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Apacheria
Jake Page
Del Rey (paperback, 342 pages, $5.99 US/$6.99 Canada)
Publication date: April 1998

Another alternate history from the publisher who's practically patented it. "In 1884 only one thing stood in the way of United States expansion: the Apaches. The US Army believed it could easily defeat this ragtag band of savages who viewed one another more as rivals than allies. But one of those 'savages' was a military genius: Juh, 'He Who Sees Ahead.' It was Juh's vision that persuaded the various tribal leaders to set aside their differences and work together, thus turning the disconnected bands of warring Apaches into the most cohesive fighting force the West had ever seen -- and crushing the invading army. Thus was born Apacheria -- the Apache Nation -- and a world where Juh and his son, Little Spring, matched wits and weapons with a cast ranging from Teddy Roosevelt and Carrie Nation to Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover. A world where it was best to stand with the Apaches, and never against them..." From the author of the Mo Bowdre southwestern mystery series (The Stolen Gods, The Deadly Canyon).
The New Life
Arhan Pamuk
Farrar Straus Giroux hard cover

 
[Cover] Battletech 33: Exodus Road
Elaine Pardoe
Penguin/Roc
From the author of Impetus of War (Battletech 30) comes the first book of the Twilight of the Clans series, featuring a surprising shakeup of the Inner Sphere and Clan-controlled periphery. "For one devoted warrior of Clan Smoke Jaguar, the disgrace at the battle of Tukayyid scarred him for life. And it is this tragedy that will change the universe forever!"
Battletech 30: Impetus of War
Elaine Lee Pardoe
Penguin/ROC paperback
The Truce of Tukayyid is no more than a lull in the galactic storm, and the Draconis Combine don't intend to wait for someone else to break it. Stirling's Fusiliers are dispatched to retake a world on the Periphery, but what they find arrayed against them is no ordinary garrison Cluster. The latest Battletech novel offers the usual thrills of far future mechanized warfare based on the innovative FASA gaming system.
 
Celestis
Paul Park
Tor trade paper
The latest literary SF from the author of The Starbridge Chronicles. A colony on an alien world is divided by racial strife, and a human diplomat is taken hostage by alien rebels. Hope and tragedy both loom when he falls in love with one of his alien captors.
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Hand of Prophecy
Severna Park
Avon/Eos (reprint, paperback, 307 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: January 5, 1999 (First Edition: March 1998)

Park's last novel, Speaking Dreams, made our Best of 1997 list. Her latest is set in the same universe, a place where cruel Faraqui slavers dominate much of the galaxy. "A galaxy whirls in conflict as tyrant slavers prepare to reclaim the frontier planets wrested from them generations ago. Living on one of the forfeited worlds they covet most is Frenna, bred for bondage and given a virus that guarantees two decades of youth for servitude, followed by an agonizing death. But then she learns an amazing secret: the end is not inevitable. There is an escape. An antidote. A cure. Yet Frenna's escape is into an exotic, bloodswept world, a fierce arena where muscled slaves wage brutal battles for their masters' amusement. Frenna has become a medic: her job is to administer a mercifully quick end to the mortally wounded. But she still carries the secret of freedom. And as warships arrive in conquest, this last hope must survive in a murderous domain of monstrous holograms and irresistible deadly potions. In the final frenzy, sisters and lovers, killers and saviors, all will be swept together in a maelstrom of annihilation survival -- and redemption."
Review by Thomas Myer
[Cover] Speaking Dreams (reprint)
Severna Park
AvoNova
Costa is a female breeder and runaway, sold into the reluctant service of the beautiful Emirate diplomat Mira LoDire. But Costa's disturbing visions may be the key to finally ending the ruthless domination of the Faraqui slavers. With a three-way interstellar war brewing in the background, it is the developing love between mistress and slave may be the element to shift the balance.
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Countdown #1: January
Daniel Parker
S&S/Aladdin (paperback, 137 pages, $1.99/$2.99 Can)
Publication date: December, 1998

