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Aardwolf Press

How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series by Harper Scott (Aardwolf Press 10 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: The year is 2160. Interstellar flight is common, space stations are as busy as 21st-century airports, and extraterrestrials inhabit Earth. And the Chicago Cubs still haven't won the World Series since 1908. Fed up, two Cubs fans use a time machine to travel back to 1908, recruit (okay, kidnap) two players off the last championship Cubs team, and bring them to the future to help the Cubs finally win another World Series. The hilarious plot to get two ringers into a World Series game that's already been played, in hopes of reversing the outcome so that the Cubs win, involves two actual Cubs players from the 1908 team (Joe Tinker and Orval Overall), and two memorable characters from the future, whose witty banter and devotion to the Cubs will endear them to all baseball fans. The haplessness of the Cubs over the years has won them millions of sympathetic and loyal followers. They may well be the most beloved sports team in America. And whether you're a fan of the Cubs or simply of sports in general, this book may be your best and only chance of being there when the Cubs finally take the Series.

Abrams Books for Young Readers

The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects - Book #2 by Michael Buckley (Abrams Books for Young Readers 01 October, 2005 / $14.95) - When orphaned sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm, who lives in a strange town in New York state, known for it's extraordinary number of unexplained and unusual crimes, they begin to unravel a mystery that leads to their ancestors' magical beginnings. Sabrina and Daphne find out they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, who were actually detectives of the magical phenomenon perpetrated by the Everafters, a parallel race of magical beings. They soon learn it is the Grimm family's legacy to keep the Everafters in line and the two sisters are the sole heirs to this challenge! In the Sisters Grimm Book Two: The Unusual Suspects , the girls start school with Snow White as their teacher and soon discover a plot pitting mortal children against immortal parents-they must do everything they can to stop it!

Ace

Gilfeather (Isles of Glory) by Glenda Larke (Ace 25 October, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: The unassuming Sky Plains healer Gilfeather is drawn into the adventure of a lifetime, as he joins a warrior and a sorceress on a quest to overcome a ruthless dunmagicker whose lust for dark power places the entirety of the Glory Isles in danger.

Heretic of Set: Anok, Heretic of Stygia Volume II (Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures: Anok, Heretic of Stygia) by J. Steven York (Ace 25 October, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: Seeking his father's murderer, the warrior Anok has joined the Cult of Set. Tainted by dark sorcery, he begins a perilous journey across the desert to a city of outlaw sorcerers in order to control his magic before it consumes his soul.

Kris Longknife: Defiant by Mike Shepherd (Ace 25 October, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: As part of an agenda to oust her father from his political position, Kris Longknife is relieved of command. But when an alien enemy launches an invasion, she defies both government and military authority to lead a rag-tag fleet against the threat.

Ace Books

Runner by William C. Dietz (Ace Books 04 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Runner is a distinct break in stride for author William Dietz, who is best known for hard-bitten military SF. Rather than fleets, armies, combat and camaraderie, this story is set in a far future where a despotic empire has collapsed, leaving its component planets to crumble into a dark age. Interstellar travel is still in place, carried on by sentient ships which are themselves dying for lack of proper maintenance. No more are being built, so when a ship stops appearing, the worlds it served are cut off from humanity. (see review)

Ace Hardcover

The Priest of Blood by Douglas Clegg (Ace Hardcover 04 October, 2005 / $19.95) - Aleric Atheffelde was born to circumstances that if called poverty would be to elevate his and his families standing 10 fold. The setting is early Gaul during the Crusades. There's not much opportunity for him to have a good life but he can talk with birds so with a bit of pushiness he manages to obtain a job at the castle working with the hunting birds. The Priest of Blood is the first book of the The Vampyricon series and tells of Aleric's birth, childhood, teens, early manhood and the first years of his vampyric life. (see review)

Baen

At All Costs by David Weber (Baen 25 October, 2005 / $26.00) - The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven seem once again fated to go to war. An unexplainable betrayal on the Havenite side has reignited hostilities with Manticore, forcing both worlds to battle when they'd rather not. However, a sinister third party will settle for nothing less than their mutual annihilation. (see review)

Ghost: Book I of Kildar by John Ringo (Baen 01 October, 2005 / $25.00) - Book Description: Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name "Ghost", retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names "Bambi," "Thumper" and "Cotton Tail." A fast-paced, highly-sexual, military-action thriller that ranges from a poison facory in the Mideast to the Florida Keys to Siberia, the novel will keep you guessing what twisted fate will bring next for the man once known as . . . Ghost. Keep an eye on him or . . . poof, he'll be gone.

Man-Kzin Wars XI (Man-Kzin Wars) by Larry Niven (Baen 04 October, 2005 / $22.00) - Book Description: The Kzin were the mightiest warriors in the galaxy, which they were wasting no time in conquering, one star system at a time. Then those feline lords of creation ran into those ridiculous weed-eating pacifistic apes who called themselves humans. And the catlike Kzin found they had their collective tail caught in a meat grinder. When the mighty Kzin moved in to take over the monkey-infested worlds, they got clobbered. The humans, with their underhanded monkey cunning, turned communications equipment and space drives into weapons that cut the dauntless Kzin heroes into ribbons. And then those underhanded humans gained a faster-than-light drive, and no amount of screaming and leaping could keep the Kzin from losing their first war in centuries of successful conquest. But you can't keep a good warcat down, and the Kzin have by no means given up. New weapons, new strategies, and new leaders. Here they come again and those monkey-boys from Earth had better watch their backs. Once again, it's howling time in Known Space!

the Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz (Baen 25 October, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: Captain Pausert thought his luck had finally turned-but he did not yet realize it was a turn for the worse. On second thought, make that a turn for the disastrous! Pausert thought he had made good with his battered starship, successfully selling off odd-ball cargoes no one else could sell. And then he made the mistake of freeing three slave children from their masters (who were suspiciously eager to part with them). No good deed goes unpunished, and those harmless-looking young ladies were just trying to be helpful, but those three adorable little girls quickly made Pausert the mortal enemy of his fiancée, his home planet, the Empire, warlike Sirians, psychopathic Uldanians, the dread pirate chieftain Laes Yango-and even the Worm World, the darkest threat to mankind in all of space. And all because those harmless-looking little girls were in fact three of the notorious and universally feared Witches of Karres. A rollicking novel from the master of space adventure.

