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2004 Archive

Classics Feb-Mar
Gregory Benford
John Brunner
Orson Scott Card anth
Philip K. Dick
Randall Garrett
William Morris
Robert J. Sawyer
Roger Zelazny

Classics Jan
J.M. Barrie
Gregory Benford
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Octavia Butler
Robert Silverberg
Theodore Sturgeon
Jane Yolen


This page compiles selected classic and otherwise-notable SFFH works newly available in any edition, hardcover or paperback.

For recent books just reprinted in paperback, see New in Paperback.

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Notable classic reprints seen : Posted 12 June 2004

Anderson, Poul : Agent of the Terran Empire
(ibooks 0-7434-7952-1, $11.95, 198pp, trade paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Chilton, 1965)

Space opera collection of 4 stories about Dominic Flandry, an Earth agent battling kidnappers, alien invaders, etc.; stories first published in the 1950s.
• The NESFA site has Mark L. Olson's review, which says the stories are "entertaining -- Anderson could hardly write an uninteresting word -- but they're not in the slightest bit deep."
• The publisher's site has this description.
(Fri 23 Apr 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Anderson, Poul : The Boat of a Million Years
(Orb 0-765-31024-4, $14.95, 470pp, trade paperback, May 2004, cover art Vincent di Fate)
(First edition: Tor, November 1989)

SF novel concerning a group of immortal humans and their lives throughout human history.
• A Hugo and Nebula nominee, the book placed 6th in the 1990 Locus Poll for best SF novel.
• The Amazon page has quotes from the original Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews.
• NESFA has this review by Elisabeth Carey.
(Fri 23 Apr 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Asimov, Isaac : I, Robot
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-29438-5, $7.99, 15+272pp, mass market paperback, June 2004)
(First edition: Gnome, 1950)

Classic collection of related SF stories about the development of intelligent robots, governed by the famous "Three Laws of Robotics" whose finer points and unforeseen contradictions generate most of the suspense plots. This is the movie tie-in edition for the I, Robot movie starring Will Smith, opening July 16.
• The Amazon page has a brief description, including the text of the Three Laws.
(Wed 9 Jun 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Asimov, Isaac : Robot Dreams
(Ace 0-441-01183-7, $14, 16+335pp, trade paperback, June 2004)
(First edition: Berkley, November 1986)

Collection of 21 stories, including a couple of the robot stories from I, Robot and one story original to this volume, the brief title story. Among other stories are classics "The Martian Way", "The Last Question", and "The Ugly Little Boy".
(Tue 1 Jun 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


(Tor 0-765-30767-7, $27.95, 448pp, hardcover, May 2004, cover art and design Shelley Eshkar)
(First edition: Arkham House, February 1993)

Collection of 37 stories, first published with slightly different contents by Arkham House in 1993, now reprinted in hardcover by Tor. The original edition won both a World Fantasy Award and a Bram Stoker Award.
• Contents include British Fantasy Award winner "In the Bag", and World Fantasy Award winners "The Chimney" and "Mackintosh Willy".
Publishers Weekly gives this new edition a starred review in its May 31st issue, saying its contents "represent some of the best short horror fiction written in the past half century."
(Tue 18 May 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Delany, Samuel R. : Distant Stars
(ibooks 0-7434-8661-7, $14, 352pp, trade paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Bantam, August 1981)

Collection of 7 stories, including the 1966 short novel "Empire Star", 1968 Hugo and Nebula winning novelette "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", Hugo and Nebula nominee "We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line" (aka "Lines of Power"), and "Omegahelm", a story sharing the setting of Delany's novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.
• The publisher's site has this description, which displays the wrong cover (the actual cover is the same as the original Bantam edition).
(Tue 18 May 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Delany, Samuel R. : The Fall of the Towers
(Vintage 1-4000-3132-x, $15, 438pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: Ace, 1971)

Omnibus edition of three early Delany novels: Out of the Dead City (Ace 1963), The Towers of Toron (Ace 1964), and City of a Thousand Suns (Ace 1965).
• The publisher's site has this description, including various blurbs about Delany's writing in general, and an excerpt.
(Fri 13 Feb 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Ellison, Harlan, & Isaac Asimov : I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay
(ibooks 0-7434-8659-5, $14.95, 414pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: Warner Aspect, December 1994)