I've been a little disappointed at how quickly the Millennium Apocalypse sub-genre seems to be petering out. Early in the year it showed real promise, with books like Mark Fabi's Wyrm and Elizabeth Hand's Glimmering. It's starting to show a second wind in the Young Adult market though, with books like Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville's terrific Apocalypse Summer, and now S&S/Aladdin have announced an ambitious new 12-part series, to be published once a month starting in January. When a particularly gruesome man-made plague wipes out everyone over twenty, a small number of teen survivors find themselves faced with an even greater evil. Shades of Stephen King's The Stand, Star Trek's "Miri", and even Marilyn Kaye's ongoing Last on Earth series? Maybe, but that doesn't mean it won't be cool. "After everyone on Earth over twenty dies, the Visionaries, a handful of teenagers hearing voices and seeing visions, gravitate towards the Chosen One, the only hope of stopping an awakened female Demon."
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Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent
Lara Parker
HarperPrism (paperback, 516 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: November 5, 1998

Boy, I have only the vaguest memories of the Dark Shadows TV series as a child. If it was before your time (and you missed its brief return to television last year), all you really need to know is that Dark Shadows was a 60s soap opera -- excuse me, "daytime drama" -- with gothic roots, which eventually became the ongoing saga of the vampire Barnabas, and his relationship with the witch Angelique (if that seems a little improbable, even for a daytime drama, then blame it on thirty year-old memories). Now the actress who portrayed Angelique, Lara Parker, has crafted a tale which not only reveals the origins of Barnabas and Angelique's relationship in Martinique, but begins a new tale of romance and supernatural suspense which picks up in the summer of 1971, where the series left off. Lara Parker has had almost three decades to mull on the life story of the character she played on the television series, and it seems to show.
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Art: Julie Bell
Timecop: Viper's Spawn
Dan Parkinson
Del Rey (paperback, 250 pages, $5.99 US/$6.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998

First novel based on the Universal Television Series inspired by the successful Jean-Claude Van Damme film, in turn based on characters created by Mike Richardson & Mark Verheiden of Dark Horse Comics (*whew*). Parkinson is also the author of the Del Rey novel The Whispers, which doesn't appear to be based on anything. "There are rumors that the Nazis have successfully unlocked the secrets of time travel. Now TEC agent Jack Logan must discover the terrifying truth... It's 2007, and the Time Enforcement Commission's every move is being scrutinized by someone in another timefield, someone who's playing hell with the future by planting time bombs in the past. Finding the malevolent enemy is a job for TEC's top cop -- Jack Logan. Logan mounts a quest in which he combats killers, thieves, pirates, slavers, and zealots in a variety of exotic and deadly places, from Nazi torture chambers to Spanish galleons loaded with Inca gold. Until finally he breaks into the Viper's Nest itself and confronts the kingpin of evil: a despot determined that Logan and his partner will never again see the light of day--in any year."
[Cover] The Whispers (The Gates of Time, Book 1)
Dan Parkinson
Del Rey (paperback, 275 pages, $5.99 US/$6.99 Canada)
Publication date: April 1998

"It is a fateful day when Lucas Hawthorn awakes in his own home to find Edwin Limmer standing before him. Lucas first met old man Limmer back in 1952. Only now Limmer is much younger -- and the idea that someone can actually age backward in time is almost too much for Lucas and his wife, Maude, to handle. But Limmer is here to turn the Hawthorns' Kansas home into a time-travel depot for the Whispers, mysterious beings from the future. The Whispers mission? To find the beginning of time. So the Hawthorns land smack-dab in the middle of a drama that spans history, past and future: from ancient Troy to colonial Kentucky to a Camelot of the next millennium, where a murderous tyrant thirsts for immortality. He just needs time..." The start of an epic and funny new SF series from the author of the TSR novels The Gates of Thorberdin, The Gully Dwarves, and The Swordsheath Scroll.
[Cover] Dragonlance: The Gully Dwarves
Dan Parkinson
TSR paperback
It's volume five in the Lost Histories series.
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Jody Lee
The Granite Shield (Tales of the Branion Realm, Book 3)
Fiona Patton
DAW (paperback, 512 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Cab)
Publication date: June 1, 1999

