Notable classic reprints seen : Posted 24 July 2004
Bester, Alfred : The Computer Connection(ibooks 0-7434-8713-3, $6.99, 258pp, mass market paperback, June 2004)
(First edition: Berkley Putnam, June 1975)
SF novel about a band of immortals and a supercomputer named Extro. This was Bester's comeback novel in 1975, nearly 20 years after the publication of his two 1950s classics (The Demolished Man and The Stars, My Destination).
Harrison, Harry : Bill, the Galactic Hero(ibooks 0-7434-8707-9, $6.99, 185pp, mass market paperback, July 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1965)
Humorous SF novel, a parody of military SF (especially Heinlein's Starship Troopers).
Holdstock, Robert : Lavondyss(Orb 0-765-30731-6, $15.95, 414pp, trade paperback, July 2004)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, 1988)
Fantasy novel based on Irish and English mythology, second in the series that began with Mythago Wood (1984, reprinted last year by Orb), with several others following (The Hollowing, 1993, etc.)
Kurtz, Katherine : Deryni Rising(Ace 0-441-01168-3, $22.95, 14+269pp, hardcover, July 2004, jacket illustration Matt Stawicki)
(First edition: Ballantine, 1970)
Hardcover edition of the first novel in the long-running "Deryni" series. It placed #30 in Locus Magazine's 1998 All-Time Fantasy Novel poll.
Kushner, Ellen : Thomas The Rhymer(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58697-1, $6.99, 258pp, mass market paperback, June 2004, cover illustration Kinuko Y. Craft)
(First edition: Morrow, 1990)
Celtic fantasy novel, based on the Scottish ballad.
Matheson, Richard : A Stir of Echoes(Tor 0-765-30871-1, $12.95, 223pp, trade paperback, July 2004)
(First edition: Lippincott, 1958)
Supernatural thriller about an experiment in hypnosis that awakens a man's psychic powers. It was the basis for the 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon.
McDevitt, Jack : A Talent for War(Ace 0-441-01217-5, $7.99, 310pp, mass market paperback, July 2004, cover art Darrell K. Sweet)
(First edition: Ace, 1989)
New edition of McDevitt's second novel (following his 1986 debut The Hercules Text).
Nicholson, William : The Wind Singer(Hyperion Books for Children 0786818263, $7.99, 10+486pp, mass market paperback, June 2004, cover art Cliff Nielsen)
(First edition: UK: Egmont, 2000)
YA fantasy novel, first volume of the 'Wind on Fire' trilogy followed by Slaves of the Mastery (2001) and Firesong (2002), also just issued in matching mass market paperback editions (click on titles).
* Norton, Andre : Lost Lands of Witch World(Tor 0-765-30052-4, $27.95, 445pp, hardcover, June 2004)
Hardcover omnibus edition of the fourth through sixth Witch World novels: Three Against the Witch World (1965), Warlock of the Witch World (1967), and Sorceress of the Witch World (1968). Introduction by Mercedes Lackey
Schmitz, James H. : The Witches of Karres(Baen 0-7434-8837-7, $16, 294pp, hardcover, July 2004, cover art Kurt Miller)
(First edition: Chilton, 1966)
Hardcover edition of humorous SF novel about three girls with telepathic powers. This edition is edited by Eric Flint.
Wylie, Philip : Gladiator(University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books 0-8032-9840-4, $15.95, 8+332pp, trade paperback, 2004, cover illustration R.W. Boeche)
(First edition: Knopf, 1930)
SF novel about a young man endowed with enormous strength, due to an experiment by his father. It's regarded as the inspiration for the comic-book superhero Superman.
I tore down the Continental Shelf off the Bogue Bank while the pogo made periscope hops trying to track me. Endless plains of salt flats like the steppes of Central Russia (music by Borodin here); mounds of salts where the new breed of prospector was sieving for rare earths; towers of venomous vapors on the eastern horizon where the pumping stations were sucking up more of the Atlantic and extracting deuterium for energy transfer. Most of the fossil fuels were gone; the sea level had been lowered by two feet; progress.Opening lines:
Bill never realized that sex was the cause of it all. If the sun that morning had not been burning so warmly in the brassy sky of Phigerinadon II, and if he had not glimpsed the sugar-white and wine-barrel-wide backside of Inga-Maria Calyphigia while she bathed in the stream, he might have paid more attention to his plowing than to the burning pressures of heterosexuality and would have driven his furrow to the far side of the hill before the seductive music sounded along the road. He might never have heard it, and his life would have been very, very different. But he did hear it and dropped the handles of the plow that was plugged into the robomule, turned, and gaped.
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