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Clarion Application Deadline April 1st. by Cory Doctorow ( 05 March 2007 / ) - This summer marks the first year that the venerable Clarion Writers' Workshop will run at the University of California at San Diego. Previously, the legendary science fiction writers' boot-camp was hosted at Michigan State, where I attended it in 1992 and taught in 2005.


Dangerous Games by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (Editors) (Ace 27 March 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Extreme sports. Extreme future. Extreme collection.

Science fiction's most expert dreamers envision the computerized, high-risk games of the future in this winning collection. Features Robert Sheckley, Cory Doctorow, Kate Wilhelm, Alastair Reynolds, Vernor Vinge, Jonathan Letham, Gwyneth Jones, William Browning Spencer, Allen Steele, Terry Dowling, and Jason Stoddard. (Source: Ace)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Ace 27 March, 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge. (see review)

Ace Trade

Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip (Ace Trade 06 March 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: In the realm of fantasy, one name stands out from the crowd. For many years, Patricia A. McKillip has charmed readers with her "unique brand of prose magic" (Locus). Now, for the first time in one volume, she offers two of her classic tales-The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird-which delve into the fate of the Ro family and an otherworld rich in myth and mayhem, magic and adventure (Source: Ace Trade)

The Alchemist's Apprentice by Dave Duncan (Ace Trade 06 March, 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: To the legendary clairvoyant Maestro Nostradamus, the future is forever in motion. But for young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, his apprentice and protector, the present is hard enough to contend with. His days are spent poring over astrology charts and making calculations, his nights learning arcane magic or transcribing Nostradamus's nebulous prophecies. Until one night, when the Council of Ten arrives to take the seer into custody.

It seems that a high-ranking friend of the prince died under mysterious circumstances after Nostradamus cast his horoscope, warning of danger-and rumors are swirling that the mystic poisoned the victim to enhance his own reputation. Alfeo is stunned when his master refuses to flee. Instead, Nostradamus charges Alfeo with the task of clearing his name. Now, Alfeo must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own. (see review)


The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac by Vicki Pettersson (Avon 01 March, 2007 / $6.99) - From publicity material: Joanna Archer knows about darkness. Raped at 16, she's spent the past nine years keeping an eye on the dark side of humanity. By day she's an heiress, and a photographer in Las Vegas. By night she prowls the forsaken streets looking for revenge...and the chance to exorcise the demon within.

Until a chance date turned horrific reveals a world beyond the bright lights and beg-time action of Vegas - an otherworld filled with supernatural forces where Light and Dark war with each other. Only the brave members of the Zodiac - twelve men and women endowed with magical abilities - can keep evil at bay. And with a mysterious legacy from her mother and preternatural fighting skills, Joanna could be one of them...if she lives long enough. (see review)


Dark Companion by Andre Norton (Baen 27 March 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: In a future where humanity has scattered itself across the stars and Earth itself is now a dimly-remembered place of legend, two worlds of near-supernatural strangeness challenge two naive but courageous heroes. The planet Beltane had been unscathed by the all-encompassing war of the four Sectors when Vere Collis and his friends, exploring caves underground, were trapped by powerful explosions on the surface. Their leader was killed, but the group wandered for days underground to find a way to the surface. They emerged to find that they were the last human survivors on Beltane. Only strange and deadly mutant creatures now roamed the surface. Elsewhere in the galaxy, Kilda's home planet had no place for her, so she took employment as a teacher and governess to two young children on the planet named Dylan. But she soon found that one of her charges has an invisible "dread companion"--and soon Kilda knows that the companion is not imaginary at all, as it leads her charges into an other-dimensional world resembling the legends of Faerie. Though the other world has unknown dangers on every hand, Kilda follows the children across the spatial barrier, knowing that she is their only hope. Two complete novels of two very different heroes battling alien and unknown evil, and fighting to protect the helpless in worlds that are wondrous, terrifying, and utterly alien.

Publisher's Note: Dark Companion has previously appeared separately as Dark Piper and Dread Companion. This is the first combined publication in paperback of the complete book.

(Source: Baen)

Future Weapons of War by (Baen 06 March 2007 / $24.00) - Book Description: A volume of visions of future wars, fought with weapons out of nightmare, by today's top writers of military science fiction, as well as some writers who are not usually associated with military SF, such as best-selling writer Gregory Benford, and award-winning author Kristine Katherine Rusch. Also present are Michael Z. Williamson, author of the strong selling novels Freehold and The Weapon, award-winning author of Bolo Strike, William H. Keith, and more. Through the centuries, weapons have changed radically, but the soldier has remained much the same. But in the future, soldiers, too, may undergo radical changes. As editor Joe Haldeman puts it, "Weapons are an extension of the soldier, and also an extension of the culture or species that produced the soldier. And they are sometimes more dangerous to the soldier than the enemy. . . ."

