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Interviews with Patricia A. War: where the blood and dirt of the battlefield hides the dark deeds committed in the name of glory. Matching wits with the legendary 'Great Beast' Aleister Crowley, Holmes is pitted against hordes of zombies in the streets of London. Sirantha is on trial for dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder, high treason - and her life. Novel, pages, Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition. As Reddy and the crew of the destroyer USS Walker continue their battle for freedom and survival in a parallel universe, the stakes become much more personal, and much more perilous.

On the primitive world of Cull, a knight errant called Anderson is hunting a dragon. Novel, pages, Mass Market Paperback, Reprint originally published in All the Myth short fiction, plus other short works and several previously unpublished stories. Ages 12 and up. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie agrees to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania.

After their ruler's son murders a woman under their protection, an elite assassin and his apprentice set out to kill the man, and find themselves in the heart of the conflict between the predatory Holy Empire of Mann and the Free Ports. Signed by the author on the title page. Over sixty essays, both from fanzines and written exclusively for this volume, that examine the new Doctor Who up to and including the series starring Matt Smith.

Nonfiction, pages, Trade Paperback, 1st Edition. The skeletal remains of a black man that have washed up in the Atchafalaya swamp take detective Dave Robicheaux back to an unsolved murder that he witnessed in An unidentified corpse is found near Vigata, a Sicilian town known for its soil rich with potter's clay. Bored with being at home while her husband is away helping Sherlock Holmes catch criminals, Mary Watson decides to have a go at detective work herself, ably assisted by her friend Emily Fanshaw. Skip to main content.

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Sawyer will serve as a consultant on the series and will write a first-season episode. With an attending membership of 3,, not stay hydrated, important due to the altitude. High gas prices, lowdensity local population, and the slowing economy were all discussed as potential reasons for the small turnout. The con was housed throughout eight different hotels, with the Sheraton as the party hotel and with some programming, and the Hyatt Regency the convention center hotel.

Buckner toastmaster and Robert A. Heinlein as the Ghost of Honor. Except for an unfortunately long wait for attendees to pick up their badges on Wednesday morning — the lack of a separate line for program participants required professionals to wait first for their badges, and then in a second line for their program packets — the convention seemed well-organized. Along with badges and convention Louise Marley, Ellen Klages. The parks, golf courses, the Denver Mint, convention center, in downtown Denver the Denver Art Museum, and the Denver and about half an hour from the airport, Museum of Nature and Science.

Some was perfectly serviceable for hosting a 20 or so con-goers were able to attend a large group: excellent restaurants within day trip to NORAD see photo story at walking distance, a devoted pedestrian end of report , and other con attendees thoroughfare on 16th Street Mall, a free also took time away from programming light rail shuttle, and a range of shopping and parties in order to watch the Opening from upscale boutiques and chain brand Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics on name stores to cheap and quick sandwich August 8th. Many professionals held launch for Denver-based Flying Pen Press.

And in other revealing views in the Hyatt Regency, a stripper joined con-goers at the Peaks Lounge one evening, flashing and flirting with convention attendees as well as the bartender, though failing to get anyone to flash her back. The Hyatt Regency also offered club floor accommodations to attendees at a slightly higher con rate , but with a free and decent continental breakfast, afternoon appetizers and finger foods, and a dinnertime honor bar.

The Fireside Terrace in the Grand Hyatt, with comfortable armchairs and couches and a piano bar, was popular also, though criticized for stopping serving at p. Despite being overwhelmed by the sudden influx of late-night partiers and utterly unable to make a proper Sea Breeze , the staff kept up with food orders, served great coffee, and even turned down the music and allowed con-goers to rearrange the furniture.

The awards are given annually to novel or book-length col- Joanne Proulx Nalo Hopkinson lections of fantastic fiction by Canadian authors published during the previous calendar year, chosen by jury. Submission deadline is January 31, Best Artist: Vincent Chong. The Sydney J. The imprint will initially publish two books per month, with plans to increase to three titles per month Marc Gascoigne within the first two years.

