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io9 on the Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for March

Friday, March 31st, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

Standard Hollywood Depravity Adam Christopher-small Infinity Engine Neal Asher-small Dear Sweet Filthy World Caitlin R. Kiernan-small

Well, here it is, the last day of March. And those promises I made to myself that I’d sample all the terrific recommendations for the month that’ve already stacked up — like Andrew Liptak’s 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels to Read this March, and John DeNardo’s 11 Can’t-Miss SF and Fantasy Books in March? Yeah. Pretty much a total failure.

What to do? Try with one more list, of course! Hope springs eternal, and March still has a few hour left.

Over at io9, Cheryl Eddy has compiled a list of 19 new March releases, including books by Alex Bledsoe, Seanan McGuire, Ada Palmer, Paul Cornell, Tim Lebbon, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian McDonald, and many others. Let’s dig in and see what catches my eye (and also, is short. ‘Cause the clock is ticking.)

Standard Hollywood Depravity by Adam Christopher, a Tor.com novella

The author’s latest noir tale starring his robot hitman, Raymond Electromatic, starts with a deceptive dame — as these stories often do — and leads into an underworld populated by mobsters and other unsavory types. (March 7)

Standard Hollywood Depravity is the third release in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series, following the story “Brisk Money,” (available free at Tor.com) and the novel Made to Kill. A second full-length novel, Killing Is My Business, is coming from Tor in Hardcover in July. Standard Hollywood Depravity is 144 pages, published in trade paperback by Tor.com on March 7, 2017, priced at $14.99.

Infinity Engine by Neal Asher

Asher follows War Factory by continuing the story of elusive rogue AI Penny Royal — whose human, alien, and machine-based pursuers now include another dangerous AI. No matter what, a deadly showdown is imminent. (March 21)

Infinity Engine is Book Three of the Transformation trilogy, following Dark Intelligence (2015) and War Factory (2016). We covered both here. Infinity Engine is 488 pages, published in hardcover by Night Shade Books on March 21, 2017, priced at $26.99.

Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R. Kiernan

The author’s latest collection of short fantasy and horror fiction includes 28 previously uncollected and otherwise rare stories. (March 31)

Dear Sweet Filthy World is 296 pages. It was published in hardcover by Subterranean on March 31, 2017, priced at $40.

See the complete list at io9.

See all our recent New Treasures coverage here.

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