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New and Notable Books March 2004


Gregory Benford, ed., Microcosms (DAW Jan 2004)

Worlds within worlds await in this anthology of 13 all-new, mostly hard SF stories by noted authors including Stephen Baxter, Pamela Sargent, and Howard V. Hendrix.

Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Simply Read Books Oct 2003)

Ghiuselev magnificently illustrates the classic children's tale with elegant renderings evocative of both Tenniel and Escher.

Adam-Troy Castro, Tangled Strings (Gale Group/Five Star Aug 2003)

From a popular and prolific writer of short fiction comes this collection of five novellas, most SF. Three are set in the newly named future history "The AIsource Infection" including Hugo and Nebula nominated "The Funeral March of the Marionettes".

Paul Di Filippo, Spondulix (Cambrian Publications Jan 2004)

Coupons from a sandwich shop in Hoboken, New Jersey become a new currency and threaten the government in this wild quasi-SF satire full of offbeat characters and strange events.

Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick Press Sep 2003)

A young mouse with romantic yearnings finds adventure in this charming young-adult fantasy, this year's Newbery Medal winner.

L. Timmel Duchamp, Love's Body, Dancing in Time (Aqueduct Press Apr 2004)

Noted feminist SF writer Duchamp brings passion and intelligence to this collection of five stories (three original) of love and human relations.

Laurell K. Hamilton, Seduced by Moonlight (Ballantine Feb 2004)

Faerie Princess Meredith and her hunky bodyguards have some trouble getting ready for a trip in their third erotic dark fantasy adventure. Unexpected transformations and deadly plots complicate plans to visit both the Unseelie and Seelie Courts, with all their intrigues and lovely horrors.

Robert A. Heinlein, For Us, the Living (Scribner Jan 2004)

This long-lost first novel by one of SF's masters offers a revealing glimpse of Heinlein's development as a writer. Critics generally consider it unsuccessful as a novel but valuable for scholars and ardent fans.

Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate (Bantam Spectra Feb 2004)

The epic story of FitzChivalry Farseer comes to a highly satisfying grand finale in this final volume in "The Tawny Man" trilogy, in which Fitz must accompany Prince Dutiful on a quest to slay the dragon Icefyre, an act prophesied to bring disaster.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed., New Magics (Tor Jan 2004)

Fantasy stories from the last two decades are collected in this anthology intended as an introduction to recent fantasy for young adults, but full of enough excellent, interesting, and unexpected works to appeal to adults as well. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, Orson Scott Card, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Jerry Oltion, Twenty Questions (Wheatland Press Jan 2004)

Oltion's electric imagination, compassion, and quirky humor infuse these 19 stories and one essay. Oltion discusses where he gets his ideas in the story introductions.

Robert Silverberg, ed., Legends II (Ballantine Del Rey Jan 2004)

Once again, Silverberg rounds up some of the biggest names in fantasy, all writing new novellas in their best-known worlds, including George R.R. Martin with a new "Westeros" story, Terry Brooks ("Shannara"), Neil Gaiman (American Gods), and Diana Gabaldon ("Outlander").

Norman Spinrad, Deux X and Other Stories (Five Star Sep 2003)

One of SF's most provocative writers explores the nature of humanity and interpersonal relationships in this striking collection of two novellas and a short story.

Sean Williams & Shane Dix, Heirs of Earth (Ace Jan 2004)

The transformed remnants of humanity team up with weird aliens to battle the enigmatic Starfish in this third novel in the spectacular space opera trilogy begun in Echoes of Earth and Orphans of Earth.

Gene Wolfe, The Knight (Tor Jan 2004)

The traditions of heroic fantasy get refreshed by the master of literary fantasy in a rousing tale of an American boy transported to a magical realm, the first volume of two in "The Wizard Knight".


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