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Ace

Tears of the Furies: The Menagerie #2 (Menagerie) by Christopher Golden & Thomas E. Sniegoski (Ace 31 May, 2005 / $7.99) -

From Back Cover:

When word come to Doyle of a series of inexplicable deaths in and around Athens -- men and women turned from living flesh to cold stone -- he dispatches the Menagerie to Athens to investigate. But he soon follows when he realizes that he has sent them into a far greater danger than he imagined. For the queen of the Gorgons herself has risen. To defeat her, the group will have to descend into Hell itself ? and some may not return.

Ace Books

The House Of Storms by Ian R. MacLeod (Ace Books 01 May, 2005 / $24.95) - In the ninty-ninth year of the Age of Light, Alice Meynell has fought her way to the title of Greatgrandmistriss of the Teleprapher's Guild. While she has done this with the intention of forming a lasting dynasty, her only child suffers from consumption; a condition which refuses to respond to either medicine or magic. (Our review was written for the UK edition) In desperation, she takes her child to the west coast of England, searching for a way to help him. But will the price undo everthing she has built? (see review)

Amulet Books

The Golden Hour by Maiya Williams (Amulet Books 01 May, 2005 / $5.95) - From back of book: Rowan Popplewell and his sister, Nina, have been sent to stay in tiny Owatannauk, Maine, with two strange aunts they hardly know. Rowan expects a month of boredom, until he notices weird things going on in town, especially at the old, abandoned hotel in the woods. His aunt Agatha warns the children not to go near it. They ignore her advice, and the next day--Nina disappears. Now Rowan, who has made it through every level of every video game he's ever played, finds himself in a game with rules he doesn't know against the toughest opponent of all--time.

Aspect

Heaven by Ian Stewart (Aspect 11 May, 2004 / 6.99) - Despite the somewhat scary title, I think this might well be worth taking a look at. It's not religiaon that scares rational people...it's evangelism, and a first glance seems to show that these authors know the difference. Reissued in Paperback after its 2004 Hardcover release. - Ern

Aventine Press

The Elder Staves by Steven Oliverez (Aventine Press 30 May, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: The sky-city of Tyr, floating above the frozen wasteland of a dead world, is a place of spells and skyscrapers, where the ruling council of elders struggles to maintain its power against the growing influence of technology. A clandestine rebellion is underway, assassinating nobles and threatening to topple the Council entirely, while far beneath the city a haunting, malevolent presence from Tyr's mystical past silently gathers strength. But a far more pressing issue is at hand ? for the first time since its founding millennia ago, Tyr has begun falling toward the surface.

Baen

A Plague of Demons : & Other Stories by Keith Laumer (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $7.99) -

From Back Cover:

When John Bravais went on a secret mission to observe a war in North Africa, he found out more than it was safe to know. Lupine-like aliens were harvesting the brains of the fallen, for an unknown purpose. And they were invisible to ordinary men. Bravais had been surgically transformed so hat he was as strong as a tank and nearly as invulnerable, but he was only one man against thousands of aliens, against A Plague of Demons.

Imperium by Keith Laumer (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $25.00) -

From Inside Cover:

Brion Bayard had been an American diplomat - - until he was abducted on the streets of Stockholm, and thrust into what he thought was a truck. At first, he was relieved to find that his abductors were very apologetic, and very British. Then they began speaking about nations and leaders which Bayard had never heard of. That was understandable, they told him, because they were from Earth, but not his Earth.

Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $24.00) - When a high-energy physics lab in Orlando blows up taking half the city with it, it's good news only if you're a physicist interested in Higgs boson particles. To the rest of us, it means that someone has opened a doorway into another universe...and creepy crawly things are coming out. But it gets worse...much, much worse. It turns out that we haven't just opened a door, we've turned on a door making machine and god only knows how you turn the thing off. Heck, it wouldn't be so bad that demons and monsters are streaming out of the things, but they're heavily armed and very dangerous. Fortunately we've got a high energy redneck physicist and a squad of US Navy Seals to confront whatever comes out, backed up by pretty much the entire US arsenal. It's sort of Stargate meets Halo meets The Chtrorr War, and John Ringo rocks, as usual. Highly recommended. (see review)

Mad Maudlin by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $7.99) -

From Back Cover:

Eric Banyon, better known as Bedlam's Bard, is finally about to graduate from Julliard and enter the real World and so, with the help of a psychiatrist who specializes in the problems of magicians, he's finally coming to terms with his past. But a spur-of-the-moment trip home to Boston to visit his parents brings him more trouble than even Eric thought possible.