The new imprint will not affect existing SF imprint Voyager, but takes aim at a slightly different audience. They take big name authors like Robin Hobb or Terry Goodkind. At Angry Robot we will be building the next wave of authors, people like Cory Doctorow or Fiona McIntosh who are on their first books with us at Voyager.

I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod, and Marvin to pastures new. The project has my full support. But on reflection I realized that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding on to the spirit of Douglas Adams. I feel more pressure to perform now than I ever have with my own books.

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The collection will include officer. A revised edition of the book, announced: The Poison Eaters and Other removing the falsehoods, has been scheduled, Stories by Holly Black and The Freedom and 4, copies of the original edition have Maze by Delia Sherman. Senior convincing that a huge, large amount of money editor Natashya Wilson will run the program, will improve your reputation.

But to have the court stating that certain teen experience and will speak to young adults things are untrue seems to me to be emphatic Contemporary, I have never sought to pursue expressions of paranormal, fantasy, historical, futuristic However, facts are facts and lies are anything goes, so long as the book delivers a lies. And it seems to me that the law exists to reading experience that will resonate with the allow people to clarify that. Warner Bros. I went to court to uphold the right of authors everywhere to protect their own original work Many books have been published which offer original insights into the world of Harry Potter.

The Lexicon is just not one of them. I think it is important for everybody to understand that what happened was a huge violation of my rights as an author, not to mention me as a human being With writing, the way you feel changes everything I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely.

It was only an incomplete draft; the writing is messy and flawed and full of mistakes. But how do I comment on this violation without driving more people to look for the illegal posting? It has taken me a while to decide how and if I could respond. The Twilight Saga has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. Wizards did not release specific information about which departments are affected, but scattered reports online indicate that brand managers, book editors, licensing personnel, and the online community manager were among those let go.

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Modesitt, David G. LT 10 Gary K. Wolfe, Big Blue Bear AB 10 David B. Coe, James A. BG 10 Nalo Hopkinson LT 11 Joanne Proulx F 11 Ramsey Campbell LT 11 Eoin Colfer F 11 Douglas Adams JF 11 Stephenie Meyer F 12 Paul McAuley BG 13 Jo Walton LT 13 Daryl Gregory BG 13 Neal Asher SA 13 Ursula K. F 29 Irene Vartanoff, Karen Haber AB David G. Hartwell, Gary K. AB 34 Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Resnick Hartwell, Laurie Kaczanowska, Jack Womack Kelly, Jonathan Strahan LT 35 Clarion West Alumni LH Strolling with the Stars F 40 Frederik Pohl F 42 Arthur C.

LT 65 David Foster Wallace SR 67 Brian M. BG 67 Gregory Mcdonald F 67 Tobias S. LT 68 Tobias S. One thousand years before the birth of Vlad Taltos, the Dragaeran Empire is full of intrigue, sorcery, and wild adventure. Dangers abound as Count Hamnet Thyssen leads an exploration through the newly opened Raumsdalian Empire.

After discovering that her family comes from an alternate reality, Miriam Beckstein has escaped to world three and remains in hiding from the Clan and their opponents. Get the latest from Tor by signing up for our free monthly newsletter! Viking April Sideways in Crime, Lou Anders, ed. Solaris June Solaris February Cowdrey, a somber and powerful alternate history story, one of several good ones this year.

In the same issue, I also liked James L.

And an enthralling, even. The fact that several stories are told in the first person by teenage narrators, usually young girls, may make several of the stories seem a bit familiar if read one after the other and is also the only real indication that this is a YA anthology , so space them out over time.

Edge October Elizabeth Bear made an almost offhand observation recently: The last time I read a Pat Cadigan story was in , and it was a reprint.

Well, really. I have to say, my first reaction was surprise. I mean, they are all still quite actively publishing short fiction.

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With, to be sure, plenty of flavor of more recent times in the way of, well, furniture, and certain societal attitudes — gender roles, for instance a characteristic that Bear notes particularly as something that is handled differently between generations. In the end it still seems to me that, if only by osmosis, writers of all generations are reacting to the ideas of other generations. His first rueful reaction: [She] is indeed right that I am not keeping up with most of the new writers, and I guess they are not reading me or Benford, or Rusch and so I have become Lester del Rey to them, if not Ed Earl Repp, and their work is as unfamiliar to me as Jerry Cornelius stories were to Lester.

