The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection é um dos lançamentos para Julho, um volume que reúne algumas das melhores histórias do ano.

Entre os autores podemos encontrar Robert Charles Wilson, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald (com Vishnu at the Cat Circus, uma das melhores histórias de Cyberabad Days), Nancy Kress ou Geoff Ryman. Uma lista completa de conteúdos pode ser lida em SF Signal.

Da mesma série de Boneshaker de Cherie Priest, será lançado nos próximos tempos, Dreadnought. Ainda que mantenha alguns aspectos visuais do volume anterior, a melhor capa continua a ser a de Boneshaker. Continuando o tema Steampunk, aqui fica a sinopse:

Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she’ll catch a train over the Rockies and–if the telegram can be believed–be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.

Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.

What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?

The Library of Forgotten Books é o título dado ao volume Showcase da PS Publishing, que contem histórias curtas de Rjurik Davidson. O autor é-me desconhecido, mas a sinopse promete:

In this collection, PS Publishing presents the short works of a powerful, exciting new voice in SF and fantasy: Rjurik Davidson, whose protagonists wander dark cities of dreams, ravished by love and tormented by destiny…

Visit the fantastic metropolis of Caeli-Amur, where rival Houses of thaumaturgists-half scientist, half magician–battle one another in vendetta, espionage, and murder, ruthlessly employing philosopher-assassins: killers weighed down one minute by deep thought, uplifted the next by pure ecstasy. Enter the totalitarian city of Varenis, whose librarians every week consign thousands of forbidden books to obscure shelves, in halls haunted by dead writers, half-ghost, half-demon…

Para além dos novos lançamentos, de realçar a re-edição da série Riverworld de Philip José Farmer, em novo formato. O primeiro livro, premiado com o Hugo, To Your Scattered Bodies Go é assim publicado conjuntamente com The Fabulous Riverboat num único volume de título RiverWorld. Para os interessados em conhecer um pouco mais da série, está disponível um excerto do primeiro livro, e um resumo:

Imagine that every human who ever lived, from the earliest Neanderthals to the present, is resurrected after death on the banks of an astonishing and seemingly endless river on an unknown world. They are miraculously provided with food, but with not a clue to the possible meaning of this strange afterlife. And so billions of people from history, and before, must start living again.

Some set sail on the great river questing for the meaning of their resurrection, and to find and confront their mysterious benefactors. On this long journey, we meet Sir Richard Francis Burton, Mark Twain, Odysseus, Cyrano de Bergerac, and many others, most of whom embark upon searches of their own in this huge afterlife.

Finalmente, The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse reúne histórias de ficção científica em torno de apocalipses: invasões alienígenas, meteoritos devastadores ou guerras nucleares; de autores tão diversos como Lucius Shepard, Neil Gaiman, Poul Anderson ou Orson Scott Card:

A sensitive introduction by Robert Silverberg sets the tone for 19 varied glimpses of humankind’s ending, arranged thematically and ranging from the nuclear bang of Norman Spinrad’s “The Big Flash” to the sad whimper of George R.R. Martin’s poignant “Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels.” Lester Del Rey’s wrenching “Kindness” nods to the last living Homo sapiens while John Helfers’s “Afterward” envisions a blue-whitebrown planet sterilized of human contamination. Orson Scott Card’s “Salvage” and Nancy Kress’s elegiac “Fools Like Me” eloquently humanize the inhuman and convincingly imagine the unimaginable. Even longtime SF fans who know many of these classic stories will be thrilled to have them all in one place, a moving and powerful reminder of humanity’s capacity for self-destruction and powerful will to survive.