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Over the past couple of weeks, we've received quite a few interesting new titles, such as new works from Raymond Feist, James Morrow, William Gibson, and several promising first novels -- including one by SFWA President, Paul Levinson.

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: October 16th - November 1st
Part 2
Victor Stabin
In the Shadow of the Gargoyle
edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Thomas S. Roche
Ace (paperback, 273 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

"For centuries, they have watched over us... Leering from the arches and peaks of ancient cathedrals. Spreading their wings across hallowed doorways. Even decorating our homes in stony, silent elegance. Are they angels or demons? Sacred or profane?" This collection boasts 15 original stories and 2 classic tales of the legendary gargoyle. Contributors include Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Katherine Kurtz, Brian Lumley, Jane Yolen, Charles L. Grant, Charles de Lint, and many more.
Death Storm
Anne Knight
DAW (paperback, 464 pages, $6.99 US)
Publication date: 11 October 1999

"Years ago, she was the unwitting participant of a terrifying experiment -- on the cutting edge of genetic engineering. Today, she is the mother of a very special boy -- born with the power to control the very elements. Tomorrow, mother and son will be forced to run for their lives. Because a mysterious world agency wants to introduce the boy to a new playmate..." Not that you can trust reviewers, but I've heard Anne Knight has been compared with the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Michael Crichton.
review Review by Victoria Strauss.
[Cover] Owlknight (Darian's Tale Trilogy, Book 3)
Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
DAW (hardcover, 400 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: 1 October 1999

Final book of the trilogy, following Owlflight and Owlsight, set in the highly popular world of Valdemar, from a highly popular husband and wife writing team. "Two years after his parents' disappearance, Darian has sought refuge and training from the mysterious Hawk-brothers. Now he has opened his heart to a beautiful young healer. Finally Darian has found peace and acceptance in his life. That is, until he learns that his parents are still alive -- and trapped behind enemy borders...."
review Review by Jeri Wright.
Lance W. Card
3 Passports to Paradise: Book 1 of the Spectrutek Series
R.A. Leigh (trade paperback, 176 pages, $11 US)
Publication date: October 1999 is a small publishing house aiming to "reinvent tomorrow by learning from yesterday, taking their cue from the pulplike and positive SF & fantasy of the past such as Robert Heinlein and Edgar Rice Burroughs." Their first book (second anticipated this winter) examines the interactions of 3 utopian societies on a distant planet called Paradise, after a century of isolation. "Descendants of New Age believing followers suddenly find themselves sharing the planet with GE Sapiens, genetically enhanced beings who are half human/ half animal. Add a community trying to re-establish the (now) ancient American ideals, and an almost all powerful interplanetary corporation with a secret motive for helping them..."
Jan Uretsky & Shelley Eshkar
The Silk Code
Paul Levinson
Tor (hardcover, 320 pages, $23.95 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

You may recognize the name: Paul Levinson is the president of SFWA, as well as an accomplished writer of non-fiction, and Nebula and Hugo nominated short fiction. This is his first SF novel. "Phil D'Amato, a New York City forensic detective who specializes in unusual deaths, is caught in an ongoing struggle that dates all the way back to the dawn of humanity on earth -- and one of his best friends is a recent casualty. Phil encounters a series of allergic reactions, all tied together by their common antidote, silk. The mystery deepens when he next finds a silk handkerchief on a recently-found Neanderthal corpse. What follows is a mind-bending adventure with clues scattered as far back as 753 AD, and attempts on Phil's life show too clearly that time is running out. Unless Phil can unravel the genetic puzzle of the Silk Code, he'll soon be history."
Stargate: Resistance
Bill McCay
Roc (paperback, 296 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

"Led by Colonel Jack O'Neil and Daniel Jackson, the Abydan refugees left Earth for a world of their own to call home. Instead they found hell... Earth's Stargate link to planet Ballas is broken, leaving the Abydan colonists stranded -- and stalked by a merciless enemy. Believed at first to be primitive beasts native to Ballas, these cat-like predators arrived through the Stargate -- possessing superior firepower and innate military cunning. But who are these aliens, and why are they on Ballas? The answers lie in the secret past of an alien race -- a race that is all too familiar to O'Neil and Jackson..."
The Eternal Footman
James Morrow
Harcourt Brace (hardcover, 360 pages, $24 US/$36 Can)
Publication date: 1999

