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Robert Silverberg
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Amy Halperin
Far Horizons: The Great Worlds of Science Fiction
editor
Avon Books (hardcover, 482 pages, $27.50/$39.50)
Publication date: May 4, 1999

Now this really looks interesting. Silverberg's epic anthology of last year, Legends, was a treat for fantasy fans everywhere, with original novellas set in many of today's most popular fantasy worlds. Now he does the same for science fiction fans with a thick collection of original work from eleven of today's most acclaimed SF authors -- including Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), Anne McCaffrey (The Ship Who Sang), David Brin (Uplift Universe), Joe Haldeman (The Forever War), Greg Bear (The Way), Dan Simmons (The Hyperion Cantos), Ursula K. LeGuin (The Ekumen), Nancy Kress (The Sleepless), Robert Silverberg (Roma Eterna), Gregory Benford (The Galactic Center), and Frederik Pohl (The Heechee).
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Drive Communications
The Avram Davidson Treasury
and Grania Davis
Tor (hardcover, 447 pages, $27.95/$38.95 Can)
Publication date: October 26, 1998

Grania Davis, who co-authored Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty and the recently released The Boss in the Wall with Avram Davidson, here joins with Robert Silverberg to offer a selection of 38 of Davidson's finest short pieces. There are introductions from many of his colleagues (including John Clute, Gregory Benford, Damon Knight, and Ursula K. LeGuin), and two afterwords (both reprints) from Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison. But the real treat here is of course Davidson's fine fiction, including such classics as "Or All the Seas with Oysters" and "Manatee Gal, Won't You Come Out Tonight?" as well as "The Golem," a retelling of the traditional Jewish legend, and "Now Let Us Sleep," a powerful piece on racism. Other classic tales include "Dagon", "The Goobers," "The Tail-tied Kings," and "Take Wooden Indians." Davidson, who died in 1993, won awards in almost every category open to a genre writer, including a Hugo, an Ellery Queen, an Edgar, and a Howard, and was editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from 1962 - 64.
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Legends
editor
Tor (hardcover, 608 pages, $27.95 US)
Publication date: August 25, 1998

Subtitled Stories by the Masters of Modern Fantasy, this is the most exciting book to arrive in our offices in some time. It's a collection of eleven original short novels, written by the some of the greatest fantasy writers on the market, all of which take place in their respective authors' most famous fictional worlds. In short, it's an appetizer platter that allows you to sample eleven of today's most popular fantasy series in one package, with handy series summations from editor Silverberg, thirty pages of maps and art, and a color plate from artist Michael Whelan. This may well be the most important book of the fall. The contributors are: Stephen King, with a haunting tale of Roland the Gunslinger from his Dark Tower series; Terry Pratchett, who presents a tale of a magical contest run amok (Diskworld); Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth) reveals the origin of the Boundary between the worlds; Orson Scott Card provides a sample of his Alvin Maker series with a story of Alvin's encounter with the "Grinning Man"; Ursula LeGuin (Earthsea) offers the story of a woman who dreams of learning magic; Anne McCaffrey (Dragonriders of Pern) tells us about the "Runner of Pern"; Robert Silverberg (Majipoor) returns to the world of Lord Valentine in an epic tale called "The Seventh Shrine"; George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), with a story set in the world of A Game of Thrones; Raymond E. Feist (Riftwar) with a tale of revenge; Tad Williams returns to his fantasy epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn with "The Burning Man"; and finally Robert Jordan provides a prequel to his enormous saga, The Wheel of Time. Highly recommended.
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Art: Michael Herring
The Alien Years
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 488 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: August 1, 1999 (First Edition: September, 1998)

Robert Silverberg is one of the hardest working authors and editors in the field, with a body of work that grows more impressive each year. He has received more Hugo and Nebula Award nominations than any other writer. The Alien Years, a tale of a half century of alien occupation of earth, is considered one of his finest novels. Don't miss it. "It was the worst of times. Period. Fifteen feet tall and indescribably beautiful -- or unbelievably hideous, depending on your point of view -- the alien invaders treated humankind in the worst way imaginable. They ignored us. They made no attempt to communicate. Walling themselves in impenetrable enclaves, enslaving a few willing collaborators with their telepathic PUSH, they casually plunged the rest of the Earth into a new Dark Age without electricity. Our few pathetic attempts at fighting back resulted in murderous plagues and mass executions. The Entities' silent message was clear: We were allowed to live, but no longer as a dominant species. But a few refused to believe. A few held out hope. Among them were the Carmichaels, a far-flung family of aviators, soldiers, misfits, hustlers, and hackers. As the world darkened into chaos around them, they gathered in their enclave in the hills of Santa Barbara to keep the idea of resistance alive."
Review by Greg L. Johnson
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Art: Jim Burns
Sorcerers of Majipoor (The Majipoor Chronicles, Volume 4)
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 611 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 1998

The long-awaited prequel to Silverberg's classic Lord Valentine's Castle, the first novel in The Majipoor Chronicles, set on a fantastic planet more than ten times the diameter of Earth. It is a thousand years before Lord Valentine, and a time of great change. The aged Pontifex Prankipin, who brought sorcery and prosperity to the land, is dying. His designated replacement, Coronal Lord Confalume, begins the Funeral Games before his own replacement is chosen. By law and custom, his son Korsibar cannot rule. But Korsibar has his own ambitions. And the whispered words of a visiting oracle tell him his destiny is "to shake the world!" "Plotted like a Shakespearean play.... With a brand new cast of characters and engaging conflicts of heart and soul." -- San Antonio Express News. The other novels in the series are The Mountains of Majipoor, Majipoor Chronicles, Valentine Pontifex, and the upcoming Lord Prestimion.
[Cover] The Fantasy Hall of Fame
editor
HarperPrism trade paper
Ah, nothing like the promising thud of a thick anthology at your doorstep to alter the course of your day. When this book arrived I took a minute to glance through the table of contents before cataloging it... and by the time I came up for air the morning was gone, the mail was unanswered, and my two-year-old son had bolted off the lawn and explored four blocks west, where he was kindly stopped by a curious stranger. Needless to say the afternoon was spent in different pursuits, but the book still rests on the corner of the desk and entices me with a virtual buffet of superb stories from thirty of the most famous writers in the genre. Selected by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, these are considered by today's writers to be the finest and most influential tales of fantasy in the last half century. It's tough to argue with their selection, but you can if you must -- that's part of the fun.
Starborne
Bantam Spectra
To rekindle the dying spirit of humanity, Earth sends out a colony ship to secure the challenges of a new world. Linked telepathically across the void of "nospace" by twin sisters, the Wotan discovers more than they bargained for when the link is inexplicably severed. From the author of Lord Valentine's Castle and Hot Sky at Midnight.
[Cover] Majipoor Chronicles
HarperPrism paperback
This direct sequel of linked stories to Lord Valentine's Castle has the young street urchin Hissune entering the Labyrinth--a Library of memory cubes where he can relive the lives of Majipoor's famous inhabitants.
[Cover] Valentine Pontifex
HarperPrism paperback
A reissue of the novel sequel to the classic Lord Valentine's Castle - very nice to see it back in print again.
[Cover] The Mountains of Majipoor
Bantam Spectra paperback
Return to the world of Lord Valentine's Castle as Prince Harpirias journeys into the frozen mountains of Majipoor in search of a lost party of paleontologists.
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