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Griesbach Martucci
Lynn Abbey
DAW (paperback, 519 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: April, 1999

I met Lynn Abbey at the first SF convention I ever attended -- Maplecon V in Ottawa, Canada. She's been writing fantasy for a long time, and it's good to see her latest work looks as fresh as her first. "Jerlayne's mother had warned her not to marry the handsome elf, but Jerlayne refused to listen. Now a century after the wedding, Jerlayne's marriage is in shambles and none of their children have matured into elves like their parents. Jerlayne wants answers--she wants to know why her mother was so opposed to her marriage, and in finding those answers, these two elven women will confront an issue that will rock both realms down to their very foundation."
[Cover] [Dark Sun] The Rise and Fall of a Dragon King
Lynn Abbey
TSR paperback
This is volume three in the Chronicles of Athas.
[Cover] [Dark Sun] Cinnabar Shadows
Lynn Abbey
TSR paperback
This is volume 4 in the Chronicles of Athas.
Rebels, Book One (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Book 24)
Daffyd ab Hugh
Pocket (paperback, 233 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999

Opening volume in a new "instant trilogy," a format which Pocket has managed to make fairly popular. Released simultaneously with the second volume (below) and -- like all good action serials -- followed by the concluding chapter in thirty days. From the author of two previous Star Trek: Deep Space Nine books, Fallen Heroes and Vengeance, as well as the novelizations of the computer game Doom, including Hell on Earth and Knee-Deep in the Dead. "When Captain Sisko leads the "Defiant" on a dangerous mission into the Gamma Quadrant to liberate a conquered world, the Bajoran government insists that Kai Winn, the Federation's long-time nemesis, assume complete control of the space station."
Rebels, Book Two (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Book 25)
Daffyd ab Hugh
Pocket (paperback, 235 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999

Middle volume of the trilogy. The concluding volume will be available on March 9th. Daffyd ab Hugh is also the author of Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next Generation, No 33) and The Final Fury (Star Trek: Voyager: Invasion, Book 4). He's certainly been around the Federation a few times. "Kai Winn has never divulged what she personally did during the harsh and perilous days of the Occupation. But now, as Cardassian warships fight to reclaim Deep Space Nine, she cannot help recalling those bygone days -- and her own private war against the Cardassian oppressors."
Chris Achilleos: Angels and Amazons
Chris Achilleos
FPG (art, hardcover and trade paperback)
A brand new collection of art from British artist Achilleos, the man who has done so much for the chain mail bikini. To quote another, "I think they'd heal if you stopped wearing the chain mail bikini."
[Cover] Ackermanthology: 60 Little Known Sci-Fi Short Stories
edited by Forrest J. Ackerman
General Publishing Group
trade paper
It's been a while since we've had a new anthology from Forrie -- the last one we can recall is Gosh! Wow! (Sense of Wonder) nearly ten years ago. Before that, there were all those short-short pieces in the back of the English-language Perry Rhodan books. No one knows the field like Ackerman, and here he presents a collection of lost gems by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and many others. Grab it.
[Cover] Tales from Watership Down
Richard Adams
Avon paperback
Watership Down is one of the great classics of fantasy literature, one of the few that can rank with Lord of the Rings and the works of C. S. Lewis. With this collection of stories Richard Adams returns to that world for the first time, offering both an assortment of self-contained tales and a mini-sequel to the epic story of Hazel, Fiver, and Bigwig. Most of the stories follow the mythical adventures of the legendary El-ahrairah, the rabbit hero whose quests in a bygone era gave rabbits the tools of survival, while a few others update the lives of the rabbits following General Woundwort's defeat at the end of Watership Down.
[Cover] The Cockatrice Boys
Joan Aiken; illustrated by Jason Van Hollander
Tor trade paper
Aiken's books for young readers include Cold Shoulder Road and the extremely popular Wolves of Willoughby Chase. In The Cockatrice Boys she delivers an adult novel of classic Weird Fantasy. Without warning the world is invaded by a host of grotesque monsters, originating from somewhere in England. Before long civilization collapses, the countryside becomes a dangerous wasteland and cities become isolated fortresses as the ravenous and constantly multiplying creatures spread across the land. In desperation a heroic band calling itself the Cockatrice Corps forms to bring food for the starving people of Manchester, eventually taking on the dangerous task of locating the source of the monstrous invasion -- and somehow ending it.
[Cover] Cold Shoulder Road
Joan Aiken
Dell Yearling paperback
The sequel to Is Underground, one of my favorite recent young-adult books. Having freed the children enslaved in the northern mines, Is Twite and her cousin Arun return to find Arun's mother has disappeared. In fact, there's plenty of strange goings-on now that the Channel Tunnel is open, and smugglers called the Merry Gentry have the whole countryside terrified. An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.
Barbara McClintock
Stranger at the Window
Vivien Alcock
Houghton Mifflin (First US printing, hardcover, 200 pages, $16 US)
Publication date: April, 1998

