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Books by Robert N. Charrette
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Finn Winterson
The Fear of God (The Fear Principle, Book 2)
B. A. Chepaitis
Ace (paperback, 274 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999

Second novel from the author of The Fear Principle. "On Planetoid Three, the followers of the Revelation Sect are preparing for the Second Coming. Stockpiles of weapons are found when federal agents storm the home of their fanatical leader, Sardis Malocco. Now Jaguar Addams must resort to using a virtual reality environment of Heaven to get to the root of Sardis' fear of God -- before Revelation's zealots unleash their own apocalypse upon the world..." Spooky.
[Cover] The Fear Principle
B.A. Chepaitis
Ace paperback
"On Planetoid Three, prisoners are locked up... but their fears run free." A science fiction thriller from a new author. Jaguar works to rehabilitate criminals through telepathy, using her gift to expose the worst fears of killers. But she's about to face the greatest challenge of her career: the ultimate assassin, a dangerously disturbed woman who will teach Jaguar the true meaning of fear.
Books by C. J. Cherryh
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Art: Bob Eggleton
The Crystal Eye (Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles, #3)
Deborah Chester
Ace (paperback, 458 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: August, 1999

I'll admit I'm curious about this series. For one thing, it's awfully complex for a typical media tie-in -- and for another, it doesn't actually tie in to anything. The books don't directly bear the name of George Lucas, but they clearly have the stamp of Lucasfilm's involvement -- including a conceptual artist who worked on The Phantom Menace. I can't believe these were simply done for the money. It's as if a Manager at Industrial Light and Magic had an idea that just wouldn't go away... "In a universe far from ours, the rule of the mighty reptilian Viis is coming to an end. Planetary resources have been wasted. Slave races are challenging their masters. And a prophecy will come to pass as the story of Ampris the Exile continues."
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The Crimson Claw (Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles #2)
Deborah Chester
Ace (paperback, 344 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998

Something of an unusual concept for a licensed property, Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles is an original trilogy written by Deborah Chester set in a completely new fictional universe. It spans several generations of a master reptilian race and the slave race it rules. It is "a tale of a crumbling civilization and a heroic struggle for freedom, with an all-alien cast of characters and a heartfelt, personal point of view." All told there are more than ten alien races profiled, each with a unique viewpoint. The previous volume, The Golden One, ended on a cliffhanger. "From the company that brought you Star Wars and Indiana Jones comes the saga of a master reptilian race, its crumbling civilization, and the heroic struggle of the slave race it rules. In this, book two, Ampris has learned the history of the Viis empire, its languages, its weaknesses. Now she will learn to harness the innate savagery of her race in the gladiatorial arena, while Isria, the childhood friend of Ampris, is about to become queen of the Viis empire... and Ampris's mortal enemy."
[Cover] Realm of Light (The Ruby Throne, No 3)
Deborah Chester
Ace paperback
"After nine centuries, Emperor Kostimon's rule is ending, and the Dark Lord is set to assume his place on the throne. Darkness sweeps the land, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Only Caelan and Elandra possess the magic to fight the shadows. Now, as destiny beckons, they must lead their world into the Realm of Light." The conclusion to the Ruby Throne fantasy trilogy.
[Cover] Shadow War
Deborah Chester
Ace paperback
Book two of the trilogy started with Reign of Shadows. Only the warrior Caelon can protect the Empress Elandra as she stands alone against the gathering shadows. Too bad he works for her greatest enemy...
 
[Cover] Screamplays
Edited by Richard Chizmar & Martin H. Greenberg
Del Rey trade paper
An original idea for a horror anthology: a collection of scripts by the masters of shock storytelling. The editors offer seven original full-length film and TV scenarios, including Stephen King's "General", Richard Matheson's "The Legend", and Richard Laymon's "The Hunted."
 
The Best of Cemetery Dance
Edited by Richard Chizmar
CD Publications hard cover
A collection of the finest stories from the excellent small press horror magazine, selected by its long-time editor. Cemetery Dance has been one of the most important publications in the horror field since its inception. Now you can find out why.
 
