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[Cover] Wyrm
Mark Fabi
Bantam Spectra paperback
The debut book from a practicing psychiatrist is a surprising cyberpunk potboiler, and the latest addition to that growing sub-genre: the millennium apocalypse novel. It's 1999, and Michael Arcangelo (as in "Archangel Michael" -- no points for subtlety here) is an expert in invasive computering, trained to find and annihilate worms and viruses from the operating systems of large corporations. When he discovers a strange new "Wyrm" in a popular online role-playing games, and spreading from there to the whole Internet, Michael Arcangelo and his team find they may be the only ones who can to avert the end of the world as we know it.
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Fantasia Mathematica
Clifton Fadiman
Copernicus trade paper
The subtitle says it best: "Being a Set of Stories, Together With a Group of Oddments and Diversions, All Drawn from the Universe of Mathematics. First published in 1958, it includes stuff by Aldous Huxley, Martin Gardner, H.G. Wells, George Gamow, G.H. Hardy, Plato, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and many more.
The Mathematical Magpie
Clifton Fadiman
Copernicus trade paper
If you like the above, this is more of the same. First published in 1962, it includes pieces by Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Mark Twain, and Lewis Carroll.
Ring of Intrigue
Jane Fancher
DAW paperback
 
[Cover] Ring of Lightning
Jane Fancher
DAW paperback
It's the first volume in the Dance of Rings series; blurbed as a powerful dynastic fantasy.
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The Brotherhood of the Wolf (The Runelords, Book 2)
David Farland
Tor (hardcover, 480 pages, $26.95 US)
Publication date: April 19, 1999

Second novel in the fantasy series that began with The Runelords. "While heroic prince Gaborn managed to drive off the conqueror Raj Ahtan, Ahtan is far from defeated. Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses, Ahtan seeks to draw out Gaborn, the Earth King, to crush him. But the armies of an ancient enemy now issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth."
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Darrell K. Sweet
The Runelords (The Runelords, Book One)
David Farland
Tor (reprint, paperback, 613 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: April, 1999 (First Edition: June, 1998)

The Runelords began one of the most popular new fantasy series of 1998 at the SF Site, and it also received a coveted MacLaurin Fat Fantasy Award. The advance proof of the second installment, The Brotherhood of the Wolf, has just arrived and generated an immediate waiting list. It's due out on April 19th. "The first book of an epic heroic fantasy. Young Prince Gabon, a Runelord prince who has received endowments of strength and perception, encounters many adventures as he travels in disguise to the fiefdom of King Sylvarresta to ask for the hand of the king's daughter in marriage."
Review by Regina Lynn Preciado
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Art: John Stevens
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld, Volume 1)
Philip Jose Farmer
Del Rey (reprint, trade paperback, 220 pages, $12.95 US/$17.95 Can)
Publication date: July, 1998 (First Printing: 1971)

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction novel of the year in 1972, this book launched one of the most famous science fiction series of all time. Now Del Rey is bringing the complete four-volume set back into print in handsome and sturdy new trade paperbacks. "All those who ever lived on Earth have found themselves resurrected -- healthy, young, and naked as newborns -- on the grassy banks of a mighty river, in a world unknown. Miraculously provided with food, but with no clues to the meaning of their strange new afterlife, billions of people from every period of Earth's history -- and prehistory -- must start again. Sir Francis Bacon would be the first to glimpse the incredible way-station, a link between worlds. This forbidden sight would spur the renowned 19th-century explorer to uncover the truth. Along with a remarkable group of compatriots, including Alice Liddell Hargreaves (the Victorian girl who was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland), an English-speaking Neanderthal, a WWII Holocaust survivor, and a wise extraterrestrial, Burton sets sail on the magnificent river. His mission: to confront humankind's mysterious benefactors, and learn the true purpose--innocent or evil--of the Riverworld..."
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Art: John Stevens
The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld, Volume 2)
Philip Jose Farmer
Del Rey (reprint, trade paperback, 234 pages, $12.95 US/$17.95 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998 (First Printing: 1971)