Meanwhile, his Bardic apprentice Hosea has discovered that the young homeless children in New York's shelters have created a bizarre mythology about a demon called Bloody Mary who preys on young children -- and somehow Bloody Mary has taken on an independent life and now stalks the streets of the city.

And for some reason, she's after Eric as well ?

Mission to Minerva by James P. Hogan (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $26.00) - James P. Hogan's writing career started out with a bet in a pub that he could write a better story than 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or something like that. The result of this heresy was Inherit the Stars, and it was a pretty good book, though I'm not sure he won the bet. It was also the first of his novels about the origins of humanity on a planet called Minerva, reduced to rubble (we call it the asteroid belt) tens of thousands of years ago. Along the way, though not recently there have been several titles in this series, including one that takes place there but doesn't actually move the storyline along. Now there's Mission to Minerva, which is a pretty confusing title considering Minerva was blown to bits by the over aggressive types that lived there. Go ahead and worry about that until the book comes out this May. (see review)

The Enchanter Completed by Harry Turtledove (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $6.99) -

From Back Cover:

For seven decades, L. Sprague de Camp was a giant in both science fiction and fantasy, renowned for his fast-moving action-adventure tales filled with genial humorous touches and backed up with a profound knowledge of history and science. He was also renowned for his popular (and meticulously researched) novels of historical fiction, and his authoritative non-fiction books in many fields.

Now, Hugo Award-winner and best-selling author Harry Turtledove has gathered together today's top writers and invited them to write stories in the same humorous adventure vein which de Camp practically invented.

The Way to Glory by David Drake (Baen 01 May, 2005 / $25.00) -

From Inside Cover:

Riots blaze in the streets of Cinnabar, threatening not only the Government but the Republic of Cinnabar Navy. The forces of the tyrannical Alliance are probing outnumbered Cinnabar garrisons among the distant stars, using guile and treachery as well as brute strength.

(Source: Baen)

Benbella Books

War of the Worlds : Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic (Smart Pop series) by H. G. Wells (Benbella Books 01 May, 2005 / $17.95) - From Back Cover: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, one of the great classics of science fiction, is as vivid and powerful today as the day it was written. In this collection, fourteen of science fiction's greatest talents come together to discuss, with insight and humor, on of science fiction's most important works.

Collector's Guide Publishing Inc

The Real Space Cowboys (Apogee Books Space Series) by Ed Buckbee (Collector's Guide Publishing Inc 01 May, 2005 / $29.95) - The Real Space Cowboys is a new history book by Apogee Space Books. Written by Ed Buckbee, a NASA old timer who worked with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts (although always from the ground) and Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury astronauts, the book is part history from Ed and Wally's remembrances, and part interview with the Mercury 7 astronauts (Al Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton) detailing what really was going on behind the scenes. It's part silly, part amazing, and part infuriating, but it's all part and parcel of what it took to get people into space and how those who love it have fought to keep the momentum going. (see review)

DAW

Heartwood by Barbara Campbell (DAW 03 May, 2005 / $6.99) - It was the time of the Midwinter rites, when Oak-Lord and Holly-Lord waged war for the world's renewal -- but something had gone horribly wrong...

Maiden, Matron, Crone by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW 03 May, 2005 / $7.99) - From Back Cover: Maiden, Matron, and Crone-the three aspects of the Triple Goddess-have long been a topic of great fascination for those interested in ancient culturesl, religions, and mythologies, and for feminists as well as followers of Wicca. Now, thirteen of fantasy's most fertile imaginations offer us tales that draw upon these classic archetypes in whole new ways.

