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Art: Quentin Blake
The BFG
Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 208 pages, $4.99 US/$6.99 Canada)
Publication date: June 1998

Before the initials BFG became famous as a weapon in the computer game DOOM, they were chiefly known at the name of one of bestselling author Roald Dahl's most beloved characters. "Luckily for Sophie, the BFG -- Big Friendly Giant -- is nothing like his neighbours, whose favourite pastime is guzzling little children. How he and his tiny friend, Sophie, conspire to put an end to the loathsome activities of the other Giants is marvelously told by a writer and an artist who are uncanny in their understanding of what children like to read and see." -- The New York Times Book Review.
[Cover] The Umbrella Man and Other Stories
Roald Dahl
Penguin/Viking hard cover
Most readers know Roald Dahl as the justly famous author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches. But before he became a master of stories for children, Dahl was a master of adult short stories. These thirteen tales demonstrate the range of this gifted storyteller, with tales that are macabre, hilarious, and grotesque.
Star Wars: Han Solo at Star's End
Brian Daley
Del Rey
From the author of Han Solo's Revenge comes a reprint of this 1979 book, a "pioneering spinoff adventure that paved the way for the Star Wars original novel phenomenon." In these books Han gets tangled up with the Corporate Sector Authority, an institution unrelated to the Empire but just as dangerous.
Books by Kara Dalkey
[Cover] The Bavarian Gate
John Dalmas
Baen paperback
Sequel to The Lion of Farside. One of Hitler's paranormal recuits has discovered the Bavarian gate to Yuulith. It's up to Curtis Macurdy to stop them from achieving world domination.
 
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Art: T.N. Montealegre
Arthur C. Clarke & Lord Dunsany: A Correspondence
edited by Keith Allen Daniels
Anamnesis Press (chapbook, 82 pages, $19.95 US)
Publication date: August 1998

In celebration of Arthur C. Clarke's 80th birthday, renowned genre poetry publisher Anamnesis Press presents an unusual and surprising book in a limited collector's edition: a collection of previously unpublished correspondence between two giants in the field, SF legend Clarke and fantasy legend Lord Dunsany, author of The King of Elfland's Daughter and Beyond the Fields We Know. The letters collected were written between 1944 and 1956, and cover such topics as science fiction, poetry, H.P. Lovecraft, space travel, and much more. With reproductions of drawings and other handwritten notes.
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Art: Ciruelo Cabral
Earthling
Tony Daniel
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 284 pages, $14.95 US/$21 Can)
Publication date: October, 1998 (First Printing: December 1997)

Reprint of the well-received novel from last year, based on Daniel's acclaimed novella of machine intelligence, "The Robot's Twilight Companion," first seen in Asimov's Science Fiction. Orpheus (Orf) is an intelligent drilling machine, designed to probe the very center of the Earth, left to rust in the rain until geologist and Park Ranger Andrew Hutton rescues him and puts him to work. Deep underground Orf discovers strange rocky intelligences, while on the surface a war between eco-terrorists and loggers cuts off his return route. But as the world around him changes, and civilization in the Pacific Northwest crumbles in the face of cataclysmic earthquakes and drastic social upheavals, Orf finds he must change as well, gradually becoming a legendary monster -- and possibly even savior and sage to new generations. From the author of Warpath.
Review by Lisa DuMond
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Gary Ruddell
Broken Vows (The Last T'En Trilogy, Book 1)
Cory Daniels
Bantam (paperback, 357 pages, $5.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: July 13, 1999

Opening novel in a trilogy of romantic fantasy; the sequel is to be titled Dark Dreams. "In a world of danger and dark enchantment, the most treacherous magic is desire.... Trained in the arts of war and possessed of extraordinary healing gifts, Imoshen was one of the last of the legendary T'En, an ancient race who'd ruled Fair Isle for six centuries. But now, in the space of a heartbeat, all that Imoshen holds dear is gone... lost to invading soldiers and the relentless general who led them. All his life Tulkhan had heard tales of the T'En... of exotic women whose wine-dark eyes could see into a man's soul and read his mind. Yet nothing could have prepared him for the reality of Imoshen. Even surrounded by his Elite Guard, the fierce beauty would not surrender. But making the last living T'En royal his captive was a grave mistake. For soon Tulkhan will discover the full force of Imoshen's proud defiance, as this alluring temptress seeks to turn the tables and make her magnificent captor a prisoner of his own raging desire."
Books by Keith Allen Daniels
[Cover] Maquesta Kar Thon
Tina Daniels
TSR paperback
It's another in the series, The Warriors, volume two.
Books by Jack Dann
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Art: Victor Stabin
A Time For War (Timeshare, #3)
Joshua Dann
Ace (paperback, 280 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: August, 1999