Vivien Alcock is one of our favorite Young Adult writers, and for good reason. Her fantasy novels, including The Haunting of Cassie Palmer and The Red-Eared Ghosts are original, suspenseful, and fun for all ages. Now she returns with a fine new volume of mystery and suspense. Eleven-year-old Lesley hasn't had much luck recently. Her mother accepted a new job in Cairo, but when Lesley contracted hepatitis she was left to recuperate in London with her widowed Aunt Amy. Soon Lesley is drawn into a strange mystery when she sees an odd child peering down at her from the attic of the house next door. When the three children who live there all claim she imagined it, Lesley launches and investigation of her own.
The Fiction of Vivien Alcock, by Margo MacDonald and Alice Dechene
Barbara McClintock
The Red-Eared Ghosts
Vivien Alcock
Houghton Mifflin (reprint, trade paperback, 264 pages, $4.95 US)
Publication date: March, 1998 (First Printing: 1996)

In her article on the hardcover version last year, SF Site reviewer Margo MacDonald called The Red-Eared Ghosts "A great combination of fantasy and the supernatural set in modern day London. The main character is a young teenage girl who can see ghosts... who all have red ears. The characters are strongly written and the pace is swift... a truly well written and entertaining story." See for yourself why Vivien Alcock has rapidly become one of our favorites.
Art: Barb McClintock
The Stonewalkers
Vivien Alcock
Houghton Mifflin (reprint, trade paperback, 169 pages, $4.95 US)
Publication date: March 1998 (First Printing: 1981)

Everyone's so tired of listening to Poppy Brown's stories that she's started talking to statues. When her favorite garden statue is hit by lightning and begins to move, Poppy find herself in possession of the most unbelievable story of her life... and absolutely no one who will even listen to it. Still, her skeptical classmate Emma is at least curious enough to offer to help investigate -- especially when statues all over town begin to vanish, and some are spotted assembling deep in the moors. "An absorbing tale of terror... an intrusion of nightmares into the mundane." -- Horn Book.
[Cover] The Haunting of Cassie Palmer
Vivien Alcock
Houghton Mifflin/Sandpiper paperback
Being the seventh child of a seventh child doesn't just mean wearing hand-me-downs. Meet Cassie Palmer, a 13 year-old with the second sight.
Alcock's Red-Eared Ghosts is a new hardcover release this month.
[Cover] The Memory Palace
Gill Alderman
Harper Voyager paperback
Writer Guy Pardos thinks he invented the Archmage and his Memory Library. In fact, the Library contains Guy's soul-- something the Archmage has need of at the moment.
[Cover] Encounter with Tiber
Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes
Warner Aspect paperback
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes (Mother of Storms, Orbital Resistance) collaborate to tell the story of a new space race when a radio signal is received from the distant world named Tiber. One starfaring family undertakes an intergalactic journey to solve the mystery of an ancient alien race. "A classic," says Arthur C. Clarke.
Mark Buehner
The Town Cats and Other Tales
Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 128 pages, $4.99/$6.99 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Edition: 1977)

Lloyd Alexander is perhaps the most widely respected living author of Young Adult fantasy. His five-volume series set in the enchanted world of Prydain was filmed by Disney as The Black Cauldron, and he is the winner of the Newbery Award for The High King. Dutton will be bringing his latest novel, Gypsy Rizka, out this April. In the meantime, Puffin is keeping many of his most popular YA novels in print, including the following four. "As he did in Time Cat, Alexander brings a cast of feline characters to life with his trademark verse, making sure readers never take a cat for granted again!"
Dan Craig
The Wizard in the Tree
Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 138 pages, $4.50/$5.99 Can)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Edition: 1975)

A light-hearted stand-alone fantasy, well illustrated by the talented Laszlo Kubinyi. "Mallory notices there's something funny about an old oak tree, takes a closer look, and before she knows it, she's broken a magical spell. Arbican the wizard has been trapped in the oak for thousands of years, and his powers are gone. Will he get them back in time to save Mallory's village from greedy Squire Scrupner? 16 illustrations."
Steve Johnson
The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain
Lloyd Alexander
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 124 pages, $3.99 US)
Publication date: 1996 (First Edition: 1973)

