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Greg Bear
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Jean Targete
Foundation and Chaos (The Second Foundation Trilogy, Book 2)
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 408 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: May, 1999 (First Edition: March 1998)

Middle novel in the (now completed) Second Foundation Trilogy from the "Killer B's" -- Gregory Benford (Foundation's Fear), Greg Bear, and David Brin (Foundation's Triumph, out this month in hardcover). Honestly, I had minimal interest in these when they were first announced, but their allure has increased greatly over the years. May have to break down and read another set of Foundation books. "With Hari Seldon on trial for treason, the Galactic Empire's long-anticipated migration to Star's End is about to begin. But the mission's brilliant robot leader, R. Daneel Olivaw, has discovered a potential enemy far deadlier -- and closer --than he ever imagined. One of his own kind. A freak accident erases the basic commandments in humaniform robot Lodovik Trema's positronic brain. Now, other robots are beginning to question their mission -- and Daneel's strategy. And stirrings of rebellion, too, are infecting their human counterparts. Among them is a young woman with awesome psychic abilities, a reluctant leader with the power to join man and robot in a quest for common freedom... or mutual destruction."
Review by Steven H Silver


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Art: Tony DiTerlizzi
Dinosaur Summer
Warner Aspect (reprint, paperback, 389 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999 (First Edition: 1998)

Something of a departure for the hard SF novelist, author of Eon and Slant -- a pseudo-sequel to Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Lost World. "Fifty years after the discovery of the Lost World, America's last dinosaur circus has gone bankrupt, leaving dozens of dinosaurs abandoned. Now a daring expedition plans to do the impossible: return the Jurassic giants to the wild. Two filmmakers, a circus trainer, and a journalist and his son take on the challenge. But none of them is truly prepared to face the wonders, dangers, and terrors of the Lost World."
Review by Rodger Turner
[Cover] Slant
Tor (reprint, paperback, 505 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: June 1998

The Hugo-nominated Queen of Angels was one of Bear's most popular and complex works -- a near-future mystery mixing artificial intelligence, nanotech, vigilante groups practicing harsh personality modulation on unpopular public figures, and a bizarre double murder involving one of the nation's most respected poets. The sequel continues the tale by layering more complexity on top of it all, with molecular mood therapy, sentient computers struggling for control of the US, and the possibility of alien contact by a probe in Alpha Centauri. It's 2050, and nearly half of the nation is unemployed and addicted to LitVid, a VR environment with powerful erotic elements. Somehow, the advanced therapies undergone by most of the nation's employed citizens to create perfect emotional harmony are breaking down, leading to madness on a national scale. Agent Jack Giffey is assigned to find out why -- without going mad himself.
[Cover] Legacy
Tor paperback
This prequel to Eon, it is Bear's very own Rendezvous with Rama with a quantum twist

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Songs of Earth and Power
Tor paperback
Published in two pieces some years ago as The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage, this omnibus volume is substantially reworked. Bear is highly respected for his SF, but these fantasy novels prove his versatile range.
[Cover] New Legends
with Martin H. Greenberg, ed.
Tor trade paper
As Greg says "Science Fiction with great soul". Anthology of "hard" SF including authors Greg Bear, Greg Egan, Poul Anderson, and George Alec Effinger.
Moving Mars
Tor paperback
This is Nebula award-winning novel from the author of Blood Music.
excerpt
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