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Sylvia Engdahl
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Peter F. Hamilton
Michael Moorcock
Andre Norton
Andre Norton
Donald Sidney-Fryer
Robert Silverberg

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Isaac Asimov
Leigh Brackett
Damien Broderick
Damien Broderick
Thomas M. Disch
Henry Kuttner
Judith Moffett
Clark Ashton Smith
Peter Straub

2010 Directories




 

* Beagle, Peter S., edited by Jonathan Strahan : Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-291-7, $40, 454pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket illustration Michael Wm Kaluta)

Collection of 18 stories, with an introduction by the author.
• Stories, many from the author's recent prolific years, include award winners "Two Hearts" (2005) and "El Regalo" (2006), early stories "Come Lady Death" (1963) and "Lila the Werewolf" (1969), and recent titles "We Never Talk About My Brother", "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel", and "Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros".
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and the table of contents.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Beagle plays on the heartstrings like a master musician, and this definitive collection, a magnificent grand tour of his many created worlds, will thrill his legions of fans."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review from the February '10 issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; "[S]urely there are few 70-year-old writers in any genre for whom a 'best of' anthology, consisting of only 18 stories, could include 12 from the last five years and still be a balanced overview of their finest work. Those newer stories alone would make Mirror Kingdoms among the outstanding single-author collections of the year..."

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Bradbury, Ray : The Stories of Ray Bradbury
(Everyman Library 978-0-307-26905-8, $32, 43+1059pp, hardcover, April 2010)

Collection of 100 stories selected, and with an introduction, by the author. This is a reprint by Everyman Library of the 1980 Knopf edition, with an added introduction by Christopher Buckley.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function leads to the table of contents of the Knopf edition. Amazon has its own review of the book by Stanley Wiater -- "If you can possess only one book by the legendary Ray Bradbury, this is it." -- and a review by Christopher Borrelli from Chicago Tribune -- "He is the Shakespeare of American geek culture, which, in effect, is American pop culture..."

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Cook, Glen : Starfishers
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-168-3, $14.95, 232pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Daniel Dociu)

SF novel, second in the author's "Starfishers" trilogy following Shadowline (both books first published in 1982). Night Shade reissued Shadowline in January, and plans the third volume, Star's End, for October.
• This novel concerns two Confederation agents, Mouse Storm and Moyshe benRabi, aboard a ship that harvests a substance enabling faster-than-light travel from Starfish, huge energy creatures at the edge of the galaxy.
• Night Shade's site has this order page with a description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of this new edition, which calls it "gloomy, operatic", and a "Look Inside" function providing an excerpt.

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Farmer, Philip José : The Dark Design
(Tor 978-0-7653-2654-6, $17.99, 461pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Berkley-Putnam, October 1977)

SF novel, third novel in Farmer's Riverworld series following To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat (reissued in an omnibus volume, listed below).
• This novel concerns an airship expedition to the planet's north pole, site of a mysterious tower presumably built by the creators of the planet.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon has a review by Craig E. Engler, and its "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.

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* Farmer, Philip José : RiverWorld
(Tor 978-0-7653-2652-2, $17.99, 443pp, trade paperback, April 2010)

Omnibus of two novels, To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat (both first published in 1971), first two novels in the author's popular Riverworld series, concerning a world where all of humanity are resurrected on the shores of a seemingly endless river. These two novels concern Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain] and the explorer Richard Burton.
• The first novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1972.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt. The cover of this edition ties it to SyFy channel's 4-hour miniseries adaptation, which aired in April and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
• Wikipedia has an entry for Riverworld with links to separate entries for the books and to the TV series.

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Heinlein, Robert A. : The Rolling Stones
(Baen 978-1-4391-3356-9, $7.99, 309pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Bob Eggleton)

Young adult SF novel, sixth of Heinlein's acclaimed and fondly-remembered series of 'juveniles' published from the late 1940s through the early 1960s.
• This novel, serialized earlier in Boy's Life magazine, is about the Stone family, residents of Luna, who buy a used spaceship and take a tour of the solar system.
• Wikipedia has this entry for the book with a plot summary and connections to other Heinlein works.
• This is a mass market reprint of Baen's 2009 trade paperback edition, with an afterword by Steve A. Hughes. Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Jones, Stephen, ed. : The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror
(Running Press 978-0762438419, $13.95, 22+745pp, trade paperback, April 2010)

Anthology of 20 stories derived from the first 20 volumes of Jones' annual Best New Horror anthology series.
• Authors include Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Kim Newman, Joe Hill, Clive Barker, and Stephen King.
• The book includes two indexes, one by author and one by title, of the contents of the first 20 volumes.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function has the table of contents and the editor's introduction. There's also a lengthy reader review analyzing trends over the series' history.

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* Leiber, Fritz, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Charles N. Brown : Selected Stories
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-180-5, $24.95, 359pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Collection of 17 stories, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
• Titles include early classics "Coming Attraction" (1950) and "A Pail of Air" (1951), and award winners "Gonna Roll the Bones" (1967), "Ill Met in Lankhmar" (1970), and "Catch that Zeppelin!" (1975).
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description, blurbs from Harlan Ellison and others, the table of contents, and bio.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "The versatility of SFWA Grand Master Leiber (1910-1992) is ably demonstrated by these 17 superb stories, each of which has wonder blazing at its core. ... Longtime fans and new readers alike will treasure this accessible and wide-ranging collection."

