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Ace

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Ace 30 January, 2007 / $7.99) - Mercy Thompson was introduced in Moon Called. Mercy Thompson has friends in low places--and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary--and neither is the demon inside of him... (see review)

Fearless (The Lost Fleet, Book 2) by Jack Campbell (Ace 30 January 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Captain John "Black Jack" Geary tries a desperate gamble to lead the Alliance Fleet home-through enemy-occupied space-only to lose half the Fleet to an unexpected mutiny. (Source: Ace)

Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco (Ace 30 January, 2007 / $7.99) - Welcome to the world of the Weird, where Connor Grey lives and works. Connor is a Druid, albeit a crippled one. Connor's powers have been mysteriously inhibited, or contained, and until he can unravel the mystery, he is on disability from The Guild and working as a private consultant for the Boston Police Department on fey cases. When Connor is called to the scene of a dead fairy who was a prostitute, he discovers that other fey have been present, and that this is the third dead fey prostitute case Boston is investigating. But without his powers, Connor is barred from most of the Druids' resources and he is also vulnerable to attacks from evil-doers, not to mention of his own conscience. Will Connor survive the investigation, physically and mentally? (see review)

Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco (Ace 30 January 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has more "important" crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement.

Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator-whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf. As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual. And if Connor can't figure out the killer's M.O., the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.

Ace Hardcover

Emperor: Time's Tapestry #1 by Stephen Baxter (Ace Hardcover 02 January, 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: Inscribed in Latin, The Prophecy has resided in the hands of a single family for generations, revealing secrets about the world that is to come, and guiding them to wealth and power...

It begins when a Celtic noble betrays his people at the behest of his mother's belief in The Prophecy and sides with the conquering Roman legions. For the next 400 years, Britannia thrives-as does the family that contributed to Rome's reign over the island with the construction of Emperor Hadrian's Wall and the protection of Emperor Constantine. And even when the sun begins to set on the Roman Empire, The Prophecy remains. For those capable of deciphering its signs and portents, the future of Earth is in their hands. (see review)

Ace Trade

Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip (Ace Trade 02 January, 2007 / $14.00) - We're re-running Drew Bittner's review from Feb. 2006

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)

Baen

Bedlam's Edge by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 30 January 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill are the biggest names in the urban fantasy subgenre¿where elves, banshees, trolls, and even stranger creatures walk modern city streets, their presence, and even their existence unsuspected by the human inhabitants. Now these two present a volume of all new urban fantasy, with a stellar lineup of the best new fantasy writers, such as Roberta Gellis, Dave Freer and Eric Flint, Diana Paxton, and more¿including two new stories and an afterword by Mercedes Lackey herself, as well as a story by Rosemary Edghill. This is an indispensable volume for fans of urban fantasy in general, and the thousands of fans of Mercedes Lackey in particular.

(Source: Baen)

Old Soldiers (Bolos) by David Weber (Baen 30 January 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Captain Maneka Trevor was the sole human survivor of the Dinochrome Brigade's 39th Battalion . . . but she hadn't wanted to be one. The Bolo known as "Lazarus" -- Unit 28/G-179-LAZ -- was the 39th's sole surviving Bolo . . . but he hadn't been hers. The doctors and the Bolo techs have put them both back together again, yet there are wounds no doctor or technician can heal. And now Maneka and Lazarus must serve together once again, in a war whose stakes are

literally the survival or extermination of the human race. They are all that stand between a desperate, secret colony of humanity and destruction: a Bolo commander torn by survivor's guilt and a Bolo whose very existence reminds her of all she has lost. The odds against them are heavy, the stakes are huge, and surrender is not an option. The Dinochrome Brigade is used to that, but can Maneka and Lazarus survive their own shared past to defend the present?