Del Rey

Bran Mak Morn: The Last King by Robert E. Howard (Del Rey 31 May, 2005 / $15.95) - Robert Howard wrote Conan tales, of course, and others too - Kull, and Solomon Kane and those of Bran Mak Morn, King of the Picts, the savage pre-brits who fought against Roman invaders. This volume contains all of Howard's Pict stories, as well as previously unpublished material, and it's illustrated in perfect style by Gary Gianni, who brings the power and pathos of Howard's creations to life. Recommended. (see review)

The Rivers of War by Eric Flint (Del Rey 17 May, 2005 / $25.95) - What if, instead of retreating from the Union Army, the Cherokee had found allies among dissenting politicians and escaped slaves... and stood their ground? What if military legend Sam Houston, an adopted Cherokee, fought alongside his foster family? The West would never have been the same, as Eric Flint shows in The Rivers of War, first of a two-book saga. (see review)

Eos

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (Eos 24 May, 2005 / $6.99) - I like blimps so I was quite excited to get this book. I was hoping for an exciting science fiction alternate future where blimps plied the spacelanes. What I got was something a bit different. (see review)

Gravity Wells : Speculative Fiction Stories by James Alan Gardner (Eos 01 May, 2005 / $15.95) - Author James Alan Gardner has produced a number of excellent novels, including his first, Expendable which we reviewed when we interviewed him back in 1997. Here is his first collection of short stories, and they're just as good as anything he's written in longer form. He's even done a brilliant preface in which he sets up each story all at once rather than doing it one at a time, a trick I may well steal. In this collection you will discover some interesting facts too. Liverwurst may not actually be "peanut butter made from bologna" but it's a clever thought. I even found it reassuring ("Kent State Descending The Gravity Well") that though the author once penned a thesis on Black Holes, he'd forgotten the math...remembering only how hard it was to type all those equations. Thoughtful, wonderful stuff, and highly recommended. (EL) (see review)

The Crimson Sword : Book One of the Legend of Asahiel (Thompson, Eldon. Legend of Asahi by Eldon Thompson (Eos 01 May, 2005 / $24.95) - The Crimson Sword is book one of the Legend of Asahiel trilogy. Krynwall falls to an unknown wizard and his dark forces. Queen Ellebe escapes to seek help. And we begin reading thinking this is the usual quest story ? find the sword, kill the wizard, and all will be right with the world again. But is anything ever that simple? (see review)

Five Star (ME)

According To Crow by E. SEDIA (Five Star (ME) 13 May, 2005 / $25.95) - E. Sedia in According to Crow weaves a tapestry of many cultures to come up with a setting that is believable and realistic within the story. Josiah was born after the war with Meran but he doesn?t look like the Sium in the village. His father was a Meran invader that his mother beheaded. His father?s head is a relic in the village church. He knows he doesn?t belong here but where could he fit in with his Meran looks? (see review)

Golden Gryphon Press

George Alec Effinger Live! From Planet Earth by George Alec Effinger (Golden Gryphon Press 01 May, 2005 / $25.95) - Originally intended to be a collaboration with the author, this collection of the most memorable short stories of the late George Alec Effinger is a tribute from those who best knew his work?his friends, fellow writers, and editors. In addition to handpicking their favorite pieces, Michael Bishop, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Mike Resnick, Howard Waldrop, and others have contributed a personal introduction or afterword to accompany each selection that reveals their deep respect for and insights into the author. The short stories "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything" and "Everything but Honor," both Hugo Award finalists, are among those included. Of special interest are seven previously uncollected short stories and a poem written under the author's pen name, O. Niemand. Introduced by Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov Science Fiction Magazine, these stories are uniquely written in the style of other authors including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, James Thurber, and Mark Twain. Considered by Effinger to be "sympathetic homage" rather than parody or caricature, they present his perspective on how these noted authors would have tackled science fiction, such as "The Man Outside," the John Steinbeck-inspired story about a loner in a domed city on an asteroid deep in space.

Lite Circle Inc

No Longer Dreams by Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Lite Circle Inc May 1, 2005 / $16.00) - An anthology of horror, fantasy and science fiction by some of rising stars of genre storytelling, including John C. Wright, Will McDermott, Darrell Schweitzer and Tee Morris.

