The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984-1998

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Paperback Talk Ray Walters (Academy Chicago 0-89733-108-7, Nov ’85 [Oct ’85], $19.95, 329pp, hc) Non-fiction, of associational interest. A survey of paperback publishing in the U.S., based on Walters’ New York Times book review column and other articles which have appeared over the past 25 years. It’s a compendium of short pieces, rather than a history and has sections on sf, fantasy, and horror; it even mentions sf conventions. The introduction is by the Ballantines, and the new “Future of Publishing” essay is of particular interest. Recommended. (CNB)

Shai’s Destiny Daniel Walther (DAW 0-88677-033-5, Apr ’85 [Mar ’85], $2.75, 221pp, pb) [Shai] Fantasy novel, the second book of Shai. This French novel has been translated by C.J. Cherryh.

The Book of Sorrows Walter Wangerin (Harper & Row 0-06-2500929-2, Jun ’85 [May ’85], $14.95, 338pp, hc) [Book of the Dun Cow] Fantasy novel, sequel to The Book of the Dun Cow.

The Centrifugal Rickshaw Dancer William John Watkins (Popular Library/Questar 0-445-20131-2, Nov ’85 [Oct ’85], $2.95, 233pp, pb) [Legrange League] Sf novel.

The Book of Being Ian Watson (Gollancz 0-575-03596-X, Jun ’85 [May ’85], £8.95, 184pp, hc) [Yaleen] Sf novel, conclusion of the “Book of the River” trilogy.

The Book of Ian Watson Ian Watson (Mark V. Ziesing 0-9612970-4-2, Sep ’85 [Aug ’85], $35.00 signed, 366pp, hc) Collection of fiction and essays, mostly culled from a wide variety of magazines, put together as a sort of autobiography.

The Book of Ian Watson Ian Watson (Mark V. Ziesing 0-9612970-3-4, Sep ’85 [Aug ’85], $18.50, 366pp, hc) Trade edition of the above.

The Book of the River Ian Watson (DAW 0-88677-104-8, Jan ’86 [Dec ’85], $3.50, 256pp, pb) [Yaleen] Reprint (Gollancz 1984) sf quasi-novel (the four parts appeared earlier in magazines), first U.S. edition. The first of a trilogy.

Converts Ian Watson (St. Martin’s 0-312-16945-0, Mar ’85 [Feb ’85], $11.95, 191pp, hc) Sf novel; first American edition (Panther 1984) and first hardcover edition.

Slow Birds and Other Stories Ian Watson (Gollancz 0-575-03675-3, Oct ’85, £8.95, 190pp, hc) Collection of 11 stories. Recommended. (FCM)

The Misenchanted Sword Lawrence Watt-Evans (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-31822-6, Sep ’85 [Aug ’85], $2.95, 292pp, pb) [Ethshar] Fantasy novel.

Splashman Lydia Weaver (NAL/Signet Vista 0-451-14020-6, Dec ’85 [Nov ’85], $2.50, 190pp, pb) Young-adult fantasy novel of a teenage merman. “Is Jane’s crush on a teenage merman leading her into deep water?”

The Adventures of Terra Tarkington, R.N. Sharon Webb (Bantam 0-553-24862-6, Mar ’85 [Feb ’85], $2.95, 203pp, pb) [Terra Tarkington] Episodic sf novel; the adventures of an interstellar nurse. The listed pieces appeared previously. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

Ram Song Sharon Webb (Bantam Spectra 0-553-25168-6, Oct ’85 [Sep ’85], $2.95, 220pp, pb) [Earthchild Trilogy] Reprint (Atheneum 1984) sf novel, conclusion of a trilogy.

V: Prisoners and Pawns Howard Weinstein (Pinnacle 0-523-42439-6, Mar ’85 [Feb ’85], $2.95, 181pp, pb) [V] Sf novelization based on the continuing tv series. Sixth book in the series.

V: East Coast Crisis Howard Weinstein & A. C. Crispin (Gregg 0-8398-2841-1, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $12.95, 305pp, hc) [V] Reprint (Pinnacle 1984) sf novel based on the tv series. First hardcover edition.

DragonLance Chronicles, Vol. 2: Dragons of Winter Night Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (TSR 0-88038-174-4, Jun ’85 [May ’85], $3.50, 399pp, pb) [DragonLance: Chronicles] Fantasy novel based on a role-playing game.