Thraxas and the Dance of Death (Thraxas) by Martin Scott (Baen 04 October, 2005 / $22.00) - Book Description: In the enchanted city of Turai, the royal family is corrupt, the politicians can be bought, and the civic guards have better things to do than guarding. Thraxas may look unprepossessing, being overweight and not quite overbrained, and more interested in pursuit of his next glass of beer than pursuit of justice, but if you're in trouble in Turai this portly private eye is probably your only hope. Turai is no stranger to death in all its forms-except that now a silent and insidious variety of death has entered the city, and no one knows who will die next. What they do know is that everywhere Thraxas goes in his search to recover a missing magical jewel, the mysterious death has been there first, leaving the dead or dying as its calling card. Thraxas hasn't a clue, but he does have a pressing shortage of funds, and if stopping the unseen, unknown silent killer is what it takes to recover the jewel and replenish his wallet, he'll take the job. But will he solve the mystery, or join the dance himself. . . ? (Source: Baen)

Twilight at the Well of Souls (The Well World) by Jack L. Chalker (Baen 25 October, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: The rift in the fabric of space was fast approaching the Well World, and time was running out. If the Well World were destroyed, the entire universe would disappear like a blown-out candle. But the squabbling forces on the planet weren't going to let the impending doomsday stop them from having a serious war. Troops all over the planet were gathering for the final battle. Nathan Brazil and Mavra Chang somehow had to reach the Well of Souls in time to save the universe and before any of the hostile natives managed to kill them. At best, a difficult mission. At worst, impossible -- especially since there was a price on Brazil's head and many would-be claimants! So Nathan Brazil decided that the simplest way to reach the Well of Souls was to be killed. The enemy would find that he was much more dangerous dead than he had ever been alive . . .

Ballantine Books

Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy (Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy) by Jason Lethcoe (Ballantine Books 25 October, 2005 / $12.95) - Written and illustrated by Jason Lethcoe, Amazing Adventures From Zoom's Academy is the story of Summer Jones' first year at Zoom's Academy. Summer learns her dad has a secret life-- he teaches at Zoom's Academy for the super gifted (everyone has super powers at Zoom's). But, that's not his only secret and Summer has to learn to cope with this new school, new friends, and face her fears. Hero's are sometimes just as afraid as we are they just don't give up. (see review)

Bantam

Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson (Bantam 25 October, 2005 / $25.00) - Continuing the story begun in Forty Signs of Rain, and showing Washington, DC in the midst of the near future onset of a vast climate change, Fifty Degrees Below is a book I've been looking forward to. In fact, I asked the author if we could include a chapter in the anthology I've just finished editing, Future Washington, (coincidentally coming out this month as well) - see review) so I've already had the opportunity to read a bit of it, and I don't think any of Mr. Robinson's fans will be disappointed. - Ernest

(see review)

Behler Publications

Defeated by S. D. Mckee (Behler Publications 01 October, 2005 / $17.95) - Book Description: The year is 2271. Jonathon Quinn, decorated war hero and captain of the flagship ICS Intimidator, has been ordered to oversee Operation Giant Leap, mankind's latest attempt to shatter the technological barriers of interstellar travel. Scientists at the lunar research facility manage to create a cosmic wormhole into the Polaris System, only to make a shocking discovery.

But in a universe where all is not as it seems, discovery often proves deadly. A catastrophic accident triggers a ripple effect that reaches far beyond the Solar System, provoking an ancient darkness that stalks among the stars. Mankind is plunged into chaos. Jonathon, plagued by rising casualties, begins having induced nightmares that foreshadow the enemy's fierce appetite for destruction. Did the scientists' grave mistake trigger the war, or would the darkness have been set in motion anyway? The answer brings Jonathon face-to-face with his own extraordinary destiny, which he must accept if he is to have any hope of altering the dire fate of all humanity.

Benbella Books

Revisiting Narnia : Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles (Smart Pop series) by Shanna Caughey (Benbella Books 28 October, 2005 / $14.95) - Editor Shanna Caughey gathers 25 diverse contributions in this addition to BenBella Books' "Smart Pop" series. Revisiting Narnia presents a bewildering array of voices on C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. Subtitled Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles, the intended range is clearly broad. Most speak appreciatively of Lewis and the fiction he's best known for; others are more critical, if only selectively. (see review)

Berkley Hardcover

Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (Berkley Hardcover 04 October, 2005 / $23.95) - Book Description: Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living-but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent-even if the dead can wait forever.

Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley Hardcover 25 October, 2005 / $21.95) - In Undead and Unreturnable the forth book of the Undead and ... series, Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires, is asked to write a newletter column for her vampire subjects. Betsy's sure there needs to be a vamp guide to death for the newly undead -- a Dear Betsy sort of things. Betsy is convinced that most of the problems with vampires is basically a lack of etiquette for the blood drinking, humans - friends or food, and the immortality thing -- but they just don't know where to go for advice. Besides, Betsy has had lots of experience trying to figure this stuff out. What could be weirder than standing with your half-sister and your best friend looking at your grave? Well, Betsy's life for one- it's as hectic as crazy as ever. (see review)

Berkley Publishing Group

Dark Whispers by Chris Blaine (Berkley Publishing Group 04 October, 2005 / $6.99) - From back of book: John and Karen Dalton have just bought a restored Victorian house in the picturesque shore town of Cape May. It's called The Abbadon Inn. Running it as a successful business has become John's obsession. And Karen, left alone a great deal of the time, has developed her own obsession. She's found the love letters of a long-dead mobster named Jack Cooney. One by one, they reveal the strange and bloody history of the Inn, and of a woman Cooney loved and lost. Gradually, Karen becomes convinced that Cooney is still present, reaching out to her--falling in love with her. But Karen will soon find out that arousing the dead can be a grave mistake...

