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Gollancz

Replay by Ken Grimwood (Gollancz October 14, 2004 / £6.99) - Delayed from its original publication date (Oct 04) Grimwood's Replay is added to the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series at number #45.

"Replay is a brilliant speculation on time and life, warm, wise and deeply satisfying."

A Time Odyssey: Time's Eye Bk. 1 (Gollancz SF S.) by Arthur C. Clarke (Gollancz 12 May, 2005 / £6.99) - Mass market release of this latest Clarke/Baxter collaboration. Reviewed by Ernest Lilley in our Jan 2004 issue.

Band of Gypsys (Gollancz SF S.) by Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz 19 May, 2005 / £10.9) - Gwyneth Jones continues her Bold As Love saga with the release of Band of Gypsys.

"This unique and richly detailed fantasy comes from a writer who has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most important genre writers... [a] mix of the fantastic, the modern and the ancient - with a touch of Rock and Roll for good measure.".

Deathstalker War (Gollancz SF S.) by Simon R. Green (Gollancz 09 June, 2005 / £6.99) - Mass market release of Green's latest Deathstalker novel. I have yet to dip into this hugely popular and highly praised series, but by all accounts Green's novels are highly addictive. Bloody funny and extremely bloody -- The Guardian.

In Milton Lumky Territory (Gollancz SF S.) by Philip K. Dick (Gollancz 09 June, 2005 / £7.99) - A late Dick work very much considered mainstream and equally considered amongst his very best.

"[An] exquisitely drawn chronicle of small town America in the 1950s by one of the most compelling and sensitve chroniclers of life and love of the period."

Mary and the Giant (Gollancz SF S.) by Philip K. Dick (Gollancz 09 June, 2005 / £7.99) - Dick's mainstream novel Mary & the Giant was, I think I'm right in saying, originally published in 1987, some years after the author's untimely death.

"This slice of life novel, a classic tale of 1950's frustration, has considerable literary merit both for characterization and the vividness of its setting... Even now, it has a strong sense of relevancy and deserves a wide readership." - Library Journal

Ringworld (S.F.Masterworks S.) by Larry Niven (Gollancz 09 June, 2005 / £6.99) - The sixtieth title in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series. Ringworld Niven's 1970 masterpiece, is an evergreen classic and one that formed a cornerstone of my own early genre reading. I'm surprised it's taken so long for it to be added to this monumental list of releases.

Star Warped (Gollancz SF S.) by Adam Roberts (Gollancz 26 May, 2005 / £7.99) - Another timely parody from the quick mind of Adam Roberts. In the guise of AC3R Roberts and released specifically to take the piss out of the latest and final episode of Lucas' epic, Roberts offers us Star Warped - "The laughter is strong with this one"!

The Braided Path: Ascendancy Veil Bk. 3 (Gollancz SF S.) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz 19 May, 2005 / £10.9) - The final volume in Wooding's trilogy of The Braided Path, a series which I have enjoyed immensely and highly recommend. I look forward to reviewing this title in our July issue, meanwhile check out my reviews of the first two books in the sequence, in our May 03 and May 04 issues plus our exclusive interview with this bright young author. (see review)

The Glamour (Gollancz SF S.) by Christopher Priest (Gollancz 09 June, 2005 / £7.99) - Having saved Christopher Priest's excellent and award-winning novel The Seperation from oblivion following the mess that Simon & Schuster made of its publication a couple of years ago, Gollancz now have the pick of Priest's extremely impressive backlist. Here is The Glamour - "Told in a variety of voices, with a dawning sense of the evils of his special "gift" and with twists of plot that make it a satisfying piece of psychological horror, this is a compelling and haunting novel. -- Publisher's Weekly.

The McAtrix Derided (Gollancz SF S.) by Robertski Brothers (Gollancz 12 May, 2005 / £5.99) - Roberts' wicked parody of The Matrix is released in paperback following its hardcover run earlier in the year.

The Skein of Lament (Gollancz SF S.) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz 12 May, 2005 / £6.99) - The second volume in Wooding's very excellent trilogy of The Braided Path is released in mass market paperback. This a fantasy at its best by a supremely talented young British writer. Check out my review in our May 2004 issue.

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Nocturnes by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 06 June, 2005 / £6.99) - John Connolly's recent short story collection is released in mass market paperback.

"In this macabre collection, inspired by masters of the genre from M.R. James to Stephen King, Connolly delves into our darkest fears - lost loves, missing children, subterranean creatures and predatory demons."

