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US SF/Fantasy Publishers :
Ace / Avon
Books / Baen Books / Ballantine
/ Bantam Spectra Books / Chaosium
/ Circlet Press / DAW Books /
Publishing / Del
Rey Books / Eos Books / Forge
/ HarperPrism / Ibooks
/ Penguin Putnam / Pocket
Books / Roc
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|This February the remaining two of the original series The
Defiant Agents and Key Out of Time were published together as
Time Traders II. The novels detail the adventures of a select
group of specially trained agents who travel through time and space in
search of long lost secrets of an alien civilization.
See full SFReview.
In Manifold Space Stephen Baxter reshuffles the deck of players he used in Manifold Time to tell a different story about galactic expansion and the limits of mankind. Highly Recommended. See full SFReview.
In Falling Stars by Michael Flynn, the author finishes (for now) his Stars series about the will of one woman as she pushes Earth to develop a space infrastructure to defend it against asteroids. See full SFReview. and our interview with the author SFReview Feature.
|Titles By Publisher|
Hardcover: What could be better
reading for St. Patty's day than St.
Patrick's Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz? It's a story about the
gargoyles that watch over the churches of Dublin. Gargoyles seem to be
getting softer and cuddlier these days, Special
Unit 2 notwithstanding.
Paperback: Twenty years after magic swells onto the streets of Galveston (by Sean Stewart) the city is divided into magical and nonmagical, and the magical part works better. Stewart does for Galveston what Ford did for Chicago in The Last Hot Time.
Hardcover: Second in Baen's
omnibus reprints of the classic Time Traders series, this month's release
Traders II : The Defiant Agents & Key Out of Time
by Andre Norton. Highly recommended. See
Paperback: Good ol' boys find themselves back in 1632 by Eric Flint, and dig in to make a better past, present and future.
In one of those annoying coincidences in science, or in this case, Science Fiction, more than one person has the same idea at the same time. So it was with Charles Sheffield and Arthur C. Clarke. Fountains of Paradise was Clarke's space elevator opus, but have you read The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield? Clarke wrote the introduction.
By Any Other Name by Spider Robinson
|Ballentine Books - website: http://www.randomhouse.com/BB|
|Darth Maul : Shadow Hunter (Star Wars) by Michael Reaves|
|Bantam Spectra - website: http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/spectra.html|
|Berkley Publishing Group - website:|
|Circlet Press - website: http://www.circlet.com|
|Chaosium Inc - http://www.chaosium.com|
|Daw - website: http://www.dawbooks.com|
|Paperback: At this point, ancient aliens may be old space-helmet, but I like this series of Mil-SF-UFO adventures, including the latest, Area 51 : The Grail by Robert Doherty. Of course, I like Stargate 1 too.|
|Dell Publishing - website:|
|Del Rey - website: http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/patch.html|
|Hardcover: Many authors recycle universes, but Manifold : Space by Stephen Baxter, uses the same character to tell a whole new story. Heck of a book too. I'm still haunted by the vision of an ex-NASA astronaut standing at the end of time, still holding his battered helmet. Baxter thoughtfully interprets classic themes as only he can. See full SFReview.|
|Eos - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/hc/features/eos|
interesting contrast to Baxter's Manifold Space, with it's universe
teeming with life, Infinity
Jack McDevitt looks at man's future in a cosmos which "...boasts no
friendly coast, no sails, no sign that any have passed this way
before." Well, maybe a few signs if you know how to read them.
|Harper Prism - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/harper_prism|
Paperback: Before Snow Crash, before The Diamond Age...and way before Cryptonomicon there was The Big U by Neal Stephenson. Think of it as Catch-22 meets Real Genius, where the impersonal organization is the big university, and the students get ground up by administration, secret research projects and a computer system from hell. Or was that Redmond?Mort (Discworld, 4) by Terry Pratchett, Victor Gollancz
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, 6) by Terry Pratchett, Victor Gollancz
|Harper Collins - website: http://www.harpercollins.com/|
|Hardcover: A kingdom divided for a century struggles with peace against the resistance of those that benefit from strife and an ancient curse that permeates the land. The One Kingdom (The Swans' War, Book 1) by Sean Russell guarantees all the bloodshed, fantasy and intrigue you can eat, if you can keep the characters straight.|
What if Dinosaurs had survived to evolve into an intelligence to rival man? Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison takes this premise and spins a yarn about prehistoric hunters, racial survival, and parallel evolution. This is a long awaited reprint of the second book in the series, the first being West of Eden and still available in paperback.
