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Restoring Harmony Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony
reviewed by Dan Shade
Sixteen-Year-Old Molly McClure must save her family in 2041. After severe oil shortages, the government has seized all remaining oil. This and the previous shortages have resulted in extreme poverty worldwide. Many large corporations and small businesses have failed. This life-changing event is referred to as the Collapse. Money still has value, there just isn't very much to go around and has lost much of its value. Most economic transactions are the result of the barter system.

Beyond the Pale Beyond the Pale by Mark Anthony
reviewed by Don Bassingthwaite
They say never judge a book by its cover. True enough -- many's the book Don's read where he's been lured in by the cover and lived to regret it. Guess what? This one deserves that cover. Even the back cover blurb is accurate! Feel free to be lured in.

God's Fires God's Fires by Patricia Anthony
reviewed by David Soyka
Here, the author is not concerned with technology, but rather human frailties and presumptions, particularly as they are embodied in institutional ignorance, in facing up to the "unknowability" of the universe. In this case, it is that peculiar 15th century organization known as the Inquisition, and how it deals, or rather fails to deal, with "shipwrecked" aliens.

Eating Memories Eating Memories by Patricia Anthony
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
No one who has kept up with Patricia Anthony's novels needs to be reminded of her amazing talent. For those who haven't had the pleasure, meet Ms. Anthony: quite simply one of the finest writers of our time. And begin your acquaintance with this collection of her powerful short fiction.

Up in a Heaval Up in a Heaval by Piers Anthony
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
It starts out as a run-of-the-mill bet between the Demon Jupiter and Demoness Fornax -- if he won, he'd get her planet, and, perhaps, her to play with; if she won, she'd get Xanth, and she'd would get to vivisect its creatures for research. They create Umlaut to fulfill the bet. Not a true human, if he figures out who he is before he completes his task, Fornax wins.

Quest for the Fallen Star Quest for the Fallen Star by Piers Anthony, James Richey and Alan Riggs
reviewed by Todd Richmond
This book has all the elements of a classic fantasy quest. Todd found it to be both a disappointment and a relief that it is all told in one book -- a disappointment because it seems a little rushed and lacks detail, but a relief because he doesn't have to wait years for the final outcome, several volumes later.

Coyote Cowgirl Coyote Cowgirl by Kim Antieau
reviewed by Donna McMahon
When she was 5, Jeanne Les Flambeaux heard a crystal skull speaking to her and made the mistake of telling her father. Although she's now a young adult, her family is still watching for signs that she'll go crazy like her grandmother. She's sane so far, but definitely a screw-up.

Electric Wolves Electric Wolves by John Paul Archer
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
This is what it is like to be on your own in deep space -- six colonists wake from being cryogenically frozen to find that they are the only survivors on board. This would be a daunting thing for anyone, but for these intrepid people, life is going to get a lot more serious, and very dangerous indeed.

The Translation of Bastian Test The Translation of Bastian Test by Tom Arden
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
When fifteen-year-old Bastian Test's eccentric artist mother, Julian, dies in a house fire of suspicious origin, he's sent into the care of his guardian, the Marquess of Drumhallurick, who lives in a remote keep on the rocky Scottish coast. Bastian's guardian is the president and founder of the British African Survey Trust -- BAST for short -- which owns and mines the vast gold deposits of the British Anterior Sombagan Territories (BAST again) -- a mountain of riches that Bastian's guardian discovered through an obscure and discredited geological theory.

Empress of the Endless Dream Empress of the Endless Dream by Tom Arden
reviewed by Neil Walsh
As Jem and company return to Ejland for the final stage of the quest, you'll be reacquainted with several characters from earlier volumes. And after two full books in exotic, far-off locales, we share in Jem's sense of coming home. If you've ever spent a long time abroad -- either travelling extensively or living in a foreign country -- then you'll understand the meaning of the phrase "the biggest culture shock is coming home." Jem has gone through quite a lot since he was last in Ejland, and we've gone with him. So it's a weird mix of familiar and strange when we return to Agondon.

Sultan of the Moon and Stars Sultan of the Moon and Stars by Tom Arden
reviewed by Neil Walsh
The 1001 Arabian Nights is the main inspiration for the 3rd book of The Orokon. Driven by his quest to the exotic, desert lands of Unang Lia, Jem finds himself in a world of magic and mystery, with flying carpets, genies, harems of beautiful women, eunuchs, clever thieves, illusory palaces, real palaces, cobras, curses, sexual innuendo and explicit sex (although less of these last two items than in the original tales of Shahrazad). And it's all done with wit and style.