DAW

All Hell Breaking Loose by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW 04 October, 2005 / $7.50) - Book Description: Hell-the pit of evil, the realm of despair, the place sinners pay for eternity. In these sixteen original stories, readers are offered glimpses of Hell never seen before, in which the fire and brimstone of the netherworld may not be as bad as some have said-or perhaps, it's even worse than some could imagine.

Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey (DAW 04 October, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: In this dark and atmospheric rendition of the Cinderella fairy tale, an intelligent young Englishwoman is made into a virtual slave by her evil stepmother. Her only hope of rescue comes in the shape of a scarred World War I pilot of noble blood, whose own powers over the elements are about to be needed more than ever.

The Dwarves of Whiskey Island by S. Andrew Swann (DAW 04 October, 2005 / $6.99) - From back of book: Kline Maxwell was a serious political reporter, covering the City Hall beat for the Cleveland Press. He wasn't interested in working on "fuzzy gnome" stories, or any of the other unbelievable tales that hsould end up only in sensationalist rags. But twelve years ago a magical Portal had opened into Cleveland, a Portal that had ruined much of Cleveland's modern-day technology even as it released magical energy all over town. And suddenly there was a shift in the population as humans fled the burg while dwarves, elves, dragons, ogres, gnomes, mages, and every other denizen of the fantasy realm on the other side of the Portal began moving into town.

And whether he wanted to or not, Maxwell had found himself covering stories that sometimes took him far from his political stomping grounds and into way too much danger both magical and mundane. Now, just when he thought he was safe from all that, a mysterious phone call from a dwarf who wanted to give him information about the unexplained suicide of the former City Council President drew him into a case that had dark spells, destruction, and death written all over it...

Daw Books

The Wizard of London: Elemental Masters 4 by Mercedes Lackey (Daw Books 04 October, 2005 / $25.95) - Book Description: Set in Victorian London-where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth-the fourth novel in this best-selling series tells the story of Lord Alderscroft, Master of the British Elemental Masters Council-the most powerful Fire Master ever to lead the Council. Loosely based on The Snow Queen, The Wizard of London delves into Lord Alderscroft's youth, when he was bespelled by an evil Elemental Master who hoped to use him for political gain. Product Details

Del Rey

Designated Targets : A Novel of the Axis of Time (Axis of Time Trilogy) by John Birmingham (Del Rey 25 October, 2005 / $14.95) - The second volume in a series where a UN naval task force from the future sends World War II circa 1942 off on a radical tangent, with the leading question being whether the dwindling resources of the combatants of 2021 are enough to stave off immediate defeat at the hands of Germany and Japan. (see review)

Ghosts of Albion: Accursed by Christopher Golden (Del Rey 25 October, 2005 / $13.95) - Ghosts of Albion has been a hit BBC animated web series. Now it's a novel. Ghosts of Albion continues the story from the web animation series, adding depth to the characters and setting while maintaining the feel of a Victorian gothic horror as the siblings William and Tamara Swift, with the help of several ghosts, fight to protect Britain from the nastier supernatural enemies.

(see review)

Running from the Deity by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey 25 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Running from the Deity is the latest in the long running Pip & Flinx series by Alan Dean Foster. Like its predecessor Sliding Scales, Running from the Deity is both a continuation of Foster's galactic disaster storyline as well as a diversion from it. While the larger issues continue, and are occasionally alluded to, the primary focus of the novel is on the totally unrelated events concerning our hero as he sets down on a forbidden planet so that his starship can repair itself. (see review)

The Narrows by Alexander Irvine (Del Rey 27 September, 2005 / $13.95) - Viewed from one angle The Narrows is a fantasy novel. Although it is set in the real world, during WWII, magic does exist although only a few know it. The main character, Jared, works on a secret assembly line that creates golems for the war effort, artificial men created from clay who come alive when a Hebrew word is carved on their forehead. There is a mysterious dwarf who when seen means trouble for the city of Detroit. Imps are in the foundry. And there are rumors of other magic - voodoo men who can turn into birds, frost giants, and even dragons. (see review)

Dell

In Golden Blood by Stephen Woodworth (Dell 25 October, 2005 / $6.99) - In Golden Blood is the third book in a series about Natalie Lindstrom who is a Violet and conduit for the dead. Evidently Natalie has left the government organizations that controls Violets, the NAACC. But they watch her, her daughter, and her father 24 hours a day. The NAACC has kept her from finding employment, her fathers business from getting contracts, and they continually threaten to take her daughter away from her. So Natalie needs money, a lot of money and she takes an under-the-table job for an archaeologist in Peru to channel Pizzaro so they can find his cache of gold. This is her chance to get her daughter the psychiatric care she needs, pay her father's medical bills, and not have to worry about money for quite some time. What she doesn't know is that the financier of the dig doesn't intend to share his find or allow his Violet to live... (see review)

EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing

The Courtesan Prince (Okal Rel Saga) by Lynda Williams (EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing October, 2005 / $20.95) - Book Description: In this volume: When Earth's first attempt to conquer the far reaches of space was thwarted by the failure of a faster than light transportation system, the first colonists were abandoned. Subsequent colonizations were successful but ideological differences in cloning caused renegade scientists to sever their contact with Earth and establish their own unique world. Now, thousands of years in the future, the scattered descendants of humanity have evolved into two distinct planetary societies: the Reetions of Rire, who rely on advanced computer technology to regulate every aspect of their lives, and the genetically superior and honor bound Sevolites, of Gelion. With one conflict already behind them, these two cultures are once again on the brink of war. But one last desperate mission is launched and somewhere within a dark region of space, Reetions and Sevolites find themselves torn between their own alliances and the inexplicable desire that constantly draws them closer together. Will the brilliant anthropologist, Ranar of Rire, find out more than he bargained for in the strange undercity of Gelion? Will the hot-headed Reetion pilot, Ann, learn that true love has a price? Will the Sevolite blade-dancer, Von, discover the dark secrets which hold the key to his world’s survival? And will Di Mon, the proud Highlord of Gelion somehow find the strength to face the chaos that may destroy them all?

