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DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News from Borderlands Books
Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature
Wondercon, Friday February 10th - Sunday February 12th
Guy Gavriel Kay drop-by signing, Saturday, February 11th
Donald Sidney-Fryer, Saturday, February 18th at 4 pm
Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld, Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm
(for more information check the end of this section)
* Take our wardrobe --
Please! We have to bid a reluctant farewell to the gigantic cardboard
Narnia wardrobe that graced our front window in December. If you want
it, you'll have to come pick it up (it is very very large, but not heavy).
We would like for it to have a good home. If you are the first to reply,
we'll send you a confirmation email and you'll have one week to pick up the
wardrobe -- after that, the chance goes to reply #2. We have yet to
find Narnia on the other side, but who says you won't?
*Al's well that ends well: We are happy to report that Al's Comics has found
a new home in the space that Limelight books formerly occupied (Market at
Octavia Street). We wish Al and company great success in their new
* Thanks to Rina Elson for bringing the following press release to our attention
-- "Variety Preview Room, owned and operated by Variety-The Children's Charity
of Northern California, will be showcasing fantasy and science fiction artist
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Her artwork will be on display from February
2nd through March 24th, 2006.
Come and visit Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's fantastic otherworlds of mythology,
legend and folklore. While most of Stephanie's work is done with watercolours,
she experiments with pen & ink, intaglio printing, acrylic, and digital
painting as well. Greatly influenced by the art of the Impressionists,
Pre-Raphaelites, Surrealists, and the master hand of Nature, her work is
notable for its swirling echoes of sinuous oak branches, watermarked leaf
stains, and the endless palette of the skies.
Her beautiful and mysteriously alluring illustrations have also been showcased
by many game and publishing clients, including Wizards of the Coast,
HarperCollins, LUNA Books, Tachyon Publications, Alderac Entertainment, and
Green Ronin. In addition to commissioned projects, she has also assembled
a personal body of work with inspiration stemming from mythology, legend,
* Thanks to Christopher Fulkerson, who told us about this "Miracle" -- "On
February 10th, the Friday Before Valentine's Day, Christopher Fulkerson will
present a reading of his science fiction opera A MIRACLE OF RARE DEVICE,
first presented two years ago at Borderlands Books in a partial rendition.
The event, which begins a 8 pm, will be at the recording studio/home of Richard
Wahlberg, at 2350 Webster Street in San Francisco. Dr. Fulkerson will
read the Ray Bradbury text (used with the author's permission) over a computer
realization of the vocal and instrumental parts. The work is in three
acts, each just under half an hour in length; there will be two short intermissions,
A MIRACLE OF RARE DEVICE is an urban fable about two drifters who see a mirage
of New York City over the Arizona desert. They set up a
vista point and begin charging people to see it, and are amazed to find that
each person sees a different city. When one customer sees Xanadu, and
begins quoting Coleridge, the two drifters fear they have something too big
on their hands. Just then their lifelong archrival arrives with the
paperwork to jump their claim. However he cannot sustain the jump:
since he did not believe in the city, he did not see it, and so neither did
his customers, so, angrily refunding their money, he leaves the scene.
The two drifters reclaim the vista point only to find the mirage gone.
Just as their despair is at its height, one last family comes along: at first
the boy sees it, then the girl, then the mother, then the father. At last
the two men again see the mirage, and watch it until the sun sets.
Admission is free. For more information go to ( http://www.ChristoperFulkerson.com )and click on Upcoming Appearances."
*World Horror Convention 2007 ( http://www.whc2007.org
) is proud to announce Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator
JOHN PICACIO as its Artist Guest of Honour. We send our sincerest congratulations
to John, who joins previously announced guests Nancy Kilpatrick and Michael
From The OfficeThis column
will be a bit short this month since the combination of working on the Cafe
and getting ready for WonderCon has caused a mild shortage of time (not to
mention sleep and food). And speaking of WonderCon ( http://www.comic-con.org/wc/
), I hope that we'll see lots of our customers there. We've got quite
a large booth this year and we're planning on having a great time.
Of special interest to our Neil Gaiman fans, thanks to Eos books we will
have a number of signed copies of Neil's ANANSI BOYS that we'll be raffling
off as well as lots of other free goodies from Eos / Harper Collins publishers.
Plus Tor books has sent us some nice give-aways too.