(Source: Baen)

Hell Hath No Fury (Multiverse, Book 2) by David Weber (Baen 06 March 2007 / $26.00) - Book Description: It began with two men. They came from very different worlds -- entirely different universes, in fact-- and they met in a virgin forest on a duplicate planet Earth. Neither of them had expected it, both of them realized how important the first contact with any other trans-universal human civilization might be. But something went wrong. Neither side knows who shot first. But both the magic-using civilization of Arcana and steel-and-steam age Sharona, with its psionic Talents, think it was the other side. And it doesn't really matter, now, because the original incident has snowballed. Both sides have additional dead to mourn; both sides have additional wrongs to avenge. Both sides have additional military forces moving towards the front. War between the universes is the last thing responsible leaders on either side want. But the fury of their respective populations, xenophobic fear of the unknown, and cries for "justice" (or vengeance), are all driving both sides towards the brink. The actions of local military commanders and diplomats may well determine the final outcome, and unscrupulous, power-hungry men¿and Arcana and Sharona alike¿have agendas of their own. The fuse has been lit, and a war stretching across the universes, across an endless succession of identical Earths, fought between dragons, spells, and crossbows and repeating rifles, machine guns, and artillery is about to begin in white-hot rage and fury. Where it will end--and how--no one knows. (Source: Baen)

Into The Looking Glass by John Ringo (Baen 27 March 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Baen now launches an exciting new science fiction adventure series by the New York Times best-selling author: When a 60-kiloton explosion destroyed the University of Central Florida, and much of the surrounding countryside, the authorities first thought that terrorists had somehow obtained a nuclear weapon. But there was no radiation detected, and, when physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller were sent to investigate, they found that in the center of the destruction, where the University¿s physics department used to be, was an interdimensional gateway to . . . somewhere. An experiment in subatomic physics had produced a very unexpected effect. Furthermore, other gateways were appearing all over the world¿and one of them immediately began disgorging demonic visitors intent on annihilating all life on Earth and replacing it with their own. Other, apparently less hostile, aliens emerged from other gateways, and informed Weaver and Miller that the demonic invaders¿the name for them that humans could most easily pronounce was the ¿Dreen¿¿were a deadly blight across the galaxy, occupying planet after planet after wiping out all native life; and now it would be Earth¿s turn, unless Weaver and Miller could find a way to close the gateways. If they failed, the less belligerent aliens would face the regrettable necessity of annihilating the entire Earth to save their own worlds. . . .

SFRevu ran a review of Into the Looking Glassby John Ringo when it came out in hardcover in our May 2005 issue. (Source: Baen)

The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen 27 March 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet¿Earth. He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter. Then the Earth forces attacked his home system, and he and his team came out of hiding, attacking and destroying the infrastructure of the crowded planet, disabling transportation and communications in city after city. As a result of his attacks, billions died for lack of the food, water and power which the ravaged system could no longer supply. His sabotage was successful, but the deaths of so many weighs heavily on his mind, making him wonder if he can stay sane. Then the secret police discovered his identity. With his daughter, the only thing in his life that had so far kept him human, he was on the run, while the resources of a planet-wide police state were tracking him down. He could see no way to escape from the planet, no way to keep hiding, and if he and his daughter were caught, death was the very least that they could expect. But Chinran is a warrior to the core, and even if he loses this last battle, he won't go down without a fight that his pursuers--the ones who survive--will never forget

(see review)

To Outlive Eternity: and Other Stories by Poul Anderson (Baen 06 March 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: From the aftermath of World War III to a world inherited by robots, where humans are unwelcome . . . from a handful of human survivors on a starship desperately searching for other ships carrying survivors of the destruction of the entire Earth by an unknown enemy, who may strike again at any time, to another starship hurtling through the cosmos at a speed so close to that of light and unable to slow down that relativistic effects make millennia fly by for each tick of the clock onboard . . . from a team striving to make Venus habitable for humans to a group of men who find the ominous secret behind a new quasi-religious philosophy that is sweeping the world. . . . The wide-ranging imagination and exciting storytelling of Poul Anderson brings many different worlds to vivid life in a great volume of his best stories that will thrill all fans of science fiction. (Source: Baen)

Ballantine Books

Troy: Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell (Ballantine Books 27 March, 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: The second volume in the compelling new trilogy of historical fiction centered around the Trojan War.

Agamemnon tightens his noose around the glittering prized city of Troy. As battle lines re drawn, a new character steps onto the stage, a fearless warrior of godlike strength and ferocity, eager to test himslef in this deadly game. His name: Achilles. Trapped in this dance of war and politics is Andromache, the Shield of Thunder, marked at birth by Athena and prophesied to bear the Eagle Child--a son who will reign "till end of days, and fall of kings." Meanwhile, Odysseus, the wily leader of Ithaca who despises the warlike Agamemnon, is maneuvered into an impossible choice between friendship and honor. (see review)

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Silverboy by N.M. Browne (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books March 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: A spellgrinder's apprentice like Tommo rarely survives long enough to become a spellgrinder. Most of them die of the quivers, or from wounds suffered when their turn-knife slips. Working, sleeping and eating in the cellar with magical stones, their skin acquires an eerie silvery sparkle. It's practically impossible to escape from their underground prison, and if they do, the phosphorescent glow of their skin shines like a beacon for all to see. That's why Tommo is running, running as fast as he can to the coast. He has been granted sanctuary for eight days and must leave the shores by then, or face the hangman's noose. (Young Adult) (Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage (YA) by Dale Peck (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 06 March, 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Returning for the summer to Drift House, their uncle’s seagoing mansion, Susan and Charles Oakenfeld find themselves separated when a tidal wave carries the house out to sea. Charles is stuck up a tree with a parrot and a mysterious book, while Susan and Uncle Farley are adrift in the house. As each attempts to track the source of the time squall that set the tidal wave in motion, it soon becomes clear that they are separated not just by space, but centuries. From the coast of Newfoundland, to the rocky shores of medieval Greenland, to the tumbling tower of Babel, Charles and Susan are in for much more of an adventure than they could have imagined, and whether or not they get home again is out of their control . . . (Young Adult) (see review)