Patton seems to be writing this fantasy series backwards. First came The Stone Prince (1997), and then its prequel, The Painter Knight (June 1998), set two hundred years earlier. Now comes the third novel, set before them both. "A prequel to The Stone Prince and The Painter Knight, The Granite Shield is an equally rich action- and conflict-packed novel, replete with battles, politics, religious and Court intrigues, and focusing around a family gifted with the magic of the Flame, a power which can give its wielder the world or consume him."
[Cover] The Painter Knight
Fiona Patton
DAW paperback
The author of last year's The Stone Prince presents her second novel. "Two hundred years before the events of The Stone Prince, Branion is besieged by a civil war, and only Simon, Court Painter and closest friend of the kingdom's ruler, can find the courage to rescue a young child -- the heir to the Flame -- from becoming a victim in the family power struggle."
[Cover] The Stone Prince
Fiona Patton
DAW paperback
Crown Prince Demnor must overcome traitors within his own court as well as deal with the ever-growing rebel forces, while somehow also mastering the birthright power which could be his doom. Sounds like he needs a vacation.
[Cover] Fire Arrow (The Second Song of Eirren)
Edith Pattou
Harcourt Brace hard cover
Harcourt Brace/Magic Carpet is quietly publishing some of the finest fantasy adventure tales on the market, and May sees nearly half a dozen fresh examples. It begins with Fire Arrow, the sequel to Hero's Song (below). While on the trail of her father's murderers, the young archer Breo-Saight simultaneously discovers both her unusual birthright, a magical arrow, and the sinister deeds of an evil, one-eyed sorcerer.
[Cover] Hero's Song (The First Song of Eirren)
Edith Pattou
Harcourt Brace/Magic Carpet paperback
Young Collun is a gardener, not a warrior. But his sister has gone missing, and he cannot sit still. To find her he enlists the aid of a group of friends -- including Talisen, an aspiring bard, and Brie the warrior maiden. But soon Collun discovers his sister's disappearance is only one of many sinister events, and that he and his band are up against a foe greater than any they could have imagined: Medb, the Queen of Ghosts.
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The Book of the Spear (The Hallowed Isle, Book 2)
Diana L. Paxson
Avon/Eos (trade paperback, 200 pages, $10 US/$14.50 Can)
Publication date: April 6, 1999

Second volume in a new Arthurian series from the author of The Dragons of the Rhine and The White Raven. "A Saxon of royal blood, Oesc has fled the drowned, doomed country to which he is heir in order to claim rich lands in Britannia. Though sworn to the spirits of his new home, he truly serves an older god...and a darker sorcery: the power of the Spear. But the Spear's magic is opposed by that of the Sword of Rome, a weapon now wielded by young King Artor, and before him by Artor's father Uthir. In Uthir's hand, the blade slew Oesc's own father, and now vengeance burns fiercely in Oesc's heart--a lust for revenge that could destroy a greatness before it fully flowers. Destiny lies in the clashing of magic steel. The hope of all Britain rests in the hands of the warrior sons."
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The Book of the Sword (The Hallowed Isle, Book One)
Diana L. Paxson
Avon/Eos (trade paperback, 181 pages, $10 US/$13 Can)
Publication date: January 5, 1999

The beginning of a new trilogy of Arthurian fantasy by the author of The Lord of Horses, The White Raven, and The Serpent's Tooth. "Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel -- Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess -- to call upon the Spirit of War and Justice to deliver a champion who will unite the broken land. It is from Argantel's ancient and royal blood that the hero will spring; his sword will be forged from star-steel by ancient spells, carried by soldier-priests from the steppes of Asia to the edges of the Empire. Only one man can wield this holy steel, aided by the wizard Merlin, whose heritage is a magic wilder still. Only one man can free the sword from its prison of stone. Artor, a fosterling of unknown parentage. The promised High King.
[Cover] The Lord of Horses
Diana L. Paxson
Avon Books paperback
Though Gudrun grieves the death of her husband, the legendary warrior, Sigfrid Sigmundson, she must wed again to ensure the survival of her tribe. But where will her union with Attila, destined to be Khan of Khans, lead?
 
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Art: Jim Carroll
The Blood Jaguar
Michael H. Payne
Tor (hardcover, 256 pages, $22.95/$31.95 Can)
Publication date: December 7, 1998

Payne is the author of a number of short stories published in major SF magazines, but his unusual volume is his debut novel. "It is a different world. It's North America, but very little of what you know is the same. The sun still shines and the grass still grows, but there are no people. There are, or perhaps there aren't, twelve Curials -- kit fox, dolphin, raven, lioness, and the rest--who intervene in the lives of the inhabitants. There are the inhabitants, a myriad of animals: mice, otters, meekrats, and buffalo, to name a few. They live in their towns and cities, pursuing their various occupations, having occasional celebrations...and now and then they live in fear. In fear of the Blood Jaguar, the thirteenth Curial, who returns from time to time and visits a horrible plague on the world, nearly killing it entirely. At such times, a fisher, a skink, and a bobcat are somehow impelled to go on a quest to stop her. They always fail. There is no reason to think this time, of all times, Bobcat will somehow not fail. "
Through a Brief Darkness
Richard Peck
Penguin/Puffin paperback
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Art: Peter Bollinger
The Change (The Outer Limits, Book 12)
John Peel
Tor Kids! (trade paperback, 118 pages, $3.99/$4.99 Can)
Publication date: June 18, 1999

