The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1999

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Havenstar Glenda Noramly (Virgin Worlds 0-7535-0390-5, Mar ’98, £6.99, 490pp, pb, cover by Jon Sullivan) Fantasy novel of a quest set among the Eight Stabilities, islands of order in a world being eaten by Chaos. A first novel.

Bernard’s Watch Andrew Norriss (Penguin/Puffin UK 0-14-130522-3, Oct ’99, £3.99, 137pp, pb) Young-adult novelisation of the TV series about a stopwatch that stops time.

David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ John Luther Novak (Simon & Schuster UK/Pocket 0-671-03308-5, Apr ’99 [May ’99], £6.99, 235pp, tp) Reprint (HarperEntertainment 1999 as by Christopher Priest) novelization of the film. Novak is a pseudonym of Christopher Priest. [First U.K. edition]

Beowulf Robert Nye (Dolphin 1-85881-076-0, Aug ’99, £4.50, 86pp, tp, cover by Ted Dewan) Reprint (Hamish Hamilton 1983) young-adult novella retelling the ancient myth. Copyrighted 1968 (Faber & Faber) and 1994 (Orion Children’s Books).

Infinite Riches Ben Okri (Orion/Phoenix 0-75380-680-0, Jul ’99 [Aug ’99], £6.99, 394pp, tp, cover by Alan McGowan) Reprint (Phoenix House 1998) literary novel with fantasy elements. Third in the series that began with The Famished Road.

Silverwing Kenneth Oppel (Hodder Children’s Books 0-340-74348-4, Aug ’99, £3.99, 274pp, tp, cover by Andrew Hutchinson) [Silverwing Saga] Reprint (HarperCollins Canada 1997) young-adult animal fantasy novel about bats. First in a series. [First U.K. edition]

Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell (Secker & Warburg 0-436-41055-9, Apr ’99, £20.00, 249pp, hc) [1984] Reprint (Secker & Warburg 1949) classic dark SF novel. Illustrated by Alex Williamson.

Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead: The City: Book 1 Darren O’Shaughnessy (Orion/Millennium 0-75281-639-X, Feb ’99, £6.99, 404pp, pb, cover by Black Sheep) [The City] Fantasy alternate world novel. A young gangster seeks to make a place for himself in the dangerous City, realm of the Cardinal.

The Puttermesser Papers Cynthia Ozick (Jonathan Cape 0-224-05998-X, Jul ’99 [Aug ’99], £10.00, 236pp, hc) Reprint (Knopf 1997) contemporary literary fantasy. An ethical, literature-loving New York woman lawyer constructs a golem. [First U.K. edition]

The Belly of the Bow K. J. Parker (Little, Brown/Orbit 1-85723-756-0, Apr ’99, £10.99, 442pp, tp, cover by Mick Van Houton) [Fencer Trilogy] Fantasy novel, second in the “Fencer” trilogy after Colours in the Steel. Bardas Loredan, fencer-at-law turned bowmaker, faces murderous sibling rivalry and an invasion of his new home.

Colours in the Steel K. J. Parker (Little, Brown/Orbit 1-85723-610-6, Mar ’99 [May ’99], £6.99, 533pp, pb, cover by Mick Van Houton) [Fencer Trilogy] Reprint (Orbit 1998) fantasy novel, first in the “Fencer Trilogy”.

Blue Light Gary Paulsen (Macmillan Children’s Books 0-333-74631-7, Jul ’99, £9.99, 248pp, hc, cover by Steve Kingston & Kim Thompson) Reprint (Delacorte 1998 as The Transall Saga) young-adult time-travel SF novel. A teen is transported to what appears to be another world. [First U.K. edition]

Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce (Oxford University Press 0-19-271777-4, Jun ’99, £5.99, 229pp, tp, cover by Christian Birmingham) Reissue (Oxford University Press 1958) young-adult fantasy novel.

Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce (Puffin UK 0-14-030893-8, Aug ’99, £4.99, 218pp, pb) Reissue (Oxford University Press 1958) young-adult fantasy novel.

