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Some of the latest books received at the SF Site include a new Xanth novel from Piers Anthony, a new Lost Regiment novel from William R. Forstchen, a new Rogue Wizard novel from Christopher Stasheff, a new Wheel of Time novel from Robert Jordan, and a new anthology from Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers.

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 November 2000
Darrell K. Sweet
The Dastard
Piers Anthony
Tor (hardcover, 303 pages, $24.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

Latest Xanth novel, from the author of uncounted previous Xanth novels, including the bestselling Xone of Contention. Anthony is, by the way, hard at work on the next Xanth novel. "Many malevolent menaces have imperiled the magical land of Xanth in its long and storied history. But none has been as despicably dangerous as the Dastard -- a craven miscreant who sold his soul to a detestable demon for the power to erase events. Now the entire future of Xanth is at the mercy of his every whim. Only a young dragon-girl named Becka has the power to stop his devious deeds."
Allen Koszowski
The Complete Accursed Wives
Bruce Boston
Dark Regions/Talisman (trade, 100 pages, $9.95 US)
Publication date: September 2000

"Reprinted from the pages of Asimov's SF Magazine, Science Fiction Age, Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, and other leading genre publications,the stories and poems in this collection portray the plights of the wives of archetypal figures from science fiction, fantasy, and horror, often reflecting the realities of contemporary relationships at the same time." This slim volume includes 40 accursed wives in all, examined in prose or in verse, from "Curse of the Alien's Wife" to "Curse of the Werewolf's Wife" and passing by such other unfortunate spouses as the Cyborg's wife, the Devil's Wife, the Sasquatch's wife and, perhaps the least fortunate of all, the SF-Editor's wife.
Ben Bova
HarperCollins EOS Science Fiction (mass market reprint, 392 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: November 2000

From the author of Moonrise, Moonwar, Return to Mars and a whole host of other titles too numerous to mention. In Privateers, "The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph -- possessor of the largest privately owned company in space -- intends to weaken the stranglehold the new despotic masters of the solar system have on the lucrative ore industry. But when the mineral-rich asteroid he sets in orbit around the Earth is commandeered by the enemy, and his unarmed workers are slaughtered in cold blood, the course of Randolph's life is changed forever... And the maverick entrepreneur must use his skills, cunning, and vast resources to strike out at his foes hard, fast and with ruthless precision -- and wear proudly the mantle that fate has thrust upon him: space pirate!"
Don Maitz
Alternate Realities
C.J. Cherryh
DAW Science Fiction (mass market, 525 pages, $7.99 US/$10.99 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

Here are three short novels from one of the genre's most prolific authors: Port Eternity (1982), Wave Without a Shore (1981), and Voyager in Night (1984). From a spaceship peopled by clones in the mould of Arthurian heroes, to an out-of-the-way planet inhabited by blue-robed aliens whose very existence is denied by the native-born human colonists, to a first contact that comes about as a result of a "collision" between a human mining ship and an alien spacecraft.
John Crowley
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 184 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 November 2000

This is the second novel (1976) from the author of other SF works including The Deep (1975) and Aegypt, and such fantasy novels as Little, Big (1981) and Love and Sleep (1994). "Painter is a leo -- part man, part lion -- the result of one of man's genetic experiments, a powerful, beautiful, enigmatic creature deemed a 'failure' to be hunted down. But Painter has two advantages in this world of small, bickering nation states and political accommodation and compromise: his own strength and integrity, and the guile of Reynard, another of man's experiments, a subtle and potent intriguer, a king-maker."
Greg Egan
HarperCollins EOS Science Fiction (mass market reprint, 340 pages, $6.99 US)
Publication date: November 2000

A string of successful novels and stories, all overflowing with interesting and creative ideas, puts the author's name near the top of those writers who have come of age in the last decade. Now comes a near-future novel set mainly in the South Pacific, dealing with speculation in the biology of evolution. It is strongest in exactly those areas where his work has previously been the weakest. (It's also one of the best new science fiction novels I read in 1999.)
review Review by Greg L. Johnson.
Krondor: The Assassins -- Book Two of the Riftwar Legacy
Raymond E. Feist
HarperTorch Fantasy (mass market reprint, 400 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: November 2000

Filling in some of the history that occurred between the Riftwar Saga and the Serpentwar Saga, this novel tells of the rise of the Crawler, a shadowy, violent rival of the Mockers, Krondor's thieves guild. While investigating the cause of a rising number of murders in Krondor, Jimmy the Hand uncovers something much more sinister...
review Review by Wayne MacLaurin.

review Review by Wayne MacLaurin of Krondor: The Betrayal (Book One).

