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Edenborn by Nick Sagan (Bantam 01 August, 2005 / £6.99) - Nick Sagen returns to the world of his futuristic thriller Idlewild in this sequel. Edenborn is released in mass market paperback.

"Builds, not just in tension, but in what it demands from the reader... A dark exploration of hidden realities." -- Jon Courtanay Grimwood. (see review)

Bantam Press

The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks (Bantam Press 04 July, 2005 / £12.99) - A heavily touted debut novel SF Thriller by John Twelve Hawks, a very mysterious chap by all accounts - check out this article on The USA Today web site!

"Welcome to reality... a world that exists in the shadows of our own... a conflict we will never see... one woman who stands between those determined to control history and those who will risk their lives for freedom." (see review)


Air (Gollancz SF S.) by Geoff Ryman (Gollancz 21 July, 2005 / £14.99) - Released last year in the US, Ryman's acclaimed novel Air is given a sturdy hardcover release over here. Already nominated for the Philip K. Dick and 2005 Sunburst awards, Air, - which is based on Ryman's 2001 short story Have Not Have is "... a powerful and remarkable novel that explores change both on a huge technological scale and in the smallest of human communities."

Sunstorm - A Time Odyssey: Sunstorm Bk. 2 (Gollancz SF S.) by Arthur C. Clarke (Gollancz 21 July, 2005 / £12.99) - The second novel in the Time Odyssey by two giants of SF, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter - sequel to Time's Eye, which was reviewed in our January 2004 issue.

"The sun, the giver of life, becomes the bringer of death. Humanity struggles to save itself and all life on Earth. Mankind's finest hour may be its last. And one question must be answered: Why now?"

The Brightonomicon (Gollancz SF S.) by Robert Rankin (Gollancz 30 July, 2005 / £9.99) - Rankin's latest is everyhting you want it to be - anarchic, extremely funny and completely bonkers. A trip to Brighton will never be the same again! A Gollancz hardcover, reviewed this issue. (see review)

Hodder & Stoughton Paperbacks

Mercury by Ben Bova (Hodder & Stoughton Paperbacks 15 August, 2005 / £7.99) - Ben Bova is fast eating up our solar system - at least in terms of titles for his novels! This prolific writer coninues his grand tour exploring "the adventure and excitement of our advance across the space frontier". Mercury is published in mass market paperback by Hodder.


Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (Macmillan 07 October, 2005 / £18.99) - Uncorrected proof (one of 250 limed copies) of the forthcoming Peter F. Hamilton novel, Judas Unchained. True to form, Hamilton provides us with a door-stopping, jaw-dropping thousand page SF epic that fans of his work will doubtless lap up. The sequel to Pandora's Star and concluding part of The Commonwealth Saga, due for release in October 2005.

Vellum: The Book of All Hours: 1 by Hal Duncan (Macmillan 05 August, 2005 / £17.9) - Hal Duncan's extraordinary debut tells of a war between Heaven and Hell and stands as one of the most important releases of the year. A dense, detailed novel that will mystify and take your breath away. Reviewed this issue. (see review)


Accelerando by Charles Stross (Orbit 04 August, 2005 / £16.99) - Another novel from the extremely prolific Charles Stross, an author who seems unable to put a foot wrong right now. An orbit hardcover.

"His most ambitious novel to date, Accelerando is a multi-generational saga following a brilliant clan of 21st-century posthumans."

Harshini (Demon Child Trilogy) by Jennifer Fallon (Orbit 04 August, 2005 / £7.99) - The final novel in Australian author Jennifer Fallon's Demon Child trilogy. The first novel in this series was reviewed by Karey Herriman in our April 2004 issue. An orbit paperback original.

Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross (Orbit 04 August, 2005 / £6.99) - August, it seems, is offically Charles Stross month! A new novel, a new short story (see entries below) and here, the mass market paperback edition of the excellent Iron Sunrise.

"A suspensful future tale of intergalactic espionage and planetary destruction."

Learning the World: A Novel of First Contact by Ken MacLeod (Orbit 04 August, 2005 / £17.99) - A new Ken Macleod novel is always an event and Learning the World is no exception.

"Reminding us that the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we CAN imagine. Learning the World is a stunning novel of exploration, discovery and Mankind's destiny amongst the stars.".

Shadow of the Giant (Shadow Saga S.) by Orson Scott Card (Orbit August, 2005 / £14.50) - The concluding novel in Card's Shadow Saga set in his Ender's Game universe.

"Bean, Ender Wiggin's former right hand man, has shed his reputation as the smallest student at Battle School. He has completed his military service for the hegemon, acting as stratgist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire that attacked Earth."

