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This page lists selected new SFFH books seen by Locus Online, mostly via bookstores sightings (though all books received for review -- not including advance reading copies -- will be listed).

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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Notable new SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen in October

+ Bova, Ben The Precipice
(Tor 0-312-84876-5, $25.95, 349pp, hc, October 2001, jacket art Mark Harrison)
First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton February 2001). Hard SF novel about industrialists mining the asteroids in an attempt to save Earth from the precipice of disaster; Amazon has the PW review. Book One of the Asteroid Wars. Reviewed by Jennifer A. Hall in the June 2001 Locus. (Mon 22 Oct 2001)

* Bradbury, Ray From the Dust Returned
(HarperCollins/Morrow 0-380-97382-0, hc, October 2001, jacket art Charles Addams)
Fantasy novel about a family of vampires, a fix-up incorporating several early stories (including 1946’s ‘‘Homecoming’’) with substantial new material. Amazon has the PW review. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the October issue of Locus Magazine, and by Ed Bryant in the November issue. (Fri 5 Oct 2001)

* Brooks, Terry, & Teresa Patterson The World of Shannara
(Del Rey 0-345-43905-8, $35, 206pp, hc, October 2001)
Non-fiction guide to Brooks’ fantasy world, lavishly illustrated by David Cherry. Amazon has book description and reader reviews. (Tue 2 Oct 2001)

* de Lint, Charles The Onion Girl
(Tor 0-312-87397-2, $27.95, 508pp, hc, October 2001, jacket art John Jude Palencar)
Contemporary fantasy novel about artist Jilly Coppercorn, set in de Lint’s city of Newford. Amazon has Booklist review. Reviewed by both Faren Miller and Jonathan Strahan in the October issue of Locus. (Fri 19 Oct 2001)

* Di Filippo, Paul Strange Trades
(Golden Gryphon Press 1-930846-05-3, $24.95, 12+342pp, hc, October 2001, jacket art Frank Kelly Freas, jacket design Lynne Condellone)
Collection of 11 stories all on the broad theme of working for a living, with an introduction by Bruce Sterling. Amazon has the PW reviews. Locus Online posted Nick Gevers' review of this book here; and earlier, Rich Horton reviewed "Karuna, Inc.", a novella included in this book, here. Jonathan Strahan's review of the book appeared in the October 2001 issue of Locus; a review by Bill Sheehan appears in the November issue. (Tue 23 Oct 2001)

* Dorsey, Candas Jane A Paradigm of Earth
(Tor 0-312-87796-x, $26.95, 366pp, hc, October 2001)
Near-future SF novel, about a grieving woman who tries to help a childlike alien with amazing PSI powers learn about the Earth. Amazon has the PW review. Reviewed by Gary K. Wolfe in the October Locus. (Fri 19 Oct 2001)

* Gardner, James Alan Ascending
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-81329-7, $6.99, 364pp, pb, November 2001)
SF novel set on a planet of no return; apparently a sequel to Expendable (1999). There's an Author's Note by Gardner on the publisher's website, here. (Thu 25 Oct 2001)

* Goodkind, Terry Debt of Bones
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 0-575-07256-3, $17.95, 119pp, hc, August 2001, jacket art Keith Parkinson)
Fantasy novella, published by Gollancz but distributed in the US, with a US price. Amazon has reader reviews. (Fri 19 Oct 2001)

* Hamilton, Laurell K. Narcissus in Chains
(Berkley 0-425-18168-5, $22.95, 424pp, hc, October 2001, jacket art Craig White)
Fantasy novel, latest in the popular series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter. Amazon has Booklist and other reviews. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the September Locus. (Tue 9 Oct 2001)

* Lackey, Mercedes Take a Thief
(DAW 0-756-40008-2, $24.95, 351pp, hc, October 2001, jacket art Jody A. Lee)
Fantasy novel set in the world of Lackey's Valdemar series. Amazon has reader reviews. Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the November issue of Locus, who calls it "thoroughly enjoyable reading". (Thu 25 Oct 2001)

* Rice, Anne Blood and Gold
(Knopf 0-679-45449-7, $26.95, 471pp, hc, October 2001)
Horror novel, latest in the author's Vampire Chronicles. Amazon has a review by Daphne Durham, plus Booklist and other reviews. (Fri 19 Oct 2001)

* Silverberg, Robert Cronos
(ibooks 0-7434-2390-9, $14.95, 8+437pp, tpb, August 2001, jacket art Gustav Klimt, jacket design J. Vita)
Omnibus volume of three short novels about time travel: The Time Hoppers from 1967, Project Pendulum from 1987, and Letters from Atlantis from 1990, with a new introduction by the author. Not top-drawer Silverberg, but solid works nonetheless. (Tue 2 Oct 2001)

* Turtledove, Harry, & Martin H. Greenberg, eds The Best Alternate History of the 20th Century
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-43990-2, $18, 13+415pp, tpb, October 2001, jacket design David Stevenson)
Reprint anthology of 14 alternate history stories, some classic (Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Lucky Strike", Ward Moore's "Bring the Jubilee"), some less well-known. Reviewed by Alyx Dellamonica in the October issue of Locus. Amazon has PW and Booklist reviews. (Thu 25 Oct 2001)

* Watts, Peter Maelstrom
(Tor 0-312-87806-0, $25.95, 378pp, hc, October 2001, jacket art Bruce Jensen)
SF novel, a standalone sequel to Starfish (1999), in which the west coast of North America has been devastated by a huge tidal wave. Amazon has Library Journal review. (Fri 19 Oct 2001)

* Willis, Connie, & Sheila Williams, eds A Woman's Liberation: A Choice of Futures By and About Women
(Warner Aspect 0-446-67742-6, $12.95, 16+302pp, tpb, October 2001, jacket design Don Puckey)
Anthology of 10 feminist stories from Analog and Asimov’s, by authors including Octavia E. Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Connie Willis herself. The introduction by Willis is on the ‘‘liberation’’ of SF. Amazon has a review by Cynthia Ward. (Tue 2 Oct 2001)

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