© 2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu
August 2002 US Releases by Ernest Lilley
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ace Books - Starting with The King by David Feintuch (Hardcover) puts fans of Feintuch's acclaimed 1997 work, The Still, out of their misery with this sequel about a young king and a magic power that lets him access the wisdom of past rulers by gazing into still waters. Lets hope they don't have to wait as long for the next installment. In Empty Cities of the Full Moon by Howard V. Hendrx, Howard V. Hendrix (Paperback) came out last August in hardcover and is getting its mass market release. From all accounts, this story of a biotech ravaged Earth and the diverse groups of humanity that try to find a future is idea rich SF. Myth-Ion Improbable by Robert Aspirin, Robert Asprin (Mass Market Paperback) is also a year old. In it, he "combines the Wild West with the vampire-cursed hills of Transylvania-where gold is common as dirt, and danger lurks behind every sagebrush." Fans of the Laiden Universe will be happy to know that the third book in that series, Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller (Mass Market Paperback) is back in print, and so is The Mirror of Merlin by T. A. Barron (Paperback) a YA fantasy title popular enough to warrant it's fourth printing in two years.
Avon/EOS - The Isle of Battle: Book Two of the Swans' War by Sean Russell (Hardcover) is released this month, and though I've heard good things about the Swan's War trilogy, I gather that this middle book is no place to start. Fortunately, you can pick up the first book The One Kingdom (Swans War, Bk 1) in paperback before you get lost in the substantial cast and plotlines as intricate as the river in the book...which weaves though other times as well as other places.
Hardcover:What a difference
a year makes. When Eric Flint sent a town full of 20th Century Virginians
back in time to 1632, they set up a democratic government with the help of
the King of Sweden. Now it's a year later in
1633 and Eric's back with
reinforcements: authors David Weber and Dru
Blair joined forces for the sequel in
which the newly formed alliance has to withstand pressures from without
Paperback: In classic Baen fashion, Heris Serrano by Elizabeth Moon combines Hunting Party, Sporting Chance and Winning Coors in one Fleet filled book. Actually, that's not true, since the whole storyline is about what the intrepid officer does when she gets booted out of the Fleet. It's space opera in fine form. Med Ship by Murray Leinster, Eric Flint (Editor) is a another fine compilation, this one of the late Murray Leinster's Calhoun of the Med Service's adventures. Janus by Andre Norton combines two classic titles, Judgment on Janus and Victory on Janus, books that practically spawned a genre about going alien on their own. Star Soldiers is still more Andre Norton about a time when humans are only allowed off planet as mercenaries, combining Star Soldiers and Star Guard, it shows once again how influential the author has been on another SF genre: Mil-SF.
Bantam Spectra - Dune: House Corrino by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson (Paperback) concluded the Dune "House" trilogy (Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen) and came out in hardcover last October, now in paperback. The Way of the Rose: Everien, Book Three by Valery Leith (Paperback) is a reissue from last August of the third book in the series (Everien Book One: The Company of Glass, Everien Book Two: The Riddled Night).
Daw - The Lost Dragon of Barakhai (Books of Barakhai, 2) by Mickey Zucker Reichert (Hardcover) is the sequel to The Beasts of Barakhai (2001) in which humans must spend half the day in some animal form, and "dissidents" try to undo the curse that forces the change by finding the decendents of the creatures that started it long ago...the lost dragons. . The Saga of the Renunciates (Dark Omnibus, 3) by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Paperback) "In the three novels which comprise The Saga of the Renunciates, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells the masterful tale of two valiant women: Magdalen Lorne, a Terran woman, and Jaelle, a Dry Towner, who face and try to break the invisible chains of custom, convention, habit and expectation with which society binds women, and women bind themselves, by becoming Free Amazons." from www.dawbooks.com.
There's plenty of Terry Brooks' Shanara about this month with
Morgawr (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 3)
The Sword of Shannara Trilogy (Hardcover)
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax
by Terry Brooks (Paperback) all coming out.
In Impossible Places by Alan Dean Foster (Paperback) we get twenty flights of imagination from a very imaginative author, including a story about NASA sending addicts to Mars and visits to some of his characters storylines. I'd bet on Foster to deliver. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (Paperback), recasts another classic with illustrations to attract the Harry Potter set. Hopefully this edition will introduce the world of Pern to many new generations of dragonriders.