DragonLance Chronicles, Vol. 3: Dragons of Spring Dawning Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (TSR 0-394-74183-8, Sep ’85, $3.50, 380pp, pb) [DragonLance: Chronicles] Gaming-influenced fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy.

Science Made Stupid Tom Weller (Houghton Mifflin 0-395-36646-1, Feb ’85 [Jan ’85], $6.95, 80pp, pb) Non-sf, associational. Written and illustrated by Weller, this humor book does for science what Airplane did for plane-in-distress movies. It’s utterly silly, and hilarious. Don’t miss the typographical credits and the ads at the back. (FCM)

The School of Darkness Manly Wade Wellman (Doubleday 0-385-19065-4, Dec ’85 [Nov ’85], $12.95, 182pp, hc) Fantasy novel featuring John Thunstone, psychic investigator.

The Voice of the Mountain Manly Wade Wellman (Doubleday 0-385-18397-6, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $11.95, 178pp, hc) [Silver John] Fantasy novel of “Silver John.”

In the Days of the Comet H. G. Wells (Hogarth 0-7012-0580-6, Sep ’85 [Oct ’85], £3.95, 249pp, pb) Reprint (Macmillan U.K. 1906) visonary sf novel of England transformed by a comet into a Utopia. Introduction by Brian Aldiss.

Science, Myth, and the Fictional Creation of Alien Worlds Albert Wendland (UMI 0-8357-1608-2, Jun ’85 [May ’85], $24.95 + postage, 200pp, hc) Non-fiction, literary criticism. This is a revision of a thesis.

H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life Anthony West (NAL/Meridian 0-452-00735-6, Jul ’85 [Jun ’85], $10.95, 405pp, pb) Reprint (Random House 1984) biography by the author’s son. Non-fiction, associational. [H. G. Wells]

The Devil on the Road Robert Westall (Ace 0-441-14290-7, Nov ’85 [Oct ’85], $2.75, 200pp, pb) Reprint (Greenwillow 1978) fantasy novel of time travel into the 17th century, where the hero meets a witch. A less-than-traditional hero, a time-traveling cat, and an excellent sense of place combine to make this a well-above-average fantasy for all ages. Recommended. (DLN)

Children of the Light Susan Weston (St. Martin’s 0-312-13236-0, Dec ’85 [Nov ’85], $15.95, 262pp, hc) Post holocaust sf novel, a first novel. It’s beautifully written, avoiding despair as well as pulpish adventure to focus on the continuing richness of human nature. Highly recommended. (FCM)

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton Edith Wharton (Scribner’s 0-684-18582-X, Apr ’85 [Mar ’85], $8.95, 276pp, pb) Reissue (Scribner’s 1973) collection of 11 stories. Also available (-14829-3) in a library hc edition.

Caracole Edmund White (Dutton 0-525-24281-3, Sep ’85, $17.95, 342pp, hc) This is billed as an erotic “epic fantasy novel.” It’s set in an imagined world which “recalls Paris under the Nazis, Venice under the Austrians, or Rio under the Portuguese.”

Hospital Station James White (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-32068-9, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $2.50, 191pp, pb) [Sector General] Reissue (Ballantine 1962) sf novel. Fifth printing. First in the “Sector General” series.

Star Healer James White (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-32089-1, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $2.75, 217pp, pb) [Sector General] Sf novel, part of the “Sector General” series.

Forbidden World Ted White & David F. Bischoff (Popular Library/Questar 0-445-20017-0, May ’85 [Apr ’85], $2.95, 224pp, pb) Reprint (Fawcett/Popular Library 1978) sf novel. Since this was originally a Fawcett/Popular Library book and is now Warner/Popular Library/Questar, it’s hard to decide if we should call it a reprint or a reissue....

Breathing Space Only Wynne Whiteford (Ace 0-441-07288-7, Jan ’86 [Dec ’85], $2.75, 152pp, pb) Reprint (Cory & Collins 1980) sf novel, first U.S. edition.

Thor’s Hammer Wynne Whiteford (Ace 0-441-80755-0, Nov ’85 [Oct ’85], $2.75, 138pp, pb) Reprint (Cory & Collins 1983), first U.S. edition; short sf novel about troubleshooters vs. a rebellious asteroid miner.

