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