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Billy Dee Williams, Rob MacGregor
Tor (hardcover, 254 pages, $22.95/$32.95 Can)
Publication date: July 12, 1999
Another genre actor -- this time Billy Dee Williams, Star Wars' Lando Callrisian -- has turned to novels, this time with the assistance of writer Rob MacGregor. "On November 12, 1995, the CIA issued a report admitting that military and intelligence services had used psychics for spying or "remote viewing." Project Stargate, as it was called, is the premise of this nerve-jangling thriller. Former Air Force Major Trent Calloway just wants to forget about his past, especially the tragedy that changed his life. With his marriage ruined in the aftermath of his psychic spying, he wanders the Southwest, occasionally guiding river rafting tours, until his painful past returns and threatens to damage him again. Now, the drug he was given during his remote-viewing sessions years ago is causing ever increasing side effects in him and in the other government psychic spies he worked with -- and their psychic abilities are still expanding at frightening rates. The unknown drug has bound them together in a deadly psychic nexus, a "PSI net." Calloway must fight for his life -- and his sanity -- as he battles for the security of the United States and its people."
|Books by Tad Williams|
The Absence, an unstable void of nothingness, is devouring people and territory at a terrifying rate. Now a man discovers that his family's only hope may be in his ability to believe again in the holy Text of his youth.
Walter J. Williams
HarperPrism (hardcover, 726 pages, $26/$38 Can)
Publication date: July 21, 1999
Walter J. Williams (once known in SF circles as Walter Jon Williams) has written some great SF -- including City on Fire, Hardwired, and the recent short fiction collection Frankensteins and Foreign Devils. His latest is a near-future disaster epic -- with a twist. "It starts with the dogs. They won't stop barking. And then the earth shrugs. 8.9 on the Richter scale. It's the world's biggest earthquake since Lisbon in 1755, and it doesn't hit California or Japan or Mexico, but New Madrid, Missouri, a sleepy town on the Mississippi River. Seismologists had predicted the scope of the disaster... but no one listened. For hundreds of miles around, dams burst, engulfing entire counties in tidal waves of mud and debris. Cities collapse into piles of brick and shards of glass. Bridges twist and snap, spilling rush-hour traffic into rivers already swollen with bodies. Within minutes, there is nothing but chaos and ruin from St. Louis to Vicksburg, from Kansas City to Louisville. America's heartland has fallen into the nightmare known as the Rift - a fault line in the earth that wrenchingly exposes the fractures in American society itself. As a strange white mist smelling of sulfur rises from the crevassed ground, the real terror begins for the survivors, who will soon envy the dead..."
City on Fire|
Walter John Williams
The highly anticipated sequel to last year's Nebula nominee Metropolitan, from the author of Knight Moves, Hardwired, and the Drake Maijstral Series. Williams home page offers excerpts from many of his works.
Rock of Ages|
Walter Jon Williams
Third volume in the Drake Majistral comedy of manners series introduced by The Crown Jewels. Recommended for fans of Stephen Brust's Jhereg series.
Walter Jon Williams
Another finely crafted and highly original fantasy from one of the field's true original voices. It's Aiah's job to distribute plasm, the mysterious and powerful substance inherent to the city structure, and to ticket the outlaw plasm divers who burrow through abandoned cellars looking for untapped sources. But over the years she's learned that plasm is more than just an energy source; that it can resonate within the human mind and give power to heal... and to kill. When she finds as undiscovered and unlimited supply, she meets with the powerful Metropolitan called Constantine, a handsome and mysterious rebel. Together they can use the plasm overthrow the government. They know the dangers of their plans, but they don't yet understand how dangerous it will be to fall in love.
Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women|
A. Susan Williams and Richard Glyn Jones, ed.
Penguin hard cover
It is exactly what you think it is with an introduction by Joanna Russ.
