Speculative Fiction Stars

2001: 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.

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A list of books which received at least one starred review (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

  • The King's Name
    Author: Walton, Jo
    Publisher: Tor $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312872291 Date: 2001
    star PW
    In her powerful debut novel, Jo Walton tells the tale of a woman who rises to become the strong right hand to the great King who will unify, however briefly, his people.

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November

  • Bloodtide
    Author: Burgess, Melvin
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765300486 Date: 2001
    starPW
    From the author of the critically-acclaimed award-winning
    Smack comes a novel set in the chaos of a ruined London in the not-too-distant future. Twins Siggy and Signy become entangled in family ties and the tragic rivalries that could destroy them both in a city that becomes a battle ground between two warring families of ruthless ganglords.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.26.05
  • The Mammoth Book of Vampire Short Stories by Women
    Author: Jones, Stephen (ed)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 11.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0786709189 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • Impact Parameter: And Other Quantum Realities
    Author: Landis, Geoffrey A.
    Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846061 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • The Onion Girl
    Author: de Lint, Charles
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312873972 Date: 2001
    star PW
    With her tangled hair, her paint-splattered jeans, a smile perpetually on her lips, Jilly Coppercorn has darted in and out of all the Newford tales. Now, at last, de Lint has penned Jilly's own story. Winner of the World Fantasy Award.
  • Love in Vain
    Author: Shiner, Lewis
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 193108114x Date: 2001
    star PW
  • The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge
    Author: Vinge, Vernor
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312873735 Date: 2001
    starBooklist

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October

  • Coldheart Canyon
    Author: Barker, Clive
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060182970 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Clive Barker returns with his most triumphant novel to date. Coldheart Canyon is a savage, poignant ghost story set in the glittering world of Hollywood where nothing is what it seems--even Death.
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood Film Stars | Ghosts | Nip Tuck Plastic Surgery Stars
  • From the Dust Returned
    Author: Bradbury, Ray
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23 ISBN: 0380973820 Date: 2001
    star PW starLibrary Journal
    One of the world's great literary icons presents the full-length tale of the Elliotts--a family of outlandish, great-hearted, and loving-spirited Halloween creatures and their "abnormal" adopted son--Timothy--who can see his reflection in the mirror.
  • Strange Trades
    Author: Di Fillippo, Paul
    Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846053 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • Blood and Gold
    Author: Rice, Anne
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0679454497 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus
    Out of the pages of the Vampire Chronicles steps the golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to the Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious slayer of the evildoer, and now ready to reveal the secrets of his 2,000-year-long existence in his own intense yet intimate voice.
  • Maelstrom
    Author: Watts, Peter
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 03128780601 Date: 2001
    star Booklist

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September

  • Black House
    Author: King, Stephen & Peter Straub
    Publisher: Random $ 28.95 ISBN: 0375504397 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus starPW
    In the long-awaited sequel to The Talisman, retired homicide detective Jack Sawyer is drawn back to a parallel universe called the Territories, where he must find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
  • The Other Wind
    Author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151006849 Date: 2001
    star PW
    A sorcerer makes a desperate last stand against the land of the dead when he begins having vivid dreams of an imminent invasion.
  • Eyes of the Calculor
    Author: McMullen, Sean
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312877366 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    Two thousand years in the future, the Dragon Librarians of Australica have just one means to hold their world together: kidnap every numerate person on their continent and rebuild their out-of-date, human-powered computer--the Calculor.
    Suggested Reading: Librarian Stars | Dystopian Stars
  • Pride of Kings
    Author: Tarr, Judith
    Publisher: Roc $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0451458478 Date: 2001
    star PW
    The bestselling author of Kingdom of the Grail pens an epic of two kings, two realms, and two wars for England to win or lose. One could weaken the mortal empire. The other could destroy the world.
  • American Empire: Blood and Iron
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 27.95 ISBN: 034540565x Date: 2001
    star PW
    The first novel in the "American Empire" trilogy picks up where the "Great War" trilogy left off and begins a new epic of the United States and the Confederacy by the acclaimed master of alternate history.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars

