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October 2002
© 2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu
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October 2002 US Releases by Ernest Lilley                                                  Last Month / Next Month
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
Index: Art/Reference·Received from Other Publishers
Ace·Avon/Eos Baen·Bantam/Spectra·Daw·Del Rey·Golden Gryphon·Forge·4W8W·Pocket·Roc Scholastic·Star Trek·Star Wars TV-TieIns·Tor·Warner/Aspect·Wizards of the Coast

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Art and Reference publisher index

Bradbury, an Illustrated Life: A Journey to Far Metaphor by Jerry Weist, Ray Bradbury (William Morrow - Hardcover - $34.95) I don't know how many of these beautiful Bradbury retrospectives William Morrow printed, but I suggest you get yours early. Sharon Archer (SFRevu's Assoc. Editor) is a second generation Bradbury fan, and the collection of cover art and sketches, combined with lots of details about where and when left her trying to wrestle it out of my hands. Considering that you can get it for less than $25(and free shipping thrown in) at Amazon, it's a steal. Now if you could get it autographed as well...
J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth by Bradley J. Birzer (Hardcover - Intercollegiate Studies Inst- $24.95)
The Road to Science Fiction: From Wells to Heinlein by James Gunn (Scarecrow Press - Paperback - $32.50)
Bearskin Quiver: A Collection of Southwestern American Indian Folktales by Gregory McNamee (
Continuum Pub Group - Paperback - $19.95) 
Science Fiction Readers Theatre by Anthony D. Fredericks (Libraries Unlimited - Paperback - $27.00)
Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long Legged Beasities...(see Ghost Investigator Linda Zimmermann's Ghost Expose elsewhere in this issue...) Haunted Heritage by Michael Norman, Beth Scott (Forge - Hardcover - October 2002)
The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings by John A. Keel (Tor - Mass Market Paperback $12.99) Ghostly Encounters by Frances Kermeen (Warner - Mass Market Paperback $6.99)

Received from other Publishers
(Titles received during the last month which do not give a month of publication are listed in the current month)

publisher index

Ace Books publisher index

All Night Awake by Sarah A. Hoyt (Hardcover $22.95) In the Sequel to Ill Met by Moonlight, the Lady Silver travels to London to track down a creature of supernatural might who threatens her two Elizabethan lovers, Will Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow. The Summer Country by James A. Hetley (Paperback ) Magic in the Maine woods, specifically in Naskeag Falls, Maine. A tough Maine woman meets a man who tells her that she descends from the Old Ones, Old as in Mordred and Merlin, and that she still carries their power. Vampire Sexette by Marvin Kaye (Editor) (Mass Market Paperback $6.99) Six original novellas by the modern masters of vampire fiction: Nancy Collins, Tanith Lee, Kim Newman, S.P. Somtow, Brian Stableford, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Do we think that the "Sex" in sextette is coincidental? No, not for a moment. Might be a good follow-up to last months Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and Death though.
Deceptions (Laws of the Blood, 4) by Susan Sizemore (Mass Market Paperback $5.99)
M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action/Sweet Myth-Tery of Life
by Robert Asprin (Mass Market Paperback
by William C. Dietz (Mass Market Paperback $7.50)
Tree Girl
by T. A. Barron (Mass Market Paperback $5.99)
Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt (Mass Market Paperback $5.99)

Avon/EOS publisher index

Paragon Lost: A Chronicle of the King's Blades by Dave Duncan (Hardcover) Duncan's latest King's Blade story (#4) stands by itself, so if you haven't read  The Gilded Chain, Lord of the Fire Lands, or Sky of Swords, it's a great place to jump into this world of "swashbuckling fantasy". Or if your taste runs more toward Space Opera, you could let youself get Trapped by James Alan Gardner (Mass Market Paperback $6.99) Jack Womack, our friendly publicist (and author) at EOS gives us a clue: An all-new exciting tale set in his Expendable universe, Trapped tells the story of a group of six disparate people -- all “misfits” in some way, yet each possessing a unique talent that he or she has yet to discover -- pulled into an unofficial murder investigation; along the way, they uncover an alien conspiracy that not simply threatens, but also involves, the very underpinnings of their society.

Baen Books

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The Tide of Victory by Eric Flint, David Drake (Mass Market Paperback $7.99)
Seas of Venus by David Surface Action Drake, David Jungle Drake (Paperback $15.00) David "Action" Drake? David "Jungle" Drake? David "Subtle" Drake? Perhaps not, but there's little doubt that Seas of Venus will be high adventure on the high seas of...Venus? Cap'n, it's a another hot cloudy day. Arr, it is that.
Bolo Strike
by William H., Jr. Keith, Keith Laumer (Creator) (Mass Market Paperback $7.99)

Bantam Spectra publisher index

Vectors by Michael P. Kube-McDowell (Mass Market Paperback $6.99) McDowell has put together a pulse pounding SF/Thriller about a scientist's desperate search for the soul. Personally, I feel much the same way about the soul as the Loch Ness Monster, it's fun to think it might be in there somewhere, but less fun to be sure. Fortress Draconis: Book One of the Dragoncrown War by Michael A. Stackpole (Mass Market Paperback $6.50) Stackpole's new fantasy series begins this month, with the next book in November.