Blood and Rust: Two Novels of the Cleveland Undead by S.A. Swiniarski (DAW 06 March 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Finally back in print, Raven and The Flesh, The Blood, and The Fire are two boundary-breaking novels set in Cleveland, Ohio--but is this an average American city with hardworking families striving to fulfill the American dream--or the kind of town where death is anything but final and one's neighbors may not be as normal as they seem? (see review)


If I Were An Evil Overlord by Martin H. Greenberg & Russell Davis (Eds) (Daw 06 March 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: FOURTEEN ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES THAT ARE PERFECT FOR EVERYONE. BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT: Who hasn't dreamed of being an evil overlord? Today's finest fantasy authors have delivered fourteen tales that run the gamut from humorous to serious, fantasy to science fiction. Certain to appeal to role-playing gamers, fantasy lovers, and megalomaniacs who want to rule the world. (see review)

DAW Hardcover

Shadowplay: Shadowmarch Volume II by Tad Williams (DAW Hardcover 06 March, 2007 / $26.95) - From publicity material: Shadowmarch introduced readers to the mystical place where the hazy Shadowline marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. Bordering the maddening no-man's land that is the Shadowline is Shadowmarch, the northernmost human kingdom. In Williams's compelling first installment, King Olin was captured by a rival kingdom, and Shadowmarch was left in the hands of his young, ill-equip royal heirs. Shadowplay picks up where its predecessor left off. (Source: DAW Hardcover)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW Hardcover 27 March, 2007 / $24.95) - From publicity material: The Name of the Wind is the opening chapter in the ongoing tale of Kvothe (pronounced "quothe"). It is the story of a young man who becomes the most notorious magician his world has ever known. The Name of the Wind tells Kvothe's story, beginning with his childhood among a troupe of traveling players, moving through years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, and finally to his brazen bid to enter a legendary school of magic and learn the secrets hidden there. (see review)

Del Rey

The Poisoned Crown (Sangreal Trilogy) by Amanda Hemingway (Del Rey 27 March, 2007 / $12.95) - From publicity material: The third and final book in Amanda Hemingway's magical young adult series, The Sangreal Trilogy. Based loosely on the Grail myth, The Poisoned Crown revolves around a boy named Nathan, who must collect three Grail relics before his world (as well as the parallel worlds that he dreams himself into) are destroyed by witchcraft and evil. All the while, he must contend with the additional difficulties associated with budding adolescent romance. The Poisoned Crown clears up a number of mysteries put forth in The Greenstone Grail and The Sword of Straw and brings this young adult series to a close. (Source: Del Rey)


Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur (Dell 27 March, 2007 / $6.99) - From publicity material: Set in present day Melbourne, Australia, Dangerous Games is the fourth book in this series chronicling the adventures of half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jensen and her work at the supernatural Directorate of Other races. ... Riley is assigned her first case as a full-fledged Guardian to find the killer of dead women turning up in warehouses all over Melbourne. (see review)


For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison (Eos 01 March 2007 / $21.95) - Book Description: Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble . . . until now.

A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, claiming victims across society, and the resulting terror ignites a vicious Inderland gang war. And while the ancient artifact Rachel is hiding may be the key to stopping the murderer, revealing it could also create a battle to the death among the numerous supernatural races that live in and around Cincinnati.

For every action has its price, and when the vampire master Piscary is set free and the demonic Algaliarept dares to walk openly under the sun, even Rachel Morgan can't hide forever. (see review)

Odalisque: Book One of the Percheron Saga by Fiona McIntosh (Eos 01 March, 2007 / $14.95) - From back of book: Captured by slave traders, Lazar fought his way to freedom and the coveted position of Spur of Percheron, charged with protecting his adopted city from enemies on both sides of its walls. For years, he has led a charmed life. Confidant of the Zar, he can have any woman and enjoys privileges granted to a small few. But now his protector, Zar Joreb, has died and the winds of change are blowing....

Though Joreb's 15-year-old heir, Boaz, is the new Zar, the balance of power in the Harem is in the hands of his mother, the striking and cruelly ambitious Herezah, who plans to rule Percheron through her son. her will is soon challenged by a beautiful new odalisque of the harem, Ana, a spirited youth who captures Lazar's heart. Yearning for freedom, Ana tries to escape--a defiant act that will ensnare the entire palace and even the gods themselves.

