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[Cover] The Wild Road
Gabriel King
Del Rey (hardcover, 367 pages, $24.95 US/$35 Canada)
Publication date: March 1998

"Once in every age, there comes a special cat. His mission is not to rule, but to guide the rulers to their destiny." Okay, I know there's an audience of feline die-hards who were sold the moment they saw a cat on the cover, but for the more rational among us I'll try to scratch together a plot summary. Let's see here... you've got yer basic spoiled house cat name Tag, who starts receiving dreams sent by the ancient cat Majicou: images of a journey along the magical highway of the animals, and a mission. Seems like Tag's been selected to deliver a cryptic message to the King and Queen of cats... and along the way he picks up the kind of hangers-on found in every cat quest novel: the wily urban fox, Loves a Dustbin, a magpie named One for Sorrow, and fellow felines Mousebreath, Sealink and Cy. Their opponent is the evil human known only as the Alchemist, who pursues the Queen for his own ghastly ends. Looks like a must-have for lovers of Watership Down, Tad Williams Tailchaser's Song, and Diane Duane's recent The Book of Night With Moon.
Review by S. Kay Elmore
Books by J. Robert King
Books by Stephen King
[Cover] The Silver Kiss
Annette Curtis Klause
Dell Laurel-Leaf
A well received novel from the author of Blood and Chocolate (below), The Silver Kiss combines suspense and romance in a tale of Zoe, a young girl who finds herself drawn to a boy with a dark secret. "Blazes a bloody trail in YA literature--it is horrific, tender, poignant and mesmerizing." -- Robert Cormier.
[Cover] Blood and Chocolate
Annette Curtis Klause
Delacorte hard cover
When she falls in love with a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must confront both her own packmates and the fear of the townspeople. Soon she must decide where she belongs, with whom. Another exciting mix of romance, teen longing, and horror. Highly recommended.
[Cover] The Horse King
Richard A. Knaak
Warner Aspect paperback
The seventh in the Dragonrealm series that began with Firedrake in 1989 and was last continued in The Dragon Crown in 1994. In between, Knaak has written such things as Dutchman and several Dragonlance books for TSR, including Land of the Minotaurs. With an army of evil sorcerers at his command, Horse King Lanith begins a genocidal war. Cabe Bedlam, Emperor Gryphon and the magical steed Darkhorse join forces to stop him, only to discover their adversary is a sadistic and powerful force from Beyond.
[Cover] Humpty Dumpty: AN OVAL
Damon Knight
Tor paperback
Wellington Stout wakes in a Milan hospital after being shot in the head. Although fortunate to be alive, the bullet that nearly killed him has opened cracks in the fabric of reality. Great cover and looks very Jonathan Carroll-esque.
Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager, #17)
Eric Kotani
Pocket (paperback, 263 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: March 9, 1999

Voyager is still a little uneven, but I find myself enjoying it more and more these days. Is it all those epic two-parters, the continuing menace of the Borg, or just the crude-but-effective appeal of a skin-tight jumper on Seven of Nine? Hard to say. "An alien scientist asks to join Captain Kathryn Janeway in the investigation of an unprecedented scientific find. Soon "Voyager" is embroiled in a battle of wills among several alien races -- each intent on decimating whole worlds in the process."
Photo: Carol Ford
Kathe Koja
Four Walls Eight Windows (hardcover, 200 pages, $20 US)
Publication date: November 1, 1998

