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B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Mailbag: Dec. 9, 2016

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b&n sci-fi & fantasy mailbagThe packages are actually piling up at BNSciFi HQ these days as publishers inundate us having a final push of titles releasing just in time for your holiday gifting needs, not to mention a book or two we can look forward to in 2017. Let’s take a glance as well as also also see what showed up This kind of week.

Take Back the Sky, by Greg Bear (December 20, 2016)
Marooned beneath the icy, waxy crust of Saturn’s moon, Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn as well as also also his comrades face double danger coming from Earth as well as also also coming from the Antagonists, both intent on wiping out their growing awareness of what the helpful alien Gurus are actually doing in our solar system. Haunted by their dead as well as also also by the ancient archives of our Bug ancestors, the former combatants must currently team up with their enemies, forget their indoctrination as well as also also their training, as well as also also journey far beyond Pluto to the fabled Planet X, the Antagonists’ home world, a Sun-Planet inside the comet-generating Kuiper belt. This kind of’s here that will Master Sergeant Venn will finally understand his destiny as well as also also the destiny of every intelligent being inside the solar system-including the enigmatic Gurus.

Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle (February 7, 2017)
Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa, inside the late 1990s. This kind of’s a job, quiet as well as also also predictable, as well as also also This kind of gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad as well as also also where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck. although when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets—an old movie, starring Boris Karloff—she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on This kind of,” she says, although doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, a different customer returns a different tape, a brand-new Discharge, as well as also also says This kind of’s not defective, exactly, although altered: “There’s another movie on This kind of tape.” Jeremy doesn’t want to be curious, although he brings the movies home to take a look. as well as also also, indeed, inside the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment as well as also also the movie can be replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd as well as also also sometimes violent, dark, as well as also also deeply disquieting. There are no identifiable faces, no dialogue or explanation—the first video has just the faint sound of someone breathing— although there are some recognizable landmarks. These have been shot just outside of town. Unlocking the mystery will take Jeremy as well as also also those around him deeper into a strange landscape than they ever likely to go.

Pathfinder: Reaper’s Eye, by Richard A. Knaak (Available currently)
Daryus Gaunt used to be a crusader, before a questionable battlefield decision forced him to desert his unit. Pathfinder Shiera Tristane can be an adventuring scholar obsessed with gaining the recognition she feels was stolen coming from her. When both are contacted by a sinister talking weasel as well as also also warned of a witch about to Discharge a magical threat long trapped beneath an ancient temple, the two have no choice although to venture into the demon-haunted Worldwound in order to stop the disaster. Yet there’s more to the situation than either realizes, as well as also also neither fame nor redemption will matter unless they can first survive.

Normal, by Warren Ellis (Available currently)
There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering as well as also also smart cities as well as also also ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval as well as also also drone warfare as well as also also ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. For both types, if you’re Great at This kind of, then This kind of’s something you can’t do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. as well as also also if the abyss gaze takes hold there’s only one place to recover: Normal Head, inside the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest. When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he can be desperate to unplug as well as also also be immersed in sylvan silence. although then a patient goes missing coming from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing although a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that will calls into question the core principles of how as well as also also why we think about the future–as well as also also the past, as well as also also the currently.

George Lucas: A Life, by Brian Jay Jones (Available currently)
On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, as well as also also directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box-office records as well as also also ushering in a brand-new way for movies to be made, marketed, as well as also also merchandised. This kind of can be currently one of the most adored-as well as also also successful-movie franchises of all time. currently, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life as well as also also times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, as well as also also Indiana Jones.

The Art of Atari, by Tim Lapetino (Available currently)
Atari can be one of the most recognized names inside the globe. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids,
Centipede, as well as also also Missile Command. In addition to hundreds of games created for arcades, home video systems, as well as also also computers, original artwork was specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience, further enticing children as well as also also adults to embrace as well as also also enjoy the brand-new era of electronic entertainment. The Art of Atari can be the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced coming from private collections worldwide, This kind of book spans over 40 years of the company’s unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, as well as also also more.

Which one of these do you want to read first?

