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Will Do Magic for Small Change New
by Andrea Hairston


The entire work is filled with magic, celebrating West Africans, Native Americans, art, and love that transcends simple binary genders. Hairston's novel is a completely original and stunning work.
 —Publishers Weekly, April 2016

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Roadsouls New
by Betsy James


Roadsouls explores the power of art and creativity for transforming not only one’s own life but also the world one lives in. “If you long for a fantasy world that your senses could live in, read this book. Its backbone is the wandering life of a sort of gypsy-hippie-circus group traveling a pre-industrial landscape and offering a way out to the misfits and throw-aways of the local villages."—Suzy McKee Charnas, author of The Holdfast Chronicles

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Unpronounceable New
by Susan diRende


Earth has discovered it is not alone in the universe. The aliens—pink, shapeless, and peaceful—are very nice, but after a string of failed diplomatic missions, they ask Earth to stop with the crazies and send someone normal. In frustration, the UN devises a lottery to pick the next ambassador. Enter Rose Delancy, a Jersey waitress with a grudge against pretty much the whole world...

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Marginalia to Stone Bird New
by Rose Lemberg


In this powerful debut collection, Rannu Award-winning poet Rose Lemberg explores the deep-rooted fluidity of gender, tradition, language, and desire in landscapes as familiar as high fantasy and as foreign as San Francisco. By turns devastating and deeply hopeful, Marginalia to Stone Bird writes a fearless commentary on our history and others.

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Flesh & Wires New
by Jackie Hatton


Following a failed alien invasion the world left is sparsely populated with psychologically scarred survivors, some of them technologically-enhanced women. Lo, leader of the small safe haven of Saugatuck, find their technological enhancements put to the test when a spaceship arrives bearing two men with both wonderful and terrifying news. Is this the beginning of a new era of reconstruction — or the start of a new battle for survival? Not everyone in town wants to fight every comer. Not everyone in town shares Lo’s mistrust of outsiders. This is the story not only of Lo’s battle to protect the safe isolation of her unique community, but also of her struggle to come to terms with a constantly changing and uncertain world.

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The Weave
by Nancy Jane Moore


"Unique protagonists. Unique aliens. Unique war. Nancy Jane Moore's remarkable first novel drew me in and kept me reading and left me, at the end, knowing that Caty Sanjuro and Sundown the Cibolan continue their work and their lives and their friendship. My favorite kind of novel."
 —Vonda N. McIntyre, author of Dreamsnake and The Moon and the Sun

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Metamorphosis
by Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson


Metamorphosis offers a taste of work from WisCon 39 Guests of Honor Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as an interview of Johnson by Justine Larbalestier and an interview of Robinson by Jeanne Gomoll.

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A Day in Deep Freeze
by Lisa Shapter


1963: Emran Greene is a successful corporate accountant, a hopeful soon-to-be-father, and an unremarkable husband-except for the lingering effects of an experimental wartime truth serum, his ex-boyfriend, the impossibility of his conceiving a child, and all of the other secrets he keeps from his wife and his employer. One of these, the secret of the lonely grave he visits regularly in Riverport's Castleview Cemetery, holds a tragedy that just won't stay gone...

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Back, Belly, and Side: True Lies and False Tales
by Celeste Rita Baker


Did you ever wonder what the earth thinks? What's its favorite song? How she ended up in your heart? Think you can't fly? Think you have a job you don't like? How much would you pay for answers?

No, you can't touch my hair. And yes, I've seen your two-toned shoes. Have you seen my father?

Did you ever wonder what clouds are really for? Or how I ended up like this? How old is too old for butter and beef? What's that one last thing you have to do? And who will help you through?
"Back, Belly & Side is full of Celeste Rita Baker's special story magic. With tales of wisdom, wonderment, and new world lore, she creates characters that speak and leap off the page to deliver the best gift of all--deep belly laughter."
 — Sheree Renée Thomas, Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems

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The Prince of the Aquamarines
by Louise Cavelier Levesque and
translated and with an Afterword by Ruth Berman


"The Prince of the Aquamarines" and "The Invisible Prince" are a pair of 18th-century fairy tales by Louise Cavalier Levesque, full-scale adventure stories featuring princes, princesses, bad fairies, shipwrecks, and dark towers. Ruth Berman has translated them for us and provided an afterword about the French fairytale tradition and Louise Cavalier Levesque's contributions to that tradition.

