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

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posted 13 August 2006

Effinger, George Alec : The Exile Kiss
(Orb 0-765-31360-X, $14.95, 315pp, trade paperback, July 2006, cover art Craig Mullins)
(First edition: Doubleday Foundation, May 1991)

Cyberpunk SF detective novel, third in the sequence following When Gravity Fails (1987) and A Fire in the Sun (1989), set in a corrupt Arab ghetto called the Budayeen. In this book Marid Audran and his boss Friedlander Bey are exiled from the city on false charges, and plot their revenge.
• Amazon's page includes an excerpt.
• Steven H Silver has posted this review. Wikipedia has this entry about the author, who died in 2002.
• SFSignal's three-star review reflects the general consensus; the book isn't quite as strong as the first two in the trilogy, but the series is an important work in modern SF.

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Holdstock, Robert : Mythago Wood
(SFBC 0-7394-7010-7, $10.99, 260pp, hardcover, July 2006, jacket art Jim Burns)

Fantasy novel about an isolated area of woods in the English countryside that resonates with all the heros and monsters ever imagined. It's the first in the "Ryhope Wood" sequence, followed by Lavondyss, The Bone Forest, The Hollowing, Merlin's Wood, and Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn.
• The book won the World Fantasy Award and the British SF Association Award in 1985.
• Holdstock's website includes a chapter 4 excerpt.
• This edition is a Science Fiction Book Club 50th Anniversary edition; the club's website has this description.

(Tue 18 Jul 2006) • (Directory Entry)


Powers, Tim : On Stranger Tides
(Babbage 1-930235-32-1, $19.95, 370pp, trade paperback, March 2006, cover art and design Lydia C. Marano)
(First edition: Ace, November 1987)

Fantasy novel about pirates and voodoo, set in 1817.
• The publisher's site has this description, which quotes Orson Scott Card's review -- "Tim Powers is the apostle of gonzo history, and On Stranger Tides is as good as story-telling ever gets." -- and numerous reader reviews.
• Fan site The Works of Tim Powers has this description.
• The novel was a World Fantasy Award finalist and placed #2 in that year's Locus Poll for Best Fantasy Novel.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Zamyatin, Yevgeny, translated by Natasha Randall : We
(Modern Library 0-8129-7462-X, $12.95, 203pp, trade paperback, July 2006, cover design Gabrielle Bordwin)

New translation of the dystopian novel, first published in Russia in 1924, about a rebellion in a socialist state where individual freedom is nonexistent, set as the diary of a mathematician, D-503, who falls in love.
• Though lesser known than George Orwell's 1984, readers and critics frequently cite this book as an influence on Orwell's novel. This edition has a blurb from Ursula K. Le Guin: "The best single work of science fiction yet written."
• This new translation by Natasha Randall has an introduction by Bruce Sterling and an introduction, with notes, by Randall.
• Modern Library's site has this description, and an excerpt (though the online excerpt does not match the text in the actual print edition -- quoted below --!).
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review of this edition, which notes "Randall's exciting new translation strips away the Cold War connotations and makes us conscious of Zamyatin's other influences, from Dostoyevski to German expressionism" and concludes "Modern Library's reintroduction of Zamyatin's novel is a literary event sure to bring this neglected classic to the attention of a new readership."

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