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 11 July, 2005 / £12.9) - Jasper Fforde takes a break from his phenomenally successful Thursday Next novels to bring us his take on the classic crime genre - with typical Ffordian originality, the first in these "Nursery Crime" novels introduces Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his official sidekick DS Mary Mary.

"Book one is a police procedural - The Big Over Easy - and sets out to answer the most mystifying question in criminal history: Who killed Humpty Dumpty?" (see review)

Orbit

Chimaera (Well of Echoes S.) by Ian Irvine (Orbit 02 June, 2005 / £7.99) - The mass market release of the fourth and final volume in Irvines's ambitious Well of Echoes series.

"Irvine can now consider himself comfortably ranked next to the works of Robert Jordan and David Eddings." -- SFX

Crash Deluxe: A Parrish Plessis Novel by Marianne De Pierres (Orbit 02 June, 2005 / £6.99) - A new Parrish Plessis novel, and the third in this increasingly popular series by Australian author Marianne De Pierres. Check out our review of Nylon Angel the first title in the sequence. An Orbit paperback original. Be sure to check out the author's web site here.

Haunted by Kelley Armstrong (Orbit 26 May, 2005 / £6.99) - A new supernatural thriller from Kelly Armstrong who has had great success with her previous novels Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic. The tag line is "Rest in Peace? Not in this afterlife..."! Check out Kelly Armstrong's web site for more information.

The Darkness That Comes Before (Prince of Nothing S.) by R.Scott Bakker (Orbit 02 June, 2005 / £7.99) - R. Scott Bakker's debut novel gets it mass market release via Orbit. Sadly caught up in the demise of Simon & Schuster's Earthlight imprint, this superb fantasy work was a casualty in the fall out and never really got the attention it deserved. Orbit has rescued it from oblivion - be sure to take a look at it! (see review)

Thief of Lives by Barb Hendee (Orbit 02 June, 2005 / £6.99) - Described by Kevin J. Anderson as "A mix of Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer..." this unlikely sounding pairing proved a massive word-of-mouth success when the first novel in the series Dhampir was released in the US last year. Now Magiere, half human child of a vampire and Leesil, her half-elf partner return in a new adventure. An Orbit paperback original.

Pocket Books

Horizon Storms (Saga of Seven Suns) by Kevin J. Anderson (Pocket Books 04 July, 2005 / £6.99) - Anderson's acclaimed space opera has its third installement released in mass market paperback. The fourth novel in this series, Scattered Suns is due out very soon.

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay (Pocket Books 04 July, 2005 / £7.99) - Guy Kay's latest historical fantasy is released in mass market paperback. A fascinating blend of Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic cultures.

"Kay uses his historical-fantasy environment to illuminate themes as compelling and relevant to the reader as they are to the characters: family, exile, faith and finding one's place ... Blending history, myth and fantasy into a seamless poetic whole ... an accomplished and truly evocative novel" -- SFX

PS Publishing

A Reverie for Mister Ray by Michael Bishop (PS Publishing / £35.0) - The long-awaited release from PS Publishing containing over seventy collected essays and articles by Michael Bishop. This really is an incredible work, charting four decades of Bishop's genre commentary and full marks to the editor Michael Hutchins for undertaking and completing this Herculean task. This beautifully produced book has an introduction by Jeff Vandermeer and is a signed limited hardcover. A slipcased edition is also available priced £65.00.

Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont (PS Publishing 01 September, 2004 / £35.0) - Fans of Steven Erikson's amazing epic and highly acclaimed series The Malazan Book of the Fallen will delight in this release. Erikson credits Ian Cameron Esslemont as co-creator of his fictional world and introduces Esslemont's debut novel which tells of earlier adventures in the Malazan Empire. A signed, limited hardcover. A slipcased edition is also available priced at £65.00.

Postscripts 3 by Peter Crowther (Ed) (PS Publishing 30 April, 2005 / £6.00) - The third issue of PS Publishing's Postscripts magazine. Features fiction by Gene Wolfe, Chaz Brenchly, Jack Dann, Joe Hill and others, plus non-fiction by Peter Crowther and an exclusive interview with Lois McMaster Bujold. Cover by Edward Miller. A limited hardcover edition signed by all the contributors is also available priced at £50.00.

Titan Books

Silent Bob Speaks: The Collected Writings of Kevin Smith by Kevin Smith (Titan Books 23 May, 2005 / £9.99) - "Kevin Smith, the legendary independent film-maker, columnist and cultural commentator, launches himself on an unsuspecting world with a series of hilarious rants on the absurdity of just about everything." (see review)

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