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Events and News from Borderlands Books

June, 2006

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting, Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 pm

SF in SF presents Peter S. Beagle and Katharine Kerr at New College of California of California, (777 Valencia Street), Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm

Ripley's Birthday Sale, Saturday, June 17th from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jacqueline Carey - KUSHIEL'S SCION, Sunday, June 18th at 2:00 pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting, Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm

Kim Harrison - FISTFUL OF CHARMS, Saturday, July 1st at 3:00 pm

"Quartermass and the Pit" and "The Stone Tape" at Variety's Preview Room in the Hobart Building (582 Market Street), Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this section)

Overheard at the Con

This is a feature that appears periodically, as we attend conventions and overhear things.  The tradition of keeping track of anonymous overheard bits and bobs started for us at the 2002 ConJose in San Jose, where trying (or trying not to) fill in the blanks on overheard conversations made us laugh so much that we made it a tradition.  This issue we thought we'd share some highlights from this year's World Horror Convention and Baycon.  Thanks to Rina Elson for her sharp ears:

"They changed my dosage, so I can't do that anymore."
"I don't think the alcohol is really affecting me, although I AM pretty talkative!"
"Who the hell are you people, and how do you know me?"

"You know you're at a Horror Convention when you ask the bartender for a knife and he says 'Who you gonna kill?'"

"The Art Show was. . .cat-heavy."

"You have them in your brain, you have them in your ears, and you have them on Old-Fashioned donuts."

"Sweetheart, at some point it ceases to be a dress and becomes a shirt."

The best t-shirt was:
"Morale will decline until the floggings improve." (in response to the Uber-common "The floggings will continue until morale improves.")

And the worst t-shirt was:
"I [Heart] Hot Moms" 


*The first-ever Book Group Expo is happening at the San Jose Convention Center Ballroom and Salons Saturday, June 17th and Sunday June 18th.  Billed as an event for "serious readers having serious fun," during this expo you can meet authors, eat chocolate, attend lively discussions, taste wine, have books signed, browse books and much more!  Tickets are only $28 in advance, and are on sale here at Borderlands.  For more information, see <>

*Listen to the Lord of the Rings!
Friday, July 14th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 pm
The Lord of the Rings Symphony -Markus Huber conductor, Kaitlyn Lusk soprano, San Francisco Girls Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus:
Relive the award-winning soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings, composed by Howard Shore.  Original illustrations and storyboard sketches by renowned Tolkien artists Alan Lee and John Howe projected onto a screen above the orchestra create a unique multimedia experience.  Played by the full orchestra, this concert proves once again that digital surround sound in the movie theater is no match for the real thing.  Call (415) 864-6000 for more information, or see <>.

*Intersection For the Arts presents an Independent Press Spotlight:
Other Magazine & Tachyon Publications
Tuesday June 27, 2006 at 7:30pm
$5-15/sliding scale
Spotlighting Other Magazine (est. 2003), publisher of dissident nonfiction, transgressive fiction, freethinking comic art and journalistic essays and Tachyon Publications (est. 1995), a press that specializes in science fiction and fantasy books, this unique evening includes conversation with the publishers and editors, readings from each press by published writers, and dramatic interpretations by members of Campo Santo, Intersection's Resident Theatre Company. Other Magazine features Liz Henry & Chris Garcia and Tachyon Publications features Peter S. Beagle & Terry Bisson.  For more information, see <>
"Other magazine has a distinctly San Francisco flavor: smart,
do-it-yourself, full of vim and venom." - SF Chronicle
[Tachyon Publications' annual James Tiptree Award Anthology is] "a
superior array of creative and thoughtful writing for both genders." -Booklist 

*The NCIBA has brought the following to our attention:
"Controller Steve Westly aided retailer Barnes & Noble's fight to avoid a multimillion-dollar California tax bill at the same time he was arranging a fundraiser at the chain's East Coast headquarters."  Read the full text of the article here:  <,1,5486943.story>

*The 2006 Mythopoeic Award Finalists have been announced.  The nominees for Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature are:
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad (Canongate)
Lois McMaster Bujold, The Hallowed Hunt (Eos)
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys (William Morrow)
Tanith Lee, Metallic Love (Bantam Spectra)
Tim Pratt, The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl (Bantam Spectra)

For a complete list of nominees, and more information about the The Mythopoeic Society, see <>

From The Office

Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry but there won't be any interesting, insightful letter from the office this month.  There won't even be my usual babbling.  Last month was _very_ busy and I've been pretty short on time.  But it was a lovely month and it was so nice to host the World Horror Convention in SF.  Hopefully, I'll have something a bit more clever to write next month.

