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The past couple of weeks have brought us more reprints of well-loved classics as well as some exciting new titles from the likes of Greg Egan, Mark Chadbourn, Connie Willis and Michaela Roessner. And who could even think of striding boldly into the next millennium without a trusty Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000?

Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted. Where available, links to SF Site reviews and book excerpts are provided. Click on the thumbnail image to get a closer look at the cover.

New Arrivals: November 1st - November 15th
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Steve Crisp
Lady Pain
Rebecca Bradley
Millennium (paperback, 336 pages, £6.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 1999

From the author of Lady in Gil and Scion's Lady. "Tigrallef calls it the Pain -- when he's being polite. For more than 20 years he has carried it inside him, a private demon dutifully bent on bringing down the world and everything in it. While the Pain protects Tig against sickness, danger and the ravages of time, it wages a constant war of attrition against his mind and soul..."

review Review of Scion's Lady by Rodger Turner.

review Review of Lady in Gil by Rodger Turner.

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Jim Burns
Stand on Zanzibar
John Brunner
Millennium (trade paperback, 650 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: August 1999

Number 15 in Millennium's SF Masterworks series is definitely not to be missed. A true classic, this novel was revolutionary when it was written more than 30 years ago and is still relevant today. "There are 7 billion-plus humans crowding the surface of 21st-century Earth. It is an age of intelligent computers, mass-market psychedelic drugs, politics conducted by assassination, scientists who burn incense to appease volcanoes... all the hysteria of a dangerously overcrowded world, portrayed in a dazzlingly inventive style."
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Gravity
James Butler
Crossroads (e-book, 300 pages, $3.50 US)
Publication date: 1999

"The prize is gravity control. The team is a physicist with a dream, an illegal immigrant hiding from the INS, and a billionaire business man looking for more out of life than money. They all know it is a long shot, and each step raises new barriers to the project. Social, financial, technical, legal, and moral difficulties all seem to be against them. When they actually get close to the answer, only an act of desperation and an enemy turned friend can save the project and turn the dream into reality."
excerpt Read an excerpt.
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Jon Sullivan
World's End: Book One of The Age of Misrule
Mark Chadbourn
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 424 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 1999

From the author of British Fantasy Society Award-nominated Nocturne, we have the first volume of an epic contemporary fantasy which draws on Celtic myth, Arthurian legend and British folklore. "All over the country, the ancient gods of Celtic myth are returning to the land from which they were banished millennia ago. Following in their footsteps are creatures of folklore: the Fabulous Beasts, wonders and dark terrors -- there are dragons buzzing jet planes and shapeshifters on industrial estates, but their existence threatens the very fabric of the modern world...
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Beyond Lies the Wub: Volume One of The Collected Short Stories
Philip K. Dick
Millennium (trade paperback, 404 pages, £7.99 UK)
Publication date: August 1999

At long last, a reprint of the 1987 definitive collection of PKD's short fiction, in all 5 volumes. This first volume includes the stories Dick wrote in his early 20s during a 9-month period between 1951 and 1952. It's virtually cover-to-cover fiction, with notes to be found unobtrusively at the end, and an introduction by Roger Zelazny.
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Second Variety: Volume Two of The Collected Short Stories
Philip K. Dick
Millennium (trade paperback, 395 pages, £7.99 UK)
Publication date: August 1999

Volume Two includes 27 stories from the American Dark Ages, otherwise known as the years of McCarthyism. In these stories, "Dick speaks up for ordinary people and against militarism, paranoia and xenophobia -- and always in his own marvellously varied, quirky and entertainingly idiosyncratic style." Introduction by Norman Spinrad.
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The Father-Thing: Volume Three of The Collected Short Stories
Philip K. Dick
Millennium (trade paperback, 376 pages, £7.99 UK)
Publication date: August 1999

Volume Three includes "some of Dick's most famous pieces, like 'Foster, You're Dead,' a powerful extrapolation of nuclear war hysteria, and 'The Golden Man,' a very different story about a super-evolved mutant human." Introduction by John Brunner.
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Song of the Swan and Song of the Swan II
Arthur D'Alembert
Universal Publishers (E-book/trade paperback, 198 pages $19.95 US (Song)/276 pages $25.95 US (Song II)
Publication date: 1998 (Song) and 1999 (Song II)

Song: "On February 23, 1987, the light of a Supernova star reached the Earth. In among the star data, a scream choked by the roar of the explosion, finally wakened by time and distance, arrived. Five years later, a woman found the message and thought it had been emitted by some civilization destroyed by the explosion. Th US Government arranges for a highly-skilled, specialized team to analyze this message, but are soon surprised by what they discover..."  Song II: "The New Millennium will represent the dawn of a new era of promises for humanity, a new era of technological achievement that, in implacable form, will alter people's mental and social structures for the next thousand years. Of all the sciences, one in particular holds the most beautiful of hopes yet the most awful of nightmares: Genetics."
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Luminous
Greg Egan
Millennium (paperback, 295 pages, £5.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 1999

Reprint of a short story collection which first appeared last year. Each of the 10 stories was previously published in either Interzone or Asimov's. This is Egan's second short story collection, but if you don't recognize the name from his short work, you should know him as the author of such novels as Quarantine and Diaspora. If you haven't heard of him at all... just where have you been?
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Quarantine
Greg Egan
Millennium (paperback, 248 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 1999

