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This page lists selected newly published SFFH books seen by Locus Online (independently from the listings compiled by Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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+ = first US edition
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Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.

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Notable new SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen, 24 - 31 December 2002

* Fenner, Cathy, & Arnie Fenner, eds Spectrum 9: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
(Underwood Books 1-887424-66-0, $27, 173pp, tpb, November 2002, cover art Daniel R. Horne)
Anthology art book, latest in the annual series containing artworks selected by a jury, this year including Rick Berry, Terese Nielsen, Bob Haas, and others, selecting works from 2001. This year's 'Grand Master' winner is Kinuko Y. Craft; winners in various categories (advertising, book, comics, dimensional, editorial, institutional, and unpublished) include Phil Hale, Shaun Tan, Ashley Wood, Dave McKean, Rick Berry, Eric Bowman, and others. (As is usually the case, judges are excluded from voting in categories in which they are eligible.) This book was nominally published in November, though a West Coast dock workers' strike prevented delivery of bound copies of the book to US stores until late December. An artist index includes contact information: addresses, emails, and websites. Also in hardcover. The cover image here is from Amazon--not quite the final, actual design. The publisher's webpage for the Spectrum series is a few years out of date. (Thu 2 Jan 2003)
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* Greenberg, Martin H., & Mark Tier, eds Give Me Liberty
(Baen 0-7434-3585-0, $7.99, 386pp, pb, January 2003, cover art Carol Heyer)
Anthology of 8 reprinted stories on the theme of liberty, "some even arguing that freedom can be best served by doing away with government entirely" according to the back cover copy. The stories, including several classics, are by Lloyd Biggle Jr. (1961 Hugo-nominee "Monument"), Christopher Anvil, Vernor Vinge, Murray Leinster, A.E. van Vogt (1942's "The Weapon Shop"), Katherine MacLean & Charles de Vet (1959 Hugo-nominee "Second Game"), Frank Herbert, and Eric Frank Russell (1951's "And Then There Were None"). Mark Tier provides an introduction, and there are author notes at the end; the publisher's site has this page linking Tier's introduction and two excerpts. (Thu 2 Jan 2003)
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* Moffitt, Donald Jovian
(ibooks 0-7434-5277-1, $24.95, 8+421pp, hc, January 2003, jacket art Bob Larkin, jacket design Mike Rivilis)
SF novel by the author of The Jupiter Theft (Del Rey, 1977) and four subsequent novels from Del Rey through 1990. This one (an ibooks original hardcover) concerns a descendant of Jovian colonists, something of a rustic, and his political adventures among the sophisticates of Earth and Venus. The Amazon site has the press-release copy. Cover blurbs by Greg Bear. (Fri 27 Dec 2002)
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+ Moon, Elizabeth The Speed of Dark
(Ballantine 0-345-44755-7, $23.95, 8+340pp, hc, January 2003, cover design Julie Metz)
First US edition (UK: Time Warner UK/Orbit November 2002). SF novel about autism and the consequences of a future 'cure' for the condition; based on the author's own experience raising an autistic teenager; the book is published as mainstream fiction (by Ballantine, not Del Rey), with cover blurbs by autism experts (and Greg Bear). Amazon reproduces the PW review. It's Faren Miller's lead review in the January 2003 issue of Locus. The author's website has this page about the book. (Tue 24 Dec 2002)
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