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Did Santa fill your stocking with books? You may want to check and see if he remembered all the latest, including new books from David & Leigh Eddings, Joe Haldeman, Robert Asprin & Peter J. Heck, Tom Arden, Jeffrey A. Carver, Peter F. Hamilton, Valery Leith, Pat Cadigan, and Nancy Springer.

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: 1 - 31 December 2000
Part II
Duane O. Myers
King's Cure
Daniel Hood
Ace Fantasy (mass market original, 312 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

From the author of Scales of Justice and Beggar's Banquet comes a new novel of the adventures of Fanuilh and Liam. "Liam Rhenford has travelled to the royal capital of Torquay to investigate new trade routes for the Duke. But Liam hasn't been told his true mission: to deliver a magical remedy to King Nicanor IV. That's why Liam is surprised when he discovers people will kill to get their hands on the package he's carrying. And when someone is murdered, Liam is blamed. Now on the run, Liam and his dragon familiar, Fanuilh, must somehow prove his innocence, deliver the potion, and discover the traitor -- all before Liam is captured and hanged for a crime he didn't commit..."
Eye and Talon: Blade Runner 4
K.W. Jeter
Victor Gollancz (hardcover, 236 pages, £16.99 UK)
Publication date: 11 December 2000

Jeter is the man authorized by the estate of Philip K. Dick to continue the Blade Runner story, which he has done in this novel and two previous works, The Edge of Human: Blade Runner 2 and Replicant Night: Blade Runner 3. Did you think Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? or the Ridly Scott film version, Blade Runner, had said all there was to say? No way. "The Tyrell Corporation had a lot more involvement than one thinks... and the movie seems to have a rather, as yet, undiscovered aspect to it..."
Binary 1
Leningrad Nights by Graham Joyce; plus How the Other Half Lives by James Lovegrove
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market, 176 pages, £4.99 UK)
Publication date: 4 December 2000

Millennium Paperbacks is publishing back-to-back novellas, starting with these two. Graham Joyce is the World Fantasy Award nominated author of The Tooth Fairy. His novella, Leningrad Nights, is "a story of human dignity, the hunger for survival and a possibly angelic intervention set during the 900-day siege of Leningrad in WWII." The companion novella, How the Other Half Lives, from James Lovegrove, Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated author of Days, is "a modern Faustian tale. A business man ensures his glittering success by the brutal abuse of his doppleganger, little suspecting that he is laying the foundation for his own destruction."
Judith Huey
Blind Vision
Marguerite Krause
Speculation Press (trade, 270 pages, $11.50 US/$14.25 Can)
Publication date: August 2000

"Phillipe possesses a rare and dangerous gift: the ability to see the myriad possible futures. Called back from exile to a beleaguered ducal court, Phillipe's visions of the coming spring are full of death. Every path in his visions leads to bloodshed and destruction, except one. Phillipe needs the Lady Zuli's help to save the duchy, but the duke's sister doesn't believe a word Phillipe says. The danger increases as Phillipe makes one perilous psychic journey after another, and the Lady Zuli sets her own desperate, opposing plans into action."
The Riddled Night: Everien, Book Two
Valery Leith
Victor Gollancz (517 pages, hardcover £16.99 UK; trade £10.99 UK)
Publication date: 4 December 2000

Sequel to The Company of Glass and second book in the Everien trilogy from Leith (a.k.a., Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Tricia Sullivan). "It is winter in Everien and the Clans are thrown into rebellion and chaos. Everien is under the thumb of the conquering Pharician warlord Tash, who exploits the mysterious Knowledge of the lost Everiens, producing weapons of mass terror and destruction. Yet the Pharicians cannot conquer the will of the Clans... or vanquish the Sekk. Meanwhile, in Istar's homeland, a winged skeleton is discovered -- unearthing an ancient legend and rousing a bloodthirsty Sekk warrior who will prove to be Istar's greatest challenge..."
review Review by Charlene Brusso of The Company of Glass.
Jonathan Lyons
Domhan Books (215 pages, hardcover $18.95 US; trade $13.95 US; also available as disk, e-book, palm or Rocket)
Publication date: October 2000

