I'm over here answering comments that I somehow totally missed. Hrrmph.
Random reading: There is new Iain M. Banks on the way. I have such mixed feelings about him. I am madly fanatic about some of his books and at the same time really worn down by, er, his protagonists's general failures to get anywhere near their aims. "Really cool alien technology rocks fall; everyone dies" summarizes too many of his endings. I'll probably read this anyway.
There is also new Connie Willis incoming.