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2000: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror Starred Review Titles

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
A list of books which received at least one starred review Red Dragon image(indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist - BL, Publisher's Weekly - PW, Kirkus, and Library Journal - LJ.Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine unless otherwise noted. Titles are arranged by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author.

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December

  • Ghosts and Grisly Things
    Author: Campbell, Ramsey
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312867581 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Ghosts and Grisly Things is a chilling collection of the best of Ramsey Campbell's recent short fiction, most of it never before available in the United States in any form.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
  • The Last Hot Time
    Author: Ford, John M.
    Publisher: Tor $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312855451 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    By turns brutal and delicate, murderous and metaphysical, The Last Hot Time is a fantasy novel unlike any other, a brilliant dance of genres and storylines leading to a thoroughly unusual conclusion. This is the first new novel in seven years from a multiple winner of the World Fantasy Award.
  • Tropic of Creation
    Author: Kenyon, Kay
    Publisher: Spectra $ 5.99 ISBN: 0553580264 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    After a prolonged war between the humans and the ahtra, an uneasy peace reigns. But it will soon be challenged by the discovery of the ahtra's greatest weakness. This discovery could either annihilate the fragile alliance, or cast it into new forms that no one could possibly predict.
  • A Storm of Swords
    Author: Martin, George R. R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0553106635 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Ventus
    Author: Schroeder, Karl
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 031287197X Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist
    Ventus is a large-scale hard SF adventure novel in the tradition of Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, and Arthur C. Clarke. Karl Schroeder, a physicist and writer, is a winner of Canada's Aurora Award. His novel The Claus Effect, written in collaboration with David Nickle, was called the best first fantasy of the year by Science Fiction Chronicle, and now his first SF novel launches a major career in SF.
    In the far future an artificial intelligence of godlike power goes rogue. It is finally destroyed but only after terrifying struggles. And it has already sent out seeds of itself throughout the galaxy. - Jacket copy.
  • Zeitgeist: A Novel of Metamorphis
    Author: Sterling, Bruce
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553104934 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus

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November

  • The Walking
    Author: Little, Bentley
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451201744 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Across the country, the dead have risen and they're on a mission. No one knows why they are walking or where they are going and no one can stop them. The Bram Stoker Award-winning writer and author of The Store, The Ignored, and The Town is "a master of the macabre" (Stephen King).
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars | Zombies
  • Embraces: Dark Erotica
    Author: Guran, Pamela
    Publisher: Venus or Vixen $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0967363810 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror
    Author: Jones, Stephen (ed)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 11.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0786707925 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Now in its eleventh year, this winner of the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Critics Guild Award again showcases the finest talents writing contemporary horror fiction -- established masters as well as new voices -- and presents its lively review of the past year in the field of fear and terror.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
  • Outlaw School
    Author: Ore, Rebecca
    Publisher: Eos $ 13.50 (trade paper) ISBN: 0380792508 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
  • The Truth
    Author: Pratchett, Terry
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24 ISBN: 0380978954 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In this 25th novel of the popular "Discworld" series, Pratchett takes readers to the strange and magical metropolis of Ankh-Morpork. There, young William de Worde has decided to start the city's first newspaper and is plunged into the harrowing career of investigative journalism in this satirical send-up of the Fourth Estate.
  • Marrow
    Author: Reed, Robert
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312868014 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    The Ship that travels the universe is larger than many planets, housing thousands of alien races and just as many secrets. Now one of those secrets has been discovered: At the center of the Ship is a planet. When a Ship team is sent to investigate, will they return with the origins of the Ship--or bring doom to everyone on board?
  • The Fresco
    Author: Tepper, Sheri S.
    Publisher: Eos $ 24 ISBN: 0380978792 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Plain-spoken, 36-year-old bookstore manager Benita Alvarez-Shipton is greeted by a pair of aliens who ask her to transmit their message of peace to Washington. But they also come with a warning about another alien race: predators with their attention focused on Earth, who may have already made their first "visit".
  • The Grand Ellipse
    Author: Volsky, Paula
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553108042 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Around the World in Eighty Days meets romantic fantasy in this masterful tale that is part grand adventure, part fantastic, travelogue -- and easily one of the most unique stories of the season.

