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Pat Cadigan
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 207 pages, $13.95 US)
Publication date: March 5, 1999 (First Edition: 1989)

Pat Cadigan's first collection was a Locus Award winner in its hardcover release in 1989. Now Tor is finally bringing it back into print in softcover, with the original introduction by Bruce Sterling. ""When you read Pat Cadigan's stories, you'll swear she's been 1) a psychopath, 2) a pimp, 3) a junkie, 4) to Mars, because she can write so well of places you don't ever want to visit and people you neverever-ever want to meet. She hasn't been any of those things; what she is another typical beautiful genius Supermom from K.C. whose works cause me to bite holes in my desk every time I read a new one" -- Howard Waldrop. From the author of Tea from an Empty Cup, Fools and Mindplayers.
Art: Bruce Jensen
Tea From An Empty Cup
Pat Cadigan
Tor (hardcover, 256 pages, $22.95/$31.95 Can)
Publication date: October 19, 1998

Newest from the "Queen of Cyberpunk," author of the novels Fools, Mindplayers, and Synners, and the collections Patterns and Dirty Work. Set in a near future world where hotsuits and helmets make artificial reality indistinguishable from the real thing, Tea From an Empty Cup follows Police Lieutenant Dore Konstantin as he investigates the death of a 17-year-old AR junkie. The victim called himself Shantih Love, and his favourite hangout was the post-Apocalyptic Noo Yawk Sitty - where eight deaths have occurred in as many months. Soon Konstantin enters AR to track down a very determined killer -- someone or something who is simultaneously killing both AR avatars and their living counterparts. Bringing an AR killer to justice seems impossible, but AR newbie Konstantin must somehow find a way.
Review by Greg L. Johnson
[Cover] The Off Season
Jack Cady
St. Martin's Press hard cover
Point Vestal is a small town where time moves differently for each inhabitant and ghosts wander the streets. Sounds like my next read.
[Cover] Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things
Richard Calder
St. Martin's Press trade paper
I think we've swung out past the safety net here. I don't even have a place to shelve "necropunk." "This extraordinary trilogy depicts a gender war that crosses the boundaries of software, wetware, time, and reality itself in its imaginative leaps and bounds. Only love holds the future together in this tale of star-crossed teens whose transformations defy description or imagination." (I'll bet any parent who's actually had teenagers would find that last line hard to believe.) From the author of Cythera.
[Cover] Cythera
Richard Calder
St. Martins Press hard cover
The author of Dead Boys, Dead Girls and Dead Things delivers another near-future yarn packed with computers, robots, and sex (but, hopefully, fewer dead things).  Dr. Max Moroder is an "atrogenic psychiatrist" and ex-inmate of Boys Town prison, now living in the city complex of Antarctica. His nightly companion is Dahlia Chan, a female virtual-reality martial arts expert who hails from the cyber-realm of Earth2, and who exists on Earth via a Translator. When the authorities close the loophole that allows Dahlia to download, she finds herself trapped in Earth2 -- and Max attempts a bold experiment to join her.
[Cover] Dead Things
Richard Calder
St. Martin's Press
First Dead Girls, then Dead Boys, now Dead Things. Science Fiction Eye calls Calder "one of the most promising post-cyberpunk talents...(OK, now this is a new one on me)...
Art: Eric J.W. Lee
Dragon Tempest (Dragon Series, Volume Three)
Don Callander
Ace (paperback, 243 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998

From the author of the 'Mancer novels -- including Pyromancer and Geomancer -- comes the sequel to Dragon Companion and Dragon Rescue. "Recipie for a Dragon Tempest: Take one librarian named Tom from Iowa. Add one magical dragon, one beautiful princess, and one evil kidnapper named Byron Boldface. Toss them on a tempest sea of monsters and savages. Pour over ancient maps until shipwrecked. Roast over low dragon-fire. Save the girl. This is the third book in Callander's Dragon series."
[Cover] Nazareth Hill
Ramsey Campbell
Tor (reprint, paperback, 383 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: May 1998

