January 2001 Releases  (Click here for last month's Releases)

Here's a list of what's coming out in the US this month in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If we missed something or you have a title coming out in the future, email us at news@sfrevu.com 

US SF/Fantasy Publishers : AceAvon Books / Baen Books / Ballantine / Bantam Spectra Books Circlet Press / DAW Books / Del Rey Books / Eos Books / Forge / HarperPrism / Knopf / Penguin Putnam  / Pocket Books / Roc / The SF Book Club / Tor Books / Warner AspectWizards of the Coast

 Chaosium Stealth Press

Title Links take you to Amazon (did we mention we're an Amazon Associate?)

Recommended Reading

Book Jacket
Beyond World's End by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
After the events chronicled in Bedlam's Bard, world-saving bard and magician Eric Banyon moves into his new New York apartment hoping to settle down to the quiet life only to find that his building is a safe-house for a group of occultist Guardians protecting the city from supernatural evil. 

Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein. 
Approved by the author's widow, Virginia Heinlein, and his agent, Eleanor Woods, ORPHANS OF THE SKY was last published as an Ace paperback edition in 1987. It has been over 30 years since the book was last published in hardcover. OotS is the seminal generation ship novel.
The book is available through www.stealthpress.com/heinlein 

Jupiter by Ben Bova
SF, religion, aliens and exploration in the seas of Jupiter. Recommended. See our review in this issue. Jupiter review

Titles By Publisher

Ace - website: http://www.penguinputnam.com/catalog/fiction/books/browse_cat6_pg1.html 


Hardcover: 
Frontier Earth : Searcher by Bruce Boxleitner
A gunslinger in the old west awakes to the realization that he's an alien send to protect Earth from another alien. Really. Does this mean he's the Lone Ranger and Tonto at the same time? And speaking of secret identities, who writes this stuff, anyway? Babylon 5's Bruce Boxleitner cooked this premise up in Frontier Earth and returns with the next book in the series. Stay tuned, Brucefans...

Paperback: 
The Chalice
by Deborah Chester
Frontier Earth by Bruce Boxleitner
Genometry by Jack Dann(Editor), Gardner Dozois(Editor)
Heart of Stone (Astrologer, No 1) by Denny Demartino
The Law of War by William Shatner
The Legend of Luke (Redwall) by Brian Jacques
Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo
They Also Serve by Mike Moscoe

Avon Books - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/hc/aboutus/imprints/avon.asp 

Baen - website: http://www.baen.com 



Hardcover: 
Beyond World's End
by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
After the events chronicled in Bedlam's Bard, world-saving bard and magician Eric Banyon moves into his new New York apartment hoping to settle down to the quiet life only to find that his building is a safe-house for a group of occultist Guardians protecting the city from supernatural evil. 

And there's a new evil for them to guard against....unethical drug researchers planning to raise a drug-enslaved army of mercenaries and the  lord of the dark Unseleighe Sidney, who hopes to use the drugs to break through to the human world and feed on the suffering there. 

You can read the first few chapters at Baen's website...but watch out, they may just cast a spell on you. sample chapters

Paperback: 
Old Guard
by Keith Laumer
If you like Mil-SF and haven't read Keith Laumer's Bolo books, you owe it to yourself to drop everything and start with Old Guard. Bolos are cybernetic tanks that work with human crews and are consistently what we wish the warriors were. The hallmark of Bolo stories is the cooperative relationship between commander and tank and the humanity of both. Recommended. sample chapter

The House That Jack Built by Linda Evans, Robert L. Asprin.
Trigger and Friends by James H. Schmitz

Ballentine Books -  website: http://www.randomhouse.com/BB 
Hardcover: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunters (Star Wars) by Michael Reaves
For those of you who just can't get enough of that wacky Darth Maul...man, he slays me.

Paperback: Riders of Leviathan by Toni Anzetti

Bantam Spectra - website: http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/spectra.html 
Hardcover: Outer Perimeter by Kenneth W. Goddard, Ken Goddard
Crime scene investigator Colin Cellars continues to pursue the truth behind the bizarre occurrences that so recently turned his life upside down in Goddard's first book in the series First Evidence. The story is essentially the X-Files with a crime scene investigator as the protaganist, which is an excellent idea and well played by the author.