Read our review from June, 2003 of Old Soldiers. (Source: Baen)

The Quantum Connection (Warp Speed) by Travis Taylor (Baen 01 January 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Steven Montana, computer whiz and hacker extraordinaire, was attending college in Ohio when his world fell apart. A swarm of huge meteors fell all over the world, on Europe, on the United States, and in particular on Steven's home town in California. In an instant, his family and all his friends were gone. Eventually, he learned that the "meteor" onslaught that had orphaned him had actually been a brief and still secret war between the U.S and its enemies (as told in Warp Speed) using a new warp drive technology that was more secret than top secret. Another secret was that U.S. had been sending faster-than-light ships to other star systems. Most secret of all was that unfriendly aliens were observing the Earth, and while U.S. spaceships were not quite in a war with the unknown aliens, they were shooting at the intruders. Whether any of these answers would do Steven any good was an open question because he learned them only after his was abducted by those very same aliens and was held prisoner on one of their ships orbiting Saturn. At first, he was one of three human prisoners, but he had just seen the aliens completely dissect one of the three, and it looked like either Steven, or the Russian girl who was his fellow prisoner, were scheduled to be the next alien lab experiment....

(Source: Baen)

Berkley Trade

Memory by Bennett Davlin (Berkley Trade 02 January, 2007 / $14.00) - From publicity material: Taylor Briggs, a scientist who unlocks genetically stored memories within his own brain. However, these memories are not his own--they are the memories of a killer who has been abducting victims forthe past three decades.... Taylor becomes terrified and mystified by the nature of these "visions", and he begins to fear tha tthe acts he witnesses are committed by someone genetically linked to him.

BookSurge

Future Syndicate by J Alan Erwine (Editor) (BookSurge 09 January 2007 / $14.99) - Book Description: Crime has always been with us, and probably always will. Future Syndicate looks at what crime might be, and what criminals might be like in the future. (see review)

BookSurge Publishing

The Opium of the People by J Alan Erwine (BookSurge Publishing 10 January 2007 / $15.99) - Book Description: The American people fall under the control of a brutal religious dictatorship, forcing people to do more than they ever thought they were capable of. (Source: BookSurge Publishing)

DAW

Feast of Souls: Book One of The Magister Trilogy by C. S. Friedman (DAW 02 January, 2007 / $25.95) - From back of book: At the end of Coldfire, C.S. Friedman challenged readers to imagine what a world would be like if sorcery required the ultimate sacrifice -- that of life itself. Now, in a ground breaking new fantasy novel, Feast of Souls, she introduces us to a terrifying world in which the cost of magic is just that...in which the fuel for sorcery is the very fire of the human spirit, and those who hunger for magical power must pay for it with their lives. In this epic tale of nightmarish shadows and desperate hope, the greatest threat of all may not be that of ancient enemies returned, or ancient wars resumed, but of the darkness that lies within the hearts of men. (see review)

Time Twisters by Jean Rabe (DAW 02 January, 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: A new anthology by some of the top names in the genre. Time travel and the dangers of altering the time stream continue to fascinate readers. This book offers 17 new stories of daring adventurers who meddle with time including: a science fiction fan who warded off an alien invasion of Earth through contemporary culture...Joan of Arc's training in future history...and an FBI hunt for a Mafia don who found his way back to the age of knighthood. (see review)

Del Rey

Allegiance (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey 30 January, 2007 / $25.95) - Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the Rebellion is now taken very seriously by the Emperor-- the kid gloves are off. Luke learns the ways of the Force with help from the ghostly Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo considers how to regain his freedom and leave the Rebels, and Leia buries her grief over destroyed Alderaan by running missions and finding allies. Meanwhile, Mara Jade (a Sith apprentice) does the Emperor's bidding... but finds herself in conflict with Darth Vader.

As all this is going on, an Imperial atrocity compels five stormtroopers to think carefully about how they're going to serve the Empire.

