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Becoming Human: The Seven of Nine Saga (The Star Trek Scriptbooks, Book Two)
Brannon Braga, Joe Menosky, Bryan Fuller, Jeri Taylor, et al
Pocket (trade paperback, 432 pages, $16 US/$23.50 Can)
Publication date: January, 1999

The second weighty installment in The Star Trek Scriptbooks series contains seven scripts staring the ever-popular ex-Borg Seven of Nine, including her two-part intro episode, "Scorpion." "Of all the diverse races and civilizations encountered by Starfleet, none have been as fearsome and unstoppable as the cybernetic life-form known as the Borg. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise considered them the closest thing to pure evil that he had ever faced. So who could have guessed that an unrepentant Borg could become a valuable crew member aboard a Federation starship? Here, complete in one volume, are the scripts for the original episodes of Star Trek: Voyager that brought Seven of Nine aboard Captain Janeway's ship. These powerful and thought-provoking narratives trace her tumultuous development from an anonymous Borg drone to an unique and exceptional individual, whose rediscovery of her own lost humanity has only just begun. Relive the drama and conflict that have made Seven of Nine one of the most fascinating characters on television today -- and in the depths of the Delta Quadrant."
[Cover] Werewolf Player's Guide, Second Edition (for Werewolf: The Apocalypse RPG)
Dan Brereton, Steve Prescott, Ron Spencer
White Wolf hard cover
Second edition of the hefty player's tome for Werewolf: The Apocalypse gamers. This edition features new options for player creation, new totems and new gifts, as well as expanded information on the many facets of the Garou and other shapeshifters of the world, including the Bastet cat-folk and the Nagah wereserpents.
When Demons Walk
Patricia Briggs
Ace (paperback, $5.99 US)
Publication date: June, 1998

Third fantasy novel from the author of Steal the Dragon and Masques. "When Demons Walk is sword and sorcery tied into a mystery. Set in the same world as my previous books, it is a stand alone novel. Sham is a sorcerer turned thief in a world that no longer believes in magic -- which is why the hated conquerors of her homeland have no where else to turn for help when a demon starts to hunt among them. Sham has to decide which is worse: an Easterner or a demon. United with her enemies against a greater threat, she can't help wonder -- what do you do with a demon when you find it?" -- Patricia Briggs
Books by David Brin
Art: Keith Parkinson
Green Rider
Kristen Britain
DAW (hardcover, 504 pages, $23.95/$33.99 Can)
Publication date: November 1, 1998

This first novel by Britain was extremely well received in our offices -- the advance proof was circulated and widely read long before the final version arrived last week. It's a refreshing and lively fantasy with a strong Scottish feel, and a very likable heroine. When Karigan G'ladheon is suspended from her exclusive school for fighting, she decides to take matters into her own hands and run away. As she journeys through the great forest called the Green Cloak, a rider with two black arrows in his back comes bursting through the trees. With his dying breath, he binds her to an oath: deliver the message he carries to Zachary, King of Sacoridia. He gives her his horse and the winged brooch he wears; emblem of the Green Riders, the legendary messengers of the King. He also gives her a warning: Beware the shadow man.
Review by Victoria Strauss
[Cover] Love in Vein
Poppy Z. Brite & Martin H. Greenberg, ed.
HarperPrism paperback
Oh boy, it's twenty tales of Vampire Erotica (how special).
[Cover] The White Abacus
Damien Broderick
Avon/EOS paperback
An ambitious far-future novel inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Telmah Lord Cima, scion of the ruling family of a distant asteroid world, travels to Earth where he is befriended by the computer-augmented Ratio... and so begins a tale of political conspiracy, murder, and cultural upheaval from the author of Striped Holes, The Dreaming Dragons and The Black Grail.
A Tale of a Hero and the Song of Her Sword
Dylan Brody
Royal Fireworks Press
trade paper
A new young adult fantasy novel from Fireworks Press.