Grimalkin’s Tales Stella Whitelaw, Judy Gardiner & Mark Ronson (St. Martin’s 0-312-35057-0, Sep ’85, $10.95, 160pp, hc) Reprint (U.K. 1983) original anthology of 12 stories, 4 by each author, dealing with cats; the tales include sf and fantasy.

A Princess of the Chameln Cherry Wilder (Baen 0-671-55966-4, Jul ’85 [Jun ’85], $2.95, 345pp, pb) [Rulers of Hylor] Reprint (Atheneum 1984) fantasy novel, first of a trilogy.

Yorath the Wolf Cherry Wilder (Baen 0-671-55987-7, Oct ’85 [Sep ’85], $2.95, 246pp, pb) [Rulers of Hylor] Reprint (Atheneum 1984) fantasy novel, #2 in “The Rulers of Hylor”.

The Jewel of the Nile Joan Wilder (Avon 0-380-89984-1, Nov ’85, $3.50, 281pp, pb) Novelization of the romantic fantasy sequel to Romancing the Stone. The author is given as “Catherine Lanigan writing as Joan Wilder;” based on a screenplay by Mark Rosenthal and Lawrence Konner.

Welcome, Chaos Kate Wilhelm (Berkley 0-425-07585-0, Mar ’85 [Feb ’85], $2.95, 297pp, pb) Reprint (Houghton Mifflin 1983) sf novel. Recommended. (CNB)

C.L.U.T.Z. and the Fizzion Formula Marilyn Z. Wilkes (Gollancz 0-575-03692-3, Aug ’85 [Jul ’85], £6.50, 136pp, hc) Reprint (Dial 1985) juvenile sf novel. We have not seen the Dial edition and it may not exist, in which case this would be the first edition.

Things Invisible to See Nancy Willard (Knopf 0-394-54058-1, Feb ’85 [Jan ’85], $14.95 FPT, 263pp, hc) A delightful literary fantasy of metaphysics, baseball, and nostalgia. Recommended. (FCM)

Things Invisible to See Nancy Willard (Bantam Spectra 0-553-25563-0, Jan ’86 [Dec ’85], $3.50, 262pp, pb) Reprint (Knopf 1985) fantasy novel of baseball, love, and World War II.

The Sword of Forbearance Paul O. Williams (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-32504-4, Oct ’85 [Sep ’85], $2.95, 245pp, pb) [Pelbar Cycle] Sf novel, conclusion of the “Pelbar Cycle” (Book #7).

Tailchaser’s Song Tad Williams (DAW 0-8099-0002-5, Nov ’85, $15.95FPT, 333pp, hc) Fantasy novel, a first novel. A feline version of Watership Down.

Knight Moves Walter Jon Williams (Tor 0-812-55794-8, Feb ’85 [Jan ’85], $2.95, 317pp, pb) Sf novel. Very early Zelazny-esque, but with its own flavor. Recommended. (DLN)

The New Devil’s Dictionary: Creepy Cliches and Sinister Synonyms J. N. Williamson (W. Paul Ganley 0-932445-13-6, Sep ’85 [Aug ’85], $15.00, 57pp, hc) Less a dictionary than a compendium of horror cliches, with estimates of the percentage of authors who resort to them. Suitably gruesome illustrations by J.K. Potter. A deluxe signed edition (-20-9, $30.00) is also available.

The New Devil’s Dictionary: Creepy Cliches and Sinister Synonyms J. N. Williamson (W. Paul Ganley 0-932445-12-8, Sep ’85 [Aug ’85], $5.00, 57pp, pb) Paperback edition of the above.

The Humanoid Touch Jack Williamson (Bantam 0-553-24967-3, Apr ’85 [Mar ’85], $2.75, 210pp, pb) [Humanoids] Reissue (Phantasia 1980) sf novel. Sequel to The Humanoids. 3rd printing.

The Legion of Time Jack Williamson (Bluejay 0-312-94283-4, Nov ’85 [Dec ’85], $8.95, 247pp, pb) [Legion of Time] Reprint (Fantasy Press 1952) collection of two short novels, “The Legion of Time” and “After Worlds End,” with illustrations by Ilene Meyer.

Lifeburst Jack Williamson (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-32977-5, Nov ’85 [Oct ’85], $2.95, 286pp, pb) Reprint (Del Rey 1984) sf novel.