Even rebellious Pat Cadigan is now old hat. Well, their turn will come to be dinosaurs, too Silverberg went on, as he put it, to do some homework. He read stories by Bear, Rosenbaum, and Moles, in each case liking what he read. It is classic science fiction in the grand tradition. John Campbell would surely have bought it, with a few mutatis mutandis caveats about the sanitary napkins and the chinga-su-madre comments.

Silverberg went on to say: What does puzzle me here is what Elizabeth Bear thinks that writers of my vintage— or more specifically writers of the next generation down Benford, Cadigan, etc. The same present-tense narration, the same fragmented construction, the same cool,. I see only a smooth continuity between our work of the late s and his story of Silverberg added that active writers of any generation should still find much to learn from the other generations: Certainly I felt that way during my own Young Turk days forty years ago.

If I were a more active writer these days than I am I would certainly be studying the likes of Rosenbaum and Moles if only to keep up with the state of the art, just as Puccini went out of his way to listen to Schoenberg and Stravinsky, and that the younger writers should certainly be studying the likes of me if only to keep from reinventing the wheel. What I was observing was that there are different conversations going on in different rooms of the party. It was quickly noted that she is now only the second writer born after to win a Hugo — and that the average age of Hugo and Nebula Award winners has been creeping up quite steadily over time.

This suggests another generational divide — perhaps between readers a graying group, it seems and the younger writers. At any rate, presented with three huge issues of major magazines — double issues, either explicitly labeled as such or effectively such — I thought to consider each keeping the ages of each writers in mind.

Some young writers are doing fairly oldfashioned work, and some older writers seem as up-to-date as anyone going, though as nearly a dinosaur myself b. But I do think Bear has a point: writers sometimes perceive themselves as part of a generational community and that drives the ideas they explore; even though an outside observer still sees the continuity with their predecessors.

Both stories are enjoyable. Henry Erdmann is an aging physicist living in a nursing home, who is scared by brief strokelike incidents. No brain damage is involved, and eventually there are apparent links to the memories of other residents of the home. Soon he learns that many of his fellow residents are having similar episodes.

The resolution, signaled from the beginning, is not surprising: elderly people are evolving into a higher consciousness. That aside, its attitude and working out seemed quite fresh to me. He has certain remarkable characteristics and knowledge that have convinced some that his story is true — he is part of an invasion team from the future, trying to remake, or punish, history. The main story is about an investigator who is investigating the disappearance and reappearance — strangely mentally affected — of a scientist, and who also gets involved in the apparent murder of an alien ambassador.

The resolution is an almost Campbellian twist on what we thought we knew. The intertwining of what seems an unjust society with a curious — and perhaps not. I would say that the authors Genge is most obviously in dialogue with are Le Guin and Tiptree. To the best of my knowledge, the youngest two writers in the issue, Laurel Winter and M.

Rickert, are my age exactly. This raises an interesting issue of generational perception — to which SF generation does, say, M. Rickert belong? She has been publishing for less than a decade. And her stories certainly seem to me very much of this timeframe, in concerns, in sensibility, and in style. In the same way I suspect Samuel R. Delany b. Alice Bradley b. So I can say little about Gen-X in that context. Eventually the writer realizes that these stories, which come to him in an unusual fashion, are visions of an actual future life — and he begins to wonder what use the buyers of the stories might make of them.

Bisson quite sweetly charts the public and private progress of their relationship. Utley and Bisson, for the record, are each in their 60s. The featured author is Paul McAuley b. Keith Brooke b. An achingly moving story. Amusing and honest and oddly sweet. Their story, of course, is more complex than that, as the narrator, daughter of a controversial ethnologist of her home empire, eventually learns.

The wrenching ending turns on the expectable but often unthought results of successful time travel. The setting is pure contemporary suburbia, the magic elements accepted as quite normal. And, as one might have expected from a contemporary suburbia tale, the relationship between the girl and the married and much older magician takes a sexual turn. The story refuses to moralize, simply shows, which makes it the more powerful.

