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This page lists selected new science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen published this month, mostly via bookstores sightings (or received for review).

For a comprehensive listing of new books published each month, see Locus Magazine. Its Books Received listings are accumulated as the online Locus Index.

Key: * = first edition, + = first US edition. Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

For Australian books, try Dymocks, Slow Glass Books, or the publisher.


19 - 30 September

+ Carmody, Isobelle Obernewtyn (Tor 0-312-86958-4, $22.95, 253pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Donato) First US edition (Australia: Penguin 1987). A Locus Magazine (October 1999) New and Notable book: ''A powerful post-holocaust science fantasy, particularly of interest for the YA audience. A young condemned Misfit, sent to the infamous institution Obernewtyn, must sharpen her forbidden telepathic powers to unearth its secrets.'' (Tue 21 Sep 1999)

* Ferman, Edward L., & Gordon Van Gelder, eds The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology (Tor 0-312-86973-8, $24.95, 381pp, hc, October 1999) Reprint anthology of stories from the magazine's past six years, including Elizabeth Hand's ''Last Summer at Mars Hill'', Bruce Sterling's ''Maneki Neko'', John Crowley's ''Gone'', Esther M. Friesner's ''A Birthday'', Kate Wilhelm's ''Forget Luck'', Maureen F. McHugh's ''The Lincoln Train'', Ursula K. Le Guin's ''Solitude'', and others by Harlan Ellison, Robert Reed, Terry Bisson, Paul Di Filippo, etc. (Fri 24 Sep 1999)

* Hamilton, Peter F. The Naked God (UK: Macmillan 0333687914, 20, 1184pp, hc, September 1999) Seen for sale in New Zealand, 31 August. SF novel; enormous sequel to The Reality Dysfunction and The Neutronium Alchemist. (31 Aug 1999)

* Jordan, Robert The Further Chronicles of Conan (Tor 0-312-87195-3, $24.95, 509pp, hc, October 1999, cover by Gary Ruddell) Omnibus of three novels about Conan, all dating from before Jordan's ''Wheel of Time'' novels: Conan the Triumphant (1983); Conan the Magnificent (1984); and Conan the Victorious (1984). (Tue 21 Sep 1999)

* Lansdale, Joe R. Freezer Burn (Mysterious Press 0-89296-703-x, $23.95, 245pp, hc, September 1999) Horror novel. (Tue 21 Sep 1999)

* Levinson, Paul The Silk Code (Tor 0-312-86823-5, $23.95, 319pp, hc, October 1999) SF novel, the first novel by the current SFWA president; it concerns forensic detective Phil D'Amato, subject of several popular novelettes in Analog, and is based on one of those stories, ''The Mendelian Lamp Case''. (Fri 24 Sep 1999)

* McAuley, Paul J. Shrine of Stars (UK: Orion/Gollancz 0575064293, 16.99, hc, September 1999) SF novel, third in the author's Confluence trilogy, following Child of the River and Ancients of Days. (Not seen; UK novel scheduled for September release)

* Shiner, Lewis Say Goodbye (St. Martin's 0-312-24110-0, $23.95, 245pp, hc, October 1999) Associational novel about rock and roll. (Tue 28 Sep 1999)

Varley, John Millennium (Ace 0-441-00677-9, $12.95, 261pp, tpb, October 1999) Reprint (Berkley June 1983). SF novel, based on the idea of Varley's early and famous SF story ''Air Raid'', about future time travelers who rescue passengers from jet aircraft about to crash; basis for a mediocre film starring Daniel J. Travanti. (Tue 21 Sep 1999)

* Watt-Evans, Lawrence Dragon Weather (Tor 0-312-86978-9, $26.95, 480pp, hc, October 1999, cover by Bob Eggleton) Fantasy novel. (Tue 28 Sep 1999)

* Wolfe, Gene On Blue's Waters (Tor 0-312-86614-3, $24.95, 381pp, hc, October 1999, cover by Jim Burns) SF novel, first in the ''Book of the Short Sun'' trilogy that is a sequel to Wolfe's four-volume ''Book of the Long Sun'' -- and which is, remotely, related to the author's classic four-volume ''Book of the New Sun'' (The Shadow of the Torturer, etc.). (Tue 28 Sep 1999)



1 - 18 September

* Baxter, Stephen Time: Manifold I (UK: HarperCollins/Voyager 0-00-225768-8, 17.99, 456pp, hc, August 1999) SF novel, reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the August Locus. (Thu 2 Sep 1999)

