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Featured this time are new and forthcoming books from Steven Erikson, Charles de Lint, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sara Douglass, Lucius Shepard, Steve Aylett, Chris Wooding, and many more.

Before we get to those goodies, here are a few recommendations from my own recent reading:

  • The Devils in the Details by James P. Blaylock & Tim Powers (Subterranean Press, hc signed limited edition, 115 pages, 2003, USA)
        This book contains a story from each author and a collaboration from the two of them. Any one of these three stories is worthy of the care and attention that went into the production of this beautiful little book; together, they make it quite a treat indeed. The Powers story is an account of a guilt-ridden priest who is asked to hear confession from a ghost. The Blaylock is about a man caught up in the petty politics of a Committee trying to ensure the politically-correct dedication of a chapel, until the attempts to appease and balance every possible religion and spiritual group backfire hellishly. The collaborative story is about a man driving through the Arizona desert on a personal quest, but who instead keeps finding fragments of his own future and past.

  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (Del Rey, trade, 233 pages, August 2003, USA & Canada)
        Kip Russell is determined to visit the moon. He enters a nationwide contest in which the grand prize is a trip to the moon. He wins, but not the grand prize; instead, Kip wins a second hand space suit. He patches it up, makes a few modifications, and practices walking around with it so that when he does someday make it into space, he'll at least be familiar with how his space suit works. One day while testing out his space suit, Kip is taken on board a space pirate vessel and whisked off to the moon he has so longed to see, but not under quite the conditions he had anticipated...
        First published in 1958, this is one of Heinlein's best-known and best-loved stories targeted to younger readers. For adults, it's still a fun romp through the space-faring dreams of a more innocent age.

  • Petting the Time Shark and Other Poems by Mike Allen (DNA Publications, chapbook, 48 pages, September 2003, USA)
        If you have any interest at all in speculative poetry, this little collection is certainly worth your attention; and if you have had no interest in speculative poetry to this point, Mike Allen may change your opinion. These poems range from chilling to amusing, but are almost always thoughtful and thought-provoking. The sound of Allen's language is sometimes an important part of the effect, so try reading aloud. Also included here are a few collaborative efforts, including a few with Ian Watson. Noteworthy, too, are Tim Mullins' illustrations, particularly the cover.
(Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted.)

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: Mid-February 2004
Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong
Random House Canada (trade, 357 pages)
Publication date: 17 February 2004, Canada & USA

Karloff's Circus: Accomplice, Book 4 by Steve Aylett
Victor Gollancz (trade, 128 pages)
Publication date: 12 February 2004, UK

The Stone of the Stars: The Dragon Throne, Book 2 by Alison Baird
Warner Aspect (trade, 419 pages)
Publication date: 1 February 2004, USA & Canada

The Yellow Silk by Don Bassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast (mm, 314 pages)
Publication date: February 2004, USA & Canada & UK

The One And the Golden Circle by Don Allen Beene
iUniverse (trade, 295 pages)
Publication date: June 2003, USA

Mothership by John Brosnan
Victor Gollancz (trade, 280 pages)
Publication date: 19 February 2004, UK

Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Kalvan Saga, Book 4 by John F. Carr
Pequod Press (hc, 468 pages)
Publication date: January 2004, USA

Kalvan Kingmaker: Kalvan Saga, Book 3 by John F. Carr
Pequod Press (hc, 461 pages)
Publication date: January 2001, USA

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Tor (trade, 333 pages)
Publication date: 2004, UK

The San Veneficio Canon by Michael Cisco
Prime (hc, 246 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 15 April 2004, USA

Shadowgod: The Shadowkings Trilogy, Book 2 by Michael Cobley
Pocket Books (mm, 470 pages)
Publication date: 1 March 2004, UK

Medicine Road by Charles de Lint, illustrated by Charles Vess
Subterranean Press (hc, 206 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 27 April 2004, USA

Letters from the Flesh by Marcos Donnelly
Red Deer Press (trade, 192 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): spring 2004, Canada & USA

Gods' Concubine: The Troy Game, Book 2 by Sara Douglass
Tor (hc, 557 pages)
Publication date: February 2004, USA & Canada

Midnight Tides: Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 5 by Steven Erikson
Bantam UK (hc & trade, 698 pages)
Publication date: 1 March 2004, UK
   Following the book that was the number one choice of SF Site Readers in last year's poll...
reviewSF Site Review of Book 4, House of Chains

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Viking (hc, 380 pages)
Publication date: 23 February 2004, USA
   Sequel to the number six book on this year's SF Site Editors' Choice Top 10.

Smallville: City by Devin Grayson
Warner Aspect (mm, 260 pages)
Publication date: March 2004, USA & Canada

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
Viking Canada (hc, 501 pages)
Publication date: 28 February 2004, Canada
reviewSF Site Review

Choice of the Cat: The Vampire Earth, Book 2 by E.E. Knight
Roc (mm, 352 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 4 May 2004, USA & Canada

Lore Bringer: The Last Clansman, Book 3 by Miller Lau
Pocket Books (mm, 469 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 5 April 2004, UK

The Light Ages by Ian R. MacLeod
Pocket Books (mm, 456 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 5 April 2004, UK
   Number one on this year's SF Site Editors' Choice Top 10 and number five on the Readers' Choice.
reviewSF Site Review

White Devils by Paul McAuley
Tor (hc, 464 pages)
Publication date: 24 February 2004, USA & Canada

Acorna's Triumph by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Eos (hc, 309 pages)
Publication date: 2 March 2004, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review

Iterations by Robert J. Sawyer
Red Deer Press (trade, 307 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): spring 2004, Canada & USA
reviewSF Site Review

Limbo by Andy Secombe
Tor UK (mm, 340 pages)
Publication date: March 2004, UK & Canada

Limbo II: The Final Chapter by Andy Secombe
Tor UK (trade, 308 pages)
Publication date: 5 March 2004, UK & Canada

Two Trains Running by Lucius Shepard
Golden Gryphon (hc, 112 pages)
Publication date: March 2004, USA & Canada

Extinction: War of the Spider Queen, Book 4 by Lisa Smedman
Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast (hc, 344 pages)
Publication date: January 2004, USA & Canada & UK

21st Century Pulp by Eric Turowski
iUniverse (hc & trade, 171 pages)
Publication date: October 2003, USA & Canada & UK

The Skein of Lament: The Braided Path, Book 2 by Chris Wooding
Victor Gollancz (hc & trade, 416 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 20 May 2004, UK
reviewSF Site Review of Book 1, The Weavers of Saramyr


Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2004, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: James L. Cambias, John Morressy, Albert E. Cowdrey, David Gerrold, Robert Sheckley, Kate Mason, Bruce McAllister, Ray Vukcevich.

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