Teen torture OKed. Storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse. To the long tradition of eldritch horror comes Laird Barron, an author whose voice invokes the grotesque, the devilish, and the perverse with rare intensity and astonishing craftsmanship.

Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction. The zombies of The Living Dead range from Romero-style zombies to reanimated corpses to voodoo zombies and beyond.

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From the strange streets of Singapore Three to the rough and tumble world of Bollywood; from the realms of the Celestial to the haunts of the Infernal and all the spaces in between, The Shadow Pavilion delivers the thrills, excitement, and near-future occult action fans have come to expect. Sometimes it can do both, and all the writers mentioned above have managed this trick, but usually when you hear someone recommending a new SF novel to friends, the recommendation tends to emphasize one or the other: conceptual mindblowing at the one end, or subtle brilliance at the other.

McAuley unfolds this using four main viewpoint characters: Sri Hong-Owen, a genetic engineer whose personal goal is to meet and rival the work of the legendary gene wizard Avernus; a clone warrior named Dave 8 who later on an espionage assignment becomes known as Ken Shintaro ; high-tech pilot Cash Baker who volunteers to become wired into the controls of his spacecraft the weakest and most familiar of the four main viewpoint characters ; and Macy Minnot, an eco-engineer working to quicken a biome on Callisto, and who eventually seeks asylum among the rebels of the Outer System after being framed for a murder.

The other secondary characters, from the divided, power-hungry Peixoto family in Brazil to the reclusive and eccentric scientist Simonov on Europa, are drawn with compelling. In fact, clarity may be the single most salient strength of The Quiet War. Meet the beetles. The tiny tasties prove especially popular with Times Square tourists. But it takes a while to get there. Because those of us in the gallery are developing a profound desire to break some heads. Harkaway is enamored of these alt-rock team names; the best and most Pynchonian is the Matahuxee Mime Combine.

Among the colorful band of troubleshooters are the narrator and his lifelong friend Gonzo William Lubitsch yes, the lead character is even named Gonzo, and I suppose Harkaway gets points for just going ahead and doing that , along with pointedly colorful figures like the tattooed, bar-fighting Sally J.

Culpepper the putative leader , Jim Hepsobah, and Annie the Ox, with her collection of puppet heads. The one character who remains free of demons is the saintly but earthy Antonia, the director of a homeless shelter partly supported by Heaney, who donates all the profits from his rare-book scams to it.

The reason he does this is partly to atone for a bizarre incident from his college days, which for years has caused him to believe he was indirectly responsible for the deaths of several young women, and which also helped launch his career as a trickster. Cover by Alexis Allred.

Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski; trans. Even the skirts are getting longer. Here as in the previous book, the narrative alternates between first-person and third: a young woman in her own words and the current version of Carmichael, one who is both more powerful and more compromised, though not as much as he sometimes fears. In the broader view of third-person narrative, we also come to see opponents who know or guess too many of his secrets and are eager to exploit — or destroy — him.

Maynard puts it. My past was never to be forgotten, not quite, however hard I tried. Yet he remains strongly aware that life goes on almost as usual for most of the public. During a chance meeting with a fiercely political Irishman, he sums up their attitude: They just go straight ahead, not looking up or down.

Roomba recall. But viewed as a rejection of the fear that leads to mindless hysterias — historical, alternate-historical, and all too real today — it makes perfect sense. A series of little changes, small jolts or awakenings, can have many different results for humanity, not all of them disastrous. Judith Moffett began the trilogy now called Holy Ground back in with The Ragged World reviewed in , a science-fantasy mosaic novel set in a future world where various human lives encounter the extraordinary when powerful aliens and their gnome-like intermediaries the Hefn intervene to save us from ourselves, in a near-future Earth threatened with ecological collapse.

