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Ace

Exit Strategy by Pierce Askegren (Ace 28 February, 2006 / $7.99) - From back of book: Erik Morrison is a living lunar legend--credited with the discovery of a mysterious, ancient object of extraterrestrial design, and had of the Ad Astra project investigating its origins. But like any legend, he has enemies...

On Earth, Erik's twin sons are killed in a freak accident. After twenty years on the Moon, Erik is physically unable to return for their memorial service. In a fog of grief, he receives a report indicating that an artificial intelligence key to Ad Astra has been compromised--possibly by sabotage.

Wendy Scheer once used her irresistible charm to successfully infiltrate the combine, and since then she's been banished from direct interface on the colony, conferring only by proxy. But now that Erik's defenses are down, she may be up to her old tricks...

Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore (Ace 28 February, 2006 / $7.50) - We first meet Dunleavey Mallorough, the narrator and heroine of Resenting The Hero, at the Academy for Shields as she is waiting for the ceremony in which she might be chosen by a Source. Her planet is beset by frequent disturbances such as earthquakes and tornados. Sources are people who can sense the impending disasters and avert them. Shields are people who can protect the Sources while they work, channeling away dangerous energies. Such people are highly valued and the Empress established academies where Sources and Shields could be trained. Sources have the power to control and mitigate natural disasters such as floods and tornados. Shields are tuned to emotions and, as their name implies, can erect shields to protect the Source while the Source is fighting the disaster. Mallorough is hoping for a nice quiet career with a solid, reliable, sedate Source. Of course, her wishes will not have anything to do with it; it's the Source that picks the Shield, based on whether a bond is felt at selection. The selection ceremony is reminiscent of the impression scenes in Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. While bonded Pairs are stronger than an unbonded Shield and Source acting together, there is a major disadvantage in bonded pairs in that if the Source dies, the Shield does as well. (see review)

Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth : A Novel of the Nightside by Simon R. Green (Ace 28 February, 2006 / $6.99) - Private Eye John Taylor is the only thing standing between his not-quite-human mother and the destruction of the magical realm within London known as the Nightside. (see review)

Ace Hardcover

Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip (Ace Hardcover 07 February, 2006 / $23.95) - Sylvia Lynn's come home and nothing will be the same.

With the passing of her beloved grandfather Liam, bookstore owner Sylvia has returned to the village she left years past. It won't be a long trip; she's put her life back in the city, a life that includes a live-in lover named Madison, on hold just long enough to pay her respects. Her grandmother Iris and sister Kathryn, nephew Tyler and uncle Hurley are already there, so Sylvia should be able to attend the funeral and then leave, right? (see review)

Arcanum Books

Cybernetica by Michael J. Cavallaro (Arcanum Books February 2006 / $15.95) - Does The Government want to control your thoughts? Do the entertainment conglomerates influence the culture of the country (world) in dangerous ways? Could these trends continue into the future until, with the assistance of technological advances in mind control, individuals are bent to the will of faceless, soulless corporations? (see review)

Baen

Cally's War by John Ringo (Baen 28 February, 2006 / $7.99) - Book Description: Cally O'Neal was trained from childhood as a premier killer. Officially listed as dead, for the past forty years she has lived a life of aliases, random lovers and targeted assassinations. This has led her to become the top in her profession, undefeatable, invulnerable. And in the process, she has lost her soul. Now she, and the man she loves, must battle to reclaim it. But Cally will find that leaving her dark world of shadow identities, murder-for-hire, and deadly secrets will be more difficult than any of the many lethal operations she carried out in the past. Her employers think she knows too much to live, and the scores of enemies she has made still have her at the top of their hit lists. The real question is, will she win her soul only to lose her life?

