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|Books by Michael A. Stackpole|
Time In Mind|
Kathlyn S. Starbuck
In the Time Before, the people were punished by the Higher Souls for growing away from the land. Plagues decimated the cities and the survivors soon relearned the ancient wisdoms. The Young Ones question the veracity of this history the Elders spout and are severely punished for it. Now two Young Ones must penetrate the Veil of Time to find the Truth. Described as a "New Age Fantasy" (which is???).
Walking to Mercury|
Bantam hard cover
In a prequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk recounts the events that shape the life of Maya Greenwood.
|Books by Christopher Stasheff|
Reprint of the 1984 military SF novel. Planet A-9 was uninhabitable, but it had to be conquored. To do so meant the ultimate battlesuit needed to be designed. Encased in such armor, a man could do almost anything. But there's more to war than battle, and armor like that can do things to a man...
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 424 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999 (First Edition: September 1997)
Steele returns to the Near Space timeline he first created in Orbital Decay, Clarke County Space, and Lunar Descent -- this time for the tale of William Alec Tucker III, spoiled rich kid of the 20th century, who gets kicked into the future courtesy of bad drugs, an eighteen-wheeler, and cryogenics. "Death for William Alec Tucker III is a gateway to the future, and a second chance to accomplish what he's left undone: which is just about everything. Life after death is almost pleasant. Until Alec finds out that he's a pawn in a systemwide struggle for power and embarks on an odyssey of discovery that takes him from the far reaches of the asteroid belt to the fleshpots of Clarke County, Space. And even father, to the beckoning stars." For short fiction fans, this novel has the same setting and characters as his short story "Working for Mr. Chicago."
Review by Steven H. Silver
All-American Alien Boy |
Short story collection from the author of The Jericho Iteration, Orbital Decay, The Tranquillity Alternative, and Lunar Descent. "All-American Alien Boy collects 11 of Steele's most powerful short tales -- including the Hugo Award-nominated story, "The Good Rat." Here Steele, with his endless daring and imagination, explores a strange and wonderful place--our own Earth."
The Tranquillity Alternative|
The Hugo Award-winning author of The Jericho Iteration brings us to the dark side of the moon, where six abandoned missile silos stand forgotten. Until the day they are taken over, and their weapons pointed at Earth.
Shorvald Steen, James Anderson
Sun & Moon Press trade paper
Vol. 132 in the Sun & Moon Classics, from the author of Giovanni.
The X-Files: Empathy|
From the author of The X-Files: Eve comes the fifth novel in the Young Adult X-Files novelization series.
The X-Files: Eve|
Two grisly and identical murders occur simultaneously on both coasts, leaving Mulder and Scully with only one clue: identical twins girls. The case leads them to a DNA-splicing lab and a chilling question: Were the little girls created as killing machines? Mulder and Scully need to find out, before the next crop of killers is created. The latest addition to the Young Adult novelization series.
Cry of the Leopard|
St. Martin's hard cover
A dark fantasy novel from a debut author. The "Leopard Man" was rejected as a child by his mother and tormented by his peers at the orphanage, because of his fangs and dense body and facial hair. Finally he joins a traveling circus, where he meets the "Monkey Men," the "Rubber Man", the "Elephant Lady," -- and Obaman, a black scholar who believes him possessed of special animalistic powers.
Doubleday (hardcover, 384 pages, $23.95 US/$33.95 Can)
Publication date: March 16, 1999
The second novel by the author of The Gemini Man is a modern SF/thriller which introduces safecracker extraordinaire Greg Picaro -- a man in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the middle of a theft, he witnesses a double murder, and in addition to being chased by the highest levels of government he's come into possession of a set of perfect gems... gems which shouldn't exist, and lead him to a kind of technology with only one possible source.
Vampires, Wine and Roses|
John Richard Stephens
Berkley trade paper
It's been a month for good book titles.
