Notable new SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen, August
+ Ash, Sarah : Lord of Snow and Shadows(Bantam Spectra 0-553-80334-4, $21.95, 480pp, hc, August 2003, jacket illustration Stephen Youll)
Fantasy novel, book one of the "Tears of Artamon" series. Amazon has a review from Jeremy Pugh, plus the starred Publishers Weekly review (from the June 23rd issue), which concludes "Enhanced by supporting characters who are living, breathing individuals, this book will leave readers drooling to get their hands on the sequel from the moment they turn its final page." The author's homepage includes this excerpt.
* Bradbury, Ray : Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales(HarperCollins/Morrow 0-06-054242-x, $29.95, 893pp, hc, August 2003)
Collection of 100 stories from throughout Bradbury's career; remarkably, there's no overlap between this book and the earlier The Stories of Ray Bradbury (Knopf, 1980), which also contained 100 stories. Amazon has a Booklist review by Ray Olson. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the July issue of Locus Magazine.
Card, Orson Scott : First Meetings in the Enderverse(Tor 0-765-30873-8, $17.95, 208pp, hc, August 2003, jacket art Julie Bell)
(First edition Subterranean Press, 2002)
Collection of 4 stories set in the universe of Card's popular series of novels that began with Ender's Game (1985), including the original novelette version "Ender's Game" from 1977, and "Investment Counselor" from 1999. These two plus original "The Polish Boy" were published as First Meetings by Subterranean Press in 2002, and reviewed by Bill Sheehan in the October 2002 issue of Locus Magazine. This volume has another original story, "Teacher's Pest". Amazon has the dust jacket copy. The author's website has this page about the book.
* Datlow, Ellen, & Terri Windling, eds. : The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection(St. Martin's Griffin 0-312-31425-6, $19.95, 134+564pp, tpb, August 2003, cover art Thomas Canty)
Anthology of 49 stories and poems first published in 2002. Authors include Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, Bentley Little, China Miéville, Karen Joy Fowler, Haruki Murakami, Elizabeth Hand, M. Shayne Bell. There's also an extensive year-in-summary section (about a fifth of the book) by the editors, Edward Bryant on media, Charles Vess on comics, Joan D. Vinge on manga and anime, and James Frenkel with obituaries. Fifteen pages of honorable mentions conclude the book. Amazon has the starred PW review. Also available in hardcover (follow Amazon links). Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the August issue of Locus Magazine.
* Ian, Janis, & Mike Resnick, eds. : Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian(DAW 0-7564-0177-1, $23.95, 544pp, hc, August 2003, jacket design G-Force Design)
Anthology of 30 original stories, based (as the subtitle says) on songs by Janis Ian, the singer/songwriter who established her career in the '70s with "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen". The introduction by Ian explains how this came about, how her visit with Anne McCaffrey and correspondence with Mike Resnick led her to attend the 2001 Worldcon in Philadelphia, where she met many of the writers she had read since age 7. Stories in the book are by Terry Bisson, Joe Haldeman, John Varley, Gregory Benford, Mercedes Lackey, Robert J. Sawyer, Barry N. Malzberg, Stephen Baxter, Nancy Kress, Spider Robinson, David Gerrold, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Orson Scott Card, and many others. Amazon has the PW review, and reader reviews. Rich Horton reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine. http://www.janisian.com/'s news page includes an item about this book.
+ Jones, J. V. : A Fortress of Grey Ice(Tor 0-765-30633-6, $25.95, 671pp, hc, August 2003, jacket art Jean Pierre Targete, jacket design Carol Russo Design)
Fantasy novel, second in the Sword of Shadows saga following A Cavern of Black Ice (UK: Orbit, 1999); the third novel will be A Sword from Red Ice. Amazon has the starred PW review. The author's website is www.jvj.com.
* Levinson, Paul : The Pixel Eye(Tor 0-765-30556-9, $24.95, 334pp, hc, August 2003, jacket art Shelley Eshkar)
SF mystery novel, the third featuring forensic detective Phil D'Amato following The Silk Code (1999) and The Consciousness Plague (2002). Amazon has the PW review. Levinson's webpage has details and quotes about the book.
* Link, Kelly, ed. : Trampoline: An Anthology(Small Beer Press 1-931520-04-6, $17, 331pp, tpb, July 2003, cover painting Shelley Jackson)
Anthology of 20 stories, all but 1 original to this book; authors include Maureen McHugh, Karen Joy Fowler, Glen Hirshberg, Alex Irvine, Christopher Rowe, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, and Beth Adele Long. Stories are presented to speak for themselves; there are contributor notes at the end, but no book or story introductions. Amazon has the book description, and a reader review by Richard Bowes. Rich Horton and Faren Miller reviewed the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine. Link's website http://www.kellylink.net/ includes a link about this book, with a complete table of contents.
+ Sagan, Nick : Idlewild(Putnam 0-399-15097-8, $23.95, 275pp, hc, August 2003, jacket design Andrea Ho)
SF novel, the first novel by the son of Carl Sagan. It's a thriller with echoes of The Matrix. Amazon has the unimpressed PW review; the cover has blurbs from Neil Gaiman and Stephen Baxter. The author's website, www.nicksagan.com, has this page about the book, with a link to a first chapter excerpt.
* Sawyer, Robert J. : Hybrids(Tor 0-312-87690-4, $24.95, 396pp, hc, September 2003, jacket art Donato)
SF novel, third in the "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy following Hominids (2002) -- a Hugo nominee this year -- and Humans (2003), concerning contact with a parallel Earth dominated by Neanderthals. Amazon has cover blurbs by Robert Charles Wilson and others. The author's website has this page about the book, with an opening chapter excerpt.
* Stross, Charles : Singularity Sky(Ace 0-441-01072-5, $23.95, hc, August 2003, jacket illustration Danilo Ducak)
Sf novel, the first published novel by one of the current 'hotshot' writers in the genre. The cover copy states "In the far future, information demands to be free". Stross is interviewed in the August '03 issue of Locus Magazine, excerpted here. This novel was to have been published in Britain earlier this year in slightly different form as Festival of Fools by Big Engine before that publisher closed. Stross runs a weblog at http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blosxom.cgi, where he reacts to John Clute's review of this novel here, and one of his popular series of Asimov's stories about Manfred Macx, "Halo", is on this year's Hugo ballot. Amazon has the PW review. The dust jacket has blurbs from Michael Swanwick, James Patrick Kelly, Gardner Dozois, and Locus. Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the March 2003 issue of Locus Magazine, and by Russell Letson in the August issue.
The day war was declared, a rain of telephones fell clattering to the cobblestones from the skies above Novy Petrograd. Some of them had half melted in the heat of re-entry; others pinged and ticked, cooling rapidly in the postdawn chill. An inquisitive pigeon hopped close, head cocked to one side; it pecked at the shiny case of one such device, then fluttered away in alarm when it beeped. A tinny voice spoke: "Hello? Will you entertain us?"Opening lines:
The diamond pipe was hot and stinking, and when the water hit the walls the rock exploded, spraying the diggers with a cloud of dust and steam. Scurvy Pine swore with venom. Hard blisters of sweat rose on his forehead and he wiped them away with a greasy rag. "Fires have only been out an hour. What do those bastards think we are? Crabs to be steamed for the pot?"
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