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1997 Collections

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Eating Memories, Patricia Anthony (First Books/Old Earth Books 10/97, $15.00, tp) This impressive gathering of 28 stories, arranged chronologically (with brief intros by the author) shows that Anthony was an eloquent addition to the field from the very first.

Giant Bones, Peter S. Beagle (Roc 8/97, $11.95, tp) Excellent collection of six stories set in the fantasy world of The Innkeeper's Song -- Beagle in top form.

The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and other odd acquaintances, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon Publications 10/97, $14.00, tp) Seven stories (one original) and three essays (two original) from all through Beagle's lengthy career, with themes ranging from that rhino to D.H. Lawrence, by a stylish master.

Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Alfred Bester (Vintage 12/97, $14.00, tp) This collection includes most of the classic short fiction by one of its masters, with an introduction by Robert Silverberg.

Entertainment, Algis Budrys (NESFA Press 9/97, $12.00, tp) Ten early SF stories from Budrys as a hot new writer of the 1950s, issued in honor of his GoH appearance at this year's Worldcon.

Leavings, P.D. Cacek (StarsEnd Creations 10/97, $5.99, pb) Collection of 13 stories (seven apparently originals) ''in the Twilight Zone tradition,'' by the 1997 Stoker Award winner, and an introduction by our own Edward Bryant.

The Door Below, Hugh B. Cave (Fedogan & Bremer 12/97, $27.00, hc) Chronological retrospective collection of 25 horror stories from seven decades of this well-known writer's long career, with commentary by the author.

Fractal Paisleys, Paul Di Filippo (Four Walls Eight Windows 10/97, $20.00, hc) Collection of 10 stories (two originals) by one of the more antic specialists in alternate history and postmodern SF.

Axiomatic, Greg Egan (HarperPrism 12/97, $13.00, tp) Mind-bending collection of 18 stories by one of the most inventive writers of SF.

Slippage, Harlan Ellison (Ziesing 7/97, $75.00, ltd. edition hc; Houghton Mifflin 9/97, $22.00, hc) Collection of 22 previously uncollected stories, several essays, and a teleplay, including most of his recent work. As with any Ellison collection, there are introductions, comments, illustrations, and other sometimes fascinating paraphernalia.

The Forest of Time and Other Stories, Michael Flynn (Tor 4/97, $23.95, hc) Collection of 10 SF stories all from Analog, including two award nominees, by one of that magazine's leading writers.

From the End of the Twentieth Century, John M. Ford (NESFA 7/97, $21.00, hc) Collection of stories (one original), poetry, and three new essays by an award-winning writer. Reading John Ford, according to Neil Gaiman's introduction, is "like dipping into a kaleidescope, or receiving mailings from far-flung departments of the Tower of Babel." Yes.

Think Like a Dinosaur, and Other Stories, James Patrick Kelly (Golden Gryphon 7/97, $22.95, hc) Collection of 14 stories, including the 1995 Hugo-winning title work, and classics "Rat" and "Mr. Boy", by an author who effortlessly blends genre and mainstream strengths.

The Pure Product, John Kessel (Tor 12/97, $24.95, hc) Collection of short fiction, including nine from his earlier collection Meeting in Infinity, by an SF writer of lively wit and sometimes dark insights.

His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth (NESFA 3/97, $27.00, hc) Known to some largely as a collaborator with Frederik Pohl, Kornbluth was a masterful SF writer; this volume gathers all his solo work, including classics "The Marching Morons" and "The Little Black Bag"; introduced by Pohl.

Voyages by Starlight, Ian R. MacLeod (Arkham House 6/97, $21.95, hc) Collection of 10 SF and fantasy stories by a notable new author, each distinctive, and mostly about people trapped by their obsessions. Foreword by Michael Swanwick.

Phases, Elizabeth Moon (Baen 12/97, $5.99, pb) These 15 stories by an author skilled in both SF and fantasy build on and supercede her earlier collection Lunar Activity (8 stories included here).

Fabulous Harbors, Michael Moorcock (Avon 2/97, $24.00, hc) The ridiculous meets the sublime in this splendid Moorcock collection, where world-weary idealists meet outright rogues, and antic adventure mixes with elegant angst.

Tales From the Texas Woods, Michael Moorcock (Mojo Press 10/97, $20.95, hc) Another wide-ranging, enjoyable collection of fiction and non-fiction, as Moorcock draws our own Wild West into his Multiverse, with excursions to the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and elsewhere.

The Arbitrary Placement of Walls, Martha Soukup (DreamHaven 10/97, $25.00, hc) Collection of 17 stories from Nebula winner and Hugo and Campbell Award nominee Soukup, featuring Nebula-winning story ''A Defence of the Social Contract''. Sharp, intelligent SF covering a decade.

Thunder and Roses: Volume IV, The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (North Atlantic Books 12/97, $25.00, hc) This major project of bringing all of Sturgeon's shorter work back into print continues with fiction from 1946-48, including both versions of his classic ''Maturity''.

A Geography of Unknown Lands, Michael Swanwick (Tigereyes Press 9/97, $12.00 tp) (Also hardcover.) Short-fiction collection (five stories and a vignette) by one of the best writers in the field.

Going Home Again, Howard Waldrop (Eidolon 3/97, A$19.95, tp) A welcome new collection of nine tales by the inimitable Waldrop, including one original, with foreword by Lucius Shepard, introduction by the author, and a closing bibliography subtitled "or after 27 years they gave you a cold potato...".

Reprinted Collections

The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (Avon 2/97, $15.00, hc) Classic collection of linked tales exploring human hopes and dreams, and alien enigmas on the Red Planet, with a new introduction by the author. Some of the stories have been ''updated and revised,'' their dates pushed back 31 years. This edition also drops ''Way in the Middle of the Air'', but adds ''The Wilderness'' from the 1973 Doubleday edition.

The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories, Gene Wolfe (Orb 8/97, $14.95, tp) This 1980 collection shows that the Wolfe writing SF and fantasy stories in the '70s was as brilliant, witty, and unpredictable as today's master.

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