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Recent arrivals include the latest Dune prequel, a novel about H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, and new novels from Elaine Bergstrom, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Paula Volsky. Also, there's no shortage of reprints -- including some well-loved classics and some worthy tales rescued from the well of obscurity.

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 September 2000
Part I
Fred Gambino
Brian Aldiss
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade, 244 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

SF Masterworks #33 is the first novel Aldiss published, way back in 1958. And this new edition has been slightly altered by the author (he promises that "only a few words have been changed"). It's one of the first of its kind and remains a classic of the generation-starship genre. "Curiosity was discouraged in the Greene tribe. Its members lived out their lives in cramped Quarters, hacking away at the encroaching ponics. As to where they were -- that was forgotten. Roy Complain decides to find out. With the renegade priest Marapper, he moves into unmapped territory, where they make a series of discoveries which turn their universe upside-down..."
Cliff Nielsen
Shadows Bend
David Barbour and Richard Raleigh
Ace (trade, 311 pages, $13 US/$19 Can)
Publication date: 10 October 2000

With a subtitle like this -- "A Novel of the Fantastic and Unspeakable" -- what else could it be but a book of eldritch horror and terrors unnameable? How about a book about the writers of such profane pulps, Robert E. Howard (inventor of the dread tome Necronomicon) and H.P. Lovecraft (inventor of countless tentacled horrors). They were, after all, known to be in correspondence with each other for many years. No doubt their letters were written in occult codes, and the true content of the letters concerned their plot to save the world from degenerate cultists of obscene gods... "Few know the real story that inspired these masters of pulp fiction -- the story that begins on a dark and stormy night. A night tortured by the cries of an inhuman infant child. A child who would open the gates to the most dangerous force in the cosmos -- the ancient god Cthulhu. And only two men -- two eccentric writers -- can stop him!"
Jim Griffin
Blood to Blood: The Dracula Story Continues
Elaine Bergstrom
Ace Dark Fantasy (mass market original, 310 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

From the author of Mina comes this latest addition to the legend of Dracula. "After her 2nd trip to Romania, Mina Harker returns to London -- finally free of Lord Dracula's spell. Building a new life for herself, she must find a place for her unleashed desires in her marriage to her husband, Jonathan. But Jonathan's nightmares signal that another of the vampire kind, one who has tasted of his blood, still walks the earth -- and is coming for him..."
Hell on Earth: The Lost Bloch, Volume II
Robert Bloch, edited by David J. Schow
Subterranean Press (deluxe cloth hardcover, 310 pages, $40 US)
Publication date: 15 September 2000

If you're any kind of aficionado of Horror, then the name of Robert Bloch will be well known to you. Some of the works of Bloch, however, have not always been readily available. Several of his shorter novels were written for the pulps in the 40s and 50s and never saw publication in book form. Subterranean press has taken up the task of rectifying this situation with The Lost Bloch and now Hell on Earth: The Lost Bloch II. A third volume is promised for next year. This second volume in the series resurrects "four fresh presentations of the pulpiest of Bloch from the penny-per-word era, from crime thrillers through broad satire to science fiction and horror melodrama." And, as with the first volume, this one also features a previously unpublished interview with Bob Bloch himself.
Another Chance
Martha T. Brescia
American Literary Press (trade, 312 pages, $14.95 US/$19.95 Can)
Publication date: December 1999

"Tourists witnessing a Presidential address on Capitol Hill are mysteriously transported to an unfamiliar world. With them are the President, some of his cabinet, members of Congress, and other visitors, all equally bewildered by their inexplicable predicament. The author uses this extraordinary scenario to present an abundance of thought-provoking themes and controversial issues." I find this publisher to be rather inappropriately named, as I, personally, feel they do better with non-fiction than fiction. A swift glance through Another Chance left me with the clear impression that a more confident editor would have been of tremendous benefit to the overall work.
Kissing the Beehive
Jonathan Carroll
Indigo, Orion Books (trade reprint, 252 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 10 August 2000

