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20 November 2004

(ibooks 0-7434-9805-4, $22.95, 293pp, hardcover, October 2004, cover art Cameron Redwine)

Collection of 9 fantasy stories by a writer generally known for his hard science fiction. Contents include "Sleepside Story," "Dead Run," (basis for a 1986 Twilight Zone episode), and Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominee "Petra."
• All stories appeared in Tor's 2002 compilation The Collected Stories, and the book includes the contents, including the introduction, from Bear's Fantasies (Wildside, 1992), but this particular selection is unique, and so the book is indicated here as an original first edition.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Bear's website now links to this blog.
(Thu 4 Nov 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Carroll, Jonathan : Sleeping in Flame
(Orb 0-765-31186-0, $13.95, 302pp, trade paperback, October 2004, cover art Dave McKean)
(First edition: UK: Legend, October 1988)

Fantasy/magic realism novel set in Vienna, about an actor who discovers traces of his previous lives.
• Carroll's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of the original first edition.
• It was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 1989.
(Thu 18 Nov 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Ellison, Harlan : Strange Wine
(ibooks 0-7434-7989-0, $13.95, 262pp, trade paperback, October 2004, cover art Michael Whelan)
(First edition: Harper & Row, 1978)

Collection of 15 stories from the early to mid 1970s, including "From A to Z, In the Chocolate Alphabet", "The Wine Has Been Left Open Too Long and the Memory Has Gone Flat", "Seeing", the title story, and Hugo nominee/Locus Award winner "Croatoan".
• The book itself placed second as best collection in the 1979 Locus Awards.
• Amazon has a brief description, and varied reader reviews.
(Wed 10 Nov 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


(Black Inc. 1-86395-301-9, A$39.95, 20+615pp, trade paperback, November 2004, cover art Juan Ford)

Anthology of 30 stories representing the best of the last 50 years of Australian science fiction. Authors include A. Bertram Chandler, Jack Wodhams, Damien Broderick, Lee Harding, David Lake, George Turner, Peter Carey, Philippa Maddern, Cherry Wilder, Greg Egan, Lucy Sussex, Sean Williams, Janeen Webb & Jack Dann, Stephen Dedman, Terry Dowling, Sean McMullen.
• There's a foreword by Gerrand, an introduction by Russell Blackford, and notes on contributors.
• The publisher's site still lists it among forthcoming titles. Parent publisher Pan Macmillan has this description.
Locus reviews editor Jonathan Strahan has posted this commentary about the book, with this follow-up listing the complete table of contents.
(Mon 1 Nov 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Gibson, William : Neuromancer
(Ace 0-441-01203-5, $25, 11+371pp, hardcover, November 2004)
(First edition: Ace, July 1984)

New hardcover edition, a 20th anniversary edition, of the seminal 'cyberpunk' SF novel, Gibson's first novel, winner of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the Ditmar Award, the SF Chronicle Award, and the Seiun Award. It placed 15th in Locus's 1998 poll for all-time best SF novel.
• This edition has a new introduction by the author, and an afterword by Jack Womack.
• Gibson's website has this page about the book, with an excerpt from Chapter 1.
• Washington State University has this study guide online.
(Thu 4 Nov 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Hartwell, David G., ed. : Christmas Stars
(Orb 0-765-31095-3, $14.95, 320pp, trade paperback, October 2004, cover art Brad Holland)
(First edition: Tor, November 1992)

Anthology of 25 Christmas stories.
• Authors include Frederik Pohl, Thomas M. Disch, Connie Willis, Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey, William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, Brian W. Aldiss, and Gene Wolfe.
(Thu 11 Nov 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


* Laumer, Keith, edited by Eric Flint : Legions of Space
(Baen 0-7434-8855-5, $7.99, 470pp, mass market paperback, October 2004, cover art Jeff Easley)

Collection/omnibus of 2 novels and 4 stories. The novels are A Trace of Memory (1963) and Planet Run (with Gordon R. Dickson, 1967), both previously published as separate books. The stories were first published from 1968 - 1971.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to excerpts.
• There's a preface by Joel Rosenberg.
(Wed 20 Oct 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Sargent, Pamela : The Shore of Women
(BenBella 1-932100-36-9, $14.95, 469pp, trade paperback, November 2004, cover illustration Jael, cover design Melody Cadungog)
(First edition: Crown, 1986)

Feminist post-nuclear SF novel in which women rule the world, and men worship them.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• This edition has an introduction by Catherine Asaro.
(Tue 26 Oct 2004) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Opening lines:
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
Opening lines:
I had expected Birana to weep. I had thought that when she was finally led to the wall, she would plead with the city, even thought her plea would have been futile. Instead, she gazed steadily at the women who had pronounced her sentence, as if condemning those who had condemned her.
Opening lines:
He awoke and lay for a moment looking up at a low ceiling, dimly visible in a faint red glow, feeling the hard mat under his back. He turned his head, saw a wall and a panel on which a red indicator light glared.

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