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This page lists selected new science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen published this month, mostly via bookstores sightings (though all books received for review -- not including advance reading copies -- will be listed). For a comprehensive listing of new books published each month, see Locus Magazine. Its Books Received listings 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.

New Books Seen: February 2000

* Anderson, Poul Genesis
(Tor 0-312-86707-7, $23.95, 253pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Jim Burns)
SF novel, expanded from the author's same-titled 93-page novella in Far Futures (1995). Reviewed by Russell Letson in the March 2000 Locus. (Tue 8 Feb 2000)

* Asaro, Catherine Ascendant Sun
(Tor 0-312-86824-3, $24.95, 380pp, hc, March 2000, cover by Julie Bell)
SF novel set in the author's Skolian Empire. (Mon 28 Feb 2000)

* Barnes, John Candle
(Tor 0-312-89077-x, $22.95, 237pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Stephen Youll)
SF novel set in a world after the Meme wars. Amazon has Booklist and Kirkus reviews. Locus's February 2000 issue has reviews by both Gary K. Wolfe and Russell Letson. (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

* Clarke, Arthur C., & Stephen Baxter The Light of Other Days
(Tor 0-312-87199-6, $24.95, 316pp, hc, March 2000)
SF novel about an invention that allows people to view anyplace, anywhere, anytime, and its effects on world society and governments. CNN ran an interview with Baxter about working with Clarke on this book. Amazon has a review by Paul Hughes, and reader reviews. There's no relation, by the way, between this book and Bob Shaw's famous slow-glass story ''Light of Other Days'' (1966). (Tue 22 Feb 2000)

* Doctorow, E.L. City of God
(Random House 0-679-44783-0, $25, 272pp, hc, February 2000)
Associational; literary novel on philosophical and scientific themes, opening with a description of the Big Bang, keying off a mystery about a cross from a Manhattan Episcopal church that has disappeared and reappeared on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism. Amazon has review by James Marcus, and Booklist review. (Thu 17 Feb 2000)

* Doxiadis, Apostolos Uncle Petros & Goldbach's Conjecture
(Bloomsbury 1-58234-067-6, $23.95, 209pp, hc, February 2000)
Associational novel, first published in Greek, 1992, about a man obsessed with proving the mathematical conjecture named after Goldbach, which suggests that every even number greater than 2 is the sum of two primes. Amazon reprints a blurb from Oliver Sacks. (Thu 10 Feb 2000)

* Farren, Mick Darklost
(Tor 0-312-86979-7, $24.95, 412pp, hc, March 2000)
Fantasy novel about vampires; sequel to The Time of Feasting (1996). (Mon 28 Feb 2000)

* Flint, Eric 1632
(Baen 0-671-57849-9, $24, 504pp, hc, February 2000)
Alternate history time travel novel about an area of West Virginia catapulted back to German in 1632, during the Thirty Years' War. Amazon has Booklist review and quotes from PW. (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

* Flynn, Michael Lodestar
(Tor 0-312-86137-0, $24.95, 365pp, hc, March 2000, cover by Julie Bell)
SF novel, follow-up to Firestar (1996) and Rogue Star (1998). (Mon 28 Feb 2000)

Forward, Robert L. Dragon's Egg
(Del Rey Impact 0-345-43529-x, $12, 345pp, tpb, March 2000)
Reprint (Del Rey May 1980). Hard-SF novel about an alien civilization on a neutron star. (Fri 25 Feb 2000)

* Foy, George The Memory of Fire
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-37930-5, $13.95, 371pp, tpb, February 2000, cover by Eric Dinayer)
SF novel set in a cyberpunkish near-future. Reviewed by Russell Letson in the January 2000 Locus. Amazon has Booklist review. (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

+ Furey, Maggie The Heart of Myrial
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-57938-x, $6.99, 469pp, pb, February 2000, cover by Keith Parkinson)
First US edition (UK: Little Brown/Orbit July 1999). Fantasy novel, first book of 'The Shadowleague', about a world where magical walls separate lands of different environments. UK edition was reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the October 1999 Locus. (Fri 11 Feb 2000)

* Gentle, Mary The Book of Ash #2: Carthage Ascendant
(Avon Eos 0-380-80550-2, $6.99, 424pp, pb, February 2000, cover by Donato)
Fantasy novel, second of four volumes, following The Book of Ash #1: A Secret History, that will be published in the UK as a single volume, Ash. Reviewed by Faren Miller in the January 2000 Locus. (Tue 15 Feb 2000)

