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DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News from Borderlands Books
Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature
Deborah LeBlanc, FAMILY INHERITANCE,
Tuesday, October 19th at 7 PM
ROLLING DARKNESS REVIEW
Glen Hirshberg, Dennis Etchison, Peter Atkins
Thursday, October 21st at 8 PM
Aqueduct Press/Tachyon Publications Reading and Signing
Gwyneth Jones, LIFE
Eileen Gunn, STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS
L. Timmel Duchamp, LOVE'S BODY DANCING IN TIME
Saturday, October 23rd, at 2 PM
DUSK 'TIL DAWN Borderlands Books' Annual Halloween Reading Marathon
Begins Saturday, October 23rd at 6:21 PM and ends Sunday,
October 24th at 7:27 AM
Brian Froud, GOBLINS! and CHELSEA MORNING
Tuesday, November 2nd at 1 PM
Saturday, November 6th at 4 PM
Borderlands 7th Anniversary Sale
Saturday, November 27th, 12 PM to 8PM
(for more information check the end of this section)
TRULY TWISTED STUFFED ANIMALS
Borderlands Books has just received a new shipment of Cat Grey's (founder
and creator of the Bunny-of-the-Month Club) truly twisted stuffed animals.
They are very, very wrong, yet so cute! Just in time for Halloween!
Ed Bryant, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Ann Kennedy, and Hank Wagner have
been named judges for the 2005 International Horror Guild Awards which will
honor outstanding works in the field of Horror and Dark Fantasy released
in 2004. Kennedy, the newest adjudicator, has been a publisher and
editor for over 15 years with her award-winning Buzzcity Press. Paula
Guran serves as the awards' administrator. The judges are now seeking
recommendations for the awards. Information about the awards and addresses
where copies of recommended works may be sent can be found on the IHG Web
site ( http://www.ihgonline.org ).
The 2004 British Fantasy Awards were passed out at Fantasycon Sunday, September 26, 2004. Here are the winners:
+ BEST NOVEL (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Christopher Fowler, FULL DARK HOUSE (Doubleday)
+ BEST SHORT FICTION: Christopher Fowler, "American Waitress" (Crimewave 7: The Last Sunset, TTA Press)
+ BEST ANTHOLOGY: Stephen Jones, editor, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR: Volume 14 (Robinson/Carroll & Graf)
+ BEST COLLECTION: Ramsey Campbell, TOLD BY THE DEAD (PS Publishing)
+ BEST ARTIST: Les Edwards
+ BEST SMALL PUBLISHER: PS Publishing
+ SPECIAL AWARD (Karl Edward Wagner Award): Peter Jackson, for THE LORD OF THE RINGS
If you missed Ray Garton signing SCISSORS on Saturday, September 11th at
Borderlands Books, go the the link below to see pictures of the event. http://www.bitingdogpress.com/Bitingdogpub/garton/borderlands/borderlands1.htm
Subterranean Press has announced that Ray Garton's NIGHT LIFE, the sequel
to Garton's vampire classic LIVE GIRLS, is set to ship around Halloween.
