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2005 Archive


This page compiles selected classic and otherwise-notable SFFH works newly available in any edition, hardcover or paperback.

For recent books just reprinted in paperback, see New in Paperback.

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Books seen August 2005
posted 11 September 2005

Aldiss, Brian : Non-Stop
(Overlook 1-58567-683-7, $14.95, 241pp, trade paperback, August 2005, cover by Fred Gambino)
(First edition: UK: Faber and Faber, 1958)

SF novel (Aldiss' first novel) about a savage tribe living in cramped quarters who've forgotten where they really are or why, and a renegade priest who sets out into unmapped territory.
• This novel has been published under a different title in the US, though that title won't be mentioned here since it rather spoils the major plot surprise.
• The publisher has this description, which notes that the book is published to coincide with the author's 80th birthday -- and that it "has been updated for the twenty-first century". Aldiss' site explains that it consists of "the first American publication of the revised Millennium text".

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de Lint, Charles : Someplace to be Flying
(Orb 0-765-30757-X, $14.95, 380pp, trade paperback, August 2005, cover art John Jude Palencar)
(First edition: Tor, February 1998)

Urban fantasy novel in which the city of Newford, setting of several other de Lint novels, is invaded by 'animal people' including a flock of 'crow girls'.
• De Lint's site has an excerpt as well as a FAQ entry about Newford.
• The novel was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Aurora, British Fantasy, and Mythopoeic Awards.

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* Eddings, David : The Malloreon, Volume One
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-48386-3, $17.95, 805pp, trade paperback, September 2005, cover design Kathleen M. Lynch)

Omnibus of three fantasy novels, Guardians of the West (1987), King of the Murgos (1988), and Demon Lord of Karanda (1988), in the 'Malloreon' series, which is a sequel to the 5-volume 'Belgariad' sequence. A second omnibus, The Malloreon, Volume Two, also just published, has the fourth and fifth novels, Sorceress of Darshiva and The Seeress of Kell.
• Del Rey's site has this description -- " epic quest across strange lands among gods, kings, sorcerers, and ordinary men. It is a gripping tale of two ancient warring destinies fighting a battle of good against evil."
• This edition has a new preface by the author.

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* Hamilton, Edmond, & Leigh Brackett : Stark and the Star Kings
(Haffner Press 1-893887-16-2, $45, 16+622pp, hardcover, August 2005, jacket art Alex Ebel, jacket design Stephen Haffner)

Collection of six space opera novels and stories written by Hamilton and Brackett (who were married) from the late 1940s through the late 1960s with one collaborative story previously unpublished. Brackett's three stories concern hero Eric John Stark, Hamilton's two longer pieces the Star Kings; the final story in the book, "Stark and the Star Kings" brings the two series together, and is original to this book. Illustrations are by Alex Ebel, introduction by John Jakes.
• The copyright information and table of contents obscure which author wrote which story; John Clute sorts everything out in his review in this week's Science Fiction Weekly. Clute notes the original story here was first bought by Harlan Ellison for The Last Dangerous Visions.
• The Haffner Press site has the book flap description and an image of the wraparound cover.

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Hamilton, Laurell K. : Nightseer
(SFBC 0-7394-5611-3, $10.99, 303pp, hardcover, August 2005, jacket art Keith Birdsong)
(First edition: Roc, March 1992)

Fantasy novel -- the author's first novel -- about a journeyman sorcerer who seeks revenge on the witch who murdered her mother.
• This edition -- which may be the first hardcover edition of this book -- is available exclusively from the Science Fiction Book Club, whose site has this description and reader reviews.

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* Lovecraft, H. P. : At the Mountains of Madness
(Modern Library 0-8129-7441-7, $9.95, 25+186pp, trade paperback, June 2005)

Collection of Lovecraft's 1936 title novella, here in the 1964 Arkham House 'definitive edition', together with his 1927 long essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature", here in the 1965 Arkham House version.
• There's also a biographical note, a 15-page introduction by China Miéville, and index to the essay, and a chronology of Lovecraft's fiction.
• Modern Library's site has this description with cover blurbs, and an excerpt. The novella is included on Modern Library's 100 best novels compiled by readers at position #45.
• Amazon has two detailed reader reviews.

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McKinley, Robin : Beauty
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-06-075310-2, $6.99, 325pp, mass market paperback, July 2005, cover art Douglas Mullen)
(First edition: Harper & Row, 1978)

Young-adult fantasy novel, a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast".
• Eos' site has this description -- "Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage..." -- and an excerpt.
• Amazon has some background about the author "In Her Own Words".

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Sutin, Lawrence : Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick
(Carroll & Graf 0-7867-1623-1, $15.95, 13+352pp, trade paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Citadel, 1989)

Biography of SF writer Philip K. Dick, first published in 1989 and here updated with a new 3-page introduction by the author -- that replaces the foreword by Paul Williams in earlier editions. Included are 8 pages of black and white photographs, a detailed 20-page chronological survey and guide to PKD's works, 30 pages of sources and notes, and in index.
• The press release notes that this book is "acknowledged by the Dick family as the official Philip K. Dick biography." Locus Magazine listed the first edition with the comment "This is an outstanding job, and is probably the best we'll ever get on Dick."
• Philip K. Dick's official site has a brief biography by Sutin.

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