Welcome to the latest installment of "Stuff I'm Looking Forward To This Year". As always, I take my information from the Locus Forthcoming list, plus a little bit of extra research when I'm aware of things that should be on the Locus list and are not.
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 4, by Jonathan Strahan (editor): The premiere Year's Best collection. Strahan = must buy anthology.
Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis: I have an ARC of this and don't really know anything about it, but Tregillis is one of the Wild Cards writers and I've enjoyed what he's done on that series. Very interested to see what he does on his own.
Ark, by Stephen Baxter: This is the release of the quarter for me. This is the sequel to Flood, which I thought was fantastic.
Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay: I've only read Ysabel from Kay, but that was good enough that I want to check out more.
Recovering Apollo 8 and Other Stories, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: I thought the title novella was the best of the 2008 Hugo nominated novellas, and though I'm not over-familiar with Rusch's work (have a copy of Diving Into the Wreck I need to read soon), I believe this will be a strong collection published by Golden Gryphon.
Leviathan Wept and Other Stories, by Daniel Abraham: Haven't read the man's novels, but what short fiction I have read from Abraham has been consistently excellent - with extra high marks to "The Cambist and Lord Iron", the Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominated novelette.
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor: I need to read more Okorafor. She's excellent.
Clementine, by Cherie Priest: A new Clockwork Century set novel from Cherie Priest (the setting of the outstanding Boneshaker). I've already pre-ordered this from SubPress. It'll help whet my appetite for Dreadnought.
The Third Bear, by Jeff VanderMeer: After Finch, I'm digging on really seeing what else VanderMeer has done. I'll cop to being a little mixed on some of the other stuff I've seen from him, but Finch requires me to take another look.
This quarter isn't quite as stacked (for me) as the first quarter was, but there is some good stuff here.