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|Books by Fred Saberhagen|
Carl Sagan's recent death deprives the world of a great mind. Revisit his only foray into science fiction with this intriguing hard science novel of first contact (not to be confused with the latest jaunt in the Star Trek universe).
|Books by R.A. Salvatore|
Hard Shell Word Factory electronic book
In the year 2098, mastery over human DNA has unlocked the secrets to miraculous cures and physical improvements -- and given rise to an underground which feels that tinkering with genes is an abomination. Shuttle pilot Krys Krysynowski has thrown in with the latter group, and finds herself assigned to the asteroid-based lab of Ian Llewellyn, a lone wolf geneticist whose single-minded drive to conquer human illness soon shakes her entire belief system. But Ian is concealing a secret, one that she may have to uncover despite her growing attraction to this mysterious scientist.
William The Curious, Knight of the Water Lilies|
Random House hard cover
When the Queen of the Land of Far and Wide orders her subjects to throw everything imperfect out of the castle, the beautiful and comfy moat which William and his friends inhabit quickly becomes clogged with royal junk. Donning the vest and armor of a cast-off toy soldier, William takes up the quest to enter the castle and ask the Queen why she has destroyed his home -- a quest which presents ample opportunity for courage and heroism, despite its small scale. A fine blend of art and words which come together in an engaging environmental fable.
HarperPrism (hardcover, 436 pages, $25/$36.50 Can)
Publication date: December, 1998
It's good to see new novel-length work from Pamela Sargent again -- the last original novels I can recall from her are the two parts of the Venus series, Venus of Dreams (1988) and Venus of Shadows (1989). Before that, she had great success with her feminist SF novel The Shore of Women (1987) and Earthseed (1983). More recently she's done two Star Trek novels with George Zebrowski (A Fury Scorned and Heart of the Sun), and continued her career as an anthologist with the Women of Wonder and Nebula Awards books. For her return to feature novels she's chosen to tell a tale of "Another North America," where Native Americans forge a union to confront the menace of relentless white invasion. "What if tribal warriors had defeated the white man's armies in the untamed West in the years following the Civil War? The popular author of Venus of Dreams returns with a riveting novel of an alternative past."
Star Trek: Heart of the Sun |
Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski
Star Trek novel Number 83. That's more episodes than the original series! Sargent (author of the highly-regarded The Shore of Women and Venus of Dreams)and Zebrowski (author of The Omega Point Trilogy and the force behind the Synergy anthologies) collaborate to tell the tale of an incredible cosmic encounter. "An abandoned space habitat full of technological marvels is on a collision course with an inhabited planet. It's up to Kirk and Spock to find a way to save the planet without destroying a treasure trove of alien science, and time is running out."
Nebula Awards 31|
Pamela Sargent, ed.
Harcourt Brace trade paper, hard cover
The latest annual collection of short work honoured by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Star Trek, the Next Generation: A Fury Scorned|
Pamela Sargent & George Zebrowski
Pocket brings SF heavyweights Sargent (Venus of Shadows, The Shore of Women) and Zebrowski to their Star Trek line. Worth checking out.
Babylon 5 Book #8: Personal Agenda|
Bantam Spectra hard cover
With Narn enslaved by the Centauri, G'Kar is a prisoner... but a secret alliance with Londo to help kill the mad emperor Cartagia could change everything. In exchange, Londo will end forever the Centauri rule of the Narn world. But no one foresees a deadly complication -- a band of Narns determined to rescue G'Kar takes Londo hostage, and suddenly Londo's life and the liberation of the Narn homeworld rest in the shaking hands of none other than Vir.
Five Worlds #2: Journey|
The sequel to Five Worlds: Exile continues the 25th century science fiction saga. Now the Five Worlds are on the eve of destruction as the High Leader of Mars prepares to invade a moon of Jupiter. At the same time the exiled King of Earth struggles to escape his icy prison on Pluto and return to reclaim his throne.
Avon EOS (paperback, 410 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: August 5, 1998
The final volume in the post-apocalyptic SF/fantasy series that began with The Chronicles of Scar and Legacy of the Ancients. Gina again: "I recommend picking up the entire series. It series traces the evolution of young Prince Arn, less formally known as Scar, from a frightened beggar to a cowardly prince to unwilling hero and finally to a mature leader and man. In a ravaged world where electricity and other technologies are forbidden and "dinosaurs" roam the swamps, Scar and his companions must try to piece the fabric of society back together, sometimes in surprising ways. War, politics, love, and hatred mature him and make our journey alongside him well worthwhile."
