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30 August 2005

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New and Notable Books

Michael Blumlein, The Healer (Prometheus/Pyr Jul 2005)

A creature with healing powers finds them both obsession and curse in a world where he is treated like a slave. A powerful and disturbing SF novel of pain and healing by a practicing physician.

Richard Bowes, From the Files of the Time Rangers (Golden Gryphon Press Sep 2005)

A thrilling, imaginative mosaic novel of abandoned children who become Time Rangers with the tough job of policing time - while Roman gods are manipulating events in the 20th century.

Peter Crowther, ed., Fourbodings: A Quartet of Uneasy Tales from Four Members of the Macabre (Cemetery Dance Jun 2005)

Noted editor Crowther presents four all-new stories by leading UK horror authors Simon Clark, Terry Lamsley, Tim Lebbon, and Mark Morris.

Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, eds., The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection (St. Martin's Griffin Aug 2005)

The heavyweight of the fantasy year’s best anthologies weighs in with 39 stories, five poems, and extensive commentary on the year 2004 in fantasy, horror, comics, music, and more.

Marianne De Pierres, Nylon Angel (Penguin/Roc Jul 2005)

Thrilling cyberpunk adventure, the first volume in the acclaimed series featuring the one-woman arsenal Parrish Plessis. Originally published in the UK by Orbit.

Jay Lake, Rocket Science (Fairwood Press Aug 2005)

The first novel from a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is an entertaining mix of thriller and SF romp about a soldier who returns from WWII with a stolen super-secret aircraft that is much more than it first appears.

Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners (Small Beer Press Jul 2005)

A collection of nine scintillating stories, three original, by one of our greatest short story writers. ‘‘A complete delight.’’ [Rich Horton]

Ian R. MacLeod, The Summer Isles (Aio Publishing Jun 2005)

The complete version, written first, of the eponymous World Fantasy Award-winning novella, published here uncut for the first time. A compelling alternate-history novel of an England in a world where Germany won WWI.

Maureen F. McHugh, Mothers and Other Monsters (Small Beer Press Jul 2005)

Award-winning novelist McHugh’s first short fiction collection gathers 13 stories (one original) including Hugo and Locus Award winner ‘‘The Lincoln Train’’.

Paul Park, A Princess of Roumania (Tor Aug 2005)

A teenage girl discovers a secret world - and the secrets of her own history - in this first installment of an ambitious new fantasy series. ‘‘It may not be too soon to call this one of the year’s best fantasies.’’ [Faren Miller]

Tim Powers, Strange Itineraries (Tachyon Publications Sep 2005)

Noted novelist Tim Powers has produced little short fiction, but what he has written is distinctive, often haunted and haunting. This complete collection of his shorter work has nine pieces, including three collaborations with James P. Blaylock.

Karl Schroeder, Lady of Mazes (Tor Jul 2005)

A standalone far-future hard SF novel set in the same universe as Ventus, dealing with wildly varied cultures all using different levels of technology, but now under attack from an entity determined to break down the barriers between them.

Robert Sheckley, The Masque of Mañana (NESFA Press Aug 2005)

This collection of 41 stories by a master of the short form includes all the AAA Ace Interplanetary Decontamination stories. Published to commemorate Sheckley’s being named a guest of honor at the 2005 Worldcon.

Adam Stemple, Singer of Souls (Tor Aug 2005)

A street musician, trying to kick his drug habit, visits Scotland and gets tangled up in the darker side of faerie. This first solo novel displays a fine hand with contemporary fantasy in the mode of Charles de Lint.

Charles Stross, Accelerando (Ace Jul 2005)

SF novel of the Vingean singularity, a posthuman future in which technology has accelerated beyond the understanding of ordinary humans. Slightly rewritten version of his acclaimed cycle of stories originally published in Asimov’s.

James Van Pelt, The Last of the O-Forms & Other Stories (Fairwood Press Aug 2005)

This second collection by ‘‘one of the field’s best new short fiction writers’’ [Rich Horton] features 15 stories, including the Nebula-nominated title work.

Jack Williamson, The Stonehenge Gate (Tor Aug 2005)

Good old-fashioned science fiction abounds as explorers uncover a gateway to other worlds in this latest novel by one of SF’s living legends.

Gene Wolfe, Starwater Strains (Tor Aug 2005)

A collection of 25 stories, most science fiction, by one of the field’s finest and most versatile writers. Includes the Locus Award-winning novella ‘‘Golden City Far’’.

Jane Yolen, Once Upon a Time (She Said) (NESFA Press Aug 2005)

A collection of 46 stories, 29 poems, and six non-fiction pieces, mostly fairy tales or about such stories, published in celebration of Yolen’s appearance as a 2005 Worldcon Guest of Honor.

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