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Clark Ashton Smith
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2010 Directories




 

* Anderson, Poul : Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire
(Baen 978-1-4391-3333-0, $13, 10+405pp, trade paperback, February 2010, cover art Dave Seeley)

Collection of one novel and five stories, the fifth volume on Baen's series collecting Anderson's "Technic Civilization" saga, following The Van Rijn Method (Sept. 2008), David Falkayn: Star Trader (Jan. 2009), Rise of the Terran Empire (June 2009), Young Flandry (Jan 2010, listed below).
• This book includes the novel The Day of Their Return (first published 1974), and the novella "A Message in Secret" (1959), which was reprinted in 1961 as an Ace Double called Mayday Orbit.
• Baen's site has this description with copyright credits of the contents and a link to the first story "Outpost of Empire".

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* Anderson, Poul : Young Flandry
(Baen 978-1-4391-3327-9, $13, 11+526pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art Dave Seeley)

Omnibus collection of three novels, the fourth volume on Baen's series collecting Anderson's "Technic Civilization" saga, following The Van Rijn Method (Sept. 2008), David Falkayn: Star Trader (Jan. 2009), and Rise of the Terran Empire (June 2009).
• This book includes Ensign Flandry (1966), A Circus of Hells (1970), and The Rebel Worlds (1969).
• Baen's site has this description with links to the first several chapters of the first novel.
• Russell Letson reviewed the volume in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "Anderson originally devised Flandry for a couple of pulpy, space-operatic entertainments in 1951 and continued his adventures intermittently through the rest of the decade. In those early stories, Flandry is a playboy, a dandy, a womanizer, a gourmet, and an agent of Terran Imperial Intelligence who is, despite his pleasure-loving lifestyle, highly competent and dedicated to duty. (Editor Hank Davis points out that his debut precedes by two years that of James Bond, to whom Flandry is often compared.) ...The three adventures presented [here] mark Anderson's decision to fill in his protagonist's back-story. This meant that the pulp hero had to be integrated with a darker sensibility that had been growing in Anderson's vision, and it makes for a certain tension in the protagonist's personality."

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Anthony, Piers : Steppe
(Paizo/Planet Stories 978-1-60125-182-4, $14.99, 125pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover painting Kieran Yanner)

SF novel about a 9th-century warrior-chieftain who's brought 1500 years into the future as a pawn an in interstellar game.
• It was first published in the UK in 1976, and in the US by Tor in 1985.
• This edition has an introduction by Chris Roberson.
• The publisher's site has this description with reader reviews.
• Amazon has several 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

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* Cook, Glen : The Many Deaths of the Black Company
(Tor 978-0-7653-2401-6, $17.99, 784pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art Raymond Swanland)

Omnibus of two dark fantasy novels in the Black Company series: Water Sleeps (1999) and Soldiers Live (2000).
• This is the fourth of Tor's Black Company compilations, following Chronicles of the Black Company (Nov 2007), The Books of the South: Tales of the Black Company (June 2008), and The Return of the Black Company (Sept 2009).
• Tor's site has this description of the new volume, with an excerpt.
• Amazon has several 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

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Dick, Philip K. : The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike
(Tor 978-0-7653-1693-6, $16.99, 304pp, trade paperback, March 2010)
(First edition: Mark V. Ziesing, June 1984)

Associational mainstream novel about a Jewish realtor in Marin County who discovers what he thinks are Neanderthal fossils.
• It was written in 1960 and not published until 1984. This edition is a reprint of Tor's 2009 hardcover.
• Wikipedia has this entry for the book with a short plot summary.
• Tor's site has this description.

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Engdahl, Sylvia : This Star Shall Abide
(Ad Stellae 978-0615348346, $10.95, 250pp, trade paperback, January 2010)

Young adult SF novel, first published in 1972 by Atheneum, about a young man who rebels against his society where knowledge is controlled by Scholars and Technicians.
• The book is first of a trilogy, followed by Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains (1973) and The Doors of the Universe (1981).
• The author's website has this page about the trilogy, with order information for e-book editions of all three books.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt. There are several reader reviews, including one which says "This is probably the best novel I have ever read (out of several thousand)".

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* Green, Simon R. : Damned If You Do in the Nightside
(UK: Solaris 978-1-906735-62-3, $7.99, 537pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover art Jonathan Barkat)

Omnibus edition of the seventh and eighth novels in Green's "Nightside" series about detective John Taylor in an otherworldly realm in the middle of London -- Hell to Pay (2007) and The Unnatural Inquirer (2008).
• Green's Wikipedia entry has a description of the series and a list of the previous books.
• The Amazon UK page has reviews from several readers annoyed with Amazon for not describing the title as an omnibus of previously published work.

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Hamilton, Peter F. : Fallen Dragon
(Orbit 978-0-316-02183-8, $14.99, 818pp, trade paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan, October 2001)

Space opera novel in the style of the author's "Night's Dawn" trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God), about Lawrence Newton, a mercenary for corporate pirates, who pursues a horde of alien treasure. It's one of the author's few stand-alone novels.
• Hamilton's site has this description. Wikipedia has a detailed summary with notes on philosophical themes.
• Amazon's "look inside" feature includes an excerpt. Amazon has the original Publishers Weekly review, which said "This hefty novel of interstellar war and alien contact in the 25th century, a sort of Starship Troopers as if written by Charles Dickens, ranks as one of Hamilton's best", and mostly positive reader reviews.

