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The Books of 1998, Part I
by John O'Neill

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As noted in this issue's SF Insite column, here at the SF Site we're busily preparing a list of the genre work that most impressed us this year. In the meantime, here's your chance to select the best SF and Fantasy books published in 1998. Below is a list of nearly 800 titles from over thirty publishers with a 1998 publication date -- virtually every book we received in the last twelve months. Those marked with a blue flag have been reviewed by our writers and editors.

Select from this list, or add your own choices, and send your votes by e-mail to john@sfsite.com. And remember to drop by in thirty days to see how well your selections jive with the writers and editors of the SF Site. You know where to find us.


Late December, 1997

Simon & Schuster: The Threat, David M. Jacobs, Ph.D. (hardcover)
Simon & Schuster Audio: The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle (audio book)
Tor: Mississippi Blues. Kathleen Ann Goonan (hardcover)
Tor: Northwind, Gwyneth Jones (trade paperback)
Chaosium: The Scroll of Thoth, edited by Richard L. Tierney
Del Rey: Bring the Jubilee, Ward Moore (trade paperback)
Pocket: The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition, Michael & Denise Okuda (hardcover)
Tor: Maximum Light, Nancy Kress (hardcover)
Tor: The Dark Beyond the Stars, Frank M. Robinson (trade paperback)
Tor: Phoenix Café, Gwyneth Jones (hardcover)
Tor: Spider Legs, Piers Anthony and Clifford A. Pickover (hardcover)
Bantam Spectra: Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Charles Sheffield
Bantam Spectra: War in Heaven, David Zindell
Bantam Spectra: Assassin's Quest, Robin Hobb
Ace: The Fear Principle, B.A. Chepaitis

January, 1998

Story Books: The Timeless Tales of Reginald Bretnor, edited by Fred Flaxman (trade paperback)
Tor: The Spellsong War, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (hardcover)
Avon EOS: Cosm, Gregory Benford (hardcover)
Golden Gryphon: The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures, R. Garcia Y Robertson (hardcover)
Tor: Requiem, Graham Joyce (trade paperback)
Pocket: Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best and the Brightest, Susan Wright
Warner Aspect: Dinosaur Summer, Greg Bear (hardcover)
Roc: Never Sound Retreat, William R. Forstchen
DAW: Otherland, Tad Williams
Avon EOS: Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman
Avon EOS: Rage of a Demon King, Raymond Feist
Avon EOS: The Royal Four, Amy Stout
Avon EOS: Prisoner of Conscience, Susan R. Matthews
Avon: A Medicine for Melancholy, Ray Bradbury (trade paperback)
Avon EOS: Circuit of Heaven, Dennis Danvers (hardcover)
Tor: Iron Shadows, Steven Barnes (hardcover)
Tor: Flesh and Gold, Phyllis Gotlieb (hardcover)
Tor: Darker Angels, S. P. Somtow (hardcover)
Tor: The Nano Flower, Peter F. Hamilton (hardcover)
Tor: Black Wine, Candas Jane Dorsey (trade paperback)
Tor: Song of Kali, Dan Simmons (trade paperback)
Tor: The Tooth Fairy, Graham Joyce (hardcover)
Tor: Walking the Labyrinth, Lisa Goldstein (trade paperback)
Bantam: Empire of the Ants, Bernard Werber (hardcover)
Warner Aspect: Leonard Nimoy's Primortals: Target Earth, Steve Perry
Pocket: Star Trek # 84: Assignment: Eternity, Greg Cox
Pocket: Star Trek Voyager #15: Echoes, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Pocket: Star Trek The Next Generation: To Storm Heaven, Esther Friesner
Pocket: Star Trek Voyager #14: Marooned, Christie Golden
Bantam Spectra: Excession, Iain M. Banks
Bantam Spectra: Spares, Michael Marshall Smith
Bantam Spectra: Star Trek: Trek to Madworld, Stephen Goldin
Bantam Spectra: Star Wars X-Wing: Wraith Squadron, Aaron Allston
Avon Eos: Moonwar, Ben Bova (hardcover)
Tor: Someplace to be Flying, Charles de Lint (hardcover)
Pocket: Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Vengeance, Dafydd ab Hugh
Forge: In the Mood, Charles Grant (hardcover)

