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Settle in for some good reading, with Laurell K. Hamilton's latest Anita Blake novel, Harry Harrison's latest Stainless Steel Rat story, other new works from Mickey Zucker Reichert and Jennifer Wingert, S. Andrew Swann, Anne Bishop, B.A. Chepaitis, and Mike Moscoe. And if you're feeling nostalgic, how about some classic reprints from such authors as Greg Bear, Olaf Stapledon, C.J. Cherryh, Fritz Leiber, and Terry Pratchett. And plenty more!

Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted. Where available, links to SF Site reviews and book excerpts are provided.

New Arrivals: January 1st - January 15th
Part I
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Kevin Jenkins
Sultan of the Moon and Stars: Third Book of The Orokon
Tom Arden
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 518 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: December 1999

The third volume in Arden's vast and original fantasy epic takes our heroes to the mysterious desert realm of the Sultans of Kal-Theron. "In an Arabian Nights world of eunuchs and genies, magic carpets and mysterious veiled women, dark magic is stirring. Cut off from his companions, Jem is trapped in the bizarre, horrifying dreamworld of the enchanter Almoran. Meanwhile, his lost love Cata becomes embroiled with the Shimmering Princess, the idol of millions, whose fate holds the key to the Sultan's empire -- and to the whereabouts of the pulsing red crystal of the fire god Theron."
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Kevin Jenkins
The King and Queen of Swords: Second Book of The Orokon
Tom Arden
Millennium Gollancz (paperback, 528 pages, £6.99 UK/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: November 1999

To fully appreciate this series, one would probably have to be a fan of quest fantasy (Tolkien, Eddings, Brooks) as well as a fan of 18th and 19th century satires and adventure romance novels (Defoe, Richardson, Swift, Austen, the Brontės, Dickens). It's grim. It's witty. It's not a light read, but it is vastly entertaining on several levels.
review Series review by Neil Walsh.
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The Web 2028
Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod, James Lovegrove, Maggie Furey, Pat Cadigan, Eric Brown
Millennium (paperback, 630 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: November 1999

Follow-up to The Web 2027, this book contains 6 complete novellas from 6 different authors, all linked, all "charting a world that is about to change forever. A world where our children will make our first contact. A contact that will take place in the Web; the vast network of virtual reality sites that has become a playground for the world's children and a stage for the most dramatic event in mankind's history."
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Eternity
Greg Bear
Millennium (paperback, 470 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: November 1999

First published in 1988, Eternity is considerably more vast in scope than Eon, to which it is the sequel. "Here, from the other side of time, come Thistledown, the asteroid starship of a future that is not quite our future. Gaia, a parallel world where Alexander the Great's empire has ruled for 2,000 years; and The Way, an infinite corridor through space-time which traverses and encompasses whole universes. And as the strands of these mysteries are unravelled, so the ordering and the end of mankind -- and our entire Universe -- come into question..."
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Hegira
Greg Bear
Millennium (paperback, 222 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: November 1999

This is Bear's first published novel. It first appeared in 1979, and later saw considerable revision by the author. This reprint represents the revised version. "Almost three-quarters of a million miles around, Hegira has, against all the laws of physics, Earth-normal gravity; its different races have a common history: all the accumulated knowledge of the First-born, graven on giant Obelisks that rise up out of sight to the sky, beyond mankind's powers to reach and read. But as knowledge advances, so the enigmas of Hegira's nature become steadily more impossible to explain or understand. The ill-assorted trio who embark on their personal quests know little of their planet's oddities and care less... until Hegira's changeless mysteries begin to alter; until the first great Obelisk tumbles."
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Strength of Stones
Greg Bear
Millennium (paperback, 221 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: November 1999

First published in 1981. "In the deserts of God-Does-Battle the Cities stand alone, as beleaguered as the aspirations of mankind. Those still alive are silent -- like stars in a dying universe, they await dust and decay. Yet within the living plasma of their fragmented structures an ancient programme still works, implanted by the human creators cast out a thousand years ago. Before long, it is clear, some of the Cities will be fighting extinction. And many of them will do battle in a quite unexpected way..."
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Matthew Innis
Queen of the Darkness: Book 3 of The Black Jewels Trilogy
Anne Bishop
Roc (paperback, 430 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2000

Sequel to Daughter of the Blood and Heir to the Shadows. "Jaenelle Angelline has made her Offering to the Darkness, and reigns as Queen of Ebon Askavi. The Shadow Realm lies under her protection. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one door has been closed, another may be opened... or broken through, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible glory that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all..."
review Review by Victoria Strauss of Heir to the Shadows.
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Bleu Turrell
Primus Three: Space Voyagers #1
Lin Y. Cawthra
The Maze Publishing Company (trade paperback, 288 pages, $7.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 1999