But the focus on country-girl teenager Pam gave the book an American pastoral quality so close to mainstream, its sense of the sacred land could not quite compensate for a general lack of SFnal tension — even in a future where humans can bear no children and deeply resent their helplessness in the face of alien power. Middle-Book Syndrome nearly capsized the entire ambitious project, for Moffett lost her bigname publisher and it has taken 16 years, and resort to a very small press, to bring the trilogy to conclusion with The Bird Shaman. For fans and interested readers of the previous books, is it worth the wait?

Indeed it is! We remain a captive people, not a convinced one. We still think Earth is all about what people want. Broad tactics of any kind may be useless, but events and individuals have a way of sneaking their way into the most intractable dilemmas, finding cracks in the monolith and setting off change.

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Dick seems to have become a full-blown avatar by now. Cover by Steve Rawlings. This loose future history includes three other novels and a bunch of short works set in the same busy, violent Polity universe. Is he even human? What is the agenda of the planetoid-size entity called Dragon? What is the source and purpose of the seductive and destructive alien Jain technology that seems to subvert whomever employs it? How much of all this is understood by the artificial intelligences that govern the Polity?

The book is a direct sequel to Polity Agent reviewed in January , which climaxed. But a series of apparently unrelated incidents point to something bigger, and Cormac and various colleagues are sent in different directions to investigate and counter whatever plot Erebus is hatching.

Among the reconfigured cast are Cormac, with his trusty, nearly sentient weapon Shuriken and stroppy war-drone sidekick Arach, aboard the misanthropic, former-rebel AI warship King of Hearts; the unstoppable, enigmatic, Dragon-rebuilt killer android Mr. The stage is greatly expanded in this volume, with much of the action set beyond the borders of the Polity, out in the wild and lawless places where malcontent AI starships and old wardrones and fugitive scientists go to escape the safe-and-sane rule of Earth Central and its AI viceroys.

This is where Orlandine has fled to set up a place to further work on her control of Jain tech, and it is the wilderness from which Erebus mounts its campaign against the Polity, a plan that looks chaotic but is actually a supersubtle chess-game that the Polity AIs may or may not be smart enough to see coming. Mika gets a. Meanwhile, a guilthaunted Orlandine prompted and aided by the viral ghost of Fiddler Randall decides to take a hand in opposing Erebus and mounts her own campaign with an unlikely combination of mothballed Prador-war-era Polity technology juiced up with Jain adaptations.

Over the course of the series, Jain technology has become more important than the villains it empowers and eventually absorbs. Erebus has also apparently tamed Jain tech and uses it to control and eventually absorb its one-time allies and to transform itself into a fleet of shapeshifting death machines. Mecca replaces Greenwich. Muslims around the world rejoice and mapmakers mourn as the new Prime Meridian is made official. At that time there were many AIs who started out bad and got considerably worse.

So maybe the likes of Erebus or the Prador are not the only threat to the stability of the Polity and the safety of ordinary humankind. As spectacularly busy and creature- and cataclysm-filled as it is, this is probably not the book to begin an acquaintance with Neal Asher, but for those of us who have been feeding quarters into the machine in hopes of a big payoff, it certainly proves to have been worth the investment. So pull the lever, watch the cylinders spin, and enjoy the jackpot.

Everybody else, go hunt up the first five books and start saving your change. His last novel was the dark, violent, hard-nosed Thirteen UK title Black Man, reviewed in November , an unambiguously science-fictional tear-it-up featuring a brooding, disaffected outsider hero with a taste for bloody solutions to his problems.

The same description could apply to The Steel Remains, but with the genre transmuted to a soured variant of heroic fantasy and the protagonist multiplied by three. The book opens with a well-designed grabber paragraph: When a man you know to be of sound mind tells you his recently deceased mother has just tried to climb into his bedroom window and eat him, you only have two basic options.


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The novel spins three narrative threads that develop and converge oh so slowly while backstory questions tantalize and puzzle. The setting is a tough, unlovely world of pre-industrial realpolitik, religious and moral bigotry, ethnic cleansings, and forced resettlements — sort of Robert E. Memories of past wars cast long shadows: a half-generation earlier, a temporarily united humankind fought off an invasion by the Scaled Ones, anthropophagous lizard-folk from across the seas.

