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2009 Directories




 

Asimov, Isaac : The Stars, Like Dust
(Orb 978-0-7653-1915-9, $14.99, 235pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

SF novel, Asimov's second novel after Pebble in the Sky and one of three novels in the "Empire" series with that novel and The Currents of Space (1952), about a student at the University of Earth who investigates his father's death on a planet ruled by the Tyranni empire.
• Tor's site has this description. The trade paperback listed here is a reprint of Tor's hardcover edition published a year ago.
• Wikipedia has this page about the book.

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Brackett, Leigh : The Sword Of Rhiannon
(Paizo/Planet Stories 978-1-60125-152-7, $12.99, 170pp, trade paperback, April 2009, cover painting Daren Bader)

Space opera/sword and sorcery novel about a Martian explorer who's sent back in time to an era when the planet was green. It was first published in a shorter version as "Sea-Kings of Mars" in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1949.
• This edition has a new introduction by Nicola Griffith.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• David Pringle's Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction gives it three stars (out of four) and quotes Brian Aldiss from Billion Year Spree: "The most magical sub-Burroughs of them all, the best evocation of that fantasy Mars we would all give our sword arm to visit."

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Broderick, Damien : The Dreaming
(Fantastic Books 1-60459-811-5, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Pocket, November 1980)

SF novel about an anthropologist whose exploration of aboriginal myths in the Australian desert lead to the discovery of a gateway revealing secrets of time and space.
• The original edition was titled The Dreaming Dragons, and was the one novel by an Australian author selected by David Pringle for his Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (which covered 1949 to 1984). This edition is updated and revised and is the author's preferred edition.
• It won a Ditmar Award and was a runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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Broderick, Damien : The Judas Mandala
(Fantastic Books 978-1-60459-818-6, $14.95, 152pp, trade paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Pocket Timescape, October 1982)

SF novel about an out-of-work poet who's flung 4000 into the future, where she encounters Ull, Upload Lifeform Lords.
• The publisher's description notes that this novel first introduced the term "virtual reality".
• A new afterword by the author describe the book's genesis and its relation to Frank Tipler's Omega Point theory, and includes a chapter omitted from the original edition.

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Disch, Thomas M. : The Prisoner
(Penguin 978-0143117223, $15, 256pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

Novelization of the 1960s series The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan, reissued with a tie-in cover for the new AMC series starring Ian McKellen.
• Amazon's page for the book includes its "Look Inside" feature with a preview of the opening pages, and mixed reader reviews.

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Kuttner, Henry : Robots Have No Tails
(Paizo Publishing/Planet Stories 978-1-60125-153-4, $12.99, 117pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover painting Tomasz Jedruszek)

Collection of five stories about inventor Galloway Gallegher, who's a genius when drunk but clueless when sober. The most famous of the stories is "The Proud Robot".
• This edition has the same five stories as the original Gnome Press volume, but rearranges them into chronological order by date of original publication in Astounding. Included are a 1952 introduction by C.L. Moore, and a new introduction by F. Paul Wilson.
• The publisher's site has description and order page.

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Moffett, Judith : Pennterra
(Fantastic Books 1-60459-729-1, $14.99, 288pp, trade paperback, August 2009)
(First edition: Congdon & Weed, September 1987)

SF novel about a Quakers who settle an alien planet, where their harmony with the natives is threatened by a second wave of colonists from Earth.
• This was the author's first novel, published the year she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
• Wikipedia has this page for the book with a detailed plot summary.
• Moffett's blog has this post about bringing the book back into print.

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* Smith, Clark Ashton : The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith
(Prime 978-1-60701-209-2, $14.95, 346pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

Collection of 18 fantasy stories, first published from 1931 to 1935, including "The City of Singing Flame" and "The Isle of the Torturers".
• The introduction is by Gene Wolfe.
• Site Eldritch Dark lists the table of contents. Despite the 2007 copyright indicated there, and an Amazon page for an earlier hardcover edition, the trade paperback listed here seems to be the first edition.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Though over 70 years old, these stories are still wonderfully weird and wildly entertaining, making this collection a timeless treasure to be cherished by fans of horror and the pulps."

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* Straub, Peter : American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps
(Library of America 978-1-59853-047-6, $35, 15+746pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Anthology of 44 stories first published from 1805 to 1945. Authors include Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.P. Lovecraft, and Robert Bloch.
• Straub provides the introduction and notes on the texts.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to the complete table of contents, an interview with Straub, and a sample story by David H. Keller.
• The two volumes of this anthology (see next listing) are available together as a boxed set.
• Amazon's page reproduces a Washington Post review by Dennis Drabelle.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the books in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "Both as a contemporary anthology and a fascinating historical survey, American Fantastic Tales is both irresistible and essential."

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* Straub, Peter : American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now
(Library of America 978-1-59853-048-3, $35, 15+713pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Second volume in the set, with that listed above. This volume has 42 stories published from 1941 to 2007.
• Authors include Fritz Leiber, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Jack Finney, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, John Crowley, Stephen King, Joe Hill, M. Rickert, and Gene Wolfe.

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Classic Reprints:
October - November 2009

posted 28 November 2009




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (Locus Online does not have access to materials sent to Locus Magazine).

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