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Recent arrivals include the latest Dune prequel, a novel about H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, and new novels from Elaine Bergstrom, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Paula Volsky. Also, there's no shortage of reprints -- including some well-loved classics and some worthy tales rescued from the well of obscurity.

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: 16 - 30 September 2000
Part II
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Victor Stabin
Graven Images: Fifteen Tales of Magic and Myth
edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Thomas S. Roche
Ace (trade, 251 pages, $13 US/$19 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

The editors of In the Shadow of the Gargoyle bring us a new anthology of the once-departed gods of myth and legend, resurrected here by Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Gene Wolfe, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Esther Friesner, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Lawrence Watt-Evans and others. "This collection of 15 stories breathes new life into the deities of old -- the sacred and profane, the beautiful and grotesque, the loving and vengeful -- as the best of today's fantasy and horror writers look to the revered relics of antiquity, and uncover the powerful magic that those relics still hide within."
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The Descent
Jeff Long
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 652 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

"An extraordinary thriller that pulls the world from beneath our feet. From the Himalayas to Bosnia, to the bed of the Pacific, it is a headlong rush into the depths of greed, a foolish quest for forbidden knowledge. A world where technology cannot save us. An odyssey that brings together our darkest motives and our darkest fears." Early man's concepts of a dark and threatening Underworld grew from rare sightings of subterranean dwellers, primitive humans mutated into horrible, horned and armour-plated demonoids who thrived on cannibalism and torture. The powers-that-be want to investigate...
review Review by Charlene Brusso.
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Paul Young
Shrine of Stars: The Third Book of Confluence
Paul J. McAuley
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 313 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

Many of the mysteries introduced in the first two volumes, Child of the River and Ancients of Days, are slowly dispelled in this concluding volume. Here, the author actually delivers on the implied promise of the first two books: the nature of Confluence, the nature of Yama and the answers to the mysteries of the first two books are all revealed in logical and satisfying ways. In the end, the three books are clearly, unambiguously, far future science fiction.
review Review by Rich Horton.
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Simon Ng
The Eternal Footman
James Morrow
Harvest Books, Harcourt (trade reprint, 372 pages, $14 US/$21 Can)
Publication date: 1 October 2000

The author ponders the age old question of why God oft-times seems to be so uncaring. Some may not find the answer particularly comforting, and certainly there are those who will find it sacrilegious. But if you happen to share the author's view that what's really sacrilegious is a God who permits evil, you'll be moved to nod your head in agreement. Not to mention chuckling at the absurdity of it all.
review Review by David Soyka.
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Fangorn
Legion of Thunder: Book 2 of Orcs - First Blood
Stan Nicholls
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 281 pages, £5.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

What do you get when you combine a squad of orcs, five strange tokens of unknown power, and a vindictive, paranoid, blood ritual-using sorceress? A strange tale of magic, fantastic creatures, and mythical elder races that warps your expectations. Plus you can look forward to Warrior of the Tempest: Book 3, to be published in trade paperback on 16 November by Victor Gollancz, UK.
review Series review by Todd Richmond.
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John Shamburger
Thank You for the Flowers: Stories of Suspense & Imagination
Scott Nicholson
Parkway Publishers (trade, 208 pages, $14.95 US)
Publication date: 2000

Winner of the 1998 Hubbard Gold Award, top prize in the international Writers of the Future contest, Scott Nicholson has put together a collection of his short fiction, including the award-winning story, "The Vampire Shortstop." These mystery/ghost/fantasy stories cover "a range of territory from a Civil War ghost story called 'The Three-Dollar Corpse' to 'Dead Air,' where a late-nigh deejay has an open line to a female serial killer. A high school girl has a crush on her best friend's guy, but so does her best friend's ghost in 'In the Heart of November.'  In 'Thirst,' a girl's tears are the key to ending a long drought. In the afterwords, the author gives some background on the development of each story."
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Geoff Taylor
The Demon Apostle
R.A. Salvatore
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market, 530 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

Conclusion to the Demon trilogy, following The Demon Awakens and The Demon Spirit. "With the demon dactyl defeated, the war-weary citizens of the kingdom of Honce-the-Bear wish only to bury their dead and begin rebuilding their broken lives. But the spectre of civil war haunts the ravaged land -- and a spectre more fearsome still. For the demon, though defeated, was not destroyed. And now its vengeful spirit has found an unholy sanctuary at the very heart of the Abellican Church."
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Journey to a Strange Planet
Christopher P. Seddon
1st Books Library/www.1stbooks.com (trade, 290 pages, $11.95 US / e-book, PDF file 897K, $4.95 US)
Publication date: July 2000

"Supposing robot space probes had been visiting the Earth for millions of years, long before Mankind evolved, for so long in fact that one of them actually recorded the Chicxulub meteorite impact that ended the age of dinosaurs... It was widely believed among the scientific community on Hre'vussad that the expedition to the distant planet designated Naboka III would find the civilization there still in its Bronze Age. Only Dr. Serell, whose controversial theories frequently infuriated her more conservative colleagues, argued that over the course of 4,500 years, the Nabokans might have made considerable advances, possibly to an Iron Age. She cited as evidence the enigmatic Nabokan pyramids, whose construction would have posed a challenge even to a civilization possessing mechanical power..." During the voyage to the little blue planet, radio signals are picked up, suggesting that technological progress on Naboka III may have been more rapid than even Serell had imagined.
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R.W. Boeche
The Purple Cloud
M.P. Shiel
Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press (trade, 311 pages, $13.95 US/£9.95 UK)
Publication date: 21 September 2000, UK / November 2000, UK

