where to find out about the newest sci-fi books
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Can anyone recommend a website that showcases the newest sci-fi books released each week?
John Scalzi's blog http://whatever.scalzi.com/ often has a round-up and reviews of the new stuff.
The publishers may have them on their websites, eg Tor at http://www.tor.com/
Your local bookstore may also have a newsletter to let you know what is out or coming out.
That's all I can think of, but I'm sure someone else will know exactly where to go.
I mostly find out about new stuff from right here (LibraryThing talk).
Many members are bookstore owners, writers, and critics and therefore get access to material before the general public.
That and here, but you have to wad thru a lot of fantasy to find SF titles
This will only be of interest to you if you have a Kindle, but you can subscribe for free to Fantasy & Science Fiction, Free Exclusive Digest (author Spilogale Inc.), which contains short reviews (including, at least in the most recent issue, ten recommendations from Charles de Lint). Just make sure you're subscribing to the FREE version because there's also the paid version which is apparently more comprehensive than just a digest.
For all I know, this may also be available for Nook, but I'm only familiar with the Kindle version.
There are lots of good sites, but many are like the one Randall just cited (Fantastic Fiction) in covering fantasy also. One I've found useful is The Sf Site. which does have lots of announcements of new stuff, plus awards lists, reviews & links.
Weekly : The Locus monitor is one option: http://www.locusmag.com/Monitor/category/new-books/ - they are doing SF, Fantasy, Horror, Weird but books are marked with their genres.
SF Signal also has a Books received section: http://www.sfsignal.com/booksReceived2011.htm - but they are mixed and it is not clear what is what -- but it is nice for keeping an eye on things. I usually keep an eye on their articles more than on the list - they tend to highlight the better ones sooner or later.
Between the two, I usually hear about most of the new SF.
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/index.cgi if you scroll down gives selected forthcoming books, Just above this is a link for view all forthcoming books.
I used to follow Andrew Wheeler when he was editor at the Science Fiction Book Club, but I just couldn't keep up. As an editor and prolific reviewer, he's often posting about to-be-released books on his blog
In addition to Locus' weekly (or so) postings of new books as they are published, they have a great list of forthcoming books: http://www.locusmag.com/Resources/ForthcomingBooks.html
Any time I look through this list, my pre-orders's numbers become huge :)
My library does a monthly newsletter on a variety of genres, it's usually a mix of both new titles and old ones that might have been missed.
Is there a magazine about Sci-Fi and Fantasy books in the UK, i believe there used to be and if not why?
There's Interzone. Though the emphasis is on short fiction rather than news and reviews etc.
IZ does do reviews, but they tend towards the small press end of the market. Since the magazine passed to its current owners/editorial team, their emphasis has been on new writers rather than the mix of established and emerging talent that it was famous for in the old days. OTOH, they do have a column from Dave Langford, who is in touch with all the best gossip in the field - though even that column isn't as up to date as his newszine 'Ansible' itself.
AFAIK, Interzone has no reviews policy regarding what imprint or press published a book. Reviews copies are sent to the editor, he emails out a list of available titles - which include books from the major imprints as well as small presses - the reviewers choose which book they'd like to review, and then they might or might not get it. In the time I've been reviewing for IZ, I've reviewed books published by Angry Robot, Eibonvale Press, Tor, Voyager, Corvus, NewCon Press, Solaris, Orbit, Del Rey, PS and others.
The Transreal SF bookshop in Edinburgh offers a weekly listing of new books. The British Science Fiction Association produces a printed review zine, while SF Crowsnest, also UK-based, offers news and reviews. SFRevu and SFsite are both American sites but have UK listings. SFSignal is an excellent blog with news of new books.
To my mind the best single source for new UK books is Locus, even though it is is American. It is published on the 1st of each month as an open-format ebook.
>15: I stand well corrected; perhaps it's indicative of the standard of the small press scene that reviewers are choosing writers and titles that take more seeking out, leading to my getting that impression.
I suspect it's more a result of the fact most of the reviewers don't have especially populist tastes, and when books by big imprints are covered it's because the book or the author is seen as "important".
Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota has a newsletter that provides lists of upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy titles.
Current and archived issues can be found at http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/newsletterArchive.shtml
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I just published my first SF novel "The Ambassadors".
Here's a brief description:
"The Ambassadors is a work of speculative fiction, set in the eco-city of Riverton – a place where social media is the news, green technologies are embraced, and private corporations rule the day. Jake, the Sustainability Officer of Riverton, is kidnapped by his old friend Clyde and forced to participate in a series of twisted tests designed to break society's dangerous obsession with progress."
If anyone is searching for a new SF book to check out, you might find this one appealing. Its available in softcover and as an ebook download here http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2892772.
Nice. I had ignored that thread a while back. Did you leave a message with Jeremy about the sock-puppetry? Probably a good idea.
I'm also shocked, just completely shocked that this is a self-published book. Shocked.
One more author that I can put on the "Don't read until you had read all other books in the world" list...
PS: I flagged the profile -- he posted in at least two threads, all of them being spam. So flagged he is.
diverting away from the spam and sock puppets that seem to be infesting us at the moment (surely there's a spray for those?) -
What about podcast? I've become rather addicted to listening to podcast but I've only got 'Slice of SciFi' for a scifi one. Anyone know of any good ones for books? I've downloaded 'Galatic Suburbia' but only listen to half of the latest one at the moment and that seemed ok.
The sfsignal weekly post with free fiction has links to podcasts -- both individual stories and serials... See if you like any of them. Although they are mainly for fiction - because of what this list is about...
There's the very specific HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast. Boy, now we're really straying from the thread topic. :D
going off topic is a tradition around here. Besides, the topic is a generic 'where to find out about the newest scifi books' and it's only in the first comment that klah specifies websites.
Yes, that's my justification and I'm sticking to it :-)
And thanks for the tips, I'll go check them out.
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