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  • What We're Reading
  • Nicola Griffith Bends the Landscape
  • Will the Real Father of Science Fiction Please Stand Up?
  • The Day After: Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
  • The Dragonlady--Anne McCaffrey
  • Nalo Hopkinson Subverts Science Fiction
  • The Rob and Bob Show
  • Fritz Leiber: Three Times a Master
  • A Land (Way) Down Under
  • May the Books Be with You
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Bestsellers
  • New in Paperback


    "The Best of Crank!" edited by Bryan Cholfin
    Crank! rocks. This cutting-edge SF magazine is the best place to go for border-blurring stories by great authors. Now you can read "The Best of Crank!"--put together by the magazine's editor, Bryan Cholfin. Expand your definitions of science fiction, and immerse yourself in short works by the giants of literary SF--Ursula K. Le Guin, Gene Wolfe, Michael Bishop, Jonathan Lethem, and more.

    "The Temple and the Stone" by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris
    Historical fantasy fans take note. Kurtz and Harris deftly handle this story of the famous Knights Templar, heroes of the Crusades and a powerful force in European history. "The Temple and the Stone" tells a tale of intrigue, political conquest, and spiritual warfare, with a dash of sorcery to season the mix.

    "The Merlin Mystery" by Jonathan Gunson and Marten Coombe
    The book: "The Merlin Mystery," a beautiful and intriguing puzzle with clues woven throughout. The prize: a golden, bejeweled wand, plus a cash prize that increases with every sale of the book. The winner: the bright kid or expert puzzler who solves the mystery first, using imagination and patience to find the clues. Could it be you?

    "Full Tide of Night" by J.R. Dunn
    Long ago, Lady Julia Amalfi fled Earth to escape the diabolical, machinelike Erinye. She seeded the icy planet Midgard with genetic stock brought from Earth, hoping to re-create human society with the assistance of an immature artificial intelligence named Carion. Now Cary and her "children" are rebelling against Lady Julia, and the Erinye are speeding toward Midgard. Inspired by John Webster's classic revenge tragedy "The Duchess of Malfi," J.R. Dunn's "Full Tide of Night" weaves a tale of loyalty and betrayal among the stars. Dunn blends philosophy, worldbuilding, politics, and good old human nature to tell a gripping and tragic story.

    "Mockingbird" by Sean Stewart
    Sean Stewart's "Mockingbird" is one of those delightful books that is hard to categorize, but easy to love. Toni Beauchamp's mother could work magic; in fact, she used magic the way other people use credit cards, ringing up huge bills to get the things she wanted. But the debts had to be paid off sooner or later. By way of pure atmospheric magic, Stewart transports us to the Deep South where a woman and her gods must put things right after the mysterious death of her mother.

    "Deepdrive" by Alexander Jablokov
    What if alien races set up home on the planets and moons of our solar system? In this tale of interplanetary secrets and lies, ragtag human clans play catch-up with mysterious beings transforming Mercury, Venus, and even Earth. Humanity would love to join these far-flung adventurers in their travels, but without the secret of the faster-than- light deepdrive, we can't level the playing field. A few years ago, an alien by the name of Ripi crash-landed in our system, and he may have brought an intact drive with him.

    "Roads Not Taken" edited by Gardner Dozois and Stanley Schmidt
    Powerhouse science fiction editors Gardner Dozois (Asimov's SF magazine) and Stanley Schmidt (Analog) team up to edit an intriguing set of "what-ifs." This luminous alternate- history collection includes stories from science fiction greats such as L. Sprague de Camp, Gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg, and Gregory Benford.


    Award-winning science fiction novelist Nicola Griffith is trying her hand at coediting (with Stephen Pagel) "Bending the Landscape," a series of anthologies exploring themes in gay and lesbian science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Griffith stopped by with her partner, writer Kelley Eskridge, to chat about the anthologies, what they're working on now, and Griffith's recent novel, "The Blue Place."


    You may argue about the paternity of science fiction, but you can't dispute that H.G. Wells is a strong candidate with his tales of time machines, invaders from outer space, and invisible beings. See for yourself what makes this prolific SF pioneer so popular.


    One of the enduring themes of science fiction is the post- holocaust tale. Something terrible brings about the end of civilization, and a plucky band of survivors must make their way through the strange aftermath using only wit and wisdom.

    Here are some post-apocalyptic tales, each with a unique take on the end of the world as we know it.


    The term "living legend" is often bestowed, yet rarely deserved. But in the case of Anne McCaffrey (who has won every major award in the science fiction and fantasy field), it's perhaps the least one can say about her. We take a look at her impressive list of works in our author overview.


