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New books include John Clute's first SF novel, new novels from Paul McAuley, Piers Anthony, David Feintuch, Sharon Shinn, and new anthologies from Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, and Martin Greenberg & John Helfers. Some unearthed classics that have recently been brought to our attention include the works of Brian Aldiss from UK publisher House of Stratus; the continuation of Nebraska University Press' Frontiers of Imagination series, with commemorative editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and H.G. Wells; and Stealth Press' return to the early works of authors like Robert A. Heinlein and F. Paul Wilson.

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

New Arrivals: 1 - 15 April 2001
Part I
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The Airs of Earth
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 240 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: October 2000

Since the mid-1950s, Brian Aldiss has written over 40 novels and 300 short stories, in and out of the genre of SF, and he continues to write today. The UK publisher, House of Stratus, has republished many of the classic works of Aldiss in these handsome and cleverly packaged trade paperback editions. The Airs of Earth is a collection of his short fiction that was originally published in 1963. The 8 stories herein contained examine "such questions as how the human mind would respond in a non-human body, and whether universal laughter, secreted from a kidney, could save the world."
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Barefoot in the Head
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 275 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: October 2000

This psychedelic novel was first published in 1969. "When an undeclared Acid Head War breaks out, Britain is the first to be devastated by Psycho-Chemical Aerosols -- tasteless, odourless, colourless psychedelic drugs, which distort the minds of thousands of civilians into extreme terror or extreme joy. When the warped citizens of Europe proclaim Colin Charteris their hero, he finds himself leading an unfathomable crusade in a devastated world."
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Cryptozoic!
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 220 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: October 2000

First published in 1967. "Our minds conceal and distort the real nature of Time... Time flows backwards to the womb, to the uncreated... Edward Bush, wandering on the bleak shores of the Devonian Age, is shadowed by the Dark Woman. She pursues the artist with new questions, possibilities and terrors. Was she a hallucination produced by the stresses of his bizarre existence? Or was she a ghost from a future more remote than his own? Bush is removed from his contemplative state when he returns to his own time -- the year 2093 -- and is forced into a brutal regime to supervise mind-travel."
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Dracula Unbound
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 220 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: October 2000

First published in 1991. "While Bram Stoker is writing his famous novel, Dracula, at the end of the 19th century, he receives a visitor from the future, Joe Bodenland, who is on a desperate mission to save the human race from the Undead. Together they embark on a crusade to exterminate vampires..."
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Frankenstein Unbound
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 200 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: November 2000

First published in 1973. "A timeslip enables Joe Bodenland to visit a past containing not only Byron, Shelley and Mary Shelley -- her great book half-written -- but Frankenstein and his monster as well. The climax is played out against the frozen wastes of time."
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Hothouse
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 275 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: November 2000

First published in 1962, and probably one of Aldiss' most famous and most enduring novels, along with Non-Stop. "The Sun is about to go nova. Earth and Moon have ceased their axial rotation and present one face continuously to the sun. The bright side of Earth is covered with carnivorous forest. This is the Age of Vegetables. Gren and his lady -- not to mention the tummybelly men -- journey to the even more terrifying Dark Side..."
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The Moment of Eclipse
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 210 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: November 2000

Here's another collection of stories from Aldiss, ranging from "outrageous satire to evocative fantasy, revealing the future with an alarming intensity. In 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long' we meet an android boy who is programmed to believe that he is a living child; meanwhile his father launches the first intelligent synthetic life forms, claiming that they are the answer to loneliness. In another story, a monstrous space insect lands on Earth; when it leaves, the world's churches pray for it to return."
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Moreau's Other Island
Brian Aldiss
House of Stratus (trade, 180 pages, £6.99 UK/$11.50 US/$15.99 Can/11.50 Euro)
Publication date: November 2000

First published in 1980, and newly revised by the author in this edition. "Under-Secretary of State Calvert Roberts is washed up on Moreau Island, ruled over by the bionic Mortimer Dart. Dart is experimenting with genetic modification on a grand scale. The doomed inhabitants of the island endure a precarious balance between human and animal nature. The result is a horrific adventure not unmixed with comedy."
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Last Day
A.D. Allen
Project Amigo, Inc. (trade, 150 pages, $12.95 US)
Publication date: November 2000