Koja's five novels -- including Strange Angels, Bad Brains, and Skin -- have often straddled the line between dark fantasy and urban horror. In her first collection of short stories, she takes the opportunity to weave on both sides of it. "The seventeen stories of Extremities shines an eerie light on the netherworld of artistic exploration and insanity, and the slippery slope into perversity -- sexual and violent... In "Disquieting Muse," an art therapist is unwillingly drawn to a blank young woman's sexually explicit drawings. His well-ordered life becomes disrupted by these vibrant disturbed pictures until they metastasize and consume him. "Angels in Love" starts out with some straightforward jealousy and curiosity about the sexual adventures of the girl next door before careening into the lethal sadism of a fallen deity. "Bird Superior" describes a plane crash survivor who quite literally takes flight, and in "The Neglected Garden" a woman determined not to leave her lover takes root in the backyard, only to amass all the strength of Mother Earth in wreaking havoc upon him.
Review by S. Kay Elmore
[Cover] Shadowrun #26: Stranger Souls (Book 1 of the Dragon Heart Saga)
Tak Koke
From the author of Dead Air (Shadowrun , No 22) comes this introductory novel to the Shadowrun universe. The assassination of newly-elected President Dunkelzahn, an ancient dragon and one of the most powerful beings in existence, shatters the dawn of a new era. Now shadowrunners, Secret Service Agents, and mega-corp execs scramble for the reins of power, and only a miracle can save the world from total annihilation.
Art: Bob Prior
Kings of the High Frontier (The High Pilgrimage, Book One)
Victor Koman
Final Frontier Books (hardcover, 576 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: October, 1998

This is the first book we've seen from Final Frontier Books, a division of Bereshith Publishing, and it seems professional enough: solid binding, glossy cover stock, and our copy even came with a color photo of Ray Bradbury holding the book aloft (?). The novel itself is firmly in the near future, hard science, capitalism-must-save-the-space-program tradition of Michael Flynn and Gregory Benford (who provides the afterward), right down to the spacecraft-and-babe cover. If you're looking for a near-future tale of space entrepreneurs and political intrigue, this could be what you've been waiting for. "When the great-great-great-great grand nephew of Davy Crocket secretly builds a single-stage-to-orbit rocket in an abandoned warehouse in the South Bronx, he blows the lid off the greatest conspiracy in the history of humanity." >From the author of The Jehovah Contract and Solomon's Knife, both winners of the Prometheus Award.
Books by Dean Koontz
[Cover] Tempting Letters
S. Koppany, III
Striking Impressions hard cover
An odd new book inspired by (and very similar to) C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Sub-titled "Letters from an Experienced Demon to a Novice," the book collects the communications between a seasoned demon of considerable experience and his young nephew, a demon given his first field position to tempt a human away from the teachings of God and Christ. Described as a comedy-of-errors, the book follows the efforts of the elder demon to advise his nephew in the corruption of humanity.
His Share of Glory: The Solo Science Fiction of C.M. Kornbluth
C.M. Kornbluth
NESFA Press hard cover
Kornbluth was one of the best the field has ever produced. Do yourself a favour and pick up this collection of some of his best work.
Bart Kosko
Avon/EOS (reprint, paperback, 336 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 CAN)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing: September 1997)

First novel from the bestselling author of Fuzzy Thinking. Reviewer Wayne MacLaurin called it "a taut cyber-thriller, combining elements of chip-head cyberpunk with those of a more conventional spy-thriller... The year is 2030, the world has doubled in population and oil reserves continue to be depleted. But in a world where everything depends on computers, those computers still need energy to run. Enter John Grant, a brilliant young engineer who has patented a new molecule that can split water and produce hydrogen. Grant's quest to bring his technology onto the world market leads him into conflict with a master Sufi terrorist... [a man who] starts a campaign of terrorism that is aimed at starting a third world war. Nanotime is a startling realistic glimpse at our future."
Feature Review by Wayne MacLaurin
[Cover] Dark Destiny III: Children of Dracula
edited by Edward E. Kramer
White Wolf paperback
Paperback reprint of a fine horror anthology from last year featuring vampire fiction from such folks as David Bischoff, Robert Sawyer, Susan Shwartz, Rick Hautala, and Esther M. Friesner.
[Cover] Free Space
edited by Edward E. Kramer & Brad Linaweaver
Tor hard cover
These unabashed space adventure stories, from such heavyweights as Poul Anderson, Greg Benford, and Robert Sawyer, deal with the challenges posed by a limitless and truly virgin frontier. A highly political volume with an unapologetic libertarian viewpoint, and the editors have even tapped the winners of the Prometheus Award of the Libertarian Futurist Society -- including L. Neil Smith, James P. Hogan, and Brad Linaweaver -- to produce the backbone of the anthology. With additional contributions from such pundits as William F. Buckley, Jr.  
[Cover] Pawn of Chaos: Tales of the Eternal Champion
Edward E. Kramer, ed. Cover by Christopher Moeller.
White Wolf trade paper
Return to Michael Moorcock's multiverse in this second original Eternal Champion anthology from White Wolf, with stories by Michael Moorcock, John Shirley, Robert E. Vardeman, Nancy A. Collins, Colin Greenland, Roland J. Green, and 16 others.
[Cover] Tad Williams' Mirror World
Mark Kreighbaum, John Helfers, Michelle West
HarperPrism (illustrated hardcover, 170 pages, $23 US/$33.50 Canada)
Publication date: July 1, 1998

