Today’s New Books and ARCs, 3/24/15

Likely the last collection of such until I get back from my travels down under. So: See anything here that rings your bell? The comments await your vote!

By John Scalzi

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26 replies on “Today’s New Books and ARCs, 3/24/15”

Never having purchased a Baen book, I think it’s interesting that Baen separates alternate history from science fiction (the next book in the stack). However, the latter conforms to Heinlein’s formula for what is and isn’t science fiction; he couldn’t see science fiction as embracing alternate-past or alternate-present stories, which he would categorize as fantasy according to his late-1950s essay “Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults and Virtues” (

The Buettner should be good. It’s I believe the third in a series. The first one was pretty good, but I haven’t read the second yet. I did really like Buettner’s Orphanage series, which is a must read for anyone who enjoys Yet Another Power Armor Mil-SF Series.

Having heard that books by men are more likely to be promoted by their publishers and reviewed, I’ve been informally counting the gender distribution in these stacks as a way of seeing what reviewers are getting.

This is the most male-heavy one I’ve seen in a while. I googled Chris and Terry, and every book in this stack is by a male author possibly excepting the Pathfinder Strategy Guide.

But most of the stacks are skewed male; this is just unusually so.

“I would read that James Hogan book.”

Beware that it’s a compilation of two previous books from him, The Two Faces of Tomorrow and Realtime Interrupt. I had read them before, but I got it because I got the Baen ebooks monthly bundle. Which means I’ve got about half of the books pictured above anyway.

I would almost trade that bundle for the Pathfinder strategy guide, though. Almost.

I’m excited by the new Robert Conroy book, but upset that I learned that he recently died. This book and one more in the fall are all that are left.

I recently saw Ken Liu talk about The Grace of Kings at a Writers with Drinks. It sounded pretty interesting and I’ve liked his short stories so I’ll be picking that one up.

Everything Buettner makes is awesome and you all should read it.

Also, btw, the Orphanage series actually is *not* yet-another-power-armor series. The armor they wear isn’t powered. :)

OMG more mrem stories!

I’m fond of the first two novels*, especially the one co-written by Diane Duane. I’m pleased to see there are new novella collections, and excited by the list of authors involved.

*THAT I KNOW OF. Apparently my knowledge of how much mrem there is in the world has been faulty. It could be even faultier.

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