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[Cover] Confederacy of the Dead
Richard Gilliam, Martin H. Greenberg & Edward Kramer, ed.
Roc paperback
It's a US Civil War anthology of original stories.
[Cover] The Book of Kings
Richard Gilliam & Martin Greenberg, ed.
Roc paperback
This one is "20 tales of kings and kingdoms"; Stephen Donaldson, Jane Yolen, Judith Tarr, Diana Paxson to name a few.
[Cover] Otherwere
Laura Anne Gillman and Keith R.A. DeCandido, ed.
Ace paperback
It contains fifteen stories of Transformation. It's not just werewolves anymore but "a wonderfully diverse assortment of creatures that include a serpent, a child and elephant--even a right- wing Republican" (repeating the obvious, non?). Authors include Nina Kriki Hoffman, Peter David, R.A. Salvatore, Debra Doyle and James MacDonald.
[Cover] Halfway Human
Carolyn Ives Gilman
Avon paperback
Tedla is a "bland," an asexual human from the isolated world of Gammadis. Blands are a protected class, existing only to serve and forbidden to leave their homeworld... but somehow Tedla has found her way to the planet Capella Two, and after an attempted suicide she is put in the care of Val, an expert in alien cultures. But even Val isn't prepared for the truths behind Tedla's closed culture. There are reasons why Gammadis preserves its secrets, and Val is about to uncover them. A first novel "of witchcraft, lust, and innocence betrayed" from a Nebula finalist.
[Cover] Wrath of God
Robert Gleason
HarperPrism paperback
A big post-apocalypse thriller that has movie soon, movie soon written all over it -- move over Tom Clancy.
[Cover] The Dazzle of Day
Molly Gloss
A multigenerational starship tale from the author of author of the mainstream novel The Jump-Off Creek, a PEN/Faulkner nominee in 1989. Yes, it's an example of that bastard step-child of the genre, Literary SF. But return your nose down to a more suitable angle and set aside that Star Trek novel, gentle reader. There's genuine promise here. After 140 years, the Dusty Miller is finally drawing near New World -- and just in time, as increasing numbers of the travelers on board have begun to fall victim to fits of suicidal malaise. But New World is cold and inhospitable, and some on board may vote to pass it by. "A vast, bleak, beautiful vision of the human future--a triumph of the imagination."--Ursula K. Le Guin.
[Cover] Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Donald F. Glut
Ballantine Del Rey paperback
Darth Vader and the Empire get nasty and Han Solo pays the price. The sequel to Star Wars: A New Hope, just to state the obvious. See you at the movies, no doubt the reason for the reprint.
James S. Warren Youll
First Evidence
Ken Goddard
Bantam (hardcover, 427 pages, $23.95/$34.95)
Publication date: June 8, 1999

A novel of suspense and alien horror from the author of Prey and Wildfire. Goddard is a professional forensics scientist, and it doesn't take long to see that -- this is the only book I've ever seen with detailed crime scene diagrams and a three-page evidence list. Very intriguing. "Bestselling author and criminalist Ken Goddard presents a chilling tale of murder, forensic detection, and vivid speculation that pits an expert crime scene investigator against a culprit who may be unlike any this world has ever spawned."
[Cover] Lord of Sunset
Parke Godwin
Avon (trade paperback, 466 pages, $13 US/$17.50 Canada)
Publication date: June 10, 1998

Parke Godwin is the acclaimed author of Firelord, Sherwood, Robin and the King, and many other novels of fantasy and historical fiction. Now he turns his attention to 11th-century Britain and the story of young Harold of Wessex, who came of age under the rule of King Edward and dreamed of a united England... and was destined to one day wear the crown and face William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. "Godwin brings Harold and Edith powerfully to life as lovers fated to be swept up in the turmoil of a changing England, in this enthralling prequel to Sherwood and Robin and the King" -- Booklist.
Invasion America: On the Run (Invasion America, Book 2)
Christie Golden
Roc (paperback, 272 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: November 1, 1998

I'll admit I was rather taken in by the series -- a complex, soap-opera-style prime time animated SF offering which probably never obtained the audience it should have. This anime-like series from Dreamworks Television Animation followed the exploits of Cale Oosha, an alien/human half breed who only gradually discovers his heritage, simultaneously finding himself on the run from U.S. government agents and an intergalactic empire -- one which has decided the time has come to invade Earth (although why it's called "Invasion America" is never really explained... presumably Canadians and Europeans have nothing to worry about?). The real appeal of the series was its strong characters and dialog, which could bode well for the novel spin-offs. Golden is the author of three Ravenloft and three Star Trek books.
Art: Hillios
Star Trek: Seven of Nine (Star Trek Voyager #16)
Christie Golden
Pocket (paperback, 233 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 CAN)
Publication date: August 11, 1998

