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Maia's Veil
P. K. McAllister
Roc paperback
AKA Paula King, she's written volume two of The Cloudships of Orion.
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Art: Gregory Bridges
Ancients of Days (The Second Book of Confluence)
Paul J McAuley
Avon/Eos (hardcover, 386 pages, $16/$14 Can)
Publication date: July 6, 1999

Paul McAuley continues one of the most highly regarded ongoing SF series with the second installment, and the sequel to Child of the River. "On an artificial world created and seeded with ten thousand bloodlines by the long-vanished Preservers, young Yama's ancestry is unique, for he appears to be the last remaining scion of the Builders, closest of all races to the worshipped architects of Confluence. And on a day near the end of the world, Yama must finally acknowledge the power he neither anticipated nor desires. But there are those who have taken notice of Yama as he pursues the hidden secrets of his past. Intelligent powers older than the Builders -- as old, perhaps, as the Preservers themselves -- are pursuing Yama in turn. And they will stop at nothing to control his present -- and, as a result, the future of everything that lives -- in anticipation of the ultimate triumph of the Ancients of Days."
Review by Neil Walsh
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Art: Dennis Lyall
The Invisible Country
Paul J. McAuley
Avon EOS (trade paperback, 310 pages, $13.50/$18 Can)
Publication date: November 11, 1998

Third short fiction collection from the author of Child of the River, Fairyland, Pasquale's Angel and Eternal Light. Contained herein are nine stories by the winner of the Philip K. Dick, John W. Campbell, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Fantasy Society awards -- including "Recording Angel," "Prison Dreams," "Gene Wars," and the long novella "Slaves," first published in Omni Online. "McAuley is a master" -- Locus.
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Child of the River (The First Book of Confluence)
Paul J. McAuley
Avon Eos (reprint, paperback, 321 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 8, 1999 (First Edition: 1997)

Kick-off volume in one of the most intriguing SF series in some time. The middle volume, Ancients of Days, arrives in North America next month. "Untold millennia ago, the Preservers made the world called Confluence, peopled it, and then abandoned their creation. In their absence, war came and a dangerous heresy arose that split the world in two. But a babe swept in on the great river signals the beginning of the end times. And as Yama grows to young manhood, he will learn the staggering truth about his heritage and his purpose."
Review by Lisa DuMond
Ancient of Days review by Neil Walsh
[Cover] Fairyland
Paul J. McAuley
AvoNova
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, from the author of Pasquale's Angel and Red Dust. It is the next century, where an underground chemist meets and befriends the hypnotic child genius Milena, the ultimate product of gene-splicing technology. Milena has a vision: to provide the soulless genetic constructs known as dolls -- created to replace extinct companion animals -- with free thought and a future. When Alex helps her to free the dolls from bondage, they create an autonomous race that may be a deadly threat to mankind.
[Cover] Pasquale's Angel
Paul J. McAuley
Avon Books
The author of Fairy Land, Eternal Light and Red Dust gives us a glimpse of a steamy industrial age in a Florence that never was, where a young painter meets a mysterious angel and follows her into a world of deceit, dark magic and murder.
Books by Anne McCaffrey
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Design: Branford Foltz
Spinners
Anthony McCarten
Morrow (hardcover, 263 pages, $24 US)
Publication date: February 16, 1999

From the New Zealand author of A Modest Apocalypse and Other Stories comes a story of three pregnant teenage girls, rumors of alien abduction, a small town with sinister goings-on, a young man with a fistful of strange clues and the beginnings of a strong attraction to the young (and pregnant) Delia -- and a tabloid reporter who's convinced he's stumbled on the story of his career. "Twin Peaks meets Nathaniel Hawthorne in this wildly original debut novel of a New Zealand town turned upside down -- first by flying saucer encounters and then the sudden appearance of the mayor's handsome nephew."
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Art: Rick Berry
Bloom
Wil McCarthy
Del Rey (hardcover, 310 pages, $23.95 US/$33.50 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998

