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Avon EOS (reprint, hardcover, 238 pages, $22 US/$29 Can)
Publication date: January 5, 1999 (First Edition: August, 1998)
The first book from Avon's new Spike imprint is a long-awaited new novel from one of the most popular modern fantasy writers -- although technically it's not new at all, but a reprint of the prose portion of the 1997 four-part graphic novel from DC Comics, written by Gaiman and illustrated by the great Charles Vess (if you really want to be a stickler about it, there was also a DC Comics hardcover reprint in October, as well as a signed slipcased "promotional" first edition in August from Avon, so this is in fact the fourth edition). Gaiman is author of the cult favourite Neverwhere (which topped our Best of 1997 list) and Smoke and Mirrors, as well as the classic DC Comic series The Sandman. "In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian Era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall -- a secluded hamlet so named for an imposing stone barrier that surrounds a fertile grassland. Armed sentries guard the sole gap in the bulwark to keep the inquisitive from wandering through, relaxing their vigil only once every nine years, when a market fair unlike any other in the world of men comes to the meadow."
Avon (reprint, paperback, 388 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 7, 1998 (First Printing: July 1997)
I remember the days when Neil Gaiman was known simply as "the author of DC Comics Sandman." Now he's gaining serious renown as a modern fantasist, with such work as Smoke and Mirrors and his upcoming Stardust -- and this, his first novel, based on the BBC series of the same name. Neverwhere was voted the best book of 1997 by the editors and reviewers of the SF Site after its hardcover appearance last year, and reviewer Alice Dechene commented that "Gaiman beautifully orchestrates scenes, fractionally unveiling psychological and physical terrors until the unwary reader totters as unsteadily as Richard on the brink of this terrifying world." When Londoner Richard Mayhew stops to assist a helpless stranger, he slips through the cracks himself and ceases to exist in the ordinary world of London Above, finding himself in the dark and dangerous world of London Below, a shadow city of lost and forgotten people.
Review by Alice Dechene
Avon EOS (hardcover, 339 pages, $24 US/$31 Can)
Publication date: October 7, 1998
A collection of thirty short stories and poems (some of which were previously published in the small print-run volume Angels and Visitations), from the author of Neverwhere and the famous DC Comic, The Sandman. The collection begins with "Chivalry," the story of a widow who discovers the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop; other tales include "Troll Bridge," a grown up version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"; "Nicholas Was," a disturbing look at the legend of Santa Claus; "The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories," a tale of Hollywood excess, past and present; and "Murder Mysteries," in which one of creation's oldest secrets is revealed: what caused Lucifer to rebel against God. For Lovecraft fans there are three pieces, including "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" and "Only the End of the World", set in the Innsmouth of England and New England, respectively, both of which pay hilarious tribute to both the Cthulhu Mythos and classic horror film conventions (a la Lawrence Talbot, wolf man of the 1940s). The poems include "Bay Wolf," which manages to mix Beowulf and Baywatch -- true evidence of genius. Really, what more do you need?
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish|
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
White Wolf hard cover
Separately they've changed the way much of the world looks at adult comics -- Gaiman with his seminal Sandman series for DC Comics, and McKean with Cages, Arkham Asylum and numerous covers -- and together they've produced some of the best standalone comics work of the last decade, including Violent Cases and other graphic novels. Their first work for White Wolf explores the quirky mind of a young boy and the reveals potential perils of a bargain. In full color.
The Sandman: Book of Dreams|
Neil Gaiman & Edward E. Kramer, eds.
A long anticipated anthology which opens the doors of Gaiman's best-selling DC comic series to authors like Barbara Hambly, Clive Barker, Tad Williams, Will Shetterly, and Gene Wolfe. It also includes an afterword by the appropriately dreamy Tori Amos.
The Drums of Autumn|
Delacorte hard cover
The Pleistocene Redemption
Cypress House hard cover
A science fiction thriller of genetic manipulation, complete with prehistoric monsters and Neanderthals. Those are always our favorite kind. We approve.
Second book in the TV adaptation series. When Frank Black investigates the charred remains found in a San Francisco garden, he soon finds himself following a trail of human remains that leads to a chemical factory gearing up for an urban Armageddon.
HarperPrism trade paper
A holocaust thriller that has the planet under attack by terrorists--nuclear warheads planted under the ice in the Antarctic that when detonated will cause the second Flood. Hey, where's Noah when you need him.
The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures |
R. Garcia Y Robertson
Golden Gryphon hard cover
From the author of The Spiral Dance, The Virgin and the Dinosaur and the upcoming American Woman, comes a collection of pulp-inspired SF adventure stories, including tales of time-travelling Gypsies who accidentally end up in Hitler's Third Reich, conjured phantoms who stalk old San Francisco, and a warrior maiden from ancient Greece who must vanquish a ravenous beast or see her people destroyed. Golden Gryphon Press has packaged this collection in a very handsome volume, perfect for curling up in front of the fire in the heart of winter. Recommended.