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Art: Pangorda
The Best of Crank!
edited by Bryan Cholfin
Tor (hardcover, 320 pages, $23.95 US/$33.95 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998

The latest issue of Crank!, the first in years, hit the shelves last week, and now its editor offers up this fine retrospective of the best of Crank!'s short fiction over the years -- with a cover courtesy of The Museum of Bad Art, no less. Inside, the contributor list reads like a Who's Who of today's cutting edge writers: Brian Aldiss, A.A. Attanasio, Michael Bishop, David R. Bunch, A.M. Dellamonica, Robert Devereaux, Eliot Fintushel, Karen Joy Fowler, R.A. Lafferty, Jonathan Lethem, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rob McCleary, Gwyneth Jones, Carter Scholz, Lisa Tuttle, and Gene Wolfe. "In the tradition of Dangerous Visions and Damon Knight's Orbit, the stories in this volume are powered by challenging ideas that take the reader beyond the confines of our consensus reality to a new literary perspective for the next millennium." "I've not come across a more original science fiction and fantasy anthology in years"-- Jack Womack.
Kar Kalim
Art: Bruce Jensen
Kar Kalim
Deborah Christian
Tor (reprint, paperback, 288 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998 (First Printing: August, 1997)

A first fantasy novel from the author of the popular SF thriller Mainline. Inya is a powerful sorceress and the Guardian of Moontooth Tower, a magical focus where gateways to other realities may be opened. Reluctantly she accepts the arrogant Murl Amrey as an apprentice Mage -- a man who impetuously opens the most dangerous of her Tower's dimensional gates.
review Review by Steven Silver
[Cover] Mainline
Deborah Christian
Tor
The debut SF novel from the author of Kar Khalim, out this month in hardcover. Reva the assassin is unusually gifted. For one thing, she always gets her man. Secondly, she has the ability to see different lines of causality spread out before her like roads on a map. When she chooses any one of them, the other possibilities fade and the new reality becomes her Mainline. Bet that comes in handy at the 30-screen Cineplex.
Rhymes & Reasons: An Annotated Collection of Mother Goose Rhymes
James C. Christensen
Aristan hard cover
The reknowned artist James Christensen's invites us to take another look at Mother Goose. 73 classic nursery rhymes are given Christensen's special treatment with full color paintings and accompanying text and annotations. From the author of Voyage of the Basset.
[Cover] Night of Glory (The Elven Ways, Book 3)
Scott Ciencin
Avon/EOS paperback
From the creator of The Lurker Files comes the concluding volume of a new fantasy trilogy. The Night of Glory has rained savagery across the world, and an evil thief of the flesh has stolen the godhead of another, unleashing a storm of madness on the land. Now Tom Keeper must expose, once and for all, the truth about the colossal magic behind the terrible religion enslaving his world.
[Cover] Godzilla Invades America (Godzilla Digest Novels, No. 2)
Scott Ciencin
Random House trade paper
No true SF fan can resist a good Godzilla tale. It's like eating half a peanut. Can't be done. "From a bestselling author comes a tale of courage, friendship and adventure. A young Japanese boy is having trouble fitting in to his new American home. So when Godzilla arrives on America's shores, the boy decides to run away to follow him. He soon finds himself at the center of the biggest monster battle America has ever seen!"
[Cover] The Elven Ways: Ancient Games
Scott Ciencin
Avon Books paperback
From the author of the TSR novels Shadowdale and Tantras, The Ways of Magic, and the creator of the popular "Lurker Files" comes the second volume in the story of the magical race who claim the divine right to rule the earth - and the mortal who has learned their secret. All Tom Keeper ever wanted to do was paint, but fate has set him on a different path, across a ravaged land and into the heart of the Realm of Shadows.
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FirstFlight
Chris Claremont
Ace
Reprint of Claremont's first novel, originally published in 1987. After Lt. Shea fails a simulation test, she's given a second chance: an opportunity to play pilot on a low-key scientific mission. But no one, least of all Shea, is prepared when the mission turns out to be humanity's first contact with alien life.
 