"Imagine a planet in one of the outer orbits of its star system where there can be no photosynthesis. Suppose life evolved there anyway using the heat from volcanic vents, much like the hardy life-forms that thrive at the bottom of the Earth's oceans. Suppose this evolutionary path never gave rise to predators and prey. Suppose, as a result, there arose an intelligent species of excellent character. This species could survive its intelligence and would, therefore, evolve into a highly intelligent life-form. Humans, by contrast, can only have limited intelligence. If a species derived from predators becomes too intelligent, that species will inevitably use its intelligence to effect its own destruction... This profound principle of evolution is first discovered, and then challenged by increasing ambiguities, in an adventure that begins 135 trillion miles from Earth."
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Stephen Youll
The Dark Remains: Book Three of The Last Rune
Mark Anthony
Earthlight (trade, 500 pages, £10 UK)
Publication date: 26 March 2001

UK edition of the sequel to Beyond the Pale and The Keep of Fire. "Travis Wilder and Grace Beckett have returned to modern Earth on a mission of mercy: to get medical help for the severely wounded Beltan, a knight from the otherworld of Eldh. But as Beltan lies unconscious in a Denver hospital, sinister forces of dark magic cross the boundary from Eldh in a murderous search for Travis and Grace..."
review Review by Don Bassingthwaite of Beyond the Pale.
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Daniel Horne
DoOon Mode
Piers Anthony
Tor (hardcover, 368 pages, $25.95 US/$36.95 Can)
Publication date: 20 April 2001

Conclusion to The Mode Saga, which began with Vacant Mode and continued through Fractal Mode and Chaos Mode. "Emperor Ddwng, fearing Colene's growing power, dispatches a terrible Mind Monster to assault her soul and bend her to his will. To protect herself and those she loves, she must journey back to the place where it all began and face her darkest fears to save the multiverse from tyranny and domination."
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Walter Velez
Bobby's Girl
J.D. Austin
Ace (mass market original, 268 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

"Brilliant young movie director Bobby Albertson has finally found the girl of dreams. Her name is Kathy Miller. She's smart, beautiful, and strong -- really strong. She's from the midwest. She spent some time in the military. And his parents are crazy about her. Kathy loves Bobby. She loves her life in Los Angeles. Everything is sun-soaked and super. Except that Kathy has a secret -- the truth is, she's most definitely not from Ohio..."
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Richard Pace
Exiled From Camelot
Cherith Baldry
Green Knight (trade, 320 pages, $14.95 US/$21.95 Can/£10.99 UK)
Publication date: January 2001

A new novel of Arthurian lore from the Pendragon Fiction imprint of Green Knight Publishing. "Camelot is unsettled by the arrival of Loholt, King Arthur's illegitimate son. Driven by the need for an heir, the king embraces the stranger, though not everyone in Camelot so readily accepts the mysterious young man. King Arthur's seneschal and foster brother, the redoubtable Sir Kay, is especially wary of Loholt's motives. And when Loholt is killed, Kay finds himself under suspicion of murder."
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R.W. Boeche
Beyond Thirty
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Bison Frontiers of Imagination (trade, 152 pages, $9.95 US/£6.95 UK)
Publication date: 15 March 2001

Written in 1915, as a reaction against the horrors of WWI. "By the year 2137 Europe has become a largely forgotten, savage wilderness. Fierce bands of hunters rove the crumbling ruins of once mighty, war-ravaged cities. On the other side of the Atlantic a prosperous Pan-American Federation has emerged, claiming all lands and seas between the 30th and 175th longitudes and forbidding contact with the rest of the world. All who cross beyond 30 are sentenced to death." This commemorative edition includes an introduction by David Brin.
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Wild Seed
Octavia E. Butler
Aspect, Warner Books (trade, 308 pages, $13.95 US/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

