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Here's a preview of some of the F&SF books that are headed our way in the coming months...

Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted. Where available, links to SF Site reviews and book excerpts are provided.

Forthcoming Books
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Nightchild (Chronicles of the Raven, Book 3)
James Barclay
Victor Gollancz (trade, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: July 2001

Sequel to Dawnthief (Book 1) and Noonshade (Book 2). The power of the four great colleges of magic is now threatened by the most massive outpouring of mana the world has seen -- and it's manifested in the person of a 5-year-old girl.
review Review by Wayne MacLaurin of Noonshade.
 
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David LeFleur
A Matter of Profit
Hilari Bell
HarperCollins (trade, 288 pages, $15.95 US)
Publication date: 21 August 2001

From the publisher: "A story of a young man desperately searching for his place in a new and alien world. In intricate detail, Hilari Bell weaves a tale of danger and suspense that will captivate readers and draw them into a wholly imaginative world."
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Matt Stawicki
Revelation
Carol Berg
Roc (mass market original, 496 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 7 August 2001

From the author of Transformation. "After being enslaved for 16 years... Seyonne resumes the mantle of Warden, which allows him to enter human souls to free them from demonic possession. Then he confronts a demon whose purpose is not to drive humans to madness but to observe and learn about the world around it."
 
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Bob Warner
HomeFall (The Last Legion, Book 4)
Chris Bunch
Roc (mass market original, 352 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 7 August 2001

Following The Last Legion (Book 1), Firemask (Book 2) and Stormforce (Book 3). "What has happened to the Confederation, the power that holds together a thousand star systems, the government the Legion serves? Why has there been not a single word from them, especially during the Legion's time of need? To answer these questions, the Legion must travel from one galaxy to another to gather information. But can they keep their mission a secret from enemy forces long enough to discover the truth?"
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Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3)
Jim Butcher
Roc (384 pages, mass market original, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 4 September 2001

Third in the series of novels featuring Harry Dresden, Paranormal Investigator. This time: "The spirit world's gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble -- and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone -- or something -- is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc... If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself."
review Review by Victoria Strauss
of Fool Moon (Book 2).

review Review by Victoria Strauss
of Storm Front (Book 1).
 
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Strange Seas
Suzy McKee Charnas
Hidden Knowledge (CD-Rom $13.95 US; download $8.95 US)
Publication date: September 2001

First e-book and the first non-fiction book from this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author, "about humans, her own past, and how our lives have always been intertwined with those of the creatures of the seas... It began as an investigation into her own reactions to events and personal questions about herself and her writing, and grew to encompass not just her past but the pasts of all of us, living and dead."
The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, Book 1)
Cecilia Dart-Thornton
Macmillan (437 pages, hardcover, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 21 September 2001

A new epic fantasy of myth, magic, and romantic adventure. "In a world where mythical, evil creatures haunt the land, and to be caught outside after dark means almost certain death, the inhabitants of Isse Tower are amazed when a mute, starving foundling is discovered outside their gates. With no recollection of name or past, the foundling soon realizes that the only hope of happiness lies in distant Caermelor, where a wise woman might be able to restore lost memories..." Forthcoming in The Bitterbynde Trilogy are The Lady of the Sorrows (April 2002) and The Eagle and the Raven (2003).
  The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 14th Annual Collection
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
St. Martin's Griffin (640 pages, hardcover $29.95 US/$39.95 Can; trade $18.95 US/$26.95 Can)
Publication date: August 2001

Datlow and Windling are well known for their work on the Faerie Tales anthologies and the annual Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. Selections from the best of 2000 include works from Charles de Lint, Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Carroll, Susanna Clarke, Terry Dowling, Louise Erdrich, Esther M. Friesner, Delia Sherman, Neil Gaiman and many others.
review Review by Nick Gevers of last year's 13th Annual Collection.
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Frank Kelly Freas
Strange Trades
Paul Di Filippo
Golden Gryphon (hardcover, $24.95 US)
Publication date: October 2001

New collection of 11 tales from the author of 4 previous collections and 2 novels. Although previously published individually in various genre magazines (F&SF, Amazing Stories, Science Fiction Age, and others), these stories are thematically linked by their connection to "our conceptions about what it means to work for a living." In addition to some rather unusual trades, Di Filippo also looks at some strange circumstances surrounding what would otherwise be fairly mundane occupations...
 
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Gina Freschet
Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars
Quentin Dodd
Farrar Straus Giroux (trade, $17 US)
Publication date: 11 September 2001

Here's a book you should be able to judge by the cover -- and the title. High school student Walter Nutria is recruited by the Lirgonians to command their fleet against the Wotwots. "Why Walter? Because of his meritorious sci-fi video rental record. But the Wotwots had the same idea and have recruited his friend Yselle Meridien, who has lately been renting on Walter's card, as their commander."
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Paul Youll
Dreamer: A Novel of the Silent Empire
Steven Harper
Roc (368 pages, mass market original, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 4 September 2001

"It is through first contact with an alien species that humanity learns of the Dream. It is a plane of mental existence where people are able to communicate with one another by their thoughts alone -- over distances of thousands of light-years. To ensure that future generations will have this ability, human genetic engineering produces newborns capable of finding and navigating the Dream. They become known as the Silent."
 
