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[Cover] Batman: The Ultimate Evil
Andrew Vachss
Warner Aspect paperback
Crime novelist Vachss turns his pen to Batman's own origins as the caped crusader battles his own past and Gotham's vicious child prostitution industry.
The World of Darkness: Mage: Mr. Magick
Edo van Belkom
HarperPrism paperback
Based on the dark and powerful role playing series from White Wolf.
 
Dragon Dice: Army of the Dead
Edo van Belkom
TSR trade paper
The sequel to Cast of Fate tells the tale of General Adelric's struggle against a wizard who uses the bodies of fallen soldiers to swell his undead army. Can Adelric gather his forces in time to protect his homeland? Contains a free DRAGON DICE die.
 
DragonLance: Lord Soth
Edo van Belkom
TSR paperback
Soth is Lord of The Death Knights, undead mastermind of the massed forces of evil on Krynn. This is his story. Brrrrrr.
 
[Cover] The Unauthorized History of Trek
James Van Hise
HarperPrism paperback
The stories behind the stories.
[Cover] Three in Space (White Wolf Rediscovery Trio #2)
A.E. Van Vogt, Barry N. Malzberg, and Poul Anderson
White Wolf trade paper
God bless White Wolf for this whole rampant reprint thing. Who else could get away with this. Packaged together under a flimsy marketing umbrella as the second installment of their "Rediscovery Trio" series (the first was Three in Time) are three terrific and wholly-unrelated classics of deep-space SF: The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. Van Vogt (inspiration for the movie Alien), Galaxies by Barry N. Malzberg, and The Enemy Stars by Poul Anderson. A better sample of thrilling early adventure tales you will not find this season. The genre needs more efforts like this. Get out there and buy two copies. And tell your friends.
[Cover] Slan
A. E. van Vogt
Tor (reprint, trade paperback
Tor reprints one of the great pulp SF novels of all time, the 1940 debut novel from the Canadian author of The Weapon Shops of Isher and The World of Null-A. In the 25th century mankind fought the mutant race of telepaths known as slans in a bitter war. In the 30th century, slan Jommy Cross escapes extermination and sets out on a grim voyage to track down other members of his kind who may have survived.
Books by Jack Vance
Books by Vivian Vande Velde
Magic: The Gathering: Dark Legacy
Robert Vardeman
Harperprism paperback
The influence of the trading card game Magic: the Gathering on modern fantasy gaming has been as profound as D&D was twenty years ago. Now its influence reaches into fantasy fiction as well. If you're curious about what all the fuss is about, you could do worse than to start here.
 
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Art: Danilo Ducak
The Golden Globe
John Varley
Ace (hardcover, 425 pages, $22.95 US/$32.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998

Latest novel from one of the brightest stars to emerge in the 70s and early 80s, the author of the Gaia trilogy and Steel Beach. The Golden Globe features, a return to his Eight Worlds universe, set some 500 years in the future -- and the return of Hildy Johnson, protagonist from Steel Beach. "All the universe is a stage, and Sparky Valentine is its itinerant thespian. He journeys through the outlands, where thousands of artificial satellites drift, transforming himself from young to old, fat to thin, man to woman, by altering magnetic implants beneath his skin. Indispensable hardware for a career actor and an interstellar con man wanted for murder - for while Sparky Valentine may have a song in his heart, he also has a price on his head. But his galactic roamings are bringing him closer to home, closer to justice - and closer to the truth of his strange and prolonged existence..."
review Review by Paul J. McAuley
Press Enter
John Varley
SFBC hard cover
Varley won the Hugo award for best novella in 1985 with the title story, a chilling examination of artificial intelligence, and where it might hide. This collection is some of his best work from the eighties.
[Cover] The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire
Mark Cotta Vaz
Del Rey trade paper
It's here, the official guide to the heroes, villains and major combatants.
[Cover] Dreamfall
Joan D. Vinge
Warner Aspect paperback
Cat was once a pawn. Then he was bait. Now he is a scholar, studying the cloud whales of Refuge... until he becomes a target in a ruthless batle for the planet's reefs of pure data that could unlock powerful secrets. By the Hugo award-winning author of The Snow Queen, this is a sequel to two earlier Cat novels, Psion and Catspaw.
[Cover] Psion
Joan D. Vinge
Warner Aspect paperback
The paperback reprint (from trade) of the classic prequel to atspaw, by the author of the Hugo Award-winning Snow Queen.
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Bob Eggleton
A Deepness in the Sky
Vernor Vinge
Tor (hardcover, 608 pages, $27.95/$38.95)
Publication date: March 19, 1999

