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New books include John Clute's first SF novel, new novels from Paul McAuley, Piers Anthony, David Feintuch, Sharon Shinn, and new anthologies from Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, and Martin Greenberg & John Helfers. Some unearthed classics that have recently been brought to our attention include the works of Brian Aldiss from UK publisher House of Stratus; the continuation of Nebraska University Press' Frontiers of Imagination series, with commemorative editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and H.G. Wells; and Stealth Press' return to the early works of authors like Robert A. Heinlein and F. Paul Wilson.

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 April 2001
Part II
Orphans of the Sky
Robert A. Heinlein
Stealth Press (hardcover, 153 pages, $21.95 US)
Publication date: October 2000

In 1941, Astounding Science Fiction published Heinlein's novella "Universe" and its sequel, "Common Sense." In 1963, the author modified both and published them together as Orphans of the Sky. Stealth Press is now making this book available once again in a handsome hardcover edition.
Michael Herring
Stark's Command
John G. Hemry
Ace (mass market original, 268 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

Sequel to Stark's War. "The moon's American civilian colony has offered to assist the military with food and supplies on one condition: that Stark's troops back the colony's plea for independence. In order to survive, civilian and soldier must learn to trust each other as one man's cause becomes a crusade..."
Alan Pollack
The Last Star at Dawn: Book Three of The Lightbringer Trilogy
Oliver Johnson
Roc (mass market reprint, 440 pages, $7.50 US)
Publication date: April 2001

Oliver Johnson first dabbled with gaming fiction with the Golden Dragon Fantasy Gamebooks, before releasing The Forging of the Shadows in the UK. The Lightbringer Trilogy has been reprinted in the US, and is now being re-released in mass market edition. "The 3 champions of the God of Light lead their exhausted army toward the ancient city of Iskiard, where prophecy dictates the sun will be rekindled. Jayal Illgill and Urthred, priest of the Flame, must bring Thalassa -- the Lightbringer -- into contact with the Rod of Shadows to fulfill her destiny."
Janny Wurts & Don Maitz
The Summer Tree: Book One of The Fionavar Tapestry
Guy Gavriel Kay
Roc (trade, 390 pages, $13.95 US)
Publication date: April 2001

Re-publication of Kay's 1984 novel, first in the Fionavar trilogy. "It all begins with a lecture that introduces 5 university students to a man who will change their lives, a wizard who can take them from Earth to the heart of the first of all worlds -- Fionavar."
Greg Call
The Temple and the Crown
Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris
Warner Aspect (mass market original, 560 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 2 April 2001

Sequel to their historical fantasy The Temple and the Stone. "Kurtz and Harris continue the story of Scotland's struggle for independence from England and pit the Knights Templar against a sinister force called the Order of the Black Swan in a battle between religion and faith and dark magic and alchemy."
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Alien Species
by Ann Margaret Lewis, illustrated by R.K. Post
Lucas Books, Del Rey (oversize trade, 176 pages, $18.95 US/$28.95 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

"The first detailed look at more than 150 of the most fascinating alien species that inhabit this vast galaxy." Well, not this galaxy; one far, far away. But you get the idea. Some of the details include: "Who these creatures are, how others see them, how they evolved, where they can be found" etc.
Claremont Tales
Richard A. Lupoff
Golden Gryphon Press (290 pages, hardcover $23.95 US/$35.95 Can; limited edition hardcover $100 US/$150 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

The career of Richard A. Lupoff has spanned more than half a century and includes several Hugo and Nebula nominations for his fiction as well as a Hugo Award (1960) for his work on the magazine Xero. This collection of stories spanning many decades and many more genres includes a wide range of material, "from Sherlockian mysteries to alternate universes in fast-forward, Walter Mittyesque escape into the world of software, Cthulhu Mythos tales, and the surprising price of eternal life." There's also a foreword by the author, plus a few insightful and/or entertaining words from the author preceding each of the stories.
The Secret of Life
Paul McAuley
Voyager, HarperCollins (hardcover, 395 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: January 2001

A very indirect sequel to Fairyland, this novel expands on some of the concerns and speculations of that dense conflation of cyberpunk and myth; but its plotting and style are far more open than those of its predecessor. This is fundamentally a quest tale, preoccupied with the acquisition and public use of scientific knowledge, and the quest soon leads the heroine and her nemesis on a voyage to Mars.
review Review by Nick Gevers.

review Read an excerpt.

R.W. Boeche
The Moon Pool
A. Merritt
Bison Frontiers of Imagination (trade, 287 pages, $10.95 US/£7.95 UK)
Publication date: 27 February 2001

This is a commemorative edition of Abraham Merritt's classic, which was first serialized in 1918-19. It features an introduction by Robert Silverberg. "On the island of Ponape in the South Pacific, the cold light of a full moon washes over the crumbling ruins of an ancient, vanished civilization. Unleashed from the depths is the Dweller, a glittering, enigmatic force of monstrous terror and radiant beauty that stalks the South Pacific, claiming all in its path."
The Horror Movie Survival Guide
Matteo Molinari and Jim Kamm
Berkley Boulevard (oversize trade, 336 pages, $14.95 US/$20.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

This book concentrates on the monsters from horror films, and in a very tongue-in-cheek kind of way, explains how to deal with them. Lots of trivia, a twisted sense of humour, and a fair scattering of black & white photos. How have we managed to survive until now without this book?
Gordon Crabb
Guardian of the Trust: Book Two of Merlin's Descendants
Irene Radford
DAW (mass market, 560 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