GOLDEN GRYPHON PRESS -
Though they don't actually have any releases this month, you can look forward to some interesting titles for September: Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers by Kage Baker and Strange But Not a Stranger by James Patrick Kelly, Connie Willis.The Straw Men by Michael Marshall (Paperback) "this long awaited new novel from one of the UK's best exports is simply one of the best things I've read in ages.. " says our man in London, John Berlyne in his review this issue. Fortunately for us this novel of abductions and conspiracies is being released on both sides of the Atlantic this month, so we son't have to wait to find out what the fuss is about. The UK edition got the better cover by a longshot. (see John's review this issue)
Pocket Books / Star Trek
Paperbacks: Pocket has collected all the Star Trek that appeared between 1998 and 2000 in Amazing Stories magazine in, logically enough, The Amazing Stories -- by John J. Ordover, where Spock faces the death of his father, Crusher clashes with holo-colleauges, Troi "puts it all on the line" (whatever that means)...and many more! And if you thought they could ever run out of ideas for Trek novels, shame on you. Why, there are over four hundred untold stories from the crew of the first Enterprise alone...and they've decided to tell some of them in Errand of Vengeance Trilogy, the first of which, Sword of Mercy, came out this July, and which finishes up this month with Killing Blow (TOS) and River of Blood (TOS), both by Kevin Ryan. Aye, there's trouble below decks, Jim, me lad. Best you see to it before someone scuttles that nice ship of yours. Argh.
Do you open your cell phone with the Kirk-flip? Have you ever said "Beam me up."...and meant it? If so, you'll want to take a look at
Star Trek: I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact by William Shatner and Chip Walter. They look at everything from space trave to computers, Caltech scientists to MIT engineers, fact and fiction, to see who's working on the Trek Future, and how far off it is.
If Treknology isn't enough fantasy for you, there's also the
Kingdom of Shadow (Diablo #3)
by Richard A. Knaak
is, fittingly enough a dark fantasy, about a city that appears once every 2000
years to open a gateway to heaven...or someplace less fun as the adventureres
within discover. More fun is to be found in
Woad to Wuin: Sir Apropos #2 by Peter David with "the
era's most notorious antihero suddenly finding himself
once again in the middle of events of which he wants no part."
Saga SF- The Measure of the Universe -- by Ellen Larson
St. Martin's Griffin - I found myself really enjoying The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) by Ellen Datlow (Editor), Terri Windling (Editor) (Hardcover) despite my normal aversion toHorror, and mixed feelings about Fantasy in general. That aside, I like good writing, and Datlow and Windling have gathered one of the best collections of it you're likely to find this year. (see Ernest's review) - Prince Ombra by Roderick MacLeish (Paperback) - Ingram says: "Prince Ombra has become a modern classic of its kind, taking its place beside such works as The Phantom Tollbooth and The Neverending Story as an outstanding example of modern myth-making at its best." White Jenna by Jane Yolen (Paperback) is the sequel to Sister Light, and uses a variety of means to tell the story of Jenna, a child of prophecy born to unite a broken kingdom. It's a novel of feminism and humanism, artfully (the author hopes) disguised as Sword and Sorcery.
Elvenborn (Halfblood Chronicles, Book 3) by Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey returns to the very popular Elvenlords universe, where Elven Rulers keep human slaaves. It's been a long wait, but this team is worth waiting for. (Elvenblood - 1990, Elvenbane - 1995), while Gods of Fire and Thunder (Book of the Gods Series, Book 5) by Fred Saberhagen continues his mythic saga. In Platinum Pohl by Frederik Pohl,
Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart by Jane Lindskold
continues the saga of a human raised by intelligent wolves (you mean
there's another kind?) who finds that court politics is a lot like pack
Hope's War by Stephen Chambers concludes
the story begun in Hope's End (shouldn't that be the other way
around?) as the main character deals with the revelation from the last
book that he is half human, half alien, and the burden of ruling the
ravaged city of Hope is his his hereditary duty...one that he isn't at all
sure he's up to. Lastly,
Farscape: The Illustrated Companion by Paul Simpson, David
Hughes should be a treat to obsessive fans of
this excellent show.
WIZARDS OF THE COAST -
Soon, very strong in the Force, you will be, when you read: Power of the Jedi Sourcebook by Jeff Grubb, et al.(Hardcover). Though giant boulders you may learn to lift with the power of your mind, beware the dark side of the force, which makes you talk like this. Drive your everyone crazy you will. Know far too much about the Jedi will you as well.
Sea of Swords: Paths of Darkness (Forgotten Realms)
by R. A. Salvatore