(see review)

Final Impact: A Novel of the Axis of Time by John Birmingham (Del Rey 30 January, 2007 / $14.95) - Australian author John Birmingham concludes his Axis of Time trilogy in the thrilling Final Impact. Originally warped back to WWII by an experiment gone wrong, the survivors of a 2021 United Nations task force continue to face the challenges of a simpler time. There is very little trust in this world. Racism, communism, and bigotry are challenges to be overcome if the Allies can stop the increasingly erratic Hitler and his minions. Everyone fears the technology that has come back, and what that technology may allow some of the world leaders to do.

Doubleday

Deep Storm: A Novel by Lincoln Child (Doubleday 30 January 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description:

Twelve-thousand feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean . . .
scientists are excavating the most extraordinary undersea discovery ever made. But is it the greatest archaeological find in history—or the most terrifying?

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is urgently summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below—on "Deep Storm," a stunningly advanced science research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The topsecret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to a mystery steeped in centuries of myth and speculation.

Sworn to secrecy, Dr. Crane descends to Deep Storm. A year earlier, he is told, routine drilling uncovered the remains of mankind's most sophisticated ancient civilization: the legendary Atlantis. But now that the site is being excavated, a series of disturbing illnesses has begun to affect the operation. Scientists and technicians are experiencing a bizarre array of symptoms—from simple fatigue to violent psychotic episodes. As Crane is indoctrinated into the strange world of Deep Storm and commences his investigation, he begins to suspect that the covert facility conceals something more complicated than a medical mystery.The discovery of Atlantis might, in fact, be a cover for something far more sinister . . . and deadly.

Like Lincoln Child's spectacular bestsellers coauthored with Douglas Preston (The Book of the Dead, Relic), Deep Storm melds scientific detail and gripping adventure in a superbly imagined, chillingly real journey into unknown territory. Child is a master of suspense, and Deep Storm is his most ambitious novel to date.

(Source: Doubleday)

Eos

Glint by Ann Coburn (Eos 02 January, 2007 / $17.99) - Book Description: Ellie and her little brother Danny spend their lonely days making up stories about a young girl in a world of dragons and shape-shifters, a girl as brave and cunning as they would like to be.

Five years later Danny disappears. The police have no clues. They fear he is dead, but Ellie knows better. She also knows that she is the only one who can find him. At the same time, in the world Danny and Ellie imagined, a young girl named Argent sets off on a quest of her own to reclaim a stolen dragon hatchling.

As each girl makes her way closer to her goal, the boundaries between the worlds of fantasy and reality begin to blur until it's unclear where one world ends and the other begins. Gripping, compelling, and utterly absorbing, Glint is the story of two worlds—and two heroines—that readers will never forget.

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel (Eos 02 January, 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion since its disappearance, and surrounded by deadly high-altitude life forms, Matt and his companions soon find themselves fighting not only for the Hyperion--but for their very lives. (Source: Eos)

The Diamond Isle: Book Three of The Dreamtime by Stan Nicholls (Eos 01 January, 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: Internationally acclaimed author Stan Nicholls delivers the dramatic conclusion to The Dreamtime! Desperate to find a cure for the curse of immortality and debilitating visions that torment him, Reeth Caldason has traded his fighting skills for potential access to powerful ancient magic. But now Reeth is trapped on the Diamond Isle, fending off the pirates who plague the surrounding waters as he struggles to understand his true nature. And the specter of war looms....

Forge Books

The Eagle (Camulod Chronicles) by Jack Whyte (Forge Books 26 December, 2006 / $27.95) - Book Description: Beginning with The Skystone, the first in his riveting Camulod Chronciles, Jack Whyte has embarked on an ambitious and remarkable re-telling of the Arthurian cycle, giving us a fresh and compelling take on a story that has been beloved for centuries.

