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Events and News from Borderlands Books

October, 2005

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature

LitQuake Lit Crawl with Michael Blumlein, Richard Lupoff, Pat Murphy and Loren Rhoads, Saturday, October 15th at 6:30 pm

Donald Sidney-Fryer, Saturday, October 22nd at 4:00 pm

The Hermetic Order of Arcana presents Robert Bloch's "Notebook Found in a Deserted House," Saturday, October 22nd at 8:30 pm

The Rolling Darkness Review with Peter Atkins, Michael Blumlein, and Glen Hirshberg kicks off our notorious Dusk 'Til Dawn Scary Story Party, Saturday, October 29th from Dusk (6:41 pm ) 'til Dawn (6:06 am Sunday, October 30th)

Richard Morgan, Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm

Debut for A FEAST FOR CROWS, Tuesday, November 8th at 12:01 am

Borderlands' 8th Anniversary Sale, Saturday, November 12th from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Steven Erikson, Saturday, November 12th at 3:00 pm

Mark von Schlegell, Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this section)


"Michael Chabon and 18 of America's most prominent authors, including John Grisham, Rick Moody, Nora Roberts, Stephen King and Amy Tan have banded together to raise money for the First Amendment Project (FAP) through eBay Giving Works, the dedicated program for charity listings, starting on September 1st and running through September 25th, 2005. The authors will list for bid the chance to name a character in their upcoming books, and donate the proceeds to the FAP, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition.  After 12 years of assisting activists, journalists and artists, FAP is struggling financially and in serious danger of closing.  Michael Chabon, a member of FAP's Advisory Board, turned to his colleagues in the literary world and enlisted them to rally to FAP's defense. "
Borderlands congratulates customer Joey Shoji, who won the Lemony Snickett auction.  Mr. Snickett will use the name of Mr. Shoji's late father in a work of fiction.  For more information, see  ( )

Author Cory Doctorow's newest novel is being serialized on  Read the story so far: ( )

Some cheerful news from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association: Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park is open again!  The store has apparently found investors and re-negotiated its lease.  Welcome back! ( )

In other good news, fave-of-Borderlands Christopher Moore's zombie Christmas novel THE STUPIDEST ANGEL has won the Quill Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror novel.  ( ).  His very funny acceptance speech is not posted on the web, but if you'd like to read it, email Jude at and she'll send you a copy.

From The Office

Please forgive the brevity of this section and my silence over the last few months.  There are some big things brewing here at the store and they've been taking up a great deal of my time.  As I write this it's very late, almost four in the morning.  It's been a very long day and I still have to get this newsletter out tonight.  However, despite the lateness of the hour I just had to write a little something here about some of the events we have coming up as we swing into the end of the year.

As I gave this issue of Dispatches a final once-over before I sent it out, I was struck by what an incredible line-up of events we have over the next month.  Two of the big high points are obvious - Steven Erickson and Richard Morgan.  These two authors have produced over a half dozen of our best-selling titles of the last few years.  Further they both live outside of the US and so it's a rare treat to have them signing at Borderlands.  Finally, they are both fascinating people and excellent public speakers.  Both of these readings are not to be missed.

But, beyond the two obvious "headline" authors, the rest of our events are stellar.  Coming up very soon is LitCrawl, which substitutes the alcohol of a bar-crawl with short readings all the way up and down Valencia St. (and don't be concerned, for us drinkers, there are plenty of places to stop for a quick one between readings).  The entirety of LitCrawl is great and our line-up of readers is a 100% top notch showing of the best that the Bay Area has to offer in our field.

For Halloween we have not one but two great acts, and I do mean _acts_.  The Arcana production of Notebook Found In A Deserted House is going to be great.  Last year's production of The Shadow Over Innsmouth was just unbelievably good.  To be honest, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but this crew is just remarkable and has produced one of my most greatly enjoyed events of last year.  I have absolute faith that they'll do even better this year.

And then, just a week later, we'll be hosting the return of one of my other favorite events of last year, The Rolling Darkness Review.  Like the Arcana event, I didn't really know what to expect when these guys hit town.  And once again, I was bowled over by the show they put on.  Imagine taking three readers who have the poise and delivery of a trained actor on the stage.  Then add just enough special effects (like lights, sound, music . . . fog) to skirt the line between class and camp without ever crossing it.  That will give you some small idea of what the Revue is like.

But this month isn't all spectacle.   We're also going to have a chance to touch our roots and look to our future.  Donald Sidney-Fryer (or Donaldo, as he lets me call him) has been involved in our field for many years and is arguably one of our finest poets.  He was a close friend of Clark Ashton Smith, a man who was part of the circle that included both H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.  There are few people in the SF and Fantasy field whose connection to its foundations are as close as Donaldo's.

And then on the other hand, Mark von Schlegell's work is on the cutting edge of experimentation in our field and brings us a European perspective to SF that may be the next step after the current boom in the British writing community.

Last but not least, November will also see our 8th anniversary and the associated sale as well as our first midnight release party.  After all, who says that Harry Potter fans can have all the fun?

Yes, it's going to be one hell of a month.  I actually feel a little sorry for all of you.  You have to decide whether to miss any of these great events.  My choice is easy -- it's my job to be here so I shouldn't miss any.


