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New this month are novels from Sean Stewart, Harry Turtledove, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, Paul Kearney, Marie Jakober, and many more. SF theme of the month seems to be time travel, and in fantasy news we have the début of Millennium's exciting Fantasy Masterworks series.

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: March 1st - 31st 2000
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Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
Isaac Asimov
Millennium (mass market, 211 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 2 March 2000

As a follow-up to the recent Columbia Pictures film starring Robin Williams, Millennium has reprinted this 1976 collection of 11 classic Asimov stories (including the title story on which the movie was based). "Each of the stories sparkle with characteristic Asimov inventiveness and imagination."
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Chris Moore
Timescape
Gregory Benford
Millennium (trade paperback, 412 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 9 March 2000

SF Masterworks #27 is one of the best and most plausibly realistic time-travel stories ever conceived. This Nebula Award-winning novel from 1980 inspired the publishers, Simon and Schuster, to name their SF imprint Timescape Books. "1962: A young Californian scientist finds his experiments spoiled by mysterious interference. Gradually his suspicions lead him to a shattering truth: scientists from the end of the century are using subatomic particles to send a message into the past, in the hope that history can be changed and a world-threatening catastrophe can be averted."
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The Light of Other Days
Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Tor (hardcover, 316 pages, $24.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: March 2000

From these two multiple-award winning SF authors comes a novel of how the end of privacy transforms humanity -- for better or for worse. "On the cutting edge of quantum physics, a ruthless industrialist has found a way to allow everyone to see everyone else all the time. No matter where you are or what you're doing, your most personal moments are now completely exposed. As society reels from the shock of such a drastic change, it is soon discovered that the technology that made walls obsolete, can now allow people to look back into the past. The frontiers of modern society have been broken and all knowledge once thought of as truth, is now suspect. The institutions of modern society -- governments, religions, countries -- collapse in days. As chaos radiates radical change, despair and confusion throughout the world, human society and the earth as we know it, will never be the same..."
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David Bowers
The Fourth World
Dennis Danvers
Avon EOS (hardcover, 352 pages, $23 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: 7 March 2000

From the author of Circuit of Heaven, End of Days, and Time and Time Again comes this new love story about outcasts from a wired world. "Americans Margaret Mayfield and Santee St. John are kindred spirits as well as devoted lovers: two souls out of place in the modern Web-dominated world, enraged by the suffering, poverty, and bloodshed, yet enchanted by the vibrant life surrounding them in Mexico. So when Santee vanishes into the lush and dangerous wilds of Central America, Margaret is determined to find him. With the aid of teenage rebel Webster Webfoot, Margaret abandons a world obsessed with virtual living and enters the wilderness to return to the only man and the only land she could ever love. But there is more to Santee's disappearance than meets the eye. And in his wake, Santee has left clues to the ultimate conspiratorial outrage: a road to total ruin that the powerful are secretly constructing that winds all the way to Mars."
review Review by Stephen M. Davis.
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Chris Moore
Ubik
Philip K. Dick
Millennium (trade paperback, 224 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 10 February 2000

SF Masterworks #26. This novel is a metaphysical comedy of death and salvation (which is available in a convenient aerosol spray). Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else? Someone died in an explosion. But, while his funeral in Des Moines is being organized, his staff grieving at their loss are getting bewildering and sometimes scatological messages from the boss. And the world around them is spinning out of control.
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John Williams Waterhouse
Time and the Gods
Lord Dunsany
Millennium (trade paperback, 584 pages, £6.99)
Publication date: 23 March 2000

