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2002 Archive


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.

* = first edition
+ = 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, 9 - 18 July

(St. Martin's 0-312-30860-4, $19.95, 39+648pp, tpb, July 2003, cover art Dominic Harman, cover design Shea M. Kornblum)

Anthology of 25 stories first published in 2002, including two first published as chapbooks (Geoff Ryman's "V.A.O." and Alastair Reynolds's "Turquoise Days"), and others by Ian R. MacLeod, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross, John Kessel, Greg Egan, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Chris Beckett, Molly Gloss, etc. There's also Dozois's "Summation: 2002", almost 40 pages of tiny print about the year's developments in book, magazine, and Internet publishing, anthologies and collections, TV and movies, awards and deaths. Dozois includes a lengthy list of honorable mentions at the end of the book. Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the June 2003 issue of Locus Magazine, which also has an interview with Dozois about editing year's best anthologies for a quarter century, and a tally of authors who've appeared most often in those anthologies (Michael Swanwick, Greg Egan, and Nancy Kress lead--and they're all in this newest volume). Also available in hardcover; follow links on Amazon.
(Fri 11 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


+ Furey, Maggie : Echo of Eternity
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58575-4, $6.99, 393pp, pb, July 2003)

Fantasy novel, third and final in "The Shadowleague" trilogy. First US edition; first published in the UK by Orbit, December 2002, as The Eye of Eternity. The author's URL,, seems to be defunct.
(Thu 17 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


(Watson-Guptill 0-8230-3127-6, $24.95, 144pp, tpb, July 2003, cover art Keith Parkinson, cover design Sivan Earnest)
First US edition (UK: Collins, November 2002).

Anthology of art and interviews by 10 artists: Keith Parkinson, Anne Sudworth, Judith Clute, John Harris, Phil Hale, Ian Miller, J. K. Potter, Greg Spalenka, Dave Seeley, and Darrel Anderson. The UK first edition was reviewed by Karen Haber in the February 2003 Locus, and was included on Locus's 2002 Recommended Reading List. The publisher's website has this page about the book.
(Thu 17 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


* Lackey, Mercedes, & Rosemary Edghill : Mad Maudlin
(Baen 0-7434-7143-1, $25, 439pp, hc, August 2003, cover illustration Steve Hickman)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the "Bedlam's Bard" series about a magician about to graduate from Julliard. The Baen page links the usual generous assortment of blurbs and excerpts.
(Thu 17 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


* McKillip, Patricia A. : In the Forests of Serre
(Ace 0-441-01011-3, $22.95, 295pp, hc, June 2003, jacket illustration Kinuko Y. Craft)

Fantasy novel built on Russian fairytales. Cynthia Ward's review on the Amazon page calls it "beautifully written"; Amazon also reprints reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Locus Magazine's review by Faren Miller ran in the June isue, and the book is on the magazine's "New and Notable" list for August. Further information on the author is on this unofficial home page.
(Fri 18 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


* Morehouse, Lyda : Messiah Node
(Roc 0-451-45929-6, $6.99, 342pp, pb, June 2003, cover art Bruce Jensen)

SF novel, third in a series set in a technological, religiously-governed world, following Archangel Protocol (2001) and Fallen Host (2002). Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the May issue of Locus. The Amazon page has reviews from Booklist and from Harriet Klausner and other readers. The author's website includes descriptions of all three books, and links to reviews.
(Fri 18 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


(Tor 0-312-89056-7, $25.95, 494pp, hc, May 2003, cover art Romas Kukalis)

Fantasy novel, sequel to In Legend Born, and first of two parts. It was originally scheduled earlier this year (and Amazon still lists it for May), but copies showed up in bookstores just this month. The Amazon page reprints the enthusiastic Publishers Weekly review: "Even better than the author's first book, In Legend Born (2000), this romantic fantasy leaves no doubt that here is that rare gem: a new writer with serious and already polished talent." The author's website has this page about the book, with a link to an excerpt.
(Mon 14 Jul 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


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