Tuesday, November 30, 2010
So exactly what is science fiction? Each month, I write a column for Tor.com highlighting the month's releases in speculative fiction (sci fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and Young Adult paranormal). It's called "Fiction Affliction," partly because I'm addicted to books, and partly because classifying what book goes in what genre is a royal pain.
To purists, sci-fi means spaceships and tech. Yet the genre today encompass much more: dystopian drama, alternative history, steampunk, etc.
If you asked me: "Do you like to read science fiction?" I'd say no because I don't like space stories. But there are some releases, technically science fiction, that I can't wait to get my hands on. One of them is today's giveaway!
The following Science Fiction books are coming out in December. For full descriptions, visit my Tor.com Fiction Affliction column.
December Sci-Fi Releases:
* The Buntline Special, by Mike Resnick (Pyr)
The year is 1881. The United States of America ends at the Mississippi River, and beyond lies the Indian nations, where the magic of powerful Medicine Men has halted the advance of the Americans east of the river. An American government desperate to expand its territory sends Thomas Alva Edison to the town of Tombstone to discover a scientific means of counteracting magic. Hired to protect this great genius: Wyatt Earp and his brothers. But there are plenty who would like to see the Earps and Edison dead. Riding to their aid are old friends Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. Against them stand the Apache wizard Geronimo and the Clanton gang. Battle lines are drawn, and the Clanton gang sends for Johnny Ringo—but what shows up instead is The Thing That Was Once Johnny Ringo, returned from the dead and looking for a fight. Think you know what happened at the O.K. Corral? Think again, as five-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick takes on his first steampunk western. TO WIN A COPY OF BUNTLINE SPECIAL, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW. +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, +1 for tweeting the contest!
* Love and Rockets, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes (Daw)
An anthology of original stories tackling romance in space.
* Alien Tango, by Gini Koch (Daw)
Marketing manager Katherine “Kitty” Katt investigates an experimental spacecraft that arrives at Kennedy Space Center and save her high school boyfriend.
* Songs of the Dying Earth, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois (Tor)
Top writers put their own spin on Jack Vance's Dying Earth world, including Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Moon, Dan Simmons, Kage Baker, and more.
* Back to the Moon, by Travis S Taylor and Les Johnson (Baen)
U.S. astronauts travel to moon to rescue Chinese counterparts.
* Atlantis and Other Places, by Harry Turtledove (Roc)
Collection of alternative history stories, set everywhere from Atlantis to the Rhine.
*The Keep, by F. Paul Wilson (Tor)
A re-release in trade paperback. Something's killing Nazis in Transylvania.
* Ghost Country, by Patrick Lee (Harper)
Scientist sees into the Doomsday future, and it isn't good. Can she change it?
* Age of Odin, by James Lovegrove (Solaris)
Washed-up soldier finds himself fighting alongside Norse pantheon.
* Engineering Infidelity, edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris)
An anthology of hard sci-fi stories.
So, what does "science fiction" mean to you?
(A quick bit of business: Congrats to Teri Anne for winning the new Marjorie M. Liu novel--I'll be contacting you shortly! )