Some Fascinating Upcoming Books: A Little Brother Sequel, Alternate Soviet Russia, and the Physicist's Wife!

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In a year or so, we'll have some utterly mind-blowing books to read, judging from some of the recently announced book deals. Here are some of the newly announced book deals that we're excited about!


The Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. Sold to the UK's Gollancz, this debut novel takes place in an "alternative Stalinist Russia," where different timelines and alternate futures are intersecting. It's full of all the usual Darkness at Noon stuff, including one-party rule, secret police and gulags — but with golems, giants, medical experiments and ancient artifacts in the mix. People who've read it tell us that it's full of insane images and clever ideas — here's hoping it gets a U.S. book deal soon.

Version Control by Dexer Palmer. The author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion recently sold his follow-up novel, and it sounds like a more fucked-up version of The Time Traveler's Wife. It's about a woman who's married to a physicist, and his experiments have "unintended consequences," which alter both the nature of their marriage and the nature of reality itself. Sold to Pantheon Books.

A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins. Hutchinks a Truman Capote fellow in the the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, sold this novel to Penguin at auction. It's about a San Francisco man who turns his dead father's journals into a sentient computer — while at the same time, sifting through the wreckage of his past relationships and groping towards a new type of love. It's described as being both moving and "laugh-out-loud funny."

Homeland, Marcus by Cory Doctorow. Yep, it's another book about the hero of Little Brother, who totally deserves another outing. This time, he's caught up in a new crisis, involving "student loans, leaks of political secrets, and homeland security." Sounds like it'll probably still be topical when it comes out in 2013, unfortunately. This was sold to Tor's Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

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I don't like Cory Doctorow's writing anymore. I liked Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe, but by the time Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town) came around, I got tired of his thinly-veiled exaltations of MAKE Magazine and Creative Commons, especially since his concerns regarding copyright and intellectual property are mostly centered around his mp3 collection. He's the Ayn Rand of the Pirate Party, and Little Brother was his Atlas Shrugged.

This wouldn't be so bad if this attitude didn't permeate every single word of his writing, but unfortunately it does. Someone Comes to Town... would be a much better book if you took out all the chapters that proselytize about how everyone should have free wi-fi forever.

He's a good writer, but I can't stand to read his books anymore because I know that I'll need to get through pages and pages of sermons just to get to the end.