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Eyes of the Empress
Camille Bacon-Smith
DAW (paperback, 304 pages, $5.99 US)
Publication date: August, 1998

From the author of The Face of Time comes a sequel to the horror mystery Eye of the Daemon. "Bradley, Ryan, and Davis, Private Investigaors was the most unique detective agency in Philadelphia. For one thing, Kevin Bradley and his partners, Evan and Lily, weren't mortals at all. Brad and Lily were demons, and Evan was Brad's half-demon/half-mortal son. For the most part, solving earthly crimes was a cinch. But when someone began stealing the crystal balls which had belonged to the centuries-dead Dowager Empress of China, Brad, and Evan found themselves hard-pressed to track the criminal down. For the thief was a dangerous -- perhaps unstoppable -- adversary...even for those with powers beyond anything known in the mortal realms."
Art: Mike Chaney
Swords Against the Shadowland
Robin Wayne Bailey
White Wolf (trade paperback, 244 pages, $9.99 US/$13.99 Can)
Publication date: August, 1998

A great many books cross my desk each month, and I read only a handful. But I settled down with this one the day it arrived, and so far I haven't been disappointed. A unique look at two of the most famous characters in fantasy fiction, Swords Against the Shadowland is exciting, funny, original, and yet true to Leiber's legacy. Recommended. "Bailey forges ahead with the new adventures of the popular characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, in this first book in a new series of novels set in Fritz Leiber's legendary world of Nehwon -- a sequel to Leiber's own Hugo Award-winning "Ill-Met in Lankmar".
[Cover] Chaos Come Again
Wilhelmina Baird
Ace paperback
From the author of Crashcourse, Psykosis, and Clipjoint comes the mass market version a novel from the woman William Gibson describes as having "a killer eye for twisted technological detail". Symbioses have brought the biological revolution to humanity with telepathy. Now chaos is the norm and reality is flexible. Cyberpunks should wet themselves over this one.
Art: Michael Koelsch
Sky Coyote (A Company novel)
Kage Baker
Harcourt Brace (hardcover, 310 pages, $23 US/$32 Can)
Publication date: February 1, 1999

Baker built her reputation on a series of insightful and often funny short stories, primarily published in Asimov's SF. Her debut novel, In the Garden of Iden, a tale of the time-travelling, profit-oriented Company, was extremely well received. Sky Coyote is the anxiously-awaited follow up. "Can a rich Native American culture be saved from the destruction of white settlement? In the second installment of Kage Baker's heralded Company series, cyborgs interact, often humorously, with a pre-Columbian Chumash village. "
In the Garden of Iden Review by David Soyka
In the Garden of Iden
Kage Baker
Avon EOS (reprint, paperback, 313 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 7, 1998 (First Printing: 1997)

