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New SF, fantasy, and horror books seen in September

* Ballard, J.G. Super-Cannes
(UK: HarperCollins/Flamingo 0-00-225847-1, £16.99, 392pp, hc, September 2000)
Near-future SF novel about a high-tech business park called Eden-Olympia in the south of France. Amazon UK has a review by John Shire, and note the Times of London review quoted in Field Inspections. (Sat 2 Sep 2000)

* Baxter, Stephen Reality Dust
(UK: PS Publishing 1-902880-10-2, $18, 67pp, tpb, 2000, jacket art David A. Hardy)
SF novella, with an introduction by Greg Bear, published in limited edition of 300 paperback copies and 200 hardcovers. This and volumes by Hamilton, McAuley, and McDonald listed below are published by PS Publishing (though some are already sold out), following a similar set of four horror volumes by Graham Joyce, James Lovegrove, Kim Newman, and Michael Marshall Smith. The horror and SF quartets will be republished as anthologies (Foursight and Moursight respectively) by Orion Gollancz in the UK and Warner in the US. (Fri 15 Sep 2000)

Blish, James A Case of Conscience
(Del Rey Impact 0-345-43835-3, $12, 9+242pp, tpb, September 2000)
Reprint (Ballantine April 1958). SF novel, a classic (and Hugo Award winner) about religion and alien biology. Introduction by Greg Bear. (Mon 18 Sep 2000)

* Boyle, T.C. A Friend of the Earth
(Viking 0-670-89177-0, $24.95, 271pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Marty Blake)
Near-future novel about southern California in 2025, by literary writer Boyle (T. Coraghessan Boyle on the title page; T.C. Boyle on the dust jacket). Amazon has review by Ben Guterson. (Tue 19 Sep 2000)

* Brooks, Terry The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-39654-5, $26.95, 454pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Steve Stone, jacket design David Stevenson)
Fantasy novel, first in a new Shannara series. Lots of reader reviews on Amazon. (Mon 18 Sep 2000)

* Budrys, Algis, ed L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XVI
(Bridge 1-57318-203-6, $7.99, 495pp, pb, September 2000)
Latest in the annual anthology series presenting winners and runners-up in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers (and Illustrators) of the Future contests. This volume includes work by quarterly writer winners Gary Murphy, Paul E. Martens, Dan Barlow, and Toby Buckell -- the grand prize Future Gold Award went to Murphy, it was announced Sept. 15 -- and others. (Sat 16 Sep 2000)

* Casil, Amy Sterling Without Absolution
(Wildside Press 1-58715-117-0, $15, 181pp, tpb, August 2000, cover art Amy Sterling Casil)
Collection of 9 stories, 1 original, and 4 poems, all original, with an introduction by Jim Blaylock. Amazon has reader reviews, one of which is a note from the publisher. (Fri 29 Sep 2000)

* Chabon, Michael The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
(Random House 0-679-45004-1, $26.95, 639pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Marc Burckhardt, jacket design Andy Carpenter & Kapo Ng)
Associational literary novel about two immigrant teenagers who create a comic book superhero, from the author of Wonder Boys; widely reviewed, mostly very positively. Amazon has a review by Mary Park, plus Booklist review, etc. (Wed 27 Sep 2000)

* Dwight, Jeffry, ed The Age of Wonders
(SFF Net 0-9669698-3-9, $14.95, 328pp, tpb, August 2000, cover art Duncan Long, cover design Steve Ratzlaff)
Latest in the series of original anthologies associated with SFF Net (Volume III in the DarkfireTM series), with 21 stories by Linda J. Dunn, Dave Smeds, Brian Dana Akers, Mary Soon Lee, William Sanders, etc. Introduction by David Brin. Amazon has a comment from the editor. (Fri 29 Sep 2000)

* Greenberg, Martin H. & Larry Segriff, eds. Far Frontiers
(DAW 0-88677-908-1, $6.99, 310pp, pb, September 2000, cover art Bob Warner)
Original SF anthology of 13 stories. Writers include Robert J. Sawyer, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster. (Fri 8 Sep 2000)