We like Seven of Nine. She's a Ten. "Once she was Annika Hansen, an innocent child assimilated by the all-conquering Borg. Now she is Seven of Nine, a unique mixture of human biology and Borg technology. Cut off from the Collective and forced to join the crew of "Voyager", Seven of Nine must come to grips wit her surprising new environment."
[Cover] Star Trek Voyager #14: Marooned
Christie Golden
Pocket paperback
"When an alien pirate abducts Kes, Voyager takes off in hot pursuit, but the first rescue mission fails disastrously; an ion storm forces the shuttle to crash on an unknown world. Now Captain Janeway and her Away Team must embark on a hazardous trek through a hostile environment in search of a way off the planet, while Voyager, commanded by Chakotay, confronts an enemy fleet in the depths of space."
[Cover] King's Man and Thief
Christie Golden
Ace paperback
Is there honour among thieves? The enigmatic Fox, nobleman and criminal, seems to think so -- and as proof he's willing to challenge the forces of darkness to free a magical city from a curse of darkness.
Julie Bell
GEN 13: Netherwar
Christopher Golden and Jeff Mariotte; illustrated by John Cassaday
Ace/Byron Preiss (paperback, 230 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: June 1, 1999

GEN 13 is one of the most successful independent comics in history (or at least it was, until its parent company, Wildstorm Productions, was purchased by DC Comics). This is the first novel of their exploits, written by the author of Codename Wolvervine (Golden) and the GEN 13 comic book (Marriotte), and including a small number of b&w illustrations by comic artist Cassaday. If you're into characters whose names are all registered trademarks, this could be for you. "Fairchild. Grunge. Rainmaker. Burnout. Freefall. Five teenagers brought together by the covert ops organization I/O to be the next generation of super-powered operatives: Gen13. Unwilling to be I/O's pawns, Gen13 escaped their clutches with the help of renegade I/O agent John Lynch. Now they must stop their creators from gaining access to the demonic power of the Hellgate--and possibly from destroying the world as well."
Art: Dennis Lyall
Of Masques and Martyrs (The Shadow Saga, Book Three)
Christopher Golden
Ace (paperback, 292 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998

The dark fantasy trilogy which began with Of Saints and Shadows (1994) and Angel Souls and Devil Hearts (both re-released in October of this year) now concludes. "An epic that takes you into the secret world of vampires -- and a secret society sworn to destroy them. As the vampires of the world prepare to do battle with humanity, and each other, the possibility of a new life for those that remain is what spurs them on in their bloody quest..." "In his world of vampires and dark magic, Golden presents us with a complex canvas to rivals Brian Lumley" -- Craig Shaw Gardner. From the author of The Watcher's Guide: Official Companion to Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy: The Lost Army, and the Bram Stoker Award-winner Cut: Horror Writers on Horror Film.
X-Men: Mutant Empire #3: Salvation
Christopher Golden
Boulevard paperback
Manhattan has already fallen to Magneto's Mutant Empire, but is he content? Of course not. And the only thing between him and Total World Domination™ is the X-Men. Seems the Sentinels, the Acolytes, and an ever-growing army of sympathetic mutants are on Magneto's side though... and so the X-Men must turn to their arch-enemy the Juggernaut for help.
[Cover] Star Trek: Trek to Madworld
Stephen Goldin
Bantam Spectra paperback
Reprint of a Star Trek novel which first appeared in 1979 -- back when you didn't have to ask which one. The Enterprise is sent at maximum warp to Epsilon Delta 4, with orders to save 700 colonists slowly dying from radiation poisoning. En route, Kirk discovers Romulan and Klingon starships in hot pursuit of an unstoppable weapon. Torn between preventing the enemies of the Federation from upsetting the galactic balance of power, and saving the 700 colonists, Captain Kirk faces one of the most difficult decisions of his career.
Art: K. Green
The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition
William Goldman
Ballantine Books (reprint, hardcover, 400 pages, $24.95/$35 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998 (First Printing: 1973)