Third novel in the series, and sequel to Timeshare and Timeshare: Second Time Around. Ex-LAPD cop John Surrey is head of security for Timeshare Unlimited, a very special travel agency that ushers reluctant clients to -- and from -- the past. Sounds like a job where the overtime could really kill you. "In the exciting conclusion of the trilogy, John Surrey transports himself and his girlfriend, 1940s film star Althea Rowlands, back to London during the Blitz to save what he can. Sneaking his way into battle, John risks his life -- and the future."
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Art: Victor Stabin
Second Time Around (Timeshare, Volume 2)
Joshua Dann
Ace (paperback, 249 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998

Second novel featuring a rather unusual travel agency; the sequel to last year's Timeshare. "John Surrey is head of security for Timeshare Unlimited, a very special travel agency where you can arrange an extended voyage to the past, no passport required. When a famous young filmmaker goes missing while on vacation in the Roaring '20s, Surrey's search leads him from small-town America to New York City, where flappers flirt shamelessly by day and speakeasies rule the night. There, he'll find the missing man. And he'll discover the reason for his flight. It's a reason that John Surrey - who once bent time itself to save the woman he loved - can well understand."
[Cover] Timeshare
Joshua Dann
Ace
Ex-cop John Surrey works for Timeshare Unlimited, a rather unusual travel agency that sends its clients into the past. But on a trip to 1940 Surrey meets a woman named Althea and becomes involved in a dangerous scheme -- and neither his past nor his future will ever be the same.
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Amy Halperin
End of Days
Dennis Danvers
Avon/Eos (hardcover, 372 pages, $16/$24 Can)
Publication date: June 8, 1999

The sequel to Circuit of Heaven returns to the world of the 21st Century and The Bin -- the virtual environment where most of humanity has emigrated, leaving the Earth to those few who refuse the offer of eternal life in an electronic near-utopia. "Seventy years earlier, religious zealots believed they destroyed the Bin. Now one of the faithful -- a young Christian Soldier named Same who has begun to doubt the "good works" of his messianic leader, Gabriel -- has unearthed a prototype of the Bin which houses the personality of Walter Tillman, one of the system's creators. By freeing Tillman, Sam and a beautiful renegade Construct named Laura place themselves in dire jeopardy, and make a second, even more astonishing, discovery: The Bin and its billions of disembodied inhabitants still exist -- including Tillman's long-lost love Stephanie Sanders. But when Gabriel also, learns of the Bin's survival, Earth and virtual Heaven move toward a violent collision."
Circuit of Heaven review by Duane Swierczynski
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Circuit of Heaven
Dennis Danvers
Avon/Eos (reprint, paperback, 378 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: December 9, 1998 (First Printing: February 1998)

First SF novel from the author of Wilderness and Time and Time Again. It's 2081, and most people have had their consciousness uploaded into the Bin, a virtual world designed to mirror our own -- except there is no crime, disease or death. In the real world only a handful remain... primarily survivalists, the criminally insane, religious fanatics, and Christian fundamentalists. 21-year old Nemo refuses to abandon the world his grandmother chose to die in, and after his parents abandon him for the new techno-paradise, he lives in his old neighborhood, fixing gadgets for barter. He believes he has everything he needs, including a multi-souled seven-foot lizard named Lawrence who serves as his protector, and his best friend Jonathan, a Christian fundamentalist. Until the day he visits his parents in the Bin and meets Justine... a beautiful and enigmatic woman who seems to have no memory of life outside the Bin at all.
Pig Tales
Marie Darrieussecq
New Press hard cover
A modern fable of political and sexual corruption. A young woman enjoys great success at a beauty boutique/massage parlor until she slowly metamorphoses into a pig. That's just what happened to an ex-girlfriend of mine. Translated by Linda Coverdale.
[Cover] Final Orbit
S. V. Date
Avon paperback
First novel from a reporter who covered the NASA beat for the Orlando Sentinel for four years. "An astronaut has died horribly during a recent routine space shuttle flight. Space program veteran Santy Santich suspects a NASA cover-up, especially in the wake of several more unexplained deaths, but speaking out could cost him his place on the next shuttle. Now the countdown to liftoff has begun on a mission that could put Santich in orbit with a killer, thousands of miles above the Earth."
Books edited by Ellen Datlow
[Cover] Fragments
James F. David
Tor/Forge hard cover
"It's as if an intellect so great that we can't fathom it was shattered and fragments of that genius sprinkled among the population. What if we could reconstruct that great mind -- that superconsciousness -- how many tracks would it have?... What problems could a mind like that solve?" To answer that question research psychologist Wes Martin fuses together the minds of five idiot savants, hoping to create one great mind from the fragments of their individual psyches. But when a pastor is murdered, and the body of a dead girl is discovered, the experiment takes on a whole new element. Other murders follow as the group mind becomes increasingly powerful, inscrutable, and seemingly obsessed with the details of a long unsolved murder... and revenge. The second thriller from the author of Footprints of Thunder.
 