Cafe Update

It's finally happened.  There was work done next door!  After waiting months on various things, we managed to get the structural repairs done in less than a week.  That allowed us to finish the demolition work and get all the junk out.  In fact, we were able to have the release party for Morbid Curiosity next door.  It was a bit rough around the edges and dusty but everyone had a grand time and it was so nice to have enough space to seat everyone.

Now, I just need to get all our ducks in a row for the permit package and turn the sucker in.  Then we wait and wait and wait.  But once that waiting's done, things should start to really move along.


Top Sellers At Borderlands

1) PLUCKER by Brom
2) COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO by John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books)
3) THE RING by Koji Suzuki
4) RAINBOW'S END by Vernor Vinge
5) THE CLAN CORPORATE by Charles Stross
6) FIREBIRDS RISING edited by Sharyn November
7) THE VOYAGE OF THE SABLE KEECH by Neal Asher (UK Import)
8) THE BONEHUNTERS by Steven Erikson
9) BLOODSTAINED OZ by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore
10) SNAKE MOON by Ray Manzerek (NightShade Books)

1) CONQUEROR WORMS by Brian Keene
3) BRASS MAN by Neal Asher (UK Import)
4) GARDENS OF THE MOON by Steven Erikson
5) ALTERED CARBON by Richard Morgan
6) THE FAMILY TRADE by Charles Stross
7) THRONE OF JADE by Naomi Novik
8) DEAD BEAT by Jim Butcher
9) GRIDLINKED by Neal Asher
10) LOST AND FOUND by Alan Dean Foster

Trade Paperbacks
1) THE RING by Koji Suzuki
2) THE MAN FROM THE DIOGENES CLUB by Kim Newman (MonkeyBrain Books)
3) THE JAMES TIPTREE AWARD ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith (Tachyon Publications)
4) MAUL by Tricia Sullivan (Nightshade Books) tied with ON STRANGER TIDES by Tim Powers
5) THE BONEHUNTERS by Steven Erikson

Notes From a DVD Geek

Jeremy Lassen is out of town, so "DVD Geek" will return next month.

-Jeremy Lassen

Book Club Info

The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 11th at 5 pm to discuss THE SONGS OF DISTANT EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke.  The book for July is THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 18th at 6 pm to discuss THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES by Charles Stross. The book for July is THE GHOST PIRATES by William Hope Hodgson.  Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 pm: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting - Contact Jade Livingston at for more information about this writers' group, which will meet at Borderlands the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm: SF in SF presents Peter S. Beagle and Katharine Kerr at New College of California of California, (777 Valencia Street) - SF in SF is a monthly science fiction author reading series curated by Adam Cornford and Terry Bisson.  The theme for this pair of readings is "Emergency Magic".

Peter S. Beagle is author of the beloved fantasy classics The Last
Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place, The Innkeeper's Song, and Tamsin. He is the recipient of the Mythopoeic and Locus Awards, and France's Grand Prix de  l'Imaginaire. An accomplished singer-songwriter and screenwriter, he wrote the screenplay for the first film version of The Lord of the Rings.

Katharine Kerr is well known on both sides of the low, meandering stone wall that separates High Fantasy from Science Fiction. Her epic Deverry series has won her millions of fans around the world. Her SF novels include Polar City Blues and Resurrection.  A native of Ohio, she has lived in the Bay Area since time began, back in the 1960s.

There will be a discussion and book signing afterwards, with Borderlands on hand to sell books, (including Katharine Kerr's new novel THE GOLD FALCON, which we have obtained permission to sell in advance of its June 27th on-sale date).  This event costs $4 for the general public, but is free to the New College community.

