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Orson Scott Card
Dennis Nolan
Heartfire (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 5)
Tor (reprint, paperback, 336 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999 (First Edition: August 1998)

The fifth (and possibly final) volume in Card's groundbreaking American fantasy series, Tales of Alvin Maker. "Peggy is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person's heart. She can follow the paths of each person's future, and know each person's most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin Maker's birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, she has protected him. Now they are married, and Peggy is a part of Alvin's heart as well as his life. But Alvin's destiny has taken them on separate journeys. Alvin has gone north into New England, where knacks are considered witchcraft, and their use is punished with death. Peggy has been drawn south, to the British Crown Colonies and the court of King Arthur Stuart in exile. For she has seen a terrible future bloom in the heartfires of every person in America, a future of war and destruction. One slender path exists that leads through the bloodshed, and it is Peggy's quest to set the world on that path to peace."
Review by Steven H Silver
Future on Ice
Tor (hardcover, 432 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: October, 1998

Way back in the mists of time (about 1989 or so), Orson Scott Card released an original anthology of SF stories, Future on Fire, and now he finally presents its companion piece, a handsome volume of reprints from the 80s (eighteen tales, published between 1983-1987) -- frozen pieces of the future, if you will. Card's introduction -- which focuses on Star Wars, religion, and even Clarence Thomas -- has its own 80s bent as well. These are some of the most famous stories published that decade, including one of Asimov's last robot tales, "Robot Dreams"; John Varley's terrifying tale of a mysterious artificial intelligence relentlessly eliminating all those who know of its existence, "Press Enter"; Greg Bear's "Blood Music," the story that practically introduced the concept of nanotechnology; and "Dinosaurs" by Walter Jon Williams, in which the human race has come to believe that genocide is a part of its manifest destiny. Other tales include George R.R. Martin's "Portraits of His Children"; Lisa Goldstein's "Tourists"; John Kessel's "The Pure Product"; "Out of All Them Bright Stars," by Nancy Kress, and more.
Greg Spalenka
Del Rey (hardcover, 390 pages, $25/$35 Can)
Publication date: April 14, 1999

The latest from the author of Ender's Game and The Chronicles of Alvin Maker looks like a stand alone novel of modern fantasy. Or possibly the beginning of a new five-volume, decade-long cycle. Only one way to find out. "The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek's farm. Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy's fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run. This time he awakens the beauty with a kiss... and steps into a world that vanished a thousand years ago."
[Cover] Homebody
HarperPrism hard cover
Card seems determined to prove he is as adept at horror as he is with fantasy (in his Tales of Alvin Maker series) and SF (Ender's Game, the Homecoming series). His newest mainstream horror effort continues the trend he began with Treasure Box and Lost Boys. Builder Don Lark's life fell apart after his drunken ex-wife killed their two-year-old daughter in a car smash; now he looks for old houses to buy, fix up, and sell, and then move on. In Greensboro, North Carolina, the attractive Cindy Claybourne sells him the Bellamy house, a huge manor which has suffered a century of neglect. His latest project looks to be his most ambitious yet... especially when he unearths an old tunnel in the cellar, and the secrets of the old home begin to spill out.
Children of the Mind
The concluding volume of one of the most respected series in modern SF, Card's Ender's Saga, which includes the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. Ender Wiggen's adopted world of Lusitania is threatened by the same planet-destroying weapon that he himself used so long ago, and only Jane, the AI who has stayed with him and evolved for over 3,000 years, can save the three sentient races there.
Ender's War
Ender, a young boy, is humanity's last hope in a Galactic war. Will he succeed? And if he does, can he live with the consequences? Contains Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.
The further struggles of Ender as he continues to seek a safe haven for the last egg of thealien race he destroyed in Ender's Game.
[Cover] Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures
editor with Keith Ferrell
DAW paperback
Card and Ferrell have collected five new novellas focused on the future of Japan, and how it will influence the world. Contributors include Pat Cadigan, Richard Lupoff, Jack Dann, and others.
Treasure Box
HarperPrism hard cover
Card has been busy recently, with the latest Ender novel Children of the Mind and two big series on the go at once. But this stand-alone novel is most similar to his recent Lost Boys, a disturbing modern fantasy with chilling overtones. A famous software pioneer marries the woman of his dreams, and joins the family of his nightmares.
[Cover] Pastwatch
Tor paperback
Orson Scott Card tries his hand with time travel. In the future, researchers can view but not influence the past... until an African woman finds she can touch Christopher Columbus. Should she stop the discovery of the New World which lead to the slavery of her ancestors, even if it costs her the present world of peace and equality?
[Cover] Earthborn
Tor paperback
It's the paperback reprint of the fifth and final volume in the Homecoming Saga.
[Cover] Earthfall: Homecoming, Volume IV
Tor paperback
The fourth installment of this five book series , it follows the Wetchik family as it heads for the lost homeworld of Earth. Power struggles ensue.

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