[Cover] Footprints of Thunder
James F. David
Tor
When an unexplained phenomenon dissolves the boundaries between yesterday and today, the world is suddenly transformed into a patchwork of the present and the distant past. "All over the world ordinary people, from a confused state trooper to a band of lost teenagers, must fight against the unleashed terrors of prehistory -- tyrannosaurs and other dinosaurs, plus the wrath of looters and motorcycle gangs. Anxious scientists try to unravel the mystery, but no one is safe when reality itself becomes unrealistic."
 
Books by Peter David
[Cover] Quantum Leap XIII: Obsessions
Carol Davis
Boulevard paperback
A woman claiming to be Sam's wife is about to turn his life and work into a tabloid headline in the thirteenth Quantum Leap tie-in novel. Ace Books conducts an interview on the topic of tie-in books (including Quantum Leap) on their PB Plug website.
[Cover] Hair of the Dog
Brett Davis
Baen paperback
Five years of telethons have generated a cure for lycanthropy, but someone isn't happy about it. Is it the Werewolf Rights group? TV reporter Ashly Durban and ex-policeman Bob Savik only turn up more riddles as they investigate.
 
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Peter Gudynas
Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary
Pamela Dean
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 350 pages, $14.95/$21 Can)
Publication date: June 14, 1999 (First Edition: June 1998)

From the author of The Dubious Hills and Tam Lin comes a novel inspired by the traditional ballad of the same name -- the tale of a mysterious young man and three ordinary young girls, of ancient magic and the modern world. "Three sisters live comfortably with their parents: Juniper, 16, who likes cooking and computer chats; Gentian, 13, who likes plays and astronomy; Rosemary, 11, who likes Girl Scouts. Enter Dominic, handsome as the night, quoting poetry, telling riddles, and asking help for a complex and fascinating science project. Gentian isn't interested at first -- she has her own life. But gradually her life, and her time, belong more and more to Dominic and his project, and her father begins to fear that the lad may be more than a charmer..."
Review by Margo MacDonald
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Danilo Ducak
Timberjak
Don DeBrandt
Ace (paperback, 370 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999

Second SF novel from the author of Steeldriver. "In the far reaches of civilized space, an immense blue forest called the Indigo Wild is being logged for the strange force field its wood emits. In charge is logger Paul Banyan, whose tree chopping feats some fear will leave the forest bare--until scientist Johnny Rainforest wages a war that could save all the trees or destroy the entire planet. The second book in DeBrandt's acclaimed cyber-myth series."
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The Chopping Block
The Art of Arrow Cutting
Stephen Dedman
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 285 pages, $13.95/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: March 5, 1999 (First Edition: July 1997)

Tor is marketing this as "a novel of magic-noir suspense," which sounds very promising to me. In some respects this first novel feels like a re-write of Big Trouble in Little China, which can't be all bad. "If he'd known all the trouble following her, itinerant photographer Michelangelo "Mage" Magistrale would have thought twice about helping the beautiful, distressed woman at the bus station. In return for a ticket, she gives Mage what she says is the key to her apartment, but he quickly discovers that it's much more: it's a key to any door, to any place, to incredible power--and there are people who will stop at nothing to possess it. Suddenly Mage is on the run from Calgary to Los Angeles, under constant attack from ninja, Yakuza thugs, and terrible creatures ripped from Japanese mythology. His only hope is to discover the secret of the key and master its power--to learn the art of arrow cutting--before he comes to the inevitable confrontation with the dark forces pursuing him."
Review by Steven H Silver
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Art: Wendy Grossman
Time on My Hands: A Novel With Photographs
Peter Delacorte
Washington Square Press (reprint, trade paperback, 397 pages, $14 US/$20 Can)
Publication date: August 11, 1998 (First Printing 1997)