Eos

The Singer's Crown by Elaine Isaak (Eos October 2005 / $14.95) - The main character in The Singer's Crown is Kattanan DuRhys, once a prince and now a castrato. His wicked uncle has usurped his throne, and had him castrated and dumped in a monastery. The monks taught him to sing and then sold him into slavery. Kattanan goes from master to master, until he ends up near his birthplace as a gift to a neighboring princess. I wanted to read this book. There have been a couple of nice mysteries starring a castrato singer published recently, and I had also read a very nice historical novel by Anne Rice about a castrato. I had great hopes for this story. (see review)

Five Star (ME)

Siege of Night And Fire: A Novel of the Eightfold Kingdoms by John Helfers (Five Star (ME) 03 October, 2005 / $25.95) - Teris Rathden's and Syrena Marsena's wedding was supposed to be a happy occasion, preventing a war between their two kingdoms. The fact that neither of them had seen each other before today is a minor obstacle that will be taken care of on their wedding night. But just as they take their vows and are about to live happily ever after, fate intervenes with a much darker plan...

Golden Gryphon Press

The Fiction Factory by Jack Dann (Golden Gryphon Press 28 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: First dates with Jesus, dinosaurs falling out of the sky, and a famous painting that eats art critics are among the quirky stories found in this collaborative collection. Each piece was written by Jack Dunn and one or more coauthors, and the joint creations are 18 highly entertaining and cutting-edge genre stories, many of them award-winning or award-nominated. Employees are drafted by corporations in the Nebula Award-nominated story "High Steel," and the first manned landing on Mars is imagined in "The God of Mars," just two examples of the futuristic flavor of the collection. Short, clever essays by the coauthors, among them Susan Casper, Gardner Dozois, and Gregory Frost, introduce each story and provide insight into the friendships, conflicts, and story conferences involved in collaborative writing.

Great Authors Online

The Empire Of Texas: & The Star Of India by Rodger Olsen (Great Authors Online 18 October, 2005 / $15.99) - Book Description: This is the first solo book by Rodger Olsen. After the worst plague in history, the world is not rebuilding itself. Everyone knows that meddling with God's ways is what killed everyone, so around the world, the shell shocked and terrified survivors have driven the world back into the dark ages. With help of an unlikely ally and plain old sneakiness, Emperor Burton Adams is trying to get the Empire of Texas back into the modern world without getting lynched by his own citizens for trying. The Star Of India, a short novelette is also included. This is the story of a how the old world dies, and how a very few of the wiser and faster people manage to survive.

Grove Press

The Amphora Project by William Kotzwinkle (Grove Press 10 October, 2005 / $23.00) - The Amphora Project is one of the best examples of a plot-driven novel that I've read in years. Those who are looking for character motivation or deeper meaning in their reading material should look elsewhere; but if you're in the mood for a rip-roaring read with a leavening of humor, this is it. (see review)

HarperCollins

Thud! (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins 01 October, 2005 / $24.95) - A long time ago, armies of dwarfs and trolls fought the Battle of Koom Valley. Although it's ancient history, neither race has forgotten... and that battle's echoes are about to rock the city of Ankh-Morpork. (see review)

I. B. Tauris

Reading Angel : The TV Spin-off With a Soul by Stacey Abbott (I. B. Tauris 14 October, 2005 / $15.95) - Book Description: In 1999, Joss Whedon spun-off the vampire with a soul from Buffy the Vampire Slayer into his own Angel. Recast in L.A., Angel developed its own preoccupations, exploring a darker vision of alienation, atonement and the fight for redemption. The series ended in 2004, but its legion of loyal fans continues to petition the WB network for a new spin-off or motion picture on the "Save Angel" website and other online fansites. This book covers all five seasons, discussing the cinematic aesthetics of Angel, its music, shifting portrayals of masculinity, the noir Los Angeles setting, the superhero, and horror. A complete episode guide is included.

IBooks, Inc.

Against the Fall of Night (Ibooks Science Fiction Classics) by Arthur C. Clarke (IBooks, Inc. 25 October 2005 / $9.95) - Book Description: The 10-billion-year-old metropolis of Diaspar is humanity's last home. Alone among immortals, the only man born in 10 million years desperately wants to find what lies beyond the City. His quest will uncover the destiny of a people--and a galaxy. This book also includes the classic short story Jupiter V. (Source: IBooks, Inc.)

Lexington Books

The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed by Laurence Davis (Lexington Books 28 October, 2005 / $24.00) - When I was newly in college I hung out with a bunch of Anarchists, or at least Libertarians, who seemed convinced that government was the root of all social evil. Which means that I'm sure I never really understood what they meant at all. They were a bit confused by my presence, as I had clearly not drunk the cool-aid and seemed unlikely to give up my notions about a strong but limited government, but I was there because I liked them, and I liked the fact that they argued about how the world should (or shouldn't) be run. The answers they came up with still seem fanciful to me, but I always liked the fact they were in the business of trying to come up with answers at all. I met them at a small "free school" program run by the State University of New York known as "College A" and I think I originally read LeGuin's The Dispossessed as part of a seminar I organized called, "The Utopia In Science Fiction". I wish I could go back and find out what we talked about. (see review)

McFarland & Company

An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica by John Kenneth Muir (McFarland & Company 31 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: When the space drama Battlestar Galactica debuted on ABC in 1978, it was expected to be the most popular new program of the year. Instead, it was attacked as a Star Wars rip-off and canceled after a mere 17 stories. The author acknowledges the show was full of dramatic clichés and scientific inaccuracies, but despite these shortcomings, Battlestar Galactica was a dramatically resonant series full of unique and individual characters, such as Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) and ace warrior Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch).

