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Unfinished Tales Unfinished Tales by Mark Sumner
Mark Sumner, author of Devil's Tower and the Extreme Zone series, is a man with a lot of creative energy -- too much, it turns out. He's currently at work on an assortment of new projects: novels, novellas, and short stories which he's shared with the editors of the SF Site, and which we find fascinating. With Mark's permission, we're offering you a look at the most intriguing of these story excerpts. This issue we preview two of them.

Angels on Fire Angels on Fire by Nancy A. Collins
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Lucy Bender's life is a mess. Her boyfriend has left her for a woman with a trust fund, and the artists' collective that she's a part of has voted her out. On the way up to the roof of her ratty apartment building to contemplate whether to throw herself off, she stumbles over... an angel.

Krondor the Betrayal Krondor the Betrayal by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
It is a tale that takes place just after the Riftwar Saga. The Brotherhood of the Dark Path once again threatens the Kingdom. The story quickly becomes much more complex as seemingly unconnected events in Krondor and elsewhere begin to reveal a sinister plot.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick's commentary on SF television includes an episode of Babylon 5, "The Fall of Centauri Prime," by J. Michael Straczynski and a special episode of Diagnosis Murder with George Takei, Walter Koenig, Wil Wheaton, Bill Mumy, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney.

Raising Dragons Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This book reaches out to welcome African-American children into the wonderful territory of unrestrained imagination. With vibrant colours and a beguiling story, it's quite possible that this fantastical situation may exist only in a child's mind, but that is real enough for the very young.

Future on Ice Future on Ice edited by Orson Scott Card
reviewed by Rich Horton
This is quite legitimately an anthology which can stand on its own as a "Best of the 80s," even though it was intended to be paired with Future on Fire. No doubt, these aren't the very best 18 stories from that decade, but on any given day, they'll do.


Forthcoming Books Forthcoming Books
compiled by John O'Neill
Part of the joy of reviewing books is the occasional glimpse at a future title or two. And to share some of that fun with you, we've crafted a set of pages devoted to news and info on forthcoming books -- including work from Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, John Barnes, and many others. We think you'll find it very interesting.

Driving Blind Driving Blind by Ray Bradbury
reviewed by David Soyka
If you're a fan, you'll be as enchanted as you were when you first picked-up Dandelion Wine and were transported to a place in which the ordinary somehow became extraordinary, and it didn't matter that the space travel of The Martian Chronicles or the futuristic setting of Fahrenheit 451 were missing.

Going Postal Going Postal edited by Gerard Daniel Houarner
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
SF, fantasy, and horror -- it's all there in this anthology. The editor has gathered together the new names that you will be seeing on book spines in all these genres for years to come. Pay attention to the messages and the messengers; they're going to be part of our lives for some time.

A Path of Daggers A Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
reviewed by James Seidman
The author continues to showcase his stunning world building abilities in this detailed story of a struggle between good and evil. The story continues to develop its myriad threads and subplots, carrying the reader inexorably toward an unpredictable conclusion.

Dragon Tempest Dragon Tempest by Don Callander
reviewed by Todd Richmond
In this, the third Dragon book, Tom Whitehead's very pregnant wife is kidnapped. Tom, along with his Dragon Companion, begins to search for them. A ransom note leads to a magical unmanned ship which immediately sets sail as they step on board.

Bar Crawl of the Damned Bar Crawl of the Damned by William Morton
reviewed by Kristen Pederson
The art is well done in a clear, representational pen and ink style that isn't too artsy. The comic follows the adventures of Kurt, a big, round, terminally cheerful biker-leather-Punisher-t-shirt-wearing werewolf with a frightening capacity for alcohol and Sean, a pasty and cadaverous vampire with blank eyes and a slightly more bemused and confused expression.

Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History edited by Gardner Dozois and Stanley Schmidt
reviewed by Mark Shainblum
This is a fine little anthology of American alternate history stories, all but one originally published within the last 10 years. Mark was quite excited to be able to snag it for review.

The Uncrowned King The Uncrowned King by Michelle West
reviewed by Alexander von Thorn
The author is a master of character and setting. The city of Averalaan is no sketch or generic medieval background; it's described with vivid color and with economy of language. The characters leap to life quickly, in only a few lines of dialogue.

Beholder's Eye Beholder's Eye by Julie E. Czerneda
reviewed by James Seidman
An alien shapeshifter becomes closer and closer friends with a human. Having few meaningful interactions with another species, she is ill prepared for the consequences that friendship can bring.

Black Swan, White Raven Black Swan, White Raven edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Georges approached this book with some preconceptions of what a fairy tale should be -- what sort of a fairy tale anthology doesn't have a single tale beginning with "once upon a time?" He was expecting exactly what the editors of this anthology were trying to avoid and recast in a modern context.

New Arrivals Mid-October Books
compiled by John O'Neill
Fantasy seems to have outweighed SF these last two weeks, with big new books from such names as Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony, Steven Brust, Jane Yolen and Gordon R. Dickson. If you're looking for science fiction, however, don't fret -- some of the brightest new names in SF check in with highly anticipated volumes, including Sarah Zettel, Maureen F McHugh, and Paul J. McAuley, as well as more established folk such as K.W. Jeter, Pat Cadigan, and James White.

First Novels

Green Rider Green Rider by Kristen Britain
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
While running away, Karigan meets a rider with two black arrows in his back. With his dying breath he binds her to an oath -- to deliver the message he carries. He gives her his horse and his winged brooch, the emblem of the legendary messengers of the King, and a warning: Beware the shadow man.

Project: Maldon Project: Maldon by Chris Atack
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This novel puts the bite on you right away and hangs on like a %$@*& pit bull. The action moves with the force of the best suspense or action novels on the market.

Second Looks

The Night Watch The Night Watch by Sean Stewart
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Here, the people of this strange new world are the focus. Different from us, but still unquestionably of us, the author's characters live and breathe and hurt on these pages. If their ghosts are easier to see, ours hold to the last shreds of life just as fiercely.

Departures Departures by Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Steven H Silver
For readers who have not read any of the author's work, Steven recommends this collection to get a feel for the wide range of stories Turtledove has to offer. For people who only know him through his novel-length work, Steven also recommends it to show how masterful Turtledove is when it comes to writing short stories.

Gaming

The Bestiary The Bestiary
a game supplement review by Don Bassingthwaite
Don feels The Bestiary is the best game product he's seen this year. The layout is good, the writing is fantastic, the art is great -- and most importantly, it's a useful game product.

Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game
a game review by Don Bassingthwaite
Yes, you too can take the role of your favourite Marvel super hero, defending law-abiding citizens from villainous criminals, protecting Earth from cosmic menaces, and worrying if maybe your costume shows off just a little bit too much muscle.

Deathtrap Dungeon Deathtrap Dungeon
a game review by Steve Lazarowitz
Deathtrap Dungeon by Eidos Interactive is a game apart. Eidos is responsible for the exceedingly popular Tomb Raider series, and they have turned that game engine into an entertaining swords-and-sorcery adventure that few competitors can match.


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