de Larrabeiti, Michael :
(Tor Teen 0-765-35005-X, $6.99, 214pp, trade paperback, July 2005, cover art Red Nose Studio)
(First edition: UK: Bodley Head, 1976)
Young adult fantasy novel about outcast children (with pointed ears) in London. It's the first of a trilogy, it was followed by The Borribles Go for Broke (1981); The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis (1986). An edition of the trilogy is available from Pan Macmillan.
The series has its own website, The Borribles Online, with background -- Who are these Borribles? "Borribles are generally skinny and have pointed ears... They are pretty tough-looking and always scruffy, with their arses hanging out of their trousers, but apart from that they look just like normal children." -- descriptions, information about the author, cover images, etc.
SF novel about alien invaders replacing citizens in a small California town, filmed in 1956 as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and often reprinted with that title. (There were two subsequent film versions, with yet another currently in work, starring Nicole Kidman.)
This book club edition is part of the "Stephen King Horror Library", with a 24-page introduction by King. The novel is a reprint of the revised 1978 edition of the novel, in which Finney changed "several details in the text, including the name of the town in which the action takes place from Santa Mira to Mill Valley".
The SFBC site has this description.
Frank, Pat :
(HarperCollins/Perennial 0-06-074187-2, $12.95, 16+323pp, trade paperback, July 2005)
(First edition: Lippincott, 1959)
SF novel about how the residents of a small town in Florida survive the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust -- one of the classic 1950s novels, along with Nevil Shute's On the Beach, about the consequences of nuclear war. This edition has a new cover, and a new foreword by David Brin.
HarperCollins' site has some background on the author and an excerpt.
SF novel about a war between humanity and alien Taurans, in which protagonist William Mandella sees centuries pass on Earth between engagements with the enemy via relativistic slower-than-light spaceflight. This was Haldeman's first novel, partly a response to Heinlein's Starship Troopers and also based on Haldeman's own experience in Vietnam.
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards.
This book club edition is part of their 50th Anniversary Collection; the club's site has this description.
Omnibus volume of the first four of Heinlein's young adult SF novels: Rocket Ship Galileo (1947), Space Cadet (1948), Red Planet (1949), and Farmer in the Sky (1950). Despite the sometimes outdated science, the Heinlein 'juveniles' remain among the author's most popular works.
The club's site has this description with a review by editor Ellen Asher. Other book club compilation of Heinlein's juveniles include To the Stars (Between Planets, The Rolling Stones, Starman Jones, and The Star Beast) and Infinite Possibilities (Tunnel in the Sky, Time for the Stars, and Citizen of the Galaxy).
Heinlein, Robert A. :
Podkayne of Mars
(Ace 0-441-01298-1, $6.99, 214pp, trade paperback, July 2005, cover art Matt Stawicki)
(First edition: Putnam, 1963)
Young adult SF novel, the last of Heinlein's popular 'juveniles' though perhaps the most controversial, with a female protagonist that many readers have found implausible. It's about a girl raised on Mars who travels to Earth.
Amazon reader reviews for this earlier edition provide sample reactions.
Amazon's 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt.
The Heinlein Society's site has this concordance entry.
SF novel, sixth and last in the "Dune" series that began with Hugo and Nebula winner Dune (1965), still one of the most popular of all SF novels. This book concerns the Bene Gesserit moving to another world after Arrakis has been destroyed.
This is a reprint of the 1987 Ace edition, and includes a 1984 afterword by Herbert about his wife Bev, who died in February 1984.
The book club's site has this description. The five earlier volumes (two of them combined into one) are offered in this four-book set.
Kay, Guy Gavriel :
The Lions of Al-Rassan
(Eos 0-06-073349-7, $14.95, 504pp, trade paperback, July 2005, cover illustration Cathy Maclean)
(First edition: HarperPrism, June 1995)
Alternate history fantasy novel set in a version of medieval Spain under the Moors.