Finally, if you're going to be at the show on Saturday, a bunch of the staff
and I will be going out for a beer at The Thirsty Bear ((415) 974-0905, 661
Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105) once the show closes. If you'd
like to join us, the first one's on me (stop by our booth if you need directions
and so forth). For those of you who aren't familiar with WonderCon,
it's the big comic book convention in the Bay Area. But, it's not just
about comics -- all kinds of genre media are represented, including film,
games, and, of course, books. The guest list is huge but for my money
one of the most exciting guests this year will be artist and author Gahan
Wilson. And, because I'm very lucky, I'll be moderating a panel with
him, Mark Cotta Vaz (LIVING DANGEROUSLY : THE ADVENTURES OF MERIAN C. COOPER,
CREATOR OF KING KONG and THE INVISIBLE ART: THE LEGENDS OF MOVIE MATTE PAINTING),
and Peter David (SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING and KNIGHT LIFE) on Saturday at ten-thirty.
Right after the panel we will be having a signing with all three authors
in the autographing area in the main hall.
Aside from WonderCon, my time has been full of planning and work for the
cafe. Almost all the demolition work is done (two and a half _tons_
of plaster, not to mention various chunks of 2 by 4) and we're getting ready
to start the first phase of the construction work. Planning proceeds
apace with everything from menu options to choice of coffee roasters to computer
network layout. Which brings me to a question -- I'm forming an advisory
board of our customers and friends to provide input on parts of the cafe
planning. Right now I'm looking for some people with very specific
specialties to act as a sounding board and knowledge pool. So if you
are willing to read and possibly answer a few emails a week and have professional
familiarity with any of the following specialties, please drop me a line.
State and Federal ADA compliance
Computer Network Design
Mac OSX Network Security
Business and Employment Law
Architecture / Drafting
Dealing with SF Planing Department (especially change-of-use permits)
I should mention that I'm not asking for any of these services free of charge,
I'm merely looking for people that I can bounce questions and ideas off of.
That's it for this month. I hope to see you at WonderCon or around
the store. You can't miss me, I'll be the tired one looking more like
a contractor than a bookseller.
Top Sellers At Borderlands
1. Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (UK)
2. The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
3. Olympos by Dan Simmons
4. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
5. Accelerando by Charles Stross
6. Learning the World by Ken Macleod
7. The Night Land and Other Perilous Romances by William Hope Hodgson
8. Liaden Universe Companion by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
9. 9Tail Fox by John Courtenay Grimwood tied with The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett
10. Healthy Dead by Steven Erikson
1. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2. Gridlinked by Neal Asher
3. Declare by Tim Powers
4. Family Trade by Charles Stross
5. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
6. The Skinner by Neal Asher
7. Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
8. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
9. The Musashi Flex by Steve Perry
10. Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton.
1. The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker
2. Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
3. Air by Geoff Ryman
4. The James Tiptree Award Anthology vol. 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy. Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey Smith
5. Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Notes From a DVD GeekDVD’s,
as a home video format, are one of the best things since sliced bread.
Not only do they offer incredible sound and picture quality, they can include
bonus materials that can greatly enhance your appreciation of your favorite
movie, and/or provide some fascinating background material that puts
that odd little movie into a larger cinematic context. Another thing
they offer is alternate cuts of the film. Sure, the extras are often
puff features that were produced to run on E!, and sure the “alternate cut”
is sometimes just an extra 15 seconds, so that the marketing people can justify
putting “special super secret preferred directors edition” on the cover.
But sometimes. . . sometimes you get the goods. Sometimes the studios
do the DVD’s up right.
Right now one of science fiction’s most recognizable series has one of the
best special editions available. No. . . I’m not talking about that
Lucas stuff. . . I’m talking about the Alien(s) series. The Aliens
Quadrilogy Box Set is one that will make your mouth water. Each movie
gets two different cuts. . . the original theatrical, and a “directors/producers/whatever”
cut. In addition to the extra version of the film, each film gets its
own disk of extras, including new documentaries and interviews shot exclusively
for this DVD set. You ever wonder why Aliens3 is such a mess?
The documentary included with the film explains why, and is a damn site more
entertaining then the movie itself. And the box set comes with a bonus
DVD that has extras for the entire series of films.
Now, you may be saying that’s nice, but you only ever liked one of the series,
and have no interest in owning super special editions of all four.
Not a problem. The studio anticipated this, and broke out each film
into its own 2-disk special edition. Not nearly as cost-effective as
the box set, but. . . if all you care about are the first two films, you
can pick those up without breaking the bank. These special editions,
or the 4-movie, 9 disk box set come HIGHLY recommended.
