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2009 Directories




 

* Anderson, Poul : David Falkayn: Star Trader
(Baen 978-1439132944, $14, 492pp, trade paperback, January 2009, cover art Dave Seeley)

Collection of six stories and a novel, Satan's World (1969), in the author's series about traders of the Polesotechnic League, these focusing on Nicholas Van Rijn's protégé, David Falkayn.
• It's edited by Hank Davis, who provides and introduction, and includes a series chronology by Sandra Meisel.
• This is the second volume about the traders, following The Van Rijn Method, published last September. The next volume is The Rise of the Terran Empire in June.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to Davis' introduction and to several sample stories.

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* Anvil, Christopher : Rx for Chaos
(Baen 978-1-416-59143-6, $12, 439pp, trade paperback, February 2009, cover art Clyde Caldwell)

Collection of 22 stories, first published from 1952 to 1994, many in Analog magazine. It's the seventh volume in the publisher's series collecting the works of the "Hard-SF master and renowned John W. Campbell Analog regular."
• The title story concerns a new drug that prevents hangovers.
• Baen's site has this description with a list of story publication credits, and several excerpts.
• Amazon reader Arthur W. Jordin has a detailed story-by-story review.

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Asimov, Isaac : The Currents of Space
(Tor 978-0-765-31916-6, $23.95, 239pp, hardcover, May 2009)

SF novel, Asimov's third novel following Pebble in the Sky (1950) and The Stars, Like Dust (1951), which Tor also republished in hardcover in January and November '08 respectively.
• Set in the same galactic background as the Foundation series, the novel concerns the planet Florinia, whose oppressed natives produce the kyrt whose interstellar trade supports the wealthy Squires of Sark.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The David Pringle edited Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction (1995) called it "minor early Asimov" but described it as "A complex adventure with anti-racist themes."

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* Geston, Mark : The Book of the Wars
(Baen 978-1-4165-9152-8, $7.99, 646pp, mass market paperback, February 2009, cover art Alan Pollack)

Omnibus of three novels, beginning with Lords of the Starship (1967), about a nation's almost religious obsession to complete building an enormous spaceship, and its two sequels, Out of the Mouth of the Dragon (1969), and The Seige of Wonder (1976).
• Baen's site has this description with links to David Drake's introduction, Mark Geston's introduction (with a map), and numerous sample chapters.
• David Pringle's Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction annotated Lords of the Starship thus: "A weird, horrifying future of continuous flux, stasis and war. Geston's first novel, published when he was barely out of his teens. Amazing."

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Hamilton, Peter F. : The Naked God
(Orbit 9780316021821, $16.99, 1338pp, trade paperback, February 2009)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan, September 1999)

Space opera novel set in the 27th century, third book in the "Night's Dawn" trilogy following The Reality Dysfunction (1996, reprinted last year by Orbit), and The Neutronium Alchemist (listed below).
• The book has its own Wikipedia page, with publication history and an extensive summary.
• Amazon's "look inside" feature includes an excerpt.

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Hamilton, Peter F. : The Neutronium Alchemist
(Orbit 9780316021814, $16.99, 1144pp, trade paperback, December 2008)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan UK, October 1997)

Space opera novel set in the 27th century, second book in the "Night's Dawn" trilogy following The Reality Dysfunction (1996, reprinted last year by Orbit), and followed by The Naked God.
• In this book the Confederation tries to prevent the spread of humans possessed by the souls of the dead.
• The book has its own Wikipedia page, with publication history and an extensive summary.
• Amazon's "look inside" feature includes an excerpt.

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Merritt, Abraham, & : The Moon Pool
(Cosmos Books 9780843959505, $6.99, 302pp, mass market paperback, January 2009)

Fantasy novel about a South Pacific island where explorers discover an underground pool powered by moonlight and a strange creature they call the Dweller.
• This mass market edition has cover blurbs to appeal to both Lost and H.P. Lovecraft fans, and it's bylined "Abraham Merrit" though the author is usually known as A. Merritt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt. Wikipedia has this description and summary.
• Note there is also, just published, a trade paperback edition from the University of Nebraska/Bison Books, with an introduction by Robert Silverberg.

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Pohl, Frederik : Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
(Orb 978-0-765-32177-0, $14.95, 317pp, trade paperback, April 2009, cover art John Berkey)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, February 1980)

SF novel, sequel to popular Hugo and Nebula winner Gateway (1977), in which Robinette Broadhead investigates a new Heechee artifact with the potential to feed starving humanity.
• This book was a Hugo and Nebula nominee, and placed second in the year's Locus Poll for Best SF Novel.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt and the back cover description.

