New and Notable Books
Kim Antieau, Coyote Cowgirl
(Forge Jun 2003)
A woman’s search for her missing boyfriend and the family heirloom he stole becomes an offbeat chase through the American Southwest in this imaginative contemporary fantasy.
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
(Doubleday/Talese May 2003)
Atwood returns to dystopian SF with this powerful tale of a world destroyed by bioengineering, a vision of a dark future, lightened with touches of satiric humor à la Vonnegut. This entertaining novel has garnered plenty of attention and mixed reviews from literary critics convinced that if it’s good, it can’t be SF - and from SF reviewers who find it somewhat clichéd.
Michael Bishop, Brighten to Incandescence: 17 Stories
(Golden Gryphon Press Jun 2003)
One of SF’s brightest lights presents 17 of his previously uncollected stories, with notes on the writing of each.
Michael R. Collings, Horror Plum’d: An International Stephen King Bibliography and Guide
(Overlook Connection Press Jan 2003)
Collings tracks works by and about King in this hefty reference for scholars and collectors. King’s fiction and non-fiction from 1960-2000 are covered, with books listed in all their editions, in different languages around the world, in film adaptations, and more, with plot summaries and secondary references for each book.
Storm Constantine, The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure
(Tor May 2003)
Constantine returns to the world of her opulent and provocative "Wraethu" trilogy with this first volume in the prequel "Wraethu History" series, which reveals new secrets of the origins of this seductive, androgynous race.
Gemma Files, Kissing Carrion
(Prime Apr 2003)
This is the first collection from an up-and-coming Canadian horror writer who specializes in quirky, literate, character-driven stories that often push the boundaries of extreme horror. The 17 stories gathered here include the original title story about a puppeteer, a corpse, and a necrophiliac in love.
Charlaine Harris, Club Dead
(Ace May 2003)
Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse returns in her third supernatural Southern mystery in this delightful series. This time, vampire boyfriend Bill disappears while on a business trip, and Sookie teams up with a werewolf - and an undead Elvis - on an out-of-town rescue mission.
David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, ed., Year's Best SF 8
(Eos Jun 2003)
This SF-only anthology weighs in for the annual "Year’s Best" competition with 23 stories from 2002, by authors including Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, and Paul Di Filippo.
Marvin Kaye, ed., The Dragon Quintet
(SFBC Apr 2003)
Five noted authors provide five very different stories about dragons in this intriguing anthology of all-original fantasy tales, by Orson Scott Card, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Mercedes Lackey, and Michael Swanwick. [Science Fiction Book Club]
Ian R. MacLeod, The Light Ages
(Ace May 2003)
An energetic young man seeks to better himself in this quasi-Dickensian tale set in a gritty neo-Victorian London where magic, mined from the Earth, powers the world. "A masterpiece both of radical urban fantasy and of alternate history." [Nick Gevers]
Cat Sparks, ed., Agog! Terrific Tales
(Agog! Press Apr 2003)
This second volume in an annual anthology series from Down Under gathers 21 stories, all but two original, from Australian authors old and new, including Simon Brown, Lucy Sussex, and Jack Dann. It’s a strong selection of solid, varied fiction that provides a good overview of the state of Australian SF. [publisher's webpage]
Manly Wade Wellman, Owls Hoot in the Daytime and Other Omens
(Night Shade Books May 2003)
The fifth and final volume in Night Shade’s "The Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman", this gathers all 19 stories featuring Wellman’s classic character, "Silver John" (a.k.a. "John the Balladeer").
Martha Wells, The Wizard Hunters
(Eos May 2003)
Relentless enemies in airships overrun an alternate England defended by mages in this action-filled fantasy, a next-generation sequel to The Death of the Necromancer, and the first book in "The Fall of Ile-Rien".
Tad Williams, The War of the Flowers
(DAW May 2003)
Fairyland is a weird and wonderful mix of modernity and Hieronymous Bosch in this standalone tale of a contemporary musician transported to another world where pro- and anti-human forces are headed towards war.
John Wyndham, No Place Like Earth
(Darkside Press Nov 2002)
Sixteen stories by one of SF’s great authors are gathered here, many collected for the first time, in a varied mix that demonstrates Wyndham’s wide range, from early old-fashioned pulp SF to his more distinctive later SF works, along with fantasy and horror.