Worldweavers 1: Gift of the Unmage by Alma Alexander (Eos 01 March, 2007 / $16.99) - From back of book: Great things have been expected of Thea, the seventh child of two seventh children, whose magical abilities are, unfortunately, minimal. Now, with Cheveyo, a mage, Thea has begun to weave herself a new magical identity, infused with elements of the original worlds where Cheveyo and others like him walk. But back home, she attends the Wandless Academy, the one school on earth for those who, like her, have no magical abilities. It is there that Thea realizes she will indeed have to fight, that her enemies are hungrier and more dangerous than she knew. What's more, her greatest strength may be the very powerlessness she has resisted for so long. (Grades 7 and up.) (see review)

I. B. Tauris

Reading 24: TV against the Clock (Reading Contemporary Television) by Steven Peacock (I. B. Tauris 06 March 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: Time has named 24 one of the Best Television Events of the Decade. With an innovative format that uses one hour of real time for each episode, and a season that comprises one twenty-four hour period, the show zeroes in on the fears and dangers of a post-9/11 world and the ways in which threats are transmitted, tracked down, and fought. From assassination attempts and germ warfare to horrific terrorist plots, Kiefer Sutherlands Agent Jack Bauer embodies Americas darkest fears and its perilous place in the world today. This is the first book to bring together critical discussions of the series from many different perspectives. It covers everything from the shows unconventional format to discussions of globalism, oil, the politics of torture, and gender, and includes an episode guide. (Source: I. B. Tauris)

Liverpool University Press

Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines, 1970-1980 (Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) by Mike Ashley (Liverpool University Press 15 March, 2007 / $75.00) - Book Description: In the 1970s science fiction exploded into the popular consciousness, appearing everywhere along the cultural spectrum—from David Bowie's alien stage persona to the massively successful global juggernaut that was Star Wars. This proliferation of other worlds and alternative futures reflected the uncertain mood of the times. With the American involvement in Vietnam reaching its bitter conclusion, the Apollo moon program ending, and awareness of humanity's destructive impact on the environment increasing, our planet began to seem a smaller, lonelier, more fragile place—and the escapist appeal of science fiction grew.

Corresponding with these tumultuous events was a period of significant American economic decline, and, as Mike Ashley shows in Gateways to Forever, the once enormously popular science fiction magazines struggled to survive. The third volume of this award-winning series chronicles the publications' most difficult period so far. The decade began with the death of John Campbell, Jr., the man who launched the magazine Astonishing, and with it science fiction's prominence as a genre. The widespread popularization of sci-fi imagery reflected a newly diversified market—new anthologies, fanzines, role-playing games, comics, and blockbuster films all fought for the attention and money of sci-fi fans. Ashley shows how the traditional magazines coped with these setbacks but also how they, as always, looked to the future, as the decade closed and the earliest precursors to the Internet emerged.

Unique in its depth of analysis, Mike Ashley's ground-breaking history is a monument to science fiction's evolution. As the genre continues to infiltrate mainstream literature—witness acclaimed novelists like Kazuo Ishiguro and Jonathan Lethem freely employing sci-fi tropes—Gateways to Forever is essential reading for anyone interested in seeing how it all began.

About the Author: Mike Ashley is the author or editor of over sixty books including the preceding volumes in this series, Time Machines and Transformations, also published by Liverpool University Press, and The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories. (see review)

McFarland & Company

Pulp Magazine Holdings Directory: Library Colletions in North America and Europe by Jess Nevins (McFarland & Company 06 March 2007 / $49.95) - Product Description: Increasing literacy rates and advanced printing technology gave rise to the pulp magazine in the late 19th century. Affordable, disposable, and commercially in-demand, the fiction magazines remained popular through the mid 20th century, and are now frequently cited by researchers as culturally and historically significant documents. This work is a comprehensive index of American pulp magazines. Entries are organized alphabetically by magazine title, and offer bibliographic data including author, volume/issue numbers, dates of publication, publisher, and a brief categorization. Each entry also includes a helpful list of current library holdings, if any, among American, Canadian, and European libraries. (Source: McFarland & Company)

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers

Tolkien And Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes And Language (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) by Janet Brennan Croft (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 22 March 2007 / $35.00) - Product Description: Tolkien and Shakespeare: one a prolific popular dramatist and poet of the Elizabethan era, the other a twentieth-century scholar of Old English and author of a considerably smaller body of work. Though unquestionably very different writers, the two have more in common than one might expect. These essays focus on the broad themes and motifs which concerned both authors. They seek to uncover Shakespeare's influence on Tolkien through echoes of the playwright's themes and even word choices, discovering how Tolkien used, revised, updated, "corrected," and otherwise held an ongoing dialogue with Shakespeare's works.

The depiction of Elves and the world of Faerie, and how humans interact with them, are some of the most obvious points of comparison and difference for the two writers. Both Tolkien and Shakespeare deeply explored the uses and abuses of power with princes, politics, war, and the lessons of history. Magic and prophecy were also of great concern to both authors, and the works of both are full of encounters with the Other: masks and disguises, mirrors that hide and reveal, or seeing stones that show only part of the truth. (Source: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)


Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (Miramax 21 March 2007 / $13.95) - Book Description: The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, Day Watch begins where Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others. The forces of darkness keep an eye during the day, the Day Watch, while the agents of Light monitor the nighttime. Very senior Others called the Inquisitors are the impartial judges insisting on the essential compact. When a very potent artifact is stolen from them, the consequences are dire and drastic for all sides. Day Watch introduces the perspective of the Dark Ones, as it is told in part by a young witch who bolsters her evil power by leeching fear from children's nightmares as a counselor at a girls' summer camp. When she falls in love with a handsome young Light One, the balance is threatened and a death must be avenged.

