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On writing together:
"It's like giving each other presents. We're dying to see more of this. When you write alone you can only do it for yourself, but because there are two of us, if I come home from work and she hands me two pages, it's a wonderful gift. It's almost more wonderful than being handed a Scotch. And then I'll take the two pages and rewrite it or something, and it goes back and forth until we literally don't know anymore who has written each scene. To me it seems to go faster."

Lonesome Roads Lonesome Roads by Peter Crowther
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
It is a title that doesn't promise boatloads of laughs, but evokes an almost instantaneous feeling of loss. No one gets through this life without walking down their own lonesome roads of sorrow. The author presents 3 very different tales with one common denominator that readers will empathize with immediately.

The Annunciate The Annunciate by Severna Park
reviewed by Thomas Myer
Eve is involved in the manufacturer of Staze, a drug so potent that it addicts you on the first try. Eve and her companions are Meshed, which means they have nanobots inside their systems that can communicate with other nanobots spread throughout their solar system, giving them instant access to any and all information about anything or anyone. When this power source is threatened, they began manufacturing Staze to get back at their enemies.

Household Gods Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Rich Horton
Nicole Gunther-Perrin is a recently divorced lawyer in present-day Los Angeles. Her life seems to be falling apart. Her husband left her for a blond bimbo. Her daycare provider just quit. And she has been passed over for a partnership at her law firm, while the man she has just collaborated with got his partnership. Everything in our world seems slanted against women. So she makes a half-hearted prayer to a plaque featuring the Roman gods Liber and Libera to send her back to Ancient Rome, where, she imagines, women had equal status with men. And they comply...

Saving Christmas Spirit Saving Christmas Spirit by Donna Getzinger
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Keeping that spirit alive is something we can all do. Despite the title, this book really speaks for all the holidays, of every faith, country, and inclination. It speaks of character. And it is never too early to teach children to infuse theirs with a share of love, tenacity, and a capacity for wonder.

The Last Continent The Last Continent edited by John Pelan
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
With these excellent new stories of Zothique, Earth's future when the continents have reassembled and a dying desert land survives only at the whim of its dying sun, any aficionado of Clark Ashton Smith will be well pleased. For those bred on today's horror of straight-forward prose, and horror grounded in real-life situations, this is a chance to widen your horizons. Either way, be careful where you tread in Zothique, for while there may be great rewards, there are also many pitfalls, many temptations, but ever so few ways of escaping one's doom...

Phylogenesis Phylogenesis by Alan Dean Foster
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
Desvendapur is a 3rd-rate professional poet on the backwater colony world of Willow-Wane. Hearing a rumour of a secret alien colony, on impulse he sneaks in and forges a new identity, hoping the weird, smelly "humans" will inspire him, and jump-start his stalled artistic career. Inspiration he gets, plus exotic travel, but at a very high price.

Asimov's Science Fiction, October-November 1999 Asimov's SF, October-November 1999
reviewed by Rich Horton
Each year Asimov's SF publishes a double-sized issue dated October-November. These tend to be showcase issues, featuring lots of well-known authors, and some very good stories. This time out, Rich's favourites include Gardner Dozois' "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows" and Tony Daniel's "In from the Commons."

Krondor: The Assassins Krondor: The Assassins by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Filling in some of the history that occurred between the Riftwar Saga and the Serpentwar Saga, this novel tells of the rise of the Crawler, a shadowy, violent rival of the Mockers, Krondor's thieves guild. While investigating the cause of a rising number of murders in Krondor, Jimmy the Hand uncovers something much more sinister...

New Magazines New Magazines
compiled by John O'Neill
The SF Site's FictionHome page brings you the latest news and reviews of genre magazines and other short fiction. This week we look at brand new issues of Altair, Weird Tales, Interzone, Dark Planet, and many more.

Miracle and Other Christmas Stories Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
reviewed by Rich Horton
The Christmas story seems a natural in Willis' hands. Her stories are almost always at least fun to read, and often very moving. Even though this collection is restricted to Christmas stories, it reveals her wide range just as well as her previous collection does. Definitely worth reading, at any season of the year.

The Best From F & SF: The 50th Anniversary Anthology The Best From F&SF: The 50th Anniversary Anthology edited by Edward L. Ferman and Gordon Van Gelder
reviewed by David Soyka
David takes a look at both this book and the October/November issue of the magazine. Both provide him with enchantments including Robert Reed's marvelous "First Tuesday", Terry Bisson's award-assured "MACS" and Lucius Shepard's unfortunately-named "Crocodile Rock."

The Stone and the Maiden The Stone and the Maiden by Dennis Jones
reviewed by Jeri Wright
This is a charming quest fantasy. A likeable pair of lovers journey through a war torn land in search of an enchantment strong enough to defeat an evil wizard. An enjoyable read, it's an easy page-turner with a smooth, compulsive style -- a mixture of epic world-building and the more personal story of Mandine and Key.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick gives us his take on 2 episodes of Star Trek Voyager, "Riddles," story by Andre Bormanis, teleplay by Robert J. Doherty and "Dragon's Teeth" by Michael Taylor, Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky as well as The X-Files, "The Sixth Extinction" by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz.

The Road To Mars The Road To Mars by Eric Idle
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Muscroft and Ashby want to hit the big time. Carlton wants to beat the subject of humour into the ground like a tent stake. Between the three of them, the entertainment industry will be lucky if it survives undamaged. Crossing paths with this bizarre trio is something everyone in the galaxy should avoid at all costs.

The Descent The Descent by Jeff Long
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Early man's concepts of a dark and threatening Underworld grew from rare sightings of subterranean dwellers, primitive humans mutated into horrible, horned and armour-plated demonoids who thrived on cannibalism and torture. The powers-that-be want to investigate...

Time To Prey Time To Prey by Stephanie Churchill
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Trust the common wisdom about sociopaths and you may very well end up putting your trust in the wrong person -- and it will be the last thing you do. Except, possibly, scream. Believe that all serial killers are men and you may find yourself at the mercy of a woman like Terry Donnelly.

New Arrivals November Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
The past couple of weeks have brought us more reprints of well-loved classics as well as some exciting new titles from the likes of Greg Egan, Mark Chadbourn, Connie Willis and Michaela Roessner. And who could even think of striding boldly into the next millennium without a trusty Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000?

First Novels

The Thirteenth Magician The Thirteenth Magician by Patrick Welch
reviewed by Jonathan Fesmire
The story starts in a tavern, a somewhat typical fantasy location, but its uniqueness is soon apparent. Daasek, the protagonist, is there to murder a perverse magician. He is not the villain, however, but the tortured anti-hero, driven by an external force to go from town to town, killing the wizards he encounters.

The King of Vinland's Saga The King of Vinland's Saga by Stuart W. Mirsky
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
This is a wonderfully rich adventure novel, with memorable characters, a storyline that is faithful to the mediaeval Icelandic sagas, and enough sword- and axe-play to please even the most jaded of adventure readers. It follows in the glorious tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson, H. Rider Haggard and Talbot Mundy.

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