Usually early in whatever quarter of the year we're in I like to take a look at the Locus list of books coming out in the next quarter. I just like to see what's coming out that I should keep an eye out for. It's about that time. So, here's what I think looks good in the first quarter of 2009. Obviously, publishing schedules can and do change.
The Steel Remains, Richard Morgan: I haven't read a single thing from Richard Morgan, but I have heard nothing but good stuff about his science fiction. This is one of those fantasy debuts I'm looking forward to and hopefully he'll have something strong to bring to the table.
Fantasy: The Best of the Year: 2009 Edition, by Rich Horton (editor): I didn't read either of Horton's volumes last year, but I want to give it a go. Plus, it's about the only place I'll find Ian MacLeod's World Fantasy Award nominated novella.
City Without End, by Kay Kenyon: I admired The Bright of the Sky. I was impressed by A World Too Near. I can't wait to see what she does with City Without End. Should be a good one, nay, a great one.
Steal Across the Sky, by Nancy Kress: It's Kress. I've enjoyed the little I've read from her recently.
The Walls of the Universe, by Paul Melko: The story this novel is based on is excellent. I wanted to know more. Now I'll have the chance. I never did read his debut novel Singularity's Ring.
Drood, by Dan Simmons: Umm...it's Dan Simmons.
Seven for a Secret, by Elizabeth Bear: Umm...it's Elizabeth Bear. It's also the follow up to New Amsterdam. Not as exciting as a new Promethean Age novel, but it'll do.
The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch: Finally, the third volume of The Gentleman Bastards! A little late, but very welcome. This should be one of the highlights of the year.
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Three, by Jonathan Strahan (editor): Volume Two was excellent. Haven't read Volume One yet, but between this and Eclipse One, Strahan has the markings of being one hell of an editor. Plus, as a reprint anthology, I like seeing what he thinks is worth anthologizing. Great taste with the stories in Volume Two.
Here's my Q4 list for 2008.