The Clay Machine-Gun Victor Pelevin (Faber and Faber/Harbord Publishing 0-571-19406-0, Apr ’99, £9.99, x+335pp, tp, cover by Victor Pelevin) Literary fantasy novel. Translated by Andrew Bromfield from the original Russian Chapaev I Pustota (1996).

The Life of Insects Victor Pelevin (Faber and Faber 0-571-19405-2, Apr ’99, £6.99, 176pp, tp) Reprint (Harbord 1996) literary fantasy novel of a nightmarish future Russia where characters are simultaneously real people and actual insects. Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield.

Dust Charles Pellegrino (Bantam UK 0-553-50706-0, Feb ’99 [Jan ’99], £5.99, 543pp, pb, cover by Black Sheep) Reprint (Avon 1998) SF thriller. Major ecological changes threaten all mankind. [First U.K. edition]

Undying Love Margaret Pemberton (Severn House 0-7278-5453-4, Jul ’99, £16.99, 191pp, hc) Reprint (??? 1982 as Forever) dark fantasy novel. Beauregarde Clay is magically compelled to meet his lover, even after death. Based on ‘The Monkey’s Paw’. Copyrighted 1982, 1999, suggesting some revisions. A worldwide edition available in the US at $25.00.

Tathea Anne Perry (Headline 0-7472-2260-6, Feb ’99, £17.99, 378pp, hc, cover by Lee Gibbons) [Tathea] Christian fantasy novel. An exiled, widowed queen learns that nothing matters except The Book.

Doctor Who: Storm Harvest Robert Perry & Mike Tucker (BBC Books 0-563-55577-7, Jun ’99 [May ’99], £4.99, 279pp, pb) [Doctor Who: Missing Adventures] Novel based on the TV series. Book 22 in the BBC “Missing Adventures” series.

The Hand of Doume Elizabeth Pewsey (Orion/Dolphin 1-85881-545-2, Apr ’99, £4.50, 150pp, pb, cover by Ted Dewan) Humorous young-adult fantasy novel.

The Faeryland Companion Beatrice Phillpotts (Pavilion 1-86205-120-8, Dec ’99, £14.99, 96pp, hc, cover by John Anster Fitzgerald) Art book. Images and lore of faerie folk through the centuries.

Circle of Magic: The Fire in the Forging Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press UK 0-439-01105-1, Aug ’99, £5.99, 183pp, tp) [Circle of Magic] Reprint (Scholastic 1998 as Circle of Magic: Daja’s Book) young-adult fantasy novel. Third of the quartet. [First U.K. edition]

Circle of Magic: The Healing in the Vine Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press 0-439-01199-X, Nov ’99, £5.99, 208pp, tp) [Circle of Magic] Reprint (Scholastic 1999 as Circle of Magic: Briar’s Book) young-adult fantasy novel. Book 4 in the quartet. The young plant-mage Briar discovers a plague when he visits friends in the slums. [First U.K. edition]

Circle of Magic: The Power in the Storm Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press 0-590-54222-2, Feb ’99, £5.99, 203pp, tp) [Circle of Magic] Reprint (Scholastic 1998 as Circle of Magic: Tris’s Book) young-adult fantasy novel. Second in the quartet. [First U.K. edition]

The Emperor Mage Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press UK 0-439-01159-0, Jul ’99, £3.99, 334pp, pb) [Immortals] Reprint (Scholastic UK 1994) young-adult fantasy novel. Book three of “The Immortals” quartet set in Tortall, the world of “The Song of the Lioness”. [First U.K. edition]

Realms of the Gods Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press UK 0-439-01160-4, Jul ’99, £3.99, 331pp, pb) [Immortals] Reprint (Scholastic UK 1996) young-adult fantasy novel, book four of “The Immortals” quartet set in Tortall, the world of “The Song of the Lioness”. [First U.K. edition]

