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Recent arrivals to bookstores near you (or near me, anyhow) include: the latest from some favourite authors such as Charles de Lint, Patricia McKillip, Brian Stableford, Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, Mercedes Lackey; début novels from Juliet Marillier, Jim Butcher, Maggy Thomas; and reprints of old classics from the likes of Octavia Butler and Elizabeth Lynn.

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 - 31 May 2000
Titan A.E.: Akima's Story
Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
Ace (mass market original, 181 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 May 2000

Based on the 20th Century Fox animated feature. "Akima is a survivor. She escaped Earth just as the alien Drej destroyed it and grew up in one of the drifter colonies. Through it all, she held out hope for the legend of the Titan -- the mysterious starship that held the key to the future of mankind. It was out there, somewhere beyond the stars. To find it, she would have to learn to pilot a starship. And, to do that, she would have to risk everything. But, Akima is determined, whatever the cost. Together with her young friend Abdel, she will abandon the safety of the drifter colony for the perils of a hostile universe -- for the Titan may be out there, but so are the Drej."
Titan A.E.: Cale's Story
Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
Ace (mass market original, 181 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 May 2000

"Raised by his alien guardian Tek, Cale has only memories, and a mysterious ring his father gave him during their last moments together. Together, Tek and Cale travel to the ruins of another civilization destroyed by the Drej, but everywhere they go, the Drej follows, attacking every place Cale tries to call home. The Drej knows Cale holds the secret to the salvation of mankind, but Cale doesn't -- and that could cost him his life."
Lee Macleod
Storm Front: Book One of the Dresden Files
Jim Butcher
Roc (mass market original, 322 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: April 2000

This looks to be a promising first novel. Noir with a twist: rather than your ordinary P.I., Harry Dresden is a wizard. You can find him in the yellow pages, under Wizards. It's not a long list. "So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the 'everyday' world is actually full of strange and magical things -- and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a -- well, whatever. There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it."
Lilith's Brood
Octavia E. Butler
Aspect, Warner Books (trade paperback reprint, 752 pages, $13.95 US/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: 1 June 2000

Otherwise known as The Xenogenesis Trilogy, comprising the critically acclaimed novels Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988) and Imago (1989). "Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected -- by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children."
John Jude Palencar
Forests of the Heart
Charles de Lint
Tor (hardcover, 400 pages, $25.95 US/$36.95 Can)
Publication date: 3 June 2000

Many of de Lint's Newford novels mix Celtic and Native American folklore and magic together against a gritty 20th-century urban background. Here, he places the two traditions in direct conflict. The Irish Gentry, or hard men, who had come to America with Irish immigrants, have decided it is time to claim the region near Newford as their own. This puts them up against the manitou, the Native American spirits who already inhabit the land.
review Review by Steven H Silver.
Luis Royo
X-Men: Codename Wolverine
Christopher Golden, with illustrations by Darick Robertson
BP Books, Berkley Boulevard Books (mass market reprint, 336 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 8 May 2000

If you've ever followed Marvel Comics' X-Men, you can probably guess what's in store for you here. "Wolverine. Sabretooth. Silver Fox. Wraith. Maverick. Together, they were Team X, the best covert-ops team NATO had to offer. But a mission to retrieve a disk from a pair of Soviet agents proved to be more trouble than they bargained for. A Soviet operative codenamed the Black Widow, a mutant Interpol officer named Sean Cassidy, and shape-changing freelance spy Mystique were also after the disk. Years later, Wolverine is a valued member of the uncanny X-Men. The Black Widow defected and became a respected American super hero. Cassidy is Banshee, mentor to the next generation of young mutants. Mystique and Sabretooth are reluctant members of X-Factor, the government strike force. Wraith is still a covert-ops agent. Silver Fox is dead, and Maverick is dying of the Legacy Virus. Each of them is kidnapped, one by one... Wolverine must find out the terrible secret from that old mission -- a secret that has remained hidden for years, and could spell death for all of them!"
Stephen Hickman
The Gate of Fire: Book Two of The Oath of Empire
Thomas Harlan
Tor (hardcover, 477 pages, $27.95 US/$39.95 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

Sequel to The Shadow of Ararat, and book 2 of a projected 4. In this volume, the war between Persia and Rome is heating up, but now there's a third power to contend with. "Dahak the sorcerer plots from his hidden citadel to regain the Peacock Throne. Prince Maxian, having raised both Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great from the dead, is furiously working on a way to use them to free Rome from the curse of the Oath. Thyatius has fled with the widowed Queen of Persia to a hidden island. And Zoe vows revenge on Rome for forsaking her city in its time of need. In The Gate of Fire, the motives are many; allegiances are formed and broken; traitors and conspirators abound; and now there are three powers vying for control of the known Earth."
Travel Arrangements
M. John Harrison
Victor Gollancz (trade paperback, 262 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 25 May 2000

