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Even though the post-Christmas publishing season is generally regarded as a slow-down period, we've seen some very intriguing new titles over the past couple of weeks, including brand new works from such authors as Stephen Baxter, Katharine Kerr, Ken Goddard, Christopher Rowley, Kage Baker and Harry Turtledove. Other recent arrivals include Patrick O'Leary's first collection, a new anthology from Brian M. Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg, plus a whole lot more.

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: 16 - 31 January 2001
The Graveyard Game
Kage Baker
Harcourt (hardcover, 304 pages, $24 US/$36 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

Following The Garden of Iden, Sky Coyote and, most recently, Mendoza in Hollywood, this is the 4th book of the Company, a 24th-century corporation that sends its immortal operatives back in time for profit. This time it's San Francisco, 1996. "Company operatives Lewis and Joseph are trying to solve the mystery of Mendoza's disappearance. Posing as contemporary mortals in sunglasses and suits, the pair embark on a journey that takes them to the future of England, France, the Mideast, and California."
review Review by David Soyka of Mendoza in Hollywood.
Manifold: Space
Stephen Baxter
Del Rey (hardcover, 455 pages, $24 US/$36 Can)
Publication date: 9 January 2001

Sequel to the acclaimed Manifold: Time. "Reid Malenfant is back. But this is a different Malenfant. And a different universe. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Malenfant ventures to the far edge of the solar system, where he discovers a strange artifact left behind by an alien civilization: A gateway that functions as a kind of quantum transporter, allowing virtually instantaneous travel over the vast distances of interstellar space. What lies on the other side of the gateway? Malenfant decides to find out."
Deep Future
Stephen Baxter
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, £18 UK)
Publication date: January 2001

This is a non-fiction book of science and speculation at the end of time, in which the author "looks at our place in the universe, considers the possibility that we are in fact alone -- and wonders whether that fact gives us the right to inherit everything, as we strive to overcome the limitations of the physical universe and win the deepest future..."
Debbie Hughes
The Death of Jabari
Kim Bundy (trade, 304 pages, $14.95 US/$24.95 Can)
Publication date: 2000

This science fantasy is Kim Bundy's first published novel. "A millennium past, on a world where magic and technology interact, a sabotaged terra-forming project unleashed forces upon Ryung, which destroyed the planet's surface. It's happening again. Jabari, whose body served as Ryung's magical conduit for a thousand years, is dying. He and his machine counterpart reside on one of the moons. As he fails, so does his control over Ryung's innate magic... The scientists/gods create a prophecy to bring about a replacement for Jabari, hoping to restore Ryung before things go too far. But a past traitor has other plans..."
Heat, Volume 0
edited by Russell Davis
Foggy Windows Books (trade, 320 pages, $14.95 US/$20.95 Can)
Publication date: publisher's website November 2000/general release at bookstores February 2001

This anthology of erotic fiction "for and about married couples" contains 12 stories in various genres: historical/war; action/adventure; western; mystery; science fiction; and fantasy. Authors include Billie Sue Mosiman, David Bischoff and Gary Braunbeck. It's volume 0 because it's a sort of "sneak preview" anthology, in which many of the stories feature characters from forthcoming novels from Foggy Windows.
Chris Moore
Area 51: The Grail
Robert Doherty
Dell Publishing (mass market original, 330 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

This is Doherty's 5th Area 51 novel. "The Great Wall of China, the immense carvings on Easter Island, Egypt's pyramids, UFOs. What is the chilling connection? The answer, unearthed by an elite band of soldiers and scientists based at Area 51, is rewriting human history -- to include the aliens who shaped it! Now, in this heart-pounding novel, Area 51 personnel embark on a top secret search for the Holy Grail, a glittering artifact with the power to save the world... or lead to its destruction."
Outer Perimeter
Ken Goddard
Bantam Books (hardcover, 448 pages, $23.95 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: 6 February 2001

This SF-leaning mystery/forensic thriller is a follow-up novel to Goddard's highly acclaimed First Evidence. "A man of reason and science, Colin Cellars has earned a reputation as a top crime scene investigator. But Cellars finds himself disgraced because of a bizarre episode that led to a horrifying shoot-out right in front of his eyes. And what Cellars thinks he knows about the victim's identity -- and about her death -- has plunged him into a deadly search for a killer who may or may not be quite of this world."
Vincent Di Fate
The Sand Wars: Volume Two
Charles Ingrid
DAW Science Fiction (mass market omnibus, 576 pages, $7.99 US/$10.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