Humans won only with the aid of another set of migrants perhaps from another cosmos , the black-skinned, technologically adept Keriath, who in turn had fought a much earlier and even more dire war against the creatures called dwenda. At the center of each story thread is a disgruntled, disaffected war veteran. Ringil Eskiath is the black-sheep younger son of an aristocratic family, the hero of the battle that finally defeated the Scaled Ones, but forever an outsider thanks to his homosexuality a capital offense in an oppressive culture.

He is bad-tempered, illmannered, and self-indulgent, his discontent and anger fueled by a considerable intelligence and a deep moral outrage at the hypocrisy, venality, and cruelty of his society. Egar the Majak steppe nomad, sometimes called Dragonbane, fought alongside Ringil, but now he is a middle-aged clan master who cannot forget the time he spent in the to his people overcivilized parts of the world, and who occupies himself with serial fornication.

Archeth is a two-hundred-year-old halfhuman, half-Keriath technological-military advisor to the mad, bad, and dangerous-to-serve emperor Jhirel. Nor does it help that she, like Ringil, is gay. Her investigation of an impossible attack on a minor port town is an early first indication that something strange and deadly is inserting itself into the slowly recovering postwar Empire, and her trajectory aims her at a reunion with Egar and Ringil.

My review copy was not so marked, but this appears to be the beginning of a sequence — elsewhere the novel has been identified as Book One of A Land Fit for Heroes. This may explain why the book seemed rather slow to take off — despite passages of vivid and often propulsive writing, I found the pace rather deliberate, the character setups somewhat over elaborate, and the withholding of crucial background a tad patience-challenging.

Four hundred pages is too long for a curtain-raiser. And that is what might deter me from following Ringil and his companions on further adventures. Even a strongly written, strongly felt, emotionally complex, and ingeniously devised world can have too much of that ingredient.

Niven has done almost as many fix-ups and fill-ins as straight sequels to his major Known Space stories — it is, I suspect, central to his sensibility to keep working at and elaborating his fictional worlds. Cover by Larry Rostant. The world of Harmony and its colony planets are self-isolated from the rest of human space, a theocracy with a rigid caste system.

Harmony is also the only source of Badger Metal, a substance that provides the only effective shielding against the invading alien Marils. The Confederated Star System sends agent Jake Hannigan to get hold of the secret to Badger Metal, but instead he becomes part of the entourage to the newest High Priestess Sissy, a young woman raised as one of the worker class, but possessed of the ability to talk to the planet itself — a legendary ability that gives her the power to challenge the High Priest — and even the rigid social structure of the society itself, if she can only learn to trust herself.

This is only the first book in a series, but it presents a series of fascinating mysteries about Harmony and even the so-far-unseen Maril that promise interesting times to come. Peter V. A boy starts to wonder why his people never fight back against the demons that attack them every night in this fantasy novel, the first in a new series set in a post-apocalyptic world. Legends say humans once relied on science, and were thus unprepared when hordes of demons, the corelings from underground, surfaced and nearly destroyed civilization.

Ever since, people have cowered every night behind walls warded with runes, as demons seek to kill any humans or animals, fleeing only the sunlight that burns them. In his determination he learns things his people have forgotten about fighting demons. He eventually gains allies in Rojer, a young Jongleur-in-training whose parents were killed by demons, and the Herb Gatherer Leesha, who knows secrets women in her profession have kept from men for centuries.

This has the potential to be really grim, what with all the deaths and demons and cowering in the dark, but avoids that by focusing instead on able young people, and hope, to make a gripping adventure — a very promising start to a new series, and an excellent first novel. Young people are forced to battle to the death on TV in this rousing young-adult SF post-apocalyptic thriller. This is only the first book in a series, and where the focus has been all on survival, rebellion should take center stage in the next volume… once Katniss manages to figure out how she really feels about the boys in her life.

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Julie E. Cover by Luis Royo. The second volume in the Stratification series finds the exiled Yena clan members trying to get through a high mountain pass before winter, but failing. The Yena come from a jungle region, and know nothing of mountains or snow, but some of them start having visions and dreams, some terrifying, some educational, of people living here before, leading them to ruins with enough remaining supplies to keep the Yena alive, and maybe more — if they can avoid whatever killed the original inhabitants. Cover by Nathan Hale.

