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Locus Magazine publishes comprehensive Listings of US, UK, and International Books and Magazines Received each month
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5 July 2002
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords (Bantam Spectra, $14.95, May)
Trade paperback edition of the third book in Martin's ongoing fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire", released simultaneously with reissues of the first two, A Game of Thrones (first published 1996) and A Clash of Kings (1998).
All three of these books won the Locus Award for best fantasy novel, and have been variously nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards.
Published in hardcover by HarperCollins/Voyager (UK), Aug 2000, and Bantam Spectra (US), Nov 2000
Robert Charles Wilson, The Chronoliths
(Tor, $6.99, June)
Near future SF novel in which mysterious pillars from the future appear in Thailand and around the world. Last year in Locus Gary K. Wolfe remarked "what makes this one of [Wilson's] more mature and accomplished novels has little to do with the pyrotechnics of the SF thriller: the fireworks look great behind the house, but it's the people inside who finally command our interest."
Published in hardcover by Tor, Aug 2001
A Hugo nominee this year for best novel
Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed., Starlight 3
(Tor, $15.95, May)
Original anthology of 16 stories, including Ted Chiang's "Hell Is the Absence of God", winner of this year's Locus Award for best novelette, and currently a Hugo nominee for best novelette
Published in hardcover by Tor, July 2001
Tim Powers, Declare
(HarperTorch, $7.99, June)
Supernatural espionage novel, winner of the 2000 World Fantasy Award for best novel.
Published in hardcover by Subterranean, 2000, and HarperCollins/Morrow, Jan 2001
- Terry Bisson, The Pickup Artist (Tor, $13.95, April)
Satiric SF novel set in a future in which artists and their works are "deleted" in order to make room for newer artists; first published in hardcover by Tor, April 2001.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley & Diana L. Paxon, Priestess of Avalon (Roc, $15.95, July)
Fantasy novel, prequel to Bradley's popular The Mists of Avalon; first published in hardcover by Viking, May 2001.
- Raymond E. Feist, Krondor: Tear of the Gods (HarperTorch, $7.50, June)
Fantasy novel, third in the Krondor/Riftwar Legacy series; first published in hardcover by Voyager, Nov 2000.
- David Gerrold, Bouncing Off the Moon (Tor, $6.99, May)
YA SF novel, sequel to Jumping Off the Planet and preceding this year's Leaping to the Stars; in the Heinlein juvenile mode, it's about three brothers who divorce their parents and head for the Moon.
First published in hardcover by Tor, Apr 2001.
- Elizabeth Haydon, Destiny (Tor, $7.99, May)
Fantasy novel, third in the trilogy that began with Rhapsody; first published in hardcover by Tor, August 2001. The author has a website at www.elizabethhaydon.com.
- Stephen King, On Writing (Pocket, $7.99, July)
First mass-market paperback edition of King's memoir and guide to writing; first published in hardcover by Scribner, October 2000.
Ken MacLeod, The Star Fraction (Tor, $14.95, July)
MacLeod's first novel, published in the UK in 1995 but in the US only last year, by Tor (Aug 2001);
a political thriller set in 21st century London, it begins "The Fall Revolution Sequence". Amazon has a review by Paul Hughes.
Winner of the 1996 Prometheus Award; placed 2nd for the 1996 Arthur C. Clarke Award
- Terry McGarry, Illumination
(Tor, $7.99, June)
Fantasy novel, a first novel; first published by Tor (Aug 2001). Faren Miller wrote in the September 2001 Locus "a strong debut by a writer not afraid to subvert the dogma of magic or plumb the depths of the human soul".
- Donna McMahon, Dance of Knives (Tor, $15.95, June)
SF novel, a first novel; first published by Tor (May 2001), set in half-drowned Vancouver BC in the 22nd century.
- Michael Moorcock, The Dreamthief’s Daughter (Warner Aspect, $6.99, June)
Fantasy novel, first in a new ''Elric'' series; first published by Earthlight (UK), Feb 2001, and in the US by Warner, Apr 2001. This Amazon page has the UK review by Roz Kaveney.
- Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time
(HarperTorch, $6.99, May)
Humorous fantasy novel, #26 in the Discworld series; first published in the US by HarperCollins, and in the UK by Doubleday, in May 2001.
- Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space
(Ace, $7.99, June)
Epic 'hard SF' novel, the author's first. First published in the UK by Gollancz, March 2000, and in the US by Ace, June 2001, and shortlisted for both the Clarke and the British SF Association awards. The Amazon page, which indicates it was one of Amazon's Best of 2001 picks, has a review by David Langford.