A collection of six short stories set in the world of The Black Cauldron, and two other tales. "Eight short stories dealing with events that preceded the birth of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper and key figure in the author's five works on the Kingdom of Prydain. Meet Dallben the enchanter as a foundling, and follow him through his youth. Learn the sad history of the sword of Dyrnwyn, and rejoice at the romance of Princess Angharad at the Castle of Llyr. Discover the secret of Doli of the Fair Folk and his magic stone. Take a step into the land of Prydain -- a place you will never forget."
Wayne McLoughlin
Time Cat
Lloyd Alexander
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 206 pages, $4.99/$6.99 Can)
Publication date: 1996 (First Edition: 1963)

One of the longest and most substantial of Lloyd Alexander's novels in print follows the adventures of Jason and his time-traveling cat Gareth, who starts a series of nine adventures with a surprising trip to ancient Egypt. "Jason and his magic cat Gareth travel through time to visit countries all over the world during different periods of history."
Diane Goode
The House Gobbaleen
Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Diane Goode
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 40 pages, $5.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999 (First Edition: 1995)

A compact and delightful fantasy for young readers from Lloyd Alexander, illustrated in full colour by Diane Goode. "Poor Tooley is sure he's the unluckiest fellow on Earth. He longs for some help from the Friendly Folk, who are said to roam the countryside only too eager to change the luck of a fellow like him. So when an odd little man named Hooks appears on his doorstep one day, Tooley is delighted, and wants to believe that this man has come to bring him his long-awaited luck. But Hooks worsens Tooley's bad luck. It's up to Tooley's wise cat to get rid of Hooks -— by summoning the dreaded House Gobbaleen! Diane Goode's warm paintings bring to life a story that is quintessential Lloyd Alexander."
Art: Brad Weinman
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha
Lloyd Alexander
Puffin (reprint, trade paperback, 215 pages, $4.99 US/$6.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 1998

If you haven't read anything by Lloyd Alexander in the last decade, shame on you. He's one of the finest craftsmen in the field, and while the majority of his work is labeled Young Adult, virtually all of it is delightful to readers of all ages (a maxim that is true far less often than it is claimed). The author of The Iron Ring, The Arkadians, and the five-volume Prydain Chronicles (basis for the Disney movie The Black Cauldron), has written nearly 70 works of fantasy. "While in the town square watching a magician, Lukas suddenly finds himself in a far-distant sea. When he comes ashore, the first people he meets hail him as king of Abadan, which would be fine with Lukas -- if only everyone wasn't trying to murder him."
[Cover] The Iron Ring
Lloyd Alexander
Penguin/Dutton hard cover
A major new release from one of the most beloved YA authors at work today. The five books in The Black Cauldron series are perhaps still his most famous, but he has contributed a remarkable body of work. If you've been looking for a fresh, lively tale that will re-invigorate your love of the genre, this is it. Set in mythic India, the book follows young King Tamar as, driven by his sense of "dharma" (honor), he sets off on a perilous journey with a greater significance than he realizes. On his quest he encounters talking animals, villainous and noble kings, demons -- and the love of his life.
[Cover] The Arkadians
Lloyd Alexander
Penguin/Puffin paperback

Follow the adventures of Lucian. From author of the Prydain Chronicles, The Westmark Trilogy, and the Vesper Holly adventures.
Bruce Jensen
Isaac Asimov's Utopia (The Caliban Trilogy, Book 3)
Roger MacBride Allen
Ace (reprint, paperback, 351 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: March, 1999 (First Edition: November, 1996)

Roger MacBride Allen built a rep on his own first -- with such novels as Ambush at Corella, The Modular Man, and The Ring of Charon -- but it was with The Caliban Trilogy, sanctioned by the late Isaac Asimov, that he first drew a major audience. The first two bestsellers, Caliban and Inferno, explored the first two of Asimov's famous Laws of Robotics, and this one tackles the last in a complex tale of Inferno -- a world where Spacers work with Settlers, where standard Three-Law robots work alongside the controversial New-Law robots... and a world that is dying. Note: although the copyright page claims this is an original work that has never before been printed, it is in fact a reprint of a 1996 edition.
Isaac Asimov's Caliban: Utopia
Roger MacBride Allen
Ace hard cover
The author of Orphan of Creation and the Hunted Earth series brings us the sequel to Caliban and Inferno.
[Cover] Star Wars: Showdown at Centerpoint
Roger MacBride Allen
Bantam Spectra paperback
This is volume three of the Corellian Trilogy.
[Cover] The Shattered Sphere
Roger MacBride Allen
Tor paperback
This is the sequel to The Ring of Charon.
Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing, Book 7)
Aaron Allston
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 341 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999

