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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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Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.


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posted 4 January 2006

* Anderson, Douglas A., ed. : H. P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales
(Cold Spring Press 1593600569, $14, 391pp, trade paperback, November 2005, cover art Daniel Govar)

Anthology of 18 stories identified by Lovecraft in 1929-1930 as his favorites, including both 'literary' and 'popular' titles, along with commentary about the stories from Lovecraft's writings. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood.
• Amazon has a brief book description, while this page from That Technical lists the complete table of contents.

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* Ore, Rebecca : Alien Bootlegger
(Aqueduct Press 1-933500-01-8, $9, 121pp, trade paperback, November 2005, cover design Lynne Jensen Lampe)

SF novella, first published in the collection Alien Bootlegger and Other Stories by Tor in 1993, about an alien who sets up business in the bootlegging country of Franklin County, Virginia.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt from Michael Swanwick's new introduction: "Every writer worth admiring has her place of power, that locale or perspective from which she does her best and most assured work. For Rebecca Ore, it's the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Though she has lived much of her life elsewhere, the land and its people are in her bones and the rhythm of their speech lodged in her head...."
• The site also quotes Faren Miller's review from the July 1993 issue of Locus Magazine: "Race relations, class divisions, the parallels between crime and business (and government), and the tangle of human relations all play a part in this remarkably satisfying work, whose salty wisdom could neve be confused with mere political correctness."

(Mon 12 Dec 2005) • (Directory Entry)


Priest, Christopher : The Prestige
(Tor 0-312-85886-8, $14.95, 404pp, trade paperback, December 2005)

Fantasy novel about a pair of rival magicians in turn-of-20th-century London. Winner of the 1996 World Fantasy Award.
• This is the third printing of Tor's trade paperback edition, first published in 1997, presumably timed to anticipate the upcoming film version, directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento and Batman Begins) and starring Christian Bale, David Bowie, Michael Caine, and Hugh Jackman.

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Silverberg, Robert : At Winter's End
(University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books 0803293305, $18.95, 14+491pp, trade paperback, October 2005, cover art R.W. Boeche)
(First edition: Warner, April 1988)

Far-future SF novel, first in "The New Springtime" series, about humanity's re-emergence following a 700,000 year ice age. The book includes a new introduction by the author.
• Also just re-issued by Bison Books is The Queen of Springtime, second book in the series, first published by Gollancz in 1989 (and by Warner in 1990 as The New Springtime). This volume has a new introduction by the author explaining why the third volume in the series was never written, plus a 10-page outline for that unwritten volume.
• The publisher's site has this description for the first book and this description for the second, describing the outline: "Appearing for the first time in print, 'The Summer of Homecoming' outline reveals the fates, two hundred years later, of the heroes and their world that were introduced in At Winter's End and The Queen of Springtime."
• Amazon quotes the original Publishers Weekly review: "This solid, dramatic novel expands on a favorite motif of Silverberg's: the mixed terrors and pleasures of freedom, of going out into the wider world without guide, map or a sure sense of one's own capabilities."

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Williams, Paul O. : The Breaking Of Northwall
(University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books 0-8032-9851-X, $14.95, 13+280pp, trade paperback, April 2005, cover by David Burton)
(First edition: Del Rey, February 1981)

Post-apocalypse SF novel about the remnants of the United States a thousand years after a nuclear war. It's first in the seven-volume Pelbar Cycle.
• Also just re-issued are the second and third novels in the series, The Ends of the Circle and The Dome in the Forest, with the other four volumes forthcoming.
• The publisher's site has this description of the first book. Amazon has the same description, and reader reviews from earlier editions.

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