[Cover] Shadow Dawn
Chris Claremont & George Lucas
Bantam Spectra hard cover
Three years have passed since Elora Danan's rise to power in Shadow Moon, and dark forces rise against her in a Shadow War that shatters the peace. excerpt
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Earth Herald
Jan Clark
Roc (paperback, 352 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 1998

From the author of 1997's Prodigy comes a new space adventure novel. "Centuries ago, Earth was decimated by an asteroid, leaving survivors long dependent on the charity of the alien Commonwealth -- until now. It is time for repopulation -- and Humanity's inspiration is Captain Rieka Dagahv, bestowed with the galaxy's greatest honour. But the role of Earth's Herald carries great responsibilities, and even greater danger."
Books by Arthur C. Clarke
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Art: Greg Call
Drum Calls (The Drums of Chaos, Book Two)
Jo Clayton
Tor (reprint, paperback, 341 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: July, 1998 (First Printing: October 1997)

The sequel to Drum Warning, and the middle volume of a trilogy that will likely never be completed. Clayton finished this one from her hospital bed, just before her untimely death last year. The tale of the two linked worlds of Glandair and Iomard and the magical Pneuma that flows between them, Drum Calls returns to Glandair at the top of the cycle, when the Pneuma flow threatens to destroy both worlds unless a hero can be found to absorb and redirect the flow at the critical moment. "The author of the bestselling Diadem series combines complexly woven worlds of magic with a large cast of unforgettable characters in this novel that tells the story of Cymel, a child who will attempt to save the worlds from evil as the rumble of the Drums of Chaos get louder."
[Cover] Drum Warning
Jo Clayton
Tor
First volume in the Drums of Chaos series, and the tale of two linked worlds eternally at war. Iomard and Glandair exist in separate universes but are connected by forces beyond the understanding of either's greatest sorcerers. As they come together conditions on both worlds become increasingly chaotic, and the wizards on both planets plot to make the most of the upcoming confluence.
 
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Brom
Wit'ch Storm (The Banned and the Banished, Book 2)
James Clemens
Del Rey (trade paperback, 448 pages, $13.95 US)
Publication date: May, 1999

I heard lots of good things about James Clemens first novel, Wit'ch Fire (and not a few complaints about his obsession with bizarre apostrophe placement). But it's always the sophomore effort that's the real test. "Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, the crimson stain that testifies to the awesome power of unimaginable potency: wild, seductive, difficult to control. Only a mistress of blood magick can stand against the foul minions and all-corrupting evil of the Dark Lord. But Elena is not yet the mistress of her magick. Protected by an ageless warrior and a band of renegades, she quests for a lost city where prophecies speak of a mystic tome that holds the key to the Dark Lord's defeat. But if the Dark Lord finds her first, Elena will become his most fearsome weapon."
[Cover] Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1)
James Clemens
Del Rey trade paper
The start of a new Del Rey fantasy series from a fresh voice. Five hundred years ago, the invading armies of Gul'gotha killed the great Chi mages. Three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the land's only hope -- the Blood Diary. Now, on the anniversary of that dark night, a young woman named Elena works quietly in an apple orchard when her hand suddenly turns blood red, and she finds herself filled with a strange, embryonic magic. Soon agents of Gul'gotha are in hot pursuit, but not before she is joined by a mysterious one-armed juggler, a dryad named Nee'lahn, and the mountain giant Kral -- who seem to know more of her heritage than they reveal.
The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams
Frederic Clement
Chronicle Books hard cover
Frederick Knick-Knack doesn't know what gift to get for his friend, Alice. A robe spun of shooting stars, or a ticket for a thousand and one flights on a thousand and one nights? 79 color illustrations and 54 line drawings fill out this book of enchantments.
How Like a God
Brenda W. Clough
Tor hard cover
A modern-day fantasy of a man gifted with absolute power. Rob Lewis wakens one day able to read and influence the minds of everyone he meets, and quickly learns to enjoy his newfound ability. But all power has a dark side.
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
John Clute & John Grant
St. Martin's Press hard cover
The follow-up to the monumental The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nichols, released in paperback last year. Quite possibly the most comprehensive reference work on the field ever published. If you're serious about Fantasy, you need it. First US printing.
[Cover] The Broken Sword
Molly Cochran & Warren B. Murphy hard cover
Tor
The sequel to their earlier Arthurian saga, The Forever King. When a teenage girl returns the Holy Grail to Arthur she finds herself drawn into his dangerous quest. Merlin's magic is having strange repercussions on the 20th century, and they're being pursued by an assassin who seems to know a great deal about the Grail and the young king. World Without End, the authors' intriguing Atlantis saga, is also released this month in paperback.
[Cover] World Without End
Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy
Tor hard cover
From the authors of The Forever King and it's new sequel, The Broken Sword. What if fabled Atlantis was actually Olympus, and our myths of the drowning corrupted versions of the destruction of the home of the Greek gods? Cochran and Murphy bring us the tale of Sam Smith, a modern-day man who becomes trapped in the turmoil and panic of the continent's sinking and who finds himself the target of conspirators bent on destroying anyone with a clue to the location of the lost continent and the secrets of the Atlanteans.
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[Cover] Children of Amarid (Book I of the Lon Tobyn Chronicles)
David B. Coe
Tor (reprint, paperback, 592 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: June 1998

