Atwood, Margaret : Oryx and Crake(Anchor Books 0-385-72167-6, $14, 376pp, trade paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday/Talese, May 2003)
Dystopian SF novel by the Canadian author of The Handmaid's Tale (1985), well received by literary critics though somewhat controversial among genre observers due to Atwood's repeated insistence that her novel is not science fiction (which is about "monsters and spaceships").
Banker, Ashok K. : Prince of Ayodhya(Warner Aspect 0446611999, $6.99, 540pp, mass market paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Warner Aspect, August 2003)
Fantasy novel based on the ancient Indian epic The Ramayana; the first US/UK publication by a Bombay-based writer who's already published several novels in India. The publisher's site has this excerpt and interview.
Brust, Steven : The Lord of Castle Black(Tor 0812534190, $7.99, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Tor, August 2003)
Fantasy novel, second in the "Viscount of Adrilanka" series following The Paths of the Dead (2002), described by the Booklist review (on Amazon) as a "pastiche of Dumas' musketeers saga". Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews. The third novel, Sethra Lavode, has just been published.
Coe, David B. : Seeds of Betrayal(Tor 081258998X, $7.99, 580pp, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Tor, May 2003)
Fantasy novel, second in the "Winds of the Forelands" tetralogy, following Seeds of Betrayal (2002). The author's webpage has this page about the book, with some lengthy excerpts. An interview with the author is posted at www.suite101.com.
Datlow, Ellen, & Terri Windling, eds. : The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest(Firebird 0142400297, $8.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Viking, May 2002)
Anthology of 15 stories and 3 poems, all original, with illustrations by Charles Vess, about "the spirit who stands for Nature in its most wild and untamed form". Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, and Jeffrey Ford.
Farmer, Nancy : The House of the Scorpion(Simon Pulse 0689852231, $7.99, 380pp, mass market paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, October 2002)
YA novel about a future in which human laborers have computer chips in their brains to insure docility, according to the review on Amazon by Patty Campbell.
Feist, Raymond E. : Talon of the Silver Hawk(HarperTorch 0-380-80324-0, $7.99, 378pp, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Eos, April 2003)
Fantasy novel, first in the "Conclave of Shadows" series. The second book, King of Foxes, has just been published
Keyes, Greg : The Briar King(Del Rey 0-345-44070-6, $7.5, 584pp, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, January 2003)
Fantasy novel, Book One of "The Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone", set on a world inhabited by humans who've been unwillingly transported there by aliens.
Kress, Nancy : Crossfire(Tor 0765343894, $6.99, 364pp, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Tor, February 2003)
SF novel concerning human colonists on a distant planet who discover primitive humanoid aliens there, and eventually become involved in interstellar war.
MacLeod, Ian R. : The Light Ages(Ace 0-441-01149-7, $14, 456pp, trade paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Ace, May 2003)
Fantasy novel set in a parallel England where the discovery of "aether" has changed the world and brought about the Third Age of Industry.
Resnick, Mike : The Return of Santiago(Tor 0765341468, $7.99, 438pp, mass market paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Tor, March 2003)
SF novel, a "planet-hopping Old West romance" according to the Publishers Weekly review reproduced on the Amazon page; sequel to Santiago (1986).
Sawyer, Robert J. : Iterations(Red Deer Press 0-88995-303-1, $16.95, 303pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: Canada: Quarry/Out of This World, February 2002)
Collection of 22 stories, including three Aurora Award winners, with an introduction by James Alan Gardner.
Stirling, S. M. : Conquistador(Roc 0-451-45933-4, $7.99, 596pp, mass market paperback, March 2004)
(First edition: Penguin/Roc, February 2003)
Alternate history novel, set in 1946 and 2009, in a North America that Europeans never discovered.
Turtledove, Harry : American Empire: The Victorious Opposition(Ballantine Del Rey 0345444248, $7.99, 618pp, mass market paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2003)
Alternate history SF novel, latest in the "American Empire" series following Blood & Iron (2001) and The Center Cannot Hold (2002), themselves sequels to the earlier "Great War" sequence of four novels.
Varley, John : Red Thunder(Ace 0441011624, $7.99, 411pp, mass market paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Ace, April 2003)
SF novel, a near-future space thriller about "seven suburban misfits" near Daytona who plan to build a spaceship to beat the Chinese to Mars; it's dedicated to Spider Robinson and Robert A. Heinlein among others.
Williams, Tad : The War of the Flowers(DAW 075640181X, $7.99, 828pp, mass market paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: DAW, May 2003)
Fantasy novel, a single-volume epic, about a contemporary San Francisco man who discovers the world of an industralized Faerie.
Zahn, Timothy : Dragon and Thief(Starscape 0-765-34272-3, $5.99, 248pp, trade paperback, March 2004, cover art Jon Foster)
(First edition: Tor, February 2003)
SF novel, first in the "Dragonback" series, concerning a man who has a symbiotic dragon on his back. The Amazon page has a description.
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