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Ace Books

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds (Ace Books 30 January, 2005 / $22.95) - Two associated, if not actually connected, novellas from Reynolds' Revelation Space universe about space explorations and how encounters with aliens transforms the explorers. If you haven't read the author's novels (Chasm City, Revelation Space) you might jump in here to test the rich waters. (see review)

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy by Clive Woodall (Ace Books 01 January, 2005 / $19.95) - In One For Sorrow, Two For Joy, a sort of Watership Down meets The Lord of the Rings, the world of birds is under siege from within - crows and magpies have turned on all their flighted cousins bound to exterminate other species. A lone robin, who has already lost everything to the slaughter, must rally the forces of fowldom and more to stop the evil. It has already garnered a huge flock of readers in the UK where it was originally released, and is sure to capture book hawks in the US. (see review)

Apogee Books

Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss (Apogee Books 2005 / $9.95) - A full review from Ed Carmien is forthcoming on this interesting title, but I've read much of it in passing and wanted to mention that it's an impressively precinct piece of SF. The science in it is, while fantastic in places, quite solid in general...certainly much better than most SF Movies, and quite likely (as claimed by the publisher) the first time any number of devices, including space suits, EVA maneuvering units, lunar (both Terran and Martian) staging, and even some good observations on light and shadow in space. The story is more Smith than Verne, and a comparison between the two books (War of the Worlds and Edison's Conquest of Mars) shows the conflict between literary and hard sf as having gone back to its roots. While one needs to keep its context in mind, as with all fiction read out of its time, I'd recommend it for both students and fans of the genre. - Ernest Lilley

From the publisher: In 1897 H.G. Wells created one of the greatest science fiction masterpieces ever written-The War Of The Worlds. The story was serialized in newspapers across America and proved to be so popular that the Hearst newspaper group commissioned a sequel, to be written by their own science editor - Garrett Putnam Serviss. This sequel appeared in February of 1898 and quickly entered into the annals of science fiction history. It is one of the rarest and possibly one of the most important stories ever to appear in the genre. Serviss procured the cooperation of the famous inventor Thomas Edison and wove a totally distinct and astonishing tale of humans invading Mars. Whereas Wells had composed a story of human suffering, Serviss invented the space techno-thriller. This book contains the first space battle to ever appear in print. It is the first alien abduction story. The birthplace of the hand-held phaser-gun. It has asteroid mining and the first truly functional spacesuits. It is a cornucopia of technical ingenuity. The hero of the story is Edison himself. This is the first time this story has appeared, complete and unabridged with the original illustrations since the winter of 1898. First appearance ever outside the USA. The book that inspired Robert Goddard! Comes with a 13-page essay by editor Robert Godwin and original cover art by Tom Miller. Official Page: ECOM

Aspect

Midnight Harvest by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Aspect 01 January, 2005 / $6.99) - If you're a fan of the Chronicles of Saint-Germain, you probably don't need a lot of urging to pick up the 16th volume in this suave vampire's saga. In this story, he travels to depression era California with an assasin following on his heels. Maybe it's just me, but aren't we supposed to be rooting for the vampire hunter?

Baen

Bolo! by David Weber (Baen 01 January, 2005 / $25.00) - Four Bolo novels by David Weber, a fitting man to pick up Keith Laumer's saga of cybernetic tanks and the humans who fight alongside, or more often, inside them. One's even a new story.

Rogue Berserker (The Berserker) by Fred Saberhagen (Baen 01 January, 2005 / $22.00) - Product Description: Harry Silver has already had a lifetime of trouble from ordinary Berserkersr, the automated killing machines programmed an age ago to denude the galaxy of life. Now when his own family is kidnapped, he faces a deviant machine, a good fit for some or all of the Galactic Dictionary's definitions of ROGUE: ROGUE: (1) A deceitful, double-dealing evildoer .. . (4) A fierce elephant or stamodont that has been banished from the herd . . . (10) Having a peculiarly malevolent or unstable nature . . . (11) No longer loyal, affiliated, or recognized, and hence not governable or accountable . . . erring, apostate. - Galactic Dictionary of the Common Tongue Ordinary Berserkers armed with weapons powerful enough to kill an entire planet were enough of a nightmare. What worse deviltry will a killing machine gone rogue attempt-and even if Silver can stop it, will he ever see his family alive again?

