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Cliff Nielsen
The Divided
Katie Waitman
Del Rey (trade paperback, 358 pages, $12.95/$17.95 Can)
Publication date: February 22, 1999

Katie Waitman's first novel, The Merro Tree (1997), drew an enormous amount of critical attention -- including the Compton-Crook Award for best first novel -- and expectations have been high for her second showing. The desert kingdom of Maurhet has dominated its neighbor, Tel-mari, for centuries, and Tel-mari acts of terrorism have proven to be an excuse for even greater Maurheti violence. Young Sekm, a female soldier risen to the rank of Commander in the Maurheti army at the tender age of twenty-four, is sickened by the massacre of Tel-mari civilians she helped plan. When she returns home on leave to visit her beloved brother Set, a blind poet, she soon finds herself the object of an assassination attempt -- and caught in a deadly web of intrigue and deception that leads all the way up to King Roon himself.
Art: Thomas Cole
Going Home Again
Howard Waldrop
St. Martin's Press (hardcover, 223 pages, $22.95 US/$31 Canada)
Publication date: July 13, 1998

Howard Waldrop, "the resident Weird Mind of his generation" (Washington Post Book World) has published some of the finest and most distinctive short fiction in the field. It's been collected in such works as Night of the Cooters (in which the title story supposes H.G. Wells' Martians had landed in Texas, where they received a very different welcome), All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, and Howard Who?. His latest collection of nine tales is overdue, and certainly as welcome as all the others. Included here are "Occam's Ducks," a homage to the brave black actors of the 30s; "The Effects of Alienation," in which actor Peter Lorre find himself a refugee from a victorious Nazi Regime and performing in a Bertold Brecht cabaret; an alternate version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, "Household Words;" and the long novella "You Could Go Home Again," which places Thomas Wolfe and Fats Waller on a dirigible returning from the 1940 Tokyo Olympics as Wolfe grapples with the after effects of brain surgery that has taken away as much as it gave. With a compact and thorough bibliography at the back, including extensive notes on some of his stories.
Don't Dream
Donald Wandrei
Fedogan & Bremer hard cover
A generous new collection -- 40 stories and nearly 400 pages -- of fiction featuring one of the under-appreciated pulp masters. Subtitled "The Collected Horror and Fantasy Fiction of Donald Wandrei," this is the companion volume to Colossus, his collected SF, and gathers fiction from the late 1920s through the 1960s. A typically handsome Fedogan & Bremer production.
[Cover] Whiteout
Sage Walker
Tor trade paper
Set twenty minutes in the future, this first novel shows us a world where the government means multinational corporations and overpopulation, hunger and poverty are the norm. The last frontier is Antarctica, the only source of pristine water and food left on the planet -- and the battleground where the great last power struggle will be decided.
[Cover] Forgotten Realms: The Paladins
James M. Ward & David Wise
TSR trade paper
The continuation of the first Double Diamond Triangle Saga book, The Abduction. Lord Piergeiron fiancee has been abducted and he is too ill to rescue her, and the task falls to his loyal retainers. But their quest brings them far from their home of Waterdeep and deep into the uncharted Utter east.
Art: Tristan Elwell
Touched by the Gods (Legends of Ethshar, Book 7)
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Tor (reprint, paperback, 527 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99)
Publication date: December, 1998 (First Edition: November 1997)

Latest fantasy novel from the author of Out of This World and The Lords of Dus series. "When the baby Malledd is born to an ordinary family in a small country town, the oracles name him the true chosen Champion of the Domdur Empire. Should the Empire find itself at war, Malledd will be the one to lead them to victory, by the god's decree. But all has been at peace for generations, and Malledd disbelieves the prophecy. He is, he says, just an ordinary smith, and goes about his life being just that. Now, in the dark hills of the Eastern lands, a centuries-old promise has come to its end, and an army of undead soldiers led by a dark magician threatens to topple the Empire. An Imperial Army is quickly gathered, and the champion sought for. Will he answer his call? Or will the Empire fall because of one man's refusal to be anything other than normal?"
Review by Jim Greer
The Reign of the Brown Magician
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Del Rey paperback
The life and death conclusion to the Three Worlds Trilogy, which includes Out of This World and The Empire of Shadow
[Cover] In The Empire Of Shadow
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Del Rey paperback
It's book two of the Three World's trilogy.
Peter Watts
Tor (hardcover, 320 pages, $23.95 US)
Publication date: July, 1999