Top Sellers At Borderlands

1)  Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
2)  Thud! by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
3)  Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb (Eos)
4)  Creepers by David Morrell (CDS Books)
5)  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Scholastic and Bloomsbury)
6)  Conference With the Dead by Terry Lamsley (Nightshade)
7)  Wetwork by Phil Nutman (Overlook Connection Press)
8)  Olympos by Dan Simmons (HarperCollins)
9)  Snake Agent by Liz Williams (Nightshade)
10)  Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Knopf)

1)  Ilium by Dan Simmons (HarperTorch)
2)  Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)
3)  Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson (Bantam UK)
4)  Dune: Battle of Corrin by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (Tor)
5)  Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey)
6)  The Knight by Gene Wolfe (Tor)
7)  Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (Eos)
8)  Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch)
9)  Hex and the City by Simon R. Green (Ace)
10)  Paths Not Taken by Simon R. Green (Ace)

Trade Paperbacks
1)  Looking for Jake by China Mieville (Del Rey)
2)  Market Forces by Richard Morgan (Ballantine)
3)  Strange Itineraries by Tim Powers (Tachyon Publications)
4)  Iron Council by China Mieville (Ballantine)
5)  Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)

Book Club Info

The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 13th at 5 pm to discuss MAROONED IN REALTIME by Vernor Vinge.  The book for December is TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO by Philip Jose Farmer.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 16th at 6 pm to discuss BLOODSUCKING FIENDS by Christopher Moore  The book for November is TAMSIN by Peter S. Beagle.  Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Detail

Saturday, October 15th at 6:30 pm: LitQuake Lit Crawl with Michael Blumlein, Richard Lupoff, Pat Murphy and Loren Rhoads -  From LitQuake: "The Lit Crawl is designed for those of who prefer their literature neat, on the rocks or with a water back—a four hour free pub crawl that includes queer, Latino, San Francisco Stories, travel, spirituality, erotica and other writing wends its way through 25 venues down Valencia Street."  Borderlands' portion of the Lit Crawl is called "Another Reality: Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing" and features readings from Michael Blumlein, Richard Lupoff, Pat Murphy and Loren Rhoads. 
About our authors: Michael Blumlein is the author of three novels and a story collection.  THE HEALER, his most recent novel, was released this year.  He has been nominated twice for the World Fantasy Award and twice for the Bram Stoker Award.  He has written for the stage and for film, and his novel X,Y was made into a feature length movie.  Dr. Blumlein practices and teaches medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.
Richard Lupoff is a prolific science fiction author and long-time participant in fandom.  From 1960-1963, Lupoff and his wife, Pat, published a fanzine called Xero, which published articles by a wide array of fans and authors, including such luminaries as Avram Davidson, Roger Ebert, Harlan Ellison and James Blish.  In 1963, Xero received the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine.  Lupoff began publishing fiction in 1967 with the novel ONE MILLION CENTURIES and went on to write several novels and short stories, often using pseudonyms.  Among his most famous novels are the duology CIRCUMPOLAR! and CIRCUMSOLAR! 
Pat Murphy’s writing has won numerous awards including the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Seiun Award for best foreign science fiction novel translated into Japanese.  Her work ranges from scientifically accurate science fiction to psychological fantasy to magic realism.  When she is not writing science fiction, Pat writes for the Exploratorium.  Her latest novel is ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE WITH MAX MERRIWELL and she is currently working on a novel for young adults titled WILD GIRLS.
Loren Rhoads is the editor of the award-winning non-fiction magazine Morbid Curiosity.  Her first book of essays, JET-LAG AND OTHER BLESSINGS, is due out from Agua Bonita Press at any moment.  Her short fiction has appeared in magazines like Indigenous Fiction and Not One of Us, in the books LEND THE EYE A TERRIBLE ASPECT and GHOSTBREAKERS: THE NEW HORRORS, and in the chapbook ASHES AND RUST.

Saturday, October 22nd at 4:00 pm: Donald Sidney-Fryer, SONGS AND SONNETS ATLANTEAN: THE THIRD SERIES (Phosphor Lantern Press) - Poet, performing artist, critic and literary historian Donald Sidney-Fryer is the last in the great line of California Romantics; the last of the Courtly Poets.  In the course of his long and varied career, Sidney-Fryer has written and edited some two dozen books and booklets.  A protege of Clark Ashton Smith, he has edited four books by Smith for Arkham House.  Join us as Sidney-Fryer presents the third and final volume in his SONGS AND SONNETS ATLANTEAN series -- it is sure to be unforgettable.