City of Iron (The Searchers, Book One )|
Avon (paperback, 340 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 8, 1998
Advertised as something of a cross between Men in Black and The X-Files, this is the first novel in a series from an author known so far mostly for licensed tie-in novels -- including The Crow novel Clash by Night; Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller, based on the Take 2 computer game; the Ravenloft tome Mordenheim; and the TSR book Murder in Cormyr. "Laika Harris, Tony Luciano, and Joseph Stein are CIA agents with unique psychic abilities, working deep undercover to expose dangerous frauds that could seriously endanger the national security and psyche. But the disappearance of a New York artist -- coupled with a gruesome massacre in an Adirondack mountain lodge -- leads the trio into the heart of an unthinkable conspiracy that stretches back millennia and threatens to shatter every belief about the origin of man and God." From
Philip G. Williamson
Third in the Chronicles of the Firstworld (following Moonblood and Heart of Shadows). "offbeat fantasy with an excellent grasp of human psychology and a likable young demi-rogue of a hero"--Locus.
Tor (hardcover, 304 pages, $23.95 US)
Publication date: April, 1999
The latest from one of SF's Grand Masters, a man who's been writing SF since his first story was published in Amazing Stories in December 1928. His classic novels include The Humanoids, Darker Than You Think, and The Starchild Trilogy, (with Fred Pohl), and his more recent work includes The Black Sun, Bloodlines, and Demon Moon. "When his reporter brother is murdered, Clay Barstow travels to a small Kentucky town to investigate and discovers a hotbed of conspiracy. The truth remains hidden behind a storm of lies, and soon he finds himself framed for murder and hunted by the local militia."
Review by Georges T. Dodds
The Black Sun |
Tor (reprint, paperback, 352 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: May 1998
It's been more than seven decades since SFWA Grand Master Jack Williamson published his first story, "The Metal Man," in that great-grandfather of SF magazines, Amazing Stories. Since then, Williamson has produced some of the classics of the genre, including The Legion of Space, The Legion of Time, The Humanoids, and the The Starchild series (with Frederik Pohl). While he's most recognized for his contributions to the early pulp/adventure era, in the last two decades Williamson has proven his ability to turn out thoughtful and hard-hitting SF with the best of them, and The Black Sun is no exception. "In the near-future, Project Starseed is using faster-than-light quantum-wave technology to send colonists on one-way trips to distant systems. When the 99th -- and final -- ship lands on a bleak, long-dark world in the shadow of a dying star, the future looks grim. Soon the colonists are torn apart by sabotage and dissent, and an exploration party vanishes into the dark, frozen wastes. Billions of years have passed without life on this barren planetoid, but the arrival of humans may have set astir an ancient entity that could mean salvation for the desperate colonists... or destruction." "One of Williamson's all-time best efforts; for splendid characters, fascinating scenario, and sheer 'sense of wonder,' it's hard to beat." -- Kirkus Reviews
Tor trade paper
Raise a cheer for Tor for bringing back into print one of the most beloved classics of SF, this book holds up suprisingly well over the years since I last read it.
edited by Connie Willis
Harcourt Brace (trade paperback & hardcover, 272 pages, $13 trade/$26 hardcover)
Publication date: April, 1999
Newest volume in the prestigious anthology series which reprints the Nebula Award winners (and a handful of runners up), as well as commentary from some of SF's finest on film, media and related genres, and the current State of the Art. "The coveted Nebula Awards are the only SF awards bestowed annually by the writers' own demanding peers, the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Each Nebula Awards collection showcases the year's Nebula-winning fiction, top selections from the ballot - including work not collected in other best-of-the-year anthologies - and intriguing essays written expressly for each volume. Nebula Awards 33 features prizewinning fiction by Vonda N. McIntyre, Jerry Oltion, Nancy Kress, and Jane Yolen; the Rhysling Award winners for best SF poetry; classic stories by Grand Master Poul Anderson and Author Emeritus Nelson Bond; and original essays by Jack Williamson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ellen Datlow, Sheila Williams, Cynthia Felice, Michael Cassutt, Geoffrey Landis, Beth Meacham, Wil McCarthy, and Christie Golden."
