Baen’s catalogue is out for Fall 2008 (link via Lois McMaster Bujold’s email list). Scanning quickly, these are the releases that caught my eye:
“Gentleman Takes a Chance” by Sarah A Hoyt (Oct 2008 hc, urban fantasy)
There are those living secretly among us who have the power to change their physical form from that of a human to an animal, even animals thought to be mythical, such as dragons. Throughout the ages, these shape shifters have come together in a loose organization to protect themselves from humans—and other shape shifters. According to their code, killing another shifter is a crime, no matter if the shifter was slaughtering humans. Kyrie Smith, a young panther shifter, must decide where she will stand: with her group or with humanity at large. And she’ll have to do it while both older shifters and her boyfriend Tom Ormson—a dragon shifter—push her from quandary to quandary and police detective Rafiel Thrall—a lion shifter—demands her help in solving mysterious murders. Someone—or something—has been killing shifters in large numbers, and the most ancient and powerful of shifters are converging on the city to find the killer. And anyone, human or shifter, who gets in their way will be eliminated without mercy.
The tagline was “The Sequel to “Draw One in the Dark” – Romantic Adventure by a New Star of Urban Fantasy”. LOL. I don’t think they could have written a phrase more likely to grab my attention. I’ve never heard of the first book, so I may have to track that one down.
“The Vorkosigan Companion” ed. Lilian Stewart Carl (Dec 2008 hc)
Lois McMaster Bujold’s best-selling Vorkosigan series is a publishing phenomenon, winning record-breaking sales, critical praise, four Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. And the thousands of devotees of the series now have a book that will be a goldmine of information, background details, and little-known facts about the Vorkosigan saga. Included are an all-new interview with Bujold as well as essays by her on crafting the Vorkosigan universe, articles on the biology, technology and sociology of the planet Barrayar, appreciations of the individual novels by experts, maps, a complete timeline of the series, and more. Readers can’t get enough of the Vorkosigan series and they’ll jump at the chance to read this story behind the stories. (And Baen has a new novel in the Vorkosigan series under contract.)
Ooooh. I want. Doesn’t sounds as though there will be any new short stories, dammit. But I still want. Apparently there will be new covers as well for some of the Vorkosigan books. About time too. (Sigh. I’ve just reached p.38 and they show the new covers. Not good – they’ve just added a thick black border around most of the original covers.)
“Lucy’s Blade” by John Lambshead (Jan 2009 mmp, historical fantasy)
Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s Secretary of State, was the greatest spymaster the world had ever seen. But when he asked Dr. Dee to summon a demon the result was unexpected, especially for his orphaned niece Lucy. Sir Francis’ duty as her guardian was to find Lucy a suitably aristocratic husband, not to let her fight demons and witchcraft for the Queen’s Secret Service. But his—and Lucy’s—duty to protect Queen and country from enemies both natural and supernatural kept getting in the way. And so did all those demons….
The tagline was “Sir Francis Walsingham Was Queen Elizabeth’s Top Spymaster but His Niece Lucy Was the Queen’s Daemon fighter. First Time in Paperback for This Fast-Moving Historical Fantasy Adventure.”
There’s a Buffy comparison in the Key Selling Points section, which I’ll take with a pinch of salt – Buffy doesn’t really do it for me. But these sentences “A stunningly original novel from a new author, set in one of the pivotal and most interesting periods of western history, that combines science fiction, espionage and magic in a new mix” and “This science fantasy novel is set within an accurately described Elizabethan England—with a young girl who fights the forces of evil for the Queen’s Secret Service” do.
I may pop over to the Baen site and have a look at these…