McFarland

Space Patrol: Missions of Daring in the Name of Early Television by Jean-Noel Bassior (McFarland 15 May 2005 / $49.95) - Book Description: The classic television series Space Patrol was a stellar success for ABC from 1950 to 1955. As a pioneer in the hair-raising world of live television, the show had a huge fan base of both children and adults. The magic hinged on the cast: Commander Buzz Corry, Cadet Happy, Carol, Major Robertson and Tonga—five 30th-century personalities whose lives entwined with soap opera strength as they undertook "missions of daring in the name of interplanetary justice." A personal appearance by the cast at a Los Angeles department store drew 30,000 fans. But TV viewers had no idea that the actors and crew faced dramatic as well as galactic peril. In the course of producing an action-packed show live before the nation, with special effects in their infancy, what could go wrong usually did. Ed Kemmer, a real-life World War II fighter pilot shot down and captured by Nazis, who later starred as Commander Corry, learned to improvise for nervous, tongue-tied guest actors and to lean casually against scenery about to fall.

This book recounts stories of early television and the risk-taking ABC crew who invented equipment and ingenious special effects that laid the groundwork for TV today. It tells of the personal heroics of Kemmer and other cast members, both on- and off-screen. Included are interviews with Kemmer, as well as TV writer Norman Jolley (who penned many classic series, including Wagon Train); director Dick Darley; radio writer Lou Huston; and veteran announcers Jack Narz and Dick Tufeld. (Tufeld once announced the Grammy Awards from a men's restroom—the tile walls and floor provided a great reverberating acoustic venue). The book also profiles William "Mike" Moser, the show's creator, and provides details about how the early shows came together and the events in the first year that took Space Patrol from a local station to the network. Many details are given about the adventure that was putting on a live television show along with live commercials. Stories from fans demonstrate how Space Patrol gave them ideals and values they still hold today. The book explores changes in television that led to the demise of action-adventure shows that featured strong role models and tells how Kemmer, who portrayed the heroic Buzz Corry, came to terms with his impact on countless young lives. (Fifty years later, he was still receiving letters from grateful fans.) Included are episode guides covering the 210 half-hour network TV shows, as well as the radio shows, and memorabilia collectors can feast on the galaxy's most complete guide to Space Patrol premiums. (Source: McFarland)

Mundania Press LLC

Electronic Echoes of the Mind by Wade A. Kimberlin (Mundania Press LLC 28 February, 2005 / $12.00) - Download Description: A dead ex-girlfriend. A genetically engineered super soldier. An evil corporation that corrupts everything it touches. A subversive computer-worshipping cult. A deranged AI assistant. And Bob. What do they all have in common? Me. I'm Jake Turner, the best damn pilot in the Solar System. Buy me dinner and I'll fill you in. During a routine shuttle run down to Mars, my 'good friend' Bob asked me to pick up some 'sensitive' software on my way to dinner. I should have known better. Before I could eat my fajitas, I was shot, tortured, and had sustained more concussions than an OSF target dummy. Even worse, my AI assistant developed a serious personality disorder. OmegaCorp ruined my life, killed my ex-girlfriend, blew up my shuttle, and interrupted my dinner. Now they're going to pay! My only allies are an elite group of super hackers, and the most dangerous warrior ever to break free of OmegaCorp's Elite program. Nice allies, eh? Only they're also lunatics who keep worshipping electronic devices and seem to think that I'm some kind of Holy Man. Everything centers on my ex-girlfriend, Holly. And I thought she was a pain in the ass when she was alive!

Orb Books

The Hollowing by Robert Holdstock (Orb Books 01 May, 2005 / $14.95) -

From Back Cover:

Ryhope Wood, Mythago Wood, is the great forest steeped in mystery, whose heart contains secrets that change all who come there.

Alex Bradley is a damaged and visionary child. Little does he know that the distorted creations of his mind are alive inside nearby Ryhope Wood. When the forest claims him, his father goes in pursuit, along with a scientific expedition looking for the secret of "mythago-genesis".

But inside Ryhope, Alex has created a hundred forms of the Trickster -- all of them seeking their maker, and all of them deadly.

Parity Press

Shelby and the Shifting Rings by A. M. Veillon (Parity Press 01 May, 2005 / $9.95) -

From Back Cover:

Twelve-year-old Shelby Shodworth spends much of her life trying hard to add to her list of "thankful things." After all, the mysterious disappearance of her father when she was very young and the recent death of her mother have left her orphaned and living with a cranky uncle. But things are about to change for this ordinary girl who soon finds herself in a most extraordinary situation.

As a new student at Ms. Peabonnet's Academy for Girls, Shelby gets caught up in a mystery that involves a dark-cloaked stranger and a missing academy professor. Shelby, who has stumbled upon the professor's journal, makes a dramatic discovery: There is a time machine in the tunnels beneath the school.

