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If you're in the mood for some Hallowe'en reading, there's a new anthology of horror classics from Mike Baker and Martin H. Greenberg. Or if you'd rather look to the future, try the new Writers of the Future collection or the latest SFF Net Darkfire anthology. In addition, the past few weeks have brought us new titles from Peter S. Beagle, Gregory Benford, Anne Bishop, Terry Brooks, Chris Bunch, Kate Elliott, Simon R. Green, James Lovegrove, Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen and many others.

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: 1 - 15 October 2000
Part II
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Intrigues: Book One of The Blending Enthroned
Sharon Green
Eos, HarperCollins (mass market original, 432 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

Following her Blending series, Green now brings us further adventures in the realm of elemental magic. "Lorand, Rion, Vallant, Tamrissa, Jori and Naran -- masters of the elemental magic -- came together in the foretold Blending to save a beleaguered empire. Now it is these benevolent Six who reign. But to rescue a realm is one thing. To rule it, yet another. Hungry sharks are circling in the roiling waters of the court. Sinister plots to conquer the fledgling republic are being hatched in foreign lands. But the most devastating threat to face the Six is a dark, hidden enemy who is growing stronger by the day -- a terrible malevolence rapidly approaching the peak of its havoc-wreaking power."
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Jon Sullivan
Beyond the Blue Moon
Simon R. Green
Victor Gollancz (395 pages, trade £10.99 UK/hardcover £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 September 2000

Green's latest novel is the long-awaited sequel to Blue Moon Rising. "Captains Hawk and Fisher are the only honest cops in the down and dirty magical city of Haven. In a place where anything can be bought, stolen or fought for, they've stood up for decency and right; together they have taken everything from vampires and werewolves to conniving politicians. They've solved locked-room mysteries and dealt with the enigmatic Beings on the Street of Gods. But now it's their last case as members of Haven's City Guard, and all hell is breaking loose -- because they are not leaving town without a little cleaning up first. The bad guys are going down whatever it takes."
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Jon Sullivan
Blue Moon Rising
Simon R. Green
Victor Gollancz Millennium (mass market reprint, 448 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 12 October 2000

First published in 1991, this novel introduced Hawk and Fisher. It is now being reprinted by Millennium to coincide with the release of Beyond the Blue Moon. "King John's realm has existed peacefully for generations, but now the kingdom is disintegrating. The malign rotten blackness of the Darkwood is encroaching; demons are massing, hunting in packs. King John is out of money, out of hope. Prince Rupert, the younger son -- not so much expendable as surplus to requirements -- has been sent out on a Quest. When he returns, much to everyone's surprise, he has not just the princess but the dragon too... A second son, a tired dragon, a unicorn without a horn and a princess with a wicked left hook: an unlikely company to face a Demon Prince -- but face him they must when the Blue Moon rises..."
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A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!
Harry Harrison
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 192 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 September 2000

Harrison is the author of Make Room! Make Room (which inspired the 1973 film Soylent Green), the Deathworld trilogy, the Stainless Steel Rat series and the Bill the Galactic Hero series. This novel, from 1972, features "a metal highway under the sea, rival to the massive powdered-coal-burning flying machines that dominate the transatlantic route. Captain Augustine Washington, the engineer, and his team of navvies are driving the tunnel across the Atlantic in an heroic feat of construction. For Gus, a descendant of the infamous George Washington, executed after the Battle of Lexington, this is the opportunity to redeem the family name." Harrison depicts a parallel world where the British Empire never lost its American colonies and continues to be driven by the spirit of Victorian enterprise and retains a Victorian code of honour.
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Skake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret
Michael Kupperman
HarperEntertainment (trade paperback original, $13 US/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: September 2000

This is the first book-length collection by Kupperman, underground cult-classic cartoonist and creator of the action heroes Shake 'n' Bacon. This book also features "many previously unpublished cartoons to accompany Kupperman's well-known classics, including 'Roger Darltry's Sex Diary,' 'Swamp Blanket Bingo,' 'Rabid District Attorney,' among many others... Kupperman's wry, postmodern humour -- brimming with pop-culture references -- has earned him a cult following that has seen his work appear in alternative papers and literary magazines across the nation, as well as on the internet."
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Fred Gambino
Vengeance of Dragons: Book 2 of The Secret Texts
Holly Lisle
Aspect Fantasy, Warner Books (mass market reprint, 450 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

