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Fearless (The Lost Fleet, Book 2) by Jack Campbell (Ace 30 January, 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory... (Source: Ace)

Knight's Blood by Julianne Lee (Ace 27 February 2007 / $7.99) - From back of book: U.S. Navy Pilot Lieutenant Alex MacNeil and his wife Lindsay have returned from their adventure in fourteenth century Scotland--and Lindsay has given birth to a son. But the magic realm is not through with them yet...

The MacNeils' child has been kidnapped--presumably by Nemed, the elfin king and the couple's sworn enemy--and brought back into the past. Feeling responsible, Lindsay ventures to medieval Scotland on her own in pursuit of Nemed. Once again in the guise of Sir Lindsay Pawlowski, she joins a company of rogue knights, led by a man who calls himself "An Reubair".... (Source: Ace)

M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action by Robert Asprin (Ace 27 February 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Myth fans get a double dose of action in Ace's fifth spectacular 2-in-1 Myth edition. Love and war go hand in hand when Skeeve "the Great" asks two bumbling bodyguards to join the army of Possiltum-and then finds himself overrun by nubile suitors. (Source: Ace)

Night Rising: Vampire Babylon, Book I by Chris Marie Green (Ace 06 February, 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen. (see review)

Ace Trade

The Fair Folk by Marvin Kaye (Ace Trade 06 February, 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: Six stories from some of the most famous names in fantasy-all with one common threat-"the fair folk." From blithe fairies to sinister fey, some are fair, some are foul, all are fantastic.

In "The Kelpie," by Patricia A. McKillip, a carefree circle of bohemian artists is confronted by a being more powerful than any muse. Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder weave a tale of two sisters long-exiled from their magical realm who must survive in ours, in "Except the Queen." In Tanith Lee's "UOUS," a young woman with a rotten family is granted three wishes by a handsome elf-and learns that nothing good comes free of charge. A hapless slob finds his world turned upside-down when an eager brownie moves in and proceeds to clean house, in Megan Lindholm's "Grace Notes." Kim Newman introduces an intrepid government investigator whose latest case pits him against a sinister brood of fairy folk known as "The Gypsies in the Wood." And the serenity of the Elves is tested in a wry fable of a long-suffering magical apprentice who can't catch a break, in Craig Shaw Gardner's "The Embarrassment of Elves. (Source: Ace Trade)

Audio Renaissance

Halo: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund (Audio Renaissance 06 February 2007 / $29.95) - Audio Book Description: Johnathan Davis reads HALO: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund. Unabridged on 9 Cds, 11 hours.

Book description: While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth, and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultrasecret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence known as "Section Three" devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. They're going to need hundreds of willing soldiers, though . . . and one more Spartan to get the job done. The planet Onyx is virtually abandoned and the perfect place to set this new plan in motion. But when the Master Chief destroys Halo, something is triggered deep within Onyx: Ancient Forerunner technology stirs, and fleets of UNSC and Covenant race to claim it to change the course of the Human-Covenant War. But this reawakened and ancient force may have plans of its own . . . (Source: Audio Renaissance)


A Mankind Witch (Shadow of the Lion) by Dave Freer (Baen 27 February 2007 / $7.99) - From back of book: To the North of the Holy Roman Empire lie the pagan Norse-lands. It is here that Manfred, Prince of Brittany, and his Icelandic bodyguard, Erik, must venture in the dead of winter, to a rugged land of trolls and ice. Their quest: to find a pagan relic, something so magical that it should not be possible to touch it, let alone steal it. Yet, it is gone. Unless it is recovered before Yuletide, a new Viking age will be born. King Vortenbras will lead his berserks in an orgy of rapine, looing and destruction across the Empire's unguarded flank.

Princess Signey is the King's older stepsister. Everyone believes her to be the thief, a witch and murderess. Everyone but Cair, her stable-thrall, a captured pirate with a hidden past. Cair doesn't believe in witches or magic, let alone that Signy could steal and murder. And if he has to drag the foremost knight of the age and his bodygruard kicking and screaming through the entire Norse underworld to prove it, he'll do it. Cair's a man of science, and he's used that to fake his way into being feared as a magic-worker. But for Signy, he'll be all of mankind's witches. He'll have to be Because that's what it'll take to defeat the dark magics massed against her. (see review)

Alternate Generals III (Alternate Generals) by (Baen 27 February 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: History shows that leadership is crucial in war, but there are other factors at work. What if history were given a twist or two, and great commanders on land and sea fought their greatest battles under different circumstances? Suppose General Douglas MacArthur had been captured before he could escape from Manila and became a prisoner of war? Suppose Joan of Arc had not been burned for heresy and had gone on to lead France to very different victories? Suppose Genghis Khan had been a convert to Judaism and his horde fought for a different cause than in our universe? Turtledove and his colleagues¿Esther M. Friesner, Judith Tarr, Mike Resnick, Brad Linaweaver, Roland J. Green, and more¿turn the past upside down and inside out, and the possibilities are endless. . . . (Source: Baen)