Vinge isn't extremely prolific, but his unique blend of hard science, attention to alien detail, and old-style space adventure has won him a loyal audience. His most famous novel to date is the Hugo Award-winning A Fire upon the Deep (1992). Set in the same universe, A Deepness in the Sky is a promising feast of a novel, a thick volume with a complex plot and a rich backdrop. "Thirty thousand years before the events of A Fire Upon the Deep, Pham Nuwen is living in anonymity among the Qeng Ho interstellar trading fleet. In high orbit above the planet Arachna, they wait for the awakening of its dormant population, the Spiders, who have burrowed deep into the planet, awaiting the relighting of the On/Off star their planet orbits. For when the light returns, Arachna will at long last explode into a Golden Age of technology and commerce. But the slumbering Spiders' vulnerability has attracted another lurking presence--the Emergents, a band of traders whose plans for Arachna are more sinister than anything the Qeng Ho could envision."
Review by Greg L. Johnson
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Cliff Nielsen
The Red Sky File
Denise Vitola
Ace (paperback, 292 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: April 1, 1999

New novel of mystery and genre suspense from the author of the Hugo Award-nominated Quantum Moon and The Winter Man. "Who -- or what -- cut the throat and took the ears of a sailor on the Black River? That's what District Marshall Ty Merrick and her partner are called in to find out before the red sun rises in the sky again -- and something inhuman rises out of the river's toxic waters."
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Manjinn Moon (Quantum Moon, Book 3))
Denise Vitola
Ace (paperback, 272 pages, $5.99 US)
Publication date: April, 1998

Third SF detective novel featuring lycanthrope marshall Ty Merrick, sequel to Opalite Moon and the Hugo-nominated Quantum Moon. Earth now lies under a single ruler, a cunning dictator who came to power in the twenty-first century. The quality of life has starkly fallen -- power outages are common, and citizens are forced to live in tent cities and cardboard boxes in increasing numbers. The government controls every aspect of life. Marshal Ty Merrick, a government police officer, upholds the law of this government... and every day sees first hand how the people are controlled. "Ty is a 21st-century detective on an Earth choked with corruption, violence and greed. When she investigates the deaths of three intelligence agents, she uncovers an assassin with strange powers and deadly cunning: the Manjinn. Now she must rescue the man she loves from the grip of an enemy more dangerous and terrifying than any she has met."
Opalite Moon Review by Lela Olszewski
[Cover] Opalite Moon
Denise Vitola
Ace
From the author of The Winter Man comes this sequel to Quantum Moon, the near-future mystery werewolf thriller starring Detective Ty Merrick. The near-future mystery werewolf thriller is a hot new genre, apparently. "Under the suspicious eyes of the government, Ty must venture into the frozen fringes of a bankrupt society where a mysterious sect called the Opalite keeps its secrets. Where the natural and supernatural collide. Where only a lycanthrope would feel at home."
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John Jude Palenchar
The White Tribunal
Paula Volsky
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 502 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 10, 1998

