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(From the February 1998 Locus.)

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Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Alfred Bester (Vintage 12/97, $14.00, tp) This collection includes most of the classic short fiction by one of its masters, with an introduction by Robert Silverberg.

Robert Bloch's Psychos (Pocket 1/98, $6.99, pb) Original anthology with horror stories by Stephen King, Richard Christian Matheson, Esther Friesner, Charles Grant, Jane Yolen, and more.

Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures, Orson Scott Card & Keith Ferrell, eds. (DAW 12/97, $5.99, pb) Impressive original anthology of five novellas set in futures influenced in various ways by the past, present, and things still to come in Japan.

Earthling, Tony Daniel (Tor 12/97, $22.95, hc) Daniel has fashioned three novellas set over a span of many centuries into an SF novel with the resonance of classics such as Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz and Simak's City.

Axiomatic, Greg Egan (HarperPrism 12/97, $13.00, tp) Mind-bending collection of 18 stories by one of the most inventive writers of SF.

Mississippi Blues, Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor 12/97, $25.95, hc) The classic American riverboat story is reprised in this sequel to Queen City Jazz, in an epic journey through a near-future America charged with myths and music.

The Pure Product, John Kessel (Tor 12/97, $24.95, hc) Collection of short fiction, including nine from his earlier collection Meeting in Infinity, by an SF writer of lively wit and sometimes dark insights.

Maximum Light, Nancy Kress (Tor 1/98, $22.95, hc) Suspenseful, powerfully intelligent SF thriller dealing with three characters in a desperate future America.

Phoenix Café, Gwyneth Jones (Tor 1/98, $24.95, hc) Strong conclusion to the ''White Queen'' SF trilogy of a strange alien invasion.

Phases, Elizabeth Moon (Baen 12/97, $5.99, pb) These 15 stories by an author skilled in both SF and fantasy build on and supercede her earlier collection Lunar Activity (8 stories included here).

The Club Dumas, Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Harcourt Brace 1/98, $23.00, hc) Sophisticated dark fantasy novel of a bookseller's quest for a rare volume of satanic lore in modern Europe.

Ever, Part Two: The Daemon in the Machine, Felicity Savage (HarperPrism 1/98, $14.00, tp) An eccentric, literary fantasy trilogy continues in this tale of a daemon-handler on a continent that's not quite Europe.

Thunder and Roses: Volume IV, The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (North Atlantic Books 12/97, $25.00, hc) This major project of bringing all of Sturgeon's shorter work back into print continues with fiction from 1946-48, including both versions of his classic ''Maturity''.

A Magic Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic, Margaret Weis, ed. (Warner Aspect 1/98, $13.99, tp) Reprint anthology of fantasy stories (some with elements of SF) by Bradley, Card, Feist, Le Guin, Silverberg, Vance, Zelazny, and many other noted writers in the field.

To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis (Bantam Spectra 1/98, $23.95, hc) 21st-century time travelers visit WWII and Victorian England on a splendidly antic quest, where elements of Wodehouse and Jerome K. Jerome mingle with serious musings about history.

War in Heaven, David Zindell (Bantam Spectra 1/98, $5.99, pb) This conclusion of the ''Requiem for Homo Sapiens'' SF trilogy combines Stapledonian scope with space opera raised to an almost Miltonic grandeur.


Apocalyptic Realism: The Science Fiction of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Yvonne Howell (Lang 1/98, $47.95, hc) Scholarly study of Russia's best-known SF writers.

''The Angle Between Two Walls'': The Fiction of J.G. Ballard, Roger Luckhurst (St. Martin's 1/98, $39.95, hc) Study of Ballard's work as SF, avant garde, and ''the genre of catastrophe.''

Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum, Michael O. Riley (University Press of Kansas 1/98, $29.95, hc) Baum's fantasies throughout his career, not only the Oz books, are examined in this well-written survey.


The Armor of Light, Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett (NESFA 1/98, $23.00, hc) New edition of a 1988 historical fantasy novel in which two of the Elizabethan age's greatest poets (both magicians) did not die young, and can confront a powerful Scottish wizard.

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