Millennium's SF Masterworks series proved so popular that they have decided to commence a similar venture with the fantasy genre. March 2000 is seeing the first two in the new Fantasy Masterworks series. This book is #2; see below for #1. The contents of Time and the Gods first saw publication in various forms during the years 1905 to 1916. This edition includes the complete Time and the Gods, The Book of Wonder, The Sword of Welleran and The Last Book of Wonder. These are some of "the best of Dunsany's extraordinarily evocative tales of Faerie, of dreamworlds and of magic: some of the loveliest fantasies in the English language." Dunsany's more dreamlike stories inspired many of H.P. Lovecraft's own tales of the dreamlands (most notably, the stories of Randolph Carter).
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Mardi Gras Madness: Tales of Terror and Mayhem in New Orleans
edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis
Cumberland House (trade paperback, 239 pages, $12.95 US/$18.95 Can)
Publication date: January 2000

Greenberg has given the world more anthologies than New Orleans has Jazz musicians. (Well, that may be a very slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.) And Russell Davis has published stories in several of those anthologies. Together they are presenting a collection of all-new stories about the festival "that has come to symbolize human excess in every form imaginable." Contributors are: Michelle West, Bruce Holland Rogers, Charles de Lint, Jane Lindskold, David Bischoff, R. Davis, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, John Helfers, Peter Crowther, Nancy Holder and Gary A. Braunbeck. "Tales of ghosts and priests and cults and costumes fill these pages. Some of today's best writers answer these questions and more -- What sort of creatures have haunted this festival to end all festivals? What unlucky souls have lost their lives at Mardi Gras? What will the first Mardi Gras of the new millennium bring?"
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Todd Lockwood
The Kingless Land: A Tale of the Band of Four
Ed Greenwood
Tor (hardcover, 304 pages, $24.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: March 2000

The name Ed Greenwood is probably best known to fans of TSR's Forgotten Realms -- both the role-playing game setting and the novels set in that world. His latest book represents the first in an all-new fantasy series. "Aglirta is known as the Kingless Land -- once prosperous and peaceful, it has fallen into lawlessness and corruption. Studded with feuding baronies each vying for control, Aglirta is in a constant state of turmoil and war. The only hope for peace lies in the legend of the Sleeping King, destined to rise and restore peace when the Dwaerindim stones are recovered." The Band of Four who set out to find these legendary stones are a sorceress, a pair of thieves, and a shape-shifting healer.
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The Black Chalice
Marie Jakober
Edge (hardcover, 460 pages, $23.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: 1 March 2000

Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is a brand new Canadian publisher and The Black Chalice is their first offering. It's a tale of medieval Europe with healthy doses of sorcery and sexuality mixed in; history and myth blending together to present an overtly pagan novel. "The year is 1134. In an isolated monastery, an aging monk begins the history of a war. It is in part his own story; he was there, 31 years before, as squire to the proud Crusader knight Karelian of Lys -- a man who abandoned his faith and betrayed his liege lord for the love of a pagan witch. But even as Paul begins his history, a strange encounter with the Otherworld enchants his quill. He can no longer write the cautionary Christian tale his superiors expect; he must write what he truly remembers."
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Steve Crisp
The Iron Wars: The Monarchies of God, Book 3
Paul Kearney
Millennium (mass market, 255 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 9 March 2000

"The Kingdom of Hebrion has been thrown into turmoil, following its release from the clutches of the Church. Its capital in ruins, its king in a coma, Isolla, Abeleyn's bride-to-be, and Jemilla, his scheming mistress, step into the power vacuum. Both are intent on taking control of Hebrion for themselves and a fierce power struggle ensues." Characters walk some very fine lines, risking everything to juggle such issues as power and prestige, high treason and fervent patriotism, heresy and true faith. There are politics, magical manipulation, emotional frailty -- everything you could ask for in a good solid work of fantasy.
review Review by Neil Walsh.
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Steve Crisp
The Second Empire: The Monarchies of God, Book 4
Paul Kearney
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 294 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 March 2000