R. Garcia y Robertson
Avon Books paperback
The author of The Virgin and the Dinosaur weaves a tale of time travel and adventure in the fabled doomed city of Atlantis. Jake Bento's exploratory mission to the Bronze Age was almost a death-wish assignment. But four previous expeditions have vanished, and Jake and his rescue squad are determined to find out why. But in a Mediterranean summer 20,000 years before his birth, Bento finds himself trapped in a past where mortals walk with the gods themselves.
Dragon Burning (Book Three of The Dragon Circle)|
Craig Shaw Gardner
The novel that wraps up the Dragon Circle trilogy (including Dragon Sleeping and Dragon Waking), in which a street full of ordinary families from suburban Chestnut Circle have been transported by a vast, ancient dragon to a magical world inhabited by dueling wizards and fantastic creatures. "The war between the Wizards is about to come to an end. The citizens of Chestnut Circle are about to have their day of reckoning. And Nick Blake is about to realize his destiny. Because the Dragon has awakened, and its fire is beyond anyone's control."
Craig Shaw Gardner
Volume two in The Dragon Circle, this hardcover reprint brings together in conflict the folk in the sleepy town of Chesnut Circle and the wizard brothers, Nunn and Obar.
James Alan Gardner
Avon EOS (paperback, 374 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999
The third novel from the Canadian author of Expendable and Commitment Hour looks as promising as his first two. Vigilant opens with the look of a novel of politics and high drama, but very quickly shifts gears to a fast-moving plot involving different alien species, complex trade negotiations, ancient alien archaeological sites, plague outbreaks, and some very old crimes. If you're looking for fresh SF with an original twist from a rising star in the genre, you could do much worse than Gardner.
Review by Rich Horton
Commitment Hour |
James Alan Gardner
The author of the critically acclaimed debut SF novel Expendable presents his second novel, an original and thought-provoking analysis of gender roles. In the 25th century, the small town of Tober Cove is a nice place to be. Most of Earth's population has left, and life here is simple. Except that the children of Tober Cove change sex every year until they reach the age of twenty, when they must choose a gender. And Fullin, a gifted musician, has reached twenty at last... and the hour of commitment is here.
James Alan Gardner
Citizens of the League of Peoples can look forward to a long and safe life... unless they're one of the few deemed imperfect. Those are destined to become ECMs (Expendable Crew Member) in deep space. Ostracized by an inconvenient birthmark, Festina Ramos has trained from early childhood to survive in almost any conceivable environment or situation. Ramos and her partner Yarrun Derigha are ordered to accompany an admiral to Melaquin, the planet of no return,. Several exploration teams have been sent to Melaquin, never to be heard from again. Festina Ramos is about to uncover the mystery of the planet...whether she wants to or not!
St. Martin's Press hard cover
A novel of suspense from the author of Moondog.
Tor trade paper
A hard science fiction novel in which the hard sciences are Ptolemaic astronomy and Aristotelian physics. The empire of Alexander the Great has lasted a thousand years, and for most of that time it's been at war with the Orient. Now a spaceship is traveling through the heavenly crystalline spheres to return with the ultimate weapon: a fiery piece of the sun itself. Aias, commander of the expedition, must battle assassins, traitors, and his own military to go on the greatest voyage in history. A reprint of the 1996 hardcover.
Sword of the Prophets|
Mark A. Garland
Yourden Lewen has a unique gift -- he can see into the soul of a sword and read its history, experience each of its blood lessons. But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll learn any of those lessons -- at least, not the easy way.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Trial By Error |
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, Number 21. "After Quark brokers a too-good-to-be-true trade for gold-pressed latinum, Deep Space Nine is under fire from at least three different alien races, each accusing the others of theft, piracy, and worse. Then angry Klingons get involved, and so do the Ferengi--placing the entire station in the middle of a shooting war that might consume all of them."
Magic Carpet/Harcourt Brace (reprint, paperback, 174 pages, $6/$8 Can)
Publication date: May, 1999 (First Edition: 1965)
Reprint novel of Young Adult fantasy from the author of the YA classics The Moon of Gomrath and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.
Magic Carpet/Harcourt Brace (reprint, paperback, 194 pages, $6 US/$8 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing 1963)
The stand-alone sequel to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen has been out of print for far too long -- and it's never looked this handsome. Fantasy fans today, spoiled rotten. Pfaahh. "With the help of the wizard Cadellin, Colin and Susan struggle to contain the forces of evil unleashed by the inadvertent awakening of the band of ancient horsemen known as the Wild Hunt."
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen |
Harcourt Brace/Magic Carpet paperback
Reprint of the classic British fantasy first published in 1960. Beneath the hills of Wales a band of valiant knights sleeps. When their day of battle comes, the wizard Cadellin will use the Weirdstone to rouse them for the next stage in their battle against Nastrond, the spirit of evil. But the Weirdstone has vanished, and without it Nastrond will run unchecked... unless a young girl and her brother on vacation in Wales can find the stone first. From the author of Alan Garner's Book of British Fairy Tales and A Bag of Moonshine.
