UK February Releases by John Berlyne
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Orbit has announced that they will be launching a Young Adult fantasy and
science fiction list in 2002. Editorial Director, Tim Holman said,
"We're all looking forward very much to this new venture. Although
it's not always recognized as such, a great deal of children's
literature is genre fiction - from C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll to Brian
Jaques and J.K Rowling. There is also a strong tradition of fantasy and
SF authors - with their ability to create other worlds and to twist
reality - writing successfully for children. We plan to publish
approximately twelve YA titles each year, with a combination of
stand-alone novels and series. A number of authors are already lined up,
with announcements to follow shortly."
This month Orbit is offering a whole deck of Cards. To coincide with the
British release of Shadow
of the Hegemon (HC. ISBN
1-84149-037-7, £16.99) they are also reprinting three further
Orson Scott Card novels in paperback, Prentice
Son and as if that wasn't enough look out
for Alvin Journeyman to be released next month. There is new
fantasy also from Orbit this month in the form of Kim Hunter's debut
Dawn (reviewed this
issue). This is a large
format paperback original priced at £9.99. For fans of comic fantasy
there is a new Andrew Harman title, Talonspotting. This too is a
paperback original and is priced at £6.99. Harman is now very much
"established as one of the funniest comic writers to have
emerged in recent years." - this is according to the press release.
I look forward to seeing if it is true. The final February offering from
orbit is The Dinosaur Planet Omnibus
by the brilliant award winning
author Anne McCaffrey. This paperback edition is the first single volume
printing of Dinosaur Planet and Survivors
and is priced at £7.99.
On the subject of McCaffrey, this month is special for her many fans as
it sees the release of a brand new Pern novel, The
Skies of Pern. Published by Bantam Press and priced at £16.99, this
release precedes the US edition which isn't due out until April.
Reportedly American McCaffrey fans were shelling out around $40.00 on
eBay for copies in their haste to read it. I can only humbly suggest a
visit to Amazon.co.uk where copies are available for a 20% discount on
the cover price! The Dragons of Pern is currently being
filmed for TV. For more info on this or any other McCaffrey related
stuff do check her official web site at http://www.annemccaffrey.org/
Philip K. Dick award winner Geoff Ryman has a new novel out this month. Lust,
"a witty, disturbing and intensely erotic fable for the modern
age." is published by the HarperCollins/Flamingo and is priced
at £7.99. If it is half as good as 253 then we're in for a
treat! Apparently the making and marketing of Lust has been
filmed by the BBC as part of a documentary series entitled Bestseller.
It will be screened in the spring.
HarperCollins/Voyager offer a the latest work in Robert Silverberg's Majipoor
King of Dreams is issued as a large format
trade paperback priced at £11.99. A hard cover edition was also
announced. There is fantasy from Voyager too this month. For fans of the
more romantic variety there is the new novel by Juliet Marillier, Son
of the Shadows. This is a large format paperback original priced at
£10.99 and carries the ISBN 0-00-224737-2. Reprinted also as a
mass market paperback at £6.99 is Marillier's hugely enjoyable
debut novel, Daughter
of the Forest.
From Hodder & Stoughton there is SF and horror from two well
established names in their respective fields. A new series called The
Asteroid Wars from Ben Bova kicks off with The Precipice.
This is a hard cover priced at £16.99. NEL (H&S's paperback
imprint) are publishing the mass market edition of Bova's Jupiter
at £6.99. The final installment in Brian Lumley's new Necroscope
trilogy entitled Necroscope- Avengers
is also published in
hardcover priced at £16.99. Released simultaneously in paperback from
NEL is the previous volume, Necroscope Defilers. Like the Bova
this too is priced at £6.99.
Orion/Millennium continue their various ongoing series of classic
releases this month. No 14 in the Fantasy Masterworks
series is Beauty
by Sherri S. Tepper. This magnificent reworking
of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale is released in paperback priced
at £6.99. No 38 in the SF Masterworks is The The First Men in the Moon
by H.G.Wells receiving this reissue exactly one hundred
years after it was first published. This too is a paperback priced at
£6.99. Millenium also releases the hard science fiction novel Vast
by Linda Nagata. This is a paperback edition priced at £6.99.
Orion/Gollancz continue their yellow jacket releases of wonderful Gollancz
SF Collector's Editions with John Sladek's 1983 black comedy Tik-Tok.
Priced £9.99. Also released is a large format trade paperback of Terry
Goodkind's Faith of the Fallen, the sixth title in the Sword
of Truth series. This is a hefty tome even in this format and
comes priced at £11.99. "Hefty" is an understatement for Mary
Gentle's Ash- A Secret History. This new paperback edition
priced at £9.99 weighs in at over 1100 pages and you'll have to be
careful not to drop it on your foot! Don't let this prevent you from
checking it out though. I have heard nothing but good things about this
novel and it features strongly in the recent LOCUS round up of
recommended reading for 2000.
More next month!