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New SF, fantasy, and horror books seen in November

* Aylett, Steve Atom
(Four Walls Eight Windows 1-56858-175-0, $14.95, 137pp, tpb, October 2000, cover design Scott Idleman/Blink)
Comic private-eye/cyberpunk novel, set "in the same nightmarishly noir underworld of Beerlight seen in other works by Steve Aylett", according to the description on Amazon, which includes a quote from Michael Moorcock, and a reader review from Amy Harlib. (Mon 20 Nov 2000)

* Barbour, David, & Richard Raleigh Shadows Bend
(Ace 0-441-00765-1, $13, 311pp, tpb, October 2000, cover art Cliff Nielsen)
Fantasy novel in which H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard team up to battle the ancient god Cthulhu. Amazon has reader reviews. (Mon 20 Nov 2000)

* Bester, Alfred redemolished
(Pocket/ibooks 0-7434-0725-3, $14.95, 521pp, tpb, December 2000, cover art Simon Danaher, cover design j. vita)
Collection of 10 stories -- including "Hell Is Forever", "The Animal Fair", and "The Four-Hour Fugue" -- and numerous nonfiction pieces, some from Bester's stint at Holiday magazine in the 1950s and '60s, including interviews with John Huston, Rex Stout, and Woody Allen; plus the deleted prologue (from the original serial in Galaxy magazine, 1952) to The Demolished Man. (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

* Bisson, Terry The 6th Day
(Tor 0-812-57947-x, $6.99, 231pp, pb, November 2000)
Novelization of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film opening November 17th, in which Arnold is cloned. (Tue 14 Nov 2000)

Bradley, Marion Zimmer The Mists of Avalon
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-44118-4, $30, 11+876pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art Braldt Bralds, jacket design David Stevenson)
Reprint (Knopf January 1983). New hardcover edition of the long-bestselling Arthurian fantasy novel; it has sold so well in the trade paperback edition for so many years, there has never been a mass market paperback edition (in the US). Amazon has several editorial reviews, and 414 reader reviews averaging 4 1/2 stars. (Mon 13 Nov 2000)

* Budrys, Algis, ed L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Best of Writers of the Future
(Bridge 1-57318-204-4, $14.95, 414pp, tpb, October 2000)
Reprint anthology of the best stories from the first eight years of the 'Writers of the Future' contests, with stories by Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Reed, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, James Alan Gardner, Jamil Nasir, Dean Wesley Smith. (Thu 2 Nov 2000)

* Cacek, P.D. Canyons
(Tor 0-312-87383-2, $23.95, 302pp, hc, December 2000, jacket art Oysterpond, jacket design Oysterpond)
Horror novel about werewolves in Denver. Reviewed by both Edward Bryant and Jennifer A. Hall in the December Locus. (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

+ Campbell, Ramsey Ghosts and Grisly Things
(Tor 0-312-86758-1, $24.95, 16+300pp, hc, October 2000, jacket art Barry Appell, jacket design The Chopping Block, Inc.)
First US edition (UK: Pumpkin Books September 1998). Collection of 20 stories, 1 of them original, with a book introduction by the author. Amazon has reader reviews, including one very long one. (Tue 21 Nov 2000)

* Carr, Caleb Killing Time
(Random House 0-679-46332-1, $25.95, 274pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art Kamil Vojnar, jacket design Andy Carpenter)
SF novel set in 2023 about the catastrophic effects of the Internet, by the author of The Alienist; portions appeared in several special issues of Time Magazine last year. Amazon has a review by Ellen Williams. (Tue 7 Nov 2000)

Disch, Thomas M. The Genocides
(Vintage 0-375-70546-5, $11, 146pp, tpb, September 2000, jacket design Evan Gaffney)
Reprint (Berkley December 1965). Disch's blackly humorous first novel, about aliens who turn Earth into a giant vegetable patch in which humans are cast into the role of vermin. (Tue 14 Nov 2000)

* Ford, John M. The Last Hot Time
(Tor 0-312-85545-1, 205pp, hc, December 2000, jacket art Tristan Elwell)
Urban fantasy novel. Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the December 2000 Locus, and Gary K. Wolfe in the January 2001 issue. (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

+ Harrison, Harry Stars & Stripes in Peril
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-40935-3, $25.95, 10+322pp, hc, December 2000, jacket art Tom Freeman, jacket design Min Choi, illustrations by Angela Tomlinson)
First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton April 2000). SF alternate history novel, about war between the US and Britain; follows Stars and Stripes Forever (1998). Amazon has a review by David Langford: "This is a rapid-paced, slightly slapdash, and unfailingly energetic adventure in alternate history--all great fun." (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

+ Jones, Stephen, ed The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume Eleven
(Carroll & Graf 0-7867-0792-5, $11.95, 572pp, tpb, November 2000, jacket art Julek Heller, jacket design Joe Roberts)
First US edition (UK: Robinson October 2000). Reprint anthology of 21 stories from 1999. Authors include Steve Rasnic Tem, Peter Straub, Gene Wolfe, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, T.E.D. Klein. There's a 67-page introduction on the year in horror, and a 38-page (!) Necrology by the editor and Kim Newman, plus an appendix of useful addresses of organizations, magazines, book dealers, and markets. (Tue 7 Nov 2000)

* Jordan, Robert Winter's Heart
(Tor 0-312-86425-6, $29.95, 668pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art Darrell K. Sweet, jacket design Carol Russo Design)
Fantasy novel, ninth in the "Wheel of Time" series. Highly-anticipated (look for it on bestseller lists in a week or two), though Amazon reader reviews are less than uniformly positive. Amazon has a review (from Amazon UK) by Roz Kaveny. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the December 2000 Locus. (Tue 7 Nov 2000)