The Eagle brings us at last to the heart of the tale, the creation of fabled Camelot and the love story that enshrined its glory. Whyte takes us into the minds and lives of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot, three astonishing but fallible people who were bound together by honor, loyalty, and love. Three who created the glory that was Britain's shining dream…and, some say, caused its downfall. (Source: Forge Books)

Harrington Park Press

The Danger Dance by Caro Soles (Harrington Park Press 01 January, 2007 / $16.95) - From back of book: A startling command from the dreaded Praetan briings chaos into the tranquil lives of Eulio and his lover Orosin. Using as cover the tour of the Merculian National Dance Company where Eulio is a star, they board the Wellington, a militaristic starship that values nothing they believe in. Someone is passing secrets about fleet movements and weaponry to the enemies in the Troia, but the efforts of the two Merculians to unmask the spy only stir up a toxic mix of hatred and violence. Who will have to die before the Praetan is satisfied? (Source: Harrington Park Press)

McFarland & Company

Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) by (McFarland & Company 10 January 2007 / $35.00) - Product Description: Released in May 1977, the original Star Wars movie inaugurated the age of the movie blockbuster. It also redefined the use of cinematic special effects, creating a new textual universe that now stretches through three decades, two trilogies and generations of fascinated viewers. The body of critical analysis that has developed from this epic focuses primarily on the Star Wars universe as a contemporary myth. However, like any fiction, it must also be viewed-and consequently analyzed-as a product of the culture which created it. The essays in this book analyze the Star Wars trilogies as a culturally and historically specific phenomenon. Moving away from the traditional myth-based criticism of the films, the essayists employ a cultural studies model to examine how this phenomenon intersects with social formations such as economics, technology, race and gender. Critical approaches are varied and include political and economic analysis informed by feminism, contemporary race theory, Marxism, new media studies and post-humanism. Among the topics covered are the connections between the trilogies and our own cultural landscape; the problematic issues of race and gender; and the thematic implications of Lucas' presentation of technology. (Source: McFarland & Company)

Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books by Richard Tuerk (McFarland & Company 30 January 2007 / $35.00) - Product Description: When moviegoers accompany Dorothy through the gates of the Emerald City, they may think they have discovered all there is to see of Oz-but as real friends of the Wizard know, more lies behind the curtain. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, on which the 1939 film was based, was only the first of 14 Oz books. Together these works constitute a series rich in allusions to a broad range of literary traditions, including fairy tale, myth, epic, the picaresque novel, and visions of utopia.

Reflecting on L. Frank Baum's entire series of full-length Oz books, this study introduces readers to the great folklorist who created not only Dorothy and friends, but countless wonderful characters who still await discovery. Close analysis of each book invites readers to search Baum's fascinating stories for meaning and mythical quality. Progressing chronologically through the canon, the author discusses literary devices and important thematic implications in each book, arguing that Baum wrote for the pleasure of both children and adults, both to provide entertainment and to teach moral lessons. Of particular significance is the argument, sustained over several chapters, that Baum modeled his Oz books on classic mythical patterns, rewriting Oz history in nearly every book to produce a different set of backgrounds and a different conception of utopia for his imaginary kingdom. This variety of backgrounds and archetypes gives Baum's books a truly universal appeal. Examinations of his non-Oz books and his other Oz works, such as Little Wizard Stories of Oz and The Woggle-Bug Book, illuminate the discussion of the Oz novels. (Source: McFarland & Company)

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers

Plagues, Apocalypses and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares by Heather Urbanski (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 09 January 2007 / $35.00) - Product Description: Speculative fiction--both science fiction and fantasy--reflects, among other things, the fears of the culture that created it, contributing (perhaps unconsciously) to our efforts to prevent our fears from coming true. While the names and media change over time, the themes of speculative fiction have a long history. Nineteenth century works such as Frankenstein and The Invisible Man contain many of the same messages as the more modern tales of Terminator, Jurassic Park and even Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, although almost a century separates their creation.

