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Anderson, Poul : Flandry of Terra(ibooks 0-7434-9311-7, $11.95, 225pp, trade paperback, July 2004)
(First edition: Chilton, 1965)
Collection of three novellas in the Dominic Flandry series. It follows the first book, Agent of the Terran Empire, published by ibooks in April.
Benford, Gregory : Great Sky River(Warner Aspect 0-446-61155-7, $6.99, 16+440pp, mass market paperback, August 2004, cover illustration Don Dixon)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, December 1987)
Far future SF novel about a tribe of humans trying to survive in the midst of a hostile machine civilization.
Blackwood, Algernon : Incredible Adventures(Hippocampus Press 0-9748789-0-1, $15, 224pp, trade paperback, July 2004, cover art W. Graham Robertson)
(First edition: Macmillan, 1914)
Collection of five stories by a writer highly regarded by H.P. Lovecraft, and reprinted as part of Hippocampus Press's "Lovecraft's Library" series, with a new introduction by S.T. Joshi.
Brust, Steven : Agyar(Orb 0-765-31023-6, $13.95, 254pp, trade paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Tor, March 1993)
Dark fantasy novel of a vampire in Cleveland who falls in love with a beautiful dancer.
Fowler, Karen Joy : Sarah Canary(Plume 0452286476, $14, 290pp, trade paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Henry Holt, October 1991)
Historical novel with fantasy elements about a mysterious woman in the late 19th-century Pacific Northwest.
Heinlein, Robert A. : The Notebooks of Lazarus Long(Baen 0-7434-8844-X, $12, 56pp, trade paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Putnam, 1978)
Collection of aphorisms first published as interludes in Heinlein's novel about Lazarus Long Time Enough for Love (1973).
Moorcock, Michael : Gloriana(Warner Aspect 0-446-69140-2, $14, 488pp, trade paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: UK: Allison & Busby, 1978)
Fantasy novel set in an alternate-world England, in part an homage to Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series, and generally regarded as Moorcock's best novel.
Robinson, Spider : Off the Wall at Callahan's(Tor 0-765-31046-5, $12.95, 158pp, trade paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Tor, March 1994)
Collection of epigrams, proverbs, puns, lyrics, etc. derived from several volumes of Robinson's "Callahan's Place" series, decorated with illustrations by Phil Foglio
* Sherman, Josepha, & Gwen Hansen : The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, Volume 1(Del Rey 0-345-46849-x, $6.99, 233pp, trade paperback, August 2004, cover illustration Scott Fisher)
Omnibus volume of two YA fantasy novels, Swept Away! and Sun Blind, first published in 1989 and 1988. This edition is packaged as part of Del Rey's Imagine imprint, for YA readers.
Stasheff, Christopher : The Oathbound Wizard(Del Rey 0-345-46117-7, $6.99, 407pp, trade paperback, July 2004, cover illustration Don Seegmiller, cover design Dreu Pennington-McNeil)
(First edition: Del Rey, 1993)
Humorous fantasy novel, second in the "Wizard in Rhyme" series following Her Majesty's Wizard (1992), set in a world where magic is worked by speaking in rhyme. It was followed by six additional volumes, though The Feline Wizard in 2000. This edition is packaged as part of Del Rey's Imagine imprint, for YA readers.
The palace is as large as a good-sized town, for through the centuries its outbuildings, its lodges, its guest houses, the mansions of its lords and ladies in waiting have been linked by covered ways, and those covered ways roofed, in turn, so that here and there we find corridors within corridors, like conduits in a tunnel, houses within rooms, those rooms within castles, those castles within artificial caverns, the whole roofed again with tiles of gold and platinum and silver, marble and mother-of-pearl, so that the palace glares with a thousand colours in the sunlight, shimmers constantly in the moonlight, its walls appearing to undulate, its roofs to rise and fall like a glamorous tide, its towers and minarets lifting like the masts and hulks of sinking ships.Opening lines:
The railway workers were traveling from Seattle to Tenino on foot and had stopped, midday, to rest. They hadn't really made a camp, just a circle of baskets and blankets around a circle of damp dirt that Chin Ah Kin had cleared with his hands prior to building a fire. Chin was briefly alone, although in the distance to his left he could hear the companionable sounds of two men urinating.
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