On to some other science fiction offerings. Equilibrium is a nice little
“Matrix” clone staring Christian Bale that is definitely worth checking out.
Its take on “gun-fu” is pretty awesome – all in all, a fun movie that mostly
got overlooked because of its Matrix-knock-off-marketing.
Speaking of fun, underrated little movies. . . Be sure to check out “Wrong
Turn”. This nasty little 70’s horror homage is wonderfully produced
and acted (starring Eliza “Faith” Dushku) without suffering from the usual
painful awkwardness of teen slashers, nor the heavy handed drudgery of contemporary
grind house homages, such as Saw, or Hostel. Rather then watching yet
another tepid Hollywood remake of a 70's horror property, check out this
Another underrated gem is Bill Paxton (Aliens, Near Dark), whose directorial
debut was a kick-ass little supernatural thriller called Frailty. Creepy
little kids, serial killers and prophesy in the haunted heartland, all with
an X-Files sheen. An incredibly well acted, well directed effort.
Sadly his second directorial effort was about a historic GOLF tournament.
. . not quite hitting the sweet spot, IMO. Just watch Frailty twice,
and wait for his third movie.
Another science fiction-al movie that is worth checking out is Donnie Darko,
which was recently re-released as an extended director's cut. This
film features human-sized talking bunnies and some interesting temporal juxtapositions.
This movie has a weird suburban nightmare quality, a la David Lynch's Twin
Peaks, but does away with the weird for weirdness' sake, and instead presents
a nice science-fictional effort that’s definitely worth a watch or two.
In a completely different vein, another overlooked SF movie is David Cronenberg’s
eXistenZ. This movie disappointed a lot of hardcore Cronenberg fans
because it was his first step on the road back to entertainingly watchable
movies, and away from his forays into “Lynchian incomprehensibility” (a la
Naked Lunch, and Crash). But on its own, it’s a fun alternate reality/VR
extravaganza that makes most of Star Trek “Holo-deck” storylines look like
the second rate crap that they are.
Speaking of Cronenberg. . . If you haven’t ever sampled his filmic ouevre,
here’s a quick rundown of the highlights. There’s eXistenZ, of course.
His first few 70’s horror films (Shivers, Rabid, and The Brood) are great
low budget thrillers that hint at the biological obsessions that would eventually
come to dominate his work. Scanners is notable because it presaged
a certain paranoia that would come to suffuse Cronenberg's work and featured
on-screen exploding heads.
Videodrome was what I consider to be Cronenberg's first true classic, and
should be seen by anybody who likes their paranoid conspiracy theory SF and
horror done intelligently. There’s a scene in this movie that is an
obvious inspiration to the Ring movies, but I’ll leave it at that, in case
you haven’t seen it yet. Criterion has a spectacular special edition
of this movie, and it is well worth the price.
Videodrome was followed up by his two most accessible movies. . . a kick-ass
adaptation of Stephen King’s Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken.
This one is horribly underrated and puts the recent television series of
the same name to shame. After The Dead Zone came The Fly, which ushered
in a new level of on-screen cinematic grossness, and at the same time featured
a career making performance by Jeff Goldbloom.
Following The Fly, Cronenberg turned in one of his most ambitious and successful
movies. . . Dead Ringers. This twisted little piece of psychological
horror followed the exploits of two brothers, (twins,) gynecologists whose
descent into madness is lovingly detailed. Jeremy Irons turned in a
career-making performance, playing both twins to marvelous effect.
Naked Lunch, Crash, and M. Butterfly are all interesting, and successful
on their own terms, but just not as mind-shatteringly compelling as some
of his earlier work. His latest movie was a twistedly-effective little
non-genre piece, staring Viggo Mortensen, called “A History of Violence.”
Oddly enough, in this movie, Cronenberg again ellicits a career topping performance
from Viggo. I think it's safe to say that Cronenberg has a way of bringing
out the best in his actors.
And I’d like to end by reminding everyone that Aliens vs. Predator was actually
a terrible movie. It wasn’t even a good “bad” movie. It failed
on every level. And all I can think to myself is “Damn. . . David Cronenberg
could have made a spectacular 'Aliens vs. Predator' movie." Oh well.
When Twentieth Century Fox puts me in charge, I’ll make sure this happens.
Till next time, watch out for those face huggers.
- Jeremy Lassen
Book Club Info
Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 12th, at 5 pm to discuss
DECLARE by Tim Powers. The book for March is JENNIFER GOVERNMENT.
Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at email@example.com,
for more information.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 19th,
at 6 pm to discuss AIR by Geoff Ryman The book for March is DECLARE
by Tim Powers (yup, that's right -- great minds think alike!). Please
contact Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Upcoming Event DetailsFriday, February 10th - Sunday, February 12th: WonderCon -
Borderlands will have four booths at this year's Wonder Con, the San Francisco
ComicCon at Moscone Center -- we'll be representing ourselves, Eos Books/Harper
Collins, Mondo Media (the Happy Tree Friends people), and Tor/VHPS.
The Con's special guests include Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Terry Moore,
Grant Morrison, Gahan Wilson, and many others. Borderlands will be
hosting a signing with Timothy Zahn at our booth, as well -- Saturday afternoon
from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Memberships are quite reasonable -- $30
for a 3-day membership in advance, $35 on-site, or $12 for a one-day membership
in advance or $15 on-site. It promises to be great fun, so do stop
by and see us if you're attending the con. Our booth numbers are 322,
324, 326, and 328. We hope to see you there. More information
at ( http://www.comic-con.org/wc/ )
Saturday, February 11th: Guy Gavriel Kay drop-by signing -
Guy Gavriel Kay, acclaimed author of TIGANA, A SONG FOR ARBONNE, the SARANTINE
MOSIAC books, and many others has kindly agreed to stop by Borderlands to
sign some of our stock. If you have books that you'd like signed or
personalized, please feel free to drop them off at the store, or purchase
one here and we'll put it aside to be signed or inscribed.
Saturday, February 18th at 4:00 pm: Donald Sidney-Fryer, presenting Clark Ashton Smith's THE LAST OBLIVION (Hippocampus Press) -
Borderlands is always happy to welcome a genuine gentleman, and Donald Sidney-Fryer
is just that. The last of the Courtly Poets will be sharing his insights
on, and his performance of, the fantastic poetry of Sidney-Fryer's mentor,
Clark Ashton Smith. From Donald Sidney-Fryer's website: "Donald Sidney-Fryer
has edited Clark Ashton Smith's Selected Poems as well as Smith's story collections
OTHER DIMENSIONS, THE CITY OF THE SINGING FLAME, THE MONSTER OF THE PROPHECY
and THE LAST INCANTATION. He also assembled the mordant horror and
fantasy poetry of Ambrose Bierce under the title A VISION OF DOOM.
His own first collection of verse, SONGS AND SONNETS ATLANTEAN, was the final
book to appear from Arkham House. . ." Join us for an unforgettable
Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm: Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld -
Join us in welcoming these two versatile authors to Borderlands for the first
time! Justine Larbalestier is the author of the nonfiction THE BATTLE
OF THE SEXES IN SCIENCE FICTION, the two novels MAGIC OR MADNESS and MAGIC
LESSONS, and the forthcoming DAUGHTERS OF EARTH. Scott Westerfeld is
the prolific author of THE RISEN EMPIRE and THE KILLING OF WORLDS,
the awesome MIDNIGHTERS series, EVOLUTION'S DARLING, PRETTIES, UGLIES, and
several more. Don't miss this rare appearance!
Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge. You are welcome
to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed
(but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).
For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.
If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of
the author's books signed or inscribed for you. We can then either
hold it until you can come in to pick it up or we can ship it to you.
Just give us a call or drop us an email. If you live out of town, you
can also ship us books from your collection to be signed. Call or email
Chapter Two - Book Listings
Small Press Features
Road to the Dark Tower - Exploring Stephen King’s Magnum Opus by Bev Vincent
(Hardcover, Cemetery Dance, $75.00) - One of 1000 signed and numbered limited
Sympathy for the Devil: The Best of Hail Saten: vol. 1 by Brian Keene (Trade Paperback, Delirium Books, $16.95)
Eton and King’s by M.R. James (Hardcover, Ace, $47.50) - First published
in 1926, and never reprinted, Eton and King's, M. R. James's recollections
of his time spent in the Colleges founded by King Henry the Sixth, is the
only autobiographical volume bequeathed to us by the highly regarded scholar
and antiquarian—the man known to us as the Master of the English Ghost Story.
Displaying the wry humour so evident in his fiction, James
fills the pages of Eton and King's with a lovingly detailed portrait of the
artist as a younger man, discussing the people and experiences which were
to influence his later life—including A. C. & E. F. Benson, E. G. Swain,
James McBryde, and most notably 'my Tutor', H. E. Luxmoore. James reveals
his deep affection for the venerable institutions of Eton and King's College,
guiding the reader through many of their unique customs and practices.