* Gerrold, David Jumping Off the Planet
(Tor 0-312-89069-9, $19.95, 285pp, hc, March 2000, cover by Royo)
SF novel (first of a trilogy) in the mode of a Heinlein juvenile (though with contemporary themes, including gay relationships and children divorcing their parents), about a man and his three sons ascending a 'beanstalk' (space elevator) on their way to the Moon. A portion appeared as a novella in Science Fiction Age, January 1998. For excerpts from the book and the reviews, see promotional pages on the webzine GalaxyOnline, to which Gerrold is a contributor. (Tue 22 Feb 2000)

* Goonan, Kathleen Ann Crescent City Rhapsody
(Avon Eos 0-380-97711-7, $24, 8+430pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Gregory Bridges)
SF novel, third in the trilogy following Queen City Jazz and Mississippi Blues, about how nanotechnology transforms the world. Strongly reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the January 2000 Locus; this is one of Locus Online's two Books Selections for February. Amazon has blurbs from Bear, Haldeman, Benford, Donaldson. (Tue 8 Feb 2000)

* Gould, Steven Blind Waves
(Tor 0-312-86445-0, $23.95, 350pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Jim Burns)
SF novel set in a near future in which rising sea levels have flooded the coasts and turned the US into an ''Exclusive Economic Zone''. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the February 2000 Locus. (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

* Hambly, Barbara The Knight of the Demon Queen
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-42189-2, $24, 263pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Donato Giancola)
Fantasy novel, third in a series that began with Dragonsbane. Reviewed by Faren Miller in the January 2000 Locus. (Tue 15 Feb 2000)

* Hopkinson, Nalo Midnight Robber
(Warner Aspect 0-446-67560-1, $13.95, 329pp, tpb, March 2000, cover by Leo & Diane Dillon)
SF novel about life on the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint. Reviewed by both Gary K. Wolfe and Faren Miller in the February 2000 Locus. Amazon quotes the PW review. (Fri 25 Feb 2000)

* Mallon, Thomas Two Moons
(Pantheon 0-375-40025-7, $24, 303pp, hc, February 2000)
Associational, perhaps slipstream, historical novel set in 1870 Washington DC about a 'human computer' at the Naval Observatory. Dedicated to Andrea Barrett. Amazon has a long review by Kerry Fried, plus Kirkus review. (Fri 11 Feb 2000)

* Niven, Larry, & Jerry Pournelle The Burning City
(Pocket 0-671-03660-2, $24.95, 21+486pp, hc, March 2000, cover by Darrell Sweet)
'Epic' fantasy novel according to the dust jacket, with cast list and maps -- but the maps look suspiciously like the coast of California. (Fri 18 Feb 2000)

* Steele, Allen Oceanspace
(Ace 0-441-00685-x, $21.95, 375pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Danilo Ducak)
SF novel about an undersea research station in the Atlantic. Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the February 2000 Locus. (Fri 11 Feb 2000)

* Turtledove, Harry Colonization: Down to Earth
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-43020-4, $26, 489pp, hc, February 2000, cover by Tim O'Brien)
SF alternate history novel about aliens invading Earth during World War II; follow-up to Colonization: Second Contact (1999). Amazon has Booklist review. (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

* Vonnegut, Kurt God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
(Seven Stories 1-58322-020-8, $18, 79pp, hc, January 2000)
Slim collection of pieces, originally written as 90-second radio spots, posing as interviews with famous dead people -- including Isaac Newton, Clarence Darrow, Isaac Asimov, and Kilgore Trout (!) -- about near-death experiences. (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

* Weber, David Ashes of Victory
(Baen 0-671-57854-5, $25, 559pp, hc, March 2000, cover by David Mattingly)
Military SF novel about Honor Harrington, eighth in the series. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the March 2000 Locus. The book is already on several bestseller lists this week. (Mon 28 Feb 2000)

Wilson, F. Paul Conspiracies
(Forge 0-312-86797-2, $24.95, 317pp, hc, February 2000)
Reprint (Gauntlet May 1999). A 'Repairman Jack' novel. First trade edition; Edward Bryant reviewed the Gauntlet limited edition in the August 1999 Locus. (Fri 11 Feb 2000)

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