February, 1998

Harcourt Brace: Nebula Awards 32, edited by Jack Dann (hardcover)
Roc: Dragons of Argonath, Christopher Rowley
DAW: Prince of Dogs, Kate Elliott (hardcover)
DAW: King's Dragon, Kate Elliott
DAW: The Mageborn Traitor, Melanie Rawn
DAW: Olympus, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Bruce D. Arthurs
DAW: Sword and Sorceress XV, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW: The UFO Files, edited by Martin H. Greenberg
Avon: Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Pocket: Star Trek: Vulcan's Forge, Josepha Sherman & Susan Shwartz (hardcover)
HarperCollins/Cliff Street Books: The Eleventh Plague, John S. Marr and John Baldwin (hardcover)
Avon: Dust, Charles Pellegrino (hardcover)
Avon/EOS: Dark Water's Embrace, Stephen Leigh
Avon/EOS: Freeware, Rudy Rucker
Avon/EOS: Moonrise, Ben Bova
Avon/EOS: The Dark Shore, Adam Lee
Avon: Tales from Watership Down, Richard Adams
HarperPrism: Foundation's Fear, Gregory Benford
HarperPrism: Foundation and Chaos, Greg Bear (hardcover)
Pocket: Star Trek: Science Logs, Andre Bormanis (trade paperback)
Avon/EOS: Hand of Prophecy, Severna Park (hardcover)
Warner Aspect: Kingdom Come, Elliot S. Maggin (hardcover)
Tor: The Cyborg from Earth, Charles Sheffield (hardcover)
Tor: More Amazing Stories, edited by Kim Mohan (hardcover)
Tor: Outpost, Scott Mackay (hardcover)
Tor: Corrupting Dr. Nice, John Kessel (trade paperback)
Tor: Night Lamp, Jack Vance (trade paperback)
Tor: Slan, A. E. van Vogt (trade paperback)
Roc: Island in the Sea of Time, S.M. Stirling
Ministry of Whimsy: The Troika, Stepan Chapman (trade paperback)
Tor: Between the Rivers, Harry Turtledove (hardcover)
Warner Aspect: The Queen of Darkness, Miguel Conner
Infinivox: Great Science Fiction Stories: "Kirinyaga," Mike Resnick (audiobook)
Infinivox: Great Science Fiction Stories: "Rammer," Larry Niven (audiobook)
Warner Aspect: The Demon King, Chris Bunch (trade paperback)
Warner Aspect: The Neutronium Alchemist; Part 1: Consolidation, Peter F Hamilton
Warner Aspect: The Neutronium Alchemist; Part 2: Conflict, Peter F Hamilton
Avon/EOS: Shards of a Broken Crown, Raymond E. Feist (hardcover)

March, 1998

Avon/EOS: The Shadow Eater, Adam Lee (trade paperback)
Avon/EOS: Commitment Hour, James Alan Gardner
Tor: Helm, Steven Gould (hardcover)
Tor: Voodoo Child, Michael Reaves (hardcover)
Bantam Spectra: Leap Point, Kay Kenyon
Tor: An Exaltation of Larks, Robert Reed (trade paperback)
Avon/EOS: The White Abacus, Damien Broderick
Avon/EOS: Dry Water, Eric S. Nylund
Avon/EOS: The Arm of the Stone, Victoria Strauss
Ace: The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley (trade paperback)
Ace: The Godmother's Web, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (hardcover)
Tor: The Forest of Time and Other Stories, Michael Flynn (trade paperback)
Tor: Ports of Call, Jack Vance (hardcover)
Tor: The Dazzle of Day, Molly Gloss (trade paperback)
Tor: Earth Made of Glass, John Barnes (hardcover)
Tor: Rogue Star, Michael Flynn (hardcover)
Tor: The Face of Apollo, Fred Saberhagen (trade paperback)
Bantam Spectra: Wyrm, Mark Fabi
Bantam Spectra: Fire Watch, Connie Willis
Forge: Nothing Burns in Hell, Philip Jose Farmer (hardcover)
Avon: Sisters of the Night: The Angry Angel, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (hardcover)
HarperPrism: Moonfall, Jack McDevitt (hardcover)
White Wolf: Dark Destiny III: Children of Dracula, edited by Edward E. Kramer
Pocket: Star Trek New Frontier Book Six: Fire on High, Peter David
Roc: Jericho Moon, Matthew Woodring Stover (trade paperback)
DAW: Swordborn, Jennifer Roberson (hardcover)
HarperPrism: Homebody, Orson Scott Card (hardcover)
Keswick House: Planet Dreams, Michaela Carlock (trade paperback)
Warner Aspect: Masque, F. Paul Wilson and Matthew J. Costello (hardcover)
Warner Aspect: On Crusade: More Tales of the Knights Templar, edited by Katherine Kurtz (trade paperback)
Avon/EOS: Signal to Noise, Eric. S. Nylund (hardcover)

