|October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ace is scheduled to bring out this month in hardcover Sarah A. Hoyt's debut fantasy novel, Ill Met by Moonlight a clever yet charming mix of Shakespeare, elves and fairies replete with literary references and direct quotations, the tale concerns the kidnapping of Will Shakespeare's wife and child and his quest to recover them.
Avon/Eos recently brought out two hardcover titles of interest not mentioned in last month's column, Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh and Sean McMullen's Eyes of the Calculor the concluding novel of the Greatwinter triogy set in the far-future universe first encountered in Souls in the Great Machine. Ernest highly recommended the two previous book in the series.(SFRevu 3.07 July'99). Avon/Eos is releasing two works of note in paperback editions in October. First is the concluding volume of the Confluence trilogy, Shrine of Stars by Paul J. McAuley, a British author well thought of by SFRevu contributors on both sides of the ocean - John Berlyne praising the author's works in his review of The Secret Life in Jan'01 and E.J. McClure recommending earlier works including the US edition of the first book in this trilogy, Child of the River (SFRevu 2.8 Aug'98). Second, by another author of note, this year's Campbell Award winner for Best New Writer, is Kristine Smith's third book Law of Survival.
Hardcover releases from Baen in October will be a SF-fantasy from Dave Freer and Eric Flint, Pyramid Scheme full of historical and mythological references as well as punnish wit and, a SF-Mystery hybrid set on 22nd century Mars, Martian Knightlife by James P. Hogan. Baen is also bringing out in paperback Hogan's The Legend That Was Earth.
Ballentine/Del Rey October releases include in hardcover The Dragon Queen: Tales of Guinevere, Book 1 a variation on the Arthurian legend by Alice Borchardt, The World of Shannara an illustrated comprehensive guidebook to Terry Brook's Shannara epic by Teresa Patterson with behind the scenes revelations by Terry Brooks and lavishly illustrated by David Cherry and, a trade edition of The Best Alternative History Stories of the 20th Century edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin Greenberg. This collection includes 14 stories with contributions from Poul Anderson, Greg Beag, Gregory Benford, Jack L. Chalker, Susan Shwartz, Allen Steele and Mr. Turtledove himself. This month the publisher is also featuring a paperback edition of critically acclaimed British YA author Phillip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book III. Pullman has been favorable compared to J.R. Rowling in his ability to draw in and keep entertained young and mature readers alike.
At the end of August Bantam Books released the second volume in the prequel trilogy to Frank Herbertís classic, Dune: House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert (son of Frank) and Kevin Anderson, out this month is the concluding volume, Dune: House Corrino.
In keeping with the spirit of the Halloween season, for a touch of horror there is Laurell K. Hamilton's 10th Anita Blake adventure, Narcissus in Chains out from Berkley Publications.
In October Daw will release in paperback another collection edited by Martin Greenberg (this time with Larry Segriff), Past Imperfect - containing a dozen time travel (in both directions - to the past and to the future) tales from both established authors such as James P. Hogan, Jody Lynn Nye, Nina Kiriki Hoffman and several newcomers.
For anyone who remembers the space-race of the early 60's, especially those of us who came of age during or shortly after this era and everyone who has tried to make their dreams into reality, Homer Hickam's memoirs of growing up in Coalwood, West Virginia and the advent and aftermath of Sputnik trigger memories both fond and painful. Hickam's autobiographical examination of these times, Rocket Boys which Ernest likened to the real life counterpart of Rocket Ship Galileo, Heinlein's classic Juvenile in his review (SFRevue 3.01 Jan'99) received even greater exposure as the movie October Sky. This October Random House's Delacorte imprint is offering Homer Hickam's most recent autographical installment, Sky of Stone which Publisher's Weekly has described as "a memoir that reads like a novel, mesmerizing us with rich language, narrative drive, and sheer storytelling genius". Check out too Ernest's June'99 interview with the author (SFRevu 3.06).
At the end of September, missing last month's column, Harcourt Brace released a new Ursula K. LeGuin novel set in her popular Earthsea universe. The Other Wind follows closely the recent best selling collection of short stories, Tales from Earthsea and will no doubt be as successful. NY Times reviewer Gerald Jonas in his review opinioned that the Earthsea saga has evolved into one of Le Guin's, and modern science fiction's signature achievements.