* Beagle, Peter S. Tamsin (Roc 0-451-45763-3, $21.95, 275pp, hc, October 1999, cover by Paul Youll) Fantasy novel. (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

+ Bear, Greg Darwin's Radio (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-42333-x, $24.00, 430pp, hc, September 1999) First US edition (UK: HarperCollins May 1999). SF novel, reviewed by both Gary K. Wolfe and Russell Letson in the August Locus. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

Bradbury, Ray The October Country (Avon 0-380-97387-1, $16.00, 12+334pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Tim O'Brien) Reprint (Ballantine 1955). Classic dark fantasy collection, with a new introduction dated January 1999. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

* Brown, Simon Cannibals of the Fine Light (Australia: Ticonderoga 0-9586856-2-2, 175pp, tpb, 1998) Collection of 12 stories, 2 of them original, 1 of them in collaboration with Sean Williams. Plus an introduction by Jonathan Strahan and an afterword by Sean Williams. (Mon 6 Sep 1999)

* Bujold, Lois McMaster A Civil Campaign (Baen 0-671-57827-8, $24.00, 405pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Patrick Turner) SF novel, latest in the Miles Vorkosigan series. (Thu 2 Sep 1999)

* Byrne, Eugene ThiGMOO (UK: Simon & Schuster/Earthlight 0-671-02862-6, 5.99, 345pp, pb, June 1999) SF novels about AI-like creations called ERAMs; reviewed by Faren Miller in the June Locus. (Sat 4 Sep 1999)

* Card, Orson Scott Ender's Shadow (Tor 0-312-86860-x, $24.95, 380pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Lisa Falkenstern) SF novel, taking place 'parallel' to the events of Card's famous, Hugo- and Nebula-winning Ender's Game (1985). Reviewed by both Faren Miller and Gary K. Wolfe in the September Locus. (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

+ Carroll, Jonathan The Marriage of Sticks (Tor 0-312-87193-7, $23.95, 270pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Thomas Canty) First US edition (UK: Victor Gollancz May 1999). Fantasy novel, reviewed by Faren Miller in the May Locus and Gary K. Wolfe in the July Locus. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space Odyssey (NAL 0-451-19849-2, $20.01, 18+236pp, hc, October 1999) Reprint (NAL 1968). This new edition of Clarke's classic novel, written at the same time Clarke collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay for the film, has a new introduction by Clarke written after the death of Kubrick. Note the cover price: $20.01. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

* Clement, Hal Half Life (Tor 0-312-86920-7, $23.95, 252pp, hc, September 1999) SF novel by the most recently designated Grand Master of the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). (Thu 2 Sep 1999)

* Craven, Wes Fountain Society (Simon & Schuster 0-684-84660-8, $25.00, 350pp, hc, October 1999) Novel; SF thriller, with a holographic cover. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

* Dedman, Stephen The Lady of Situations (Australia: Ticonderoga 0-9586856-5-7, 221pp, tpb, 1999) Collection of 13 stories, 1 of them original. Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the August Locus. (Mon 6 Sep 1999)

* Egan, Greg Teranesia (UK: Orion 0-57506-854-x, 16.99, 249pp, hc, August 1999) SF novel, reviewed by Russell Letson in the July Locus and Gary K. Wolfe in the September Locus. (Thu 2 Sep 1999)

Herbert, Frank Dune (Ace 0-441-00590-x, $24.95, 518pp, hc, October 1999) Reprint (Chilton 1965). Classic SF novel; also in paperback, 0-441-17271-7, $6.99, 535pp, 22nd printing. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

* Hoffman, Nina Kiriki A Red Heart of Memories (Ace 0-441-00651-5, $21.95, 329pp, hc, October 1999) Fantasy novel, based on the story ''Here We Come A'Wandering'' from the Jan '96 F&SF. (Mon 13 Sep 1999)

* Idle, Eric The Road to Mars: A Post Modem Novel (Pantheon 0-375-40340-x, $24.00, 309pp, hc, September 1999) Humorous SF novel. (Sun 12 Sep 1999)

* King, Stephen Hearts in Atlantis (Scribner 0-684-85351-5, $28.00, 523pp, hc, September 1999) King's latest book consists of five interlocking narratives, set from 1960 to 1999, concerning the Vietnam War. Reviewed by Ed Bryant in the September Locus. (Thu 16 Sep 1999)

