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August 2007
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New and Notable Books

Kage Baker, The Sons of Heaven (Tor Jul 2007)

For years, Baker has been tantalizing readers of her Company series with the question of what doom strikes that sinister time-traveling organization on July 9, 2355; now all is revealed in this final novel. ‘‘Is the ending as witty and frenetic as what came before?... Baker has erected an extraordinary monument to the power of SF as an humane, complex, reflective and ever surprising variety of literature. As the apex of the pyramis, Sons is a fine book indeed.’’ [Nick Gevers]

Claus Brusen & Marcel Salome, eds., Dreamscape: The Best of Imaginary Realism: 1: 2006 (Salbru Publish Dec 2006)

The first in a projected series focusing on the ‘‘fine art of the imaginary,’’ this opulent art book features full-color works of fantasy and surrealism by 37 artists including Michael Parkes, Kinuko Y. Craft, and Patrick Woodroffe.

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Sharing Knife: Legacy (Eos Jul 2007)

The second half of Bujold’s romantic fantasy The Sharing Knife finds farmer girl Fawn facing monumental disapproval from her new husband’s nomadic people – until a new Blight Bogle attack forces some to reconsider. Culture clashes and adventure keep things interesting even for those not particularly interested in romance.

Emma Bull, Territory (Tor Jul 2007)

Occult forces lurk behind the events of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral in this historical fantasy that ‘‘…evokes the substance a spirit of old Arizona… it transforms the tropes of the Western to a degree that goes beyond the category of ‘genre hybrid’ to achieve a power very much its own.’’ [Faren Miller]

Peter Crowther, ed., Postscripts Number 10 (PS Publishing May 2007)

This special more-than-double issue of the noted magazine/anthology honors World Horror Convention guest-of-honor Michael Marshall Smith, who provides seven pieces, along with 23 additional stories by a stellar roster of writers including Lucius Shepard, Graham Joyce, Ramsey Campbell, and Stephen King.

Neil Gaiman, M Is for Magic (HarperCollins Jul 2007)

R Is for Rocket, S Is for Space, and now M Is for Magic in this collection of 10 stories and one poem selected for young readers, including two stories not previously collected elsewhere, one the ‘‘delicately nuanced’’ [Gary K. Wolfe] story ‘‘The Witch’s Headstone’’, a foretaste of Gaiman’s forthcoming YA novel, The Graveyard Book.

Hugo Gernsback, edited by Larry Steckler, Hugo Gernsback: A Man Well Ahead of His Time (Poptronix Jun 2007)

Gernback tells his own story in this ‘‘biography’’ edited by Larry Steckler, who found the unsigned manuscript when he closed down Gernsback Publications in 2002. This focuses primarily on electronics and Gernsback’s own inventions (and his ability to foresee future inventions), but still paints an intriguing picture of the early days of SF, as seen by one of its founders.

Sergei Lukyanenko, Twilight Watch (Hyperion/Miramax Jun 2007)

The third volume in the acclaimed Night Watch series about a Moscow inhabited by supernatural Others. Anton, the popular protagonist of Night Watch, returns as a renegade threatens to destroy the balance between Light and Dark.

Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen Jun 2007)

Aislinn has all the problems of normal teens, but has also inherited her grandmother’s Sight and tried to hide it all her life; now a faerie king is stalking her, and nothing is safe. A ‘‘sexy, charming, sometimes harrowing YA contemporary fantasy… an assured debut.’’ [Tim Pratt]

Richard K. Morgan, Thirteen (Ballantine Del Rey Jul 2007)

SF novel. A black, genetically engineered super-soldier – a thirteen – from a terminated program escapes exile on Mars and becomes a bounty hunter. A fast-paced thriller exploring issues of identity and intolerance, originally published in the UK by Gollance (5/07) as Black Man.

Alastair Reynolds, Galactic North (Ace Jun 2007)

Reynolds’s first collection revisits his Revolution Space universe in this collection of eight SF stories, three original. First published in the UK by Gollancz (2006). ‘‘Reynolds is one of the giants of the New Space Opera, and of more down-to-Earth SF as well; he has the gift of expressing sweeping visions in compact form as well as in 500-page epics.’’ [Nick Gevers]

Will Shetterly, Gospel of the Knife (Tor Jul 2007)

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Dogland, this fantasy/magical realist novel finds Chris Nix a 14-year-old in the turbulent late 1960s, the strange events that destroyed the family tourist attraction all but forgotten until a mysterious benefactor offered to send Chris to an exclusive school.

Clark Ashton Smith, The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Volume II: The Door to Saturn (Night Shade Books Jun 2007)

Night Shade’s ambitious series celebrating one of the masters of the weird returns with this collection of 20 stories from 1932, with corrected text following existing manuscripts wherever possible.

Steph Swainston, Dangerous Offspring (Eos Jul 2007)

Winged messenger Jant seeks a way to end the war with the alien Insects once and for all in this third book in the critically acclaimed New Weird fantasy series begun in The Year of Our War. First published in the UK by Gollancz (4/07 as The Modern World).

Liz Williams, Precious Dragon (Night Shade Books Jun 2007)

Detective Inspector Chen and his demon partner Zhu Irzh return for a third outing in this entertaining dark fantasy/mystery series mixing a futuristic Singapore with Chinese mythology. This time, Chen is assigned to escort a Heavenly diplomatic mission to Hell. A ‘‘…wild, bumpy ride… fun.’’ [Faren Miller]

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