Onboard with art are Bob Eggleton (cover) and Glenn Chadbourne (endsheets
and interiors). In other news from SubPress . . . David Morrell's NIGHTSCAPE
is being shipped. http://www.subterraneanpress.com
ODMC RECEIVES $15 MILLION VERDICT AGAINST INGRAM INDUSTRIES, LIGHTNING SOURCE
AND AMAZON.COM IN PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT ( Courtesy of http://www.bookmachine.com/news_20040304.html )
March 4, 2004 - St. Louis. On Demand Machine Corporation, a St. Louis
based, development stage company, announced today that it has received a
patent infringement jury verdict in its favor against Ingram Industries,
Inc., Lightning Source, Inc. and Amazon.com in Federal District court in
St. Louis. "It has taken a very long time, but we are very gratified
by this action," said Bruce Baebler, president of ODMC. Mr. Baebler continued,
"The company has steadfastly maintained since Ingram commenced Lightning
Source's operation in 1998, that they infringed ODMC's patent and were in
need of a license. After all efforts to convince Lightning to take
a license failed, we had no choice but to serve the suit to protect our intellectual
property. This unanimous verdict by the eight jurors is a validation for
our patent, the legal process and ODMC's pioneering technology." The patent
was invented by Harvey Ross, the founder of ODMC. Mr. Ross started work on
his invention in 1990 at the age of 69. His patent was granted in 1995. In
2001, the Patent Office, in an reexamination, confirmed the validity of the
claims upon which the suit was based. Mr. Ross died in January 2002, shortly
after the lawsuit was filed. Mr. Ross first approached Ingram for participation
in his POD book concept in 1993. Two years later, Mr. Ross and Ingram executed
a confidentiality agreement and Mr. Ross shared his business plans and pending
patent application details with Ingram. In September 1996 Ingram told
Mr. Ross they were not interested in participating with Mr. Ross. Ingram
announced the formation of Lightning Source in the fall of 1997. Within weeks,
Mr. Ross notified Lightning that they needed a license. The lawsuit
was filed in October 2001 and went to trial on February 9th. The case went
to the jury on the afternoon of March 2, after sixteen days of testimony
and proceedings. The jury found that the patent was valid, that the defendants
infringed ODMC's '213 patent, and induced others to infringe. The jury awarded
ODMC damages of $15,000,000 for past infringement up to the period ending
December 2003. The jury also found, by clear and convincing evidence, that
Ingram's, Lightning's and Amazon's infringement was willful. The court
could increase the damage up to $45,000,000, plus interest and award ODMC
its attorney fees. Additionally, ODMC has asked the court to issue an injunction
to prevent future infringement. Representing ODMC in the suit were William
Cunningham and McPherson Moore of Polster, Lieder, Woodruff & Lucchessi,
l.c. and David B. B. Helfrey and Michael Musich of Helfrey, Simon & Jones,
p.c. Both firms are based in St. Louis.
Night Shade Books is bringing Terry Lamsley's CONFERENCE WITH THE DEAD
back in print. Originally published by Ash-Tree Press in 1996, this
collection will see release in 2005. Meanwhile, shipping are THE BANQUET
OF THE LORDS OF NIGHT by Liz Williams (which received a starred review in
Publishers Weekly) and SWIFTLY by Adam Roberts. http://www.nightshadebooks.com
On October 28th-31st 2004, The World Fantasy Convention comes to Tempe, Arizona.
Scheduled guests include Gwyneth Jones, Ellen Datlow, Janny Wurts and many
others. For information, look at their website, http://www.worldfantasy2004.org or write to World Fantasy 2004, c/o LepreCon, Inc. PO Box 26665, Tempe AZ 85285.
The 2004 World Fantasy Award Nominations are in! The awards will be presented
at the 2004 World Fantasy Convention in October (for more information, see
Among the nominees are:
K.J.Bishop, THE ETCHED CITY (Prime)
Kij Johnson, FUDOKI (Tor)
Ian R. MacLeod, THE LIGHT AGES (Ace)
Jeff VanderMeer, VENISS UNDERGROUND (Prime)
Jo Walton, TOOTH AND CLAW (Tor)
For Short Fiction:
Charles de Lint, "Circle Of Cats" (Viking)
Maureen F. McHugh, "Ancestor Money" (Scifiction,10/1/03)
Alex Irvine "Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman" (Small Beer Press)
Chris Roberson, "O One" (Roc)
Bruce Holland Rogers, "Don Ysidro" (Wheatland)
For a full listing of all of the nominees, visit the World Fantasy Convention's website at http://worldfantasy2004.org .
The 15th Annual World Horror Convention will arrive in New York City April
7-10, 2005. Registration is now open with memberships set at $140.