The Anguished Dawn by James P. Hogan (Baen 01 January, 2005 / $7.99) - Survivors of a When Worlds Collide, or at least graze, senario find refuge on Saturns moons, but no matter where you go...ther you are, and the survivors miss power as much as home. Now in paperback.

The Sword of Knowledge by C.J. Cherryh (Baen 01 January, 2005 / $24.00) - Product Description: The Empire of Sabis was falling, besieged by the army of a more powerful empire and by hostile wizards. A small group of philosopher-scientists could reverse the tide if they could convince the rulers of Sabis to build the deadly new weapon that they have invented: the cannon. But when the rulers prove too short-sighted and Sabis falls, the scientists flee, disguising their knowledge under the cover of religion. Though centuries will pass and the Sabirn race will be oppressed and persecuted, the powerful knowledge will be preserved in secret by the Order. And the time will come when only one thing stands against destruction by a ruthless and invincible barbarian horde: The Sword of Knowledge.

The War with Earth by Leo Frankowski (Baen 01 January, 2005 / $6.99) - The story started in A Boy And His Tank and in virtual reality (though the tank warriors of New Kasubia didn't know that) now move into reality against the world their forefathers had been forcibly evicted from...Earth. Now in paperback.

Benbella Books

Alternate Gerrolds by David Gerrold (Benbella Books 28 January, 2005 / $14.95) - Ohmygod. I fell down laughing and hurt myself. And all I'd gotten through was the introduction to Alternate Gerrolds. This is a terrifically inventive, often funny collection of really short stories that DG wrote for Mike Resnick; of which he says he's not ashamed. Nor should he be, even though he said it tongue in cheek. Seriously, how could you not want to find out what happens when the "most qualified person is elected president of the US?" or who the better commander of the Enterprise would be Shatner or JFK? Stop...Dave...my mind is going. I can feel it...Dave? (see review)

Daw

The Myriad by R.M. Meluch (Daw January 4, 2005 / $23.95) - The Myriad is really a good read. It looks like a militaristic SF genre novel but the author?s great skill in fleshing out characters, dialogue, and shipboard life puts it head, shoulders, and torso above most of these. Just force yourself past the first chapter. (see review)

Daw Books

Constellations by Peter Crowther (Daw Books 30 January, 2005 / $6.99) - Peter Crowther gathered stories about going to the Moon in Moon Shots moving further out to Mars in Mars Probes. Now he's reaching for the stars in this collection of stories by fifteen thought provoking authors including stories by Eric Brown, Paul McAuley, Brian Aldiss, and others. (see review)

Heir Of Stone: The Cloudmagers (Cloudmages) by S. L. Farrell (Daw Books 30 January, 2005 / $23.95) - The third book of The Cloudmages finds heroine Jenna Aoire's grandchildren on the verge of adulthood. They are thrust into adventure when attacked by their uncle and forced to depend on their incomplete skills to survive... and claim their rightful legacy.

Tales Of The Taormin by Cheryl J. Franklin (Daw Books 30 January, 2005 / $14.00) - Omnibus edition of Cheryl Franklin's Fire Get and Fire Lord. Lady Rhianna loves Lord Venkarel, whose power may save or destroy the domain of Serii. An ancient, overwhelming evil stirs and a legendary talisman must be recovered.

Del Rey

Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey 25 January, 2005 / $7.99) - Book description: The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship's mission for its own ends.

Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right? (Source: Del Rey)

The Meq by STEVE CASH (Del Rey 25 January, 2005 / $13.95) - Zianno Zezen- 'Z' for short- is an orphan member of a humanoid race known as the Meq. His people cease aging when they turn 12, only resuming aging when they find their soulmate. Z lives amid the humans of Earth, struggling to hide what he is, even as the evil Fleur-du-Mal's plans may ruin things for all Meq everywhere.

The Meq by STEVE CASH (Del Rey 25 January, 2005 / $13.95) - Production copy

Tsubasa 4 : RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP (Del Rey 25 January, 2005 / $10.95) - Book Note: Young Syaoran embarks on a worlds-spanning adventure to restore the memory of the most important person in his life, the princess Sakura? even though he knows that she?ll never remember her love for him. The trail leads to a small town reminiscent of Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century, a place where the ghostly image of a golden-haired woman comes in the night to steal the town?s children. Syaoran and his band of outrageous friends?affable Fai D. Flowright, loose cannon Kurogane, the odd creature Mokona, and Sakura herself?mount their horses and venture into forbidding, barren woods to solve a mystery, rescue the children, and retrieve one more piece of Sakura?s missing memories.

