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Ace Books

Human Resource by Pierce Askegren (Ace Books 28 February, 2005 / $6.99) - Erik Morrison only wants to get back to Earth from his new job on the Moon. Problem is, he's learned things his bosses would rather nobody know -- so his ingenuity will be put to the test as he finds out what a harsh mistress the Moon really is. (see review)

Aspect

Dark Matter : Reading the Bones by Sheree R. Thomas (Aspect 01 February, 2005 / $14.95) - Now in trade paperback, this collection of African-American speculative fiction includes works from Samuel R. Delany, W.E.B. DuBois, Tannarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley and many more. Our reviewer gives it high marks for literary quality and its ability to expand the reader's worldview. (see review)

Baen

Against the Tide (The Council Wars) by John Ringo (Baen 01 February, 2005 / $25.00) - John Ringo has emerged as one of the best Mil-SF writers in the business, blending strong story lines with solid action sequences. In the third of his future war where the lines between fantasy and reality naval/carrier warfare is the centerpiece, though you haven't lived until you've seen dragon on dragon air combat...

Berserker Death (The Berserker) by Fred Saberhagen (Baen 01 February, 2005 / $25.00) - Berserker novels times 3. Collected here are the previously published stories: The Berserker Wars, Berserker: Blue Death, and Berserker Kill. Fred Saberhagen's stories of the leftover killing machines from some alien war make for fascinating, if endless conflict. In the end, you might be able to beat a Berserker...but until you find a way to defeat the Berserker agenda readers will be guaranteed more mayhem to come.

Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Far Futures by T.K.F. Weisskopf (Baen 01 February, 2005 / $6.99) - Cosmic Tales II: Adventures in Far Futures tells tales of humanity when it escapes the bounds of Sol system. Each story is an exploration of a trait that may define us as a species and how it could affect our lives beyond our planet. (see review)

Forge of the Titans by Steve White (Baen 01 February, 2005 / $7.99) - Originally released in Hardcover in 2003, here's the paperback for Steve Whites novel about the return of the Gods and thiner enemies and the psi-gifted humans that are drafted into this war between immortals. It's a restating of the classic SF theme that gods are just really powerful aliens, and that when the going gets tough...the tough rely on themselves, with a little help from their friends.

Moonstruck by Edward M. Lerner (Baen 01 February, 2005 / $24.00) - Moonstruck deserves better than the cover that Baen came up with for this novel of near future first contact. Like one of my favorites, Greg Costikyan's First Contract, though not quite as funny: we meet the aliens, and they are well, like us. Not what they look like, but in how they act - deceptive, manipulative, and out for themselves. This is a terrific book by an emerging talent. I sincerely hope that this is the first part of a longer series...and that the next book comes soon.

(see review)

This Scepter'd Isle (The Scepter'd Isle) by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 01 February, 2005 / $7.99) - It's a hard life being a warrior who the fate of England's future depends on...especially when the key to that fate is the red haired child of the King of England...and the man who will stand against the Inquisition when it arrives.

Berkley Hardcover

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (Berkley Hardcover 01 February, 2005 / $7.99) - Gibson's near future story of brand maketing and intrigue, now in a convienient paperback edition.

From our Feb '03 Review : If you like Easter egg hunts, finding Waldo, playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, or any other ?find the hidden connection? games, you?ll like William Gibson?s seventh book of fiction. Pattern Recognition is the name of the book, probably because this is what the reader ends up doing ? seeing the connections between history, media, the news groups on the Internet, in the outer world. Reading is an act of unpacking meaning condensed into words and phrases, and readers of other Gibson books will enjoy finding the evocative echoes of earlier works. The hero's name, the blurring of the real and the virtual, ?the color of dried blood?, a prototypical albeit accidental implant that increases productivity.

Daw Books

Destroyer (Foreigner) by C. J. Cherryh (Daw Books 28 February, 2005 / $24.95) - The seventh book in Cherryh?s much-lauded Foreigner series carries on the episodic story of Bren Cameron and his associates in and near (in stellar terms) the alien earth that is home to both atevi and humans. In book seven (Seven!), one might imagine there is little more for Cherryh to explore in this fictional venue that has served her so well during the past decade?yet there is.