In addition, "Shocklines owner Matt Schwartz is now accepting donations for
the Charity Auction that will happen during WHC2005 to benefit PROJECT.ORG,
a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association." For more
information visit WHC's website at http://www.whc2005.org .
The American Library Association has announced that the week of October 17-23
is "Teen Read Week". This year's theme is "It's Alive at Your Library!"
"The event is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association.
YALSA has been helping libraries plan the week-long event which is aimed
at encouraging young adults to read. YALSA suggested that "Horror is a favorite
genre with teens, and can be used even in the most conservative of communities
and schools by focusing on mystery and fantasy elements, or mad science".
From the Office - Print on Demand or
Why Does This Book Cost So Much and Have Such a Bad Cover?
years ago a company called Lightning Source started printing books.
A new printing company wouldn't normally be worth much comment but Lightning
Source (which was originally called Lightning Print) isn't a normal printer.
They're in the business of what's called Print on Demand publishing, (or
POD) and that's not anything like normal printing.
Unlike traditional printing, POD works like this -- a publisher produces
an electronic file that is a representation of a complete book; cover, table
of contents, layout, the whole deal. This file is sent to Lightning
Source where, for a modest fee (as low as $300 in the early days), they store
it and make it ready for the next stage.
The book is announced as being "in print" (despite the fact the no copies
exist at this point) and title and price information is then sent to Books
In Print and the various book distributors and wholesalers. Eventually
someone will order a copy of the book, either the publisher or a bookstore.
In most cases they will be told that the book is "back ordered" but that
it will be available in a week or two.
Then the final stage of POD publishing kicks in. An order is sent to
Lightning Source by the publisher or distributor and the electronic file
is sent to a machine that looks a little like a copy machine back at the
dawn of time when, instead of fitting on a desktop, they took up a small
room of their own. This machine incorporates, among other things, a
really fast laser printer, a big roll of paper, a color laser printer (for
the cover) and an automatic fold, glue, and trim unit. I think you
can see where this is going -- electronic file in one end and a finished
softcover book spits out the other end. Needless to say, this is a
very simplified explanation of how the whole thing works but it will do to
convey the idea. In short, no copy of the book is printed until and
unless there is an order for it.
At first look this seems like a huge boon to independent publishers everywhere.
Instead of having to pay a large printer's bill up front, ship the books
somewhere, store them, and then ship them out to your buyers, the POD publisher
invests a small sum for the set-up costs (plus, of course, an advance for
the author, payment for cover art, and typesetting, proofreading, and layout
fees) and then never has to think about the book again. This publisher
doesn't even need to worry about collecting payment for the books sold.
Lightning Source will do that for them and then send them their share of
the payment after the production costs have been subtracted. In all
honesty, there are almost no down sides for the publisher other than the
cost of the books.
Cost of the books, you ask? Yup. Printing using this method is
much more expensive on a per copy basis than traditional printing.
As a result POD titles are usually much more expensive than a "normal" book
(i.e. $18-$22 instead of $12-$16). This price difference tends to reduce
sales, especially when the price climbs over the magic $20 mark. Though
this is a problem, the typical POD publisher seems to feel that the other
benefits outweigh this one down side.
However, when one changes viewpoints to consider the author and the reader,
the downsides of POD are much more extensive. For a first time or relatively
new author any book contract may seem like a good deal. And it's interesting
to note that the vast majority of titles published in POD are by relatively
new authors or are works in the public domain (which means that the copyright
has expired and anyone can publish them without needing the author's permission).
But the problem with a POD contract is that a POD title never goes out of
print. Though this is often touted as a positive quality of POD, it
means that it may be difficult or even impossible for an author to get the
rights to their book back in their control. The POD publisher can keep
supplying copies of the book for years and years without changing the royalty
structure and without ever paying another advance. Imagine if Stephen
King had sold his first book to a POD publisher. To this day and despite
King's success in the field, some small publisher could still be printing
copies of CARRIE, sending Mr. King a tiny royalty, and laughing all the way
to the bank.
The other problem for an author is the quality of the book's presentation.