While Eton and King's is somewhat less than a traditional
autobiographical study, the book does reveal some of James's beliefs, interests,
and way of thinking, all of which found expression, to some extent, in his
ghost stories. We also learn, somewhat surprisingly, of MRJ the sportsman—his
involvement in the Wall Game at Eton, and his occasional outings on the cricket
field. More especially, we experience James's Continental trips—to Germany,
Scandinavia, and, particularly, to his beloved France—undertaken in the company
of College friends and associates.
The Chitchat Society, which witnessed the reading of the
first of MRJ's ghost stories, also puts in an appearance when James discusses
the life and workings of various College societies with which he was involved;
and finally MRJ guides us through his work with manuscripts and his duties
This new edition of Eton and King's has been fully indexed
by Rosemary and Darroll Pardoe, who have also provided an Introduction. A
further article 'New and Old at Cambridge', which MRJ contributed to The
Times, is also included as an appendix.
Shadow of the Unattained: The Letters of George Sterling and Clark Ashton
Smith edited by David E. Schultz and S.T. Joshi (Trade Paperback, Hippocampus
The Long Retreating Day - Tales of Twilight and Borderlands vol. 2 by John
Gaskin (Hardcover, Tartarus, $50.00) - One of 450 signed limited edition
The Night Land and Other Perilous Romances - The Collected Fiction of William
Hope Hodgson vol. 4 by William Hope Hodgson (Hardcover, Night Shade Books,
Flaming London by Joe R. Lansdale (Hardcover, Subterranean, $40.00)
The Backwoods by Edward Lee (Hardcover, Cemetery Dance, $40.00) - One of 750 signed and numbered limited edition copies.
Punktown: Shades of Grey by Jeffrey Thomas and Scott Thomas (Hardcover, Bedlam
Press, $45.00) - One of 300 signed and numbered limited edition copies.
Thirteen Specimens by Jeffrey Thomas (Hardcover, Delirium Books, $50.00)
- One of 150 signed and numbered limited edition copies.
Failure by John Everson (Other Hardcover, Delirium Books, $19.95) - One of 500 signed and numbered limited edition copies.
A View from the Lake by Greg Gifune (Trade Paperback, Blindside Publishing, $14.95)
Fear of Gravity by Brian Keene (Trade Paperback, Delirium Books, $16.95) - One of 400 signed and numbered hardcover copies.
Kiss the Goat by Brian Stableford (Trade Paperback, Prime Books, $17.95)
Science Fiction and Fantasy:
York Review of Science Fiction December 2005 No. 208, Vol 18, No. 4 edited
by Kevin J. Maroney and David G. Hartwell (Oversized Softcover, Dragon Press,
13 Phantasms by James R. Blaylock (Chapbook, Subterranean, $14.00) - One
of 574 signed and numbered limited edition copies with matching envelope
included. Illustrated by J.K. Potter.
Make a Joyful Noise by Charles de Lint (Chapbook, Subterranean, $18.00) -
One of 574 numbered limited edition copies with matching envelope included.
The Bible Repairman by Tim Powers (Chapbook, Subterranean, $18.00) - One
of 574 signed and numbered limited edition copies with matching envelope
included. Illustrated by Tim Powers.
Questions for a Soldier by John Scalzi (Chapbook, Subterranean, $18.00) -
One of 574 signed and numbered limited edition copies with matching envelope
included. Illustrated by Bob Eggleton.
Healthy Dead by Steven Erikson (Hardcover, Night Shade Books, $45.00) - A
tale of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach. Hardcover limited edition. One of
150 signed limited edition copies. The trade hardcover edition is also
available for $25.00.