By Slanderous Tongues by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 06 February, 2007 / $25.00) - Book Description: Great Harry is dead, and England is ruled by a dour Protector for 10-year-old Edward VI - a Protector intent on keeping total control over the young king and no friend to Lady Elizabeth because of her brother's fondness for her. In the great lens and the dark pool that hold Visions for the FarSeers of the Bright Court and the Dark, the images change and waver. A pale, thin girl sometimes wears a crown and sometimes has no head; King Edward and his Court grow misty as he changes from boy to stripling. But the fires of Mary's reign still burn bright as they swallow writhing men, women, and children, and if she ever reigns the red-haired queen brings a burgeoning of art and joy. Elimination of that last possibility for England is Vidal Dhu's prime purpose, but he has been forbidden by King Oberon to attack Elizabeth. Though he may not attack her directly, still he hatches schemes within schemes. And if his plan to involve the young princess in a scandal that would render her unfit to rule in the opinion of the Proctor and his Council, he has more twisted plans to eliminate Elizabeth once and for all. (Source: Baen)

The Long Twilight: and Other Stories by Keith Laumer (Baen 06 February 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: A huge volume of edge-of-the-seat science fiction adventure, including:

* The Long Twilight: Grayle and Falconer met in relentless combat with no quarter in prehistoric ages past, their endless battle now remembered only as dark myths and legends. Now their long battle is nearing its climax--and the final battleground is an uncontrolled experimental power plant that threatens the Earth itself!

* Night of Delusions: A detective is hired by men claiming to be government agents and given an assignment that may lead to his being hailed as the savior of the nation--or executed for treason. His mysterious clients also give him devices to use in the assignment, devices which seem to be far beyond anything human technology is capable of. And as he doggedly pursues the case, he finds that the very fabric of reality seems to be changing around him, even to the point that he himself seems never to have existed!

* Plus three short novels of equally stunning concepts and breathtaking action.

(Source: Baen)

Watch on the Rhine (Posleen War Series #7) by John Ringo (Baen 27 February 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: The invaders are coming¿the Posleen, a seemingly unstoppable horde who have conquered one star system after another, literally feeding on their conquests. Earth's dubious allies, the Darhel, have given the humans a number of highly-advanced technological devices, including a process for rejuvenating the aged, including trained and proven soldiers who otherwise would be too old to fight. Rejuvenation may give a critical edge, since to survive, the Earth must use every resource at hand. Every resource . . .

In the dark days after the initial Posleen attack, but before the primary invasion, the Chancellor of Germany faces a critical decision. Over the years, with military cutbacks, the store of experienced German military personnel had simply dwindled. After the destruction of Northern Virginia, he realized that it was necessary to tap the one group he had sworn never, ever, to recall: the few remaining survivors of the Waffen SS. Has he made a devil¿s bargain, or is this a chance for the reviled SS at last to fight the good fight? And, perhaps, gain redemption. . . ?

Watch On the Rhine, a new chapter in the New York Times best-selling Posleen War saga, is perhaps the most unbiased, and brutal, look at the inner workings of the Waffen SS in history. Meticulously researched, it explores all that was good, and evil, about the most infamous military force in history using the backdrop of the Posleen invasion as a canvas. (Source: Baen)


Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson (Bantam 30 January, 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Bestselling, award-winning, author Kim Stanley Robinson continues his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers–and propels us deeper into the awesome whirlwind of climatic change. Set in Washington, D.C., here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global warming–which could trigger another phenomenon: abrupt climate change, resulting in temperatures... (see review)

House of Dark Delights by Louisa Burton (Bantam 30 January, 2007 / $13.00) - From publicity material: Composed of three interwoven tales of erotica, House of Dark Delights by Louisa Burton is a rich sensual fantasy. Enter the House of Dark Delights and be transported into a world of eroticism, mystery, and magic. For centuries, the castle itself has been a mystical and bewildering place, and it is these unearthly qualities that have attracted the chateau's permanent residents. They may appear to be flesh and blood people, but in reality, they are not quite human, though they've been called by many names -- fairies, fallen angels, demons, even gods. The French call them follets. They are immortal and strive to fulfill the most secret desires of their guests, even as they seek their own insatiable gratification. (Source: Bantam)

Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson (Bantam 27 February, 2007 / $25.00) - From back of book: Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, vanishing species -- these are just some of the consequences of a global weather pattern gone haywire. President-elect Phil Chase has responded by organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world since FDR -- and assembling a team of top scientists and political advisors to implement it. But is it already too late? (see review)

Behler Publications

The Chimes of Yawrana (The Snowtear Wars) by Scot R. Stone (Behler Publications 28 February 2007 / $18.95) - From back of book: A significant prophecy is about to unfold in the fertile kingdom of Yawrana with the arrivalof a small group of voyagers aboard the gallant flying ship The Star Gazer. The Elders, visionaries, and prophets of Yawrana, warn of downfall and destruction as the two civilizations meet.

Oreus Blake, one of eight members aboard ship, discovers he is th ekey to the prophecy's outcome. Within days of their arrival, a deadly illness befalls several members of the Yawranan Royal Court, and all parties present fall under suspicion, including the voyagers themselves.

