19 October 2004
Dick, Philip K. : The Penultimate Truth(Vintage 1-4000-3011-0, $12, 191pp, trade paperback, August 2004, cover design Heidi North)
(First edition: Belmont, 1964)
Mid-period SF novel by PKD, latest in the ongoing series of reprints from Vintage Books that now numbers nearly three dozen titles. This one is about millions of people living underground to survive an endless war that rages on the surface of the Earth, or so they're led to believe.
Dick, Philip K. : Vulcan's Hammer(Vintage 1-4000-3012-9, $12, 165pp, trade paperback, August 2004, cover design Heidi North)
(First edition: Ace, 1960)
Early SF novel by PKD about a society ruled by computer.
Donaldson, Stephen R. : Lord Foul's Bane(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-34865-6, $7.5, 480pp, mass market paperback, October 2004)
(First edition: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1977)
Fantasy novel, first in a trilogy "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever", followed by The Illearth War and The Power that Preserves. They're reissued with new covers to coincide with the publication of the first book in a new Chronicles, The Runes of the Earth, this month.
Jordan, Robert : The Further Chronicles of Conan(Tor 0-765-30301-9, $16.95, 509pp, trade paperback, September 2004, cover art Justin Sweet, cover design Carol Russo Design)
(First edition: Tor, October 1999)
Omnibus of three Conan novels written by Jordan in the days before he became famous with his "Wheel of Time" series: Conan the Magnificent (1984), Conan the Triumphant (1983), and Conan the Victorious (1984).
* Kirk, Russell : Ancestral Shadows: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales(Eerdmans 0-8028-3938-x, $25, 27+406pp, hardcover, August 2004, jacket art Sam Torode)
Collection of 19 ghost stories, first published from the 1950s through the 1980s, plus an essay, "A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale" by Kirk, edited and with an introduction by Vigen Guroian. One of the stories, "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding", won a 1977 World Fantasy Award.
Le Guin, Ursula K. : A Wizard of Earthsea(Bantam 0-553-26250-5, $7.99, 198pp, mass market paperback, October 2004, cover illustration Les Edwards)
(First edition: Parnassus Press, 1968)
YA fantasy novel, first in the classic "Earthsea" trilogy (which later extended to additional books). This edition is issued with a cover tying it to the Sci Fi Channel miniseries due to air in December.
Martin, George R. R. : Dying of the Light(Bantam 0-553-38308-6, $15, 254pp, trade paperback, October 2004)
(First edition: Simon & Schuster, 1977)
SF novel (Martin's first novel), a moody far future space opera about a festival on a wandering planet, similar in tone to the early short fiction that established Martin's reputation ("A Song for Lya", "With Morning Comes Mistfall", etc.). On his website Martin describes it as "a tale of doomed love and betrayal on a dying world".
Martin, George R. R. : Fevre Dream(Bantam 0-553-38305-1, $15, 334pp, trade paperback, October 2004)
(First edition: Poseidon, October 1982)
Another earlier Martin novel, a historical vampire novel, this one his "first major departure from science fiction" according to Martin on his website.
+ Moorcock, Michael, ed. : New Worlds: An Anthology(Thunder's Mouth 1-56858-317-6, $22, 30+386pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
First US edition (UK: Fontana Flamingo, 1983).
Anthology of 21 stories, 8 articles, and 1 poem, from the heydey of New Worlds, the magazine, then anthology series, that became identified as the center of the "new wave" movement in science fiction in the '60s and '70s.
Pohl, Frederik : Gateway(Del Rey 0-345-47583-6, $14.95, 278pp, trade paperback, October 2004, cover illustration John Picacio)
(First edition: St. Martin's, 1977)
SF novel in which humans discover leftover artifacts of the alien Heechee, giving Robinette Broadhead a chance to discover riches via the 'gateway' spacecraft the Heechee have left behind.
Silverberg, Robert : The World Inside(ibooks 0-743-48723-0, $11.95, 233pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1971)
Satiric dystopian novel in which an overcrowded future humanity lives within thousand-story urban monads, 'urbmons', while being encouraged, through a culture of free sex, to be fruitful and multiply.
A rogue, an aimless wanderer, creation's castaway; this world was all those things.Opening lines:
Here begins a happy day in 2381. The morning sun is high enough to touch the uppermost fifty stories of Urban Monad 116. Soon the building's entire eastern face will glitter like the bosom of the sea at daybreak. Charles Mattern's window, activated by the dawn's early photons, deopaques. He stirs. God bless, he thinks. His wife yawns and stretches. His four children, who have been awake for hours, now can officially start their day. They rise and parade around the bedroom, singing:Opening lines:God bless, god bless, god bless!
My name is Robinette Broadhead, in spite of which I am male. My analyst (whom I call Sigfrid von Shrink, althought that isn't his name; he hasn't got a name, being a machine) has a lot of electronic fun with this fact...
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