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This page lists selected newly published SFFH books seen by Locus Online (independently from the listings compiled by Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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Notable new SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen, 13 - 23 December 2002


* Belloc, Hilaire, rediscovered and illustrated by Edward Gorey Cautionary Tales for Children
(Harcourt 0-15-100715-2, $16, unpaginated, hc, October 2002)
New edition of a work by the prolific Belloc (1870 - 1953), with illustrations by Gorey discovered in his studio after his death. The flavor is reminiscent of Gorey's "The Gashlycrumb Tinies", with chapters about "Jim, who ran away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion" and "Franklin Hyde, who caroused in the Dirt, and was corrected by his Uncle". The Amazon page has sample pages. (Wed 18 Dec 2002)
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* Bradbury, Ray Let's All Kill Constance
(HarperCollins/Morrow 0-06-051584-8, $23.95, 210pp, hc, January 2003, jacket illustration Jose Luis Merino, jacket design Richard Aquan & Michelle Caplan)
Associational mystery novel that is "a loving, tongue-in-cheek tribute to early Hollywood" according to the PW review (on Amazon), and perhaps something of a parody of noir mystery: it begins "It was a dark and stormy night. Is that one way to catch your reader?". The author's website, a bit out of date, has nothing about this. (Mon 23 Dec 2002)
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+ Harrison, Harry Stars and Stripes Triumphant
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-40937-x, $24.95, 249pp, hc, January 2003, jacket illustration Dennis Lyall, jacket design David Stevenson)
First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton June 2002). Alternate history SF novel, third in a trilogy following Stars & Stripes Forever and Stars & Stripes in Peril, about an alternate history of the American civil war. Reviewed by Alyx Dellamonica in the November issue of Locus. Harrison's official site has some sample chapters. (Wed 18 Dec 2002)
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+ Hobb, Robin The Golden Fool
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-80151-1, $24.95, 520pp, hc, January 2003, jacket illustration Stephen Youll, jacket design Jamie S. Warren Youll)
First US edition (UK: HarperCollins/Voyager October 2002). Fantasy novel, second in the author's "Tawny Man" trilogy, following Fool's Errand. Reviewed by Faren Miller in the December Locus. Amazon has PW and Booklist reviews. The author's website has this excerpt. (Mon 23 Dec 2002)
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* Norton, Andre, & Sherwood Smith Atlantis Endgame
(Tor 0-312-85922-8, $23.95, 253pp, hc, December 2002, jacket art Julie Bell)
SF novel, a new installment in Norton's early Time Traders series that began with The Time Traders (1958), followed by three more volumes through the early '60s, and revived by Pauline M. Griffin and Sherwood Smith in the '90s. This one is about aliens who've tampered with events in ancient Atlantis. Norton's webpage has lists of books in all of her various series. Amazon has the PW review. (Tue 17 Dec 2002)
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* Stableford, Brian The Omega Expedition
(Tor 0-765-30169-5, $27.95, 544pp, hc, December 2002, jacket art Alan Pollack, jacket design Seth Lerner)
Sf novel, the concluding (and longest) volume in Stableford's future history series consisting previously of Inherit the Earth, Architects of Emortality, The Fountains of Youth, The Cassandra Complex, and Dark Ararat (published earlier this year). Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the November Locus, and by Nick Gevers in the January 2003 issue; the series is deeply intellectual and well-informed, says Wolfe, who notes that the internal chronology of the books is out of kilter with their publication sequence; he remarks "SF is really, finally, only about the dramatization of serious ideas, and serious ideas are what SF reader want. Isn't it pretty to think so?". Gevers, usually a Stableford advocate, finds this book's length excessive; "Tepid, self-indulgent, highly intelligent but fatally over-didactic, Omega deserves to be read by connoisseurs of Stablefordís idiosyncratic brand of philosophical comedy, but Ö by nobody much else." Amazon has a review by Cynthia Ward, and the PW review. (Thu 19 Dec 2002)
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* Sterling, Bruce Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years
(Random House 0-679-46322-4, $24.95, 24+320pp, hc, December 2002, cover design jacket and case design by Kapo Ng)
Speculative nonfiction by the sf author, his first nonfiction since The Hacker Crackdown 10 years ago. The book is divided into 7 sections, following Shakespeare's stages of humanity: birth, school, love, war, politics, business, and old age. Amazon has the PW and Booklist reviews; PW concludes "Sterling's breezy tone and insightful speculations reposition this 'cyberpunk' hero as a fun hybrid of Robert Kaplan and Faith Popcorn, ready to join the punditocracy and reach out to a broader readership." (Wed 18 Dec 2002)
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* Weber, David, & John Ringo March to the Stars
(Baen 0-7434-3562-1, $26, 526pp, hc, January 2003, cover art Patrick Turner)
Military SF novel, third in a series following March Upcountry and March to the Sea; Amazon has a review by Ron Peterson. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the January 2003 issue of Locus, who says that it "leav[es] plenty of room for more volumes in this exciting military SF series." (Mon 23 Dec 2002)
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* Williams, Walter Jon The Praxis
(UK: Simon & Schuster Earthlight 0-7434-6111-8, £17.99, 418pp, hc, October 2002)
SF novel, a far future space epic; "Book One of Dream Empire's Fall", promoted by the publisher as "space opera to the nth degree". The US edition will be published next Fall in paperback; this UK edition may be the only hardcover. This was Faren Miller's lead review in the November Locus, and Russell Letson's in the December; Letson remarks "What sets The Praxis apart from its more conventional kin in the New Space Opera or military SF clans is the adroitness with which it integrates battles and disasters and species-wide politicking with the intimate, the person, and the social. A writer who can make a formal reception, a dinner party, or a staff meeting as gripping as a fleet action is a rarity and a treasure, and that is just what we have in Williams." The Amazon UK page has a brief excerpt. (Mon 16 Dec 2002)
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