The Orokon Victor The Orokon by Tom Arden
reviewed by Neil Walsh
To fully appreciate this series, one would probably have to be a fan of quest fantasy (Tolkien, Eddings, Brooks) as well as a fan of 18th and 19th century satires and adventure romance novels (Defoe, Richardson, Swift, Austen, the Brontës, Dickens). It's grim. It's witty. It's certainly not a light read. But it is vastly entertaining on several levels.

Argosy #2 Argosy #2
reviewed by Chris Przybyszewski
This two-book set features short stories by O'Neil De Noux, Carol Emshwiller, Jeff Vandermeer, Mike Resnick, Mike Baron, and Martin Meyers. The authors are as distinct as the volume's twin covers, the first a fond look back to Paris in 1944, complete with lovers, birds, and a man in a beret (Gregory Manchess is the artist). The second cover, created by John Picacio, shows a man trying to control his genie, with deep reds in the one corner, deep blues in the other, and a mystic yellow down the diagonal center. It is a contrast, one that visually shows the mold-breaking efforts of the editors.

Kelley Armstrong

The Bone House The Bone House by Luanne Armstrong
reviewed by Donna McMahon
18-year-old Lia is living a harsh, perilous existence as a street kid in the slums of mid-21st-century Vancouver. After her friend, Star, leaves the city in search of a legendary "Kind Place," Lia decides to follow. If she can't find Star, at least she can return to her grandmother's abandoned house near the town of Appleby. Meanwhile, in Appleby, a former logger named Matt is living rough in a shack in the woods. Crippled in a skidder accident, Matt is more than half crazy, and he's haunted by visions of the house he wants to build.

Tomb of the Fathers Mammoths of the Great Plains Tomb of the Fathers and Mammoths of the Great Plains by Eleanor Arnason
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Sometimes good things come in smaller packages. One is an old-fashioned science fiction adventure story, the other a thoroughly modern take on life in the near-future Midwest as seen through the lens of an alternate history. Both are the work of a writer who, over the years has explored issues of gender, politics, and social structure. In both books, she does much the same, while also displaying a sly wit and a talent for creating likable characters who are, in their own way, quietly subversive.

Gullivar of Mars Gullivar of Mars by Edwin L. Arnold
reviewed by Jayme Lynn Blaschke
This may come as a shock to some readers, but it appears that John Carter was not the first Earthling to make a miraculous visit to the planet Mars. Indeed, despite the obvious heresy, Lieutenant Gullivar Jones accomplished a voyage to the Red Planet aboard a miraculous flying carpet, raced about the alien landscape to rescue the beautiful Princess Heru, then escaped back to Earth aboard his carpet as the army of the tyrannical Ar-Hap burned Seth, the city of the beautiful Hither Folk.

The Roswell Poems The Roswell Poems by Rane Arroyo
reviewed by David Maddox
No event in conspiracy history has ever topped Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Whether you believe an alien space ship crashed, it was just a weather balloon, if the government covered it up or if it was just theories that have grown over the decades, the Roswell crash is part of our cultural consciousness.

Crooked Timber Crooked Timber by A.M. Arruin
reviewed by Donna McMahon
This is a collection of "suburban faerie tales" that take place in some morphing collision of reality and unreality pulled primarily from three sources. The first source is the bizarre and macabre folk tales of Eastern Europe as carried to the Canadian prairies by immigrants.

Artemis, Autumn 2000 Artemis, Autumn 2000
reviewed by Rich Horton
Subtitled "Science and Fiction for a Space-Faring Society", it's a magazine associated with the Lunar Resources Company, and explicitly devoted to promoting space exploration and colonization, particularly beginning with utilizing Earth's moon. To this end it features several stories,articles and poems per issue, almost all devoted to that subject.

Irresistible Forces Irresistible Forces edited by Catherine Asaro
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
In this romantic fantasy anthology, six amazing writers take us on some wondrous journeys. It includes "Winterfair's Gifts" by Louis McMaster Bujold, "The Alchemical Marriage" by Mary Jo Putney, "Stained Glass Heart" by Catherine Asaro, "Skin Deep" by Deb Stover, "Trouble With Heroes" by Jo Beverly and "Shadows in the Wood" by Jennifer Roberson

Catherine Asaro

Not of Woman Born Not of Woman Born edited by Constance Ash
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Throw down those ovulation predictors! Cast aside those thermometers! Of what use are those fertility pills now? In the future, new humans are going to be popping out of every test tube, artificial womb, and industrial-size mayo jar if you look away for an instant.

