her final mission takes her to La’heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La’hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors. All that’s about to change.

Erasing Time, by C.J. Hill (August 28, Katherine Tegen Books)

There is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.  When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home. Young Adult.


Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Royal Street, the first in her Sentinels of New Orleans series, is set in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Find Suzanne on Twitter.

14 comments
Dax
1. Dax
Why are the first couple of books mentioned definitely not Science Fiction, eventhough the title of this post says "Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Science Fiction"?
Thomas Simeroth
3. a smart guy
Queen of Wands is not Science Fiction. Fix this please!
Kristen Templet
4. SF_Fangirl
Seriously? This is depressing. There's only one not listed as part of a series and it's YA and sounds like it could be the start of a series. There's nothing on this list of 13 sci fi novels that generates any interest at all.
Dax
5. James Davis Nicoll
Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ is due out in August. Seems to promise the same carefree, upbeat angle his Harmony delivered on healthcare.
Dax
6. James Davis Nicoll
1: In olden days, psychic powers got included in with SF because one of the major magazines at the time, that being an era when the magazines mattered, was run by a lackaloon who never saw a crank theory he wasn't willing to give space to in Astounding/Analog.
Dax
7. James Davis Nicoll
My apologies to John W. Campbell, Jr., fruitcake, pseudo-scientific gibberish purveyor and noted SF editor: I meant wackaloon, not lackaloon. Obviously when one speaks of loons, John W. Campbell, Jr's name comes right to mind.
jon meltzer
8. jmeltzer
John Ringo is writing Buffy knockoffs now?
kevin syers
9. kevsyers
Can't wait to start the Unincorporated future.
Peter Erwin
10. PeterErwin
James @ 6:
I suspect that blaming Campbell as the Source of All Evil in this instance is overdoing it a bit. I think the reality was that psychic powers were treated semi-seriously by some elements of the scientific establishment in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and it wouldn't have been terribly hard for people to think that there might be something there... (Olaf Stapledon took it seriously, for example, to the point of being a member of the Society for Psychical Research.)
Dax
11. James Davis Nicoll
YOU WILL GET MY HYPERBOLE FROM ME WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!

I see JWC more as a very significant enabler, whose traditions linger on even to today.
John McMullen
12. jhmcmullen
Peter@10, James@11: I think James has it more correctly. Yes, some scientists took psychics seriously, not just in the days of orgone but later, but my understanding from reading authors and memoirs of the period is that it would have been confined to magazines featuring fantasy and SF except that John W. Campbell championed "psionics." His influence was waning (he also championed Dianetics, so not everything he said became so), but I think that his support combined with the serious investigations of psychic phenomena made it "science fiction."

To put another example out there, there have been a number of theories about ghosts, but for the most part they are the stuff of fantasy. (Yes, there are ways to spin it so ghosts are SF: true of everything in fantasy.) The fact that psionics are grandfathered in is, I suspect, because of grandfather Campbell.

And, more to the point, the prevalence of series says to me that the readers are after these things for the known emotional responses, not ideas. They are comfortable feeling novels, rather than prickly thinking novels.
Alain Fournier
13. ALF
oof not a very inspiring month for written SF.
Dax
14. James Davis Nicoll
When was the last month we had science fiction releases in the double-digits?

From your post last month, as pointed out on my LJ:

July 2012:

"It’s Aliens Behaving Badly in July as sixteen new science fiction titles hit the shelves—a virtual apocalypse of them compared to
recent months."

So I guess the answer is "the previous time you put this list together".

I noticed that SF Signal also does a list of upcoming F&SF books but being lumpers they put them all together. I went through their list using as a filter 'books that would have been classified as SF in Ontario in 1976', which is as close to a universal definition as I can imagine; any collection or anthology that had SF in got included. I came up with the following list of SF books coming out in August. It's a little longer than your list. Some of that is because I am a lumper (steampunk might be lousy history and usually worse fiction, but unless there's a werewolf running around it's SF). Some of that isn't/. Enjoy!
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Ape-Man: the Unofficial and Unauthorised by Sean Egan (Telos Publishing)
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson (Small Beer Press)
Bloodstar: Star Corpsman: Book One by Ian Douglas (Harper Voyager)
Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna (47North)
Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop (Fairwood Press, Inc)
Captive Dreams by Michael Flynn (Phoenix Pick)
Containment by Christian Cantrell (47North)
Conviction: Star Wars (Fate of the Jedi) by Aaron Allston (LucasBooks)
Crackpot Palace: Stories by Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow)
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus)
Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Volume 2 by Alex Raymond (IDW Publishing)
Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Tachyon Publications)
Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg (Orb Books)
Endgame by Ann Aguirre (Ace)
Every Day by David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Fair Game by Taylor Keating (Tor Books)
Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld by Larry Niven & Edward M. Lerner (Tor Books)
Fear to Tread by James Swallow (Black Library)
Future Lovecraft edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles
(Prime Books)
Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh (VIZ Media LLC)
Hands of the Ripper by Guy Adams (Hammer)
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Vol. 8 by Motoro Mase (VIZ Media LLC)
Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology by Charles Tan (Lethe Press)
Malediction by C Z Dunn (Black Library Hardbacks
Mercy Kill: Star Wars (X-Wing) by Aaron Allston (LucasBooks)
Out of This World by Douglas Richards (Paragon Press)
Report from Planet Midnight (Outspoken Authors) by Nalo Hopkinson (PM Press)
Ring of Fire III edited by Eric Flint (Baen)
Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)
Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer (Pocket Books/Star Trek)
Starstruck by Elaine Lee & Michael Wm. Kaluta (IDW Publishing)
Steampunk: A Complete Guide to Victorian Techno-Fetishism by Vienna Von Schwarz (Chartwell Books, Inc.)
Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who 2011: The Critical Fan’s Guide to Matt
Smith’s Second Series (Unauthorized) by Steven Cooper (Punked Books)
Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book
Two by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)
Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye by Paul Tremblay (ChiZine Publications)
Synners by Pat Cadigan (Gollancz)
Telos Movie Classics: Hulk by Tony Lee (Telos Publishing)
The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton (Night Shade Books)
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)
The Kill Order (Maze Runner) by James Dashner (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse)
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
The Starter (Galactic Football League) by Scott Sigler (Dark Overlord)
The Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas by Geoff Ryman (Small Beer Press)
The Unincorporated Future by Dani Kollin & Eytan Kollin (Tor Books)
Total Recall by Philip K. Dick (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
UnWholly (Unwind) by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)
Undercurrents (Orphan’s Legacy) by Robert Buettner (Baen)
When Diplomacy Fails (Freehold) by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen)
When the People Fell by Cordwainer Smith (Baen)
Wildcatter by Dave Duncan (Edge)
Win Some, Lose Some: The Hugo Award Winning (and Nominated) Short
Science Fiction and Fantasy of Mike Resnick by Mike Resnick (ISFiC
Press)
Absinth & The Song of Synth by Sebastien Doubinsky (PS Publishing )
Angel And You Dogs by Kathleen Ann Goonan (PS Publishing )
Zero Point by Neal Asher (Tor UK)

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