Moonwise by Greer Gilman (Hardcover, Prime Books, $29.95)
Tainaron - Mail from Another City by Leena Krohn (Hardcover, Prime Books, $29.95) - Translated from Finnish by Hildi Hawkins
A Gathering of Widowmakers by Mike Resnick (Hardcover, Meisha Merlin, $23.95)
Singing Innocence and Experience by Sonya Taaffe (Hardcover, Prime Books,
$29.95) - Introduction by Tim Pratt. The trade paperback edition is also
available for $17.95
Atomik Aztek by Sesshu Foster (Trade Paperback, City Lights, $15.95)
Chrysalis by Lauren Halkon (Trade Paperback, Prime Books, $17.95)
Gunning for the Buddha by Michael Jasper (Trade Paperback, Prime Books, $17.95)
Annals of Klepsis by R.A. Lafferty (Trade Paperback, Wildside Press, $14.95)
The Reefs of Earth by R.A. Lafferty (Trade Paperback, Wildside Press, $15.00)
Not to Mention Camels by R.A. Lafferty (Trade Paperback, Wildside Press, $16.00)
In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips (Trade Paperback, Prime Books, $15.00)
Postcards from Hyphens by Sonya Taaffe (Trade Paperback, Prime Books, $15.00)
New and Notable
Gateway to Sindarin - A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J.R.R. Tolkien’s
Lord of the Rings by David Salo (Hardcover, University of Utah Press, $57.09)
Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga - From Blankets to Demo to
Blacksad edited by Byron Preiss and Howard Zimmerman (Trade Paperback, St.
Martin's, $19.95) - Introduction by Neil Gaiman.
Voices of Vision - Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak by Jayme Lynn Blaschke (Trade Paperback, Bison, $14.95)
The Road to Science Fiction vol. 3: From Heinlein to Here by James Gunn, ed. (Trade Paperback, Scarecrow Press, $50.50)
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur (Hardcover, Bantam, $15.00)
Cell by Stephen King (Hardcover, Scribner, $26.95) - This fairly typical
King novel fall between the "everything will work out OK" school and the
"you're doomed" set. That said, King still knows how to put together
a narrative that keeps you going. - Cautiously Recommended by Alan
The Loveliest Dead by Ray Garton (Mass Market, Leisure, $6.99)
Berserk by Tim Lebbon (Mass Market, Leisure, $6.99)
The Myth Hunters - The Veil vol. 1 by Christopher Golden (Trade Paperback, Bantam Spectra, $12.00)
Science Fiction and Fantasy:
Shapers of Darkness - Winds of the Forelands vol. 4 by David B. Coe (Hardcover, Tor, $27.95)
It’s Superman! by Tom De Haven (Hardcover, Chronicle Books, $24.95)
Crippled Angel - Crucible vol. 3 by Sara Douglas (Hardcover, Tor, $25.95)
Wolfblade - Wolfblade vol. 1 by Jennifer Fallon (Hardcover, Tor, $25.95)
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Hardcover, Chicken House, $19.99) - Translated by Anthea Bell. Sequel to INKHEART.
Solstice Wood by Patricia McKillip (Hardcover, Ace, $23.95)
Draco Tavern by Larry Niven (Hardcover, Tor, $24.95) - Collects all of the
Draco Tavern stories. Written over a significant portion of Niven's
career, these stores range from the brilliant to the deeply irritating (people
need to _stop_ writing stories to either exorcise their ghosts or make their
points about the World Trade Center bombings). - Strongly recommended for
any Niven fans by Alan
Return to Quag Keep by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe (Hardcover, Tor, $24.95)
Boadica: Dreaming the Hound - Warrior Queen vol. 3 by Manda Scott (Hardcover, Bantam Spectra, $23.00)
Flashfire - Starfist vol. 11 by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (Hardcover, Del Rey, $19.95)
In High Places - Crosstime Traffic vol. 3 by Harry Turtledove (Hardcover, Tor, $22.95)
Fairyoplis - A Flower Fairies Journal by Cicely Mary Barker (Oversized Hardcover, Frederick Warne & Co., $19.99)
Grimm’s Grimmest by Brothers Grimm (Oversized Hardcover, Chronicle Books,
$22.95) - Illustrated by Tracy Arah Dockray. Introduction by Maria Tatar
The Art of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire edited by Brian Wood
(Oversized Hardcover, Fantasy Flight, $29.95) - Foreword by George R.R. Martin
The Book of Sea Monsters by Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling (Oversized Softcover, Overlook, $24.95)
Is this Apocalypse Necessary? by C. Dale Brittain (Trade Paperback, Wooster, $14.95)
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Trade Paperback, Delta, $15.00)
Dusk by Tim Lebbon (Trade Paperback, Bantam Spectra, $12.00)
Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey (Trade Paperback, Phobos, $14.95)
No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston (Trade Paperback, Eos, $13.95) -
Sequel to YEAR OF OUR WAR. From the publisher - "God is still
on vacation, the Emperor still leads the war against the insects, and his
cadre of immortals is still quarreling among themselves. But a new land has
been discovered, one that holds the secrets of centuries, and one of their
own, now exiled, foments rebellion against the Circle. In the brutal battle
that follows, Jant Comet will discover that even immortals can fall. . .