A brand new collection of short fiction from the author of The Ice Monkey, Climbers, The Committed Men, The Centauri Device and the Viconium sequence. Harrison seems to have the knack for looking at the world we think we know from a perspective skewed just enough to make us think again. "These stories -- in which sex is a choice of transport, travel an interior project, and the world never quite what it seems -- explore the undependable boundary between the desired and the possible, and the real and the transcendent, discovering humour, horror and a kind of wry glamour in the ordinary."
Jody A. Lee
Brightly Burning: A Novel of Valdemar
Mercedes Lackey
Daw (hardcover, 406 pages, $24.95 US/$34.99 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

In a return to her bestselling The Heralds of Valdemar series, Lackey presents the tale of one of the most legendary characters of Valdemar: Lavan Firestorm. "At a time when the magical kingdom faces war with its most powerful enemy, the kingdom of Karses, a young man emerges with abilities never seen before. He has a gift so terrifying that even the Heralds, Valdemar's magic protectors, fear him. Only three individuals -- one Herald, one Healer, and one very special companion -- are willing to accept the challenge of training the youth who will become the most notorious Herald in Valdemar's history."
Judy York
The Northern Girl: Book Three of The Chronicles of Tornor
Elizabeth A. Lynn
Ace (trade paperback reprint, 470 pages, $14 US/$20 Can)
Publication date: 1 May 2000

First published in 1980, this book concludes The Chronicles of Tornor which began with the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Watchtower, and continued in The Dancers of Arun. "At a time when the use of weapons has been forgotten, and the dancing cheari warriors of Arun are only a myth, a magical land knows peace. Until a young servant girl called Sorren is haunted in her dreams by Tornor Keep -- the legendary tower that was created to protect the realm from its enemies. To discover the meaning of these visions, she will undergo a quest to the watchtower; and a humble girl will become part of a revolution in which the common people find the courage to stand up to tyranny."
Daughter of the Forest: Book One of the Sevenwaters Trilogy
Juliet Marillier
Tor (hardcover, 384 pages, $29.95 US/$36.95 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

A mixture of Celtic myth, legend, history and fantasy, with some magic and love thrown in for good measure. With her father bewitched and her 6 brothers bound by an enchantment, "Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss, and terror. When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for Sorcha to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once."
review Review by Victoria Strauss.
Returning to the Garden: A Novel About Mars
Steven McCullough
Writers Club Press, (trade paperback, 235 pages, $11.95 US/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: 2000

When this book first appeared in 1998, the Pathfinder/Sojourner mission was still fresh in our minds. In case those memories have begun to leak out of your brain, here's a reminder -- or rather, a speculation on what could have been. "Ian McCall wants the Sojourner rover he builds and operates for NASA's Mars Pathfinder Mission to be a great success. Unexpectedly, it makes an astonishing and mysterious discovery on Mars. Now the Government is determined to cover it up and make sure that Ian does not learn the true meaning of this discovery. Abby Perkins is a young, beautiful professor at Stanford University. Disobeying her mentor's warning, she deciphers an ancient text that recasts history and rocks her religious beliefs. Abby's and Ian's paths unite as they fight against enormous odds to foil a government plot, with the fate of mankind hanging in the balance."
Kinuko Y. Craft
The Tower at Stony Wood
Patricia A. McKillip
Ace (hardcover, 294 pages, $22.95 US/$32.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 May 2000

Latest novel from World Fantasy Award-winning author of Song for the Basilisk, Winter Rose and The Book of Atrix Wolfe. "As a loyal knight in service to the king, Cyan Dag is honoured to attend the royal wedding -- until he receives a strange warning from an old woman. 'Watch her dance,' she says about the king's beautiful new bride. 'She forgets herself in the music and lets her true self show. You will see the sixth finger on her hands, the scales on her feet, her distorted shadow, her terrible eyes...' And so, Cyan is compelled to leave the kingdom on a mission -- to learn whether the new queen is truly the king's beloved... or a dangerous and nefarious impostor."
Bradamant: The Iron Tempest
Ron Miller, with illustration s by Gustave Doré and the author
Timberwolf Press (trade paperback, 331 pages, $16.95 US)
Publication date: May 2000

If you're a big fan of 16th century epic poetry, you'll recall Bradamant, the heroine of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, a warrior-woman who could no doubt stand up to Xena. "In 7th century Europe of myths, gods and monsters, Bradamant vanquishes evil knights, rescues the unfortunate, fights black magic and destroys entire armies in her adventurous quest for her lost lover, Roggero, an enemy knight she once rescued at the risk of her own life. Roggero in turn must battle monsters, giants and evil sorceresses in his quest to be reunited with Bradamant in this epic retelling of her story, with new, original illustrations by the author and by Gustave Doré from his classic 19th century edition of Orlando Furioso."
[Cover] Saturn's Race
Larry Niven & Steven Barnes
Tor (hardcover, 320 pages, $24.95 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