"Presentation" is bookseller-speak for things like proofreading, layout,
design, and most importantly, the cover. We all know that we're not
supposed to judge books by their covers and we all do it anyway. Covers
are important. Frequently it's the cover that makes someone pick a
book out of all the other books on a shelf and no one buys a books that they
don't pick up. For a new author the cover is even more important since
they have no chance of someone picking up their book because they've read
the author in the past. Of secondary importance is the proofreading
and layout. A good layout make a book that is easy to read and bad
layout can make an otherwise good book almost unreadable. Proofreading
reflects directly on the author because the average reader doesn't realize
that it's primarily the publisher's job to make sure that things like spelling
and punctuation are correct. So, when something is msispelled, the
reader thinks that the author didn't know how to spell. This is not
something that convinces a reader that they're reading a quality piece of
But why would the presentation of a POD title not be as appealing as any
other book? Remember my list of the publisher's expenses for a POD
title? Most of those items affect the quality of the presentation.
It's unfortunate, but POD publishers don't seem to think that since they're
reducing their outlay for printing from $10,000 to $300 it means that they
have $9,700 extra dollars to spend on cover art and top quality proofreading
and layout. Instead, the POD publisher often chooses to keep all the
costs as low as possible. End result? Proofreading by the publisher's
roommate, who has "always been a real good speller" and cover art by the
lowest bidder. Of course there are exceptions -- POD publishers who
employ exacting proofreaders and outstanding artists -- but they seem to
be a rare breed.
But what does all this matter to readers? Consider -- POD titles are
expensive, often poorly designed and proofread with poor cover art.
More importantly, the authors whose works are published this way are often
relatively new and as a result, inexperienced.
But the real crux of the matter is this -- because of the financial risk,
a publisher who invests thousands of dollars on a conventionally printed
book is very careful about what they publish. The thing that they are
most careful about is the quality of the stories that they publish because,
if the book is bad, they stand a chance of sitting on thousands of copies
for years and never making their money back. The POD publisher doesn't
have this worry. The initial investment is so cheap they can take a
risk on almost anything and have a good chance of breaking even in a year
at the outside. So, the most astonishingly poor writing is good enough
for POD. This phenomena is further aggravated by the way that POD is
often used by authors to publish their own work. Once again, there
are exceptions to this rule, but in general, if you can't convince someone
else that your book is good enough to publish, it probably shouldn't see
In a nutshell, POD titles are frequently a comprehensively shoddy product
at an inflated price. So, how can one avoid them? There are a
number of POD operations out there but the biggest, Lightning Source, makes
it easy by putting an unusual piece of barcode on all of their products.
If you look at the back side of the last page of a book (not the back cover)
and see a barcode at the lower right corner, that's the sign that you're
holding a Lightning Source product. You might be well advised to put
it right back on the shelf. On the other hand, there are some excellent
publishers who use POD and there are some great books from otherwise poor
POD publishers. Thankfully, if you're getting this newsletter, you
know an independent bookseller who can help you find the jewels amid all
- Alan Beatts
Book Club Info
The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday,
November 14th, at 5 pm to discuss MANY-COLORED LAND by Julian May. The book
for December is SINGULARITY SKY by Charles Stross. Please contact the
group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at email@example.com, for more
The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, November
21st at 6 pm to discuss ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES by William Gibson. The book
for December is FUTURES PAST by A.E. van Vogt. Please contact Jude
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Upcoming Event Details
Tuesday, October 19th at 7 PM, Deborah LeBlanc reading and signing FAMILY INHERITANCE.
Borderlands is happy to be hosting Deborah LeBlanc as she reads
from and signs her debut novel, FAMILY INHERITANCE, which includes some of
this Louisiana native's experiences during her training as a Cajun healer.
You can find out more about Deborah at her website, http://www.deborahleblanc.com . Read the first chapter of her novel at http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/SpecialFeatures.cfm?Special_ID=1801 .