xxxHOLiC, Vol. 4 (xxxHolic) by CLAMP (Del Rey 25 January, 2005 / $10.95) - Book Note: It?s Valentine?s Day?and while Domeki is showered with chocolates and cards from girls, Watanuki receives none. To make matters worse, he must also do the usual chores for Y?ko, which includes making chocolate cake for her and Mokona, as well as the treats his boss wants to give away as gifts. But when Watanuki discovers he has a shy and secret admirer who is not quite human, he finds that chocolates can be more than just sweets. Then, after seeing identical twin sisters pass by in the street, Y?ko makes a curious remark: that there are chains that only humans can use to bind others. Watanuki meets the sisters and senses that the relationship between them is not what it seems. . . .

Die Monster Die! Books

Dark Furies: Weird Tales of Beauties & Beasts by Vincent Sneed (Die Monster Die! Books 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: Snow White and the Evil Queen, Beauty and the Beast, Antogone and Creon, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch, Fay Wray and King Kong, Joan de Arc and the Catholic Church, Minnie Mouse and that darn Peg Leg Pete... Throughout the history of the world, women have had to cope with horrors of every shape and size. Some of these monsters have been evil incarnate, some have simply been misunderstood--all of them have been left to the fairer sex to handle. This timeless idea is now revisited by 15 of today's most creative writers as they look at the idea of women and monsters from every angle possible. First up, talented newcomers Jan Rukh, Laszlo Q.V. St-J. Xalieri, Ed Hickcox and Rose Fox set a serious tone with four terrific dramas, all set in different genres. Not to be outdone, Mssrs. John French and James Chambers both deliver stories of supernatural investigation guaranteed to set just the right tone for our expert team of horror specialists. Yes, it's an all-star line-up as Michael Amorel, Ron Fortier, Patrick Thomas, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and William Jones dazzle the entire audience, from the orchestra to those in the cheap seats, with five towering tales of titanic terror which no reader will forget anytime soon. Then, the ever-unpredictable CJ Henderson hogs as much space as he can delivering two stories for review--one a tale of Lovecraftian feminism, then a second we think is destined to become a Die Monster Die classic!

Earthling Publications

Apocalypse Now, Voyager by Jay Russel (http://www.sff.net/people/JRussell) (Earthling Publications December 2004 / ) - This little book (86 pgs) starts out weird and goes from there. Fans of Lucius Shephard or F. Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack) should find it engaging. I did, though I fought it hard. A crazy lady pushes a dead hooker in a shopping cart up the L.A. River under a full moon. And it gets better/worse. They're accompanied by a guy who used to be a bit player on action tv shows but has now found true meaning as in cosmetic surgery and life as a human/beagle. 'The sex is incredible'. Oh yeah, and there's a guy trussed up on top of the hooker that the madwoman (and the dead hooker) really hope is more than he thinks he is. He's Marty Burns, ex-child actor, and the only sane one around. The whole thing kind of gets under your skin, but that's a good thing. I think. This novella marks Marty's seventh outing and that's definitely a good thing. (see review)

Eos

The Year Of Our War by Steph Swainston (Eos 18 January, 2005 / $13.95) - This exiting story from the 'New Weird' came out last year in the UK from Gollancz, and Iain Emsley's reviewed it for us. Now it's come to the US in a Trade edition. China Melville is quoted on the cover as saying it's, 'a blistering debut, and honest-to-god-unputdownable.' Iain agrees in his review of this tale of a lone man who can fly, but is no angel living in both this world and one he can access only through a drug that 'claims his soul'. Highly Recommended. (see review)

Forge Books

Song of the Earth by John R. Dann (Forge Books 01 January, 2005 / $26.95) - Sequel to Song of the Axe, this tells of the original Grae, ancestor to the previous novel's hero. Saved from a raging river during a volcanic explosion, he leads a remnant of his tribe from Africa into unknown lands to the north... where dangers and enemies await.

Mundania Press LLC

An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely (Mundania Press LLC 30 January, 2005 / $12.00) -

From Back Cover:

Professor Percival Marlowe is a brilliant, elderly astrophysicyst who's dying, his greatest acheivement still unfinished and now beyond his diminished means.

Doctor Carl Dorning, a neurosurgeon, finally discovers a secret method of transplanting memories from one person to another, thanks to Marlowe's millions.