Saturday, October 22nd at 8:30 pm Hermetic Order of Arcana Radio Play of "Notebook Found In A Deserted House" -  The Hermetic Order of Arcana will proudly present a "live radio play broadcast" of a new adaptation of Robert Bloch's classic horror short story from 1951, "Notebook Found in a Deserted House," at Borderlands Books.  This presentation is the second radio drama that Borderlands has hosted with the Hermetic Order Of Arcana, following last year's successful radio adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "Shadow Over Innsmouth".  The Hermetic Order Of Arcana is dedicated to preserving and paying homage to the memory of great horror and mystery writers throughout the ages within the classic medium of the radio drama, and are greatly honored to have the opportunity to share the legacy of California horror writer Robert Bloch, who is perhaps best known for his chilling characterization of a schizophrenic serial killer in his classic horror novel PSYCHO, which was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in the internationally famous film of the same name.  "Notebook Found in a Deserted House," originally published in Weird Tales in 1951, is a classic horror story to fanatics of the genre, and was once named by British horror heavyweight Ramsey Campbell as "the most important story in horror fiction since the work of acclaimed horror pioneer H.P. Lovecraft".  The tale examines a chilling account of otherworldly monsters and their horrendous activities as seen through the eyes of a twelve year old boy in the deep woods of a desolate rural community, and his daring attempt to comprehend and finally escape an inevitable encounter at Halloween with the very source of his nightmares that, one by one, takes away the members of his family in a scene of gruesome ritualistic sacrifice.  Bloch's "Notebook Found in a Deserted House" has been adapted for radio by the Hermetic Order Of Arcana's co-founder and artistic director, RW Hessler, is produced by co-founder Thomas Lynch, and will feature many of the old-fashioned elements of radio drama production as popularized by pioneers of the genre such as the great Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre Group.  This particular "live broadcast" will also feature a live original score by Bay Area musicians Jon Fellman and Jefferson Parker, who have been active members of the local music scene for the past sixteen years.

Saturday October 29th from Dusk (6:41 pm ) til Dawn (6:06 am Sunday, October 30th), The Rolling Darkness Review with Peter Atkins, Michael Blumlein, and Glen Hirshberg kicks off our notorious Dusk 'Til Dawn Scary Story Party - The Rolling Darkness Revue, a traveling fraternity of some of horror fiction's premier talents, takes to the road this October to deliver thrills and chills in celebration of the genre's favorite holiday.  Launched last year to enthusiastic reviews and rapidly swelling audiences, the Rolling Darkness Revue is a multi-media experience which incorporates theatrical lighting and live music to provide much more than the usual bookstore reading.  Join us to meet founding members Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg, who will be joined by local author Michael Blumlein.
Peter Atkins: Author of MORNINGSTAR and BIG THUNDER and the movies Wishmaster and Hellraiser II-IV. "Atkins is a brilliant supplier of shudders and splendors" - Clive Barker.  "Writes with elegance, wit, and awe-inspiring surprises" - The Times (London).
Michael Blumlein: (See biography under LitQuake, above)
Glen Hirshberg: Award-winning author of THE TWO SAMS and THE SNOWMAN'S CHILDREN.  "A writer to watch and treasure." -Peter Straub. "Stories that are as unsettling as they are scary, as disturbing as they are profound." - Los Angeles Times.
As if that wasn't enough. . .!
It has become a Halloween tradition here at Borderlands Books to gather everyone together and try to scare the pants off of each other.  (With ghost and scary stories, to be exact -- no jumping out of closets, please!)  The festivities begin at dusk (Saturday, October 29th at 6:41 pm) and end at dawn the next day (Sunday, October 30th at 6:06 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.  Start sifting through your favorite horror and ghost stories and prepare for our one-of-a-kind Halloween tradition!

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm, Richard Morgan, WOKEN FURIES (Del Rey) - Borderlands is excited to welcome Richard Morgan, acclaimed author of MARKET FORCES, BROKEN ANGELS, and ALTERED CARBON, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award.  Publishers Weekly offers this about Morgan's latest novel, WOKEN FURIES: "In Morgan's powerful third cyberpunk noir SF novel to feature Takeshi Kovacs, whose consciousness is transferred from one ultra–combat-ready body to another in the service of various unscrupulous powers, the interstellar mercenary returns home to Harlan's World, thoroughly pissed and dangerous.  Despite his justified cynicism, he finds himself trying to protect a young woman who may house the soul of a martyred revolutionary from centuries earlier.  He also must fight a hired killer who's a younger version of himself.  To succeed, he has to sift through his past to see which allies and memories he can trust.  Morgan has become even more nervy since winning the Philip K. Dick Award for his confident first novel, ALTERED CARBON (2003).  This book develops a baroque, appallingly complicated setting, full of opportunities for revelation and betrayal.  Both violence and sex are troweled on thickly but appropriately; they have significant consequences for these people who are trying—in circumstances even more desperate than our own—to discover who they really are and who they might have a chance to become." Morgan's career is really taking off  -- come meet him before it's too late to say you "knew him when"!

Tuesday, November 8th at 12:01 am, debut for A FEAST FOR CROWS - It's almost here!  Join us late Monday night/early Tuesday morning (midnight) to be among the first to purchase A FEAST FOR CROWS, the excruciatingly anxiously awaited fourth book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series!  We will have some give-aways and other cool stuff for you die-hards who stay up late.

Saturday, November 12th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Borderlands 8th Anniversary Sale - Borderlands will be celebrating our 8th anniversary on Saturday, November 12th 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, employees, and cat excluded, sorry).  The sale will only run for one day, and this sale only happens once a year, so mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12th.  THANK YOU all for your support.