Echoes of an Alien Sky by James P. Hogan (Baen 06 February, 2007 / $24.00) - Book Description: Eighteen years have passed since the first manned mission to Earth arrived from Venus. With the first colonists already establishing themselves across the bright, sunny world of clear blue skies and wonderlands of towering mountains and ice deserts, Kyal Reen arrives to join the Venusian scientific and archeological teams that are working to reconstruct the story of the mysterious and enigmatic extinct Terran race that once flourished there. Studies of Terran geology, scientific works, and ancient records show that Earth's early peoples witnessed terrifying cataclysmic cosmic events in skies very different from those seen today. In his travels among the Terran ruins, Kyal meets a biologist called Lorili, who is attempting to explain certain baffling similarities between some Terran and Venusian life forms that are irreconcilable with the established fact that Venus is a far younger planet than Earth. Formerly aligned with the "Progressive" activists back on Venus, Lorili admires the qualities of tenacity and determination written through Terran history. She constructs a theory of Venusians being descended from Terran ancestors. However, even allowing for the greatly exaggerated time scales that Terran science assigned to the processes of biological and planetary evolution, further research shows that there could have been no overlap. The Terrans were extinct long before life emerged on Venus. But there is a different, unexpected answer to the riddle. Lorili and Kyal will have to fight for their theory and their lives. (Source: Baen)

Kildar by John Ringo (Baen 28 February, 2006 / $26.00) - Book Description: Problems, problems, problems! All Mike Harmon ever wanted to be was a SEAL. But after problems in the teams, college student was a decent second best. However, trouble seemed to follow him where he went. Now, after having angered every terrorist on Earth and at least five governments, buying a farm in a third world country was looking pretty good. Of course, nothing was ever simple. With Chechen terrorists knocking on the door and tenant farmers with a truly Byzantine culture, the question was whether he could drag the keldara into the 21st century before the Chechen put them back in the 6th. Kildar answers the question: Where would an international security specialist and former SEAL choose to retire-if he's going to buy the farm, it should be one with beautiful women and the best beer in the world. Valhalla on Earth complete with Vikings.

Turn the Other Chick by Esther Friesner (Baen 28 February, 2006 / $7.99) - Book Description: One good turn deserves another and those unpredictable amazons are back, swords sharpened, chainmail polished, and makeup in place, ready to fight the good fight on the field of battle (and also on the bookstore shelves). And if you think they're just male wish-fulfillment fantasies, you'd better say it under your breath and out of their earshot, because these barbarian babes were born to battle. All new adventures of fearless women warriors by Eric Flint, author of 1632; Nebula-winning author Harry Turtledove; Jody Lynn Nye, co-author of the best selling The Ship Who Won; Campbell Award-winner Wen Spencer, and many more, including the inimitable Esther Friesner herself, as fantasy adventure takes a turn for the lighter side.

Berkley Trade

The Hunter's Prey by Diane Whiteside (Berkley Trade 07 February, 2006 / $14.00) - Book Description: Acclaimed for "prose so steamy that it fogs one's reading glasses" (Booklist), Diane Whiteside's novels and short stories have kept vampire lovers begging for more. In this sizzling collection she crosses the border into the most hot-and-humid fantasies imaginable, featuring a trio of the most seductive bloodsuckers around.Look what Diane Whiteside has in mind:

Two wanton sisters are ushered into a world of sweltering carnal delights that only two strapping nightstalkers can offer. A female cat burglar is caught in the act-and subjected to the most sublime punishment imaginable. A reckless party girl with an insatiable craving for midnight cocktails meets a stranger with an insatiable thirst of his own. A generous young wife gives her husband the perfect present-a chance to indulge in his most dangerous fantasy. A love-starved widow finds herself drawn to the intoxicating rhythms of a strangely compelling musician.

The Queen in Winter by Lynn Kurland (Berkley Trade 07 February, 2006 / $14.00) - Book Description: From four of today's most imaginative authors come four stories of love as pure as the driven snow that will warm the coldest of hearts. Claire Delacroix delivers an enchanting tale of a gifted seer who receives a vision of a man whom she was not meant to marry, but was meant to love. Lynn Kurland spins a story of a mortal man and an elven woman who endure both the mundane and the magical in their quest to remain together. Sharon Shinn writes of a brave young woman who saves her sister's magically- gifted child, only to receive an unexpected gift of her own. Sarah Monette's romantic novella tells of a warrior maiden trapped in a deadly storm with the only man she ever wanted, whose scars she must heal if he is ever to want her.