The author contends that Battlestar Galactica was a memorable attempt to make science fiction accessible to mainstream television audiences. The brilliant work of artist John Dykstra brought a new world of special effects to network television. Battlestar Galactica also skillfully exploited legends and names from both the Bible and ancient mythology, which added a layer of depth and maturity to the weekly drama.

Blood Relations: Chosen Families In Buffy The Vampire Slayer And Angel by Jes Battis (McFarland & Company 23 June, 2005 / $32.00) - Book Description: The television series Buffy and Angel revolve around radical conceptions of family. Indeed, their coherence depends on the establishment of nontraditional families that admit vampires, demons, witches, werewolves, and other bizarre characters without censuring them for their peculiarities. This work argues that what makes these characters enduring and engaging is their critical family connections?for their most involved struggles occur not within the graveyard, but around the dinner table, just as the most challenging adversarial forces that they must face are not demons or vampires but the stuff of everyday life. What does "family" encompass within these two series? How does it relate to concepts of gender, sexuality, power and the supernatural as they emerge from the shows? complex narratives? This book explores such questions. It also examines the "chosen family" (an idea marketed specifically by successful programs such as Friends and Sex in the City within the past ten years), juxtaposing it against various images of the fractured biological family displayed in both Buffy and Angel.

Through eight chapters addressing various family-related aspects within both shows, this work plots the trajectory of this unstable notion of family, even as it is transformed, remediated, and rendered unrecognizable from a "family values" perspective by the unique and supernatural relationships that proliferate in Buffy and Angel.

Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.

A Gathering Of Widowmakers by Mike Resnick (Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. October, 2005 / $23.95) - The Widowmaker is the best bounty hunter in all of human-occupied space. He has been for over a hundred years. What nobody knows is that there are three of him. (see review)

The Wolfe Pack #1 Strong-Arm Tactics (The Wolfe Pack) by Jody Lynn Nye (Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. 19 August, 2005 / $25.95) - In Strong Arm Tactics, X-Ray Company, commonly called the Cockroaches by the Space Service that lords over them and which they call themselves as a badge of honor, is a squad that consists of men and women who the Galactic Defense Force would like to get rid of but have no legitimate way of making it happen. Lieutenant Wolfe has been put in charge of the company and it is quite an adjustment for the by-the-book officer who has to cope with their practical jokes, their illegal still and the rules they refuse to follow. While the officer and his men are adjusting to each other, they bond against all outsiders. (see review)

Novalibre Publishing, LLC

Resurrection of Liberty by Michael L. Wentz (Novalibre Publishing, LLC 06 October, 2005 / $27.95) - Book Description: In Resurrection of Liberty Daniel Foster discovers a family secret that is so shocking, it will affect the future of the entire galaxy. While on an innocent road trip with his two best friends, his grandfather?s old car, almost having a mind of its own, whisks the trio out of the confines of their home planet to a cloaked starship that has remained hidden behind the moon for over fifty years. In trying to return home the three friends plunge deeper into space ultimately meeting the race that had sent his grandfather to Earth on a critical mission a generation before. Yet, to their dismay, they learn that by awakening the old ship they have hastened the peril of their own home. Now, far away from his family, Daniel must accept his destiny and dig deep inside himself to muster the confidence needed to rally his new alien friends to help save Earth?and ultimately the galaxy.

Old Earth Books

The Separation by Christopher Priest (Old Earth Books 31 October, 2005 / $25.00) - From back of book: Historian Stuart Gratton believes that the turning point of World War II lies in the mysterious relationship between one J.L. Sawyer and Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess. But the more Gratton finds out about their encounters, the greater the mystery becomes.

Phobos Books

Sword of Orion (Beneath Strange Skies, No 1) by Sharon Lee (Phobos Books October, 2005 / $14.95) - Sword of Orion is the first in a new series by Liaden Universe creators Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. It's an entirely new universe set after a cataclysmic civil war in which the alliance has finally managed to defeat the stifling Oligarchy, although most of the alliance fleet was lost along with the Oligarchy. A fragile freedom is now available to the billions of people who live in the area of the Milky Way known as the Sword of Orion, but there are still many who long for the return of the Oligarchy, and the power and privilege they enjoyed under its rule. And it looks like they may have just found a way to reverse the outcome of that ultimate battle. (see review)

Pyr

Context (Nulapeiron Sequence) by John Meaney (Pyr 03 October, 2005 / $25.00) - Book Description: Nulapeiron: a world isolated for twelve centuries. Its billions of inhabitants occupy subterranean strata, ruled by a logosophically trained aristocracy of Lords and Ladies whose power base is upheld by Oracles. But revolution has touched all of its many cultures - failing in its intent, yet changing everything.

Now Lord Tom Corcorigan - the commoner-turned-noble who renounced his power, the poet, logosopher, and holder of the key to understanding the myriad wonders of mu-space, the legendary one-armed warrior, former revolutionary and would-be peacemaker - lies fatally wounded. His survival is dependant on his meeting with a mysterious Seer whose spacetime-warping talents transcend the merely Oracular. It is a confrontation that will result in bitter tragedy and loss. Can the woman he loves be truly dead, or can quantum mysteries lie beyond the grave?

Turning his back on a society sliding once more into anarchy and chaos, a disillusioned and despairing Tom wanders this strange, stratified world in search of meaning, love and his own salvation. But it seems Nulapeiron is threatened by a vast, insidious and terrifying enemy whose origins may lie beyond their world, beyond their understanding. And now is the time for legends to be reborn...

Sequel to the acclaimed Paradox and the second book in the Nulapeiron Sequence, Context is a thrilling, daring and complex novel that confirms John Meaney as one of British science fiction's most original and exciting practitioners.

