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January 1999

This page lists selected new science fiction, fantasy, and horror books published this month as seen in bookstores or received (by Locus Online) as review copies. This listing is independent of the comprehensive Books Received listings in Locus Magazine, which 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.

+ Amis, Martin Heavy Water and Other Stories (Harmony 0-609-60129-6, $21.00, 208pp, hc, January 1999) First US edition (UK: Jonathan Cape October 1998), literary short story collection including several with SFnal themes: ''The Janitor on Mars'' (from The New Yorker 1998; reviewed in the Feb. '99 Locus); ''Career Move'' (poets are wooed by Hollywood while screenwriters struggle to be published in obscure journals); ''Straight Fiction'' (everyone is gay except for a minority of straights). (Wed 13 Jan 1999)

* Baker, Kage Sky Coyote (Harcourt Brace 0-15-100354-8, $23.00, 310pp, hc, February 1999, cover by Michael Koelsch) SF novel, Baker's second novel following In the Garden of Iden; like that one this is ''a novel of the company'' concerning 24th century time travelers in the New World. (Mon 18 Jan 1999)

* Barnes, John Apostrophes and Apocalypses (Tor 0-312-86147-8, $24.95, 349pp, hc, December 1998) Collections of 21 stories and essays, about half original to this book. (Mon 4 Jan 1999)

* Bowes, Richard Minions of the Moon (Tor 0-312-86566-x, $23.95, 320pp, hc, February 1999) Fix-up novel about a gay man in New York haunted by a 'Shadow' doppelganger; one section, ''Streetcar Dreams'', won last year's World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. (Thu 28 Jan 1999)

Bradbury, Ray Dandelion Wine (Avon 0-380-97726-5, $15.00, 14+267pp, hc, February 1999, cover by Tim O'Brien) Reprint (Doubleday 1957) fantasy novel, with a 1974 introduction by the author. (Fri 8 Jan 1999)

* Broderick, Damien (compiled by) Not the Only Planet: Science Fiction Travel Stories (Lonely Planet 0-86442-582-1, $12.95, 250pp, tpb, 1998, cover by David O'Brien) Reprint anthology of 10 stories including Gene Wolfe's ''Seven American Nights'', John Varley's ''In the Bowl'', Robert Silverberg's ''Trips'', and Greg Egan's recent ''Yeyuka'' (reprinted from an Australian literary journal). Note the Amazon page has the title garbled. (Wed 20 Jan 1999)

* Dozois, Gardner, ed The Good New Stuff (St. Martin's/Griffin 0-312-19890-6, $17.95, 13+450pp, tpb, February 1999, cover by Bob Eggleton) ''Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition'', reprint anthology companion to The Good Old Stuff (published in December); reviewed by Russell Letson in the January Locus: ''These volumes offer plenty of good reading whether you care about the history of SF or the taxonomy of adventure subgenres…If you don't want to be like the ignorami who think that Quentin Tarantino and Brian DePalma invented the gangster movie, read these books and pay attention to what Uncle Gardner says.'' (Thu 28 Jan 1999)

+ Donaldson, Stephen R. Reave the Just and Other Tales (Bantam Spectra 0-553-11034-9, $23.95, 370pp, hc, January 1999, cover by Gérald DiMaccio) First US edition (HarperCollins/Voyager October 1998) fantasy collection of 8 stories, 3 original to this book. (Thu 8 Jan 1999)

* Dunne, Jennifer Raven's Heart (New Concepts 1-891020-50-1, $4.99, diskette, November 1998) SF romance novel released on diskette; it won second place in the 1998 Sapphire Awards for best science fiction romance of the year. (Tue 26 Jan 1999)

Gaiman, Neil Stardust (Avon Spike 0-380-97728-1, $22.00, 238pp, hc, February 1999) Reprint (DC Comics/Vertigo October 1998) fantasy novel, this edition lacks the Charles Vess illustrations of the DC editions. (Tue 5 Jan 1999)

* Kerr, Philip The Second Angel (Henry Holt 0-8050-5962-8, $25.00, 392pp, hc, January 1999) SF/thriller novel. (Fri 1 Jan 1999)

+ Koontz, Dean Seize the Night (Bantam 0-553-10665-1, $26.95, 401pp, hc, January 1999) First US edition (Headline November 1998) Horror novel. (Mon 4 Jan 1999)

* Matthews, Susan R. Hour of Judgment (Avon Eos 0-380-80314-3, $5.99, 260pp, pb, January 1999) SF novel. (Fri 8 Jan 1999)

Sturgeon, Theodore More Than Human (Vintage 0-375-70371-3, $10.00, 154pp, tpb, January 1999) Reprint (Ballantine/Farrar, Straus & Young 1953) SF novel, one of the all-time classics. (Fri 8 Jan 1999)

Sturgeon, Theodore To Marry Medusa (Vintage 0-375-70372-1, $10.00, 154pp, tpb, January 1999) Reprint short SF novel, published originally as The Cosmic Rape by Dell, 1958; not the original, shorter magazine version called ''To Marry Medusa'' (Galaxy) nor the 1987 Baen Books collection that added ''Killdozer''. (Fri 8 Jan 1999)

* Whitehead, Colson The Intuitionist (Doubleday/Anchor Books 0-385-49299-5, $19.95, 255pp, hc, January 1999) Associational: slipstream novel about an elevator inspector in a sort of alternate 1940s New York. Cover blurb by Jonathan Lethem cites Pynchon and Millhauser. (Fri 22 Jan 1999)

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