Avon Books (hardcover, 928 pages, $29.50/$39.50 Can)
Publication date: May 4, 1999
Holy Cow. The advance proof of this baby is 917 pages, including graphs, charts, equations, and a 7-page afterward on "The Solitaire Encryption Algorithm" by Bruce Schneier. An easy read she's not. Worse, Avon's marketing copy describes it as the "first volume in an epoch-making masterpiece." Yowsah. Still, Stephenson's earlier books -- especially the genre classic and Silicon Valley cult novel Snowcrash, one of the best novels I read in the nineties -- guarantee that legions of readers will line up to take a run at it. A novel of "historical fiction, cryptography, high tech commerce and treasure hunting," the plot follows the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, charged by Allied Intelligence with the secret of the Nazi Enigma code in 1942. It also follows his visionary hacker grandson Randy, who is struggling to establish an unregulated data haven in southeast Asia in 1999 -- and the massive conspiracy that touches both men, a conspiracy that stretches back to the last days of WWII, a sunken Nazi submarine, and the legend of an unbreakable Nazi code named Arethusa.
Review by Kim Fawcett
The Diamond Age|
Bantam Spectra paperback
Paperback reprint of the novel by the author of Snow Crash and Zodiac, it was one of Rodger's favourites for 1995. Neo-victorianism, nanotechnology, accelerated memory enhancements, skateboards, Far Eastern cults, dank basements, pompous bureaucrats - what more do you need for a quiet Sunday read?
|Books by Bruce Sterling|
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Suicide Club|
Robert Louis Stevenson
Penguin/Puffin trade paper
Two classic novels of suspense from one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century.
The Prince and the Pilgrim|
The latest fantasy from the author of the best-selling The Merlin Trilogy. In a corner of King Arthur's Britain, the King of Cornwall murders his brother in a fit of jealousy. The murdered prince's widow flees for her life with her infant son, Alexander. Now grown to manhood, Alexander sets off for Camelot to seek justice from King Arthur... but his path first crosses before the dark tower of the sorceress Morgan le Fay.
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|Books by R.L. Stine|
|Books by S. M. Stirling|
John E. Stith
Tor hard cover
By early in the new millennium humans have explored the outer reaches of our solar system. The only voices to echo through space have been human--until a team of explorers is sent deep into the interior of an enormous alien arrival in our solar system.
Warner Aspect (paperback, 321 pages, $6.50/$8.50)
Publication date: December, 1998
The Warner New Aspect series introduces "first novelists of outstanding talent and potential," according to Aspect Editor-in-Chief Betsy Mitchell. And so far the buzz round short-story author James Stoddard's first book has been pretty good. Yes, it has a dragon on the cover, but we can overlook that this time. The first paragraph reads "The High House, Evenmere, which lifts its gabled roofs among the tall hills overlooking a country of ivy and hawthorn and blackberries sweet but small as the end of a child's finger, has seldom been seen by ordinary men. Those who come here do not do so by chance, and those who dwell here abide long within its dark halls, seldom venturing down the twisting road to the habitations of men..." Okay, sexist language, but otherwise we're intrigued.
Quantum Leap XIII: Angels Unaware|
D. Elizabeth Storm
Teresa barely remembers being visited by an angel in 1981. The angel wore strange clothes and said his name is Al. But it's now 1995, Teresa is no longer a little girl, and she certainly doesn't belive in angels. But it's going to take something akin to a miracle to change the terrible destiny before her.
The Royal Four (The Saga of the One Land, Vol. 2) |
The sequel to last year's The Sacred Seven, Stout's debut novel and a fine romantic fantasy. Jilian the (ex-) mercenary and Nikolis the (ex-) dragon have returned in triumph. But they're not smoothly falling into their new roles as rightful heirs to the throne of the One Land. As Jilian struggles to master her growing magical talent and Nikolis grows accustomed to humanity, they must still prepare for the return of the elfwitch Alvaria.
The Sacred Seven|
Avon Books paperback
A fresh and original fantasy, sporting this month's most striking cover, forms the debut novel of a respected editor in the field. Giants trolls and an Elfwitch threaten the land and the once peaceful relations of humans, dwarves and elves. A young mercenary, her dragon, a dwarf and a spy join forces to save the land from destruction.