It's June of 1999, and gigantic mirrors have appeared in the world's major cities, bisecting roads and buildings. They are beautiful and mysterious -- that is, until their purpose becomes clear. They are portals for a monstrous invasion, gateways through which predatory insectile aliens swarm, killing or carrying off everything in their path. Humanity's one chance is to enter the mirrors and attack the bugs at the source: in Mirror World. Unfortunately, nothing inorganic can pass through the gates... and passing through is a one way trip. Based on Tad William's popular TechnoComics series of the same name, this richly illustrated volume offers stories from Mark Kreighbaum, John Helfers, and Michelle West, as well as a Biotrooper Dossier and an illustrated journal entitled "Pilgrim's Progress." Includes full-colour art by Ron Mahoney and Robin Cline.
[Cover] The Eyes of God (A Novel of the Pinch)
Mark Kreighbaum
Bantam Spectra paperback
The continuing saga of Palace, the 1996 novel by Kreighbaum and Katharine Kerr, this one wrapped in an eye-catching space opera cover. "On a planet wreathed in perpetual mist and scarred by a bloody uprising, the fragile peace between the arrogant humans and the oppressed Leps hangs upon a few key survivors." A tale of cyberintrigue and deadly betrayals. We approve.
Art: Dan Rambert
Beyond Star Trek
Lawrence M. Krauss
HarperPerennial (reprint, non-fiction, trade paperback, 190 pages, $12/$17.50 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998 (First Printing: November 1997)

Krauss is a theoretical physicist whose last unauthorized Trek book, The Physics of Star Trek, was a bestseller. It the kind of science books you read mostly explain how the weapons you've seen in Star Wars and Independence Day might actually work, this could be for you. "In The Physics of Star Trek Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against the real universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative look at how the laws of physics relate to notions from our popular culture not only Star Trek, but other films, shows, and popular lore from Independence Day to Star Wars to The X-Files."
Books by Nancy Kress
[Cover] Star Wars: Tyrant's Test
Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Bantam Spectra paperback
Volume three of the Black Fleet Crises has Luke still searching for his mother and desperate for a new weapon to save the fledgling Republic.
[Cover] Star Wars: Shield of Lies
Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Bantam Spectra paperback
At last, vvolume two of The Black Fleet Crises and sequel to Before The Storm.
[Cover] Star Wars: Before The Storm
Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Bantam Spectra paperback
Volume one of the Black Fleet Crises, "The New Republic faces a terrifying threat from the darkest depth's of the Empire". Set eight months after the Battle of Endor.
Books by Katherine Kurtz
[Cover] The Horns of Elfland
ed. Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman & Donald G. Keller
Penguin/Roc paperback
Fifteen tales of a magical world where song and dance hold court, from a moonlit fairy symphony to the evil spell of a witch's bell, by such authors as Susan Palwick, Terri Windling, and Michael Kandel.

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