First novel from Jonathan Lyons, subtitled A Science Fiction Noir. "In a surreal 21st century full of androids, binaries, chip trippers, NewSchool Grrls and Morlocks, black acid rain and StellarNet obsession, we meet Cage, a private detective down on his luck. Kicked off the prestigious Old New York Police Force after having gone up against Expedite, the most powerful computer corporation in the world, he is struggling to make ends meet when fate seems to lend him a helping hand. Fragile Janice Gild comes to him with the story of the death of her brother James, a death so bizarre Cage can only begin to guess at the method of the gruesome killing, and the motive behind it. Soon Cage's path is littered with the burnt remains of a seemingly unconnected group of people. Only James' ex-girlfriend, the inhumanly lovely Jonny Cache, can shed any light on the victims who have been made to burn..."
Paul Wright
Fevre Dream
George R.R. Martin
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade, 352 pages, £6.99 UK)
Publication date: 11 January 2001

Martin is well-known today as a fantasy author (take his bestselling and ongoing epic A Song of Ice and Fire, for example). But Fantasy Masterworks #13 is Martin's 1982 novel that marked a shift in his writing from more clearcut SF toward the fantastical end of the spectrum. "The Fevre Dream was one of the finest steamboats ever built, the pride of its captain, Abner Marsh. But as it sails the length of the river, the rumours begin about Marsh's enigmatic partner, Joshua York. He eats only at midnight, and in the company of friends who are never seen during daylight hours; and a trail of terrible deeds along the shores follows in the Fevre Dream's wake."
Jim Burns
George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market reprint, 315 pages, £6.99 UK/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: 9 November 2000

First published in 1981, and out of print for a number of years, this was Martin's second book, co-written with the author of Familiar Spirit, Lost Futures and The Pillow Friend. "Windhaven is a planet of stormy, windswept isles; the flyers are revered as the one link between these lonely islands. The land-bound can only watch and envy -- until Maris, land-born, but determined to seek her place amongst the Elite, defies the law and takes to the sky on borrowed wings."
Machine Dreams
Joshua Mertz
Bald Mountain Books (trade, 304 pages, $16 US; also available as e-book, $8 US)
Publication date: September 2000

This is the first novel from Mertz, whose fiction and poetry has appeared in such magazines as Aboriginal Science Fiction and Amazing Stories, and in the anthology of Hallowe'en stories, Harvest Tales & Midnight Revels, which was the first book from Bald Mountain Books. The novel "takes place in a future dangerously near, when 150 million people are crammed into an unending cityscape stretching from the Mexican border to San Francisco. It tells the story of Anson Hockney, a gritty urban survivor who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a vast and vicious corporate war over control of a new technology... a fusion of bioengineering and digital entertainment that will for the first time allow the recording and broadcast of all human sensations, from the most intimate kiss to death itself."
Whispers in the Dark & The Greatest
Walter Mosley at Time Warner Books (e-books, c. 25 pages each, $2 US each)
Publication date: 15 December 2000

These two short SF stories are from the bestselling mystery writer Walter Mosley, author of Blue Light and Gone Fishin'. They're drawn from Futureland, Mosley's collection of interconnected speculative fiction stories. "In Whispers in the Dark, Mosley tells the moving story of Ptolemy Bent, a young African-American genius searching for God with tools of cutting-edge science. And in The Greatest, Mosley steps into the ring with Fera Jones, a powerful six foot nine inch female boxer who may be the product of an outlawed genetics program."
K.S. Munnings
Blood of the Ancients: Book One of The Tapestry of Blood
Kevin Scott Munnings
Unlimited Publishing (trade, 351 pages, $14.99 US)
Publication date: June 2000

First in an epic fantasy saga about a world forgotten by time. "The sole possessor of two legendary and opposing bloods, a young Ammereh-raz'i outcast named Kiernan is drawn into a perilous adventure to right a mistake committed over a thousand years ago. With his mischievous friend Skat at his side, Kiernan ventures into a strange and hostile world, in pursuit of a destiny he does not wholly understand -- a destiny upon which the fate of the entire world, and all that he holds dear, is hinged."
Warriors of the Tempest: Book 3 of Orcs - First Blood
Stan Nicholls
Victor Gollancz (trade, 280 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 16 November 2000

Third volume in Nicholls' series that tells the story from the perspective of the Orcs -- and leaves it to you to decide whether they're really the bad guys or the good guys. "Hunted from every direction, Stryke and his warband must evade death and capture and stop the three sisters who have formed an unholy alliance. An alliance that will overturn history and destroy the Orcs' world."
review Review by Todd Richmond of Book 1: Bodyguard of Lightning and Book 2: Legion of Thunder.
Graham Higgins
Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, illustrated by Graham Higgins
Victor Gollancz (122 pages, hardcover £16.99 UK; trade £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 December 2000

