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Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart

Turtledove has a knack for creating well-rounded characters who epitomize the time he describes, whether in works of alternative history or speculative fiction. Series fans and readers who clamor for "disaster" novels should enjoy this ongoing chronicle of a possible future.

The Forever Engine

The author of How Dark the World Becomes and designer of role-playing games has brought to life a darkly imaginative steampunk future populated by intriguing characters, including a lovely and brilliant spy for the French Commune and a British officer who seems to shirk his duties but who may be more than he appears. Alternate versions of historical characters mingle with Chadwick's fictional personae in a brilliant sf adventure that will leave the reader hoping for further outings for Fargo and his companions.

Knight of Flame

Eder's historical fantasy debut provides a fresh take on knights and "holy" orders in a tale that provides plenty of action, both magical and physical. The author's characters shine, and he is a rising talent to watch.

Dragon Fire

This fantasy debut, set in a small town in the Arctic Circle, blends a story of teenage love and heartbreak with a fantasy revolving around a small society of dragons. The Arctic background with its brief summers and interminable winters lends itself well to a fantasy about a culture in danger of becoming frozen in its ways. Suitable for both YA and adult readers, this unusual fantasy should appeal to fans of dragon tales.

Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera for a New Age

Fans of sf should enjoy this stylistically varied homage to a genre as old as the fiction of E.E. "Doc" Smith and as classic as the stories based on the "Star Wars" films.

The Iron Wolves

Thirty years ago, General Dalgoran tried to reunite the elite Iron Wolves for a new battle against the twisted forces of Orlana the Changer, but the years have taken their toll, and the Wolves are not what they used to be...

Iron Night: A Generation V Novel

Vampire Fortitude Scott waits tables and otherwise wastes his potential until the murder of his roommate sends him on the hunt for a killer in the sequel toGeneration V...

Rise Again Below Zero

Picking up where Rise Again left off, Tripp's sequel features well-drawn and believable characters. Especially nuanced is Kelly, who desperately struggles to hold on to her humanity. A standout among the current flood of "zombie" novels, Tripp's latest effort sets a new bar for zombie fiction.

Iron & Velvet

The author of Glitterland launches an urban fantasy series featuring a morbidly witty, complex heroine whose determination to discover the truth takes her down dangerous paths. Gay and lesbian readers should particularly enjoy the author's wry humor and savvy style, while fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's erotic style will find much to delight them.

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