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New arrivals here at the SF Site offices over the past couple of weeks include new works by Timothy Zahn, Tess Gerritsen, William Sleator, Donna Jo Napoli & Richard Tchen, Tony Daniel, Robert Silverberg, and others; a new collection of essays by Arthur C. Clarke; a tribute to Clark Ashton Smith; and more...

Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted. Where available, links to SF Site reviews and book excerpts are provided. Click on the thumbnail image to get a closer look at the cover.

New Arrivals: August 15th - August 31st
Art: Fred Gambino
Dawnthief (Book One, Chronicles of the Raen)
James Barclay
Victor Gollancz (trade paperback, 416 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 29 July 1999

This novel opens a gritty new epic of mercenaries and magic. "The Raven have fought together for years, 6 men and an elf carving out a living as swords for hire in the wars that have torn Balaia apart, loyal only to themselves and their code. But when they agree to escort a Xeteskian mage on a sinister mission they are pulled into a nightmare web of politics and ancient secrets that will change their lives forever. How is it that they are fighting for the Dark College of magic? Searching for the location of Dawnthief; a spell to end the world, a spell that must be cast..."
Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!
Arthur C. Clarke
St. Martin's Press (non-fiction, hardcover, 548 pages, $35 US)
Publication date: 3 August 1999

Subtitled "Collected Works, 1934-1998," this is a mammoth collection of essays covering over 6 decades. "Collecting the most prophetic pieces of a career that has spanned more than 60 years, Arthur C. Clarke lucidly demonstrates through his nonfiction essays that he not only anticipated many of the 20th century's greatest scientific innovations, but that he also helped shape the path to come."
Art: J.K. Potter
The Robot's Twilight Companion
Tony Daniel
Golden Gryphon Press (hardcover, 325 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: August 1999

This collection includes short stories which have previously appeared in Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction, a Hugo nominee, and several others. From the ultimate war and the origins of werewolves and vampires, to humans with god-like powers that would make Zeus blush. "Daniel's stories are full of an old fashion sense of adventure and wonder, bringing to mind such writers as Ray Bradbury and Theodore Sturgeon. At the same time, they thoroughly participate in the cutting edge of today's best writing."
Tess Gerritsen
Pocket Books (hardcover, 343 pages, $24.95 US/$36.95 Can)
Publication date: 17 August 1999

Gerritsen is known for her medical suspense novels. Here's another, but with a harrowing twist: During the course of medical research experiments conducted inside the International Space Station, under the unique microgravity conditions of space, "a culture of exotic microbes called Archaeons begins to reproduce at an alarming rate. Within days, the Archaeons begin to mutate into a voracious multicellular monster that assumes the DNA of every living creature in its path."
Art: Jeff Barson
Lord of Sunset
Parke Godwin
Avon (paperback, 566 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 3 August 1999

History is rarely about losers, and it is always written by the winners. Which is why Duke William of Normandy, who won the battle of Hastings, has gotten more press than King Harold, who was beaten and killed on that battlefield. But Harold is truly Lord of Sunset, a memorable figure in an impossible situation, who deserved to be better remembered.
review Review by Jean-Louis Trudel.
Art: Peter Mennim
Deathstalker Destiny
Simon R. Green
Millennium (paperback, 473 pages, £6.99 UK/$14.95 Aus)
Publication date: 29 July 1999

Conclusion to the Deathstalker epic. "Once more Owen Deathstalker is called upon to fulfil his destiny. And when all the loose ends are being tied up, as everyone is bidding fair to live happily ever after, the Recreated turn up to threaten the existence of humanity... And this time Owen's actions will decide the fate of the entire Empire."
Shiva 3000
Jan Lars Jensen
Harcourt Brace (hardcover, 362 pages, $23.95 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: 3 August 1999

The first novel by Canadian short story author, Jan Lars Jensen, has some resonances of Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, one of the best all-time classic SF novels. "A magical narrative set in an India of the future, in which the gods of the Hindu pantheon walk the earth. Two quarreling friends travel across India together, following their very different destinies. Along the way, young Rakesh and the Royal Engineer, Vasant, encounter the giant god of wood, Jagannath, who carves a swath of destruction; the Pragmatic Monks, who live in a carved-out mountain and perform miracles of meditation; demon cranes, who reduce life to counting; battles where the weapons are spices; and numerous other wonders. This cinematic Sinbad dreamscape, filled with animate machines, airships of silk, and legends brought to life, evokes an ancient time but also points a finger at our modern age. Jensen presents vivid scenes of India and in the process examines Hinduism, Buddhism, intolerance, and the awful power of faith."
review Review by Charlene Brusso
Art: Don Brautigam
Steven Krane
DAW (paperback, 384 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: August 1999

"It began with an undercover government agency, an agency experimenting with genetic breeding, their goal to develop and enhance specific mental powers -- to create teeks. But not everyone was willing to be a guinea pig, and have their children turned into some sort of monstrous mutation -- so some of the experiments escaped. But now the agency is determined to track them down no matter what the cost. And with loyal teeks doing the hunting, how could they fail?..."
review Review by Todd Richmond.
Art: Jon Sullivan
Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
Victor Gollancz (trade paperback, 389 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 29 July 1999