- Harry Turtledove, American Empire: Blood and Iron
(Del Rey, $7.99, July)
Alternate history novel, first in the "American Empire" sequence whose second novel,
The Center Cannot Hold, has just appeared in hardcover.
Earlier in 2002
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart (Tor, $7.99, March)
Debut fantasy novel about "indentured servant - and unashamed masochist - trained as courtesan and spy" (Locus New & Notable Books, July 2001). The follow-up volume, Kushiel's Chosen, has just appeared in hardcover.
Published in hardcover by Tor, June 2001
Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute (Warner Aspect, $6.99, April)
Fantasy novel, the first by an Australian writer, and Book One of ''The Bitterbynde'', about an amnesiac mute wandering through a strange world. The second book, The Lady of the Sorrows, has just been published in hardcover.
Published in hardcover by Warner Aspect, May 2001
Sara Douglass, Enchanter (Tor, $7.99, April)
Fantasy novel, second in "The Wayfarer Redemption", first published in Australia in 1996, and in hardcover by Tor in October 2001. The third volume, Starman, is just out in hardcover. This novel and its predecessor won the Aurealis Award as best Australian fantasy novel of 1996.
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
(Harper, $7.99, April)
Contemporary fantasy novel about old gods vs. new, staged as a road trip across modern America. A bestseller last year in hardcover, and one of this year's Hugo nominees for best novel.
Published in hardcover by HarperCollins/Morrow, June 2001
Hugo Awards nominations
David Gemmell, Ravenheart (Del Rey, $6.99, February)
Fantasy novel, third in the "Rigante" series.
Laurell K. Hamilton, A Kiss of Shadows (Ballantine, $6.99, February)
Erotic dark fantasy mystery featuring half-faerie princess Meredith Gentry, PI.
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tales from Earthsea
(Ace, $13.95, May)
Collection of 5 fantasy stories, 3 of them original to this book, belonging to the fantasy world of the author's classic A Wizard of Earthsea and its sequels. Highly acclaimed; one of the stories, "The Bones of the Earth", has been nominated for a Hugo.
Published in hardcover by Harcourt, May 2001
Hugo Awards nominations
Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows (Tor, $14.95, February)
Second volume of medieval Ireland fantasy "Sevenwaters Trilogy", following last year's well-received Daughter of the Forest.
John Ringo, Gust Front
(Baen, $7.99, April)
Military SF novel, sequel to A Hymn Before Battle (2000), about an alien war that has come to Earth. Publishers Weekly said "Fans of Hollywood-style blood-and-guts sci-fi ... will enjoy this sequel".
Published in hardcover by Baen, April 2001
Sean Russell, The One Kingdom (Harper, $7.99, February)
Fantasy novel, book one in the ''Swans' War'' trilogy, about feuding aristocrats in a divided land.
Richard Paul Russo, Ship of Fools
(Ace, $6.50, January)
SF novel about a generation starship that has forgotten both its origins and its destination. This is the mass market paperback edition; it first appeared as a more expensive trade paperback, and on that basis won this year's Philip K. Dick Award as best original paperback of 2001.
Sean Stewart, Galveston
(Ace, $7.99, April)
Near-future fantasy/magical realist novel about an unending Carnival in the Texas coastal city.
Published by Ace in hardcover (March 2000) and trade paperback (Feb 2001)
Co-winner of 2001 World Fantasy Award; winner of first Sunburst Award
Placed 6th in Locus's poll of best fantasy novels of 2000.
Sheri S. Tepper, The Fresco
(Eos, $7.50, February)
Satirical SF novel about aliens who compel a downtrodden Hispanic woman to become savior of Earth.
Harry Turtledove, Through the Darkness
(Tor, $7.99, April)
Fantasy novel "of World War--and magic", following Into the Darkness (1999) and Darkness Descending (2000).
David Weber & John Ringo, March Upcountry (Baen, $7.99, May)
Miliary SF novel about space marines battling nine-foot, four-armed aliens. PW admired the book's "superb storytelling".
Published in hardcover by Baen, May 2001
Connie Willis, Passage (Bantam, $6.99, January)
Contemporary SF novel about near-death experiences, brain researchers, and pop psychologists. A Hugo and Nebula nominee this year.
Gene Wolfe, Return to the Whorl
(Tor, $15.95, March)
Third volume in Wolfe's "Book of the Short Sun" series, and the culmination of several linked series of novels that span over 20 years of Wolfe's career.
Published in hardcover by Tor, February 2001