Another lost and found classic from Bison Frontiers of Imagination -- this one with an introduction by John Clute. First published in 1901, this novel "is widely hailed as a masterpiece of SF and one of the best 'last man' novels ever written. A deadly purple vapour passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence. As he descends into madness over the years, he becomes increasingly aware that his survival was no accident and that his destiny -- and the fate of the human race -- are part of a profound, cosmological plan."
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Sevenacide
Robert Shuster
Sevenacide (trade, 128 pages, $7 US)
Publication date: June 2000

This self-published collection of short stories is approximately half science fiction and half horror, with the sport of rugby as the linking theme (hence the punishing title). From the author's forward: "Rugby is a sport born and bred on violence. It was born of the violent frustration of a soccer player who picked up the ball and ran with it. It was bred by the first tackle by an opposition player. The violence has intensified with each intervening player over the years. These stories are meant to follow this mental state to its next logical progression. From the horror of the carnage on the field to the terror that is deep in the soul of every rugby player, each story pokes deep into the darkest crevices of the mind..."
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Red Planet
Peter Telep, based on the story by Chuck Pfarrer and screenplay by Jonathan Lemkin & Channing Gibson
Ace Science Fiction/Movie Tie-In (mass market original, 260 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

Here's the novelization of the Warner Bros. motion picture. "The year is 2050. The world's environmental abuse can no longer be ignored. The only hope for humanity lies in whether or not Earth's nearest neighbour is capable of sustaining human life... Lt-Cdr Kate Bowman is 400 million kilometres from Earth, working desperately to repair a damaged spacecraft orbiting Mars. Her crew is stranded on the surface below, fighting for their lives against the planet's natural hazards, and one man-made hazard -- a malfunctioning robot intent on killing them."
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Overflight: The Tales of Telucan
John Thomas
American Literary Press (trade, 344 pages, $12.95 US/$17.95 Can)
Publication date: December 1999

In his first novel, Thomas gives an account of the history of the world from the perspective of Meg and Ali, two UFO occupants from the planet Telucan. "Through the use of a 'heliograph,' Meg and Ali are able to study events as they happened. They discover the causes for historic events, the meaning of world mysteries such as Stonehenge and crop circles, and predict threats to our future, such as environmental pollution. Meg and Ali, after studying the history of our planet, understand why earth's inhabitants are on a path toward destruction. Can they stop it before it's too late?"
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Daniel Merriam
Grand Ellipse
Paula Volsky
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 549 pages, $23.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: 3 October 2000

Latest novel from the author of The Gates of Twilight, The White Tribunal, The Wolf of Winter and Illusion "presents a wondrous journey across a world torn by war and so enraptured by technological advances that it frowns upon magic as ancient superstition. Yet it is a new magical discovery -- Sentient Fire, which obeys the will of its creator -- that could well prove the only weapon against the expansion of a greedy Imperium. But the Fire resides in the hands of a capricious monarch who refuses to allow his historically neutral country -- and its creation -- to enter the martial arena. But this monarch has one other passion: a world-spanning race entitled The Grand Ellipse. To the winner goes not only land and titles but an interview with the king himself..."
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Well of Darkness: Volume One of the Sovereign Stone Trilogy
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Eos, HarperCollins (hardcover, 464 pages, $25 US/$37.95 Can)
Publication date: September 2000

No doubt you recognize this writing duo from their bestselling Dragonlance novels. Well, they're back at it with a new series, also set in an RPG world. Another sweeping "fantasy epic of the battle between honour and the dark shadows of obsession."
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The Sleeper Awakes
H.G. Wells
Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press (trade, 313 pages, $13.95 US/£9.95 UK)
Publication date: 21 September 2000, US / November 2000, UK

Wells wrote When the Sleeper Wakes in serial and in a novelized form in 1899. In 1910 he published a revised version of the novel under the title The Sleeper Awakes, which he further revised in 1921. This commemorative edition from Bison Frontiers of Imagination also boasts an introduction by J. Gregory Keyes. "In 1897 a Victorian gentleman falls into a sleep from which he cannot be waked. During his two centuries of slumber he becomes the Sleeper, the most well known and powerful person in the world. All property is bequeathed to the Sleeper to be administered by a Council on his behalf. The common people, increasingly oppressed, view the Sleeper as a mythical liberator whose awakening will free them from misery. The Sleeper awakes in 2100 to a futuristic London adorned with wondrous technological trappings yet staggering under social injustice and escalating unrest..."
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Dark Visions
edited by Douglas E. Winter, featuring stories by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin and Dan Simmons
Indigo, Orion Books (mass market reprint, 381 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 10 August 2000

This collection of original horror from 3 top writers was first published in 1988 (1989 in the UK). "Stephen King gives us 3 tales from his unsettling imagination. 'The Reploids' harks back to the fiction King loved to read as a young boy. 'Sneakers' is a humorous ghost story centring around the haunting of a public lavatory and 'Dedication,' probably the most disturbing of the tales, looks at a bizarre relationship between a black chamber maid and a writer. Dan Simmons also offers us 3 stories. Starting with 'Mestasis,' a story of a man haunted by delusional visions, Simmons moves on to 'Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell' a satire examining the evangelical TV shows and a possible what if... whilst 'Iverson's Pits' explores his interest in history. George R.R. Martin rounds off the book with his brilliant and unusual werewolf novella, 'The Skin Trade.'"
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