Booklocker.com

Xanthan Gumm by Robin Reed (Booklocker.com 28 February, 2006 / $14.95) - Xantham Gumm is a farcical tale of an alien, a framadort converter by trade, who has always dreamed of something bigger in his life. Tired of living the ho-hum existence at the center of the galaxy, Xantham takes a cruise which passes near the solar system of the forbidden planet Earth. But being within just a light-year isn't good enough for him. For Earth is the center of galactic civilization, the place of legend, the place where the Movies are made. All he needs to do is make it to the capital, Hollywood, and get an audience with the King of Earth, Steven Spielburg. (see review)

DAW

Millennium by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW 07 February, 2006 / $7.50) - From back of book: The thirteen brand-new tales in this volume offer speculative and highly original looks at where Earth and humankind may be in a thousand years. Writing about a future distant enough that no one reading these stories now will be around to see it allows all of the authors free range for their imaginations. And each future is as different and unique as the oracle that has created it.

DAW Hardcover

Crown of Stars #7 by Kate Elliott (DAW Hardcover 07 February, 2006 / $23.95) - Crown of Stars is the final book in an immense seven volume series by Kate Elliot. Not only are there seven volumes, these are all quite fat books. The series started out in a place evocative of very early Medieval Germany where life was hard and starvation was always close at hand. Then it moved to France and the plains of Hungary and back in time to the early Bronze age. The series started out by following the adventures of three young people, but has grown into a slice of history following key characters among three different species, all classes and a whole lot of geography. You should read the previous six books and the list of characters on Kate Elliot's web page. (see review)

Eggplant Productions

End of the Line by Holly Messinger (Eggplant Productions February 2006 / ) - It's the 1880 and the railroads are taking over. There's no longer a need for the trail guides to take people west, they're taking the railroad. Trace is desperate for work and ends up taking a job from Miss Fairweather. Trace sees ghosts and Miss Fairweather knows all about Trace; she'd like to study him. But for now she wants him to pick up a specimen. She wants one of the animals that's been attacking the trains and killing passengers. So Trace and his partner Boz board the train. (see review)

Eos

Heir of Autumn by Giles Carwyn & Todd Fahnestock (Eos 01 February, 2006 / $25.95) - Combining the intrigue of George R.R. Martin with the rich characterization and sensual storytelling of Jacqueline Carey, an up and coming duo in the world of fantasy deliver the thrilling first book in an impressive new epic. (see review)

NAL Trade

Cupid, Inc. by Michele Bardsley (NAL Trade 07 February, 2006 / $12.95) - Book Description: It's not easy to fall in love-especially in Sin City. Nobody knows this better than Greek deities Psyche and Eros, who keep a watchful eye on the mortals in Las Vegas. With a little divine intervention from Aphrodite and the rest of the gods and goddesses, Psyche and Eros set out to fulfill the sexual fantasies of their clients, hoping to turn lust into love.

Night Shade Books

Grey by Jon Armstrong (Night Shade Books 15 February, 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: For Michael Rivers, life is perfect. He is tall, handsome and worshipped by billions of fans around the globe. He is wealthy beyond measure, the heir apparent to one of the high-tech corporations that controls the world. He is fashionable, setting trends with his wardrobe of immaculate designer suits. And Michael is in love with Nora, his beautiful, witty and equally perfect fiancee. When an assassin's bullets pierce Michael's body before the cameras at a press junket, everything changes. Forcibly separated from Nora, his illusions shattered, Michael seeks to uncover the reasons behind the attempted assassination. Michael delves deep into his past, finding that all paths lead to a time when he was the golden boy, dancing furiously to the beat of notorious all-night Rage parties thrown by his father.

Overlook Hardcover

The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3) by R. Scott Bakker (Overlook Hardcover 02 February, 2006 / $26.95) - From the Publisher: Will Kelhus be able to rise to claim his role within the ascendancy, or will he be overtaken by his enemies--both within and without? Will he reach the ancient city of Shimeh and reunite with his father? Upon the apocalypse, will there be survivors left to write the history of the Holy War?

The startling and far-reaching answers to these questions, left hanging at the conclusion of The Warrior Prophet, are brought into thrilling focus in The Thousandfold Thought, the conclusion to the Prince of Nothing series. Casting into question all the action that has taken place before, twisting readers' intuitions in unforeseen directions, remolding the fantasy genre to broaden the scope of intricacy and meaning, R. Scott Bakker has once again written a fantasy novel that defies all expectations and rewards the reader with an experience unlike any to be had in the canon of fantasy literature.