PS Publishing

The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne by Eric Brown (PS Publishing 30 April, 2005 / £10.0) - A wonderful time-travel adventure in which one of the fathers of the genre is a central character. Quite what Verne would have made of Eric Brown's rather cheeky use of his character is anyone's guess, but this novella is a certainly fun jaunt for contemporary readers. This signed, limited trade paperback release features an introduction by Ian Watson and is also avialable as a hardcover edition signed by both author and introducer, priced at £25.00.

TWOC by Graham Joyce (PS Publishing 31 May, 2005 / £35.00) - A limited edition of Joyce's TWOC, previously published in the UK by Faber & Faber. Regular visitors to this site will know that Joyce is amongst my very favourite writers and I have covered much of more recent work he (see here for reviews of Smoking Poppy, The Facts of Life and Limits of Enchantment). TWOC - an acronym which refers to the offence commited by joyridings (Taken Without the Owners Consent) is primarily a YA novel and " a fast-paced blending of supernatural fantasy and gritty psychological thriller...". Featuring an introduction by Rob Grant (Red Dwarf), TWOC is a signed, limited hardcover edition and is also available in a slipcased edition signed by both Joyce and Grant, priced at £65.00.

Simon & Schuster (Trade Division)

Body Snatchers in the Desert by Nicholas Redfern (Simon & Schuster (Trade Division) 21 June, 2005 / £8.00) - A little something for the conspiracy theorists amongst you. Nick Redfern's book is "A studding expose of the US government's darkest secret - a shocking post-WWII programme that inadvertantly gave birth to the Roswell myth."

Rose of the World (Fool's Gold S.) by Jude Fisher (Simon & Schuster (Trade Division) 01 August, 2005 / £11.99) - The third and final volume in the Fool's Gold sequence by Jude Fisher - the pen name of Jane Johnson, publishing director of Harpercollins' Voyager imprint and surely one of the hardest working people in the genre. I reviewed the first volume of this accomplished fantasy sequence, Sorcery Rising back in our June 2002 issue and enjoyed it very much indeed. Be sure to also check out our exclusive author interview.

Telos Publishing Ltd

Another War by Simon Morden (Telos Publishing Ltd 30 June, 2005 / £7.99) - Telos continue their excellent work within the small genre press with this original novella by Simon Morden. A very dark mystery indeed. Also available as a signed limited edition priced at £25.00. Be sure to visit the Telos website for further info.

"...and old manor house is surrounded by an inpenetrable bubble, and all that lives within it seems to wither and die. Investigating, the Army finds two men inside the house: men who vanished some 100 years ago... there are rumours of a machine which could puncture the dimensions, allowing man to travel ebyond the bounds of the Earth... and for other things to travel here."

Peculiar Lives (Time Hunter S.) by Philip Purser-Hallard (Telos Publishing Ltd July, 2005 / £7.99) - The popular Time Hunter series of novellas published by Telos continues with Peculiar Lives. Available also as a signed limited edition priced £25.00.

Honor? Lechasseur and Emily Blandish discover dangerous truths after a chance encounter with a strangely gifted young pickpocket. Born between the Wars, the superhuman children known as 'the Peculiar' are reaching adulthood ? and they believe that humanity is making a poor job of looking after the world they plan to inherit....

The Mercat Press

Nova Scotia: An Anthology of Scottish Speculative Fiction by Andrew J. Wilson (The Mercat Press 08 August, 2005 / £9.99) - For those of you planning a trip to this year's Worldcon (as indeed I am!), here's a book that should get you in the mood perfectly. Nova Scotia is a brand new collection of Scottish genre fiction and is very much worthy of our attention. There's a whole new generation of talent in Scotland right now, a geniune new wave of writers. This anthology edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson has all new stories by Charles Stross, Ken Macleod, Hal Duncan (whose novel Vellum is reviewed in this issue), Gary Gibson, Deborah J. Miller (a.k.a. Miller Lau) and many others. A wondeful anthology and highly recommened.

Tor Books

Against Gravity by Gary Gibson (Tor Books 5 August, 2005 / £10.99) - The second novel from acclaimed Scottish science fiction author Gary Gibson.

"Kendrick Gallmon, survivor of an infamous research facility called the Maze, is trying to pick up the pieces of his life, even though he knows the Labrat augments are slowly killing him. Then one day his heart stops beating, forever, and a ghost urges him to return to the source of all his nightmares, a long-abandoned military complex filled with entirely real voices of the dead."

Against Gravity is released as a trade paperback.

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