Psychological horror from the author of The One Safe Place and The Long Lost, chronicling the deteriorating relationship between 16-year-old Amy and her father. When her father moves them into Nazarill, a huge and ancient building recently converted to a luxury apartment building, she soon questions his decision when she begins to hear things in the halls. When she finds an ancient, mouldy Bible wedged between the roots of a tree with the words "Must survive until they take me from this place" scribbled in the margins, the truth about Nazarill's centuries-old past begins to unravel. Amy struggles to decipher the messages as her father becomes increasingly dictatorial, fanatical, and monstrous. "Nazareth Hill will not be long in taking rank as one of the finest haunted house novels in literature, rivaling even Shirley Jackson's masterful The Haunting of Hill House." -- S. T. Joshi.
Review by Chris Donner
Apocryphal Tales
Karel Capek
Catbird Press trade paper
A brand new collection from the Czech author of War With The Newts, in which he retells some of our greatest stories, weaving in an historical fact or two that may have slipped between the cracks. The miracle of the loaves-and-fishes is seen through the eyes of an otherwise sympathetic baker. The hordes of Attila the Hun descend on a village as the townsfolk argue bitterly over who is to blame. Hamlet ponders a career as an actor and playwright, and Prometheus is put on trial for inventing fire. A vast range of characters appear in these funny and thought-provoking tales, including some never before translated into English.
Books by Orson Scott Card
[Cover] [Ravenloft] To Sleep With Evil
Andria Cardarelle
TSR paperback
Volume fourteen in "an open-ended series of Gothic horror tales dealing with the masters and monsters of the RAVENLOFT dark fantasy setting".
What You Leave Behind (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Diane Carey
Pocket (paperback, 212 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 7, 1999

The novelization of the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Commander Sisko must lead the Federation in the final battle against the Dominion... and simultaneously must face Gul Dukat, to prevent him from unleashing the Pagh Wraiths upon the galaxy. From the author of Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Dominion War, Volumes 2 and 4, and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.
Ship of the Line (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Diane Carey
Pocket (reprint, paperback, 320 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: May 11, 1999 (First Edition: October 1997)

Reprint of last year's popular novel featuring Captain Bateson, the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise Ncc-1701-E from that crazy "temporal anomaly" episode. "From the creator of Star Trek: Invasion comes the spectacular prequel to the blockbuster movie Star Trek: First Contact. This is the story of the first voyage of the "Enterprise-E", under the command of its first Captain, Captain Morgan Bateson. Standing in the way of Bateson is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who, faced with the toughest decision of his career, much chose whether to take back command of the "Enterprise" or let the torch pass to yet another next generation."
Art: Dru Blair
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dominion War, Book Four
Diane Carey
Pocket (paperback, 269 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: November 3, 1998

The author tag-team continues in the final book of the four-volume series. Like the second, this one summarizes seven ST:DS9 episodes already broadcast, including "Sons and Daughters," "Rocks and Shoals," "Behind the Lines" and "Sacrifice of Angels," chiefly written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler.
Art: Dru Blair
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dominion War, Book Two
Diane Carey
Pocket (paperback, 267 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: October 6, 1998

Whereas the first book in this series is an original story, this one begins a compact novelization of seven ST:DS9 episodes already broadcast, including "Call to Arms," "A Time to Stand," "Favor the Bold" and "Sacrifice of Angels," chiefly written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler. If you're looking for a quick way to get up to speed on the conflict with the Dominion this is the way to do it. "The war between the Dominion and the Federation heats up, and Deep Space Nine is once again caught squarely in the middle."
[Cover] Star Trek: Voyager: The Captain's Table #4: Fire Ship
Diane Carey
Pocket paperback
Book 4 of 6. "A freak accident separates Captain Kathryn Janeway from her ship and crew. Soon she is rescued -- but not by the starship Voyager."
[Cover] Planet Dreams
Michaela Carlock
Keswick House trade paper
An unusual novel from a small press publisher which walks the line between near-future SF and New Age mystical tome. Astrid is enjoying a tranquil life with her husband in a commue near Mt. Shasta -- all except for her strange and disturbing dreams of a terrifying parallel universe. In her dreams a woman named Judy is a powerless technodrone in an advanced society, a woman afraid of the gang-infested streets and the too-strong interest of her insane supervisor. Something around Shasta is building towards a great change, and she's not sure from which direction it will come.
[Cover] Face-Off
Clark Carlton, Mike Webb & Michael Colleary
Novelization of the summer action thriller, for those of you who prefer your action on the printed page (or would just like to enjoy all the scenes that got cut.)
Victor Stabin
Inhuman Beings
Jerry Jay Carroll
Ace (reprint, paperback, 272 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: April 1, 1999 (First Edition: July 1998)