This critical study discusses the ways in which speculative fiction reflects societal fears and analyzes how such cautionary tales contribute to society's efforts to avoid the realization of these fears. Beginning with a discussion of the nature of speculative fiction, it takes a look at the characteristics of the cautionary tale. The core of the book, however, is the concept of the "Nightmares Model," which examines and categorizes the repetition of specific themes within the genre. The dangers of science and technology, the perils of power, and the threat of the unknown are discussed as recurrent themes within a variety of works in prose, film and television. Works analyzed range from b>Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Blair Witch Project. Sources include the author's own observations as a member of the genre's fandom, a variety of published commentaries and the perspectives of contemporary professionals gained through personal interviews and panel discussions. (Source: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

Night Shade Books

Hart & Boot & Other Stories by Tim Pratt (Night Shade Books 15 January, 2007 / $14.95) - Hart & Boot & Other Stories offers a welcome opportunity for readers of modern fantasy to get to know Tim Pratt, one of the best new authors on the scene. I liked his first novel, The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, a lot when it came out, and am delighted to find that his short stories are every bit as good. Pratt often places his stories in the West, and though they are not always the protagonist, you'll be sure to find some especially strong willed gals in the mix, like Pearl Hart of the title story, who conjures up an accomplice to help her rob stage coaches, among other things. Pratt is smart, has a strong narrative voice, and is putting out some of the best new fantastic around. (see review)

Majestrum by Matthew Hughes (Night Shade Books January 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: The beginning of a thrilling new trilogy set in Hughes' Archonate universe, revolving around the character Henghis Hapthorn, a Sherlock Holmes-type who investigates mysteries in a world turning from science back to magic. (Source: Night Shade Books)

Orb Books

Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories by Frederik Pohl (Orb Books 23 January, 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: This collection includes the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novelette "Fermi and Frost" and the Hugo Award winning "The Meeting" (written with C. M. Kornbluth). It also includes Pohls Hugo and Nebula finalist novella "The Gold at Starbows End", Nebula finalists "Shaffery Among the Immortals", "Growing up in Edge City", and "The Greening of Bed-Stuy", and Hugo finalist "Servant of the People".

Pyr

The Man Who Melted by Jack Dann (Pyr 02 January, 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: The Man Who Melted is a warning for the future. It is the Brave New World and 1984 for our time, for it gives us a glimpse into our own future--a future ruled by corporations that control deadly and powerful forms of mass manipulation. It is a prediction of what could happen...tomorrow.

The Man Who Melted examines how technology affects us and changes our morality, and it questions how we might remain human in an inhuman world. Will the future disenfranchise or empower the individual? Here you'll find new forms of sexuality, new perversions, new epiphanies, and an entirely new form of consciousness.

Would you pay to "go down" with the Titanic? In this dystopia the Titanic is brought back from the bottom of the sea and refurbished, only to be sunk again for those who want the ultimate decadent experience. Some passengers pay to commit suicide by "going under" with the ship. (see review)

Roc

Plague of Memory: A Stardoc Novel by S.L. Viehl (Roc 02 January, 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Dr. Cherijo Torin is not herself. With no memory of her past-or even of the man she loved-she sees herself as a different person and has no desire to remember who she once was. But Cherijo must remember if she's to develop a cure for the Hsktskt plague before their race becomes extinct.

Roc Hardcover

Rebel Fay by Barb & J.C. Hendee (Roc Hardcover 02 January, 2007 / $23.95) - From back of book: Desperate to free his mother from a caste of ruthless elven assassins, Leesil pushes on through the mountains at the height of a harsh winter. Obsession blinds him to reason, and he and his companions--his beloved Magiere, the sage Wynn, and their canine protector, Chap--find their lives at stake under the hardships of the wilderness. Should they survive, they still face the perils of the Elven Territories, a culture of tranquil beauty, savage customs, and deep-rooted hatred and fear of all humankind. (Source: Roc Hardcover)

Roc Trade

Daughter Of Hounds by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc Trade 02 January, 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: They are the Children of the Cuckoo. Stolen from their cribs and concealed in shadows to be raised by ghouls, they are now changelings in service to the creatures who rule the world Below and despise the world Above. Any human contact is strictly forbidden and punishment is swift and severe for those who disobey.