Or more completely titled: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The 'Good Parts' Version, Abridged. If you haven't already read William Goldman's true classic of modern fantasy (and seeing the movie version, faithful as it may have been, doesn't count), then delay no longer. This is perhaps the most enthralling modern fairy tale I've ever read. As an added bonus, what's advertised as "The first chapter of the long-lost sequel, Buttercup's Baby," a 52-page excerpt, is included at the end. A true teaser for a forthcoming sequel, or just another example of Goldman's artful playing with the reader? Only one way to find out. "Once upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as Westley... handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo... the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father's death; Fezzik... the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini... the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he's foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck... the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen... the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max... the King's ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of); The Dread Pirate Roberts... supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup... the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world."
Dark Cities Underground
Lisa Goldstein
Tor (hardcover, 252 pages, $22.95/$32.95 Can)
Publication date: June 17, 1999

From the author of Travellers in Magic and Walking the Labyrinth. "In her most ambitious novel yet, Lisa Goldstein tells the story of Ruthie, a young journalist sent to interview Jeremy, a man in his forties, who as a child was the central character of a series of classic children's books written by his mother, the Adventures of Jeremy in Neverwas. But the scary, fantastic world of Jeremy's youth is real, and sucks them in to strange adventures underground, where love and death threaten."
[Cover] Walking the Labyrinth
Lisa Goldstein
Tor (reprint, trade paperback
From the author of The Red Magician and Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon comes this tale of a San Francisco woman who discovers magic in her past -- and possibly in her present. When Molly Travers is contacted by a private detective investigating a legacy of her family, she discovers the story of the Order of the Labyrinth, a secret society founded in late Victorian England... and which apparently commanded extremely potent magic. Somewhere beneath a house in England a labyrinth awaits, built over a century ago but still filled with mystery, murder, and magic.
Travellers in Magic
Lisa Goldstein
Tor trade paper
This volume gathers together all of Goldstein's short fiction, including such noted work as "Cassandra's Photographs," nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Goldstein is a regular in the best-of-the-year anthologies, and here's your chance to get all these small jems in one place.
[Red Magican] The Red Magican
Lisa Goldstein
Tor trade paper
A brilliant first novel of shame and hope set against the backdrop of Europe in the early stages of WWII.
Keith Parkinson
Soul of the Fire (The Sword of Truth, Book 5)
Terry Goodkind
Tor (hardcover, 508 pages, $27.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999

Goodkind's first book, the fat fantasy Wizard's First Rule, was extremely popular. It also kicked off The Sword of Truth series, which (so far) shows no sign of slowing down. The other three books were Stone of Tears, Blood of the Fold and Temple of the Winds, each of which seems to have increased in audience. "When Kahlan summoned the dominion of the chimes to save Richard in Temple of the Winds, unwittingly she loosed arcane powers that now not only threaten those she loves, but are bent on reshaping the world itself into forbidding visions that will forever alter the very nature of life itself. Richard and Kahlan must now hunt the chimes, those mysterious of hunters -- the unseen stalkers of souls, the thieves of order -- and in so doing plunge headfirst into danger perilous. For there is no place so dangerous as a world without magic."
[Cover] Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, No. 3)
Terry Goodkind
Sequel to Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears. Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell find themselves in a stand against ancient forces as war engulfs their world and breaches the magical shield which has sealed away the Old World for 3,000 years. Now the ancient barrier has fallen completely, leaving the New World defenseless, and Richard, Kahlan, and the wizard Zedd risk everything to confront unspeakable evil.
[Cover] Stone of Tears
Terry Goodkind
Tor paperback
Volume two in the Sword of Truth and sequel to Wizard's First Rule, its sequel is Blood of the Fold.
[Cover] Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Tor paperback
New epic fantasy, this'll make the clamour weaker for the next Jordan title.
Nicholas Jainschigg
Mississippi Blues
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 512 pages, $15.95/$21.95 Can)
Publication date: June 16, 1999 (First Edition: December 1997)

Third novel from the author of The Bones of Time, and the sequel to Queen City Jazz. "The journey of Verity across the wonderfully altered landscape of mid-America began in Queen City Jazz: "A dizzying novel that takes full advantage of the creative potential of nanotech," said The New York Times. Now it continues on down the river in Mississippi Blues. Verity takes the wildest cast of characters since Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, both living and resurrected, down the river to possible salvation in New Orleans and beyond in a great SF epic."
[Cover] The Bones of Time
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Tor paperback
Her first book, Queen City Jazz, sold very well and this one is on top of my gotta read pile (it was fab).
[Cover] Queen City Jazz
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Tor paperback
OK, I may be a sucker for any novel dealing with nanotechnology, but this first novel by Goonan creates a world devastated by the technology, but in some ways more human for it. Good stuff.

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