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Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
SF Site's new columnist thinks maybe it's the culmination of the ongoing obsessions over science fiction cinema, or maybe the famed Star Wars Generation is starting to suffer its first mid-life crises, but fandom is suddenly a subject for popular inspection and introspection. Oh, sure, fandom has been the subject of news reports before. These are generally referred to as "Look At The Freaks" reports. This is why the release of Trekkies, Sex, Death, and Eyeliner, and Free Enterprise is so intriguing.

New Horizons New Horizons edited by August Derleth
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Billed as Arkham House's first ever SF anthology, this is also Derleth's last, assembled sometime in the 60s and only discovered in manuscript after his death in 1971. Readers familiar with Derleth's previous anthologies and Arkham House's usual "weird" output won't find the territory all that strange.

Beyond the Gates Beyond the Gates by Catherine Wells
reviewed by Steven H Silver
They have cut themselves off from the Unbelievers who reside in the rest of the galaxy except where they need some essential goods or services. But they find that they must bring an Unbeliever palaeo-zoologist to the planet to help determine the origin of an animal found in the desert.

Jerlayne Jerlayne by Lynn Abbey
reviewed by Jeri Wright
Jerlayne has always felt herself in the shadow of her legendary mother. When Faerie was facing its greatest crisis, Elmeene discovered the cure for blooddeath and saved the people of Faerie from iron's poison. 2000 years later, Jerlayne is determined to surpass her mother as any independent, strong-willed daughter would.

Forthcoming Books Forthcoming Books
compiled by John O'Neill
It's only June, and already we can't wait to get our hands on the big books of Fall -- including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, and the massive horror anthology 999, edited by Al Sarrantonio. It's going to be a long, hot summer.

Yanked! Yanked! by Nancy Kress
reviewed by Rich Horton
This new series begins sometime in the 24th century, after Earth has solved its basic problems. Aliens have given humans some advanced technology, but other not so nice aliens have become rivals. The gift of time travel must be used to grab humans from preceding centuries to help out.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick has put together a 1998-1999 episode guide for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and The X-Files. Check it out, print off a copy of each one and keep them handy for the summer reruns.

Crystal Sage Crystal Sage by Kara Dalkey
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
In the modern-day Colorado ranching town of Dawson's Butte, everything seems to be perfectly normal -- a trifle boring, even. That is, until a musicologist starts to dig too deep into ancient Celtic lyrics and melodies, and is promptly transformed into a guitar for her troubles. Her only hope lies with her friend and house-cleaner, Joan. Joan's only hope to succeed is Miriam, trainee and new-age devotee.

The Shadow of Albion The Shadow of Albion by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill
reviewed by Jeri Wright
Adventure, political machinations, spies, assassins, court intrigue, plots, counter plots, secret societies, missing heirs, arranged marriages, and, oh yes, magic too -- the alternate Regency England of The Shadow of Albion has all of this and more.

New Arrivals June Books
compiled by John O'Neill
A new hard SF novel from Robert J. Sawyer, John Gregory Bentacourt kicks off a six-volume Star Trek crossover, Richard Grant returns with a new fantasy, and the tide of Star Wars: Episode I tie-ins continues to wash over us. All that plus new material from Nancy Kress, Jane Yolen, Ben Bova, Debra Doyle and James D MacDonald, Jane Routley, and more.

The Knight, the Harp, and the Maiden The Knight, the Harp, and the Maiden by Anne Kelleher Bush
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
This is a pleasant novel -- the pseudo-mediaeval atmosphere is well recreated, although the setting more often has a feel of modern fast-paced action and realistic inter-gender relationships.

The Dragon's Tooth The Dragon's Tooth by Martin Hall
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This is the tale of a dragon with a toothache and Mostril, the boy he befriends. You'll also encouner pirates, shipwrecks, warring countries, and dangerous seas. When Mostril and Su-Yashi (the captain's dauntless daughter) find themselves alone and in danger, it's going to take all of the courage and ingenuity the young pair can muster to rescue themselves and the captive mariners.