April, 1998

Morrow: Pegasus, Marianna Mayer, K. Y. Craft (children's art book)
Bantam Spectra: Ship of Magic, Robin Hobb (hardcover)
HarperPrism: Diaspora, Greg Egan (hardcover)
Avon: Daughter of Troy, Sarah B. Franklin (trade paperback)
Random House: Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky & Lane Smith (illustrated kid's book)
White Wolf: The Enemy Papers, Barry B. Longyear (trade paperback, omnibus)
White Wolf: The Road to Science Fiction Volume 5: The British Way, edited by James Gunn (trade paperback)
White Wolf: Three in Space, A.E. Van Vogt, Barry N. Malzberg, and Poul Anderson (trade paperback, omnibus)
White Wolf: Kane of Old Mars, Michael Moorcock (hardcover, omnibus)
White Wolf: The Return of Count Electric, William Browning Spencer
HarperPrism: The Fantasy Hall of Fame, edited by Robert Silverberg (trade paperback)
Avon/EOS: Einstein's Bridge, John Cramer
Avon/EOS: The Heritage Trilogy, Book One: Semper Mars, Ian Douglas
Avon/EOS: The Family Tree, Sheri S. Tepper
Avon/EOS: Challenges: Book 3 of The Blending, Sharon Green
Pocket: Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Planet X, Michael Jan Friedman
Tor: A Hunger in the Soul, Mike Resnick (hardcover)
Tor: Starswarm, Jerry Pournelle (hardcover)
Vector Enterprises: Perry Rhodan 1800: Time Lapse, Robert Feldhoff
Vector Enterprises: Perry Rhodan 1801: The Herreach, Robert Feldhoff
Harcourt Brace: Fire Arrow, Edith Pattou (hardcover)
Magic Carpet: Hero's Song, Edith Pattou
Magic Carpet: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Alan Garner
Magic Carpet: The Darkangel, Meredith Ann Pierce
Magic Carpet: A Well-Timed Enchantment, Vivian Vande Velde
Tor: Secret Realms, Tom Cool (hardcover)
Tor: O Pioneer!, Frederik Pohl (hardcover)
Pocket: Spectre, William Shatner (hardcover)
Four Walls Eight Windows: Slaughtermatic, Steve Aylett (trade paperback)
Warner Aspect: The Still, David Feintuch
Warner Aspect: Highlander: Shadow of Obsession, Rebecca Neason
Avon: I Sing the Body Electric!, Ray Bradbury (trade paperback)
Bantam Spectra: Star Wars: I, Jedi, Michael A. Stackpole (hardcover)
Bantam Spectra: Star Wars: Planet of Twilight, Barbara Hambly
Bantam Spectra: The Eyes of God, Mark Kreighbaum
Bantam Spectra: Dreaming in Smoke, Tricia Sullivan
Ace: The Alleluia Files, Sharon Shinn (trade paperback)
Random House: The Official Godzilla Compendium, J. D. Lees and Marc Cerasini (oversize paperback)
Penguin/Dutton: The Boxes, William Sleator
Penguin/Dutton: The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary Blackwood (hardcover)
Penguin/Philomel: The Sea Man, Jane Yolen, illustrated by Christopher Denise
Penguin/Philomel: I Am Mordred, Nancy Springer (hardcover)
Penguin/Viking: The Horribly Haunted School, Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Robert Staermose
Penguin/Viking: The Umbrella Man and Other Stories, Roald Dahl (hardcover)
Penguin/Puffin: The Sign of the Seahorse, Graeme Base (illustrated trade paperback)

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Copyright © 1998 by John O'Neill


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