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August

  • Look to Windward
    Author: Banks, Iain
    Publisher: Pocket $ 23.95 ISBN: 0743421914 Date: 2001
    star PW
    A classic in science fiction, Banks's novel is about a war so powerful it destroyed two suns and the billions of lives they supported.
  • The Curse of Chalion
    Author: Bujold, Lois McMaster
    Publisher: Eos $ 25 ISBN: 0380979012 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    Cazaril comes face-to-face with old enemies when he is offered the post of secretary to the Royesse Iselle, the beautiful, strong-willed sister to the heir of Chalion's throne. Yet something far more sinister threatens Cazaril: a curse that taints not only the royal family he serves, but also those within its circle.
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (ed)
    Publisher: St Martins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0312275412 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • Zepplins West
    Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 193108100x Date: 2001
    star PW
  • The Adventures of the Ingenious Alfanhui
    Author: Ferlosio, Rafael S.
    Publisher: Goliath $ 13.99 ISBN: 1873982593 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • Illumination
    Author: McGarry, Terry
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312873891 Date: 2001
    star LJ
    McGarry has crafted a fantasy adventure of the first rank. Liath was proud to have passed her challenge and become a true mage, ready to journey the land and bond with an Illuminator. But that very night, her own precious light fails her.
  • Nekropolis
    Author: McHugh, Maureen F.
    Publisher: Eos $ 24 ISBN: 0380974576 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Two misfits defy rigid conventions in a world where life for servants that have been altered by being "jessed" holds no future.
  • The Rover
    Author: Odom, Mel
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312878826 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    The Rover is the tale of a halfling whose life as a third-level assistant librarian is disrupted when he is shanghaied and sold into slavery in a far off land. From then on it's one adventure after another as he manages to save the day in a magically dangerous world.
    Suggested Reading: Librarian Stars | Adult Books for Teens
  • The Last Vampire
    Author: Strieber, Whitley
    Publisher: Pocket $ 24.95 ISBN: 0743471208 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus
    Predator is about to become prey and killer to become lover in this long-awaited sequel to Strieber's vampire classic, The Hunger. As good and evil are rendered indistinguishable, the endgame begins.
  • The Chronoliths
    Author: Wilson, Robert Charles
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312873840 Date: 2001
    star PW
    In the early 21st century, an American software developer living in Thailand witnesses an event that changes him forever. As he attempts to get his life back on track, he is caught in a strange loop that keeps drawing him back to do battle with the future.
    Suggested Reading: Thai Stars

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July

  • Kushiel's Dart
    Author: Carey, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312872380 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus starPW starBooklist
    High intrigue and a fantastic heroine make for a tale of pagan splendor in Kushiel's Dart. Phedre is sold into slavery as a child, but she possesses a secret that can topple a kingdom and bring warlords to their knees.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Years' Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection
    Author: Dozois, Gardner (ed)
    Publisher: St Martin's $ 29.95 ISBN: 0312274785 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Widely regarded as the essential book for sci-fi fans, this year's collection contains over two dozen stories.
  • American Gods
    Author: Gaiman, Neil
    Publisher: Avon $ 26 ISBN: 0380973650 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus starLJ
    A master of inventive fiction pens the story of an ex-con who is offered a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, a trickster and a rogue. Shadow soon learns that his role in the man's schemes are far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars
  • Probability Sun
    Author: Kress, Nancy
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312874073 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus
    In an intense novel of war and science, Kress returns to the future of Probability Moon in which the human race is losing an interstellar war against the mysterious alien Fallers.
    Suggested Reading: Alien Invasions
  • Terraforming Earth
    Author: Williamson, Jack
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312872003 Date: 2001
    star PW
    In 1942, Jack Williamson coined the term "terraforming" in his novel Seetee Ship, to refer to what people from Earth did to modify an alien world to make it suitable for humans. Serialized in Science Fiction Age and Analog magazines, Terraforming Earth is a story of struggle and adventure in a future whose history stretches back for millennia and whose civilization spans the stars.

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June

  • Merlin of the Oak Wood
    Author: Chamberlin, Ann
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312872844 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    In the saga begun with The Merlin of St. Gilles' Well, Merlin's ancient prophecy foretells that a Maid will come, La Pucelle, who will unite the kingdom and heal the Land, but how much longer must the wounded country wait?
    Suggested Reading: Legendary Characters
  • Hammerfall
    Author: Cherryh, C.J.
    Publisher: Avon $ 25 ISBN: 0061052604 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    Three-time Hugo Award winning author Cherryh launches an exciting Sci-fi series and introduces an all-new universe for the first time in 30 years.

