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David G. Barnett, ed., Damned: An Anthology of the Lost (Necro Publications Apr 2004)

An impressive roster of contributors - including Gerard Houarner, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and Mehitobel Wilson - provide their distinctive visions of Hell and damnation in 12 original horror stories that catch ‘‘the pulse of contemporary horror at its most vital....’’ [Tim Pratt]

Gregory Benford, The Sunborn (Warner Aspect Mar 2005)

Humans explore Pluto and encounter alien lifeforms in this idea-packed SF novel, sequel to The Martian Race.

Ramsey Campbell, The Overnight (Tor Apr 2005)

The horror of giant chain bookstores goes beyond their banality in this chilling, somewhat tongue-in-cheek novel of employees working overnight in a haunted superstore. Originally published 2004 in the UK by PS Publishing.

Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter, Sunstorm (Ballantine Del Rey Mar 2005)

Mankind must come together to save Earth from a massive solar storm in this SF thriller, second in the Time Odyssey diptych.

Jack Dann, ed., Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (Penguin/Roc Mar 2005)

The latest anthology of Nebula winners and nominees includes 12 stories, excerpts from the winning novel and novella, three Rhysling award-winning poems, and essays on SF from six authors.

L. Sprague de Camp, Years in the Making: The Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (NESFA Press Feb 2005)

Six stories and the seminal novel Lest Darkness Fall provide classic thrills from one of the masters of time-travel SF.

Gregory Feeley, Arabian Wine (Temporary Culture Mar 2005)

Two men try to bring coffee and steam engines to 1609 Venice in this fascinating secret, or possibly alternate, history with a definite SF feel.

James Gunn & Matthew Candelaria, eds., Speculations on Speculation (Scarecrow Press Feb 2005)

The roots, development, current state, and possible future of the SF field are discussed in this critical anthology of 24 essays by a notable set of authors including Barry N. Malzberg, Samuel R. Delany, Ursula K. Le Guin, David Hartwell, and Michael Swanwick.

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (Random House/Knopf Apr 2005)

Noted author Ishiguro tackles cloning in this quasi-SF novel of three clones raised for their organs, caught in a love triangle, and trying to deal with their terribly short lives.

Margo Lanagan, Black Juice (HarperCollins/Eos Mar 2005)

This original fantasy collection ‘‘is nothing short of brilliant… dark, elliptical, stylistically wondrous pieces.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe] Lanagan’s ‘‘ her ability to reach into darkness and return with something both different and powerfully convincing.’’ [Faren Miller] Originally published in Australia to acclaim, and inappropriately packaged as YA in the US.

Darrell B. Lockhart, ed., Latin American Science Fiction Writers (Greenwood Press Apr 2004)

This critical reference fills a niche with its coverage of 70 authors of SF (no fantasy/magic realism) from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, with discussion of their literary careers, major themes, and significant works, plus bibliographic listings - including critical works on the authors and the field.

Ian R. MacLeod, The House of Storms (Simon & Schuster UK Feb 2005, Ace May 2003)

MacLeod returns to his Victorian-style England with its Age of Industry fueled by magic in this electrifying sequel to The Light Ages.

Jack McDevitt, Ships in the Night (Altair Australia Books Mar 2005)

From Down Under comes this new collection of 14 stories from a noted SF author. [Order from Altair]

John Meaney, Paradox (Prometheus/Pyr Mar 2005)

A lower-class boy in a stratified subterranean society of the far future uses a mysterious info-crystal and his mathematical genius to advance in this hard SF adventure, the first book in the Nulapeiron Sequence. Published in the UK in 2000 and finally available in the US.

Judith Merril, Homecalling and Other Stories: The Complete Short SF of Judith Merril (NESFA Press Feb 2005)

This collection gathers all 26 stories from an influential - but long out of print - author and editor.

William F. Nolan, Wild Galaxy: Selected Science Fiction Stories (Golden Gryphon Press Apr 2005)

Nolan selects his 19 best SF stories (three not previously collected) showing both his serious and his ‘‘zany side,’’ with comments on the origins of each.

Robert Reed, The Well of Stars (Tor Apr 2005)

Big ideas abound in this new sequel to Marrow and Mere, as the planet-sized Great Ship enters a nebula inhabited by planet-sized organisms.

Gordon Van Gelder, ed., Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of Mars from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Thunder’s Mouth Press Apr 2005)

Take a trip to the red planet with this anthology of 12 stories, many of them classics, by authors including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Roger Zelazny, Philip K. Dick, John Varley, and Alex Irvine.

Robert Charles Wilson, Spin (Tor Apr 2005)

The people of Earth respond in strange ways to a slow disaster when a mysterious barrier around Earth lets life go on as before, but changes the passage of time so those within the barrier face the death of the sun in their lifetime.


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