(see review)

Del Rey

Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey 28 February, 2006 / $26.95) - In the 24th century, mankind's far flung Commonwealth of star systems — held together by artificial wormholes and a breakthrough faster-than-light stardrive — has come under brutal assault on two fronts. On the first, a virulently xenophobic race called the Prime are seeking the annihilation of humanity. On the other, a shadowy nemesis called the Starflyer is making increasingly bold (and devastating) attacks, seemingly aimed at sabotaging humanity's war effort—including an assassination in plain sight of navy intelligence. (see review)

Leisure

Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu (Leisure February, 2006 / $6.99) - Elena Baxter is a healer. She's been a healer all her life. It was her efforts to heal a wounded animal when she was a child that caused her mother to try to kill her. Her grandfather rescued her and then raised her. She now works as a clerk at a hospital and heals children when she can sneak in to visit. It was while healing a child that she was darted and kidnapped.

Artur Loginov works for an international detective agency, Dirk & Steele. They'd found him and offered a job; a chance to do good with his gift. Artur can feel the people who were in a room before him and see the criminal and victim from touching a scene. He's tracking a serial killer when he is darted and kidnapped. He wakes to find himself a pawn in a game to take over all those with paranormal gifts and faced with a doctor who is willing to do anything to find out how these gifts work. (see review)

Marvel Comics

Black Panther Volume 1 by Jack Kirby (Marvel Comics 16 February, 2005 / $19.99) - Daniel sez: Jack Kirby took T'Challa on a wild sci-fi ride... King Solomon's Tomb, time-piercing frog statues, the man of the future from Hatch 38, the Sacred Waterskin of Life, and more. Sci-Fi in its Kirby glory!

Mundania Press LLC

Twice Damned by Carrie S. Masek (Mundania Press LLC 28 February, 2005 / $14.00) -

From Back Cover:

Dachau, Bavaria, September 29, 1944

Facing certain defeat, Hitler's Reich seeks to create a new breed of soldier -- strong, tough, and terrifying. A hundred men volunteer. Four survive -- reborn as vampires.

Waukegan, Illinois, May 16, 2014

Ritter Breitmann, soldier-turned-vampire, has learned to survive in the modern world. Posing as a college student, he protects young coeds in exchange for the blood he needs to survive. His existence is rigidly controlled, safe and lonely until he rescues a beautiful scientist from an apparent mugging and discovers a plot to inflict his curse on other men. The demons from his past are back, and Ritter must stop them before they plunge the world into a final, immortal Reich.

NESFA

Boskone 43 by (NESFA February 17-19, 2006 / $43 (pre)) - Boskone is simply one of the best lit-SF cons around, and I go every year I can. I've met two of my closest friends there, and attended some of the best programming on books, science, or fandom. Not to mention that their dealer's room is primo. I don't know yet if I can make it up to Boston this year, but I'm hopeful. By the way, their guests this year are pretty awesome.

From the NESFA Website:
Guest of Honor: Ken MacLeod
Official Artist: Donato Giancola
Special Guest: Cory Doctorow
Featured Filker: Steve Macdonald

Official Website: Boskone 43 (see review)

New Amer Library

Deathstalker Coda by Simon R. Green (New Amer Library 28 February, 2005 / $23.95) - The last Deathstalker novel ties up loose ends with a fitting "big ending" that faithful readers won't want to miss. (see review)

Pocket

From Sawdust to Stardust : The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoy by Terry Lee Rioux (Pocket 01 February, 2005 / $14.00) - De Forest Kelly was the glue that held together Kirk and Spock. He was the same offscreen, a rare and well liked person, not quite the leading man, but a heck of a supporting actor. Of all the members of the Original Star Trek crew, his story is the one that holds up the best.

Putnam Adult

Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam Adult 01 February, 2005 / $23.95) - Nixie Swisher is 9 years old. Up to now her biggest problem was sneaking a snack without her mother the nutritionist finding out. Tonight was special, Nixie's best friend, Linnie, was staying over. Nixie tried to wake her to sneak an Orange Fizzy, but Linnie wouldn't get up. The Orange Fizzy saved Nixie's life.

They were totally silent when the came through the house and killed Nixie's parents, brother, her best friend and the housekeeper. But they missed Nixie because she wasn't where she should have been and Linnie died in her place. Lt. Eve Dallas is assigned the case and she has no DNA, no fingerprints, no clues. What she has is a nine-year-old eye-witness who didn't panic and just might be the key to solving the case. (see review)

Roc

The Soul Weaver by Carol Berg (Roc 01 February, 2005 / $7.99) - In The Soul Weaver, the third volume of The Bridge of D?Arnath series, Gerick finds that the evidence of a bloody murder points to him and those closest to him have turned on him. As our reviewer says -- so much for standing by the hero. (see review)

Smoke, Mirror & Muse Inc

Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium by Phil Brucato (Smoke, Mirror & Muse Inc September, 2003 / $39.95) - Deliria is a gaming system treated as a real world where the players interact not only as characters but, as story tellers, myth makers, builders, heroes and more. (see review)

