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Anne McCaffrey
Paul Youll
Freedom's Challenge (Freedom's Landing, Book 3)
Ace (reprint, paperback, 340 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 1, 1999 (First Edition: May 1998)

In Freedom's Landing, a galactic invasion forced thousands of humans to colonize a new planet. In Freedom's Choice, human Kris Bjornsen and her comrades found new hope for rebellion. Now the trilogy is completed in Freedom's Challenge, in which Kris and her alien Catteni lover Zainal prepare for a final confrontation with the alien slavers. "Kris Bjornson has come a long way since alien slave ships scooped her up in Denver with thousands of others. Dropped in an apparently uninhabited world with the rest, she has fallen in love with Zainal, a renegade Catteni, and made a comfortable life for herself and her new family. But she feels a soldier's duty to escape Botany and rejoin the struggle for freedom."
[Cover] Acorna's Quest (Acorna Series, Vol. 2)
with Margaret Ball
HarperPrism hard cover
The second novel of Acorna, The Unicorn Girl, from the team that brought us Partnership. Strangely enough, I discover these books have no unicorns. Instead they have space pirates, grizzled prospectors, strange alien races, a touch of mystery, and a charming and rather unusual heroine. Acorna is now a young woman, with all the dreams and sorrows of the young. With the miner Calum she sets off to uncover the secrets of her origins -- only to hear that a mysterious craft has appeared back home. Piloted by the Linyaari, a race of gentle telepaths, the craft is spreading the alarm about the Khleev, terrible invaders who bring torture and destruction. The Linyaari are also searching for a beloved infant they had given up for lost long ago...
[Cover] Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (Acorna Series, Vol. 1)
with Margaret Ball
HarperPrism paperback
First novel in a new space adventure saga whose sequel is above. When their spaceship is attacked by vicious Khlevii warriors Acorna's parents set their baby adrift in a lifepod, to be found by three bachelor asteroid miners from the bandit planet of Kezdet. The three eventually adopt her, taking her back to Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked... and where they are surprised at both her astonishing growth rate and emerging intelligence. They name her Acorna for her silvery hair and the horn-like bump in her forehead. But soon young Acorna's unusual talents draw the attention of unsavory local powers... for the planet Kezdet has its own dark secrets, including a hidden trade in child slave labour. But as she comes to understand and gain control over her abilities, Acorna matures into a worthy adversary, for free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving women.
Art: David Shannon
Black Horses for the King
Del Rey (reprint, paperback, 206 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing: June 1997)

According to Del Rey's publicist, Anne McCaffrey's true passion has always been horses. She runs a private livery stable in Ireland. With this book she's finally combined that passion and experience with her own take on the legend of King Arthur. "Lord Artos, as he likely would have been called, felt that the only way to rout the Saxons was with a cavalry--but where could he find horses strong enough to carry a knight in full armor fast and far? His answer was in a strong breed from Libya, and his story is told by the boy who accompanied him, first as an interpreter in the trading fairs on the Continent, and then as Britain's first farrier, making the horseshoes that would protect the desert horses' sensitive hooves from the hard, cold ground of Great Britain."
Art: Harvey Parker
If Wishes Were Horses
Roc (hardcover, 85 pages, $14.95 US/$20.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998

Roc's series of hardcover novellas continues with a handsome fantasy from the author of Freedom's Choice and The Dragonriders of Pern. "Young Tizra and her twin brother Tracell find their world abruptly changed when their father is unexpectedly called to fight in a war which promises to last much longer than the usual three-day skirmish. Their mother--the village healer--enlists her children to assist her in caring for the many refugees left wounded and homeless by the conflict. Inspired by her mother, Tizra learns never to surrender hope even in a time of fear and uncertainty. "
Michael Herring
Nimisha's Ship
Del Rey (hardcover, 388 pages, $25/$35 Can)
Publication date: February 18, 1999

McCaffrey is most famous for her various SF series, most especially The Dragonriders of Pern and Crystal Singer. In Nimisha's Ship she visits a completely new world, and introduces a strong new female character. "Lady Nimisha Boynton-Rondymense is an anomaly on her home planet of Vega III. Disdainful of the decadent lifestyle there, she ascends to control her father's starship building industry--setting the stage for vengeful intrigue from his enemies."
John Ennis
Acorna's Quest (The Unicorn Girl, Book 2)
and Margaret Ball
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 397 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: July 1, 1999 (First Edition: July 1998)

The second volume in The Unicorn Girl saga. "Found as an infant drifting in space, Acorna, the Unicorn Girl, has become a young woman. She still has her tiny, translucent horn, and her "funny" feet and hands. And, she still has her miraculous ability to make plants grow and heal human sickness. But Acorna has strange dreams of a gentle folk who mind-speak by touching horns. With her "Uncle" Calum, one of the three grizzled asteroid prospectors who rescued, protected, and raised her, she sets off to find her people. No sooner does she leave than a mysterious craft appears, piloted by the Linyaari, a gentle race with telepathic powers. The Linyaari are roaming the galaxy, spreading the alarm about the deadly Khleev. And searching for a beloved little girl they had given up for lost, long ago... "
Freedom's Choice
Putnam hard cover
1st US appearance of the sequel to Freedom's Landing. Kris Bjornson, like most of the rest of the human race, has been enslaved by the Catteni. When Kris and some of her fellow slaves were deposited on an uninhabited planet to see if it was hospitable, it looked like a death sentence. But they survived, and now a bustling proto-civilization thrives on the planet they've named Botany. But as the colony expands, questions begin to arise. Should they remain and try to create a new society, or return to Earth and join in the battle against the Catteni?
Ballantine Del Rey hard cover
The latest tale of Pern from the Dragon Lady herself.
Space Opera
& Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, eds.
DAW paperback
An original: a collection of twenty original SF stories about opera and music. C'mon, I know you're curious. Me too.
The Coelura
[Cover] No One Noticed The Cat
Roc hard cover
A young king must hold on to his throne against all comers-- with the aid of his cat Niffy. Not much magic here, but a treat for cat-lovers (Aaachoo!)
[Cover] Serve It Forth
with John Gregory Betancourt
Warner Aspect trade paper
A SF and fantasy cookbook. Need we say more?
[Cover] The Crystal Singer Trilogy
Del Rey trade paper
The book includes Crystal Singer, Killashandra and Crystal Line, it's cheaper than the three paperbacks.
[Cover] An Exchange of Gifts
Roc paperback
A pretty and charming little book -- perfect for gift giving this season.
[Cover] Freedom's Landing
Ace paperback
Alien ships arrive on Earth and start loading up human slaves. Is X-Files having an effect on the field or what?
[Cover] Power Play
and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Del Rey paperback
Paperback reprint and conclusion to the trilogy set on the living planet, Petaybee.
[Cover] The Dolphins of Pern
Del Rey paperback
Enhanced dolphins came with the colonists when Pern was first settled. Now, centuries later contact is made.
[Cover] Girl Who Heard Dragons
Tor paperback
Here is a short story collection.

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