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New SF, fantasy, and horror books seen in August

* Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward
(UK: Orbit 1-85723-969-5, 16.99, 357pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Mark Salwowski)
SF novel, far-future space opera, the latest in the author's series about 'the Culture', which began with his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas. (The present book's title is from T.S. Eliot's ''The Waste Land'', the very words before the words ''Consider Phlebas''.) Amazon UK has a review by David Langford. (Mon 14 Aug 2000)

* Baxter, Stephen Space: Manifold 2
(UK: HarperCollins/Voyager 0-00-225771-8, 16.99, 455pp, hc, August 2000)
SF novel, follow-up to Time: Manifold 1 (US title Manifold: Time), about astronaut Reid Malenfant; appears to be more of an alternate-universe companion, rather than a sequel, to the earlier book. This volume incorporates short works published in Science Fiction Age and Peter Crowther's anthology Moon Shots. Amazon UK has a book synopsis. The US edition is scheduled from Del Rey in January 2001. (Thu 10 Aug 2000)

+ Carmody, Isobelle The Farseekers
(Tor 0-312-86957-6, $23.95, 316pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Donato)
First US edition (Australia: Viking Penguin Australia 1990). Post-holocaust SF novel, second in ''The Obernewtyn Chronicles''. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the June Locus. (Thu 3 Aug 2000)

* Crowley, John Daemonomania
(Bantam 0-553-10004-1, $24.95, 451pp, hc, August 2000, cover design by Jamie S. Warren Youll)
Fantasy novel, long-awaited third volume in a projected quartet that began with Aegypt (1987) and Love & Sleep (1994). Reviewed by Faren Miller in the July Locus. (Wed 2 Aug 2000)

* Datlow, Ellen, & Terri Windling, eds The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection
(St. Martin's 0-312-26274-4, $29.95, 126+514pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Thomas Canty, cover design by Thomas Canty)
Reprint anthology (also in trade paperback) of 48 stories and poems from 1999, including stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ian R. MacLeod, Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolfe, Charles de Lint, Jeffrey Ford, Steven Millhauser, etc. There's over 100 pages of introductory material by several contributors: Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow on the year in fantasy and horror, respectively, with detailed discussions of books (including novels), magazines, etc.; Ed Bryant on the media; Seth Johnson on comics; and James Frenkel's compilation of obituaries. Highly recommended. (Thu 3 Aug 2000)

* Gentle, Mary Ash: A Secret History
(UK: Gollancz 0-575-06900-7, 20, 1113pp, hc, June 2000, jacket art John Howe)
Enormous fantasy novel, being published in four paperback volumes in the US, here in its complete UK original hardcover version. It's about a female mercenary leader in an alternate-history Middle Ages, told as a book within a book, a historical reconstruction 'Ash: The Lost History of Burgundy' by a 21st century scholar. Roz Kaveney's review on Amazon UK calls it "a magnificent creation". The first two US paperback volumes were reviewed by Faren Miller in the January 2000 Locus. (Thu 31 Aug 2000)

* Gentle, Mary The Book of Ash #3: The Wild Machines
(Eos 0-380-81113-8, $6.99, 6+391pp, pb, August 2000, cover art by Donato Giancola)
Third volume in the US edition of Gentle's massive novel, a combination historical fantasy and speculative fiction, which was published as a single volume in the UK: Ash: A Secret History (Gollancz, June), reviewed by Faren Miller in the January 2000 Locus. The Amazon UK site has a short review by Roz Kaveny. (Tue 15 Aug 2000)

* Goodkind, Terry Faith of the Fallen
(Tor 0-312-86786-7, $27.95, 539pp, hc, August 2000, jacket art by www.keithparkinson.com, jacket design by Carol Russo Design)
Book Six in ''The Sword of Truth''. Amazon quotes the Publishers Weekly review. (Tue 22 Aug 2000)

* Greenberg, Gary, & Jerome Tuccille War of the Werewolf
(Xlibris 0-7388-1809-7, $18, 274pp, tpb, June 2000)
Horror novel combined with political thriller, about a werewolf whose two personalities plan violent revolutions against each other. (Tue 1 Aug 2000)

* Greenberg, Martin H., ed My Favorite Fantasy Story
(DAW 0-88677-905-7, $6.99, 423pp, pb, August 2000, cover art by Les Edwards)
Reprint anthology of 18 fantasy stories, each chosen as the favorite of a contemporary writer: Tanya Huff chooses Charles de Lint; Charles de Lint chooses Barbara Kingsolver; Terry Pratchett chooses L. Sprague de Camp; Michelle West chooses Terry Pratchett. Both Robert Silverberg and George R.R. Martin choose (different) Dying Earth tales by Jack Vance, and Gene Wolfe chooses a 111-page story, ''Mopsa the Fairy'', by Jean Ingelow. (Tue 8 Aug 2000)

