August/September 2001 Releases  by Sharon Archer




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

This month we're bringing you up to speed with some August releases as well as September. If you went away for vacation, you've got some reading to catch up on! - Ern

In August Ace brought out in hardcover Empty Cities of the Full Moon by Howard V.Hentrix highly thought of by Library Journal as a “thoughtful and surprising tale of transformation and reclamation” blends philosophical and scientific speculation with memorable characters.  Ace’s September release, Deathday by William C. Dietz an alien-invasion tale in the vein of Battlefield Earth, has received more mixed reviews.  Publishers Weekly was not kind, but the New York Times reviewer and others seemed more positive about this first in a series.  

Out in hardcover from Avon/EOS Books in August was Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion .   The author of the popular Vorkosigan series who was very much in evidence recently at Worldcon changes tracks in this fantasy blend of politics and dark magic. 

For those interested in Military SF Baen featured in August March to the Sea by David Weber and John Ringo, a sequel to March Upcountry.  There's more cybertank action with Bolo Strike by William H. Keith,Jr which is a follow up to Bolo Brigade (reviewed by Ernest in June-97) and Bolo Rising.  Also out from this publisher was Star Soldiers a hardcover republication of two early SFWA Grand Master Andre Norton SF classics - Star Guard (1955) and Star Rangers (1953).   The novels are characteristic blends of action and appealing characterizations presenting mankind at either end of a 4,000 year drive for interstellar expansion.    Paperback releases from Baen included The Time Traders the updated version of Norton’s Time Traders (1958) and Galactic Derelict  (1959),                           

Ballentine/Del Rey hardcover August releases included the initial volume in Harry Turtledove’s latest saga, American Empire: Blood and Iron continuing the postwar life and challenges of a variety of characters introduced in The Great War trilogy. Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide: Beeps. Bleats, Boska, and Other Common Intergalactic Verbiage, a guide for galactic travelers by Star Wars expert, Ben Burtt the Academy Award winning Sound Editor and vibrantly illustrated by Sergio Aragones was released in a trade edition.   Other paperback releases included the second volume of the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series Edge of Victory II: Rebirth by J. Gregory Keyes. 

A September hardcover release with be Antrax : The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 2 by Terry Brooks, part of the epic tale started over two decades ago with The Sword of Shannara.

At the end of August Bantam Books released the second volume in the prequel trilogy to Frank Herbert’s classic, Dune: House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert (son of Frank) and Kevin Anderson, a follow up to last year’s Dune: House Atreides.

In August Daw brought out in hardcover The Beasts of Barakai, the first volume of a new fantasy series by Mickey Zucker Reichert, while in September a new fantasy adventure saga by Curt Benjamin will open with The Prince of Shadow: Seven Brothers.  In September they will release in paperback The Complete Ivory by Doris Egan an omnibus edition of the complete Ivory trilogy including Gate of Ivory, Two-Bit Heroes and Guilt Edged Ivory.   A collection of all-new original stories Creature Fantastic edited by Denise Little featuring stories of Dragons, unicorns and other creatures real and imagined by Jody Lynn Nye, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Josepha Sherman, Rosemary Edghill and others.  

Four Walls Eight Windows will bring out in September in hardcover Visions of Spaceflight: Images from the Ordway Collection, a full color collection of astronautic and rocketry images - pictures, painting and diagrams spanning more than four centuries by Frederick I. Ordway III with a foreword by Arthur C. Clarke.. 

Griffin released several trade editions in August including Planet of the Apes Revisited: The ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ story of the Classic Science Fiction Saga by Joe Russo, Larry Landsman, Edward Gross and Charlton Heston and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: 14th Annual Collection edited by  Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling a collection of 44 short stories and eight poems, many of the best of year 2000 from John Crowley, Harlan Ellison, Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, and many others along with extensive summations of both fields. 