Thursday, October 21st at 8 PM THE ROLLING DARKNESS REVIEW featuring Glen Hirshberg, Dennis Etchison, and Peter Atkins.
Borderlands Books is thrilled to host THE ROLLING DARKNESS REVIEW,
an event which teams up three amazing writers - Glen Hirshberg (nominee for
the 2004 World Fantasy Award in both the short story category and for his
collection THE TWO SAMS), Dennis Etchison (winner of five British Fantasy
and World Fantasy Awards) and author/screenwriter, Peter Atkins (creator
of the Hellraiser series). Please join us at Borderlands as these three
acclaimed authors talk about their work and sign copies of their books and
collections. For more details on this event, please look to next month's
Saturday, October 23rd at 2 PM AQUEDUCT PRESS/TACHYON PUBLICATIONS reading
and signing featuring Gwyneth Jones, Eileen Gunn and L. Timmel Duchamp.
Please join us at Borderlands Books in welcoming authors Gwyneth
Jones, Eileen Gunn and L. Timmel Duchamp at our AQUEDUCT PRESS/TACHYON PUBLISHERS
reading and signing. Gwyneth Jones is the winner of the Tiptree Memorial
Award and two World Fantasy Awards and creator of the immensely popular BOLD
AS LOVE series. Eileen Gunn is author of the collection, STABLE STRATEGIES
AND OTHERS which completely sold out at the recent World Science Fiction
Convention. L.Timmel Duchamp is the author of the acclaimed LOVE'S
BODY DANCING IN TIME. For more details on this event, please check
our October newsletter.
Saturday, October 23rd at 6:21 PM to Sunday, October 24th at 7:27 AM
It's become a Halloween tradition here at Borderlands Books to gather
everyone together and try to scare the pants off of each other. With
ghost stories to be exact - no jumping out of closets please! The festivities
begin at dusk (Saturday, October 23rd at 6:21 PM) and end at dawn the next
day (Sunday, October 24th at 7:27 AM). Anyone can volunteer to read
from one of their favorite (published) ghost or horror stories or opt to
just sit back and enjoy the show as others share from their own selections.
Sign-ups begin at dusk. Snacks and beverages will be provided by Borderlands
Books. For more details and information, check the October newsletter,
and in the meantime start sifting through your favorite horror stories and
prepare for a great night
Tuesday, October 28th to Sunday, October 31st - Table at the World Fantasy Convention
Borderlands, in the form of Alan, Cary, Jude and Lisa, will have
a table in the dealers' room at the World Fantasy Convention. If you're
going to be attending, please drop by and say hello.
JUST ADDED! Tuesday, November 2nd at 1 PM, Brian Froud signing GOBLINS! and CHELSEA MORNING
We are so excited that acclaimed artist Brian Froud will be able
to drop in and sign some books! Mr. Froud has illustrated dozens of
books including the fantastic GOOD FAERIES, BAD FAERIES. This is not
a formal event, but you are welcome to come by and meet Brian if you have
the chance, and of course you can drop books off at the store to be signed
or personalized if you won't be able to visit.
JUST ADDED! Saturday, November 6th at 4 PM, Reading and book signing with Graham Joyce
"Graham Joyce writes the kind of novels we keep hoping to find, but rarely do." -Jonathan Carrol
Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet esteemed British author Graham Joyce!
Mr. Joyce is the author of REQUIEM, DARK SISTER, STORMWATCHER, THE TOOTH
FAIRY, and the World Fantasy Award winning THE FACTS OF LIFE, as well as
several other novels. He writes in spare, beautiful prose that defies
classification and borders on the hallucinatory, and he is incredibly friendly
and personable as well. We're very happy that Graham is going to be
stopping by for a visit on his way home from the World Fantasy Convention.
Saturday, November 27th 12 PM to 8 PM, Borderlands 7th Anniversary Sale
Borderlands will be celebrating our 7th anniversary on Saturday,
November 27th by having a big one-day sale. Buy any two used books
and get a third one of equal or lesser value for free! Collectable
books are not included in this deal but they will be 10% off all day long,
and finally, everything else in the store will be 20% off (artwork excluded).