Jerry Carroll's debut was the surprising literary fantasy Top Dog, and he released the sequel Dog Eat Dog this year. In between was Inhuman Beings, a satisfying and very unusual novel of alien invasion. "Goodwin Armstrong is an ex-cop turned private eye. He's seen misery, pain, and paranoia before -- and that was just during his divorce. But things in San Francisco are getting strange and dangerous, and he's running out of explanations. It starts with the sleazeball hotel where he's staying--it burns down in a flash of electric blue light. Security and traffic cameras pan to follow him. Someone seems to know his every move. But why? His newest client is a psychic who feels in her very soul that something bad, something inhuman, is about to happen. And the gun in his pocket and the brain in his head won't be enough to fight it."
Review by Victoria Strauss
Johnson/Bruck & Moss
Dog Eat Dog
Jerry Jay Carroll
Ace (trade paperback, 297 pages, $12/$17 Can)
Publication date: February 1, 1999

Carroll's debut novel was Top Dog (still available in paperback), an intriguing fantasy about a bloodthirsty corporate lawyer who awoke one day as a large shaggy dog in an enchanted world. His second was Inhuman Beings, one of the better urban SF novels we've read this year. His new novel is a sequel to Top Dog. "Bogie's back. He learned his lesson in that magical world, using his new "leash" on life to help the poor and adopt every stray dog he can find. But little does Bogie know that something has followed him back to this world. Something that has learned all the dirty tricks Bogie used to pull in the financial world. Except this evil being has set his sights not on Wall Street, but Pennsylvania Avenue. And Bogie's going to have to get mean. Mad dog mean. "
Top Dog
Jerry Jay Carroll
Ace (reprint, paperback, 336 pages, $5.99 US)
Publication date: March, 1998

Debut novel from the author of Inhuman Beings. "Alice in Wonderland meets Wall Street. A high-powered executive gets a real lesson in looking out for number one when he wakes up as a dog. Gone are the stock reports, limos, and cocktail parties. In their place are fairy-tale forests, magical creatures and hideous monsters. It's a world where you're either good or evil. Our hero decides to explore both options before choosing."
Conan the Warlord
Leonard Carpenter
Tor paperback
To escape prison, Conan of Cimmeria agrees to impersonate the Baron Einharson's son. But things get more complicated when the Baron's daughter and a rebel maiden step into the picture, both of whom have other plans for him.
Xothic Legend Cycle
Lin Carter
Chaosium trade paper
A collection of Carter's Xothic series of Dark Fantasy tales. They fit in quite nicely with Chaosium's ongoing Lovecraft anthologies, and if you're interested in his work you should give the book a try.
[Cover] The Fortunate Fall
Raphael Carter
Tor trade paper
A reporter who is virtually wired discovers the political cover-up of a horrifying massacre. Lisa Goldstein says it is "the best novel about wired culture since the s.f. debut of Neal Stephenson".
Books by Jeffrey A. Carver
There's No Place Like Home
A. G. Cascone
Troll paperback
Latest horror novel from the author of the young adult Deadtime Stories series, which includes Mirror, Mirror and Revenge of the Goblins. Horror certainly seems to be the trend with YA fiction these days.
Art: Marc J. Cohen
The Science of the X-Files
Jeanne Cavelos
Berkley Boulevard (trade paperback, 289 pages, $12.95/$18.99 Can)
Publication date: November 1, 1998

The author of The Shadow Within (Babylon 5, Book 7) turns to shadowy TV series. "The X-Files is actually the television drama most concerned with science today," Cavelos claims in the introduction, "incorporating recent discoveries and exploring the limits and values of science." Whether or not you accept that at face value, this book is packed with enough gross science facts (on such topics as parasitic worms, fungus, and bizarre cancers) and beefy scientific background to X-Files mythology to keep you entertained. In addition to the squishier side of science, the book also takes a look the latest research in the fields of gene therapy, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence, and even includes interviews from experts. And in case you're dying to know, there's even a discussion of how likely Mulder is to die from autoerotic asphyxiation, as predicted by Clyde Bruckman.
[Cover] Babylon 5: Book 7: The Shadow Within
Jeanne Cavelos
Dell/Bantam Spectra paperback
The first Babylon 5 book by Cavelos, and the seventh overall in J. Michael Straczynski's fascinating and complex saga. So far the series has included novelizations from such prestegious names such as Neal Barrett, Jr. and S.M. Stirling. Worth checking out.
[Cover] Godzilla 2000
Marc Cerasini
Random House paperback
"Kip Daniels is grabbed by two mysterious men after he breaks all previous records on a new video game. The military created the game to recruit new talent for training on a high-tech flying weapon to be used against Godzilla and other giant monsters. Kip and five other teens agree to join a secret organization, but do they stand a chance against the mighty Godzilla?"
Books by Jack L. Chalker
The Dragon's Eye
Joel Champetier
Tor (hardcover, 304 pages, $23.95 US)
Publication date: May, 1999