The Darkwerks: The Art of Brom
FPG (art, hardcover and trade paperback)
Brom is one of the most original and innovative fantasy artists to emerge in the last decade. His work for TSR, FASA and many other gaming companies propelled him into the spotlight, and may someday make him famous enough to afford a second name.
The Phantom Menace (Star Wars Episode I)
Terry Brooks; based on a story & screenplay by George Lucas
Del Rey (hardcover, 352 pages, $25/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: May 4, 1999

I already know more than I want to about this movie. I don't know about you, but I plan to avoid all contact with spoiler material until well after May 19th. "In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captured the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins -- the start of a legend -- the story of Star Wars. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Even the Jedi are caught by surprise, their attentions focused on the political unrest between the Trade Federation and the Republic. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy."
Art: Brom
A Knight of the Word (Running With the Demon, Book 2)
Terry Brooks
Del Rey (reprint, paperback, 386 pages, $6.99/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: July 1, 1999 (First Edition: August 1998)

The sequel to Running With the Demon, from one of the most successful fantasy authors in the business. "Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross -- along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future. Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John Ross's weary faith. Haunted by guilt, he turns his back on his dread gift, settling down to build a normal life, untroubled by demons and nightmares. But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, which could bend the Knight's magic to its own evil ends. And once the demons on Ross's trail track him to Seattle, neither he nor anyone close to him will be safe. His only hope is Nest Freemark, a college student who wields an extraordinary magic all her own. Five years earlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon her choice between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross's faith, or his life -- and hers -- will be forfeit..."
Review by Wayne MacLaurin
[Cover] Running With the Demon
Terry Brooks
Del Rey hard cover
A brand new contemporary fantasy from one of the most successful fantasy authors in the field, and the first to have a New York Times bestseller, The Sword of Shannara. In the small town of Starlight, Illinois, Nest Freemark thinks she has seen creatures from another realm -- dark beings who've begun to invade her peaceful town. When an elf named Pick and a horse-like creature called Wraith befriend her, the pieces start to come together. But not before two strange men arrive on July 1, men who start to rally opposing sides among the townsfolk, setting in motion an apocalyptic struggle.
[Cover] First King of Shannara
Terry Brooks
Ballantine Del Rey paperback
The outcast druid Bremen must unite the Four Lands is they are to survive the Warlock Lord and his army of trolls. A prelude to the Sword of Shannara.
[Cover] Witches Brew
Terry Brooks
Del Rey paperback
A Magic Kingdom of Landover novel which follows Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold, Black Unicorn, Wizard at Large and The Tangle Box.
After Dark
Joseph F. Brown
Royal Fireworks Press trade paper
Latest young adult horror offering from the author of Dark Things.
Strange Deliverance
Mary Brown
From the author of Pigs Don't Fly, Master of Many Treasures and The Unlikely Ones. "They called the mysteriously deserted village "Deliverance," for that was what it seemed to be to the group of refugees who stumbled across it. In their desperation no one thought it odd that the village was both empty and picture-perfect. Or that the nearby forest, "The Wilderness," was so strangely impenetrable. They figured if they left the Wilderness strictly alone it would return the favor. But as the village's previous occupants could have told them, they're wrong about that last part." Creepy.
Art: Stephen Hickman
The Book of Jhereg (The Chronicles of Jhereg, Books 1-3)
Steven Brust
Ace (omnibus, trade paperback, 471 pages, $15/$21 Can)
Publication date: August, 1999

It's been a long time since I've read Jhereg, the opening volume in Steven Brust's eight-volume Adventures of Vlad Taltos series, which includes Phoenix, Orca, and the latest, Dragon. But I certainly remember what a fast and compelling read it was. Now, as part of their terrific omnibus reprint series, Ace has collected the first three novels in one volume: Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla. As always, a fantastic bargain for collectors and new readers alike.
Art: Stephan Hickman
Dragon (Jhereg, Book Eight)
Steven Brust
Tor (hardcover, 288 pages, $22.95/$31.95 Can)
Publication date: November 12, 1998

