May is an outstanding month for new books, and authors are busting out of their genres. We've got urban surrealism from China Miéville, genetic mutants from Jacqueline Carey, and gobs more for your May bookshelf.
Federations, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
A collection of short stories about world-spanning civilizations. Featuring Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg and Harry Turtledove. Additional authors: Alan Dean Foster, Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason, John C. Wright, Allen Steele, James Alan Gardner, Catherynne M. Valente.
Diamond Star Catherine Asaro (Baen)
This is seriously my favorite back-cover description of the month:
Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable, and gave him more to worry about than getting gigs and not getting cheated by recording companies, club owners, or his agent. For one thing, the Ruby Dynasty ruled the Skolian Imperialate, an interstellar Empire, which had recently had a war with another empire, the Eubian Concord. For another, Del was singing on Earth, which was part of a third interstellar civilization, and one which had an uneasy relationship with the Imperialate. Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom. But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.
If this book doesn't become a movie that looks like Xanadu I am going to cry. (Asaro even made a CD to go with the book.)