One of the most intriguing books of the month is this hard SF novel of space habitats, future biology, and a very different kind of plague. "In the late twenty-first century, man-made, self-replicating organisms called mycora -- smaller than the tiniest bacteria -- mutated and swept across the globe in a chain reaction so swift and deadly there was no time to act. No time to do anything but flee an Earth destroyed by the very science created to nurture and sustain it. Soon the entire inner solar system was consumed, incorporated into the lethal psychedelic bloom of the Mycosystem. Scant years later, the remnants of humanity cling to the asteroid belt and the inhospitable moons of Jupiter. As the society known as the Immunity ekes out a precarious existence, fighting off the invasion of deadly mycospores while working feverishly to build a starship that will carry them to safety, an ominous discovery alters everything. Mycora are incorporating gene sequences to elude Immunity defenses--perhaps even to thrive in the harsh environment of the outer system. The only way to be sure is to journey into the diseased heart of the Mycosystem, from which no one has ever returned." >From the author of The Fall of Sirius, Flies from the Amber, and Murder in the Solid State.
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Art: Bob Eggleton
Murder in the Solid State
Wil McCarthy
Tor (reprint, paperback, 277 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: November, 1999 (First Edition: August 1996)

Third novel from the author of one of this year's breakout novels of hard SF, Bloom. "David Sanger, an ambitious young physicist, attends a party at which a pompous older scientist, who just happens to have thwarted the younger man's innovative ideas, is murdered. Suddenly it is not just David's career, but his life that is at stake. Are his ideas that important? Who is out to stop David from changing the world? A hard-science suspense novel of one man's battle to save his life, career, and country in 21st-century America, Murder in the Solid State is a Heinleinesque examination of how nanotechnology offers both the possibility of unparalleled freedom and the danger of inescapable totalitarianism."
[Cover] Stargate: Rebellion
Bill McCay
Roc paperback
Are you ready for a sequel to the epic (?) movie?
[Cover] Kithbook Four: Satyrs (for Changeling: the Dreaming RPG)
Angel McCoy, Mark Jackson, Leif Jones
White Wolf trade paper
Latest gamebook for the innovative and acclaimed role-playing game (RPG) Changeling: the Dreaming from White Wolf. Kithbook: Satyrs features a complete history of the cloven musicians from their origins in ancient Greece to the modern day, an in-depth look at their culture and society, and new Merits, Flaws and Treasures available only to satyr characters.
Indiana Jones #11: Hollow Earth
Jax McCoy
Bantam paperback
Indy's at it again. Hang on to your hat.
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Stargate SG-1 (Stargate SG-1, Book One)
Ashley McConnell
Roc (paperback, 202 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998

Okay, don't get confused now. Yes, there was a series of novels by Bill McCay based on the SF movie from Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich (of Independence Day and Godzilla fame). However, this is based on the new MGM TV series Stargate SG-1, based on the SF movie Stargate based on the stories and characters developed by etc. etc. "Colonel Jack O'Neill lives in retirement, one year after his interplanetary expedition to Abydos. But when a hostile force of aliens resembling the late Ra and his Chulakins invades Earth through the Stargate and kidnaps a female officer, O'Neill is called back to duty to lead a platoon back through the Stargate and eliminate this new threat. Back in Abydos, O'Neill is reunited with Egyptologist Daniel Jackson to help the team determine from which world through the Stargate this new danger originated from. "
[Cover] The Courts of Sorcery
Ashley McConnell
Ace paperback
Final book in the Demon Wars trilogy, sequel to The Fountains of Mirlacca and The Itinerant Exorcist. With an all-out Demon War on the horizon, the worst occurs when the Exorcist himself becomes possessed.
 
A Creed for the Third Millenium
Colleen McCullough
Avon Books
Reprint of the near-future potboiler from the author of The Thorn Birds. Expect to see a few more novels set around the year 2000 rushed into print before they suffer the same fate as 1984, and history overtakes them...
 
[Cover] Moonfall
Jack McDevitt
HarperPrism hard cover
The author of Ancient Shores and Eternity Road brings us a frightening novel of "the most awesome catastrophe ever." An asteroid collision with the moon shatters Earth's only natural satellite, and the pieces begin to rain down in burning fury.
Eternity Road
Jack McDevitt
Harperprism hard cover
Latest from the author of Ancient Shores and A Talent For War. McDevitt has been compared favorably to Simak and Clarke. That's enough for me.
[Cover] Ancient Shores
Jack McDevitt
HarperPrism paperback
An unusual artifact is uncovered in North Dakota: a forty-two-foot sailboat, complete with masts, and sails, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. Ten thousand years ago this area was an inland sea, and the discovery of a mysterious roundhouse buried on the same ancient shoreline deepens the mystery -- especially since it appears to be a gateway to another world. Ancient Shores has been called "A return to science fiction on a grand scale, reminiscent of the best of Heinlein, Simak, and Clarke."
Cover art by Jim Burns
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Kirinya (Chaga, Book 2)
Ian McDonald
Millennium (reprint, paperback, 412 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: June 1, 1999 (First UK Edition: January 1998)