Spectra

Headstone City by Tom Piccirilli (Spectra 28 February, 2006 / $5.99) - When Headstone City opens, Johnny "Dane" Danetello is about to get out of prison when two attempts are made on his life. The Monticelli family didn't even hire professionals and Dane manages to survive. Once out of prison he returns to the old neighborhood and his grandmother's house. He knows that the Don is ill and that Roberto and Vinny are not about to let him walk away when he was involved in the death of their sister, Angelina. Dane had picked her up and driven her to a house and when she came out sick, he'd tried to get her to the hospital but a traffic cop blocked his way; he'd run over the cop but Angelina died in the ER. Angelina was the only one who visited him in prison. (see review)

Tor Books

Behemoth: Seppuku by Peter Watts (Tor Books 01 January, 2005 / $24.95) - Completing the Rifters trilogy, it is now five years after the events of Behemoth: B-Max. Lenie Clarke is now a byword for apocalypse. Her refuge in an undersea sanctuary is threatened and only she can create peace between warring factions... if anyone will trust her.

Bonds of Vengeance (Winds of the Forelands, Book 3) by David B. Coe (Tor Books 01 February, 2005 / $24.95) - Book 3 of the "Winds of the Forelands" continues the story arc towards war and the end of 900 years of peace as the magical Qirsi people struggle within and without with their oppression by the Eandi rulers. Peace or war? Freedom or subjugation? And at what price?

Deadhouse Gates: Book Two of The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson (Tor Books 01 February, 2005 / $14.95) - The second book in Erikson's Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Deadhouse Gates is the follow up to Erikson's successful Gardens of the Moon, which told the tale of the Bridgeburners and introduced us to the world of the Malazan Empire. This book continues those tales while adding complications to just about every story line the plot touches. The basic story revolves around the Malazan army and it's need to cross a continent in order to get away from a pursuing horde. The horde is not what it appears, the desert they need to run through is not what it appears and there's a lot more going on than it seems. (see review)

Frek and the Elixir by Rudy Rucker (Tor Books 01 February, 2005 / $14.95) - Reading Rucker always guarantees a wild trip, and this time it's out into the galaxy to replenish the Earth's biodiversity, squanderd by NuBioCom and the world Gov. Frek Huggins follows an alien cuttlefish to the stars to bring back the elixer for mankind...but how often does elixer turn out to be snake oil, and who really trusts aliens anyway. Fortunately, Frek has Wow, his talking dog, along for guidance. A thousand years hence this story finds the adolescent Frek living in a future just like the present, his mom teaches air guitar, his dad ran off and left the family (and Earth) and his room (halfway up their bioengineered tree house) is a mess. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Dragon Quintet by Marvin Kaye (Tor Books 01 February, 2005 / $13.95) - Product Description: An abiding presence in myth and literature from around the world, the dragon has been reborn in modern fantasy fiction. The classic winged fire-breathing reptile often associated with evil (they do despoil villages and demand virgin sacrifices, after all) tends nowadays to be more kindly disposed to humankind, sometimes aloofly offering magical wisdom, sometimes actively involved in human lives, whether as a servant or friend. In this volume, originally compiled exclusively for the members of the Science Fiction Book Club and not available in stores, editor Marvin Kaye has skillfully gathered brand-new contributions to the hoard of dragon lore by five top fantasy authors.

The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker (Tor Books 01 February, 2005 / $14.95) - Kage Baker's novels of the Company are always fun. Its agents are immortal, living through ages past to carry out the directives of the future. Now it appears that cyborg agents in the 1800s have turned renegade and the 24th century corporation wants them back under control. But agents trying to unravel these events may learn more than they are supposed to about the nature of the Company.

The Iron Tree : The Crowthistle Chronicles, Book 1 by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (Tor Books 01 February, 2005 / $24.95) - Product Description: Jarred is a young boy who has grown up among his mother's peaceful desert people. While Jarred loves his mother, he longs to know the history of his father, a journeyman who left years earlier, promising to return for his wife and infant son. A broken promise but a token left behind--an amulet for Jarred that he has worn always. Some say it brings more than a bit of good luck his way, for no harm has ever befallen the boy. When Jarred comes to manhood, he decides to journey into the world to seek his fortune and perhaps along the way find news of his father. In his travels he will come to a place so unlike his own as to boggle his mind--a place of immense tracts of waterways and marshes, where the very air seems to teem with magic and a people surrounded by creatures fey and not, with enough strange customs and superstitions to make his head swirl. And to the beautiful Lilith, a woman who will haunt his dreams and ultimately steal his heart...who perhaps can provide a key to his heritage.

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