HarperCollins is releasing The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable by Terry Pratchett, profusely illustrated by Paul Kidby, a tale of the ancient Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde and the near disastrous effects of their actions on the existence of Discworld.
Stephen R. Lawhead fans should be pleased to see out from HarperCollins' Ecco Press this month the final volume of The Celtic Crusades trilogy, Mystic Rose bringing to a close the adventures commenced in the previous novels, The Iron Lance and The Black Rood.
More Star Trek in October from Pocket Books - in paperback is No Man's Land by Christie Golden the 5th installment in the Gateways series which is centered around the portals providing doorways to unknown regions that were left by an interstellar civilization who returns to claim them. This latest novel centers around Captain Janeway and the Voyager crew. Also out in paperback is the New Frontier series latest entry, Cold Wars by Peter David, who has penned numerous popular Star Trek titles.
Wendy Froud pairs with fantasy 5-time World Fantasy Award winner writer/editor Terri Windling in a Fantasy release this month from Simon & Schuster, The Winter Child. The tale melds two classic fantasy themes, the quest for a precious object and the duel between Good & Evil into a fable Publishers Weekly describes as "flawlessly conceived and exquisitely produced".
In October Tor is releasing as usual a diverse selection of novels. Hardcover editions include from Canadian author Candas Jane Dorsey A Paradigm of Earth (see Asta's comments), a re-publication of the recently deceased Poul Anderson's classic 1980 pastiche of Robert E. Howard's barbarian hero in Conan The Rebel, the second book in the Wayfarer Redemption Fantasy series by Sara Douglas Enchanter and, the conclusion to a L.E. Modesitt, Jr. trilogy, Ghost of the White Nights. Ernest Lilley had highly recommended the preceding book, The Ghost of the Revelator in his review (2.10). Question is, will this final volume warrant equal praise? Other new releases of interest from Tor are Swell Foop, Piers Anthony's 26th pun-filled foray into the magical land of Xanth, The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge (see SFRevu 3.03 Mar'99 for our in-depth interview and reviews of this two-time Hugo winning author) and, The Precipice: Asteroid Wars, Book I by 6-time Hugo Award winner author Ben Bova who returns to a favorite theme in this series - private industrialization of outer space.
Tor will also be bringing out in two titles by fantasy author Charles De Lint. In hardcover The Onion Girl which concentrates on one of the main characters of his Newford stories, Jilly and, in trade, under its Orb imprint, Into the Green. From Orb also will be a trade edition of There Are Doors by one of my favorite authors, Gene Wolfe. For anyone who loves language and imaginative ideas treat yourself to just about anything this author has written.
Two paperback editions to note are Tor's contribution to the Tolkien tributes, a reprint of After the King a collection of tales edited by Martin Greenberg set in the fantasy universe of Tolkien's creation featuring contribution by Stephen R. Donaldson, Andre Norton, Robert Silverberg, Gregory Benford, Jane Yolen, Mike Resnick, Poul and Karen Anderson among others and, in time for Halloween, Ghosts and Grisly Things by Ramsey Campbell an anthology of twenty tales by a skillful purveyor of horror.
Warner Aspect will publish in paperback an intriguing sounding collection of stories most of which were originally published in Azimov's or Analog - A Woman's Liberation: A Choice of Futures by and about Women edited by Connie Willis and Sheila Williams containing 10 award-winning stories including selections from Nancy Kress, Connie Willis, Anne McCaffrey, Octavia Bulter, Pat Murphy and the title story, Ursula K. Le Guin's novella "A Woman's Liberation".
Another selection appropriate to the Halloween season is from William Morrow, a new hardcover novel by master of the strange and wonderful, Ray Bradury. From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance fashions from fantasy short stories written in the 1940s about a family of vampires and other odd creatures a novel Publishers Weekly describes as funny, beautiful, sad and wise, to rank with his finest work.
A new entry in Wizards of the Coast's Path of Darkness series, Sea of Swords by R.A. Salvatore is a new hardcover published in October set in the Forgotten Realms universe, featuring Drizzt Do'Urden a popular character in this series. The publisher also is releasing in paperback a Greyhawk Classic novelization of one of the most popular D&D adventures Queen of the Demonweb by Paul Kidd and, The Search for Magic: Dragonlance: Tales from the War of Souls, Book I featuring 11 stories based on the best-selling Weis & Hickman trilogy.