Daw publisher index

Exile's Honor by Mercedes Lackey (Hardcover $24.95) Weapons-Master Alberich is chosen by one of the magical companion horses to serve the queen of Valdemar after he leaves the Army of Karse, enemies of the queen.
Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey (Mass Market Paperback $6.99) The companion horses choose Skif, a pickpocket to be the queen's herald. Vengeance Fantastic by Denise Little (Editor) (Mass Market Paperback $6.99) Vengeance is evidentally a dish served in paperback, and this book brings you seventeen servings of extreme retribution against gods, Vikings and humans, oh my. Into the Darkness: The Family, Book Two by Kevin McCarthy, David Silva (Contributor) (Mass Market Paperback $6.99) The "Family", a team of close knit refugees from a government psi experiment, are back sleuthing around Hollywood, ferreting out the impossible with their special mind powers.

Del Rey publisher index

Web Warriors: Danger in the Fifth Dimension by James Luceno (Mass Market Paperback $6.99)
Xanth: The Quest for Magic by Piers Anthony (Paperback - 18.95)
The Shadows of God by J. Gregory Keyes
(Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)
Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos by Robert M. Price (Editor) (Paperback - $14.95)
Crimson Skies
by Eric S. Nylund, et al (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)

Brute Force by Dean Wesley Smith (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)

Golden Gryphon Press publisher index
Forge publisher index

The Haunted Air: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson (Hardcover - October 2002) Repairman Jack isn't so much the Maytag variety as a one man X-Files. He's been "fixing" problems that fall beyond the edge of weirdness since Wilson introduced him in The Tomb (1984). See the author's official site at:
A Coldness in the Blood by Fred Saberhagen (Hardcover - October 2002) A vampire hero. A smashed statue containing a gem of power. An ancient evil. The book description claims an "unbelievable tale of suspense, action and pure page-turning excitement" I'm glad. I'd hate to think it was the sort of thing that could actually happen.Dark Passage by Junius Podrug (Hardcover - October 2002) Can you actually write a book that mixes Israel, Los Alamos, Roman Legions, Sex, Murder, Jihad, High Technology, and Raining Frogs? Well, sure, if you throw in time travel. The Legacy of Prometheus by (Paperback - October 2002) Can Space Cowboy Cash Carlson save the world from its energy crisis by launching solar power collecting satellites? Not if the UN has anything to say about it. High intrigue written by one of our favorite pseudonymous space scientists, Eric Kotani, and his writing partner John Roberts.  

Four Walls, Eight Windows

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Pocket Books

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Heresy Book Two: Inquisition by Anselm Audley (Hardcover $25.00)
Nostradamus 2003-2025: A History of the Future by Peter Lorie (Paperback $13.00)
Witch by Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie (Mass Market Paperback $5.99)
Merchant Prince Book 2 by Armin Shimerman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Contributor) (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)


Star Trek (Pocket)

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Enterprise: Shockwave by Paul Ruditis (Hardcover)
The Captain's Peril by William Shatner ( (Hardcover $25.00) I couldn't say it better than the book jacket, nor in more chilling terms: From the breathtaking shores of Bajor's Inland Sea to the welcoming arms of a seductive and deadly alien commander intent on making Kirk her own, Star Trek®, Captain's Peril is the exciting new novel that spans space and time to present Captain Kirk's most personal, and most extreme, adventure yet.
Deep Space Nine Mission: Gamma Book Three Cathedral (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) by Michael A. Martin, et al (Mass Market Paperback $6.99)
Star Trek: Tng - the Gorn Crisis by Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta (Paperback - $17.95)
Double Helix Omnibus by Peter David, et al (Mass Market Paperback - $17.00)
Star Trek Star Charts: The Complete Atlas of Star Trek by Geoffrey Mandel (Paperback - $17.95)

Star Wars (Del Rey)

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Destiny's Way (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 14) by Walter Jon Williams (Hardcover - $25.95)
Star by Star (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 9) by Troy Denning (Mass Market Paperback - October $7.50)
Star Wars Arms & Equipment Guide by Jeff Grubb, Owen K. C. Stephens (Paperback - 21.95)
Myth Makers Behind the Scenes of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones by Jody Duncan (Hardcover - 39.95)


publisher index

The Devil's Bargain by Judith Tarr (Paperback - $16.00) Here's a timeless plot. Just before the turn of the 12th century, Christianity and Islamic armies war over Jerusalem. King Richard needs beware, for the dark side has promised him victory at a terrible price.
Shadows and Light by Anne Bishop (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)
Book Description: An encroaching evil threatens the lives of every witch, woman, and Fae in the realm. And only the Bard, the Muse, and the Gatherer of Souls possess the power to stop the bloodshed. The national bestselling author of the Black Jewels Trilogy returns with book two in the thrilling Tir Alainn Trilogy-a dazzling tale of romance, high adventure, and thrilling fantasy.
Nightmare: A Novel of the Silent Empire by Steven Harper (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)

