These are the books I look most forward to this year.
In the Lion’s Mouth
The previous books (The January Dancer and Up Jim River ) where awesome in this epic space saga trilogy so I can’t wait to read how it works out for the the Harper and her parents. The whole mystery of the exiles from earth also insists on answers like so many other things here. Think Gaelic space opera.
Kristine’s nameless protagonist only known as Boss is one of my favorites. Especially after City of Ruins last year. A whole fleet of Destiny vessels or the rest of it awaits in what looks like another epic story. You should start with Diving into the Wreck though.
(Darkship Thieves book 2) by Sarah A. Hoyt (Baen)
I love female protagonists and Sarah A. Hoyt’s Athena Hera Sinistra is one of the better. This book is not on the schedule yet but it will be according to the author. Darkship Thieves‘ style was very Heinleinesque.
Guy Haley has created a fascinating world where The People’s Dynasty hides behind the Great Firewall of China and the United States of North America governed by the three Sams. The AIs have started to clean up centuries of pollution and live in a not to secure peace with humanity. Near-I and AI machines is part of life. I really liked his debut Reality 36. It has a fast pace, is humorous tone, filled with action, combat, robots and a great pair of protagonists. I would say it is modern private eyes meets an alternative to singularity but after the cliffhanger in the last book I am not so sure about the last.
A Rising Thunder
I have read the ARC and it was strong. It is still more political than military action but we are getting there. This is mostly about the Solarian League with a sprinkle of Mesa.
A space opera debut no less. Thanks to Baen’s ebook section I will be able to start reading this tonight. It is an epic fight between mysterious vessels.
John Scalzi is into fanfiction at the moment. Last year it was Fuzzy things and this year it will be Redshirts. From the poor unsuspecting crewmen that accompanied Captain Kirk, Spook and the other main casts on away missions on alien planets in the original Star Trek series and ended up dead. John writes fun twisted tales well that is why I am looking forward to this one.
The intelligent plague impregnated Venus in Leviathan Wakes last year. It was a Cop procedural space opera . I hope Detective Miller and Captain Holden returns in this volume too.
The Fractal Prince
The second book about legendary and flamboyant master thief Jean le Flambeur. The Quantum Thief was a fun read a bit like a Finnish Tango, it had a strange rhythm to it and it takes you places you never imagined before.
Shadow of Freedom
(Honor Harrington 14) by David Weber (& Eric Flint?) (Baen) – probably second half of 2012 – title pending
It might or might not be out this year but the author thinks so. I hope for some MESA action.
Echoes of Betrayal
This series is sprinkled with strong vibrant female characters. It is thrilling with assassination attempts, undercover kings, love, fire and dragons at the same time warm and caring. Elizabeth Moon is a master of characters and don’t get me started on her world building. I just wish it was March already.