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We've seen an excellent harvest of books this season, with new works from Ursula K. Le Guin, Spider Robinson, Steven Erikson, Terry Goodkind, Richard Paul Russo, Joan Slonczewski, Mary Gentle, and others. Plus we received a shipment of SF poetry from such notables as David R. Bunch, Keith Allen Daniels, and Steven Utley

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: 15 - 31 August 2000
Part I
The Jagged Orbit
John Brunner
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 400 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 24 August 2000

First published in 1969, this novel -- like his brilliant Hugo Award-winning Stand on Zanzibar (1968), The Sheep Look Up (1972) and The Shockwave Rider (1974) -- was Brunner's attempt to slap some sense into us. Hey, anybody listening? "Matthew Flamen, the last of the networks' stoolpigeons, is desperate for a big story. He needs it to keep his audience -- and his job. And there is no shortage of possibilities: the Gottschalk cartel is fomenting trouble among the knees in order to sell their latest armaments to the blanks; which ties in nicely with the fact that something big is brewing with the X Patriots; and it looks as if the inconceivable is about to happen and that one of Britain's most dangerous revolutionaries is going to be given a visa to enter America. And then there's the story that just falls into his lap. The one that suggests that the respected Director of the New York State Mental Hospital is a charlatan..."
Toni Luna Daniels
The Heartacher and the Warehouseman
David R. Bunch
Anamnesis Press (trade, 108 pages, $12.95 US)
Publication date: April 2000

David Bunch has been writing for genre magazines since the 1950s, although he is probably best known for his 1971 novel Moderan. This is a collection of his speculative poetry. Of his writing, Bunch says: "I am here to build the reader's mind anew, even if I have totally to uncase it with thought-hammers... and hacksaws of words." Can you possibly let such a challenge go unanswered?
Toni Luna Daniels
Haiku by Unohu
Keith Allen Daniels
Anamnesis Press (trade, 68 pages, $9.95 US)
Publication date: 2000

If you know anything at all about SF poetry, no doubt you've encountered the name of Keith Allen Daniels (hence the groaner title). Not only is he very active as an editor, but his own poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling Award, Nebula Award, Pushcart Prize and Clark Ashton Smith International Poetry Award. An earlier collection, Satan is a Mathematician, has been very successful. This collection of haiku (or scifaiku as someone once wittily dubbed it) is packed with compact cleverness -- generally amusing and occasionally profound.
review Review by Rich Horton of Satan is a Mathematician.
I Think, Therefore Iamb
Keith Allen Daniels
Anamnesis Press (trade, 56 pages, $9.95 US)
Publication date: April 2000

Some of the poems herein have appeared or will soon appear in Analog, Asimov's, Dark Planet, Talebones, Lost Ages Chronicle and others. If you're at all familiar with the works of Keith Allen Daniels, you'll know that a sense of humour is the most important thing you'll need to bring along. You don't even need any deep understanding of or appreciation for poetry; maybe you'll pick some of that up along the way.
Toni Luna Daniels
The Weird Sonneteers
Keith Allen Daniels, Jerry H. Jenkins, Ann K. Schwader
Anamnesis Press (trade, 152 pages, $12.95 US)
Publication date: March 2000

The works in this collection appeared previously in periodicals too numerous to mention here. A few of them were previously compiled in an earlier incarnation of this book called Weird Sonnets. And if you were wondering, yes, these are actual sonnets -- each one 14 lines of iambic pentameter -- ranging from Petrarchan to Elizabethan in form, from humorous to horrific in content.
Yasuo Seki
Greg Egan
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 250 pages, £5.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 10 August 2000

Teranesia is one of the best new science fiction novels I've read in the past 12 months. A string of successful novels and stories, all overflowing with interesting and creative ideas, puts Egan's name near the top of those writers who have come of age in the last decade. This one is a near-future novel set mainly in the South Pacific, dealing with speculation in the biology of evolution, and featuring stronger, more life-like characters than Egan has ever written in the past.
review Review by Greg L. Johnson.
Deadhouse Gates: A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Steven Erikson
Bantam Press, Transworld Publishers (hardcover, 520 pages, 16.99 UK)
Publication date: September 2000

Following on his stunning début novel, Gardens of the Moon, is the next in Erikson's epic Malazan series. "Weakened by events in Darujhistan, the Malazan Empire now teeters on the brink of anarchy. In the vast dominions of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha'ik gathers a vast army around her in preparation for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its size and savagery, it will draw the entire subcontinent into one of the bloodiest conflicts the Empire has ever known. A maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust, it will shape destinies and give birth to legends..." The cast of characters is enormous and the author's vision is vast. Erikson's world is as complex and detailed as Tolkien's, but much more nasty. Once again, the story begins with the mad buzzing of flies and the stench of dead mens' blood...
review Review by Neil Walsh.

review Review by Neil Walsh of Gardens of the Moon.