First published in 1980. "Anyanwu is all that is female: She can birth tribes, heal with kisses, and transform into anything she forces herself to be. Doro is all that is male: He possesses, seduces, hunts, and kills, raising armies and bending empires to his will. Once cannot die, the other cannot be killed. They are all that is human and far more. This is the story of their passion and ambition, of a love and hatred that endures from ancient Kush to modern California. And in their mating battle burns the destiny of the world."
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Fortress of Dragons
C.J. Cherryh
Eos, HarperCollins (mass market reprint, 570 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

This is the 4th and final volume in the tale of high fantasy which began in Fortress in the Eye of Time and continued in Fortress of Eagles and Fortress of Owls. "Once again, Tristen will take up the sword inscribed with 'Truth' and 'Illusion' on its blade. But he faces more than war and a pretender to Cefwyn's throne. The Shadows he sees are straight from Ruin -- a flow of darkness covering the world like ink..."
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The OverFile: The Story of the Spherit
Tom Chesters
iUniverse (trade, 581 pages, $26.95 US/$44.95 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

This SF novel presents an alternative theory of quantum reality. "Two millennia after World War III, in the New Order year 1901 AE, StarProbe Tech Lt. Anen Kel was searching for a resolution to the interstellar communications problem known as the Anomaly when his intercept beams awoke a comatose alien creature drifting in high orbit over earth. As Kel and his android companion, CR, ultimately converse with the spaceborn being who calls himself the Spherit, the alien realizes that he has been an unconscious time traveller since he was struck by a nuclear blast during WWIII."
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Appleseed
John Clute
Orbit (hardcover, 337 pages, £14.99 UK/$29.95 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

Here's a cause for celebration: the début science fiction novel from one of the most respected authorities on the genre, probably best known for his work on The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. "The Klavier Station has been silently moving through the galaxy for longer than anyone can remember. If it hides a mystery, it is well concealed. Daniel Freer, a trader with a cargo of nano-robots, knows that he has been manoeuvred into stopping for repairs on Klavier. And once there, he gradually begins to understand why..."
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Lee MacLeod
Space Soldiers
edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
Ace (mass market original, 280 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

"In this explosive anthology, 9 of science fiction's best new and classic writers imagine the soldiers who will one day fight and die on distant worlds." Featuring previously published tales from Fritz Leiber, Joe Haldeman, Paul J. McAuley, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, William Barton, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed and Fred Saberhagen.
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Gary Ruddell
Summerblood: A Tale of Eron
Tom Deitz
Bantam Spectra (trade, 324 pages, $13.95 US/$21 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

Sequel to Bloodwinter and Springwar. "A new king must strive to heal a war-torn land, master a world-altering magic, and defeat a fanatical religious sect that will stop at nothing to gain total power."
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Michael Herring
Children of Hope
David Feintuch
Ace (hardcover, 503 pages, $23.95 US/$33.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

Latest (and 7th!) book in the Seafort Saga. "Captain Nicholas Seafort survived alien wars, planetary rebellions, and ecological chaos on Earth. Now, something much more ordinary might finally cost him his life."
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Les Edwards
Villains Victorious
edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers
DAW (mass market original, 320 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

"Here's an all-original anthology about those characters we love to hate, those dastardly devils -- the villains." And in these stories, the bad guys come out on top. 14 all-new tales from Tanya Huff, Rosemary Edghill, Peter Tremayne, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, David Bischoff, Ed Gorman, Gary A. Braunbeck & Lucy Snyder, Pauline E. Dungate, Tim Waggoner, Fiona Patton, R. Davis, Josepha Sherman, Michelle West and Peter Crowther.
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Geoff Taylor
Prophecy
Elizabeth Haydon
Victor Gollancz (465 pages, hardcover £12.99 UK; trade £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 15 March 2001

This sequel to Haydon's forceful and highly acclaimed début novel, Rhapsody, was previously released by Tor in the US, and captured the #6 spot on the SF Site Reader's Choice 2000 top 10 list. "Rhapsody is a young woman who can tune into the vibration of anything and rename them. 'The Brother' is an assassin who has an ability to track others using a heartbeat. Grunthor is a wisecracking green-skinned giant who lives to fight and eat (but not your usual fare). Together they must travel through a different time and country in order to escape a pursuing evil."
review Review by Victoria Strauss of Rhapsody.
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