Wild Magic Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press UK 0-439-01069-1, Jul ’99, £3.99, 344pp, pb) [Immortals] Reprint (Atheneum 1992) young-adult fantasy novel, book one of “The Immortals” quartet set in Tortall, the world of “The Song of the Lioness”. [First U.K. edition]

Wolf-Speaker Tamora Pierce (Scholastic Press UK 0-439-01158-2, Jul ’99, £3.99, 323pp, pb) [Immortals] Reprint (Atheneum 1993 as Wolf Speaker) young-adult fantasy novel. Book two of “The Immortals” quartet set in Tortall, the world of “The Song of the Lioness”. [First U.K. edition]

Tales of Terror Christopher Pike (Hodder Children’s Books 0-340-61916-3, Jan ’99, £4.99, 202pp, pb, cover by Nicholas Forder) Reprint (Pocket Archway 1997 as Tales of Terror #1) young-adult collection of six SF/horror stories, each with an introduction describing its inspiration. [First U.K. edition]

The Chosen: Book One of The Stone Dance of the Chameleon Trilogy Ricardo Pinto (Bantam UK 0-593-04171-2, Jan ’99, £16.99, x+496pp, hc, cover by Jim Burns) [Stone Dance of the Chameleon] Fantasy novel.

Dead Brides Edgar Allan Poe (Creation Books 1-84068-011-3, Oct ’99 [Nov ’99], £7.95, 96pp, tp, cover by Odilon Redon) Collection of five classic vampire tales. Includes a foreword by James Havoc, and an introduction by Jeremy Reed. Illustrated with Redon’s lithographic cycle, “À Edgar Poë” (1882).

The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories Edgar Allan Poe (Orion/Phoenix 0-75380-723-8, Sep ’99, £4.99, x+244pp, tp, cover by Brad Gray) Collection of 17 stories, a new selection edited and with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby.

Gateway Frederik Pohl (Orion/Millennium 1-85798-818-3, May ’99, £6.99, 313pp, tp, cover by Boris Vallejo) [Heechee (Robinette Broadhead)] Reprint (St. Martin’s 1977) classic SF novel. Volume 1 of the “Heechee” sequence. Winner of the Nebula Award, Hugo Award, and John W. Campbell Award. Volume 9 in the “SF Masterworks” series.

Operation Thunder Child Nick Pope (Simon & Schuster UK 0-684-85160-1, Oct ’99 [Sep ’99], £9.99, xii+292pp, tp) [Operation Thunder Child] SF novel. An investigation into mysterious attacks on the RAF reveals a conspiracy, and the advent of an extraterrestrial invasion. Based on incidents investigated by Pope as the UK Government’s UFO researcher.

Hunting Gumnor Stephen Potts (Mammoth 0-7497-3604-6, Mar ’99 [Jul ’99], £4.50, 215pp, pb, cover by Ian Andrew) Young-adult fantasy novel. The last Gumnor slips her chains, finally taking to the sea to find her destiny.

Carpe Jugulum Terry Pratchett (Transworld/Corgi 0-552-14615-3, Nov ’99 [Sep ’99], £5.99, 425pp, pb, cover by Josh Kirby) [Discworld] Reprint (Doubleday UK 1998) humorous fantasy novel. Book 23 in the “Discworld” series.

The City Watch Trilogy Terry Pratchett (Orion/Gollancz 0-575-06798-5, Dec ’99 [Nov ’99], £16.99, 759pp, hc, cover by Josh Kirby) [Discworld] Omnibus of three humorous fantasy novels in the “Discworld” series: Guards! Guards! (1989); Men at Arms (1993); and Feet of Clay (1996).

The Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett (Transworld/Doubleday UK 0-385-40995-8, Nov ’99 [Sep ’99], £16.99, 317pp, hc, cover by Josh Kirby) [Discworld] Humorous fantasy novel. Book 24 in the “Discworld” series. Officers of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch find themselves in the land of werewolves, vampires, and valuable fat deposits supposedly left by a mythic elephant.