Perennial

A Sundial In A Grave: 1610 by Mary Gentle (Perennial 01 May, 2005 / $14.95) - Intrigue abounds in the streets of Shakespeare London and renaissance France as Valentin Rochefort, down at the heel's aristocrat and spy, finds himself in the midst of a plot to kill King James I. Iain Emsley reviewed it for us when it was published in the UK in Jan 2004 and called it a "highlight of the year". (see review)

Publisher ? TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witchcam, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK ? www.ttapress.com

Interzone Issue #198 - May/June 2005 by (Publisher ? TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witchcam, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK ? www.ttapress.com May 2005 / ) - Interzone Issue #198 ? May/June 2005 ? ISSN 0264-3596

Table of Contents
New Fiction:

  • Picadilly Circus by Chris Beckett
  • Go Tell the Phoenicians by Matthew Hughes
  • Bastogne V.9 by Christopher East
  • The Court of the Beast-Emperor by John Aegard
  • The Clockwork Atom Bomb by Dominc Green
Features:
  • Interface by David Mathew
  • Ansible Link by David Langford
  • Nights Plutonian Shore by Mike O?Driscoll
  • Interlocutions (Book Reviews)
  • Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
I am getting to like Interzone more with each issue and the May/June 2005 issue is the best yet. It has only five stories and three of them, I rate as exceptional!

"Go Tell the Phoenicians" by Matthew Hughes is a delightful tale about a man named Kandler who doesn?t like his job of finding ways for Earth to exploit alien races. On K?fond, he encounters a race that looks very technologically advanced but leads nothing but a shallow life of sex and other fleshy pursuits. No, they are not Eloi but the explanation is a truly ingenious one. When he finds it, this gives Kandler a way out of his problem.

"Bastogne V.9" by Christopher East is from the point of view of Sergeant Glitch who is part of a VR recreation of World War II. He is aware of what he is and finds himself with a Private Brown, a real human who is experiencing this but is not aware that it?s a simulation. The third great story is "The Court of the Beast-Emperor" by John Aegard. A man named Evan wants to free the woman he loves from having to serve in combat. To do so, he must make an appeal to a judge called an Equitor. The truly unusual thing in this culture is that as the author puts it ?the pain of the judged shall be on the judges and thus pain will be diminished.? This makes for a truly unique tale.

The other stories are both very good. "Picadilly Circus" by Chris Beckett is about a world in which there are very few physical people and most are virtuals called ?consensuals?. One old woman has an increasingly difficult time with this. In the "Clockwork Atom Bomb" by Dominic Green, a man must deal with a seriously dangerous weapon, a lot more dangerous than an atomic bomb.

With great other features, you should all be subscribing to this magazine.

Roc

Dead Beat: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Roc May, 2005 / $23.95) - A new Harry Dresden novel is always good news for us, but not so much for the denizens of the Chicago where he lives, dealing with paranormal investigations into the shadowy world of all the fantasy creatures that ever lived, and continue to do so in the shadows of the windy city... (see review)

The Jaguar And The Wolf by Leah R. Cutter (Roc 03 May, 2005 / $6.99) - When a Viking ship misses North America and drifts ashore in an ancient Mayan city, two cultures collide. The warrior Tyrthbrand and the high priestess Lady Two Bird must form an unlikely alliance to fight for their very lives. And as the clouds of war cover the earth, the Viking and Mayan gods are thrown into an ethereal conflict that could threaten the foundations of both Heavens and the Underworld.

Whispering Nickel Idols (Garrett P.I.) by Glen Cook (Roc 03 May, 2005 / $6.99) - From Back Cover: Garrett's having a pretty good morning until he finds a strange child named Penny Dreadful poking around his house. Before he can figure out what the mysterious urchin wants, he's hired to investigate how an old underworld boss ended up in a coma -- leaving his gorgeous, criminally insane daughter to run the family business. The ravishing beauty has some lascivious designs on Garrett -- and some deadly ones too. But she's not the only one dreaming up ways to finish off the endangered private eye, who has to figure out why everyone is suddenly after him ...

