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Melissa Scott
Conceiving the Heavens: Creating the Science Fiction Novel
Heinemann trade paper
Melissa Scott's seventeen novels include Dreamships and Night Sky Mine (above). In addition to winning the John W. Campbell Award she's received the Lambda Literary Award two years in a row (1995, 1996). In Conceiving the Heavens she shares some of the techniques and insights she's used to help new authors create polished, workable fiction. Including discussions on invented languages and the need for good writing, the book also comes with exercises and information about writing as a profession.
[Cover] The Shapes of Their Hearts
Tor hard cover
The settlers of the planet Idun were lead by the religious leader Gabril Aurik, who founded their belief system based on the principle that human DNA is sacred. Worrying that his teachings would be corrupted, Aurik had an exact recording made of his memories. Generations later, the recording has been permitted to merge with an AI, and the result is the Memoriant, an explosive mix of computer intelligence and religious prophet -- one which has become both a religious icon on Idun, and a powerful terrorist in its avatars off-planet. With Idun now under blockade, Anton Tso has been hired to find out if the Memoriant can be stopped -- by any means whatsoever. Another far-future artificial-intelligence tale from the author of Dreaming Metal and Trouble and Her Friends.
Dreaming Metal
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 318 pages, $14.95 US/$21 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing: July 1997)

The Lambda Award-winning author of Night Sky Mine, Trouble and Her Friends, and The Shapes of Their Hearts revisits the world of her early novel Dreamships in a work that looks carefully at both artificial intelligence and how it will impact society. The planet Persephone is on the verge of revolution as two factions face off. The established government, Realpeace, rules with a heavy hand and rough shoulder. When rock star Micki Tantai, leader of the reform group Dreampeace, is murdered the entire planet is pushed to the brink. Celinde Fortune, an illusionist who works with highly advanced computers, finds that martial law has finally given her enough time to work on her act... and to perfect a computer partner that proves to be the first true AI. Suddenly the apolitical Celinde founds she has engineered not only a scientific breakthrough, but a highly charged political act-- for Realpeacers stand for human rights, while it's only Dreampeacers who speak of rights for machines.
SF Site Review by Alex Anderson
Dreaming Metal
Tor hard cover
Newest from the author of Trouble and Her Friends, this takes place in the same universe as her early novel Dreamships. "Persephone is a planet wracked by class struggle and economic and political upheaval. Celinde Fortune is an entertainer, an illusionist who makes good money but plays the Empire theater, a venue prone to bomb threats. When she combines two advanced computer chips in a new way to sophisticate her act, the resulting form of computer life seems awfully like a true artificial intelligence. And this is beyond controversial -- it could get her killed."
Star Trek Voyager: The Garden
Another Star Trek novel from one of science fiction's bright new stars. Scott is also the author of Dreamships and Trouble and Her Friends.
[Cover] Night Sky Mine
Tor trade paper
The new novel of the far-future from the John W. Campbell Award winning author of Trouble and Her Friends and Dreaming Metal is now in trade paperback. As in all her books, Scott examines complex gender and social issues with a strong technological bent. Justin Rangsey and Sein Tarasov, police and lovers, are assigned by the elite Patrol to investigate an orbiting mine complex mysteriously abandoned by its crew. There they find independent interacting programs -- strange creatures which mimic the behavior of plants and animals -- have evolved in local cyberspace. At the Orbital Agglomeration the two link up with Ista Kelly, an orphan found on a different abandoned mine some years ago. Have several of these events occurred? And if so, why are the details being suppressed by the Night Sky Mine Co? "Mature, balanced, absorbing work, with a richly detailed, enchanting backdrop... a breakthrough in overall technique, and Scott's best so far. -- Kirkus Reviews.
[Cover] Point of Hope
and Lisa Barnett
Tor paperback
Here is a fantasy of necromancy and astromancy, gunpowder and swordplay, politics and crime. Sounds interesting, eh?
[Cover] Shadow Man
Tor hard cover
Here is a new cyber-SF novel from the author of Trouble and Her Friends.

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