The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy Terry Pratchett (Transworld/Doubleday UK 0-385-60080-1, Nov ’99 [Oct ’99], £12.99, 560pp, hc, cover by John Avon) [Johnny Maxwell] Reprint (SFBC 1998) young-adult fantasy omnibus of the three “Johnny Maxwell” books, Only You Can Save Mankind (1992), Johnny and the Dead (1993), and Johnny and the Bomb (1996). Copyrighted 1999. [First U.K. edition]

The Last Continent Terry Pratchett (Corgi 0-552-14614-5, May ’99, £5.99, 412pp, pb, cover by Josh Kirby) [Discworld] Reprint (Doubleday UK 1998) humorous fantasy novel, 22nd in the “Discworld” series.

Discworld Assassins’ Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000 Terry Pratchett & Stephen Briggs (Orion/Gollancz 0-575-06687-3, Aug ’99, £9.99, 128pp, hc, cover by Paul Kidby) Humorous blank-page diary, supposedly the book issued to new pupils of the Assassins Guild, including its rules, history, rationale, and exploits of its famous old boys in an introduction. Illustrated by Paul Kidby. Unpaginated.

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs & Tina Hannan (Transworld/Doubleday UK 0-385-60005-4, Nov ’99, £12.99, 176pp, hc, cover by Paul Kidby) [Discworld] Discworld item. Subtitled, ‘Including recipes, items of Antiquarian Lore, Improving Observations of Life, Good Advice for Young People on the Threshold of the Adventure That is Marriage, Notes on Etiquette & Many Other Helpful Observations that will Not Offend the Most Delicate Sensibilities’. The first Nanny Ogg work not to have been banned or withdrawn before publication.

Death’s Domain: A Discworld Mapp Terry Pratchett & Paul Kidby (Corgi 0-552-14672-2, May ’99 [Apr ’99], £6.99, i+27pp, pb, cover by Paul Kidby) [Discworld] Humorous art/reference work. A fold-out poster-size map of the house that Death built, plus a 27-page explanatory booklet.

The Science of Discworld Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen (Ebury Press 0-09-186515-8, Jun ’99, £14.99, 336pp, hc, cover by Paul Kidby) [Discworld] Associational non-fiction using the Discworld wizards’ accidental creation of a new universe, Roundworld as a humorous springboard for a series of popularist explanations for the sciences of our world.

51st State Peter Preston (Penguin UK 0-140-27580-0, Aug ’99, £6.99, 294pp, pb) Reprint (Viking UK 1998) satirical near-future SF novel.

Bess Peter Preston (Viking UK 0-670-88765-X, Aug ’99, £15.99, 306pp, hc) Satirical near-future SF novel of the end of the British monarchy, and the establishment of a democracy.

The Ghost Wife Susan Price (Scholastic UK 0-590-11384-4, Feb ’99, £3.50, 174pp, pb) Young-adult horror novel of possession and murderous spirits. A “Point Horror Unleashed” title.

The Dream Archipelago Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster/Earthlight 0-671-03388-3, May ’99 [Jun ’99], £5.99, 264pp, pb, cover by Jim Burns) [Dream Archipelago] Collection of six interlinked stories set in the Archipelago, the neutral zone in a world at war. The five previously published stories are all revised for this edition, and a new short story (‘The Equatorial Moment’) sets the scene. A limited hardcover edition (£16.99) was announced but not seen.

The Extremes Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster/Scribner UK 0-684-81941-4, Sep ’99, £6.99, 396pp, tp, cover by Holly Warburton) Reprint (Simon & Schuster UK 1998) near-future SF thriller of mass murders and virtual reality. There is a new Postscript by John Clute. Winner of the 1999 British Science Fiction Award.

Inverted World & Fugue for a Darkening Island Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster/Earthlight 0-671-03390-5, Jun ’99, £6.99, 377pp, pb, cover by Jim Burns) Omnibus of two SF novels (Faber & Faber 1974, NEL 1972). The books are separately paginated.