We'll be giving out door prizes until they run out. The sale will only
run for one day, and this sale only happens once a year, so mark your calendars
for Saturday, November 27th. THANK YOU all for your support.
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), except for some special events. 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
book 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
IN THE DARKNESS by Elaine Cunningham (Tor, First Edition Hardcover, $23.95)
- Jude can't wait to read this one, based on the Publisher's Weekly review
-- it sounds like a cross between Kim Harrison's DEAD WITCH WALKING and Christa
Faust's CONTROL FREAK: "An elf packing heat who enjoys looking like jail
bait when necessary is the latest twist on the New Weird—fantasy fused with
contemporary mystery tropes laced with erotic undertones. . . In the first
of the Changeling trilogy, Cunningham (Windwalker) delivers urban fantasy
with a straight face (C.S.I. via Tolkien?), employing the quicksilver pacing
typical of such suspense authors as Vachss, Gardner and Koontz. Gwen
"GiGi" Gellman, however, is not a vampire slayer; she's a freelance PI based
in Providence on the brink of discovering her DNA is not human. Cunningham's
fey orphan has spent 10 years in law enforcement when an undercover assignment
ends with her reputation blown to bits along with two cops. At 34,
Gwen must deal with her growing psychic powers and a second case involving
a missing 14-year-old (the first turns up a corpse, unsavory memories and
readers asking "Did I miss something?"). Gwen goes undercover into
the world of underage erotic dancers at Underhill, a "gentleman's club,"
and meets the mysterious owner, Ian Forest, whose assistance creates more
puzzles. This is an auspicious debut for a cool crime-solver who could
teach Anita [Blake] a thing or two."
THE DARK TOWER - THE DARK TOWER VOL. 7 by Stephen King (Grant/Viking, Hardcover,
$35.00) The long-awaited final installment in King's magnum opus! Gorgeous
cover and interior art by Michael Whelan.
GOING POSTAL - A NOVEL OF DISCWORLD by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, Signed
First Edition Hardcover, $24.95) - We have just a few copies of the publisher's
special signed edition left, so get yours right away!
THE HAUNTING OF ALAIZABEL CRAY by Chris Wooding (Orchard Books, Hardcover,
$16.95) - Highly recommended by our Australian bookseller friend Justin Ackroyd
of Slow Glass Books.
JOHNATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $27.95)
PREDATOR'S GOLD - HUNGRY CITY CHRONICLES, VOL. 2 by Philip Reeve (Eos, First Edition Hardcover, $16.99)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Hyperion, First Edition Hardcover, $17.99)
SO YESTERDAY by Scott Westerfeld (Razorbill, First Edition Hardcover, $16.99)
GLORY ROAD by Robert A. Heinlein (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99)
DAYS OF MAGIC, NIGHTS OF WAR - ABARAT VOL.2 by Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler, First Edition Hardcover, $24.99)
THE GRIM GROTTO - A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS VOL.11 by Lemony Snicket
(HarperCollins, First Edition Hardcover, w/o dust jacket as issued, $11.99)
THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD - BAROQUE CYCLE VOL.3 by Neal Stephenson (Morrow, First Edition Hardcover, $27.95)
INCUBUS DREAMS - ANITA BLAKE, VOL. 12 by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley, First Edition Hardcover, $23.95)
FLASH by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor, First Edition Hardcover, $25.95)
RAW SPIRIT: IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT DRAM by Iain Banks (Arrow, UK Import
Trade Paperback, $15.35) - Okay, it's not a genre novel at all, but RAW SPIRIT
is a lot of fun. One quarter travelogue, one quarter introduction to
Scotch production and tasting, one quarter anti-Bush/Blair government political
rant, and one quarter self-indulgent but simultaneously incredibly endearing
anecdotes, this is the perfect airplane or beach read for Banks' fans.