Peter Delacorte's third novel has been described as "a political time-travel novel," and that about sums it up rather nicely. When an aging physicist discovers a functional time machine from the 22nd century in a small Paris museum, he convinces travel writer Gabriel Prince to journey back in time and prevent B-movie actor Ronald Reagan from switching careers to politics. Prince makes a number of trips, a number of mistakes, and pretty soon is bouncing back and forth between timelines, almost hopelessly confused... but determined to save the life of a woman he's fallen in love with -- a blonde bombshell who's been dead since 1938.
Atlantis: Three Tales
Samuel R. Delany
Wesleyan University Press trade paper
I'm willing to guess this contains three tales of Atlantis.
[Cover] They Fly At Ciron
Samuel R. Delany
Tor paperback
No, he did not drop off the face of the planet. Delany says in the introduction: "In one sense, this is my second novel, only it has taken me thirty years to write". First appeared in F & SF in 1971 as a collaboration, but is significantly different in this format.
Books by Charles de Lint
[Cover] [Forgotten Realms] The Veiled Dragon
Troy Denning
TSR paperback
It's volume twelve in the Harpes Series.
[Cover] Lunatics
Bradley Denton
Bantam trade paper
One of the most anticipated books to arrive in the SF Site offices this month is the reprint of Denton's loony masterwork, which first appeared in hardcover last year. Jack has begun to worry his friends. He's been widowed for some time, but he's not reaching out to other women. Unless you count the moon goddess of desire named Lily he claims to meet semi-regularly. In fact, he says that she can only find him if he waits outside, naked under a full moon. And he's not about to let a simple arrest for public indecency get in the way of his last chance for true love...
excerpt
 
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Art: Stephen E. Fabian
New Horizons: Yesterday's Portraits of Tomorrow
edited by August Derleth
Arkham House (hardcover, 299 pages, $24.95/$33 Can)
Publication date: June, 1999

Subtitled "The Last Science Fiction Anthology." August Derleth was an author and publisher, and his name is most predominantly linked with H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the famed Cthulhu Mythos, and Arkham House, the publishing house he founded to bring Lovecraft's work back into print -- and which soon became the most prestigious small press in the field. But Derleth was also a very accomplished SF anthologist, with over a dozen collections under his belt, and his tireless efforts to promote quality science fiction in the middle of the century are well recognized. Before his death in 1971, Derleth laid out the contents for a final anthology, one that would contain such works as "The Runaway Skyscraper" by Murray Leinster and Donald Wandrei's "Raiders of the Universe." Now Joseph Wrzos and the team at Arkham House have assembled that anthology, with a number of interior illustrations and commentary. A major work, and an important edition to the field. Also included is a newly-discovered and never before published short story by Derleth and Mark Schorer, "Countries in the Sea." Recommended.
[Cover] The Crayon Box that Talked
Shane DeRolf & Michael Letzig
Random House hard cover
A short but well-meaning children's fantasy about a box of squabling crayons. Soon to be a nationally syndicated television show. Full color.
[Cover] Eggheads
Emily Devenport
Roc paperback
To escape the poverty she was born to on a distant world, An agrees to an RNA drip to aid her in understanding the glyphs of the "Early" ruins (read old dead space-faring race) she is prospecting. Too soon betrayed by the company who gave her the drip, An realizes that it is beginning to alter her mind beyond reclaiming. From the author of Shade, Larissa and Scorpianne.
[Cover] Ravenloft: Lord of the Necropolis
Gene DeWeese
TSR paperback
Sequel to King of the Dead. Lord Azalin plots to escape the dark realms of Ravenloft by sending his minions to harvest the life force of Darkon's inhabitants and becoming a demilich. The result is an unexpected and permanent change in the land of Darkon.
 
Alien Game
Catherine Dexter
Morrow Beech Tree hard cover
Zoe suspects the new girl, Christina, is turning her classmates into zombies...
The Lion Tamer's Daughter and Other Stories
Peter Dickinson
Delacorte hard cover
First US publication of this collection of young adult stories from the author of A Bone from a Dry Sea and Chuck and Danielle.
[Cover] Chuck and Danielle
Peter Dickinson
Dell Yearling paperback
Danielle's dog Chuck is scared of everything, but Danielle is convinced there's a hero in there somewhere. Illustrated by Kees De Kieft.
(Cover art from hard cover edition.)
Books by Gordon R. Dickson
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Gary Ruddell
Bloodwinter
Tom Deitz
Bantam Spectra (trade paperback, 486 pages, $13.95/$21.95 Can)
Publication date: April 13, 1999