Day Watch is replete with the thrilling action and intricate plotting of the first tale, fuelled by cunning, cruelty, violence, and magic. It is a fast paced, darkly humorous, haunting world that will take root in the shadows of your mind and live there forever. (Source: Miramax)

NAL Trade

Dragon Lovers by Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Karen Harbaugh, and Barbara Samuel (NAL Trade 06 March, 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: Romance and fantasy collide in these enchanting stories featuring dragons-and love-in all their many forms. Four of today's most popular authors bring to life mythical creatures, otherworlds of yesterday and today, and the passionate melding of hearts.

From a virgin princess's first love to a shape-changing samurai bridegroom, from a young widow and her sexy handyman's secret project to a knight and his distressed damsel, the courage, beauty, and strength of dragons inspire the most unforgettable stories ever told. (see review)

Night Shade Books

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year Volume 1 by (Night Shade Books 15 March 2007 / $19.95) - Book Description: For the first time ever, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has assembled the best science fiction and the best fantasy stories of the year in one volume. More than just two books for the price of one, this book brings together over 200,000 words of the best genre fiction anywhere. Strahan's critical eye and keen editorial instincts have served him well for earlier best of the year round-ups in the Best Short Novels, Science Fiction: Best of and Fantasy: Best of series, and this is his most impressive effort yet.

Old Earth Books

Things Will Never Be The Same: A Howard Waldrop Reader by Howard Waldrop (Old Earth Books March 2007 / $19.95) - From back of Book: The first career retrospective of the writer that the Washington Post Book World called: "The resident Weird Mind of his generation, he writes like a honky-tonk angle." 16 stories, each with a new after word. (see review)

Orb Books

Expiration Date by Tim Powers (Orb Books 20 March 2007 / $15.95) - Koot Parganas has stolen the ghost of Thomas Edison, preserved in a hidden glass vial. Now he's on the run through the dark underside of Los Angeles, among characters who extend their lives and enhance their power by catching and absorbing the ghosts of the recently dead. Like The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides, this fantasy has an astonishing power that remains long after the last page is turned. (Source: Orb Books)

Time for the Stars by Robert A. Heinlein (Orb Books 06 March 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. With no time to wait years for communication between slower-than-light spaceships and home, the Long Range Foundation explores an unlikely solutionhuman telepathy. Identical twins Tom and Pat are enlisted to be the human radios that will keep the ships in contact with Earth, but one of them has to stay behind while the other explores the depths of space. This is one of Heinleins triumphs. (Source: Orb Books)

Prometheus Books

Feminist Philosophy And Science Fiction: Utopias And Dystopias by Judith A. Little (Prometheus Books 27 March, 2007 / $25.00) - Book Description This accessible and provocative collection of science fiction acquaints readers with cutting-edge gender controversies in moral and political philosophy. By imagining future worlds that defy our most basic assumptions about sex and gender, freedom and equality, and ethical values, the anthology's authors not only challenge traditional standards of morality and justice, but create bold experiments for testing feminist hypotheses. Selections are grouped under four main themes. Part 1, "Human Nature and Reality," concentrates on whether there is an intrinsic difference between males and females. Here the authors inspect opposing views on five related questions: What does it mean to be human? What are women and men really like? How significant is the reproductive difference? How do we define the concepts of "woman" and "nature"? Why is language important? Part 2, "Dystopias: The Worst of All Possible Worlds," first portrays misogynistic societies uncomfortably familiar to the early 21st-century reader. Chilling stories of future possibilities follow, including worlds where women and men separate into armies to fight a literal war of the sexes. Part 3, "Separatist Utopias: Worlds of Difference," assembles stories that scrutinize both the virtues and vices of separatism, in order to address the questions Why should women want to separate from men? and What would and should these all-female worlds be like? In Part 4, "Androgynous Utopias: Worlds of Equality," the authors create intriguing worlds that anticipate the consequences, good and bad, of perfect sexual equality in education, intelligence, capability, and reproduction. With selections from such noted writers as Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree Jr., and many others, plus chapter introductions, discussion questions, and recommended reading list, this stimulating collection offers fresh insights on troubling issues by weaving controversial utopian and dystopian designs from the separate threads of opposing positions. (Source: Prometheus Books)


The Game (YA) by Diana Wynn Jones (Puffin 01 March, 2007 / $11.99) - Book Description: Hayley's parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and home-schooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong—she is not quite sure what—they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley's shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call "the game," where they visit a place called "the mythosphere". And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end—like all of this acclaimed author's work. (see review)

Putnam Juvenile

Shanghaied to the Moon (YA) by Michael Daley (Putnam Juvenile 01 March, 2007 / $16.99) - Book Description: Thirteen-year-old Stewart Hale dreams of Space Academy and becoming a famous pilot like his mother, and like his hero Val Thorsten. But after his mother's death, his father has forbidden any talk of Stewart going into space. And Stewart suspects there's something that is being kept hidden from him, something they don't want him to remember from his past.

A chance encounter with a washed-up old spacer gives Stewart an unexpected opportunity to sneak off on his own mission to the Moon. But when the old spacer's intentions turn out to be less than honorable, Stewart realizes he hasn't found his big break—he's been shanghaied! (see review)


Gradisil by Adam Roberts (Pyr 06 March, 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: Gradisil is an epic space opera of family revenge and the birth of a nation.

Not very long from now, if you are wealthy, space can be yours, space to grow. New technology has seeded a rebirth of the pioneer spirit. A new breed of adventurer has slipped the bonds of gravity and begun a fresh life in orbit, free from interference by government, free from the petty concerns of earth.

