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compiled by Neil Walsh

New books to usher in the new season include the latest from Nancy Kress, Eric Brown, Raymond Feist, Robert Rankin, and the 18th edition of the Writers of the Future series, edited by Algis Budrys. Plus we've got some some interesting stuff coming our way in the next months, such a new novel from Stephen Baxter and a new collection from Paul Di Filippo. All this and more...

Lately I've been reading some limited edition stuff, including the following:

  • Seven Wild Sisters by Charles de Lint (Subterranean Press, hc, 152 pages, May 2002, USA)
    I don't know how many stories I've read by de Lint that follow a similar pattern -- young female protagonist, something of an outsider, discovers some kind of gateway to another world, a realm of faerie, peopled by folk with human and animal elements mixed, possibly even shape-changers, and art and/or music are ever-present -- and yet I never seem to grow tired of his writing. He really has a knack for making you feel like nothing would be better than to live in the world he describes. This delightful story is no exception, plus it has the added bonus of interior illustrations by Charles Vess.

  • The Human Front by Ken MacLeod (PS Publishing, hc, 75 pages, December 2001, UK & USA)
    In this very short novella, the third world war has raged on from 1949 into the 1980s, with communist sympathy and an anti-war movement growing ever stronger in the so-called free world. The story is told from the perspective of a young Scot who fights for his country when called, and then fights for what he believes when he feels he must. However, the story won't lead you to where you expect. It's cleverly written and thoroughly engaging.

  • Park Polar by Adam Roberts (PS Publishing, hc, 110 pages, July 2001, UK & USA)
    Roberts presents a future where human populations have expanded such that there's no more room for anything else -- except in the least hospitable corners of the world. The money-making multinational Companies have gengineered certain animals to survive on the polar ice caps, ostensibly for purposes of preserving wildlife, even if it is in a much altered form. But what's their real agenda? And why are enviro-terrorists trying to sabotage these attempts by means that are even more destructive to the planet? This is a particularly well-crafted story, very artfully done; even if some of the elements are less than fully plausible, they serve more than adequately to pull the seams together, providing a very neat package.

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

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: September 2002
Evolution by Stephen Baxter
Victor Gollancz (hc & trade, 592 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 21 November 2002, UK

The War in Heaven by Theodore Beale
Pocket Books (trade, 307 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada
   First published in mass market in 2000.

The World in Shadow by Theodore Beale
Pocket Books (trade, 353 pages)
Publication date: 3 September 2002, USA & Canada
   Sequel to The War in Heaven. The third book in the series, The Wrath of Angels, is forthcoming from Pocket Books.

Preternatural 3 by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Tor (hc, 335 pages)
Publication date: 10 September 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of Preternatural Too

Silver Fangs (A Tribe Novel) by Carl Bowen & Tim Dedopulos
White Wolf (mm, 285 pages)
Publication date: August 2002, USA & Canada

Morgawr: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara by Terry Brooks
Del Rey (hc, 401 pages)
Publication date: 3 September 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of Ilse Witch, Book 1

New York Blues (Virex Trilogy, Book 2) by Eric Brown
Gollancz (mm, 310 pages)
Publication date: 12 September 2002, UK & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of New York Nights, Book 1

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XVIII edited by Algis Budrys
Galaxy Press (mm, 480 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada

Forsaken: Dead God Trilogy, Book 1 by Richard Lee Byers
White Wolf (mm, 285 pages)
Publication date: June 2002, USA & Canada

The Ultimate Cyberpunk edited by Pat Cadigan
ibooks (trade, 399 pages)
Publication date: 27 August 2002, USA & Canada & UK

Darkest Heart by Nancy A. Collins
White Wolf (trade, 192 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada

The Monster's Ring: The Magic Shop, Book 1 by Bruce Coville
Harcourt (hc, 105 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 8 to 12. First published 1982.

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: The Magic Shop, Book 2 by Bruce Coville
Harcourt (hc, 151 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada
   First published 1991.

Jennifer Murdley's Toad: The Magic Shop, Book 3 by Bruce Coville
Harcourt (hc, 159 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada
   First published 1992.

The Skull of Truth: The Magic Shop, Book 4 by Bruce Coville
Harcourt (hc, 194 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada
   First published 1997.

Children of the Dragon: Trilogy of the Second Age, Book 3 by Richard E. Dansky
White Wolf (mm, 285 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada

Little Doors stories by Paul Di Filippo
Four Walls Eight Windows (hc, 280 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): November 2002, USA

The Prisoner by Thomas M. Disch
ibooks (trade, 247 pages)
Publication date: July 2002, USA & Canada
   This novel, based on the TV series, was first published in 1967.

