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The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop – February 2013

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February brings us another crop of new SF/F books that have caught our eye, featuring dragons, demons, mad scientists, impossibly tall cities and quite a bit more. We hope that you’ve gotten through our last reading list, because this one looks just as cool.

kalimpura The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

Kalimpura, Jay Lake

What it’s about: The third book about Jay Lake’s character Green (seen in the novels Green and Endurance), who has attracted attention from the gods. Her children stolen, she embarks on a quest to retrieve them, while the goddess that she serves plays politics with her life.
Why you should get it: Jay Lake’s a fantastic author and the prior two novels in this series have attracted great reviews.
Release date: 1-29-13


a natural history of dragons The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, Marie Brennan

What it’s about: This journal follows the adventures of Isabella, Lady Trent as she worked to bring dragons from myth to science.
Why you should get it: This looks like a stunning read, from the utterly gorgeous cover to the idea of blending fantasy and science together.
Release date: 2/5/2013


the daylight war The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

The Daylight War: Book Three of The Demon Cycle, Peter V. Brett

What it’s about: The penultimate book in the Demon Cycle has been a long time coming. Arlen Bales has become an inspirational figure to the villagers around him, the prophesied Deliverer who will save the world from the Demons.
Why you should get it: Brett has become a genre household name with his prior two novels, The Warded Man and The Desert Spear. This new volume looks to have quite a bit of action and continue the story towards the end.
Release date: 2/12/2013


the best of all possible worlds The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord

What it’s about: An alien race faces the fallout from the destruction of the world, and find that to survive, they must learn to adapt alongside a distantly related race.
Why you should get it: Karen Lord’s 2010 debut novel Redemption in Indigo brought her a number of awards, including the nomination for best novel at the 2011 World Fantasy awards. This story, with characters from diametric sides of a conflict, looks to be a very good read.
Release date: 2/12/2013


farside The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

Farside, Ben Bova

What it’s about: A massive optical telescope on the far side of the moon is constructed amidst a complicated web of politics and personal interactions as a planet is discovered thirty light years away – a planet that very well might support life.
Why you should get it: Bova is a well known figure within the hard SF field, and this latest story looks like it’s nicely up to date with the latest findings up in orbit.
Release date: 2/15/2013


mad scientists guide to world domination The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius, edited by John Joseph Adams

What it’s about: An original anthology of short fiction that tells the other side of the story when it comes to superheroics: the lone mad scientist who’s looking to rule the world.
Why you should get it: John Joseph Adams is the reigning leader in themed anthologies, and for this anthology, he’s assembled an impressive team of authors for what looks like an awesome collection of short fiction.
Release date: 2/19/2013
(Disclaimer, John’s my boss at Lightspeed Magazine, but I had nothing to do with this anthology)


the office of mercy The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

The Office of Mercy, Ariel Djanikian

What it’s about: In the future, a dystopian America-5 has gone underground, where everyone has food, shelter and a job. Natasha Wiley finds her entire past is suspect when she’s assigned to an above-ground mission, questioning everything in her life up until that point.
Why you should get it: The book’s received high praise for its literary take on the post-apocalyptic / dystopian themes and it looks like a great examination of the topic.
Release date: 1/21/2013


fade to black The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

Fade to Black, Francis Knight

What it’s about: Mahala is a city that’s been build upwards, rather than across, and amongst its streets, a struggle is waged against the rules at the top, and the people down below. Rojan Dizon, a pain mage, finds himself caught in the middle, and finds that he might hold the secret to the future of the city.
Why you should get it: This is Knight’s debut as an author, and this novel looks like it’s going to be a neat take on a heroic struggle in a unique fantasy setting. Plus, the cover kicks ass and the follow up novel, Before the Fall, is due out later this year.
Release date: 2/26/2013


hell to pay The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

Hell to Pay, Matthew Hughes

What it’s about: A new adventure about Chesney Arnstruther from Hughes, superhero who’s trying to hold his life together. Throw in a demon with an agenda and marching orders and some Warrior Dinosaurs, and you’ve got what looks like a highly entertaining tale.
Why you should get it: Did you see the part about warrior dinosaurs? This book looks to be a funny read.
Release date: 2/26/2013


dreams and shadows The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

Dreams and Shadows: A Novel, C. Robert Cargill

What it’s about: A literary twist on a number of fantasy themes, Ewan and Colby had spent a time in a magical realm, the Limestone Kingdom, and are caught as the real world and fairy realm begin to collide.
Why you should get it: The premise has us hooked, and this appears to be a neat start for a first time author.
Release date: 2/26/2013


the teleportation accident The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

The Teleportation Accident, Ned Beauman

What it’s about: Set against the fall of the Weimar Republic, a disgraced stage designer travels around Europe in pursuit of Adele Hitler (no relation to Adolph). Finding his Berlin friends in exile, his crush is helping a physicist attempt teleportation, and himself close to a number of murders.
Why you should get it: This book looks to be similar to another book that I greatly enjoyed, The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. The story sounds utterly fantastic, and looks to be a broad mix of a bunch of genres from a first-time author.
Release date: 2/26/2013


the very best of barry n malzberg The Monthly Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Drop  February 2013

The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg, Barry N. Malzberg

What it’s about: A collection of short fiction from Barry Malzberg, who’s been a major figure in the SF/F world for half a century. This collection represents some of his best fiction.
Why you should get it: Malzberg has been writing science fiction for almost fifty years: there’s going to be a lot of gems in this book.
Release date: 2/28/2013


What other books in February are you looking forward to seeing?

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