Barrie, J. M., illustrated by Charles Vess : Peter Pan(Starscape 0-765-34719-9, $5.99, 221pp, trade paperback, December 2003, cover art Charles Vess)
New edition of the classic children's fantasy, this one is of special note for the cover and interior illustrations by World Fantasy Award winner Charles Vess. There was a hardcover edition in October, according to Amazon.
Benford, Gregory : In the Ocean of Night(Warner 0-446-61159-X, $6.99, 422pp, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Dial, 1977)
Hard SF novel about alien contact and exploration of the solar system, first of a series of novels that continued with Across the Sea of Suns and then Great Sky River and its sequels, collectively known as the "Galactic Center" series. The publisher's site has this description.
* Bradley, Marion Zimmer : A World Divided(DAW 0-7564-0167-4, $7.99, 686pp, mass market paperback, December 2003, cover art Romas Kukalis)
SF omnibus of three early novels from the popular "Darkover" series: Star of Danger (1965), The Bloody Sun (1965), and The Winds of Darkover (1970). This Darkover site includes chronologies of the books by publication and by interior chronology.
Butler, Octavia : Kindred(Beacon Press 0-8070-8369-0, $14, 287pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1979)
SF time-travel novel, a "25th Anniversary Edition" that includes a reader's guide with a critical essay by Robert Crossley and a select bibliography. The Amazon page has a review by Donna Nichols-White from 500 Great Books by Women.
Silverberg, Robert : Shadrach in the Furnace(ibooks 0-7434-5847-8, $11.95, 247pp, mass market paperback, November 2003, cover design j. vita)
(First edition: Bobbs-Merrill, October 1976)
SF novel about the personal surgeon to the tyrannical ruler of 21st century Earth. First serialized in Analog and published in 1976, this was the final novel from the period, usually considered Silverberg's finest, that began in 1967 and included such earlier novels as Dying Inside and A Time of Changes. It was a Hugo and Nebula nominee, and placed #6 in that year's Locus Poll for best novel.
* Sturgeon, Theodore, edited by Paul Williams : And Now the News...: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume IX(North Atlantic Books 1-55643-460-x, $35, 14+377pp, hardcover, May 2003)
Ninth volume in the ongoing series of collections of Sturgeon complete stories, this covers 1956-57 and includes 5 previously uncollected stories. Among the best-known titles are "The Skills of Xanadu", "The Other Celia", and "Affair with a Green Monkey". Foreword by David G. Hartwell, and story notes by Paul Williams, which includes the revelation that two of the stories, "The Other Man" and the title story, were written with the help of Robert A. Heinlein. The publisher's site has this brief description.
Yolen, Jane : White Jenna(Tor Teen 0-765-34358-4, $6.99, 239pp, trade paperback, January 2004, cover art Tristan Elwell)
(First edition: Tor, 1989)
Fantasy novel, Book Two in the "Great Alta Saga", following Sister Light, Sister Dark, about a young woman warrior skilled in the magic of ancient lore--she can summon her dark sister, Skada, from the land of light and shadow. Both this book and its predecessor were Nebula Award finalists, this one in 1991. The author's website has this description.
It is nine minutes before sunrise in the great city of Ulan Bator, capital of the reconstituted world.Opening lines:
All children, except one, grow up.Opening lines:
I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm.Opening lines:
He found the flying mountain by its shadow.
Earlier: December 2003
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