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Moorcock, Michael : Hawkmoon: The Mad God's Amulet
(Tor 978-0-7653-2474-0, $13.99, 207pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Vance Kovacs)

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel, second of four books in the series about Dorian Hawkmoon (also known as the Runestaff series), following The Jewel in the Skull (recently reprinted and described here).
• Wikipedia has this entry about the Hawkmoon series.
• This book was first published in 1968 in the US by Lancer as Sorcerer's Amulet; then in the UK in 1969 as The Mad God's Amulet; then again in the US by DAW in 1977 with the latter title.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of this new edition, warning that "The frenetic action comes at the cost of characterization, and Moorcock unabashedly embraces extraordinary, contrived coincidences as he pushes his protagonists to inevitable victory against overwhelming forces. Some readers will find the story quaintly charming, while others will think it hopelessly outdated."
• The third novel in the series is due from Tor in August.

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Niven, Larry, & Steven Barnes : Dream Park
(Tor 978-0-7653-2667-6, $15.99, 319pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

SF novel about an elaborate theme park, based on role-playing games, that uses virtual reality technology to create an enclosed, simulated reality.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book, describing the context of the novel in the history of role-playing games, and the actual games and park projects that were inspired by it.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt, and its reader reviews weigh heavily toward the 5-star.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, & Marianne S. Jablon, ed. : Wings of Fire
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-187-4, $15.95, 499pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art Todd Lockwood)

Anthology of 26 stories about dragons. Two of the stories, by Margo Lanagan and Holly Black, are original to this book; the rest are reprints, by Anne McCaffrey, Roger Zelazny, Lucius Shepard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, Peter S. Beagle, George R.R. Martin, Harlan Ellison & Robert Silverberg, and others.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and the complete table of contents.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature includes a few pages of excerpt.
Publishers Weekly just gave it a starred review: "This exemplary anthology, staffed by a host of award-winning authors, showcases every type of dragon: nature gods and mechanical beasts, intelligent companions, and feral ravagers of the countryside." The review concludes, "The verbal magic of these stories will reignite draconian passion in even the most jaded fantasy reader."

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* Williamson, Jack : With Folded Hands...and Searching Mind: The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume Seven
(Haffner Press 978-1-893887-37-4, $40, 21+556pp, hardcover, April 2010, cover art Hubert Rogers)

Collection of 15 stories first published from 1941 to 1958, penultimate volume in the ongoing series devoted to collecting the short fiction of SFWA Grand Master Jack Williamson, who died in 2006.
• Stories include the Hall of Fame story "With Folded Hands..." (1947) and the follow-up magazine serial "...And Searching Mind", which became Williamson's novel The Humanoids, plus "Breakdown" and "The Equalizer".
• There's a foreword by Robert Silverberg, an afterword by Jack Williamson, and an appendix of letters and short articles from the same era as the stories.
• The Haffner Press site a complete description with table of contents, and an image of the full color endpapers.

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Zelazny, Roger : Creatures of Light and Darkness
(Eos 978-0-06-193645-6, $13.99, 199pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover illustration Steve Stone)

Far future SF novel inspired by Egyptian mythology, in which Anubis and Osiris send forth superhuman warriors to destroy The Prince Who Was a Thousand.
• The novel is from Zelazny's relatively highly regarded early career, coming just after Hugo winner Lord of Light (reprinted by Eos in 2004), but is more experimental than most of his work, with chapters written in verse and as a script for a play. Wikipedia has this entry about the book, with a plot summary and details of places and curiosities, and the complete "Agnostic's Prayer".
• The publisher's site has this description. Amazon provides an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and mostly positive reader reviews.

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Classic Reprints:
April - June 2010

posted 30 June 2010




Opening lines:

I keep nine dragons in an old cow barn,
And sometimes I go down to look at them.
I didn't build the barn -- I bought it
From a little old lady in Pasadena,
Who was arrested, the last I heard,
For selling the North Star
To a blind man.




Opening lines:

His wife had held him in her arms as if she could keep death away from him.

He had cried out, "My God, I am a dead man!"

The door to the room had opened, and he had seen a giant, black, one- humped camel outside and had heard the tinkle of the bells on its harness as the hot desert wind touched them. Then a huge black face topped by a great black turban had appeared in the doorway. The black eunuch had come in through the door, moving like a cloud, with a gi­gantic scimitar in his hand. Death, the Destroyer of Delights and the Sunderer of Society, had arrived at last.




Opening lines:

Miss Millick wondered just what had happened to Mr. Wran. He kept making the strangest remarks when she took dictation. Just this morning he had quickly turned around and asked, "Have you ever seen a ghost, Miss Millick?" And she had tittered nervously and replied, "When I was a girl there was a thing in white that used to come out of the closet in the attic bedroom when you slept there, and moan. Of course it was just my imagination. I was frightened of lots of things." And he had said, "I don't mean that traditional kind of ghost. I mean a ghost from the world today, with the soot of the factories in its face and the pounding of machinery in its soul. The kind that would haunt coal yards and slip around at night through deserted office buildings like this one. A real ghost. Not something out of books." And she hadn't known what to say.




Opening lines:

The man walks through his Thousandyear Eve in the House of the Dead. If you could look about the enormous room through which he walks, you couldn't see a thing. It is far too dark for eyes to be of value.

For this dark time, we'll simply refer to him as "the man."




Opening lines:

The two brothers stood looking the old wreck over. "Junk." decided Castor.

"Not junk." objected Pollux. "A jalopy -- granted. A heap any way you look at it. A clunker possibly. But not junk."




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