K. J. Bishop, The Etched City
(Prime Feb 2003)
Two fleeing, failed revolutionaries find themselves in the strange city of Ashamoil in this decadent, sometimes surreal fantasy novel…"a wondrous book, far more ambitious and well-crafted than most first novels." [Tim Pratt]
Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls
(Eos Oct 2003)
Ista, the formerly mad dowager queen of The Curse of Chalion, takes center stage in this rousing, largely standalone, sequel. Ista seeks relief from boredom in a pilgrimage which brings her closer to the gods - and demons - than she really wanted.
Ramsey Campbell, The Darkest Part of the Woods
(Tor Oct 2003)
Campbell returns to his supernatural roots in this quietly atmospheric horror novel of an ancient wood and the strange effects it has on a family living nearby. "This…stands among the best of Campbell’s work." [Tim Pratt]
Ellen Datlow, ed., The Dark: New Ghost Stories
(Tor Oct 2003)
Just in time for Halloween, this impressive anthology features 16 all-new, scary ghost stories by a mix of notable authors including Tanith Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Cady, and Lucius Shepard.
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, A Stir of Bones
(Viking Sep 2003)
A teen who seems to have it all finds the neighborhood haunted house can help her deal with her secret torments in this powerful, poignant young-adult dark fantasy, a prequel to A Red Heart of Memories and Past the Size of Dreaming.
Karin Lowachee, Burndive
(Warner Aspect Oct 2003)
Lowachee follows up on her award-winning first SF novel, Warchild, with another boy-grows-up story set in the same universe, but this time told from the opposing social stratum, as a traumatized young man from a powerful family tries to find the truth behind the interstellar conflicts that have dominated his life.
John Marsden & Shaun Tan, The Rabbits
(Simply Read Books Dec 2003)
This stunning picture book tells the animals’ view of the invasion and devastation of Australia by European rabbits, with deceptively simple text by Marsden, evocatively illustrated by Tan. This first US edition comes in a larger format than the 1998 award-winning Australian edition, and restores Tan’s original hand-written text.
Chris Moriarty, Spin State
(Bantam Spectra Oct 2003)
Far-future novel with "a brilliant hard-SF concept, a complex detective story, and crackling suspense" [Alyx Dellamonica] - not to mention a quirky girl-meets-AI romance.
Sharyn November, ed., Firebirds
(Penguin/Firebird Sep 2003)
A delight for fantasy readers young and old, this anthology presents 16 new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary YA fantasy including Lloyd Alexander, Patricia A. McKillip, Garth Nix, and Diana Wynne Jones.
Stewart O'Nan, The Night Country
(Farrar Straus Giroux Oct 2003)
A haunting and moving tale by a noted author. A Halloween car crash in a small New England town leaves two teens damaged and three dead, but not gone; a year later their spirits watch over those who think of them while one survivor plans a dark revenge.
Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment
(HarperCollins Oct 2003)
The latest Discworld fantasy finds humor in gender identity, religious fanaticism, and international politics. A young woman of the fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia disguises herself as a man to join the army and finds herself amid a more-than-usually motley bunch of recruits including a vampire, a troll, and an Igor.
Tim Pratt, Little Gods
(Prime Books Nov 2003)
This first collection from Locus’s own Tim Pratt, a new writer to watch, gathers four poems and 15 stories, including the Nebula-nominated title story.
Robert Reed, Sister Alice
(Tor Oct 2003)
The scion of a ruling Family seeks to restore the family honor in this far-future epic of posthuman endeavor, a fix-up novel originally published in five parts in Asimov’s.
Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver
(Morrow Sep 2003)
An epic historical novel, set in the late 17th century, full of fascinating period detail and swashbuckling adventure - and the first book in "The Baroque Cycle", related to Cryptonomicon through some of the characters and themes: codes, information technology, and efforts to describe the universe through mathematics. "In the end…as exhilarating and rewarding as Stephenson’s more serious readers might have hoped." [Gary K. Wolfe]
Peter Straub, lost boy lost girl
(Random House Oct 2003)
Straub plays literary mind games as two characters from previous novels - writer Tim Underhill from Koko and The Throat and detective Tom Pasmore from Mystery - work together in this satisfying thriller of a missing boy, a serial killer, and a haunted house.
Jeffrey Thomas, Monstrocity
(Prime Books Jul 2003)
SF doesn’t get much weirder than Thomas’s Punktown, an oddly familiar, run-down city on an alien world where many cultures - and dimensions - mix, the striking setting for this suspenseful Lovecraftian SF noir detective novel.