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Recent arrivals in the SF Site office include new novels from Steph Swainston, Karin Lowachee, Karl Schroeder, Dan Abnett, and forthcoming collections from Paul Di Filippo, Maureen F. McHugh, Kelly Link, plus many more fine books.

As for me, I've been trying to fill some gaps in my reading experience by going back to some older classics. Here are a couple of particular note.

  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (SF Masterworks, Gollancz, trade, 217 pages, published January 2000, UK)
        This Nebula-winner was written in 1966, based on an earlier and shorter work which had won the Hugo. It was later adapted to a film that won an Oscar. Unlike many award-winners from 40 years in the past, this novel still resonates with all the potency and poignancy it had when it was first published. Charlie Gordon is the subject of a scientific experiment which raises his IQ from about 70 to off-the-scale genius. As he quickly develops his intellectual capacity, he eagerly learns as much as he can. And then the process begins to rapidly reverse its course. It's a particularly painful book if you've ever watched anyone descend into senility. I was weeping as I read the last few pages. This masterpiece is available in a number of different editions, so if you haven't read it, do yourself a great favour and track it down immediately.
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  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick (Vintage, trade, 231 pages, published December 1991, USA & Canada)
        Written in 1964, this book is still available in countless editions, including the Gollancz SF Masterworks series edition of January 2000. It's a PKD paranoid future, where the earth is a blazing desert with no ozone layer to defend against the lethal brutality of the sun, where citizens are chosen by lot to be sent to live out their lives in the misery of harsh and remote colonies throughout the solar system, where one company has a monopoly on drug-enhanced escapism that is the only solace available to these poor colonists, and where Palmer Eldritch returns from his travels to alien star systems with a new and more potent drug that will create a new and more all-encompassing monopoly. But is Chew-Z, the new drug, going to fulfill its promise of eternal life, or will it rather deliver only eternal torment? This is one of Dick's better novels, with his fascinating, warped and paranoid commentary on the nature of reality, the nature of God, recreational drug use, religion and other opiates of the masses (computer games and virtual reality seem to have been anticipated by Dick). In addition, you can also find here oblique satire on the Vietnam draft, corporate life, elitism, personal relationships and so much more.
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(Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted.)

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: Mid-April 2005
Ravenor by Dan Abnett
Warhammer 40,000, Black Library (mm, 413 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & USA & Australia & Canada
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Ravenor Returned by Dan Abnett
Warhammer 40,000, Black Library (hc, 307 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & USA & Australia & Canada

Nikolai Dante: The Strangelove Gambit by David Bishop
Black Flame, Black Library (mm, 254 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & USA & Australia & Canada

The Healer by Michael Blumlein, MD
Pyr, Prometheus Books (hc, 344 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): July 2005, USA

Godplayers by Damien Broderick
Thunder's Mouth Press (trade, 336 pages)
Publication date: 3 May 2005, USA

Tanequil: The High Druid of Shannara, Book 2 by Terry Brooks
Pocket Books (mm, 469 pages)
Publication date: May 2005, UK
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Shadowmasque: The Shadowkings Trilogy, Book 3 by Michael Cobley
Simon & Schuster (trade, 448 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 4 July 2005, UK

Paint it Black by Nancy A. Collins
Two Wolf Press (trade, 198 pages)
Publication date: March 2005, USA

Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved: The Dragons' Return edited by Sue Weinlein Cook
Malhavoc Press (mm, 277 pages)
Publication date: March 2005, USA
    Featuring stories from Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jeff Grubb, and others.

Crimson Tears by Ben Counter
Warhammer 40,000, Black Library (mm, 412 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & USA & Australia & Canada

The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories by Paul Di Filippo
Thunder's Mouth Press (trade, 384 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): July 2005, USA

Atlas' Revenge: Another Mad Myth Mystery by Robyn DiTocco & Tony DiTocco
Brainstorm Publications (trade, 234 pages)
Publication date: 2005, USA

The Treasured One: The Dreamers, Book 2 by David & Leigh Eddings
Voyager, HarperCollins (mm, 519 pages)
Publication date: 3 May 2005, UK

Live! From Planet Earth by George Alec Effinger
Golden Gryphon (hc, 363 pages)
Publication date: May 2005, USA & Canada

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach, translated by Doryl Jensen
Tor (hc, 300 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, USA & Canada

Exile's Return: Conclave of Shadows, Book 3 by Raymond E. Feist
Voyager, HarperCollins (trade, 356 pages)
Publication date: 4 April 2005, UK
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The Complete Tales From the Ten-Tailed Cat edited by Marc Gascoigne & Christian Dunn
Warhammer, Black Library (trade graphic novel)
Publication date: April 2005, USA & Canada