Edwin Herder
Down to the Sea: A Novel of the Lost Regiment
William R. Forstchen
Roc Science Fiction (mass market original, 342 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

Latest in the saga of The Lost Regiment, wherein a group of humans slip between dimensions and come out in a strange world inhabited by hostile aliens. "20 years after the defeat of the alien Hordes, the human Republic has been exploring, mapping, and taming their new home. Encountering other human colonies while patrolling the great ocean, they hear rumours of a mighty empire -- cousins to the Hordes -- known as the Kazan. Lt. Michael O'Brien is an aerosteamer pilot with the Republic Navy aboard the cruiser Gettysburg, which stumbles upon a fierce naval battle between warring factions of the Kazan. Captured, O'Brien is taken before the Kazan high priest, who is seeking information about the military might of the Republic..."
Jon Sullivan
Warrior Fantastic
edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers
DAW Fantasy (mass market original, 310 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

If you're in a mood for some good ol' hack 'n slash stories, here are 15 original tales of warriors from Alan Dean Foster, Jean Rabe, Diana L. Paxson, Fiona Patton, Tim Waggoner, David Bischoff, Janet Pack, Pauline E. Dungate, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kristine Schwengel, Jody Lynn Nye, Bradley H. Sinor, Bill Fawcett, Gary A. Braunbeck and Charles de Lint. "From an old arms master hired by the Sheriff of Nottingham to teach him how to best Robin Hood... to a betrayal of hospitality that would see blood flowing more freely than wine... to a band of warriors who attacked on four legs rather than two... here are stories of both legendary warriors and of mighty heroes drawn entirely from the imagination."
Floating Worlds
Cecelia Holland
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 542 pages, £12.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 November 2000

From 1975, this is the only SF novel from historical fiction writer Cecelia Holland. It has been compared to the best of Ursula K. Le Guin. "The Styths, a powerful and aggressive mutant race from the Gas Planets, Uranus and Saturn, have been launching pirate raids on ships from Mars, and Earth's Committee for the Revolution has been asked to mediate, to negotiate a truce between the Middle Planets and the Styth Empire. The task of conducting the talks falls to the intelligent, resourceful and upredictable Paula Mendoza. Paula's initial meetings with the Stythian warlord, Saba, and his unruly band of bodyguards and advisers, are not promising..."
Darrell K. Sweet
Winter's Heart: Book Nine of The Wheel of Time
Robert Jordan
Tor Fantasy (hardcover, 669 pages, $29.95 US/$39.95 Can)
Publication date: 7 November 2000

Sequel to the bestselling The Path of Daggers, this is the 9th volume in the Wheel of Time series. "Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhien, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand's destination is, in fact, one she has never considered. Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?"
Five Forbidden Things
Dora Knez
Small Beer Press (chapbook, 64 pages, $4 US/$6 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

This is the latest chapbook from the same folks who bring us the quaintly titled magazine of speculative fiction & poetry, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Dora Knez has been a contributor to that magazine, and indeed several of the 5 stories and 3 poems contained herein have seen previous publication in LCRW. So, yes, there are 8 elements in Five Forbidden Things, but I'm not sure which 5 are forbidden. However, it should be noted that one of these stories, "The One Forbidden Thing," received an honourable mention in the latest Year's Best Fantasy and Horror from Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling.
Henry Kuttner
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 208 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 November 2000

First published in 1950, this is probably the most famous of the collaborations between Kuttner and his wife, C.L. (Catherine) Moore. They both wrote works individually, as well as co-authoring a number of novels under various pseudonyms. Fury was first published under the name Lawrence O'Donnell. "The Earth is long dead, blasted apart, and the human survivors of the catastrophe who settled on Venus live in huge citadels beneath the Venusian seas in an atrophying, class-ridden society ruled by the Immortals -- genetic mutations who live a thousand years or more. Sam Reed was born an Immortal, born to rule those with a normal life-span, but his deranged father had him mutilated as a baby so that he wouldn't know of his heritage. And Sam grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and the law, thinking of the Immortals as his enemy. When he understood at last what had been done to him, he went looking for revenge and changed his decaying world for ever..."
Gregory Bridges
The Tranquility Wars
Gentry Lee
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 496 pages, $23.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: 28 November 2000

From the author of Bright Messengers and Double Full Moon Night comes a new novel of adventure, suspense, love and interplanetary conflict. Hunter Blake and his lifelong love, Tehani Wilawa, are kidnapped by pirates who call themselves Utopians. Our heroes "find themselves questioning 'truths' they've accepted all their lives. Are these space pirates really the avatars of a new freedom -- or simply criminals? To answer, they must quickly learn the razor-thin difference between freedom and anarchy, obedience and slavery, pleasure and indulgence. For their world faces a countdown with destiny as events spiral toward a climax that will explode in the Tranquility Wars."
Neil Pearson
Beyond the Void: Part One of The Erasmus Series
Mark Marsay
Great Northern Publishing (trade, 256 pages, £5.99 UK)
Publication date: November 2000

Who said you can't judge a book by its cover? That's bollocks, because this book's cover provides a pretty clear picture of what you're in for. "When the Universe is threatened with extinction by a race of beings far more powerful than the combined forces of the United Confederation of Worlds, who are the last people you would want to send in on a diplomatic mission? Captain James Armstrong Custer and the crew of the Starship Erasmus, that's who... With the combination of a crew more suited to the confines of a straightjacket than interstellar defence and a ship past its sell-by date before it was even built, mankind might as well kiss its arse goodbye right now! Then again... strange things can happen in space and very often do!"
Yvonne Gilbert
Sword and Shadow: Sword in Exile, Book 3
Ann Marston
Eos Fantasy (mass market original, 342 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: November 2000

