The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1999

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Death Drives a Semi Edo van Belkom (Quarry Press 1-55082-214-4, Nov ’98 [Mar ’99], $14.95, 263pp, tp) Collection of 20 horror and dark fantasy stories, two original. Includes Stoker Award-winner “Rat Food” (co-authored with David Nickle). Introduction by Robert J. Sawyer. Order from Quarry Press, PO Box 1061, Kingston ON K7L 4Y5 Canada; 613-548-8429; e-mail:

A.D. 999 Jadrien Bell (Ace 0-441-00673-6, Nov ’99, $5.99, 309pp, pb, cover by Lisa Falkenstern) Millennial historical fantasy novel. Satan and Loki team to bring Apocalypse to Britain on the eve of the (first) millennium. Bell is a pen name for Christie Golden.

Soft as Steel: The Art of Julie Bell Julie Bell (Thunder’s Mouth Press 1-56025-191-3, Jun ’99, $21.95, 128pp, hc, cover by Julie Bell) Art book with text by Nigel Suckling. Works are primarily fantasy illustrations for book covers, comic books, and trading cards, but this also has some private works, including portraits and figure studies. Introduction by Brian Aldiss. First US edition (Paper Tiger 1999).

The Lamp from the Warlock’s Tomb John Bellairs (Penguin/Puffin 0-14-130077-9, Aug ’99 [Jul ’99], $4.99, 168pp, tp, cover by Edward Gorey) [Anthony Monday] Reprint (Dial 1987) young-adult fantasy novel in the “Anthony Monday” series.

The Mansion in the Mist John Bellairs (Penguin/Puffin 0-14-034933-2, Aug ’99 [Jul ’99], $4.99, 170pp, tp, cover by Edward Gorey) [Anthony Monday] Reissue (Dial 1992) young-adult fantasy novel in the “Anthony Monday” series. Ninth printing.

Cosm Gregory Benford (Avon Eos 0-380-79052-1, Feb ’99 [Jan ’99], $6.99, 374pp, pb) Reprint (Avon Eos 1998) SF novel. A physicist creates a world and fights academia, government, and public opinion for control.

Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia Gregory Benford (Avon Bard 0-380-97537-8, Feb ’99 [Jan ’99], $20.00, 225pp, hc, cover by Tom Canty) Associational non-fiction about attempts to leave messages for the far future, as well as extra-terrestrial civilizations.

The Martian Race Gregory Benford (Warner Aspect 0-446-52633-9, Dec ’99 [Nov ’99], $23.95, 340pp, hc, cover by Stephen Youll) [Martian Race] SF novel about an effort to win a huge prize by staging the first manned mission to Mars.

Shiva Descending Gregory Benford & William Rotsler (Tor 0-812-51690-7, Nov ’99, $6.99, 396pp, pb) Reissue (Avon 1980) SF disaster novel. Fourth printing.

The Burning Road Ann Benson (Delacorte 0-385-33289-0, Apr ’99 [Mar ’99], $23.95, 467pp, hc) [Alejandro Canches; Janie Crowe] Very-near-future SF novel/historical, sequel to The Plague Tales. Physicians in 14th-century France and 2007 America continue to fight plagues and politics.

DragonLance: Dalamar the Dark Nancy Varian Berberick (Wizards of the Coast 0-7869-1565-X, Jan 2000 [Dec ’99], $5.99, 310pp, tp) [DragonLance: Classics] Novelization based on the role-playing games, part of the “DragonLance Classic” line. Copyrighted by Wizards of the Coast.

The Wonder J. D. Beresford (University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books 0-8032-6162-4, Oct ’99 [Sep ’99], $13.00, 295pp, tp, cover by R. W. Boeche) Reprint (Sidgwick & Jackson 1911 as The Hampdenshire Wonder) SF novel. Introduction by Jack L. Chalker. Order from University of Nebraska Press, 312 North 14th St, PO Box 880484, Lincoln NE 68588-0484; 800-755-1105.

Collected Tales and Fantasies Lord Berners (Turtle Point Press & Helen Marx Books 1-885983-38-7, 1999 [Jun ’99], $16.95, 434pp, tp, cover by Jean Hannon Douglas) Omnibus of six novels and stories, including the SF short novel Count Omega (Constable 1941).

The China Garden Liz Berry (Avon Tempest 0-380-73228-9, Oct ’99, $6.99, 285pp, tp) Reprint (Gollancz 1994) young-adult fantasy novel.

Dragon and Phoenix Joanne Bertin (Tor 0-312-86430-2, Nov ’99, $25.95, 539pp, hc, cover by Bob Eggleton) [Last Dragonlord] Fantasy novel, sequel to The Last Dragonlord. Maurynna can’t repeat her transformation to dragon form, but a captured dragonlord needs rescue.

The Last Dragonlord Joanne Bertin (Tor 0-812-54541-9, Sep ’99 [Aug ’99], $5.99, 471pp, pb, cover by Bob Eggleton) [Last Dragonlord] Reprint (Tor; Earthlight UK 1998) fantasy novel of shapechanging Dragonlords.