Book 3 left off with Richard Hawkwood freshly returned from the mysterious continent across the western sea, and something unpleasant lurking in the hold of his ship. At last we'll get to find out what happens when that dark secret is let loose on the continent of Normannia! "Once dismissed as the ravings of a crazed hermit, the prophecies of Honorius seem at last to be coming true. Though there are those within the church hierarchy who begin to doubt the morality of the cause, the Ramusian Church is steadily expanding its power over the continent... In the east, the last Torrunan army stands at bay before the broken walls of its capital. In the west, King Abeleyn strives to maintain control of an unruly and ravaged kingdom. And in the harbour of Old Abrusio, the Gabrian Osprey lies docked at last, home from her long voyaging. Only a handful of shocked survivors remain of that proud expedition that set forward almost a year before... but they are not alone. Something has come home with them from the uttermost west."
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Geoff Taylor
Farewell to Lankhmar
Fritz Leiber
Millennium (mass market, 361 pages, £6.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 3 February 2000

The title chosen for this Millennium edition is perhaps more apt than the original, The Knight and Knave of Swords (1988), as this represents the final volume in the fantastic, episodic adventures of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, two of the most personable rogues you could ever hope to meet. Earlier collections compiled stories of this infamous pair that dated back to the 1940s; this final volume includes stories from the 70s to the late 80s.
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Chris Moore
Reckless Sleep
Roger Levy
Victor Gollancz (£345 pages, hardcover - £16.99 / trade paperback - £10.99)
Publication date: 1 February 2000

This is a debut novel of a far future London, written with an assured vision, a paranoia-driven plot, and a wholly original take on the SF standard of VR. "As ash from volcanic eruptions drifts in the streets of London and villages disappear overnight into fresh fault lines, the population seeks escape in the addictive gamezones of Virtual Reality. The companies who control the phantom zones stand to make billions if they can develop ever more perfect virtual environments, and to do so they need men who have become attuned to the highest military grade virtual software; the Far Warriors. The testers need to be able to keep secrets... secrets about what lies in VR, waiting to get out."
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Geoff Taylor
The Jackal of Nar: Book One of Tyrants and Kings
John Marco
Millennium (mass market, 916 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 9 March 2000

This book appeared on Wayne MacLaurin's list of 1999 Fat Fantasy Awards. John Marco manages to avoid nearly all the pitfalls of fantasy cliché. There are no quests to be followed, enchanted talismans to be won, Evil Overlords to be overthrown, or dark forces to be confined. Though set in an invented world, this is very much a story of human tribulation and triumph.
review Review by Victoria Strauss.
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Bob Eggleton
Vast
Linda Nagata
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 359 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 March 2000

With this novel, the author has fortified her reputation as one of hard science fiction's most ambitious authors. Dangers faced as the chase continues force the brilliant crew to devise evermore complex chemical, biological, and mechanical solutions to keep the ship and themselves intact and functioning.
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
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Hell's Horizon: The City, Book 2
Darren O'Shaughnessy
Millennium (mass market, 456 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: February 2000

Sequel to Ayuamarca, and presumably as dark, violent and original as its predecessor. "The Cardinal is the City and the City is the Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. When Al is seconded by the Cardinal from guard duties at Party Central to investigate the murder of a woman at a hotel, he little suspects that the dead woman is his girlfriend or who one of the prime suspects will turn out to be. Soon he is involved in a terrifying mystery that draws in the dead, the city's Incan forefathers, the imposing figure of the Cardinal and the near mythical assassin, Paucar Wami. A shadowy mystery who can kill anyone he chooses..."
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Ben Perrini
The Last Continent
Terry Pratchett
HarperPrism (mass market, 390 pages, $6.50 US)
Publication date: March 2000

This is not about Australia. Got it? Just because the continent of EcksEcksEcksEcks is this lost continent where it never rains, settled by a bunch of criminals, whose current inhabitants go around ending sentences with "no worries" doesn't mean...
review Review by Todd Richmond.
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Revelation Space
Alastair Reynolds
Victor Gollancz (476 pages, hardcover £17.99 UK/trade paperback £10.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 March 2000