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Three Songs for Roxy
by Caren Gussoff


Three Songs for Roxy tells three inter-related tales: of Kizzy, a foundling raised by a Romany Gypsy family in present-day Seattle, as she is about to be claimed by the aliens who left her to be raised as human; of Scott Lynn Miller, an unstable survivor of Katrina and security guard who is deeply affected by what he witnesses when the aliens contact Kizzy; and of “Natalie,” an alien assigned to retrieve Kizzy—who is befriended by the current champion of the “Night of a Thousand Stevies” and falls in love with Kizzy’s adopted sister Roxy. Three Songs for Roxy explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and what it means to be an outsider.

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The Merril Theory of Lit'ry Criticism New
by Judith Merril


Decades ago, Samuel R. Delany declared that “Merril…is perhaps the most important intra-genre critic the field has had and…the absence of any of her critical work in book form, in a field aspiring to take itself seriously, is preposterous.… [O]ne cannot know the history of science fiction from 1956 to 1969 if one has not read the brilliant commentary that runs through Merril’s best-of-the-year anthologies for that period.” Now, in 2016, Aqueduct brings Judith Merril and her place in that history to today’s readers.

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A Field Guide to the Spirits New
by Jean LeBlanc


In A Field Guide to the Spirits, poetry becomes a means of time travel in which voices from the past offer insights, reveal secrets, transform our concept of now. These poems explore the interwoven pathways of ghost, memory, imagination, and desire. The spirits visited range from Caroline Herschel and Mary Shelley to Zane Grey and Dashiell Hammet, William Blake to Anne Hutchinson, John Keats to Isaac Newton's niece.

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The WisCon Chronicles (Vol 9)
edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj


The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 9: Intersections and Alliances, edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj, includes a mix of essays, fiction, poetry, and roundtable discussion by Nisi Shawl, Samuel R. Delany, Vandana Singh, Kelley Eskridge, Sheree R. Thomas, Michi Trota, Tobias Buckell, and others.

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Elysium
by Jennifer Marie Brissett


"Wow! Jenn Brissett's new novel Elysium from Aqueduct Press is a knockout. The writing and structure of the book are so accomplished, I'm amazed this is a first novel. The style flows and draws you into the fiction and keeps you there—poetic in its imagery but simultaneously economical. It's a science fiction, post-apocalyptic, tale, a love story, but not your dumb old man's love story. A love story for a new age."—Jeffrey Ford

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The Stone Boatmen
by Sarah Tolmie


In Tolmie's novel, writing becomes a holy act, temple birds carry an ancient grief, and statues that never move are eerily alive. You will want to find such places once you've finished reading this remarkable novel.
—Nancy Hightower, The Washington Post

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The Haunted Girl
by Lisa M. Bradley


The supernatural, the animal, and the deadly often find each other in Lisa M. Bradley's landscapes, tame or wild. Vampires, either restless or filled with ennui; shape-shifters and skin-walkers; demigoddesses of evil and lust; haunted girls and dying fairies—the characters in this collection inhabit worlds of danger, decay, and, sometimes, rebirth.

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NoFood
by Sarah Tolmie


For top chef Hardy Arar, his whole life is food. What is he to do when technology eliminates the need for it?

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Ghost Signs
by Sonya Taaffe


"Sonya Taaffe writes hauntingly of edgelands. Her poetic world lies on both banks of the Acheron, which may be crossed both ways. In Ghost Signs, she writes of uncompleted lives, of the lingering and commingling of the dead with us, the living. Where we meet are borderlands, uncertain spaces: in a saltmarsh, in the mud of trenches, in the realm of numbers, on the edge of sleep. There is darkness; but the journey is upward, into light. A transcendent book."—Greer Gilman, author of Cloud & Ashes

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