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New and Notable Books December 2003


Kage Baker, The Angel in the Darkness (Golden Gryphon Press Oct 2003)
Time-traveling immortals of the Company are meddling in the 1990s in this new novella in Baker’s popular "Company" series.

James P. Blaylock & Tim Powers, The Devils in the Details (Subterranean Press Sep 2003)
Two of fantasy’s most brilliant writers, Blaylock and Powers team up for one collaborative story and two solo efforts in this collection. "Cleverly structured, darkly affecting: a virtuoso duet." [Nick Gevers].

James P. Blaylock, In for a Penny (Subterranean Press Aug 2003)
The magnificently idiosyncratic imagination of Blaylock presents itself in these seven stories, one an original novelette.

Orson Scott Card, The Crystal City (Tor Nov 2003)
Alvin’s travels through this magical, alternate frontier America bring him to Nueva Barcelona (formerly New Orleans) in the company of Abe Lincoln in this sixth, penultimate volume in "The Tales of Alvin Maker".

Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds., Spectrum 10: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Underwood Books Sep 2003)
The annual overview of art reaches its tenth anniversary with the usual spectacular array of art from book covers, magazine illustrations, ads, comics, and more.

John Grant & Elizabeth Humphrey, with Pamela D. Scoville, The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction & Fantasy Art: A Retrospective (Sterling Oct 2003)
A colorful overview of 18 years of award-winning art, chosen by the members of The Association of SF and Fantasy Artists. In addition, each year’s artist winner for artistic achievement gets a gallery of at least four pages.

Nalo Hopkinson, The Salt Roads (Warner Nov 2003)
Hopkinson’s distinctive voice infuses this passionate novel of women through history, and the birth of a goddess who becomes part of Haitian mythology.

Alex Irvine, Unintended Consequences (Subterranean Press Oct 2003)
The first collection by an award-winning new writer (AKA Alexander C. Irvine), who demonstrates his versatility in these 13 stories, one original.

Stephen King, The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (Donald M. Grant Nov 2003)
The intricately epic, dark-fantasy Western series continues in this much-anticipated volume, as Roland defends a farming community against raiders. "One of the strongest entries yet in what will surely be a master storyteller’s magnum opus." [Bill Sheehan]

Deborah Layne & Jay Lake, eds., Polyphony 3 (Wheatland Press Oct 2003)
The third volume of this noted original anthology series presents 21 stories by an impressive list of authors including Jack Dann, Michael Bishop, Kit Reed, Barry Malzberg, and Jeffrey Ford.

Robin McKinley, Sunshine (Berkley Oct 2003)
The supernatural is part of the everyday in this highly entertaining tale of a slightly skewed 21st-century America, where a pastry chef named Sunshine finds herself held captive with a vampire.

Philip Pullman, Lyra's Oxford (Knopf Oct 2003)
For fans of Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy "His Dark Materials", this slim volume provides new story "Lyra and the Birds", plus a fold-out map of the city, ads, and other tidbits that provide intriguing background to the series.

Lucius Shepard, Colonel Rutherford's Colt (Subterranean Press Feb 2003)
A gun with a history - or two - tells its own dark story to a gun dealer in this masterly short novel by one of SF’s best writers of short fiction. Previously available only as an ebook.

Jonathan Stroud, The Amulet of Samarkand (Miramax Oct 2003)
An apprentice magician in an oddly contemporary London summons a djinni to steal a powerful amulet in this critically acclaimed young-adult fantasy, the first book in the "Bartimaeus" trilogy.

Jeff VanderMeer & Mark Roberts, eds., The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases (Night Shade Books Oct 2003)
An off-beat, humorous anthology as eccentric as the bizarre diseases described within by an impressive roster of writers including Michael Bishop, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Moorcock.

Karl Edward Wagner, Midnight Sun: The Complete Stories of Kane (Night Shade Books Oct 2003)
Wagner’s immortal anti-hero Kane appears in 16 stories, two poems, and a fragment of an unfinished novel, plus informative essays by Stephen Jones and Wagner.

Howard Waldrop, Dream Factories and Radio Pictures (Wheatland Press Oct 2003)
One of SF’s unique voices is showcased in this collection of 13 stories involving movies and television, with fascinating new commentary by Waldrop. Previously available only as an ebook.

Scott Westerfeld, The Killing of Worlds (Tor Oct 2003)
The crew of the space frigate Lynx must fight against impossible odds to stop an AI from communicating with its offworld allies in this complex, far-future space opera. The second of two books in "Succession".

John C. Wright, The Golden Transcendence (Tor Nov 2003)
The triumphant conclusion to "The Golden Age" space opera trilogy of the far future. "This long, complex, ornate, and profoundly Romantic novel...joyfully and playfully takes on the biggest of the Big Questions, marrying them to a fable that echoes all of science fiction...perfect as it stands." [Russell Letson]


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