Seven Footprints to Satan by Brian Doohan
CD containing 6 novels "and a spurious political autobiography/campaign manifesto" in various genres, written over a 25-year period.

The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane
Magic Carpet Books, Harcourt (mm, 422 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of the Young Wizards series.

The Prisoner: The Official Companion to the Classic TV Series by Robert Fairclough
ibooks (DVD & oversize trade, 144 pages)
Publication date: July 2002, USA & Canada

Talon of the Silver Hawk: Conclave of Shadows, Book 1 by Raymond E. Feist
Voyager (hc)
Publication date: September 2002, UK

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
Harcourt (hc, 266 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 10 and up.

Thorn Ogres of Hagwood: The Hagwood Trilogy, Book 1 by Robin Jarvis
Silver Whistle, Harcourt (hc, 244 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 10 and up. First published in the UK, 1999.

Probability Space by Nancy Kress
Tor (hc, 367 pages)
Publication date: 13 September 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of Probability Moon

Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George R.R. Martin
ibooks (trade, 522 pages)
Publication date: 27 August 2002, USA & Canada & UK

Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by David Catrow
Silver Whistle, Harcourt (hc, 32 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 5 to 8.

The Summoning Stone: The Dragonfire Fantasy Series, Book 2 by Jana G. Oliver
MageSpell Press (trade, 434 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada

Dark Ages Assamite by Stefan Petrucha
White Wolf (mm, 288 pages)
Publication date: September 2002, USA & Canada

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
Victor Gollancz (hc, 342 pages)
Publication date: 5 September 2002, UK

In the Shadow of the Sun: Shadoworld, Book 1 by Michel Savage
Savage Books (mm, 214 pages)
Publication date: July 2002, USA & Canada

The Legend of Hellbrandt Grimm by Mitchel Scanlon, art by Mike Perkins, The Sharp Brothers, Jim Brady and Logan Lubera
The Black Library (trade graphic novel, 64 pages)
Publication date: October 202, UK & USA

Cheap Complex Devices edited by John Compton Sundman
Rosalita Associates (trade, 108 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA

The Dare Island Enigma by Blake Templeton
Writer's Showcase, iUniverse (trade, 358 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada & UK

Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
Magic Carpet Books, Harcourt (mm, 212 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 12 and up. First published 1995.

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Harcourt (hc, 312 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 8 to 12.

A Stranger Among Strangers by Donna Verrill-Bird
Infinity Publishing (trade, 386 pages)
Publication date: February 2002, USA

The Screaming Cage: Daemonifuge, Book 1 by Kev Walker & Jim Campbell
The Black Library (hc graphic novel, 80 pages)
Publication date: October 2002, UK & USA

Silver Nails by Jack Yeovil (aka Kim Newman)
The Black Library (mm, 282 pages)
Publication date: October 2002, USA & Canada

The Skyslanders by Christopher A. Zackey
1st Books (hc & trade, 151 pages)
Publication date: March 2002, USA

Magazines

Analog, November 2002, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: Edward M. Lerner, Robert J. Sawyer, Walter F. Cuirle, Brian Plante, Grey Rollins, Kathy Oltion, Dave Creek

Asimov's, October/November 2002, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: Robert Silverberg, John Kessel, G. David Nordley, Ian McDonald, Gregory Benford, Geoffrey A. Landis, Michael Swanwick, A.M. Dellamonica, Laurel Winter, Mario Milosevic

Aurealis: Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction, #29 October 2002, Australia
Contributors to this issue include: Richard Harland, Lee Battersby, Shane M. Brown, Cory Daniells, Chuck McKenzie, Robert N. Stephenson

Inferno!, #32 September/October 2002, UK & USA
Contributors to this issue include: Si Spurrier & Paul Jeacock, Simon Jowett & Andrew Hepworth, Jonathan Green & Roman Sydor, Graham McNeill & Simon Davis, James Wallis & Stef Kopinski

Interzone, August 2002, UK
Contributors to this issue include: Eric Brown, Richard Calder, Mat Coward, Geoffrey A. Landis, Norman Spinrad, and an interview with Bruce Sterling

The Redeemer, issues 3 & 4, August & September 2002, UK & USA
written by Pat Mills & Debbie Gallagher, art by Wayne Reynolds
colour comic books from The Black Library

Warhammer Monthly, #59 September 2002, UK & USA
Continues the stories of Kal Jerico, Hellbrandt Grimm and Bloodquest

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