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Threshold
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Roc (trade, $14 US/$22 Can)
Publication date: 6 November 2001

The latest novel from this highly acclaimed author is subtitled "A Novel of Deep Time." "Chance doesn't believe in angels. Or monsters. But among the artifacts left by her geologist grandparents, there lies a fossil of a creature that couldn't possible have ever existed. But it did. And still does..."
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The Mystic Rose (The Celtic Crusades, Book 3)
Stephen R. Lawhead
Eos, HarperCollins (432 pages, hardcover, $25 US/$37.95 Can)
Publication date: October 2001

Following The Iron Lance (Book 1) and The Black Rood (Book 2), this volume picks up where the last book left off. "The Mystic Rose is the story of Caitríona, a brave and beautiful lass from the windswept hills of Scotland. When Cait learns that the Rosa Mysticus, the Sacred Cup of Christ, has been found, she determines to claim it before it is purloined by her father's mortal enemy, Renaud de Bracineaux, ruthless commander of the Knights Templar."
 
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Stranger Things Happen
Kelly Link
Small Beer Press (trade, 266 pages, $16 US)
Publication date: July 2001

From the publisher's website: "This first collection by award-winning author Kelly Link, takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new, strange, and wonderful territory... These 11 extraordinary stories are quirky, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. Every story contains a secret prize. Each story was written especially for you."
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Paul Kidby
The Last Hero
Terry Pratchett, illustrated by Paul Kidby
Gollancz (hardcover, £17.99 UK)
Publication date: 18 October 2001

Illustrated by Paul Kidby, written by Terry Pratchett, this is the story of the final quest of Cohen the Barbarian. "He's been a legend in his own lifetime. He can remember the great days of high adventure. He can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilization. But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth..."
 
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The Wild Boy
Warren Rochelle
Golden Gryphon (260 pages, hardcover, $22.95 US)
Publication date: September 2001

First novel from the author of short fiction and poetry from various genre magazines, and of Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin.  "The Lindauzi came to Earth at the turn of the millennium with a mission to breed humans to become their emotional symbionts. Technically superior, within a generation the Lindauzi dominate the Earth, running a breeding program designed to produce humans capable of full emotional symbiosis. This is the story of Ilox, a human raised by the Lindauzi, his banishment and adoption by a tribe of wild humans, and his eventual reunion with his Lindauzi bond-made, Phlarx."
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Eric Peterson
The Dragon Charmer
Jan Siegel
Del Rey (hardcover, $24 US/$36 Can)
Publication date: August 2001

The story of Fern Capel continues in Siegel's second novel. "Fern is once again swept into another land, removed from Time, void of comfort. It will take all her skill and daring to fight her way back to the present and save the people she loves from the ever-growing danger that threatens to destroy them. And to her utmost surprise, the key to survival is a dragon with the capacity to rule the world... but who will relinquish it all to one man."
review Review by Pat Caven of Prospero's Children.
 
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Pride of Kings
Judith Tarr
Roc (464 pages, trade, $14.95 US/$21.99 Can)
Publication date: 4 September 2001

New novel from the bestselling author of historical fantasy stories spanning many epochs. "At the coronation of the new king of England, two crowns are offered to Richard the Lionheart: the mortal and the magical. Lured by earthbound glory and driven by mortal faith, Richard spurns the pagan crown -- and rides off on a Crusade to reclaim a sun-scorched Jerusalem from the Infidels, leaving his new kingdom defenseless in the mists... For some unknown power has brought down the wall between worlds -- and beings of dark magic await their chance to cross over the threshold."
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Meet Me in the Moon Room: Stories
Ray Vukcevich
Small Beer Press (trade, 256 pages, $16 US)
Publication date: July 2001

This is the first short story collection from the author of the tremendously funny, surreal cyber-detective novel, The Man of Maybe Half-a-Dozen Faces (2000). The 33 stories in this book, which range "from pure science fiction to old-fashioned spooky, from surreal episodes to the plain unclassifiable," saw previous individual publication in a wide array of anthologies and magazines, including Asimov's, F&SF, Talebones, Pulphouse, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and others.
 
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In the Face of Death
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Hidden Knowledge (CD-ROM $14.95 US; download $9.95 US)
Publication date: September 2001

Erotic vampire historical novel, available only as an e-book, from the award-winning Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. "Madelaine de Montalia was love and life-beyond-death; William T. Sherman was life and war. Together they found a love that chould survive all eternity."
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