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May

  • Priestess of Avalon
    Author: Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Date: 2001
    Publisher: $ ISBN:
    star Booklist
    In this long-awaited new epic of the beloved Avalon series, myth, ancient lore, and the cult of the goddess fuse in a spectacular unfolding of one woman's role in the making of history. Priestess of Avalon tells the story of Helena, a daughter of the Holy Isle who became a Christian saint and the heroine of Welsh legend.
    Suggested Reading: Legendary Characters
  • The Ill-Made Mute
    Author: Dart-Thornton, Cecilia
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446528323 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus
    This debut novel begins as the inhabitants of Isse Tower find a mute, starving girl outside their gates. Unable to remember her past, her only hope lies in distant Caermalor, where a wise woman could restore her memories. To get there, she must survive a wilderness of endless danger.
  • Tales from Earthsea
    Author: LeGuin, Ursula K.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151005613 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Exploring the legend of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic, this collection of four magical stories is now available.
  • The Song of the Earth
    Author: Nissenson, Hugh
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565122984 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    Before his birth, Johnny Baker's life is in danger. His mother breaks the law when she has her fertilized egg endowed with genes that will give her son the potential to become a visual artist. Born in 2038, John Firth Baker is the first genetically engineered artist. At the age of nineteen, at the threshold of his career, he is murdered. Now, ten years after his death, Baker has become famous. An art curator has organized a show of his work, and his biography-culled from journals, e-mails, and interviews with those who knew him best-is published. THE SONG OF THE EARTH is this "biography." It presents a powerful and haunting portrait of an artist as a young man in the twenty-first century. - Publisher Marketing
  • March Upcountry
    Author: Weber, David & John Ringo
    Publisher: Baen $ 24 ISBN: 067139185x Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    Prince Roger MacClintock is heading for a ceremonial appearance when his space ship crashes, stranding him and his guardian Royal Marines on a jungle planet held by enemy forces. To survive, they must trek to the planet's only spaceport, and a spoiled prince must learn to be a man. This is the first volume in a new series by the bestselling author of the Honor Harrington adventures.
  • Passage
    Author: Willis, Connie Date: 2001
    Publisher: Bantam $23.95 ISBN: 0553111248
    star Kirkus starLJ
    Multi-award-winning author Willis delivers a story that examines one of the toughest issues of all: death. Part medical thriller, part literary exploration, Willis plunges readers into a bizarre and fascinating world.

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April

  • Nebula Award Stories. Vol 2.
    Author: Aldiss, Brian & Harry Harrison (ed)
    Publisher: Stealth Press $ 29.95 ISBN: 1588810194 Date: 2001
    star LJ
  • The Living Blood
    Author: Due, Tannarive
    Publisher: Pocket $ 24.95 ISBN: 0671040839 Date: 2001
    star PW
    From the bestselling author of My Soul to Keep comes a supernatural thriller in which a mother and her eerily gifted young daughter navigate the secrets of immortality.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stories | African American Stars
  • Metaplanetary
    Author: Daniel, Tony
    Publisher: Eos $ 25 ISBN: 006105142X Date: 2001
    star Kirkus starPW
  • Night in Lonesome October
    Author: Laymon, Richard
    Publisher: Cemetary Dance $ 40 ISBN: 1587670062 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • The Skies of Pern
    Author: McCaffrey, Anne
    Publisher: Del Rey $25 ISBN: 0345434684 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Beloved characters--and a brand new threat--prove that dragons will always be needed in the skies of Pern. The first "Dragonriders of Pern" novel in three years features McCaffrey's most popular characters: F'lar and Lessa, from the original trilogy, their son, F'lessan, and, of course, the dragons.
  • Through a Shattered Glass
    Author: Silva, David B.
    Publisher: Gauntlet $40 ISBN: 1887368418 Date: 2001
    star PW
  • Otherland: Sea of Silver Light
    Author: Williams, Tad
    Publisher: DAW $ 24.95 ISBN: 0886779774 Date: 2001
    star PW