While To Your Scattered Bodies Go is the more original of the two, The Fabulous Riverboat is in almost every other way a better book -- suspenseful, fast-moving, and full of true SF sense-of-wonder. Check out this marvelous series. "Resurrected on the lush, mysterious banks of Riverworld, along with the rest of humanity, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) has a dream: to build a riverboat that will rival the most magnificent paddle-wheelers ever navigated on the mighty Mississippi. Then, to steer it up the endless waterway that dominates his new home planet -- and at last discover its hidden source. But before he can carry out his plan, he first must undertake a dangerous voyage to unearth a fallen meteor. This mission would require striking an uneasy alliance with the bloodthirsty Viking Erik Bloodaxe, treacherous King John of England, legendary French swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, Greek adventurer Odysseus, and the infamous Nazi Hermann Göring. All for the purpose of storming the ominous stone tower at the mouth of the river, where the all-powerful overseers of Riverworld -- and their secrets -- lie in wait."
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Art: John Stevens
The Dark Design (Riverworld, Volume 3)
Philip Jose Farmer
Del Rey (reprint, trade paperback, 452 pages, $12.95 US/$17.95 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998 (First Printing: 1977)

"Years have passed on Riverworld. Entire nations have risen, and savage wars have been fought -- all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld. Yet the truth about the Ethicals, the powerful engineers of this mysterious "afterlife," remains unknown. But a curious cross-section of humanity is determined to change that situation... at any cost. Intrepid explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton leads the most remarkable voyage of discovery he has ever undertaken. Hot on his heels are Samuel Clemens, King John of England, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Spurred by the promise of ultimate answers, they chart a course across the vast polar sea--and toward the awesome tower that looms above it. But getting there will be more than half the battle. For death on Riverworld has become chillingly final..."
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Art: John Stevens
The Magic Labyrinth (Riverworld, Volume 4)
Philip Jose Farmer
Del Rey (reprint, trade paperback, 400 pages, $12.95 US/$17.95 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998 (First Printing: 1980)

Final volume in the Riverworld series -- unless you want to count the assorted sequels Riverworld War (1980), The Gods of Riverworld (1983), or River of Eternity (1983). "The answers behind the enigmatic origins of Riverworld lie at last within reach, as the remarkable gathering of Earthlings -- including Sir Richard Francis Burton, Samuel Clemens, Alice Liddell Hargreaves, Cyrano de Bergerac, Ulysses S. Grant, and Baron Von Richtoven -- finally breaches the stronghold of Riverworld's extraordinary super-race. But answers would lead to more enigmatic questions... Who is the Mysterious Stranger who taunted the Riverworld resurrectees with hints of the truth? What is the key to the gargantuan computer that wields the power of life and death? The astonishing secrets lie within the Dark Tower -- but only for those brave enough to seek them and wise enough to decipher them..." "Charts a territory somewhere between Gulliver's Travels and Lord of the Rings" -- Time.
[Cover] The World of Tiers
Philip José Farmer
Tor trade paper
Farmer has always been a pioneer. This five-volume fantasy series was first published over twenty years ago, long before the current trend towards multi-volume sagas. This omnibus volume contains The Makers of Universes, The Gates of Creation and A Private Cosmos. By the author of the classic Riverworld series.
 