Michael Stackpole kicked off the first four Star Wars: X-Wing novels, but Allston has picked up the storyline and run with it since book five, keeping the episodic saga of Wedge and his team as lively as ever. "Solo Command finds the X-wing fighter pilots on the hunt for Warlord Zsinj, who has suddenly become a greater threat than the Imperials. The hunt for his ship, the Iron Fist, is underway as Rogue Squadron and Wraith Squadron unite, under Wedge's command, for the first time. In scenes reminiscent of the hunt for the Nazi battleship, "Bismarck," Alliance forces gear up for an all-out assault on the Super Star Destroyer." From the author of Doc Sidhe.
[Cover] Star Wars: X-Wing: Iron Fist (X-Wing, Book 6)
Aaron Allston
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 310 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 13, 1998

One of the more popular Star Wars novel series, the X-Wing books chronicle the adventures of Wraith Squadron, the Rebel Alliance's ultimate strike force. This time they're given the nearly impossible task of stopping the warlord Zsinj and his Super Star destroyer -- before he decides to join the Empire, turning the tide of battle. From the author of X-Wing: Wraith Squadron (and designer of the computer game Ultima: The Savage Empire, and editor of one of the best gaming magazines of all time, the fondly-remembered The Space Gamer.) Trust us -- Allston knows action and adventure, in more than a few genres.
[Cover] Star Wars X-Wing: Wraith Squadron (X-Wing series, Volume 5)
Aaron Allston
Bantam Spectra paperback
You know this stuff is bad for you. You should be supporting some struggling new author instead of spending your hard-earned book dollars on a movie tie-in, right? But you peek at the first chapter anyway. Eight hours later you're hunched over in an armchair deep into chapter seventeen, surrounded by empty Dorito bags, and the distant buzzing is the upstairs alarm telling you it's time to get up and go to work. Told you these things were bad for you. Next time you should listen to us. From the author of Doc Sidhe and I, Tyrant.
[Cover] Meg
Steve Alten
Doubleday hard cover
We love monster books, and this looks like a whopper. Jonas Taylor was the sole survivor of a top-secret dive into the Pacific's deepest canyon, but for years he's been unable to prove that what he saw really exists: Carcharodon megalodon, the massive and prehistoric mother of the great white shark. He spends his time on a Ph.D. in paleontology, lecturing and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the ocean. But when he's lured back into the water by an old friend in need and a hotshot female submarine pilot, Taylor finds himself diving deeper than ever before and facing a terror worse than he'd ever imagined. "Jurassic Shark" indeed.
Books by Kevin J. Anderson
Turn of the Century
Kurt Anderson
Random House (hardcover, 659 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: May, 1999

Another millennial novel -- wait, don't run away screaming just yet. This one is just a tad more daring than most. It's the year 2000 in Manhattan, and ex-Newsweek and PBS writer George Mactier has maneuvered his way into a producer position at the sinister MBC network -- where his cop drama NARCS mixes actors, real police, and real drug busts. His wife Lizie is a rising software entrepreneur whose alternative-history computer game has revolutionary technology that can sense fear and adjust accordingly, guaranteeing an authentic thrill ride. When Lizzie stumbles into a Microsoft deal that soon goes awry, events sweep her and George into a bizarre plot involving billionaire media mogul Harold Mose, fin-de-siècle Hollywood, a grab for cyberspace, and the potential death of Bill Gates. "An astonishing doorstop of a debut that deconstructs the 1990s by peering just over the border into the next decade.... the first most promising novelist of the Third Millennium" -- Entertainment Weekly.
Books by Poul Anderson
[Cover] Heart Song
V.C. Andrews
New novel from a woman who's been dead for some time. You have to admire that kind of dedication.
[Cover] Made in Goatswood (Cthulhu Cycle Book #8)
edited by Scott David Aniolowski
Chaosium trade paper
Subtitled "New Tales of Horror in the Severn Valley: A Celebration of Ramsey Campbell." Campbell made significant contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos early in his career, and this volume contains seventeen all-new stories by different authors inspired by his work. "All the stories are set in that ancient and fearful portion of England's Severn Valley which Mr. Campbell evoked so well in narratives such as "The Moon-Lens." Included in this book is a new story by Campbell, his first Severn Valley yarn in decades." Includes a total of eighteen stories, decorative map of the region, portrait of Ramsey Campbell, and an introduction by the editor. Plus a coupon in the back you can redeem for a real goat. [John was having a late night when he wrote this. It's not true about the goat. -nw]

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