Who wouldn't want such freedom? Who wouldn't want to escape from society's tangles--from the claws of the corporations, from the stifling love of family?

But tradition, fear, and revenge carry a murderous weight, a gravity that is not so easy to escape. The death of Gradisil's grandfather, floating high in the uplands above earth, was only the beginning. And now the US government is looking up at the new nation above our heads with jealous eyes. (see review)

Keeping It Real: Quantum Gravity:book 1 by Justina Robson (Pyr 06 March, 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe's different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elfin, elemental, and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous, and really bored with the constant Lord of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves.

Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty, but now she's not so sure. Her body is more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery, a machine she's barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation. As for her heart, well, ever since being drawn into a game by the elfin rockstar Zal (lead singer of the No Shows), who she's been assigned to protect, she's not even sure she can trust that any more either. (see review)


X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo (Rayo 01 March 2007 / $13.95) - Book Description:

Felix has survived Operation Iraqi Freedom, being turned into a vampire, and a ravenous horde of nymphomaniacs. Now he faces his toughest task ever—navigating the corrupt world of Los Angeles politics to solve the murder of a distinguished young surgeon turned porn star. But both human and vampire alike have reasons to want the secret to stay buried. . .

(see review)


Moonshine by Rob Thurman (Roc 06 March, 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: After saving the world from his fiendish father's side of the family, Cal Leandros and his stalwart half-brother Niko have settled down with new digs and a new gig-bodyguard and detective work. And in New York City, where preternatural beings stalk the streets just like normal folk, business is good. Their latest case has them going undercover for the Kin-the werewolf Mafia. A low-level Kin boss thinks a rival is setting him up for a fall, and wants proof. The place to start is the back room of Moonshine-a gambling club for non-humans. Cal thinks it's a simple in-and-out job. But Cal is very, very wrong.

Cal and Niko are being set up themselves-and the people behind it have a bite much worse than their bark... (see review)

Roc Hardcover

Belladonna (Ephemera #2) by Anne Bishop (Roc Hardcover 06 March, 2007 / $23.95) - Book Description: The follow-up to Sebastian. The Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the realm of Ephemera, corrupting people's souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater's plans. But she has been branded a rogue, and must stand alone against the encroaching entity.

But she is not alone. In dreams, a call has traveled throughout Ephemera - "Heart's hope lies within Belladonna"-and reached Michael, a man with mysterious powers of his own. It awakens a fierce hunger within him to find the dark-haired sorceress he's dreamt of - a beautiful woman named Belladonna. Together, they may be Ephemera's only hope. (see review)

Roc Trade

Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 by (Roc Trade 06 March 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: This annual publication as chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the current state of the genre and predictions of future science fiction and fantasy films, art, and more.

This year's award-winning authors include Joe Haldeman (Novel), Kelly Link (Novella, Novelette), and Carol Emshwiller (Short Story). (Source: Roc Trade)


Breakfast with the Ones You Love by Eliot Fintushel (Spectra 27 February, 2007 / $12.00) - From back of book: Lea Tillim is a girl who can think you into a heart attack if you cross her -- or, if she's feeling kind, just a bad case of indigestion. She has only one friend in the world, her cat, Tule. That's because a girl like

Lea can't be too careful -- her talent can lead to troubles and tragedies. Now it's led her to Jack Konar, a boy with a master plan to rescue humanity from this godforsaken planet. he needs a girl with Lea's special talents. It would all sound too crazy for words if the most dangerous thing of all hadn't happened: Lea found herself Jack, in life, and, most of all, in breakfast with the ones you love. (see review)

Dawn by Tim Lebbon (Spectra 27 March, 2007 / $12.00) - From back of book: Noreela teeters on the brink of destruction, but at its center pulses a magic grown stronger than ever before. Now the Mages have raised an army of terrifying warriors and unstoppable war machines. Their goal: the annihilation of all Noreela through a reign of bloodshed and death unlike any ever imagined.

But Noreela's last survivors will not go quiety into the never-ending darkness. One man will lead a desperate band of rebels, including a witch, a fledge miner, and a dreaming librarian. for an ancient prophecy predicts that the future of magic will emerge in a child still unborn--if only our heroes can stay alive until dawn. (see review)

The Borderkind (Beyond the Veil) by Christopher Golden (Spectra 27 March 2007 / $12.00) - Book Description: For centuries they lived amongst us. The frightful and wondrous, the angelic and bloodthirsty. Living in a reality just beyond the Veil, humanity's myths and legends are caught in a struggle for their very survival—against hunters far more powerful than they are.

Into this struggle has stepped a New England lawyer who once wanted to be an actor—a man who both longs for the mortal woman he was to marry and is desperate to rescue the sister who's been taken hostage. Neither hero nor warrior, Oliver Bascombe now finds himself brandishing a magical sword, walking in the company of a woman who sometimes appears as a fox and a man made of pure ice, and dueling with albino giants and winged killers. For in the world of the Borderkind—and the realms that exist beyond it—Oliver is discovering just how vulnerable are humankind's myths, the dire consequences of their extinction, and the reason he was chosen to save them.… (see review)

Star Trek

Mirror Universe Part 2: Obsidian Alliances (Star Trek: the Original Series) by Peter David (Star Trek 20 March 2007 / $16.00) - From publicity material: Contains 3 all new novels in one volume showing the sinister traits of the Enterprise, Star Trek, and The Next Generation.