Satan is a Mathematician Satan is a Mathematician by Keith Allen Daniels
reviewed by Rich Horton
This collection of poems covers a wide range of subjects, science-fictional, fantastical, horrific, and scientific. Keith Allen Daniels is an interesting poet, and at the high end of his range is very fine. Anyone interested in contemporary poetry would do well to check out this book.

Messiah Messiah by Andrei Codrescu
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The millennium is just around the corner and some major shake-ups are coming with it. This book is "peopled" with a cast of characters that could come from nowhere else but fantasy. Heaven and Hell have chipped in with their fair share of creatures. But don't expect to find the ending in any religious document; that's not the way this apocalypse crumbles.

The Stars Asunder The Stars Asunder by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
reviewed by Rich Horton
This is an exciting and colourful adventure story, set in a universe where high technologies interact seamlessly with what appear to be magical powers. The 6th in the series, this one is set some 500 years prior to the others, mostly in the Mageworlds, prior to their contact with the worlds of the Republic.

The Wizard's Map The Wizard's Map by Jane Yolen
reviewed by Regina Lynn Preciado
Once again, this master storyteller weaves humour, intelligence, and life lessons into a beautifully crafted yarn about loyalty, love, and courage. She does so in such a subtle way that you really think you're reading a story about some kids who have to save their parents, Scotland, and the world itself from the evil clutches of the wizard Michael Scot.

The Changeling War The Changeling War by Peter Garrison
reviewed by S. Kay Elmore
There are countless old folk tales of Changelings; creatures left behind by fairies when the real human child has been stolen. In this world, there is an unseen world of magic and mystery, inhabited by creatures strange and fantastic.

New Magazines New Magazines
compiled by John O'Neill
Looking for the best in new magazines? The FictionHome page has news, reviews and links to the finest short fiction on the market, from SF magazines to anthologies and collections.


Unexplained Natural Phenomena Unexplained Natural Phenomena by Keith Tutt
reviewed by Thomas Myer
If this book were a boxer, Thomas'd say it was a bantamweight: fast on its feet, wiry, but packing a mean punch. Lively reading on such topics as precognition, psychic surgery, and telepathy; Yeti, Nessie, vampires, zombies, and angels; ball lightning, spontaneous human combustion, dowsing, the face on Mars, and crop circles.

Second Looks

The Arkadians The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Lloyd Alexander is a true storyteller. In this novel his venue is ancient Greece, the home of another pretty decent storyteller, Homer. So if you want the scoop on why the Trojans were offered a giant wooden horse, rather than, say, a giant wooden lion, or if you have children you want to introduce to Greek mythology The Arkadians is for you.

Fire Angels Fire Angels by Jane Routley
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
A reprise review to coincide with the paperback release. Strange creatures and stranger characters. Mystical locales. Enviable abilities. Compelling situations. It never occurs to doubt the possibility of this tale, only to hurry to learn the fate of the people and places between the covers.

Inhuman Beings Inhuman Beings by Jerry Jay Carroll
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
In a reprise review to coincide with the paperback release, there is absolutely no reason why this dizzy blend of pulp SF and hardboiled mystery should work, but it does -- wonderfully. The narrative blazes, the reader doesn't have time to question what's happening. Carroll invests even his most impossible situations with a crazily consistent logic. The book's punch is aided by a tight, lean prose style.


Outbound: An Explorer's Guidebook Outbound: An Explorer's Guidebook by Ed Stark
a gaming accessory review by Don Bassingthwaite
This guidebook addresses all of the various needs of an exploration campaign very neatly. As those familiar with the Star*Drive setting will know, the action takes place on the Verge, wild and woolly frontier space. So slip into your climate weave jumpsuit, and pack your sensor gauntlet, e-suit, and weapon of choice (hey, it's a nasty universe out there). Now you're ready to fire up the stardrive! To leave civilization behind...

Guide to the Sabbat Guide to the Sabbat by Justin R. Achilli, et al.
a gaming accessory review by Don Bassingthwaite
You think you know the Sabbat? You think you know the real Sabbat? Monstrous, cruel, inhuman, vile to the core, war to the core, "no, I'm sorry, you can't talk to the elders today... we ate them last night." Think again...

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