From the author of Desolation Road, Terminal Cafe and Chaga (published in North America as Evolution's Shore) comes the sequel to Chaga. In the first novel, a meteor-strike in Kenya lead to a massive infection of the African eco-system by an alien biotechnology, and reporter Gaby McAslan risked more than she ever dreamed when she chased the story to its very heart. Now Gaby McAslan is stranded with her grown daughter in an Africa isolated by fear of contagion. The major powers, terrified by events in Africa, seek to seal off the mutated southern hemisphere. The equator has become a new Berlin Wall, one that is defended with brutal force. "No longer a journalist, Gaby McAslan doesn't want to be a full-time mother either, even though her child, Serena, is her last link with UNECTA researcher Dr. Shepard. Gaby's fire has gone out; she's gone soft. But massive political and military upheaval soon drags her back into the action."
[Cover] Evolution's Shore
Ian McDonald
Bantam Spectra paperback
Reprinted in paperback of last year's bestseller, a story of loss, joy, rebirth, treachery and hope without the usual slanted view of destroying what we don't understand.
[Cover] Necroville
Ian McDonald
Gollanz
In McDonald's eerily brilliant future, the dead make up almost one third of the world's population, thanks to nanotechnology. They even have their very own ghetto's (hence the title). Come to party on this Night of Nights (The Night of the Dead--November 2, 2063), five young people seek answers to several questions. But will they like the answers they find?
[Cover] Merlin's Gift
Ian McDowell
AvoNova
Sequel to Mordred's Curse. "It is the glory days of Camelot, as King Arthur begins a campaign to conquer all of Europe. But his unhappy bastard son Mordred foresees only doom, and the downfall of Arthur and Britain. And so Mordred and Queen Guinevere plot to overthrow Arthur, sparking a civil war, and setting the stage for the return of the wizard Merlin, exiled years earlier by the king." Special Camelot sale -- by four or more books starring King Arthur this month, and get a sword thrown in free!
[Cover] Imprinting
Terry McGarry
Anamnesis Press chapbook
Terry McGarry is a novelist and prolific short story writer whose work has appeared in nearly thirty genre magazines and anthologies. The two dozen or so SF poems collected in this small chapbook have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Aboriginal Science Fiction, 2 AM, and other magazines. Imprinting was the winner of the 1997 Anamnesis Poetry Chapbook Award, an annual award with a $750 prize.
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Art: Debra Lill
Mission Child
Maureen F McHugh
Avon/EOS (hardcover, 400 pages, $20/$26 Can)
Publication date: November 11, 1998

The highly anticipated new novel from the author of Half the Day Is Night and China Mountain Zhang. "Humanity once boldly rushed outward from the Earth to establish colonies throughout the galaxy. But humankind reached too far -- overextending, faltering, and ultimately falling -- leaving its distant, unremembered settlements to fend for themselves. Now, after a span of many centuries, the progenitors have returned to reclaim their lost territories."
[Cover] China Mountain Zhang
Maureen F. McHugh
Tor/Orb trade paper
In a China-dominated world where homosexuality is punishable by death, gay engineer Raphael "China Mountain" Zhang just wants to find a place for himself. Won the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 1993.
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[Cover] Half the Day is Night
Maureen F. McHugh
Tor paperback
The newest novel from the author of China Mountain Zhang (a brilliant first novel). A war veteran comes to the undersea city of Caribe to work as a bodyguard to banker Mayla Ling. Her financial dealings draw them into a terrorist underworld that threatens to explode.
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Art: Gary Halsey
The Moon and the Sun
Vonda N. McIntyre
Pocket (reprint, paperback, 464 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 CAN)
Publication date: August 11, 1998 (First Printing 1997)

Pocket Books proudly tells us that this book is the first of two alternate histories by McIntyre they intend to publish. McIntyre won the Nebula Award for her novel Dreamsnake, and she did it again in 1997 with this surprising novel of science and fantasy in an alternate 1693, during the reign of King Louis XIV. In the court of the Sun King, Father Yves de la Croix has returned from a dangerous expedition with two rare sea monsters... one of which is still very much alive.
[Cover] Star Wars: The Crystal Star
Vonda McIntyre
Bantam Spectra paperback
Princess Leia's children have been kidnapped while Solo and Luke are out looking for a lost group of Jedi.
[Cover] [Birthright] Spider's Test
Dixie Lee McKeone
TSR paperback
It's volume four in the Birthright series.
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Art: Ciruelo Cabral
Into the Forge (Hel's Crucible Duology, Book One)
Dennis McKiernan
Roc (reprint, paperback, 410 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: September 1, 1998 (First Printing: September, 1997)

