Upcoming SF

Because my book queue is not long enough*, it seems some of my favorite SF authors are releasing new novels in 2011. Yay**. Here are the three most exciting ones, in order of anticipated publication:

  • Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi – It’s actually been a few years since Scalzi wrote a full SF novel (and that book, Zoe’s Tale, was a sorta rehash of an earlier book), so I’m greatly looking forward to this. I have not read any of the original Fuzzy series by H. Beam Piper, but apparently this novel is Scalzi’s attempt at rebooting or reimagining the series. At some point, I considered going back to read the originals, but I’m confident that Scalzi’s novel will be good as a standalone story, and I’ve really enjoyed all his SF novels. This one is set to be released on May 10, so I’ll probably be picking it up soon…
  • Readme by Neal Stephenson – This should be unsurprising to readers of this blog, as this has long been an anticipated novel here at Kaedrin, even back when it was known as Reamde (still no explanation of that – I don’t really buy that it was a typo…) Details about the novel are still scarce (not even a cover yet, and the publication date seems to have moved back a week), but seeing as though Stephenson is my favorite author and all, I don’t really need much to get in line for this one. Currently set to be released on September 20th, I’m very much looking forward to this one.
  • The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge – The long-anticipated third novel in Vinge’s loosely connected Zones of Thought series. I really loved the first two books in the series (A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky) and both of them have won major SF awards like the Hugo and Nebula. As such, expectations are high. Again, I’ve been avoiding details about the plot here, but my assumption is that it will only have a passing reference to the previous two novels (both of which only share one character and take place thousands of years apart). This one is set for October 11, so it looks like I’ll have a busy fall, once again.

That covers the major releases that I’m looking forward to. There are, of course, some other books coming out that I might be interested in, but for now, I think the queue is full enough!

Also, just a quick administrative note, I’ll be traveling this week, so probably no entry on Wednesday. I shall return next Sunday. Have a good week!

* Sarcasm!

** Not sarcasm!