Wartorn: Obliteration - Wartorn vol. 2 by Robert Asprin (Mass Market, Ace, $7.99)
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mass Market, Ace, $7.99)
Battlespace - Legacy Trilogy vol. 2 by Ian Douglas (Mass Market, Eos, $7.50)
The Labyrinth Key by Howard V. Hendrix (Mass Market, Del Rey, $6.99)
Myrren’s Gift - The Quickening vol. 1 by Fiona McIntosh (Mass Market, Eos, $7.99)
The Gambler’s Fortune - Einarinn vol. 3 by Juliet E. McKenna (Mass Market, Eos, $7.99)
The Seven Hills by John Maddox Roberts (Mass Market, Ace, $7.99)
A Secret Atlas - Age of Discovery vol. 1 by Michael A. Stackpole (Mass Market, Bantam Spectra, $6.99)
Quicksilver - The Baroque Cycle vol. 1 by Neal Stephenson (Mass Market, HarperTorch,
$7.99) - (The original 3 books have been split into 8 books for the mass
The Sunbird by Elizabeth E. Wein (Mass Market, Firebird, $6.99)
Geodesica: Descent - Geodesica vol. 2 by Sean Williams and Shane Dix (Mass Market, Ace, $7.99)
New and Notable DVDs
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad directed by Nathan Juran (DVD, Columbia Pictures, $19.98) - Ray Harryhaussen stop motion effects.
Alien Quadrilogy directed by Ridley Scott, James Cameron, et. al. (DVD, Twentieth
Century Fox, $79.95) - 9 Disk set containing two versions of each film (Alien,
Aliens, Alien3, and Alien Ressurection) - , as well as a bonus disk with
trailers and other special material.
Attack of the Puppet People / Village of the Giants directed by Bert I. Gordon (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
The Attic / Crawlspace directed by George Edwards and David Schmoeller (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
Big Trouble in Little China directed by John Carpenter (DVD, Twentieth Century Fox, $14.98)
The Card Player directed by Dario Argento (DVD, Anchor Bay, $19.98)
Count Yorga Vampire / The Return of Count Yorga directed by Bob Kelljan (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
Devil’s Rain directed by Robert Feust (DVD, VCI, $9.99)
Ecape From New York: Special Edition directed by John Carpenter (DVD, MGM, $29.95)
Empire of the Ants / Tentacles directed by Bert I. Gordon and Oliver Hellman (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
Golden Voyage of Sinbad directed by Gordon Hessler (DVD, Columbia Pictures, $19.98) - Ray Harryhaussen stop motion effects.
The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick directed by Mark Steensland (DVD, First Run Features, $19.95)
The Haunting directed by Robert Wise (DVD, Warner, $14.96)
Immortality (AKA The Wisdom of Crocodiles) - directed by Po-Chih Leong (DVD, Miramax, $14.99)
Invisible Invaders / Journey to the Seventh Planet directed by Edward L. Cahn (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
Jeepers Creepers 2 directed by Victor Salva (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
The Man Who Fell to Earth directed by Nicolas Roeg (DVD, Criterion, $39.95)
- Starring David Bowie. This edition includes a paperback novel of the same
name that was the basis for the movie.
Prince of Darkness directed by John Carpenter (DVD, Universal Pictures, $14.98)
Punishment Park directed by Peter Watkins (DVD, New Yorker Video, $29.95)
Solaris directed by Steven Soderbergh (DVD, Twentieth Century Fox, $14.98)
Trauma directed by Dario Argento (DVD, Anchor Bay, $19.98)
Tremors Attack Pack directed by Ron Underwood (DVD, Universal Pictures, $26.98)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea / Fantastic Voyage directed by Irvin Allen
and Richard Fleischer (DVD, Twentieth Century Fox, $14.98)
War Gods of the Deep / At the Earth’s Core directed by Jacques Tourneur (DVD, MGM, $14.98)
Wrong Turn directed by Rob Schmidt (DVD, Twentieth Century Fox, $14.98)
Featured Upcoming Titles
titles have not arrived yet. You may pre-order any of these books by
calling or emailing us. Prices may be subject to change. Of course,
we have many more titles arriving each week . . . call or email us if you're
curious about a particular upcoming title not listed here.)
found out just a little while ago that THE BONEHUNTERS, Steven Erikson's
sixth book in the Malazan series, will be delayed until the beginning of
March. We should have our copies mid-March. This book is being
released in hardcover and trade paperback simultaneously. The hardcover
will cost about $38.00 and the trade paperback will cost about $21.00.