The debut novel by the renowned short story writer is subtitled "A Novel of the Company." It is to be followed by Sky Coyote, coming from Harcourt Brace in February (and this volume includes a sample chapter). "In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company. Mendoza is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. Her quest is jeopardized by Nicholas Harpole, who stirs unfamiliar emotions within her about her future -- with a man she will long outlive."
[Cover] A Terrible Beauty
Nancy Baker Canadian Author
Viking trade paper
A new vampire novel from Canada's Anne Rice (really). Unconnected to her two previous novels (also vampire fiction), Baker's latest outing offers a dying painter and scholar of antiquities who is trapped by the siren call of a past love. Her first two novels (in which comparing her to Anne Rice is like comparing a banana to an orange) were terrific. Hope this one is as good.
[Cover] Birthright: The Shadow Stone
Richard Baker
TSR trade paper
The early years of Aelies Morren. Before the half-elf studies at the Royal College of Sorcery are finished, Aelies must battle an ancient evil. For a complete list of TSR's upcoming Birthright products, check out their 1997 catalog.
[Birthright] The Falcon and the Wolf
L. Richard Baker
TSR paperback
The latest novel set in TSR's Birthright universe, a land of violence, magic, and medieval sensibilities. It is fifth in the series, following The Iron Throne, Greatheart, The Hag's Contract, and The Spider's Test.
Lives of the Monster Dogs
Kirsten Bakis
Farrar Straus Giroux hard cover
How can anyone resist a title like that? I ordered mine early.
[Cover] The Defiance
Bill Baldwin
Warner Aspect paperback
It's a new Helmsman adventure from the author of The Siege and Canby's Legion
[Cover] Canby's Legion
Bill Baldwin
Warner Aspect paperback
This all new adventure, from the author of The Helmsman series, is for fans of Feintuch's Midshipman series or Weber's Honor Harrington.
[Cover] Mathemagics
Margaret Ball
Baen paperback
Find out how a Riva Konneva, a warrior woman from an alternate reality, fares as a suburban mom. Bet she doesn't put up with telemarketing.
[Cover] A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews
J.G. Ballard
St. Martin's/Picador trade paper
Essays and reviews from the author of Empire of the Sun and Rushing to Paradise. Bound to be a better read than my User's Guide for Windows!
[Cover] Excession
Iain M. Banks
Bantam Spectra paperback
Next time you're at a party, trying to get the attention of that cute brunette in the corner, just mention the name Iain M. Banks. She'll drift away from the guy droning on about the latest Dragonlance novel and soon be at your side, eyes curious. "I've heard Excession is part of Bank's Culture series," you'll say smoothly. "What a concept for a novel! More than two millennia ago a star older than the universe appeared and then disappeared. Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been sent to investigate, but the only key to the mystery may lie in the mind of the long-dead starship captain who witnessed it 2,500 years ago... and getting her to help is going to be a challenge!" Soon the two of you will be deeply involved in a conversation on world-building and cosmic mysteries. And after that you're on your own. excerpt
The Bridge
Iain Banks
Harperprism trade paper
More-or-less mainstream novel from the author of The Wasp Factory andCanal Dreams. Recommended.
The Player of Games
Iain Banks
Harperprism trade paper
Reprint of an early novel of The Culture from the author of Use of Weaponsand Against A Dark Background.
Nick Bantock
Chronicle Books
Okay, this isn't technically SF or fantasy. Technically, it's not even a book. But we think you'll enjoy this inventive little artbox from the creator of Giffen and Sabine. Keep your eye out for it.
Clive Barker
HarperPrism trade paper
One of Barker's great horror epics, originally published in two volumes in paperback (and weighing in at 832 pages in the hardcover version), this features a wildly original romp set on Earth and the four other Dominions that co-exist with her, and which she has been cut off from for millennia. But the stars are right once again, men and creatures are crossing over between the worlds, and a great conjunction may be at hand -- for good or for ill.
[Cover] Sacrament
Clive Barker
Harper Paperbacks paperback
Something of a departure for Barker, a mainstream novel with a dark undercurrent. Famous photographer Will Rabjohns' search for an understanding of himself and his art though those who have influenced him leads to harrowing events.
Books by John Barnes
[Cover] Iron Shadows
Steven Barnes
Tor hard cover
Cat Juvell, a beautiful detective with a black belt and a knack for solving impossible cases, is hired to rescue a wealthy heiress from a mysterious cult. As Cat and her partner go undercover to infiltrate the cult, they find themselves being drawn into its seductive web -- and learning the secrets of the group's terrifying mission. From the author of Blood Brothers. "I researched Iron Shadows for five years before writing it -- the passages concerning sexual magic are as authentic as I could make them." -- Steve Barnes. (You gotta have a lot of courage to go on record with a line like that.)
Blood Brothers
Steven Barnes
Tor hard cover
The death of two young women by sorcery creates a pact between two men, who vow to fight the creatures who've preyed on their family for centuries.
[Cover] Firedance
Steven Barnes
Tor paperback
Aubry Knight (of Streetlethal and Gorgon Child) is back in the third novel of his futuristic trilogy.
[Cover] The Deepest Sea
Charles Barnitz
Roc paperback
Set in eighth century Ireland amid the clash of Viking settlers, the new Christian Church and the battle of ancient magics.
[Cover] Babylon 5: The Touch of Your Shadow, The Whisper of Your Name
Neal Barrett, Jr.
Dell paperback
Some force is twisting the dreams of the inhabitants of the station and stirring up racial tensions. As the violence mounts, Sheridan and Garibaldi must face an alien presence some call God.
Art: Mike Wimmer
The Lost Years of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin, Book 1)
T.A. Barron
Philomel (hardcover, 326 pages, $19.95 US/$26.95 CAN)
Publication date: September, 1996