Saturday, June 17th: Ripley's Birthday Sale -  The hairless cat turns four.  Come down to the annual Ripley's Birthday Sale and celebrate with an indifferent feline!  Buy two used paperbacks and get a third of equal or lesser value free, and all non-book items in the store (excluding staff and cat, sorry) are 10% off!  Ripley will of course be on hand to greet admirers and be spoiled (unless she decides to hide in the stock room), and there will also be cake and cat treats (but not together).  Ripley says "I already have everything I need, so instead of bringing me gifts, please donate some money or volunteer time to the San Francisco SPCA <> or to Wildcare <>.  You'd better come and adore me, though."  Borderlands will also be donating a portion of the day's profits to the SFSPCA and Wildcare.  We hope to see you here!

Sunday, June 18th at 2:00 pm: Jacqueline Carey, KUSHIEL'S SCION (Warner) -  Borderlands is thrilled to welcome back Jacqueline Carey!  Carey will be touring to promote the first book in the much-anticipated new trilogy in the Kushiel series.  KUSHIEL'S SCION follows Imriel's journey through adolescence to young manhood as he wrestles with his complicated heritage and the conflicting desires that drive him.
Imriel de la Courcel's birth parents are history's most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions.  Stolen, tortured and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood; third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty and desire.  It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies--and there are many who would like to see the young prince dead.   Despite his enemies, obstacles, and lineage, Imriel's greatest challenge is discovering how to be good and find his true self.  His journey to heal his soul is fraught with sorrow and joy beyond all expectation.
Jacqueline Carey writes with a unique blend of epic fantasy, historical flavor, and erotica.  Her previous publications include the nationally best-selling Kushiel's Legacy series, which includes KUSHIEL'S DART, KUSHIEL'S CHOSEN, and KUSHIEL'S AVATAR.

Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting - see description above

Saturday, July 1st at 3:00 pm: Kim Harrison, A FISTFUL OF CHARMS (Eos) -  Borderlands is excited to host Kim Harrison, the talented and personable author of DEAD WITCH WALKING, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNDEAD, and EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD!  Kim will be presenting her new book, A FISTFUL OF CHARMS.  From Publisher's Weekly: "This strong entry in Harrison's intricate Hollows series (after Every Which Way but Dead) plunges headlong into the action as Rachel Morgan, a sexy Cincinnati witch, finishes up her latest bounty hunting mission by taking down an alpha Were (werewolf).  The book swings into gear when she returns home to find that her ne'er-do-well ex, Nick, has recruited her partner Jenks's son in a criminal enterprise—and gotten them both imprisoned by Weres in Michigan, apparently for stealing a priceless Were artifact.  With the help of some borderline black magic, Jenks—a pixie—is given human proportions in order to accompany Rachel on a mission to rescue his son.  Finding the jailed pixie ends up the easiest task in an operation that quickly spirals out of control after Rachel decides she must also rescue the errant Nick.  Harrison provides conflict aplenty as Rachel debates how far into the black arts she'll venture to accomplish a good end; past and present boyfriends vie for her attention; and Weres battle vampires for supremacy."  We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an awesome event!

Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 pm: "Quartermass and the Pit" and "The Stone Tape" -  Borderlands and Variety Children's Charity invite you to a classic British SF/Horror double feature!  

"Quartermass and the Pit" (1967, Roy Ward Baker, 97 minutes) is the third feature film adapted from the BBC television serial of the same name, and was produced by Hammer Studios.  In this film, the eponymous hero Professor Bernard Quartermass finds himself involved in the discovery of a bizarre object at an archeological dig in Knightsbridge, London.  As the serial progresses, Quartermass and his allies find that the contents of the object have a horrific influence over those who come into contact with it, and darker implications for the entirety of mankind.

"The Stone Tape" (1972, Peter Sasdy, 90 minutes) is a television play written by Nigel Kneale.  It was broadcast by the BBC as a Christmas ghost story in 1972.  Like Kneale's earlier serial, "Quartermass and the Pit," "The Stone Tape" combines science fiction and supernatural plot devices to highly original effect.  The story concerns a group of electronic engineers who become fascinated by the supposed haunting of the historic house in which they have set up their new research laboratory.  The film's title refers to the stone from which the house was built, which apparently preserves psychic impressions much as magnetic tape can preserve sounds or images.  The engineers, who are searching for a new recording medium to improve upon magnetic tape (the best medium in existence at the time of production) are naturally intrigued by the apparent recording capacity of the building's masonry.

The screenings will take place at Variety's Preview Room, located in The Hobart Building, 582 Market Street @ Montgomery, San Francisco.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first movie starts at 7:00 pm.  There will be one thirty-minute intermission between the two films.  Seating is limited and seats are available on a first-come, first seated basis, so arrive early!  Refreshments will be available for purchase, and your purchase benefits Variety Children's Charity of Northern California, a non-profit organization that supports children in local communities who are dealing with poverty, neglect, violence, and physical disabilities.  For more information about upcoming movies, write  For more information on Variety Children's Charity, see their web site at  <> or write 

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 for details.

Chapter Two - Book Listings

Small Press Features


Wormwood Literature of the Fantastic, Supernatural, and Decadent vol. 6 edited by Mark Valentine. (Tartarus, Trade Paperback, $19.00)

Dead Cat Lick by Gerard Houarner (Necro Publications, Chapbook, $5.00) - Artwork by Gak. Originally a World Horror Convention giveaway.

Sleeping Policemen by Dale Bailey and Jack Slay, Jr. (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $24.95)

Dead Cat’s Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show edited by Gerard Houarner. and Gak. (Necro Publications, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of 350 signed and numbered copies.

Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones. (Fedogan & Bremer, Hardcover, $35.00) - A sequel to their World Fantasy Award nominated anthology SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH (1994), the new release features twelve stories, nine of them original to this collection, including a new novella by Brian Lumley. As with its earlier namesake, WEIRD SHADOWS is liberally illustrated with art by Bob Eggleton, Les Edwards, Randy Broecker, and Allan Servoss. The authors include Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, Basil Copper, Hugh B. Cave, and Richard Lupoff, among others. The introduction and notes are by the editor, Stephen Jones. The cover art is by Bob Eggleton.

The Rutting Season by Brian Keene (Bloodletting Press, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of 400 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

Retro Pulp Tales edited by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00)

Snake Moon by Ray Manzarek (Night Shade Books, Signed Limted Edition (250 copies) Hardcover, $49.00, and Trade Hardcover $23.95) -  Based on an original screenplay by Rick Valentine & Ray Manzarek (and yes, this is the same Ray Manzarek from The Doors).

The Pale Ape and Other Pulses by M.P. Shiel (Tartarus, Hardcover, $55.00) - One of 300 limited edition copies

The Ocean and All Its Devices by William Browning Spencer (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00) - One of 750 signed and numbered copies.

Call of the Wild - Werewolves vol. 1 by Mike Oliveri and Joe Bucco (Moonstone, Other Softcover, $2.99) - Single issue comic. Signed by Mike Oliveri.

Tales of Supernatural Law by Batton Lash (Exhibit A , Oversized Softcover, $16.95)

The Carnival Wars - Gloom Cookie vol. 4 by Serena Valentino and Harley Sparx (SLG Publishing, Oversized Softcover, $16.95) - Collects Gloom Cookie issues 18-23.

The Bizarro Starter Kit edited by Team Bizarro (Bizarro, Trade Paperback, $10.00)

Candy In The Dumpster edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts, Trade Paperback, $13.00)

Horror Library - Vol. 1 edited by R.J. Cavender (Cutting Block Press, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Butcher Shop Quartet edited by Frank J. Hutton (Cutting Block Press, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Siren Promised by Jeremy Robert Johnson and Alan M. Clark (Swallowdown Press, Trade Paperback, $11.95) - Introduction by Simon Clark.  Signed by Alan M. Clark

Extinction Journals by Jeremy Robert Johnson (Swallowdown Press, Trade Paperback, $10.00)

Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $10.95)

Endorphins by Nancy Kilpatrick (Amazing Experiences Press, Trade Paperback, $7.50)

Near Death by Nancy Kilpatrick (Mosaic, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Monster Lake by Edward Lee (Little Devil, Trade Paperback, $12.00)

Shifter by Edward Lee and John Pelan (Necro Publications, Trade Paperback, $11.95) - Quite a good quasi-vampire novel that (mostly) lacks Lee's trade-mark over the top sex and violence.  Still, not for the squeemish.

Goon by Edward Lee and John Pelan (Overlook Connection, Trade Paperback, $19.95) - A reissue of this hard to find novella.

Voices from the Other Side edited by Brandon Massey (Dafina Books, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Sex and Death in Television Town by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $12.00)

Fishy Fleshed by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $11.44)

The Man from the Diogenes Club by Kim Newman (Monkeybrain Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) - Signed copies still available!

White Tribe by Gene O’Neill (Elder Signs, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

The Golden by Lucius Shepard (Golden Gryphon, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Duet for the Devil by T. Winter-Damon and Randy Chandler (Necro Publications, Trade Paperback, $19.95)

Working Stiffs by Simon Wood (Blue Cubicle, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Calamity’s Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (SRM Publisher, Chapbook, $10.00) - Contains the stories Sweet Waters (set in the Liaden Universe ) and A Night At The Opera.

Apex Digest: Best of 2005 vol. 1 & 2 edited by Jason Sizemore (Apex Publications, Chapbook, $4.00) - Set of 2 chapbooks

Forever and the Earth - Yesterday and Tomorrow Tales by Ray Bradbury (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $45.00)

Triskell Tales 2 - Six more years of chapbooks by Charles De Lint (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00)

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue (Nan A. Talese, Hardcover, $23.95)

The Empire Of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $24.95) - Contains the stories Jupiter’s Skull, A Man Of Light, Coffins On The River, Botch Town and more.  Cover by John Picacio.

Timeweb - Timeweb Chronicles vol. 1 by Brian Herbert (Five Star, Hardcover, $35.21)

Giant Lizards From Another Star by Ken MacLeod (NESFA, Hardcover, $25.00)

Bayou Jesus by M.G. Miller (Cavern Publishing Group, Hardcover, $22.95)

Streaking by Brian Stableford (PS Publishing, Signed and Numbered Limited Edition (200 copies) Slipcased Hardcover, and $90.00, and Signed and Numbered Limited Edition (500 copies) Hardcover) - Introduction by Storm Constantine.  Title spelled as “5treaking” on cover.

Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio by John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books, Oversized Hardcover, $39.95) - Signed copies available.

Greatest Fucking Moments In Sports by Kevin L. Donihe (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $9.95)

Liftport edited by Bill Fawcett, Michael Laine and Tom Nugent, Jr (Meisha Merlin, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Foop! by Chris Genoa (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Crystal Soldier - Great Migration Duology vol. 1 by Sharon Lee (Meisha Merlin, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Warring States by Susan R. Matthews (Meisha Merlin, Trade Paperback, $16.95) - New novel set in the universe of the Jurisdiction and featuring Andrej Koscuisko.  And outstanding series.  Reccomended by Alan.

The Steel Breakfast Era/ The Decadent Return of the Hi-Fi Queen and Her Embryonic Reptile Infection by Carlton Mellick III and Simon Logan (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Two novels in one volume.

Punk Land by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Sea of the Patchwork Cats by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $9.95)

Forbidden Cargo by Rebecca K. Rowe (Edge Science Fiction, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Maul by Tricia Sullivan (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) 

New and Notable

Nonfiction, etc:

Notes for a Memoir: On Isaac Asimov, Life, and Writing by Janet Jepperson Asimov (Prometheus Books, Hardcover, $25.00)

Final Departures - Weird and Wonderful Tales of Death, Funerals and Bereavement from Around the World by Barry Albin Dyer (Hodder and Stoughton, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits edited by Gary Westfahl (Yale University Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00)

Science Fiction Poster Art edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh (Aurum, Oversized Softcover, $29.95)

Proven Guilty - Dresden Files vol. 8 by Jim Butcher (Roc, Hardcover, $23.95)

Definitely Dead - Sookie Stackhouse vol. 6 by Charlaine Harris (Ace, Hardcover, $23.95)

Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder (Razor Bill, Hardcover, $14.99)

Bloodstone by Nate Kenyon (Five Star, Hardcover, $25.95)

The Husband by Dean Koontz (Bantam, Hardcover, $27.00)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Little,Brown, Hardcover, $17.99)

The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner, Hardcover, $25.95)

Dead Beat - Dresden Files vol. 7 by Jim Butcher (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99)

Don of The Dead by Casey Daniels (Avon, Mass Market, $6.99)

Undead And Unreturnable - Undead vol. 4 by Mary Janice Davidson (Berkley, Mass Market, $6.99)

Forever Will You Suffer by Gary Frank (Medallion, Mass Market, $6.99)

Off Season by Jack Ketchum (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

Song of Susannah - Dark Tower vol. 6 by Stephen King (Pocket, Mass Market, $9.99) - This is a Pocket Books Premium Edition (oversized mass market with a 4 1/8 X 7 1/2 trim size).

A House Divided by Deborah LeBlanc (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie MacAlister (Signet, Mass Market, $6.99)

Pandora Drive by Tim Waggoner (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

Crisscross - a Repairman Jack novel by F. Paul Wilson (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Come Closer by Sara Gran (Berkley, Trade Paperback, $13.00)

Call of the Wolf by Susan Krinard (Berkley, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan (St. Martin's, Trade Paperback, $12.95) - A novel based on true events described by Richard Powell.

Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar (First Second, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Bridge of Dreams by Chaz Brenchley (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)

The Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell (First Second, Hardcover, $25.00) - Collector’s Edition.

Regeneration by Julie E. Czerneda (DAW , Hardcover, $24.95)

Widdershins by Charles De Lint (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

Druid’s Sword - Troy Game vol. 4 by Sara Douglass (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

Mister Boots by Carol Emshwiller (Viking, Hardcover, $15.99)

Running from the Deity - A Pip and Flinx Adventure by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95)

Firebird by R. Garcia Y Robertson (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

From Dream to Dream by Arlene Golds (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)

Earth, Air, Fire and Custard by Tom Holt (Orb, Hardcover, $23.00)

The Snodgrass Conspiracy - Lost Colony vol. 1 by Grady Klein (First Second, Hardcover, $25.00) - Collector’s Edition.

The Leopard Mask - The Guin Saga vol. 1 by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical, Hardcover, $22.95) - Translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander

The Battle of Nospherus - The Guin Saga vol. 3 by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical, Hardcover, $22.95) - Translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander

The Greener Shore by Morgan Llywelyn (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95)

Resolution - Nulapeiron vol. 3 by John Meaney (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00)

Moonsinger by Andre Norton (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)

Infernal Devices - Hungry City Chronicles vol. 3 by Philip Reeve (Eos, Hardcover, $16.99)

The Four Forges by Jenna Rhodes (DAW , Hardcover, $23.95)

Paragaea: A Planetary Romance by Chris Roberson (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00 or Trade Paperback, $15.00) - A science fantasy in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars and Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance is the story of a Soviet-era cosmonaut transported to the strange and bewildering world of Paragaea.  For more information check out <>.

Ardneh’s Sword by Fred Saberhagen (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Everfree by Nick Sagan (Putnam, Hardcover, $25.95) - Sequel to IDLEWILD and EDENBORN.

The Clan Corporate - Merchant Princes vol. 3 by Charles Stross (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95) - In this near future novel, Vinge once again demonstrates his talent for technological extrapolation.  From SF - ""You live in a time that thinks it can ignore the human condition," says an older character to a younger one in Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End. This, in a nutshell, is one of the cautionary themes in this brilliant story set in the same near-future as Vinge's Hugo-winning novella "Fast Times at Fairmont High" <>

Blackcollar: The Judas Solution by Timothy Zahn (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)

The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

For More Than Glory by William C. Dietz (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Path of Blood - Paths vol. 3 by Diana Pharoah Francis (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99) - Sequel to PATH OF FATE and PATH OF HONOR.

Slipstreams edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)

Year’s Best SF 11 edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

Battle for Maruyama: Brilliance of the Moon - Tales of the Otori vol. 3, Episode 1 by Lian Hearn (Firebird, Mass Market, $6.50)

Scars of Victory: Brilliance of the Moon - Tales of the Otori vol. 3, Episode 2 by Lian Hearn (Firebird, Mass Market, $6.50)

The Dark Crusade by Walter H. Hunt (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Conrad’s Fate - A Chrestomanci Novel by Diana Wynne Jones (Eos, Mass Market, $6.99)

Sanctuary by Mercedes Lackey (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)

The Dragon King Saga by Stephen Lawhead (Lion, Mass Market, $13.99) - Contains IN THE HALL OF THE DRAGON KING, THE WARLORDS OF NIN and THE SWORD AND THE FLAME

Balance of Trade by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Child of A Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Guardian of the Freedom - Merlin’s Descendents vol. 5 by Irene Radford (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)

Knees Up Mother Earth - Brentford Trilogy vol. 7 by Robert Rankin (Gollancz, Mass Market, $9.99)

Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Stone by Adam Roberts (Gollancz, Mass Market, $9.99)

Rogue Berserker by Fred Saberhagen (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Queen of Mars by Al Sarrantonio (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

Mammoth by John Varley (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Mists of Everness by John C. Wright (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Myth and Magic - The Art of John Howe by John Howe (HarperCollins, Oversized Hardcover, $35.00)

The Patron Saint of Plagues by Barth Anderson (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $13.00)

Mendoza in Hollywood - The Company vol. 3 by Kage Baker (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Armies of Hanuman - Ramayana vol. 4 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

Prince of Ayodhya - Ramayana vol. 1 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

Siege of Mithila - Ramayana vol. 2 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

Demons of Chitrakut - Ramayana vol. 3 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

The Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell (First Second, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Time Dancers - Meq vol. 2 by Steve Cash (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

The World Turned Upside Down edited by David Drake, Eric Flint, and Jim Baen (Baen, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar (First Second, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

Tall Stories: Omnibus vol. 5 by Tom Holt (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $13.99) - Contains EXPECTING SOMEONE TALLER and YE GODS!

Fishy Wishes: Omnibus vol. 7 by Tom Holt (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $13.99) - Contains WISH YOU WERE HERE and DJINN RUMMY

Saints and Sinners: Omnibus vol. 6 by Tom Holt (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $13.99) - Contains PAINT YOUR DRAGON and OPEN SESAME

The Snodgrass Conspiracy - Lost Colony vol. 1 by Grady Klein (First Second, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Tomorrow, When the War Began - Tomorrow Series vol. 1 by John Marsden (Point, Trade Paperback, $8.99)

Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edogawa Rampo (Tuttle, Trade Paperback, $15.95) - Translated by James B. Harris. Though obviously a later printing date, the publishing information states that this is a first edition, 1956.

New Dreams For Old by Mike Resnick (Pyr, Trade Paperback, $15.00) - Introduction by Nancy Kress.

Elemental - The Tsunami Relief Anthology edited by Steven Savile and Aletha Kontis (Tor, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Introduction by Arthur C. Carke.

A.L.I.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim (First Second, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove (Roc, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Settling Accounts: Drive To The East by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Starwater Strains by Gene Wolfe (Orb, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Dragon And Slave - Dragonback vol. 3 by Timothy Zahn (Starscape, Trade Paperback, $5.99)

New and Notable DVDs

New and Notable DVDs will return next month.

Featured Upcoming Titles

(These 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.)

Left in the Dark: The Supernatural Tales of John Gordon by John Gordon (Medusa Press, Signed Limited (50 copies) Hardcover with banded wax seal, $60.00, and Limited Edition (450 copies) Hardcover, $40.00) - "Since his first novel, 'The Giant Under the Snow,' was published in 1968 to critical accolades, John Gordon has always written about that misunderstood frontier between adolescence and adulthood—and the sometimes dark borderlands that reside there as well. With a knack for choosing the perfect word, the right balance of plot and character, and the appropriate amount of shudders, Mr. Gordon continues to be one of the most celebrated fantasists working in the field today. . . Although Mr. Gordon has been writing supernatural and fantasy tales for over four decades, receiving the highest praise in his home country, there hasn’t been a definitive collection of his best twilight tales available...until now."

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Spectra, Hardcover, $23.00) - "They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight.  They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor.  They say hes part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor.  And they are wrong on every count.  Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword,  Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning.  He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from, but the poor can go steal for themselves.  What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.  Together their domain is the city of Camorr.  Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, its a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries.  Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children.  And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city.  But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa's power.  A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch.  The Grey King is coming.  A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King.  Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr.  As for Locke Lamora. . ."

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (HarperTempest, Hardcover, $16.99) - see description below

British Book Watch:

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, Hardcover, approximately $28.00) - " Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch - now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason.  But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance - the crossover from summer to winter - she does what none has ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story there ever is, and draws the attention of the wintersmith himself. . . As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle - the fightin', thievin' pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their 'big wee hag'. . .?"

Polity Agent by Neal Asher (Tor UK, Hardcover, approximately $35.00) -  "From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity and those coming through it have been sent specially to take the alien 'Maker' back to its home civilization in the Small Magellanic cloud.  Once these refugees are safely through, the gate itself is rapidly shut down - because something alien is pursuing them.  The gate is then dumped into a nearby sun.  From those refugees who get through, agent Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by pernicious virus known as the Jain technology.  This, of course, raised questions: why was Dragon, a massive biocontruct of the Makers, really sent to the Polity; why did a Jain node suddenly end up in the hands of someone who could do the most damage with it?  Meanwhile an entity called the Legate is distributing pernicious Jain nodes . . . and a renegade attack ship, The King of Hearts, has encountered something very nasty outside the Polity itself."

Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, Hardcover, approximately $21.00) -  Gathered here for the first time are Alastair Reynolds' stories and novelettes set in the universe of REVELATION SPACE, his first bestselling blockbuster. GALACTIC NORTH will include several brand-new stories and novelettes written specially for this collection.

Matter by Iain Banks (Little, Brown UK, Hardcover, approximately $24.00) -  "Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel .  The Wopuld family have built their fortune on a board game called EMPIRE.  It has transferred remarkably well to the computer generation and now the American Spraint corportation want to buy them out.  Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks the yanks should be treated with suspicion - but he also has other things on his mind.  What was it that drove his mother to take her own life?  And has he ever really got over Sophie, the girl he had a teenage love affair with and who will be present at the forthcoming family gathering in their highland castle?  A book of great warmth, humanity and ingenuity, MATTER is Iain Banks' finest novel since THE CROW ROAD. "

End of the World Blues by John Courtenay Grimwood (Gollancz, Hardcover, approximately $26.00) - " Kit Nouveau didn't escape himself when he flew to Japan.  He runs a bar in the Roppongi district of Tokyo and is having an affair with the wife of a High Yakusa ganglord.  All things considered being held up at gunpoint isn't a complete shock.  The pale girl in the black cloak appearing from nowhere and punching an ivory spike into the man's head on the other hand. . . Nijie has stolen fifteen million dollars, she's on the run, she's just killed a man and she has a cat who knows more than it should.  It's a lot to deal with when you haven't even left school.  But Nijie is really Lady Neku.  And it is time for her to stop mewling in the darkness.  And suddenly, the girl who became Lady Neku understands she's never really been anyone else.  And in a sentient castle at the end of world Lady Neku otherwise known as Baroness Nawa-no-ukiyo, Countess High Strange and chatelaine of Schloss Omga realizes that a man called Kit has stolen some of her memories."

Zootsuit Black by Jon George (Tor UK, Hardcover?, approximately $22.00) -  "The world is panicking as, in seven days time, millions will 'disappear' when our universe causes changes to reality.  Dr Jake Crux has proof that we must reacquaint ourselves with old powers - his experiment demonstrates extrasensory perception is possible; but his superiors intend to pervert the result.  Scott Anderson is convinced the Far Right is jeopardising our chances of survival - his participation in a cult reality show exposes him directly to their mortal threats.  Meanwhile both men are periodically thrust into dealing with adversity in temporary dimensions: one battles mythical dragons; the other fights Nazis in World War II.  And they call this evolution?"

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