Chi Alexander Besher (Simon & Schuster 0-684-83088-4, Jul ’99 [Jun ’99], $24.00, 304pp, hc, cover by Evan Gaffney) [Gobi] Near-future virtual reality SF novel, third in the “Rim” trilogy. A drug cartel that deals in human chi essences has designs on a new superhuman race. First US edition (Orbit 1999).

The Deceivers Alfred Bester (Pocket/ibooks 0-671-03889-3, Sep ’99 [Aug ’99], $14.00, 268pp, tp) Reprint (Wallaby 1981) SF novel, with an afterword by Julius Schwartz and Elliott S. Maggin. Packaged by ibooks, a Byron Preiss company.

Star Trek, the Next Generation: Double Helix 1: Infection John Gregory Betancourt (Pocket 0-671-03255-0, Jun ’99 [May ’99], $6.50, 226pp, pb) [Star Trek, the Next Generation: Double Helix] Star Trek novelization, first in a series of six. Copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.

More Annotated H.P. Lovecraft ed. John Gregory Betancourt & Leigh Grossman (Dell/DTP 0-440-50875-4, Aug ’99 [Jul ’99], $13.95, 312pp, tp) Collection of ten stories heavily annotated by S.T. Joshi and Peter Cannon. Introduction by Cannon. There is no table of contents. Illustrated with photos and art depicting places in Lovecraft’s life and works. Stories copyrighted by Arkham House, this edition copyrighted by Swordsmith Productions (Grossman) and The Wildside Press (Betancourt), and packaged by Wildside press. The editors are mentioned only on the copyright page.

Wild Wild West Bruce Bethke (Warner Aspect 0-446-60767-3, May ’99, $6.99, 247pp, pb) Novelization of the movie based on the TV series. Includes eight unpaginated pages of b&w stills. Copyrighted by Warner Books.

The Folk Keeper Franny Billingsley (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum 0-689-82876-4, Oct ’99, $16.00, 162pp, hc, cover by Leonid Gore) Young-adult fantasy novel about a girl charged with keeping the wild folk underground under control.

Heir to the Shadows Anne Bishop (Penguin/Roc 0-451-45672-6, Apr ’99 [Mar ’99], $5.99, 482pp, pb, cover by Matthew Innis) [Black Jewels] Fantasy novel, book two of the “Black Jewels” trilogy. Young Witch-to-be Jaenelle recovers as Saetan’s ward, wrapping the undead lord around her little finger while outsiders plot for power.

Seven Deadly Sins Michael Bishop (Checkmate Publishing 0-9669888-0-9, Mar ’99 [May ’99], $24.95, 382pp, hc, cover by Steve McBride) Horror novel. A man sells his soul and becomes a killer. This is a pseudonymous author who is not the well-known SF and fantasy Michael Bishop.

Galaxy Quest Terry Bisson (Ace 0-441-00718-X, Nov ’99, $5.99, 169pp, pb) Movie novelization. Aliens ask help from the cast of an old SF television show. Copyrighted by DreamWorks.

The Leper’s Companions Julia Blackburn (Random House/Pantheon 0-679-43984-6, Apr ’99 [Mar ’99], $22.00, 197pp, hc) Literary fantasy/allegorical novel set in the Middle Ages. A man finds a mermaid on the beach and sets off a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. First American edition (Cape 1999).

Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction Russell Blackford, Van Ikin & Sean McMullen (Greenwood Press 0-313-25112-6, Jul ’99, $65.00, 247pp, hc) Non-fiction, reference. Covers Australian SF from its pre-1925 roots in romances and utopian works, to its “serious recognition” in the 1990s. Includes bibliography and index. Part of the “Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy” series. Available from Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Box 5007, Greenwood CT 06881; orders 800-225-5800.

Dragons: The Modern Infestation Pamela Wharton Blanpied (SFBC #03342, Apr ’99, $9.98, 142pp, hc) Reprint (Boydell Press UK 1979, revised 1996) humorous non-fiction scholarly nature guide to dragons, with mock photos, etc. This special SFBC edition has ISBN 0-7394-0158-0; it lacks a price and has the SFBC number on the back jacket.

The Rainy Season James P. Blaylock (Ace 0-441-00618-3, Aug ’99 [Jul ’99], $21.95, 356pp, hc, cover by Tim Barrall) Dark fantasy/ghost novel set in 1884 and modern rainy California.

Ravenshadow Win Blevins (Tor/Forge 0-312-86565-1, Nov ’99 [Oct ’99], $25.95, 448pp, hc, cover by Jim Carroll) Contemporary fantasy of a Sioux seeking to return to the ways of his people through vision quests, reliving the disaster at Wounded Knee.

Star Trek: Spock Must Die! James Blish (Bantam Spectra 0-553-24634-8, Jun ’99 [May ’99], $5.50, 118pp, pb, cover by Kazuhiko Sano) [Star Trek] Reissue (Bantam 1970) Star Trek novelization. 20th printing.