The only known cure lies within the limitless healing powers of an ancient flower referred to as the snowtear. Having no other choice, Oreus must gain the trust of the Yawranans as they embark on a quest to retrieve the protected snowtears through many inherent dangers, including a mythic race of warriors known as the Lazuls. (Source: Behler Publications)

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

The Phantom Isles by Stephen Alter (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books February, 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: The book is called The Compleat Necromancer, and when Ming, Orion, and Courtney read an incantation from its pages, they have no way of knowing they are about to conjure up the ghosts of an entire nation. Because the ghosts that the three friends summon aren’t just any ghosts. They were captured from an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean—the Ilhas dos Fantasmas—a place where the living and the dead once coexisted peacefully. Now confined to the pages of a few dozen library books in a New England town that’s thousands of miles from their home, the ghosts must rely on the children and a determined librarian to free them before they are lost forever. (Young Adult) (see review)

Canongate U.S.

Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol (Canongate U.S. 06 February 2007 / $13.00) - Book Description: Shortly after World War I, a troubled man accepts a solitary assignment as a "weather official" on a tiny, remote island on the edges of the Antarctic. When he arrives, the predecessor he is meant to replace is missing and a deeply disturbed stranger is barricaded in a heavily fortified lighthouse. At first adversaries, the two find that their tenuous partnership may be the only way they survive the unspeakably horrific reptilian creatures that ravage the island at night, attacking the lighthouse in their organized effort to find warm-blooded food. Armed with a battery of ammunition and explosives, the weather official and his new ally must confront their increasingly murderous mentality, and, when the possibility of a kind of truce presents itself, decide what kind of island they will inhabit. Equal parts Stephen King, a phantasmagorical Robinson Crusoe, and Lord of the Flies, Cold Skin is literary horror that deals with the basest forms of human behavior imaginable, while exploring why we so vehemently fear the Other. (Source: Canongate U.S.)


Under Cover of Darkness by Julie E. Czerneda (DAW 06 February, 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Fourteen orignal short stories of secret agents and organizations that have left their mark on time and space... From the true role of the Freemasons to Chronographers who steal pieces of time to an assassin hired by a group that reweaves the threads of history, here are fourteen imaginative tales of time and space and realms beyond our own-all watched over, preserved, or changed by those who work covertly under cover of darkness. (see review)

DAW Hardcover

Deliverer by C. J. Cherryh (DAW Hardcover 06 February, 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey. The ninth book in the epic series, and the third book in the third Foreigner trilogy, Deliverer is a worthy contribution to Cherryh's magnum opus that is destined to be a classic. (see review)

Del Rey

A March into Darkness: Vol. 2: The Destinies of Blood and Stone by Robert Newcomb (Del Rey 30 January, 2007 / $26.95) - The defeat and death of the evil Wulfgar should inspire a time of rejoicing throughout Eutracia. But Prince Tristan grieves. Not only is his beloved wife dead, but across the Sea of Whispers, in the island fortress known as the Citadel, Wulfgar's bride, the sorceress Serena, plots to continue her husband's nefarious plans, aided by the Scroll of the Vagaries and the advice of the otherworldly Heretics. Although the ranks of Tristan's faithful soldiers were decimated in recent battle, the prince nevertheless plans a bold surprise attack. But on the eve of the mission, disaster strikes. From behind the towering azure wall of magical energy in the forbidding face of the massive Tolenka Mountains comes Xanthus, a powerful warrior dispatched by the Heretics to bring Tristan into their mysterious realm. A master of a mystical martial art against which even the great swordsman Tristan is helpless, Xanthus launches a reign of terror against Eutracia's innocent subjects, compelling Tristan to journey behind the azure wall. There, in a magical land as beautiful as it is violent, Tristan will learn the shocking truth about the destiny he and Shailiha, his sister, will share. In Tristan's absence, Shailiha must lead the fleet of Black Ships against the Citadel, accompanied by the wizards Faegan and Wigg and the beautiful pirate queen Tyranny. But unknown to them, Serena has prepared a deadly trap with hellish creatures summoned by the Heretics. And as Shailiha's troops sail blindly into danger, Serena is preparing a spell unlike anything the world has ever seen–a spell powerful enough to defeat death itself. (Source: Del Rey)

Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey 27 February, 2007 / $24.95) - If you've been following Ky Vatta's career since the first novel, Trading in Danger, when she got kicked out of the Slotter's Key system military academy and took refuge working in her family's interstellar trading company, all you really need to know is that the next book in the saga is out, and it's as gripping and full of space war and skulduggery as the previous ones. If you haven't, you could start here, but assuming you're a fan of Elizabeth Moon's writing, or classic tales like Andre Norton's Solar Queen stories and Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy, you should really just go back and start at the beginning for maximum enjoyment. You might as well get all the books though, and put aside a few days where you're not going to get anything useful done, because once you sign on with Ky Vatta, you'll want to stay with her until the last pirate has been wiped out, Vatta Ltd, is restored to it's pre-ambush strength, and somebody makes her an Admiral for her trouble. All of which is bound to happen, and we're making good headway towards it.

