Egan, Greg : Schild's Ladder(Eos 0-06-107344-X, $13.95, 342pp, mass market paperback, January 2004)
(First US edition: Eos, May 2002)
Hard SF novel set in a posthuman far-future, concerning an experiment in quantum physics that creates an expanding sub-universe that theatens to devour our own. Amazon has a review by Cynthia Ward. Placed #10 in the Locus Poll for best SF novel by 2002. For more links, see 2002 Directory entries for the hardcover editions.
Harrison, Harry : Stars and Stripes Triumphant(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-40938-8, $6.99, 6.99pp, mass market paperback, December 2003, cover art Dennis Lyall)
(First US edition: Ballantine Del Rey, January 2003)
Alternate history SF novel, third in a trilogy following Stars & Stripes Forever and Stars & Stripes in Peril, about an alternate history of the American civil war. Harrison's official site has some sample chapters. Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review. For additional links, see directory entry for the hardcover edition.
Hobb, Robin : Golden Fool(Bantam Spectra 0553582453, 709pp, mass market paperback, December 2003)
(First US edition: Bantam Spectra, January 2003)
Fantasy novel, second in the author's "Tawny Man" trilogy, following Fool's Errand. Amazon has the PW review: "shows why she ranks near the top of the high fantasy field." The author's website has an excerpt from the next book in the series, Fool's Fate. For additional links, see directory entry for the hardcover edition.
Jordan, Robert : Crossroads of Twilight(Tor 0812571339, 846pp, mass market paperback, December 2003)
(First edition: Tor, January 2003)
Fantasy novel, volume 10 in the popular and long-running "Wheel of Time" series. The Amazon page has the Publishers Weekly review of the hardcover; more links at the Directory entry for that book. A Wheel of Time prequel, New Spring: The Novel, is due in stores January 6, 2004.
King, Stephen : From a Buick 8(Pocket 0743417682, $7.99, mass market paperback, December 2003)
(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, September 2002)
Supernatural novel about a vintage Buick Roadmaster that may be a portal to another dimension. Bill Sheehan in the August '02 Locus said the book "strikes me as one of King's best, most tightly focused novels since The Green Mile." The Amazon page has a review by Benjamin Reese, plus reviews from PW, Booklist, etc. The publisher's website has this excerpt. More links at the directory entry for the hardcover.
McAuley, Paul : Whole Wide World(Tor 0-765-34027-5, $7.99, 376pp, mass market paperback, December 2003)
(First US edition: Tor, May 2002)
Near-future SF thriller set in the aftermath of an Infowar that has brought a right-wing government to the UK, and involves an investigation into the murder of a renegade pornographer. Amazon's review by Cynthia Ward begins "If there is any justice, the excellent conspiracy thriller Whole Wide World will vault award-winning author Paul McAuley into the front rank of bestselling authors." Links about the hardcover edition are here.
McDevitt, Jack : Chindi(Ace 0-441-01102-0, $7.99, 511pp, mass market paperback, November 2003, cover art Edwin Herder)
(First edition: Ace, July 2002)
SF novel featuring starship captain Priscilla 'Hutch' Hutchins, follow-up to earlier novels, The Engines of God and Deepsix, about explorers investigating a strange star system filled with alien artifacts. Bill Sheehan's review in Locus Magazine called it a "big, lovingly detailed new novel of interstellar suspense." McDevitt's webpage has an excerpt. Amazon has Cynthia Ward's review. McDevitt's latest novel about this protagonist is 2003's Omega.
McMullen, Sean : Eyes of the Calculor(Tor 0-765-34512-9, $7.99, 591pp, mass market paperback, December 2003, cover art John Harris)
(First edition: Tor, September 2001)
SF novel, third in the "Great-winter" series following Souls in the Great Machine and The Miocene Arrow (the latter was winner of the Australian Aurealis Award). Amazon has the review from Publishers Weekly.
Resnick, Laura : In Fire Forged, Part 1: The White Dragon(Tor 0-812-55548-1, $7.99, 660pp, mass market paperback, December 2003, cover art Romas Kukalis)
(First edition: Tor, May 2003)
Fantasy novel, sequel to In Legend Born, and first of two parts, the second of which, The Destroyer Goddess, has just appeared. The Amazon page as Publishers Weekly's rave review: " this romantic fantasy leaves no doubt that here is that rare gem: a new writer with serious and already polished talent." The author's website has this page about the book, with a link to an excerpt.
VanderMeer, Jeff : City of Saints and Madmen(Wildside Press 0-8095-3264-6, $19.95, 218+pp, trade paperback, October 2003, cover art Scott Eagle, cover design Garry Nurrish)
(First edition: Prime, July 2002)
Fantasy collection of linked stories, reviewed on Locus Online by Claude Lalumière. This reprint is of the expanded 2002 Prime Books edition, a World Fantasy Award nominee. For links to other online reviews, see the directory entry for the hardcover edition.
VanderMeer, Jeff : Veniss Underground(UK: Tor 0-4050-3268-5, £10.99, 177pp, trade paperback, October 2003, cover illustration Larry Rostant)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, April 2003)
SF novel, "a post-apocalyptic far future urban novel with some echoes of Vance and Wolfe" in the words of Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus. The book has its own website, www.venissunderground.com, with excerpts, quotes from reviews, and information about meerkats. This Tor UK edition reprints the Prime Books hardcover edition; see its directory entry for links to online reviews.
Zelazny, Roger : The Last Defender of Camelot(ibooks 0-7434-7970-X, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, December 2003, cover art Scott Grimando)
(First edition: ibooks, March 2002)
Collection of 11 stories, including "For a Breath I Tarry", Hugo and Nebula winner "Home is the Hangman", Hugo winner "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai", the title story, and the previously uncollected "Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love". This is a reprint of the 2002 ibooks trade paperback; these editions share only 4 stories with the 1980 Pocket Books collection by the same name.
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