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There's plenty of great summertime reading to choose from right now, with new novels from C.J. Cherryh, Connie Willis, Storm Constantine, George Foy, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.; classic reprints from Arthur C. Clarke, Eric Frank Russell, Megan Lindholm; and much more besides.

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: 16 - 30 June 2001
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Gregory Bridges
The Depths of Time
Roger MacBride Allen
Bantam Spectra (mass market, $6.50 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 3 July 2001

First published in trade in 2000. "The Chronologic Patrol is charged with guarding the timeshaft wormholes and preventing time paradoxes at all costs. But one critical mission ends in disaster." In response to a ruthless and mysterious attack on a relief ship, Anton Koffield "is forced to do the unthinkable: he must stop the invasion by destroying the timeshaft. Marooned 80 years in the future, he lives as a cursed figure, the villain who killed a world."
 
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Steve Stone
Heresy (The Aquasilva Trilogy, Book 1)
Anselm Audley
Earthlight (trade, £10 UK)
Publication date: 2001

First novel from a new author. "On the storm-wracked waterworld of Aquasilva, supreme religious power is held by the Domain, dedicated to the element of fire. But this must change... All across the world, change is being fought and ruthlessly suppressed by the Domain and its holy warriors, the Sacri. A weapon must be forged to resist them, and Cathan discovers at first hand how long and difficult that struggle will be."
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Hammerfall
C.J. Cherryh
Eos, HarperCollins (hardcover, 400 pages, $25 US/$37.95 Can)
Publication date: July 2001

With this first volume of The Gene Wars, Cherryh introduces a brand new universe -- her first in over 30 years -- "a universe where two interstellar empires, scarred by nanotechnology weaponry, hover in an uneasy détente. The fate of these worlds lies in the hands of one man: a prince and warrior named Marak. Marak has always hidden his 'madness' -- voices and visions that beckon him toward a silver tower. When betrayal brings him face-to-face with the dictator of his world, the mysterious Ila, Marak is assigned a seemingly suicidal mission to cross his planet's vast desert and find that tower."
review Review by Greg L. Johnson.
 
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David Stevenson
Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Del Rey Impact (trade, $12.95 US/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: 10 July 2001

Here's an excellent choice for Del Rey's Impact imprint, as this novel (first published in 1953) certainly had quite an impact on science fiction. "The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city -- intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began. But at what cost?"
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Anne Sudworth
The Way of Light (The Chronicle of Magravandias, Book 3)
Storm Constantine
Victor Gollancz (trade £9.99 UK; hardcover £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 June 2001

"...As the new emperor goes slowly insane, tormented by horrific visions, Valraven is, slowly but surely, forced to face up to the dreams that others have invested in him. And the great dragons of old, who rule the elements, are woken from their timeless sleep, as the eternal conflict between Foy, the Sea Dragon Queen of Caradore, and Efrit, Lord of the Magravandian Firedrakes, is played out through human avatars."
 
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Something More
Paul Cornell
Victor Gollancz (400 pages, trade £9.99 UK/hardcover £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 21 June 2001

Published last year in mass market. "In the far future, Britain is a divided land, ruled by the great families. In the wilderness between the cities lies Heartsease, a grand country estate, now quite empty, but mysteriously well-tended. Reverend Jane Bruce of the Reformed Church of England is sent to bless the house for the Campbells, one of the great families, who wish to occupy it. But there's something her soldier bodyguard isn't telling her about the house's past..."
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Alan Ayers
The Last Harbour
George Foy
Bantam Spectra (trade, $13.95 US/$21 Can)
Publication date: 3 July 2001

Latest novel from the author of The Shift, Contraband and The Memory of Fire. "Slocum had it all: the perfect family, the perfect home, and the perfect job with X-Corp Multimedia -- a major producer of interactive virtual-reality entertainment... until his career at X-Corp self-destructed and with it his marriage. Now his world has shrunk to a tiny sloop berthed in the dingy harbour of a dying New England seafaring town, where the main attraction is a virtual-whaling theme park. In his solitary cabin, he studies the legendary Smuggler's Bible and dreams of sailing off to a life of freedom..."
 
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Children of the Grove (Lords of Darkness, Lords of Light, Book 1)
Robert Halmo
1st Books (trade $11.95 US; hardcover $16.95 US)
Publication date: July 2001

From the 1st Books website: "More than a thousand years ago, Elder Earth was reborn of powerful magic, and is now on the brink of another Changing of the Age. Earthrage and the Living Shadow, udum saedor, are poisoning the land, while the magic of glimmer is diminishing. The Ancient Enemy, Ruhvaurog, is held bound in Mithymuriel, the land of spirit beyond the mortal realm, but he is plotting to rebirth himself. Only two Great Stewards, Aor and Einaele, remain to oppose him, but they have been apart for nearly a thousand years, and each has set into motion plans that may differ in purpose..."
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J.K. Potter
Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction
S.T. Joshi
Liverpool University Press (trade £14.95 UK; cased £34.95 UK)
Publication date: 5 June 2001

"Using a thematic rather than chronological approach, Joshi focuses on the whole of Campbell's rich and varied work, from his early tales (written in imitation of H.P. Lovecraft) to the powerfully innovative stories collected in Demons by Daylight (1973)... Campbell's many novels, from The Doll Who Ate His Mother (1975) to Silent Children (1999), are also examined in detail, as are his lesser writings such as his tales of 'sword and sorcery' and science fiction." Includes an introduction by Campbell, himself.
 
