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Art: J.K. Potter
Alexander Jablokov
Avon EOS (hardcover, 311 pages, $14 US/$19 CAN)
Publication date: August 5, 1998

New novel of near-future SF from the author of Carve the Sky and River of Dust. In the late 21st century, the solar system has been colonized by no less than 11 extraterrestrial races, all with the starspanning deepdrive which mankind is desperate to acquire. On Mercury the insect-like Gunners are shooting radioactive payloads at the sun in an attempt to contact their vanished mothership; on Earth the competition is hot for possession of powerful Ulyani placental minds, and on Venus the only Vronnan known to have entered human space, the criminal Vronnan Ripi, has crash landed and taken refuge in a vast well excavated by the mysterious, destructive Bgarth -- holding the secret of the deepdrive with him. Note the special introductory price of $14.
[Cover] River of Dust
Alexander Jablokov
Avon Books paperback
Based on his novella, Syrtis, River of Dust takes place 20 years before his first novel, Carve the Sky. An underground movement on Mars sets brother against brother as Jablokov examines the Syrtis Massacre.
[Cover] Just An Ordinary Day
Shirley Jackson
Bantam hard cover
Lost tales from the writer of everyone's chilling favourite, The Lottery, as well as The Haunting of Hill House. Publishing posthumously, (she died in 1965), these fifty- four stories were found in the attic and edited by two of her children. A compelling writer and a great Christmas gift for fans of Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury.
Books by Brian Jacques
[Cover] King and Raven
Cary James
Tor paperback
It's about a young boy's coming of age in Arthurian England.
[Cover] Monstrum
Donald James
Villard hard cover
A futuristic detective tale set in battle-scarred Moscow, from the author of The House of Janus and The Fall of the Russian Empire. It's 2015, and nationalist forces have just defeated insurgent anarchists in a three-year war. Constantine Vadim, out of favor with the new order, is dispatched from remote Murmansk to Moscow. Although he has no experience with homicide, he's assigned to investigate a series of brutal murders in which a serial killer nicknamed "Monstrum" has killed and mutilated young women.
Roby James
Del Rey
Sequel to James' first novel, Commencement, which first introduced us to the interstellar society called the Com. Ronica McBride was in training as a leader among the elite mentally talented corps that led the Com when something went drastically wrong during her graduation. That night she first glimpsed the truth behind all the lies told to her from birth, about the Com and her place in it. Armed now with that truth, Ronica is willing to return to take on the artificial intelligences behind the scenes of the Com... but things are never as simple as they appear.
Citadel of Shadows
Mike Jefferies
HarperPrism paperback
High Fantasy in the British style, from the author of Glitterspike Hall and The Road to Underfall. In this fifth volume of the Loremasters of Elundium cycle, the peaceful land is overrun with dark magic and murderous strangers. First US printing.
Paul Jennings
This new collection of eight stories from the four-time winner of the Young Australian's Best Book Award covers the scary, the supernatural, and the just-plain-unusual, including a tale of a mysterious elixir for reading minds, desert creatures that save dehydrated humans, and homemade granola that turns a boy into an apple tree.
The Beast Within (Gabriel Knight, Volume II)
Jane Jensen
Roc (paperback, 351 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998

Jane Jensen is a triple threat -- author and lead designer of the extremely popular Gabriel Knight computer games from Sierra, and now a novelist. Based on the second game in the series of horror/adventure games, this is the sequel to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. "Just as Gabriel Knight is finally settling into his ancestral home in Germany, he is called upon in his role as schattenjagger, or "shadow hunter", to help solve the savage killing of a young girl. The authorities claim it was a wolf escaped from the zoo, but the townspeople say it is a werewolf. Gabriel soon becomes certain the answer lies within an exclusive hunting club in Munich that celebrates the nature of the beast. As his loyal assistant Grace delves into the past to discover the truth, Gabriel finds himself ensnared in a sinister trap, in which the beast within himself becomes the greatest threat of all."
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Jane Jenson
Penguin/ROC paperback
The novelization of the popular and very creepy computer game from Sierra, from the pen of the game designer herself.
Egg Dancing
Liz Jensen
Overlook Press (reprint, trade paperback)
Hazel Sugden has always imagined her marriage to Gregory Stevenson, the town's most popular gynecologist and researcher, to be just about perfect. But lately she's not so sure. Her husband's research into a drug that can help mothers produce perfect offspring is being attacked as the Devil's work. And she suspects that her own son Billy may be the result of one of Gregory's failed experiments. But worse, Gregory's unmarried research partner, Dr. Ruby Gonzalez, suddenly looks very smugly pregnant.... and every prognosis is for a perfect birth. A darkly satiric novel about genetic engineering, insane asylums, and Christian evangelicalism. A first novel.
Stephen Youll
Star Wars: Hard Merchandise (The Bounty Hunter Wars, # 3)
K.W. Jeter
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 338 pages, $5.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: July 6, 1999

