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New books of the new millennium include titles by Tim Powers, Mike Moscoe, S.L. Viehl, Jim Butcher, Deborah Chester, and Richard Paul Russo, plus anthologies from Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, and Martin H. Greenberg & Brittiany A. Koren. Retrospectives on the past century include the complete short stoires of Arthur C. Clarke, and an illustrated history of horror by Robert Weinberg.

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 January 2001
Longtusk: Mammoth Book Two
Stephen Baxter
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 292 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: 11 January 2001

As with Silverhair: Mammoth Book One, this novel is the author's attempt to portray the mammoth in as realistic and accurate a manner as possible, while allowing for a certain anthropomorphic mentality to make their story understandable to humans. Although ostensibly aimed at a younger reading audience, it is not written in a condescending manner and is enjoyable for both children and adults, who can all find something in this coming-of-age story.
review Review by Steven H Silver.
Cliff Miller
Frontier Earth
Bruce Boxleitner
Ace Science Fiction (mass market reprint, 325 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

Caught up in historical events of the American Old West and pursued by vicious alien hunters, a mysterious amnesiac named Macklin slowly comes to realize that he's from another planet. As soon as a stagecoach headed for Tombstone -- and counting Doc Halliday among its passengers -- makes an appearance, you know the OK Corral can't be far away.
review Review by Don Bassingthwaite.
Lee Macleod
Fool Moon: Book Two of The Dresden Files
Jim Butcher
Roc Fantasy (mass market original, 350 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

Chicago's only licensed wizard, Harry Dresden, who also happens to be a PI, was first introduced to us in Storm Front. Lately, however, business has been slow and things are beginning to look a little bleak for Harry. "But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take 3 guesses -- and the first 2 don't count..."
review Review by Victoria Strauss of Storm Front.
Jean Pierre Targete
The Chalice: Book Three of The Sword, the Ring and the Chalice
Deborah Chester
Ace Fantasy (mass market original, 396 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

Conclusion to the trilogy the began with The Sword and continued in The Ring. "The half-elven Dain, now recognized as the long-lost heir to the kingdom of Nether, prepares to fight for his throne. Suddenly his love, Princess Pheresa, is struck down by poison meant for him. Now, Dain and his hated rival, Prince Gavril, must undertake a perilous quest to find the one thing that can save her -- the Chalice of Eternal Life, the powerful relic that Dain's own father lost his life trying to hide from mortal hands."
The Collected Stories
Arthur C. Clarke
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 966 pages, £20 UK)
Publication date: 4 January 2001

Sir Arthur C. Clarke has been one of the most influential SF writers and his visionary work has spanned a long career. This comprehensive collection includes every single one of his published short stories, from "Travel by Wire" (1937) to "Improving the Neighbourhood" (1999). "In his stories you can marvel at his visions of space, distant galaxies and star systems. You'll understand why Clarke is celebrated for his prophetic vision as he takes you on voyages of discovery. This volume is a great testament to his genius; each story is a classic example of the unique mixture of speculation and fiction which has made Clarke a household name and proves that the short story is an art form."
Walter Velez
edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois
Ace Science Fiction (mass market original, 275 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

With the mapping of the human genome, we take one step closer to the potentials of genetic engineering. And, of course, there is some considerable debate about what it is we would actually be approaching, were we to start to meddle significantly in the design of future generations. In this anthology of previously published stories (some recent; some dusted off and presented for re-inspection), "eleven cutting-edge science fiction writers explore the possibilities, both helpful and hazardous, of genetic engineering." Contributors: Paul J. McAuley, Frederik Pohl, Greg Egan, Eileen Gunn, John Brunner, Bruce Sterling, J.R. Dunn, Chris Lawson, Brian Stableford, Robert Reid, and Cordwainer Smith.
Single White Vampire Seeks Same
edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Brittiany A. Koren
DAW Fantasy (mass market original, 320 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

The assignment: write a story giving us your spin on personal ads. The contributors: Mickey Zucker Reichert, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, R. Davis, Gary A. Braunbeck, Bradley H. Sinor, Peter Crowther, Esther M. Friesner, Tanya Huff, Tim Waggoner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Michelle West, Charles de Lint. All new stories. "12 of today's top fantasy writers offer their own 'personal' take on the personals, from the role of Cupid in the modern-day world, to a dream made into reality, to a blind date who seems determined to prove music is the language of love, to the successful seductions and madcap mismatches of the masters, and mistresses, of the night..."
Vincent Di Fate/Frank Morris
The Sand Wars: Volume One
Charles Ingrid
DAW Science Fiction (mass market, 640 pages, $7.99 US/$10.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