Tor has done a good job of bringing international SF to the attention of North American audiences, and they continue that tradition with this novel from a leading French Canadian author. "Champetier's first novel to be translated into English tells the story of a secret agent on the planet New China, whose mission is to bring back a turncoat from deep in the territory of an unfriendly colonial settlement -- or at least as much of him as possible."
[Cover] The Troika
Stepan Chapman
Ministry of Whimsy Press trade paper
One of the most triumphant small press works to appear in some time, Stepan Chapman's The Troika was nominated for the 1997 Philip K. Dick Award despite its small press run. Now available through national booksellers such as Barnes & Noble, this oddly indescribable collection of connected stories featuring the journey of a brontosaurus, a sentient jeep, and an old Mexican woman, may finally reach the audience it deserves. In Chapman's own words, "The Troika concerns three mental patients, who are being held prisoner by a mad doctor, inside a mad insane asylum. The entire story takes place in the afterlife, among the ghosts and the angels. Other than that, it's a perfectly normal gothic romance." Our kind of book.
The Notorious Abbess
Vera Chapman
Academy Chicago Publications trade paper
Chapman, who died this year at the age of 97, was perhaps most famous for her 1970s feminist Arthurian trilogy, The Green Knight, The King's Damosel, and King Arthur's Daughter (published in a single volume as The Three Damosels). The Abbess of Shaston is the central figure in these twelve stories, all set in England and Outremer (the Holy Land) in the 12th century during the time of the Crusades. Using her wits, courage, and just a dash of magic, the Abbess triumphs in encounters with, among others, a howling mermaid, the mysterious White Knight, a young satyr, a werewolf, and the devil himself.
Dominic D'Andrea
The Conqueror's Child (The Holdfast Chronicles, Book 4)
Suzy McKee Charnas
Tor (hardcover, 428 pages, $24.95/$35.95)
Publication date: June 7, 1999

The fourth and final volume in The Holdfast Chronicles, which began with Walk to the End of the World thirty years ago, and the direct sequel to The Furies. If it's been a while since you read the first volumes, Tor makes it easy for you to start off the series right with an omnibus collection of the first two novels, The Slave and the Free, below. "Sorrel, adopted daughter of Alldera the Conqueror, comes from the camps of the Riding Women to join her mother. As she and her adopted son face grave danger, she slowly finds her own place outside her mother's shadow."
Jon Sullivan
The Slave and the Free (The Holdfast Chronicles, Books 1 & 2)
Suzy McKee Charnas
Tor (omnibus, trade paperback, 436 pages, $16.95/$23.95 Can)
Publication date: June 7, 1999

My paperback copy of Walk to the End of the World (Berkley, 1978) carries the tag line "The terrifying science fantasy about a world ruled by men!" on the cover (to which my wife asked, "What's different about that?") "After thirty years, Suzy McKee Charnas has completed her incomparable epic tale of men and women, slavery and freedom, power and human frailty. It started with Walk to the End of the World, where Alldera the Messenger is a slave among the fems, in thrall to men whose own power is waning. It continued with Motherlines, where Alldera the Runner is a fugitive among the Riding Women, who live a tribal life of horse-thieving and storytelling, killing the few men who approach their boundaries. The books that finish Alldera's story, The Furies and The Conqueror's Child are now available. Once you start here, you won't want to stop until you've read the last word of the last book."
[Cover] The Kingdom of Kevin Malone
Suzy McKee Charnas
Magic Carpet paperback
To forget the death of her cousin, Amy goes roller-skating in New York's Central Park where she runs into Kevin, a vicious bully from her childhood. She follows him down a stone tunnel into Fayre Farre, a fantasy world he's created to escape his abusive father. "Once upon a time I lived on West 83rd Street in Manhattan," says Charnas. "And down at the end of my block, in a ratty old brownstone, lived a family of rough, poor, mean Irish kids who used to make life hell for us... I wrote a book about being the girl I was, and finding out something about the life of the chief bully of the corner clan, and both knowing and being known by him in a different relationship than that of angry predator and equally angry victim."
[Cover] The Furies
Suzy McKee Charnas
Tor paperback
It's the third in a classic feminist series that began many years ago with Walk To The End of the World and Motherlines.

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