Saturday, November 12th at 3:00 pm, Steven Erikson, MEMORIES OF ICE (Tor) - Borderlands' customers were some of the first fantasy readers in the United States to go crazy for Steven Erikson's MALAZAN BOOKS OF THE FALLEN -- and now you can meet the author.  From Books at Transworld: "His debut fantasy novel, GARDENS OF THE MOON, was acclaimed for its combination of originality and intelligent, strong and exciting storytelling, singling out its author as a writer destined to rank alongside . . . giants of the genre.  The first in a truly epic series chronicling the ill-fated Malazan Empire, GARDENS OF THE MOON also took the internet by storm and had fans falling over themselves to praise this brilliant debut."  Erikson will be signing copies of the third book in the series, the US hardcover of MEMORIES OF ICE.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet the world-maker in person!

Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 pm, Mark von Schlegell, VENUSIA (Semiotext(e)) - From the publisher: "An American-born recent ex-patriot to Germany. . .Mark von Schlegell's fiction deftly scrambles the codes of traditional science-fiction and fantasy with high literature and philosophy, generating a psychedelic weave of theory and pulp tradition.  His SF and otherworldly ficto-criticism appears regularly in the international art underground -- from Brazil to Auckland to Berlin.  VENUSIA, the inaugural volume of The System Series, is his first novel."

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Oddities:

Cultural Breaks by Brain Aldiss (Tachyon, Hardcover, $24.95) - Contains the stories Tarzan of The Alps, Eye Opener, Dusk Flight, A Chinese Perspective and more.

Shadow Twin by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00) - Novella originally appeared on  Limited to 500 copies, signed by all three authors.

Other Worlds Than Ours by Nelson Bond (Arkham House, Hardcover, $35.95) - “Other Worlds Than Ours” is Nelson Bond’s 3rd book for Arkham House.  It follows 1968’s “Nightmares and Daydreams” and 2002’s “The Far Side of Nowhere.”  Both rank among Arkham House’s fastest sellers, proving once again that Nelson Bond’s reputation as a writer of fantasy fiction continues long after he ceased writing for publication. This collection draws upon previously uncollected SF tales from the 1940s.  The majority are hard to find novelettes originally published in Blue Book, Astounding, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Planet Stories and Amazing Stories. There is also a complete novel, exciting “Gods of the Jungle,” which appeared in the June and July 1942 issues of Amazing Stories.  An American pilot during World War II is forced to land in the jungle where he discovers an ancient temple that leads him to an ancient civilization founded by visitors to Earth.  The remaining 12 stories are grouped according to their subjects and cover travel to remote and distant planets in the universe, where travelers meet unusual adventures and sometimes terrifying creatures who inhabit remote planets and moons.  “Martian Caravan” and “Wanderers of the Wolf Moon” are two rare and hard-to-find tales that will haunt you for a long time. Arkham House has already contracted for another Nelson Bond book, “Probability Zero*, It will appear in the next few years and will publish many of his previously forgotten fantasy tales, and another long-lost novel. Jacket Art by Alan Fore  - Jennifer A. Niles

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks (Night Shade Books, Trade Hardcover, $24.95, and Signed Limited Edition 250 copies, $49.00) - The first US edition.

Pet Peeve by Piers Anthony (Tachyon, Hardcover, $24.95)

My Rose & My Glove - Stories (Real and Surreal) - by Harvey Jacobs (Darkside, Hardcover, $45.00)

Star Changes - The Science Fiction of Clark Ashton Smith by Clark Ashton Smith edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger (Darkside, Hardcover, $45.00)

Snake Agent: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by Liz Williams (Night Shade Books, Trade Hardcover, $24.95, and Signed Limited Edition of 125 copies, including the previously unpublished Inspector Chen story "Insecticide," which is not included in the trade edition, $49.00) - First novel in Liz William’s near future occult thriller, set in the far east.  Fans of Jim Butcher or Laurell K. Hamilton should not miss this one.  (Thanks to customer Evan McClanahan for the following review.) "In addition to being a very sharp-looking book, SNAKE AGENT is a fascinating story about a near future setting infused with a very practical and well integrated vein of magic.  The setting, in the near future franchise city of Singapore 3, is incredibly well realized and intricately detailed.   Despite its conceits it never fails to provide the frissions of the real that are so important to this type of book. Heaven and hell are always but a step away, but as in our world, everything is too bright and active and happening to really get involved with things that only seems to matter once you've died.  Unless you're someone like Detective Inspector Chen Wei, the protagonist of the novel, whose job as departmental liaison to hell relentlessly involves him in otherworldly affairs.  It sounds goofy, almost, but Williams never misses a beat and her characters are never less than wonderful.  Not a book to miss."

The Gist Hunter and Other Stories by Matthew Hughes (Night Shade Books, Trade Hardcover, $27.00, and Signed Limited Edition of only 125 copies, including the extra story "From the Discourses and Edifications of Liw Osfeo” which is not included in the trade edition, $49.00) - Includes the Guth Bandar and Henghis Hapthorn cycle of short stories, along with several other non Archonate stories.