Faithful readers should not have worried. While quite different in plot from all of his previous work, this is still vintage Carroll. It has everything we have come to expect from Carroll after 10 books and as many short stories: a first person narrator, quirky characters, richly told details, scenes horrendous and wonderful. "When bestselling novelist Sam Bayer decides its time he writes his Great Book, he chooses as is subject the death of a teenage beauty queen, Pauline Ostrova -- the 'Beehive.' The town of Crane's View never felt the same after he discovered her body, floating in a lake, over 20 years before. Her boyfriend, Edward Durant, was arrested for the murder, tried and imprisoned. He died in Sing Sing. Sam Bayer's new book will tell her story, bring her to life again, restore something of what the town lost. But for Samuel Bayer, the journey into his past becomes a terrifying jolt into the reality of the present. Bayer's gesture of respect to his youth turns sour in the face of all that he unearths..."
review Review by Glen Engle-Cox.
Joe del Tufo
The Land of Laughs
Jonathan Carroll
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade reprint, 242 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

With Fantasy Masterworks #9, Millennium takes their series of the most influential fantasy novels ever written to an entirely different level of fantasy. Carroll is a writer who defies facile labelling, but his first novel was certainly fantastic -- in every sense of the word. "For schoolteacher Thomas Abbey there was no writer to equal Marshall France, a legendary author of children's books who hid himself away in the small town of Galen and died of a heart attack at the age of 44. Tom and his girlfriend Saxony, wanting to write France's biography, arrive in Galen, where they discover the writer's fiercely protective daughter Anna is waiting for them. Before long, they realize that this idyllic little town and its inhabitants -- both human and animal -- are not quite what they seem: France's magic has spread beyond the printed page..."
The Marriage of Sticks
Jonathan Carroll
Indigo, Orion Books (trade reprint, 282 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 10 August 2000

This novel is told in first person by Miranda, a rare book dealer, who delights in finding that one book her customers can't live without. She's a popular, attractive woman who loves her lucrative career which allows her to travel a good part of the year. But like any Carroll character, there is a particular hollowness to her; something she's lost, she's missing, she has yet to find.
review Review by Rodger Turner.
Jon Sullivan
World's End: Book One of The Age of Misrule
Mark Chadbourn
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 557 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

From the author of British Fantasy Society Award-nominated Nocturne, we have the first volume of an epic contemporary fantasy which draws on Celtic myth, Arthurian legend and British folklore. The Darkest Hour, Book Two of The Age of Misrule will be available in hardcover from UK publisher Victor Gollancz later in October. Jack Churchill is an archaeologist grieving over the suicide of his girlfriend. Ruth Gallagher is a lawyer whose practical nature and career success hide a host of inner uncertainties. They're brought together one night under a bridge in London by their mutual desire to help the victim of a mugging. Except that the attacker isn't a human criminal, but a demon. And so it starts...
review Review by Victoria Strauss.
H.E. Fassl
The Yellow Sign and Other Stories: The Complete Weird Tales of Robert W. Chambers
Robert W. Chambers, edited and introduced by S.T. Joshi
Call of Cthulhu Fiction, Chaosium (trade, 650 pages, $19.95 US/$29.95 Can)
Publication date: August 2000

Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) was a prolific writer, having produced in excess of 80 volumes in his lifetime. He never considered himself to be a writer of fantasy in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe or Lord Dunsany, and in fact only a small portion of his output falls into the category of fantasy, proto-SF, horror, dark fiction, or, for lack of a more esteemed epithet, weird tales. Collected here are the complete weird tales of Chambers, including stories from The King in Yellow (1895), The Maker of Moons (1896), The Mystery of Choice (1897), The Tracer of Lost Persons (1906), The Tree of Heaven (1907), plus two complete books: In Search of the Unknown (1904) and Police!!! (1915).
Three Early Novels
Philip K. Dick
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade, 422 pages, £7.99 UK/$12.99 Can)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

Collected here are 3 of PKD's early novels: The Man Who Japed (1956), Dr. Futurity (1960) and Vulcan's Hammer (1960). Each of these short novels was originally published in a paperback back-to-back dual volume, each with a work by another author who was more famous at the time. "Considerably more straightforward than his later novels, these stories are nevertheless unmistakably the work of the author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Ubik in their quirky exuberance and originality."
Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660
Hugo Gernsback
Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press (trade, 315 pages, $13.95 US/£9.95 UK)
Publication date: 21 September 2000, US / November 2000, UK