Look! More adventures from those lovable mutants for anyone who can't wait for the next movie! X-Men : The Inhumans (X-Men Series) by Steve Lyons
|Pocket Books - http://www.simonandschuster.com/subs/index.cfm?areaid=44|
by Marc Gascoigne(Editor), et al. "In the war-torn 41st millennium
humanity stands on the shores of damnation, their only savior is the
Immortal God Emperor and the massed armies of the Imperium, in this
searing anthology of Warhammer 40,000 stories torn from the pages of
Inferno! magazine" Gosh! That's a lot of stories to tear out. Bet
it's exciting game fiction though.
Warcraft : The Last Guardian (Warcraft, 1) by Charles L. Grant
|Penguin Books -|
|Roc - website: www.penguinputnam.com/cgi-bin/to_catalog.cgi?category=fiction&subcatid=7|
Paperback: Richard Dean Anderson
has made Stargate the series much better SF than the original film. Though
they could certainly buy better cover art, The
Morpheus Factor (Stargate SG-1) by
Ashely McConnell, Ashley McConnell captures the ensemble nature of the
cast in even better depth.
The Shast War by Christopher Rowley
Tails You Lose (Shadowrun, No 39) by Lisa Smedman
|Star Trek -|
On a diplomatic away mission to go on a hunt with a royal preserve, Riker has to survive by Tooth and Claw (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #60) (by Doranna Durgin) before he gets eaten and the sun explodes. Thanks to damping fields, none of their 25th century technology works and the place is stocked with the deadliest wildlife they can find. Seriously, do we give our boys two minutes of life expectancy with a premise like that?
A conquered world struggles to break the grip of its Klingon masters and everything depends on the Diplomatic Implausibility (Star Trek: The Next Generation, 61) (by Keith R. A. De Candido) of Worf's skills as a negotiatior. I'm giving Riker better odds in Tooth and Claw.
|Stealth Press (reprints) - www.stealthpress.com|
|Nebula Award Stories: Damon Knight (editor) - In 1965, Damon Knight founded the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and established the annual presentation of the Nebula Awards. Here is their first volume, reprinted by Stealth Press. Brian W. Aldiss conjures up an invasion of invisible monsters in "The Saliva Tree." A psychiatrist breaks new ground in mental health with the ability to enter...and reshape...minds in Roger Zelazny's "He Who Shapes". In Zelazny's "The Doors of his Face, The Lamps of his Mouth", a man is given one last chance at capturing a legendary sea serpent in the oceans of Venus. A clownish figure disrupts productivity in a future where loss of time equals loss of life in Harlan Ellisons "'Repent Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman". Larry Niven's "Becalmed in Hell" asks the question whether a spaceship's malfunction is mechanical...or psychological. In "Balanced Ecology" by James H. Schmitz, only two children can prevent the cutting and clearing of a diamondwood forest...with a little help from Mother Nature.|
|St. Martin's Press -|
A new edition of the second Dragonlance trilogy which deals with
Raistlin, and his brother Caramon. It tells
the story of the culmination of Raistlin's power and ambition.
of the Drow Collector's Edition (A Forgotten Realms(r) Omnibus) by
R. A. Salvatore
|Tor - website: www.tor.com|
Hardcover: What SF library could be complete without a copy of
Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke
(by Arthur Charles Clarke) by the man
who has consistenly put the Science in Science Fiction since the Golden
In Falling Stars by Michael Flynn, the author finishes (for now) his Stars series about the will of one woman as she pushes Earth to develop a space infrastructure to defend it against asteroids. See full SFReview.
Harlan Ellison recently declared that this is the Golden Age of Australian Science Fiction. Despite not having been published outside of Australia, Dreaming Down-Under by Jack Dann(Editor), Janeen Webb(Editor) won the 1999 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, and stories from its pages have appeared in many Year's Best anthologies.
A new fantasy set in 12th century Japan, Genpei by Kara Dalkey chronicles the historically accurate Genpei War of 1179-1185. At the end of the war the child emperor and his family jumped into the sea and with them the Imperial Sword was lost. The opposing leader took control and became the first Shogun of Japan. These events have always been shrouded in legend, now Dalkey impues them with fantasy as well. One thing's for sure, it will expand your view of fantasy by adding a new mythos to your worldview.
Return to the Whorl (Book of the Short Sun, Vol. 3) by Gene Wolfe is the final part of the Short Sun trilogy and connects directly to the tetrology that preceded it, the Book of the Long Sun. Hailed as nothing less than genius, Wolfe's latest work is certain to delight his readers.
in Exile (Norton, Andre. Carolus Rex, Bk. 2.)
by Andre Norton, Rosemary Edghill
|Warner Aspect - website: http://www.twbookmark.com/sciencefiction|
Kingdoms of Light by Alan Dean Foster
|Wizards of the Coast - website: www.wizards.com|
The Icewind Dale Trilogy Collector's Edition (A Forgotten Realms(r) Omnibus) by R. A. Salvatore