Reprint of the well-received fantasy volume from last year, which reviewer Jim Seidman called "a dark, disturbing fantasy... and a captivating book that is very difficult to put down." In the wake of devastating magical wars, Upper Hetzia has outlawed all sorcery. Now, in a reign of terror not unlike the Spanish Inquisition, the White Tribunal hunts down suspected "sorcerers" for torture and eventual death. When Tradain liMarchborg's family is executed on false charges of sorcery, he dedicates his life to revenge. But the price he pays to a genuine sorcerer is high -- his soul. Includes a preview chapter of her upcoming novel The Grand Ellipse, coming in 1999. Volsky's previous work includes The Gates of Twilight, Illusion, and The Wolf of Winter.
Review by Jim Seidman
[Cover] The Gates of Twilight
Paula Volsky
Bantam Spectra paperback
High fantasy set in an exotic land where a young civil servant must discover the secrets of a bloodthirsty cult - and save the daughter of the king.
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Margaret A. Davis
The Atrocity Shop
Kurt von Trojan
Altair Publishing (trade paperback, 172 pages, $8.95/$12.95 Aust)
This novel from Altair Publishing is something of an unusual bird. It's not carried by many North American distributors (or any of the big online booksellers, far as I could tell), which seems a pity. Written some twenty years ago and published now for the first time, the author admits it has a certain retro-future feel, but perhaps that's part of the charm. And yes, that is his backside on the cover. "Bonus Adulator is a man from nowhere. We meet him, sleeping rolled up in a carpet, in a freezing attic; then find him in a luxury penthouse. His sudden affluence comes from the Atrocity Shop and its furtive customers: captains of industry, judges, politicians... meanwhile the strutting Nazi leader Hector Krafft and urban terrorist Carmen Rouge build backyard atomic bombs, even as vested interests manufacture the perfect political candidate."
[Cover] Tesseracts Q
Elisabeth Vonarburg and Jane Brierley, ed.
Tesseracts paperback
Blurbed as The best speculative writing by Quebec authors over the last twenty years, superbly translated into English to reach new readers.
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Art: Dru Blair
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Dominion War, Book Three
John Vornholt
Pocket (paperback, 269 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: November 3, 1998

After the previous books skimped out by two pages, it's a relief to be back to the standard length of 269. Star Trek readers don't like to have their books deviate by that much. "As the Starship Enterprise readies itself for battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard leads a desperate mission of espionage deep into the heart of the hostile Cardassian Empire."
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Art: Dru Blair
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Dominion War, Book One
John Vornholt
Pocket (paperback, 269 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: October 6, 1998

First volume in a new four-book series expanding on the plotline from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and involving the crew of the Enterprise. "From the Gamma quadrant they came -- hordes of fierce Jem'Hadar warriors commanded by the mysterious Changelings, who will stop at nothing to achieve victory over both the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. Now that the Dominion has entered into an unholy alliance with the Cardassian military regime and seized control of Deep Space Nine, Starfleet finds itself fighting a losing war against unbeatable odds. The Enterprise-E is patrolling the Cardassian border, bracing for the joint Dominion-Cardassian offensive that Starfleet knows will come soon, when Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew are reunited with a former crewmate, friend, and enemy: Ro Laren. The onetime officer, who defected from Starfleet to join the rebel Maquis, brings disturbing news. Deep behind enemy lines, the Dominion is attempting to build an artificial wormhole that will allow them to bypass the mined Bajoran wormhole and bring fresh reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant, altering the balance of power irrevocably. If Captain Picard cannot stop the project, the new wormhole will guarantee the ultimate victory of the Dominion."
Star Trek: Mind Meld
John Vornholt
Pocket
When a mind meld with Spock's niece Teska reveals the identity of a deadly assassin, she and Spock become targeted by a Regelian criminal network. With the Enterprise and her crew light years away, they have their work cut out for them. Star Trek novel number 82. 82! That's more than the number of episodes in the original series. Whew.
 
[Cover] Primal Rage: The Avatars
John Vornholt
Boulevard paperback
Based on the, um, video arcade game beat-em-up. Inspiration is an amazing thing.
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