This is the first of a new 2-volume omnibus edition of The Sand Wars series. Volume One comprises the novels Solar Kill (1987), Lasertown Blues (1988) and Celestial Hit List (1988). "The Thrakian Invasion had swept from world to world, turning once-fertile planets into vast desert wastelands. To halt these world destroyers, the Dominion Empire sent in its finest warriors -- the Knights. In their powered battle armour, the Knights had fought a valiant, last-ditch effort, slowly retreating along starways, buying vital time for the Empire. And then, as the Thrakian menace seemed to slow to a halt, the last Knights found themselves abandoned to near-certain death, or, worse yet, to the possibility of a hideous betrayal by their own, alien-repaired battle armour. Yet in the midst of disaster, one Knight escaped -- Jack Storm... He was the last Dominion Knight, and he was about to embark on a one-man crusade of vengeance against the evil hidden in the very heart of the Empire!"
Geoff Taylor
Vengeance of Dragons: The Secret Texts, Book Two
Holly Lisle
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 441 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 28 December 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 artifact will make him God. Both are terribly wrong. Using the artifact 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.
Bob Warner
The Family - Book One: Special Effects
Kevin McCarthy with David Silva
DAW (mass market original, 440 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

First novel in a new series about a group of escapees from an experimental program in mind-spying. "Just because they've lost their support from the CIA, Samuel Hunter isn't about to abandon his PSI Project. Not when he can use his 3 young recruits -- Summer Mann, James Powell, and Kate Mimeaux -- for more than spying. When Hunter tries to make Summer into his personal assassin, the recruits plan their escape. They flee cross-country, losing themselves in the hustle and vastness of LA. They're safe -- until they run into someone from the past, Police Detective Lieutenant Kaufman. Kaufman was willing to protect the 'family' but wanted something in return -- their help. Someone -- or something -- was killing the special effects people in Hollywood, and the police are stumped. These kids, with their special talents, may be able to help, but Kaufman would never have asked had he foreseen the deadly jeopardy his request would place them in."
They Also Serve
Mike Moscoe
Ace Science Fiction (mass market original, 360 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

Latest novel from the author of The Price of Peace and First Casualty. "Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Mary Rodrigo were once on opposite sides of an interstellar war. Now they're working together to keep the peace. But can they protect themselves from an enemy they can't even see? When a bad space jump flings their starship thousands of light-years away from home, Longknife and Rodrigo make an amazing discovery: a planet inhabited by the descendants of a ship's crew... lost 300 years earlier."
Tim Powers
William Morrow, HarperCollins (hardcover, 528 pages, $25 US/$37.95 Can)
Publication date: 9 January 2001

The publisher is billing this as the "mainstream breakout novel" from the author of The Anubis Gates, Last Call, Expiration Date, Earthquake Weather and several other superb novels. I like a good suspense novel now and then, but this is Tim Powers; if things don't get a little bit weird, I'm likely to be disappointed (which would be the first time Tim Powers would disappoint me). I have faith, though; I'll read it and I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as all his others. "A coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1963. Elements from his past are gathering in Beruit, including ex-British counter-espionage chief and Soviet mole Kim Philby and a beautiful former Spanish Civil War soldier-turned-intelligence operative, Elena Ceniza-Bendiga. Rushing toward a deadly confrontation on Mt. Ararat -- where a covert Soviet expedition is closing in on the biblical Ark -- Hale suddenly finds himself a major player in an extraordinary game of global destiny..."
Paul Kidby
Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
Terry Pratchett & Stephen Briggs, illustrated by Paul Kidby
Doubleday (hardcover, 176 pages, £12.99 UK/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: 30 January 2001

This isn't exactly standard fare in the SF Site New Books column. It's a cookbook. You know, with recipes in it -- explaining how to cook things. Of course, these things are from the kitchen of Nanny Ogg, one of the most famous witches in all of Discworld. "But in addition to the delights of Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette, courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much." So if you want to try some of Nanny Ogg's specialties, be comforted by the editors' assurance that "most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive."
Glenn L Roberts
Dark Lotus Books (trade, 258 pages, $11.95 US)
Publication date: December 2000

