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February 2007
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New and Notable Books

Tony Ballantyne, Capacity (Bantam Spectra Jan 2007)

An operative learns dangerous secrets about her world in this sequel to Recursion, set in a complex future where artificial intelligences have taken over, humans live in harmony, and life after death is possible thanks to virtual reality and personality constructs. Originally published in 2005 by Tor UK.

Alan Campbell, Scar Night (Bantam Spectra Jan 2007)

A dark and spectacular city built on a network of chains over a bottomless abyss provides the focus for this gothic fantasy which features priests, assassins, and a psychotic angel. This debut fantasy novel from a former video game designer, the first volume of the Deepgate Codex, made a splash in Britain last year; originally published by Tor UK.

Jon Foster, r/evolution: The Art of Jon Foster (Underwood Books Nov 2006)

The innovative artist is showcased in this art book with over 100 color illustrations, plus preliminary sketches and explanations from Foster. Extras include appreciations from numerous artists, among them Vincent Di Fate, Frank Frazetta, and Donato Giancola.

Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin & Jeffrey D. Smith, eds., The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3 (Tachyon Publications Jan 2007)

The third volume in this anthology series offers award-winning and shortlisted works from 2005, plus some earlier works, that fulfill the award’s call to “explore and expand gender,” with ten stories and two essays by authors including Ted Chiang, Margo Lanagan, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Charlie Huston, No Dominion (Ballantine Del Rey Jan 2007)

Vampire PI Joe Pitt returns in this hardboiled noir sequel to Already Dead, with a new mystery involving a dangerous new street drug. “A unusually well-imagined take on vampirism that considers its liabilities, general potential (for good or ill) and difficult moral dimensions.” [Faren Miller]

Christopher Moore, You Suck: A Love Story (HarperCollins/Morrow Jan 2007)

Moore’s signature offbeat hijinks enliven this sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends, a cheerfully twisted boy-meets-girl story where the girl happens to be a vampire, and has just turned her boyfriend into one, too.

John Jude Palencar, Origins: The Art of John Jude Palencar (Underwood Books Nov 2006)

The haunting work of this talented artist is beautifully displayed in over 100 paintings and drawings.

Michael Parkes, The Art of Michael Parkes (Swan King 2006)

This remarkable survey of Parkes’s career reproduces more than 100 paintings and over 60 lithographs in gorgeous detail, with a revealing essay by the artist on his techniques.

Holly Phillips, The Burning Girl (Prime Books Jun 2006)

The first novel from an acclaimed Canadian short fiction writer, this dense, literary dark fantasy follows a woman with a mysterious past and a troubled ex-cop as they get caught up in a cross-reality war.

Tim Powers, A Soul in a Bottle (Subterranean Press Dec 2006)

Powers presents one of his rare works of short fiction in this dark fantasy novelette about a used bookseller who encounters an enigmatic woman. “A magnificent ghost story, full of convincing everyday detail and mesmerizing supernatural logic.” [Nick Gevers]

Rudy Rucker, Mathematicians in Love (Tor Dec 2006)

This charming romp has a serious center as two mathematicians in grad school travel to parallel universes, fight for the heart of the same woman, and try to save the world(s) from domination by a totalitarian government. “All the pleasures of a Rucker novel come forth abundantly: playfully weird higher physics and maths; bizarre conceptual psychedelia; distinctively Californian counter-cultural comedy; zany romance; doppelgangers; generally happy endings.” [Gary K. Wolfe]

Robert Silverberg, The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg: Volume One: To Be Continued (Subterranean Press Nov 2006)

The first in a projected series of seven volumes, this collects 24 of Silverberg’s earliest stories, written between 1953 and 1958. The author’s introduction and detailed notes on each story add up to a fascinating miniature autobiography of the author’s early years in the heart of the ’50s science fiction scene.

William Browning Spencer, The Ocean and All Its Devices (Subterranean Press Jun 2006)

Spencer’s latest collection gathers nine haunting, strange stories that mingle fantasy, science fiction, and horror, including World Fantasy Award nominee “The Essayist in the Wilderness”. “Each new story is an event to be savored.” [Tim Pratt]

Claire Squires, Philip Pullman: Master Storyteller (Continuum Dec 2006)

Squires’s critical study examines Pullman’s work in political, moral, artistic, and intertextual contexts, and explores links between the author’s biography and his fictional worlds, emphasizing the trilogy His Dark Materials.

Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell, The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (HarperCollins/Collins Design Nov 2006)

This lavish art book features over 100 color illustrations of women, most in fantasy settings, with commentary from the artists.

Edo Van Belkom & Robert Charles Wilson, eds., Tesseracts Ten (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Dec 2006)

The latest volume in this celebrated anthology series showcases 17 original stories and three poems (two reprints) by Canadian authors, including Matthew Hughes, Scott Mackay, Robert Charles Wilson, and Edo van Belkom.

Ysabeau S. Wilce, Flora Segunda (Harcourt Jan 2007)

This deep yet whimsical debut YA novel takes place in a house with an ever-shifting array of 11,000 rooms, where plucky heroine Flora discovers an old family secret. “What sets Flora Segunda apart as one of the truly memorable fantasies of this year is less its series of adventures than its exploration of family relationships and the nature of power.” [Gary K. Wolfe]

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