Trujillo: a Novel by lucius Shepard (Night Shade Books, Hardcover, $24.95) - Novel set in the Honduran town of the title’s name. Note, this is NOT the same book as the PS collection by the same name.  It is just the novel, and does not include any short fiction.

Splitting Infinity: 63rd World Science Fiction Convention Program Book by Chiristopher Priest (Interaction, Oversized Hardcover, $115.95) - Limited to 100 signed hardcover copies, this edition is signed by Greg Pickersgill, Christopher Priest, Lars-Olov Strandberg, Jane Yolen, Jim Burns, and the Con Chairs.  Not signed by Robert Sheckley, as issued, due to his illness which kept him away from the convention.  Features cloth and gold foil stamped slip case, and full Jim Burns wrap-around artwork.

Westermead by Scott Thomas (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Oversized Hardcover, $85.00) - Limited to 150 copies

Liaden Universe Companion Volume One by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (SRM Publisher, Trade Paperback, $15.95) - Until now, these short works have been available only in magazines, anthologies, and chapbooks.  SRM Publisher Ltd. is changing this, with the first in a series of collected Lee and Miller short works.  Liaden Universe Companion, Volume One contains one dozen short stories, including all of the stories from the first 5 Liaden Universe Chapbooks as well as an additional story - "King of The Cats" - which appeared first in The Cat's Job.

Pleasures of a Futuroscope by Lord Dunsany edited by S.T. Joshi (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Child of Earth by David Gerrold (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Haint: A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space by Joy Ward (Trafford, Trade Paperback, $18.95)

The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford (Dark Alley, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Nova Scotia - New Scottish Speculative Fiction edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson (Crescent Books, Trade Paperback, $19.58) - Stories by Ken Macleod, Hal Duncan, Charles Stross and others

Daughters of a Coral Dawn by Katherine V. Forrest (Alyson Books, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Daughters of an Amber Noon by Katherine V. Forrest (Alyson Books, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Daughters of an Emerald Dusk by Katherine V. Forrest (Alyson Books, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Earth Future - Stories From A Sustainable World by Guy Dauncey (New Society Publishers, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Fast Eddie, King of the Bees by Robert Arellano (Akashic Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Wired for Chaos by Brett L. Renwick (Creation Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Finding Serenity - Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly edited by Jane Espenson (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $17.95)

The Essential Ellison - A 50 Year Retrospective by Harlan Ellison edited by Terry Dowling (Morpheus, Trade Paperback, $24.95) - With Richard Delap and Gil Lamont

Counting on Wildflowers - Conversation Pieces vol. 4 by Kim Antieau (Aqueduct, Trade Paperback, $9.00)

The Traveling Tide - Conversation Pieces vol. 5 by Rosaleen Love (Aqueduct, Trade Paperback, $9.00)

The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor - Conversation Pieces vol. 6 by Anne Sheldon (Aqueduct, Trade Paperback, $9.00)

Ordinary People - Conversation Pieces vol. 7 by Eleanor Aronson (Aqueduct, Trade Paperback, $9.00)

Alanya to Alanya - Marq’ssan Cycle vol. 1 by L. Timmel Duchamp (Aqueduct, Trade Paperback, $19.00)

Numbers Don’t Lie by Terry Bisson (Tachyon, Trade Paperback, $25.00) - Special signed preview edition limited to 26 copies.

All Eve’s Hallows - A City Knights Novel by Dean Wesley Smith (Phobos Impact, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Affinity Trap - The Structure vol. 1 by Martin Sketchley (Pyr, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Flight of the Mayflower by Mark Carew (Mark Carew & Associates, Mass Market, $18.00)


Giants of the Genre by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press, Trade Paperback, $16.00) - Interviews with Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, and others

More Giants of the Genre by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00) - Interviews with Laurell K. Hamilton, Connie Willis, Richard Matheson, and others

Riverside Blues by Erik Tomblin (Earthling Publications, Chapbook, $14.00) - Limited to 300 signed and hand-numbered copies.

A Lower Deep by Tom Piccirilli (Delirium Books, Hardcover, $50.00) - One of 200 signed and numbered limited edition copies. Volume 3, book 3 of the Dark Essentials series.

Lake Mountain by Steve Gerlach (Bloodletting Press, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of 400 signed and numbered limited edition copies. Introduction by Elizabeth Massie.

Wet Work - The Definitive Edition by Philip Nutman (Overlook Connection, Hardcover, $37.95) - We have just a few signed copies left.

A Hairy Chest, a Big Dick, and a Harley by Lucy Taylor (Overlook Connection, Hardcover, $44.95) - One of 1000 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

Berserk by Tim Lebbon (Necessary Evil Press, Hardcover, $50.00) - One of 462 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

Blue November Storms by Brian Freeman (Cemetery Dance, Hardcover, $30.00) - #14 of the CD Novella Series. Limited to 750 copies. Signed.

Eyes of the Carp by T. M. Wright (Cemetery Dance, Hardcover, $30.00) - #15 of the Cemetery Dance novella series. Limited to 750 copies. Signed.

Retribution, Inc. by Geoff Cooper (Cemetery Dance, Hardcover, $30.00) - #16 of the Cemetery Dance novella series. Limited to 750 copies. Signed.