* Kenyon, Kay Tropic of Creation
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58026-4, $5.99, 387pp, pb, November 2000, jacket art Pam Lee)
SF novel about a human military force stranded on a planet undergoing an ecological transformation; Amazon has book description; the book has blurbs from Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Resnick, David Brin, Brian Herbert. (Fri 17 Nov 2000)

* Kooistra, Jeffery D. Dykstra's War
(Baen 0-671-31958-2, $6.99, 406pp, pb, December 2000, cover art Patrick Turner)
SF novel, expanded from stories in Analog ("Sunshine, Genius, and Rust"; "Young Again"), about a prominent scientist and enigmatic aliens, with philosophical and religious considerations, and what is surely this year's most garish cover. A first novel. (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

* LaHaye, Tim, & Jerry B. Jenkins The Mark
(Tyndale 0-8423-3225-1, $22.99, 12+381pp, hc, November 2000)
Latest in the "Left Behind" series of apocalyptic fantasy-thrillers about what happens after the Rapture. (Tue 14 Nov 2000)

* Landis, Geoffrey A. Mars Crossing
(Tor 0-312-87201-1, 331pp, hc, December 2000, jacket art The Chopping Block)
SF novel about the first manned landing on Mars; a first novel, by hard SF writer and NASA scientist who's already won a Hugo and a Nebula for works of short fiction. Reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the December 2000 Locus. (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

* Lowder, James, ed The Doom of Camelot
(Green Knight 1-928999-09-3, $14.95, 319pp, tpb, August 2000, cover art Marc Fishman)
Original anthology of 16 stories set in the downfall of Arthur's realm. Authors include Catherine Wells, Darrell Schweitzer, Mike Ashley, Phyllis Ann Karr, India Edghill. (Wed 22 Nov 2000)

* MacLeod, Ken Cosmonaut Keep
(UK: Orbit 1-85723-986-5, 16.99, 308pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art Lee Gibbons)
SF novel, first in a new series by MacLeod. See Locus's interview with MacLeod for comments. Amazon UK has a review by David Langford. (Mon 6 Nov 2000)

* Matthews, Susan R. Colony Fleet
(Eos 0-380-80316-x, $6.5, 296pp, pb, October 2000)
SF novel about generation starships seeking new worlds to colonize, with a focus on the differing perspectives of engineers, administrators, and technicians, according to Russell Letson's review in the November Locus; also reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the September issue. Amazon has mixed reader reviews. (Tue 21 Nov 2000)

* Mitchell, Syne Murphy's Gambit
(Roc 0-451-45809-5, $6.99, 377pp, pb, November 2000, cover art Matt Stawicki)
SF adventure novel about a slave rebellion; a first novel. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the December 2000 Locus. (Tue 28 Nov 2000)

* Ore, Rebecca Outlaw School
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-79250-8, $13.5, 310pp, tpb, November 2000, jacket art Tom Canty)
SF novel about an Orwellian future in which Americans are classified by 'skill' into a rigid caste system. Reviewed by Faren Miller in the November 2000 Locus (Fri 10 Nov 2000)

* Pratchett, Terry The Truth
(HarperCollins 0-380-97895-4, $24, 324pp, hc, November 2000, jacket design Chipp Kidd)
Fantasy novel, latest in the long-running Discworld series. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the October 2000 Locus. Amazon has Booklist review, and 5-star-average reader reviews. (Fri 10 Nov 2000)

* Scott, Martin Thraxas
(UK: Orbit 1-85723-729-3, 5.99, 220pp, pb, April 1999, jacket art Julian Gibson)
Fantasy novel about a private detective named Thraxas in the magical city of Turai. This novel just won the World Fantasy Award. This "Martin Scott" (there have been others) is a pseudonym for Scottish writer Martin Millar. There have been three sequels; follow links from Amazon UK. To be reviewed by Jonathan Strahan in the December 2000 Locus. (Mon 6 Nov 2000)

* Stevermer, Caroline When the King Comes Home
(Tor 0-312-87214-3, $22.95, 236pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art David Bowers)
Renaissance fantasy novel about a young woman apprentice to an artist in the country of Lidia. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the November 2000 Locus. (Thu 2 Nov 2000)

* Stewart, Ian, & Jack Cohen Wheelers
(Warner Aspect 0-446-52560-x, $24.95, 505pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art Bob Eggleton, jacket design Don Puckey)
SF novel about intelligent Jovians who can control the orbits of their moons and the paths of comets--toward Earth. Amazon has Booklist review. (Mon 20 Nov 2000)

* Tepper, Sheri S. The Fresco
(Eos 0-380-97879-2, $24, 406pp, hc, November 2000, jacket art Jean Targete, jacket design Amy Halperin)
SF novel about a New Mexico bookstore clerk who first encounters alien visitors who've come to Earth to whip humanity into shape for membership in the galactic community. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the October 2000 Locus: "probably the most purely enjoyable of her novels to date, and certainly one of the wittiest." (Tue 7 Nov 2000)

Vance, Jack Tales of the Dying Earth
(Orb 0-312-87456-1, $17.95, 741pp, tpb, November 2000, jacket art John Berkey, jacket design Paul DiNovo)
Reprint (SFBC February 1999). Omnibus of four novels beginning with The Dying Earth (1950), one of the all-time classic science-fantasy novels, set on a baroque far-future Earth; and its sequels The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga, and Rhialto the Marvellous. The 1999 SFBC volume was called The Compleat Dying Earth. (Mon 20 Nov 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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