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The past month has brought us some terrific new books, including a new collection from Stepan Chapman, an anthology of ghost stories from Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg, new novels from the likes of Mercedes Lackey, Raymond E. Feist, Anne McCaffrey, Jack McDevitt, Tanya Huff, John Marco, Matthew Woodring Stover, reprints of classics from such greats as H.G. Wells, Keith Roberts, and James H. Schmitz -- and one of the highlights is the North American release of China Miéville's Perdido Street Station.

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 - 31 March 2001
Part II
Dru Blair
Bolos: Old Guard
created by Keith Laumer, edited by Bill Fawcett
Baen Science Fiction (mass market original, 340 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

The latest addition to Keith Laumer's universe of the Bolos includes 4 new stories by Mark Thies, John Mina, J. Steven York & Dean Wesley Smith, and William H. Keith, Jr.  "The onslaught of the Melconians was not the last conflict that humanity's interstellar Concordiat would have to face. For now the Kezdai -- a newly encountered species with war at the centre of their philosophy -- have taken to arms against the Concordiat and its colony worlds. For war, the Terrans have only one answer: Break out the Bolos! Self-aware robotic tanks, the Bolos have fought bravely and well since the days when humans fought each other. Now they battle across the stars to defend us all..."
Geoff Taylor
Courage of Falcons: The Secret Texts Book Three
Holly Lisle
Victor Gollancz (384 pages, hardcover £16.99 UK; trade £10.99 UK)
Publication date: 15 March 2001

Sequel to Diplomacy of Wolves and Vengeance of Dragons. "Kait Galweigh, her Sabir lover Ry and his cousin Ian have captured the Mirror of Souls, an artifact which can confer immortality, but only at huge cost to the innocents whose souls are used to feed it. Though the Mirror calls to Kait -- she had hoped to use its magical powers to restore to life her slaughtered family -- she knows its evil is too great and that it must be destroyed. But the only way to do that, and to ensure that Crispin Sabir doesn't get his hands on the Mirror, is if Kait becomes a Falcon like her uncle, one of the covert group of wizards sworn to the service of good under the aegis of the god Vodor Imrish. And that decision binds her more surely than any iron chain."
review Review by Todd Richmond of Diplomacy of Wolves.
Douglas Beekman
The Saints of the Sword: Book 3 of Tyrants and Kings
John Marco
Bantam Spectra (trade, 550 pages, $14.95 US/$22.95 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

Sequel to The Jackal of Nar and The Grand Design. "Biagio, Emperor of Nar, was once a madman and a tyrant. Now he wants peace. The irony is that no one believes him. Instead, the cruelest of his minions -- Elrad Leth, Governor of Aramoor, and King Tassis Gayle of Talistan -- are amassing an army to usurp his throne, bringing a new scourge of death to a battle-scarred world. But the wily Biagio, still a brilliantly devious leader, has one more desperate plan..."
review Review by Trent Walters of The Grand Design: Book 2.

review Review by Victoria Strauss of The Jackal of Nar: Book 1.

Les Edwards
The Skies of Pern
Anne McCaffrey
Del Rey (hardcover, 435 pages, $25 US/$38 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

Latest in the long line of Pern novels. "Technological marvels are changing the face of life on Pern. and the dragonriders, led by F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa and rider of bronze Golanth, and Tia, rider of green Zaranth, must forge a new place for themselves in a world that may no longer need them. But change is not easy for everyone. There are those who sill stop at nothing -- not even violence -- to keep Pern and its people pure. And now a brand-new danger looms from the skies... and threatens a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions."
Jack McDevitt
Eos, HarperCollins (hardcover, 448 pages, $25 US/$37.95 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

This is a pressure cooker of a novel. Intense popular and scientific interest is focused on a planet destined to be destroyed by a collision with a gas giant. Teams of scientists and tourists have gathered in starships to watch the fireworks. At the last minute, archaeological remains are discovered on the planet. A make-shift, emergency team is sent to the surface to study and collect everything it can grab.
review Review by Hank Luttrell.
Perdido Street Station
China Miéville
Del Rey (trade, 710 pages, $18 US/$27 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

This is the first US edition of this highly praised steampunk novel that was previoulsy published in the UK by Macmillan and was #11 on the SF Site Readers' Choice Top 10 List for 2000. "Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none -- not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory... While Isaac becomes more and more consumed with his experiments, one of his lab specimens demands his special attention: a brilliantly coloured caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger -- and more voracious -- by the day..."
Mary Z. Wolf
Highlord of Darkness
Christine W. Murphy
Hard Shell Word Factory (e-book, 658 pages, $6.50 US for disk or $4.50 for download)
Publication date: October 2000

"Narragan is supposed to be bad. It's expected. On Orgon, it's the religion. But he doesn't feel like the latest incarnation of evil. He's just an average guy who doesn't get along with his father, has thirty sisters to protect, and writes really bad poetry. If he doesn't learn how to be bad soon, if he doesn't figure out how to become the Evil One, then everything and everyone he loves is doomed. If Narragan doesn't want to be responsible for the end of civilization on Orgon, he has to become the Highlord of Darkness."
Bob Eggleton
Linda Nagata
Gollancz (mass market reprint, 360 pages, £6.00 UK)
Publication date: 8 February 2001

Set mostly aboard the spaceship Null Boundary, this novel is in essence one long chase scene. The ship and its crew and passengers are fleeing a courser of the Chenzeme. The Chenzeme have attacked and destroyed much of human space, both with ships and a biological weapon known as the cult virus.
review Review by Greg L. Johnson.

review Review by Lisa DuMond.

