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This page lists selected new science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen published this month, mostly via bookstores sightings (or received for review).

For a comprehensive listing of new books published each month, see Locus Magazine. Its Books Received listings are accumulated as the online Locus Index.

Key: * = first edition, + = first US edition. Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

23 - 30 June

* Jensen, Jan Lars Shiva 3000 (Harcourt Brace 0-15-100454-4, $24.00, 284pp, hc, July 1999) First novel set in a future India, by a Canadian author of several impressive short fictions, including ''The Secret History of the Ornithopter'' in the June F&SF. (Wed 30 Jun 1999)

+ Shepard, Lucius Beast of the Heartland and other stories (Four Walls Eight Windows 1-56858-126-2, $10.95, 292pp, tpb, March 1999) First US edition (UK: Orion/Millennium March 1997, as Barnacle Bill the Spacer and other stories). Collection of seven stories, including the Hugo [not Nebula] winning ''Barnacle Bill the Spacer'', the title story ''Beast of the Heartland'', and ''Human History''. Though Locus Magazine lists this edition as seen in March 1999, the book just showed up in stores (two branches of Borders, at least) this past week. (Thu 24 Jun 1999)

16 - 22 June

+ Besher, Alexander Chi (Simon & Schuster 0-684-83088-4, $24.00, 304pp, hc, July 1999) First US edition (UK: Orbit January 1999). ''A novel of virtual reality'', sequel to Rim (1994) and Mir (1998). (Tue 22 Jun 1999)

* Disch, Thomas M. The Sub: A Study in Witchcraft (Knopf 0-679-44292-8, $24.00, 285pp, hc, July 1999) Latest in a loose series of blackly humorous fantasy/horror novels set in Minnesota; earlier volumes were The Businessman, The M.D., and The Priest. (Thu 17 Jun 1999)

* Dozois, Gardner, ed The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection (St. Martin's 0-312-20963-0, $29.95, 59+609pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Bob Eggleton) Reprint anthology of short fiction from 1998, including excellent stories by Greg Egan, Geoffrey A. Landis, Ted Chiang, Ian R. MacLeod, and many others, plus Dozois' lengthy summation of the year in books, publishing, movies, TV, etc. Also in trade paperback. (Fri 18 Jun 1999)

* Harlan, Thomas The Shadow of Ararat (Tor 0-312-86543-0, $26.95, 510pp, hc, July 1999, cover by Stephen Hickman) Alternate history Roman novel, enthusiastically reviewed by Faren Miller in the June Locus Magazine: ''How long has it been since a writer has managed to begin a large-tome, multi-volume epic fantasy giving alternate history the vividness of the real thing and magic the combination of visceral and intellectual impact of the hottest new science -- in a first novel? Well, Thomas Harlan has done just that . . .''. (Tue 22 Jun 1999)

* Kress, Nancy David Brin's Out of Time: Yanked! (Avon 0-380-79968-5, $4.99, 246pp, pb, June 1999, cover by Peter/Cliff Nielsen Bollinger) SF franchise novel by Kress based on an idea by Brin; future volumes in the series will be by Sheila Finch and Roger MacBride Allen. (Tue 22 Jun 1999)

* Pohl, Frederik The Far Shore of Time (Tor 0-312-86618-6, $23.95, 317pp, hc, July 1999, cover by John Harris) SF novel, third in the 'Eschaton Sequence' that began with The Other End of Time and The Siege of Eternity. (Fri 18 Jun 1999)

* Watts, Peter Starfish (Tor 0-312-86855-3, $23.95, 317pp, hc, July 1999, cover by Bruce Jensen) SF novel, a first novel by a Canadian author, about an undersea geothermal power station. The cover blurbs by Brin, Benford, Stableford, and others are quoted on the Amazon page. (Tue 22 Jun 1999)

* Williams, Billy Dee, & Bob MacGregor PSI/Net (Tor 0-312-86766-2, $22.95, 254pp, hc, July 1999, cover by Cliff Nielson) SF thriller based on the CIA's ''Star Gate'' remote viewing project. There's a statement by MacGregor on the Amazon page; and yes, it's the actor Billy Dee Williams. (Fri 18 Jun 1999)

26 May - 15 June

* Barton, William When We Were Real (Warner Aspect 0-446-60706-1, $6.99, 337pp, pb, June 1999, cover by Chris Moore) SF novel. (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

* Bova, Ben Return to Mars (Avon Eos 0-380-97640-4, $25.00, 403pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Gregory Bridges) SF novel; sequel to Mars (1992). (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

Bradbury, Ray Something Wicked This Way Comes (Avon 0-380-97727-3, $15.00, 293pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Tim O'Brien) Reprint (Simon & Schuster September 1962). Classic dark fantasy novel. Avon just did a paperback edition of this book in March '98; this edition, the latest in Avon's series of attractive, inexpensive hardcovers of Bradbury's works, has a new afterword by author. (Thu 10 Jun 1999)

* Charnas, Suzy McKee The Slave and the Free (Orb 0-312-86912-6, $16.95, 436pp, tpb, June 1999, cover by John Sullivan) Omnibus edition of the first two novels in the ''Holdfast Chronicles'', Walk to the End of the World (1974; selected by David Pringle as one of the 100 Best SF novels) and Motherlines (1978) (Fri 4 Jun 1999)

* Charnas, Suzy McKee The Conqueror's Child (Tor 0-312-85719-5, $24.95, 428pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Dominic D'Andrea) SF novel, fourth book of the ''Holdfast Chronicles''. (The third was The Furies, 1994.) (Tue 8 Jun 1999)

