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This page lists selected new science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen published this month, mostly via bookstores sightings. This listing is independent of the comprehensive Books Received listings in Locus Magazine, which are accumulated as the online Locus Index.

Key: * = first edition, + = first US edition. Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

* Andersen, Kurt Turn of the Century (Random House 0-375-50008-1, $24.95, 659pp, hc, May 1999) This week's literary millennial novel; it's getting good reviews. (Thu 13 May 1999)

* Bradley, Marion Zimmer, ed Sword & Sorceress XVI (DAW 0-88677-843-3, $6.99, 306pp, pb, June 1999, cover by Michael Whelan) Original anthology of 26 stories. (Tue 18 May 1999)

* Clemens, Jim Wit'ch Storm (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-41707-0, $13.95, 484pp, tpb, May 1999, cover by Brom) Fantasy novel, sequel to Wit'ch Fire (1998). (Tue 18 May 1999)

Disch, Thomas M. 334 (Vintage Books 0-375-70544-9, $12.00, 258pp, tpb, May 1999) Reprint (MacGibbon & Kee 1972). SF novel; one of the literary classics of the field. (Wed 5 May 1999)

Disch, Thomas M. Camp Concentration (Vintage Books 0-375-70545-7, $12.00, 184pp, tpb, May 1999) Reprint (Hart-Davis 1968). SF novel; another classic. (Wed 5 May 1999)

* Farland, David Brotherhood of the Wolf (Tor 0-312-86742-5, 480pp, hc, May 1999, cover by Darrell K. Sweet) Fantasy novel, second in the ''Runelords'' sequence that began with The Sum of All Men (1998); Farland is a pseudonym for Dave Wolverton. The Amazon page has a review by Dave Langford. (Tue 18 May 1999)

* Goldstein, Lisa Dark Cities Underground (Tor 0-312-86828-6, $22.95, 252pp, hc, June 1999, cover by Donato) Contemporary fantasy novel. See excerpts from the Goldstein interview in the May issue of Locus magazine. (Tue 25 May 1999)

* Green, Terence M. A Witness to Life (Forge 0-312-86672-0, $20.95, 240pp, hc, April 1999) Associational novel, prequel to Shadows of Ashland (1996). (Thu 6 May 1999)

* Hartwell, David G., ed Year's Best SF 4 (HarperPrism 0-06-105902-1, $6.50, 11+484pp, pb, June 1999, cover by John Harris) Reprint anthology of short fiction from 1998, including superior stories by Ted Chiang, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, Bruce Sterling, and others. That cover blurb -- ''all new astonishing stories'' -- is a tad misleading though; it's not an original anthology. (Wed 5 May 1999)

+ King, Gabriel The Golden Cat (Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-42304-6, $24.5, 287pp, hc, May 1999, cover by Donna Diamond) First US edition (UK: Century November 1998). Fantasy novel about cats, sequel to The Wild Road (1998). King is a pseudonym for Jane Johnson and M. John Harrison. (Tue 18 May 1999)

* McCaffrey, Anne The Tower and the Hive (Ace/Putnam 0-399-14501-x, $23.95, 302pp, hc, May 1999, cover by Duane O. Myers) Latest in the series about the telepathically Talented family that began with The Rowan (1990). (Fri 14 May 1999)

* Pineiro, R.J. 01-01-00TM: A Novel of the Millennium (Forge 0-312-87058-2, $24.95, 320pp, hc, June 1999) This week's millennial thriller novel, and a tie-in to a 'licensing program'. (Thu 13 May 1999)

+ Priest, Christopher The Extremes (St. Martin's 0-312-20541-4, $24.95, 393pp, hc, May 1999) First US edition (UK: Simon & Schuster 1998). SF novel about virtual reality, already winner of the British Science Fiction Association award for best novel of 1998. (Thu 6 May 1999)

* Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward (Tor 0-312-86712-3, $23.95, 319pp, hc, June 1999) SF novel in which a physics experiment shifts the consciousness of humanity ahead by 20 years. (Tue 25 May 1999)

* Silverberg, Robert, ed Far Horizons (Avon Eos 0-380-97630-7, $27.5, 482pp, hc, May 1999) Original anthology, the SF companion to last year's Legends: new stories set in the worlds of famous series by David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Nancy Kress, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, and Robert Silverberg. (Wed 5 May 1999)

* Stephenson, Neal Cryptonomicon (Avon 0-380-97346-4, $27.5, 918pp, hc, May 1999) Novel, maybe not SF so much as a 'secret-history'; anyway it's generating more positive buzz than any SF novel in a long time. Gary K. Wolfe in the May Locus calls it ''enormous and exhilarating'' and ''brilliant and sheerly enjoyable''. (Wed 5 May 1999)

* Turner, George Down There in Darkness (Tor 0-312-86829-4, $24.95, 352pp, hc, May 1999, cover by John Harris) The Australian writer's last novel, published in time for this year's Worldcon in his home country. (Tue 11 May 1999)

* Yourgrau, Barry Haunted Traveller: An Imaginary Memoir (Arcade 1-55970-482-9, $23.95, 202pp, hc, May 1999) Surrealistic fiction by an author compared to Borges, Calvino, and Kafka: ''44 episodes that relate one man's wanderings through moody, fantastical landscapes'' according to Jonathan Miles' New York Times review. (Fri 21 May 1999)

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