Series Review by Regina Lynn Preciado
Legacy of the Ancients|
Book two of the Chronicles of Scar. Another post-apocalyptic tale of America; this time the Big Whumpus was an environmental cataclysm that nearly destroyed civilization. New nations are now arising from the rubble, most led by power-hungry tyrants. Arn, now called "Scar," the bastard prince of Kenesee, has come a long way from the streets where he once begged. A royal decree sends him on a thousand-mile quest to find a despot who controls a weapon that could once again wreak havoc on mankind.
The Chronicles of Scar|
A young street urchin is found to be the bastard son of the reigning king (surprise, surprise) and it soon falls to young "Scar" to save a world already devastated by biological weapons.
Books by John Saul
The Daemon in the Machine (Ever, Part II)|
HarperPrism (trade paperback, 422 pages, $14 US/$20 Canada)
Publication date: January 1998
In Part Two of Felicity Savage's trilogy we learn more about the elusive daemon spirits who swim invisibly through the world, until they are summoned by a handler, collared, and imprisoned in oak and silver to power entire cities with their rage. Crispin was once such a handler, and it gave him great power, carrying him to the far land of Kirekune, the home of his long-lost love. But times are changing, as is the world -- a place torn by mystery cults and dynastic wars. And Crispin will have to expand his knowledge of all things daemonic if he is to survive.
A Trickster in the Ashes (Ever, Part Three)|
HarperPrism (trade paperback, 353 pages, $14 US/$20 Canada)
Publication date: June 1, 1998
Harlem author Felicity Savage is just too darn young to be an SF sensation. Is there no decency left in this field? She published her first novel, Humility Garden, when she was 18, and its impressive sequel -- Delta City -- scarcely a year later. She waited until the mature age of 22 to produce her first SF trilogy, beginning last September with Ever: The War in the Waste, and following up four months later with Ever: The Daemon in the Machine. It's been another four months and, just when we began to think she's mellowed a bit in her old age, she roars back into bookstores with part three, the conclusion to an epic series packed with daemon spirits, mystery cults and dynastic wars. I don't know about you, but I can't even look at this books without wondering how I wasted my days at 22. "The daemons swim invisible through rock and trees, men and beasts -- until they are summoned by a handler; collared, and imprisoned in oak and silver to power entire cities with their rage. Crispin became a daemon handler as a boy, taught by an exiled courtier who'd become a circus bum. The gift game him wings, carrying him all the way to far Kirekune, the home of his long-lost love. And on to contact with the most exotic civilization of all. America..."
Robert J. Sawyer
Tor (hardcover, 320 pages, $23.95/$34.95 Can)
Publication date: June 18, 1999
Robert J. Sawyer seems to write faster than I can read. This is his third novel since January (the previous two, Factoring Humanity and Illegal Alien, were both paperback reprints from 1998, so I suppose he's eligible for forgiveness). "Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides are in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical nuclear particle. But their experiment goes incredibly awry, and, for a few moments, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by about twenty years. While humanity must deal immediately with the destructive aftermath of the experiment -- thousands are injured and killed as every single person's body was left unconscious in the here-and-now -- the greater implications take longer to surface. People who had no vision of the future seek to learn about how they die, while others seek out future lovers. Lloyd must deal with the guilt of accidentally causing the death of his fiancee's child, while Theo gets caught up in the search for his own murderer. As the implications truly hit home, the pressure to repeat the experiment builds. Everyone wants a glimpse of the future, a chance to flashforward and see their successes... or learn how to avoid their failures."
Robert J. Sawyer
Tor (reprint, paperback, 352 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999 (First Edition: July 1998)
Prolific Canadian SF writer Robert J. Sawyer has been on something of a tear recently, producing a string of attention-getting novels -- including Illegal Alien, Frameshift, Starplex, and the Nebula-Award winning The Terminal Experiment. "In 2007, a signal is detected coming from deep space. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Then the signal stops. Heather Davis, a professor at the University of Toronto, has devoted her career to deciphering this message, while her personal life has gone astray: one child a suicide, her marriage failing. But she is the one who finally deciphers the message. She discovers a startling new technology that can rip through the barriers of space and time, holding the promise of a new stage in human evolution. Limitless exploration -- or the end of the human race -- appears close at hand."
Review by Rodger Turner
Robert J. Sawyer
Ace (reprint, paperback, 304 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: January 1, 1999 (First Printing: December 1997)
Robert Sawyer has made a very solid mark on the field in very short order, with such novels as Factoring Humanity, the Hugo Award nominees Frameshift and Starplex, and the Nebula Award-winning The Terminal Experiment. He's the kind of writer we wish there were a lot more of -- one who resists being easily categorized. With Illegal Alien he twists again, this time offering a tense courtroom drama with a very unique premise. "When a disabled spaceship enters the Earth's atmosphere, fear is quickly replaced with awe. Seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world with open arms. Then a popular scientist is found murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. For the first time, an alien is tried before humans in a court of law. And in the unprecedented trial, there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life..."
