…and we continue to wait—hopefully not for much longer—for George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons.
We heard rumblings earlier this month from New York Comic Con’s Del Rey/Spectra Panel that Martin was close to finishing A Dance with Dragons (the fifth book in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire Series) and that the manuscript would hopefully be turned in by Christmas. This is a welcome development for Martin’s legion of adoring fans—I count myself among them—who have been waiting, some more patiently than others, almost four years for the book. Regardless of the time frame for the release of Dragons, Martin’s fans will be treated to the the live action version of the books, slated to premiere in the spring of 2011 on HBO. And if you haven’t begun the trek through Martin’s world of Westeros, be sure to pick up A Game of Thrones and enter his epic world of medieval moral ambiguity where good does not necessarily triumph over evil.
Thankfully, there will be no dearth of great science fiction and fantasy series to keep us company through the long winter hibernation. Plenty of great authors have new and upcoming releases that transport us back into, or introduce us to, the fantastical worlds of their creation…
Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton
An innovator praised as one of the inventors of “the new space opera,” Peter F. Hamilton has also been hailed as the heir of such golden-age giants as Heinlein and Asimov. Now, in one of the most eagerly anticipated offerings of the year, Hamilton brings his acclaimed Void trilogy to a stunning close.
The series begins with The Dreaming Void.
All Clear by Connie Willis
In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060—the setting for several of her most celebrated works—and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England. Now the situation has grown even more dire. Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war. The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time-travel theory—but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong.
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.
Lededje Y’breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price. To to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.
Experience the first culture novel, Consider Phlebas.
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter Miles to check it out.
Begin with the omnibus Cordelia’s Honor, or you can buy Cryoburn; the book contains a CD-ROM with the entire series right at your fingertips.
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
The long-awaited sequel to The Runes of the Earth and Fatal Revenant returns readers to the Land-and unravels some of the mysteries haunting Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery.
Lord Foul’s Bane begins the The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.
Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
The third book in Priest’s Clockwork Century series, Dreadnought takes place in the same universe as the award winning Boneshaker; the story is unrelated but set in the same universe and features characters from the previous two novels (Boneshaker and Clementine) in side roles.
Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
(Book Will be released on November 2, pre-order available)
This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series–the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007–brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near.
The Wheel of Time series begins with The Eye of the World.
All review material courtesy of IndieBound.