This is the second of the two-volume omnibus edition of The Sand Wars, and it includes the novels Alien Salute (1989), Return Fire (1989) and Challenge Met (1990). "The treachery of the Thraks on the planet Bythia had resulted in the death of Jack Storm's commanding officer, and in the loss of many a fledgling Knight. Now the Emperor of the Triad Throne had handed Jack command of the Knights and with it the responsibility of overcoming the invading Thraks... Then a new player appeared in the games of conquest. A mysterious race from beyond the known worlds whose spaceships roved the starways, bringing annihilation to human and Thrak planets alike!"
Paul Youll
The Fire Dragon: Book Three of The Dragon Mage
Katharine Kerr
Bantam Spectra (mass market original, 420 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 9 January 2001

This is the next novel in The Dragon Mage epic, and sequel to The Red Wyvern and The Black Raven. "Prince Maryn prepares to claim the high kingship, but still the rebel Boar clan stands fast against him. And at court, his illicit passion for the young dweomer apprentice, Lilli, threatens to revive a curse that only she -- at her own peril -- can lift. It is a drama that will be played out centuries later in the city of Cerr Cawnen. Among the many who take refuge in the lakeside citadel, nestled in a volcano's shadow, are a Westfolk band guided by the elven enchantress Dallandra and protected by Rhodry Maelwaedd and his fiery guardian dragon. Meanwhile, from the north come the savage Horsekin slavers, ancient foe of the Westfolk, now bent on the domination of Cerr Cawnen..."
Jon Sullivan
The Black Swan
Mercedes Lackey
Victor Gollancz (376 pages, hardcover £16.99 UK;trade £9.99 UK)
Publication date: January 2001

A retelling of the story of Swan Lake from the author of the bestselling Valdemar series. "Baron Eric von Rothbart is a powerful sorcerer who devotes his life to capturing women who inspire his wrath and transforming them into swans, beautiful but powerless, who can regain their human shapes only by the light of the transitory moon... Odette, noblest of the Baron's enchanted flock, wrests from their captor a pact which could lead to freedom for all the swan-maidens -- but von Rothbart is determined to use all his magical cunning to avoid honouring his promise to the princess."
Doug Beekman
The Grand Design: Book Two of Tyrants and Kings
John Marco
Bantam Spectra (mass market reprint, 788 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 9 January 2001

There is nary a dull moment in this sequel to The Jackal of Nar. Before the reader even gets to know the characters, a medieval battle rages with catapults and chemical weapons against the city of Goth. Once that city is destroyed and the evil ones of Nar bring the traitor to his knees, the scene moves to a torture chamber. From there, we're whirled off to join Richius in the hunt for an escaped lion that has killed a man... Then off again to the laboratory where a scientist creates the ultimate weapon of war... Soon the reader learns that this story is more than just a simple case of us versus them.
review Review by Trent Walters.
Stargate SG-1: The Morpheus Factor
Ashley McConnell
Roc Science Fiction (mass market original, 300 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

This is the 4th novel from McConnell based on the TV series Stargate SG-1. "On the world classified by the Stargate Project as P4V-837, the SG-1 team encounters an environment hospitable to humans, and the Kayeechi, a race of seemingly friendly natives. But after a few hours spent with their hosts, the team find themselves hallucinating -- each member seeing a completely different landscape than the others -- both while dreaming and awake. The longer the team remains guests of the Kayeechi, the darker their dreams become. SG-1 have become unwilling participants in a brutal conflict -- and their subconscious minds have become the most deadly weapon of all..."
review Review by Todd Richmond of Stargate SG-1, the first in the series.
Bob Warner
The King of the Sun
A.A. McFedries
Bantam Spectra (mass market original, 312 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

Here's a challenge for you: A.A. McFedries is a pen-name; can you guess the real name? (I'm terrible at this game, but maybe you have a better sense for this sort of thing.) "For Detective Sergeant Alicia Aldrich, a homicide investigator for the California State Police, it begins with the body of a nondescript man, brutalized and dumped in the desert near San Bernardino. Soon after, there are other murders, linked together in a bizarre pattern. A gruesome 'souvenir' has been taken from each victim and their bodies have been oddly tattooed. Even stranger, their blood contains a substance found only in the blood of astronauts..."
Rick Lieder
Other Voices, Other Doors
Patrick O'Leary (foreword by Gene Wolfe)
Fairwood Press (trade, 200 pages, $17.99 US/$24.99 Can)
Publication date: 22 December 2000