Raised by her widower father, Emmie Silvey has a precocious personality and striking yellow eyes that have left her a solitary child. But that changes when two women enter her life-one who stalks her, one who haunts her dreams- both insisting that her entire life is a lie and warning her of an encroaching darkness.

Solaris

The Summoner: Book One in the Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Martin (Solaris 30 January 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared's dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court's master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K'aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.

(Source: Solaris)

Spectra

Scar Night by Alan Campbell (Spectra 26 December, 2006 / $22.00) - From back of book: The city of Deepgate, suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, is home to two angels: one, an untested boy, the last of his line, the other a psychotic murderer mad for revenge--or redemption. When a traitor brings enemies to its doorstep, both angels seek a powerful magic at the bottom of the chasm--and learn that what lies there is anything but what they've been taught to expect... (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

Decipher by Stel Pavlou (St. Martin's Griffin 09 January 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN BURIED. In a frozen Antarctica wasteland, in the depths of the Amazon River, in a chamber beneath the ruins of the Sphinx, something has surfaced: a cluster of crystalline artifacts composed of an energy source unknown to modern science, and inscribed with ancient hieroglyphs. Between them a strange signal courses through the oceans. Where it emanates from is a source that has stunned mankind. The lost city of Atlantis has been found. IT IS THE MEANING OF CIVILIZATION Now, two of the worlds most powerful armies stand on the brink of war to gain control of the most powerful force known to modern man. But a group of scientists struggling to decode the message of the primeval network fears that it is already too late. AND ITS END Solar fires ignite the surface of the earth, and a worldwide cataclysm of Biblical proportions begins. Now as Atlantis rises, so do its secretsalong with a terrifying prophecy that is coming true. (see review)

Star Trek

Errand of Fury Book Two: Demands of Honor (Star Trek, the Next Generation) by Kevin Ryan (Star Trek 30 January 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: The United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire stand on the brink of war. Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise™ are sent back to System 7348 -- site of a previous skirmish with the Klingons -- for a confrontation with the I.K.S. D'k Tahg under the command of Captain Koloth.

Even as the two great ships face each other, trouble is brewing among their crews. On the Enterprise, Lieutenant Leslie Parrish is pregnant with a half-Klingon child and must face a critical decision about her future, while Section Chief Michael Fuller still carries the wounds of the twenty-five-year-old Battle of Donatu V, of which he was one of the few survivors -- not to mention his grief over the death of his son, recently killed in battle against the Klingons.

On the D'k Tahg, First Officer Karel finds himself trapped between the scheming, dishonorable Councillor Duras and his commanding officer, Koloth. While the stakes only seem to be the possession of a single star system, the ramifications may spread throughout the Klingon Empire, as they find themselves at a crossroads between conquest and honor!

(Source: Star Trek)

Missing in Action (Star Trek: New Frontier) by Peter David (Star Trek 26 December, 2006 / $7.99) - From back of book: Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur find themselves catapulted into another universe. But Calhoun has no intention of staying here for very long and, adopting the time-honored philosophy of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", takes it upon himself to somehow (and by any means necessary) persuade one side or the other in the war raging about them to help him and his crew get back home.