Silver Screen by Justina Robson (Pyr 03 October, 2005 / $15.00) - Book Description: Silver Screen presents an enjoyably different, subversive slant on the Science Fiction themes of AI and cyberspace. Insecure and overweight heroine Anjuli O'Connell is one of a group of friends who have been hothoused from an early age to perform in genius-level jobs. But Anjuli worries that her eidetic memory and her friendship with genuine smart boy Roy Croft has been her ticket to success, rather than any real intelligence of her own. She's put to the test when Roy kills himself in an experiment to upload his mind into cyberspace, seeking that SF dream of bodiless immortality ... which doesn't work as expected. At the same time her boyfriend's research has led to him harnessing himself to dubious biomechanoid technologies which pull the user into mental symbiosis, creating hybrid consciousness - a new "I", continuous with the old, but different. "Where does life end and the machine begin?" Meanwhile Anjuli's grasping multinational employer, OptiNet, the owner of global communications AI, 901, is locked into an increasingly bitter war with the Machine-Greens, who preach AI liberation. As the case for 901's humanity, or otherwise, comes up before the Strasbourg Court, expert witness Anjuli is targeted by assassins and entangled in the hunt for an algorithm which is the key to machine consciousness, and which may even be the master-code of life itself.

This story explores many interfaces between humans and their technologies, between the promises of science and the explanations of faith. It is written in a first person style which mingles elements of detective story and confessional. Alongside its SF content the book delves into the complexities of friendship, loyalty, love and betrayal from an intimate human perspective.

This is grrrlstyle SF: as well as all the favourite "Airfix" features, the protagonists deconstruct personal relationships amidst macrocosmic and deeply philosophical goings-on. The writing is punchy, but with a literary sheen. It delivers complex concepts and a twisting plot with a deceptively light touch.

Raw Dog Screaming Press

Fugue XXIX by Forrest Aguirre (Raw Dog Screaming Press October, 2005 / $15.95) - There are those who say genre fiction are simple stories with no real literary merit. Foo on them, as I can find plenty of examples that break this rule, from works of Philip K. Dick to Tim Powers to Ursula LeGuin, all who prove that just because the topic is fantastic does not mean the writing is poor. More proof of this is in Forrest Aguirre's new collection Fugue XXIX, with 29 short stories that are fantasy, science fiction, mysteries and a touch of horror, all written with a style and grace that will mesmerize. (see review)

Roc

Bloodangel by Justine Musk (Roc 04 October, 2005 / $6.99) - It is common to hear people say the world is going to Hell. What if it were? And, what if only you could save it. In BloodAngel, the apocalypse is upon us and while many have noticed the new drug on the streets, missing people or people brutally murdered no one thinks the world in on the fast track to Hell. At least, no one but Kia, a Sajae, who has been watching for the return of Bakal Ashika for over 700 years. And the only one who can save us is an artist who all unknowing has a talent for magic. But can Kia convince her magic exists and train her before it's too late... (see review)

King's Blood by Judith Tarr (Roc 04 October, 2005 / $16.00) - Now that William the Conqueror lies dead, his elder son refuses the magic that is his birthright. The hope of England lies with Scottish witch Edith and Henry, William's younger son. But they stand against the Saxon Christians and the prejudice of the new king. Can their best efforts prevail over such mighty foes?

Roc Trade

Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge by Nancy Holder (Roc Trade 04 October, 2005 / $14.95) - Ever since Harlan Ellison did the Dangerous Visions anthologies, editors have been trying to present short stories that go beyond anything the reader has read previously. Unfortunately, this keeps getting harder and harder as traditional boundaries of fiction and society keep moving beyond anything we could have imagined in the last 30 years. But editors keep trying, as in the latest group of stories in Outsiders 22 All-New Stories from the Edge, edited by Nancy Holder and Nancy Kilpatrick. The stories are by mostly established writers, although not necessarily household names. (see review)

Simon Pulse

Fall (Witch Season) by Jeff Mariotte (Simon Pulse 01 October, 2004 / $5.99) - From Back Cover: Summer's over. Kerry, Josh, Brandy, Scott, and Rebecca have left their California share and returned to school. Once, there was nothing better than the freedom and energy rush of college. But in the wake of such a life-altering summer, campus life leaves the friends feeling restless -- and bored.

Kerry, for one, barely leaves her dorm room. She keeps reading Daniel's journals over and over, searching for a clue to solve the mystery that is Season Howe. But answers aren't to be found -- until the evil witch is finally spotted in Las Vegas.

The five friends trek to the city of sin, rallying to fight Season. She destroyed something important to them, and they all seek revenge. Unfortunately the season won't end without her taking something else: a life even more precious that the first.

Spectra

Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair (Spectra 25 October, 2005 / $6.99) - Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair brings her special sizzle to science fiction with this action-packed blend of otherworldly adventure and sexy stellar romance....

After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit-and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows.

Gabriel Sullivan-alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue-is supposed to be dead. Yet now this seductive ghost from Chaz's past is offering her a ticket to freedom-for a price. Someone in the Empire is secretly breeding jukors: vicious and uncontrollable killing machines that have long been outlawed. Gabriel needs Chaz to help him stop the practice before it decimates Imperial space. The mission means putting their lives on the line-but the tensions that heat up between them may be the riskiest part of all.

Threads of Malice by Tamara Siler Jones (Spectra 25 October, 2005 / $6.99) - Threads of Malice takes up about a month after the events in Ghost in the Snow. It's the proverbial dark and stormy night when a young boy, Eachann, who has ridden his donkey nearly to death comes to Castle Faldorrah to beg Dubric Byerly to come to The Reach because young boys are being taken by The Dark. Dubric learns that the people of The Reach have written repeatedly begging for assistance from the castle and no one has answered their call. Finally, Eachann came to ask in person because The Dark has taken his friend Braoin. Dubric gathers his men immediately to go to The Reach and he's very curious to learn why those letters have never reached him. There's no time to loose for The Dark is taking young boys and men without a trace...and so far there's only been one body found. (see review)

Viriconium by M. John Harrison (Spectra 25 October, 2005 / $16.00) - Some books are plot-oriented, page turners you keep reading to find out what happens next. Others are character-oriented, where the fun in reading is spending time with the people in the book and seeing how they grow and change. A few, especially in the fantasy field are novels of setting in which the reader explores a strange world. In other books, the writing and turn of phrase are the main attractions. But a few books are books of mood; whose writing paints a picture that is sometimes a dream and sometimes a nightmare. Viriconium by M. John Harrison is very much a mood oriented book. (see review)

Star Trek

String Theory: Fusion, Book 2 (Star Trek: Voyager) by Kirsten Beyer (Star Trek 25 October, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: As the Cosmos Unravels -- The disruption in the space-time continuum caused by the creation of the "Blue Eye" singularity continues: Thread by thread, the fabric slowly frays and peels away, breaking down barriers between dimensions. As the lines between realities blur, the consequences cascade.