Palgrave Macmillan

The History of Science Fiction (Palgrave Histories of Literature) by Adam Roberts (Palgrave Macmillan February 10, 2006 / $95.00) - Book Description: The first comprehensive critical history of the origins and development of science fiction for many decades, The Palgrave History of Science Fiction explores the genre from an international perspective and in depth. It covers SF from the ancient Greeks, through the rebirth of the genre at the Reformation, with detailed coverage of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century science fiction, and a wide-ranging account of twentieth-century sci-fi in book, film, televisual and comic book forms, concluding with an account of the current state of the genre.

Phobos Impact

Dead Man on the Moon by Steven Harper (Phobos Impact 25 February, 2006 / $14.95) - Once Luna Base became Luna City/University, it became one of the most prestigious places to study. Noah Skyler, a crime scene investigator on Earth, could never afford to work on his Masters in Material Science at LunaU if he hadn't received the Aidan Cosgrove Memorial Grant. Just before Noah arrives a body is found outside the city without a vacuum suit, the victim has left no DNA on file, and doesn't seem to exist in any database. Luna City Special Investigations Chief of Security Linus Pavlik is under pressure to solve this crime before investors meet with the mayor in few days. So, Noah Skyler arrives on Luna, meets Illene Hatt (yes, the mega-rich Hatt's), gets his room assignment and finds he's in an apartment for two with two other students (the standard double used as a triple), and he has to start work with Luna City Special Investigations immediately before he can acclimate to the lower gravity. Dead Man on the Moon doesn't waste time getting started and moves along at a swift page turning pace. (see review)

Pocket Star

Rumors of the Undead (30 Days of Night) by Steve Niles (Pocket Star 28 February, 2006 / $7.99) - From back of book: FBI Special Agent Andy Gray used to have a grip on things. But that was before the violent confrontation with the terrifying creature that had once been his former partner and friend turned his world upside down. Now Gray is looking for some answers, and finding only more questions, all of which seem to lead straight to the backwater town of Barrow, Alaska -- a place that has seen its own share of horror. Andy Gray has no idea what he's gotten himself into -- and he's about to find out just how dangerous the stuff of legend can actually be....

Pyr

Genetopia by Keith Brooke (Pyr 06 February, 2006 / $25.00) - Genetopia is about a dangerous world and its inhabitants. It's not a dangerous world because it's filled with monsters but because it can make a monster of anyone who touches, drinks, breathes, or walks in the wrong place. Nano- and biotechnology got into the wild a long time before our story, and True humans are doing everything they can to remain the dominant species. In this world any deviation from the norm can mark you as non-human and cost you your liberty or your life. Flintreco Eltarn (Flint) has lost his sister Amberlinetreco Eltarn (Amber). Amber has yellow surrounding her pupils, a result of a childhood illness, but all the Elders judged that she is True human. Yet, Amber's abusive father hates her and calls her a mutt. When Amber disappears Flint suspects their father has sold her into the mutt trade. Once you're declared a mutt you have no rights and are considered an animal no matter how human you may look. No one in the village seems to care so Flint sets out alone to find his sister. (see review)

Roc

The King's Own: A Borderlands Novel by Lorna Freeman (Roc 07 February, 2006 / $7.99) - The King's Own is the very fast paced sequel to Covenants which was one of my favorite books last year. While Covenants covered a six month span, with some quiet periods, the King's Own takes place in barely three days of nonstop activity with magical attacks, murders, conspiracy, politics and plotting with a finale set a couple of days later. There is a very short summary of the actions of the first book in the beginning pages, but it doesn't really substitute for reading Covenants. The characters and societies and magic systems were all introduced in the first book. (see review)

Roc Hardcover

Sebastian (Ephemera #1) by Anne Bishop (Roc Hardcover 07 February, 2006 / $23.95) - Ages ago, the Eater of the World threatened to consume the world, superimposing its reality over the world and smothering the people in anguish and misery. The Landscapers (magically talented folk able to sculpt and amend landscapes) shattered the world into pieces, then banished the Eater's desert-and-ditchwater places beyond reach. Although it survived, it could not touch the world's now-disconnected places nor inspire folk to acts of horror.