The concluding novel to the medieval-flavoured Sword in Exile trilogy. "Dark sorcery banished the Celae from their enchanted island home and has kept them exiled for generations. Now twin princes -- one born to rule, the other a powerful enchanter -- must attempt to bring their people home. Prince Rowen the sorcerer, his noble brother Prince Acaren, and Acaren's true love Eliene will set foot on the forbidden isle on a dark and misty night. But before they can vanquish their enemies and fulfill a sacred prophecy, the princes must first find Heartfire and Soulshadow, a pair of mystic swords hidden on the highest peak in the land: the menacing Cloudbearer mountain, hallowed home of the 7 gods and goddesses, where mortal men intrude at the risk of their lives and their souls."
Jerry Vanderstelt
The Iron Tower
Dennis L. McKiernan
Roc Fantasy (mass market, 650 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

The books of this trilogy were previously published separately as The Dark Tide, Shadows of Doom and The Darkest Day (all in 1984). This trilogy represents only the first books in McKiernan's Mithgar saga. "4,000 years ago the evil Modru fled from the ruins of his defeat in the Great War of the Ban. But now the hordes of the master of darkness are returning, sweeping over an unprepared land. And the call goes out to all the races of Mithgar to stem the dark tide..."
Vincent di Fate
Abandon in Place
Jerry Oltion
Tor (hardcover, 368 pages, $24.95 US/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: 14 November 2000

This novel is expanded from the Nebula Award-winning novella of the same title, which had been expanded from the original short story. "When Neil Armstrong dies, not a nation, but the entire world mourns. The American hero had the eyes of the world upon him in 1969 when he stepped from his Saturn V and took the giant leap for mankind. But the world is shocked when, the day after Neil Armstrong's funeral, a ghostly Saturn V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. It shakes the ground and rumbles with all the fury of a real launch, sending back telemetry all the way to the moon, stopping only at the point where a human would have to take control..."
Jim Burns
Keith Roberts
Millennium (trade, 280 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 9 November 2000

SF Masterworks #35 is the 1966 alternate history from the late Keith Roberts (he succumbed to pneumonia in October of this year), author of The Furies, The Chalk Giants and Kiteworld. "1588: Queen Elizabeth is felled by an assassin's bullet. Within the week, the Spanish Armada had set sail, and its victory changed the course of history.  1968: England is still dominated by the Church of Rome. There are no telephones, no television, no nuclear power. As Catholicism and the Inquisition tighten their grip, rebellion is growing..."
The Witches of Karres
James H. Schmitz
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 344 pages, £10.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 November 2000

This humorous space opera form 1966 is from the author of such works as Agent of Vega, A Tale of Two Clocks, The Demon Breed, A Pride of Monsters and The Eternal Frontiers. "Captain Pausert, master of the old pirate-chaser Venture has finally found his niche. Unlucky in love and unsuccessful in business on his home planet, he seems to have a knack for selling job-lot cargoes around the fringes of the Empire. In fact, he's so far ahead of the game that he even finds time for the occasional heroic act. Like rescuing 3 poor child-slaves from their abusive masters. But then he discovers that he's broke again, wanted by the authorities and at odds with the most malevolent force in all of space. For Pausert hasn't rescued any ordinary put-upon juvenile slaves, but 3 of the legendary witches of Karres, complete with awesome psi powers..."
Cliff Nielsen
The Crow: Temple of Night
S.P. Somtow
HarperEntertainment (mass market reprint, 290 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: November 2000

This is the 5th novel from as many authors, inspired by The Crow series created by James O'Barr. "Turn-of-the-century Bangkok is a glittering modern city where high-tech industry and ancient mystery meet. It is a powerhouse of international finance by day... and a playground of depravity by night. The Klong Toey shantytowns are home to shadowy erotic emporiums, where millionaire celebrities act out their darkest sexual fantasies, protected by money, influence, and American diplomacy. Enter a young American journalist, assigned to expose the latest cover-up. Stephen is about to break the two cardinal rules of journalism: Don't fall in love. And don't get killed..."
Peter Peeples
A Wizard in the Way
Christopher Stasheff
Tor (hardcover, 224 pages, $22.95 US/$32.95 Can)
Publication date: October 2000

From the author of The Warlock series (beginning with The Warlock in Spite of Himself) comes the latest in The Rogue Wizard series, which chronicles the adventures of Gar Pike (a.k.a. Magnus D'Armand, son of the Warlock in Spite of Himself). "On the planet Oldeira, Gar and Alea's task is two-pronged: to persuade browbeaten serfs that they deserve more than meager food, meager pay, and poor treatment, and to assemble them into a force that has a chance of overcoming their cruel Wizard Lords."
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