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Matter
Matter (2008)
Iain M. Banks
Djan Seriy Anaplian has left behind the small and backward world she came from and become an agent of the Special Circumstances Division of the Culture, a vast and highly advanced civilization.  When her brothers ask her help in a war, she returns home and must decide how much to use her new powers to interfere.
 
The Warded Man
The Warded Man (2009)
Peter V. Brett
As darkness falls each night, demons known as the corelings rise, and three young survivors of demon attacks risk everything to recover the secrets of the past to defeat the corelings and stop their relentless assault against humans. Followed by The Desert Spear (2010).
 
A Princess of Landover
A Princess of Landover (2009)
Terry Brooks
In the new Landover series novel, Mistaya, daughter of Ben Holiday and Willow, gets thrown out of school on Earth. Her parents send her to a remote royal library in Landover, where she runs into new problems.
 
Turn Coat
Turn Coat (2009)
Jim Butcher
Harry must uncover a traitor within the Wizards of the White Council, keep a less-than-agreeable warden under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head--someone like Harry. The 11th book of The Dresden Files.
 
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (2009)
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Jasper Fforde
Welcome to Chromatacia, where for as long as anyone can remember society has been ruled by a Colortocracy.  Social hierachy is based upon one's limited color perception. society is dominated by color.  In this world, you are what you can see, and Eddie Russett, a better-than-average red perception wants to move up.
 
Starbound
Starbound (2010)
Joe Haldeman

Carmen Dula and her pilot husband travel to a distant solar system in hopes of forging a truce with the Others, an advanced alien race that wants humanity exterminated. Sequel to Marsbound (2008).

 
The Dreaming Void
The Dreaming Void (2008)
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Peter F.  Hamilton
In the far future, an expanding void in the center of the galaxy threatens everything in its path.  People begin to dream of a world contained within the void, triggering an exodus that could threaten humanity. Followed by The Temporal Void (2009) and The Evolutionary Void (2010).
 
Dragon Keeper
Dragon Keeper (2010)
Robin Hobb
Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, a tangle of serpents fights its way up the Rain Wild River to the cocooning grounds.  A band of dragon keepers, hunters and chroniclers  help them find their true home--the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra. The first book of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, followed by Dragon Haven (2010). 
 
Under Heaven
Under Heaven (2010)
Guy Gavriel Kay
In Kitan, a land much like Tang dynasty China, Shen Tai's noble actions attract the attention of both the princess Cheng-wan and a deadly assassin.
 
The Poison Throne
The Poison Throne (2010)
Celine Kiernan
Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father to find the king has become a violent despot, his son, Alberon has fled into exile and Alberon's half-brother, Razi has been elevated to king. Wynter must choose between her father or her dreams, her friend or her king, her duty or her love. The first book of The Moorehawke Trilogy, followed by The Crowded Shadows (2010).
 
Steal Across the Sky
Steal Across the Sky (2009)
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Nancy Kress
Previously unknown aliens appear above Earth, communicating to say that they have commited a crime against the human race and wish to atone for it.
 
Lavinia
Lavinia (2008)
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Ursula K. Le Guin
Le Guin retells the story of Virgil’s Aeneid from the point of view of Lavinia, whose fated marriage to Aeneas is both the cause of a war and the basis for the establishment of a new empire.
 
A Lion Among Men
A Lion Among Men (2008)
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Gregory Maguire
In the third of Maguire’s reimaginings of A Wizard of Oz, Brr, known as the Cowardly Lion, is sent to interview an ancient seer but ends up relating  the story of his own life.
 
Time Travelers Never Die
Time Travelers Never Die (2009)
Jack McDevitt
Shel and his friend Dave journey through time in search of Shel's missing physicist-father, but make a devastating discovery that changes their lives forever when Shel violates their agreement not to visit the future.
 
The Host
The Host (2008)
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Stephenie Meyer
Wanderer is an alien “soul”, one of many aliens who have invaded of Earth able to take over the minds of humans and possess their bodies.  Wanderer is distressed when the mind of her host body, Melanie, refuses to fade away but instead draws her into the desert to search for the man she loves, putting them both in danger.
 
The Alchemaster's Apprentice
The Alchemaster's Apprentice (2009)
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Walter Moers
Echo the Crat, a talented cat-like creature, is a resident  of Malaisia, the unhappiest city in Zamonia. He has signed a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, but now wishes to find a way out of the dark deal before he ends up as an ingredient in an immortality potion.
 
Unseen Academicals
Unseen Academicals (2009)
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Terry Pratchett
The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever.
 
The Red Wolf Conspiracy
The Red Wolf Conspiracy (2008)
Robert V. S. Redick
Scant years after a terrible war that shook empires, a 600-year-old ship sails for enemy lands and must deal with deadly assassins, treacherous mermaids, and monstrous slavers in order to deliver a young woman whose marriage will seal the peace.
 
Live Free or Die
Live Free or Die (2010)
John Ringo
Hero Troy Vernon wages war against the Horvath, Earth's alien conquerors, determined to free his enslaved world and to take the first steps into space using off-world technologies.  If he succeeds, his ultimate plans will lead to the creation of Troy, a thousand trillion ton battlestation designed to secure the solar system.
 
Galileo's Dream
Galileo's Dream (2010)
Kim Stanley Robinson
he past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. Yet between his brief and jarring visitations to this future, Galileo must struggle against the ignorance and superstition of his own time.
 
WWW: Wake
WWW: Wake (2009)
Robert J. Sawyer
Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness. The first book of the WWW Trilogy, followed by WWW: Watch (2010).
 
Lamentation
Lamentation (2009)
Ken Scholes
As an ancient weapon destroys the city of Windwir, a young apprentice watches from a nearby hilltop, mourning the death of the city and his father. When Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, realizes what has happened, he knows for certain that the land will soon be plunged into a devastating war. Followed by Canticle (2009).
 
Anathem
Anathem (2008)
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Neal Stephenson

In a world with parallels to our own, a young monk living in a reclusive monastery dedicated to science and math receives hints that something unprecedented is going on in the outside world.

 
Wireless
Wireless (2009)
Charles Stross
In this collection of short stories, novelist Stross moves the U.S.-U.S.S.R. conflict onto a massive disk in another galaxy in "Missile Gap," offers a spam-filter solution to the Fermi paradox in "MAXOS," suggests clever bargains with the devil in a newly frozen Scotland in "Snowball's Chance," and sets the stage for appearances by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould in "The Colder War."
 
Liberating Atlantis
Liberating Atlantis (2009)
Harry Turtledove
Frederick Radcliff is a descendant of the family that founded Atlantis's first settlement, but he is also a black slave forced to labor in the southern region of the country. He becomes the leader of a revolutionary army of slaves determined to free all of his brethren across Atlantis. The third book of the Atlantis trilogy, after Opening Atlantis (2007) and The United States of Atlantis (2008).
 
Finch
Finch (2009)
Jeff VanderMeer
Detective John Finch must solve a double murder in the bizarre city of Ambergris, a human settlement currently controlled by the original inhabitants of the area - the mysterious underground-dwelling Gray Caps.
 
Blackout
Blackout (2010)
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Connie Willis
Three researchers from 2060 travel to 1940's England to study life during World War II. Caught up in their everyday experiences, they do not at first realize that their time travel experiment is going wrong.  Followed by All Clear (2010).
 
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