July 2002 Releases by Sharon Archer







Hidden Empire:

Here's a list of what's coming out in the US this month in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If we missed something or you have a title coming out in the future, email us at news@sfrevu.com

July looks to be an interesting month with lots of new and reprinted releases of note and 
we're looking forward to checking out the publishers' presentations at Worldcon next month to see  what is in the pipeline for the future.  See you in San Jose - in the meantime, enjoy!

 ACE is scheduled to release in hardcover this month Chindi by Jack McDevitt the sequel to last year's well  received  Deepsix. Publisher's Weekly described it as a curiously old-fashioned tale of interstellar adventure reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama.   SFRevu takes a look at it this month too - according to Ernest, it's "about the best mix of SF, adventure, and space opera I can remember crossing orbit with." So be sure to read his review this issue.  Out in Trade paperback will be Outlaw Sword by J. Ardian Lee an historical romance/fantasy sequel to last year's Son of the Sword in which a modern-day martial arts buff finds himself in the Scottish Highlands in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie  Our reviewer labels this a sprightly tale of adventure and romance ideal for fantasy-lovers in this month's review.

New and reissued works released in Ace mass market paperback editions in July include Never After by Rebecca Lickiss a fracturing of several fairy tales which features in its cast of characters several princes (one sleeping), a tomboy princess, a fairy godmother with issues, a wicked stepmother, greedy wizards and an enchanted frog; Future Sports edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois a new anthology of short stories examining sports in the future as envisioned by SF authors Arthur C. Clarke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop, Jonathan Lethem, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald and Robert Reed; and, the second book in the Spec Ops Squad saga Deep Strike by Rick Shelley author of the DMC series.  Also included will be several reissue editions -  Myth-ing Persons/Little Myth Marker the third omnibus edition of double volumes of classics from Robert Asprin's popular Myth series, Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and Robert Zubrin's Mars novel First Landing. .                                                                                                                                            From AVON/EOS in hardcover comes The Longest Way Home by Robert Silverberg  encompassing a familiar odyssey - a 15 year old's journey towards maturity of which Publisher's Weekly said "Fans won't find much that's new or challenging, but they should enjoy the ride." 

Out in a mass paperback is a companion collection to last month's Year's Best SF 7,  in July will beYear's Best Fantasy 2  edited by David G. Hartwell with new stories by a host of top authors including Poul Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley & Dianna Paxson, Thomas M. Disch, Tanith Lee and Ursula K. Le Guin Also in paperback will be a reprint of  Hugo Award nominee Tony Daniel's complex, action filled Metaplanetary.

Scheduled to be  released in hardcover under the publisher's HarperEntertainment imprint is an action-adventure thriller T2: Rising Storm. Author S.M. Stirling stays true to the  the basic Terminator movies story line advancing the plotline towards the time the Skynet computer becomes sentient.

Releases from BAEN BOOKS in July include in hardcover  a collection of 13 military alternative histories, Alternate Generals II edited by Harry Turtledove (see next issue for a review) and the new Hammer's Slammers novel Paying the Piper by Military SF author David Drake. In Trade Paperback will be Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy edited by Eric Flint and compiled by Guy Gordon, a first time collection of all the Lord Darcy adventures - mixes of murder, mystery and magic - originally published in the '60s and '70s.  In mass market paperback will be Cold Steel the sixth volume in the SFRevu admired Bolos series ( see our  Bolo Strike -Sept'01 review ) created by Keith Laumer, and a fantasy from last year which Booklist had highly recommended for the serious reader of historical fantasy, The Veil of Years L.Warren Douglas' sequel to The Sacred Pool.

BANTAM DOUBLEDAY DELL is releasing in Trade paperback editions this month The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters and The Plains of Passage the first four volumes in Jean Auel's long running The Earth's Children series.  The 5th book, The Shelters of Stone  was published by Crown in April'02. 

BANTAM' s SPECTRA  imprint will  be releasing in hardcover The Ocean of Years by Roger MacBride Allen a far future, terraforming gone wrong, time travel novel. 