First novel in the tales of the young Merlin, from the author of Heartlight, The Ancient One, and The Merlin Effect. On the legendary Island of Fincayra 12-year-old Emrys, son of the witch Branwen, discovers his own latent abilities when an angry mob assaults his mother. Blinded as a result of that encounter, and recovering from burns in an abbey, Emrys develops second sight, vows to never again use his powers in anger, and sets out on a quest to learn his destiny.
Art: Mike Wimmer
The Seven Songs of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin, Book 2)
T.A. Barron
Philomel (hardcover, 306 pages, $19.95 US/$26.95 CAN)
Publication date: September, 1997

The sequel to The Lost Years of Merlin. When Merlin discovers that Branwen is the latest victim of renewed evil on the island of Fincayra, he abandons his appointed task to heal the barren lands and journeys along the deadly Seven Songs of Wizardry to reach his mother and bring her to his side. When she is stricken by a death shadow meant for him, Merlin must obtain a life-giving elixir from the Otherworld to save her life.
[Cover] Heartlight
T.A. Barron
Tor paperback
It's a combination of quantum physics and high fantasy as a scientist discovers a black hole in the centre of the sun.
Chris Moore
When We Were Real
William Barton
Warner Aspect (paperback, 337 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June, 1999

Brand new SF novel from the author of Acts of Conscience and the co-author (with Michael Capobianco) of Alpha Centauri, White Light, and Iris. "Violet is an optimod space-pilot--a beautiful, purple-furred, human-fox hybrid. Darius Murphy has escaped an oppressive religious matriarchy for a new life in the stars. As mercenaries crewing ships for the corporation that rules the galaxy from the Glow-Ice Worlds to Centauri Jet, Darius and Violet share a love that transcends wars, centuries, even death. But in the face of a ruthless power that annihilates inhabited worlds for profit, is love enough? And can even immortals dare to seek happiness in a galaxy without peace, a universe with no freedom?"
White Light
William Barton and Michael Capobianco
Avon EOS (trade paperback, 343 pages, $13 US/$17.50 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998

An unusual cover, even for Avon/EOS. Okay, I get the "white light" thing, but it still gave my poor scanner fits. It's the end of the 21st century, and nuclear war has toasted all but the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The four nations unify and determine that for humanity to survive, it must venture off-world and gain access to the resources of the inner solar system. As life on Earth begins to collapse, renegade crews take their families and flee to the far reaches of space. When the crew on a scientific mission falls through a star gate and finds itself among the Pleiades, it's only the beginning of the surprises -- for their first encounter, with the nonorganic alien BeauHun, brings word of a terrifying entity called the Topopolis which is engulfing the universe. From the authors of Alpha Centauri, Iris and Fellow Traveller.
Alpha Centauri
William Barton and Michael Capobianco
Avon EOS (reprint, paperback, 438 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: August 5, 1998 (First Printing: July 1997)