A.N.G.E.L.S. Inc. Robert W. Bliss (McGraw-Hill/Primis Custom Publishing 0-07-229823-5, 1998 [Apr ’99], $7.75, 293pp, pb) Near-future SF novel. Genetically-engineered humans have an unexpected flaw in their makeup. A first novel. The book is copyrighted by McGraw-Hill, a reputable publisher, but a note on the copyright page makes it sound like a vanity press.

The Lost Bloch, Volume 1: The Devil With You! Robert Bloch (Subterranean Press 1-892284-19-7, May ’99, $40.00, 328pp, hc, cover by Bernie Wrightson) Collection of four short novels and novellas from the pulps, two previously uncollected. One was previously published as a solo book: “The Big Binge” (1971 as It’s All in Your Mind). Edited and with an introduction and an interview with Bloch by David J. Schow; foreword by Stefan Dzemianowicz. The subtitle does not appear on the jacket. This is a signed (by Dziemianowicz & Schow) limited edition of 724; a lettered edition is also available (-20-0, $150.00). Order from Subterranean Press, PO Box 190106, Burton MI 48519.

The Hanged Man Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins/Cotler 0-06-440832-9, Sep ’99, $7.95, xii + 137pp, tp, cover by Suza Scalora) Reprint (HarperCollins 1994) associational YA novel with elements of magic realism. This has a 13-page reading group guide in the back.

Violet & Claire Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins/Cotler 0-06-027749-1, Oct ’99 [Sep ’99], $14.95, 169pp, hc, cover by Suza Scalora) Associational young-adult novel set in Hollywood. Two teens, one who believes faeries were an ancient race, plan to make a movie.

Weetzie Bat Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins 0-06-440818-3, Apr ’99 [Mar ’99], $7.95, 113pp, tp, cover by Suza Scalora) [Weetzie Bat] Reissue (Harper & Row 1990) young-adult contemporary fantasy novella, first in the “Weetzie Bat” series. This is a special 10th-Anniversary edition; a Charlotte Zolotow book. A hardcover edition (-020534-2, $14.95) is also available.

Night of the Wolf Alice Borchardt (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-42362-3, Aug ’99, $25.00, 454pp, hc, cover by Heather Kern) [Silver Wolf] Historical dark fantasy novel, prequel to The Silver Wolf.

Night of the Wolf Alice Borchardt (SFBC #06002, Nov ’99 [Dec ’99], $12.50, 454pp, hc, cover by Heather Kern) [Silver Wolf] Reprint (Del Rey 1999) historical dark fantasy novel, prequel to The Silver Wolf. This is similar to the Del Rey edition, except it lacks a price and has the SFBC number on the back jacket.

The Silver Wolf Alice Borchardt (SFBC #18871, Jan ’99 [Mar ’99], $12.50, 451pp, hc, cover by Heather Kern) [Silver Wolf] Reprint (Del Rey 1998) historical dark fantasy werewolf novel. This is similar to the Del Rey edition, except it lacks a price and has the SFBC number on the back jacket.

The Silver Wolf Alice Borchardt (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-42361-5, Jun ’99 [May ’99], $6.99, 460pp, pb) [Silver Wolf] Reprint (Del Rey 1998) historical dark fantasy werewolf novel. This includes a six-page interview with Borchardt.

Collected Fictions Jorge Luis Borges (Penguin US 0-14-028680-2, Sep ’99 [Aug ’99], $16.95, 565pp, tp) Reprint (Viking 1998) collection of 101 stories, translated, with notes, by Andrew Hurley.

Everything and Nothing Jorge Luís Borges (New Directions 0-8112-1400-1, Apr ’99 [Mar ’99], $7.50, 108pp, tp) A “bibelot” collection of five stories and six prose pieces from Labyrinths (1964) and Seven Nights (1988). Translated by Donald A. Yates, James E. Irby, John M. Fein, and Eliot Weinberger; introduction by Donald A. Yates.

The Compleat Boucher Anthony Boucher (NESFA Press 1-886778-02-7, Jan ’99, $25.00, 531pp, hc, cover by Jane Dennis) Collection of 45 stories, one original, and one recipe; contains all of the SF and fantasy written by Boucher. Introduction by editor James A. Mann. Order from NESFA Press, PO Box 809, Framingham MA 01701-0809; e-mail

The Compleat Boucher Anthony Boucher (SFBC #06518, Nov ’99 [Dec ’99], $12.50, 531pp, hc, cover by Jane Dennis) Reprint (NESFA 1999) collection. This is similar to the NESFA edition, except it lacks a price and has the SFBC number on the back jacket.

Return to Mars Ben Bova (Avon Eos 0-380-97640-4, Jun ’99 [May ’99], $25.00, 404pp, hc, cover by Gregory Bridges) [Mars] SF novel, sequel to Mars. Jamie Waterman returns to Mars with a profit-motivated expedition.

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