Hefty debut fantasy novel with some original trappings. A millennium ago the mages Amarid and Theron created a magical order. Members acquired powerful capabilities by finding bird familiars, and the staffs and crystals necessary to focus and project magic. Now the land of Tobyn-Ser is ruled by the order.. but now someone carrying a bird is spreading death and destruction across the land, sowing bitter distrust against the Children of Amarid. Have members in the order been corrupted, or is this the work of an even larger conspiracy? An apprentice mage named Jared is tasked with part of the investigation: a dangerous trek to consult with the ancient ghost of Theron... something no one has ever survived.
Books by Allan Cole
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Art: Romas
The Outlanders (The Lon Tobyn Chronicle, Book 2)
David B. Coe
Tor (hardcover, 409 pages, $26.95/$37.95 Can)
Publication date: October 15, 1998

The first volume in this fantasy trilogy from new author David B. Coe, The Children of Amarid, introduced the land of Tobyn-Ser, long protected by wizards and their bird familiars. In the latest installment we learn more about the coming invasion of Tobyn-Ser by the technologically advanced people of Lon-Ser. From their Outlander prisoner, Baram, the mages of Tobyn-Ser discover that the orders for the invasion have come from the vast, polluted city called Bragor-Nal. The mage Orris undertakes a dangerous journey to Lon-Ser to discover the cause of the invasion, and to bring the troublesome Baram back to his homeland. Meanwhile, in the dark structures of Bragor-Nal, the Overlord Cedrych plots a renewed invasion effort.
The Children of Amarid Review by Steve Davis
Children of Amarid
David B. Cole
Tor hard cover
Book one of The Lon Tobyn Chronicles. When a young man discovers he has a magical gift that could make him the most potent mage in a thousand years, he joins a magic order and is soon swept up in world-shattering events.
Battletech 32: Binding Force
Loren L. Coleman
Penguin/ROC
Latest novel in the intriguing Battletech series. Aris Sung is a rising young star in the House Hiritsu, a House which find itself newly threatened by the Sarna Supremacy. When Aris is chosen to teach the Supremacy a lesson in Hiritsu resolve, he discovers much more than he bargained for. Unless Aris can find a way out of the situation, all the armor in the galaxy won't be enough to save House Hiritsu.
 
Battletech 31: Double Blind
Loren Coleman
Penguin/Roc paperback
Coleman is also author of the next Battletech book, #32: Binding Force.
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Art: Thom Ang
Angels on Fire
Nancy A. Collins
White Wolf (trade paperback, 234 pages, $11.99 US/$16.25 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998

From the author of Wild Blood, Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection, and A Dozen Black Roses comes a new novel, billed as a romantic dark fantasy. White Wolf's packaging provides no information about the tale at all, but Collins' rep gives you everything you need to know. I think this quote from Seconds magazine sums it up fairly well: "Nancy A. Collins pretty much invented the punk vampire thing in Pop literature."
The World of Darkness: Vampire: A Dozen Black Roses
Nancy A. Collins
The Science Fiction Book Club hard cover
Reprint of the visceral horror novel based on White Wolf's ground-breaking role playing game and starring Sonja Blue, Nancy Collins' popular vampiric anti-heroine.
[Cover] Dark Love
Nancy A. Collins, Edward E. Kramer and Martin H. Greenberg, ed.
Roc trade paper
"Twenty-two all-original tales of Lust and Obsession". Geez, just what I need for Christmas.
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Bruce Jensen
Battletech: Threads of Ambition (The Capellan Solution, Book 1)
Loren L. Coleman
Roc (paperback, 278 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: May, 1999