The third collaboration between Barton and Capobianco (following Iris and Fellow Traveler) arrives in paperback just before their fourth -- White Light -- hits the stands. The year is 2239 and the Earth is groaning under the weight of 200 billion people and clearly headed for disaster. The hope of humanity is her first starship, Mother Night, on a colonizing mission to Alpha Centauri. But a terrorist group that believes the only sure cure for the population problem is rampant, viral-induced sterilization has unleashed the virus onboard ship, and the vessel of humanity's deliverance now carries the seeds of its extinction. Now an ancient artifact found on the rocky moon of Atalanta offers a possible solution, and hope that Mother Night's mission may somehow be salvaged.
[Cover] Acts of Conscience
William Barton
Warner Aspect trade paper
Gaetan du Cheyne, a 26th century orbital mechanic inherits, by fluke a prototype faster-than-light ship. He discovers how humans have ravaged the worlds they have settled and discovers an ancient race who believes humanity must be destroyed.
[Cover] The Transmigration of Souls
William Barton
Warner Aspect paperback
One hundred years ago, America closed its doors to the world. It sits in fear as an alien artifact is discovered on the moon that is a gateway to anywhere in space or time. As a small band of international astronauts begin their journey through the gate, pursued by "immortal, body- morphing" American soldiers. From the author of When Heaven Fell.
[Cover] The Sign of the Seahorse
Graeme Base
Penguin/Puffin trade paper
A real bargain at $7.99, this full-colour illustrated tale from the talented artist and author of Animalia is a story of romance, mystery and intrigue under the sea. At the Seahorse Cafe in Reeftown the beautiful Pearl Trout finds herself falling for Corporal Bert the Soldiercrab... but before long Pearl, Bert, and her brother Finneus embark on a dangerous journey through the depths to locate the source of the deadly poison destroying the coral reef. Wipe that smirk off your face. This is quality fantasy for all ages, and you know it.
Living Real
James C. Bassett
Harperprism hard cover
The first novel from this newcover is a tale of VR and conspiracies. A young hacker's latest work of genius has revealed a crack in Cyberspace, opening a rift to an awesome void that changes everyone who encounters it.
Spires of Spirit
Gael Baudino
Penguin/ROC paperback

Out of Body
Tom Baum
St. Martin's Press hard cover
The Master Key
L. Frank Baum
Books of Wonder trade paper
[Cover] Out of Body
Tom Baum
St. Martin's Press hard cover
A man paroled from prison in the Pacific Northwest begins to experience strange memory lapses, and visions of traveling outside his body to witness far-off events. (Is this the kind of thing you share with your parole officer? One wonders.)
Art: Bob Eggleton
Vacuum Diagrams
Stephen Baxter
HarperPrism (reprint, trade paperback, 374 pages, $15/$22 Can)
Publication date: January 1, 1999 (First US Printing)

Quite a week for fans of British Future History. Stephen Baxter's epic Xeelee Sequence -- including his early novels Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux and Ring -- practically brought a new definition to the term, offering a panoramic glimpse at mankind's future stretched out over the next five million years. Vacuum Diagrams is what A.E. van Vogt calls a "fix-up" book -- a novel based on (and incorporating) twenty-two stories written by Baxter set in the same universe (other examples include Clifford Simak's classic City, and van Vogt's own The War Against the Rull.) How do you tie 22 separate stories spanning 500,000 centuries into a coherent novel? Like this: "An Earth diplomat, immersed in sorting truth from the rumors of unauthorized cosmic experiments, receives a ghostly visitation. An avatar of his dead wife shows him a version of humanity's future in which humankind attempts to transcend life on Earth and eventually faces the most powerful race in the universe: the Xeelee." Some stories have been revised and the book includes a new timeline, footnote references to the novels, and one new tale. From the author of Titan and Moonseed.
Art: Carl D. Galian
Stephen Baxter
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 676 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: November, 1998 (First Printing: 1997)