Sequel to Diplomacy of Wolves. "Kit Galweigh is now a fugitive, seeking the Mirror of Souls in order to resurrect her lost family. But to get it she must battle with Crispin Abir, who believes the artefact will make him God. Both are terribly wrong. Using the artefact will in fact unleash the souls of the long dead sorcerers who once before conquered the world. Held captive within the mirror, the magicians wait for freedom and the opportunity for vengeance."
review Review by Todd Richmond of Diplomacy of Wolves.
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Chris Moore
The Foreigners
James Lovegrove
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 421 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 September 2000

From the author of The Hope, Days and, co-authored with Peter Crowther, Escardy Gap. Lovegrove claims that the initial spark for this novel grew out of a short story he wrote called "The Gift" which was inspired by the Thai sex trade. In this novel, the Foreigners show up on earth -- 7 feet tall with inscrutable golden masks and robe-clad bodies -- and introduce their unearthly technology called Crystech, which is both a power source and a building material of unsurpassed beauty. "They banished all our worries and heralded a new utopia. All they asked of us was that we sing to them. It was surely too good to be true. The only thing that could possibly go wrong was that one day they might leave as suddenly and mysteriously as they had arrived, throwing us back into the dark ages. Now, in a room in one of the hotels on the gleaming white streets of New Venice, one of The Foreigners has been found dead, its robes and mask lying empty on the plush carpet next to the body of the Siren it had paid to sing to it. Jack Parry, late of the Metropolitan Police, now of the Foreign Policy Police, is under pressure to find out what happened..."
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Marc Fishman
The Doom of Camelot
edited by James Lowder
Pendragon Fiction, Green Knight Publishing (trade, 320 pages, $14.95 US/$20.95 Can)
Publication date: August 2000

Latest from Pendragon Fiction is this collection of 16 all new stories about the end of the Arthurian dream. "What brought about the downfall of King Arthur's fabled realm? The answers offered by the original stories found herein range from the clash of faiths and ideals, to an innocent jest gone horribly wrong, to the pervasive, yet subtle flaws in the idea of Camelot itself. From Dark Ages squalor to fantastic splendour The Doom of Camelot presents a wide range of tones and styles." Contributors include Phyllis Ann Karr, Catherine Wells, Elaine Cuningham, Ed Greenwood, Darrell Schweizer, and others.
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Gathering Blue
Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin (hardcover, 215 pages, $15 US)
Publication date: 1 October 2000

From the author of A Summer to Die, Anastasia Krupnik, Number the Stars (Newbery medal 1990), and The Giver (Newbery medal 1994). "Left orphaned and physically flawed in a civilization that shuns and discards the weak, Kira faces a frighteningly uncertain future. Her neighbours are hostile and no one but a small boy offers to help. When she is summoned to judgement by The Council of Guardians, Kira prepares to fight for her life. But the Council, to her surprise, has plans for her. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, the young girl faces new responsibilities and a set of mysteries deep within the only world she was ever known. On her quest for truth, Kira discovers things that will change her life and the world forever."
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Colony Fleet
Susan R. Matthews
Eos, HarperCollins (mass market original, 304 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

From the author of Avalanche Soldier, Prisoner of Conscience and Hour of Judgment. "400 years ago, the leaders of an ecologically threatened Earth launched a great fleet of asteroid ships toward five planets that would be colonized by the first crew's descendants. Each world was to be a homogeneous mix of people, with no group more equal than another. But, over the centuries, the utopian dream has died. Now, with the first landing mere months away, there are 3 distinct levels in the social order. When Hillbrane Harkover, a member of the elite class, is betrayed by one of her own, she finds herself disgraced and exiled to the dangerous fringes of the fleet. But with a 4-century-old dream doomed by suspicion and class hatred, only an outsider like Hillbrane may be able to save the first colony from catastrophe."
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
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Mitchell Heinze
Something Wicked's in Those Woods
Marisa Montes
Harcourt Children's Books (hardcover, 224 pages, $17 US/$25 Can)
Publication date: September 2000

In this début novel (recommended for ages 8 to 12) 11-year-old Javi and his little brother Nico are newly arrived in their new home in northern California, following the death of their parents in a car accident in Puerto Rico. But "strange things are happening around the house: Chairs fly mysteriously across a room. Appliances turn on and off by themselves. And Nico claims to have an imaginary friend -- one who is teaching him English at an alarming rate. All too quickly the bizarre events intensify, and Javi must navigate the dark, forbidding turf as he finds himself caught up in a struggle with supernatural powers."
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Wolfbane
Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 189 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 September 2000