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Drive Communications
The Time of Feasting
Mick Farren
Tor (reprint, paperback, 384 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: September 1, 1998 (First Printing: December, 1996)

New novel of vampiric horror from the author of The Feelies and The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys. "A colony of vampires lives unrevealed in New York City. But now the Time of Feasting is at hand, when they must make the warm kill and drink living blood. Renquist, the centuries-old colony Master is beset from within by the young ones who, contemptuous of humanity, are tired of living in hiding, and from without by a drunken ex-priest and a tenacious city cop, who are beginning to suspect the truth." "The historical background offers considerable originality, while the storytelling speeds along with theatrical trumpery" -- Kirkus Reviews.
[Cover] The Time of Feasting
Mick Farren
Tor hard cover
A new vampire novel about a colony of centuries old nosferatu living in hiding in New York. In hiding? Who'd ever notice.
[Cover] Ferman's Devils
Joe Clifford Faust
Bantam Spectra paperback
To save his life, New York copywriter Boddekker cuts a deal with a gang dubbed Ferman's Devils. Writing them into his next commercial shouldn't be that hard... Book 1 of 2.
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Richard Rossiter
Face of the Enemy
Richard Fawkes
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 537 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: June 3, 1999

Looks like a first novel. If you're looking for good military SF with a rich background and some appropriately diabolical aliens, this could be your ticket. "Space is riddled with colony turf wars. The Interstellar Defense League is claiming rights to a string of rich colonies, and the Pan-Stellar Combine and the Mercantile Union are squabbling over wormhole transit routes. The alien Remor are bent on eradicating all trace of humankind from space. In a pitched galaxy-wide battle for survival, the crucial conflict may come on an out-of-the-way jungle planet called Chugen. "
The Golden Amazon's Triumph
John Russell Fearn
Gryphon trade paper
Latest from the author of Climate, Incorporated: Classic Science Fiction and No Grave Need I. Fearn clearly has a gift for titles.
 
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Art: Liz Kenyon
Krondor the Betrayal (The Riftwar Legacy, Volume 1)
Raymond E. Feist
Avon EOS (hardcover, 376 pages, $24 US/$31 Can)
Publication date: October 7, 1998

Hot on the heels of the four-volume Serpentwar saga -- and just preceding the release of Return to Krondor, the sequel to the Feist-designed computer role-playing game, Betrayal at Krondor -- comes the latest volume set on the world of Midkemia. This one falls between the Riftwar and Serpentwar series, fitting chronologically between the novels A Darkness at Sethanon and Prince of the Blood. Based on (in part) the aforementioned computer games, it is a tale featuring Feist's early hero Squire James (a.k.a. master thief "Jimmy the Hand"), occurring between his time as a thief and his later role as Duke of Krondor. Accompanied by a squire, a young wizard, a renegade dark elf, and an arch-magician, James find himself confronted with two separate problems: the imminent invasion of Krondor by the dark elves and their allies, and a secret band of magicians in possession of a powerful device that survived the Riftwar -- an artifact that must be destroyed. Featuring such familiar names as Squire Locklear, Pug the magician, Prince Arutha, and many more.
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Shards of a Broken Crown (The Serpentwar Saga, Book Four)
Raymond E. Feist
Avon/Eos (reprint, paperback, 512 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: March 9, 1999 (First Edition: April, 1998)