From the author of Blameless in Abaddon and Towing Jehovah. "Once God's grinning skull -- all that remains of our Creator -- goes into geosynchronous orbit directly above Times Square, a plague of 'death awareness' spreads across the Western world. The first symptom is the appearance of the victim's fetch, a satanic doppleganger bent on dragging him to the grave... As the United States begins to resemble 14th-century Europe during the Black Death, two people fight to preserve life and sanity..."
Peter Peebles
MechWarrior: Roar of Honor
Blaine Lee Pardoe
Roc (paperback, 278 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

For those who weren't aware, this is based on the bestselling computer game, MechWarrior. The first novel in the series was Ghost of Winter by Stephen Kenson. In Roar of Honor, "Angela Bekker is a rising star in the Ghost Bear Clan. Devoted to duty and honor, relentless in the pursuit of flawless victory... When she receives orders to form a new Trinary from scratch, she jumps at the chance to have her own command. Especially since they are to be stationed on the planet Toffen at the leading edge of Ghost Bear space. But what is an honor for some is an opportunity to strike for others..."
T.S. Robinson
Xlibris (hardcover $25 US/trade paperback $14.40 US, 256 pages)
Publication date: 1999

In a mood for some grim and bloody fantasy? Judging from the back cover blurb, this is a tale to satisfy that need: "If you want peace, understand war. We follow the Reaper during red years of slaughter, wading in blood as he scythes through the masses, carnage incomparable gouged from human souls. We are not innocents abroad in a world no longer innocent. We see the tattered uniforms waver in whistling winds, feel the cold garnet blood covering the living metal weapons, hear the grievous wounds oozing words in pleading letters. We keep the echoes of their thoughts, the vision of their chivalry. We have no more dreams. We are Battle-Chasers."
Ron Miller
Analog: December 1999
edited by Stanley Schmidt
(magazine, 144 pages, $3.50 US/$4.95 Can)
Short fiction contributors to this issue are: Harry Turtledove (with a mirror story to his contribution in the December issue of Asimov's), Robert R. Chase, Diane Turnshek, Charles L. Harness, H.G. Stratmann, Stephen L. Burns, and James Van Pelt. On the non-fictional side, Hugh David looks at the past, present, and future of the air traffic control system; Stanley Schmidt advises to Hardly Ever Say Never; and John G. Cramer fills us in on Millimeter Gravity and the Superstring Wall.
Jill Bauman
Fantasy & Science Fiction: December 1999
edited by Gordon Van Gelder
(magazine, 162 pages, $3.50 US/$3.95 Can)
The December issue, in this magazine's 50th year of publication, includes the following fiction: "The Actors," a novella by Eleanor Arnason (for which the cover art was done); novelettes by Orson Scott Card, and by Michael Thomas; short stories from Scott Bradfield, and Steve Rasnic Tem. You'll also find regular features such as Gordon Van Gelder's editorial, Charles de Lint's book reviews, and more!
Cliff Nielsen
The Radon Files (The Adventures of Ty Merrick, Book 5)
Denise Vitola
Ace (paperback, 294 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

The latest novel in the near-future saga of werewolf detective Ty Merrick, sequel to (in order) Quantum Moon (1996) (nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award), Opalite Moon (1997), Manjinn Moon (1998) and The Red Sky File (1999). "The radon gas seeping from the abandoned uranium mine beneath the Planetary Health Organization's Rejuvenation Facility has been found to ease the pain of those stricken with all manner of bone diseases. But when one of the patients is found dead of extremely unnatural causes, District Marshal Ty Merrick has reason to question exactly how benign the deadly gas has become. Do the supposed killers -- alien beings who live in the depths of the mine -- actually exist, or are they radon-induced hallucinations? And if they don't exist, what exactly is going on down below?"
The Binding (The Silvan Wars Saga, Book One)
PhyllisAnn Welsh
Starlight Writer Publications (paperback, 274 pages)
Publication date: 1 October 1999

Debut novel of magic and romance. The Binding is the first fantasy novel from Starlight Writer Publications, although they promise that their upcoming fantasy imprint, MoonStar, will up the stakes considerably. You can find more details at their website at
Bob Warner
Evergence (The Prodigal Sun, Book 1)
Sean Williams & Shane Dix
Ace (paperback, 393 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: November, 1999

Kick-off volume in a brand new space opera series from two of Australia's hot new talents, co-authors of the Australian novel Universal Soldier. "In the far future, humanity has colonized the outermost reaches of the galaxy, and society has evolved into a hierarchy of castes. From the godlike High to the barely sentient Low, and in between are the mundanes, both Pristine and Exotic. Empires have risen and fallen, and the Dato Bloc has just seceded from the Commonwealth of Empires..."
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