An exciting first novel from a powerful new voice in science fiction. "Brimming with vast ideas, Revelation Space sets a whole new standard of SF writing, with sentient oceans, intelligent neutron stars and a plot that uses the immensity of space. But most importantly it embarks on a mission to answer the biggest question of all: if there are aliens out there, then why do they not contact us?" Gollancz is making some impressive claims about this new writer. Will he live up to their marketing hype? We hope to have a full review on the SF Site soon, so we'll let you know.
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Victor Stabin
Galveston
Sean Stewart
Ace Books (hardcover, 455 pages, $23.95 US/$33.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 March 2000

One of fantasy's most critically acclaimed writers brings us his latest novel of an island uprooted, and uplifted, by magic. "Galveston had been baptized twice: once by water in the fall of 1900, and again by magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures were born of survivors' joy and sufferers' pain: scorpions the size of dogs, the Crying Clown, the Widow who ate her victims. And the Island of Galveston would forever be divided -- between the real city and a city locked in a sort of constant Carnival, an endless Mardi Gras..."
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Maggie Taylor
Mockingbird
Sean Stewart
Ace Books (trade paperback, 279 pages, $14 US/$20 Can)
Publication date: 1 March 2000

It's quite possible that only someone raised in the Deep South will ever really understand it. A land where eccentricity is cherished and magic is just out of sight. This is the place that Sean Stewart is as much a part of as sweet tea and sun showers. And we are fortunate, because he is willing to take us there. "When Toni Beauchamp's mother died, she and her sister Candy though it meant a new beginning, a life free of magic. But Elena Beauchamp had one last gift for her daughter -- a sip from the Mockingbird Cordial. The moment Toni held the drink to her lips, her life would never be the same." Reprint of Stewart's 1998 novel.
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
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Bob Eggleton
Darkness Descending: A Novel of World War -- and Magic
Harry Turtledove
Tor (hardcover, 461 pages, $27.95 US/$39.95 Can)
Publication date: April 2000

Sequel to Into the Darkness, this novel returns to the story of a World War in a world where magic is a reality. When the Algarvian soldiers begin rounding up Kaunians and sending them off to work camps, the Kaunians who are left behind are concerned, but their fears are assuaged by Algarvian lies. Soon enough, people start to talk. "Rumours abound about the Algarvian work camps, rumours most cannot believe are true. But the mages know, for they can feel the loss of life in their very souls."
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Chris Moore
Across Realtime
Vernor Vinge
Millennium (mass market, 533 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 9 March 2000

This is a reprint of two visionary novels dealing with futuristic warfare and the paradox of time travel, together under one cover. "In The Peace War (1984) we are introduced to 'bobbles', spherical entities within which time stops, thereby allowing time travel. Marooned in Realtime (1986) looks at the people who missed out on the Singularity and, with most of their human counterparts gone, they must assemble a viable genetic pool to repopulate the planet."
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Chris Moore
A Fire Upon the Deep
Vernor Vinge
Millennium (mass market, 579 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 9 March 2000

Originally published in 1992, this novel is of vast scope and perspective. The farther into the novel you read, the farther from the heart of the galaxy you get, and the faster things go -- for the reader as well as for the characters in the novel. The sequel (or prequel) to this Hugo-winning novel, A Deepness in the Sky, appeared prominently on both the SF Site 1999 Best Book Awards and the 1999 Readers' Choice Awards.
review Review by Greg L. Johnson of A Deepness in the Sky.
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Jim Burns
The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow and Claw
Gene Wolfe
Millennium (trade paperback, 605 pages, £7.99 UK)
Publication date: 23 March 2000

Millennium has chosen one of the greatest fantasy works of all time to be reprinted as their Fantasy Masterworks #1. Although it seems at first like a sword-and-sorcery series, readers of this masterful epic soon discover that it is set on our own Earth, a million years in the future and transformed in unimaginable ways. This first volume comprises the first two books, The Shadow of the Torturer (1980) and The Claw of the Conciliator (1981). The second volume -- books 3 and 4 in the original series -- is scheduled for release in December, also as part of the Fantasy Masterworks series.
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