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As well as new books from John Marco, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Priest, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Keith Roberts, you'll find collections from Peter Crowther, Robert Silverberg and Martha Hood. These are some of the books received at the SF Site since mid-April.

Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted. Where available, links to SF Site reviews and book excerpts are provided.

New Arrivals: 16 - 30 April 2000
Sky Coyote
Kage Baker
Avon EOS (paperback, 304 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99)
Publication date: March 2000

Paperback reprint of the second Novel of the Company. "Joseph finds himself in 1699, in the Mayan jungles's Lost City (actually a spa for the Company's operatives) with his protégée, the Botanist Mendoza, who still hasn't forgiven him for that unfortunate incident in Elizabethan England. And he has to save an ancient people from encroachment by the coming white men -- even if it means convincing the entire pre-Colombian village to step into the future."
review Review by Rich Horton.
edited by Peter Crowther
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 216 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 23 March 2000

This is a collection of four novellas whose common link, as Peter Crowther says in his intro, is "strange places." The novellas are: "Leningrad Nights" by Graham Joyce; "How the Other Half Lives" by James Lovegrove; "Andy Warhol's Dracula" by Kim Newman; and "The Vaccinator" by Michael Marshall Smith. The places are: Leningrad (war-torn, lightly spiced with doppelgängers); London (with a touch of megalomania and abused clones); New York City (1960s, with vampires); Key West, Florida (modern day, with aliens).
Sharlene Mattera
The Best of Palace Corbie
edited by Wayne Edwards
Stone Dragon Press (trade paperback, 300 pages, $11.95 US)
Publication date: December 1999

In his intro, Wayne Edwards says: "Palace Corbie began as a magazine, but it quickly transformed into an anthology. Over the years, this annual collection has grown in size and strength, but its distribution has been severely limited. Now, for the first time, the wonders and secrets of the palace are available to everyone." Contributors of the dark tales herein include Steve Rasnic Tem, Charlee Jacob, Sean Doolittle, Tom Piccirilli, Gerard Daniel Houarner, Lucy Taylor, Wayne Allen Sallee, Brian Hodge and many others.
Gregory Bridges
Crescent City Rhapsody
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Millennium (mass market, 320 pages, £5.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2000

A near-future urban SF thriller from the author of Queen City Jazz and Mississippi Blues. Marie Laveau, 21st-century New Orleans mob boss, is the direct descendant of the 19th-century Voodoo Queen of the same name. I won't spoil much by telling you she's gunned down in the opening paragraph. But her role in the story is far from over, as she is resurrected via the fledgling science of nanotechnology. "Meanwhile, a brilliant and reclusive astronomy professor picks up some strange signals clearly originating from an intelligent source somewhere out in space -- at the same time that the first of a series of worldwide radio blackouts occurs." And next thing you know, it's life or death for the whole human race.
Jennifer Menken
Inside a Bear and Other Dark Places
Martha A. Hood
Stone Dragon Press (trade paperback, 217 pages, $10.95 US)
Publication date: August 1999

Martha Hood is a name that will be known to regular readers of Tales of the Unanticipated (TOTU). Many of the varied stories in this collection appeared in that magazine. Others appeared in Pulphouse, Interzone, Beyond and Pandora. Two are previously unpublished. In his intro, TOTU editor Eric Heideman says: "Some critics believe that every fiction writer has one obsessive theme that she returns to in every story. If so, I don't know what Marti's is. She's a writer of substantial and steadily widening range."
Geoff Taylor
The Grand Design: Book 2 of Tyrants and Kings
John Marco
Victor Gollancz (trade paperback, 608 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: May 2000

John Marco is definitely a name to watch in the circle of fantasy writers. The latest from Marco is the sequel to his forceful debut novel, The Jackal of Nar, which made it onto the SF Site's 1999 MacLaurin Fat Fantasy Awards. "In the wake of Arkus' terrible war, Prince Richius Vantran, the Jackal of Nar, has fled into exile with his wife, Dyana, and their young daughter, Shani. Meanwhile, with the emperor's death, Nar has exploded in civil war. Now a new conflict is being waged between the religious fanatics of Bishop Herrith, who follow the Light of God, and the ruthless followers of Count Biagio and his Black Renaissance. Each man believes he has been chosen to lead, and as the terrifying slaughter mounts, fueled by the development of hideous new war machines, Vantran is offered the chance to ally with a third faction and take his revenge against his ancient enemy Biagio. But Biagio, a master of deception and intrigue, has a grand design to gain total power, and part of it involves luring Vantran's new allies into a clever and deadly trap."
excerpt Read an excerpt.

review Review by Victoria Strauss of The Jackal of Nar.