Tachyon Publications

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3: Subversive Stories about Sex and Gender by Karen Joy Fowler (Tachyon Publications 15 January, 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: Returning again to the fertile ground of sex and identity, this third entry in a successful and controversial anthology series continues to celebrate thought-provoking and provocative fiction that explores and expands gender. Through their subversive, engaging stories, Tiptree Award–winning authors offer fascinating speculations on the ever-increasing mutability of our public—and private—selves. James Tiptree, Jr. was the pseudonym of Alice Bradley Sheldon, whose lasting contributions to the gender-bending genre are honored with this annual award, now in its 15th year. Previous winners of the Tiptree Award include Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, M. John Harrison, Kelly Link, Joe Haldeman, and Joanna Russ. (see review)

Thunder's Mouth Press

Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present by Cory Doctorow (Thunder's Mouth Press 28 January, 2007 / $15.95) - In this collection of stories by SF author, technopundit, uber-geek, and now college professor Cory Doctorow, you'll find a half dozen award worthy stories about the "future present", with brilliant extrapolations "ripped from the headlines" and recast as tales of tomorrow. This is what SF has always done, though rarely with the self awareness Cory brings to the stage. Each short story is an idea bomb with a candy coating of human drama, wrapped in shiny tech tropes and ready to blow your mind. Overclocked is SF info-warfare ammunition of the highest caliber, so load up, move out, and take no prisoners...let Asimov sort em out. (see review)

Tor Books

Brass Man by Neal Asher (Tor Books 23 January, 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: From the Philip K. Dick Award nominee author of Cowl, an adrenaline-powered new SF adventure: Brass Man. Neal Asher returns to his trademark Polity future setting, in a sequel to Gridlinked, which SFRevu.com called "brilliant and audacious work, chock-full of cutting-edge ideas."

Ian Cormac, a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future, is hunting an interstellar dragon, little knowing that, far away, his competition has resurrected an horrific killing machine named "Mr. Crane" to assist in a similar hunt, ecompassing whole star systems. Mr. Crane, the insane indestructible artificial man now in a new metal body, seeks to escape a bloody past he can neither forget nor truly remember. And he is on a collision course with Ian Cormac. (see review)

Firebird by R. Garcia y Robertson (Tor Books 16 May, 2006 / $24.95) - Firebird is a blend of folk tale, fantasy and magic realism with R. Garcia y Robertson weaving the three together into a seamless narrative. The book is a collection of work that first appeared, if I remember correctly, in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as short stories/novellas. (see review)

Gods and Pawns (The Company) by Kage Baker (Tor Books 23 January 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: In the Company, you're either a God or a Pawn, but sometimes you have to be both. These eight stories, reprinted for the first time, delve further into the history and exploits of the Company and its operatives, including Mendoza, Lewis, and Alec. The book opens with the novella, To the Land Beyond the Sunset, starring Lewis and Mendoza, and involving a strange tribe in Bolivia whose members claim to be gods. Their ability to grow a small tropical paradise in the middle of the desert certainly seems godlike, and its Mendozas job to figure out their secret. Standing in His Light features Van Drouten and her role in the career of the artist Jan Vermeer. The story illustrates how, with a little help from the Company, lost masterpieces can be found (or created) easily. Other stories include the original novelette, Hellfire at Twilight, that concludes the volume and tells of Lewis infiltrating the famous Hellfire Club in the England of the eighteenth century. This book is a compelling read for every Baker fan, and essential for Company addicts. (Source: Tor Books)

Howling Moon: A Tale of the Sazi by C. T. Adams (Tor Books 02 January, 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: He's a wolf... She's a jaguar... Raphael is a former agent of the shape shifter secret police, forced into retirement after a very public scandal. Now he's assigned to help the victim of a hideous crime -- a woman who has been attacked by a serial killer, and accidentally turned into a were-jaguar.

Worse yet, Catherine turns out to be Raphael's fated mate. But the serial killer is still on her trail, and perhaps even worse, Raphael's pack wants her dead.

