Books: New and noteworthy

The hottest books on sale each week.

1. Old Venus, edited by George R.R. Martin andGardner Dozois (Bantam, fiction, on sale March 3)

What it’s about: A collection of 16 new stories about the planet Venus from sci-fi writers includingElizabeth Bear, Joe Haldeman and David Brin.

The buzz: Martin fans can console themselves with this editing gig as they wait (and wait) for book six in his Game of Thrones series.

2. Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell (Ecco, fiction, on sale March 3)

What it’s about: Russell has the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral — and the story of Wyatt Earp and his future wife, Josephine — in her sights in this sequel to Doc (about Doc Holliday).

The buzz: “Epic and romantic,” says Kirkus in a starred review.

3. Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings by Dave Barry (Putnam, non-fiction, on sale March 3)

What it’s about: The humorist muses on all sorts of things, from David Beckham to….  read more