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May '09
Poul Anderson
Christopher Anvil
Isaac Asimov
Mark Geston
Peter F. Hamilton
Peter F. Hamilton
Abraham Merritt
Frederik Pohl
Jerry Pournelle
Christopher Priest
Silverberg & Randall
Robert Silverberg
Robert Silverberg
E.E. "Doc" Smith
Jeff VanderMeer
John Wyndham

October '08
Iain M. Banks
Leigh Brackett
Philip K. Dick
Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford
Peter F. Hamilton
Niven & Pournelle
Scott Westerfeld
Jack Williamson

2009 Directories




 

* Anderson, Poul : Rise of the Terran Empire
(Baen 978-1439132753, $14, 9+480pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover art Bob Eggleton)

Collection of two novels and four stories, the third volume on Baen's series collecting Anderson's "Technic Civilization" sage, following The Van Rijn Method (Sept. 2008) and David Falkayn: Star Trader (Jan. 2009).
• This book includes two novels, Mirkheim (first published 1977) and The People of the Wind (1973), and four stories, "Wingless" (originally "Wingless on Avalon"), "Rescue on Avalon", "The Star Plunderer", and "Sargasso of Lost Starships", plus an introduction by Hank Davis and a chronology by Sandra Miesel.
• Baen's site has this description plus links to the first few chapters of Mirkheim.

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Banks, Iain M. : Against a Dark Background
(Orbit US 978-0-316-03637-5, $12.99, 613pp, trade paperback, July 2009)
(First edition: UK: Orbit, May 1993)

Far future SF novel about the search for the legendary Lazy Gun, a weapon with reality-altering effects.
• This novel is not part of Banks' popular Culture series.
• Wikipedia has an entry about the book and also one about the Lazy Gun.
• Amazon has three dozen mostly four- and five-star reader reviews.

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* Bloch, Robert, edited by Robert M. Price : Mysteries of the Worm
(Chaosium 978-1-56882-176-4, $15.95, 12+284pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover art Steven Gilberts)

Revised and expanded third edition of a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories by Bloch, with four additional stories not included in the first two editions.
• The first edition, edited by Lin Carter, was published by Zebra in 1981, with an introduction by Carter and an afterword by Bloch; the second edition added three stories, and an introduction by Robert M. Price; this edition also adds a new introduction by Price.
• The publisher's page for the book includes and complete table of contents.

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* Dick, Philip K. : VALIS and Later Novels
(Library of America 978-1-59853-044-5, $35, 849pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Third volume in The Library of America's omnibuses of Dick's novels, edited and with notes on the texts by Jonathan Lethem.
• This volume includes A Maze of Death (1970), VALIS (1981), The Divine Invasion (1981), and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982).
• The publisher's page for the book has the dust jacket description, plus links to PDF excerpt and to an interview with Jonathan Lethem.
• The three Library of American PKD volumes will be available in a boxed set in October.

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Gunn, James : This Fortress World
(Fantastic Books 1-60459-732-1, $25.95, 177pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Far future science fiction novel, Gunn's first novel, about a monk who comes into possession of a rare artifact, one sought by powerful and dangerous men.
• Wikipedia's brief entry includes the dust jacket of the original edition.
• Gunn's preface calls it "an anti-space-epic, or in the terminology of a later critical period, a meta-space-epic... A naturalistic space-epic that showed far-future events the way they would seem to someone who actually lived in those distant but disturbing times."
• The Amazon page has the back cover description.

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* Hamilton, Edmond, edited by Stephen Haffner : The Collected Captain Future, Wizard of Science, Volume One
(Haffner Press 978-1-893887-35-0, $40, 22+720pp, hardcover, May 2009, cover illustration George Rozen)

First of a projected six-volume series collecting Hamilton's Captain Future space opera stories first published in pulp magazines beginning in 1940.
• This volume consists of four long stories: "Captain Future and the Space Emperor", "Calling Captain Future", "Captain Future's Challenge", and "The Triumph of Captain Future". They were first published in the Winter 1940, Spring 1940, Summer 1940, and Fall 1940 issues of Captain Future magazine, with the first three issued as paperbacks by Popular Library in 1969.
• This edition has an introduction by Richard A. Lupoff, and a gallery of original illustrations by George Rozen, H.W. (Wesso) Wessolowski, and Earle K. Bergey.
• The publisher has this page for the book, with a 1939 letter by Leo Margulies anouncing the series, and the complete table of contents.

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* Hamilton, Edmond, edited by Stephen Haffner : The Metal Giants and Others: The Collected Edmond Hamilton, Volume One
(Haffner Press 978-1-893887-31-2, $40, 20+693pp, hardcover, May 2009, cover illustration Joseph Doolin)

Collection of 13 stories, first published from 1926 to 1929 in Weird Tales and Amazing Stories magazines.
• This is the first of a multi-volume project to collect "all the prose work" of Hamilton. The book has an introduction by Robert Weinberg, a gallery of illustrations from the original publications, 50 pages of letter columns from those early magazines, and ten pages of editorial correspondence on the original letterheads.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book with a description and the complete table of contents.