Pumpkin Boy by Al Sarrantonio (Endeavor Press, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of 200 signed and numbered limited edition copies. Endeavor Press novelette series #3

Drive-In: The Bus Tour by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00)

A Little Magenta Book Of Mean Stories by Elizabeth Massie (Borderlands Press, Other Hardcover, $20.00) - Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.

Fantastic Art of Beksinski by Zdizislaw Bekinski (Morpheus International, Oversized Hardcover, $24.95)

Tales Out of Dunwich edited by Robert M. Price (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $20.00) - Stories by Nancy A. Collins, Jack Williamson, Richard A. Lupoff and others.

Fatal Women by Tanith Lee (Eggerton House, Trade Paperback, $23.50) - Tanith Lee writing as Esther Carber and introducing Juliette Shapiro writing as Yolande Sorores

Dark Duets: Musical Mayhem by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00) - Stories of musical horror with collaborators P.D. Cacek, Charlee Jacob, Jeffrey Thomas, and others

The Strangers by Mort Castle (Overlook Connection, Trade Paperback, $19.98)

Best of Borderlands by Elizabeth E. Monteleone, Editor (Borderlands Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00)

Vamped by David Sosnowski (Down Town Press, Trade Paperback, $13.00)

Fuckin’ Lie Down Already by Tom Piccirilli (Endeavor Press, Trade Paperback, $11.95)

Pet Noir by Shannon O’Leary (Shannon O’Leary, Oversized Softcover, $5.00)

Apocalypse Now, Voyager by Jay Russell (Earthling Publications, Chapbook, $14.00) - Limited to 400 signed and hand-numbered copies.

New and Notable

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Vellum - The Book of All Hours vol. 1 by Hal Duncan (Macmillan, Hardcover, $34.06) - (Thanks to customer Evan McClanahan for this review.) "This is a big, complicated book, and thus it's a bit hard to
describe.  There are a great many threads running through it, and many stories told in parallel, which sometimes are the same story, and sometimes are not.  There are a couple of central themes running through, although at times they're weak or too seldom glimpsed, and the story feels like it's wandering or has lost the track.  That said, the writing is great, extravagant, experimental and captivating.  It's that, more than the story (which isn't finished anyway, hooray for more waiting!), which makes the book compelling.  Still digesting this one.  It's fiercely complicated and occasionally confusing and hops genres with nary a care for the reader's preconceptions (which is a good thing, but adds to the confusion).  The book never stays in one place for long, shifting from fannish winks and nods to utter, serious weirdness.  This book is getting a lot of 'next big thing' type press, and there's a good reason for it, because it's the first book that I've read in quite a while that unashamedly combines genre mechanics and high-lit experimentation and pulls it off in style."

Learning the World - A Novel of First Contact by Ken Macleod (Orbit, Hardcover, $34.06) - (Thanks to customer Evan McClanahan for this review.) "Likely MacLeod's best book so far.  Unlike so many of the things that I've been reading recently, it's filled with a genuine sense of excitement at progress and optimism for the future, both close and distant.  MacLeod is someone who generally writes about the singularity, and there are some hints here and there, but it's clear that people have gotten through it and prospered, as there are still essentially human characters fifteen thousand years down the line.  Things might be a little weird in the hot bright core of the human sphere, it's hinted; there are some places where you just don't want to go because they've recently had an intelligence excursion, but overall, life continues and there's space enough for everyone.  I think that the most effective conceit of the novel is the half of it that is told from the perspective of the aliens (who aren't really all that alien, but aren't meant to be, I don't think), which gives us a really good outsider picture of what's happening and what the subtly post-human characters in the other half of the novel are taking for granted.  A tiny bit weak at the ending, where some things that needed explanation got glossed over, I felt, but all in all a great book full of big ideas and solid writing."

Knife of Dreams - The Wheel of Time vol. 11 by Robert Jordan (Tor, Hardcover, $29.95)

Masks of the Outcasts by Andre Norton (Baen, Hardcover, $24.00) - Previously published in parts as CATSEYE and NIGHT OF MASKS.

Old Soldiers by David Weber (Baen, Hardcover, $26.00) - Created by Keith Laumer.

Retief’s Peace by William H. Keith (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) - Created by Keith Laumer.

The Times of Troubles vol. 2 by Harry Turtledove (Baen, Hardcover, $26.00) - Contains two complete Videssos novels, THE THOUSAND CITIES, and VIDESSOS BESIEGED

Shaman’s Crossing - Soldier Son Trilogy vol. 1 by Robin Hobb (Eos, Hardcover, $25.95) - Signed by Robin Hobb on the full title page.  We also have copies with the publisher's tipped-in signature sheets.

Eldest by Christoher Paolini (Knopf, Hardcover, $21.00)

The Sword of Angels by John Marco (DAW , Hardcover, $25.95)

The Protector’s War by S. M. Stirling (Roc, Hardcover, $24.95) - Sequel to Dies the Fire

Thud! - A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, Hardcover, $24.95) - Unnumbered Signed Limited Edition First Printing.  Contains tipped in signature sheet signed by the author.