Review by David Soyka
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 493 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: December 15, 1998 (First Printing: January 1998)
Willis' earlier time travel effort, Doomsday Book, won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. It was a very serious endeavor, with plagues and crises and all kinds'a dire outcomes hovering over the next chapter. The title for this one -- and certainly its inspiration -- comes from Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog!, the classic book of Victorian comedy by Jerome Klapka Jerome, often called the funniest book ever written in English. If you've turned to this one expecting another work of solemn prose, perhaps you'd best move on. But if you're looking for a different brand of entertainment, this one could certainly do you well. Ned Henry and his time-traveling companions are searching the bombed ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1940 for the mysterious bishop's bird stump, an object whose relevance escapes him. All that's certain is that if they fail to uncover, the powerful and enigmatic Lady Schrapnell will keep sending them back in time -- again and again and again...
Review by Steven Silver
Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
Ace (reprint, paperback, 362 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 1998
"It has been 15 years since Delanna Milleflores set foot on Keramos. Now her mother has died, and she has returned only to settle and sell her estate. But Keramos has some surprising laws. To sell her farm, Delanna must first live on it for one year. And along with her land comes one Tarlton Tanner, heir to the adjoining farm. A man who, at the moment of her mother's death, became Delanna's husband." From the team which brought us Light Raid and Water Witch.
Fire Watch |
Bantam Spectra paperback
Reprint of the first short story collection from Connie Willis, author of the Hugo award-winning Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Fire Watch collects twelve stories, many of them award winners themselves, including "A Letter from the Cleary's" and the title story, set in the same universe as both Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog.
To Say Nothing of the Dog|
Bantam Spectra hard cover
The Hugo and Nebula-award winning author of Doomsday Book revisits the subject of time travel, this time to Victorian England, with a comic tale of romance, history and misadventure. "The year is 1889, the height of the Victorian Era. Long afternoons of tea parties and punting on the Thames are counterbalanced by the swellings of the Industrial Revolution: a time of turbulent social and technological change. Darwin is annihilating mankind's supremacy with his theory of evolution. And Ned Henry is badly in need of a vacation. He has been shuffling madly between past and present, researching the intact Coventry Cathedral for a rich American who wants to rebuild it -- exactly to previous specifications -- on the 125th anniversary of its destruction. But when a colleague of his impulsively rescues a cat from drowning and thus alters the timeline, perhaps irrevocably, Ned must scramble to set things right throughout a series of misadventures which would make even the most intrepid of heroes pale..."
A striking novella from the author of Doomsday Book. Sandra Foster studies social fads for a commercial think tank, and Bennett O'Reilly works with monkeys and chaos theory. When an incorrectly delivered package brings the two of them together, they find a joint project with far-ranging consequences.
Connie Willis & Cynthia Felice
Ace hard cover
From the collaborative team that produced Light Raid and Water Witch. Willis is also the Hugo and Nebula-award winning author of Lincoln's Dreams and Doomsday Book, and Felice has written Downtime.
Bantam Spectra paperback
Pricey for a 140 page novella, but when has anything of Ms. Willis' not been worth every penny? Darkly comic and wonderfully told, Remake tells the story of a future Hollywood where there are no more live body actors--only computer graphics and techno- wizardry (Casablanca being remade with River Phoenix and Madonna?) Then along comes Alis--born on the day that Fred Astaire died--determined to dance in the movies, whatever the cost. A real treat.
St. Martin's Press paperback
Six-year-old Paul Haines sees two older boys disappear under the surf of the Gulf of Mexico. Soon the terror comes to the surface... Soon to be an NBC miniseries.
Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis|
A stop at a lush garden planet could prove a fatal mistake for Janeway and the Voyager crew. The fragrant plants are beautiful and exotic -- and possibly deadly, as one by one the Away Team succumb to deep comas from which they cannot be revived. But when Janeway attempts to investigate the mysterious and dangerous gardens, the natives turn hostile.
The World of Darkness: To Sift Through Bitter Ashes (The Grails Covenant, Vol 1)|
David Niall Wilson
From the author of Star Trek - Voyager: Chrysalis. The start of a new trilogy of novels set in the world of Vampire: The Dark Ages, the role-playing game from White Wolf. "Obsessed with acquiring the Holy Grail for the Lasombra clan, the vampire Montrovant sets out on a quest that pits him against the Knights Templar and sends him through the lair of an ancient Egyptian evil and the deserts of the Holy Land."
F. Paul Wilson and Matthew J. Costello
Warner Aspect (reprint, paperback, 352 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June, 1999 (First Edition: 1998)
First collaboration between the authors of The Keep and The 7th Guest. Tristan is the perfect spy: an artificially created human whose metamorphic genes can be programmed to transform him into a "masque" -- a perfect genetic copy of anyone. Owned by warring corporate city-states, creatures like Tristan are used as tireless slaves and soldiers until the day the stress of reshaping themselves destroys them from within. Earning citizenship and the right to a permanent form is their only hope of survival... and for Tristan, citizenship is just a single, deadly mission away.
Review by Lisa DuMond
Deep as the Marrow|
F. Paul Wilson
Tor/Forge hard cover
First US publication. Someone has kidnapped Dr. John Van Duyne's little daughter and all he has to do to get her back is poison his best friend--the president of the United States, the man about to legalize drugs in America.
Tor (hardcover, 333 pages, $23.95/$33.95 Can)
Publication date: November 13, 1998
Gahan Wilson is chiefly known as the demented mastermind behind the famed ghoulish cartoons in F&SF, Playboy, and other places (and collected in such volumes as Is Nothing Sacred? and Gahan Wilson's Still Weird), but he's also a fine writer, including the offbeat novels Eddy Deco's Last Caper (1988) and Everybody's Favorite Duck. This collection of 23 (mostly) reprinted stories, originally published in Omni, Playboy and elsewhere, includes a story with only a black blob for a title (and a ravenous black blob as a main character); "The Power of the Mandarin," in which an author decides to kill off his hero and replace him himself; and the brand new title story, which relates the strange tale of a strange monastery, accessible only via single file through a narrow mountain cleft. Other tales tell of a campfire story so frightening its listeners may not survive, a boy who finds a monster suit that enables him to become a monster, and more. Includes many new black & white illustrations. "Wilson is the peer of Charles Addams, Edward Gorey, and Gary Larson, but he bests them all at simultaneously eliciting shivers and giggles" -- Booklist.
Paragons: Twelve Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Craft|
Robin Wilson, ed.
St. Martin's Press trade paper
A themed anthology which present fine work twelve of the best known writers in the field, including stories and essays by Greg Bear, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling, and Lucius Shepard, all of whom pull back the curtain to give you a glimpse of how it's all done.
Those Who Can: An Science Fiction Reader|
Robin Wilson, ed.
St. Martin's hard cover
"The best teaching anthology for courses in writing science fiction ever" says Tor editor, David Hartwell. Includes stories and essays by such authors as Harlen Ellison, Ursula Le Guin and Samuel Delany.
Robert Charles Wilson
Tor (reprint, paperback, 372 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 18, 1999 (First Edition: June 1998)
The Hugo-Award nominated novel of a very different twentieth century, from the author of Gypsies and The Divide. "In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antediluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle is an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire. Leaving an America now ruled by religious fundamentalists, young Guilford Law travels to Darwinia on a mission of discovery that will take him further than he can possibly imagine ... to a shattering revelation about mankind's destiny in the universe."
Review by Neil Walsh
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