30 September 2004
Asimov, Isaac : Foundation and Earth(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58757-9, $7.99, 799pp, mass market paperback, September 2004, cover illustration Michael Whelan)
(First edition: Doubleday, October 1986)
SF novel, one of four 'Foundation' books Asimov published in the '80s and '90s, follow-ups to his famous Foundation Trilogy first published as books in the early 1950s. The four are Foundation's Edge (1982, Hugo and Locus awards winner for best novel), Foundation and Earth (1986), Prelude to Foundation (1988), and Forward the Foundation (1993), all reissued this month with new covers.
* Bechet, Sidney : Omar(Tachyon Publications 1-892391-28-7, $5.95, 42pp, chap, 2004, cover illustration William Reid)
Novelette about voodoo, love, music, and death, extracted from autobiography Treat It Gentle (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1960) by the famous jazz musician, about Bechet's grandfather. Presented as a chapbook by publisher Jacob Weisman in celebration of Tachyon Publications' ninth anniversary.
Benford, Gregory : Tides Of Light(Warner Aspect 0-446-61154-9, $6.99, 516pp, mass market paperback, September 2004, cover illustration Don Dixon)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, February 1989)
Hard SF novel in Benford's "Galactic Center" sequence, following Great Sky River, concerning competition between biological and mechanical civilizations. This edition includes the 1999 novelette "A Hunger for the Infinite" first published in Robert Silverberg's anthology Far Horizons.
* Dozois, Gardner : Morning Child and Other Stories(ibooks 0-7434-9318-4, $11.95, 14+305pp, trade paperback, August 2004, cover art Scott Grimando)
Collection 10 stories, one a collaboration with Michael Swanwick. Stories include Dozois' back-to-back Nebula winning short stories "The Peacemaker" (1983) and "Morning Child" (1984), as well as six stories from the early 1970s, three of them Hugo and Nebula nominees: "A Special Kind of Morning", "A Kingdom by the Sea", and "Chains of the Sea".
Gunn, James : The Immortals(Pocket 0-671-53486-6, $12, 13+301pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
(First edition: Bantam, 1962)
SF novel about a minority of people who possess a genetic fluke that makes them immortal, a benefit transferrable through blood transfusion, and the rich and powerful who hunt them for their blood. The book was the basis of a short-lived TV series, The Immortal, which in turn was novelized by the author as The Immortal.
Heinlein, Robert A. : Glory Road(Tor 0-765-31221-2, $24.95, 319pp, hardcover, October 2004, jacket art Gregory Manchess)
(First edition: Putnam, 1963)
Fantasy novel (or SF novel in satiric fantasy guise) about a combat veteran who answers a personals ad and gets a job with the empress of twenty universes. This is a new hardcover edition, with an afterword by Samuel R. Delany copyright 1979 (presumably his introduction to the 1979 Gregg Press edition).
Hubbard, L. Ron : To the Stars(Galaxy Press 1-59212-175-6, $24.95, 10+210pp, hardcover, August 2004)
Short novel first published as a serial in Astounding Science Fiction magazine, February and March 1950, and apparently never before published in book form in the US (though the publisher's site mentions foreign editions under the title Return to Tomorrow). [Update 1 October: correspondent Andrew J. Breitenbach reports the existence of a 1954 Ace edition, under the title Return to Tomorrow -- Ace # S-66, 157pp, $0.25 -- so the present edition is a reprint, not a first book edition.] It's about a young man kidnapped from Earth to become an officer aboard a relativistic starship.
Pangborn, Edgar : Davy(Old Earth Books 1-882968-30-1, $30, 287pp, hardcover, September 2004, cover art Michael W. Kaluta)
(First edition: St. Martin's, 1964)
SF novel, a coming-of-age post-holocaust autobiography of a runaway slave boy who becomes a man.