The Tor Kids! paperback imprint continues with its line of quality media tie-ins based on one of the best late-late shows in the biz, The Outer Limits. "The space research station where Lucas Wright and his family live has been invaded by a dangerous alien that is abducting members of the station team and his family. Lucas finds the victims imprisoned in a series of strange cocoons, each undergoing a slow metamorphosis. Lucas has precious little time before he, too, undergoes the change."
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Peter Bollinger
The Payback (The Outer Limits, #11)
John Peel
Tor Kids! (trade paperback, 112 pages, $3.99/$4.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999

Okay, The Outer Limits is one of my guilty pleasures. It's dopey, sure, but it's often cleverly scripted, nicely acted and produced, and waaaayyy into the red on the cheese-o-meter. For a late late SF TV show, I don't think you could ask for much better. "When the pets in her neighborhood suddenly go on a rampage, it's Devra Thomas who ends up in the doghouse. It seems a group of primates in a "brain enhancement" experiment have escaped from a nearby research facility. Somehow they are passing on their enhanced brains to all the other animals, and they want their revenge for all the years of humiliation at the hands of their human masters. "
Star Trek, the Next Generation #44: Death of Princes
John Peel
Pocket paperback
Forty-four books is a lot, even for a Star Trek series.
 
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Kinuko Y. Craft
Dust
Charles Pellegrino
Avon (reprint, paperback, 450 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999 (First Edition: March 1998)

The first novel from the author of Return to Sodom and Gomorrah was extremely well received in our offices -- garnering a number of votes for best book of the tear. Creepy fun for the apocalyptic pessimist in us all. "Set in the not-too-distant future, the story starts out with a deadly "Jaws"-like attack by mites on the unsuspecting town of Long Beach, Long Island, and then moves to other locations throughout the world where swarms of bats start attacking humans, acres upon acres of crops shrivel up and die, outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease abound and animals begin dying off; all of which combine to lead to the gradual yet swift breakdown of society--and all-out chaos. Now it's up to a Brookhaven Laboratories paleobiologist and a ragtag group of survivors to find a way to stop the plague before the world as they know it crumbles."
Review by Alexander von Thorn
[Cover] The Faces of Fantasy
Patti Perret
Tor hard cover and trade paper
A photographic collection of 100 fantasy authors snapped by Saturday Night Live staff photographer, Perret. Each photo is off set by comments from the individual authors and the collection includes a historical introduction by editor Terri Windling. Very similar in format to The Faces of Science Fiction published about ten years ago.
[Cover] [DragonLance] Theros Ironfeld
Don Perrin
TSR paperback
It's volume four of The Warriors Series by the co-author of The Knights of the Black Earth (with Margaret Weis).
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Art: John Bolton
Aliens: Berserker
S.D. Perry
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 228 pages, $4.99 US/$6.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 10, 1998

By the author of Aliens: Labyrinth and Virus comes another volume adapted from the Dark Horse comic of the same name. The Berserker Unit is a ragtag collection of cons who have shortened their incarceration time by debugging -- clearing out Alien nests throughout space. Their extermination process depends on Max the Berserker, a mindless, near lifeless man whose armoured suit of destruction is the most powerful debugging device known. When their ship is sent to the massive space station D.S. 949, the team discovers the largest alien hive in history, with nearly a thousand helpless humans cocooned and incubated. Their mission: to destroy the hive and leave the station intact... nothing short of suicide. Which is exactly the way the Company wants it -- with no witnesses left to the terrifying secret of D.S. 949.
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Gerber Studio
Underworld (Resident Evil, Book 4)
S.D. Perry
Pocket (paperback, 244 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: May 11, 1999

Like Caliban Cove, the second in the series, Underworld is an original novel set in the world of the Resident Evil game. "Umbrella has secrets. Beneath the deserts of the American Southwest, one of the company's most elaborate facilities is about to go online. Somewhere inside may also be the key to stopping Umbrella once and for all... if Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Rebecca Chambers, and their friends can survive the genetically engineered horrors awaiting them below the sun-scorched Earth."
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Gerber Studio
City of the Dead (Resident Evil, Book 3)
S.D. Perry
Pocket (paperback, 338 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: May 11, 1999