Fourth and final volume in the Serpentwar, erm, trilogy. The paperback edition contains a free "Guide to the world of Midkemia," a 14-page primer on one of the most popular fantasy settings of the nineties. "The demon is no more. The enemy has been routed. Yet peace still eludes the kingdom. In the fourth volume of Feist's magnificent fantasy saga, the great kingdom of Midkemia lies smoldering in ruins after the Demon King's siege. As the people turn their hands to rebuilding, a new threat rears its head: the fearsome Fadawah, former Commanding General of the Army of the Emerald Queen, who has declared himself Lord of the defeated, amassing a fearsome army for one final assault on a weakened, vulnerable realm. For the warriors and courageous souls who remained steadfast, the time to rebuild and renew has not yet come... And so it falls to two young men--Jimmy and Dash--grandsons of the late Duke, to gather the Shards of a Broken Crown and rebuild the kingdom to its former glory."
Review by Wayne MacLaurin
[Cover] Rage of a Demon King (Serpentwar Saga, Vol. 3)
Raymond Feist
Avon/EOS paperback
Third chapter in what is perhaps our favourite ongoing fantasy saga, following Shadow of a Dark Queen and Rise of a Merchant Prince. This volume continues the exploits of Erick von Darkmoor and Rupert Avery as all-out war finally arrives in their world. A foul Demon King has escaped from an already devoured world to feast on theirs -- a nightmare creature which seeks to own and corrupt the very source of life itself.
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[Cover] Rise of A Merchant Prince
Raymond E. Feist
Avon paperback
Volume two of the Serpentwar Saga and sequel to Shadow of a Dark Queen, this magnificant page-turner continues the adventures of Roo, who builds his business into the biggest in Krondor, and Erik, who works to forge an army to foil the forthcoming Parthian invasion.
[Cover] Perry Rhodan 1801: The Herreach
Robert Feldhoff, translated by Dwight Decker
Vector Enterprises magazine
Classic Space Adventure fans, your starship has come in. Perry Rhodan, the German science fiction hero whose exploits have literally entertained millions, returns to this side of the Atlantic after far too long an absence. Handsomely packaged by start-up publisher Vector Enterprises, these magazine-format serial novels offer complex, involving stories with an old-style mix of character and action. And at the criminally bargain price of $1.95 an issue, you can't afford not to try it. Visit the Vector Enterprises website for subscription information, or look for them in the magazine section of your favourite bookstore.
[Cover] Perry Rhodan 1800: Time Lapse
Robert Feldhoff, translated by Dwight Decker
Vector Enterprises digest magazine
The first issue of the new American-edition Perry Rhodan begins a brand new storyline, Bridge to Eternity. On Trokan, know as the Second Mars, forced evolution under a Time Lapse field has created something unexpected... something that may throw humanity into crisis. As an added bonus, Part I of a detailed series summary fills in background info on the first 999 issues of the German edition of Perry Rhodan. With an introduction by Forrest J Ackerman.
[Cover] The Misconceiver
Lucy Ferriss
Simon & Schuster hard cover
A dystopian novel already drawing comparisons to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. When Roe v. Wade is overturned in 2011, Phoebe find herself performing illegal "misconceptions" in her basement, dealing with desperate women, a repressive justice system, and her own conscience.
 
[Cover] F2F
Philip Finch
Bantam hard cover
Profusely described as "the ultimate thriller of high tech terror"--a serial killer on the Internet, it sounds kinka goofy.
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Bollinger/Nielsen
Tiger in the Sky (David Brin's Out of Time, Book 2)
Sheila Finch
Avon (paperback, 242 pages, $4.99/$6.99 Can)
Publication date: July 6, 1999

The second novel in the Young Adult series, and the sequel to Nancy Kress' Yanked!. "In the year 2345, young heroes have been yanked from 1999 to battle an alien menace. Tough-minded Nan and brainy Jerry are faced with saving a small scientific outpost overrun with furry destructive alien pests who have the power to destroy everything. Soon they must seek help from the more distant past."
Yanked! Review by Rich Horton
[Cover] Spider-Man and Iron Man: Doom's Day #2: Sabotage
Danny Fingeroth & Pierce Askergren
Boulevardpaperback
In the first Doom's Day novel, Dr. Doom had to deal with Spidey and the Incredible Hulk. Now's he's got to cope with Iron Man too! Poor guy never gets a break.
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Art: Diane Fenster
The Border
Marina Fitch
Ace (paperback, 307 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: January 1, 1999

Marina Fitch's first novel, The Seventh Heart, was a Locus recommended novel, and it caught a lot of attention in our offices as well. For her follow-up she's brought the fantastic closer to home with this novel of a struggling Mexican immigrant with a very real barrier to face. "Sixteen years ago, Rosa's papa and sister fled from Mexico to prosperous California. But Rosa and her mama were stopped at the crossing -- and sent back to their village, to wait for word that it was safe to try again. Mama died waiting. And now Rosa, pregnant and alone, is ready to take the risk on her own. For someone is watching over her -- a guardian spirit named Luz. When things go wrong at the border, Luz forces Rosa to make a decision that will not only alter her own life and that of her unborn child, but the lives of the family she seeks as well."
The Seventh Heart
Marina Fitch
Ace
Gillian has always believed herself to be ordinary. But when a series of earthquakes hits San Francisco, her friend Melanie disappears without a trace and Gillian's life is suddenly on a brand new trajectory for a very different destiny.
 