Debut novel from a Canadian short fiction author. "A huge international corporation has developed a power facility at the bottom of the deep San Juan de Fuca Rift in the Pacific Ocean to exploit geothermal power. They have sent a bioengineered crew -- people who have been altered to withstand the pressure and breathe the seawater -- down to live and work in this weird, fertile undersea darkness. Unfortunately, the only people suitable for long-term employment at the bottom of the ocean in these experimental power stations are psychotic, some of them in unpleasant ways. But everything becomes a million times worse when a threat to all human life is discovered in the Rift, and none of the crew will ever be allowed to return to the surface. One of the central questions is how many of them can survive, or will be allowed to survive, long enough to become sane, while worldwide disaster approaches from below."
Mennyms Alive
Sylvia Waugh
Morrow/Greenwillow hard cover
Latest novel in the charming Mennyms series from Sylvia Waugh. "The Mennyms, a family of life-sized rag dolls, wake up to find their household has been moved and they are now under the care of an eccentric but loving old antiques dealer who soon suspects their secret."
Books by David Weber
[Cover] Gothic Ghosts
edited by Wendy Webb & Charles Grant
Tor hard cover
Just in the nick of time for Halloween -- a new collection of nineteen ghostly tales, including Rick Hautala's "Victorian", the tale of a man who discovers the forgotten horror of his parent's death; "In the Clearing" by Brad Strickland, in which a woman attempts to bring her dead lover back to life, only to find that things aren't quite the same; Brian Stableford's "Seers," in which an old woman finds she is imprisoned by ghosts who can't physically affect her; and Russell J. Handelman's "And the City Unfamiliar," which reveals the motives and perceptions of a ghost who doesn't know he is dead.
World of Darkness: The Ascension Warrior (The Horizon War - Volume II)
Robert Weinberg
White Wolf paperback
Second novel in the new horror series from the author of the Masquerade of the Red Death trilogy. The Ascension Warrior is set in the world of Mage the Ascension, part of White Wolf's strongly-themed gaming universe.
[Cover] The World of Darkness: The Road to Hell
Robert Weinberg
White Wolf paperback
Bob is the author of deliciously creepy Masquerade of the Red Death trilogy, also from White Wolf. Here he turns his talents to the World of Darkness universe, based on the Mage: The Ascension role-playing game from White Wolf.
[Cover] The Mists From Beyond
Robert Weinberg, Stephan R. Dziemianowicz & Martin H. Greenberg, ed.
Roc paperback
Aha, a new collection of twenty ghost stories. Spooky, spooky.
Books by Margaret Weis
[Cover] Breakaway
Bobbi J.G. Weiss and David Cody Weiss
Pocket paperback
Breakaway tells the story Deanna Troi's most challenging experience as a first year Starfleet Cadet.
Art: Boris Vallejo
The Guardian
Angus Wells
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 472 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 14, 1998 (First Printing: September, 1997)

An original work of fantasy from the author of the Exile's Children series, Forbidden Magic, and Lords of the Sky. "Gailard has pledged his loyalty to Andur, the king of Chaldor, whose army is being crushed by his arch-enemy Talan, and the dread Vachyn sorcerer in his service. Buying Gailard's escape with his life, Andur orders him back to the capital to spirit away the kingdom's only hope for the future -- Andur's spoiled and petulant daughter, Ellyn. Thus Gailard becomes the princess' guardian -- keeping her safe until the day that she will be able to lead the kingdom's forces under the Chaldor family banner and drive Talan out of their kingdom forever. For Ellyn is not your average princess. Not only is she the heir to the throne, but she is also a budding sorceress of some considerable power. Now this band of survivors must attempt to take back their kingdom -- a task that may be far more difficult than they suspect."
[Cover] Exile's Challenge (The Exiles Saga, Vol. 2)
Angus Wells
Bantam Spectra paperback
The author of Lords of the Sky and The Godwars brings us the conclusion of The Exiles Saga. "In the land of Salvation a reluctant Major must face a demonic army, while across the mountains, the People are being stirred to violence. A few proud exiles want only refuge, but what they find is trouble. And now their desire for peace will be tried by the harshest of judges--their own courage and resolution." excerpt
Exile's Children
Angus Wells
Bantam Spectra paperback
The beginning of the Exile's Sage, a new fantasy series from the author of Lords of the Sky. A race of demons threatens the peaceful people of Ket-Ta-Witko. To be followed shortly by Exile's Challenge. interview
[Cover] Lords of the Sky
Angus Wells
Bantam Spectra paperback
One of the better high fantasies to come along last year, now in paperback.
Paul Youll
Beyond the Gates
Catherine Wells
Roc (paperback, 342 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 1, 1999