If you haven't already, I urge you to reserve a copy right away, as these
will surely go fast.
THE COMPLETE HAMMER'S SLAMMERS, VOL. 1 by David Drake (Night Shade Books,
Signed Limited Edition Hardcover, $60.00, and Trade Hardcover $35.00) - Night
Shade Books is proud to present Hammer’s Slammers: This three volume set
presents for the first time the genre-defining Slammers series in a uniform
This volume features all of the Hammer's Slammer short fiction, as well as
all of the interstitial material from the original Slammers collection, as
well as new artwork, and new interstitial material. The first volume will
feature an introduction by Gene Wolfe.
The limited edition will be bound in leather, with a bound-in ribbon bookmark.
It will be signed by Drake, Wolfe and Berkey, and will contain an extra piece
of artwork by Berkey. Limited to 250 copies.
SNAKE MOON by Ray Manzerek (Night Shade Books, Signed Limited Edition Hardcover,
$49.00, and Trade Hardcover, $23.95) - Cover art by Mike Mignola. The
year is 1863. Deep in the backwoods of Coker County, Tennessee, farmer Boone
Dillard and his family live in ritualistic harmony with the earth and its
seasons, content to eke out a living from the land, unaware even of the Civil
War that engulfs the nation around them... that is, until Boone is seduced
by a mysterious traveling peddler’s dulcet promises of fame, fortune, and
As Boone and his hulking yet childlike brother-in-law Jebber set forth in
search of their destiny, they set into motion a haunting and disturbing chain
of events that threatens to tear the family apart, awaken restless ghosts,
and alter the course of their lives forever. From rock and roll legend Ray
Manzarek comes Snake Moon, a bewitching and ghostly Civil War-era parable
of Eden. Snake Moon stunningly blends ancient myth and fable with the charm
and voice of rustic Americana and exposes themes of violence, heroism, and
the loss of innocence amid the horrors of war with captivating intensity
that builds to a stunning and unforgettable climax.
Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek is the author of the auto-biography
Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors, and the novel Poet in Exile. In recent
years he and co-wrote and directed Love Her Madly, which premiered in February
of 2001. He currently tours with Doors co-founder Bobby Krieger, and Cult
singer Ian Astbury, as Riders on the Storm.
Forthcoming from PS Publishing:
Streaking by Brian Stableford (Deluxe Slipcased Hardcover, Limited to 200
copies, $95, and Trade Hardcover, Limited to 500 copies, $50) - What is Luck?
If it exists at all, where does it come from, and how does it operate? Is
it a supernatural force? A genetic gift? Or a quantum phenomenon, a knack
for adjusting probability in just the right way? In STREAKING, Brian Stableford,
one of Britain's most honoured SF and fantasy authors, tackles these questions
with all his customary flair, invention, intense logic, and dark wit.
Past Magic (A Collection) by Ian Macleod (Deluxe Slipcased Hardcover, Limited
to 200 copies, $95, and Trade Hardcover, Limited to 500 copies, $50) - One
of the finest SF and fantasy short fiction writers in Britain today, Ian
R. MacLeod has won or been shortlisted for Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon,
British SF, Tiptree, and Sidewise Awards for his deeply felt, marvelously
atmospheric, and highly ingenious stories. Like an inspired fusion of Ray
Bradbury and Brian Aldiss, he captures brilliantly the intersection of future
possibility and the extremes of human emotion. Now, PS Publishing presents
Past Magic, MacLeod's third collection, and his strongest yet.
Butterflies of Memory (A Collection) by Ian Watson (Deluxe Slipcased Hardcover,
Limited to 200 copies, $95, and Trade Hardcover, Limited to 500 copies, $50)
- Ian Watson is one of the finest writers of SF and fantasy stories, and
Butterflies of Memory is his 10th collection, with bonus prefaces to each
of the 17 tales specially written by Ian. As Paul McAuley remarks in his
Introduction to the whole ensemble, "Ian possesses an irrepressible energy
and a restless, far-ranging imagination... His creative delight dances us
through crossfires of plotlines, wild suppositions and general bizarreness,
and irradiates his stories with a puckish sense of fun." Stories that are
by turns serious and playful, and always wildly imaginative . . . .
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