Scholastic (Young Adult)

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The Dex-Terminator (Dexter's Laboratory Chapter Book, 2) by Bobbi Weiss, et al (Paperback - $3.99) Dexter's Ink (Dexter's Laboratory Chapter Book, 1) by Howie Dewin, Inc. Kurtz Art Studios (Illustrator) (Paperback - #3.99)   Like many other geniuses, Dexter's science career started in a basement laboratory...or on the Cartoon Network. As brilliant as Jimmy Neutron (see review), but without the angst, but then Jimmy doesn't have an annoying sister to deal with. Then again, Dexter doesn't have his own DVD...yet.
Double Jeopardy (T*Witches, 6) by H. B. Gilmour, Randi Reisfeld (Paperback $4.50) YA Witchcraft abounds. Could T* mean teen? Were readers Charmed by the first five?
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (Mass Market Paperback $6.99)
Trial by Fire (Avalon Web of Magic, 6) by Rachel Roberts (Paperback - $4.99)
Odyssey (Outernet, 3) by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore (Paperback - $4.99)
Yeeps: Secrets in the Statue (Abracadabra!, 4) by Peter Lerangis, Jim Talbot (Ill.) (Paperback - $3.99)
The Wobbuffet Village (Pokemon Jr. Chapter Book, 15) by Sarah Heller (Paperback - $3.99) 
Botties Day Off (Cubix Easy Reader, 2) by Tracey West, et al (Paperback - $3.99)
Donut Disaster (Cubix Easy Reader, 1) by Tracey West, et al (Paperback -

Tor / Starscape (YA)

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Voyage of the Shadowmoon by Sean McMullen (Hardcover - $) In Sean McMullen's new fantasy epic, the Shadowmoon is a tramp schooner with a motley crew, captain, sorcerer, vampire, a pair of priestesses who set out to save the world from a weapon of mass destruction coveted by every despot alive. Fortunately both the Shadowmoon and her crew are much more than they seem.
A Crown Disowned (Norton, Andre. Book of the Oak, V. 3.) by Andre Norton, Sasha Miller (Hardcover - $25.95)
Up in a Heaval (Xanth) by Piers Anthony (Hardcover - $24.95)
Legacies (Modesitt, L. E. Corean Chronicles, Bk. 1.)

by L. E., Jr. Modesitt (Hardcover - $27.95)
The Standing Dead (The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, Book 2) by Ricardo Pinto (Hardcover - October 2002)
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, et al (Hardcover - $15.95)   
Underland by Mick Farren (Hardcover)
The Strangest of Strange Unsolved Mysteries by Phyllis Raybin Emert (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)
Tides of Darkness by Judith Tarr (Hardcover)

Tor Reprints:

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The American Zone by L. Neil Smith (Paperback - $15.95)
Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury (Mass Market Paperback - $7.99)
Ghost of the White Nights by L. E., Jr. Modesitt (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)
A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer (Mass Market Paperback - $5.99)
Bone Walker by Kathleen O'Neal, et al (Mass Market Paperback - $7.99)
Swell Foop by Piers Anthony (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)
Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas (Mass Market Paperback - $6.99)
A Feast in Exile by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Paperback)


publisher index

The Way Between the Worlds (The View From the Mirror, Book 4)
by Ian Irvine (Mass Market Paperback - $7.50)
Ghostly Encounters by Frances Kermeen (Mass Market Paperback

Wizards of the Coast

publisher index

The Thousand Orcs (Forgotten Realms: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book 1)
by R. A. Salvatore (Hardcover - $25.95)
Divine Hammer by Chris Pierson (Mass Market Paperback - 6.99)
Book of Vile Darkness by Monte Cook (Hardcover - $32.95)
D&d Dragons I Miniatures by Dungeons, Dragons (Hardcover - $24.95)
Dragon Lance: Annotated Chronicles by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman (Paperback - $27.95)
Chainmail: The Ghostwind Campaign by Chainmail (Paperback - $14.95)  

TV Tie Ins

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Futurama-O-Rama -- Matt Groening; Paperback (Futurama Bender Robot $19.99)
Before the Dawn (Dark Angel, No. 1) by Max Allan Collins
(Mass Market Paperback $6.99) Dark Angel showed that Cyberpunk could make the leap to the little screen from the printed page, more or less. Can this prequel make the jump back?
See No Evil (Smallville, No. 2) by Cherie Bennett, Jeff Gottesfeld (Mass Market Paperback $5.99)
Smallville: Strange Visitors by Roger Stern (Mass Market Paperback - October 2002) Love the show, hate the future. What Smallville needs it a time travel episode to take the certainty of what comes next away. Endangered Species (Angel) by Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte (Hardcover - October 2002)

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