Pangborn, Edgar : A Mirror For Observers(Old Earth Books 1-882968-29-8, $25, 244pp, hardcover, September 2004, cover design Robert T. Garcia)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1954)
SF novel about Martian observers hidden in human society, interested in particular in a 12-year-old boy who might become humanity's best hope, or its worst tyrant.
Simak, Clifford D. : City(Old Earth Books 1-882968-28-x, $27, 10+251pp, hardcover, September 2004, cover art Douglas Klauba, cover design Robert T. Garcia)
(First edition: Gnome, 1952)
SF novel (a fix-up of previously published short stories), about a far future where robots and intelligent dogs have inherited the Earth, as men have abandoned cities and journeyed outward to the stars, or inward into their own minds.
Simak, Clifford D. : Way Station(Old Earth Books 1-882968-27-1, $27, 225pp, hardcover, September 2004, cover art Randy J. Lagana, cover design Robert T. Garcia)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1963)
SF novel about a Civil War veteran whose Wisconsin farm is actually a 'way station' for a galactic federation's transit network.
Vance, Jack : The Languages of Pao(ibooks 0-7434-8714-1, $11.95, 220pp, trade paperback, August 2004, cover art Scott Grimando)
(First edition: Avalon, 1958)
SF novel in which various artificial languages are used in an attempt to dominate the society on the planet Pao. It's one of Vance's best-regarded early novels.
* Varley, John : The John Varley Reader(Ace 0-441-01195-0, $16, 9+532pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
Collection of 18 stories spanning Varley's career. There are 5 previously uncollected stories, including "Just Another Perfect Day" (from Twilight Zone, 1989), "The Bellman" (from Asimov's, 2003), and "Good Intentions" (from Playboy, 1992), but most of the book consists of Varley's classic early stories from the mid-1970s to the early '80s, when he was the hottest young writer in SF, bringing new ideas to classic SF settings and situations. Stories include "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank", "The Phantom of Kansas", "Beatnik Bayou", "Air Raid", Hugo, Nebula, and Locus winner "The Persistence of Vision", Hugo winner "The Pusher", and Hugo, Nebula, and Locus winner "Press Enter ".
Wolfe, Gene : Endangered Species(Orb 0-765-31033-3, $16.95, 506pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
(First edition: Tor, March 1989)
Collection of 36 stories, including numerous stories not collected in earlier collections, from "House of Ancestors" (1968) and the four stories from Roger Elwood's Continuum anthologies (1974-75), to Nebula nominee "A Cabin on the Coast" (1984), "The Detective of Dreams" (1980), "The Map" (1984), "Silhouette" (1975), World Fantasy Award nominee "In the House of Gingerbread" (1987), and Hugo nominee "The Woman the Unicorn Loved" (1981).
These are the stories that the dogs tell when the fires burn high and the wind is from the north. Then each family circle gathers at the hearthstone and the pups sit silently and listen and when the story's done they ask many questions:Opening lines:
Alan Corday stopped, momentarily blinded by the flash of a Mars-bound liner getting free from Earth. For an instant the skeletal racks had flashed red against the ink of sky and the one used now pulsated as it cooled. Corday did not like to be blinded here in this place, even for a moment. He wiped a tired hand against his blouse, carefully reassuring himself that his papers and wallet were still in place.Opening lines:
The old house had been hit by something sometime during the war and mashed nearly flat. The front was caved in as though crushed by a giant fist: wood pulped and splintered, beams protruding at odd angles like broken fingers, the second floor collapsed onto the remnants of the first. The rubble of a chimney covered everything with a red mortar blanket. On the right, a gaping hole cross-sectioned the ruins, laying bare all the strata of fused stone and plaster and charred wood everything curling back on itself like the lips of a gangrenous wound. Weeds had swarmed up the low hillside from the road and swept over the house, wrapping the ruins in wildflowers and grapevines, softening the edges of destruction with green.Opening lines:
This is the story of how I went to the Nearside and found old Lester and maybe grew up a little. And about time, too, as Carnival would say.
|© 2004 by Locus Publications. All rights reserved.|