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Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analog Science Fiction and Fact
It is with a great pleasure that we announce the addition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact to the SF Site. Analog is the longest-running (almost)-continuously published SF magazine in the world. It was born in January 1930 as Astounding Stories of Super-Science, and, except for six months in 1933, it has appeared approximately every month since. Through title and schedule changes including the renaming from Astounding to Analog, certain elements of the magazine have remained constant -- foremost among them, a strong emphasis on exploring new ideas in entertaining, thought-provoking stories. Check it out -- if you like what you see, you can subscribe online.

Someplace to be Flying Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Neil thinks that if you don't find something in the plot to keep you turning pages ravenously, then the colourful characters, both animal people and people people, will charm you thoroughly. All in all, this is a very enjoyable book from one of the genre's best.

Shards of a Broken Crown Shards of a Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Feist has spent years creating the fascinating world of Midkemia, in which strong, likeable characters contine to explore and develop. This novel concludes the Serpentwar Saga, Feist's latest fantasy epic. The Kingdom of the Isles is in sorry shape after the Novindian invasion and the royal forces must regroup and attempt to retake their lost lands. Meanwhile, the King of the Bitter Sea is making noises about taking the burnt-out remains of Krondor...

Foundation's Fear Foundation's Fear by Gregory Benford
reviewed by Steven H Silver
This is the first of a new trilogy set in Asimov's most famous universe, each book being written by a different author. Gregory Benford's novel opens between the first and the second sections of Forward the Foundation where Hari Seldon is awaiting news of his appointment as first minister to Cleon...

Writ in Blood:  A Novel of Saint-Germain Writ in Blood by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
reviewed by Thomas F. Cunningham
Vampire Count Saint-Germain returns. This time the story is set in pre-WWI Europe and Russia. The count is living in Czar Nicholas' Russia. The Czar is deeply worried about war breaking out. Guess who is drafted into special diplomatic service of the Czar?

Moonrise Moonrise by Ben Bova
reviewed by Steven H Silver
In Steven's opinion, this novel is a retelling of technophobic themes dating back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. But while Shelly considered the sciences of anatomy and biology to be societal demons in her day, Bova's monster takes the form of nanotechnology.

New Arrivals March New Arrivals
compiled by John O'Neill
The slow winter months are over, at least as far as publishing is concerned. The first two weeks of March have seen a flurry of new titles from such folks as Adam Lee, James Alan Gardner, Steven Gould, Michael Reaves, Kay Kenyon, Damien Broderick, Victoria Strauss, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Michael Flynn, Jack Vance, John Barnes, Fred Saberhagen, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jack McDevitt, and many others.

Star Trek: The Best and the Brightest Star Trek: Starfleet Academy: The Best and the Brightest by Susan Wright
reviewed by Alexander von Thorn
This book gives a detailed look at the Starfleet Academy experience, and by extension gives us more information about every character who has passed through here. Fans of Star Trek will want to add this book to their collections.

Prisoner of Conscience Prisoner of Conscience by Susan Matthews
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Todd really wanted to like this novel as the summary on the book cover sounded like a terrific premise. But he didn't. Amidst the high technology of interstellar flight, the threads of torture, slavery and concentration camps running through the story just added to the unpleasantness of the book.

Editor's Choice: Short Fiction Reviews Editor's Choice
short fiction reviews by David Truesdale
In his column, David looks at the Winter 1998 issue of Talebones, A Magazine of Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy (#10). His choices are "Head" by Trey R. Barker and "Burying Marmee" by David W. Hill.

The Tooth Fairy The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
Margo was ambivalent about this novel. On the one hand, she found it very well written. It moves along at a tumbling pace and Joyce is able to evoke strong and disturbing images. On the other hand, she's not sure she enjoyed spending time in the world of these young boys.

Commitment Hour Commitment Hour by James Alan Gardner
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
It's the 25th century and Earth has long since been abandoned by both its population and its technology. Life is simple for the remaining inhabitants. But in the village of Tober Cove, everyone must make a choice...

The Masterharper of Pern The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
reviewed by Rebecca Pausley
This will become a much-loved novel by Anne McCaffrey fans. It's a fun romp through the woods with many old favourite characters and even more new ones. Rich in character development and story, this book is vintage McCaffrey.

First Novels

The Fear Principle The Fear Principle by B. A. Chepaitis
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The good news: in the future, the world will discover a way to end prison overcrowding, and almost wipe out recidivism. The bad news: we have to survive a period of serial murder of epidemic proportions. For a debut novel, this one has almost none of the traps waiting in fiction.

Series Review

Serpentwar Saga Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Wayne found the most interesting aspect of the saga is how Feist starts out with a simple plot, the evil Emerald Queen is trying to take over the world, and slowly sculpts the story into something totally different. He lays out then turns several long-held Midkemian truths completely around.

Second Looks

Rage of a Demon King Rage of a Demon King by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Todd Richmond
This novel shows off many of Feist's talents. It shows his ability to develop characters and make you care about their fate. His talent for conveying the quiet desperation of doomed men and their calm resolve as they meet their end. And it shows his belief that even men of humble beginnings can achieve greatness.

WYRM WYRM by Mark Fabi
reviewed by Steven MacDonald
It offers up heady speculation into the nature of the mind, and how it might lead to artificial intelligence. What Steven liked most about this novel is the smooth mix of seemingly unrelated disciplines.

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