The author of Door Number Three and The Gift now offers us this "Collection of Stories, Meditations and Poems" from the past 20 years. I don't think you'll want to miss this one. It's "an unabashedly different book. It is a celebration of the inexhaustible shape-shifting power of stories. It is fantastic. It is mundane. And we are not in Kansas anymore. Other Voices, Other Doors includes: alternate John Lennons; an amateur alien novelist who can't sell his autobiography even when it is disguised as SF; the strangest nudie bar on the planet; a hit man who specializes in retribution for bad book reviews; the story of Job, starring Randy Newman; the mystery of the greatest living writer; a tennis match between Freud and Jung; a graphic depiction of a promising author's vasectomy; a cowboy hospital romance; and much, much more!"
Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Michael Reaves
Lucas Books, Del Rey (hardcover, 310 pages, $26 US/$37 Can)
Publication date: 6 February 2001

Darth Maul was one of the creepiest looking and most under-utilized villains in the whole Star Wars film epic so far. What a disappointment! And what an opportunity to explore the character further in the media tie-in novels, like this one, set just prior to Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace. "After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. He meets secretly with his Neimoidian contacts in the Trade Federation to plan the blockade of the planet Naboo. But one member of the delegation is missing, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down..."
Duane Myers
The Shasht War: The Second Book of Arna
Christopher Rowley
Roc Fantasy (mass market original, 442 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

Sequel to The Ancient Enemy. "In the land of Arna, an ancient evil has appeared out of the mists of time, wreaking death and destruction upon all those who stand against it. An enemy devoid of mercy. A foe with no vestige of honour. Man the Cruel has returned... Thru Gillo has proven his strength and courage in battle after battle -- fighting to stop the invading forces of Man. But he will be tested in every fiber of his being when he falls into the hands of the enemy and is taken to the distant, brutal land of Shasht."
Frankenstein: The Dawning and the Passing
Mario Marcel Salas
The Watercress Press (trade, 218 pages, $14.95 US)
Publication date: September 2000

This novel is written as a direct sequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's pretty ambitious to write a sequel to such a highly regarded classic, but then Shelley's work does leave room for the story to continue, and indeed Salas is not the first to rise to the challenge. This novel jumps back and forth from the future to the mid-19th century, and follows the discovery of various diaries and journals in which the quest for eternal life is continued after the demise of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, creator of the famous "monster."
Lady Kel
Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny
Robin Spriggs
Circle Myth Press (trade, 264 pages, $13 US)
Publication date: 1 January 2001

A collection of dark fantasy, dark humour and horror stories from the co-author of The Dracula Poems and a prolific writer of short fiction. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Going Postal and Cemetery Dance. "A tin-can golem in search of her long-lost maker... An old movie house where the cost of admission is far greater than the patrons think... A boyhood friendship changed forever by a woman of flowers adrift in a backwoods stream... Three dead sisters who come to life each evening to receive a gentleman caller in their parlor of ravaged hopes and dreams: These are but a few of the strange wonders awaiting the reader within."
John Howe
Oceans of Magic
edited by Brian M. Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg
DAW Fantasy (mass market original,310 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: February 2001

This is a themed anthology of 13 all-new stories from Tanya Huff, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Fiona Patton, Rosemary Edghill, Mike Resnick & Tom Gerencer, Mickey Zucker Reichert, and others. This time the theme is "the seas, with all their mystery and danger, their lure of adventure and hidden treasure." The stories are grouped into 3 more or less self-explanatory sections: "Voyages in History," "Magical Maritime" and "Deities and the Deep Blue Sea."
Of Men & Monsters
William Tenn
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 256 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 18 January 2001

Although he was once a fairly prolific writer of short fiction, William Tenn has only written this one full-length SF novel (1968). Shame, that. "Giant, technologically superior aliens have conquered Earth, but humankind survives -- even flourishes in a way. Men and women live, like mice, in burrows in the massive walls of the huge homes of the aliens, and scurry about under their feet, stealing from them... For the aliens, men and women are just a nuisance, regarded as vermin, to be exterminated. Which, ironically, may just be humankind's strength and point the way forward..."
Viktor Koen
Colonization: Aftershocks
Harry Turtledove
Del Rey (hardcover, 488 pages, $26 US/$40 Can)
Publication date: 6 February 2001

Third in his Colonization series, following Second Contact and Down to Earth, in which an alien race has attacked Earth in 1942. It is now the early 1960s and "the alien invaders find themselves confronting a far more complex and difficult species than any they have encountered before. From the hatred between the Jews and the Deutsche to the irrepressible inventiveness of human technology, the reptilian invaders realize they have met creatures that cannot be tamed. Ultimately, only superior firepower may keep Earth under the Empire's control -- or may destroy the world... While uprisings and aftershocks of war shake the planet, and the Race's troops are undermined by ginger addiction, one nation plots a stunning counterattack."
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