Parts of this book, such as Banks' tales of Drunken Urban Climbing, are just
snort-soda-out-of-your-nose-funny. Oh, and if your eyes glaze over
at long, loving automobile descriptions, just skip those parts. - Recommended
FEVRE DREAM by George R.R. Martin (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $15.00)
- The best Mississippi-Riverboat-Vampire novel ever, now back in print!
Look for Martin's trademark brilliant characterization and careful plotting.
Scary, oppressive, and dazzling. Recommended by Jude.
MOLVANIA, A LAND UNTOUCHED BY MODERN DENTISTRY by Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner
(Overlook, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Incredibly funny mock travel guide
to a fictitious Eastern European country. The perfect satirical gift
for any world traveller in your life, this book perfectly mimics the tone
of several different well-known "rah! rah!" style tourist guidebooks. - Recommended
QUICKSILVER - BAROQUE CYCLE VOL.1 by Neal Stephenson (Perennial, Trade Paperback,
$16.95) - Finally available in non-hernia-inducing trade paperback.
LIGHT by M. John Harrison (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $16.00)
AIR by Geoff Ryman (St. Martin's, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
MIRROR, MIRROR by Gregory Maguire (Regan, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
DARK THIRST ed. Angela C. Allen (Pocket, Trade Paperback, $13.00)
MURDER OF ANGELS by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc, Trade Paperback, $14.00)
MOUNTAIN MAGIC by David Drake, Eric Flint, Henry Kuttner and Ryk. E. Spoor
(Baen, Mass Market, $6.99) - Ignore the inappropriate cover and pick up this
collection for David Drake's OLD NATHAN stories alone. Old Nathan,
the gruff, reserved, "cunning man" of the Appalachians who can talk to animals
and face down the Devil Himself, is my very favorite Drake character.
These are the sort of stories that make the world outside disappear; I cannot
say enough good things about Old Nathan. And Alan says the Kuttner
stories are good, too! Regrettably, Misters Flint and Spoor novella,
which opens the book leaves a bit to be desired. -Recommended by Jude
STARS - ORIGINAL STORIES BASED ON THE SONGS OF JANIS IAN edited by Janis
Ian and Mike Resnick (DAW, Mass Market, $7.50) - An uneven collection that
nonetheless includes some amazing stories; Kage Baker's and Joe Haldeman's
are special standouts. - Recommended by Jude.
METAL SKY by Jay Caselberg (Roc, Mass Market, $6.99) Sequel to WYRMHOLE.
THE CRYSTAL CITY by Orson Scott Card (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99) - The new Alvin Maker novel.
BITTEN by Kelly Armstrong (Plume, Mass Market, $6.99)
GUARDIANS OF THE KEEP - BRIDGE OF D’ARNATH VOL.2 by Carol Berg (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99)
BANNER OF SOULS by Liz Williams (Bantam, Mass Market, $6.99)
FLINX'S FOLLY by Alan Dean Foster (Ballantine, Mass Market, $6.99)
Small Press Features
THE NUTSHELL STUDIES OF UNEXPLAINED DEATH, Corinne May Botz (Monacelli Press, Oversized Hardcover, $36.00)
THE NUTSHELL STUDIES OF UNEXPLAINED DEATH offers an extraordinary glimpse
into the mind of a master criminal investigator. Frances Glessner Lee,
a wealthy grandmother, founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard
in 1936 and was later appointed a captain in the New Hampshire police.