July's releases from DAW include in hardcover the 1st US edition of  Sorcery Rising by British author Jude Fisher - recommended as simply a great read by John Berlyne in his review in last month's SFRevu which also featured  Iain Emsley's  interview with the author.  In mass market paperback will be a collection edited by Denise Little,  Familars - fifteen original stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jody Lynn Nye, P. N. Elrod, Andre Norton, Gary A. Braunbeck, Josepha Sherman, Michelle West and others featuring an assortment of magical companions and a reprint of last year's The Fall of Neskaya the first volume in The Clingfire Trilogy the new Darkover novel completed after Marion Zimmer Bradley's death by Deborah J. Ross. 

DEL REY this month is releasing in hardcover a novel focusing on the special bonds between identical twins, Regina's Song by David Eddings which Publisher's Weekly calls a radical departure from the author's previous books and a fast-paced psychological thriller that's part ghost story.  Another tale of brothers, in this case two computer whiz cyber-detectives whose virtual sleuthing becomes really dangerous, Web Warriors: Memories End by James Luceno will be published in paperback.

Del Rey's media tie-ins this month will focus on Star Wars with the release at the end of June in hardcover of The Star Wars Trilogy 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition by George Lucas, James Kahn and Donald Glut (reviewed in our last issue) and in July with the paperback edition of Star Wars: Cloak of Deception (May'01) by James Luceno. Also in paperback due out July 30th will be #13 in its Star Wars tie-in series The New Jedi OrderTraitor by Matthew Woodring. 

GOLDEN  GRYPHON PRESS is accepting pre-orders (http://www.goldengryphon.com) for the first of a new series of limited edition chapbooks that will premier at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose in August with a signed and numbered trade softbound edition of  a 84 page novella by Alastair Reynolds. Turquoise Days is set in the same far future, deep space universe common to his popular novels Revelation Space and  Chasm City.  See SFRevu's May '01 issue for reviews and an in-depth interview with the author. 

POCKET BOOKS will release several works set in the Star Trek universes.  In hardcover will be The Last Roundup by Christie Golden which picks up right where The Undiscovered Country left off bringing together Kirk, Scotty, Chekov and Kirk's two nephews . In mass market Paperback will be Books Two and Three in the Janus Gate trilogy by  L.A. Graf.  Future Imperfect is a TOS tale featuring Hikaru Sulu and Ensign Pavel Chekov stranded by a time/space vortex and having to fight the Gorns for their freedom.  Past Prologue, the conclusion to the trilogy finds Captain Kirk locked in the past with the key to his survival buried deep in Lt. Kevin Riley's memory and only Spock can hope to find it.  Another paperback scheduled for July that has generated positive comments from readers is The Edge of the Sword the first volume in the new Errand of Vengeance series. Pocket will also be releasing in eBook format  Foundations Book 1 by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore the story of the origin of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. 


ROC  has several books scheduled for release in July including in mass market paperback a SF/Mystery The Disappeared  by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and a reprint of Dennis McKiernan's retelling of the story of "Beauty and the Beast", Once Upon a Winter's Night (July'01) with a theme of true love conquering all. There will also be a Trade paperback edition of Priestess of Avalon (May'01) the fourth and final Avalon novel, a prequel to Bradley's Mists of Avalon ('82).  Published after her death it was coauthored by fantasy writer Diana L. Paxson.  

Released by ST. MARTIN'S PRESS in hardcover and trade in July will be one of the most comprehensive compilations of top drawer SF stories published yearly, The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection edited by 12-time Hugo Award winner Gardner Dozois who provides an insightful  introduction to each of the 26 best stories of 2001 included in the volume.   This annual anthology has long been one of SFRevu editor Ernest Lilley's favorites, and he has high words of praise for this year's volume in his review in this issue calling it essential reading for anyone following the field, and highly recommended for everyone who just plain likes to read SF.

