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2010 Directories




 

Charnas, Suzy McKee : Dorothea Dreams
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-39-3, $16, 331pp, trade paperback, July 2010, cover illustration Anna Tambour)
(First edition: Arbor House, April 1986)

Contemporary fantasy novel about an elderly New Mexico artist, haunted by ghosts of her own creation, who's forced to confront reality when three Chicano teenagers enter her life.
• This revised edition is the second volume in Aqueduct Press' new 'Heirloom Books' series, and has an introduction by Delia Sherman.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book, with praise from Delia Sherman and Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree Jr.).
• Charnas' website has this page for the book with an excerpt and quotes from reviews, including the 1986 Locus review: "... An excellent novel almost entirely in a mainstream mode.... The supernatural element is genuine, if not quite what it appears to be.... In vivid, poignant scenes from a range of viewpoints, spiced with just a hint of the fantastic, Charnas reveals the confusion and splendor of humanity."
• Amazon's page has the Publishers Weekly review of the original edition: "Charnas is billed as a fantasy writer, but this novel, as beautifully layered as Dorothea's wall, is also a very human story about love and loss and continuation."

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Cook, Glen : An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire
(Night Shade Books 978-1597801881, $14.95, 248pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, September 2009)

Collection of short fiction set in Cook's "Dream Empire", including title novella "Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat" (1980).
• This paperback edition is a reprint of Night Shade's 2009 sold-out hardcover edition; Night Shade's site has this description, with a link to this introduction on Baen's Webscription site, and links to two of the stories.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "In this gloomy world, all are subject to the whims of those above them, quests rarely end happily and comic elements are limited to gallows humor. Fans of Fritz Leiber and Steven Erikson will enjoy these unjustly overlooked tales." -- and reader reviews.

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* Davis, Chandler, edited by Josh Lukin : It Walks in Beauty: Selected Prose of Chandler Davis
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-37-9, $21, 360pp, trade paperback, July 2010, cover illustration Anna Tambour)

Collection of five stories, plus essays, letters, a speech, and an interview, by an author who published a dozen or so SF stories beginning in the late 1940s.
• The five stories collected here include "Adrift on the Policy Level", first published in Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories #5 (1959), and the title story, from Star Science Fiction Magazine in 1958.
• This is the first volume in Aqueduct Press' new 'Heirloom Books' series, whose editor Josh Lukin provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book, with praise from H. Bruce Franklin and Eleanor Arnason.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "This scholarly volume, the first maleauthored book from feminist SF press Aqueduct, explores the work of Chandler Davis, who refused to cooperate with 1950s McCarthyism and was dismissed from the University of Michigan faculty, academically blacklisted, and briefly imprisoned. ... all of significant interest to any fan of political SF."

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* de Lint, Charles : The Very Best of Charles de Lint
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-96-4, $15.95, 425pp, trade paperback, July 2010, cover art Charles Vess)

Collection of 29 stories, first published from 1984 to 2006, chosen by the author via a poll of his fans.
• The publisher's site has this description, with the complete list of stories and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the table of contents, and the first few pages of stories.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters like 'an old man who wore the shape of a red-haired boy with crackernut eyes that seemed as bright as salmon tails glinting up the water.'"

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* Evans, Arthur B., & Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., eds. : The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-6955-4, $39.95, 18+767pp, trade paperback, August 2010)

Anthology of 52 stories (including a couple novel excerpts) representing the history of science fiction, ranging from Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter" (1844) to Ted Chiang's "Exhalation" (2008).
• The editors are those of critical journal Science Fiction Studies -- six of them are credited on the title page: Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk.
• The book, with its intent as a definitive critical anthology to repesent the entire SF genre, has predecessors including Adventures in Time and Space (1946), The Science Fiction Hall of Fame (1970-1973), James Gunn's The Road to Science Fiction (1977-1998), The Oxford Book Of Science Fiction Stories (1992), and The Norton Book of Science Fiction (1993).
• The publisher's site has this description, with blurbs from Kim Stanley Robinson and John Clute, and the table of contents, which is listed both in chronological and thematic order.
• There is also an $80 hardcover edition.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "No institutional library should be without this truly phenomenal volume, and non-academic readers will greatly appreciate the bargain-basement price on the trade paperback edition."