* Hamilton, Peter F. Watching Trees Grow
(UK: PS Publishing 1-902880-14-5, $18, 96pp, tpb, 2000, jacket art David A. Hardy)
SF novella, limited to 500 paperback copies and 300 hardcovers, with an introduction by Larry Niven. See Baxter entry above for more details. (Fri 15 Sep 2000)

* Jacques, Brian Lord Brocktree: A Tale from Redwall
(Penguin/Philomel 0-399-23590-6, $22.95, 370pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Troy Howell, illustrations by Fangorn)
YA fantasy novel, 13th volume in the Redwall series. Amazon has a review by Therese Littleton. Appears to be simultaneous with the (Sept. 2000) UK edition. (Fri 8 Sep 2000)

King, Stephen The Green Mile
(Scribner 0-743-21089-1, $25, 399pp, hc, October 2000)
Reprint (Penguin/Plume May 1997). First hardcover edition of the novel first published as a 6-part serial paperback series in 1996 by Signet, and then as a single paperback volume in 1997. This edition has a new introduction by (King's agent) Ralph Vicinanza. (Tue 26 Sep 2000)

* Lightman, Alan The Diagnosis
(Pantheon 0-679-43615-4, $25, 369pp, hc, September 2000, cover design Archie Ferguson)
Novel by the physicist-turned-novelist (author of Einstein's Dreams), with a Twilight Zone-ish premise: a businessman one day realizes he cannot remember who he is or where he's going; only his company's motto: ''the maximum information in the minimum time''. Amazon has a review by Tim Appelo. (Wed 27 Sep 2000)

* Marley, Louise The Glass Harmonica
(Ace 0-441-00729-5, $13.95, 334pp, tpb, September 2000, jacket art Judy York)
SF novel about the musical instrument, Benjamin Franklin in 1781, and a classical musician in 2018. (Fri 8 Sep 2000)

* McAuley, Paul J. Making History
(UK: PS Publishing 1-902880-08-0, $18, 74pp, tpb, 2000, jacket art David A. Hardy)
SF novella, limited to 300 paperback copies and 200 hardcovers, with an introduction by Michael Swanwick. See Baxter entry above for more details. (Fri 15 Sep 2000)

+ McAuley, Paul J. Shrine of Stars
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-97517-3, $18, 372pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Gregory Bridges, jacket design Patricia Barrow)
First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz September 1999). SF novel, third and concluding volume in McAuley's far-future Confluence trilogy, following Child of the River and Ancients of Days. UK first edition reviewed by Russell Letson in the August 1999 Locus. Amazon has a review by Therese Littleton. (Fri 8 Sep 2000)

* McDonald, Ian Tendeléo's Story
(UK: PS Publishing 1-902880-12-9, $18, 91pp, tpb, 2000, jacket art David A. Hardy)
SF novella, limited to 500 paperback copies and 300 hardcovers, with an introduction by Robert Silverberg. See Baxter entry above for more details. (Fri 15 Sep 2000)

* Murphy, Pat Wild Angel
(Tor 0-312-86626-7, $23.95, 286pp, hc, August 2000, jacket art Dean Williams)
Historical fantasy novel about a young girl raised by wolves in 19th century California. The full title is Wild Angel, by Mary Maxwell, by Max Merriwell -- this is the second in a three-volume sequence of books by Murphy beneath various pseudonyms. The first was last year's There and Back Again, by Max Merriwell. This volume includes afterwords by all three authors. Reviewed by Faren Miller in July 2000 Locus. Amazon has Booklist review. (Fri 1 Sep 2000)

* Ruber, Peter, ed Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House
(Arkham House 0-87054-177-3, $32.95, 11+443pp, hc, June 2000, jacket art Tony Patrick, jacket design Martin Hertzel)
Anthology of 21 lesser-known works by key writers in the history of the fantasy/horror publisher, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Clark Ashton Smith, Ray Bradbury, etc.; plus 21 essays by Ruber exploring aspects of the firm's history. (Tue 5 Sep 2000)