The author's website has this page about the book: "In The Lions of Al-Rassan, GGK went further than he ever had before towards history and away from traditional high fantasy. Al-Rassan is a thinly disguised Al-Andalus - the book speaks powerfully and poetically of the conflict and tragedy of a fragmenting world inspired by the history of reconquista Spain."
The HarperCollins site has this description, plus a note from the author and a chapter excerpt.
The book was an Aurora Award nominee, and placed 4th in the 1996 Locus Poll for best fantasy novel.
Hardcover omnibus of Le Guin's acclaimed young adult fantasy series consisting of A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1971), and The Farthest Shore (1972).
The series ranked 4th in Locus' 1998 poll of the best all-time fantasy novels.
The book club's site has this description.
Martin, George R. R. :
A Game of Thrones
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-10354-7, $28, 694pp, hardcover, August 2005, jacket illustration Stephen Youll)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, September 1996)
Fantasy novel, first in the acclaimed "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, of which the long-awaited fourth volume, A Feast for Crows, is due in November.
Bantam has reissued the book both in hardcover and paperback, with the new cover displayed here (despite the images shown on Amazon). Bantam's site has this page for the paperback edition, with an excerpt.
The book was nominated for the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, and won the 1997 Locus Award for best fantasy novel. The second and third volumes in the series also won Locus Awards for best fantasy novel: A Clash of Kings in 1999, and A Storm of Swords in 2001.
Moorcock, Michael :
(SFBC 0-7394-5191-x, $12.99, 355pp, hardcover, April 2005, jacket art Bruce Jensen)
(First edition: UK: Allison & Busby, 1978)
Fantasy novel set in an alternate-world England, in part an homage to Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series, and generally regarded as Moorcock's best novel.
This edition is a reprint of the 2004 Warner Aspect edition, with both the original ending and the later revised ending, an afterword by Moorcock, and lyrics from an aborted musical version.
The book club's site has this description. It's one of SFBC's 40th Anniversary Collection.
The book won both the 1979 World Fantasy Award and the 1979 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Resnick, Mike :
(BenBella 1932100512, $14.95, 279pp, trade paperback, July 2005, cover art Jim Burns)
(First edition: Ace, 1991)
SF novel of a little girl with the power to foresee the future. It's first of the "Penelope" trilogy, followed by Oracle (1992) and Prophet (1993), and is set in the same world as the author's Santiago novels.
BenBella's site has this description, and plans to issue subsequent volumes in the trilogy.
The Amazon page has reader reviews.
Robinson, Spider :
Night of Power
(Baen 0-7434-9917-4, $6.99, 369pp, mass market paperback, July 2005, cover art Thomas Kidd)
(First edition: Baen, 1985)
SF near-future novel about a race war in New York City -- an atypical work by the author best known for the humorous Callahan's Place stories and novels.
Baen's site has this description and links to chapter excerpts.
Robinson's site heralds the new edition: "One of Spider's most requested and most controversial novels has finally beeen restored to print after an absence of two decades. Baen Books has just released a new edition of NIGHT OF POWER. Written in 1984 (the year the Macintosh was introduced) as speculative prophecy for the then-far-distant year 1996, it depicts a horrific all-out black/white racewar in Manhattan that didn't happen....yet....seen through the eyes of an interracial family visiting from Canada."
Amazon has a brief description and reader reviews.
Wells, H. G. :
The Time Machine
(Penguin Classics 0-141-43997-1, $9, 34+104pp, trade paperback, May 2005, cover illustration Kate Gibb)
(First edition: UK: Heinemann, 1895)
This new edition of Wells' classic SF novel -- his first SF novel, and the ur-time travel novel in the entire SF genre -- has a 16-page (with notes) introduction by Marina Warner, a biographical note, Wells' 1931 preface to a reissue of the book, and 8 pages of notes to the text.
This is the latest example of Penguin Classics' reprints with new introductions by contemporary writers and critics, as noted last month in our listing of Wells' The War of the Worlds.