    Nalo Hopkinson won Warner Aspect's First Novel Contest with "Brown Girl in the Ring," her story of a dystopian future in which the rich have barricaded the decaying city and prey on the bodies of the helpless citizens.'s Craig E. Engler interviewed Hopkinson and learned how she got the idea for her book, who influences her, and how she's subverting the genre.


    We got lucky at one day when acclaimed science fiction authors Robert "Rob" J. Sawyer and Robert "Bob" Charles Wilson stopped by our offices to chat. Check out what Wilson (author of "Darwinia") and Sawyer (author of "Factoring Humanity") had to say to each other in this head- to-head examination of Canadian science fiction, what it's like to be a writer, and the art of crossing genres.


    Legendary fantasist Fritz Leiber was a giant of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His books took us to faraway places and times and scared the daylights out of us. Travel back to Lankhmar with's Stanley Wiater, and examine the life and works of this uniquely talented writer.


    Check out an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson's "Antarctica," a chilly near-future science fiction thriller. Fans of Robinson's Mars trilogy won't be disappointed in this complex, fast-paced drama of eco-saboteurs and political war over the last place on Earth.


    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, "Star Wars" was born, blasters blazing and light sabers humming. Since the original three movies, the "Star Wars" universe has been enthusiastically expanded and explored by science fiction authors. Check out our article on other "Star Wars" books.


    "Echoes of Honor" by David Weber
    Burial services for Honor Harrington don't signal the end-- not for our heroine! In fact, it's just the beginning of her adventures on the planet Hell. Weber's blend of military tradition, political intrigue, and vivid characterization make this one of the best books in this hard science fiction series.

    "Wizard and Glass" by Stephen King; illustrated by Dave McKean
    Fourth in Stephen King's Dark Tower series, "Wizard and Glass" tells a bizarre love story set in the wastelands of the West, aboard a psychotic train bound for nowhere.

    "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman
    Haldeman's classic "The Forever War" is enjoying new popularity, thanks in part to his 1998 best novel Hugo Award for "Forever Peace." This allegorical tale of conflict on a strange planet draws parallels to the Vietnam War, as young soldiers find coming home to be as hard as anything they faced at war with the Taurans.

    "Temple of the Winds" by Terry Goodkind
    Although it's part of Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, the satisfyingly hefty "Temple of the Winds" can be enjoyed on its own. Fighter-wizard Richard Rahl and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must battle a deadly magical plague unleashed by the Imperial Order.

    "Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History" edited by Gardner Dozois and Stanley Schmidt
    At the heart of each one of the stories in this fantastic collection lies the question "What if...?" What if the Chinese had colonized America before the Europeans? What if Joseph McCarthy had become president? Highlights include stories by Harry Turtledove, Gene Wolfe, and Robert Silverberg.

    "Path of Daggers" by Robert Jordan
    Publication date: October 20, 1998
    Robert Jordan fans are a loyal (and opinionated) bunch. We've received so many customer comments on this upcoming Wheel of Time continuation that we just couldn't pick a favorite. Even Robert Jordan wrote in to reassure his fans that the book's on its way! Pre-order now and we'll ship "Path of Daggers" to you as soon as it's published.


    "Last Summer at Mars Hill" by Elizabeth Hand
    This is a terrific collection of stories from Elizabeth Hand, the masterful fantasy stylist who wrote "Winterlong" and "Glimmering."

    "Vast" by Linda Nagata
    A prophet's son carries a strange virus aboard a ship with survivors seeking out the aliens who murdered humanity. This is intricately detailed, fast-moving hard SF of the highest order.

    "Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny" edited by Martin H. Greenberg
    Talented authors pay their respects to the late, great fantasy master, Roger Zelazny. This collection features Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Gregory Benford, and Andre Norton, among others.

    "Jupiter Project" by Gregory Benford
    "Jupiter Project" was written 25 years ago as Gregory Benford's tribute to Robert Heinlein. In true Heinlein style, it's got a smart, brave young protagonist and lots of exciting space action.

    "Twice Seven" by Ben Bova
    "Twice Seven" features 14 fantastic tales from SF master Ben Bova. From time travel to cosmic annihilation to JFK's assassination, these stories offer far-flung adventure and great ideas.

    "Sky Trillium" by Julian May
    Now available in a mass-market paperback edition, this third volume in the Black Trillium universe (created by superb fantasists Julian May, Andre Norton, and Marion Zimmer Bradley) tells a tale of three princesses, each of whom possesses a talisman. All three talismans are needed to create the Sky Trillium, upon which rests the fate of the world.

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