Big Name Authors Help Launch BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda Novel Universe

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mass-effectYou don’t have to look much further than the stacks of Star Wars along with Star Trek books on the shelves at your local B&N for proof that will the tie-in novel is actually a time-honored tradition in science fiction along with fantasy—who go through all the trouble of building a vast multi-media world if you aren’t going to let anyone else play in that will? In recent years, gamers have been a boon to This kind of burgeoning subgenre, with dozens of novels exploding by properties like Assassin’s Creed, Doom, along with Halo.

Today, we learned another obsessed-over franchise expanding the page—with the help of some names you are definitely going to recognize. Seeking to continue the success of the books based on the Mass Effect games, BioWare has teamed up with Titan Books to produce a series of novels based on next year’s monstrously anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, an open-galaxy space opera saga that will invites players to take control of humanity’s attempts to colonize distant stars. As if that will wasn’t exciting enough (no less than io9 called Mass Effect “the most important science fiction universe of our generation,” after all), the roster of talent they’ve lined up to produce the books is actually flat-out stunning, including as that will does completely new York Times bestselling authors, a critical darling of genre writing, along with the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Jason M. Hough, author of The Darwin Elevator along with Zero World, will team with K.C. Alexander (This kind of year’s amazing cyberpunk novel Necrotech) for Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising; Catherynne M. Valente, the brilliant mind behind Radiance, Deathless, along with countless different strange imaginings, will pen Mass Effect: Annihilation; along with N.K. Jemisin, who just cleared space on her mantel for the Hugo Award she took home for The Fifth Season, is actually writing Mass Effect: Invitation. All three books will be released between the spring along with fall of 2017, along with are said to weave in along with out of the events of the completely new game.

Confession time: as a parent of two young kids who spends nearly two hours a day commuting, I don’t have a ton of time in my life for video games, however even I have followed the excitement among genre fans due to This kind of series—including the many authors who are constantly talking about that will on Twitter. This kind of lineup of talent is actually enough to make even me, a non-gamer, excited about exploring This kind of science fictional universe.

For her part, N.K. Jemisin is actually excited, along with considering how much I love her fantasy novels, I take that will as a very Great sign.

The first book inside Mass Effect: Andromeda universe is actually due out next spring.

The Best Horror Books of 2016

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besthorror2016This specific year was an interesting one for horror. Not only did genre fans see fresh books through established heavy hitters, they welcomed a grandmaster’s novel back into print after 52 years, encountered incredible debuts, rafts of fresh as well as also disturbing short stories, as well as also at least one satire that will frightens just as easily as its source material. If there were room to list every horror book released This specific year, we could easily just do that will. The competition was tough, as well as also many late nights were spent pondering the list as well as also debating where the line lays between horror as well as also dark fantasy. Finally, final selection of contenders emerged through the chaos. Submitted for your approval, here are the 15 best horror books of 2016.

Mongrels, by Stephen Graham Jones
Told through the point of view of a 10-year-old half-human boy, Mongrels follows a family of werewolves as they move through place to place within the American south, always one step ahead of the hunters as well as also police who are after them for a variety of crimes as well as also misdeeds. While Jones features a gift for the grisly imagery as well as also body horror werewolf mythology requires (that will section about pantyhose haunts me to This specific day), the real heart of the novel is actually the way he builds on werewolf tropes as a metaphor for those who live as outsiders, as well as also explores the dynamic of a displaced people chafing under a set of rules as well as also expectations that will are not their own.

Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Blending equal measures of morality tale, gothic horror story, as well as also dystopian surveillance-state nightmare, Heuvelt’s twisted slice of suburban darkness is actually a standout of This specific year. The story follows the town of Black Spring, home to an undead witch who wanders through the town chained, her eyes as well as also mouth sewn up against some unknown calamity. Before long, a few of the town’s rebellious teenagers decide to “experiment” on the witch as well as also post the results to the internet, setting off a chain of events that will spiral into grisly violence as well as also Dark Ages-style retribution. Heuvelt instills Hex with atmosphere as well as also a creeping sense of dread that will, when paired which has a gift for creating lasting as well as also horrifying images, make for uncomfortable as well as also electrifying reading.