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Chris Moore
Reckless Sleep
Roger Levy
Gollancz (mass market, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 June 2001

The story is set in a near-future world devastated by global eco-terrorism, where tectonic collapse, uncontrolled volcanic eruptions, and release of radioactive waste have made life almost unlivable. In this doomed environment, people turn increasingly to drugs and Virtual Reality games for escape, while the governments of the world try desperately to find some way to save the human race.
review Review by Stephen M. Davis.

review Review by Victoria Strauss.

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John Howe
The Reindeer People (Part One)
Megan Lindholm
Voyager, HarperCollins (mass market, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 21 May 2001

First part of a two-book sequence, originally published in 1988, from the author who is perhaps better known as Robin Hobb. Tillu and her son live a quiet life on the outskirts of their tribe. "However Carp, the Shaman, an ugly wizened old man whose magic smells foul to Tillu, desires both mother and child. Tillu knows that Carp's magic will steal her son and her soul. So begins a harrowing and desperate pursuit across the winter-ravaged lands, as Tillu's flight leads them into an uncertain, and deadly, new future."
 
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Fred Gambino
Acorna's World
Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Corgi (mass market, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 5 July 2001

This is the 4th Acorna book, featuring the Unicorn Girl. "Answering a faint distress signal leads Acorna to a strange, intoxicating perfumed world of intelligent and sentient plants. There she finds a burned-out ship with all the signs of a Khleevi attack... Facing annihilation of both her races, Acorna must discover the Khleevi's weakness -- and strike first!"
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Darrell K. Sweet
The Shadow Sorceress (The Spellsong Cycle, Book 4)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Tor (hardcover, $27.95 US/$39.95 Can)
Publication date: June 2001

Previous novels in The Spellsong Cycle include The Soprano Sorceress, The Spellsong War and Darksong Rising. Secca "is thrust into a position of power and responsibility when her mentor, Anna, the legendary Sorceress Protector of Defalk and the heroine of the original trilogy, dies unexpectedly before Secca's training as a master magic wielder is anywhere near complete."
 
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Daniel Craig
The Thirteenth Scroll
Rebecca Neason
Warner Aspect (mass market, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 June 2001

This is the first of two linked novels featuring the visionary herbalist and healer, Lysandra. "At age 17, Lysandra faces two of the biggest challenges of her life: the loss of her family in a tragic murder and the loss of her vision. Heartbroken and afraid, Lysandra finds a new home deep in the woods and studies herbology and the healing arts. She also discovers she has a hidden talent: clairvoyance."
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Next of Kin
Eric Frank Russell
Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 12 June 2001

First published in 1958, this is the original full-length novel version of one of Russell's most popular stories, "Plus X."  "Scout-Officer John Leeming knew from the very start that his reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory was likely to be a one-way trip. But when his ship finally let him down and he crashed on a far-distant planet and was captured by tough and ruthless aliens, he knew he wasn't just going to give up."
 
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The Children's War
J.N. Stroyar
Pocket Books (hardcover, 1,168 pages, $29.95 US/$44.59 Can)
Publication date: June 2001

Alternate history brings us up to date in an alternate present. "Living in contemporary Europe under Nazi domination -- more than 50 years after the truce between the North American Union, the Third Reich, and the Soviet Union -- Peter has struggled to make sense of the reign of terror that governs his world. Now, arrested for bearing a false identity, he is pulled full-force into a battle against Nazi oppression. The crusade for freedom that belonged to generations past is now Peter's legacy -- and his future depends not on running away, but on fighting back..."
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The Resurrectionists
Kim Wilkins
Orion (mass market, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 31 May 2001

From the author of The Infernal (winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Horror & Best Fantasy Novel 1997) and Grimoire comes a new novel of romantic, gothic horror. "Maisie is a young Australian cellist, bored with her career and the demands of her overpowering mother. Faking a wrist injury, she escapes to the tiny village of Solgreve, Yorkshire, the home of her grandmother, Sybill. But her mother is staunchly opposed to the trip, and warns her that Sybill is dangerous -- even though she is dead."
 
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Keith Parkinson
The Ghost Sister
Liz Williams
Bantam Spectra (mass market, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 3 July 2001

This novel "tells the story of a world engineered to preserve the precarious balance between animal and human. To this world comes an emissary from a distant planet who will walk the razor-thin line between consciousness and instinct, freedom and conformity, life and death."
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Passage
Connie Willis
Voyager, HarperCollins (trade, £11.99 UK)
Publication date: 18 June 2001

The latest novel from this multiple award-winning author brings us to the very brink of death. Psychologist Dr. Joanna Lander has been studying the phenomenon of near-death experiences for some time when she is given the chance to explore the mystery a little more closely in experimental simulated near-death experiences. "Joanna becomes increasingly desperate to discover the meaning behind the strangely familiar images and feelings she encounters. As she begins to unravel the mystery, her sense of dread grows. Because a part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid."
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