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November-December 2003

Anderson, Poul : The High Crusade
(ibooks 0-7434-7528-3, $11.95, 181pp, trade paperback, November 2003, cover art Ralf Hiemisch)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1960)

Humorous sf adventure novel about what happens when an alien spaceship lands in medieval England. The Amazon has a description, and reader reviews, which echo David Pringle's summary in his Ultimate Guide to SF: "fondly-remembered" light reading even though it perhaps "has not worn particularly well".
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Clarke, Arthur C. : Glide Path
(ibooks 0-7434-7531-3, $11.95, 279pp, trade paperback, November 2003)
(First edition: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1963)

Associational, non SF novel (one of the author's very few) about radar in World War II, based on the author's Royal Air Force experience.
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* Dickson, Gordon R., edited by Hank Davis : The Human Edge
(Baen 0-7434-7174-1, $6.99, mass market paperback, December 2003)

Original collection of 12 stories, first published in various SF magazines in the '50s and '60s, on the theme of "what happens when powerful aliens meet puny humans, with results ranging from chilling to utterly hilarious", according to the description on Baen's website, which has editor Hank Davis' introduction, and excerpts.
(Fri 19 Dec 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Foster, Alan Dean : Orphan Star
(Del Rey 0-345-46104-5, $6.99, 232pp, trade paperback, December 2003, cover illustration Scott Fischer)
(First edition: Del Rey, 1977)

SF novel, third in the "Pip and Flinx" series about an empath and his mini-dragon companion set in the intergalactic Commonwealth. This edition is packaged in Del Rey's Imagine series, for readers 12 and up. The latest volume in the series, Flinx's Folly, was published in hardcover last month.
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Gerrold, David : The Voyage of the Star Wolf
(BenBella Books 1-932100-07-5, $14.95, 228pp, trade paperback, January 2004, cover illustration Bob Eggleton)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, November 1990)

SF novel of interstellar war, first in the "Star Wolf" series. Gerrold's website has a page of selected chapters. The publisher's site has this page with description and blurbs. A new book in the series, Blood and Fire (which had its origins as a Star Trek Next Generation script), is due in January; the author has this page of excerpts.
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Gould, Steven : Wildside
(Tor Teen 0-765-34246-4, $6.99, 328pp, trade paperback, November 2003, cover art Ravenwood)
(First edition: Tor, March 1996)

YA novel in the Heinleinian mode, about a teenager who discovers, on his uncle's Texas farm, a gateway to an unspoiled, uninhabited parallel world. This book won the 'Hal Clement Award' for best young adult novel in the 1997 Golden Duck Awards.
(Thu 18 Dec 2003) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense


Matheson, Richard : What Dreams May Come
(Tor 0-765-30870-3, $14.95, 288pp, trade paperback, January 2004, cover art Brad Holland)
(First edition: Putnam, September 1978)

Fantasy novel about a man's experience in the afterlife. It was made into a Robin Williams film five years ago. A review on the Amazon page by Stanley Wiater calls it "A classic novel of love after death", while reviews from readers who saw the movie before reading the book seem to have liked the movie better. Tor still has this page about the author and the book.
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Moon, Elizabeth : Remnant Population
(Del Rey 0-345-46219-x, $12.95, 325pp, trade paperback, October 2003)
(First edition: Baen, May 1996)

SF novel of first contact on an "abandoned" planet. Amazon has reviews from PW and Library Journal. Hugo Award nominee in 1997.
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* Norton, Andre : The Solar Queen
(Tor 0-765-30054-0, $25.95, 382pp, hardcover, December 2003, jacket art Julie Bell)

Omnibus of two early Norton novels set aboard cargo ship Solar Queen: Sargasso of Space, first published in 1955, and Plague Ship, first published in 1956. A second omnibus of two further novels in the series is forthcoming. The Amazon page reproduces the description from the jacket flaps, and blurbs from the back jacket.
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Vance, Jack : The Gray Prince
(ibooks 0-7434-7969-6, $11.95, 217pp, trade paperback, December 2003)
(First edition: Bobbs Merrill, 1974)

Sf novel concerning political battles among humans and aliens on the planet Koryphon. Originally serialized as "The Domains of Koryphon" in Amazing Stories. Not part of any of Vance's many series, though some identify it as a "Gaean Reach" novel along with Maske: Thaery, which ibooks was to have issued in November (though Locus Online has not seen a copy).
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Vinge, Vernor : The Peace War
(Tor 0-765-30883-5, $13.99, 304pp, trade paperback, December 2003, cover art Stephan Martiniere)
(First edition: Bluejay, 1984)

Near-future SF novel about the invention of spherical stasis fields called "bobbles". A 1985 Hugo Award nominee for best novel. Sequel: Marooned in Realtime (1986).
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Opening lines:
The lanky, very young man in the ill-fitting Trader's tunic tried to stretch the cramp out of his long legs. You'd think, Dane Thorson considered the point with a certain amount of irritation, the men who designed these under-surface transcontinental cars would take into mind that there would be tall passengers—not just midgets—using them. Not for the first time he wished that he could have used air transport. But he had only to finger the money belt, too flat about his middle, to remember who and what he was—a recruit new to the Service, without a ship or backer.
Opening lines:
As the captain looked up, the hooded desk lamp threw his face into ridges of darkness and craggy highlights. A port stood open to alien summer night.

"Well?" he said.

"I've got it translated, sir," answered the sociotechnician. "Had to extrapolate backward from modern languages, which is what took me so long. In the course of the work, though, I've learned enough so I can talk to these ... creatures."

Earlier: November 2003

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