Mercedes Lackey has once again teamed up with her husband, Larry Dixon, to bring us another angle on the Mage Storms series. "Darian left his home at the Pelagiris Forest's edge when Errold's Grove was attacked by barbarians and his guardian, Wizard Justyn, killed in valiant defence of his people. Darian is now honing his craft under the watchful eyes of the Hawkbrothers. Though he fought long and hard to avoid his destiny, Darian is gaining new skills as a mage: a mage with an affinity for mind-speaking, particularly with the Hawk Owl, Kuari, who has become his closest companion."
Art: Donna Diamond
Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen
Dutton (hardcover, 146 pages, $15.99 US/$22.99 Can)
Publication date: August 1999

Donna Jo Napoli has written some of the most popular YA fantasy to ever arrive at the SF Site -- including Zel, The Magic Circle and Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace. "In a time long ago, there lived two spinners. One is a beautiful girl who spins because she loves it, and it allows her to earn a living for herself and her father. The other is nameless and an outcast, who once possessed a dark magic gift that enabled him to spin straw into gold. Soon circumstances will bring these unlikely two together -- in a dungeon chamber filled with straw and despair."
review Review by Jeri Wright
Art: Rob Alexander
The Last Continent: New Tales of Zothique
edited by John Pelan
ShadowLands Press (hardcover, 440 pages, $60 US - limited edition/$100 US - deluxe edition)
Publication date: August 1999

"Zothique, the last continent of earth, is a dying world. Its death throes breed tales of depravity and debauchery, lust and lament. Hope is a rare commodity in these last of days, for a grim realization has dawned on its inhabitants: the end is surely near." Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) was once described by H.P. Lovecraft as "unexcelled in sheer daemonic strangeness." This collection is a tribute to Smith and to his dark, nightmare vision of our fair planet at the end of time -- the vast, desolate continent of Zothique. Contributors include masters like Gene Wolf and Brian Stableford, established authors like Lucy Taylor and David B. Silva, and newcomers Geoff Cooper and Polagaya Fine -- 19 tales in all, from as many different authors. "No mere pastiches, these new tales of horror and fantasy serve as a fitting homage to one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century." (Deluxe edition is bound in leather, slipcased with a limited art print of the interior artwork. Very spiff.)
Art: Steve Crisp
The Children of Wrath (The Renshai Chronicles: Part Two)
Mickey Zucker Reichert
Millennium (paperback, 576 pages, £6.99 UK/$14.95 Aus)
Publication date: 22 July 1999

"Tae has seen many changes in his life: the rise from street urchin to prince is not something he looked for, nor is it a role he relishes. And Tae has other new responsibilities to consider... In Valhalla, Colbey Calistinsson, the immortal Renshai, watches and waits. While the humans of Midguard fight their battles, he must ensure that the gods themselves do not shatter the Balance of the Worlds..."
The Black Queen (The Black Throne, Book 1)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 438 pages, $6.50 US)
Publication date: 10 August 1999

The opening novel in The Black Throne fantasy saga is also linked to the author's five-part The Fey series. Looks intriguing.
Lord Prestimion (The Prestimion Trilogy, Book 2)
Robert Silverberg
HarperPrism (hardcover, 384 pages, $24 US)
Publication date: August 1999

Robert Silverberg is one of our most prolific and reliable writers. Perhaps his most popular work has been The Majipoor Cycle, a science-fantasy series that began with Lord Valentine's Castle in 1980, and was most recently seen in Silverberg's contribution to the Legends anthology and the 1997 novel Sorcerers of Majipoor, which began The Prestimion Trilogy. In the latest installment in what HarperPrism is calling "The Heart of the The Majipoor Cycle," Lord Prestimion takes the throne as Coronal, co-ruler of Majipoor, a full millennium before Lord Valentine's reign. Some of the characters, and at least one essential plot element, re-surface here from Silverberg's Majipoor Chronicles (1982).
review Review by Victoria Strauss.
William Sleator
Penguin/Dutton (hardcover, 128 pages, $14.95 US/$21.75 Can)
Publication date: 3 August 1999

Latest YA novel from the author of The Beasties and The Boxes. "You only live once. Or do you? Maybe -- just maybe -- it's not that simple. When Peter runs out in the street and gets killed by a car, he is greeted in the afterlife by a voice that shares the opportunity of a lifetime. It gives him the chance to try again: Peter can go back to any point during his past life, begin from there, and work to change events so that he doesn't wind up under that car. Best of all, he gets to remember everything as he goes along. The first time he goes back, he thinks it's a cinch. The second time, he figures he should be a little more careful -- he doesn't know how many chances he'll be given. Maybe he needs to confront a few old issues -- like breaking through to his adoptive parents, standing up to the school bully, and learning how to trust his own talents. But the clock is already ticking. Can Peter really manage to change his whole life in time to prevent his own tragic -- and final -- death?"
review Review by Victoria Strauss
The Icarus Hunt
Timothy Zahn
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 362 pages, $23.95 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: 3 August 1999

A novel of action in deep space from the author of The Blackcollar and The Conqueror's Trilogy. Jordan McKell is a renegade star-freighter pilot struggling to survive in a galaxy where trade is monopolized by the oppressive Patth. But when he takes a job flying a broken-down, antique ship and its "special cargo" to Earth, neither he nor his alien mechanic-partner Ixil has any idea of the stakes involved.
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