Pulp space opera, with plenty of sex and violence (and violent sex). Felicity leaves behind her rather sheltered life on Terra to accept a job offer on Primus Three. "Primus Three is a depressing, corrupt mining colony, and the innocent, naive young women who are enticed there soon find themselves deeply in trouble with no way out. To Felicity's horror, one by one, her friends begin to disappear. Confused and terrified, she discovers no trace of them can be found. It is as if her friends had never existed..."
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Finn Winterson
Learning Fear
B.A. Chepaitis
Ace (paperback, 287 pages, $6.50 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2000

Get ready for your daily dose of paranoia. "Jaguar Addams knows all about fear. On Planetoid Three, she works to establish an empathic link with the darkest criminal minds -- forcing offenders to face the fears that drive them to their most desperate acts. Now, the controversial History of Empathic Arts is being considered as a course of university study. An anti-empathic faction opposes this decision, accusing empaths of being immoral mind readers out to bend others to their will. Posing as a professor, Jaguar must determine the agenda of this extremist movement -- which may be involved in the disappearance of four students the year before. But her mission, and her abilities, have been discovered. Someone is telepathically invading Jaguar's mind -- and stirring up her own long dormant fears..."
review Review by Lisa DuMond of The Fear of God.

review Review by Lisa DuMond of The Fear Principle.

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Michael Whelan
The Faded Sun Trilogy
C.J. Cherryh
DAW (paperback, 776 pages, $7.99 US/$10.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2000

This classic SF series first saw publication in the late 1970s in 3 volumes, and fits into the universe of the author's Alliance-Union superseries. The kel are the warrior caste of the mri, a race of tall, secretive, golden skinned and golden eyed people. For aeons the kel have been the elite mercenary soldiers on uncountable worlds. Until now. "The kel have met the deadliest enemy any mri has ever faced -- an enemy who does not honour single combat, an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction. These 'humans' are mass fighters, creatures of the herd, and the mri have been slaughtered like animals."
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Paul Robinson
Lord of the Fire Lands: A Tale of the King's Blades #2
Dave Duncan
Avon EOS (hardcover, 368 pages, $23 US/$32 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

Sequel to The Gilded Chain. "Once bound, a Blade's life is no longer his own. Only death can break the gilded chain of enchantment that binds the bodyguard to the man he is sworn to defend. And never in living memory has a candidate refused the honour of serving his king... until now. Now Raider and Wasp are outlaws to King and country -- fugitives hunted by the very Blades whose ranks they were a breath away from entering -- and joined together by a destiny that binds them more securely than any knot tradition and sorcery might tie. Amid the turmoil their 'treachery' has inspired, Wasp and Raider must undertake a desperate journey into the heart of the dreaded Fire Lands. For the outcome of their terrifying confrontation with dark truth and darker magic in this realm of monsters, ghosts, and half-men will ultimately determine the fate of two kingdoms."
review Review by Wayne MacLaurin of The Gilded Chain.
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Robert Hunt
Stardust
Neil Gaiman
Spike (paperback, 352 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 5 January 2000

Now available in mass market paperback, this book made #7 on the SF Site Best Read of 1999 Awards. Tristran Thorn, of the 19th century English town of Wall, wants nothing more than to be a sheep farmer -- and to marry Victoria Forester. She, however, will have nothing to do with him. Unless he can fetch the falling star they spy in the night sky above. Thus begins what is fast becoming a fairy tale classic.
review Reviews by Alice Dechene and Neil Walsh.
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Keith Parkinson
Soul of the Fire: The Sword of Truth #5
Terry Goodkind
Victor Gollancz (trade paperback, 508 pages, £10.99 UK)
Publication date: December 1999

"Richard Rahl, Keeper of the Sword of Truth, faced an evil even he could not stand against -- the dread plague heralded by a Red Moon and loosed by the mad Emperor Jagang. Only by journeying to he Temple of the Winds was he able to thwart Jagang and save not only the life of his beloved Kahlan, but that of the whole of the New World. But when Kahlan in turn summoned the magical Chimes to save Richard, she unwittingly set free a worse scourge than any Jagang might have dreamt of. Now Kahlan and Richard are destined to see their souls tempered in the fiery cauldron of battle, and for them there is no place so dangerous as a world without magic, a world where the Chimes run free..."
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Jon Sullivan
Haven of Lost Souls: Hawk & Fisher #1
Simon R. Green
Millennium (paperback, 616 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: November 1999

Previously published in North America by Roc Books under the title Swords of Haven: The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher #1, this compilation includes the first three Hawk & Fisher novels. Hawk and Fisher are a couple of honest, straight-talking, tough-as-nails Guards who use steel as often as wits to keep themselves out of trouble. They bully their way through situations, often just letting their reputations work their magic. The plots are straightforward, with just enough of a twist to keep you guessing until the end.
review Review by Todd Richmond.
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