Closing novel in The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy, and the sequel to The Mandalorian Armor and The Slave Ship, from an author whose original work (Farewell Horizontal, Noir) is not to be missed. "When Boba Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle, Fett makes himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks. Fett also finds himself in possession of an amnesiac young woman named Neelah, who may be the key to the mystery -- or a decoy leading Fett into a murderous ambush. Fett's last hope is to run through the list of Xizor's hidden enemies. And since Xizor's hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett's, the chance of survival is slim--even for someone as skilled and relentless as Boba Fett."
The Mandalorian Armor Review by A.L Sirois
Art: Broeck Steadman
K.W. Jeter
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 389 pages, $23.95/$32.95 Can)
Publication date: November 10, 1998 (First Printing)

Before Jeter gained fame and fortune with a series of successful Blade Runner and Star Wars novelizations -- including Replicant Night and Star Wars: Slave Ship: The Bounty Hunter Wars -- he made a mark for himself with a small number of fine SF/thriller novels, including Dr. Adder, Farewell Horizontal, In the Land of the Dead, and Infernal Devices. Now he returns to that tradition with a gritty novel of a near-future L.A. private eye. It's the mid-21st century, and the coast of California is a single vast city called the Gloss -- a place where the creditors can bring you back from the dead to work off your debts, and the murder of illegal immigrants is tolerated, as long as you notify the police first. Ex-Collection Agency operative McNihil, a man who's had implants in his eyes so everything he sees is overlaid on a 1930s crime flick, is approached to investigate the death of DynaZauber junior-exec William Travelt... a set-up if he's ever seen one.
Art: Steve Youll
Star Wars: Slave Ship (The Bounty Hunter Wars, Book Two)
K.W. Jeter
Bantam Spectra (paperback, 324 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 13, 1998

The second volume of The Bounty Hunter Wars follows The Mandalorian Armor by only four months. Boy, you sure don't have to wait between episodes like you used to. "As the Rebellion gathers force, Prince Xizor proposes a cunning plan to the Emperor and Darth Vader: smash the power of the Bounty Hunters Guild by turning the members against each other. Only the strongest and most ruthless will survive, and they can be used against the rebellion. It's a job for the fiercely independent Boba Fett, who jumps at the chance to destroy his rivals. But Fett soon finds the game is rigged..." From the talented author of Farewell Horizontal and Blade Runner: The Edge of Human.
[Cover] Star Wars: The Mandalorian Armor (The Bounty Hunter Wars, Book 1)
K.W. Jeter
Bantam Spectra paperback
I swore off media tie-in books as part of my 12-step biblioholic recovery program. But my, some of these recent Star Wars tidbits look tasty. One tiny little paperback can't possibly do any harm... "The exciting new Bounty Hunters trilogy is set at the time of Prince Xizor's fall. These thrilling tales of bounty hunters like Boba Fett, Bossk and Dengar, in a 'Godfather'-style war for control of the underworld are must-reads for Star Wars fans." K.W. Jeter is the author of a number of fine SF novels, including Farewell Horizontal and Dr. Adder.
[Cover] BladeRunner: Replicant Night
K.W. Jeter
Bantam Spectra hard cover
The second of Jeter's follow-up's to Blade Runner, a sequel to last year's The Edge of Human. Deckard has escaped Earth and is living in exile on Mars Colony with Sarah Tyrell, where he is invited to be a technical advisor to filmmakers telling his story. When Sarah is abducted by the Tyrell Corporation, he is swept up into the replicant rebellion and once again on the run.
Art: Paul Youll
The Nations of the Night (The Lightbringer Trilogy, Book 2)
Oliver Johnson
Roc (reprint, trade paperback, 404 pages, $16.95/$23.95 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998 (First US Printing)

Oliver Johnson first dabbled with gaming fiction with the Golden Dragon Fantasy Gamebooks, before releasing The Forging of the Shadows in the UK. The first volume of The Lightbringer Trilogy was reprinted in the US in March of 1997, and now the second volume hits our shores. "The once-glorious city of Thrull has become a place of death and despair. Seven years before, Lord Faran Groton, High Priest of the God of Darkness, overthrew Thrull and set loose his army of vampires to plague the city, waiting for the day the sun would rise no more... But the God of Light has his champions as well. A motley trio of survivors searches for the three ancient artifacts which can defeat the darkness. Traveling far beyond their own lands, they will encounter nightmares and disasters before facing their most dangerous enemies--the Dark-born Nations of the Night." Originally published in the UK by Legend Books.
[Cover] Lightbringer: The Forging of Shadows
Oliver Johnson
Penguin/Roctrade paper
Book One of the Lightbringer Trilogy. In a time of darkness, with the sun in danger of being eternally extinguished, men fight for one of two factions: the God of Light or the servants of Eternal Night. Three innocent wanderers are fated by prophecy to challenge a legion of the undead and the powers of the Dark Lord to reclaim the world for the light. 1st US printing.
Technical Star Wars Journal
Shane Johnson
Del Rey hard cover
"Takes an in-depth look at the many and varied elements that comprise the rich Star Wars tapestry," the book includes spacecraft, exotic locales and histories of the Empire and Rebel forces.
Art: Walter Velez
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
Diana Wynne Jones
DAW (reprint, paperback, 302 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: December 1, 1998 (First US Printing)

Diana Wynne Jones is one of the finest authors in the field of Young Adult fantasy, with such novels as Howl's Moving Castle, Witch Week, and Dark Lord of Derkholm. When her parody The Tough Guide to Fantasyland was published in the UK in 1996, it caused a commotion on both sides of the Atlantic, and I can't recall the last time I saw so much U.S. attention paid to a book only available through import. Now DAW brings it into print in North America at last. One word of warning: this is a book that greatly rewards the well-read -- the more fantasy you're familiar with, the more authors and characters you'll identify. Examples? If you're a Robert Jordan, try the entries on "Large Man" and "Imperious Female"; for David Eddings, have a look at "Child"; Andre Norton, see "Eyrie Clans"; and under "Elves" you'll find everyone from Tolkien to Emma Bull. "This authoritative A-Z guide constitutes an essential source of information for all who dare to venture into the imaginative hinterlands, providing acute insights into such subjects as: the varying types of virgin, why High Priests are invariably evil, how Dark Lords always have minions, and why Cooks all have filthy tempers."
[Cover] The Time of the Ghost
Diana Wynne Jones
Morrow/Greenwillow hard cover
High quality reprint of a classic ghost story from the author of A Tale of Time City. It's odd being a ghost, because she cannot seem to remember who she is. The only thing she does remember is that her parents and four sisters run a boarding house, but she cannot recall the circumstances of her death, or much else about her life. As she watches her sisters hatch a plan to get their parents' attention, she slowly becomes aware of a supernatural danger threatening her family. Can she stop it, or somehow warn them?
Witch Week
Diana Wynne Jones
Morrow/Greenwillow hard cover
When Mr. Crossley, a teacher at an English boarding school for witch orphans, finds a note on his desk accusing someone in the class of being a witch, he takes it very seriously. In a world where witches are still burned, this is one of the most serious accusations a person can make. Is it a prank, or is there really a witch in the class? And if so, who? Soon magical things begin to happen and an Inquisitor is summoned.
Books by Gwyneth Jones
Books by J. V. Jones
Books Edited by Stephen Jones
Books by Robert Jordan
[Cover] The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
edited by S.T. Joshi
Dell trade paper
Five of H.P. Lovecraft's famous tales of the macabre, annotated with detailed notes by S. T. Joshi, billed as "the greatest living authority on the author" (which skillfully avoids comparison to those numerous undead experts). Includes photographs depicting Lovecraft's life and work.
[Cover] Requiem
Graham Joyce
Tor trade paperback
Graham Joyce has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel three times -- once for Dark Sister, last year for The Tooth Fairy (below), and in 1996 he won it for this dark fantasy novel of miracles and madness. When Tom Webster journeys to Jerusalem following the tragic death of his wife, he discovers a haunted city full of ghosts, demons, djinns, and doppelgängers -- and a hidden fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls that promises to reveal the secret history of the Resurrection, and perhaps a fragment of truth that will protect him from the madness pursuing him.
Art: Uretsky & Eshkar
The Tooth Fairy
Graham Joyce
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 320 pages, $14.95 US)
Publication date: February 11, 1999 (First Edition: February 1998)

One of the most talked-about modern fantasy novels of 1998, now in an affordable trade paperback edition. From the three-time winner of the British Fantasy Awards for Best Novel (for Dark Sister, Requiem, and The Tooth Fairy.) "Sam and his friends are like any gang of normal young boys. Roaming wild around the outskirts of their car-factory town. Daring adults to challenge their freedom. Until the day Sam wakes to find the Tooth Fairy sitting on the edge of his bed. Not the benign figure of childhood myth, but an enigmatic presence that both torments and seduces him, changing his life forever."
Review by Margo MacDonald
[Cover] Diplomatic Act
Peter Jurasik & William H. Keith, Jr.
Baen Starline hard cover
Latest title in Baen's Starline series of celebrity novels. Co-author Peter Jurasik plays perhaps the best role on Babylon 5, alien ambassador Londo Mollari. "Richard Faraday, who plays the part of an alien diplomat on a science fiction TV show, finds himself playing the role of a lifetime after he's kidnapped by a group of real aliens who need an ambassador to stop a galactic war." A thinly-disguised autobiography if we ever heard one.

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