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and the science behind airships, with each
disaster filling in details on how many ways
an airship can be destroyed. Bennis has crafted an exciting new world that will attract
steampunk fans of all ages and leave them
hoping for more. —Frances Moritz
The Jane Austen Project.
By Kathleen Flynn.
May 2017. 384p. HarperPerennial, paper, $15.99
Written in an engaging Austen style, full
of witty dialogue, a secret engagement, and
a delightful clan of loving siblings, Flynn’s
debut centers on the reactions of two time
travelers to early nineteenth-century England
and their involvement with Jane Austen and
family. Rachel Katzman, an emergency doctor experienced with primitive conditions,
is an unrivaled Austen nerd. Liam Finucane
is a skilled thespian turned Regency scholar. Their preparations included meticulous
training in the expected class conventions
of the time period and diligent rehearsal of
a detailed, socially appropriate backstory.
Billing themselves as wealthy Doctor William Ravenswood and his sister, Mary, they
meet Henry Austen, Jane’s favorite brother.
The widowed Henry becomes enamored
with Mary, and this romantic entrée allows
them to proceed with their mission—
retrieving the full manuscript of Austen’s famously
unfinished novel The Watsons and diagnosing
the illness that ended Jane’s life, in 1817.
Will their assumed personae withstand Jane’s
celebrated discerning eye? Can Rachel/Mary
disengage from Henry’s marital intentions?
Or will history be changed? Recommend to
fans of Connie Willis’ The Doomsday Book
(1992). —Lucy Lockley
By Kieran Shea.
Apr. 2017. 320p. Titan, paper, $14.95 (9781785653384);
Jimmy Vik is tired of his luck never changing, so when he finds a fortune in gold just
lying around waiting to be thrown away
unnoticed, he decides he has to take matters into his own hands and change his
luck himself. Thus begins Shea’s fast-paced,
high-energy story, which has all of the elements one would expect in a futuristic heist
caper. Jock, the greasy criminal partner who
knows someone for every questionable task,
knows exactly the palms to grease when he
needs someone to turn a blind eye. There’s
a beautiful assassin, come to collect on defaulted loans to the vast criminal network of
the galaxy. And what good swindle would be
complete without the miffed ex-girlfriend—
oh, did we mention she’s now Jimmy’s boss?
Things get complicated fast, and everyone
has his or her own self-interests firmly on the
top of the list as things start to go predictably sideways during the job, in more ways
than you would expect. A great tale that is
part space thriller and part classic gold heist.
— Terry Goosey
By Jack Campbell.
May 2017. 336p. Ace, $27 (9781101988343).
Best-selling author Campbell begins a new
military sf series, the Genesis Fleet, with this
new novel. The planet Earth of Campbell’s
earlier series, the Lost Fleet, has become so far
removed from the frontiers of human colo-
nization that law and order cannot prevent
aggressive acts against fledgling colonies. Rob
Geary, former junior officer from the Alfar
Fleet, finds himself thrust into the command
of an old starcutter he helped commandeer
for an overly cautious planetary council.
Likewise, ex-marine Mele Darcy finds herself
training raw recruits to handle an escalating
ground war with an illegal colony without
anything like the weaponry they will face.
Meanwhile, Lachan Nakamura and Martian
ex-patriot Carmen Ochoa form an unlikely
team who find themselves handling conflict
resolution on another colony planet threat-
ened by anonymous neighbors who have
already demonstrated ruthless means to take
what isn’t theirs. Sympathetic characters
combined with authentic details of military
maneuvers on land and in space are the hall-
mark of a writer still at the top of his form,
comparable to authors such as David Drake
and David Weber. —Don Vicha