I quite enjoyed the first volume in this series, Jhereg, when it was first published some 15 years ago. Since then Brust has written a number of novels set in the same fantasy world (including his Alexander Dumas homages, The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years After), and revisited Adrilankha, the capital of the Dragaeran Empire, almost half a dozen times -- following the adventures of professional assassin Vlad Taltos, who runs a territory for the criminal House Jhereg. This is the first volume to appear in hardcover, and is set early in Vlad's career; taking place for the most part between the chronological first book in the series, Taltos, and Yendi. Dragon tells the tale of the often mentioned Battle of Barritt's Tomb, and reveals how Vlad came to enlist in a Dragon army -- and came to discover that war is nothing like assassination. From the author of To Reign in Hell and Brokedown Palace.
[Cover] The Sun, The Moon And The Stars
Steven Brust
Tor Orb
A reprint (with a gorgeous new cover) of the first of the Faery Tale series, (adult retellings of traditional tales), conceived and edited by Terri Windling when she worked for Ace.
[Cover] Orca
Steven Brust
Ace paperback
It's the seventh volume in Brust's entertaining series about (now) ex- assassin Vlad Taltos - always a nice break.
[Cover] Freedom & Necessity
Steven Brust and Emma Bull
Tor paperback
From the authors of Jhereg and The Phoenix Guards (Brust) and War For the Oaks and Bone Dance (Bull) comes a unique collaboration, an epistolary novel between James Cobham and his cousin Richard. It is 1849, and across Europe the high tide of revolution has crested. On the south side of England James awakes in a country inn with no knowledge of how he got there. Contacting Richard, he discovers he is believed dead. And so the romantic adventure begins, unraveling a particularly sticky web of politics and involving a secret society intending to exploit a magical ritual for their complicated purposes of vengeance and greed. "Freedom and Necessity takes readers through every corner of mid-nineteenth-century England, from the parlors of the intellectual elite to the dens of the political underclass, to tell a story of secret societies, occult pursuits, and family intrigues."
Highlander: White Silence (Highlander, Book 9)
Ginjer Buchanan
Warner Aspect (paperback, 229 pages, $5.99 US)
Publication date: February, 1999

This looks like a first novel for Buchanan, an all-original story based on the popular syndicated TV series (and the movies from which it's derived.) "Three immortals -- MacLeod, his old friend Hugh Fitzcairn, and Fitz's student, young Danny O'Donal -- trek to the Yukon, seeking glory, gold, and the Northern Lights. But in the raging blizzards of the far north, the quest becomes a nightmare..."
Books by Lois McMaster Bujold
[Cover] Finder
Emma Bull
Tor trade paperback
A novel of the Borderlands, created by Terri Windling.
The Last Legion
Chris Bunch
Roc (paperback, 352 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: April 1, 1999

Chris Bunch is a busy man. This new novel of SF adventure follows the completing volume of his Fantasy trilogy, The Warrior King (Warner Aspect), by only two months. "The time of the Human Confederation is coming to an end. The rule of the empire weakens daily as its forces stretch themselves beyond their limits to maintain peace and order. For the legionnaires far out in the Cumbre System, cut off from their homeworld, where survival takes precedence over politics. And when a revolution strikes up arms against them, they find they may be the last legion ever to fight in the Confederation's name."
Review by Todd Richmond
Art: Russo/Blair
The Warrior King (The Seer King, Book Three)
Chris Bunch
Warner (trade paperback, 496 pages, $14.99 US)
Publication date: February, 1999

Weighty concluding volume of the original fantasy trilogy from the co-author of The Far Kingdoms, and the follow-up to The Seer King and The Demon King. General Damastes has been recalled from prison and exile to face his one-time friend and ruler, the corrupt wizard Tenedos. With Numantia now occupied by the kingdom of Maisir following Tenedos's disastrous invasion attempt, and Tenedos risen from the dead and possessed of demonic abilities, exile and prison probably don't look so bad.
The Demon King Review by Todd Richmond
Art: Russo/Blair
The Demon King (The Seer King, Book Two)
Chris Bunch
Warner Aspect (reprint, paperback, 552 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: January 4, 1999 (First Printing: July 1997)

The second book in the trilogy that began with The Seer King appeared last summer in trade paperback, and now arrives in a mass market edition. Todd Richmond called this installment "Gripping... Chris Bunch once again shows his gift for telling tales of battle and intrigue." To be followed next month by the concluding volume, The Warrior King. "Ten years ago, General Damastes pledged eternal loyalty to the wizard Tenedos, and to the Seer's vision of a unified, peaceful Numantia. But after Tenedos became emperor, the provinces were conquered and peace never came. Now the emperor has amassed an army for war, and Damastes uncovers dark, horrifying secrets about the man he's sworn to serve." From the co-author of The Far Kingdoms.
Review by Todd Richmond
The Seer King
Chris Bunch
Warner Aspect trade paperback
From half the team that brought us The Far Kingdoms and its sequels comes a new epic fantasy.
Prophecies: 2000
Matthew Bunson
Pocket (non-fiction, trade paperback, 160 pages, $12 US)
Publication date: January, 1999