Pohl and Kornbluth, each a well-known SF author in his own right, began writing together in 1940. Their other collaborations include The Space Merchants, Search the Sky and Gladiator-at-Law. "The Earth has been torn away from the Sun, kidnapped by a runaway planet, whose inhabitants -- enigmatic, utterly alien Pyramids -- have their own plans for Earth's resources. And humankind, depending for warmth on a constantly renewed but woefully inadequate Moon, wracked by hunger and ruled by a slavish conformity to tradition is dying out. But there are those who defy convention and refuse to give in. Feared and persecuted by the ordinary citizens, these 'Wolves' are preparing to fight back against the Pyramids, to take back control of Earth's destiny. And one, unlikely man holds the key to survival."
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Luis Royo
The Wizard's Treasure: The Dragon Nimbus #4
Irene Radford
DAW Fantasy (mass market original, 390 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 10 October 2000

The latest Dragon Nimbus novel follows The Glass Dragon (1994), The Perfect Princess (1995) and The Loneliest Magician (1996). "Jack -- who having come into his own magical powers has been serving as protector to King Darville -- finds himself torn between conflicting duties and loyalties. He has sworn to free Queen Rossemikka from the cat personality which shares her body. But his own true love Katrina is determined to return to SeLenicca [ancestral enemy to Coronnan], bringing with her the one magic which could free her own queen from a spell-induced trance... Is there any path Jack can take which will not see him branded traitor to one side or the other?"
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Wayne McLoughlin
Time Windows
Kathryn Reiss
Harcourt Children's Books (mass market reprint, 192 pages, $6 US/$9 Can)
Publication date: September 2000

This novel of horror for ages 12 and up was first published in 1991. "When Miranda moves with her family to an old house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers an antique dollhouse that duplicates her new home in miniature. Looking through the dollhouse windows, she is shocked to see scenes from the tragic lives of the real house's past inhabitants. She soon realizes that her home is exerting an evil power over the women who live there. And even worse, Miranda's own mother is succumbing to its influence."
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Creature Features: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movie Guide (Updated Edition)
John Stanley
Berkley Boulevard Books (trade, 596 pages, $12 US/$17 Can)
Publication date: August 2000

Stanley's SF, Fantasy & Horror movie guide has been updated to include such films as The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense and The Phantom Menace. But you'll find more than just the box office hits in this hefty guide: this book "has it all -- the shockers, blockbusters, bombs, cult faves, and many more. From features, made-for-TV movies, and straight-to-videos, the book contains all the films you love to hate, the films you forgot about, and the films you never knew existed. Horror and SF fans will find films that matter and films that splatter in one critical and humorous guide!"
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Trevor Scobie
Distraction
Bruce Sterling
Victor Gollancz Millennium (mass market reprint, 489 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 8 September 2000

In Sterling's award-winning novel, it's 2044, and America just isn't what it used to be. Cities are privately owned, Caucasians are a distrusted minority, and the country is governed by permanent "Emergency Committees."
review Review by Ernest Lilley.
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Tristan Elwell
Magic Can Be Murder
Vivian Vande Velde
Harcourt Children's Books (hardcover, 208 pages, $17 US/$25 Can)
Publication date: September 2000

Vande Velde's other titles include Never Trust a Dead Man, Curses, Inc. and Other Stories, Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, A Hidden Magic, and numerous others. This latest novel is the story of Nola, a young witch of rather insignificant powers, and her mother who is a magnet for witch-hunters. One day, while scrying in a bucket of water, Nola magically witnesses a murder. "Which is bad enough, but worse is that the murderer may frame Nola and her mother for the crime. And then no amount of magic will save them."
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The Embedding
Ian Watson
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 254 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 September 2000

This was Watson's first published novel, from 1973. It has been much praised over the intervening years, and deservedly so. It's a powerful look at language, thought, reality and the connections between them. "Intellectually bracing and grippingly written, it is the story of 3 experiments in linguistics, and is driven by a searching analysis of the nature of communication. Fiercely intelligent, energetic and challenging, The Embedding immediately established Watson as a writer of rare power and vision."
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Troy Howell
Boots and the Seven Leaguers: A Rock-and-Troll Novel
Jane Yolen
Harcourt Children's Books (hardcover, 192 pages, $17 US/$25 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

From the award-winning author of more than 200 books for children and adults. "Gog is just your average teenager. Sure, he's a troll, but he's got typical teen problems: a kid brother who is smarter than any young troll should be; a best friend, Pook, who is always getting Gog into trouble; and a favourite rock-and-troll band -- Boots and the Seven Leaguers, the best band in the entire kingdom. What Gog hasn't got are tickets to tonight's sold-out concert. There is only one way to get into the show -- Magic. But magic always has consequences..."
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