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Mississippi Blues, Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor, Dec 1997, $25.95, hc) The sequel to the author's well-received Queen City Jazz, and a continuation of one of the most imaginative depictions of a nano-tech transformed future. Gary K. Wolfe, in the December 1997 Locus, writes:
Goonan's ambitious Queen City Jazz transformed Cincinnati into a surrealistic symphony on themes of American pop culture; her even more ambitious sequel, Mississippi Blues, seeks to explore some of the key sources of American mythology by means of an archetypal river journey from Cincinnati to New Orleans -- what some regard as the classic American story. There is a good deal in it that is unconvincing, but on the whole it succeeds often enough to make it one of the more important novels of the year.
The Pure Product, John Kessel (Tor, Dec 1997, $24.95, hc) A collection of stories by one of the foremost 'humanist' SF writers, many of which involve time travel or alternate history (as did his 1997 novel Corrupting Dr. Nice). Includes such famous stories as ''Invaders'', which contrasts the arrival of alien invaders with the conquest of Peru; ''Buffalo'', a meditation on the meaning of science fiction and a tribute to the author's father; and ''The Franchise'', in which baseball players George Bush and Fidel Castro face off in the 1959 World Series. Incorporating several stories from Kessel's 1992 Arkham House collection, Meeting in Infinity, this volume also includes one original, ''Gulliver at Home''. This book supplants the earlier volume as the definitive Kessel collection to date.
The War Amongst the Angels, Michael Moorcock (Avon, Dec 1997, $24.00, hc) Conclusion of a rough ''Southern fantasy'' trilogy that began with Blood and Fabulous Harbours, this novel follows two characters, 'eternals', in an ongoing war between Chaos and Singularity. Faren Miller, reviewing the 1996 UK edition, detected threads of satire among the connections to Moorcock's oeuvre, famous for its intertwined characters and themes. ''Anyone with a tolerance for the experimental, and some acquaintance with Moorcock's other work, really should give this one a try,'' Miller wrote in the November 1996 Locus; she also wrote the quote that appears on this edition's dust jacket: ''A grand summation of the author's career to date...''
Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures, Orson Scott Card and Keith Ferrell, eds. (DAW, Dec 1997, $5.99, pb) Anthology of five novellas (two previously published on Omni Online) by Richard Lupoff, Pat Cadigan, Paul Levinson, Janeen Webb and Jack Dann, and Patric Helmaan. Faren Miller, in the December 1997 Locus, calls the book ''a class act all the way'' and is particularly impressed by the debut work from Helmaan, ''a writer skilled enough that this reviewer wonders if he's published extensively in some other genre.''
The New Hugo Winners Volume IV, presented by Gregory Benford (copyright by Martin H. Greenberg) (Baen, Nov 1997, $6.99, pb) The latest handy compilation of Hugo winning short fiction, this book includes stories published 1991 through 1993 that won awards at the Orlando, San Francisco, and Winnipeg Worldcons. Two of the stories are by Connie Willis; Isaac Asimov won posthumously for another; Nancy Kress, Geoffrey Landis, Lucius Shepard, Janet Kagan, Charles Sheffield, and Harry Turtledove wrote the others.
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