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Our latest batch of new arrivals includes new novels from William Gibson, Alan Dean Foster, Robert Jordan, Timothy Zahn, Roger Levy, Robert J. Sawyer, and more.

As for my own reading lately, here's one that I can recommend most highly:

  • The Exchange by Nicholas Sporlender (aka Jeff VanderMeer), illustrated by Louis Verden (aka Eric Schaller), published by Hoegbotton & Sons, Ambergris (2001, USA)
       VanderMeer's Ambergris stories are always a treat. He has a knack for evoking an atmosphere of eerie oppression and uncomfortable foreboding. There's something definitely not right in Ambergris at the best of times, but particularly on the eve of the Festival of the Freshwater Squid, when this short tale takes place.
       VanderMeer also seems to take pride in presenting a beautiful package. This one is an undersized chapbook, amusingly and yet disturbingly illustrated by Eric Schaller, and includes several Ambergrisian advertisements at the back, further adding to the entertainment value of the overall product.
       I only wish I had sooner discovered for myself the genius of Jeff VanderMeer, before so many of his creations had gone out of print. This little delight is still available in the standard edition.
    reviewSF Site Review of the deluxe edition

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

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: February 2003
Evolution by Stephen Baxter
Del Rey, Ballantine Books (hc, 581 pages)
Publication date: 11 February 2003, USA & Canada

Dinosaur Tales by Ray Bradbury
ibooks (trade, 144 pages)
Publication date: 4 February 2003, USA & Canada & UK
   A collection of all of Bradbury's dinosaur short stories, illustrated by William Stout, Steranko, Gahan Wilson, Moebius, Overton Loyd and David Wiesner.

The City Trilogy by Chang Hsi-Kuo, trans. by John Balcom
Columbia University Press (hc, 464 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): May 2003, USA & UK
   Includes the novels Five Jade Disks, Defenders of the Dragon City and Tale of a Feather, which were first published in Chinese in Taiwan in the 1980s-90s. This will be the first time this trilogy has been available in English.

Comes the End by William Creed
House of Stuart Publishing (trade, 217 pages)
Publication date: January 2003, USA

Jubilee stories by Jack Dann
Tor (hc, 442 pages)
Publication date: 21 January 2003, USA & Canada

Hades' Daughter: The Troy Game, Book 1 by Sara Douglass
Tor (hc, 592 pages)
Publication date: January 2003, USA & Canada

Drowning World by Alan Dean Foster
Del Rey, Ballantine Books (hc, 296 pages)
Publication date: 11 February 2003, USA & Canada

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
G.P. Putnam's Sons (hc, 368 pages)
Publication date: February 2003, USA & Canada

TimeShift: TimeShift Trilogy, Book 1 by Phillip Ellis Jackson
AmErica House (trade, 211 pages)
Publication date: 2000, USA

Between Two Worlds: TimeShift Trilogy, Book 2 by Phillip Ellis Jackson
AmErica House (trade, 245 pages)
Publication date: 2001, USA

What Price Paradise?: TimeShift Trilogy, Book 3 by Phillip Ellis Jackson & John William Galt
Publish America, AmErica House (trade, 282 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA

Crossroads of Twilight: The Wheel of Time, Book 10 by Robert Jordan
Tor (hc, 701 pages)
Publication date: 7 January 2003, USA & Canada

The Unknown Soldier by Dr. Heenie Lee
Bedside Books, American Book Publishing (trade, 304 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 11 May 2003, USA

Dark Heavens by Roger Levy
Victor Gollancz (hc & trade, 391 pages)
Publication date: 20 February 2003, UK

United Kingdom by James Lovegrove
Victor Gollancz (hc & trade, 405 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 17 April 2003, UK

The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time edited by Barry N. Malzberg
ibooks (trade, 440 pages)
Publication date: February 2003, USA & Canada & UK
   Includes stories from Philip K. Dick, Poul Anderson, Damon Knight, Geoffrey A. Landis, William Tenn, Jack Dann, Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, Jack McDevitt and more, plus a full-colour comic book adaptation of a Ray Bradbury classic.

Duel by Richard Matheson
Tor (hc & trade, 400 pages)
Publication date: 8 January 2003, USA & Canada
   Short works from a master of horror fiction.

Sky Bounce by Deanna Miller
DeannaMiller.com (mm, 213 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 15 May 2003, USA
   Fantasy fiction for young readers (target ages 10 through 18, "most likely to appeal to girls."

Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2 by Robert J. Sawyer
Tor (hc, 384 pages)
Publication date: 26 February 2003, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of Hominids, Book 1

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 edited by Robert Silverberg
Tor (hc, 560 pages)
Publication date: 27 February 2003, USA & Canada
   First published in 1970, this anthology compiles 26 classics of SF, chosen by the members of the SFWA. It includes stories from Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Richard Matheson, Theodore Sturgeon, Roger Zelazny, and more.

Latin Knights by Frank Trombetta
1st Books (trade, 313 pages)
Publication date: October 2002, USA
   A time travel adventure, featuring pirates, aliens, Navy Seals and 14th century knights.

Custer's Last Jump by Howard Waldrop, et al.
Golden Gryphon (hc, 254 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): April 2003, USA
   A collection of Howard Waldrop collaborations, written with Leigh Kennedy, Steven Utley, Buddy Saunders, George R.R. Martin, Bruce Sterling and A.A. Jackson IV.

The Wizard Hunters: Fall of Ile-Rien, Book 1 by Martha Wells
Eos, HarperCollins (hc, 400 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 15 May 2003, USA & Canada
   First book in a new trilogy, and sequel to The Death of the Necromancer (1998), which was, by the way, a fabulous book. I'm looking forward to this one.
reviewSF Site Review of Death of the Necromancer

Throne Price by Lynda Williams & Alison Sinclair
Edge (trade, 334 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 15 March 2003, USA & Canada
   Two very different cultures, both distantly descended from Earth colonists, are on the brink of war...

Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Harcourt (trade, 336 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): May 2003, USA & Canada
   Teen fantasy.

Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
Harcourt (trade, 368 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): May 2003, USA & Canada
   A novel of King Arthur, for ages 12 and up.

Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn
Tor (hc, 255 pages)
Publication date: 12 February 2003, USA & Canada

Magazines

Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2003, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: Robert Reed, Charles Coleman Finlay, Lawrence C. Connolly, John Morressy, Dale Bailey, Kit Reed, Aaron A. Reed.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2003, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: Mark W. Tiedemann, Gary W. Shockley, Paul Di Filippo, Albert E. Cowdrey, Robert Sheckley, M. Richert, Joyce Carol Oates.

The 3rd Alternative, Winter 2003, UK & USA
Contributors to this issue include: Brian Hodge, Mary Soon Lee, Brian Aldiss, Lynda E. Rucker, Simon Avery, John Aegard, Sarah Singleton, and more.

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