Another novel set on the world of Mithgar from the author of The Dragonstone and The Eye of the Hunter. The first book of the Hèl's Crucible two-volume set is a story of the Great War of the Ban, a war which swept over much of Mithgar. In these two volumes we see the war from the viewpoint of two "ordinary" folk, Tipperton Thistledown and Beau Darby, swept into the conflict against an ancient, evil sorcery by events far beyond their control. "Two young wanderers are given a small copper coin by a dying human, who tells them to deliver it "East to Agron" and "warn all", but dies before explaining who they are to deliver it to, and what they are to warn them of. Making matters worse, in order to deliver the message, the pair must pass through a war in the East between the Black Mage Modru and the alliance of free folk opposing him, and end up being drawn into events which threaten to overwhelm them, save for the coin which has much more significance than anyone could imagine."
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Art: Ciruelo Cabral
Into the Fire (Hel's Crucible Duology, Book Two)
Dennis McKiernan
Roc (hardcover, 472 pages, $23.95 US/$33.99 Can)
Publication date: September 1, 1998

The sequel and concluding volume to the story begun in Into the Forge (below) follows the adventures of Tipperton and Beau, two everyday folks caught up in a war against sorcery, as they brave a number of perils to deliver a mysterious coin to the secretive King Agron. But will their obligations end there, or will honor and duty compell them to participate in the Great War of the Ban at the head of Agron's march against the Black Mage Modru? "The exciting conclusion to the Hèl's Crucible duology. Tipperton and Beau, having delivered a mysterious coin to the reclusive King Agron, discover that the coin is actually a plea for help from King Blaine for aid in the Great War of the Ban."
[Cover] Tales of Mithgar
Dennis L. McKiernan
Roc paperback
Eleven new stories set in the land of Mithgar and the cozy Inn of the One-Eyed Crow.
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Kinuko Y. Craft
Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy
Patricia A. McKillip
Ace (omnibus, trade paperback, 578 pages, $16 US/$23 Can)
Publication date: March 1, 1999

Ace has been reprinting some of the great, neglected classics of SF & Fantasy in omnibus trade paperbacks, and we commend them for it heartily. Last fall it was The Complete Fuzzy and The Warlock in Spite of Himself, this month it's Patricia A. McKillip's high-fantasy Riddle-Master trilogy, complete in one volume for the first time. "For over twenty years, Patricia A. McKillip has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of readers. And although her renowned Riddle-Master trilogy -- The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind -- has been long out of print, it is considered her most enduring and beloved work. Now it is collected in one volume for the first time -- the epic journeys of a young prince in a strange land, where wizards have long since vanished... but where magic is waiting to be reborn."
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Kinuko Y. Craft
Song For the Basilisk
Patricia A. McKillip
Ace (hardcover, 314 pages, $22.95 US/$32.95 CAN)
Publication date: September 1, 1998

A brand new fantasy from the much admired author of numerous fantasy novels, including The Book of Atrix Wolfe, The Sorceress and the Cygnet, Winter Rose, and The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy. "As a young boy without a memory, an isolated school for bards finds and takes in the gifted Rook as one of their won. Tortured by nightmares and haunted by the music of the bards, Rook leaves the only home he has ever known to wander the land of the power-hungry basilisk who had destroyed his family. And, perhaps, to finally find a future in the fulfillment of his forgotten destiny."
[Cover] Winter Rose
Patricia A. McKillip
Ace paperback
Lyrical fantasy from the World Fantasy Award winning author of The Book of Atrix Wolfe.
[Cover] The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Patricia A. McKillip
Ace paperback
The cover alone is worth the price of the book.
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Art: John Clapp
The Stone Fey
Robin McKinley, illustrated by John Clapp
Harcourt Brace (illustrated hardcover, 54 pages, $17 US/$24 Can)
Publication date: October, 1998

