2002 UK Releases by Iain Emsley
Here's a list of what's coming out in the UK 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
If September was the time when the really big Fantasy books started appearing on the shelves, then October marks the publication of some important SF novels. Although there are a few big fantasies this month.
Harper Collins continues the march of Fantasy with the publication of the second book in Robin Hobb's Tawny Man trilogy, The Golden Fool (Voyager, £17.99), the continuation of Fitz's journeys from the first trilogy. This is joined by the paperback publication of Fools Errand (Voyager, £7.99) and the second half of David Zindell's Lightstone: The Silver Sword (Voyager, £6.99).
Simon and Schuster's Earthlight imprint has two books out this month. They are reprinting Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (Earthlight, £16.99) along with the historical novels in his backlist. Their main SF novel is The Praxis (Earthlight £17.99/£10.99) by Walter Jon Williams, an End of Empire Space Opera, with some intricate plot lines and well thought out ideas which are beginning to come to fruition. This marks the start of a good solid series.
In fantasy art, we see the publication of Dragonhenge by Paper Tiger, with art from Bob Eggleton and words by John Grant (Paper Tiger, £20). Also, Enchanted World: The Art of Anne Sudworth is now in paperback (Paper Tiger, £14.99) and is worth getting for the atmospheric pictures.
Orion this month have to steal the show with the publication of the first SF novel from M. John Harrison in twenty five years, Light (Gollancz, £17.99 / £10.99), reviewed in this issue. A book that must also rate with all China Miéville ( and Weird Fiction) fans is the Fantasy Masterworks publication of The House on the Borderland and other novels, a collection from William Hope Hodgson (Orion, £6.99). Simon Green's Blood and Honour and Drinking Midnight Wine (Gollancz, £6.99 each) are also published in paperback. They continue their publication programme of classic American authors with Joe Haldeman's All My Sins Remembered (Gollancz, £9.99) and Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley (Gollancz, £9.99). Mark Chadbourn has his Devil in Green published (Gollancz, £17.99/£10.99) which follows on after the Age of Misrule.
Orbit publish first time author, Ian Graham's Monument (Orbit, £10.00) in hardback, a genre fantasy in the vein of David Gemmell, which deserves to do well. One of my favourite (yet grossly under read) new authors is Jessica Rydill, whose Children of the Shaman (Orbit £7.99) was a fantastic debut which combined strong characters, a nineteenth century Middle European feel and a great cover, has her second novel, The Glass Mountain (Orbit, £6.99), which continues the adventures of Annat and Malchik. This is one for all those folks interested in really strong (though not obviously commercial) fantasy writing.