[Cover] The Timeless Tales of Reginald Bretnor
edited by Fred Flaxman
Story Books trade paper
Whether you know it or not, you're probably familiar with Reginald Bretnor -- and if you're not, you should be. Under the pseudonym of Grendel Briarton, he authored Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot, a collection of infamous (and very funny) short-short stories published in SF magazines for decades. This volume contains 15 of his best short stories, previously published in national magazines between 1947 and his death in 1992. The tales range from fantasy to mystery to SF, and provide excellent examples of Bretnor's sense of humour. Recommended.
[Cover] The 13th Floor
Sid Fleischman
Dell Yearling paperback
Twelve-year-old Buddy Stebbins travels 300 years into the past for adventures on a pirate ship captained by a distant relative.
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Gary Ruddell
Traitor's Moon (The Nightrunner Series, Book 3)
Lynn Flewelling
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 540 pages, $6.50/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: July 13, 1999

Flewelling's previous novels in The Nightrunner Series, Luck in the Shadows and Stalking Darkness, followed the fairly un-typical adventures of Alec and Seregil, two rogues who first met in prison. "As the war between Pleminar and Skala continues, there are growing rumors that Skala's ancient ally, Mycena, is about to join with the wealthier Pleminar, cutting Skala off from all trade routes. Now Alec and Seregil are sent on their most daring mission yet: convince the people of Aurenen to join Skala and end the war."
[Cover] Stalking Darkness
Lynn Flewelling
Bantam Spectra paperback
Book two in the Nightrunner series. The continuing adventurings of Alec of Kerry and his mentor, Seregil of Rhiminee. War and prophecy threaten Alec, Serigil and their companions. Follows Luck in the Shadows.
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[Cover] Luck In The Shadows
Lynn Flewelling
Bantam Spectra paperback
-"Memorable characters, an enthralling plot and truly daunting evil. The magic is refreshingly difficult, mysterious and unpredictable. Lynn Flewelling has eschewed the easy shortcuts of clich‚d minor characters and cookie- cutter backdrops to present a unique world peopled by characters who are truly of that world. I commend this one to your attention"--Robin Hobb, Assassins Apprentice. She's right and it's got a nice cover, too.
[Cover] The Darkening Flood
Kenneth C.Flint
Bantam paperback
It's a dark contemporary fantasy set in an Irish Village.
[Cover] The Forest of Time and Other Stories
Michael Flynn
Tor trade paperback
Handsome reprint of the 1997 collection of hard SF stories, most of which originally appeared in our sister magazine Analog, from the author of Firestar, Rogue Star, and In the Country of the Blind. With notes and introductions from the author.
[Cover] Rogue Star
Michael Flynn
Tor hard cover
Subtitled "A Novel of the Future in the Making," this is the sequel to Firestar from one of the newest stars of hard SF, the author of The Forest of Time and Other Stories. Part of Flynn's emerging future history, Rogue Star follows the adventures of Mariesa Van Huyten, still obsessed with the need to set mankind back on a path to the stars.
The Forest of Time and Other Stories
Michael Flynn
Tor hard cover
A collection of short fiction, mostly hard science pieces from the pages of Analog. The author offers commentary on the background in prefaces to each.
[Cover] Firestar
Michael F. Flynn
Tor paperback
A familiar name to Analog magazine readers, Michael Flynn's novel is the first in a multi-volume future history epic. In the first installment, a visonary young woman launches a private educational system for public schools and becomes the focus of a new movement. From the author of Country of the Blind.

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