Unproduced screenplay by Harlan Ellison based on Isaac Asimov's canonical SF collection I, Robot. The script was first serialized in Asimov's magazine in 1987 and then published with illustrations by Warner Aspect in 1994, here reproduced by ibooks, timed for the imminent release of the (unrelated) film starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas, with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Vintar.
• Amazon reproduces the original Library Journal review.
• The publisher's site has this description.
(Fri 23 Apr 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Gunn, James E. : The Listeners
(BenBella 1-932100-12-1, $14.95, 195pp, trade paperback, January 2004)
(First edition: Scribners, 1972)

SF novel about reactions on Earth to radio messages received from a distant civilization -- a sort of less fanciful, more realistic precursor to Carl Sagan's Contact. Generally regarded as Gunn's best novel.
• This edition includes an introduction by H. Paul Schuch, Ph.D., a foreword by Thomas Pierson, and an afterword by Freemon J. Dyson.
• The publisher's site has this brief description.
• For background, see this interview with Gunn at SF Site.
(Sat 27 Mar 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Niven, Larry, & David Gerrold : The Flying Sorcerors
(BenBella 1-932100-23-7, $14.95, 303pp, trade paperback, April 2004, cover illustration Boris Vallejo)
(First edition: Ballantine, 1971)

Humorous SF novel, the only collaboration between these two authors; famously known for being filled with punnish SF in-jokes.
• Amazon has a description, and reader reviews.
• The publisher's site has this description.
(Tue 18 May 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Sawyer, Robert J. : Far-Seer
(Tor 0-765-30974-2, $14.95, 316pp, trade paperback, May 2004, cover art Tom Kidd)
(First edition: Ace, June 1992)

Sf novel, first volume in "The Quintaglio Ascension", set in a world of intelligent dinosaurs.
• Sawyer's website has this page about the book, with links to an excerpt, reviews, etc.
• The book won a HOMer award in 1993, and was nominated for the Aurora and Seiun awards.
(Tue 18 May 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Vance, Jack : To Live Forever
(ibooks 0-7434-7921-1, $11.95, 267pp, trade paperback, March 2004)
(First edition: Ballantine, 1956)

SF novel set in a future society in which citizens compete for status conferring immortality.
• One of Vance's best early novels, described by David Pringle in The Ultimate Guide to SF as "stylishly presented, [..] one of the most solid (and best plotted) of this talented author's early works."
• ibooks' listings, which have been absorbed into parent, has this listing but no description.
(Thu 8 Apr 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Zelazny, Roger : Lord of Light
(Eos 0-06-056723-6, $12.95, 296pp, trade paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1967)

SF novel concerning a starship that subdues a colony world with technology in the guise of Hindu magic.
• Regarded as Zelazny's finest novel, it won the 1968 Hugo Award as best novel, and was a Nebula nominee.
• HarperCollins' site has this description, and an excerpt.
• The Amazon page has a review (from Amazon UK) by David Langford: "It's a huge, lumbering, magical story, told largely in flashback, full of wonderfully ornate language (and one unforgivable pun) that builds up the luminous myth of trickster Sam, Lord of Light. Essential SF reading."
• Recent online reviews include one by Rich Horton at SF Site, and one by No'am Newman at Green Man Review.
(Tue 18 May 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Opening lines:
His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the- atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god. But then, he never claimed not to be a god.Circumstances being what they were, neither admission could be of any benefit. Silence, though, could.
Opening lines:
And above the empty stage in the laboratory tower of the dead city of Telphar, the crystal sphere dimmed. The room was silent as it had been for sixty years. From the crystal the metal ribbon soared over the balcony, above wet ashes and puddled roadways. The sun had cleared the ragged horizon. Like the back of a sleeping serpent the dripping metal gleamed.
Opening lines:
Clarges, the last metropolis of the world, stretched thirty miles along the north shore of the Chant River, not far above the broadening of the Chant into its estuary.
Opening lines:
The voices babbled.

MacDonald heard them and knew that there was meaning in them, that they were trying to communicate and that he could understand them and respond to them if he could only concentrate on what they were saying, but he coulnd't bring himself to make the effort. He tried again.
Opening lines:
"Ninety-eight -- ninety-nine -- one hundred." Gloria withdrew her chubby little forearm from before her eyes and stood for a moment, wrinkling her nose and blinking in the sunlight. Then, trying to watch in all directions at once, she withdrew a few cautious steps from the tree against which she had been leaning."

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