In the 1940s and 1950s, she built dollhouse crime scenes based on real cases
in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. She called
these teaching tools the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, after a well-known
police saying "Convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth
in a nutshell." Still used in forensic training, the eighteen Nutshell
dioramas, on a scale of 1:12, display an astounding level of realism and
precision: pencils write, window shades move, and every detail - a
newspaper headline, a bloodstain on the rug, an outdated wall calendar, a
cartridge casing - becomes a potential clue to the crime. - From the jacket
notes: "The full color dioramas in this book are fantastic. A
'must see.' " - Recommended by Cary and Jude
LOVE'S BODY, DANCING IN TIME by L. Timmel Duchamp (Aqueduct Press, Trade Paper, $16.00)
"This handful of S.F. tales demonstrates superbly what the genre can really
do. Rich with social resonance, these stores elicit the thrill of ideas struggling
to manifest as pure drama. Duchamp writes some if the most rewarding science
fiction stories you can read today; she is simply and unarguably among the
-Samuel R. Delany, author of DHALGREN and NOVA I don't have much more
to add to this very accurate review, except to say that LOVE'S BODY, DANCING
IN TIME turned out to be a collection that surprised me, pleasantly, with
the sheer beauty of its prose. I can't wait to hear L. Timmel Duchamp talk
about it on October 23rd. - Recommended by Madeline
STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS by Eileen Gunn (Tachyon Press, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS is an eclectic collection of short stories told
in a completely unique voice. In "My Fellow Americans," contestants
on the Tricky Dick Show in an alternate America try to determine whether
show host Richard Nixon is answering the questions truthfully. "Coming
to Terms" is a gorgeous and deeply affecting piece about dealing with the
remnants of a parent's death. Other stories include a weird fruit crisp
recipe, and the 'title track' story, Hugo-nominated "Stable Strategies for
Middle Management," which will resonate creepily with anyone who has ever
had (or has) a corporate job. All of Gunn's tales are wonderfully odd
and appealing. - Recommended by Cary and Jude
OLYMPIC GAMES by Leslie What (Tachyon Press, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
OLYMPIC GAMES features everyone's favorite "on again, off again" couple,
Zeus and Hera- alive, fairly well and happily duking it out in present day
New York City. Of course, their marital "bliss" ends up messing with the
lives of any oracles, naiads, and mortals that get in their way, but what
else is new? Leslie What's novel is funny, smart and truly enjoyable thanks
to her genuinely engaging characters. - Recommended by Cary
PERFECT CIRCLE by Sean Stewart (Small Beer Press, Hardcover, $24.00 and Trade Paperback, $15.00)
William "Dead" Kennedy has lost his family, his jobs, and most of the fights
he's been picking lately. Worse yet, he sees dead people, and they're
not cutting him much slack either. This is a really cool, different
kind of ghost story. - Recommended by Cary
NEW DARK VOICES ed. Shane Ryan Staley (Delirium Books, Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover (300 copies), $50.00)
NO TRAVELLER RETURNS by Paul Park (PS, Signed and Numbered Limited Edition
Hardcover (300 copies), $40.00, and Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Trade
Paperback (500 copies), $16.00)
MAYFLOWER II by Stephen Baxter (PS, Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover
(300 copies), $40.00, and Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Trade Paperback
(500 copies), $16.00)
TRUJILLO - STORIES BY LUCIUS SHEPARD by Lucius Shepard (PS, Signed and Numbered
Limited Edition Hardcover (500 copies), $50.00, and Signed and Numbered Limited
Edition Hardcover with slipcase (200 copies), $90.00)
OUT OF HIS MIND by Stephen Gallagher (PS, Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover, (500 copies) $50.00)
WAY STATION by Clifford D. Simak (Old Earth Books, Hardcover, $27.00)
CITY by Clifford D. Simak (Old Earth Books, Hardcover, $27.00)
MAD DOG SUMMER by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean, Signed First Edition Hardcover, $40.00)
A LITTLE BROWN BOOK OF BIZARRE STORIES by Thomas F. Monteleone (Borderlands
Press, Signed and Numbered First Edition Hardcover (500 copies), $20.00)
NIGHTSCAPE by David Morrell (Subterranean, Signed Limited Edition Hardcover (1500 copies), $35.00)
THE WHITE HANDS AND OTHER WEIRD TALES by Mark Samuels (Tartarus, Trade Paperback, $17.94)
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