July 2004
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Ace

Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross (Ace / Penguin Putnam HCVR $ 23.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Paul Giguere Issue: 0704 (see review) In this exciting follow-up to the Stross's impressive debut, Singularity Sky (see review) the peaceful planet Moscow is destroyed in the explosion of its sun, and an automatic retaliation is launched towards neighboring New Dresden, though it turns out they didn't do it. Rachel Mansour, agent of Old Earth, has the job of finding out who destroyed the star and getting the surviving Muscovites to disarm the missiles, which can't be stopped. Of course, she has to live long enough to do accomplish her mission. Recommended.

Sword of the White Rose by J. Ardian Lee (Ace / Penguin Putnam Trade $ 14 07/01/04)
Here ends Lee's Sword series about Dylan Matheson, a man transported to ancient 18th Century Scotland, who chooses to stay and live, love, fight and die…but not without leaving an heir and admonishing him to mind the Sideh, the farie that brought Dylan back to thwart the British in their attempt to pacify the Scotts. The faire Sinann has come to believe, as did Dylan, that history will not suffer change, and that the path of war that the son wished to follow will end in defeat, but his heart leads him to challenge history and seek his destiny on the killing fields of Culloden.

Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs (Ace / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 7.99 07/01/04) Reviewer: Madeleine Yeh Issue: 0804
The first book in a new duology finds the descendants of wizards who destroyed their city of learning to stop the Stalker, an evil being loosed on the world. The descendants of those wizards are changed, some no longer human, but born with a facility to magic that lets them keep the dark forces in check. Now the magic laden travelers are dwindling, and so are the bonds on the Stalker's prison. Seraph, among the last of her clan, has been hiding her magic to survive among a people that fear it, but must choose safety or the oath her ancestors made, "to protect the world…or die trying."

Avon/Eos

The Locus Awards by Charles N. Brown and Jonathan Strahan (Eos Trade $ 15.95 07/01/04) Eighteen Locus award winning stories assembled by Charles (editor) and Jonath (Reviews Editor) include selections from the 70s to the present and show the serious side of SF with a minimum of swashbuckling scientifiction. Recommended for all fans of Lit SF.

Baen
Ballantine 

Bantam-Spectra  

Freedom's Gate by Naomi Kritzer (Bantam Spectra PPBK $ 6.99 07/01/04)
Book One of the Dead Rivers trilogy introduces us to Lauria, a young woman and a talented soldier, who is sent undercover to pose as a slave and infiltrate a bandit tribe that is getting bolder and bolder. But the dangers she will face are more than physical; she must decide who she really is and what she believes in the face of culture shock that leads her to question everything she thought about her world.

 
Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist (Bantam Spectra HCVR $ 25 07/01/04) Inside Flap Copy: This Author?s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist?s bestselling coming-of-age saga celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a man?in a kingdom where peace is the most precious commodity of all.

Berkley Pub Group

To Weave a Web of Magic by Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Patricia McKillip, Sharon Shinn (Berkley Pub Group Trade $ 12 07/01/04) Four bestselling fantasy and award winning fantasy authors combine efforts to produce this quartet of novelettes about fantasy and romance.

CDS   DAW  

The Wilding by C.S. Friedman (Daw / Penguin Putnam HCVR $ 24.95 07/06/04) Book Description: The tribal Braxana-created to become the ultimate warriors. The Azeans-raised to master the power of the mind. Two interstellar civilizations fighting an endless war over a long-forgotten cause. Now, after two centuries, the legacy of their greatest military leaders threatens to tear apart both empires.

Little Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City by Martin H.Greenberg (ed) (Daw / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 07/06/04)
Prolific anthologist Martin Greenberg redefines Urban Fantasy with this collection of 17 (shouldn't that have been a more ominous number) stories taken from the magic seeds of fairy tales and grown in the cracks of city sidewalks. The stories are all new, but the tales they tap into are as old as the hills they came down from.

Grasp the Stars by Jennifer Wingert (Daw / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 07/06/04) Book Description: Pursued by members of every species, Meris-the most ancient and legendary of the Jadamiin-is a stowaway on a ship bound for the Port Earth space station. But the pursuit isn't over-and suddenly Port Earth is embroiled in high level intrigue that could annihilate the entire station.

 

Del Rey 

One King One Soldier by Alexander C. Irvine (Del Rey / Random House Trade $ 13.95 07/01/04) Reviewer: Bill Herriman Issue: 0704 (see review)
Lance is a soldier home from the Korean war bumming around San Francisco killing time hanging out with beat poets and going to ball games, until he gets mixed up in a magical quest for the Holy Grail. A quest he was destined for. Now, if this reminds you of Heinlein's Glory Road, well, you've been reading too much old stuff. Glory Road was a fun romp with RAH, but Alexander Irvine's story is that and much more, it's downright powerful and the sort of thing you just don't put down once you've started.

Harper Collins

NAL

Idewild by Nick Sagan (New American Library Trade $ 12.95 07/01/04) Nick Sagan's first book is rife with recent SF themes, memory loss, virutality, biotech, and though you don't now Nick yet, you do know his father, Carl. Nick has been working on screen plays with SF luminaries for a while now, and has finally broken out with his own book, one that shows promise, if not genius, from the start.

Orb  - Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster 

Roc 

Bio Rescue by S. L. Viehl (Roc / Penguin Putnam HCVR $ 22.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Erica Ginter  Issue: 0804 This story about biologically altered humans alien hybrids who are at home in the water but make excellent space pilots is reminiscent of Gordon Dickson's "The Space Swimmers", but it's not an imitation in any sense. Viehl's rich story and high tempo off world action make this story sing in its own distinct voice.

Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov (Roc / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 7.99 07/01/04) This terrific collection of Asimov's robot stories came out in 1990, and has since been reprinted a few times…which is a good thing, because this is the sort of book that should never go out of print. It's also the sort of book that you can pick up years after reading the stories and not be able to put it down, so be very careful. If you know anyone who is excited about the coming "I-Robot" movie, and have a subversive streak in you, give them a copy of Robot Visions before they see the film. You owe it to Isaac, Susan Calvin, Lije Baily, R. Daneel Olivaw and the rest of the robots and humans that shaped our notions of mechanical men long before there was a Terminator.

Doublecross Program by Chris Bunch (Roc / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 07/06/04) The Star Risk crew is back, this time they've gotten an assignment to rob a bank…in reverse. Things get even stranger for our galactic mercenaries when they find themselves in the midst of a drug war as well

St Martins Griffin
The Year's Best Science Fiction 21st Annual Edition by Gardner Dozois (ed) (St. Martin's Press Trade $ 19.95 07/21/04) Reviewer: Ernest Lilley (editor@sfrevu.com) Issue: 0704 (see review) Book Description: The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Tor

Iron Council by China Miéville (Del Rey / Random House HCVR $ 24.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0704
Readers of Perdido Street Station will be familiar with the sprawling city of New Crobuzon ,the settin g China's Miéville award winning Perido Street Station. Now he returns us there with an entirely new cast of characters but the same brilliant prose and wide ranging vision.

The Nameless Day by Sara Douglass (Tor HCVR $ 25.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Drew Bittner Issue: 0704
In the days of the Black Death, Brother Thomas Neville is beset with visitations from demons—or are they angels?—which force him to face the possibility that Armageddon is coming. Entrusted with a Heavenly mission, he must discover his role in this nascent war, especially since he cannot be sure if he has picked the right side. Drew Bittner reviews this July release from Tor.

Destruction of the Books by Mel Odom (Tor HCVR $ 25.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer:
Bill Lawhorn Issue: 0704
(see review) There’s a fire in the library! The knowledge of the world is at risk. How much is going to be lost? If you can only save a few books, which ones do you save? Author Mel Odom returns to the world first seen in The Rover. Dweller librarian Edgewick (Wick) Lamplighter is now the master librarian at the Vault of All Knowledge. Curiosity and the need to add to the Vault are his great weaknesses. Dwellers are Halflings whose main purpose in life seems to be the doormat to other races.This book follows the journey of Jugh, a former slave who becomes a librarian. Not content with life at the Vault, and how he is treated there, Jugh joins the crew of a pirate ship. His only friend and protector is Raisho a human pirate. Together they plan to enrich themselves but instead find an adventure when they hear of a book traveling on a goblin ship. (from review)

Redeeming The Lost by Elizabeth Kerner (Tor HCVR $ 25.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Madeline Yeh Issue: 0704 (see review) Finishing her inaugural trilogy, which began in Song In The Silence ( 1997) and continued with The Lesser Kindred (2001) Elizabeth Kerner returns us to her world of Lanen Kaelar, where the race of true dragons have returned to see what humans have made of their legacy after centuries in which the fabled creatures became myth. Besides turning the dragonets left behind into "little more than cattle", those humans who do remember the old ways have allied themselves with demons who would destroy the world. I'd guess the dragons aren't happy about any of this, and though we missed the first two books, I see a showdown coming in the third.

The Dragon's Son by Margaret Weis (Tor HCVR $ 25.95 07/01/04) Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0704 (see review) From our review: Half-man, half-dragon, but all confused kid, the Dragon’s son was made for a purpose, just not one that he gets to learn in this enjoyable second volume of a dragon fantasy trilogy. Dragonvarld, a dragon world with humans living in the Middle Ages, is ruled by a parliament of dragons. Although a certain amount of back history is provided, the underlying motivations of the dragons are seemingly deliberately left a bit murky. As the humans are in the process of developing cannons capable of being rotated quickly enough to score on a flying dragon, the dragons are getting a bit nervous.

Wesleyan   Other Publishers

Gothic Wine by Darren Speegle (Aardwolf Pr Trade $ 14.95 07/01/04)
Speegle's fiction has appeard in a number of places, 5 Trope, 3AM Magazine, Fangoria and others. More, Charles De Lint, Graham Joyce and Paul Di Filippo were all happy to endorse this collection of stories about fantasy and if only peripherally, the product of the grape. Certainly its worth a look, or a tasting.

Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand (William Morrow HCVR $ 24.95 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Sam Lubell  Issue: 0704 "In Mortal Love, Elzabeth Hand brings to life two Londons - the Victorian past and the cutting-edge present--while creating a parallel world besides, one comprised of equal parts myth, mystery, and menace. A great gothic read, and one that dishes up all the dark delights." -- James Reese, author of the Book of Shadows

Take No Prisoners by John Grant (Willogate Press Trade $ 0 07/01/04)
Reviewer: Edward Carmien Issue: 0704 (see review) John Grant may not be a houshold name, even in SF and Fantasy reading households, but that's an oversight that should be corrected. This collection aptly titled collection (its name borrowed from a Janis Ian song) could go a long way to correcting that oversight, but of course, you have to go out and read it. The blerb on the back starts out with the admonishment that you should not open the book unless you are pepared to forget the day. Sounds like small press claptrap to me. Or it would It a) hadn't been John Clute saying it and b) been the absolute truth. These stories of litereary fantasy all share the power to draw you along, watching their detail emerge and wondering what lies around the next corner, the next page.

Port Nowhere (Autographed Copy) by K.G. McAbee (ed) (Mystic Toad Press Trade $ 15 07/01/04) Here's a collection of twenty three little stories about seamy ports on the backside of beyond, places you take your life in your hands by walking into and that you can only hope you'll get to walk out of again. You know, interesting places.

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