Baxter shot to fame with his first few novels -- Raft, Flux, and Ring -- partly by constructing a vast and intricate future history which followed the fate of mankind over thousands of years. His most recent novels, however -- including Voyage, the just-released Moonseed, and last year's Titan -- have been popular near-future thrillers focusing on in-system space exploration. "Possible signs of organic life have been found on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. A group of visionaries led by NASA's Paula Benacerraf plan a daring one-way mission that will cost them everything. Taking nearly a decade, the billion-mile voyage includes a "slingshot" transit of Venus, a catastrophic solar storm, and a constant struggle to keep the ship and crew functioning. But it is on the icy surface of Titan itself that the true adventure begins. In the orange methane slush the astronauts will discover the secret of life's origins and reach for a human destiny beyond their wildest dreams."
Review by Steven Silver
Design: Carl D. Galian
Stephen Baxter
HarperPrism (hardcover, 535 pages, $24 US/$35 Can)
Publication date: November 1, 1998

The latest near-future epic from the author of Voyage and Titan. Without explanation, the planet Venus has exploded -- showering the Earth with radiation and bizarre particles as big as bacteria, wiping out crops and half the life in the oceans. Preliminary evidence seems to indicate that the cause of the explosion somehow involved superstrings: the wreckage of Venus includes strange, massless black holes. Geologist Henry Meacher, in Edinburgh to investigate a large Moon rock from the last Apollo mission, is present when silvery "Moonseed" dust escapes from the lab, settling in a lava crag in Scotland. Soon the very ground begins to shimmer, forming into spreading pools of luminous dust. Within days, Edinburgh is engulfed by volcanic eruptions... the start of a cycle that may bring to an end all life on Earth.
[Cover] Voyage
Stephen Baxter
HarperPrism hard cover
Baxter has a well-developed reputation as one of the finest new writers today. Here he offers his latest, a new novel from a budding master of hard SF. He is the author of The Rift and Anti-Ice.
Austin Bay
How do you stop a psychic assassin sent to kill the President? From the author of A Quick and Dirty Guide to War.
Art: Michael Sabanosh
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn, Volume 2
edited by Peter S. Beagle and Janet Berliner
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 444 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: May, 1999 (First Edition: 1995)

Peter S. Beagle's 1968 classic The Last Unicorn has been called one of the most influential fantasy novels of the middle century, and there's nothing like an original anthology to prove it. The second volume in the paperback series (reprinting the 1995 hardcover) contains over a dozen stories from some of the top fantasy writers in the field. "Beagle is back, with the help of co-editor Janet Berliner, with this magical volume of legendary stories that capture the essence of this best-loved mythical creature of all time and explore its immortal allure. In this second volume of tales are fifteen more astonishing, delightful, and breathtaking stories by today's top fantasy authors -- including a story original to this paperback edition by Peter S. Beagle himself." "May be the year's best anthology of new stories" -- Booklist.
Art: Michael Sabanosh
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn
edited by Peter S. Beagle and Janet Berliner
HarperPrism (reprint, paperback, 398 pages, $6.50/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: December, 1998 (First Printing: October 1995)

In 1968 Peter S. Beagle published The Last Unicorn, and while he's produced a number of superb fantasies since (including A Fine and Private Place, The Innkeeper's Song, and last year's Giant Bones -- which made the SF Site 1997 Top Ten list), he's still best remembered for that classic. This paperback reprint of his 1995 anthology, edited with Janet Berliner (co-author of Children of the Dusk), returns to his most famous topic, this time with 27 tales of the magical creature from such authors as Charles de Lint, Nancy Willard, Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Tad Williams, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Eric Lustbader, Katharine Kerr, and Judith Tarr. The first volume of a projected two-volume anthology series. "May be the year's best anthology of new stories" -- Booklist.
[Cover] Giant Bones
Peter S. Beagle
Penguin/ROC trade paper
Six original novellas set in the same world as the author's highly regarded The Innkeeper's Song. "The Last Song of Sirit Byar," tells the tale of the bard Sirit Byar and his companion, Mircha Del, as they try to cure a madwoman; and in "Chousi-Wai's Story," an unwilling bride-to-be is assisted by a singing fish, but at an unusual price. As Steve Davis puts it in his review, "The stories don't follow any formula... there are evil creatures lurking in these pages, but none of them look like they got put together by the tossing of twelve-sided dice."

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