Foop! by Chris Genoa
Eraserhead Press (trade, 300 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, USA

Last Dance of the Lochkray by Brian Goodwin
LTDBooks (e-book in PDF, HTML, REB 1100 & 1200, PDB, PRC, LIT, KML, FUB/SEB) Publication date: April 2005, Canada

The Ardly Effect by Mitis Green
Brambling Books (trade, 209 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK

Dragon Pawns by William Hill
Otter Creek Press (trade, 361 pages)
Publication date: March 2005, USA

Magic for Beginners stories by Kelly Link
Small Beer Press (trade, 232 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 1 July 2005, USA

Cagebird by Karin Lowachee
Warner Aspect (mm, 448 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, USA & Canada

The Rats of Hamelin by Adam McCune & Keith McCune
Moody Publishers (trade, 259 pages) Publication date (forthcoming): August 2005, USA

Mothers and Other Monsters stories by Maureen F. McHugh
Small Beer Press (hc, 232 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 1 July 2005, USA

Twice Damned by Carrie S. Masek
Mundania Press (trade, 247 pages)
Publication date: March 2005, USA & Canada

A Dragon's Tail by Carrie S. Masek & William B. Masek
Double Dragon Publishing (trade & e-book in several formats)
Publication date: March 2005, USA

Death's Messenger by Sandy Mitchell
Warhammer, Black Library (mm, 409 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & USA & Australia & Canada

The Ademian Line by Erna Olinger
FictionSpin (hc, 353 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 17 May 2005, USA & Canada

The Sentient Advantage by Chris Pugmire
Llumina Press (trade, 220 pages)
Publication date: May 2005, USA

Bloodquest: The Eye of Terror Trilogy by Gordon Rennie & Colin MacNeil
Warhammer 40,000, Black Library (trade graphic novel)
Publication date: April 2005, USA & Canada

The Va Dinci Cod by A.R.R.R. Roberts (writing as Don Brine)
Victor Gollancz (hc, 180 pages)
Publication date: 30 April 2005, UK

Aliens and AIs: A Collection by Lawrence M. Schoen
Eggplant Literary Productions (e-book CD in PDF, HTML, MSReader & Mobipocke)
Publication date: April 2005, USA

The Engine of Recall by Karl Schroeder
Robert J. Sawyer Books, Red Deer Press (hc, 271 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, Canada & USA

Blood In, Blood Out: Vampire, The Requiem, Book 2 by Lucien Soulban
World of Darkness, White Wolf (mm, 288 pages)
Publication date: February 2005, USA & Canada

Judge Dredd: The Final Cut by Matthew Smith
Black Flame, Black Library (mm, 250 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & Australia & USA & Canada

The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
Gollancz (mm, 369 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK
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No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston
Victor Gollancz (hc, 317 pages)
Publication date: 30 April 2005, UK

Rogue Trooper: Blood Relative by James Swallow
Black Flame, Black Library (mm, 253 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & Australia & USA & Canada

The Vision: Green Stone of Healing, Book 1 by C.L. Talmadge
Quiet Storm Publishing (hc, 239 pages)
Publication date: March 2005, USA

Witch Finder by C.L. Werner
Warhammer, Black Library (mm, 254 pages)
Publication date: April 2005, UK & USA & Australia & Canada
    Second book in the Mathias Thulmann series, followingWitch Hunter.

The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams
Pyr, Prometheus Books (hc, 529 pages)
Publication date: 12 April 2005, USA

The Twilight Zone: Chosen & The Placebo Effect novelization by K.C. Winters
Black Flame, Black Library (mm, 415 pages)
Publication date: UK & Australia & USA & Canada

Meridian: Worlds Apart, Book 1 by James Wittenbach
Desperado-Everlong Press (trade, 282 pages)
Publication date: 2005, USA

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens edited by Jane Yolen & Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Tor (trade, 288 pages)
Publication date: May 2005, USA & Canada
    This First Annual Collection features tales from Garth Nix, David Gerrold, S.M. Stirling, Delia Sherman, Kelly Link, and others.

Ingledove by Marly Youmans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (hc, 208 pages)
Publication date: 7 May 2005, USA & Canada
    For readers 12 & older.

Magazines

Electric Velocipede, Issue 8, Spring 2005, USA
Contributors to this issue include: Daniel Braum, Charles Coleman Finlay, Heather Martin, Catherine Dybiec Holm, Jonathan Brandt, Frank Byrns, Carole Carmen, Liz Williams, Christina Sng, Sonya Taaffe.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2005, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: Laird Barron, Robert Thurston, Steven Popkes, Alex Irvine, K.D. Wentworth, Robert Reed.

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