The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 2001

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Gridlinked Neal Asher (Macmillan UK 0-333-90363-3, Mar 2001, £10.00, 426pp, tp, cover by Steve Rawlings) [Gridlinked] SF novel. Agent Cormac tries to protect a mysterious project on a distant planet, while being pursued by an unrelenting psychopathic killer.

Starlight Man: The Extraordinary life of Algernon Blackwood Mike Ashley (Constable 1-84119-417-4, Nov 2001, £20.00, xviii+395pp, hc) Detailed biography of the supernatural fiction writer, secret agent, member of the Golden Dawn, and radio and TV broadcaster. [Algernon Blackwood]

The Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the beginning to 1950 Mike Ashley (Liverpool University Press 0-85323-865-0, Dec 2000, £12.95, xii+300pp, tp) Critical non-fiction, first of three volumes in “The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine”. Greatly expanded and rewritten from the non-fiction sections (introductions, essays, afterwords) in the original four-volume anthology series, “The History of the Science-Fiction Magazines” (1974-1978). This includes a select bibliography, index, and appendices on editors & publishers, cover artists, and non-English-language magazines. A hardcover edition (-855-3, £32.00) is also available.

The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy ed. Mike Ashley (Robinson 1-84119-080-2, Jun 2001, £6.99, xii+528pp, tp, cover by Julek Heller & Pete Rozycki) Original/reprint anthology of 32 humorous stories. Authors include David Langford, Tom Holt, and Esther M. Friesner.

The Mammoth Book of Fantasy ed. Mike Ashley (Robinson 1-84119-374-7, Sep 2001, £6.99, xii+500pp, tp, cover by John Howe) Anthology of 23 stories, one an original by Louise Cooper. Authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, A. Merritt, and James P. Blaylock.

Foundation Isaac Asimov (HarperCollins/Voyager Classics 0-00-711587-3, Jun 2001, £7.99, 234pp, tp) [Foundation] Reissue (Gnome 1951) SF novel. First in the “Foundation” series. “Voyager Classics” number three.

I, Robot Isaac Asimov (HarperCollins/Voyager Classics 0-00-711963-1, Dec 2001, £7.99, 249pp, tp) [Robot Series] Reprint (Gnome Press 1950) collection of nine stories in the classic “Robot” series. “Voyager Classics” Number 18.

Robot Dreams Isaac Asimov (Orion/Gollancz 1-85798-335-1, Apr 2001, £6.99, 474pp, pb, cover by Ralph McQuarrie) [Robot Series] Reprint (Berkley 1986) SF collection.

Robot Visions Isaac Asimov (Orion/Gollancz 1-85798-336-X, Apr 2001, £6.99, 511pp, pb, cover by Ralph McQuarrie) [Robot Series] Reprint (NAL/Roc 1990) SF collection.

Emotionally Weird Kate Atkinson (Transworld/Black Swan 0-552-99734-X, Mar 2001, £6.99, 413pp, tp) Reprint (Doubleday UK 2000) associational humorous literary novel with characters including SF media fans and a bestselling fantasy author.

Heresy Anselm Audley (Simon & Schuster UK/Earthlight 0-7432-0950-8, Jun 2001, £10.00, 405pp, tp, cover by Steve Stone) [Aquasilva] SF novel, Book One of the “Aquasilva” trilogy. Forces fight for change on a waterworld where all dissension is heresy.

The Talisman Jonathan Aycliffe (Severn House 0-7278-5696-0, Feb 2001, £17.99, 209pp, hc) Reprint (Ash-Tree Press 1999) dark fantasy novel of an ancient statue which pits the dead against the living in modern London. Includes an introduction by the author (Denis McEoin, who also writes as Daniel Easterman). [First U.K. edition]

Shamanspace Steve Aylett (Codex 1-899598-20-0, Nov 2001, £6.99, 121pp, tp) Hallucinatory SF novel. In a future where god has been proven to exist, occult assassins race to kill him. Illustrated by Aylett.

Toxicology Steve Aylett (Orion/Gollancz 0-575-07110-9, Sep 2001, £9.99, 131pp, tp, cover by Graham Roundthwaite & Nick Castle) Reprint (Four Walls Eight Windows 1999) collection of 26 reprint and original surreal/fantasy stories, some set in the “Beerlight” world. Expanded from the US edition by six stories, including two original. A hardcover edition (-07109-5, £16.99) is also available. [First U.K. edition]

The Atrocity Exhibition J. G. Ballard (HarperCollins/Flamingo 0-00-711686-1, May 2001, £7.99, viii+184pp, tp) Reprint (Re/Search 1990) literary SF collection, to be read as a single, fragmented narrative. Originally from Jonathan Cape 1970, this edition includes the William Burroughs preface, the annotations by Ballard, and two of the additional stories from the Re/Search edition, but omits its illustrations and the other two additional stories. There is a new “Author’s Note” by Ballard.

The Complete Short Stories J. G. Ballard (HarperCollins/Flamingo 0-00-712405-8, Nov 2001, £25.00, ix+1189pp, hc) Collection of 96 SF/fantasy stories, four not previously collected. The rest previously appeared in The Voices of Time (1962), The Terminal Beach (1964), The Disaster Area (1967), The Day of Forever (1967), Vermilion Sands (1971), Low-Flying Aircraft 1976), The Venus Hunters (1980), Myths of the Near Future (1982), War Fever (1990), and The Atrocity Exhibition (1969). This compendium deliberately omits 22 stories: all but two of the stories from The Atrocity Exhibition (which Ballard does not consider to be a collection), and a further six stories published between 1970 and 1996.

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