Asimov, Isaac : Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection(Eos 0-06-055652-8, $14.95, 399pp, trade paperback, November 2003)
(First edition: HarperPrism, March 1995)
Collection of 15 SF stories, 18 essays on SF, and 20 essays on writing SF. The last collection of previously uncollected work by Asimov, it's something of an odds and ends book, but does contain the Hugo Award winning novelette "Gold". The Amazon page has reviews from Publishers Weekly and others when the book was first published. There was an earlier paperback edition in 1996.
Bradbury, Ray : Fahrenheit 451(Simon & Schuster 0-7432-4722-1, $23, 190pp, hardcover, October 2003)
(First edition: Ballantine, 1953)
New hardcover edition of one of SF's all-time classics. This is a 50th anniversary edition, and has a new introduction by Bradbury along with the foreword and introduction from the 1993 40th anniversary edition.
Card, Orson Scott : Red Prophet(Tor 0-812-52426-8, $6.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, 2003, cover art James C. Christensen)
(First edition: Tor, January 1988)
Fantasy novel, second in the "Tales of Alvin Maker" series. This and the other volumes have been re-released in paperback to coincide with the long-awaited publication of the sixth volume, The Crystal City, just out in hardcover. Each of the first four novels in the series, Seventh Son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, and Alvin Journeyman, won the Locus Award as best fantasy novel of its year.
Cherryh, C. J. : At the Edge of Space(DAW 0-7564-0160-7, $7.99, 540pp, mass market paperback, September 2003)
Omnibus of Cherryh's first two SF novels, Brothers of Earth (1976) and Hunter of Worlds (1977); they were preceded only by her fantasy novel Gate of Ivrel. Cherryh won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer on the basis of these books. There's a little bit about these books on this overview page of Cherryh's books on her website.
Dick, Philip K. : The Cosmic Puppets(Vintage Books 1-4000-3005-6, $11, 143pp, trade paperback, November 2003)
(First edition: Ace, 1957)
Early and relatively minor PKD novel, latest in the extensive set of reissues from Vintage Books. It's about a man who returns to his hometown, finds it utterly changed and finds himself unable to escape. The Amazon page has a description and reader reviews. The PKD website has annotations of earlier editions, and this essay by Barb Morning Child.
Dick, Philip K., & Roger Zelazny : Deus Irae(Vintage Books 1-4000-3007-2, $12, 182pp, trade paperback, November 2003)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1976)
Late period novel by PKD, his only collaboration with Zelazny. Though not considered a major novel for either writer, it's interesting nonetheless, concerning a post-World War III religious leader, and a limbless painter trying to seek him out. The Amazon page has reader reactions. The PKD website has annotations of earlier editions
Dick, Philip K. : Paycheck and Other Classic Stories(Kensington/Citadel Press 0-8065-2630-0, $14.95, 404pp, trade paperback, October 2003, cover illustration Paul Bachem)
Reissue of the first volume in the set of complete stories published by Underwood-Miller in 1987, when this volume was called The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. One: Beyond Lies the Wub. This is a movie tie-in edition, since among the 25 stories is "Paycheck", basis for the Ben Affleck film opening this Christmas. The book includes the 1987 introduction by Roger Zelazny and foreword by Steven Owen Godersky.
Disch, Thomas M. : The Prisoner(ibooks 0-7434-7533-x, $6.99, 242pp, mass market paperback, November 2003)
Novelization of the classic 1960s Patrick McGoohan TV series. Like the Gibson collection below, this is a mass market edition of a book released a year or so ago in trade paperback.
Gibson, William : Burning Chrome(Ace 0-441-08934-8, $6.5, 191pp, mass market paperback, 2003)
(First edition: Arbor House, April 1986)
Collection of 10 stories (3 of them collaborations), including Gibson's early cyberpunk stories that appeared in the years just before Neuromancer: "Johnny Mnemonic", "The Gernsback Continuum", "Hinterlands", "New Rose Hotel", and the title story among them. A trade paperback edition appeared earlier this year.
Hogan, James P. : The Immortality Option(Baen 0-7434-7163-6, $6.99, 401pp, mass market paperback, October 2003, cover art David Mattingly)
(First edition: Del Rey, 1995)
SF novel, sequel to Code of the Lifemaker (1983), concerning a robot civilization on Titan. Amazon has reviews from PW and others. Baen's site has a description and excerpts. Hogan's website has this page, with links to background, samples, etc.
* Russo, Richard Paul : Carlucci(Ace 0-441-01054-7, $16, 611pp, trade paperback, September 2003, cover art Viktor Koen)
Omnibus of three SF novels featuring police detective Frank Carlucci: Destroying Angel (1992), Carlucci's Edge (1995), and Carlucci's Heart (1997). The second and third books were shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award. The Amazon page has a detailed reader review.
Peter Trilling watched quietly as the other children played in the dust by the side of the porch. They were intent on their game. Mary was carefully kneading and shaping brown lumps of clay into vague shapes. Noaks sweated furiously to keep up with her. Dave and Walter had already finished theirs and were resting. Abruptly, Mary tossed her black hair, arched her slim body, and set down a clay goat.Opening lines:
All at once he was in motion. Around him smooth jets hummed. He was on a small private rocket cruiser, moving leisurely across the afternoon sky, between cities.Opening lines:
It was a pleasure to burn.
Earlier: August-September 2003
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