A novelization of the events of the Resident Evil 2 computer and video game. Am I bad to think these are cool? Have I lost any basic sense of discretion? Or is there just an inherent coolness to anything dealing with zombies, women, and advanced weaponry? "A rookie cop and a resourceful young woman in search of her brother venture into Raccoon City on the very night that a horrifying viral outbreak has transformed every man, woman, and child into one of the living dead." Talk about lousy timing. "Raccoon City" -- I told you these were cool.
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Virus
S.D. Perry
Tor (paperback, 248 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998

S.D. Perry is quite possibly the most prolific author at work in the field at the moment, with four original paperbacks hitting the shelves in the last three months alone (Aliens: Berserker, two Resident Evil novels, and now this). She seems to have an affinity for Dark Horse Comics properties, as well. This one is based on the upcoming Universal Pictures release based on the screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer and Dennis Feldman based on a Dark Horse Comics mini-series by Chuck Pfarrer (*Whew*). If it helps at all, the comic was top notch. "Somewhere is the South Pacific, a fierce typhoon strikes an American tug and its desperate crew. Barely surviving the storm, the crew comes upon the "Volkov", a high-tech Russian warship appears to be strangely deserted -- but the ship is not as deserted as it seems."
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Art: Gerber Studio
Caliban Cove (Resident Evil #2)
S.D. Perry
Pocket (paperback, 242 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: September 8, 1998

S.D. Perry is a real veteran of the media tie-in. Her last novel was Aliens: Berserker, based on a Dark Horse comic inspired by a movie franchise based on the original Alien. Two books based on a zombie video game must've been a snap for this woman. "The first all-original Resident Evil novel bridges the events depicted in the bestselling games games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. In the aftermath of their ordeal, the surviving members of the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad attempt to warn the world about the conspiracy to create terrifying biological weapons."
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Art: Gerber Studio
The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil #1)
S.D. Perry
Pocket (paperback, 262 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: September 8, 1998

Now we're cookin'. A novel of horror/dark fantasy based on the million-selling video game involving zombies, ghouls, heavy munitions, foolish scientists tearing back the veil on what Man Was Not Meant to Know, and one seriously haunted domicile. Okay, it's high in sugar and un-saturated fats, but you just know it's gotta be tasty. "Deployed to investigate the strange goings-on is the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.), an unusual paramilitary response unit boasting an eclectic assortment of mission specialists... But what unfolds as the S.T.A.R.S. penetrate the mansion's long-locked doors is terror beyind their worst nightmares."
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Art: John Bolton
Aliens: Berserker
S.D. Perry
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 228 pages, $4.99 US/$6.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 10, 1998

By the author of Aliens: Labyrinth and Virus comes another volume adapted from the Dark Horse comic of the same name. The Berserker Unit is a ragtag collection of cons who have shortened their incarceration time by debugging -- clearing out Alien nests throughout space. Their extermination process depends on Max the Berserker, a mindless, near lifeless man whose armoured suit of destruction is the most powerful debugging device known. When their ship is sent to the massive space station D.S. 949, the team discovers the largest alien hive in history, with nearly a thousand helpless humans cocooned and incubated. Their mission: to destroy the hive and leave the station intact... nothing short of suicide. Which is exactly the way the Company wants it -- with no witnesses left to the terrifying secret of D.S. 949.
[Cover] Xena: Warrior Princess: Prophecy of Darkness
Stella Howard and S.D. Perry
Boulevard paperback
A 12-year-old prophet has an unsettling vision: a wizard is about to accidently unleash the guardian to the gates of Hades itself, the terrifying three-headed hound Cerberus. Xena and Gabrielle must assist in breaking the spell -- before all Hades breaks loose.
Books by Steve Perry
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Star Trek Cookbook
Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes
Pocket (trade paperback, 317 pages, $20 US/$29.50 Can)
Publication date: January 9, 1999