Jon Sullivan
The Curer: Book 3 of The Whiteblade Saga
Adam Nichols
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market original, 440 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 8 February 2001

Sequel to The Paladin: Book 1 and The Songster: Book 2. "Young Pawli has the true gift; he is certain of it. But his uncle Brynmaur will not listen, preferring to spend his days smoking starweed, prey to visions. And then Khurdis Blackeye, the self-proclaimed sorcerer of the Dark Tower, tries to bring all of the Three Valleys under his yoke, and conjures something dreadful into the world. Pawli and Brynmaur find themselves facing this threat alone, until the advent of Roe, a young wanderer who turns out to be more than anyone thinks. Through fantastical worlds they must travel, and face uncanny foes in their own mountain forests, to confront an enemy both ancient and terrible."
Dirk A. Wolf & Mary Z. Wolf
Podok Tales #1: The Tailnapping
Chet Novicki
Hard Shell Word Factory (e-book, 224 pages, $5.50 US for disk or $3.50 for download)
Publication date: January 2001

Categorized by the publisher as Fantasy Comedy/Adventure. As this is Podok Tales #1, presumably it is the first novel in a series of stories about the Podoks, being one of many alien races who routinely visit planet Earth and stop in at the local bar for an algae slush drink and some interaction with the natives... or perhaps they may have other business...
Dirk A. Wolf
A Kind of Justice
Judith R. Parker
Hard Shell Word Factory (e-book, $5.50 US for disk or $3.50 for download)
Publication date: December 2000

This is an anthology of mystery, suspense and horror tales from the author of several novels and many short stories. The stories in this collection will take you "from Southern California to the Caribbean, from Tennessee to Mexico and points in between. Justice can have many faces..."
Cliff Nielsen
Historical Hauntings
edited by Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg
DAW Horror (mass market original, 320 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

18 all new ghost stories "set in various times and places throughout history, conjured up in the fertile imaginations of fantasy's and science fiction's finest ghost busters. From Vikings to Revolutionary War soldiers, from Civil War rebels who just wouldn't let the battle die to a spectre bound by honour to seek vengeance at Iwo Jima, to individuals as diverse as Houdini, Hoffa, and Helen Keller..."
Yvonne Gilbert
Shapechanger's Song: Chronicles of the Cheysuli, Omnibus One
Jennifer Roberson
DAW Fantasy (mass market reprint, 625 pages, $7.99 US/$10.99 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

Here is the first of 4 volumes of the Chronicles of the Cheysuli. This one includes the books Shapechangers (1984) and Song of Homana (1985), as well as a previously unpublished Cheysuli story. They Cheysuli are "a race of magical warriors gifted with the ability to assume animal shape at will. For centuries they had been allies to the King of Homana, treasured champions of the realm. Until a king's daughter ran away with a Cheysuli liege man and caused a war of annihilation against the Cheysuli race..."
Keith Roberts
Del Rey Impact (trade reprint, 280 pages, $12 US/$18 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

This is the classic 1966 alternate history from the late Keith Roberts (he succumbed to pneumonia in October 2000), author of The Furies, The Chalk Giants and Kiteworld. "1588: Queen Elizabeth is felled by an assassin's bullet. Within the week, the Spanish Armada had set sail, and its victory changed the course of history.  1968: England is still dominated by the Church of Rome. There are no telephones, no television, no nuclear power. As Catholicism and the Inquisition tighten their grip, rebellion is growing..."
Bob Eggleton
Trigger & Friends: The Complete Federation of the Hub, Vol. 3
James H. Schmitz, edited by Eric Flint
Baen Science Fiction (mass market reprint, 474 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