The Brotherhood of the Wheelby R.S. Belcher
With his dark horror-fantasy, Belcher takes the secret history of America as well as also its roadways, adds numerous urban legends, conspiracy theories, as well as also even some of the darker bits of American history, points the item towards the reader, as well as also opens the throttle. Within This specific hard-hitting, hard-driving tale of knight errant truckers as well as also bikers facing off against a shadowy eldritch abomination, there lies a rich setting that will’s easy to get lost in, as well as also exciting action sequences galore. While that will could be enough on its own, Belcher threads the item together with interesting characters as well as also high narrative stakes that will up the ante page after page, daring readers to follow the item to the end of the road.

Nightmares, edited by Ellen Datlow
Culled through a decade’s worth of dark as well as also disquieting fiction, Ellen Datlow’s followup to her essential collection Darkness offers another helping of terrifying short reads, spanning black comedy, Lynchian fever dreams, absurdism, gothic fiction, as well as also more besides. Datlow assembles a host of horror’s heaviest hitters for Nightmares, as well as also the collection finds them at their best, spinning tales of outsider art, murderous writers, vengeful fairies, as well as also deadly urban legends. The result is actually a perfect roadmap for where to start getting into dark fiction, with entries to suit just about any taste.
Standout Stories: “Ambitious Boys Like You” by Richard Kadrey, “Spectral Evidence” by Gemma Files, “Dead Sea Fruit” by Kaaron Warren

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay
Switching to horror after spending his timeon incredibly imaginative crime fiction, Paul Tremblay’s newest Discharge fulfills all the promise of A Head Full of Ghosts, delivering another disquieting psychological thriller, This specific time about a town dealing with the loss of a teenager. There isn’t a clear answer whether or not the ghostly visitations in Disappearance are actually supernatural, as well as also the item’s better for the item—the focus isn’t necessarily the ghostly visitations or the disquieting legends or the weird messages through a long-dead son, nevertheless the psychological effect a loss has on friends as well as also family. Having said that will, Tremblay’s subtle disturbances definitely help the book, heightening the unnerving atmosphere already present.

The Last Days of Jack Sparksby Jason Arnopp
Arnopp’s novel, as the title could suggest, follows the final days of journalist Jack Sparks as he investigates an unusual YouTube video as well as also its ties to the supernatural. The novel works as an excellent character study of Sparks, a music journalist-turned experiential writer whose last book finds him biting off a bit more than he can chew. Sparks is actually a frustrating as well as also compelling character, as well as also while the item’s fairly obvious he’ll meet his end, Arnopp gives his anti-hero a distinct voice as well as also slowly adds layers of complexity. To make the item all more believable, the book presents itself as a “found document” through Sparks, drawing the reader into its world.

The Fireman, by Joe Hill
Joe Hill turns his practiced eye towards post-apocalyptic horror with the tale of a spontaneous combustion plague known as “Dragonscale” as well as also the attempts of infected pregnant nurse to find a safe haven for her unborn child. Hill’s book brims with interesting characters as well as also terrifying situations, through the terminal patient who does her best to help sufferers of the disease, to the zealous Marlboro Man, a sadist who takes a particular pleasure in murdering the infected. The result is actually a dense epic with terror as well as also wonder in equal measure, as well among the most unusual as well as also imaginative fictional diseases in recent history.

The Suicide Motor Club, by Christopher Buehlman
A group of vampires in sleek classic cars prowl the roadways for fun in Buehlman’s tale of revenge as well as also trauma. The Suicide Motor Club creeps across the highways as well as also byways looking for prey as well as also others to join in their twisted game of high-speed bumper cars. nevertheless when their chance encounter with Judith’s family that will leaves her seriously injured, her husband dead, as well as also her son kidnapped, the Club as well as also Judith are set on a collision course that will neither party may survive. Buehlman’s depiction of the roadways within the mid-to-late ’60s is actually treacherous enough (much like some actual roadways of the era), nevertheless the Club, a roving band of hedonistic bloodsuckers, pushes things through treacherous to outright life-threatening.

I Am Providence, by Nick Mamatas
Beginning with the murder of an unlikeable as well as also pretentious author at the Summer Tentacular Lovecraft convention, Mamatas’ latest blends the weird with hints of conspiracy as well as also a deranged narrator spinning navel-gazing monologues through some vague afterlife. The author seems to delight the grotesque touches he applies to his heroes, villains, as well as also monsters in equal measure, creating a vivid as well as also unsettling world even before the plot kicks into gear. While the novel places one foot in Lovecraft’s oeuvre, Mamatas revels within the unfurling tentacles of his narrative, which is actually a many-toothed, many-eyed beast all its own.

Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff
Ruff’s existential horror riff directly engages with the racist as well as also problematic elements of H.P. Lovecraft’s dark as well as also dread-filled stories by recasting ol’ Howard’s terrified white heroes with resourceful as well as also witty black heroes as well as also heroines. The result is actually a triptych of stories that will are one part pastiche, one part social commentary, as well as also one part  biting satire of an embarrassing science fiction as well as also fantasy institution. Ruff’s prose as well as also colorful cast move beyond the simple elevator pitch of “race-bent Lovecraft stories,” creating an unforgettable world that will both interrogates as well as also celebrates the material at its heart.

The Fisherman, by John Langan
Any year where we get fresh work through John Langan is actually a not bad one, nevertheless This specific year’s offering through the master of disquieting is actually a standout even then. Langan’s story of two men who deal with loss as well as also grief by fishing in upstate fresh York only to run afoul of a terrifying local legend, begins which has a series of allusions to the terrifying events later within the book, as well as also proceeds to deliver on every skin-crawling promise. The nods to the future also work in with the general narrative tone, which features a lot to do with loss as well as also regret. The result is actually the kind of quiet, emotional, character-driven horror that will explodes into supernatural terror, an American gothic horror novel like no additional.

The Late Breakfasters as well as also additional Strange Stories, by Robert Aickman
Aickman, a writer of “strange stories” as well as also one of the godfathers of modern weird fiction, first wrote This specific novel within the 1960s. The dark comedy of manners only made its way to the United States This specific year, as well as also while the item may be cheating to put the item on a roundup of 2016’s best horror, well, the item deserves as much attention as anything else listed. Aickman is actually known for a subtle attention to detail as well as also a method of story construction that will draws the reader in even as the item builds towards the idea that will something is actually off, all of which is actually well on display here. Something is actually happening on almost every page, as well as also Aickman’s warped sense of humor is actually a a welcome delight.

Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt
By currently, those who follow the horror articles here have heard of This specific book at least three times. If that will’s not a recommendation enough, consider This specific a last appeal. A lyrical, dark, as well as also haunting work, Mr. Splitfoot travels the darker sections of Appalachian fresh York, mixing fundamentalist cults, foreboding woods, ghost stories, as well as also psychic phenomena fraudulent as well as also otherwise to tell the story of two women bound by family as well as also an event within the past. If  that will doesn’t sell the item for you, then understand we’re not alone in our adulation: the book has drawn comparisons to Kelly Link as well as also Aimee Bender, not bad company to be in if your aim is actually lyrical horror with strong elements of the weird.

The Empty Ones, by Robert Brockway
The screaming sequel to The Unnoticeables begins which has a self-proclaimed god replacing someone’s eyes as well as also hands with gaping, toothy maws. that will sets the tone for a novel loaded with disturbing visuals as well as also black humor in equal measure, featuring a reality TV star who talks cheerfully as well as also placidly about the atrocities he’d visit upon sapient creatures, a mysterious cult within the desert that will wants to “solve” human beings for some nefarious purpose, as well as also the jabbering balls of light everyone calls “angels” that will have their own alien as well as also unnerving plans for humanity. Brockway refuses to slow down for an instant, as well as also the result is actually a wild ride through start to finish.

The Hidden People, by Alison Littlewood
Drawing through the same atmospheric well as classics like The Wicker Man as well as also The WitchThe Hidden People is actually the story of Albie, a young man who receives word that will his odd cousin through the country, Lizzie, has died at the hands of her shoemaker husband. When he talks to the husband about the item, he finds that will the man believes his wife was taken as well as also replaced by one of the fair folk. Stranger still, no one within the town seems to think he acted within the wrong. The novel features a strange as well as also dreamlike quality to the item, almost as if a fog is actually hanging over the town, as well as also when combined with the bizarre townsfolk as well as also the disturbing mystery at its center, the item makes for a book that will disturbs the reader as fresh dimensions unfold piece by piece.

Did your scariest picks make the list?