Believe it or not, there are two Star Trek Cookbooks due this month -- this one, from actor Ethan Phillips ("Neelix") and author William J. Birnes, and a second from Theresa Robberson and Citadel Press (not yet seen). I guess it's something of an overlooked genre. Uh-huh. In any event, the first offering is certainly an attractive volume, with plenty of stills from the show and photos of various dishes -- and, of course, lots of instructions on how to prepare your favorite dishes from all four Star Trek series, from Quadrotriticale Bread to cold Tranya to Potatoes O'Brien. And not to worry -- only earthly ingredients and substitutes are listed, so you don't have to worry about trying to track down Romulan cooking ale.
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David Bowers
The Pearl of the Soul of the World (The Darkangel Trilogy, Bk 3)
Meredith Ann Pierce
Magic Carpet/Harcourt Brace (reprint, paperback, 302 pages, $6/$9 Can)
Publication date: May, 1999 (First Edition: 1990)

First time in paperback for the concluding novel of The Darkangel Trilogy. In the opening volume, The Darkangel, the servant girl Aeriel was forced to choose between destroying her vampire master for his evil deeds, or attempting the extremely dangerous task of saving him for the sake of his beauty and the spark of goodness she'd seen in him. In A Gathering of Gargoyles, Aeriel set out on a dangerous quest to gather the winged steeds that her husband Irrylath and his brothers needed to do battle against the powerful White Witch. In the final volume Aeriel must battle the White Witch herself, with the aid of a single shimmering pearl, to free her husband Irrylath and discover her own destiny.
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Art: David Bowers
A Gathering of Gargoyles (The Darkangel Trilogy, Volume II)
Meredith Ann Pierce
Magic Carpet/Harcourt Brace (reprint, paperback, 333 pages, $6 US/$8 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing 1984)

I remember the fuss when the first volume of The Darkangel Trilogy originally appeared in 1982. Now Magic Carpet is releasing the entire series, in sturdy paperback editions with beautiful new artwork, in six-month intervals. The last volume, The Pearl of the Soul of the World, is due next Spring. You don't know how lucky you are. Back in the old days, we had to wait between volumes. And there wasn't no Internet to buy 'em on, either. No, we had to walk to the bookstore, through six feet of snow, uphill, both ways. "Painfully aware that her husband Irrylath is still not free of the White Witch's spell, Aeriel sets out on a dangerous quest to gather the winged steeds that Irrylath and his brothers need to do battle against the powerful witch."
[Cover] The Darkangel (Darkangel Trilogy, Volume 1)
Meredith Ann Pierce
Harcourt Brace/Magic Carpet paperback
From the author of the Firebringer trilogy comes a re-issue of a beloved tale of vampirism and magic. The slave girl Aeriel is captured by the handsome and terrifying Darkangel and carried to his distant keep -- there to serve his brides, thirteen pitiful creatures who were once beautiful, before the Darkangel drained them. When he has found his final bride, the Darkangel will come fully into his sinister powers. Somehow Aeriel must kill him first, before she too falls under his spell... and comes to love him completely. Followed by A Gathering of Gargoyles and The Pearl of the Soul of the World . "A brilliant fantasy." --The Boston Globe.
The Emperor Mage
Tamora Pierce
Random House paperback
The Realms of the Gods
Tamora Pierce
Random House paperback
Wild Magic
Tamora Pierce
Random House paperback
Wolf-Speaker
Tamora Pierce
Random House paperback
Elfquest: Captives of Blue Mountain
Wendy Pini & Richard Pini
Ace trade paper
Things don't seem to be going too well for the Wolfriders.
Elfquest: Journey to Sorrow's End
Wendy Pini & Richard Pini
Ace
Based on their earlier graphic novels. This is the first full-length novel about the Worfriders.
 
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Art: Michael Whelan
The Complete Fuzzy
H. Beam Piper
Ace (omnibus, trade paperback, 454 pages, $15/$21 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998