Katie Trinkle Legge
The Daily Chernobyl and Other Poems
Robert Frazier
Anamnesis Press (chapbook, 46 pages, $7.95 US)
Publication date: February 2000

This is Frazier's 8th collection of verse, and it includes a nice balance of science poetry and more personal, quotidian poetry. He is a 3-time winner of the Rhysling Award for SF poetry. The works in this collection saw previous publication in such venues as The Magazine of F&SF, Asimov's, Nebula Awards 24, Amazing Stories, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and others.
The Wild Machines: The Book of Ash, #3
Mary Gentle
Eos Fantasy (mass market original, 400 pages, $6.99 US)
Publication date: August 2000

At last, the 3rd Book of Ash is available in North America -- the 4th and final volume, Lost Burgundy, is due this fall. In the UK, they're printing all 4 volumes -- the whole 250,000 words -- under one cover. However you take it, this is a dose of historical fantasy you won't want to miss. "The armies of the Visigoth Empire have smashed the might of Europe, plunging the conquered lands into unnatural night. Only Burgundy fights on, battered but unbeaten, still warm in the embrace of the sun... Fresh from the horrors of Carthage -- and the apocalyptic seductions of the Wild Machines -- Ash must decide whether to lead an army to near-certain doom, in an attempt to lift the siege of Dijon. For if the great city falls, and Charles dies, the sun will rise on the world no more... and humanity will descend into a darkness without end."
review Review by Rich Horton of Books 1 and 2.
Keith Parkinson
Faith of the Fallen
Terry Goodkind
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 540 pages, £17.99 UK) / Tor (hardcover, $27.95 US/$39.95 Can)
Publication date: 24 August 2000

Available on both sides of the Atlantic is the 6th volume in the Sword of Truth series, which began with Wizard's First Rule, and is the immediate sequel to Soul of the Fire. "Richard Rahl, the Seeker and Keeper of the Sword of Truth, has banished the Chimes and restored magic to the world. But Kahlan lies desperately injured and the Imperial Order under Jagang the Dreamwalker is poised to bring chaos to the New World. Prophecy has not yet done with Richard and Kahlan..."
Matthew Stawicki
Death of the Dragon: The Cormyr Saga, Book III
Ed Greenwood and Troy Denning
Wizards of the Coast (hardcover, 376 pages, $21.95 US/$33.99 Can)
Publication date: August 2000

Part of the Forgotten Realms universe, this book is the sequel to Cormyr by Ed Greenwood & Jeff Grubb, and Beyond the High Road by Troy Denning. "The realm has endured a thousand years and more. For all that time, an Obarskyr has sat upon the Purple Throne. But under the tearing talons of dark magic, fell foes, and a dragon more vicious than any ever encountered, how much longer can the royal family of Cormyr endure? Or the kingdom herself?"
Chris Moore
The Centauri Device
M. John Harrison
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade, 207 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 13 July 2000

SF Masterworks #31 is Harrison's classic 1974 novel that "turns the conventions of space opera on their head." "John Truck was to outward appearances just another lowlife spaceship captain. He peddled drugs when they were available, carried cargo when they weren't. But he was also the last of the Centaurans -- or at least, half of him was -- which meant that he was the only person who could operate the Centauri Device, a sentient bomb which might hold the key to settling a vicious space war."
Albert Godwin
M. John Harrison
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade, 563 pages, £7.99 UK)
Publication date: 13 July 2000

Fantasy Masterworks #7 is a compilation of the Viriconium stories, which were written over a period of about 15 years, beginning with The Pastel City (1971). The Viriconium sequence is published here for the first time in one volume, in the author's preferred order. "Viriconium: the Pastel City was the last bastion of the civilized world, where Queen Methvet Nian ruled supreme. In Viriconium, the young men whistle to one another all night long as they go about their deadly games. If you wake suddenly, you might hear footsteps running, or an urgent sigh. After a minute or two, the whistles move away in the direction of the Tinmarket or the Margarethestrasse. The next day, some lordling is discovered in the gutter with his throat cut. Who can tell fantasy from reality, magic from illusion, hero from villain, man from monster... in Viriconium?"
Geoff Taylor
Elizabeth Haydon
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 609 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 1 August 2000

Rhapsody is a former prostitute turned Singer, practitioner of a musical magic that manipulates reality by use of the true names of things. Fleeing from an irate former client, Rhapsody begs protection from a pair of strangers she encounters in an alley, accidentally re-Naming one who, it turns out, is a professional assassin on the run from the demon who enslaved him.
review Review by Victoria Strauss.

review Read an excerpt.

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