In Sebastian by Anne Bishop, time and petty malice have conspired to give the Eater one more chance at victory. A spiteful girl's curiosity and idle vandalism at the school for Landscapers gives the Eater an avenue back into the world. (see review)

Spectra

BSI: Starside: The Cause of Death by Roger Macbride Allen (Spectra 28 February, 2006 / $6.99) - The Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) was set up to handle all conflicts between humans and aliens. As the number of planets and species interacting with humanity increases, the caseloads are rising and the early motto of "one case one agent" is no longer optimal. Hannah Wolfson and new recruit Jamie Mendez have been partnered and their success will be instrumental in convincing Earth Central that agents must be partnered in the future in order to succeed and survive. Now Jamie and Hannah are on a case that could mean the end for themselves and BSI - because not understanding this species' culture could get them killed. (see review)

Cartomancy: Book Two of The Age of Discovery by Michael A. Stackpole (Spectra 28 February, 2006 / $15.00) - Cartomancy is defined as fortune-telling with cards, but in the case of this second work in Michael A. Stackpole's The Age of Discovery, this term deals more with cartographers than cards. The fast pace continues in this exciting adventure, which has plenty of intrigue, mystery and passion. The actions of one family will affect the fate of an entire world, perhaps bringing a past tyrant back in to power. (see review)

Tor Books

Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell (Tor Books 07 February, 2006 / $24.95) - Book Description: Long ago, so the stories say, the old-fathers came to Nanagada through a worm's hole in the sky. Looking for a new world to call their own, they brought with them a rich mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a far-off planet called Earth. Mighty were the old-fathers, with the power to shape the world to their liking---but that was many generations ago, and what was once known has long been lost. Steamboats and gas-filled blimps now traverse the planet, where people once looked up to see great silver cities in the sky. Like his world, John deBrun has forgotten more than he remembers. Twenty-seven years ago, he washed up onto the shore of Nanagada with no memory of his past. Although he has made a new life for himself among the peaceful islanders, his soul remains haunted by unanswered questions about his own identity. These mysteries take on new urgency when the fearsome Azteca storm over the Wicked High Mountains in search of fresh blood and hearts to feed their cruel, inhuman gods. Nanagada's only hope lies in a mythical artifact, the Ma Wi Jung, said to be hidden somewhere in the frozen north. And only John deBrun knows the device's secrets, even if he can't remember why or how! Crystal Rain is the much-anticipated debut novel by one of science fiction's newest and most promising talents.

Engine City (The Engines of Light, Book 3) by Ken MacLeod (Tor Books 08 February, 2003 / $24.95) - I like closure, but I'm sorry to see the Engines of Light trilogy end. I've enjoyed Ken MacLeod's tale of cosmonauts, dinosaurs, UFOs and a universe full of life, Fermi be damned.

It goes like this. The universe is filled with sentient microbes that in sufficient quantity make up teeny tiny microbe-civilizations, which in turn make up local uber-minds, which are generally referred to as gods. This takes place in the quiet of space, on asteroids and other rocks, where they can hear themselves think, that is attune to the infinitesimal radiations that they communicate by. For gods, the noisiness of you environment is inversely related to the intelligence you can attain, and planets never get much beyond a general awareness of what's going on around them. (see review)

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Tor Books 21 February, 2006 / $23.95) - Readers who enjoyed John Scalzi's first book, Old Man's War, will be equally delighted by his second, also set in the universe of the Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) and their perpetual war with alien races. Though billed as a sequel, The Ghost Brigades does not--strictly speaking--take up where Old Man's War left off--though it is set chronologically after the events of the first book, and there is some overlap in the characters. But the principal viewpoint character, Jared Dirac, is new, and quite different from War's protagonist, John Perry: unlike Perry, an Earthman who chooses to have his consciousness transferred to an artificially generated younger body, Dirac is the product of a seemingly failed experiment in reviving a dead man. (see review)

The Golden Hills of Westria by Diana L. Paxson (Tor Books 07 February, 2006 / $24.95) - Westria, a medieval environment atop the physical geography of northern California, comes alive again with the next generation of rulers to be. Readers who enjoyed the earlier books in the Jewels of Power series fifteen years ago will probably like this coming-of-age tale of two young adults during a time of great changes. Even those who have forgotten the earlier books or never read them are provided sufficient background to appreciate this story on its own. (see review)

The Plot to Save Socrates by Paul Levinson (Tor Books 07 February, 2006 / $25.95) - Book Description: Paul Levinson's astonishing new Sf novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future! Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max.