Rapunzel gets a makeover in this amusing graphic novel, transformed from fairy tale to a Wild West tall tale. She raises Rapunzel as her own child until the girl gets old enough to start asking questions and encounters her real mother — and gets imprisoned in a towering tree. Once she realizes her hair is growing unnaturally fast she uses her braids in all sorts of ways, as rope, lasso, or whip. Shannon Hale has already demonstrated a knack for fairy tale retellings.

Sarah A. Cover by Tom Kidd. Shapeshifters Kyrie Smith panther and Tom Ormson dragon are back, trying to keep their Colorado diner running despite snowstorms, dragon mobsters, and the Ancient Ones, a league of were-beasts determined that someone has to pay for the slaughter of shapeshifters that took place in Draw One in the Dark.

And then there are the murders at the aquarium, where police officer Rafiel Trall lion keeps catching the scent of strange shifters. Rather than marry this cruel man, Rebecca runs off with the visiting Fey Lord Altimer — only to find too late that he has some exceedingly cruel plans, dragging her back to the Fey lands where he abuses her emotionally, magically, and sexually.

Only at the very end do we get clues that things are about to change drastically, and Rebecca may yet take control of her own life and maybe get some revenge , leaving me actually looking forward to the next volume in the series. Cover by Steve Stone. Mercenary Brothers Dhulyn and Parno return in their second fantasy adventure. Dhulyn still hopes to find someone to teach her to control her abilities as a Seer, but the two got sidetracked by a ruler needing mercenaries to fight off an invasion.

Cover by Scott Altmann. And it occurs to me that all these books have a certain redolence of the 19th century — or earlier — about them. Of these books, Fast Ships, Black Sails is the only one to be original, and is very successful — a nearly completely enjoyable set of stories. There is something about the pirate theme that encourages both playfulness and adventure in writers.

One coup the VanderMeers managed was to land a novelette from Naomi Novik. To my knowledge she has only published two other short stories, both quite short, at her website. When pirates attack her ship, she resorts to a special magical protection she has been given And I admit I am a sucker for them. Here, a boojum is a living spaceship, bred in the atmosphere of a gas giant, and Black Alice Bradley is a crewmember forced to make a dangerous choice when aliens attack.

The ending reaches for good old SFnal wonder, and makes it. Both those stories have female protagonists, and that is one way contemporary writers make pirate stories new — playing against gender expectations. This book has some other strong tales of women as pirates.

Gregory Lark was a man. Speaking of playfulness, several writers are in comic mode here. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance to delightful effect. Cherryh, paperback cover, Acrylic on board 28 x 18 in. Smith, book cover, Casein and acrylic on board 22 x Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. View lots and bid at HA. We also welcome consignments of book cover art, magazine illustration art, and original comic book or comic strip art. This auction is subject to a Le Guin Walker, pp, hc Cover by Jack Gaughan. The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. Le Guin Scribner, pp, hc Cover by Carl Berkowitz. The Dispossessed, Ursula K.

Cover by Fred Winkowski. Always Coming Home, Ursula K. Le Guin titles, and found myself thinking how weird the covers were. The Ace edition of The Left Hand of Darkness features a blue-white snowy landscape, the horizon low in the image, a similarly coloured sky above it. The Scribner edition of The Lathe of Heaven has a flat yellow plain, a low horizon, and a perfect blue sky pocked with the occasional cloud. The HarperPerennial edition of The Dispossessed has a slightly wrinkled sandy plain, a low horizon, and a pale blue-grey sky.

These three covers — from three different publishers — all seem to be sending the same message: these are books of the abstract, that make you raise your eyes to some metaphysical heaven. She always starts with the concrete. Take this, for example, from the first chapter of The Left Hand of Darkness : The king and the mason kneel, high between the river and the sun, on their bit of planking. Taking the trowel, the king begins to mortar the long joints of the keystone.

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