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut (Seven Stories Press, Hardcover, $23.95)

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Morrow, Hardcover, $26.95) - Unnumbered Signed Limited Edition First Printing.  Contains tipped in signature sheet signed by the author.

In the Ruins - Crown of Stars vol. 6 by Kate Elliott (DAW , Hardcover, $25.95)

Night Train to Rigel by Timothy Zahn (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Out of Time by John Marsden (Tor, Hardcover, $16.95)

Pilgrim - Wayfarer Redemption vol. 5 by Sara Douglas (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Ghost by John Ringo (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) - Includes free CD - We have just a few signed copies left.

Man-Kzin Wars vol. 11 by Hal Colebatch and Matthew Joseph Harrington, created by Larry Niven  (Baen, Hardcover, $22.00) - With a new story by Larry Niven

Thraxas and the Dance of Death - Thraxas vol. 4 by Martin Scott (Baen, Hardcover, $22.00)

Context - Nulapeiron Sequence vol. 2 by John Meaney (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00)

People of the Moon by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes - Outlander vol. 6 by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte, Hardcover, $28.00)

Children of the Serpent Gate - Tears of Artamon vol. 3 by Sarah Ash (Bantam Spectra, Hardcover, $23.00)

Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95)

Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95)

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire (Regan Books, Hardcover, $26.95)

Drive to the East - Settling Accounts vol. 2 by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, Hardcover, $26.95)

Silverheart: A Novel of the Multiverse by Michael Moorcock and Storm Constantine (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00)

The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios (Gotham Books, Hardcover, $26.00)

The World of Faery - An Inspirational Collection of Art for Faery Lovers edited by David Rich (Paper Tiger, Oversized Hardcover, $29.95)

Wizardology - The Book of the Secrets of Merlin by Douglas A. Steer (Candlewick Press, Oversized Hardcover, $19.99)

Where’s My Cow? by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, Oversized Hardcover, $16.95) - Illustrated by Melvyn Grant

Extraterrestrials - A Field Guide for Earthlings by Terence Dickinson and  Adolf Schaller (Camden House, Oversized Softcover, $9.95)

Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Oversized Softcover, $6.99) - Illustrated by Dave McKean

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame (Henry Holt, Oversized Softcover, $7.95) - Illustrated by Michael Hague

The War of the Worlds: Mars’ Invasion of Earth, Inciting Panic and Inspiring Terror from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles and Beyond by H. G. Wells (Sourcebooks, Oversized Softcover, $19.95) - Contains the novel in its entirety with the illustrations that accompanied the original magazine serial, the entire text of the Mercury Theatre radio play by Howard Koch, and the original 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast on CD.

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury (Harper Perennial, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

The System of the World - Baroque Cycle vol. 3 by Neal Stephenson (Harper Perennial, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Against Gravity by Gary Gibson (Tor UK, Trade Paperback, $21.39)

Cast In Shadow by Michelle Sagara (Luna, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green (Roc, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Black Sun Rising by C. S. Friedman (DAW , Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Bear Daughter by Judith Berman (Ace, Trade Paperback, $16.00) - Bears! Shapechangers, Native American Fantasy, oh my!

Unicorn Girl by Michael Kurland (Cosmos Books, Trade Paperback, $14.99)

Black Jade - Ea Cycle vol. 3 by David Zindell (HarperCollins, Trade Paperback, $28.63)

The Destiny Mask by Martin Sketchley (Simon and Schuster, Trade Paperback, $21.39)

Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $13.00)

The First Heroes - New Tales of the Bronze Age edited by Harry Turtledove and Noreen Doyle (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

The Ordinary by Jim Grimsley (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells (Penguin, Trade Paperback, $8.00)

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (Penguin, Trade Paperback, $6.00)

The Wizard - The Wizard Knight, vol. 2 by Gene Wolfe (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

The Narrows by Alexander C. Irvine (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Veniss Underground by Jeff Vandermeer (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $10.95)

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

Daughter of the Ancients - Bridge of D’Arnath vol. 4 by Carol Berg (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99)

Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (Signet, Mass Market, $4.95)

The Return of Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99)

Magic Tails edited by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, Mass Market, $7.50)

Furies of Calderon - Codex Alera vol. 1 by Jim Butcher (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Angel Stations by Gary Gibson (Tor, Mass Market, $14.15)

Gate of Bones - Magikers vol. 4 by Emily Drake (DAW, Mass Market, $6.99)

Alosha by Christopher Pike (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

Serenity by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Pocket, Mass Market, $6.99)

Dead on My Feet by Wm. Mark Simmons (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

Ring of Fire - Sequels to 1632 edited by Eric Flint (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99) - Featuring David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, K.D. Wentworth, Dave Freer, and S.L. Viehl

Shadow of Saganami - Saganami Island vol. 1 by David Weber (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

Dragon’s Treasure by Elizabeth A. Lynn (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

Dragonfly by Frederic S. Durbin (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

For Those Who Fell by William C. Dietz (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

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

Virtual Mode by Piers Anthony (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Chasing Fire by Michelle M. Welch (Bantam Spectra, Mass Market, $6.50)

Sliding Scales by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey, Mass Market, $6.99)

Conventions of War - Dread Empire’s Fall vol. 3 by Walter Jon Williams (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch, Mass Market, $7.99)