A new Tale of Eron from the author of Dreamseeker's Road and Above the Lower Sky . "From a master of contemporary fantasy comes an unforgettable tale of heroes, heroines, and rogues whose two rival nations are scarred by suspicion, shadowed by war, and summoned to destiny by a magic that is both gift and curse. In the icy northern realm of Eron, three young artisans bound by an unspeakable act of violence arrive at an isolated gem mine on a special commission for their king. They are the arrogant but talented Eddyn; Avall, his archrival; and beautiful Strynn, newly wed to Avall... but carrying Eddyn's child. Meanwhile, to the south, in the heart of Ixti's scorpion-riddled sands and sensuous cities, a horrible accident has forced Prince Kraxxi into exile with blood on his hands and a price on his head. The four will be drawn together -- and torn apart -- by a magnificent find: a gem with magical properties beyond anyone's imagining or control."
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Warstalkers's Track (Landslayer's Law, Book Two)
Tom Dietz
Avon/Eos (paperback, 375 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: March 9, 1999

The closing volume of the two-volume series that began last year with Landslayer's Law. "The High King of Tir-Nan-Og has been deposed and imprisoned, and the throne of Faerie is under siege. Those who would seize its power will risk everything to defend their weakening borders from the unwitting invasion of mortal land developers -- even if it means drowning the entire state of Georgia. David Sullivan, human liaison between mortal and Faerie, must summon his friends to aid both races."
[Cover] Landslayer's Law
Tom Dietz
AvoNova
The boundaries separating reality from the world of Faerie are becoming so thin that Faerie can now be seen in satellite photographs. As humans begin to investigate in droves -- including developers ready to exploit the magic lands -- David Sullivan finds that the High King Lugh is planning a "final solution" to the problem of humankind, and it's up it him to prevent it.
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Bruce Jensen
By Blood Alone (A Legion of the Damned novel)
William C. Dietz
Ace (paperback, 370 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: July 6, 1999

Dietz returns to the universe of Legion of the Damned and The Final Battle for another tale of the Legion. When a Legion-led military coup topples the government of Earth, Colonel Bill Booly and his 13th Half-Brigade -- a collection of the Legion's rogues and rejects -- become the Earth's last line of defense. From the author of Where the Ships Die and Alien Bounty. "In a Legion gone lax, Colonel Bill Booly steps on important toes and is quickly assigned to the worst post in the galaxy. Fort Mosby, Earth is home of the 13th Half-Brigade, a collection of Legion rogues and rejects. Booly and his troublemaking troops turn out to be the best line of defense when a Legion-led military coup topples the government."
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Ezra Tucker
Rebel Agent (Star Wars: Dark Forces, Book 2)
William C. Dietz & Ezra Tucker
Berkley/Dark Horse (reprint, graphic novel, 128 pages, $14.95/$20.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999 (First Edition: April 1998)

Further evidence (as if you needed it) that computer games are the latest hot media property: the Star Wars: Dark Forces trilogy. Written by SF author William C. Dietz (By Blood Alone, Alien Bounty) and illustrated by award-winning artist Ezra Tucker, the series is based on the top-selling action games from LucasArts, Star Wars: Dark Forces and Jedi Knight. The first volume was Star Wars: Soldier for the Empire, and Jedi Knight was the last. Now available in a handsome trade paperback reprint edition. "New Star Wars hero Rebel Agent Kyle Katarn returns in this second graphic story album-packed with 25 full-color illustrations! In his second adventure, Kyle Katarn secures a mysterious disc that gives him the location of a map to the Valley of the Jedi, a place Kyle's late father had stumbled upon and kept secret. Now it's a race between Kyle and agents of the Empire to see who can get to the map-and the Valley-first..."
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Art: Bruce Jensen
Steelheart
William C. Dietz
Ace (paperback, 324 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 1998