Paperback: King of the Sun by A. McFedries

Circlet Press - website: http://www.circlet.com 
Chaosium Inc - http://www.chaosium.com 
  Paperback: Other Nations by Tani Jantsang, Inc Chaosium
Daw   - website: http://www.dawbooks.com 
  Paperback: 
The Sand Wars (Sand Wars)
by Charles Ingrid
 Special Effects (Family, Bk 1) by Kevin McCarthy, David Silva(Contributor) 
Del Rey - website: http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/patch.html 
Hardcover: 
Manifold : Space
by Stephen Baxter
Colonization : Aftershocks by Harry Turtledove

Paperback: The Sagittarius Whorl : Book 3: The Rampart Worlds Trilogy by Julian May
Colonization : Down to Earth
by Harry Turtledove
Eos  - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/hc/features/eos 
Hardcover: 
The Beyond
by Jeffrey Ford

Paperback: 
Brothers in Arms
by Ben Weaver

Harper Prism - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/harper_prism
Harper Collins - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/
Ibooks
Venus Prime 4 by Paul Preuss, Arthur C. Clarke
A guilty pleasure from the 80s now in reprint. Paul Preuss does a Heinleinesque fem secret agent freelancing around the solar system in a series cooked up by Clarke. Fans of Dark Angel should find Sparta pretty familiar with her enhanced senses and strength. Actually, it is not half bad, just the sort of thing I pick up to check a fact and wind up reading a chapter instead.
Pocket Books - http://www.simonandschuster.com/subs/index.cfm?areaid=44 
Paperback: 
Revenant (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Mel Odom
Dark Passions Book One (Star Trek)
by Susan Wright
Dark Passions Book Two (Star Trek) by Susan Wright
Susan Wright has put together a two part series in the Start Trek Mirror Universe, the unkinder, ungentler parallel universe to the goody goody "real" Star Trek. Of course that's like saying Mattell is putting out a "bad girl" Barbie tm. Not likely. 
Still, it's pretty engaging stuff, and Janeway is a insufferable as ever.
13th Legion : A Kage Novel by Gav Thorpe
Penguin Books
Roc - website: www.penguinputnam.com/cgi-bin/to_catalog.cgi?category=fiction&subcatid=7
  Paperback: 
The Best of Cemetery Dance (Cemetary Dance)
by Richard Chizmar(Editor), et al.
Here's a highly recommended collection from the first 25 issues of a magazine with consistently good writing. Authors include: 
Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Landsdale, William F. Nolan, Nancy Collins, Matthew Costello, Thomas Tessier, Richard Layman, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jay R. Bonansinga, and Bill Pronzini.
Endurance : A Stardoc Novel by S. L. Viehl
Signet
Stealth Press (reprints) - www.stealthpress.com 
Book Jacket

Book Jacket

Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein. 
Approved by the author's widow, Virginia Heinlein, and his agent, Eleanor Woods, ORPHANS OF THE SKY was last published as an Ace paperback edition in 1987. It has been over 30 years since the book was last published in hardcover. OotS is the seminal generation ship novel.
Available through www.stealthpress.com/heinlein 

Healer by F. Paul Wilson. 
Best known for his “Repairman Jack” series, Wilson’s science fiction work is highly regarded. HEALER is best described as an idea-centered space opera concerning the “Healer”, an enigmatic figure who has the power to cure diseases of the mind. When a wave of interstellar slaughter threatens the civilizations of the LaNague Federation, only The Healer has the resources to face the onrushing doom. The Stealth edition includes new cover art, a new preface by the author and a related LaNague Federation short story, "To Fill the Sea and Air" 

Tor - website: www.tor.com 

Hardcover: Shadow of the Hegemon by Scott Orson, Orson Scott Card. Leather Bound
Pay the rent? Buy food? And you call yourself an SF Fan? Get some self respect and plunk down $200 for the leather bound first edition of the second volume of a spin off series. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be a great investment to sell on ebay in a few years.
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card, Scott Orson
Ender's second in command, Bean, just can't get a break. When he and the other children that got consripted to fight the "Buggers" come home to try and fit in with families they haven's seen in a decade they find they are the target of intrigue on Earth. 

Jupiter by Ben Bova
SF, religion, aliens and exploration in the seas of Jupiter. Recommended. See our review in this issue. Jupiter review

Paperback: All the Dirt on Dinosuars by Don Lessem
The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clark, Stephen Baxter
Blind Waves
by Steven Gould. Mass Market Paperback

Warner Aspect - website: http://www.twbookmark.com/sciencefiction 
Paperback: 
The Martian Race
by Gregory Benford
After NASA scrubs the Mars program when it loses the prime crew, its launch vehicle and the launch assembly in a spectacular fireball, a private consortium buys up the surplus space hardware, including the astronauts, to make an attempt to claim a 30 billion dollar prize put up by the world's governments...full review

Operation Sierra 75 (Vor, No 6) by Thomas S. Gressman

Wizards of the Coast - website: www.wizards.com
Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie (A D&D(r) Novel) by Neal, Jr. Barrett
D&D, The Movie, was full of great special effects and terrible acting. The novelization has the advantage of using the greatest computer ever developed to create both effects and characters, your brain. It might just work.
Sword and Fist: A Guidebook to Fighters and Monk (A D&D(r) Accessory)
by Jason Carl. Paperback (January 2001)
The Speaker in Dreams (A D&D(r) Adventure)
by James Wyatt. Paperback (January 2001)