New Worlds |
edited by David Garnett
White Wolf/Borealis trade paper
Back in the sixties, under the guidance of Michael Moorcock, the New Worlds anthology series helped usher in the New Wave of science fiction. Now White Wolf has launched the series again, this time with work from Brian Aldiss, William Gibson, and Ian Watson. Stories include "Ferryman" by Eric Brown, "The White Stuff" by Peter F. Hamilton and Graham Joyce, "A Night on Bare Mountain" Graham Charnock, and William Gibson's "Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City."
Ace (trade paperback, 340 pages, $13/$19 Can)
Publication date: April 1, 1999
The first novel under the Peter Garrison name for fantasy author Craig Shaw Gardner. "Two worlds. One teems with life and technology. It is called Earth. The other is a twisting maze of inter-connected dwellings and empty space. It is called the Castle. Both worlds know violence. Both know greed. And now, in our time, they are about to meet... May the best world win. From the powerful imagination of author Peter Garrison comes a stunning new saga, the tale of a sixteen-year-old Earth boy who does not yet know he is from another world -- a Changeling, switched with a human child when he was still an infant. Nor does he know that he is about to be plunged into a war that will not only determine the future of Earth, his adoptive home, but also the strange world where he was born. Murder and magic. Treachery and terror. It is time to fight The Changeling War."
A thriller from the author of the supernatural horror titles Live Girls and Crucifax. Children -- mostly runaways and street urchins -- are being abducted and subjected to horrifying treatments, but for what purpose? The quest to discover the truth gradually widens to include a preacher in search of his son, a washed-up investigative journalist, a true-crime writer, and a wheelchair-bound researcher.
R. Patrick Gates
Anna Wheaton is nine years old when she is nearly killed in an accident. But what would be an end for others is a beginning for Anna, as she find herself in the shadowland between life and death. The others with her in this terrifying place call themselves the Jumpers, and they are able to pass into another reality where the dead mingle with the living... and where restless souls are massing to prepare for the ultimate battle with a monstrous force.
W. Michael Gear
DAW (reprint, paperback, 367 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 CAN)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing: August, 1988)
Seventh big printing for the first novel in Gear's The Spider Trilogy (followed by The Way of Spider and The Web of Spider). And they say space opera is dead. "For centuries the Directorate had ruled over countless star systems. But now stirrings of rebellion were being felt in this far-flung, commercial empire. And at this crucial time, the Directorate had discovered a planet beyond its farthest reaches, where humans stranded generations ago have survived by becoming a race of warriors, a race led by its Prophets... men who had already seen the coming of the Directorate, and were preparing their warriors of Spider."
W. Michael Gear
Eighth printing of the popular 1990 military SF novel. Defying the interstellar code of conduct, the enigmatic Ahimsa have contacted the barbaric planet Earth -- contacted and taken control, neutralizing its defensive systems. Forced to do the alien's bidding, an international strike force composed of highly skilled Soviet, American and Israeli soldiers finds themselves on board an alien vessel, training together for a strike against an unknown enemy. Gear is also the author of The Way of Spider and People of the Silence.
The Eagle and The Raven|
The tale of the Celtic Queen Boudicca and her war against the Romans. Bloody big book (892 pages) with a gorgeous Waterhouse cover.
Any book based on a movie inspired by a classic trading card series from the '50s already has a lot more going for it than most. Check it out -- you owe it to yourself.
|Books by David Gemmell|
This is a fun item, a comic sword and sorcery novel from the bad guy's point of view.
Star Trek: The Galactic Whirlpool |
What would happen if The Enterprise ran into the generation ship of Heinlein's The Orphans of the Sky? Here's your chance to find out. "When the Enterprise comes across a huge, antiquated vessel floating in space, they discover a colony of primitive human beings who have been lost in space. While the colonists are in perfect health, they must deal with the culture shock of learning that a world exists outside of their spaceship. Their initial reaction is fear, as they believe the crew of the Enterprise to be "demons." And their fears are heightened with the belief that Captain Kirk and his crew are unaware of an outside force pulling them into a whirlpool of death.
Putnam hard cover
The latest from the author of Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive. Set in the same 21st-Century world as Virtual Light (and sharing some of that book's characters), we once again follow the exploits of Berry Rydell and Colin Laney in a world "where identities can change with the touch of a button".
Genellan: In The Shadow of the Moon|
Scott G. Gier
Del Rey paperback
Further adventures in colony building for pilot Sharl Buccari and her band of stranded marines. Recommended for fans of the Honor Harrington series (David Weber).
Scott G. Gier
Del Rey paperback
folk stranded on an alien world, struggling to survive between two native cultures.
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