Prisoner of the Iron Tower Prisoner of the Iron Tower by Sarah Ash
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
Gavril is working side by side with his men, trying to rebuild their kastle, and is eventually taken to the asylum, where he is forced into a terrible choice. Eugene, even, though he is the antagonist, is not easily categorized as evil. He is filled with insecurities about his marriage, worries over his daughter, and he treats the people around him, mostly, with decency and respect. His government concentrates on tasks such as providing schooling for every child and improving the economy.

Lord of Snow and Shadows Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
As a painter, Gavril Andar's greatest sorrow was his growing affection for the lovely noblewoman Astasia, for whom he has been commissioned to paint a portrait to help her secure a marriage, and therefore a peace-creating alliance with Prince Eugene. Now, the father he knows nothing about has been assassinated, and the dark gift, the demon-like Drakhaoul that runs in his own blood has come to claim him, along with his father's faithful retainers. Until Lord Volkh's murderer is, in turn, killed, his spirit will never rest, the land will become frozen in deepest winter, and the people will suffer. Gavril has seen a vision of the killer, and finds himself a reluctant leader, kidnapped from his mother's warm house and dragged to the frozen north. It's hard not to understand his reluctance. If he uses the powers inherent in his blood, the dark creature inside him will slowly take over, growing more powerful with every use, until, finally, he turns from human to dragon for good. But that is not all.

Neal Asher

Urban Fantastic Urban Fantastic by Allen Ashley
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
The author's work inhabits territory that the fantasy genre could usefully exploit/explore in the years ahead. If the first stage in the development of modern fantasy was ambiguity (is the fantastic element in the story real or not?), and the second stage was stories in which the fantasy is acknowledged to be real; then the logical next step is to put the fantasy to work -- and this is what Ashley does in his stories.

The Elastic Book of Numbers The Elastic Book of Numbers edited by Allen Ashley
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
Here we have the second anthology from Elastic Press, following on from 2004's The Alsiso Project. Like its predecessor, the book is based around a single broad theme; as its title suggests, all the stories in the volume are connected to numbers in some way. The resulting tales are highly varied.

The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures edited by Mike Ashley and Eric Brown
reviewed by Steven H Silver
For an author as widely known as Jules Verne, his reputation rests on relatively few books. This anthology of stories contains stories based on Verne's writings, not just his most popular books, but his most esoteric ones as well. Most of the stories are based on Verne's writing, although a few pull from Verne's life and times, or at least his potential life and times.

The Gernsback Days The Gernsback Days by Mike Ashley and Robert A.W. Lowndes
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Although there is nothing on the cover to indicate it, the book is, in reality, two complementary non-fiction works about Hugo Gernsback's role in the formation of science fiction. In the first work, Mike Ashley provides a combination biography of Gernsback and history of the evolution in the field. The second part is Robert A.W. Lowndes's reader's guide to the field in which he provides synopses of the stories published during the time period.

Unchained Unchained by Sharon Ashwood
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
With a custody battle coming up, Ashe Carver, monster killer, has switched from stakes to a job at the public library. But fate has other things in mind. Ashe find herself chasing a demon rabbit that escaped from the supernatural castle along with Captain Reynard, one of the castle's guards. But there's more than that going on here. Someone has stolen Reynard's soul, part of what bound him to the castle; a vampire king wants to impregnate Ashe since her sister, Holly, had a vampire's baby; and there's a dark fae prince who seems to have his finger in every pot.

I, Robot I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
reviewed by Chris Przybyszewski
Before Will Smith presented his rendition of I, Robot, Isaac Asimov had a pretty good collection of short stories on his hands. The original book, published first in 1950, was a collection of pulp science fiction short stories which were published between 1940 and 1950. In it, the author explored what he saw as the inevitability of the human condition: the creation of artificial life. Or, as Asimov argues, the created life is not so artificial.

The End of Eternity The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
reviewed by Rich Horton
This novel concerns Andrew Harlan, a Technician for the organization called Eternity which trys to maintain a stable society, with reasonable prosperity over time from the 27th century to about the 70,000th century. As it opens Harlan is shown committing a crime: in exchange for concealing a minor error by a functionary of one of the Eternity bases, he arranges to have the Life Plot of a certain woman tracked through a change.

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