Spectra

Freedom's Apprentice : Book Two of the Dead Rivers Trilogy by NAOMI KRITZER (Spectra 26 April, 2005 / $6.99) - Sequel to Freedom's Gate, this volume picks up the adventures of Lauria among the Alashi, whose trust she must regain if she is to liberate them from the tyranny of her former master. To achieve her goals, though, she must master a powerful magic... and pay the price such mastery demands.

Interface by NEAL STEPHENSON (Spectra 31 May, 2005 / $14.00) -

From Back Cover:

From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise.

There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage?an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.

The Cobweb by NEAL STEPHENSON (Spectra 31 May, 2005 / $14.00) -

From Back Cover:

From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic political thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a savagely witty, chillingly topical tale set in the tense moments of the Gulf War.

When a foreign exchange student is found murdered at an Iowa University, Deputy Sheriff Clyde Banks finds that his investigation extends far beyond the small college town?all the way to the Middle East. Shady events at the school reveal that a powerful department is using federal grant money for highly dubious research. And what it?s producing is a very nasty bug.

Navigating a plot that leads from his own backyard to Washington, D.C., to the Gulf, where his Army Reservist wife has been called to duty, Banks realizes he may be the only person who can stop the wholesale slaughtering of thousands of Americans. It?s a lesson in foreign policy he?ll never forget.

Thunder's Mouth Press

Godplayers by Damien Broderick (Thunder's Mouth Press 10 April, 2005 / $14.95) - August Seebeck is just an ordinary guy-- he thinks. But he soon learns he is a player in a cross-universal game involving his extended family. On his journey of discovery, he encounters enlightening (and sometimes disturbing) phenomena, and discovers the true scope of this battle for everything that exists. (see review)

Tor Books

Child of a Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $14.95) - From Back Cover: Middle-aged Mira Fenn knows she has an uncomfortably exotic past. As a small girl, she lived in an ornate old house in tiny Las Vegas, New Mexico, tended by oddly silent servant women and ruled by her coldly flamboyant mother, Colette. When Mira was nine, Colette went on one of her unexplained trips ? and never returned.

Raised to adulthood by foster parents in Ohio, Mira learned years later that she still owned the New Mexico house. Now she's discovered documents that pique her curiosity about her vanished mother and the reasons behind her strange childhood and adoption. (Source: Tor Books)

Cowl by Neal L. Asher (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $14.95) - Cowl is a time travel novel, more or less. In the future there ar two factions at war, the Heliothane Dominion wins although a number of the enemy manage to slip into the distant past in order to snatch victory from the jaws of time, as it were. The leader of this enemy faction is Cowl, who has seeded the timelines with Tors, which are organic time machines that attach themselves to whomever finds them and then begin shifting those individuals back through time to Cowl and his beast, who feeds on these individuals to grow strong enough to disrupt the future victory, perhaps destroying Earth in the process. (see review)

Do You Believe? by Ann Lawrence (Tor Books 03 May, 2005 / $6.99) - DO YOU BELIEVE IN EVIL?
Rose Early is searching for her missing sister Joan. The only clue she has is a horror novel with her sister's notes in the margins. The author of the book lives only a few minutes away and Rose can't resist seeking him out. She understands why his book affected her sister: the author creates an evil so palpable it shakes even skeptical Rose.

Vic Drummond, the writer, knew Rose's sister, and agrees to help Rose find her; Rose expected him to be reclusive and strange, but she didn't expect him to be quite so . . . attractive. As their search intensifies, Rose finds herself inexorably drawn to Vic, but it seems to Rose that their feelings for each other are being influenced by some outside force-she knows love at first sight doesn't exist.

As they come closer to finding Joan, Rose and Vic journey from the local church to a mysterious sex club whose members dress in demon costumes. The more they learn about what Joan was doing in the days before her disappearance, the more questions they have, until Rose must decide: Does she believe in real evil? And does she believe in real love?

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $24.95) -

From Inside Jacket:

Elantris: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities to benefit all the people of Arelon. yet each of these god-like beings had been an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Then, ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, feeble, leper-like creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling. The Shaod became a curse.

Flying in Place by Susan Palwick (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $11.95) -

From Back Cover

Emma is twelve, a perfectly normal girl in a perfectly normal home. With a perfectly normal father ... who comes into her bedroom every night in the hours before dawn. Emma will do anything to escape. From the visits. From the bodies. From the breathing. Even go walking on the ceiling, which is where Emma meets Ginny, who knows things. Ginny, who can fly ...

