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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.

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New in June:

* Boyll, Randall Katastrophe
(HarperCollins 0-06-019236-4, $25, 9+543pp, hc, May 2000)
Satiric thriller about a man who fears he's the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. First hardcover by a writer who Locus reviewer Edward Bryant has been following since the beginning of his career; Bryant writes in the next, July 2000, Locus ''If theres any writer Id like to see elevated to superstardom and financial success (well, other than Howard Waldrop), itd have to be Randall Boyll''. Amazon has Kirkus review. (Fri 9 Jun 2000)

Butler, Octavia E. Lilith's Brood
(Warner Aspect 0-446-67610-1, $13.95, 746pp, tpb, June 2000)
Reprint (SFBC November 1989 as Xenogenesis); omnibus edition of Dawn (Warner 1987), Adulthood Rites (Warner 1988), and Imago (Warner 1989). (Thu 1 Jun 2000)

* Dann, Jack, & Gardner Dozois, eds Aliens Among Us
(Ace 0-441-00704-x, $5.99, 10+292pp, pb, June 2000, cover by Walter Velez)
Latest in long-running series of theme reprint anthologies, heretofore with one-word titles; this has 15 stories by Theodore Sturgeon, L. Timmel Duchamp, R.A. Lafferty, Eliot Fintushel, Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, etc. (There was already a book called Aliens!, the editors' first reprint anthology, back in 1980.) (Fri 2 Jun 2000)

* Davidson, Avram El Vilvoy de las Islas
(The Nutmeg Point District Mail no isbn, $12, viii+32pp, chap, June 2000)
Chapbook edition of a novelette first published in Asimov's August 1988 and until now never reprinted. There's a short Preface by Joanna Russ, an Introduction by Don Webb, and an Afterword by Gregory Feeley. The edition is limited to 25 copies hand bound in hardcover (at $50) and 100 copies in paper wrappers ($12), from Henry Wessells, PO Box 43072, Upper Montclair NJ 07043. (Mon 5 Jun 2000)

del Rey, Lester The Best of Lester del Rey
(Del Rey 0-345-43949-x, $12, 20+294pp, tpb, June 2000)
Reprint (Del Rey September 1978). Collection of 16 stories by the SFWA Grand Master; edited by Frederik Pohl. This edition has a new introduction by Terry Brooks. (Fri 9 Jun 2000)

* Foster, Alan Dean Dirge
(Del Rey 0-345-41864-6, $24.95, 310pp, hc, June 2000, cover by Mark Harrison)
SF novel, second in the Founding of the Commonwealth series, after Phylogenesis (1999). Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the June 2000 Locus. (Fri 9 Jun 2000)

* Gloss, Molly Wild Life
(Simon & Schuster 0-684-86798-2, $24, 255pp, hc, June 2000)
Historical fantasy novel, by author of The Dazzle of Day, about a writer's encounters with hairy humanoids in 1905 Pacific Northwest. Reviewed by Faren Miller in the May 2000 Locus. Amazon has Kirkus review, which calls the book a masterpiece. (Fri 2 Jun 2000)

* Greenberg, Martin H., & John Helfers, eds Star Colonies
(DAW 0-88677-894-8, $6.99, 12+304pp, pb, June 2000, cover by Vincent Di Fate)
Original SF anthology of 13 stories. Writers include Jack Williamson, Paul Levinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Resnick, Alan Dean Foster, Pamela Sargent, Allen Steele, Robert Charles Wilson. (Tue 6 Jun 2000)

* Hartwell, David G., ed Year's Best SF 5
(Eos 0-06-102054-0, $6.99, 15+494pp, pb, June 2000)
Anthology of 25 stories from 1999 (not ''all new amazing stories'' as the cover claims, but reprinted from magazines and original anthologies), by writers including Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Michael Bishop, Michael Swanwick, Terry Bisson, Gene Wolfe, etc. The Amazon page has description and reader reviews referring to previous volumes in the series. (Fri 9 Jun 2000)

+ Joyce, Graham Dreamside
(Tor 0-312-86633-x, $23.95, 254pp, hc, June 2000)
First US edition (UK: Pan May 1991). Fantasy novel. The author's first novel, now published for the first time in the US. (Tue 6 Jun 2000)