Matthew Woodring Stover
Del Rey (reprint, paperback, 535 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 1, 1999 (First Edition: August 1998)
The third novel from Stover, author of Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, was one of the most popular adventure novels in our offices in 1998. "Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. Yet he is shackled by a rigid caste society, bound to ignore the grim fact that he kills men on a far-off world for the entertainment of his own planet -- and bound to keep his rage in check. But now Michaelson has crossed the line. His estranged wife, Pallas Rill, has mysteriously disappeared in the slums of Ankhana. To save her, he must confront the greatest challenge of his life: a lethal game of cat and mouse with the most treacherous rulers of two worlds." Includes an exclusive interview with the author.
Review by Regina Lynn Preciado
Jericho Moon |
Matthew Woodring Stover
Roc trade paper
The sequel to the Iron Dawn, a well-received novel of magic, intrigue and adventure from 1997 featuring a very unusual couple. Just a little off the beaten fantasy track, but perhaps that's what you're looking for.
Matthew Woodring Stover
Penguin/Roc trade paper
New fantasy in trade format from newcomer Stover.
The Hellfire Club|
A horror novel with a strong female protagonist from the author of Floating Dragon and The Throat. Four wealthy, middle-aged women in Westerholf, Connecticut suburb have been murdered and Nora Chancel fears she may be next. But the police suspect that she is involved until Dick Dart, recently arrested as the suspected killer, abducts Nora for an journey into terror.
The Arm of the Stone |
Fourth novel from the SF Site's own Victoria Strauss, author of Guardian of the Hills, Worldstone, and The Lady of Rhuddesmere. Ages ago the Stone, the most sacred and powerful artifact in the world, was wrested from its Keeper by treachery -- and used to sunder the two worlds of Mind and Hand, and subjugate the domain of Mind. But according to an ancient tale, a descendant of the original Keeper will liberate the gem from its black-walled prison, overthrow the evil Arm of the Stone, and restore harmony between the worlds. The tale has been told now for over a thousand years, and most have forgotten it. But not all...
edited by Whitley Strieber
Pocket (paperback, 459 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 4, 1999
Horror author Whitley Strieber famously claimed to have been abducted by aliens in his series of non-fiction books that began with Communion: A True Story. Here, in conjunction with the Horror Writers Association, he goes back to the well again, this time with an original anthology of stories on the theme of "abduction, revelation, and terror." "Esther Friesner witnesses four women sharing their very different close encounters in "Jolene's Motel." David Silva explores a town's decimation by one very voracious visitor in "Nothing As It Seems." P.D. Cacek inhabits the body of an accident victim who feels the inexplicable spark of alien life. Plus 18 other masterworks harvested by the Horror Writers Association."
Evenings with Demons: Stories From 30 Years|
Borderlands Press hard cover
From the author of Communion and Majestic.
Star Wars and Drew|
FPG hard cover and trade paper
Art book from the illustrator of Traveling Again, Dad?
St. Martin's Press (hardcover, 383 pages, $24.95 US/$33.99 Can)
Publication date: October 29, 1998
A contemporary thriller of loss, love, and witchcraft from the author of Light in Summer. Imogen Lacey fled to a village in northern England after the death of her husband, there to find a community where she could put her life back together again. Soon she even begins to notice the men of the village -- and they her. But there are other things she notices as well, including the ancient stone circle on nearby Haraldstone Hill, the center of ago-old myths and mystery. And the strange group of women who are shunned by the others in the town...
Dreaming in Smoke |
Bantam Spectra paperback
Tricia Sullivan's previous novel, Lethe, won her a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. With last year's Someone to Watch Over Me she built on her reputation with a taut story of futuristic intrigue. With Dreaming in Smoke she spins a tale of scientists sent to study a primitive planet. When their AI system -- the only thing keeping them alive in a grim environment inimical to human life -- begins to crash, a handful realize that they're up against a collective alien intelligence, one they may not live to understand.