This series is a rich blending of fantasy and history from the author of the Dragon Nimbus books. Book One in Merlin's Descendants is Guardian of the Balance; Book Three is Guardian of the Vision.
Waiting for Godalming
Robert Rankin
Corgi (mass market reprint, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 5 April 2001

"God is dead. He died in mysterious circumstances while on a fishing trip to Norfolk, leaving a wife, 3 children and a great deal of valuable property. The Jehovahs had always been a very close-knit family although recently the old man, God, had become a bit of a recluse who had withdrawn from the day-to-day running of the universal property development business. According to God's last will and testament, he left his beloved planet Earth to his youngest son, Colin. Which seems mightily suspicious as the meek were expecting to inherit it..."  God's widow then calls in Lazlo Woodbine, Private Eye, to set things straight. Or, well, to do a little unbending, anyhow.
Web Site Story
Robert Rankin
Doubleday (hardcover, 279 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 5 April 2001

New novel from the author of Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls, Snuff Fiction and The Brentford Trilogy (in 5 books). "They wrote it off as a scare story. The Millennium Bug, the non-event of the century. But they were wrong, because the Bug was real. Is real. It's a computer virus and it's about to make the deadly species crossover from machine to mankind. The Black Death was spread by rats. But this plague will be spread by a mouse... Just give your computer mouse a wiggle. Go on. What harm can it do?"
Quest for Tomorrow: Beyond the Stars
William Shatner
Eos, HarperCollins (mass market reprint, 264 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: March 2001

Although best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk, Shatner is also the author of a dozen and a half novels. This one follows Step Into Chaos, where Jim Endicott attained oneness with the Omega Point, using its awe-inspiring intelligence to alter his own past. "Now, in that alternate universe, he finds a way to spare the father figure his extra-human DNA had programmed him to kill. But does the 'new' Jim remember the 'old' Jim? Only dimly aware of his vast Omega powers, Endicott must seek his new destiny aboard a world-sized star colony which an alien race has sabotaged with a seductive drug known as Heat. And lead a rag-tag crew of Plebs known as the Cowboys on their journey from outlaw gang to starship crew."
Heart of Gold
Sharon Shinn
Ace (mass market reprint, 341 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2001

The author's world is divided by skin colour (there are 3 races, one blue, one gold, one albino) and by gender. In the indigos' busy, high-tech capital, the races work side by side but live in apartheid-like separation, and racial tension is never far from the surface. But their recent campaign of territorial expansion has given rise to a wave of gulden terrorism, and indigo fear and hatred of the gold-skinned people is once more rising to fever pitch.
review Review by Victoria Strauss.
Jean Pierre Targete
Summers at Castle Auburn
Sharon Shinn
Ace (trade, 355 pages, $14.95 US/$20.99 Can)
Publication date: 10 April 2001

Coriel Halsing has a talent for herbal witchcraft, which she learned from her grandmother. She is also the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman. "What she once loved, she has lost. Where she once saw joy, she now sees terrible injustice. And at the castle where she once lived in peace, she now walks in fear for her life..."
Twilight Dynasty: Courting Evil
Barry H. Smith
Erica House (trade, 320 pages, $23.50 US)
Publication date: December 1999

A supernatural thriller which the author based on "his experiences with past-life regression and consultations with psychics. His protagonist, the worldly and successful Kyle Morrow, searches his past lives for solutions to his modern-day problems: Women, money, and his stagnant career. Unfortunately, his venture into the spiritual world brings back a mythic monster with murderous tastes..."
R.W. Boeche
The Skylark of Space
E.E. "Doc" Smith
Bison Frontiers of Imagination (trade, 160 pages, $10 US)
Publication date: 18 March 2001

First published in 1928 in Amazing Stories, this is one of the first and still, in the opinion of many, one of the best space operas. "This commemorative edition features the author's preferred version of the story, the original illustrations by O.G. Estes, Jr., and a new introduction by Vernor Vinge."
Stations of the Tide
Michael Swanwick
Eos, HarperCollins (mass market reprint, 256 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 6 March 2001

Re-publication of Swanwick's Nebula winner for best SF novel of 1991. "The Jubilee Tides will drown the planet Miranda beneath the weight of its own oceans. But as this once-in-two-centuries cataclysm approaches, a far vaster catastrophe threatens this dark, dangerous world of tale-spinners, conjurers and shape-changers..."
Steve Rawlings
The Fresco
Sheri S. Tepper
Victor Gollancz (406 pages, hardcover £17.99 UK; trade £10.99 UK)
Publication date: 15 March 2001

New novel from the award-winning author of such works as The Gate to Women's Country, Raising the Stones and Gibbon's Decline and Fall. "One day, in the midst of strange events that are occurring throughout the United States, plain-spoken 36-year-old bookstore manager Benita Alvarez-Shipton is greeted by a pair of aliens who ask her to transmit their message of peace to Washington..."
David Bowers
Yesterday's Kings
Angus Wells
Bantam Spectra (mass market original, 330 pages, $6.50 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 10 April 2001

From the author of The Godwars Saga and The Guardian comes this new novel of magic, adventure and passion. Cullyn, a young woodsman, is forced to take sides in a war between two ancient peoples of a land long divided...
R.W. Boeche
The Last War
H.G. Wells
Bison Frontiers of Imagination (trade, 308 pages, $13.95 US/£9.95 UK)
Publication date: 19 March 2001

First published in 1914 under the title The World Set Free, this novel is a disturbingly prophetic vision of atomic warfare. This new edition features an introduction by Greg Bear.
F. Paul Wilson
Stealth Press (hardcover, 261 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: January 2001

This was Wilson's first novel, originally published in 1976. It's a space opera of ideas from the author of the Repairman Jack series, with a new introduction from the author.
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