* Russo, Richard Paul Terminal Visions
(Golden Gryphon Press 0-9655901-3-5, $23.95, 11+237pp, hc, September 2000, cover art Nicholas Jainschigg, cover design Lynne Condellone)
Collection of 14 stories, with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler. Amazon has a statement from Golden Gryphon editor Marty Halpern about editing the book. (Thu 28 Sep 2000)

+ Saramago, José, translated by Margaret Jull Costa All the Names
(Harcourt 0-15-100421-8, 238pp, hc, October 2000, cover design Claudine Guerguerian)
First US edition (UK: Harvill September 1999). Novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Blindness, first published in the Portuguese in 1997 as Todos os Nomes, set in the Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Reviews have ranged from respectful to favorable, if not so much as for Blindness. Amazon has a long review by Alix Wilber. (Tue 26 Sep 2000)

* Silverberg, Robert Sailing to Byzantium
(Pocket/ibooks 0-7434-0718-0, $14, 8+419pp, tpb, September 2000, jacket art Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, jacket design Debbie Silva)
Collection of five novellas, including Nebula Award-winning title story; "Homefaring" (Nebula nominee); "Thomas the Proclaimer"; "We Are for the Dark"; and "The Secret Sharer" (Locus Award winner). With new introductions to each story, and to the book. (Fri 15 Sep 2000)

* Smith, Kristine Rules of Conflict
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-80784-x, $6.5, 373pp, pb, September 2000, jacket art Jean Pierre Targete)
SF novel, follow-up to Code of Conduct (1999), which earned the author a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the August 2000 Locus. (Fri 1 Sep 2000)

* Stableford, Brian Year Zero
(UK: Sarob SF&F 1-902309-10-3, 221pp, hc, June 2000, jacket art Tim Denton)
SF novel, partly based on "Molly" stories published as by Francis Amery. Limited edition of 300 hardcover copies. Available from Sarob Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Fri 15 Sep 2000)

* Swanwick, Michael Moon Dogs
(NESFA Press 1-886778-22-1, $25, 409pp, hc, February 2000, jacket art Rick Berry, jacket design Rick Berry)
Collection of stories, some in collaboration with Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois, and Avram Davidson; and essays. Includes the short novel ''Griffin's Egg''; the 1986 essay ''A User's Guide to the Postmoderns''; and two original stories, "Moon Dogs" (also published in Asimov's March 2000) and "Mickelrede" (with Avram Davidson). Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the April 2000 Locus. (Thu 14 Sep 2000)

* Tan, Shaun The Lost Thing
(Aus: Lothian 0-7344-0074-8, A$24.95, 32pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Shaun Tan)
Picture book, the first both written and illustrated by Tan, whose The Rabbits, with text by John Marsden, won an Australian Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year award. This is about a collector of bottle-caps who discovers a strange red creature that no one else notices. Reviewed in the October 2000 Locus by Jonathan Strahan, who calls it "a stunning achievement, a seamless narrative of great power". Available by mail-order from Dymocks. (Thu 21 Sep 2000)

* Turtledove, Harry Sentry Peak
(Baen 0-671-57887-1, $24, 404pp, hc, September 2000, jacket art Carol Heyer, jacket design Carol Russo Design)
Alternate history novel about the American Civil War. (Mon 18 Sep 2000)

* Ware, F.C. Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
(Pantheon 0-375-40453-8, $27.5, 380pp, hc, 2000)
Associational graphic novel about a reclusive middle-aged man who goes to meet his estranged father, and whose self-image and fantasies are colored by images of superheros. Stark, vivid graphics employ a narrative strategy that, more like art cinema than typical prose fiction, rewards careful attention. (Mon 18 Sep 2000)

* Wassner, Gary GemQuest: The Twins
(iUniverse 0-595-09328-0, $22.95, 485pp, tpb, March 2000)
Fantasy novel, first of a series. Amazon has a description of the book, and a statement from the author. (Thu 14 Sep 2000)

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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