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October

  • The Touch
    Author: Altman, Steve
    Publisher: Pocket $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0743407156 Date: 2000
    starPW
  • Dance for Emilia
    Author: Beagle, Peter S.
    Publisher: Roc $ 14.95 ISBN: 0451458001 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Even lifelong friendships can outlast death--or can they? Award-winning author Peter S. Beagle presents a deeply personal story of dreams abandoned and recovered, friends loved and lost, and the strength it takes to let go.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars

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September

  • Dark Sleeper
    Author: Barlough, Jeffrey E.
    Publisher: Ace $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0441007309 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In a fog-shrouded Victorian town, a metaphysics professor investigates a series of strange sightings--from phantom ships to creatures long extinct. What he uncovers is an ancient, mystical evil intent on destroying every person in the town. A debut novel.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
  • Ship of Destiny
    Author: Hobb, Robin
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553103237 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    Hobb brings the epic tale of the Liveship Traders - begun in Ship of Magic and Mad Ship - to its triumphant conclusion. It is a world in dire straits: Bingtown is in flames, victim of the growing war with Chalced. Althea and Brashen, aboard the Paragon, are finding their blinded Liveship increasingly unstable and unpredictable. And in the midst of the chaos arises a dragon powerful enough to forge the world as she sees fit, be it for destruction, or redemption.
  • The Telling
    Author: LeGuin, Ursula K.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151005672 Date: 2000
    star LJ starPW
    The bestselling author of The Left Hand of Darkness delivers the latest novel in the Hainish Cycle. Sutty, an observer from Earth, has been assigned to a new world in which past beliefs are outlawed and every citizen must be a producer-consumer. Sutty discovers the remnants of a banned religion and a hidden culture and learns a lot about herself.

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August

  • Daemonomania
    Author: Crowley, John
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553100041 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Daemonomania, set in the same realm of infinite possibility as Aegypt and Love and Sleep, continues the tale of four people who live, as we do, in a world where time, space, and matter might undergo seizures or spasms that usher in new ages. The last time the world passed through such a gateway--in Elizabethan England--magic was replaced by science. Perhaps next time magic--in a new and unimaginable form--will return.
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (ed)
    Publisher: St Martins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0312262744 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Highly acclaimed for collecting the finest short fiction in fantasy and horror, the World Fantasy Award-winning annual series continues its eclectic and always interesting tradition with this 13th volume. Highlights of this year's edition include Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman, Robert Girardi, Patricia McKillip, Delia Sherman, Michael Marshall Smith, Steve Rasnic Tem, Gene Wolfe, and many others, along with year-end wrap-ups in publishing, movies, and comics.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
  • The Miocene Arrow
    Author: McMullan, Sean
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 031287054x Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    As war looms, ultra-light American diesel gunwings can hold their own against Australian human-powered battle computers and a tram-based net. But they are helpless against the ultimate doomsday machine: The Miocene Arrow.
  • Breakthroughs
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 26.00 ISBN: 0345405633 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Hailed by USA Today as "the master of Alternate History", Harry Turtledove has re-created the War to End All Wars--a World War I where the Confederate States of America and the United States of America are on opposite sides, and all the viciousness of modern combat comes to the shores of North America. Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
  • Mortalis
    Author: Savatore, R.A.
    Publisher: del Rey $ 22.95 ISBN: 0345430395 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    The bestselling author of the DemonWars trilogy returns to that world with his most ambitious novel to date: a tale of grief, despair, and hope set in the magical land of Corona. The heroic woman known as Pony must now undertake a pilgrimage that will test her powers and her faith as they have never been tested before.
  • Brain Plague
    Author: Slonczewski, Joan
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312867182 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    An intelligent microbe race that can live symbiotically in other intelligent beings is colonizing the human race throughout the civilized universe. This new novel in the famous Elysium cycle is the story of one woman's psychological and moral struggle to adjust to having an ambitious colony of microbes living permanently in her own head.
  • Ghost Music: And Other Stories
    Author: Tessier, Thomas
    Publisher: Cemetery Dance $ 40 ISBN: 1881475778 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • The Perseids and Other Stories
    Author: Wilson, Robert Charles
    Publisher: Tor $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312873743 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Beginning with The Perseids, winner of Canada's national SF award, this collection of short science fiction showcases Wilson's suppleness and strength. Also included are the acclaimed Hugo Award finalist, Divided by Infinity, and three new stories written specifically for this collection.
  • In Green's Jungle
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312873158 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In Green's Jungles is the second volume, after On Blue's Waters, of Wolfe's ambitious SF trilogy, The Book of the Short Sun. It is again narrated by Horn, who has embarked on a quest from his home on the planet Blue in search of the heroic leader Patera Silk.