A Sleeping City Awakes -- Voyager pursues Tuvok to a long-dormant space station, a place of astonishing grandeur and wonder. Ancient almost beyond imagining, the city seduces the crew with the promise that their greatest aspirations might be realized. Such promise requires sacrifice, however, and the price of fulfilling them will be high for Voyager.

A Mysterious Power Stirs -- Unseen sentries, alarmed by Voyager's meddling in the Monoharan system, send emissaries to ascertain Janeway's intentions. Unbeknownst to the captain, she is being tested and must persuade her evaluators that their contention -- that Voyager poses a threat to the delicate web of cosmic ecology -- is baseless. And failure to vindicate her choices will bring certain retribution to her crew.

Thunder's Mouth Press

Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning of Life, and How to Be Happy by Rudy Rucker (Thunder's Mouth Press 10 October, 2005 / $35.00) - Book Description: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," goes the ancient saying. This concept is at the root of the computational worldview, which basically says that very complex systems—the world we live in—have their beginnings in simple mathematical equations. We’ve lately come to understand that such an algorithm is only the start of a never-ending story—the real action occurs in the unfolding consequences of the rules. The chip-in-a-box computers so popular in our time have acted as a kind of microscope, letting us see into the secret machinery of the world. In Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul, Rucker—known as the father of cyberpunk— uses whimsical drawings, fables, and humor to demonstrate that everything is a computation—that thoughts, computations, and physical processes are all the same. Rucker discusses the linguistic and computational advances that make this kind of "digital philosophy" possible, and explains how, like every great new principle, the computational worldview contains the seeds of a next step.

Tor Books

Colliding Forces by Constance O'Day Flannery (Tor Books 04 October, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: Deborah Stark is a newscaster with ambition to spare and a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to love. Her latest whirlwind affair with the darkly sexy Marcus ends with D. never expecting to see him again. Then her mother dies right before Thanksgiving and Marcus shows up on the doorstep of D.'s childhood home in New Jersey--and the ice around her heart cracks a little.

But for D., work comes first. She's deep into a story about corruption throughout the highest levels of the company that owns her Philadelphia television station, and not even the hint of true love can distract her.

Marcus has secrets--about the mysterious Foundation he works for, about his ability to shape-shift--secrets D. isn't ready to hear. But when D. realizes that Marcus is too aware of what she's investigating to be an innocent bystander, she knows she must accept his truths. For only with Marcus's help will D. survive long enough to expose corruption . . . and claim love.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $13.95) - From back of book: Although she was orphaned at birth, Eden Moore is never alone. Three dead women watch from the shadows, bound to protect her from harm. But outside her aunt's house a gunman waits, convinced that Eden is destined to follow her wicked great-grandfather, an African magician with the power to curse the living and raise the dead.

Now Eden must decipher the ghostly trio's secret before a new enemy more dangerous than the fanatical assassin destroys what is left of her family. She will sift through lies in a Georgian antebellum mansion and climb through the haunted ruins of an abandoned hospital, desperately seeking the truth that will save her beloved aunt from the curse that threatens her life.

Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: Beginning two months after the end of White Apples, Glass Soup continues the story of Vincent and Isabelle, a 21st century Orpheus and Eurydice--with a twist.

Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, Book 11) by Robert Jordan (Tor Books October, 2005 / $29.95) - Robert Jordan kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Amazon.com Significant Seven.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: The King James version of the Bible. That seems a cliche, but I can't think of any other book that has had as large an impact in shaping who I am.

Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: The one book would be whatever book I was currently writing. I mean, I hate falling behind in the work. The one CD would contain the best encyclopedia I could find on desert island survival. The DVD would contain as much of Beethoven, Mozart, and Duke Ellington as I could cram onto it.

Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: It's hard to think of one since I am genetically incapable of lying to women and that takes out 52% of the population right there.

Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: Any place that has my computer, a CD player for music, a comfortable chair that won't leave me with a backache at the end of a long day, and very little interruption.

Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: He kept trying to get better at it.

Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: My wife before anybody else on earth living or dead. That's a no-brainer.

Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
A: That depends. If I'm feeling altruistic, it would be the ability to heal anything with a touch, if that can be called a superpower. If I'm not feeling very altruistic, it would be the ability to read other people's minds, to finally be able to get to the bottom of what they really mean and what their motivations are.

See all books in the Wheel of Time series.

Perfect Dark: Initial Vector by Greg Rucka (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $12.95) - Perfect Dark Zero is actually an xbox 360 game and this book is, according to the blurb on the cover, "continuing the epic story featured in the xbox 360 game..." On the plus side the book reads quickly, is interesting and does not require that you play the game. (see review)

Pet Peeve: Xanth #29 by Piers Anthony (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Goody Goblin is all that stands between the Land of Xanth and an invasion of robots. Undertaking a quest to save his home, he must discover courage and determination he never knew he had... else all Xanth may fall to the mechanical menace!