Wonder’s Child: My Life in Science Fiction Jack Williamson (Bluejay 0-312-94456-X, Nov ’85 [Dec ’85], $8.95, 275pp, pb) Reprint (Bluejay 1984), non-fiction, autobiography. This book won the Hugo in 1985.

Fire Watch Connie Willis (Bluejay 0-312-94162-5, Feb ’85 [Jan ’85], $14.95, 274pp, hc) Collection of 12 stories by a major new talent. There is one new story, “All My Darling Daughters”. Recommended. (CNB)

Variety’s Complete Science Fiction Reviews ed. Donald Willis (Garland 0-8240-8712-7, Feb ’86 [Dec ’85], $17.95, 479pp, pb) Non-fiction, reference book. Photoreproduction of sf/fantasy movie reviews from Variety from 1907 through 1984. It was also announced in hardcover, -6263-9, $27.95.

Lifeforce Colin Wilson (Warner 0-446-32611-9, Jun ’85 [May ’85], $2.95, 220pp, pb) Reprint (Random House 1976 as The Space Vampires) sf novel; movie tie-in edition, but there are no stills from the film.

Wheels Within Wheels F. Paul Wilson (Berkley 0-425-07451-X, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $2.75, 186pp, pb) [LaNague] Reprint (Doubleday 1978) sf novel.

Gahan Wilson’s America Gahan Wilson (Simon & Schuster 0-671-55512-X, Nov ’85, $14.95, 143pp, hc) Gahan Wilson’s latest cartoon collection targets the U.S.A.

The Widow’s Son Robert Anton Wilson (Bluejay 0-312-94457-8, 1985 [Dec ’85], $9.95, 343pp, pb) [Illuminatus] Historical novel, Vol. II of the “Historical Illuminatus Chronicles”.

Inside Babel Snoo Wilson (Chatto & Windus 0-7011-2853-4, Aug ’85 [Oct ’85], £9.95, 208pp, hc) “Spoof sf” satirical novel — Chrissie’s adventures in a strange future society.

Faery! ed. Terri Windling (Ace 0-441-22564-0, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $2.95, 308pp, pb) Anthology including both original and reprint material.

Science Fiction Film Source Book ed. David Wingrove (Longman 0-582-89239-2, Nov ’85, price unknown, 312pp, hc) Non-fiction, reference work, with plot outlines, critiques, cast and production details, and articles on literary sources, special effects, etc. This is in the same format as Wingrove’s earlier Science Fiction Source Book, with star rating systems. There is a foreword by Brian Aldiss.

Faces of Fear: Encounters with the Creators of Modern Horror Douglas E. Winter (Berkley 0-425-07670-9, Nov ’85, $6.95, 277pp, pb) Non-fiction, interviews of 17 horror writers including King, Straub, Barker, and Bloch, plus a horror fiction buying guide and lists of recommended books and films.

Adam’s Common David Wiseman (Houghton Mifflin 0-395-35976-7, Jan ’85 [Dec ’84], $11.95, 175pp, hc) Young-adult fantasy novel about a girl who travels back in time.

V: The Crivit Experiment Allen Wold (Pinnacle 0-523-42466-3, Jul ’85 [Jun ’85], $2.95, 181pp, pb) [V] Media tie-in sf novel.

V: The Pursuit of Diana Allen Wold (Gregg 0-8398-2868-3, Apr ’85 [Mar ’85], $12.95, 186pp, hc) [V] Reprint (Pinnacle 1984) sf novel based on the tv show. First hardcover edition.

Free Live Free Gene Wolfe (Gollancz 0-575-03725-3, Sep ’85 [Aug ’85], £9.95, 399pp, hc) Reprint (Ziesing 1984) sf novel, billed as “a fantasy” but more a mainstream novel of character than anything else. This edition has been slightly revised from the limited edition issued last year. Wolfe’s love for his characters infuses this book about the down-and-outs of the world with a very special charm. Recommended. (DLN)

Free Live Free Gene Wolfe (Tor 0-312-93248-0, Nov ’85 [Oct ’85], $16.95, 403pp, hc) Reprint (Ziesing 1984) sf novel. This is a slightly revised edition. It follows the text of the 1985 Gollancz edition.

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