(see review)

Every Inch a King by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey 27 February, 2007 / $14.95) - From book flap: They say that everyone has a twin somewhere, and when Otto of Schlepsig sees the picture of Prince Halim Eddin, he realizes that he's not only found his twin but his ticket out of the third-rate circus biz. Instead of performing on a tightrope for the marks, he's taking his act to Shqiperi, where the Prince has been invited to become their new king, a role that Otto is more than happy to assume himself. (see review)

From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust (Del Rey 30 January, 2007 / $13.95) - From back of book: Having finally defeated all their archenemies, the members of the Fantastic Order of Justice are reduced to engaging in toxic office politics that could very well lead to a superpowered civil war. Only one woman can save them from themselves: Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman, aka Dr. Brain, the world's leading therapist for the extraordinarily abled. (Source: Del Rey)

Ink: The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan (Del Rey 27 February, 2007 / $15.95) - From book blurb: The angels of the Covenant have ramped up their efforts to bring order to the chaos of the worlds of the Vellum. The demons of the Sovereign seek power for themselves. Theirs is an eternal struggle that has stretched across worlds and eons, spreading across all of the Vellum. But neither side is prepared for Mad Jack Carter and his crew, who're ready to blow them all straight to Hell...and beyond. (see review)

Un Lun Dun by China Miéville (Del Rey 13 February, 2007 / $17.95) - From back of book: Part Alice in Wonderland, part The Phantom Tollbooth, this new novel takes readers into the life of a twelve-year-old London girl named Deeba, who finds her way into a funhouse version of her home city--a place of animated umbrellas, milk cartons, and trash monsters, as well as killer giraffes, ghost children, talking books, and flying double-decker buses.

A choking black smog is taking over Un Lun Dun, and Deeba just might be the only hope for survival. The problem is that her friend Zanna is supposed to the The Chosen One--prophesied to save London and Un Lun Dun from the greatest threat they've ever encountered. But when Zanna is put out of commission, the question arises: Why are people so ready to accept their supposed fates before they even happened? (see review)


Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur (Dell 27 February, 2007 / $6.99) - From publicity material: Set in present day Melbourne, Australia, in Tempting Evil readers catch up to half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jensen at the Supernatural Directorate of Other Races where she is on her most dangerous mission yet--going undercover to catch the man behind the cloning attempts and all the recent attempts on her life. (Paranormal Romance) (see review)


Midnighters #3: Blue Noon (YA) by Scott Westerfeld (Eos 06 February, 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: The five teeage Midnighters of Bixby, Oklahoma, thought they understood the secret midnight hour--until one morning when time freezes in the middle of the day.

The noise of school stops. Cheerleaders are frozen in midair. Everything is the haunted blue color of the midnight hour.

As the Midnighters scramble for answers, they discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will break through to feed at least...unless these five teenagers can find a way to stop them. (Source: Eos)

The Faerie Path (YA) by Frewin Jones (Eos 01 February, 2007 / $16.99) - From back of book: Anita's life was ordinary until she discovered she was Tania, the lost princess of Faerie. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance, Faerie has been sunk in gloom. With her return the realm comes alive again. Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly realizes why she disappeared so long ago. There is an ability only she possesses that she must use to stop a sinister plan that threatens not only her but the entire Faerie world. (see review)

Time's Child by Rebecca Ore (Eos 01 February, 2007 / $14.95) - From back of book: Earth, 2308. Multiple pandemic plagues have ravaged the planet beyond recognition. Setting out to preserve the last vestiges of human life, the Philadelphia National Archive utilizes a mysterious time machine from the distant future to gather together a group of individuals with diverse knowledge and skills -- a living repository of human knowledge. Among them is Benedetta, a young peasant born in 1473, saved on the battlefield after the French defeated her army. With her new partner the Viking Ivar -- rescued from death in the icy waters of the North Atlantic -- she travels across time to bring back other. But these iconoclastic archivists are not prepared for the dark repercussions of their good intentions. (see review)

Grand Central Publishing

The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central Publishing 23 February 2007 / $23.99) - Book Description: The New Moons Arms is a mainstream magical realism novel set in the Caribbean on the fictional island of Dolorosse. Calamity, born Chastity, has renamed herself in a way she feels is most fitting. She's a 50-something grandmother whose mother disappeared when she was a teenager and whose father has just passed away as she begins menopause. With this physical change of life comes a return of a special power for finding lost things, something she hasn't been able to do since childhood. A little tingling in the hands then a massive hotflash, and suddenly objects, even whole buildings, lost to her since childhood begin showing up around Calamity.One of the lost things Calamity recovers is a small boy who washes up on the shore outside her house after a rainstorm. She takes this bruised but cheerful 4-year-old under her wing and grows attached to him, a process that awakens all the old memories, frustrations and mysteries around her own mother and father. She'll learn that this young boy's family is the most unusual group she's ever encountered-and they want their son back. (Source: Grand Central Publishing)


Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan (HarperCollins 30 January, 2007 / $15.99) - Book Description: The blue jays and cardinals of Stone-Run Forest have turned against each other. According to legend, only Swordbird, son of the Great Spirit, has the power to conquer evil and restore peace to the land. But is he real or just a myth? Can Swordbird arrive in time to save the forest . . . or will it be too late? (Source: HarperCollins)


Breathe by Penni Russon (HarperTeen 01 February, 2007 / $16.99) - Book Description: Six months have passed since Undine discovered the powerful magic within her and very nearly threw the entire world into chaos. Life has gone back to normal—almost. The magic still swirls relentlessly below her surface, demanding that she break her promise not to use it.