+ Hobb, Robin Ship of Destiny
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-10323-7, $24.95, 581pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Stephen Youll, cover design by Jamie S. Warren Youll)
First US edition (UK: HarperCollins/Voyager March 2000). Fantasy novel, book three of ''The Liveship Traders'', following Ship of Magic (1998) and Mad Ship (1999). Amazon has a statement by the author, and several reader reviews. (Fri 4 Aug 2000)

* Le Guin, Ursula K. The Telling
(Harcourt 0-15-100567-2, $24, 264pp, hc, September 2000, jacket design Vaughn Andrews)
SF novel, Le Guin's first in 10 years (since Tehanu), and latest in the Hainish series that includes classics The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Amazon has Booklist and Kirkus reviews. Reviewed in Locus by Faren Miller in the August 2000 issue, Gary K. Wolfe in the September 2000 issue. (Tue 29 Aug 2000)

+ MacLeod, Ken The Sky Road
(Tor 0-312-87335-2, $24.95, 291pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Mark Salwowski)
First US edition (UK: Orbit June 1999). SF novel, the author's fourth, in the future history that began with his first, The Star Fraction; this one fills in some of the gaps, according to Roz Kaveny's review on Amazon (from Amazon UK). Amazon has reader reviews from John Wright, and a long one from Rich Horton. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the upcoming September 2000 Locus. (Tue 15 Aug 2000)

* McCarthy, Wil The Collapsium
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-40856-x, $24.95, 325pp, hc, August 2000, cover design by David Stevenson and Heather Kern)
Hard SF novel about a technique for instantaneous matter transmission. A section ran as a novella in SF Age, July 1999, and was shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. The book includes several appendices that include a glossary, technical notes (with equations), and prose discussions of the book's various speculative premises (collapsium, wellstone, etc.). (Thu 3 Aug 2000)

* McMullen, Sean The Miocene Arrow
(Tor 0-312-87054-x, $27.95, 416pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by John Harris)
SF novel, sequel to Souls in the Great Machine (1999); edited by Jack Dann. Reviewed by Russell Letson in the upcoming September Locus. (Tue 15 Aug 2000)

* Reed, Robert Marrow
(Tor 0-312-86801-4, $25.95, 351pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Gary Ruddell)
Spectacular far future space opera about an ancient, enormous Ship at the center of which is a planet. A section ran as a novella in SF Age, July 1997, and was nominated for a Hugo. Amazon quotes Gerald Jonas's New York Times review, and has a review from Kirkus. (Tue 1 Aug 2000)

* Slonczewski, Joan Brain Plague
(Tor 0-312-86718-2, $24.95, 384pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Alan Pollack, cover design by apt13)
SF novel about a plague of intelligent microbes that direct humanity's colonization of space; set in the same future universe as the author's Campbell Memorial Award-winning A Door Into Ocean (1986) and The Children Star (1998). Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the August Locus. (Sat 5 Aug 2000)

* Snicket, Lemony The Austere Academy
(HarperTrophy 0-06-440862-9, $8.95, 221pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Brett Helquist, cover design by Alison Donalty, illustrations by Brett Helquist)
Fifth volume in YA ''A Series of Unfortunate Events'', about three orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who endure numerous dreadful circumstances, and persistent threats from an evil Uncle Olaf eager to snare the childrens' inheritance. Not quite fantasy; yet the books have a cheerfully morbid Gothic sensibility, inviting comparisons to Edward Gorey and Roald Dahl. (See this Salon profile for more.) (Tue 22 Aug 2000)

* Stevens-Arce, James Soulsaver
(Harcourt 0-15-100472-2, $24, 265pp, hc, September 2000, jacket design Tom Stvan)
SF novel set in 2099 Puerto Rico. The novella version shared the 1997 UPC Prize for SF given in Barcelona. Reviewed by Faren Miller in the August 2000 Locus. Amazon has Booklist and Kirkus reviews. (Tue 29 Aug 2000)

* Turtledove, Harry The Great War: Breakthroughs
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-40563-3, $26, 486pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by George Pratt, cover design by David Stevenson)
Alternate history SF novel, third in ''The Great War'' series in which the US and the Confederate States of America take opposite sides in World War I; following The Great War: American Front (1998) and The Great War: Walk In Hell (1999). (Tue 1 Aug 2000)

* Wilson, Robert Charles The Perseids and Other Stories
(Tor 0-312-87374-3, $22.95, 224pp, hc, August 2000, cover art by Stephan Martiniere, cover design by Nicole Stanco)
SF collection of nine stories, three of them original to this volume. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the upcoming September 2000 Locus. (Mon 14 Aug 2000)

* Yolen, Jane Sister Emily's Lightship and Other Stories
(Tor 0-312-87378-6, $22.95, 300pp, hc, August 2000, jacket art by Brigid Collins, jacket design by Nicole Stanco)
Collection of 28 stories, the author's first collection of short fiction for adults; including two Nebula Award-winning stories, the title story ''Sister Emily's Lightship'', and ''Lost Girls''. Three of the stories are original to this book. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the August Locus. (Thu 17 Aug 2000)

This page lists selected new science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen published this month, mostly via bookstores sightings (though all books received for review -- not including advance reading copies -- will be listed). 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.

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