The Children of the Company (The Company) by Kage Baker (Tor Books 13 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: Take a ride through time with the devil. In the sixth book of the Company series, we meet Executive Facilitator General Labienus. He's used his immortal centuries to plot a complete takeover of the world since he was a young god-figure in Sumeria. In a meditative mood, he reviews his interesting career. He muses on his subversion of the Company black project ADONAI. He considers also Aegeus, his despised rival for power, who has discovered and captured a useful race of mortals known as Homo sapiens umbratilis. Their unique talents may enable him to seize ultimate power. Labienus plans a double cross that will kill two birds with one stone: he will woo away Aegeus's promising protege, the Facilitator Victor, and at the same time dispose of a ghost from his own past who has become inconvenient. The Hugo-nominated novella "Son Observe The Time," telling that part of the story, is integrated into the narrative. Fans of the series will love this book, and new readers will be enthralled.

The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: A compelling new contemporary fantasy novel from the award-winning author of Flying in Place

The Ordinary by Jim Grimsley (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: Jim Grimsley's novels and short stories have been favorably compared to the works of Samuel R. Delany, Jack Vance, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Now he unleashes an ambitious and audacious collision between science and magic.

The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled.

Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people's assumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland's superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself.

The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together.

The Wizard : Book Two of The Wizard Knight (The Wizard Knight) by Gene Wolfe (Tor Books 01 October, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: A novel in two volumes, The Wizard Knight is in the rare company of those works which move past the surface of fantasy and drink from the wellspring of myth. Magic swords, dragons, giants, quests, love, honor, nobility-all the familiar features of fantasy come to fresh life in this masterful work.

The first half of the journey, The Knight -- which you are advised to read first, to let the whole story engulf you from the beginning -- took a teenage boy from America into Mythgarthr, the middle realm of seven fantastic worlds. Above are the gods of Skai; below are the capricious Aelf, and more dangerous things still. Journeying throughout Mythgarthr, Able gains a new brother, an Aelf queen lover, a supernatural hound, and the desire to prove his honor and become the noble knight he always knew he would be.

Coming into Jotunland, home of the Frost Giants, Able -- now Sir Able of the High Heart --claims the great sword Eterne from the dragon who has it. In reward, he is ushered into the castle of the Valfather, king of all the Gods of Skai.

Thus begins the second part of his quest. The Wizard begins with Able's return to Mythgathr on his steed Cloud, a great mare the color of her name. Able is filled with new knowledge of the ways of the seven-fold world and possessed of great magical secrets. His knighthood now beyond question, Able works to fulfill his vows to his king, his lover, his friends, his gods, and even his enemies. Able must set his world right, restoring the proper order among the denizens of all the seven worlds.

The Wizard is a charming, riveting, emotionally charged tale of wonders, written with all the beauty one would expect from a writer whom Damon Knight called "a national treasure." If you've never sampled the works of the man Michael Swanwick described as "the greatest writer in the English language alive today," the two volumes of The Wizard Knight are the perfect place to start.

Villard

Zanesville : A Novel by Kris Saknussemm (Villard 11 October, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: Who Is Elijah Clearfather? Futuristic bioweapon or good old-fashioned messiah? Reincarnated ex-porn star or mutant information-age revolutionary? The man who awakens in New York City's Central Park with no memory of his identity and the enigmatic message FATHER FORGIVE THEM F carved into the flesh of his back may be all of these things and more.

Taken in (and then expelled) by a group of freedom fighters battling the soul-deadening Vitessa Cultporation, Clearfather is a stranger in an even stranger land. Following tantalizing clues that point to the gnomic Stinky Wiggler, and pursued by murderous Vitessa agents, Clearfather embarks on a surreal odyssey of self-discovery across an America that resembles a vast amusement park designed by some unholy trinity of Walt Disney, Hunter S. Thompson, and Hieronymus Bosch.

Accompanying Clearfather is an unforgettable cast of characters-including Aretha Nightingale, an ex-football-playing drag queen; Dooley Duck and Ubba Dubba, hologram cartoon characters sprung outrageously to life; and the ethereally beautiful Kokomo, whose past is as much a mystery as Clearfather's own.

By turns hilarious and deeply moving, a savage, fiercely intelligent satire that is also a page-turning adventure and a transcendent love story, Zanesville marks the arrival of a brilliant new voice in fiction.

Wildside Press

Hal's Worlds: Stories and Essays in Memory of Hal Clement by Shane Tourtellotte (Wildside Press 18 October, 2005 / $15.00) - When a great writer passes on, we all mourn the loss and remember the stories that entertained and inspired us. There is a desire for a memorial and for a writer, the best monument has to be words, both in remembrances and in stories of tribute. This is just what Hal's Worlds sets out to do: bring together the recollections of Hal Clement's friends and peers along with short fiction that salutes this Grand Master of science fiction, who is often spoken of as a gifted writer, humble gentleman and inspiring teacher. (see review)

Wizards of the Coast

Promise of the Witch King (Forgotten Realms: The Sellswords) by R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast 25 October, 2005 / $27.95) - Book Description: The long awaited sequel to Servant of the Shard. The second title in a new series dealing with two popular characters from the Forgotten Realms world. All three of the books in the last trilogy by Salvatore were New York Times best sellers in hardcover. The last book in the trilogy, The Two Swords, hit #4 on The New York Times best seller list and remained in the top twenty for five weeks.

WSFA Press

Future Washington by Ernest Lilley (ed) (WSFA Press October, 2005 / $16.95) - Future Washington is the first anthology I've edited, and my thanks go to the folks at WSFA and the sixteen SF authors who contributed to the book. Editing a book and publishing a book review website at the same time leads to an obvious conflict of interest, but we'll have to rely on others to provide their independent perspective. We will be posting Colleen Cahill's review, which is as unfettered as she can make it, despite being a regular SFRevu contributor and member of WSFA, the Washington Science Fiction Association. Colleen is the Recommending Officer for Science Fiction and Fantasy at the Library of Congress in addition to those affiliations though, and as such I expect you can take her at her word. For a look at the book, and what folks like David Hartwell, Bruce Sterling, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Mike Dirda said about it in early looks, please pop over to www.futurewashington.com. (see review)

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