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Occurences: The Illustrated Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce
Mojo Press trade paper
From the off-beat publishers of Weird Business comes another graphic novel of quality creepy stuff.
[Cover] Cyberpunk, 2020: Holomen
Stephen Billias
Warner Aspect paperback
This is based on the role-playing game by the same name. Cute.
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Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels Trilogy, Book Two)
Anne Bishop
Roc (paperback, 496 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: April 1, 1999

The sequel to last year's Daughter of the Blood. "Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness. Her physical wounds have healed while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan -- a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father -- to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love."
Review by Victoria Strauss
[Cover] Pirates of the Universe
Terry Bisson
Tor trade paper
A New York Times 1996 "Year's Best" Selection, it's been called "The Most Reviewed SF Novel of 1996." Gunther Glenn lives in the war-torn and tired Earth of the 21st century, but he dreams of living in the Disney Virtual Reality park Pirates of the Universe. When he's offered a chance to become a Disney Ranger he grabs it... only to find one of his first assignments is to capture Peteys, 1,200-kilometer long creatures drifting through the solar system.
[Cover] The Shakespeare Stealer
Gary Blackwood
Penguin/Dutton hard cover
"Steal Shakespeare's play Hamlet -- or else." This order from his cruel, cutthroat master sends Widge, a poor orphan with a shorthand all his own, on a nearly impossible task. High jinks and high adventure in London alleyways and the Globe Theatre fill the pages of this unusual novel set in the time of Shakespeare. From the author of Attack of the Mushroom People and Beyond the Door.
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Art: Tim Barrall
The Rainy Season
James P. Blaylock
Ace (hardcover, 356 pages, $21.95/$30.99 Can)
Publication date: August 1, 1999

James Blaylock rules. "It's a gray, wet winter in southern California, and Phil Ainsworth is alone. The sudden death of his young wife has left him shaken, and he senses an eerie presence in the big old house he inherited from his mother. Then a late night phone call brings him more bad news: Phil's sister has died, leaving her ten-year-old daughter Betsy in his care. It seems like a bad time to bring a child into this unhappy house, but the child is the only family he has left. What he doesn't know is that Betsy is a very special child. She can sense powerful emotions from the past, hear voices of the dead, and see the uncanny powers closing around this house..."
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Photo: Gene Erler
Winter Tides
James P. Blaylock
Ace (reprint, paperback, 346 pages, $6.50/$8.99)
Publication date: November 1, 1998 (First Printing: August 1997)

Sometimes it's tough not to pick favourites at the SF Site... and there are times when it's impossible. James Blaylock is one of our favourites writers of modern fantasy, and he deserves to be one of yours as well. "Fifteen years ago, Dave Quinn swam out into the winter ocean to save two drowning girls--identical twin sisters. He was only able to save one. Now, years later, he meets Anne, a struggling artist from Canada. He has no idea that she is the child he saved so long ago. And he has no idea that Elinor, the long-dead sister he couldn't save, has come with her..." From the author of All The Bells On Earth, Night Relics, and Paper Grail.
Review by Rodger Turner
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Kazuhiko Sano
Star Trek: Spock Must Die!
James Blish
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 119 pages, $5.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: June 8, 1999 (First Edition: 1970)

Bantam Spectra has done a great job of bringing some of the better original Star Trek novels back into print. The late James Blish was the author of the Star Trek Logs (the second of which was the first paperback I ever purchased... ah, I'm getting all misty eyed). In any event, Blish knew his Star Trek, and this is one of the more fondly remembered of his contributions to the cannon. Worth checking out -- especially if you're one of those upstart youngsters asking "Spock Who?" "When a transporter experiment goes horribly awry, suddenly there are two Mr. Spocks. One is the true First Officer of the "Enterprise." The other is his complete opposite, a traitor whose very existence poses a grave threat to the crew, the ship, and the Federation itself. One of the Spocks must die. But which one?"
[Cover] With All of Love: Selected Poems
James Blish
Anamnesis Press hardcover
An impressive limited edition hardcover (150 numbered copies) presenting a treasure trove of reprinted and unpublished work from one of the true greats of the SF field, the Hugo Award-winning author of A Case of Conscience and Cities in Flight. Before his death in 1975, Blish compiled a book-length poetry manuscript entitled The Building of the City and Other Poems, which is published here for the first time. Also included are selections from "Songs from a Falling House" and "Eros and Psyche," a complete 3-act verse play over fifty pages in length, as well as other miscellaneous poems. Highly recommended.
The Vampire Stories of Robert Bloch
Robert Bloch
Transylvania Press hard cover
Like vampires? Like creepy stories? Sit at the foot of the master, and learn. The second volume in Transylvania Press' Vampire Stories series, this volume features previously unpublished stories.
[Cover] The Brains of Rats
Michael Blumlein
Dell paperback
A dozen disturbing stories with the theme of high-tech medicien from the author of The Movement of Mountains. You may never visit your doctor again.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys #3: The Eye of the Ram
Timothy Boggs
Boulevard paperback
Third in the exciting adventures inspired by the TV show. By the same author as By the Sword and Serpents's Shadow.
 
