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The Return of the New Arrivals
by Neil Walsh

For about two years, I put together the new and forthcoming books pages for the SF Site, a task I inherited when SF Site founder John O'Neill moved on to other projects (such as starting up Black Gate fantasy magazine). About three months ago I stopped doing those pages. Many of you have noticed. Several have written to voice concerns. Hey, it's good to know I've been missed. But I needed the break.

I found that although I enjoyed putting together the New and Forthcoming Books pages, it was taking far too much of my time to do something that I considered to be...well, fairly vacuous content. These lists were never meant to be comprehensive; they were only listings of books that had been sent to SF Site for review. As much as anything else, it was done as a courtesy to the authors and publishers who sent the books. We can't possibly review every book we receive, but I figured at least we'd mention the book on the Site.

I was always surprised when people wrote in to say they were relying on my New and Forthcoming pages to determine what they would read next. That was never my intention. That's what the reviews are for -- partly. But look elsewhere, too. Find stuff on your own. Don't just rely on SF Site or Locus or Oprah or anyone else to tell you what to read. Go out there and read! Take chances. Find new authors. Talk to other readers. Talk to the staff at your local independent bookstore. Peruse the shelves and pick something by someone you've never heard of before. Read Gabe Chouinard's column and seek out his recommendations. But do it all, because you shouldn't be relying on a single source for your reading material.

And so it is, with reservations, and with apologies to the authors and publishers of books we received during my hiatus, that I now succumb to popular pressure and revive the practice of listing new arrivals at the SF Site -- although the lisit has been pared down to the bare minimum. You'll see it's an integrated list, with new & forthcoming books all jumbled in together. And a list is pretty much all it is. I hope you find something new and interesting to read here, but please don't ever stop looking for new works, old favourites and authors who are new to you -- whether they've been dead for centuries or only just now published for the first time.

(Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted.)

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: October 2001
Shamanspace by Steve Aylett
Codex Books (trade, 128 pages)
Publication date: 5 November 2001, UK/4 February 2002, US & Canada

Toxicology by Steve Aylett
Victor Gollancz (trade, 133 pages)
Publication date: 27 September 2001, UK

The Mirror of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin, Book 4) by T.A. Barron
Ace (mm reprint, 288 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

Antrax (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 2) by Terry Brooks
Del Rey (hc, 375 pages)
Publication date: 25 September 2001, US & Canada

Synners by Pat Cadigan (introduction by Neil Gaiman)
Four Walls Eight Windows (trade reprint, 435 pages)
Publication date: 31 October 2001, US

Darkest Hour (The Age of Misrule, Book 2) by Mark Chadbourn
Victor Gollancz (mm reprint, 471 pages)
Publication date: 2001, UK

Always Forever (The Age of Misrule, Book 3) by Mark Chadbourn
Victor Gollancz (trade & hc, 452 pages)
Publication date: 30 September 2001, UK

The Poison Belt, Being an Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (introduction by Katya Reimann)
Bison Frontiers of Imagination, Bison Books (trade, 96 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US/December 2001, UK

The Vampire Files: Lady Crymsyn by P.N. Elrod
Ace (mm reprint, 410 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

Past Imperfect edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Larry Segriff
DAW (mm original, 12 all original tales, 320 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

Apollo Main by Kenneth Golde
Kenneth Golde (trade, 399 pages)
Publication date: 2001, US

Narcissus in Chains (An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Berkley Books (hc, 424 pages)
Publication date: 9 October 2001, US & Canada

Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Edward D. Wood, Jr. by David C. Hayes & Hayden Davis, PhD
Ramble House (undersized pb with jacket, 200 pages)
Publication date: 2001, US

The Treason of Dortrean (The Arrandin Trilogy, Book 2) by Marcus Herniman
Earthlight (mm, 485 pages)
Publication date: 15 October 2001, UK

Fool's Errand (The Tawny Man, Book 1) by Robin Hobb
Voyager, HarperCollins (hc, 584 pages)
Publication date: 15 October 2001, UK

Ill Met By Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt
Ace (hc, 278 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

Children of Orion (Book 1) by Robert Ipcar
1st Books (trade-print on demand, 286 pages)
Publication date: 2001, US

Rebel's Cage (Elita, Book 4) by Kate Jacoby
Victor Gollancz (trade & hc, 393 pages)
Publication date: 27 September 2001, UK

The White Circle by Harry Stephen Keeler
Ramble House (undersized pb with jacket, 238 pages)
Publication date: 2001, US

Y. Cheung, Business Detective by Harry Stephen Keeler
Ramble House (undersized pb with jacket, 332 pages)
Publication date: 2001, US

Take a Thief (A Novel of Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey
DAW (hc, 351 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ace (trade reprint, 246 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

Technogenesis by Syne Mitchell
Roc (mm original, 336 pages)
Forthcoming: 8 January 2002

Warriors of the Tempest (Orcs: First Blood, Book 3) by Stan Nicholls
Victor Gollancz (mm reprint, 280 pages)
Publication date: 13 September 2001, UK

William F. Nolan's Dark Universe: Stories 1951-2001 by William F. Nolan
Stealth Press (hc, 470 pages)
Publication date: September 2001, US

The Thoughtmaster's Conduit by Kerry Orchard
New Concepts Publishing (e-book, 171 pages)
Publication date: August 2001, e-book/Forthcoming: July 2002, mm print

Battletech: Call of Duty by Blaine Lee Pardoe
Roc (mm, 278 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett, illustrated by Paul Kidby
Victor Gollancz (oversized illustrated hc, 160 pages)
Publication date: 18 October 2001, UK

The Cat's-Paw by Raymond J. Radner
iUniverse (trade, 415 pages)
Publication date: 2001, US

The Lion Throne (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, Omnibus 4) by Jennifer Roberson
DAW (mm omnibus, 776 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

Investigating the Unexplained by Paul Roland
Berkley Books (mm, 272 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US

End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
Tor (trade reprint, 250 pages)
Publication date: 25 October 2001, US & Canada

Laws of the Blood: Companions by Susan Sizemore
Ace (mm original, 265 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

The Dragons of the Cuyahoga by S. Andrew Swann
DAW (mm original, 312 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US & Canada

The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg
Del Rey (trade, 417 pages)
Publication date: 9 October 2001, US & Canada

In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells (introduction by Ben Bova)
Bison Frontiers of Imagination, Bison Books (trade, 223 pages)
Publication date: October 2001, US/December 2001, UK

Magazines

Talebones #22, Fall 2001 US & Canada
Contributors this issue include: James Van Pelt, Rhea Rose, Keith Allen Daniels, William John Watkins, Ann K. Schwader -- plus an interview with Dan Simmons

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