"The ambitious First Lord of the resurrected Star League launches a campaign to rebuild the ancient Capellan Confederation. With his sights set on expanding his borders through the reclamation of the St. Ives Compact, he is brought into direct conflict with his own family. Supported by the ferocious Hustang Warriors, the threat poses a danger to all who would oppose the First Lord's rule. With military units divided in their loyalties, the question remains: Who is willing to pay the higher price in blood?"
The Frog Princess of Pelham
Ellen Conford
Little Brown hard cover
Frog Princess? Ooooo, one of my favorite fairy tales is being messed with. In the latest from the author of Get the Picture, Jenny Archer?, and My Sister, The Witch, the poor little rich orphan Chandler turns into a frog when Danny Malone kisses her on a bet. Danny's attempts to change her back land them on a television talk show... and worse.
[Cover] The Queen of Darkness
Miguel Conner
Warner Aspect paperback
This sure sounded like promising late-night material from the back cover: "200 years ago the Stargazers, led by their immortal MoonQueen, sparked global nuclear war, blotted out the sun, conquered the world, and rewrote history. Now humans are cattle whose blood feeds the master race, the glorious vampire rulers of high-tech cities... Yet some impulse is stirring in the slave farms, an echo of a forgotten pride." Decadent cities, high tech noire, cheesy vampires. I'm hooked. You expect (nay, crave) pulp prose in a book like this -- unfortunately, the writing here goes way beyond pulp, and reads as if it was poorly translated from Portuguese. Wait for the late-night movie version.
[Cover] Archangel
Mike Connor
Tor paperback
Gritty storytelling that layers alternative history (a plague decimating the world's population in the final years of WWI), racial issues (the only ones not affected by the plague called Hun are blacks), vampires and with a touch of hard-boiled mystery thrown in to boot. Excellent--and a quietly compelling read.
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Art: Chris Moore
The Engines of Dawn
Paul Cook
Roc (paperback, 288 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999

Second novel from the author of Fortress on the Sun. "The alien Enamorati technology has provided humanity with the means to explore the vast depths of space without limitations save one: no human may view the mysterious engine which powers the human spacecraft. But when a university ship carrying thousands becomes stranded, two students and a disgraced professor uncover the disturbing truth behind the alien technology and set the stage for revolution."
[Cover] Fortress on the Sun
Paul Cook
Penguin/ROC
Aboard Sunstation Ra, a giant space station anchored to the sun, a group of more than 100 prisoners harvest solar plasma for their captors. Despite having their minds wiped to erase any memory of their crimes - regressing some back to childhood - the sunstation prisoners have managed to carve out a peaceful existence. When a strange sleeping sickness spreads through Ra, and the arrival of a new batch of prisoners brings unexpected complications, a series of events leads to slowly reawakening memories and sudden danger.
 
Books by Glen Cook
[Cover] Secret Realms
Tom Cool
Tor hard cover
An original spin on the concept of VR, and God knows we could use one about now. It's the first half of the next century, where a band of young warriors are being raised in a conflict-filled virtual-reality environment. But when war breaks out in the real world, their virtual training scenarios quickly become replaced with real maps. Soon a small band discovers the truth behind their world, and then the rules change for good... From the author of Infectress. "Secret Realms is a mental maze for the reader and the characters, and a puzzle of complex beauty." -- SF Site.
[Cover] Infectress
Tom Cool
Baen paperback
Arabella, high-tech terrorist, wants to subvert the world's first true artificial intelligence to create a supervirus that will wipe out 98% of the world's population. Only Special Agent Diane Jamison and the creator of the AI, Scott McMichaels, stand in her way.

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