Miguel Sanchez, a homeless boy, agrees to become the recipient of Marlowe's knowledge and personality in this unorthodox experiment, enticed by Dorning's promises of intelligence, wealth and respect, but dangerously unaware that his own identity will be lost forever.

What results is a seesaw battle for control of Miguel's body, as Marlowe learns to his dismay what his lifetime of arrogance and conceit has earned him.

And when Marlowe stumbles upon the shocking procedure Dorning used in desperation to succeed, the professor does what he must to defeat Dorning and redeem himself at last.

Nightengale Media LLC Company

Twilight of the Past: A Rift in Time by Michael Parziale (Nightengale Media LLC Company January, 2006 / $14.95) -

Preditors & Editors

Preditors and Editors Reader's Poll Awards by (Preditors & Editors Jan 12-31, 2005 / ) - The Preditors & Editors site, (A guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers!) hosted by Anotherealm (The Magazine of Speculative Fiction) is holding its annual awards and voting is open to all from Jan 12-31, 2005. We're happy to note that SFRevu and some of its contributors have already been added to the Nominees. (see review)

Prime Books

In The Palace Of Repose by Holly Phillips (Prime Books 05 January, 2005 / $29.95) - In the Palace of Repose is a collection of nine short stories ranging from the delightfully fantastic to the delicately horrific. (see review)

Roc

Chill Factor (Weather Warden) by Rachel Caine (Roc 30 January, 2005 / $6.99) - The third adventure of Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, the intrepid heroine must save the life of her renegade friend and mentor by taking on a psychopathic teen backed by the mightiest of the Djinn. Even though she's gotten her "life" back, is Joanne up to this kind of challenge?

Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop (Roc 30 January, 2005 / $16.00) - Dreams Made Flesh is a short story collection set in the same Universe as The Black Jewels Trilogy . There are four stories; two short ones and two of novella length. The readers, who enjoyed the The Black Jewels Trilogy will welcome a return to this universe: to find out more of the back-story and to reunite with old friends. (see review)

Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop (Roc 30 January, 2005 / $16.00) - Returning to the realm of the Black Jewels Trilogy, Anne Bishop continues the story of Jaenelle, most powerful of witches and Queen of Darkness. This tale explores the origin of the world's mystic Jewels and the consequences of Jaenelle's victory in the last saga.

Scholastic

The Science Fair from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (Scholastic 01 January 2005 / $3.99) - Product Description: Mean Mrs. Green says that everyone has to invent something for the school science fair. But everyone would rather invent a way to get out of it! Hubie can't decide on what to invent and all of his friends have already started their projects! It comes down to a choice between cloning himself or building a laugh machine.  But after a bad dream, he decides to build the machine. Will his innovation be enough to earn a passing grade, or will mean Mrs. Green have the last laugh? (RL3 007-010) (Source: Scholastic)

Simon Pulse

Winter (Witch Season) by Jeff Mariotte (Simon Pulse 01 January, 2005 / $5.99) -

From Book Description

Kerry has seen the error of her trusting ways. Turning to someone for help turned out to be a complete mistake. So now she is back on her own -- mulling over the same issues, stuck with the same baggage: Find the witch named Season. Avenge Daniel's death. Decipher the ancient witch stories.

The difference is that this time Kerry is armed. For starters, she's picked up more than a few tricks of the witchy trade herself. To boot, she's got the knowledge that everything is definitely not as it once seemed. So even if her quest gets blown off track, Kerry is prepped.

The trick to navigating her topsy-turvy path is figuring out who she can trust. As Glinda once astutely asked, "Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?" This winter, that's the million-dollar question.

Spectra

Hammered by Elizabeth Bear (Spectra January 2005 / $6.99) - Hammered isn't just another cyberpunk-killer-chick on the loose story. It's a half-cyborg-ex-Canadian-Special-Forces-approaching 50-cyberpunk-killer-chick on the loose story. Actually, I like the looks of it and it's on my reading pile. (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

Best of the Best : 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's Griffin 09 February, 2005 / $19.95) - Hugo Award winning editor Gardner Dozois selects more than two dozen stories of the best from 20 years of The Year's Best Science Fiction. (see review)

Star Trek

Captain's Blood (Star Trek) by William Shatner (Star Trek 01 January, 2005 / $6.99) - Captain Kirk goes boldly once more, this time to investigate the apparent murder of Ambassador Spock on a peace mission to the Romulan Empire. Teaming up with Captain Will Riker and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Kirk finds things are not as they seem, and the ramifications will stretch to the very edges of the galaxy. Will Kirk make a traumatic sacrifice to save worlds from destruction?