* D'Alembert, Arthur The Song of the Swan (Universal Publishers/UPUBLISH.COM 1-58112-868-1, $19.95, 188pp, tpb, September 1998) Hard SF novel about a message found in the light of a supernova that reaches Earth in 1987. The Amazon page has a statement by the author, and reader comments. (Fri 11 Jun 1999)

* Danvers, Dennis End of Days (Avon Eos 0-380-97448-7, $16.00, 372pp, hc, June 1999) SF novel; sequel to Circuit of Heaven (1998). (Thu 10 Jun 1999)

* Doyle, Debra, & James D. Macdonald The Stars Asunder (Tor 0-312-86410-8, $24.95, 351pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Donato) SF/fantasy novel, ''A new novel of the Mageworlds''. (Thu 10 Jun 1999)

* Foster, Alan Dean Phylogenesis (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-41862-x, $24.00, 327pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Mark Harrison) SF novel; Book One of the Founding of the Commonwealth. (Tue 8 Jun 1999)

Goonan, Kathleen Ann Mississippi Blues (Tor 0-312-86896-6, $15.95, 511pp, tpb, June 1999, cover by Jainschigg) Reprint (Tor December 1997). SF novel about a world transformed by nanotechnology; the author's second novel, sequel to Queen City Jazz (1994). (Thu 10 Jun 1999)

* Gotlieb, Phyllis Violent Stars (Tor 0-312-86953-3, $23.95, 284pp, hc, May 1999) SF novel, sequel to Flesh and Gold (1998). (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

* Harris, Thomas Hannibal (Delacorte 0-385-29929-x, $27.95, 486pp, hc, June 1999) Horror novel about Hannibal Lecter, sequel to Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs. (Tue 8 Jun 1999)

* Hickam, Homer H., Jr. Back to the Moon (Delacorte 0-385-33422-2, $23.95, 9+447pp, hc, June 1999) First novel by the author of Rocket Boys (the basis for the film October Sky). (Mon 14 Jun 1999)

* Hogan, James P. Cradle of Saturn (Baen 0-671-57813-8, $24.00, 421pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Dru Blair) SF novel. (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

Martinson, Harry Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space (Story Line Press 1-885266-63-4, $14.95, 157pp, tpb, February 1999, cover by Lennart Granberg) Reprint (UK 1963). An ''epic science fiction poem'' about would-be Mars colonists departing an uninhabitable Earth. First published in Swedish in 1956, there was an earlier English language edition in 1963 (reprinted in 1976 as part of Avon Equinox's ''SF Rediscovery'' series of trade paperbacks); this edition is newly translated, by Stephen Klass and Leif Sjöberg. Martinson won the Nobel Prize, and this work was the basis for an opera by Karl-Birger Blomdahl. (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

* McCaffrey, Anne, & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Acorna's People (HarperPrism 0-06-105094-6, $24.00, 313pp, hc, July 1999, cover by John Ennis) SF novel, latest in a series; earlier books were by McCaffrey and Margaret Ball. (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

* McMullen, Sean Souls in the Great Machine (Tor 0-312-87055-8, $27.95, 448pp, hc, June 1999, cover by John Harris) SF novel, first in a future history of the world of Greatwinter. Edited by Jack Dann. The Amazon page has a review by Cynthia Ward. (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

+ Moorcock, Michael Legends from the End of Time (White Wolf 1-56504-189-5, $24.99, 11+347pp, hc, May 1999, cover by Tom Canty) First US edition (UK: Orion June 1997). Collection of stories and novels, volume 13 in the Eternal Champion series but more specifically stories set in the same decadent far future as The Dancers at the End of Time trilogy of novels (An Alien Heat, The Hollow Lands, The End of All Songs, 1972-1976), together named one of David Pringle's 100 Best SF Novels. This volume includes the three stories that comprised the 1977 DAW volume by the same title; plus ''Constant Fire'', previously published as The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming in the UK and A Messiah at the End of Time in the US (DAW 1978); plus ''Elric at the End of Time'' (also published in various previous editions). Regardless of the stories' typically convoluted publication history, they are delightful. (Mon 14 Jun 1999)

* Pohl, Frederik, ed The SFWA Grand Masters: Volume One (Tor 0-312-86881-2, $24.95, 384pp, hc, June 1999) First volume (a second is scheduled later this year) of stories by recipients of SFWA's Grand Master Award -- Robert A. Heinlein, Jack Williamson, Clifford D. Simak, L. Sprague de Camp, and Fritz Leiber. Includes both classics -- Heinlein's ''The Road Must Roll'', Simak's ''Desertion'' -- and lesser-known works; highly recommended, especially if you are not already familiar with these authors. (Wed 9 Jun 1999)

* Reed, Robert The Dragons of Springplace (Golden Gryphon Press 0-9655901-6-x, $23.95, 312pp, hc, March 1999, cover by Bob Eggleton) Collection of 11 stories by one of the 1990's best short fiction writers; includes the Hugo-nominated ''The Utility Man'' and ''Decency'', and the Nebula-nominated ''Chrysalis''. (Sun 6 Jun 1999)

+ Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Scholastic/Levine 0-439-06486-4, $17.95, 341pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Mary GrandPre) First US edition (UK: Bloomsbury July 1998). YA fantasy novel. (Wed 2 Jun 1999)

* Sterling, Bruce A Good Old-Fashioned Future (Bantam Spectra 0-553-57642-9, $6.99, 279pp, pb, June 1999, cover by Eric Dinyer) Collection of 7 stories, one in collaboration with Rudy Rucker. Includes ''Bicycle Repairman'', which won the Hugo, and ''Maneki Neko'' (1998), which deserves to. (Fri 4 Jun 1999)

* Thomson, Amy Through Alien Eyes (Ace 0-441-00617-5, $13.95, 8+328pp, tpb, July 1999) SF novel. (Mon 14 Jun 1999)

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