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $23.95) - A little diner in the middle of nowhere turns out to be at the center of a power spot between this reality and a spiritual plane where the ancient gods, specifically the really, really evil ones, lurk. And all that stands between their return to wipe humankind off the map and remake the world is a redneck werewolf, and his sidekick, a vampire with a combover. It's a terrific (and funny) book about friendship, love, world saving, and fragility of existence...even for immortals. If Neil Gaiman (American Gods) or Poppy Z. Brite (Louisiana Breakdown) need a laugh, this would be the place to order it up. (see review)

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (Tor Books 01 May, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: With Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow established himself as one of the leading voices of next-generation SF: inventive, optimistic, and comfortable with the sheer strangeness of tomorrow. Now Doctorow returns with a novel of wrenching oddity, heartfelt technological vision, and human pity set on the streets of Toronto today.

Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in the bohemian neighborhood of Kensington. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings--wings, moreover, which grow back after each attempt to cut them off.

Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain; his mother is a washing machine; and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls.

Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick, are on his doorstep--well on their way to starvation, because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, who Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned...bent on revenge.

Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone--and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends.

Wildly imaginative, constantly whipsawing us between the preposterous, the amazing, and the deeply felt, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is unlike any novel you have ever read.

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan (Tor Books 31 May, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: SHE MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN HER PEOPLE AND HER FREEDOM... Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders.

Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't usurp her brother or negotiate a peace--but she can heal the brave ones injured in battle.

But not only her countrymen are wounded, and Xylara's conscience won't let Firelander warriors die when she can do something to save them. She learns their language and their customs and tries to make them as comfortable as possible, despite their prisoner-of-war status.

She never expects that these deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire. Xylara knows must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes...The Warprize

Tor Fantasy

New Spring : The Novel (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan (Tor Fantasy 31 May, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: From America's premier fantasy writer---#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Crossroads of Twilight---comes New Spring: The Novel.

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a Foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, is born an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before the forces of the Shadow have an opportunity to kill him. Moiraine Damodred, a young Accepted soon to be raised to Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, a soldier fighting in the battle, are set on paths that will bind their lives together. But those paths are filled with complications and dangers, for Moiraine, of the Royal House of Cairhien, whose king has just died, and Lan, considered the uncrowned king of a nation long dead, find their lives threatened by the plots of those seeking power. "New Spring," the novella first published in Legends, related some of these events, in compressed form; New Spring: The Novel tells the whole story.

Tor Teen

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens : First Annual Collection (Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens (Hardcover)) by Jane Yolen (Tor Teen 01 May, 2005 / $17.95) - A collection of fiction for teens, compiled by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, with works by Garth Nix, David Gerrold, S.M. Stirling, Kelly Link and more.

Trafford Publishing

Haint: A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space by Joy Ward (Trafford Publishing May, 2005 / $18.95) - Book Description: How did we evolve? Did we have help? In a world torn apart by cataclysmic climate changes, survivors learn answers to these immortal questions as they join together based on their love of various dog breeds. Two voices, the weimaraner Haint and his mistress Amanda, tell the story of how each in their own way come to the realization of what they mean to each other. Along the way, Haint explains how his species came to help humans along in their evolutionary development. Haint also reveals that the world is becoming inhabitable for humans and dogs so he and his kind must make the decision whether to save themselves and what they have learned over the thousands of years on Earth or stay and take their chances with the doomed humans.

Amanda, accompanied by her friends Kern and Liddy and their canine familiars Haint and Cloudy, travel across a landscape with violent weather and competing tribes as they look for a way to save their "breed" from drought. During the trip they take on an enigmatic young girl who is much more than she appears.

Haint is the story of lives entangled over thousands of years and hundreds of lifetimes as dogs and humans discover the depths of their love for each other.

Warner Books

Brimstone by Douglas Preston (Warner Books 20 May, 2005 / $13.95) -

William Morrow

MirrorMask : The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow 03 May, 2005 / $34.95) - The product of a remarkable collaboration between master writer Neil Gaiman and illustrator Dave McKean, MirrorMask is a coffee table book that is equal parts illustrated script and behind-the-scenes peek at an amazing movie. (see review)

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