Review by Leon Olszewski
Robert J. Sawyer
Tor hard cover
An SF thriller about the Human Genome Project from the winner of the 1995 Nebula Award, and author of Starplex and The Terminal Experiment. A dedicated geneticist with an incurable genetic disease discovers that an insurance company is trying to weed the weak and helpless out of humanity in an attempt to boost profits -- and that the mastermind behind the plot may be the notorious Ivan the Terrible of the Treblinka death camp.
Robert J. Sawyer
By the author of the Nebula Award-winning (The Terminal Experiment). Mysterious, artificial wormholes appear near Earth and the crew of Starplex, the battle-scarred space platform, must deal with what they bring.
The Terminal Experiment|
Robert J. Sawyer
The Science Fiction Book Club hard cover
This is the novel that won Sawyer the Nebula. Dr. Peter Hobson's theories on death and the afterlife lead him to create three separate electronic copies of himself: one has no memory of physical existence and simulates life after death; one has no knowledge of death or aging and represents immortality; and the third is left unaltered as a control subject. But somehow all three escape into the worldwide matrix...and one of them is a killer.
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Ace (hardcover, 257 pages, $19.95 US)
Publication date: December 1, 1998
New historical fantasy from the author of the Nebula Award-winning novel The Healer's War. Walter Scott, newly appointed sheriff of Edinburgh, thinks his job will be a simple one -- until bones, bodies, and parts of bodies are discovered on the banks of a half-frozen loch. The townspeople take little notice, assuming the horror is related to the work of grave robbers. But then living women begin to go missing...
Review by Georges T. Dodds
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Ace (reprint, paperback, 308 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999 (First Edition: February 1998)
Latest from the author of The Godmother and The Godmother's Apprentice -- and featuring some of the same characters as the latter. "The award-winning author of the acclaimed Godmother novels introduces a new Godmother -- a Native American woman, known simply as "Grandma", who will weave a web of unforgettable magic and change the life of one young woman forever. Sun-haired maiden Cindy Ellis is on her way to Tuba City to train a horse for a friend. But when she meets an old woman along the way, she begins a journey to a world she never imagined. A world torn apart by poverty and sorrow. A world the old woman-the Godmother-watches over. And with her spindle in hand, she spins a web of love-so beautiful, so magical..."
Review by Regina Lynn Preciado
A Small Dark Place |
Villard hard cover
"In the spellbinding tradition of Stephen King comes a terrifying page-turner about a heinous plan gone hopelessly wrong--a cunning morality tale about the price of fame and ambition." First novel from a Hollywood screenwriter, this is a horror novel with a disturbing premise. In high school athletic Peter and cheerleader Sandra were everybody's favorite couple. Eight years later they lose their house and farm. Bitter and desperate, they seize on a plan inspired by a TV news show: to drop one of their children down a shaft, let the child become an overnight media sensation, and retire rich on the donations. Fifteen years later, when their child is grown, the real horror begins.
Quantum Leap XIV: Loch Ness Leap|
From the author of Aliens: Rogue. March, 1986: Sam leaps into theoretical physicist Dr. Donald Harding, who has come to Loch Ness where his son Travis is attempting to prove to him the existence of the fabled monster.
Cross and Crescent |
Tor hard cover
"Cross and Crescent" continues the historical fantasy that began in Shards of Empire, which focused on the Empire of Byzantium in the 11th century, when it truly was the center of the world. "After centuries of power, the Imperial Throne is in danger. The citizens of that great nation must play a dangerous game to save their land, from infidel and barbarian Christian both -- and the things done in God's name may condemn an entire generation."
Star Wars: Tales from the Empire|
edited by Peter Schweighofer
Bantam Spectra paperback
Of all the recent Star Wars books, this is probably our favorite -- a collection of short stories set in the Star Wars universe, culled from the Star Wars Adventure Journal. Including a short novel by Timothy Zahn and Michael A. Stackpole, and work from Kathy Tyers and a talented band of newcomers. The tales include the desperate flight of a civilian courier entrusted with vital Rebel intelligence; a Corellian smuggler who finds himself hired by a mysterious assassin and ex-Jedi Knight; and a suicidal commando raid on an impregnable Imperial prison. Fun for every Star Wars fan.
Books by Melissa Scott
Creed (Signet) paperback
Modern dark fantasy novel. One of the thirteen Hallows (ancient artefacts of ancient Britain) has gone missing and people are starting to die. A little blood and thunder in time for Halloween.
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