[Cover] Hercules:The Legendary Journeys: Serpent's Shadow
Timothy Boggs
Boulevard paperback
Another adventure inspired by the popular TV series. Hercules saves a small village from a giant sea serpent, only to find that there's more to this menace than meets the eye. From the same author as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: By the Sword.
 
[Cover] Preternatural
Margaret Wander Bonanno
Tor hard cover
A struggling SF writer starts a new novel, and finds that the telepathic alien jellyfish she's created has begun to communicate with her (I hate it when that happens). Is an alien intelligence somehow transmitting its story to her, or is she just nuts? Bonnano's latest is being compared to the early work of Philip K. Dick.
 
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The Silver Wolf
Alice Borchardt
Ballantine Books (reprint, paperback, 460 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 1, 1999 (First Edition: July 1998)

Third novel from Anne Rice's sister, author of Devoted, Beguiled, and the upcoming sequel to The Silver Wolf, Night of the Wolf. "Into decadent Rome of the Dark Ages comes Regeane, an enigmatic young woman distantly related to Charlemagne. But the blood she has inherited from her murdered father makes her much more than a child of royalty. Regeane is a shapeshifter--woman and wolf, hunter and hunted--possessed of preternatural agility and strength, primal memories extending back thousands of years, and senses so keen they can pierce the veil of death itself. Betrothed to a barbarian lord she has never seen, Regeane is surrounded by enemies. But outside the gates of Rome, baying at the moon, there is a mysterious dark wolf whose scent awakens the animal in Regeane. Now, as deadly plots tighten like a noose around her neck, Regeane must fight to live with dignity as the proud creature she is: civilized and savage, partaking of both, yet infinitely more than either..." Includes an exclusive interview with the author.
[Cover] Star Trek: Science Logs
Andre Bormanis
Pocket trade paper
A collection of real life scientific information pulled from the "Star Trek" television shows and movies. Each entry is based on a TV show's adventure and is written to resemble a report to Starfleet Headquarters. Heavily illustrated.
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Star Wars: The Making of Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Laurent Bouzereau and Jody Duncan
Del Rey (nonfiction, hardcover & trade paperback, 164 pages, $39.95 hard/$19.95 trade)
Publication date: May 19, 1999

A handsome and highly informative look at the movie event of the year. "Star Wars: The Making of Episode I is your exclusive entrée to the behind-the-scenes world where the wonders of the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga are brought to life by masters of movie-making magic. Join authors Laurent Bouzereau and Jody Duncan for a tour de Force through every fascinating facet of production on the dream project of the decade, including a series of exclusive interviews with George Lucas, the development of such classic characters as young Jedi student Obi-Wan Kenobi and R2-D2, the creation of new state-of-the-art creatures and special effects by the legendary Industrial Light & Magic team, and pre- and post-production: from storyboarding to editing. Lavishly illustrated throughout with hundreds of drawings and photographs, Star Wars: The Making of Episode I is the ultimate companion volume for fans of the film that launches the thrilling next phase in this exciting saga."
Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
Laurent Bouzereau
Del Rey trade paper
All three full-length screenplays, heavily annotated following exclusive interviews with George Lucas and others involved in creating the original trilogy.
Books by Ben Bova
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Minions of the Moon
Richard Bowes
Tor (hardcover, 320 pages, $23.95 US/$33.95 Can)
Publication date: February 11, 1999

New novel of fantasy from the author of Feral Cell and Goblin Market. "Kevin Grierson has a Shadow with a mind of its own. It likes thrills, it likes power, it likes the rush of drugs and danger. From the suburbs of Boston to the streets of New York, from the false glamour of advertising to the dark glamour of hustling and drug-dealing. Grierson's Shadow keeps him walking the edge of destruction and madness. Then a simple robbery goes horribly wrong. With the help of a flawed saint named Leo Dunn, Grierson struggles to banish his Shadow, and succeeds... temporarily. Years later, sober and settled, at peace with his world, Kevin Grierson meets his Shadow again. And this time it won't go away."
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Treks Not Taken
Steven R. Boyett
HarperPerennial (reprint, trade paperback, 192 pages, $10 US)
Publication date: September 1, 1998

With a subtitle like "What If Stephen King, Anne Rice, Kurt Vonnegut and Other Literary Greats Had Written Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation," you know you're in good hands. This parody volume contains a rich collection of Trek tales crafted in imitation of a deiverse array of renowned authors, from literary favs such as James Joyce, Herman Melville ("Moby Trek"), Hemingway ("The Ship Also Rises"), Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Joseph Heller, and J.D. Salinger, to bestselling names such as Tom Clancy, Anne Rice, and Joan Collins. Not to worry, fans of Anthony Burgess ("A Clockwork Data"), Ayn Rand ("Fandom Shrugged"), and Dr. Seuss have not been overlooked...
Books by Ray Bradbury
Books by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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