Last Call by Tim Powers (Avon, Mass Market, $7.99)

Shadow Roads - Swans’ War vol. 3 by Sean Russell (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)


Horror - Another 100 Best Books edited by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman (Carroll & Graf, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Gothic Horror - A Reader's Guide from Poe to King and Beyond edited by Clive Bloom (Macmillan, Trade Paperback, $29.95)

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (RazorBill, Hardcover, $16.99) - A wonderful, funny and scary new take on vampirism as a sexually transmitted parasite.  This book has a line that actually spooked normally-un-spookable me.  If you're really nice, I'll tell you what it is.  Recommended by Jude

Song in the Dark - the Vampire Files by P. N. Elrod (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)

Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due (Atria Books, Hardcover, $25.00)

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (Seven Stories, Hardcover, $24.95)

Dark Delicacies edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb (Carroll & Graf, Hardcover, $26.00) - Original stories by Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Richard Laymon and others.

Dare to Be Scared - Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill by Robert D. San Souci (Cricket Books, Hardcover, $15.95) - Illustrated by David Ouimet

Double-Dare to Be Scared - Another Thirteen Chilling Tales by Robert D. San Souci (Cricket Books, Hardcover, $15.95) - Illustrated by David Ouimet

Matty Groves by Deborah Grabien (Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, $23.95)

Poems Bewitched and Haunted edited by John Hollander (Everyman’s Library, Other Hardcover, $12.50)

Bunny Suicides - A Postcard Book by Andy Riley (Plume, Other Softcover, $10.00) - A postcard book of cartoons featuring little fluffy rabbits who just don’t want to live any more.

Even More Short & Shivery - Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales Retold by Robert D. San Souci (Delacorte Press, Oversized Softcover, $10.95) - Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

More Short & Shivery - Thirty Terrifying Tales Retold by Robert D. San Souci (Delacorte Press, Oversized Softcover, $10.95) - Illustrated by Katherine Coville and Jacqueline Rogers

The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories edited by Peter Haining (Carroll & Graf, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Revised edition.

Crave the Night by Susan Sizemore (Pocket, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Contains I BURN FOR YOU, I THIRST FOR YOU, and I HUNGER FOR YOU.

The Mammoth Book of New Terror edited by Stephen Jones (Robinson, Trade Paperback, $15.96)

Dark Terrors 6 - The Gollancz Book of Horror edited by Stephen Jones (Gollancz, Trade Paperback, $15.96)

Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (Tor, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo (Chamberlain Bros., Trade Paperback, $14.95) - Includes the original silent film adaptation of the novel starring Lon Chaney, Sr. on DVD

Blood of Angels by Michael Marshall (HarperCollins, Hardcover, $25.01) - Follow up to THE STRAW MEN and THE LONELY DEAD.

Creepshows - The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide by Stephen Jones (Titan Books, Oversized Softcover, $32.25)

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance vol. 2 by Robin Furth (Scribner, Trade Paperback, $18.00) - Covers books 5-7 in THE DARK TOWER SERIES

Quietus by Vivian Schilling (Onyx, Mass Market, $7.99)

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (Signet, Mass Market, $6.99)

Lost on the Darkside - Voices on the Edge of Horror edited by John Pelan (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99) - Stories by Tony Richards, Ramsey Campbell, Jeffrey Thomas and others

Fallen Angel by Kim Wilkins (Gollancz, Mass Market, $14.15)

Hideaway by Dean Koontz (Berkley, Mass Market, $7.99)

Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Tor, Mass Market, $4.95) - Sequel to RELIC

Dark Carnival - Serenity Falls vol. 3 by James A. Moore (Jove, Mass Market, $6.99)

The Pack - Serenity Falls vol. 2 by James A. Moore (Jove, Mass Market, $6.99)

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (Enriched Classic, Mass Market, $5.99)

Heretic by Joseph Nassie (Pocket, Mass Market, $6.99)

Follow by A.J. Matthews (Jove, Mass Market, $7.99)

Incubus Dreams - Anita Blake vol. 12 by Laurell K. Hamilton (Jove, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Backwoods by Edward Lee (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

The Reckoning by Sarah Pinborough (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

Through a Crimson Veil by Patti O’Shea (Jove, Mass Market, $6.99)

La Noche de la Bruja Muerta by Kim Harrison (HarperTorch, Mass Market, $6.99) - Spanish-language edition of DEAD WITCH WALKING

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.)

MEMORIES OF ICE by Steven Erikson (Tor, Hardcover) - The US hardcover will be released soon.

NECESSARY EVILS by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (SRM Publisher, Chapbook) - The Yule chapbook from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will ship at the end of November.  One story will feature Daav yos' Phelium, and one story will take place in the era of CRYSTAL SOLDIER.

British Book Watch:

JUDAS UNCHAINED (Hardcover, Macmillian UK) - The follow-up to PANDORA'S STAR is currently in transit from Britain and will be here soon.  We also have signed copies on the way.

A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R.R. Martin (Hardcover, Voyager UK) - The waiting is almost over!  We'll have both signed and unsigned copies of the British first edition.  Reserve yours now.

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