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Moorcock, Michael : Hawkmoon: The Jewel in the Skull
(Tor 978-0-7653-2473-3, $13.99, 222pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art Vance Kovacs)

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel, first of four books in the series about Dorian Hawkmoon (also known as the Runestaff series),
• Wikipedia has this entry about the Hawkmoon series.
• The book was first published by Lancer in the US in 1967.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of this new edition: "There is little space for nuanced politics or any depth of characterization, but the action is extremely fast-paced, and Moorcock fits more plot into 224 pages than other authors manage in a dozen volumes."

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Norton, Andre : Beast Master's Planet
(Tor 978-0-7653-2586-0, $15.99, 363pp, trade paperback, January 2010)

Omnibus of two SF novels, Beast Master (1959) and Lord of Thunder (1962), about a Native American soldier, Hosteen Storm, who uses his ability to mindlink with animals to fight the alien Xik on the planet Arzor.
• This is a paperback reprint of Tor's 2005 hardcover edition. Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon has quotes from original reviews, and one reader review.

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Norton, Andre : Search for the Star Stones
(Baen 978-1-4391-3337-8, $7.99, 534pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover by Bob Eggleton)

Omnibus of two novels, The Zero Stone (1968) and sequel Uncharted Stars (1969), about Murdoc Jern, the son of a murdered interstellar gem trader, who discovers a valuable alien artifact.
• This is a paperback reprint of Baen's 2008 hardcover edition.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has positive reader reviews.

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* Sidney-Fryer, Donald : The Atlantis Fragments
(Hippocampus Press 978-0-9824296-5-5, $25, 547pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Omnibus volume of fantasy poetry by an author otherwise known for editing books by Clark Ashton Smith. The book has an introduction by Brian Stableford.
• This volume was first published as three books: Songs and Sonnets Atlantean (1971, Arkham House -- Wikipedia has this entry with the table of contents); Songs and Sonnets Atlantean: The Second Series (2003, Wildside Press), and Songs and Sonnets Atlantean: The Third Series (2005, Phosphor Lantern Press).
• Hipppocampus' website has this description, with details about a limited hardcover edition, blurbs from Charles K. Wolfe, Gahan Wilson, and others, and a link to a review.

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Silverberg, Robert : The World Inside
(Orb 978-0-7653-2432-0, $14.99, 256pp, trade paperback, March 2010)
(First edition: Doubleday,   1971)

SF novel set in an overpopulated future in which reproduction and free sex are celebrated and people live in huge apartment towers called Urbmons.
• It was first published as a series of short stories and novellas, including "A Happy Day in 2381" and "The World Outside" (a Hugo nominee). The book was nominated for a Hugo, but withdrawn by the author in favor of A Time of Changes (which won the Nebula but lost the Hugo); it placed 6th in that year's Locus Poll for best novel.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of this edition: "By modern standards this is a lean book, but Silverberg can bring a world to life with a few carefully chosen words, and a recent HBO option suggests it will appeal to present-day audiences."

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January - March 2010

posted 19 June 2010




Opening lines:

Evening on Terra—

His Imperial Majesty, High Emperor Georgios Manuel Krishna Murasaki, of the Wang dynasty the fourth, Supreme Guardian of the Pax, Grand Director of the Stellar Council, Commander-in-chief, Final Arbiter, acknowledged supreme on more worlds and honorary head of more organizations than any one man could remember, had a birthday. On planets so remote that the unaided eye could not see their suns among those twinkling to life above Oceania, men turned dark and leathery, or thick and weary, by strange weathers lifted glasses in salute. The light waves carrying their pledge would lap on his tomb.




Opening lines:

Here begins a happy day in 2381. The morning sun is high enough to touch the uppermost fifty stories of Urban Monad 116. Soon the building's entire eastern face will glitter like the bosom of the sea at daybreak. Charles Mattern's window, activated by the dawn's early photons, deopaques. He stirs. God bless, he thinks. His wife yawns and stretches. His four children, who have been awake for hours, now can officially start their day. They rise and parade around the bedroom, singing:

God bless, god bless, god bless!
God bless us every one!
God bless Daddo, god bless Mommo, god bless you and me!
God bless us all, the short and tall,
Give us fer- til- i-tee!




Opening lines:

Count Brass, Lord Guardian of Kamarg, rode out on a horned horse one morning to inspect his territories. He rode until he came to a little hill, on the top of which stood a ruin of immense age. It was the ruin of a Gothic church whose walls of thick stone were smooth with the passing of winds and rains. Ivy clad much of it, and the ivy was of the flowering sort so that at this season purple and amber blossoms filled the dark windows, in place of the stained glass that had once decorated them. His rides always brought Count Brass to the ruin. He felt a kind of fellowship with it, for, like him, it was old; like him, it had survived much turmoil, and, like him, it seemed to have been strengthened rather than weakened by the ravages of time. The hill on which the ruin stood was a waving sea of tall, tough grass, moved by the wind. The hill was surrounded by the rich, seemingly infinite marshlands of Kamarg -- a lonely landscape populated by wild white bulls, horned horses, and giant scarlet flamingoes so large they could easily lift a grown man.




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