Estes são, apenas, alguns dos livros a ser publicados nos próximos tempos, e que me pareceram interessantes.

Nancy Kress, vencedora de vários prémios, entre os quais 3 Nébulas e 1 Hugo, tornou-se mais conhecida com a publicação de Beggars in Spain.

Após o sucesso de  Nano Comes to Clifford Falls: And Other Stories (nomeado para melhor do ano em BookspotCentral e em Io9), publica agora Steal Across the Sky, com uma premissa que parece original e, até, cómica:

The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the internet:

“We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly. We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it. Therefore we request twenty-one volunteers to visit seven planets to Witness for us. We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety. Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@Atoners.com.”

At first, everyone thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t.

This is the story of three of those volunteers, and what they found on Kular A and Kular B.

Caitlin R. Kiernan publica maioritariamente dentro do género de Ficção Científica e Fantástico negro, tendo ganho vários International Horror Guild Award. A is for Alien é a sua próxima colectânea a ser lançada pela Subterranean Press – histórias negras que antevêem um futuro pouco utópico:

A is for Alien is award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan’s first collection devoted entirely to her science-fiction work. It includes the critically acclaimed novelette “Riding the White Bull” (chosen for The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 22nd Annual Collection), along with seven other tales of a less-than-utopian future. Ranging from the wastelands and mountains of Mars to the streets of a late 21st-Century Manhattan, from the moons of Europa and Saturn to an iceless Antarctica, these tales bring Kiernan’s trademark brand of the eco-gothic to bear on what it means to be human and the paths and decisions that may face mankind only a little farther along.

We Think Therefore We Are é uma antologia, organizada por Peter Crowther, e constituída por 15 contos, em torno da Inteligência Artificial que exploram os dois sentimentos antagónicos pelo desconhecido: o medo Vs a fascinação.

Com uma introdução de Paul McAuley (autor de Fairyland), inclui contos dos seguintes autores:

  • Stephen Baxter
  • Brian Stableford
  • Eric Brown
  • James Lovegrove
  • Adam Roberts
  • Tony Ballantyne
  • Keith Brooke
  • Steven Utley
  • Marly Youmans
  • Robert Reed
  • Patrick O’Leary
  • Ian Watson
  • Chris Roberson
  • Garry Kilworth
  • Paul Di Filippo

George R. R. Martin (autor de Song of Ice and Fire) e Gardner Dozois (que venceu por 13 um Hugo e editor da revista Asimov assim como de uma série de colectâneas), organizaram uma antologia, intitulada Songs of the Dying Earth em tributo a Jack Vance, onde se retorna ao cenário criado em The Dying Earth.

Esta antologia reune contos de vários autores, entre os quais Dan Simmons, Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Matt Hughes ou Jeff Vandermeer (a lista total de participantes pode ser consultada no site da editora):

Today, in order to honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN and GARDNER DOZOIS, with the full cooperation of Jack Vance, his family, and his agents, suggest a Jack Vance tribute anthology called Songs of the Dying Earth, to encourage the best of today’s fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance’s greatest novel.

Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he’d crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he’d gladly give up his right arm for the privilege — that’s the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

Por último, vem aquele que é, para mim, o mais esperado – o próximo livro de China Miéville. Ainda que tenha apenas lido Iron Council,  falta que será compensada nos próximos tempos (espero), Perdido Street Station encontra-se (como não me canso de repetir) em quase todas as listas de melhores do género (ora enquadrado na Fantasia, ora na Ficção Científica).

Segundo consta, o próximo, The City & The City será um pouco diferente dos anteriores, possuindo rasgos de mistério / policial:

When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Besźel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and more deadly, than anything he could have imagined. Soon his work puts him and those he cares for in danger. Borlú must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own, across a border like no other.

With shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984 , The City & The City is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.