Okay, I'll come clean. At one time the Fuzzies were just about my favourite SF Series. The tale of the small aliens and the human who comes to befriend them -- and eventually champion their cause -- probably had a more receptive audience when it was first written thirty years ago than it may find today. But that's no reason to overlook this true classic of what we might now call Young Adult fiction, but which once was SF in the classic adventure tradition. If you haven't read them before, now's your chance to get all three novels on one volume: Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens, and Fuzzies and Other People, the almost legendary "lost manuscript" found after Piper's death. From the author of Federation and Space Viking.
[Cover] Conspiracy
Daniel Pipes
Simon & Schuster/Free Press hard cover
Synopsis: Subtitled "How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where it Came From," this latest book from the author of The Rushdie Affair enters a shadowy world to try and distinguish between real and imaginary conspiracy theories. Was AIDS intentionally inflicted upon blacks by whites? Was JFK assassinated as part of an intricate conspiracy? Pipes traces conspiracy theories through history to show that "Conspiracism" -- genuine and virulent belief in a conspiracy -- dates back to the First Crusade and reached a peak in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, with the focus shifting from the Jews, groups such as Freemasons and the Rosicrucians, and back again. Paranoid is a Style?? Cool.
[Cover] Anarchy Online
Charles Platt
HarperPrism trade paper
Non Fiction. A look at issues in cyberspace, such as free speach and netporn. Since he owns the electronic rights of the book, Charles Platt has distributed the second half of his book online so you can get a pretty good feel for his book. Check out the "excerpt" below.
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Books by Frederik Pohl
[Cover] Temporary Agency
Rachel Pollack
Overlook trade paper
Set in the same alternative world as Unquenchable Fire -- a "spiritually liberated" America where angels and demons abound and witchcraft is a part of everyday life. Shortlisted for the Nebula Award.
[Cover] Tarot Tales
Rachel Pollack and Caitlin Matthews, ed.
Ace paperback
It's a collection of sixteen stories inspired by the tarot from such authors as Michael Moorcock, Gwyneth Jones, R.J. Stewart and Storm Constantine.
[Cover] Shadowrun #25: Shadowboxer
Nick Pollotta
Penguin/Roc paperback
The dwarf mercenary Two Bears is attempting to uncover the meaning behind the mysterious IronHell. Together with his motley and battle-ready companions, he's stumbled on a lot more than he bargained for -- and he's got to unravel the incredible secret of IronHell before it destroys the world. The latest in the series inspired by the fantasy cyberpunk role playing game Shadowrun from FASA.
Almost Adam
Petru Popescu
Avon Books paperback
Something lurks in the ancient forests of East Africa -- something nearly a million years old.
 
[Cover] Starswarm
Jerry Pournelle
Tor hard cover
One of the increasingly rare solo novels from the author of Exiles to Glory and Falkenberg's Legion. Young Kip, a boy living with his uncle at Starswarm Station research outpost, has a secret. He has a voice in his head, a voice that has guided him for as long as he can remember. One day Kip discovers the source of the voice -- an AI chip planted in his head by his long dead parents. And if that secret should come to light, Kip may come face-to-face with the forces that killed them -- and that covet the precious metal in his skull. Bonus space-monster cover.
Books by Tim Powers
Books by Terry Pratchett
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Art: Robert Santora
Secret Passages
Paul Preuss
Tor (reprint, paperback, 341 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998 (First Printing: August, 1997)

A contemporary novel which is just barely SF, featuring characters from Preuss' earlier volume Broken Symmetries. "Anne-Marie, a woman with a past, and her physicist husband Peter, attend a cutting-edge physics conference in Greece, only to be drawn to a fateful rendezvous on the island of Crete, the home of the legendary Minoan civilization and an isle filled with long-hidden treasures. The history of an ancient civilization and the turbulent personal history of one man, the brilliant, brooding older scientist Minakis, collide with a revolutionary physics experiment to create new elements in all their lives." >From the author of Core and Starfire.
review Review by Kim Seidman
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The Extremes
Christopher Priest
St. Martin's Press (400 pages, $24.95 US in hardcover)
Publication date: May, 1999

Christopher Priest's last novel, The Prestige, won both the World Fantasy Award and the James Tait Black Award. His other novels include The Glamour and The Affirmation. His latest is an unusual look at "the human capacity for violence -- and the way society eagerly packages it as entertainment." Teresa Simmon's husband was killed by a Texas spree killer. Recovering on the coast of England, she finds the small village of Bulverton also suffered the horror of a lone gunman -- and on the same day. Her investigation leads her to the virtual-reality world of Extreme Experience... and a brand new technology with devastating effects.
Review by Rich Horton
[Cover] The Prestige
Christopher Priest
Tor trade paper
Winner of the World Fantasy Award in 1995, The Prestige is perhaps author Christopher Priest's (The Glamour, Indoctrinaire) breakout novel. Set in 1878, it's the tale of two dueling stage magicians who clash during a fraudulent seance, and whose escalating rivalry quickly drags them both into webs of deceit and exposure, secrecy and revelation. "A dizzying magic show of a novel... Imagine Possession rewritten by Barbara Vine, or Robertson Davies at his most diabolical. A brilliantly constructed entertainment." -- The Washington Post.
[Cover] Riptide
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Warner (hardcover, 417 pages, $25 US/$29.95 Canada)
Publication date: July 2, 1998