* Keyes, J. Gregory Empire of Unreason
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-40609-5, $14, 358pp, tpb, May 2000, cover by Terese Nielsen)
Alternate history SF novel, third in the Age of Unreason series. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the May 2000 Locus. Amazon has Booklist review by Roland Green. (Thu 1 Jun 2000)

* Kurtz, Katherine King Kelson's Bride
(Ace 0-441-00732-5, $22.95, 387pp, hc, June 2000, cover by Jon Sullivan)
Fantasy novel, latest in the Deryni series. Amazon has review by Luc Duplessis and reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, etc. Locus's review by Carolyn Cushman is in the July issue. (Mon 19 Jun 2000)

Lem, Stanislaw Memoirs of a Space Traveler
(Northwestern University Press 0-8101-1732-0, $15.95, 153pp, tpb, February 2000)
Reprint (HBJ 1982). Collection: ''Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy''. These are stories from the original, 1971 Polish edition of Lem's The Star Diaries that were not included in the 1976 English-language version of that book. The stories are fanciful parables about a space traveler, marked by Lem's characteristic philosophical satire and verbal wordplay. Translated by Joel Stern and Maria Swiecicka-Ziemianek. (Tue 6 Jun 2000)

Lynn, Elizabeth A. The Northern Girl
(Ace 0-441-00727-9, $14, 470pp, tpb, May 2000, cover by Judy York)
Reprint (Berkley-Putnam December 1980). Fantasy novel, third in the Chronicles of Torner trilogy, after Watchtower and The Dancers of Arun, both recently reprinted. (Tue 6 Jun 2000)

* McKiernan, Dennis L. Silver Wolf, Black Falcon
(Roc 0-451-45786-2, $23.95, 16+474pp, hc, June 2000, cover by Duane O. Myers)
Fantasy novel in the Mithgar series. Amazon has a statement by the author. (Fri 16 Jun 2000)

* McKinley, Robin Spindle's End
(Putnam 0-399-23466-7, $19.99, 422pp, hc, May 2000, cover by Dan Craig)
Fantasy novel based on Sleeping Beauty. Amazon has review by Jennifer Hubert, and comments from Horn Book and others. (Thu 1 Jun 2000)

* Niven, Larry, & Steven Barnes Saturn's Race
(Tor 0-312-86726-3, $24.95, 317pp, hc, July 2000, cover by Bob Eggleton)
Near-future SF novel. Amazon has Kirkus review. (Thu 22 Jun 2000)

* Powers, Richard Plowing the Dark
(Farrar Strauss & Giroux 0-374-23461-2, $25, 415pp, hc, June 2000)
Associational novel about the burgeoning VR industry in the late 1980s, by a writer noted for intellectually ambitious subjects (an earlier novel, Galatea 2.2, was about AI). Amazon has Booklist review, and quotes from others. (Fri 16 Jun 2000)

* Rucker, Rudy Realware
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-80877-3, $14, 305pp, tpb, June 2000)
SF novel, fourth in the 'ware' sequence. The first, Software (1982) won the first Philip K. Dick Award as best paperback of the year; the second, Wetware (1988), also won the Philip K. Dick Award; the third, Freeware (1997) was published in hardcover and wasn't eligible for the Philip K. Dick Award. This book is a paperback. Amazon has a brief Kirkus review. (Tue 6 Jun 2000)

* Shetterly, Will Chimera
(Tor 0-312-86630-5, $23.95, 285pp, hc, June 2000, cover by Michael Koelsch)
Near-future noir SF novel. Amazon has Kirkus review. (Thu 22 Jun 2000)

* Swanwick, Michael Tales of Old Earth
(North Atlantic/Tachyon Publications/Frog Ltd. 1-58394-016-2, $25, 11+277pp, hc, May 2000, cover by Michael Dashow)
Collection of 19 stories, including Hugo-winning ''The Very Pulse of the Machine'', World Fantasy-winning ''Radio Waves'', and 1 original, ''The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O''. (Thu 22 Jun 2000)

* Vinge, Joan D. Tangled up in Blue
(Tor 0-312-87196-1, $23.95, 234pp, hc, July 2000, cover by Michael Whelan)
SF novel set in the universe of Vinge's Hugo-winning The Snow Queen (1980). Amazon has a reader review by Catherine Asaro. (Tue 13 Jun 2000)

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