Dickinson, Charles : A Shortcut in Time(Forge 0-765-30639-5, $14.95, 288pp, trade paperback, January 2004)
(First edition: Forge, January 2003)
Contemporary fantasy novel, a 'timeslip' story about residents of a small-town Chicago suburb who discover a footpath that allows them to travel through time. The author is known for mainstream novels, and has won the O. Henry Award. The Amazon page for this edition has reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Many reviewers, including Gary K. Wolfe in the January '03 Locus, compare this book to the work of Jack Finney. It was a 2003 Crawford Award finalist.
Eskridge, Kelley : Solitaire(Eos 0-06-008660-2, $13.95, 353pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Eos, September 2002)
SF novel, the author's debut novel, about a woman framed for murder and forced to undergo a harsh punishment in a battered, near-future Earth. It was a 2003 Nebula Award finalist. The publisher's page for the hardcover edition has a description and blurbs from the back cover by Le Guin, Powers, Butler, et al. The author's website includes other reviews, and Chapter 1.
Holdstock, Robert : Celtika(Tor 0-765-34904-3, $6.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, January 2004, cover art Larry Rostant)
(First edition: Tor, March 2003)
Fantasy novel, "Book One of the Merlin Codex", a retelling of the Arthurian legend that begins with Merlin centuries before he meets Arthur. The next book in the series, The Iron Grail, comes out in hardcover in February.
Kress, Nancy : Probability Space(Tor 0-765-34514-5, $6.99, 367pp, mass market paperback, January 2004, cover art Bob Eggleton)
(First edition: Tor, September 2002)
SF novel, third in the trilogy that began with Probability Moon and Probability Sun, all set on the world of her Nebula Award-winning novelette "The Flowers of Aulit Prison". This book concerns humanity's war with aliens, and the use of super-weapons that threaten the fabric of space-time. Winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of 2002.
MacLeod, Ken : Engine City(Tor 0-765-34421-1, $6.99, 288pp, mass market paperback, January 2004, cover art Stephan Martiniere)
(First edition: Tor, January 2003)
SF novel, third in the author's "Engines of Light" sequence that began with Cosmonaut Keep and Dark Light, set in a region of interstellar space where advanced aliens have transplanted various human, and other sentient, species from Earth, and the events of the novel exhibit MacLeod's usual interest in political concerns. Russell Letson's review in the February '03 Locus said "it's a wild ride all the way, and MacLeod's inventiveness, verbal playfulness, and bloody-minded irony never flag for a moment". MacLeod's next novel, Newton's Wake: A Space Opera, is reviewed in the February '04 issue of Locus.
McGarry, Terry : The Binder's Road(Tor 0-765-34328-2, $7.99, 593pp, mass market paperback, January 2004, cover art Gary Ruddell)
(First edition: Tor, March 2003)
Fantasy novel, sequel to her debut, Illumination (2001), with one more volume to follow. In addition to the author's personal page, there's Eiden Myr devoted to this series, with a page about this volume, and links to several excerpts.
Pohl, Frederik : Chasing Science: Science as Spectator Sport(Tor 0-765-30829-0, $14.95, 303pp, trade paperback, December 2003)
(First edition: Tor, December 2000)
Nonfiction by Pohl about his life-long fascination with science as an outsider: "part memoir, part travel guide, and part science primer" according to the description. The 220 or so pages of text are followed by a 60 page appendix listing places mentioned in the text, including science and technology centers around the world, and an index.
Steele, Allen : Coyote(Ace 0-441-01116-0, $6.99, 436pp, mass market paperback, December 2003, cover art Ron Miller)
(First edition: Ace, November 2002)
SF novel, subtitled "a novel of interstellar exploration", comprising eight short stories and novelettes first published separately, including Hugo-nominees "Stealing Alabama" and "The Days Between" plus 6 others. Russell Letson's review in the December '02 Locus noted the Heinleinian theme about characters who Learn Better: "I think the Old Man would approve." Placed 5th in last year's Locus Poll for best SF novel of 2002.
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