The Space Machine & A Dream of Wessex: Omnibus I Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster UK/Earthlight 0-671-03389-1, May ’99, £6.99, 567pp, pb) Omnibus of the two SF novels (Faber & Faber, 1976 and 1977). The books are separately paginated.

I Was a Rat!...or The Scarlet Slippers Philip Pullman (Transworld/Doubleday 0-385-40979-6, Apr ’99 [Mar ’99], £10.99, 175pp, hc, cover by Peter Bailey) Young-adult satirical fantasy novel about Cinderella’s attendant and how the media sanctifies royalty.

My Ishmael: A Sequel Daniel Quinn (Hodder & Stoughton 0-340-71711-4, Mar ’99, £9.99, 274pp, tp) [Ishmael] Reprint (Bantam 1997) metaphysical quasi-SF novel, third in the series begun in Ishmael. [First U.K. edition]

The Dungeonmaster’s Apprentice Mark Ramsden (Serpent’s Tail 1-85242-623-3, Oct ’99, £7.99, 216pp, tp) [Dark Magus and the Sacred Whore] Associational S&M novel with black magic elements. A sequel to The Dark Magus and the Sacred Whore.

Dean Koontz: A Writer’s Biography Katherine Ramsland (Headline 0-7472-5999-2, Jan ’99 [May ’99], £8.99, 508pp, tp) Reprint (HarperPrism 1997) biographical book. [Dean R. Koontz]

Apocalypso Robert Rankin (Transworld/Corgi 0-552-14589-0, Jul ’99 [May ’99], £5.99, 365pp, pb, cover by John Alexander & Robert Rankin) Reprint (Doubleday UK 1998) humorous SF/fantasy novel.

Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls Robert Rankin (Transworld/Doubleday UK 0-385-60056-9, Dec ’99 [Nov ’99], £16.99, 272pp, hc) [Brentford] Humorous fantasy novel in the “Brentford” series. A very odd rock band have a timely method of finding a new manager.

Snuff Fiction Robert Rankin (Transworld/Doubleday UK 0-385-40944-3, Jul ’99 [May ’99], £16.99, 257pp, hc, cover by John Alexander & Robert Rankin) Darkly humorous SF novel of the Millennium Bug and the resurgent popularity of snuff.

Snuff Fiction Robert Rankin (Transworld/Corgi 0-552-14590-4, Dec ’99 [Oct ’99], £5.99, 361pp, pb) Reprint (Doubleday UK 1999) humorous fantasy novel.

Trajectories Julian Rathbone (Orion/Phoenix 0-75380-845-5, Sep ’99, £6.99, 288pp, tp, cover by Gary Day-Ellison & G & D Day) Reprint (Gollancz 1998) satirical SF novel of the fractured future of 2035.

Virtual Sexual Reality Chloë Rayban (Red Fox 0-09-940417-6, Jul ’99 [Jun ’99], £3.99, 188pp, pb) [Wild Child] Reissue (The Bodley Head 1994) young-adult SF/fantasy novel in the “Wild Child” series. A girl is sex-changed when a Virtual Reality machine goes wrong. A tie-in edition to the film Virtual Sexuality.

The Children of Wrath Mickey Zucker Reichert (Orion/Millennium 1-85798-563-X, Jul ’99, £6.99, 576pp, pb, cover by Steve Crisp) [Renshai Chronicles] Reprint (DAW; Millennium 1998) fantasy novel, third and final in “The Renshai Chronicles”. Volume six overall in the “Renshai” series.

Spirit Fox Mickey Zucker Reichert & Jennifer Wingert (Orion/Gollancz 0-575-06864-7, Sep ’99, £11.99, 386pp, tp, cover by Gordon Crabb) Reprint (DAW 1998) fantasy novel. A young woman with the spirit of a fox in her faces enemy forces that consider her demonically possessed. A hardcover edition (-06863-9, £16.99) was announced but not seen. [First U.K. edition]

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