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(From the November 1997 Locus.)

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War of the Gods, Poul Anderson (Tor 10/97, $22.95, hc) Historical fantasy based on the saga of Viking warrior-king Hadding a dark, wintry murderous tale from a master at many genres.

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.

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.

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 Seraphim Rising, Elisabeth DeVos (Roc 10/97, $5.99, pb) A noteworthy first novel, SF dealing with a shifty near-future Messiah.

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.

Dying For It, Gardner Dozois, ed. (HarperPrism 10/97, $13.00, tp) Mostly-original anthology of 17 erotic stories featuring ''more erotic tales of unearthly love'' by well-known writers including Michael Bishop, Pat Cadigan, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Boddekker's Demons, Joe Clifford Faust (Bantam Spectra 10/97, $5.99, pb) In this continuation of his SF advertising satire Ferman's Devils, Faust raises the stakes for both his former copywriter and those Devils, the now-popular gangster thugs.

The Calcutta Chromosome, Amitav Ghosh (Avon 10/97, $23.00, hc) This near-future SF/alternate past conspiracy thriller by a noted literary writer from India won the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman (Ace 10/97, $21.95, hc) Though not a sequel to Haldeman's award-winner The Forever War, this near-future novel set just before mid-21st century examines many of the same profound themes.

The Veil of Snows, Mark Helprin (Viking 10/97, $24.00, hc) This concludes the YA fantasy trilogy (with Swan Lake and World Fantasy Award-nominated A City in Winter) illustrated in full-color by Chris Van Allsburg.

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.

Earthquake Weather, Tim Powers (Tor 10/97, $24.95, hc) Powers returns to the tale begun in World Fantasy Award winner Last Call and continued in Expiration Date, as the New World (West Coast style) meets the Very Old once more, and Californians find themselves in considerable difficulties.

The Mines of Behemoth, Michael Shea (Baen 10/97, $5.99, pb) At last, a sequel to that World Fantasy Award-winning tale of two rogues, Nifft the Lean just as intriguingly vivid, even if Nifft and Barnar's world (and actions) seem to be getting darker, in a venture underground.

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.

The Merro Tree, Katie Waitman (Del Rey 10/97, $5.99, pb) SF novel of a galactic performance master, a first novel by a ''Del Rey Discovery.''


Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art, Vincent Di Fate (Penguin Studio 10/97, $45.00, hc) Gloriously illustrated history of SF art and its artists, particularly in the last 40 years or so.


A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr. (Bantam Spectra 10/97, $11.95, tp) Return of a remarkable SF classic, well-deserved winner of a 1961 Hugo.

Bring the Jubilee, Ward Moore (Del Rey 10/97, $11.00, tp) Long before Harry Turtledove turned to alternate history, Moore wrote this classic novel of a very different War Between the States.

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