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Shards of a Broken Crown Shards of a Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Feist has spent years creating the fascinating world of Midkemia, in which strong, likeable characters contine to explore and develop. This novel concludes the Serpentwar Saga, Feist's latest fantasy epic. The Kingdom of the Isles is in sorry shape after the Novindian invasion and the royal forces must regroup and attempt to retake their lost lands. Meanwhile, the King of the Bitter Sea is making noises about taking the burnt-out remains of Krondor...

Editor's Choice: Short Fiction Reviews Editor's Choice
short fiction reviews by David Truesdale
In his column, David looks at the February issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. His choices are "The Very Pulse of the Machine" by Michael Swanwick and "The Planck Dive" by Greg Egan.

North Wind North Wind by Gwyneth Jones
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
According to Lisa, nothing is simple in this rivetting tale, least of all motivations. Who is the mysterious Fat Man that Carton reports to? What is the truth about the instantaneous transport device believed to have carried Mankind's greatest martyrs to their doomed invasion of the Aleutian mothership? And so many others...

The Urth of the New Sun The Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
Stephen found the first half of the book reinforces his belief that Gene Wolfe is one of the finest writers currently working -- in any genre. With his deep imagination, Wolfe conjures forth images that Stephen reread with delight.

New Arrivals December New Arrivals
compiled by John O'Neill
The year winds up well with terrific new volumes from Gwyneth Jones, Nancy Kress, David Zindell, Charles Sheffield, Piers Anthony and Clifford A. Pickover, Harry Turtledove, Terry Brooks, David Eddings and Leigh Eddings, and others.

Saul's Death  & other poems Saul's Death & other poems by Joe Haldeman
reviewed by Todd Ruthman
For fans of speculative poetry, Todd considers this latest offering from Anamnesis Press to be a must-have. It's a collection of 32 of Joe Haldeman's poems -- many speculative, all excellent -- including two Rhysling Award winners.

Godzilla 2000 Godzilla 2000 by Marc Cerasini
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Lisa has seen the Godzilla movies but who could resist the chance to read an actual novel about giant monsters? She couldn't, but she wishes she had. You see, to read a young adult book, it would be extremely helpful to be... well... young. It hurts her to say it, but she was NEVER this young.

Singers of Strange Songs: A Celebration of Brian Lumley Singers of Strange Songs: A Celebration of Brian Lumley edited by Scott David Aniolowski
reviewed by Neil Walsh
This anthology includes 11 new tales of terror, selected for their use of Brian Lumley's Cthulhu Mythos material and creations, as well as a couple of previously published stories from Lumley himself. If you plan to read this before bed, you might want to invest in a night-light.

Child of the River Paul J. McAuley Reading List
compiled by Rodger Turner
His first novel, Four Hundred Billion Stars, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial. Now with the much anticipated North American release of Paul J. McAuley's latest novel, Child of the River, the time has come for a detailed look at the fiction of this award-winning author.

Attila's Treasure Attila's Treasure by Stephan Grundy
reviewed by Neil Walsh
If you're already familiar with the events of the Volsung/Nibelung cycle, this sequel to Rhinegold can be read as a stand-alone novel combining Germanic legend with historical anthropological details of the 5th century Goths and Huns. As a fragment of the multi-generational tragedy told in Rhinegold, Neil considers this book to be a tighter work and an even better read than Grundy's first novel.

First Novels

Prodigy Prodigy by Jan Clark
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
Leon suggests that fans of C.J. Cherryh will find much to enjoy in this debut novel. It rises beyond the expectations of a standard space opera. The interactions and conflicts of the many interesting and well-fleshed-out characters and races combine to add an additional layer to the story.

Polymorph Polymorph by Scott Westerfeld
reviewed by Thomas Myer
For a polymorph like Lee, gender and ethnicity, bone structures and muscles mix and meld and dance, obeying her will. One day she can be a lovely Asian female, and at the moment of danger, a fanged avenger with a taste for blood. Scott Westerfeld is a shining new star ripping across the horizon, ascending to the zodiac of contemporary SF.

Footprints of Thunder Footprints of Thunder by James F. David
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
Strange objects falling from the sky, disappearances over the Bermuda Triangle, people spontaneously bursting into flame. Current science has no explanation. But what if these events all tied together, and a single cohesive theory could explain the phenomena? James F. David postulates such a theory, and shows what happens...

Non-Fiction

Infinite Worlds Infinite Worlds:
The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art
by Vincent di Fate

reviewed by Steven H Silver
Although Steven found this book to be less than sufficient as a textual reference and history of science fiction art, it is nevertheless a good introduction to the subject. It offers many tantalizing samples, leaving you with the desire to see more.


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