TOR once again has lots of variety in its July line up with works from both new and well established authors.  Released in hardcover will be A Scattering of Jades a debut historical fantasy novel by a real life descendant of P.T. Barnum Alexander Irvine that is creating quite a bit of positive buzz .  Look for our review in next month's issue. Out  from bestselling author L.E. Modesitt, Jr. will be a new SF novel Archform:Beauty  set in the 24th century it combines politics with a murder mystery - our reviewer will let us know his take on it in next month's review.    The long-time editor of Analog magazine, Stanley Schmidt's first novel in 16 years Argonaut a well written first contact novel featuring alien invasion by nanotech bugs is also scheduled and in his first new novel in 7 years, grand master of horror and suspense Richard Matheson, much admired by the likes of Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz and Stephen King returns with Hunted Past Reason  described as a gripping tale of madness, paranoia and murder. SFRevu's editor Ernest Lilley in his Oct 1997 review of Orb's reissue of Matheson's classic I Am Legend (1954) noted that the author was one of the most influential Horror writers of all time recommending his works to students of Horror and SF alike. 

This month's SFRevu featured US author Katya Reimann's long-awaited concluding volume in her Tielmaran Chronicles trilogy, Prince of Fire and Ashes will also be released by Tor.  Our reviewer commends the author on her ability to command a huge cast of characters and  recommends this new novel to lovers of political intrigue and multifaceted plots in this month's review.  See also SFRevu editor Ernest Lilley's author interview elsewhere in this issue. 

Another massive alternate history fantasy The Oath of Empire is brought to conclusion this month with Thomas Harlan's The Dark Lord, the fourth volume in what Publisher's Weekly calls an exquisitely detailed, multifaceted saga of an alternative seventh-century Roman Empire begun in 1999 with Shadow of Ararat.  Accompanying this new hardcover will be the publisher's paperback edition of The Storm of Heaven, Book Three in the series.  

 Tor is scheduled to release another new hardcover/paperback reprint combination from Eric Van Lustbader's action-filled fantasy series, The Pearl. The Veil of a Thousand Tears returns to the world of Kundala to continue the tale of intrigue, murder an magic initiated in The Ring of Five Dragons out later this month in paperback, delving further into the conflict between technology and spiritually that lies at the center of the clash between this world's two cultures. 

Also out in hardcover  in July from Tor will be a collection of all seven of acclaimed short story writer Ted Chiang's previously published works winners of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Campbell, and Asimov awards plus a new story "Liking What You See: A Documentary" written exclusively for this volume,  Stories of Your Life and Others.  Accolades from many SF luminaries praise the author whose first published story "Tower of Babylon" won the 1990 Nebula Award. 

A trio of Orb Trade Paperbacks of note will be released in July from Tor.  Veteran SF storyteller and Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards winner JackVance's three Alastor novels are collected in one volume; British author Pat Cadigan's sequel to Tea from an Empty Cup (1998) , Dervish is Digital (1st US edition Jul'01) returns to the Artificial Reality multiverse;  The Star Fraction (1st US edition Aug '01) Hugo nominated Scottish author Ken MacLeod's debut novel (1995), the first volume in his SF political thriller Fall Revolution series .

Mass market paperback editions of interest out this month from Tor include L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s Octagonal Raven (Feb '01) described by Publishers Weekly as North by Northwest meets Logan's RunLimit of Vision a biotech thriller from Linda Nagata and  Hope's End (Aug '01) by Stephen Chambers. 

Finally, from Tor's YA SF & F line of trade paperback editions STARSCAPE will be Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman in which a bored 14-year-old's life is turned upside down after the death of his best friend and the discovery that his parents are aliens and, Sister Light, Sister Day the first volume of Jane Yolen's historical fantasy trilogy about the followers of the great goddess Alta

Hidden Empire:Dark Is the Moon (The View from the Mirror #3)WARNER ASPECT will be releasing in hardcover Hidden Empire, the first volume in the Saga of Seven Suns by  Kevin J. Anderson author of several bestselling books set in Star Wars and X-Files universes and collaborator with Brian Herbert on the new Dune novels. Out in  mass market paperback will be Dark is the Moon by Ian Irvine the third volume in The View  from the Mirror fantasy series.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST will publish in hardcover in July Dissolution: R. A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Book I by Richard Lee Beyers the first in a new six-part series based on Salvatore's world of underground intrigue. Also out in hardcover will be the concluding volume in Jean Rabe's the Dhamon Saga series Redemption tying up the story of a character introduced in the Dragons of a New Age trilogy and fitting it neatly into the beginning of the War of Souls.


2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu     el07/24/02