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Heinlein, Robert A., edited by Yoji Kondo : Requiem: Collected Works and Tributes to the Grand Master
(Tor 978-0-765-32054-4, $15.95, 341pp, trade paperback, May 2008)
(First edition: Tor, February 1992)

Collection of nonfiction and fiction, most never previously published in book form when this volume was first published in 1992, four years after Heinlein's death in 1988.
• Included are two novellas, "Destination Moon", basis for the 1950 film, and "Tenderfoot in Space".
• Nonfiction includes several Guest of Honor speeches by Heinlein, and tributes to Heinlein by Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Spider Robinson, Jack Williamson, and others.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The Amazon page has blurbs by several of the contributors.

(Wed 14 May 2008) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


Moorcock, Michael : Lord of the Spiders
(Paizo 978-1-60125-082-7, $12.99, 149pp, trade paperback, May 2008, cover art Andrew Hou)

Short novel, first published as Blades of Mars as by Edward P. Bradbury by UK publisher Compact in 1965.
• It's the second of three "Warrior of Mars" novels, about an American physicist named Kane whose matter transmission experiments land him on a Mars of the romantic past. This edition has an introduction by Roy Thomas. The novels are part of Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycle, which incorporates most of the books he's ever written. Moorcock's official website has this suggested reading order for the entire oeuvre.
• The first of the novels, City of the Beast (aka Warriors of Mars), was reprinted by Paizo last year; the third, Masters of the Pit (aka Barbarians of Mars) is due from Paizo in July 2008.
• The publisher's website has this description, with reader reviews.

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Watts, Peter : Starfish
(Tor 978-0-765-31596-0, $14.95, 317pp, trade paperback, May 2008)
(First edition: Tor, July 1999)

Trade paperback release of Watts' first novel, first in the "Rifters" trilogy, which was subsequently followed by Maelstrom (2001) and Behemoth, Book One: Β-Max (2004) and Behemoth, Book Two: Seppuku (2005) -- the last book of the trilogy split into two volumes for publication. It's about an undersea geothermal power station, staffed by 'rifters', recruits whose stressful pasts have conditioned them for the experience, and their encounter with ancient bacterialike creatures.
• Tor's website has this description, with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the its own review by Blaise Selby, and the Publishers Weekly review, of the first edition; PW said "The human resistance to these life forms is described with a great deal of explicit violence and graphic language, as well as well-orchestrated paranoia that recalls the classic SF tale "Who Goes There?" Watts's characterizations aren't strong but, as in Arthur C. Clarke's The Deep Range, the underwater setting and the technology employed there function as characters in their own right, and quite vigorously. The novel's pacing is excellent, making this, overall, a good bet for beach reading."

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