Are you ready for the Millennium? Have you got a dictionary of the various predictions, theories, and prophecies handy at all times, just in case? No? Then this slim volume, subtitled "Predictions, Revelations and Visions for the New Millennium" might be just what you need. "This collection of brief, reader-friendly predictions and prophecies includes information on everything from medical discoveries and political developments to natural disasters and alien attacks -- plus complete profiles of history's greatest prophets, philosophers, mystics, alchemists, seers, and psychics."
Books by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Donato Giancola
Blood Lines
William R. Burkett, Jr.
HarperPrism (paperback, 378 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 1998

The sequel to Blood Sport is another fast-paced planetary adventure featuring Keith Ramsey, cynical journalist, and Simply Ball, a robot valet with an abundance of weaponry and attitude. This time they're caught on a planet where poetic composition is deadly competition. "The all-brain cyborg known as Ball and I are old friends. We met as big-game hunters, stalking the most vicious creature in the Universe -- the Pondoro Wolverine, also known as the greer. Now we're on the planet Ptolemy for an even more dangerous contest: a ritual renga competition (plus a little sport shooting of dragons). First prize is a parasitic life-form with hyper-Newtonian communicative abilities. The loser gets Death. The winner gets to envy the loser. And the game is about to begin...."
In the Shadow of Omen
Steven Burgauer
Zero-G Press trade paper
Fourth in a series. Mars is in an era of early colonization, and a young woman finds she must not only conquor a hostile environment but a ruthless corporation as well. To do so she must climb the tallest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons.
[Cover] Aftermath
LeVar Burton
Warner Aspect hard cover
A novel of the future from Star Trek's Geordi Laforge. Dr. Rene Reynolds, inventor of a medical breatkthrough that enhances human brain function and revolutionizes healing, has been kidnapped. And somehow, for reasons unknown to them, three strangers sharing the same dream hear her cries for help: a former NASA scientist, now a derelict; an orphaned child to whom life only means avoiding murder and rape; and a Lakota shaman who awaits the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy.
[Cover] The Cobweb
Stephen Bury
Bantam trade paper
A new thriller from the author (hah!) of Interface. Actually in real life Bury (along with help from his uncle) is super-writer Neal Stephenson, who shook up the SF world in 1992 with the brilliant Snowcrash.
Valerie Sokolova
The Knight, The Harp, and the Maiden
Anne Kelleher Bush
Warner/Aspect (paperback, 327 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June, 1999

Latest novel of fantasy from the author of The Misbegotten King , Children of Enchantment and Daughter of Prophecy. "The foremost city-state of Sylyria is in the cold grasp of Lindos, a cruel wizard who puts a curse on anyone who helps the woman that spurned his marriage proposal. A young songsayer with a harp flees her home to protect her family and meets a mysterious knight prophesied to be the true savior of Sylyria. The confrontation with Lindos is inevitable."
Review by Georges T. Dodds
[Cover] The Misbegotten King
Anne Kelleher Bush
Warner Aspect paperback
The conclusion of The Power and The Pattern, which includes Daughter of Prophecy and Children of Enchantment. High fantasy in a battle-scarred future America.
[Cover] Dawn
Octavia E. Butler
Warner Aspect paperback
The first volume in Butler's acclaimed Xenogenesis saga. Lilith Lyapo awakes from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali -- creatures covered in writhing tentacles. The Oankali had saved humanity from a dying Earth. They'd also healed the planet, cured cancer, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth -- but for a price.
Adulthood Rites
Octavia E. Butler
Warner Aspect paperback
Xenogenesis, vol. 2. Akin, the son of Lilith, is the first "construct" -- part human and part Oankali. Kidnapped by the last generation of humans that is sinking into savagery and suicide, it's up to Akin to save humanity by becoming something he is not--completely human.
[Cover] Clay's Ark
Octavia Butler
Warner Aspect paperback
Thank all the little green gods that Warner has bought up the rights and are re-issuing these terrifying and compelling novels. In the "whiter-than-white" world of science fiction and fantasy, Butler's strong cultural voice is a distinct and welcome one.

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