Restoration reveals the rise of the Empress Sato. She seized power in a heartbeat, daring to place herself against all the overlords of the Empire. Empress Hoshi Sato knows the future that could be; now all she has to do is make sure it never happens. For her to rule, she must hold sway not only over the starship from the future but also over her warlords, the resistance, and her Andorian husband. As quickly and brutally as Hoshi seized power, imperial rule is taken from her. Her only chance to rule again is to ally herself with a lifelong foe, and an alien.

The Sorrows of the Empire shows that one man can indeed change the future. Spock, intrigued by the vision of another universe's Federation, does what no Vulcan, no emperor, has ever done: taking control of the Terran Empire in one blinding stroke of mass murder. Is this a form of Vulcan madness, or is it the coolly logical plan of a man who knows the price his universe must pay for its freedom?<

In The Worst of All Worlds, after a hundred years of domination by the Cardassians and the Klingons, humans struggle to survive. A man known as Jean-Luc Picard agrees to take an elderly doddering scientist, Noonien Soong, to a planet where he's heard there is a human machine hybrid. In one instant he unlocks a horror beyond the tyranny of the Alliance. Can a man so beaten down by a lifetime of oppression stop the destruction? (Source: Star Trek)


True Talents by David Lubar (Starscape 06 March, 2007 / $17.95) - Book Description: Its been over a year since fifteen-year-old Eddie Trash Thalmeyer and his friends from Edgeview Alternative School found out about their special hidden talents. Trash can move things with his mind, Torchie is a fire-starter, Cheater reads minds, Lucky finds lost objects, Flinch can predict the future, and Martin can see into peoples souls. Now back home with their families, all the boys want to do is get back to their normal lives, start attending high school, and keep in touch with their friends from Edgeview. When Trash tests his power in a bank and accidentally steals a fistful of cash, he is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of a shadowy company whose purpose is to gather information about psychic phenomenaand who is willing to do anything to get it. Torchie, Cheater, Lucky, Flinch, and Martin join forces to rescue their friend using their hidden talents, and discover their true talents in the process. (Source: Starscape)


Wolf's Blood (Wolf) by Jane Lindskold (Tor 20 March 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: Raised in the wild by intelligent, language-using wolves, in her teens Firekeeper was abducted back into the lands of men, where her upbringing as a wolf helped her survive the deadly intrigues of human beings. One of the first things she learned in Hawk Haven was that magic was a thing to be feared and despised. Long ago, all the human kingdoms were ruled by powerful sorcerers. Then a plague came and the sorcerers died. Nobody misses them. Much was lost but still, nobody misses them. Yet as Firekeeper has traveled and grown wiser in the ways of human beings, shes learned that the true story was more complex. In coming to the country of the Liglim, she, Derian Carter, and Blind Seer discovered that magic is still working in the world, and that it isnt always the evil theyd been warned against. But it also turned out that the old plague specifically targeted magic users. And when Firekeeper and her friends learned to open the gates between worlds, the plague came back with them. Firekeeper, Blind Seer, and Derian Carter survived the plague: not unchanged, but still themselves. Now Firekeeper is determined to learn the nature of the plague and if she can, to end it forever. (Source: Tor)

Tor Books

Antagonist (Childe Cycle) by Gordon R. Dickson & David W. Wixon (Tor Books 20 March, 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: Gordon R. Dicksons Childe Cycle of novels depicting the future of the human race has been one of the grand epics of science fiction. At the time of his death in 2001, Dickson was writing Antagonist, the tale of Bleys Ahrens turn toward darkness. Now Dicksons assistant David W. Wixon has brilliantly finished the long-awaited book, working from Dicksons copious notes. Antagonist is a fitting capstone to one of the most ambitious series in SF history. The Childe Cycle is the story of a new human evolution: the development of a real, hardwired sense of responsibility shared by all human beings. Donal Graeme was a Dorsai, a mercenary soldier, and also a mutant gifted with insight into the path forward for the human race. Through his gifts Donal would come to bend time and live three lifetimesand, in the process, run into problems he had not expected: first, his own flaws, and second, the existence of another mutant, Bleys Ahrens. Following Young Bleys and Other, Antagonist advances the story of the formidably powerful Bleys Ahrens. Bleys is a man with a clear vision of the struggle in which hes involved but an increasingly deficient sense of human values. He and his organization, the Others, are tracking down an elusive interplanetary opposition. Meanwhile, Bleyss own intricate conspiracies and devisings, and his quest for power, which began with the best of motives, have become something darker and fiercer. He's committed to his plans. They may bring about the advent of Homo superior. And they may destroy the human race.