This books is 3rd in a 4-volume series of collected Hub tales, following Telzey Amberdon and T 'n T: Telzey & Trigger. The 4th, The Hub: Dangerous Territories, is forthcoming from Baen Books. The stories in this volume were originally published in various genre magazines between 1956 and 1974. "Con games. Corrupt governors. Deadly rivalries between departments of the same government. And, of course, the long arm of the Mob. Even in our future among the stars, some things never change -- except that the governors run (and ruin) planets, the rivalries are fought with spacecraft and energy bolts, and the mobsters smuggle real illegal aliens and make their getaways with subspace portals. It's all just another day in that bastion of galactic peace and democracy, the Federation of the Hub -- and somebody has to clean up this mess! Join secret agent Trigger Argee, scout adventurer Heslet Quillan and Holati Tate, master of intrigue, as they battle the criminal element on its own interstellar turf... and make the future a little safer for the rest of us."
review Review by Peter D. Tillman of Telzey Amberdon.
Dirk A. Wolf
Chill #1: Satan's Seed
Jory Sherman
Hard Shell Word Factory (e-book, 206 pages, $6 US for disk or $4 for download)
Publication date: October 2000

"It all started with the wholesale slaughter of prize cattle at Sam Hinton's ranch at Big Bear Lake. And at the very moment that Sam was calling psychic investigator 'Chill' Chillders for help, the broken body of his young son was discovered. The evil was past destroying the Hintons' livestock; it bad begun destroying their lives. Chill was not himself psychic, but his special lady, beautiful Laura Littlefawn was. And so she came with him to Big Bear Lake. Someone among the Hinton family and friends was consorting with Satan -- there was evidence of a bloody black mass in an abandoned mine -- and it meant a painful trance for Laura to try to invoke the dark forces of the netherworld. But before Chill and Laura could exorcise the devil, more blood would flow, more violence would be committed, and Chill himself would be accused of horrendous crimes..."
Mary Z. Wolf
Door in the Sky
Carol Lynn Stewart
Hard Shell Word Factory (e-book, $6.50 US for disk or $4.50 for download)
Publication date: November 2000

"Beautiful half-Basque witch Mariana de Reuilles comes into her full powers torn between the love of two men. Breton knight Richard de la Guerche, her childhood sweetheart, knows of the old ways, the circle fires and standing stones. Henri de Baucais, tortured soldier of the Inquisition, was sent to destroy her. Yet Henri can't bring himself to carry out his orders. When a sacred treasure from the ashes of the Cathar stronghold of Monsegur falls into Mariana's hands, she must choose..."
Blade of Tyshalle
Matthew Woodring Stover
Del Rey (trade, 736 pages, $16 US/$24 Can)
Publication date: 3 April 2001

Here's the latest fantasy novel from the author of Iron Dawn, Jericho Moon and Heroes Die. It follows the adventures of Hari Michaelson, a popular actor on our mundane earth. "But on Overworld he's an assassin, as real monarchs live and die at his hands and entire governments are overthrown... all for the entertainment of the multitude of fans observing his every move back on earth..."
review Review by Regina Lynn Preciado.
Dirk A. Wolf
How to Rescue a Dead Princess
Jeff Strand
Hard Shell Word Factory (e-book, 260 pages, $5.50 US for disk or $3.50 for download)
Publication date: August 2000

If you're in the mood for some comedy-style sword and sorcery, why not have a look at Jeff Strand's e-book. The story opens with squire Randall -- son of the famous Sir Randall of the Density Warriors (so named by the mis-spelling of 'Destiny' on the coat of arms) who is reputed to have defeated an entire ogre horde while armed only with a fork -- about to be ripped limb from limb at the card table...
Steve Rawlings
Singer from the Sea
Sheri S. Tepper
Millennium (mass market reprint, 520 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 8 March 2001

Returning to a common theme, Tepper's latest novel explores the consequences of mankind inserting itself into an alien world and running afoul of the complex and interwoven alien ecosystems. In this case, the world of Haven is only one of many settled after good ol' Earth got used up. But on Haven the mysterious "batfly fever" selectively targets, and kills, nursing women. The result is that women have a limited life expectancy while men, and the men of the aristocracy in particular, live a very, very long time.
review Review by Robert Francis.
Chris Moore
The First Men in the Moon
H.G. Wells
Millennium, SF Masterworks #38 (trade, 196 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 8 February 2001

First published in 1901, this book was one of the first attempts to portray an alien race living in their own environment. It's also the only novel Wells wrote that deals with human space travel. "Thanks to the discovery of an anti-gravity metal, Cavorite, two Victorian Englishmen travel to the Moon, where they encounter the extraordinary underground world of the Selenites, insect-like aliens living in a rigidly organized hive society."
Gypsy Pie
Andre West
Word Wrangler Publishing (e-book, 272 pages, $5.95 US)
Publication date: 2000

From the website: "Debra Crosby, a street smart survivalist, finds herself thrown into a world she cannot fathom, and put on a quest that challenges her sense of reality. Debra and her unlikely partner, Renee, travel through an alternate universe to track down the leader of the 'Phagi, known as vampires in our world, to save him and their own reality from destruction. The girls' drastically opposing outlooks on and positions in life play heavily into the story and add an element of psychology to the book. Can two girls with so little in common, and so far from everything they know, manage to work together to defeat the 'Phagi and rescue the people in both places they've come to know and love?"
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