First novel from a new author of heroic fantasy. "Flores, warlord of the Turlicum clan, struggles to resume his rightful place in the city of Ven, but is trapped in the dark Temple of Vensa where he falls under the spell of the most beautiful gila of the Three Valleys -- the priestess Amina. As the siege of the Vok-tail clans threatens Ven, Flores must decide which to save: Ven or Amina."
The Selk King
Glenn L Roberts
Dark Lotus Books (trade, 314 pages, $13.95 US)
Publication date: January 2001

The adventures of Flores of the Turlicum, Warlord of Ven, resume in this sequel to Maalstrom. Under the twin suns of the planet Maalstrom, Flores continues to fight his enigmatic foes. Heroic fantasy "in the tradition of Burroughs and Howard."
M.J. Rusch
1st Books (trade, 324 pages, $ US/$ Can)
Publication date: November 2000

Here's a post-apocalyptic novel that presents an apocalypse of a kind different from the standard model. "On November 20, 2201, the Earth's vastly depleted ozone layer finally succumbed. And when it did, the Earth stood naked, awaiting the final effect of the sun's onslaught of deadly rays. Earth had reached what many believed to be its Armageddon, and its people lived in wait for the day its death would finally come. The world became divided, and a new governmental Cold War came to exist. Superpower countries and alliances of nations worked separately to devise a means by which man could still live and thrive on the now-changed world. Giant Domes were developed and constructed to shelter small areas of lands... Many still lived on the outside, while others fled for protection underground... In secret, a plan was developed. While the sun continued to shine mercilessly down..."
Ship of Fools
Richard Paul Russo
Ace (trade, 370 pages, $12.95 US/$18.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

A new novel from the PKD Award-winning author of Carlucci's Heart and Carlucci's Edge. "Earth is a memory. No one remembers where they came from, or where they're going. For hundreds of years, the starship Argonos, home to generations of humans, has wandered throughout the galaxy, searching for other signs of life. Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward a nearby planet. The colony that once existed there has now vanished. But, deep within the planet's steamy jungles, the exploration team finds horrible evidence of its fate: a cavernous chamber neatly filled with rows of skeletons, each one hanging on its own hook. Once more, a signal lures the crew of the Argonos. Haunted by what they have seen, they have no choice but to follow -- deep into space, where an alien mystery waits..."
Kelley Vandiver
Lois Tilton
Hawk Publishing (trade, 515 pages, $15.95 US)
Publication date: September 2000

A new novel of dark fantasy from the author of Vampire Winter. "The Darkspawn is Lord Emre Bakhány, immortal Lord of Kharithnya, who was buried alive 300 years ago by his mortal enemies, the priests of the sun-god Bélan. When he finally escapes, driven half-mad by his long ordeal, he discovers that his domain has been overrun by a tribe of savage barbarians. Now he faces a desperate struggle against the invaders as well as the priests, who are still determined to burn him alive on the altar of the sun."
Endurance: A Stardoc Novel
S.L. Viehl
Roc Science Fiction (mass market original, 408 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: January 2001

Following her first novel, Stardoc, Viehl brings us another in the series. "Colonel Shropana was willing to destroy the Jorenians just to capture Dr. Cherijo Torin for the Allied League of Worlds -- so she felt little remorse for selling him out to brutal Hsktskt slave traders. But just as Cherijo made her escape, the man she once loved stabbed her in the back -- and handed her over to the same slavers."
review Review by Victoria Strauss of Stardoc.
Horror of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Robert Weinberg
Collectors Press (oversize hardcover, 256 pages, $60 US/$80 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

This is a big, beautifully illustrated book from the appropriately named Collectors Press. It has hundreds of full-colour pictures, mostly book and magazine covers and movie posters. In his history of horror, Weinberg looks back to the roots of horror in Homer and Beowulf, to the rise of the Gothic novel in the late 18th century, and takes us up to date with such recent films as The Blair Witch Project and Sixth Sense. There is plenty of material here on the magazines & comics of horror, and a look at some of the more famous monsters. "This compilation spotlights the creative risk-takers who ensured that no matter how many stakes are driven through its heart, the horror story lives to stir our nightmares."
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