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* Jackson, Shirley : Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories
(Library of America 978-1-59853-072-8, $35, 827pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Library of America's omnibus volume of two novels, The Haunting of Hill House (first published 1959) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), the collection The Lottery and Other Stories (1949 - Wikpedia), and 21 additional, uncollected, short stories and sketches. There is also a biography, chronology, and notes on the text.
• The publisher's site has this description, with the table of contents, a link to an interview with editor Joyce Carol Oates, and a link to a PDF of story "Trial by Combat".
• "The Lottery", first published in 1948 in The New Yorker, is a classic, controversial short story about a small village whose residents gather annually to stone one of their residents to death, in a ritual sacrifice. The story has its own Wikipedia entry.
Strange Horizons posted this review by L. Timmel Duchamp.

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Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Word for World Is Forest
(Tor 978-0-7653-2464-1, $11.99, 189pp, trade paperback, July 2010)

Short SF novel about a human logging colony on the planet Athshe, whose inhabitants live an idyllic life based on lucid dreaming.
• It was first published as a novella in Harlan Ellison's anthology Again, Dangerous Visions (1972), and has recently been cited as a possible inspiration for James Cameron's film Avatar.
• The novella won a 1973 Hugo Award, was a Nebula Award finalist, placed 2nd in that year's Locus Poll, and in 1999 ranked #19 in Locus' all-time poll for best novella.
• Wkipedia has this page about the book.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Rucker, Rudy : The Ware Tetralogy
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-211-5, $24.95, 751pp, trade paperback, May 2010, cover art Chris Harvey)

Omnibus of four novels about robot and human evolution: Software (1982, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Wetware (1988, winner of another Philip K. Dick Award, Freeware (1997), and Realware (2000).
• William Gibson provides an introduction; the author provides an afterword.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with a summary, blurbs, and a free PDF download of the entire book.

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* Vance, Jack, edited by Terry Dowling & Jonathan Strahan : Hard-Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-301-3, $40, 294pp, hardcover, July 2010, jacket illustration Tom Kidd)

Collection of 14 stories from early in Vance's career, first published from 1948 (the title story) to 1959 ("Dodkin's Job").
• The editors provide an introduction, and Vance provides an afterword to each story.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review: "Even these early tales make it clear why Vance is still one of the most revered, read, and taught of science fiction authors, highlighting his blending of genres, forward-thinking and prophetic science, and careful craft."

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* Verne, Jules, translated by Charlotte Mandell : The Castle in Transylvania
(Melville House 978-1-935554-08-0, $14.95, 223pp, trade paperback, June 2010)

New translation of an 1892 novel by Verne, first published in English as The Castle of the Carpathians in 1894.
• The publisher's site has this description, with the front cover blurb "Back from the dead: the original zombie story".
• Paul Di Filippo's Barnes & Noble review notes the "inexpert translations" of earlier editions and examines both this new translation, and Verne's story. "Verne's tale remains compulsively readable for a number of reasons.... After so many books, the 65-year-old author was an expert at pacing, characterization and scene-setting.... In the end, 'The Castle in Transylvania' stands as an example of Verne at his most pleasurable and educational, exploring the remarkable reality of our simultaneous technological plummet and ascent."

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* Wrede, Patricia C. : A Matter of Magic
(Orb 978-0765326324, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art Larry Rostant)

Omnibus of two fantasy novels, Mairelon the Magician (1991) and The Magician's Ward (1997), about a traveling magicians and a street urchin in Regency London.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's site has this page about the books.

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posted 25 July 2010






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