This well-know and highly successful duo have teamed up once again to bring us another SF thriller. "Chaz Kato is a citizen of Xanadu, a city-sized artificial island populated by some of the wealthiest men and women on future Earth. A place filled with hidden wonders and dark secrets of technology gone awry. Lenore Myles is a student when she travels to Xanadu and becomes involved with Chaz Kato. She is shocked when she uses Kato's access codes to uncover the grisly truth behind Xanadu's glittering facade. Not knowing who to trust, Lenore finds herself on the run. Saturn, a mysterious entity, moves aggressively to break the security breach. With the interests of the world's wealthiest people at stake, and powerful technology at its fingertips, Saturn sends Lenore racing for her life, against a truly formidable foe."
Titan A.E.
Steve Perry and Dal Perry
Ace (mass market original, 225 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 May 2000

Novelization of the animated SF feature film from 20th Century Fox. "Fifteen years after Earth, Cale Tucker still remembers the invasion of the alien Drej -- but with Human survivors scattered the galaxy, he has forgotten how to dream. Until he discovers a map left for him by his brilliant scientist father. A map that reveals the location of a legendary spacecraft known as Titan. Where did it come from? Why was it built? And what secrets were hidden inside? As this riveting journey unfolds, Cale will discover that he must find these answers -- because he himself is humanity's last hope."
The Fountains of Youth
Brian Stableford
Tor (hardcover, 352 pages, $24.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

This novel is presented as the memoir of historian Mortimer Gray, now a youthful five centuries old, and the story of "humanity in the second half of the next millennium, when genetic, cybernetic, continental, and even planetary engineering are the norm, when suicide is an art form and diseases are for recreational use only. Ranging from an ancient monastery in the high Himalayas to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, from the broadest concerns of what it means to be human to the private obsessions of a man fascinated by the one aspect of human experience that will never be his..." The Fountains of Youth is based on Stabelford's earlier novella which first saw publication in Asimov's SF magazine. It's also a return to the future history of his earlier novels, Inherit the Earth and Architects of Emortality.
Killing Time
Frank Tallis
Penguin Books (trade paperback reprint, 218 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 27 April 2000

This dark, intelligent, tightly-plotted near-future SF novel was first published in 99. "Tom is a disturbingly brainy narrator and something of a child prodigy. Even with his new-found girlfriend Anna or beery mate Dave, he is happiest talking about random mutations of the gene pool, or some equally intellectual topic. He is someone who would swap his father for a test tube any day. His life is a series of innocuous equations; that is, until he constructs a camera which can snap photos of the past, and confirms his jealous fears about Anna. What's more, the freelance programming work he does for an illicit virtual reality games company has started to gnaw away at his mind..."
Sensing Others
Frank Tallis
Hamish Hamilton, Penguin (trade paperback, 296 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 27 April 2000

More dark and speculative humour from the author of Killing Time. "The drug Naloxyl is Nick's only reliable source of income. He isn't making ends meet gigging with his band, The Free Radicals, in Essex, so he's volunteered for a drugs trial, and now he's being paid by a formidable pharmaceutical company to take a dose. But he's beginning to suspect he's suffering side-effects -- he seems to be developing the power to drop into other people's minds. Is it paranoia, or is his hippie chick girlfriend, Cairo, really fantasizing about Jimi Hendrix when they're in bed? And more disturbingly, why does he feel a strange connection with the serial killer terrifying London's gay community? At the same time, Nick's eco-warrior friend, Eric, a former 70s star of prog-rock and now the leading light of the Gaia Liberation Front has arrived on his doorstep and is keen to enlist him in various dubious activities in the name of the environment."
Broken Time
Maggy Thomas
Roc (mass market original, 339 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: May 2000

Début novel from a brand new voice in SF. "Siggy Lindquist was looking for something better than the life she left behind. What she found was a job at the Institute for the Criminally Insane, home to the galaxy's deadliest criminals -- human monsters caged for the rest of their unnatural lives. Now all Siggy wants to do is get through each day with her safety and sanity intact. But when two of the Institute's most dangerous inmates take an interest in her, for their own twisted reasons, she is caught up in a potential war between two races -- a war that only a forgotten secret from her past can prevent. Desperate to avert disaster, Siggy finds herself in a galaxy-spanning race against time -- and time stands still for no one. Or does it?"
Chris Nurse
Hideous Progeny
edited by Brian Willis
RazorBlade Press (trade paperback, 294 pages, £6.99 UK/$12 Can)
Publication date: 24 April 2000

Imagine that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a true story, that Victor Frankenstein's work can be easily reproduced, that a race of artificially created beings shares the planet with us. How would the world be different today, if that were the case? As Kim Newman says in the introduction, "There is not one answer here. There are many." This is a collection of 20 original stories by some modern masters of the macabre, including Peter Crowther, Rhys Hughes, James Lovegrove, Stephen Volk and Steve Rasnic Tem.
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