Ex Machina (Star Trek: The Original Series) by Christopher L. Bennett (Star Trek 01 January, 2005 / $6.99) - In the aftermath of <>Star Trek: The Motion Picture<>, Kirk, Spock and McCoy find their reflections on the nature of God and man cut short as they race to Daran IV. On this planet, the settlers of the artificial world Yonada are riven by religious strife. The consequences of their long-past actions come back to haunt the trio, as they must help this fledgling civilization come to terms with some profound questions.

To Reign in Hell : The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh (Eugenics Wars) by Greg Cox (Star Trek 04 January, 2005 / $24.00) - Author Greg Cox has become the official biographer of Trek's "greatest villain" - Khan Noonien Singh. He's already told the story of how the genetically engineered Singh failed to conquer Earth in the Eugenics Wars and wound up in suspended animation aboard the SS Botany Bay for James T. Kirk to deal with a few hundred years later (Space Seed, ST-TOS) and you've no doubt seen Singh's return in the most popular Trek film of all time, Wrath of Khan. Now Cox tells the story of what happened after Kirk exiled him to Ceti Alpha V, a planet that would turn into a nightmare only a superman could survive. Cox has faithfully recreated the cast and crew for this doomed voyage and he transports the reader to the Trek universe with a skill Scotty would applaud.

Synergy Books

The Road of Silk : A Fantasy Novel by Barbara Dysonwilliams (Synergy Books 15 January, 2005 / $24.99) - Product Description: The Road of Silk is a fantasy novel that chronicles the adventures of Queen Yasamin of Gwendomere. The young queen is forced to marry King Amir, who threatens her weak yet peaceful kingdom. In exchange for the protection of her people, Yasamin begins her long journey to the dark land of Dragonval to marry Amir. The journey is overtaken with trials and tribulations Yasamin has never known, and then met in Dragonval by the jealous and murderous first wife Medusimia. Only through the Road of Silk will Yasamin learn of her true origin and rid the kingdom of evil once and for all.

Tor Books

Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $14.95) - Originally published in 1989, this is consistently one of the most requested 'lost works' from author Mercedes Lackey, and for very good reasons. The story pairs a police detective with a touch of psychic ability with Diana Tregarde, a romance novelist who's also a practicing witch, one bound to the protection of humanity, as they deal with serial killings in Dallas that reach back in time to the Aztec gods. This is a gripping story, full of mystery, fantasy and romance, and if that's your cup of tea, you won't want to put it down till the last sip.

Chainfire (Sword of Truth, Book 9) by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books 04 January, 2005 / $29.95) - The new novel in Goodkind's massively successful Sword of Truth series. Epic in every conceivable way, this 600-odd page tome is sure to satisfy. "The Sword of Truth is Terry Goodkind's wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy set in a fascinating world rich in detail, history and incredible violence." (John Berlyne - SFRevu UK Assoc Editor)

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: The Attitude of Silence (Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda) by Jeff Mariotte (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $24.95) -

From Book Description:

It seemed too good to be true...

When marauding ships attack the Andromeda Ascendant, the Andromeda crew, desperate to save their ship, slipstream to a world called Festival, which fends off their mysterious attackers and welcomes the crew with open arms. The crew couldn't be happier. Festival wishes to join the Commonwealth, and, as its name implies, is a safe haven, a perfect place for relaxing and indulging in life's finer pleasures.

But there's something not quite right about Festival. Captain Dylan Hunt is suspicious of the large number of armed soldiers who are ostensibly providing security for their visit. And when his crew finds a big underground bash, the revelers seem more tense than happy. Dylan and crew uncover a diabolical scheme seething beneath the planet's utopian fa?ade: Festival's planetary government is really a powerful militant regime bent on forcing neighboring worlds to join the new Commonwealth against their own volition.

Before the Andromeda crew can do anything about Festival's strong-arm tactics, they receive a distress call from a renowned peace ambassador whose ship is being attacked by space pirates. In a bloody battle, Dylan and his crew defeat the attacking pirates. After the smoke clears, they learn from the ambassador the rulers of Festival don't just want to join the Commonwealth . . . they want to rule it! Suddenly, Festival seems like the Andromeda's worst nightmare. Captain Hunt and the crew have their hands full escaping from the clutches of Festival's power-hungry government, and trying to keep the peace within the Commonwealth.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $23.95) - Why send the young to fight and die on foreign (or alien) soil when you can send old folks to do the dirty work? That?s the premise in Old Man?s War, John Scalzi?s debut novel. Only the old are inducted into the Colonial Defense Forces which protect humanity as it expands into the galaxy, and the lure for them is that though they may not live forever?they?ll enjoy the benefits of off-world rejuvenation techniques?which the CDF chooses not to share with Earth.