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* Pournelle, Jerry : Fires of Freedom
(Baen 978-1416591610, $14, 467pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover art Kurt Miller)

Omnibus of two novels about struggles for independence -- Birth of Fire (1976, first published by Laser Books) about rebellion among prisoners exiled to Mars; and King David's Spaceship (1981, revised from A Spaceship for the King, 1973) about an Earth colony obliged to re-invent space travel to qualify to join the Empire.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several sample chapters.

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Priest, Christopher : Inverted World
(New York Review Books 9781590172698, $15.95, 322pp, trade paperback, July 2008)

SF novel, the author's third novel, about residents of a gigantic city moving slowly on tracks to escape a crushing gravitational field.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a profile of the author and quotes from the original reviews.
• This edition has an afterword by John Clute.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the first few pages of text.

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* Silverberg, Robert, & Randall Garrett : A Little Intelligence
(Crippen & Landru 978-1-932009-71-2, $16, 173pp, trade paperback, March 2009, cover illustration Carol Heyer)

Collection of seven sf/mystery short stories, first published from 1956 to 1958 under pseudonyms -- four as by "Robert Randall", two as by "Clyde Mitchell", one as by "Gordon Agill".
• Silverberg provides an introduction about his relationship with Randall and how the stories came to be written.
• The publisher's site has this description. A hardcover edition is also available.

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Silverberg, Robert : The Thirteenth Immortal
(Cosmos Books 978-0843959512, $6.99, 204pp, mass market paperback, March 2009)

Early Silverberg novel, his first 'adult' novel after YA Revolt on Alpha C, originally published as an Ace Double (with James Gunn's This Fortress World. It's about a man pursuing a riddle in Antarctica despite rewards for his capture by two immortal dictators.
• This is a reprint of the trade paperback edition from Cosmos Books in 2004.
• This edition has a 2004 introduction by Silverberg about his early career and decision to write this novel.

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Silverberg, Robert : A Time of Changes
(Orb 978-0-765-32231-9, $14.95, 300pp, trade paperback, May 2009)
(First edition: Nelson Doubleday, June 1971)

SF novel concerning a society where individual expression is suppressed, the two filthiest obscenities being "I" and "me".
• This edition has an April 2008 introduction by Silverberg, and features an original map of planet Borthan.
• This novel is from Silverberg's mature period from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s, and it won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972.
• Tor's site has this description.

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Smith, E. E. "Doc" : Triplanetary
(Cosmos Books 978-0843959499, $6.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, January 2009, cover art Yocar)

Omnibus of two space opera novels, Triplanetary, first serialized in Amazing Stories in 1934 and published in book form in 1948, and the first volume of Smith's epic "Lensman" series; and Masters of Space, an independent work first serialized in World of If in 1961-2 and published in book form in 1976.
• Wikipedia has this entry for Triplanetary with a summary and publication history.
• Amazon has several dozen reader reviews (of various editions of the book).

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VanderMeer, Jeff : Shriek: An Afterword
(Wyrm Publishing 978-0-890464-08-0, $40, 335pp, hardcover, January 2009, jacket painting Ben Templesmith)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan/Tor UK, January 2006)

Signed limited edition of VanderMeer's 2006 novel, featuring additional content and a CD soundtrack by The Church.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and quotes from reviews.
• Nick Gevers' review in Locus Magazine called it "an exceptional novel, a tapestry of fine writing, deep psychological insight, and acute narrative excitement."

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Wyndham, John : The Chrysalids
(New York Review Books 978-1590172926, $14, 200pp, trade paperback, November 2008)

SF novel set in the aftermath of a nuclear war when fundamentalist survivors are alert for offenses against God's plan, about a boy who discovers he has a telepathic ability.
• The book was first published in the US as Re-Birth.
• This edition has an introduction by Christopher Priest.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a link to a PDF reading group guide.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the first few pages.

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Classic Reprints:
through May 2009

posted 15 May 2009




Opening lines:

Rik put down his feeder and jumped to his feet. He was trembling so hard he had to lean against the bare milk-white wall.

He shouted, "I remember!"




Opening lines:

Sir Henry Limpkin's head servant had brought him word of the proposed meeting at a little past midnight; he had been sitting in his study sometimes drowsing, but he had been fully awake when the man entered and thus did not fly into his customary rage. An Office of Reconstruction officer treasures his sleep as some do pearls, but tonight it was not to be had.




Opening lines:

I had reached the age of six hundred and fifty miles.




Opening lines:

When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city -- which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was.




Opening lines:

I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself.




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