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March

  • Dreamcatcher
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Scribner $ 28 ISBN: 0743211383 Date: 2001
    star PW starKirkus starLJ
    America's most thrilling storyteller is at the height of his powers in this page-turning epic of haunted memories, heroism, and stark survival. Once upon a time in the haunted city of Derry (the site of It and Insomnia), four boys stood together and did a brave thing. Twenty-five years later, these men are plunged into a horrifying struggle with a creature from another world. Their only chance of survival is locked in their shared past--and in the Dreamcatcher.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Deepsix
    Author: McDevitt, Jack
    Publisher: EOS $ 25 ISBN: 0061051241 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus starLJ
    Ruins have been spotted on Deepsix, a planet just two weeks away from being destroyed by a collision with a rogue moon. Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins is called to the rescue, but a monster earthquake wipes out her spacelanders and her only chance for survival is to trek across the continent to the heart of a mysterious alien technology.
  • Aftershocks
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 26 ISBN: 0345430212 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Set in the same universe as the Worldwar series, this installment brings us to Earth in the 1960s, where four superpowers rule: the United States, Russia, Nazi Germany, and the aliens of the Race.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars

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February

  • Dreaming Down Under
    Author: Dann, Jack (ed)
    Publisher: Orb $ 27.95 ISBN: Date: 2001
    star PW
  • St. Patrick's Gargoyle
    Author: Kurtz, Katherine
    Publisher: Ace $ 21.95 ISBN: 0441007252 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    As the millennium draws to a close, the gargoyles who guard the ancient buildings of Dublin come together to face an evil that threatens all they hold dear. This story of an eternal enemy is by the bestselling author of the "Deryni" series.
  • Perdido Street Station
    Author: Mieville, China
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 18 ISBN: 0345443020 Date: 2001
    star KirkusstarLJ
    In the sprawling gothic city of New Crobuzon, a stranger has come to request the services of Isaac, an overweight and slightly eccentric scientist. But it is an impossible request--that of flight--and in the end Isaac's attempts will only succeed in unleashing a dark force upon the city.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars
  • The One Kingdom: Book One of the Swan's War
    Author: Russell, Sean
    Publisher: Eos $ 25 ISBN: 0380974894 Date: 2001
    star PW
    The King of Ayr has died before naming an heir, leaving behind the Renne and Wills families as possible successors. Yet these families are not the only competitors for the throne; there are others, noble and sorcerer alike, who prefer the realm divided, using the years of strife to mask their own growing greed for power. But when the turmoil wakes the dark river spirits, all must somehow band together before there is nothing left of their kingdom.
  • Immodest Proposals: Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn
    Author: Tenn, William
    Publisher: Nesfa $ 29 ISBN: 1886778191 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus

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January

  • The Graveyard Game
    Author: Baker, Kage
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151004498 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus
    Dedicated to saving the future by preserving the past, the cyborgs of the Company now wonder if they must save themselves. In this fourth book in the Company series, Baker once again takes readers on a wry, intelligent, and absorbing journey into the future and the past.
    Suggested Reading: Immortals
  • Shadow of the Hegemon
    Author: Card, Orson Scott
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312876513 Date: 2001
    star PW
    Card's prize-winning Ender's Game is one of the most popular science fiction novels ever written. Now Card returns with the sequel to Ender's Shadow in a tale long-awaited by his millions of fans. At last readers learn what happened on Earth after humanity no longer had a single enemy to unify the warring nations. This is the parallel yarn of Ender's friend, Bean, who became the tactical genius who won Earth for Ender's brother, Peter.
  • The Wooden Sea
    Author: Carroll, Jonathan
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312878230 Date: 2001
    star Booklist
    From the moment a three-legged dog limps into the comfortable life of Crane's View Police Chief Frannie McCabe and drops dead at her feet, McCabe's life is forever altered. The decisions McCabe makes over the next week will have enormous impact on his life, and on the fate of the world as well.
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke
    Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
    Publisher: Tor $ 29.95 ISBN: 0312878241 Date: 2001
    star Booklist starLJ
    At the dawn of the year 2001, Clarke has cooperated in the massive, definitive edition of his collected shorter works. Includes "Rescue Party", "Earthlight", "The Sentinel" (origin of the later novel and film "2001: A Space Odyssey"), and more.
  • The Sacred Pool
    Author: Douglas, Warren L.
    Publisher: Baen $ 24 ISBN: 0671319566 Date: 2001
    star PW starKirkus

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