(see review)

Ordermaster (Saga of Recluce) by L.E. Modesitt (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $27.95) - 13th in the Saga of Recluce and the direct sequel to Wellspring of Chaos, Ordermaster tells the story of the cooper Kharl who was introduced in the previous book, and his rise to become 'the Lord's Mage' from more humble beginnings. Now he's called on to help suppress civil disorder for Lord Ghrant of Austra whom he served in the last book. Then it's a trip back to his homeland where more trouble is brewing.

Powersat by Ben Bova (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $24.95) - Fans of Bova's Grand Tour of the solar system, will find Powersat an interesting diversion featuring one of the series favorite characters, Dan Randolph, founder of the space resource company, Astro Corp. The story takes place not too long after Dan's retirement as an astronaut and the founding of Astro. He's trying to get a space plane going, to service the powersats he wants to build for an energy starved America...er, world. Bova draws on the Burt Rutan's recent success and America's 'War on Terror' for inspiration so the book hovers on that knife-edge of Near Future SF/Contemporary Techno-fic...but either way its another exciting ride up to orbit with a master rocketeer. (see review)

The Carpet Makers: An Orson Scott Card Presents Book by Andreas Eschbach (Tor Books 01 April, 2005 / $24.95) - In a galaxy far far away, whole planet's are devoted to the production of hair carpets for the Emperor. Whole planets the rebels didn't even know existed when they overthrew him and set about freeing the people from they nearly religious devotion to the tired immortal ruler. Now they've stumbled across a bizarre project on a massive scale with no clue as to why the carpets are woven or where the Imperial ships are taking them. The answers will leave readers wondering even after they reach the end of the book.

(see review)

The Dark Lord by Patricia Simpson (Tor Books 28 December, 2004 / $6.99) - Though she's been out of writing for since 97, author Patricia Simpson is back with a new book for Tor's Paranormal Romance line. Simpson's writing has garnerd numerous awards. The Dark Lord begins a series based on cards from the Tarot deck, and here we encounter a deck that can call forth the demons shown on each card.

The Duke's Ballad (Witch World Chronicles) by Andre Norton (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $24.95) - The first new Witch World novel in five years. Aisling must flee her power-mad brother Kirion, who seeks new sources to fuel his own magic. Aisling and her younger brother Keelan try to regain their ancestral homeland, but Kirion is waiting for them...

The Knight (The Wizard Knight, Book 1) by Gene Wolfe (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $14.95) - Trade paperback release of Gene Wolfe's Wizard Knight duology.

The Wounded Hawk : The Crucible Series, Book Two (Crucible) by Sara Douglass (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $27.95) - The second volume (following The Nameless Day) in Australian author Douglass's historical fantasy trilogy set in 14th-century Europe.

When the Beast Ravens by E. Rose Sabin (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $23.95) - The third book in the A School for Sorcery saga finds student Gray Becq, who was saved from death in the previous book, A Perilous Power under suspicion for terrible events at the School for the Magically Gifted. Having been brought back from the dead, could something wicked have come with him? Even he's not certain whether the demon lies without, or within.

Wesleyan University Press

American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, And Beyond by Jan Johnson-Smith (Wesleyan University Press 31 January, 2005 / $22.95) - In six chapters Jan Johnson-Smith applies a presumably British and beyond a doubt academic lens to decades of science fiction on TV. Beginning with an examination of science fiction and the nature of television, the author moves on to incorporate an analysis of the western as well as American cultural concepts and traits that apply to the American west?it is, after all, no accident that Star Trek?s opening voice-over includes the phrase ?the final frontier." Johnson-Smith follows this opening section with chapters on Star Trek, military science fiction, images of time and space, and Babylon 5. (see review)

Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand by Samuel R. Delany (Wesleyan University Press 01 January, 2005 / $19.95) - 1984 was notable for SF readers in that Huxley's novel of the same name became outdated, as Samuel Delany's Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand with its far reaching technological and sexual themes was published. Not only is Delany a brilliant literary talent, but his work is engaging on any number of levels. It's good that Wesleyan is bringing this recent classic back in a Trade Paperback. Reccommended.

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