This week’s picks feature 1950s pulp fiction, Peruvian zombie hunters, a jedi training manual, and some science fiction romance. Sprinkle in a little alternate reality, parallel universes and  good, old-fashioned space opera and you have a great start to September. Below are some noteworthy titles we are looking forward to reading this week.

Hunt the Space-Witch!: Seven Adventures in Time and Space by Robert Silverberg (Sep 6, 2011)

400 pages

Sci-Fi legend Robert Sinclair wrote a number of adventure-based science fiction stories for the pulp magazines in the mid 1950’s. This book collects seven of his novellas from 1956 through 1958, the first of three planned releases this year. The first book  contains: Slaves of the Star Giants, Spawn of the Deadly Sea, The Flame and the Hammer, Valley Beyond Time, Hunt the Space-Witch!, The Silent Invaders, and Spacerogue. I wonder if George McFly had ever read any of these? I love these types of stories from this era; the pulpier the better!

Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith (Sep 6, 2011)

496 pages SAW Hardcover

Kim Murray returns from the magical land of Dobrenica heartbroken because Alex, the man of her dreams, is planning to marry someone else. She then learns that she must return to Dobrenica to fix her mistakes. Upon arrival Kim finds she must deal with mystery, ghosts, magic, and murder. With sword in hand, she sets out to learn the truth.

The Bone House (Bright Empires series) by Stephen R. Lawhead (Sep 6, 2011)

416 pages

Kit Livingstone is on a mission from his great grandfather: To restore the Skin Map that charts the dimensions of the multiverse while being hunted by the brutal Burley Men. The map’s pieces have been scattered throughout the universe to prevent  those with evil intentions from manipulating history for their own gain. This is the second book in the series.

Dark Predator (Carpathian) by Christine Feehan (Sep 6, 2011)

384 pages Berkley Hardcover

Zacarias was a brutal and savage hunter of the undead for centuries but now he’s headed for Peru where he will face an old enemy and the woman that betrayed him. Christine is a prolific author with over 30 books under her belt. I consider her the preeminent para-romance author.

Into the Hinterlands by David Drake and John Lambshead (Sep 6, 2011)

384 pages Baen

Allen comes from a once noble family which has fallen from grace. He is given the chance to redeem the family name in the eyes of the Colonials by accepting a dangerous mission: remove the power-hungry Terrans from a star sector they are attempting to takeover. The Terrans won’t go easily and to make matters worse, Riders are playing their own political games, attempting to use Allen to pit the Colonials and the Terrans against each other.

Rogueby Michael Z. Williamson (Sep 6, 2011)

352 pages Baen

Kenneth Chinran was in charge of an elite military unit charged to destroy an entire planet in a galactic war in which billions have died. Now Chinran must stop one of his former soldiers. A sociopath trained to take out entire tactical teams single-handedly; one who can change his identity at any time. It’s like playing Halo online without the 12 year-old brats bragging about pawning your butt every 30 seconds.

Midnight (A Dark Age Dawning Novel by Ellen Connor (Sep 6, 2011)

336 pages Berkley Trade

Dr. Chris Welsh has spent the past three years wandering the  postapocalyptic wastelands after being forced from his home. He finds an oasis from the chaos in the city of Valle de Bravo. Everyone there takes orders from Rosa Cortez, who sees Chris as a feral loner. She lets Chris stay to help ward off attacking raiders, hellhounds and dust pirates. Can Chris build a future with Cortez? Ellen Connor is the pen name for romance authors Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. Ann writes the Sirantha Jax series and Carrie lives in Wisconsin, so buy this book.

Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh (Sep 6, 2011)

336 pages Berkley

I feel obligated to include at least one vampire novel each week and this one caught my eye. I can certify this one 100 percent sparkle-free as the vampire Dmitri must join forces with a hunter from the Guild named Honor in order to find a gruesome killer when a severed head is discovered. I’m just going to hazard a guess here and say that the two protagonists make out with each other between murders. Vampires named Dmitri are always making out.

Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace (Sep 7, 2011)

160 pages Chronicle Books

The Jedi Path is the training manual that is passed down from Master to apprentice since ancient times. Inside, the Jedi-to-be will find the history of the Jedi Order and the ways of the force. The book features handwritten notes by Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Count Dooku, among others.

Wasted II by Alastair Sinclair (Sep 9, 2011)

232 pages Olympia Publishers

The Traveller is trapped inside a strange parallel realm filled with evil creatures with three hippies charged with defending an isolated town from monsters and serial killers while human forces are trying to prevent an invasion from an alternate universe. This novel promises an “uncomfortable but gripping read exploring the close proximity of good and evil.” Alastair, you had me at “hippies”.