The citizenry and city watch of Ankh-Morpork come to life in this full-colour graphic novel version of Terry Pratchett's (otherwise lifeless and colourless) Guards! Guards!. For those who may not know the story: "Some night-time prowler is turning the (mostly) honest citizens of Ankh-Morpork into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes, who must tramp the mean streets of the naked city looking for a 70-foot-long fire breathing dragon which, he believes, can help him with his enquiries."
Alan Pollack
Karl Schroeder
Tor (hardcover, 477 pages, $27.95 US/$39.95 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

First SF novel from the award-winning fantasy author, Karl Schroeder. "Young Jordan Mason, on the terraformed planet Ventus, has visions. Kidnapped by Calandria May -- a human from offworld sent to investigate the AIs (the winds) of Ventus -- Jordan is desperate to find the meaning of his visions, desperate enough to risk calling down the Winds that destroy technology to protect the created environment. As a result, Jordan escapes from Calandria and sets out to discover his destiny on his own. Calandria and others, both human and AI, search for Jordan, who holds the key to catastrophe or salvation."
A Wreath of Stars
Bob Shaw
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 189 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 3 December 2000

This 1976 novel is regarded as one of the best from the author of other such works as Orbitsville, Other Days, Other Eyes and The Fugitive Worlds. "Ironically, for Gilbert Snook -- who considered himself the human equivalent of a neutrino, a particle able to travel through the Earth without disturbing any other particle -- it all started with the panic that followed the sighting of the anti-neutrino planet as it approached Earth. Nothing apparently happened to Earth but Snook landed up in a small African republic, teaching English to diamond miners. After a few years, he had a workable, even enjoyable, routine. But then the miners started seeing ghosts and Snook found himself at the centre of a bizarre and far-reaching discovery -- and slap bang in the middle of some very dirty political infighting."
Robert Silverberg
Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition (trade, 222 pages, £9.99 UK)
Publication date: 3 December 2000

First published in 1967, this intense novel takes a look at suffering and alienation, and a kind of psychic vampire. "Duncan Chalk is a monstrous media mogul with a vast appetite for other people's pain. He feeds off it, and carefully nurtures it in order to feed it to the public. It is inevitable that Chalk should home in on Minner Burris, a space traveller whose body was taken apart by alien surgeons and then put back together again -- differently."
Binary 2
The Vaccinator by Michael Marshall Smith; plus Andy Warhol's Dracula by Kim Newman
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (mass market, 176 pages, £4.99 UK)
Publication date: 4 December 2000

Another Millennium Binary -- back-to-back novellas. This time it's The Vaccinator, "a hilarious SF/noir satire [involving] a hitman, a scam and a group of aliens on the make in Florida"; and Andy Warhol's Dracula -- "part of Newman's stunning alternate history Vampire epic, this takes a vampire out of the shadows and into the self-regarding glare of a 1970s New York peopled by characters from films and real life."
Nancy Springer
William Morrow, HarperCollins (hardcover, 240 pages, $23 US/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: December 2000

Here's a work of... magic realism? from the author of Larque on the Wing, Fair Peril and Metal Angel. "After 27 years of marriage, the nurturing and hard-working Sassy Hummel is unceremoniously dumped by her husband. In order to support herself, she turns to the one thing she knows best -- housekeeping -- taking a job as a maid at the sumptuous Sylvan Towers Hotel, all the while wondering, 'how could this happen to me?' Then something strange and magical happens. She makes friends with Racquel, the hotel's boutique owner, an enticing woman with secrets and a clarity of vision for seeing all the things in Sassy that Sassy cannot recognize herself. But it isn't until she takes a wayward parakeet under her wing that Sassy begins to see the 'bird' that each person is on the other side of the mirror, learning to look beneath everybody's adopted 'plumage.'"
Jim Burns
The Book of the New Sun, Volume 2: Sword and Citadel
Gene Wolfe
Millennium, Victor Gollancz (trade, 608 pages, £7.99 UK)
Publication date: 14 December 2000

When Millennium started their Fantasy Masterworks series back in the spring, they kicked it off with Volume 1 of The Book of the New Sun. Now we are treated to the conclusion of this award-winning fantasy epic from one of the top writers in any genre he puts his hand to. Although it seems at first like a sword-and-sorcery series, readers of this masterful tale soon discover that it is set on our own Earth, a million years in the future and transformed in unimaginable ways. This second volume comprises books 3 and 4 in the original series, The Sword of the Lictor (1982) and The Citadel of the Autarch (1983).
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