Caught between destiny and duty... Raphael must make his choice -- and, in doing so, perhaps lose his pack -- in this tale of obsession, revenge, lust, pack politics, and true love. (see review)

Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber (Tor Books 09 January, 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: Here is the saga of humanity, reduced by an implacable alien enemy to a single colony on the distant world of Safehold. To avoid broadcasting to the enemy the signals of an industrial civilization, the human rulers of Safehold have taken an extraordinary measure: with mind control and hidden high technology, theyve built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, a religion designed to keep Safehold society medieval forever. There was disagreement about the wisdom and justice of this course. The dissenters were ruthlessly eliminated. Centuries have passed. Now, in a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android awakensa rebirth set in motion centuries before. A rebirth that will provide the only remaining humans with their last chance to learn the truthand rejoin the universe. It will be a tremendous undertaking. It will be a story of deception and ignorance, freedom and tyranny, and the liberating power of the truth. A multiple New York Times bestseller, regularly compared to SF greats like Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, David Weber is Baen Books bestselling author. Off Armageddon Reef is his first novel for Tor, and his most ambitious work ever. His previous novels of military SF have been bestsellersbut with Off Armageddon Reef, Weber joins the small number of SF authors writing for a truly broad general audience, telling tales not of high-tech machinery but of human beings, struggling for the things for which humans have always fought: survival, happiness, understanding, a better life for their children, and the truth. (see review)

The White Tyger by Paul Park (Tor Books 23 January, 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: Miranda Popescu is at the fulcrum of a deadly political and diplomatic battle between conjurers in a fantasy world where Roumania, now occupied by the German army, is still a leading European power. Her enemies are the mad Baroness Ceausescu, serving as a figurehead-of-state, and the ghost of the sinister Elector of Ratisbon. A Princess of Roumania brought the teen-aged Miranda and her two best friends into the conflict, from a place of safety in our world. The Tourmaline told how Miranda began to grow into her new sense of self, as she traveled in secret through Roumania, defeated the elector in the spirit world, and lit a fire of resistance against the German occupation and the baronesss corrupt regime. Now reunited with her friends in The White Tyger, she suffers a reversal and is captured by the baroness, along with her true mother, who was held prisoner in Germany since Mirandas birth. Both in the spirit world and in Roumania, the story in The White Tyger moves toward a series of startling climaxes. (Source: Tor Books)

W. W. Norton

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson (W. W. Norton 22 January, 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist.

Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search for Life in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.

Known for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while simultaneously sharing his infectious excitement about our universe. (see review)

Warner Books

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (Warner Books 02 January, 2007 / $13.99) - From back of book: Shori is a mystery. Found alone in the woods, she appears to be a little black girl with traumatic amnesia and near-fatal wounds. But Shori is a fifty-three-year-old vampire with a ravenous hunger for blood, the lost child of an ancient species of near-immortals who live in dark symbiosis with humanity. Genetically modified to be able to walk in daylight, Shori now becomes the target of a vast plot to destroy her and her kind. And in the final apocalyptic battle, her survival will depend on whether all humans are bigots--or all bigots are human... (see review)

Weinstein Company

Miss Potter by Chris Noonan (Weinstein Company January 2007 / ) - CAST: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson

The Plot: Born into a wealthy family, Beatrix Potter (Zellweger) wriggles free of her eccentric parents, defies the sexist world of academia, and, by the turn of the twentieth century, becomes one of the most successful children's book authors of her time. IMDB. (Source: Weinstein Company)

William Morrow

You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (William Morrow 16 January, 2007 / $21.95) - Book Description: Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody—the woman of his dreams—is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

For some couples, the whole biting-and-blood thing would have been a deal breaker. But Tommy and Jody are in love, and they vow to work through their issues. Like how much Jody should teach Tommy about his new superpowers (and how much he needs to learn on his own). Plus there's Tommy's cute new minion, sixteen-year-old goth girl Abby Normal. (Well, someone has to run errands during daylight hours!)

Making the relationship work, however, is the least of Jody and Tommy's problems. Word has it that the vampire who nibbled on Jody wasn't supposed to be recruiting any new members into the club. Even worse, Tommy's erstwhile turkey-bowling pals are out to get him, at the urging of a blue-dyed Las Vegas call girl named (duh) Blue. And that really sucks. (see review)

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