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King Kelson's Bride King Kelson's Bride by Katherine Kurtz
reviewed by Steven H Silver
This novel is a triumphant return to the magical Medieval realm of Gwynedd in the first Deryni novel since The Bastard Prince (1994). It begins with the coming of age of King Liam of Torenth. Although Torenth and Gwynedd are mortal enemies, Liam has been living as a squire at Kelson's court. When the boy attains his majority, it is time for Kelson to undertake an embassy to return Liam to his own land. On the eve of their journey, Kelson's one-time fiancée, Rothana, suggests an appropriate wife for the young king...

Shadowsong Shadowsong by Jenny Jones and Dreamcatcher by Stephen Bowkett
reviewed by Neil Walsh
These 2 stories begin a dark fantasy series of 6 from various authors, each one based on an overall unified concept. Each detail the efforts of the Shadowman -- a sort of disgruntled Morpheus figure -- to extend his nefarious reach from the realm of dream into the waking reality. Behind the contemporary setting of each book is the influence of the myths and legends of the the applicable culture -- in the case of these 2: Greek, and Native American.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 edited by Gregory Benford
reviewed by David Soyka
Originally, David thought this series was a way for writers, otherwise marginalized from the mainstream, to pat themselves on the back a bit and honour their own. But it seems this isn't the case. He wondered how then to evaluate this year's anthology, which has dropped its historical numerical appellation in favour of a designation with deep science fictional connotations. Well, it would seem that the volume's editor can offer a helping hand...

Land Without Evil Land Without Evil by Matthew J. Pallamary
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
One glance at the flyleaf is enough to cue you in that this is not your standard fantasy novel. In fact, it might be better to think of it in the magic realism corner for now. You're going to be shown spirits, gods, and, well, astral projection, but it won't be quite like anything of that nature that you've seen before. Chances are, the people you discover in this book are a civilization you never knew existed and will probably never meet.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick is deep in the summer doldrums and indulging his passion for making lists -- his top 22 entertainers alive at century's end. It seems clear to Rick that the greatest artists of the last half of the 20th century have been the writer-directors, just as the greatest artists of the first half were the writer-artists.

Crimewave 3 Crimewave 3 edited by Andy Cox
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Dark realism, mystery, even a splash of speculative fiction -- this is a perfect outlet for the flourishing, breakaway school of crime fiction. Gone are the police procedurals, the two-bit crooks, the hard-boiled dicks; they have a place, but this isn't it. Instead, you are locked eye-to-eye with the human monsters among us. And it's a chilling experience.

Anonymous Rex Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia
reviewed by Ernest Lilley
Vince Rubio is a classic LA Private Investigator. He's also a dinosaur. His partner got killed while investigating a spectacular murder a year before the story starts. In true genre form, he started a downward spiral into oblivion and bankruptcy. Now a nightclub owner's lying crisped in LA County hospital and Vincent gets the job of checking it out for the insurance company.

New Arrivals Forthcoming Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
Here's a sampling of some of the F&SF books that are headed our way in the coming months...

New Magazines New Magazines
compiled by John O'Neill
The SF Site's FictionHome page brings you the latest news and reviews of genre magazines and other short fiction. We look at brand new issues of Talebones, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many more.

Stanley Schmidt A Conversation With Stanley Schmidt
An interview with Jayme Lynn Blaschke
On a definition of SF:
"My definition of science fiction is simply fiction in which some element of speculation plays such an essential and integral role that it can't be removed without making the story collapse, and in which the author has made a reasonable effort to make the speculative element as plausible as possible."

The Tower at Stony Wood The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
This is a tricky sort of book. It reads like dreaming, with images and elements sometimes blending together, sometimes pulling apart. There are moments when everything is clear, and moments when you realize you have not understood what exactly has just happened. It starts traditionally enough, when a renowned knight, Sir Cyan Dag, is given a dark warning by a far-seeing bard that the new queen is not what she appears -- namely human.

Goddess of the Mountain Harvest Goddess of the Mountain Harvest by Brenda Gates Smith
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Sequel to Secrets of the Ancient Goddess, the story concentrates on two women destined to be high priestesses of a peaceful matriarchal agrarian society in prehistoric Turkey. Yana has had to undergo a taxing initiation/rebirth, which has brought her spiritually closer to the nurturing/mothering aspect of the goddess. Henne has escaped from capture, enslavement and rape, returning with a very practical hands-on understanding of the limitations of the more passive aspects of the goddess.

New Arrivals Mid-June Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
Recent arrivals include brand new titles from Katherine Kurtz, F. Paul Wilson, Martha Wells, Eve Forward, Storm Constantine, William C. Dietz, Douglas Niles, Mickey Zucker Reichert, and more.

Second Looks

The Faded Sun Trilogy The Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cherryh
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
This SF series is the author's second, and demonstrates her masterful skill at drawing the reader smoothly into alien mindsets and cultures. It contains the novels: Kesrith (1978), Shon'jir (1978), and Kutath (1979). The trilogy opens in the uneasy aftermath of a galaxy-spanning war hard-fought between humans and humanoid mri mercenaries, hired by the decidedly inhuman regul...

Eternal Light Eternal Light by Paul J. McAuley
reviewed by Jean-Louis Trudel
In this sequel to Four Hundred Billion Stars is all that real science fiction fans could wish for: complex societies, characters shaped by the technologies of our wildest dreams, wild rides through space and time, glimpses of surreal landscapes and transcendent beings...

First Novels

Goodnight, My Angel Goodnight, My Angel by Margaret Murphy
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The novel's focus is on the agony of a murder survivor. Kate Pearson's beloved daughter Melanie is gone forever -- the victim of a brutal, unnerving murder. The case remains unsolved, causing Kate more pain. The murderer has decided, though, that Kate hasn't begun to suffer. No, now Melanie's murderer has found a way to bring her back from the grave.

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