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* Hamilton, Edmond, edited by Stephen Haffner : The Star Stealers: The Complete Tales of the Interstellar Patrol: The Collected Edmond Hamilton, Volume Two
(Haffner Press 978-1-893887-33-6, $40, 17+753pp, hardcover, May 2009, cover illustration Hugh Rankin)

Collection of 10 stories, first published from 1928 to 1934 in Weird Tales, Science Wonder Quarterly and Amazing Stories magazines.
• This is the second of a multi-volume project to collect "all the prose work" of Hamilton. The book has an introduction by Walter Jon Williams, a gallery of illustrations from the original publications, letter columns from those early magazines, and editorial correspondence on the original letterheads.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book with a description and the complete table of contents.

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Heinlein, Robert A. : The Puppet Masters
(Baen 978-1439132838, $14, 307pp, trade paperback, August 2009)

SF novel about alien invaders -- appearing first in UFO sightings in Iowa --who take control of human minds.
• This edition follows the expanded, uncut version first published in 1990. It has an introduction by William H. Pattersson, Jr., and an afterword by Sarah A. Hoyt.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the introduction and the first nine chapters.

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* MacLeod, Ken : Divisions
(Orb 978-0-765-32119-0, $19.95, 493pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Omnibus edition of the third and fourth novels in MacLeod's "Fall Revolution" sequence, The Cassini Division (1998) and The Sky Road (1999), about humanity's encounter with god-like aliens, and its subsequent re-emergence into space.
• The first two novels in the sequence, The Star Fraction and The Stone Canal, were collected in 2008 omnibus Fractions.
• The novels were nominated for numerous awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, and The Sky Road won the British SF Association Award.
• The publisher's site has this description, and an excerpt.

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McDonald, Ian : Desolation Road
(Pyr 978-1-59102-744-7, $15.98, 365pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, February 1988)

SF novel about a small town on a terraformed Mars, where strange and marvelous things occur.
• This was McDonald's first novel, and it won that year's Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews, including one from Cory Doctorow, who said "Ian McDonald's Desolation Road is one of my most personally influential novels. It's an epic tale of the terraforming of Mars, whose sweep captures the birth and death of mythologies, economics, art, revolution, politics... Desolation Road pays homage to David Byrne's Catherine Wheel, to Ray Bradbury's entire canon and to Jack Vance, blending all these disparate creators in a way that surprises, delights, then surprises and delights again...."

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* Moorcock, Michael : The Best of Michael Moorcock
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-86-5, $14.95, 403pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Ann Monn)

Collection of 17 stories, edited by John Davey with Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, including classic Nebula Award winning novella "Behold the Man", Elric story "A Portrait in Ivory", "London Bone", and "The Cairene Purse".
• Davey provides an introduction, and the VanderMeers' afterword explains the difficulties of selecting from Moorcock's varied body of work.
• The publisher's site has this description, with the complete table of contents.
• Paul Witcover reviews the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "The Best of Michael Moorcock is one hell of a title to live up to, but editors John Davey and Ann & Jeff VanderMeer have done a hell of a job."

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Niswander, Adam : The Hound Hunters
(Hippocampus Press 978-0-9814888-4-4, $20, 302pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover art Armand Cabrerra) ERROR -- 1st edition not found

Fantasy novel, first published in 1995, about Native American medicine men from various tribes who come together to battle ancient evils.
• It's the third novel in Niswander's "Shaman" Cycle, following The Charm (1993) and The Serpent Slayers (1994), inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Frank Belknap Long.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of this edition, which concludes "this novel succeeds through its intelligent fusion of cosmic horror and Native American mysticism and tripwire pacing that keeps events hurtling energetically to the finale."

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Silverberg, Robert : Dying Inside
(Orb 978-0-765-32230-2, $15.95, 302pp, trade paperback, March 2009, cover art Brad Holland)

SF novel about a man who's made his way through life with a freak ability to read minds, now realizing in middle age that his power is fading, and along with it his sense of self.
• This edition has a March 2008 introduction by Silverberg.
• Tor's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt. Amazon reproduces Michael Dirda's Washington Post review from earlier this year; he said the book is "Now widely regarded as Robert Silverberg's masterpiece" and writes "It's insane that 'Dying Inside' should be subtly dismissed as merely a genre classic. This is a superb novel about a common human sorrow, that great shock of middle age -- the recognition that we are all dying inside and that all of us must face the eventual disappearance of the person we have been."
• The book was a Hugo and Nebula nominee, and won a special John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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Classic Reprints:
through September 2009

posted 12 September 2009




Opening lines:

So, then, I have to go downtown to the University and forage for dollars again. It doesn't take much cash to keep me going -- $200 a month will do nicely -- but I'm running low, and I don't dare try to borrow from my sister again.




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Were they truly intelligent? By themselves, that is? I don't know and I don't know how we can ever find out. I'm not a lab man; I'm an operator.




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The chill uncanny breath of a dark menace millions of miles away pervaded the spacious, softly-lit office high in the greatest of New York's mighty towers.




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His job, as always, bored him. So he had during the previous week gone to the ship's transmitter and attached conduits to the permanent electrodes extending from his pineal gland.




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