Reprint of Egan's stunning debut novel. "One night, 33 years ago, the stars went out and everything disappeared from the sky. 'The Bubble' -- a perfect sphere centred on the sun -- made its appearance and isolated the earth from the solar system. Humanity has been cut off... Quarantined."
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Teranesia
Greg Egan
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 249 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 1999

A new book from Greg Egan is always cause for excitement. In this one, Prabir Suresh is the 9-year-old son of an entomologist couple living on an otherwise uninhabited island which Prabir calls Teranesia. He populates this island "with imaginary creatures even stranger than the evolutionarily puzzling butterflies that his parents are studying." But many years later, "the discovery of bizarre new species on and around Teranesia draws Prabir's biologist sister Maddy back to the island. Prabir has reasons of his own for fearing what she might find there and persuades a pharmaceutical researcher on the lookout for biological bounty to take him along as her guide. Who will get there first, Prabir or Maddy? And what will they find? An evolutionary leap forward, a new humanity or the evanescent ghosts of past lies?"
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Chris Moore
The Dispossessed
Ursula Le Guin
Millennium (trade paperback, 322 pages, £6.99)
Publication date: August 1999

Number 16 in Millennium's SF Masterworks series brings us some vintage Le Guin. "The Principle of Simultaneity will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres. Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres's sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game."
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Geoff Taylor
The Company of Glass (Everien: Book One)
Valery Leith
Victor Gollancz (trade paperback, 399 pages, £9.99)
Publication date: 1999

"The Company is Queen Ysse's elite warrior cadre, lost on a quest for Knowledge in the floating city of Jai Pendu. Tarquin the Free is Leader of the Company and its sole survivor. Once he knelt broken-hearted at the feet of Queen Ysse, vowing to leave Everien -- forever. But the Queen is dead, and forever is a long time..."
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Geoff Taylor
Lean Times in Lankhmar
Fritz Leiber
Millennium (paperback, 407 pages, £6.99 UK/$9.99 Can/$14.95 Aus)
Publication date: 1999

A reprint of a reprint of a compilation of Books 3 and 4 of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, comprising Swords in the Mist and Swords Against Wizardry, which were themselves collections of stories that had previously appeared separately -- including the story "Lean Times in Lankhmar." If this seems like a long history of reprints, it's only because this much fun never goes out of style. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are sword-and-sorcery.
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Art: D.M. Bowers
The Annunciate
Severna Park
Avon Eos (hardcover, 320 pages, $23 US/$34 Can)
Publication date: 9 November 1999

Author of Speaking Dreams and Hand of Prophecy, "Severna Park explores a chilling new world in which 3 refugees, once members of the highest level of their technological society, are eking out an existence by addicting their war-torn enemies to a powerful drug called Staze. Among the fugitives is Eve, a young woman constantly browbeaten by her surrogate mother Annmaire. However, when Eve contemplates starting a new life with a beautiful Staze smuggler, she begins to discover her true identity. Eve and her companions on the run, hunted by their enemies, retreat to an unexplored planet called Paradise. There, in a quest to eliminate the human violence that threatens to destroy them, they are drawn to the heart of an unfathomable life form. Appearing to Eve as a succubus in the metaphorical virtual world of mesh, the alien has the ability to break the barriers among the virtual, dream and real..."
review Review by Thomas Myer.
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Paul Kidby
Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs
Victor Gollancz (hardcover annual diary, £9.99)
Publication date: 1999

No new member of the Guild of Assassins should be without this handy Year 2000 planner. As well as helping you to keep track of your appointments, this book offers tidbits of advice and encouragement for novice assassins, highlights of the school rules, introductions to the senior staff, and enlightening morsels of Guild trivia.
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Tristan Elwell
The Stars Compel
Michaela Roessner
Tor (hardcover, 430 pages, $25.95 US/$36.95 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

A sequel to The Stars Dispose, this is an historical fantasy set in Renaissance Florence and Rome. "Tommaso Arista has been named the personal chef to the Duchessina, Catherine de' Medici. Catherine, orphaned at birth, is the only legitimate heir of the staggering Medici fortune and titles. Most of the world, especially her uncle the Pope, see her as a useful and valuable pawn in the political struggle for control of the Holy Roman Empire. But to Tommaso, she is his friend and confidante, as well as his employer and the holder of his fealty. Together they leave Florence when Pope Clement recalls her to Rome to use her and her dowry in his political manoeuvrings with the crowns of Europe. But Catherine has other plans for her future, and they do not include a marriage with the younger son of the King of France."
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Holly Warburton
Dreaming in Smoke
Tricia Sullivan
Millennium (paperback, 290 pages, £5.99)
Publication date: 1999

From the author of Lethe and Someone To Watch Over Me. "Kalypso Deed is a shotgun. She rides the interface between the AI Ganesh and the scientists who use cyber-assisted Dreams to reach the height of their creative powers. Azamat Marcsson is a colourless statistician, middle-aged, boring and obsessed with micro-organisms. The story would end here if they lived on Earth. But this is T'Nane, a planet so environmentally hostile that they humans depend utterly on Ganesh for survival..."
review Review by Greg L. Johnson.
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Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
Connie Willis
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 336 pages, $19.95 US)
Publication date: 9 November 1999

The Christmas story seems a natural in Willis' hands. Her stories are almost always at least fun to read, and often very moving. Even though this collection is restricted to Christmas stories, it reveals her wide range just as well as her previous collection does. Definitely worth reading, at any season of the year.
review Review by Rich Horton.
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