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A Misanthrope’s Reading List: 2010

Everybody’s posting their year-end best-of lists, and I’m tempted to do so too. But instead of looking back, I’d like to look toward the future. Hey grandpa, 2009 is done. Here’s a quick list of books I’m looking forward to reading in 2010.

Sleepless: A Novel by Charlie Huston (January). Huston takes a dip into near-future speculative territory. Added bonus: dialog with quotation marks!

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson (January). I’m already tired thinking about this book.

Yukikaze by Chohei Kambayashi (January). What is the relationship between man and the machines he builds?

The Book of Heroes by Miyuki Miyabe (January). I’ve read all of Miyabe’s books that are available in English. Why stop now?

Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model: Netherworld Book One by Christopher Rowley (February). A new series of novels based on characters and stories from Heavy Metal magazine. Target audience: Me.

The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu (March). File this one under science fiction fairy tales from France.

Backing Into Forward: A Memoir by Jules Feiffer (March). Artist and culture wit Feiffer finally delivers his autobiography.

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 8 by Naoki Urasawa (March). The conclusion of Urasawa’s brilliant remake of Tetsuwan Atomu.

The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto (March). In the future machines will rule the world. Call me a misanthrope, but I can’t wait for that to happen.

Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (March). My early vote for best book title of 2010. From the author of All You Need is Kill (the best book title of 2009).

The Creeper by Steve Ditko (March). There’s already a place on my bookshelf reserved for this compilation.

Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard (April). Science Fiction Fantasy with a Mictlantecuhtli twist (btw: that’s the Aztec god of the dead).

Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann (April). Based solely on the cover, this is going to be one of my favorite books of the year.

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes by Andrew E.C. Gaska, Christian Berntsen, and Erik Matthews (Spring). A novel that revisits the first Apes movie. Added bonus: cover painting by Jim Steranko.

Loups-garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku (May). Werewolves and teenage girls collide in Tokyo. Bite me!

The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa (May). Want to get married on the moon? No problem! Otaba General Construction will build a wedding chapel anywhere you want.

Children No More by Mark L. Van Name (August). Jon Moore is a man with a little bit of nanojunk in the trunk. Lobo is a military assault vehicle with a big dollop of A.I. attitude. Their adventure continues.

Even MOAR New Hawtness

It’s not every day one gets to edit a novel by a best-selling Japanese author that is

a. both fantasy and anti-fantasy,

b. in dialogue with one of my favorite short stories, The Repairer of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers, which means that of course it features

c. the King in Yellow, while also

d. referencing everything from the horrors of apartheid to Jean Gabin, despite the fact that it was

e. originally serialized in a Japanese newspaper, but that doesn’t stop the English-language edition from

f. also having some fun flipbook animation on the margins.

Not every day, no, but some days last this year I got to edit The Book of Heroes.

See?


That’s editor and cubiclemate Jann “The Martian Manhuntress” Jones holding up the fresh new copy that just came back from the printer. Note the revised cover with the glowly gold ink on the title.

Have I mentioned that the The Book of Heroes is for young adults? (Of all ages?)

Well, it is. Keep it in mind next month when you hit the bookstores with your holiday gift cards firmly in hand!

Quote Haikasoru: Yukikaze

“To me Earth’s just a big ball of water filled with a lot of bitter memories.”
– Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai

Yukikaze or, The New Hawtness

It’s been cold here in the Bay Area, cold enough that we’ve actually seen a few flakes of snow in the wind coming over the wharf.

Wait, did someone say snowy wind? Why that reminds me of something else that showed up today!

Behold, the advance copies of Yukikaze, the classic of military SF from Japan. Chohei Kambayashi’s classic spawned a sequel and a very popular anime series. We’re thrilled to bring you this first English-edition and just in time for…well, not the holidays, but in time to use any gift certificates you may receive for the holidays. Yukikaze can be pre-ordered now, but will be in stores in mid-January.

Check out with military SF legend David Drake and Hammer’s Slammers author had to say about Yukikaze:

Yukikaze may be the perfect bridge between anime and the sort of military SF which I write. The novel is a clean, detached look at war and warriors: fast-moving, poetic, and precise even when describing passion. A remarkable book, unique in my experience.

Well, what are you waiting for? I mean, other than when the book is released next month! Add it to wishlists and add a postscript to your letter to Santa today.


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