The trail leads her to a time machine in a gentlemen's club in London and in New York, and into the past--and to a time traveler from her future, posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD. Complications, mysteries, travels, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history, or to do so herself. And she finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and William Henry Appleton, the great 19th century American publisher, to Socrates himself appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.

The Ultimatum by Susan Kearney (Tor Books 07 February, 2006 / $6.99) - From back of book: If Alara doesn't make love soon, her cells will fail to regenerate and she'll die. Unfortunately, her only option is an enemy--Rystani starpilot Xander, her abductor...and a member of th race who has been battling hers since the beginning of time.

Xander issues an ultimatum: He'll make love to Alara only if she will use her psi-talent of identifying DNA to help him find the cure for the deadly Terran virus spreading across the galaxy.

Alara is trapped. She gives Xander what he wants--and gets what she needs. But Alara holds a pair of secrets: the more they make love, the more Alara's cells adapt to Xander's body, until the only person she can make love with is him--and the more time they spend together, the more Alara likes Xander.

When it seems that all the forces in the universe have aligned against them, can Alara trust Xander with her life...and her heart.

Titan: Planet Novel #5 (The Grand Tour) by Ben Bova (Tor Books 21 February, 2006 / $24.95) - After a jaunt to Mercury in the last of his Grand Tour novels, Dr. Bova returns us to the massive research habitat he introduced in Saturn. Filled with a motley crew of scientists, dissidents and religious types, the Habitat/Ship Goddard has now taken up orbit around Saturn and the book opens just in time to watch a robotic lander thump down on the surface of the ringed giant's largest moon. After a perfect touchdown the elated scientists are driven to despair when their creation can't, or won't send back any data from the surface. This event catalyzes the never well buried unrest among the inhabitants and pulls the colony into different directions, just as the tidal forces around them pull the rings and moons into their orbits. But these forces have yet to settle, and in space, political unrest can easily mean the colony's failure. Add in a string of mysterious system failures and you've got the ingredients for an SF novel with science, political tensions, and seriously stressed humans...exactly what we like. (see review)

Voidfarer: A Tale of the Moonworlds Saga by Sean McMullen (Tor Books 07 February, 2006 / $27.95) - It was a light fantasy novel until H.G. Wells' Martians landed.

Voidfarer is the story of a team of Wayfarer Constables, investigators for the Empress, literally since the Empress has abdicated and they are investigating her whereabouts when the story begins. The team includes Danolarian, the book's narrator, who has a secret past that makes him reluctant to command; Riellen, a revolutionary Marxist prone to making speeches urging the populace to revolt and form an electocracy; Roval, who has a drinking problem; and Wallas, a human who has been transformed into a cat. They find the Empress, but she escapes, after first informing Danolarian that the woman he loves was known for "amorous ambushes" with dozens of men. (see review)

Wesleyan University Press

Another Future: Poetry And Art in a Postmodern Twilight by Alan Gilbert (Wesleyan University Press February, 2006 / $65.00) - When we think of the future, we usually think in terms of technology, but the examination of where other areas are headed has utility as well. Here the editor considers post-postmodern poetry and visual art through the writings of contemporary practioners. - EL

Publisher's Site: What's next for contemporary poetry? - How do we write and think about poetry and visual art in the wake of postmodernism? Questions like this are central to poetry and art, especially when taught within an academic context. Another Future is a collection of critical essays on contemporary poetry, art, culture, and politics that investigates the current state of these fields by bringing together writings on the work of a number of poets and visual artists. Reading the social poetically and poetry socially, Gilbert illuminates poetic and artistic practices in the present and creates a new discourse for thinking beyond postmodernism. Both meticulous and comprehensive, Another Future makes an important contribution to the critical discussion of contemporary poetry and cultural aesthetics.

William Morrow

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (William Morrow 28 February, 2006 / $29.95) - Good Omens was first published in 1990 and is now back in hardcover. Written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the story is equal parts quirky humor and dark twisted psychology. First we have the end of the world due (next Saturday to be exact), sparked by the birth of the anti-christ; a nice young lad named Adam. Now the hosts of heaven and hell are gathering for the final showdown, and an angel and a demon (who rather like the status quo) are the only beings in the world who stand a chance of throwing a spanner into the spiritual cogwheels. (see review)

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