The Fifth Elephant
Terry Pratchett
HarperPrism (hardcover, 336 pages, $24 US/$35 Can)
Publication date: April 2000

"Everyone knows that Discworld is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But weren't there supposed to be five? This latest novel in today's most entertaining and intelligent ongoing satirical series answers that question, as well as raising several others concerning a dwarf coronation, a sudden assassin, a stolen scone, and a policeman who is forced to play diplomat, ruby tights and all."
review Review by Steven H Silver.
The Extremes
Christopher Priest
Aspect, Warner Books (trade paperback reprint, 394 pages, $12.95 US/$18.95 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

From the author of The Prestige. Teresa Simons is an FBI agent married to another agent. When her husband is killed in Kingwood City, Texas, trying to capture a serial killer, Teresa, recovering, ends up travelling to England where she was born. She visits a seaside town named Bulverton where another serial killer went on a rampage the same day Teresa's husband was killed. Priest seems fascinated with reality, and how our consciousness creates our reality. As such, he could hardly be expected to resist the temptation presented by a subject such as extremely realistic VR simulations.
review Review by Rich Horton.
Drek Yarman
Keith Roberts
Spectrum (67,000 words, published only in serial in issues 1, 2 and 3 of Spectrum SF magazine)

Although complete in its own right, this novel is a 'semi-sequel' to Roberts' well-received Kiteworld. It was written in the early 1990s, but failed to find a publisher at that time (possibly due to its length, at a time when fat books were a high-value commodity). "In a post-nuclear-holocaust society, religion has come to centre on the flying of great man-lifting kites. These warn of, and repel, supposed demons that inhabit neighbouring radioactive wastelands. However, a knowledge of the previous work is not required to enjoy and appreciate this account of the life of one of the inhabitants of these lands, the life of Drek Yarman..." Spectrum SF is a bimonthly UK magazine, based in Aberdeen. Issues #1 and #2 are currently available.
Far Horizons
edited by Robert Silverberg
Avon Eos (mass market reprint, 608 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

Interested in a thick collection of original work from 11 of today's most acclaimed SF authors with original stories set in many of today's most popular SF worlds -- including Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), David Brin (Uplift Universe), Dan Simmons (The Hyperion Cantos) and Frederik Pohl (The Heechee)? Well it's now available in paperback.
review Review by Rich Horton.
Evolution's Darling
Scott Westerfeld
Four Walls Eight Windows (trade paperback, 304 pages, $15.95 US)
Publication date: 1 May 2000

The first part of this novel appeared in the April issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. If you want to read the whole thing, presumably you'll be able to read it in serial in F&SF over the coming months, or if you prefer your space opera all in one dose, Four Walls Eight Windows will be publishing the whole shebang. Darling is an astronavigational control unit who becomes much more than just that. He merges with a living human, attains true sentience, and takes off "in search of a dead artist, a living artwork, and the forces behind a mystery that spans the universe. Accompanied by a woman who now lives to serve her alien gods as their assassin, Darling will confront the Maker and perhaps answer the question, 'Does a clone have a soul?'"
The Rift
Walter J. Williams
HarperPrism (mass market reprint, 932 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2000

The Mississippi Delta is a land that exists on sufferance of the big river. Only because the Mississippi stays behind its levees, follows its locks and spillways, and agrees to overflow onto its batture, is the area safe to live in. It's a complex system, decades in the making, and perfectly adequate to corral the waters -- unless something happens.
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
No Dark Place
Joan Wolf
HarperPaperbacks (mass market paperback, 436 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2000

Sometimes the SF Site receives books that really aren't likely to be of interest to our readers. Usually, I don't include them in these lists. Quite clearly on the cover of this book and its sequel, below, are the words: "A Medieval Mystery." Although this is neither science fiction nor fantasy, I figure that it's speculative enough fiction to be of interest to at least some F&SF readers. "Bereft at the loss of his adoptive father, the Sheriff of Lincoln, Hugh Corbaille is unprepared for a further shock from a visiting knight. Hugh may actually be the sole child of the Earl of Wiltshire, mysteriously abducted 13 years before on the day the nobleman was murdered. With no memory of his early years, Hugh begins to believe he may be the missing heir and sets off to find his past..."
The Poisoned Serpent
Joan Wolf
HarperCollins (hardcover, 285 pages, $23 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: 2000

In this second Medieval Mystery from Joan Wolf, Hugh de Leon faces a difficult decision: run away and elope, leaping at what may be the only chance to marry his true love and soulmate; or stick around and save his best friend, accused of of murder, from the hangman's noose. "It is up to Hugh to expose the real killer, someone so calculating and brutal, someone so chillingly smart, that he has silenced all witnesses and covered his tracks. And Hugh must be careful... that when he grabs the serpent by its tail, he, too, does not get bitten."
Lord of Light
Roger Zelazny
Avon EOS (paperback, 288 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: March 2000

First published in 1967, this novel is so good that it should never go out of print. (It also contains one of the best -- or worst -- puns of all time, which I managed to miss on my first reading. It's toward the end of chapter 2. You'll catch it if you read aloud.) "Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons. Lord of Light."
review Review by Rich Horton.
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