And then there's Trout. Trout, with his messy, unrequited love for Undine. Trout, who can't sleep and who roams the streets at night instead. Trout, so desperate to learn about Undine's magic that he's willing to trust a mysterious young woman who knows an awful lot about him, about Undine, and about chaos theory.

As their lives continue to both unravel and coalesce, Undine and Trout feel drawn back to the Bay, where it all began. Is Undine stronger than the magic she contains? Is she more girl than magic, or more magic than girl? (see review)

Night Shade Books

Imaro 2: The Quest for Cush by Charles Saunders (Night Shade Books 26 February, 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: It begins with the reunion of Imaro and his kidnapped lover Tanisha, who has been taken to the ruined City of Madness. With the help of their new found friend Pomphis, a Pygmy from the eastern forests of Nyumbani, they learn of the sorcerous forces that may have been behind the dark wizard that destroyed Imaro's youth. The trio goes to Mavindi, the port capital of the Eastern Coastal kingdom of Azania, in search of the legendary Kingdom of Cush, where Imaro hopes to find answers to the questions that have plagued his life. Who is he? Who was his father, and why was he seemingly cursed, and hounded from birth by forces beyond his control. (Source: Night Shade Books)

Orb Books

Memory and Dream (Newford) by Charles de Lint (Orb Books 20 February 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: Isabelle Copley's visionary art frees ancient spirits. As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, she discovered she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. But when the forces she unleashed brought tragedy to those she loved, she turned her back on her talent and on her dreams. Now, twenty years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied, and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life. (Source: Orb Books)

Prometheus Books

Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge by Lou Anders (Prometheus Books February, 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: Science Fiction is the genre that looks at the implications of technology on society, which in this age of exponential technological growth makes it the most relevant branch of literature going. This is only the start, and the close of the 21st century will look absolutely nothing like its inception.

It has been said that science fiction is an ongoing dialogue about the future, and the front line of that dialogue is the short story. The field has a long history of producing famous anthologies to showcase its distinguished short fiction, but it has been several years since there has been a prestigious all-original science fiction anthology series.

Fast Forward is offered in the tradition of Damon Knight's prestigious and influential anthology series, Orbit, and Frederik Pohl's landmark Star SF. Fast Forward marks the start of a new hard science fiction anthology series, dedicated to presenting the vanguard of the genre and charting the undiscovered country that is the future. (see review)

Putnam Adult

Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam Adult 20 February 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: The phenomenal series set in a future New York City returns as NYPSD Lt. Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher-and uncovers some extraordinary surprises. Craig Foster's death devastated his young wife, who'd sent him to work that day with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the private school, too, and as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids-they may have been traumatized for life.

Eve soon determines that Foster's homemade lunch was tainted with deadly ricin, and that Mr. Foster's colleagues have some startling secrets of their own. It's Eve's job to sort it out- and discover why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant . . . so innocent.

Now Magdalena Percell . . . there's someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve's own hands. The slinky blonde-an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke-has arrived in New York, and she's anything but innocent. Roarke seems blind to Magdalena's manipulation, and he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about . . . and none of Eve's business. Eve's so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on her case. Still, she'll have to put aside her feelings, for a while at least-because another man has just turned up dead.

Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a facade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage. (see review)

Robert Sawyer Books

Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science by (Robert Sawyer Books 13 February 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: From the Tales from the Wonder Zone series:


  • Solar storms ...
  • Vistors from other worlds ...
  • The struggle to survive a changing climate ...
  • Solving mysteries under ice ...
  • And above ...
Celebrate the wonders of polar science with our talented authors as they let their imaginations soar over this world and beyond.

But beware. Knowledge can help you survive. It can also reveal what you must fear!

Featuring Sarah Niedoba's winning story from the International Polar Year_s Student Writing Contest and a special introduction by IPY Youth Steering Committee members, Amber Church and Tyler Kuhn.

10 original science-fiction stories based on the science and technology used to understand and explore polar regions on Earth and elsewhere.

From understanding climate change on Earth to the search for life within the ice of Mars or Europa, polar science has never been more central to unraveling the secrets of our past, present and future. Polaris uses the speculation and imagination of science fiction to explore polar science itself. Where might it take us? What might certain discoveries mean? And at what cost do we take the frozen poles for granted?

Award-winning editor Julie E. Czerneda has invited not only professional science fiction writers, including such well-respected names as Stephen Baxter, to contribute their talents, but also, with the help of the IPY Youth Committee, arranged for an international writing contest open to students from around the world interested in polar science. The best of these stories, vetted for their science as well as the quality of writing, appear in Polaris.