Brought out in August in hardcover by Pocket Books was Look to Windward set in British SF author Iain M. Banks’ far-future interstellar Culture civilization.  The novel concerning an act of revenge for an eight-centuries-old act of war was highly recommended by our reviewer John Berlyne when published in Britain last year calling it "space opera on a grand scale, full of ingenious concepts and inventions".  Out in paperback were two novels from the ever-prolific Star Trek franchise, One Small Step by Susan Wright which is a continuation of the storyline introduced in the TV episode from the original series, “That Which Survives” and, the second volume in the Gateways series, Chainmail by Diane Carey.  This is the Challenger (a new ship and crew introduced in the New Earth series book#6) installment of this series which is centered around the portals providing doorways to unknown regions that were left by a thought-to-be extinct interstellar civilization.   Pocket Books September releases include in hardcover Heresy: Aquasilva Trilogy Book One by a new young writer, Anselm Audley and in paperback two more Star Trek novels, Gateways volumes 3 & 4, Doors Into Chaos by Bob Greenberger the Next Generation segment dealing with the return of the ancient Iconian race and Demons Of Air and Darkness by Keith R.A. DeCandido featuring DS9’s Colonel Kira Nerys and her crew.  Although recommended by readers of the series and fans of Star Trek a number of complaints have recently surfaced regarding the endless, never-ending multi-book series set in the Star Trek universe.

In August Tor released a diverse selection of novels.  In hardcover were a number of fantasy including Destiny: Child of the Sky by Elizabeth Haydon, combining elements of romance and suspense in the final volume of the trilogy featuring magic generated from music, a concept fans of L.E. Modesitt’s Spellsong Cycle should find appealing.  Tor also brought out the paperback edition of book two, Prophecy: Child of Earth.  Other hardcover fantasy novels released in August were God of the Golden Fleece -  Book of the Gods, Volume 4 by Fred Saberhagen who has been inventively re-working Greek myths - this one based on Jason and the Argonauts, is a follow-up to last year’s The Arms of Hercules; Book 3 of Mick Farren’s Nosferatu chronicles which has established an extensive vampire mythology in previous volumes, More Than Mortal; Through Wolf’s Eyes a well received blend of magic, action and human and animal social behavior by Jane Lindskold who has collaborated with Roger Zelazny in the past; and two YA oriented releases – The Free Lunch by Spider Robinson set in a 2023 amusement theme park Dreamworld where its young hero has taken refuge from the xxx of life but strange things happen when the park closes and a rollicking adventure tale, The Rover by Mel Odom which pays homage to Tolkien and other epic fantasy authors and features a mild-mannered Third Level Librarian as its hero.   Works in a different vein included a military space opera by Susan Schwartz, Second Chances with allusions to Conrad’s Lord Jim with its themes of guilt and redemption, The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson a unique manifestation of time travel and, in hardcover for the first time In the Country of the Blind the re-publication of Michael Flynn’s secret history/alternate history first novel (1990) slightly revised including an afterword by the author.  Tor also published two related Ken MacLeod novels - in hardcover the first book in his SF political thriller future history series set in 2040 London, The Star Fraction (first released in Britain in 1995), and in paperback the Hugo nominated fourth book, The Sky Road (released in hardcover by Tor in 2000).  

Out in September from Tor in hardcover are Angelmass by Timothy Zahn, Ashling: Obernewtyn Chronicles, Book 3 by Isobelle Carmody, David Drake’s Mistress of the Catacombs and Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea a debut novel by Diana Marcellas that Publishers Weekly calls lyrical and spellbinding.  Finally, Tor also released Mother of Kings, a blend of historical fiction and fantasy set in 10th century Norway huge in scope, spanning events across time by the recently deceased great Poul Anderson. 

Warner Aspect published in August in hardcover Kingdom of Cages by Sarah Zettel and in paperback Fool Me Twice a satirical far future sequel to Matthew Hughes’s debut novel Fools Errant.  In September they are releasing paperback editions of a number of Arthur C. Clarke classics including several pairings: The City and the Stars/The Sands of Mars, The Ghost from the Grand Banks/The Deep Range and on its own, The Fountains of Paradise. 

Wizards of the Coast’s Elminster in Hell by Ed Greenwood is a new hardcover published in August set in the Forgotten Realms universe, the fourth Elminster book that has come out.  The publisher also released in paperback  Brother of the Dragon: The Barbarian, Volume 2 by Paul B. Thompson and Tonya C. Cook which provides back story to the Weis & Hickman Dragonlance novels.  September’s offerings include in paperback Baldur’s Gate II:Throne of Bhaal by Drew Karpyshyn a novelization of the interactive video game and Bertrem’s Guide to the War of Souls, Volume 1 by Jeff Crook providing insights into  the daily lives of the Dragonlance War of Souls trilogy characters.  For collectors and fans of the Forgotten Realms this publisher is also releasing The Dark Elf Trilogy Gift Set a three-book set enclosed in a slipcover including R.A. Salvatore’s Homeland, Exile and Sojourn. And in the same format for those interested in an introduction to Dragonlance, Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman featuring Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning.