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Events and News from Borderlands Books

AUGUST, 2004

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Features

L.E. Modesitt, Jr., SCEPTERS, Thursday, August 5th at 7 pm

Michael Moorcock, GLORIANA OR, THE UNFULFILL'D QUEEN, Saturday, August 7th at 2 pm

Keith R. A. DeCandido, DRAGON PRECINCT, and Laura Anne Gilman, STAYING DEAD: A RETRIEVERS NOVEL, Tuesday, August 17th at 7 PM

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, DUNE: THE BATTLE OF CORRIN, Saturday, August 21st 2 PM

Tachyon Publications Ninth Anniversary Party, with Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Richard & Pat Lupoff, Pat Murphy, and Leslie What, Sunday, August 22nd from 2 - 6 PM.

Mondo Media, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS THIRD STRIKE, Saturday, August 28th at 8 PM

Sean Stewart, PERFECT CIRCLE, Sunday, September 12th at 4 PM

Mick Farren, KINDLING, Sunday, September 19th at 4 PM

(for more information check the end of this section)


World Horror Convention Memberships are now available. We urge anyone interested in attending either as a vendor or guest to support World Horror by purchasing memberhips and pre-registering for the event now. Don't wait until you're at the door!

Regular Membership Registration is obtained in several ways:  online with payments through Paypal,  a Registration Form via snail mail, and at the door the days of the convention.  Send payments via Paypal (, or send checks to WHC at PO Box 755, NY, NY 10009.  Membership is US$130.00  Dealer Table Rates is $125 per table to a maximum of three tables.  For more information visit the World Horror Convention  website at

Night Shade Books has officially teamed up with author David Drake on a proposed three-volume series of all his HAMMER"S SLAMMERS stories to date. This limited edition series will feature three hardcover volumes, the first containing all  of the fiction under the length of a short novels, in addition to graphics developed by John Treadaway between stories, an afterword by the author himself and and an intoduction by Gene Wolf.

The second volume will contain the four short novels: AT ANY PRICE, COUNTING THE COST, ROLLING HOT, and THE WARRIOR in addition to an introduction by David Hartwell. The two most recent novels, THE SHARP END and PAYING THE PIPER, are planned for the third volume, which will feature and introduciton by Barry Malzberg.  ( from David Drake's newsletter at )

Simon Wood's short story collection, DRAGGED INTO DARKNESS, features tales which in addition to standing alone beautifully, have abundant back-stories as well. He has recently compiled the inspirations for his collection and they are now featured on his website which you can access at:

The Friends of Arthur Machen Short Story Competition
"Novelist, short story writer and essayist, Arthur Machen is generally read for his tales of horror and the supernatural although his work is  predominantly of a mystical cast".

"Entries are invited by the Friends of Arthur Machen for a short story competition. Stories should be in the spirit of Arthur Machen's own writings, and should be between 1000 and 6000 words. The winner will receive 100 pounds (or equivalent in their own currency). The winning story will be announced at the Friends of Arthur Machen annual dinner in early March 2005, and will be read to the members of the Society".

"We strongly recommend that entrants familiarise themselves with the work of Arthur Machen".

Entrants do not have to be members of the Friends of Arthur Machen.
The story shall not have been previously published.
The story should be the origional work of the author.
One entry per entrant.
The winner will give the Friends of Arthur Machen the right to publish the story first (within a year of the winner being announced, after which all rights revert to the author).
Stories should be submitted in word processed/typed form, not handwritten, or on disc, or via email. A4, double-spaced, on one side of the paper only.
Please do not put any names/pseudonyms on the typescript only the story title. The author's name, address, other contact details etc should be on a covering letter with the story title.
If you would like to receive a confirmation receipt of you story please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Manuscripts will not be returned.
The judges will not enter into correspondence with authors over their entry. The decision of the judges and the Friends of Arthur Machen shall be final.
Closing date 31st December 2004.
Following the ammouncement of the winner at the annual dinner in early March 2005 the results will be posted on the Friends of Arthur Machen website."

"UK/European entrants should send their entries to Gwilym Games, 9 Heneage Drive, Westcross, Swansea, SA1 5BR. UK.
US/Rest of the World entrants should send their entry to Richard M. Rogers, 293-A Pulp Mill Bridge Road, Weybridge, VT 05753, U.S.A."

From the Office - Caring for Your Books

We're frequently asked by our customers how to store and protect their hardcover books.  Though most avid readers (myself included) don't really think of our books as an investment, a good hardcover SF and Fantasy library that covers the past ten or twenty years is worth a respectable amount of money (i.e. thousands if not tens of thousand of dollars) if sold to a specialty bookseller.  This is even more true if you have been collecting works from various small presses or avidly collect horror fiction.  However, the value of a book drops sharply when it is damaged.  Even damage that seems perfectly acceptable to a reader will reduce the value by as much as twenty-five to fifty percent.  So, I have written the following suggestions that, if followed, will help preserve the value of a collection without interfering with the enjoyment of reading one's books. 

In general, there are five things that damage books -- damp, heat, sunlight, pests and abuse.  Here's how to prevent a good portion of each type of damage along with a few do's and don'ts.

1)  Damp will damage books directly by causing the pages to swell, which damages the binding and destroys the glue at the spine.  Secondarily it can cause mildew and rot which can spread like wildfire to other nearby books.  Finally, dust on the top edge of the pages will absorb moisture which leads to spots of brownish discoloration called "foxing".  So -- Don't keep your books in basements, near windows (especially in cold climates where condensation will produce astonishing amounts of dampness) or anywhere else where there is an unusually high level of moisture.  Dust or vacuum the tops of your books every few months to prevent foxing.  And don't read hardcovers (or paperbacks that you care about) in the bathtub.

If you must store your books for a long period, use plastic storage boxes instead of cardboard boxes and for an extra level of security, wrap precious books in saran wrap to keep them dry (warning -- plastic wrap will do just as good a job of keeping moisture IN as out so make sure to wrap your books on a day when the humidity is low and, if you live somewhere like New Orleans or Florida forget about plastic wrapping entirely).

2)  Heat dries out the binding, the glue (especially for paperbacks), and the paper.  In all these cases, drying leads to stiffness and, eventually, cracking.  Heat will also accelerate the normally slow progression of acid (from the manufacturing process) yellowing of the pages.  This is called "tanning" in collector's circles and is an unavoidable result of age in paper that is not "acid-free".  Most small presses use acid-free paper as do most major US publishers for their hardcovers.  However, British and older US hardcovers, as well as most softcovers use less expensive papers.  Like most chemical reactions, tanning happens much faster when heat is applied.  How much faster?  Based on my own experience it can accelerate the process by a hundred-fold.

Like dampness, the cure is to keep your books away from sources of the problem -- like floor and wall heater registers and fireplaces.  But the biggest culprit for heat damage is . . .

3)  Sunlight. Sunlights hits books with a one, two punch.  First it causes all the damage associated with heat.  In addition, it will cause the ink on the dustjacket to fade --  sometimes very rapidly -- and curl as the outer surface dries faster than the inner one.  I have seen book covers fade significantly after only a week of exposure to intense sunlight.  The actual boards of the cover can even curl as a result of uneven drying.  Again, the solution is simple.  Don't put your books were they'll be hit by direct sunlight.

4)  Pests, though not terribly common, can cause catastrophic damage to not just one book but an entire collection.  The obvious risk are rodents.  I know of one case where a collector passed away and a bookseller went to make a bid on the collection.  One long shelf held many thousands of dollars of modern first editions.  Upon removing a volume from the middle of the shelf, the bookseller (and the collector's widow) discovered that there was a two inch hole chewed entirely through the book from the front cover to the back cover.  Almost every book on the shelf had similar damage.  It seems that mice had been using the shelf as a highway for months if not years. 

A less obvious risk are little insects called (at least in my part of the world) silverfish.  Paper seems to be one of their favorite meals and they can do huge amounts of damage to books in a very short time.  The remedy to both of these pests is obvious enough to not bear mentioning.

5)  Abuse is the most common form of damage.  Obviously one should treat books gently.  Don't drop them or fling them around.  Don't open them so far while reading that the spine creaks or develops creases.  Don't put them down open and face down to mark your place.  When they are on the shelf, make sure that they are either standing straight up with the bottom edge of both covers (or "boards") fully in contact with the shelf or lying flat on their sides.  Any other position can caused a spine "lean" where the binding is cocked or skewed to one side or the other.

But most importantly, put mylar "jacket protectors" on the dust jackets of all your hardcovers.  They protect against moisture, rubbing and tears.  There are several brands on the market but we use the ones made by Brodart ( ) at Borderlands.  Finally, if you are a smoker (like me), don't do it around your books.  The smell gets into the pages and never goes away.  Either put the books in plastic bags like the ones used at comic books shops or smoke in another room.

In closing, let me make one disclaimer -- the preceding is meant as a rough guide for reasonable care of modern books.  The precautions mentioned are designed for the average reader not the serious collector.  For more detailed information I suggest you contact your local library and peruse the catalogs of companies like Brodart.

- Alan Beatts

Book Club Info

The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 8, at 5 pm to discuss CAVES OF STEEL and NAKED SUN by Isaac Asimov. The book for September is GALVESTON by Sean Stewart. This author will be present at the meeting to take part in the discussion. For more details, see the events listing below. Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 15, at 6 pm to discuss CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon. The book for September is THE KINDLING by Mick Farren. This author will be present at the meeting to take part in the discussion. For more details, see the events listing below. Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Thursday, August 5th at 7 pm, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. reading and signing SCEPTERS:

Borderlands welcomes L.E. Modesitt, Jr., author of over thirty-five fantasy and science fiction novels including the popular SAGA OF RECLUSE series.  His latest epic fantasy series, THE COREAN CHRONICLES, takes place in Corus, a world of humans, strange animals, and supernatural creatures.  Please join us as he reads from the third book in this series, SCEPTERS.

Saturday, August 7th at 2 pm, Michael Moorcock reading and signing GLORIANA OR, THE UNFULFILL'D QUEEN:

Come meet Michael Moorcock, author of the Elric Saga, the Jerry Cornelius books, and dozens of others as he presents a special edition of GLORIANA OR, THE UNFULFILL'D QUEEN which includes a new afterword, and both the original and the later revised ending.  Originally published in the UK in 1978, GLORIANA won the World Fantasy Award, John W. Campbell Award, and the British Fantasy Award.

A fable satirizing Edmund Spenser's THE FAERIE QUEENE and reflecting the real life of Elizabeth I, GLORIANA tells of a woman who ascends to the throne upon the death of her debauched and corrupt father.  Beautiful, powerful, and revered, Gloriana rules Albion, a vast empire that stretches from Asia to America.  While the Queen's life is meant to mirror the state of her nation -- pure, virtuous, enlightened, and prosperous -- the reality is that Gloriana, suffocating under the burden of her role as monarch, seeks release from her sexual and emotional frustrations in all manner of debauchery.  Furthermore, the apparently peaceful empire is actually kept secure by her wicked chancellor Montfallcon and his corrupt network of spies and murderers, the most sinister being Captain Quire, a man with the ability to bring down an empire by manipulating the Queen herself.

Don't miss this legendary author!

Tuesday, August 17th at 7 PM, Reading and Signing with Keith R. A. DeCandido, author of DRAGON PRECINCT and Laura Anne Gilman author of STAYING DEAD: A RETRIEVERS NOVEL:

Keith R. A. DeCandido (editor of IMAGININGS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF LONG SHORT FICTION and  VIRTUAL UNREALITIES: THE SHORT FICTION OF ALFRED BESTER) presents his first origional novel, DRAGON PRECINCT.  An origional combination of police procedural and high fantasy, DRAGON PRECINCT details the efforts of two inverstigators from the M.E.'s (Magical Examiner's) Department to solve a series of murders.  The deaths are unusual and so are the victims- national heroes on a quest and friends of the Lord and Lady. The heat is on to solve the murders before they run out of heroes and the quest fails.  Think Law & Order meets LORD OF THE RINGS.  To read an excerpt, visit

Laura Anne Gilman ’s short stories have appeared in REVISIONS, DID YOU SAY CHICKS? and numerous other collections.  Her first original novel, STAYING DEAD: A RETRIEVERS NOVEL is a romantic fantasy thriller set in a world where mages, wizards, angels and demons exist alongside, but unseen by the those who don’t believe in magic.  To read an excerpt, visit

Saturday, August 21st at 2 PM, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson reading and signing DUNE: THE BATTLE OF CORRIN:

We are pleased to once again welcome Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, acclaimed authors of the DUNE prequels. In 2002, Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert and fellow author Kevin J. Anderson teamed up to write Legends of Dune, a trilogy of prequels to Frank Herbert’s saga that bring to life the long-ago war frequently referred to in the elder Herbert’s novels- a war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines", the Butlarian Jihad.  Based in part on Frank Herbert’s  notes, these novels detail this century-long conflict, as well as the original breach that formed the deadly feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen.  Now, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring us the thrilling conclusion to Legends of Dune, with DUNE: THE BATTLE OF CORRIN.

Sunday, August 22nd from 2 - 6 PM: Tachyon Publications Ninth Anniversary Party, with Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Richard & Pat Lupoff, Pat Murphy, and Leslie What:

San Francisco small press Tachyon Publications celebrates their ninth anniversary with a party at Borderlands Books!  Festivities include readings by Tachyon authors, refreshments, and other surprises. In addition, the second annual Norton Awards, given to two Bay Area residents for "extraordinary invention and creativity unhampered by the constraints of paltry reason" will be presented during the party.
Guests will include:
Peter S. Beagle (author of THE RHINOCEROS WHO QUOTED NIETZSCHE and THE LAST UNICORN), Terry Bisson (author of DEAR ABBEY and THE PICKUP ARTIST), Richard & Pat Lupoff (editors of THE BEST OF XERO, collected selections from their legendary, Hugo Award winning fanzine), Pat Murphy (author of THE SHADOW HUNTER and THE FALLING WOMAN), Leslie What (author of OLYMPIC GAMES, a modern fable of dysfunctional gods and the mortals who love -- and hate -- them).

Saturday, August 28th at 8 PM, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS THIRD STRIKE DVD screening and Q&A with its creators, Mondo Media:

Featuring some of the "cutest" (and most unlucky) animated critters you'll ever see, Mondo Media's HAPPY TREE FRIENDS has become a world-wide sensation. Borderlands Books will be hosting the release party for the third DVD collection, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS: THIRD STRIKE.  We'll be showing clips from the new DVD and discussing the hows, wheres and whys of the program with seevral members of the creative staff. Not recommended for small children or big babies. For more information about HTF go to: .

Sunday, September 12th at 4 PM, Sean Stewart reading and signing PERFECT CIRCLE:

Borderlands welcomes Sean Stewart, author of eight novels of fantasy and science fiction including PASSION PLAY, RESURRECTION MAN, and the World Fantasy Award winning GALVESTON.  Please join us as he reads from his latest novel, PERFECT CIRCLE.  Following the reading, Sean will be discussing GALVESTON with the Gay Men's Book Club.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

Sunday, September 19th at 4 PM. Mick Farren reading and signing KINDLING:

In his long and interesting career, Mick Farren has been a journalist, poet, author (23 novels and 11 works of non-fiction- including four on Elvis!), and a founding member of the band The Deviants.  His works include the cult sci-fi classic DNA COWBOYS TRILOGY, and the vampire saga THE RENQUIST QUARTET.  Mick's latest novel, KINDLING, is an alternate history set in a world in which the Crusades never happened, changing the spread of religon, scientific progress, and the birth of America.  Don't miss this chance to meet Mick Farren!  Following the reading, Mick will discuss KINDLING with the Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.  Please contact Jude at for more information.

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

THE HEALTHY DEAD by Steven Erikson (PS, Signed Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover (400 copies), $40.00 and Signed Numbered Limited Edition Trade Paperback, (500 copies), $16.00) - Don't miss this sequal to Erickson's first PS title, BLOOD FOLLOWS.

DEATH POEMS by Thomas Ligotti (Durtro, Limited Edition Hardcover (333 copies), $63.75) -  “This beautiful and tragic new masterpiece from Thomas Ligotti was published on 16 July [2004]... The book is 96 pages long, and is printed as a cloth-bound deluxe hardback [6’ x 4’] with marbled endpapers and with blocked spine and front and back covers. All page-edges are gilt, and the book has head- and tail-bands and 3 marker ribbons. This is Durtro's most beautiful publication yet. Each copy of the book comes with a free CARPE DIEM enamel badge made especially for this book.”
This collection is truly beautiful. DEATH POEMS contains some of the loveliest and most haunting poetry I've read in quite some time and the edition itself is a treat to hold. In all ways, this limited edition of Ligotti's poetry is worth collecting and enjoying. Highly recommened by Madeline.

RED WORLD OF POLARIS by Clark Ashton Smith (Night Shade Books, Trade Hardcover, $27.00)

USE ONCE, THEN DESTROY by Conrad Williams (Night Shade Books, Trade Hardcover, $27.00 and Signed Limited Edition Hardcover (100 copies), $45.00)

THE DEVIL’S WINE ed. Tom Piccirilli, (Cemetery Dance, First Edition Hardcover, $40.00)

CAVE OF A THOUSAND TALES - THE LIFE & TIMES OF HUGH B. CAVE by Milt Thomas (Arkham House, Hardcover, $33.75)

MADMAN STAN AND OTHER STORIES by Richard Laymon (Cemetery Dance, Hardcover, $40.00)

SILVERLOCK (including the Silverlock Companion) by John Myers Myers (NESFA, Hardcover, $26.00)

THE HUNTERS OF PANGAEA by Stephen Baxter (NESFA, Hardcover, $25.00)

THE CAPTAIN OF THE ‘POLE-STAR’ - WEIRD AND IMAGINATIVE FICTION By Arthur Conan Doyle (Ash-Tree Press, Limited Edition Hardcover (600 copies), $46.00)

SOMETHING WICKED by Stewart O’Nan (Wormhole, Signed Numbered (Limited Edition Hardcover (250 copies), $30.00 and Signed Numbered Limited Edition Chapbook (750 copies), $13.00)

RAVENOUS GHOSTS by Kealan Patrick Burke (Delirium Books, Signed Numbered limited Edition Hardcover (150 copies), $55.00)

BONELAND by Jeffrey Thomas (Bloodletting Press, Hardcover, $45.00)

SOLAR PONS VERSUS THE DEVIL’S CLAW by Basil Copper (Sarob, Trade Hardcover, $45.00) and Numbered First Edition Hardcover, $95.00)

A LITTLE GRAY BOOK OF ALIEN STORIES by John DeChancie (Borderlands Press, Signed Numbered limited Edition Hardcover (500 copies), $20.00)

INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES by Algernon Blackwood (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

THE BLACKEST HEART by Vince Churchill (PublishAmerica, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

STRANGE ATTRACTOR, VOL 1 - SPRING 2004 by Mark Pilkington, ed. (Strange Attractor, Trade Paperback, $16.99)

FLESH AND BLOOD MAGAZINE #15 by (Flesh And Blood, Oversize Softcover $6.00)

THE MAN IN THE PALACE THEATER by Ray Garton (Subterranean, Chapbook, $12.00)

FLYTRAP NO. 2 - A LITTLE ZINE WITH TEETH ed. Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt, (Tropism Press, Chapbook, $4.00)IRON COUNCIL by China Mieville (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95) - Mieville's third novel set in the world of New Crobuzon.  We have a limited number of signed copies on hand so act fast if you want a signed first edition of this important novel.

H.R. GIGER’S NECRONOMICON by H.R. Giger (Morpheus, Oversize Hardcover, $69.95) - Stunning reprint of the hardcover edition of this art book from the creative mind behind the original design of the creature in ALIEN.  The original hardcover has been long out of print and demands a high price.  -  Reccomended by Alan.

PHOTOGRAPHS by Rocky Schenck (University of Texas, Oversize Hardcover, $45.00)
This collection of Schenck's photographs literally stunned me. The images look more like dark turn-of -the-century watercolors than modern photographs and all of them have a haunting quality which stays with you long after you close the book. Personally, I'd love to find prints of his work and hang them on my wall at home, but until that day comes, I'll enjoy having this beautiful collection at my fingertips. Highly recommended by Madeline.

HORIZON STORMS - THE SAGA OF THE SEVEN SUNS VOL. 3 by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner, Hardcover, $24.95)

CRUCIBLE by Nancy Kress (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

KINDLING by Mick Farren (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

SCEPTERS - COREAN CHRONICLES VOL.3 By L.E.  Modesitt,Jr. (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

CROSSROADS TALES OF THE SOUTHERN LITERARY FANTASTIC by F. Brett Cox Andy Duncan (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

THE FIREBIRD’S VENGEANCE - A NOVEL OF ISAVALTA by Sarah Zettel (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

THE WILDING by C.S. Friedman (DAW , Hardcover, $24.95)

YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ed.Ellen Datlow, and Kelly Link (St. Martin's, Hardcover, $35.00)

YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, VOL. 17 ed. Ellen Datlow and KellyLink (Tor, Trade Paperback), $19.95)

THE DARK ASCENT by Walter H. Hunt  (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

RADIANT by James Alan Gardner (Eos, Hardcover, $23.95)

ELEGY FOR A LOST STAR - SYMPHONY OF AGES, VOL. 5 by Elizabeth Haydon (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL by Nat Gertler, Steve Lieber (Alpha, Trade Papeback $18.95)

ONE MORE TIME - TRANSMETROPOLITAN, VOL. 10 by Warren Ellis (Vertigo/DC Comics, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

SILENT INTERVIEWS  - ON LANGUAGE, RACE, SEX, SCIENCE FICTION, AND SOME COMICS by Samuel R. Delany (Wesleyan University Press, Trade Paperback, $27.95)

IDLEWILD by Nick Sagan (New American Library, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

OFF THE WALL AT CALLAHAN’S by Spider Robinson (Tor, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

WRAITHS OF WILL AND PLEASURE by Storm Constanine (Tor, Trade Paperback, $17.95)

FELAHEEN - THE THIRD ARABESK by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Earthlight, Trade Paperback, $13.50)

MILLENNIUM PEOPLE by J.G. Ballard (Harper, Trade Paperback, $15.32

ONE KING, ONE SOLDIER by Alexander C. Irvine (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - This second novel by the author of SCATTERING OF JADES is suggested for fans of Tim Powers' work.

BENDING THE LANDSCAPE: ORIGINAL GAY AND LESBIAN FANTASY WRITING edited by Nicola Griffith, Stephen Pagel (Overlook, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, VOL. 17 ed. Ellen Datlow and KellyLink (Tor, Trade Paperback), $19.95)

MAUL by Tricia Sullivan (Orbit, Mass Market $13.50)
This is a twisted little book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Picture this: "In a mall like any other, two gangs of teen-aged girls are about to embark on an orgy of shopping and designer violence...And in another place, within a sealed room, a lone man fights an equally desperate war against a new virus and the scientists who have developed it".  Funny and odd, detailing two very different struggles and one girl's close realtionship to her gun this book is jam packed and fast-paced, MAUL is great summer reading. Recommended by Madeline and Jude.

BLADE DANCER by S.L. Viehl (Roc, Mass Market, $6.99)

WILD MAGIC - FOOL’S GOLD, VOL. 2 by Jude Fisher (DAW , Mass Market, $6.99)

BLOOD GAMES - A ST. GERMAIN NOVEL by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Aspect, Mass Market, $6.99)

LINE OF POLITY by Neal Asher (Tor (UK), Mass Market, $15.32)

HELL’S FAIRE - LEGACY OF THE ALLDENATA VOL. 4 by John  Ringo  (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

GREAT SKY RIVER by Gregory Benford (Aspect, Mass Market, $6.99)

RAVEN’S SHADOW by Patricia Briggs (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

GUARDIAN by Joe Haldeman (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

NEUROLINK by M.M. Buckner (Ace, Mass Market (i.e. 4" by 7" softcover), $6.99)

MESSENGER by Edward Lee (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

FAMILY INHERITANCE by Deborah LeBlanc (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

THE DARK PATH by Walter H. Hunt (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

WOLFSKIN by Juliet Marillier (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

RISEN EMPIRE by Scott  Westerfeld (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

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Contributors - Jude Feldman, Cary Heater

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