A celebration of science and creativity. A thoughtful, provocative look at what the future may hold for all of us. Polaris is an unforgettable trip to the domain of ice and snow. (see review)


Mechwarrior: Dark Age #24: Dragon Rising A Battletech Novel by Ilsa J. Bick (Roc 06 February, 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Jade Falcon Galaxy Commander Malvina Hazen and her warriors on the planet Skye receive a visit from a Hell's Horses ship, whose commander issues a Trial of Possession for the wartime doctrine he claims Malvina stole from his Clan. Although she bests her opponent in single BattleTech combat, Malvina's actions may herald the beginnings of a civil war that could unmake the Clan-and the galaxy. (Source: Roc)

Roc Hardcover

Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc Hardcover 06 February, 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: Saint-Saveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets-a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day-and it's calling out to Ned.

While exploring the cathedral, Ned meets Kate Wenger, an American exchange student with a deep knowledge of the area's history. But even Kate is at a loss when she and Ned surprise a scar-faced stranger, wearing a leather jacket and carrying a knife, deep inside the cathedral. "I think you ought to go now," he tell them. "You have blundered into a corner of a very old story..." (see review)

Roc Trade

A Pound of Flesh by Susan Wright (Roc Trade 06 February, 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: Between dominance and subservience lies a power no amount of pain or pleasure can extinguish: Freedom.

Marja was once Lexander's pleasure slave-until the master found himself enslaved by her love. Together, they have vowed to free all slaves by destroying pleasure houses throughout the world. But this undertaking requires Marja to disguise herself as a slave once more and infiltrate one training house after another to sow the seeds of revolution-and risk losing the man she loves in the process. (Source: Roc Trade)

Interview: Tad Williams by Iain Emsley ( 24 February 2007 / ) - Tad Williams has been instrumental in recharging the batteries of Fantasy. His latest novel, War of the Flowers, takes the reader to a very different Faerieland from the one commonly presented.

(See John Berlyne's review of The War of the Flowers)

Silver Leaf Books Llc

Project U.L.F. by Stuart Clark (Silver Leaf Books Llc 28 February, 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: Imprisoned for a crime of passion, Wyatt Dorren is given a second chance at life on the Criminal Rehabilitation Program. Placed at Chicago’s Interplanetary Zoological Park (IZP) his role is to capture alien life forms for return and exhibition at the zoo. The risks are great but anything is better than a life on the inside.

Wyatt does well at the zoo and its director, Douglas Mannheim, recognizes the very real threat that Wyatt’s growing respect and popularity pose to him.

Mannheim plans a bogus mission in an attempt to rid himself of Wyatt but by accident, a young student, Kate Frere, finds herself assigned to Wyatt's crew. It will be her naïveté that will ultimately uncover the awful truth of what has been done to them all.

Now, Wyatt must unite his team. A team that comprises two old friends, a new recruit, a failure, a rogue element, and now Kate. Together they must work to overcome their differences and come together to find a way back to Earth.

There is one small problem though: they are no longer the hunters...But the hunted. (see review)


Dante's Girl (Kayla Steele) by Natasha Rhodes (Solaris 27 February, 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: When Kayla Steel's fiancé, Karrel Dante, is found mauled to death, she thinks it is the end of her world. But when Karrel shockingly returns from the dead, Kayla is stunned to find out that everything she knew about the man she loved was a lie. Part of an underground network of supernatural hit-men, Karrel had secretly dedicated his life to exterminating the dangerous supernatural entities that stalked the streets of California. Now Kayla is on a mission to learn the Dark Arts so she can avenge Karrel's death and bring peace to the supernatural community by continuing his work. Not easy for a girl trying to hold down a job at the perfume counter to pay her mounting bills. (Source: Solaris)

Deadstock by Jeffrey Thomas (Solaris 27 February, 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Punktown: established by Earth colonists on a faraway world, a crime-ridden megalopolis peopled by countless races. There is Stake, the private detective with chameleon-like abilities he can not control. There is his wealthy client, Fukuda, whose company mass produces life forms for labor and as playthings. There is Fukuda's beautiful teenage daughter, whose priceless one-of-a-kind living doll has been stolen. And there is the doll itself, growing in size and resentment. Meanwhile, at an abandoned apartment complex with a dark history, a tough street gang and a band of mutant squatters have been trapped inside by bioengineered life forms mindlessly bent on destroying them like an infestation of vermin. The destinies of all these individuals will converge and collide.


Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair (Spectra 27 February, 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: The universe isn't what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Capatain tasha "Sass" Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten -- and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship's sick bay, her efforts may be wasted.

Wanted rebel Jace Serafino has information that could expose all of Sass's secrets, tear the fragile Alliance apart -- and end Sass's career if Kel-Paten discovers them. But the biocybe has something to hide as well, something once thought impossible for his kind to possess: feelings...for Sass. Soon it's clear that their prisoner could bring down everything they once believed was worth dying for -- and everything they now have to live for. (see review)

The Myth Hunters by Christopher Golden (Spectra 30 January, 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Yielding to his father's wishes, Oliver Bascombe abandoned his dream of being an actor and joined the family law firm. Now he will marry a lovely young woman bearing the Bascombe stamp of approval. But on the eve of his wedding, a blizzard sweeps in–bringing with it an icy legend who calls into question everything Oliver believes about the world and his place in it....