Someone to Watch Over Me|
Second novel from the author of Lethe, which won her a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer for 1996. In the near future the ultimate form of prostitution is Watching -- inhabiting the bodies of well-paid hosts via a satellite link. Adrian Reyes is a host for an enigmatic Watcher named C, who has developed the ability to not only watch and communicate with Adrian, but to take over control as well. Soon Adrian wants out. But C wants out as well -- out of a paralyzed body and into a normal one. The race is on.
|Books by Mark Sumner|
Extreme Zone: Common Enemy|
The Extreme Zone series has received praise from a number of sources. Maybe it's time you checked it out. "Scott and Kenyon join Harley in a search for Scott's girlfriend Chloe. Meanwhile, various factions are still trying to use Noah's paranormal abilities to open a door between this world and another. With Noah occupied elsewhere, is Harley ready to admit how she feels about the dark, brooding Kenyon?" Book five in the series.
The Lantern Bearers |
FSG/Sunburst trade paper
Sutcliff won the Carnegie Medal for this book in 1959. Not really fantasy on the surface, but certainly an interesting historical adventure that will appeal to our audience. It is AD 450 and the last Roman Auxiliaries are setting sail to leave Britain forever. Aquila, a young officer, fights to keep alight the lantern of civilization in the dark days of the barbarian invasions. Instead of leaving, Aquila decides that his loyalties lie with Britain, and he joins the forces of the Roman-British leader Ambrosius to fight against the Saxon hordes. "A spellbinding historical adventure . . . Smoothly written, fast-paced, remarkable in the atmosphere it evokes." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. An ALA Notable Book.
The Shining Company |
FSG/Sunburst trade paper
First published in 1990, and part of the same sequence as The Lantern Bearers. "In 600 AD in northern Britain, Young Prosper becomes a shield bearer with the Companions, an army made up of three hundred younger sons of minor kings and trained to act as one fighting brotherhood. The forces of Prince Gorthyn prepare to fight the fierce Saxons gaining strength in the East. Word comes that the Saxons have taken another kingdom, and Prosper, Prince Gorthyn, and his Three Hundred Companions must stop the marauders in an all-out war."
S. Andrew Swann
DAW (paperback, 280 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: April, 1999
Nohar Rajasthan, moreau Private Eye descended from genetically manipulated tiger stock, first appeared in the Moreau trilogy: Forests of the Night, Emperors of the Twilight, and Specters of the Dawn, all set in 21st century Cleveland. It's ten years later, and now he's back. With a big gun. From the author of the Hostile Takeover trilogy.
S. Andrew Swann
"Unable to escape his recurring visions of a fantasy realm called Midland, psychologist Richard Brandon has begun doing research into past life regression by experimenting on himself. What he doesn't realize is that his tests are opening gateways between alternate worlds in which he leads quite different lives--and one thing that all the different Richards have in common is their dreams of this magical place."
Revolutionary: Hostile Takeover #3|
S. Andrew Swann
Sequel to Profiteer and Partisan. Action-packed space opera from the author of The Moreau novels--Forest of the Night, Emperors of the Twilight and Specters of the Dawn.
Avon/EOS (reprint, trade paperback, 337 pages, $12.50 US/$16.50 CAN)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing: September 1997)
Okay, so it lost the Hugo Award this year (to Joe Haldeman, for Forever Peace. Pay attention.) We're still very fond of this original and highly unusual novel from a man known for breaking new ground, the author of The Iron Dragon's Daughter and the Nebula Award-winner Stations of the Tide. "Jack Faust is madly ambitious and brilliantly executed, recasting the entire history of science in a wholly original vision of our culture's central myth of knowledge, power and sorrow" -- William Gibson.
Feature Review by Steven Silver
In the Drift|
A reprint of his first novel from the author of Vacuum Flowers and Stations of the Tide.
Swanwick's second novel, following In the Drift, is now ten years old. An AI net has seized control of Earth and integrated all humanity in its grasp into a malign group mind. The survivors inhabit the teaming colonies of the asteroid belt. Swanwick describes the book as a "space opera, the story of an unconventional love between a man with four totally independent personalities and a woman who has died twice before the novel begins." Tough to resist a description like that, and I'm glad to see this back in print.
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