We managed to miss this one when it was published last fall, but the alert folks at Harcourt Brace corrected that. McKinley is one of the most popular young adult authors on the block, and her novels -- including Rose Daughter, The Outlaws of Sherwood, and Deerskin -- have leaped age boundaries to win fans of all ages. For The Stone Fey she returns to the world of her early novel The Hero and the Crown to tell a fable of love and loss. Beautifully illustrated with full-color paintings by John Clapp. "Maddy has been roaming the Hills of Damar with her sheep since she was a girl, and the Hills hold everything she desires: her family, her beloved dog, and soon her fiance, Donal, who has been away for a year. But then she finds something else the Hills possess--something that will change her forever. Full color. "
[Cover] The Hero and the Crown
Robin McKinley
Ace trade paper
Anyone who can bring the legend of Robin Hood to life the way Robin McKinley did in The Outlaws of Sherwood deserves your undivided attention. This is one of her most beloved books, the surprising prequel to the fantasy adventure classic The Blue Sword. It follows the early adventures of the King of Damaria's daughter, Aerin, who with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword wins the birthright due her as the daughter a king and a witchwoman of the demon-haunted North. A 1984 ALA Notable Book; a 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and 1985 Newbery Medal Book. "Splendid high fantasy... superb, filled with tender moments, good characters, satisfying action and sparkling dialogue." -- School Library Journal.
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Art: Dennis Lyall
Rose Daughter
Robin McKinley
Ace (reprint, paperback, 292 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998 (First Printing: September, 1997)

This fine work of young adult fantasy was Number Nine in the SF Site 1997 Top Ten list, a winner with young readers and adults alike. Nearly two decades ago McKinley authored Beauty, a splendid re-telling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Now she's returned to the same story, but with a very different perspective. "In a fresh retelling of Beauty and the Beast, by the critically acclaimed author of Beauty, Beauty enters a terrifying new world, finding comfort in the palace's stunning greenhouse and restoring life to the Beast's lonely home." From the author of The Outlaws of Sherwood.
Review by Margo MacDonald
[Cover] The Door in the Hedge
Robin McKinley
Ace
The door in the hedge leads into the lands of Faery, where some of the most famous -- and infamous -- fairy tales in history are re-told. It's a world both more beautiful and more dangerous than the tales of our childhood have prepared us for.
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Souls in the Great Machine (The Sage of Greatwinter, Volume 1)
Sean McMullen
Tor (hardcover, 432 pages, $27.95 US)
Publication date: June, 1999

Sean McMullen is best known in North America as the author of The Centurion's Empire, published by Tor last year. But he's also one of Australia's leading SF authors, and a three-time winner of the Australian Science Fiction Award, and the author of six books published internationally. "In Sean McMullen's glittering, dynamic, and exotic world two millennia from now, there is no more electricity, wind engines are leading-edge technology, librarians fight duels to settle disputes, steam power is banned by every major religion, and a mysterious siren "Call" lures people to their death. Nevertheless, the brilliant and ruthless Zarvora intends to start a war in space against inconceivably ancient nuclear battle stations. Unbeknownst to Zarvora, however, the greatest threat to humanity is neither a machine nor a force but her demented and implacable enemy Lemorel, who has resurrected an obscene and evil concept from the distant past: Total War."
[Cover] The Centurion's Empire
Sean McMullen
Tor (hardcover, 383 pages, $24.95 US/$34.95 Canada)
Publication date: July 16, 1998

Australian Sean McMullen is probably best known for his "medieval cyberpunk" novel Voice in the Light, as well as the award-winning Mirrorsun Rising. He dips into the well of historical SF once again with the tale of a time-travelling Roman centurion named Vitellan, a member of the secretive Temporian order of first century Rome. From the eruption of Vesuvius to 14th century Europe, from Dark Age Britain to Medieval France, Vitellan uses the secret of the Venenum Immortale to sleep his way into the future... until he arrives at last in the 21st century Village Corporate, a bewildered fugitive in a world where minds and memories are bought and sold like books. And worst of all, a deadly enemy from the 14th century is still very much alive... and closing in.
[Cover] Blood Relations
Clare McNally
Tor
Mass market original in the gothic horror tradition of V.C. Andrews. When a chance encounter leads Grace to Veronica, the rich widow who gave her up for adoption decades ago, she is thrilled. But there's something strange about Veronica and the large estate where Grace and her family take up residence for the summer.
 
With Full Honors
Donald E. McQuinn
Ballantine Del Rey paperback
A story of one soldier's loyalty as an interstellar empire faces rebellion. From the author of Wanderer, Warrior, and Witch.
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[Cover] Witch
Donald E. McQuinn
Del Rey paperback
The third in a series that includes Warrior and Wanderer. Post holocaust epic fantasy.
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