top.jpg (1909 bytes)SF Previews by Ernest Lilley
Here are my quick takes on the incoming titles. A few lucky winners will go on to earn full reviews, but until then, take at look at things to come. (listed in the order we received them.)

Sea Dragon HeirSea Dragon Heir  by  Storm Constantine
Hardcover - 384 pages 1 Ed edition (February 2000)
Fantasy; Tor Books; ISBN: 0312873069 Cover Art Doug Beekman

I thought I'd never recommend another fantasy with a dragon (even a sea serpenty one) on the cover. Storm Constantine writes so well that my convictions crumble before her... When the Royal family Palindrake is defeated, the king killed, and the eldest son forced to swear allegiance to the conqueror, the secret of their ties to the magic in the sea is hidden, biding its time. Five generations later, the pull of the Sea Dragons will force the heir of this magic to reclaim what was theirs Recommended.

Lord of Emperors by Guy Gaveriel Kay
Hrdcvr; Fantasy; Harper Prism; Cover Art: Kieth Birdsong 3/1/00
A Triumph of Souls Alan Dean Foster
Hrdcvr; Fantasy; Warner Books; Cover Art: Kieth Parkinson 3/1/00
0312868243.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg (7313 bytes)Ascendant Sun by Catherine Asaro
Hardcover - 384 pages (March 2000) Tor Books; ISBN: 0312868243

What Doc Smith was to Space Opera, What Asimov was to Robots, what Gibson is to Cyberpunk…Catherine Asaro, a curvaceous astrophysicist in Go-Go boots, is to Sciffy Romance.
Ascendant Sun follows her ongoing Skoilan Saga and the rippling muscled Kelric, having survived the crash of his fighter on a distant planet and 18 years of captivity in the clutches of dominating mistresses, now home to find his once powerful family all but disbanded. Alone and broke, his cybernetic fighter pilot innards rotting from the insults of living in an alien biosystem, he takes work on a merchant vessel, only to be sold into slavery...as a provider of erotic needs for the wives of powerful men. Kelric has a tough life indeed...as the cover shows, with his manly torso thrust out and noble chin held high....under the scrutiny of a powerful and lycraclad fem lounging thoughtfully on a settee with the galaxy whirling by behind them. Tough work, if you can get it.

The Power
Frank Robinson
Tor Trade Mar-00 1956 Retro

"You remind me of a man, What man? The man with the power. What Power? The power of hoodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of a man."

That little ditty graces the preface to The Power, and has stuck with me since I first read it in the '60s. The story is about a superman hiding in society, killing through others, while the central figure, a professor, tries to uncover his identity. Elements of many subsequent stories resonate to the wavelength of The Power, from Highlander to Brenda Clough's How like a God. Classic 50's enemy among us stuff. Decades later and I could still write the ditty from memory. You remind me of a man...

0671035789.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg (6072 bytes)Star Trek: The Klingon Hamlet
Klingon Language Institute Paperback - 240 pages (February 2000) Pocket Books; ISBN: 0671035789

"You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon…" spake Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, sending a chill down the spine of many English majors. Well, Cry "Havoc!" and loose the dogs of war...Here, for the first time on any galactic stage (and all the galaxy is....) The Klingon Hamlet! Complete with feeble Terran English Version on facing page. "taH pagh taHbe'!"...that is the question indeed. Be very afraid.

0446675601.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg (7152 bytes)Midnight Robber
Nalo Hopkinson
Paperback - 352 pages (March 2000) Aspect; ISBN: 0446675601

It's Carnival time on Toussant…a Caribbean colonized planet. Suddenly all the pageantry turns from fantasy to harsh reality for Tan-Tan, a young girl who must become the costume she wears, the legendary Robber Queen, to survive. Nalo Hopkinson is the author of the acclaimed Brown Girl in the Ring, and this book has more effusive blurbs on it than you can shake a stick at. The prose reminds me of Mission Child with its familiar alienness, and it looks like good reading for the Mardi Gras...

0345430204.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg (5475 bytes)Colonization: Down To Earth
Harry Turtledove
Hardcover - 446 pages 1 Ed edition (February 1, 2000) Del Rey; ISBN: 0345430204

Turtledove's Colonization series continues into an alternate 1960s, where WWII was fought to a stalemate when an Alien invasion altered the course of history. Here, the space program is hot, Kennedy hasn't been shot (not yet, anyway) and the aliens go to pot (well, ginger, but it messes with their minds). Whether you love Alt-Hist or not, Turtledove spins a solid yarn with good writing and plenty of imagination.

The First Protector
James White
Hardcover - 320 pages (February 2000) Tor Books; ISBN: 0312848900

James White's last novel takes the stage for Earth Final Conflict to his native Ireland, where the story of an ancient alien landing unfolds in a Celtic tomb. If you are a fan of either series or author, how can you pass this up?

0553090070.01.MZZZZZZZ.gif (12464 bytes)Double Full Moon Night
Gentry Lee
Hardcover - 320 pages (March 2, 1999) Spectra; ISBN: 0553090070

Another book in the Rama universe. Gentry Lee demonstrates once again that he is not Arthur C. Clarke.

0553379305.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg (7283 bytes)Memory of the Fire
George Foy
Hardcover - 384 pages (February 1, 2000) Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0553379305

Societies of virtual addicts verses anarchist nodes (free cities). Surprisingly, the government has a plan to erase the nodes. Nicely done nonetheless.

First Evidence
Ken Goddard
Hardcover - 427 pages (June 1, 1999) Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd); ISBN: 0553108646

Evidence from a crime scene holds the clues to First Contact…but if nobody trusts that guy from the FBI, who's going to believe a cop?

055357938X.01.MZZZZZZZ.gif (11146 bytes)The Heart of Myrial (Book 1 of the Shadowleague)
Maggie Furery
Paperback - 540 pages (February 1, 2000) Bantam Books; ISBN: 055357938X

A woman-warrior, a telepathic dragon, and a firedrake must find the "heart of Myrial" to restore the curtain walls that have kept each species of the world separate and at peace. The ancient and mysterious walls are failing, and the mixing of climates and cultures is wreaking carnage on the world. Sounds a bit like Star Trek: Gemworld.

Star Trek TNG: Gemworld
John Vornholt
Mass Market Paperback - 304 pages (February 2000) Pocket Books; 
1/2: ISBN: 067104270X
2/2: ISBN: 0671042718

Picard and the Enterprise must save an artificial world created and colonized by six federation species as its structure goes wild. It takes two books to do it. Sounds a bit like The Heart of Myrial.

055357938X.01.MZZZZZZZ.gif (11146 bytes)Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
Mass Market Paperback - 288 pages Reprint edition (September 1988)
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553279335

If Star Trek: New Voyages 2 was first published in 1988, shoudn't they give it a new cover? Oh well, they're still Newer Voyages from the Old Series. Forward...into TOS.

Knight of the Demon Queen Barbara Hambly
Hardcover - 304 pages 1 Ed edition (February 8, 2000)
Del Rey; ISBN: 0345421892

Barbara Hambly returns us to the world of Dragonsbane in the dark aftermath of Dragonshadow. Lord John and Jenny made deals with demons in the last book, and now their lives are in ruin as their son lies poisoned and their love and magic sacrificed in the struggle to save each other and the realm. Once you've lain down with demons, no one will ever trust you wholly, not even yourself. (note: Dragonsbane is an episodic saga and no book stands alone.)