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(From the March 1998 Locus.)

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In the Garden of Iden, Kage Baker (Harcourt Brace 2/98, $23.00, hc) A time-traveling immortal 24th-century cyborg, born in the 16th century, finds life and love in Tudor England.

Dinosaur Summer, Greg Bear (Warner Books 2/98, $23.00, hc) Alternate-history/YA adventure novel of a boy and his father chronicling a 1947 expedition to return dinosaurs to the Lost World, in a quasi-sequel to the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Cosm, Gregory Benford (Avon Eos 2/98, $23.00, hc) Near-future thriller and novel of academic politics dealing with an extraordinary artifact.

Fortress of Eagles, C.J. Cherryh (HarperPrism 2/98, $23.00, hc) Fantasy novel, sequel to Fortress in the Eye of Time. Cefwyn and Tristen develop forceful personalities fighting the games of politics and war.

Circuit of Heaven, Dennis Danvers (Avon Eos 2/98, $14.00, hc) SF novel of life and love in a virtual-reality cyber-utopia and a depopulated Earth.

Someplace to be Flying, Charles de Lint (Tor 2/98, $24.95, hc) Urban fantasy of characters from our own world (or is it, quite?) introduced to a world of Native American myth and legend.

One Day Closer to Death, Bradley Denton (St. Martin's 2/98, $23.95, hc) Collection, subtitled ''Eight Stabs at Immortality,'' by one of the best dark fantasy writers in the field.

Ciphers, Paul Di Filippo (Cambrian Publications 2/98, $16.95, tp) This secret history of the '60s, described as a ''post-Shannon Rock-n-Roll Mystery'' written in a slice-and-splice style, is prime Di Filippo, which can mean anything.

Diaspora, Greg Egan (HarperPrism 2/98, $23.00, hc) Stapledonian SF novel of a drastically changed humankind threatened by strange astrophysical disasters, by a master of wide-ranging SF speculation.

Prince of Dogs, Kate Elliott (DAW 2/98, $23.95, hc) Fantasy novel, Volume Two of ''Crown of Stars'', set in a medieval matriarchy where the sphere of men is war.

Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Avon Eos 2/98, $5.99, pb) This powerful social SF novel of a traumatized neuter being from a distant, human-colonized world eloquently examines the nature of human social systems, sexuality, and prejudice.

The Moon Maid, and Other Fantastic Adventures, R. Garcia y Robertson (Golden Gryphon 2/98, $22.95, hc) Collection with eight works more sophisticated and less pulp-adventure than title or cover would suggest by one of the talented newcomers to the fields of SF and fantasy in the past decade.

Flesh and Gold, Phyllis Gotlieb (Tor 2/98, $23.95, hc) Far-future courtroom drama/mystery, a noir look at the lives of humans and other sentients in a time-worn galactic civilization.

The Nano Flower, Peter F. Hamilton (Tor 2/98, $25.95, hc) SF thriller, third of the Greg Mandel adventures in a high-tech Libertarian 21st century.

The Tooth Fairy, Graham Joyce (Tor 2/98, $22.95, hc) Modern fairytale/parable/horror novel of childhood and growing up, in which a boy meets the strange enigma of the title character.

Prisoner of Conscience, Susan R. Matthews (Avon Eos 2/98, $3.99, pb) SF novel, sequel to An Exchange of Hostages, of an Inquisitor with a conscience in a harsh far-future galactic civilization.

The Book of Knights, Yves Meynard (Tor 2/98, $21.95, hc) Non-medieval fantasy of a young hero's quest for knowledge, weapons, and a cause, presenting its strange, puritanical world and universal human nature with a sharp moral focus.

Darker Angels, S.P. Somtow (Tor 2/98, $24.95, hc) Complex alternate-historical dark fantasy of slavery, magics, and the tragedies of history in Civil War America, 19th-century England, and old Africa.

Empire of the Ants, Bernard Werber (Bantam 2/98, $23.95, hc) European literary novel with elements of both SF and horror, centering on the civilization of some very sentient ants; a translation of Les Fourmis (1991) from the French.


Song of Kali, Dan Simmons (Tor 2/98, $13.95, tp) World Fantasy Award-winning 1985 novel of horror in modern Calcutta.

Three in Space: Classic Novels of Space Travel, A.E. van Vogt/ Barry N. Malzberg/Poul Anderson (White Wolf 2/98, $14.99, tp) This omnibus of van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950), Malzberg's Galaxies (1975), and Anderson's The Enemy Stars (1958) brings together two classics of space travel, plus a Malzbergian self-reflexive discourse on reality and science fiction.

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