Off the coast of Nova Scotia is a real place called Oak Island, where pirates are believed to have buried a fortune in a brilliantly designed deathtrap. Now the authors of Mount Dragon, The Relic and its sequel, Reliquary, have created a taunt thriller based on the premise of Oak Island. For generations, treasure hunters have tried to unlock the deadly puzzle known as the Water Pit, reputed to house the lost horde of the notorious English pirate, Edward Ockham. The Water Pit is a labyrinth of shafts and tunnels that honeycombs the heart of Ragged Island, Maine -- with an inexplicable ability to kill any who venture inside, from professionals to innocent explorers. But now one man has made a startling discovery: the Water Pit is actually a cleverly designed fortress, conceived for pirates by a famous 17th century architect who hid his plans in code. Now a new expedition has been mounted with state-of-the-art computer technology and backed by millions of dollars. It will all be worth it if the treasure is found... but modern technology may not be enough to overcome the deadly secrets of the water pit.
Mount Dragon (reprint)
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Tor
Mass market medical/biological thriller from the co-authors of Relic. In a top secret lab in the desert of New Mexico called Mount Dragon, research is underway to generate synthetic blood -- an experiment with DNA which may change the definition of "human" forever. Strangely enough, Something Goes Horribly Wrong™. Preston is the brother of Richard Preston, the author of one of the best non-fiction horror novels of the last few years, The Hot Zone, and there's definitely a family resemblance.
 
[Cover] Reliquary
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Tor/Forge hard cover
The newest creepfest from the authors of Relic, just now crawling out of theatres across the country. Museum curator Margo Green once again is drawn into a bizarre case as she investigates the discovery of two skeletons found on the Manhattan shoreline: skeletons with grotesque abnormalities that point to a slumbering nightmare. With a new team at her side, including a police detective, a mysterious Federal agent, and a brilliant scientist, she quickly finds herself in a race against time to prevent another horror from awakening.
[Cover] Relic
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Tor paperback
It's blurbed on the jacket as "Alien meets Jurassic Park". Scary, scary.
[Cover] Secret Passages
Paul Preuss
Tor hard cover
Latest novel of hard science from the author of Broken Symmetries, set on the island of Crete. A tale of "a revolutionary physics experiment, earthquakes, love, loss, and the mysterious history of the physicist, Minakis." Sounds original to us.
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The House on Hound Hill
Maggie Prince
Houghton Mifflin (hardcover, 242 pages, $15 US)
Publication date: September, 1998

"Something is not right in Emily's new house in the historic London neighborhood of Hound Hill. It's not just the hollowed-out treads worn in the crooked wooden stairs or the hearth that survives from the seventeenth century. It has more to do with the sudden appearance of a wild-eyed young man looking for a small kitten with a bent tail. And the discovery of a black rat in the chimney - the same kind of rat that was responsible for the dreaded bubonic plague that killed tens of thousands of Londoners in the 1665 epidemic. A suspenseful tale of mystery, time travel, and the Black Death, the disease that killed almost a quarter of the population of London." >From the author of Rachel on the Run.
Review by Victoria Strauss
The Best of Interzone
David Pringle, ed.
St. Martin's Press hard cover
First US printing. A collection of the best cutting-edge SF from the British magazine Interzone: 28 stories from writer such as Brian Aldiss, J.G. Ballard, Eric Baxter, Thomas M. Disch, Mary Gentle, Ian Lee, and Cherry Wilder.
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Art: Kevin Hawkes
Count Karlstein
Philip Pullman
Knopf (hardcover, 170 pages, $17 US/$22 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998

British novelist Philip Pullman, author of the bestselling The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, arrives on this side of the Atlantic with a Young Adult thriller released sixteen years ago in the UK. The setting is 19th-century Switzerland, where Young Charlotte has been locked in the tower of Castle Karlstein, the spooky home of her evil uncle. It's all Soul's Eve, and in a solemn blood pact Count Karlstein has agreed to sacrifice his two orphaned nieces, Lucy and Charlotte, to Zamiel the Demon Huntsman. But first the count and his henchmen will have to catch the resourceful Lucy, who is being helped by Hildi the maidservant, Sergeant Snitsch, and Doctor Cadaverezzi and his Cabinet of Wonders. A delightful Halloween tale for all ages.
The Golden Compass
Philip Pullman
Del Rey paperback
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