UK September Book Releases by John Berlyne
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My main review this month is of Paul McAuley's brand new novel Whole Wide World, a superb near future crime thriller and the HarperCollins/Voyager lead title for September. The author has been visible following this release with signings in London and an appearance at the Philadelphia WorldCon. Further signings are lined up, and McAuley along with Stephen Baxter will be Pat Cadigan's guests for this months science fiction forum on September 24th at Borders, on London's Oxford Street. Released alongside Whole Wide World is the mass market paperback edition of McAuley's last novel The Secret of Life, reviewed previously on SFRevu. September also sees Voyager release The Wounded Hawk, the second in Australian fantasy author Sara Douglas's The Crucible Trilogy. This smart trade paperback further consolidates the rise of the Ozzie fantasists and if you missed the first in the trilogy, you can now catch The Nameless Day which is simultaneously released as a mass market paperback.

Another Australian fantasy work is my second featured review this month. Macmillan published the UK edition of The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton. This wonderful looking hard cover is a very impressive debut work and you can find out more about the novel and it's author in the exclusive interview that accompanies the review in this month's issue. Britain's leading horror writer James Herbert has a new book out this month. Once is published in hard cover, also by Macmillan and look out for another debut work released by this publisher - Wringland by Sally Spedding.

More horror, this time from perhaps the biggest names in the field. HarperCollins release Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub in the form of an imposing hard cover. This is a sequel to their earlier collaboration, The Talisman and is already garnering great praise throughout the reviewing establishment. King's On Writing is given it's mass market paperback release this month also. Published by the New English Library, this edition additionally features the winning short story from the On Writing competition -"Jumper" by Garrett Adams is a worthy winner indeed.

Hodder & Stoughton publish House Corrino - the third book in the Prelude to Dune series, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This edition is released both in hard cover and trade paperback formats.

New fiction from Orbit this month comes in the form of Shadow of the Seer, the new novel in the Winter of the World series by Michael Scott Rohan. The rest of Orbit's output includes the mass market reprints of Carol Berg's Revelation, Against the Odds by Elizabeth Moon and the seventh book in Chris Bunch and Allan Cole's hugely successful Sten Series, entitled Sten 7 : Vortex.

Last but by no means least comes the September output from Orion's Gollancz imprint. A new short story collection is released by Steve Aylett ( I reviewed his novel Atom here some months ago) - Aylett is certainly one of Britain's most bizarre and original genre voices and the stories in Toxicology will no doubt serve to further enhance his cult status. A brand new novel by Mark Chadbourn, Always Forever accompanies the mass market version of his previous work, Darkest Hour and Gollancz show great foresight in releasing the fist ever hard cover edition of that satirical classic Bored of the Rings in time to catch the hype of the film that inspired it. I'm told this edition is already into reprints! Other mass market releases include Will McCarthy's excellent novel The Collapsium (reviewed by Ernest Lilley last year) and the slightly over-titled Orcs: First Blood: Book 3: Warriors of the Tempest by Stan Nicholls. The Fantasy Masterworks series sees E.R.Eddison's 1935 classic Mistress of Mistresses added to its ranks and finally there is the release, well in time for Christmas, of the Discworld Thieves's Guild Diary 2002 by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs and Paul Kidby.

More next month.