Second novel from the author of Mother Grimm. "The desert world of Dray's Planet is inhabited by the Children of the Second Revelation, who fear that unbelieving outsiders may contaminate their religion. But when a strange creature is discovered, only an unbeliever named Cecil Robinson has the necessary expertise that will allow him to study it. Permitted on Dray's surface, he is soon joined by his ruthless rival and suddenly the journey to discover the truth behind this mysterious creature turns deadly. And Cecil soon learns that there is more at stake for the populace of Dray's Planet than just a scientific exploration..."
[Cover] Mother Grimm
Catherine Wells
Penguin/Roc paperback
From the author of The Earth Saver and Children of the Earth comes a tale of a society so terrified of disease it will sacrifice almost anything to avoid it -- and a young woman who refuses to be the victim. Raised within the sterile limits of a Biodome, she longs to be free, taking her chances Outside where the victims of a devastating virus dwell. But even greater dangers await Outside: the warring factions that have turned the once-beautiful mesas into a slaughter ground, and the Edgewalkers, who tread a fine line between sanity and madness."
Jean Pierre Targete
The Death of the Necromancer
Martha Wells
Avon/Eos (reprint, paperback, 513 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: July 6, 1999 (First Edition: July 1998)

Martha Wells' third novel was one of the most popular books reviewed at the SF Site last year -- placing third in our list of The Top Ten Books of 1998, and second in the SF Site Reader's Choice Awards. If you haven't seen it yet, grab the paperback edition fast. "Nicholas Valiarde is a passionate, embittered nobleman with an enigmatic past. Consumed by thoughts of vengeance, he is consoled only by thoughts of the beautiful, dangerous Madeline. He is also the greatest thief in all of Ile-Rien ... On the gaslit streets of the city, he assumes the guise of a master criminal, stealing jewels from wealthy nobles to finance his quest for vengeance: the murder of Count Montesq. Nicholas and his band of criminals and disgraced officers must confront and destroy an ancient and awesome evil rising from its hideous darkness to conquer all. Even the help of Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may not be sufficient, for Nicholas faces a woefully mismatched battle - with unthinkable horrors in store for the loser."
Review by Wayne MacLaurin
[Cover] City of Bones
Martha Wells
Tor paperback
Charisat is a city at the Fringe of the Waste, a city which survives by trade in relics, remains of the Ancient city. To it comes Khat, a member of a humanoid race created to survive in the Waste, and Sagai, his human partner, relic dealers. When Khat is hired to find relics, they are both reluctant. Khat soon discovers that the deadly politics of Charisat's upper tiers aren't the only danger. The relics are the key to an Ancient magic of unknown power.
Art: Honi Werner
Empire of the Ants
Bernard Werber, translated by Margaret Rocques
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 305 pages, $5.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999 (First Edition: February 1998)

Already having created something of a stir with its original publication in France, this unusual novel finally arrives in translation in North America. Jonathan Wells is thrilled to inherit his uncle's Paris apartment, even though it comes with a stern warning to never go down in the cellar. But when his dog vanishes down the dark steps, he soon follows. Abruptly Jonathan disappears as well -- along with his family. Not far away in a small park, a young female ant sets out on a journey to discover more about the strange new weapon killing members of her colony... and in the process unearths the dark secret of Jonathan's cellar. "Like Watership Down or The Hobbit, Werber's book creates another world so like ours and so finely detailed that the reader feels a part of it. Keep your antennae out for this one." -- Booklist.
Review by Katharine Mills

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