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July

  • The Year's Best Science Fiction (17th edition)
    Author: Dozois, Gardner R.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0312262752 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Under the Skin
    Author: Faber, Michel
    Publisher: Harcourt $ ISBN: Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Under the Skin is a first novel that defies categorization, an allegory for contemporary society run amok, set in the very real beauty of the Scottish Highlands. "Michael Faber has, it can truly be said--hand on heart--a vivid and original imagination".--The Scotsman.
  • Probability Moon
    Author: Kress, Nancy
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312874065 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Humanity has expanded into other solar systems using the remnants of an ancient technology of star gates--instant travel devices left in place by a now-vanished superrace. Yet now an alien race also has discovered the gates, a race with which no communication is possible, and they are determined to exterminate humanity.
    Suggested Reading: Alien Invasions
  • Saturn's Race
    Author: Niven, Larry & Steven Barnes
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312867263 Date: 2000
    star PW
    The bestselling co-authors of Beowulf's Children return with a Utopian taleset on a city-sized artificial island populated by some of the wealthiest menand women on future Earth.
  • Dark Matter: The Anthology of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction by Black Writers
    Author: Sheree, Thomas (ed)
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446525839 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus starLJ
    For the first time, 40 short stories from past and present black science fiction and fantasy writers have been collected in a one-of-a-kind anthology. Authors include Steven Barnes, Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Tananarive Due, and Walter Mosley.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Scary Stars | All Stars
  • Chimera
    Author: Shetterly, Will
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312866305 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Zoe Domingo, half jaguar, half human, has run afoul of those who would like to keep her kind - chimeras - enslaved as servants, soldiers, laborers, or sex toys. Shetterly has created a dark new vision of the future in this tale of gene-splicing and artificial intelligence.
  • Magic Terror: 7 Tales
    Author: Straub, Peter
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375503935 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist
  • Wheel of the Infinite
    Author: Wells, Martha
    Publisher: Eos $ 24 ISBN: 0380973359 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    From one of the most beloved and acclaimed new authors of epic fantasy comes a powerful tale of endings and beginnings in an eternal cycle of evil and good.

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June


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May

  • Brightly Burning
    Author:Lackey, Mercedes
    Publisher: Signet $ 24.95 ISBN: 0886778891 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    This glorious return to Lackey's bestselling Valdemar series tells the story of Lavan Firestorm, a young man blessed--and cursed--with a special talent for firestarting.
  • The Traveling Vampire Show
    Author: Laymon, Richard
    Publisher: Cemetery Dance $ 40 ISBN: 1587670003Date: 2000
    star PW
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
  • Daughter of the Forest
    Author: Marillier, Juliet
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 031284879xDate: 2000
    star Booklist
    In this first novel of a new fantasy trilogy, Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, is alone destined to defend her family and protect her land from a clan of the Britons.
  • The Tower at Stony Wood
    Author: McKillip, Patricia A.
    Publisher: Ace $ 22.95 ISBN: 0441007333Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    The acclaimed author of Song for the Basilisk and Winter Rose weaves an entrancing fantasy of a powerful knight who is compelled to leave the kingdom on a mission to learn whether the new queen is truly the king's beloved - or a dangerous impostor.

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April

  • You Come When I Call You
    Author: Clegg, Douglas
    Publisher: Cemetary Dance $ 40 ISBN: 1881475891Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Fifth Elephant
    Author: Pratchett, Terry
    Publisher: Harper Prism $ 24 ISBN: 0061051578Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    An outrageous send-up of everything from diplomacy to modern communication. Everyone knows that Discworld is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But aren't there supposed to be "five"?
  • Eater
    Author: Benford, Gregory
    Publisher: Eos $ 24 ISBN: 0380974363Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    The Nebula Award-winning author of Cosm presents another stunning and thought-provoking novel mixing science with speculation as an age-old entity threatens all life on Earth.
  • Darkness Descending
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312869150 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In the sequel to the acclaimed Into the Darkness, Turtledove returns to a world at war, where the reader sees the conflict from all sides and understands how the death and destruction benefit no one, not even the victors.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars

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March

  • House of Leaves
    Author: Danielewski, Mark
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375703764 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus starLibrary Journal starBooklist
    A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.
    House of Leaves
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • The Fourth World
    Author: Danvers, Dennis
    Publisher: Avon Eos $ 23 ISBN: 0380977613 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Searching for her vanished activist lover in the jungles of Mexico and in the virtual world, Margaret Mayfield uncovers a conspiracy that spreads from the highest levels of Earth society to the lowest--and all the way to Mars.
  • Galveston
    Author: Stewart, Sean
    Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 0441006868 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    The island of Galveston had been baptized twice - once by water in the fall of 1900 and again by magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures were born of survivors' joy and sufferers' pain: scorpions the size of dogs, the crying clown, the widow who ate her victims. Galveston forever would be divided between reality and a city locked in an endless Mardi Gras.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars

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February

  • Genesis
    Author: Anderson, Poul
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312867077 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In classic Anderson fashion, Genesis investigates the subjects of human immortality and artificial intelligence a billion years into the future.
    Suggested Reading: Artificial Intelligence Stars
  • Mendoza in Hollywood
    Author: Baker, Kage
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 015100448x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    At Cahuenga Pass, in a stagecoach inn on the road to Los Angeles, Mendoza meets her new cyborg colleagues in this third novel of the Company. In the vein of Grand Hotel, readers get to know the lives and stories, both sad and funny, of these operatives from the 24th century.
    Suggested Reading: Immortalism
  • Inversions
    Author: Banks, Iain
    Publisher: Pocket $ 23.95 ISBN: 0671036688 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Candle
    Author: Barnes, John
    Publisher: Tor $ 22.95 ISBN: 031289077x Date: 2000
    star PW
    In a provocative novel of individualism, society, and true identity, Currie Culver is called to hunt down the last of the "cowboys, " a man called Lobo who has unplugged himself from the global net and is now hiding in the wilderness.
  • The Light of Other Days
    Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312871996 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    A new novel from the most famous science fiction author alive, writing with one of the hottest young SF authors of the decade. When a brilliant industrialist harnesses the cutting edge of quantum physics, his discovery amounts to the complete abolition of human privacy forever. Society reels as technology proves able to look backwards in time, instituting a change in the human condition for which no one is prepared.
  • 1632
    Author: Flint, Eric
    Publisher: Baen $ 24 ISBN: 0671578499 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars | Time Travel Stars
  • Crescent City Rhapsody
    Author: Goonan, Kathleen Ann
    Publisher: Eos $ 24 ISBN: 0380977117 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    A woman mob boss, a Tibetan refugee, a nanotech spy, a New Age believer, and representatives of a dying alien race intersect and entwine as Goonan's tale of the birth of a brave new world unfolds.
  • Infinity Beach
    Author: McDevitt, Jack
    Publisher: Harper Prism $ 25 ISBN: 0061051233 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    When "something" is brought back from a space exploration expedition, "something" now threatens them all. A gripping "first contact" thriller from one of science fiction's brightest talents, the acclaimed author of Moonfall and Ancient Shores.
  • Midnight Robber
    Author: Hopkinson, Nalo
    Publisher: Warner Aspect $ 13.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0446675601 Date: 2000
    star PW starLibrary Journal
    The Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is the setting for this exciting new science fiction novel by the author of the award-winning Brown Girl in the Ring. After her father commits a deadly crime, Tan-Tan must flee to a savage world which forces her to reach into the heart of myth to become the Robber Queen.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars

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January

  • Fox Woman
    Author: Johnson, Kij
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312854293 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Naked God
    Author: Hamilton, Peter F.
    Publisher: Warner $ 26. 95 ISBN: 0446525677 Date: 2000
    star PW
    As more star systems fall to the possessed, the Confederation starts to collapse. The human race is in imminent danger as Quinn Dexter plots to bring about the Final Night. But can an alien god hold the solution to the crisis? Conclusion to the bestselling series that began with The Reality Dysfunction.
  • Tula Station
    Author: Toscana, David
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312205384 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    After a hurricane ravages the town of Tula, David Toscano's friend turns up missing and some suspect it's foul play. But the wife is sure her husband has run off with a lover. Now David must uncover the truth.
  • Grand Conspiracy
    Author: Wurts, Janny
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0061052191 Date: 2000
    star PW
    The fate of Athera hangs in the balance as brother battles brother, in the second installment of Wurts's fantasy epic.

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