Pursued by a murderous creature who heeds no boundaries, Jack Frost needs Oliver's help to save both himself and his world–an alternate reality slowly being displaced by our own. To help him, Oliver Bascombe, attorney-at-law, will have to become Oliver Bascombe, adventurer, hero–and hunted. So begins a magnificent journey where he straddles two realities…and where, even amid danger, Oliver finds freedom for the very first time. (see review)


Fantasms by Len Bailey (Starscape 06 February 2007 / $17.95) - Book Description: Its Danny Ray, the best dang rodeo cowboy in Oklahoma, to the rescue once again. King Krystal of Elidors beautiful daughter, Princess Amber, has been kidnapped by the evil Fantasms monstrous beasts whose sole purpose is to rule the magical kingdom of Elidor and to spread sorrow and darkness throughout the land. But not if Danny Ray and his eccentric group of friends have anything to do with it! Imagine a world with seas of polished black-and-white marble squares sailed upon by immense chess pieces hundreds of feet high; rooks, bishops, and queens powered by tiny furry Tantarrabobs and Zanoomies. Imagine this is the battleground where Danny Ray, Tuk (a hellwain devil), KarooKachoo (a dragonfly princess), Prince Blues, the Sultana Sumferi Sar, Captain Quigglewigg, Hoodie Crow, and the White Lady must rescue Princess Amber and save the kingdom of Elidor from eternal darkness. (see review)


Archlord Volume 1 by Jin-Hwan Park (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back cover: Raise an Army, Rule the World, Only one can be Archlord.

In this classic tale of a her who must fulfill his destiny, a father takes his newborn son on a journey to be named. But when fortune and loyalty give way to betrayal and greed, it's up to an unlikely champion and one remarkable sword to restore honor and balance to the land. (Based on the hit video game.) (Source: TokyoPop)

Dragon Knights 24 by Ohkami Mineko (TokyoPop 05 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Tetheus, Rune and Thatz encounter Shydeman and Fedelta in the Dragon Castle's sanctuary, where Shydeman awakens the mourning monster Yusurugi. Our heroes must band together and combine the powers of the Blizzard Sword and the Furious Fire Sword if they are to have any chance of defeating Yusurugi. But will they have enough power to stop Shydeman and Fedelta first? (Source: TokyoPop)

Gyakushu! Volume 1 by Dan Hipp (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: They destroyed everything he loved.... Left for dead, this nameless warrior won't stop until his steel is stained with the blood of his enemies. (Source: TokyoPop)

Judas 2 by SUU MINAZUKI (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: As Judas continues the path of destruction, another dark journey is revealed--Peter plans to retake control of the world and put it back into the hands of the Holy Council. As part of his cunning scheme, he attempts to clone Judas. But the best-laid plans of murderers and men should be left to those with too much blood already on their hands.... (Source: TokyoPop)

Pantheon High Volume 1 by Paul Benjamin (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Welcome to Pantheon High, home of the Fighting Chimeras, divine league basketball champs two years running. Keep at 'em, Coach Hercules. As a demigod, you'll get the best education a child of Greek, Norse, Japanese, or Egyptian divinity can receive here at our Los Angeles-based campus. You may have heard prophecies or seen visions of a great doom looming over the school, but the End of All Things is no excuse for tardiness and absences will go on your permanent record. The challenges at a school for demigods are great, but if anyone can face them it's the students of ... Pantheon High. (Source: TokyoPop)

Tor Books

Lord of the Silent Kingdom by Glen Cook (Tor Books 20 February, 2007 / $27.95) - He was born Else Tage, a naive Praman Captain guarding the Wells of Ihrain, the source of all magic when he was forced to battle a Tyranny of the Night. Not knowing he cannot triumph, he killed one of the immortal Instrumentalities; no one slays a God yet the impossible has happened; a human for the first time ever has killed an invincible supernatural creature (see The Tyranny of the Night). (see review)

Lurulu (Ports of Call) by Jack Vance (Tor Books 06 February 2007 / $13.95) - Book Description: Rejoin Myron Tany and the crew of the space freighter Glicca as they ply their way from planet to planet, star to star, and adventure to adventure. From one world to the next, they will chase their dreams. Jack Vance has been writing for more than fifty years, and in 1997 was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is the author of the World Fantasy Awardwinning Lyonnesse series, and the Hugo and Nebula Awardwinning The Last Castle. From one world to the next they will chase their dreams in this sequel to Ports of Call. (see review)

The Elysium Commission by L. E. Modesitt (Tor Books 20 February, 2007 / $24.95) - Blaine Donne, a literate and sophisticated Sam Spade, earns his living investigating lost heirs, business misdeeds, and unresolved matters in The Elysium Commission, L.E. Modesitt's newest offering. Set in a far future world, Modesitt uses plenty of names, titles, and customs linking it to French and Italian words and names. His homage to the sleuths of the Thirties and Forties gives a nod to action spy thrillers as well. (see review)