Dietz is the author of Star Wars: Dark Forces, as well as a diverse array of military SF novels that include Bodyguard, The Final Battle, Legion of the Damned, and the Bounty series: Alien Bounty, Galactic Bounty, and Imperial Bounty. His latest is the tale of an unlikely android hero named Harley Doon. "On a planet called Zuul, in the year 2176, a battle is about to be fought. A battle against an alien race who hold all technology to be the ultimate evil. Human, alien, and android alike struggle against them. But to win, they must unite, they need a leader..."
[Cover] Galactic Bounty
William C. Dietz
Ace
If the rumors can be believed, there's a traitor in the navy: a captain who has consented to sell military secrets to the alien Il Ronn. Sam McCade, interstellar bounty hunter, may be the only man who can stop him. Soon McCade finds himself alone as a faces a terrible alien plot, and the threat of total destruction for the Terran Empire. The sequel, Imperial Bounty, appears next month.
Star Wars: Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
William C. Dietz & George Lucas
Putnam/Boulevard hard cover
This one has to be a first, even in the crowded field of media tie-ins: a graphic story album based on a story by George Lucas inspired by characters from the LucasArts Dark Forces computer game based on the Star Wars trilogy. Points for effort. I mean, really.
[Cover] Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art
Vincent Di Fate
Penguin Studio (art, hardcover
Fall has seen plenty of big new books -- nearly half a dozen in the $30-40 price range this issue alone -- but even in that company this stands out. It's the finest art book to appear this year, and perhaps one of the best the genre has ever seen. Starting in the 19th century and working his way through to the modern masters, Di Fate profiles the artists who have influenced and revolutionized the field of science fiction, including Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, Richard Powers, Virgil Finlay, H. R. Geiger and many others, with nearly 700 full-color prints and a probing commentary. Written by one of the most respected artists in the genre, and offering a rich collection of work from numerous artists, this book is something the genre has sorely needed. Highly recommended.
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Art: Christine Francis
Lost Pages
Paul Di Filippo
Four Walls Eight Windows (trade paperback, 207 pages, $15.95 US)
Publication date: October 25, 1998

What can you say about Paul Di Filippo? He's funny. He's very funny, and very original. Four Walls Eight Windows press has been producing quality hardcover collections of his short fiction, including Ribofunk, Fractal Paisleys, and The Steampunk Trilogy, over the last three years. His latest volume -- a collection of tales and alternative world essays -- examines a world where science fiction as a genre died in the 1960s. Get yours today. "I swear on the grave of my sainted mother that Lost Pages by Paul Di Filippo is nothing less than an imperial read. An excellent book of genuinely memorable stories of which one, "Anne," is alone worth the price of the volume; you'll not forget it." -- Harlan Ellison.
Review by Lisa DuMond
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Ribofunk
Paul di Filippo
Avon EOS (reprint, paperback, 241 pages, $3.99 US/$3.99 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998 (First Printing: 1996)

We reviewed the hardcover version only a few issues ago, and now Avon EOS delivers the handy and compact paperback version, at a wallet-friendly $3.99 introductory pricepoint. This is one of the funniest and most original collections you'll find this year -- ignore it at your peril. "Following the shock wave of cyberpunk writing in the late 1980s, Paul Di Filippo's first book, The Steampunk Trilogy, burst on the scene in 1995, leading SF veteran William Gibson to declare the young writer's work "spooky, haunting, hilarious." Cyberpunk concentrated on cold hardware. Di Filippo coined "ribofunk" by fusing "ribosome" (as in cellular biology) with "funk" (as in rock and roll). In the world of Ribofunk, biology is a cutting-edge science, where the Protein Police patrol for renegade gene splicers and part-human sea creatures live in Lake Superior, dealing with toxic spills. Ribofunk depicts a sentient river; a sultry bodyguard who happens to be part wolverine; a reluctant thrill seeker who climbs a skyscraper - and finds himself stuck; and a chain-smoking Peter Rabbit who leads his fellows in a bloody rebellion against - whom else? - Mr. McGregor."
SF Site Review by David Soyka
Books by Paul Di Filippo
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Star Trek: Insurrection
J.M. Dillard
Pocket (hardcover, 295 pages, $22/$30 Can)
Publication date: December 11, 1998

This one took so long to name that the early version of the book cover we were sent had no title beyond Star Trek IX (click on the small image at left to see the early version). I may be wrong, but I believe this is the first Star Trek novelization to be released in hardcover. Say what you want about media tie-in books -- they're certainly reaching an audience. J.M. Dillard is the author of Star Trek: Generations, Emissary, and one of the earliest Star Trek hardcovers, 1989's Star Trek: The Lost Years. Star Trek: Insurrection, the ninth Star Trek movie, is based on a story by Michael Piller and Rick Berman, and a script by Michael Piller.
Star Trek VIII: First Contact
J.M. Dillard
Pocket hard cover
The novelization of the latest Trek movie: Borgs, time travel, alien contact, and revenge. A potent combination.
 

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