* Lethem, Jonathan Motherless Brooklyn (Doubleday 0-385-49183-2, $23.95, 311pp, hc, October 1999) Novel about a fly-by-night detective agency in Brooklyn, narrated by man with Tourette's syndrome. (Mon 13 Sep 1999)

* Marsden, John The Rabbits (Australia: Lothian 0-85091-878-2, A$22.95, unpaginated, hc, 1998) Children's picture book with text by Marsden and illustrations by Shaun Tan, who won a major Australian book award (not limited to genre works) for this book. A parable about the relentless invasion of a peaceful land by technologically- sophisticated rabbits. Minimal text but impressive, detailed illustrations. (Sat 4 Sep 1999)

* McArthur, Maxine Time Future (Australia: Bantam 1-86325-194-4, A$15.95, 10+454pp, pb, 1999) SF novel, a ''locked-room drama very much in the mode of C.J. Cherryh's Union-Alliance novels'' according to Jonathan Strahan in the September Locus. The book won this year's George Turner Prize for best previously unpublished novel by an Australian writer. (Sat 4 Sep 1999)

* Nylund, Eric S. A Signal Shattered (Avon Eos 0-380-97514-9, $23.00, 378pp, hc, September 1999) SF novel, sequel to Signal to Noise (1998). (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

+ Pratchett, Terry Carpe Jugulum (HarperPrism 0-06-105158-6, $24.00, 296pp, hc, October 1999) First US edition (UK: Doubleday November 1998). Fantasy novel, latest in the Discworld series. Reviewed by both Faren Miller and Carolyn Cushman in the January 1999 Locus. (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

* Priest, Christopher The Dream Archipelago (UK: Simon & Schuster/Earthlight 0-671-03388-3, 5.99, 264pp, pb, May 1999, cover by Jim Burns) Linked collection of 6 stories set in a neutral zone in a world at war. Five stories, previously published, are revised for this edition, including Hugo-nominee ''The Watched''; one story is new. (Thu 2 Sep 1999)

+ Robinson, Kim Stanley The Martians (Bantam Spectra 0-553-80117-1, $24.95, 336pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Don Dixon) First US edition (UK: HarperCollins/Voyager April 1999). Collection of mostly-original stories set on the Mars of Robinson's acclaimed trilogy of novels. Two reprints are ''Exploring Fossil Canyon'' (1982) and ''Green Mars'' (1985), a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated novella about the ascent of Olympus Mons (not directly related to the later novel of the same name). (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

* Roth, Kurt The Age of Reason: Stories for a New Millennium (SFF Net 0-9669698-1-2, $14.95, 268pp, tpb, August 1999, cover by Steve Ratzlaff) Original anthology of 19 stories by authors associated with SFF.net, including Michael A. Burstein, Paul Levinson, G. David Nordley, Timons Esaias, and Geoffrey A. Landis. (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

+ Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Scholastic 0-439-13635-0, $19.95, 435pp, hc, October 1999, cover by Mary GrandPre) First US edition (UK: Bloomsbury 1999). Third book in the popular children's fantasy series. (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

* Sarrantonio, Al, ed 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense (Avon 0-380-97740-0, $27.5, 18+666pp, hc, September 1999) Original horror anthology of 29 stories by Stephen King, Gene Wolfe, William Peter Blatty, Thomas M. Disch, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Bryant, etc. (Fri 10 Sep 1999)

* Teixeira, Kevin A Virtual Soul (Del Rey 0-345-42675-4, $6.99, 494pp, pb, September 1999, cover by Peter Gudynas) SF novel, a first novel in Del Rey's Discovery series; includes an interview with the author. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

* Vonnegut, Kurt Bagombo Snuff Box (Putnam 0-399-14505-2, $24.95, 18+295pp, hc, August 1999) Collection of previously-uncollected stories, including at least one SF story (''2BR02B'' from If, 1962). Introduction by Peter Reed. (Sat 11 Sep 1999)

* Williams, Sean New Adventures in Sci-Fi (Australia: Ticonderoga 0-9586856-4-9, 222pp, tpb, 1999) Collection of 11 stories, 2 original, 1 of them in collaboration with Simon Brown; introduction by Russell Blackford. Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the July Locus. (Mon 6 Sep 1999)

* Zebrowski, George Cave of Stars (HarperPrism 0-06-105299-x, $24.00, 276pp, hc, September 1999, cover by Bob Eggleton) SF novel, companion work to Macrolife (1979). (Thu 2 Sep 1999)


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