The Plot to Save Socrates by Paul Levinson (Tor Books 20 February 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: Paul Levinsons astonishing new SF novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics, is shown a recently discovered new dialog of Socrates, 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. The trail leads her to a time machine in a gentlemen's club that exists in London and in New York, as well as into the past where a time traveler from her future is posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD. Complications, mysteries, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history. She finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and Appleton, the great nineteenth century American publisher, to Socrates himself appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates. (Source: Tor Books)

The Sam Gunn Omnibus by Ben Bova (Tor Books 20 February 2007 / $29.95) - Book Description: A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice. (And he really does love money and women.) Whether he's suing the Pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the virtual sex trade, or on trial for his life on charges of interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey wholl meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve and a weapon in his pocket. Now, for the first time in one volume, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the Solar System to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term venture capitalist. (Source: Tor Books)

Weavers of War (Winds of the Forelands) by David B. Coe (Tor Books 20 February 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: In the four previous books of his epic fantasy series, David Coe has woven a complex tapestry of magic and politics, courage and betrayal, love and hate. Now, he brings the many strands of this enthralling series together in a climactic novel that will thrill readers of epic magical fantasy. For years the magical Qirsi people who live among the Eandi courts of the Forelands have conspired, weakening alliances among the realms. The renegades are led by a mysterious Weaver named Dusaan with powers that allow him to appear in the dreams of his followers and to bind the magic of many Qirsi into a single weapon more potent than any the Eandi have faced in a thousand years. Now, his planning begins to bear fruit. He reveals himself to friend and foe alike, knowing that none can stand against him. Dusaan takes control of the Empire and begins his march toward war, enlisting those who serve him in other realms to join the battle, as the ranks of his army swell. (Source: Tor Books)

University of Toronto Press

Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction by Sherryl Vint (University of Toronto Press 24 February 2007 / $50.00) - Anxieties about embodiment and posthumanism have always found an outlet in the science fiction of the day. In Bodies of Tomorrow, Sherryl Vint argues for a new model of an ethical and embodied posthuman subject through close readings of the works of Gwyneth Jones, Octavia Butler, Iain M. Banks, William Gibson, and other science fiction authors. Vint's discussion is firmly contextualized by discussions of contemporary technoscience, specifically genetics and information technology, and the implications of this technology for the way we consider human subjectivity.

Engaging with theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Anne Balsamo, N. Katherine Hayles, and Douglas Kellner,Bodies of Tomorrow argues for the importance of challenging visions of humanity in the future that overlook our responsibility as embodied beings connected to a material world. If we are to understand the post-human subject, then we must acknowledge our embodied connection to the world around us and the value of our multiple subjective responses to it. Vint's study thus encourages a move from the common liberal humanist approach to posthuman theory toward what she calls `embodied posthumanism.' This timely work of science fiction criticism will prove fascinating to cultural theorists, philosophers, and literary scholars alike, as well as anyone concerned with the ethics of posthumanism.


J-Horror - The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge, and Beyond by David Kalat (Vertical 27 Februaryr 2007 / $14.95) - I'm not a horror fan by any stretch of the imagination. But that doesn't keep me from wondering why some folks are and some aren't, what it means to our culture...and what it says about others. So David Kalat's new book on Japanese Horror intrigued me enough to thumb through it. It's extremely well written, researched and referenced, and full of both trivia and insight.

Here's a bit from Ch.4, Junji Ito Will Not Die, where he quotes the creator of the deathless Japanese sex/horror icon Tomie Kawakami.

"I think that the 'desire to see something scary' is a kind of instinct to increase your power to resist the dangers or fears of things that might actually happen to you in the future. I think that people who have a hight sense of anxiety and have a survival instinct like to read horror." This (Kalat continues) is the mission of J-Horror...Japanese society is at a moment of crisis where longstanding traditions of male-female roles are at odds with the modern economy...but few are talking openly or honestly about these wrenching, fundamental these issues have been coded into a new context."

William Morrow

Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel by Joe Hill (William Morrow 01 February 2007 / $24.95) - Do you sleep with the light on? Are you in the habit of checking your doors and windows before you go to bed? Maybe even checking under your bed? If you are about to crack open Joe Hill's chilling thriller Heart-Shaped Box, you might want to rethink your nighttime habits--Hill's story about an aging rock star (with a penchant for macabre artifacts) who buys a haunted suit online will scare you silly. (see review)

Wizards of the Coast

The Halls of Stormweather (Gateway to Sembia) by (Wizards of the Coast 13 February 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: Sembia is a land of wealth and power, where rival families buy and sell everything imaginable--even life itself. In that unforgiving realm, the Uskevren family may hold the rarest commodity of all: honor. But even they have their secrets, and at least as many enemies.

This anthology of seven stories introduces not just one realm of good and evil, not just one family of troubled heroes, but the whole of the remarkable Forgotten Realms world. (Source: Wizards of the Coast)

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