Psion (Cat) by Joan D. Vinge (Tor Books 06 March 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: When first published, readers young and old eagerly devoured the tale of a street-hardened survivor named Cat, a half-human, half-alien orphan telepath. Named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Cat's story has been continued by Hugo Award winning and international bestselling author Joan D. Vinge with the very popular Catspaw and Dreamfall. Now, twenty-five years later, this special anniversary edition of Psion contains a new introduction by the author and "Psiren", a story never before included in any trade edition of Psion. This tough, gritty tale of an outsider whose only chance for redemption is as an undercover agent is as fresh and powerful today as it was in 1982. (Source: Tor Books)

Sword of the Deceiver (Isavalta) by Sarah Zettel (Tor Books 20 March 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: In the world of Isavalta the empire of Hastinapura dominates neighboring realms, demanding tribute and obedience from all within their power. Natharie of Sindhu, the eldest princess of her realm, is given as tribute to the Imperial throne and becomes a pawn in the power struggle between her homeland and Hastinapura. Though the empires Prince Samudra recognizes her intelligence and character, he cant protect her from the plotting of his lands priesthood and from his brother the emperors designs. As his fate and Natharies become ever more intimately entwined, they risk not only their own lives, but the fate of both realms. With this masterful tapestry woven from a world of colorful societies, Machiavellian conspiracies, subtle magics and romantic liaison, Sarah Zettel conjures a spellbinding tale that will enthrall fantasy readers. Her skillful blending of folk traditions of Russia, India, and China is a compelling fantasy tour de force. (Source: Tor Books)

The Quest for the Trilogy: A Rover Novel of Three Adventures (The Rover) by Mel Odom (Tor Books 20 March, 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: The secret to protecting the civilized world from an ancient threat may lie in the pages of three books and it is up to master librarians of the past and present to secure this knowledge. Set in the years after Lord of the Libraries, young halfer Juhg is still growing into his job as Grandmagister when an ally from the past, the wizened wizard Craugh, returns with warnings of an ancient threat that may resurfacethe so-called Kharrions Wrath, which endangers the existence of the world. Juhg must now unlock the secrets contained in the journals of his now absent mentor Wick, the former Grandmagister and legendary hero known as The Rover. He must also continue his documented but clandestine search for a trilogy of books, which brings him through many different realms of their very dangerous world and into conflict and contact with other races (elves, dwarves, and men) whose fates are all intertwined among the pages of the great book of Time. The Quest for the Trilogy weaves three separate quests into one as the young historian races against the clock to protect not just his world, but all others as well.

The Silver Ship and the Sea by Brenda Cooper (Tor Books 20 March 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description:

The colony planet Fremont is joyous, riotous, and very wild. Its grasses can cut your arms and legs to ribbons, the rinds of its precious fruit can skewer your thumbs, and some of the predators are bigger than humans. Meteors fall from the sky and volcanoes erupt. Fremont is verdant, rich, beautiful, and dangerous.
Fremont's single town, Artistos, perches on a cliff below rugged mountains. Below Artistos lie the Grass Plains, which lead down to the sea. And in the middle of the Grass Plains, a single silver spaceship lies quiet and motionless. The seasons do not dull it, nor do the winds scratch it---and the fearful citizens of Aristos won't go near it.
Chelo Lee, her brother Joseph, and four other young children have been abandoned on the colony planet. Unfortunate events have left them orphaned in a human colony that abhors genetic engineering--and these six young people are genetically enhanced.
With no one to turn to, Chelo and the others must now learn how to use their distinct skills to make this unwelcome planet home, or find a way off it. They have few tools--an old crazy woman who wonders the edges of town, spouting out cryptic messages; their appreciation and affection for each other; a good dose of curiosity; and that abandoned silver space ship that sits locked and alone in the middle of the vast grass plain …

Tor Teen

Farseed (Seed Trilogy) (YA) by Pamela Sargent (Tor Teen 06 March, 2007 / $17.95) - Book Description: Centuries ago, the people of Earth sent Ship into space. Deep within its core, it carried the seed of humankind. More than twenty years have passed since Ship left its children, the seed of humanity, on an uninhabited, earthlike planeta planet they named Home. Zoheret and her companions have started settlements and had children of their own. But, as on board Ship, there was conflict, and soon after their arrival, Zoherets old nemesis, Ho, left the original settlement to establish his own settlement far away. When Hos daughter, sixteen-year-old Nuy, spies three strangers headed toward their village, the hostility between the two groups of old shipmates begins anew and threatens to engulf the children of both settlements. Can the divided settlers face the challenges of adapting to their new environment in spite of their conflicts? And if they do, will they lose their humanity in the process? (Source: Tor Teen)

Walt Disney Pictures

Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition by Gabor Csupo (Dir.) (Walt Disney Pictures 26 December, 2006 / $6.99) - Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel

The Plot: Two new friends (Hutcherson and Robb) create an imaginary land in order to deal with their real-world problems. However, they discover a bonafide magical kingdom in the forest, where they are deemed king and queen. IMDB. (Source: Walt Disney Pictures)

Wizards of the Coast

Depths of Madness: The Dungeons by Erik Scott de Bie (Wizards of the Coast 13 March 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: Now it's her turn. Eldritch and forgotten arcana wait within its vaults. Twisted accidents of magic prowl its halls. Sinister forces lure the unsuspecting deeper into death or madness. Its victims don't remember how they got there. No one remembers how to get out. (Source: Wizards of the Coast)

The Great White Wyrm (Dragonlance: Champions, Vol. 3) by Peter Archer (Wizards of the Coast 13 March 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: From out of the clouds it comes, breathing ice, terrorizing those who live by the seas of Krynn. It is a terror beyond belief: the Great White Wyrm. And for centuries, a dedicated band of elves known as Dragonsbane have pursued it. They've finally brought the dragon to bay, but a fanatical captain dedicated to the beast's destruction and driven by revenge threatens to bring ruin upon them all. (Source: Wizards of the Coast)

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