Bison Frontiers of Imagination is a series dedicated to reprinting virtually forgotten classics of visionary SF, novels that truly pushed at the boundaries. The author of this one -- the man who coined the term "science fiction" -- has, of course, been immortalized by the annual SF awards given out with his name on 'em. Ralph 124C 41+ was originally written in serial between 1911-12. It first saw book publication in 1925. Today it is a novel primarily of interest to those curious to see the roots of SF; the characters are fairly wooden, the story is rather more futuristic travelogue than novel, but the technological wonders of the 27th century dreamed up by Gernsback show an inspiring depth of imagination. And this handsome commemorative edition from Bison Books also includes an introduction by Jack Williamson and reproductions of the Frank R. Paul illustrations from the rare first edition.
Gregory Bridges
Crescent City Rhapsody
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market, 564 pages, £6.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 14 September 2000

A prequel of sorts to Queen City Jazz, its story takes place several years earlier. The novel opens with the murder of Marie Laveau in New Orleans. However, Marie, a central figure of the local underworld, had already contracted for her resurrection. Meanwhile, Zeb, up in Virginia, is on the ground floor when Earth receives its first real greetings from outer space...
review Review by Jean-Louis Trudel.
Obsidian Butterfly
Laurell K. Hamilton
Ace Fiction (mass market reprint, 596 pages, $7.50 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 3 October 2000

The latest Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel is now available in paperback. "There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural, and she owes him a favour. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered... something ancient and devious... something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night... and, ultimately, something Anita will have to face alone."
Stephen Youll
Dune: House Harkonnen
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 612 pages, $27.50 US/$39.95 Can - simultaneous release on BDD Audio Cassette, $29.95 US/$44.95 Can for 6 cassettes)
Publication date: 3 October 2000

This is the second novel in a trilogy of Dune prequels, which began with the bestselling Dune: House Atreides. These prequels grew out of the extensive outlines, journals and brainstorming sessions between Brian and his father, the legendary Frank Herbert. "At last Shaddam sits on the Golden Lion Throne, his precarious position as ruler of the Known Universe dependent on producing a male heir. But his leadership is further threatened by the ambitious Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, whose insatiable thirst for dominance leads him to plot against some of the most powerful forces in the Imperium, hoping to elevate his own ruthless House to unprecedented heights of power."
review Review by Greg L. Johnson of Dune: House Atreides.
Earl Hooks
Jupiter Two Propulsion Specifications
Earl Hooks, Jr.
American Literary Press (trade, 64 pages, $16.95 US)
Publication date: September 1999

This book appeared about this time last year, although it only recently came to our attention here at the SF Site. It contains the "actual engineering specifications for the fictional Jupiter 2," which was made famous in the TV series Lost in Space. The author is himself a practicing engineer, and he has compiled over 60 pages of detailed diagrams and other supporting material to show just how this baby works. "In his extensive journal-like description of the complicated, futuristic space ship, Hooks makes clear his vision of the set-up and inner workings of the control panel, engine room, astrogator system and reactor, using information from the series and applying the laws of physics to this fictional craft. Detailed charts, illustrations, and equations give any Lost in Space fan a guide to building their own ship (nuclear reactor not included)."
Marc Fishman
The Life of Sir Aglovale de Gallis
Clemence Housman
Green Knight Publishing (trade, 320 pages, $14.95 US/$20.95 Can)
Publication date: July 2000

Green Knight Publishing is the reincarnation of Chaosium's Pendragon Fiction imprint. In fact, the series is still called Pendragon Fiction, and The Life of Sir Aglovale de Gallis is yet another classic of Arthurian lore to be resurrected by the series. It was first published in England in 1905 and reprinted once in the 1950s, again in the UK; this is the first US publication of Housman's third, final and by most accounts finest novel. It is "a psychological reconstruction of the adventures of a minor character in Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, showing the dark underside of the Round Table. It is a Job-like tale of the rogue knight Aglovale, son of King Pellinore, and his path toward redemption."
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