Speculative Fiction Stars 2002
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
- Fitcher's Brides
Author: Frost, Gregory
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765301946 Date: 2002
Inspired by the classic fairy tales Bluebeard and The Fitcher Bird, this dark fantasy is set in New York State's Burned-Over District, at its time of historic religious ferment. All three Charter sisters will play their part in the story of Fitcher's Utopia: a story of faith gone wrong, and evil countered by one brave, true soul.
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror
Author: Jones, Stephen (ed)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0786710632 Date: 2002
The award-winning Best New Horror anthology series--winner of the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Critics Guild Award--has now reached its 13th spectacular volume, and to mark the event, Stephen Jones has chosen only the very best short stories and novellas by the horror genre's finest exponents and by new discoveries in the field.
- The Speed of Dark
Author: Moon, Elizabeth
Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345447557 Date: 2002
Written with love and expertise by the mother of an autistic teenager, The Speed of Dark is a riveting exploration into the mind of an autistic man as he struggles with the question of whether he should risk a medical procedure that could make him "normal."
Author: Cherryh, C.J.
Publisher: DAW $ 23.95 ISBN: 0756400864 Date: 2002
Cherryh's second triligy set in her Foreigner Universe comes to a thrilling conclusion with Explorer where a human delegate trapped in a distant star system faces a dangerous alien ship.
- The Hard SF Renaissance
Author: Hartwell David G. (ed)
Publisher: Tor $ 39.95 ISBN: 0312876351 Date: 2002
After decades of confusion, many of the field's best writers have been returning to the subgenre called, roughly, "hard SF"--science fiction focused on science and technology with strong adventure plots. Editors Hartwell and Cramer present an immense, authoritative anthology that maps the development of this form.
- Ruled Britannia
Author: Turtledove, Harry
Publisher: NAL $ 24.95 ISBN: 0451207173 Date: 2002
The year is 1597. The Spanish invasion was a success. King Phillip holds the English throne captive while Elizabeth I languishes in the Tower of London. And in the streets of that city, a stranger approaches a young playwright named William Shakespeare and makes him an offer that could change the course of history.
Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars | Shakespearean Stars
- Paragon Lost
Author: Duncan, Dave
Publisher: Eos $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380978962 Date: 2002
Bound to absolute loyalty by a magical ritual, the King's Blades are the finest swordsmen in all Chivial. And Sir Beaumont is possibly the brightest and best of them all--until he is sent on a dangerous mission to escort a royal princess from the treacherous court of the insane tyrant, Igor.
- The Summer Country
Author: Hetley, James A.
Publisher: Ace $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0441009727 Date: 2002
Maureen Pierce has led an ordinary life, but everything changes when she meets Brian Albion. He claims she carries a blood legacy that goes back to the old country where deadly battles are still fought with magic, and a woman who carries the blood of the Old Ones is a prize to be desired--or a threat to be destroyed.
- Voyage of the Shadowmoon
Author: McMullen, Sean
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312877404 Date: 2002
When the passengers and crew of a small wooden schooner witness the power of an uncontrollable doomsday weapon, they realize they must act before it rains destruction across their entire world.
Author: Modesitt, L.E.
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765305615 Date: 2002
The author of the Recluce Saga and the Spellsong Cycle now launches the Corean Chronicles and a whole new fantasy world. Corus is a world of humans, but also strange animals and supernatural creatures. When young herder Alucius is captured and enslaved, he gradually realizes that he and his Talent have a central role to play.
- Blackwood Farm:
The Vampire Chronicles
Author: Rice, Anne
Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375411992 Date: 2002
In her new novel, Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative--her vampire legend and the lore of the Mayfair witches--to give readers a world of classic deep South luxury and ancestral secrets.
Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
- War of Honor
Author: Weber, David
Publisher: Baen $ 26 ISBN: 0743435451Date: 2002
No one wanted another war. Now that the fighting between the Star Kingdom and the Havenites had ended, the Andermani Emperor had his own plans for Silesia, and he was confident he and his people could achieve them without a war of their own. Unfortunately, what they wanted didn't matter. . .
Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers
Author: Baker, Kage
Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846118 Date: 2002
In these tales, sci-fi fans follow the secret activities of the Company's field agents--once human, now centuries-old time-traveling cyborgs--as they attempt to retrieve history's lost treasures.
Suggested Reading: Immortals
Author: Bonnano, Margaret
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312877609 Date: 2002
- The Hour Before
Author: Clegg, Douglas
Publisher: Leisure $ 24 ISBN: 0843950447 Date: 2002
The brutal slaughter of his father brings a young man back to the family home he thought he'd left forever to confront an unspeakable evil from his past.
Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
The Butlerian Jihad
Author: Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765301571 Date: 2002
Decades after the original novels of the Dune saga, Frank Herbert's son--writing in conjunction with Kevin J. Anderson--pens this exciting prequel. Working from Frank Herbert's own notes, the authors reveal the chapter of the Dune saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: the Butlerian Jihad.
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- From a Buick 8
Author: King, Stephen
Publisher: Scribner $ 28 ISBN: 0743211375 Date: 2002
On the heels of his hugely successful Dreamcatchers King delivers another classic novel about boys, men, and a terrifying force only they can contain.
Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
- Last Things
Author: Searcy, David
Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031321 Date: 2002
Searcy's first novel, Ordinary Horror, earned him critical acclaim across the country. Now Searcy offers readers another taste of literary horror. Delivered in lyrical and atmospheric prose reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, Last Things is a suspenseful psychological drama that will mesmerize readers right up to its shocking final revelation.
Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
- The Sky So
Big and Black
Author: Barnes, John
Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765303035 Date: 2002 Date: 2002
Terpsichore Murray is growing up on Mars. She wants to quit school and become an eco-prospector like her father. In the process she may well come of age and change the course of human history in solar system--if Mars doesn't kill her first.
- Woad to Wuin: Sir Apropos
of Nothing, Book 2
Author: David, Peter
Publisher: Pocket $ 24 ISBN: 0743448308 Date: 2002
The second book in David's popular series finds Apropos leading a quiet existence as a tavern owner. All that changes abruptly when the sorceress Sharee re-enters his life with the forces of the warlike Lord Bellicose hard on her heels--and the medieval era's most notorious antihero suddenly finds himself once again in the middle of events he wants no part of.
- The Alchemist's
Author: Goldstein, Lisa
Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765301504 Date: 2002
Praised by Orson Scott Card as "the best writer in our field today, bar none, " Goldstein has enchanted a host of readers with her novels that blend strange magics with passionately realized characters. With The Alchemist's Door, Goldstein delivers an entertaining and compelling story of angels and demons.
- Burning the Ice
Author: Mixon, Laura J.
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN:0312869037 Date: 2002
Manda CarliPablo is a colonist of an icy world whose forebears were refugees from Earth. She prefers to download her consciousness into her distant marine waldos, searching the alien world's oceans for traces of alien life, avoiding the claustrophobic caverns she shares with her fellow colonists. But when a string of disasters threatens the colony's survival, dangerous secrets begin to surface that could mean obliteration for the colony. To save her people, Manda is forced to break out of the lonely and angry shell she has sealed herself in and achieve contact with an alien species that could be the colony's salvation, or its doom. - from the author's web site.
- Archform: Beauty
Author: Modesitt, L.E.
Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304333 Date: 2002
It's always a treat when this bestselling fantasy writer turns his hand to sci-fi, and Archform: Beauty is no exception. Five people tell their stories and the many parts unite into a single tale of justice and truth in a world beset by technological challenges, drowning in apathy and attacked by devious evil.
Author: Anderson, Kevin J.
Publisher: Aspect $ 23.95 ISBN: 0446528625 Date: 2002
The author of the New York Times bestsellers Dune: House Atreides and Star Wars: Darksaber delivers the first book in an all new epic sci-fi trilogy.
The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1
of Your Life and Others
Author: Chiang, Ted
Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 076530418x Date: 2002
Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon" , won the Nebula Award for 1990. Now, collected for the first time, are all seven of this extraordinary writer's extraordinary stories--plus a new story written especially for this volume.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection
Author: Dozois, Gardener (ed)
Publisher: St Martins $ 35 (hardback) $ 19 (trade paper) ISBN: 0312288786 (hardback) ISBN: 0312288794 (paperback) Date: 2002
- The Moth Diaries
Author: Klein, Rachel
Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582432058 Date: 2002
Author: Mieville, China
Publisher: Del Rey $ 18.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0345444388 Date: 2002
Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, prisoners and slaves are being transported to a fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. When the ship is besieged by pirates, the senior officials are executed, and surviving passengers are brought to a floating city constructed upon the hulls of pirated ships, a place whose leaders harbor a sinister agenda.
Suggested Reading: Pirate Stars | Dystopian Stars
- The Longest Way
Author: Silverberg, Robert
Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 038097858x Date: 2002
Visiting a noble house thousands of miles from home, Joseph, the young scion of the House Keilloran, finds himself in the middle of a rebel uprising. Rescued by a loyal slave who is then killed in the revolt, Joseph is caught in enemy territory. He must traverse a hostile land populated by alien creatures--some dangerous, other more sympathetic than the humans he meets.
- T2: Rising Storm
Author: Stirling, S. M.
Publisher: Harper $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380977923 Date: 2002
The adventure that began in James Cameron's visionary film Terminator 2: Judgment Day continues as Sarah and John Connor continue the battle to save the future of humanity. Hidden in a top-secret government military base, the computer network Skynet is about to go on-line. And this time, even the Connors may not be able to stop the war between man and machine.
Author: Barnes, Steven
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312870043 Date: 2002
Charisma tells the story of a specially programmed group of children, and the danger they may represent. Readers get to know the children first--and then learn that each one is a potential serial killer, a ticking time-bomb. Should they be eliminated--or saved?
the Cradle Falls
Author: David, James F.
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765303191 Date: 2002
Paralyzed by drink and despair since the accidental death of his young daughter Shelby, Detective Kyle Sommers nonetheless must lead a task force to catch a brutal serial killer.
Suggested Reading: Woo Woo Stars | Scary Stars
- Knight Life
Author: David, Peter
Publisher: Ace $ 22.95 ISBN: 0441009360 Date: 2002
Fifteen years ago, the paperback publication of Knight Life heralded the debut of a new talent on the science fiction scene. Now, armed with more wit and wisdom than ever before, Peter David has reworked the story of New York City's most surprising candidate for mayor: Arthur Pendragon, Once and Future King.
Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories
Author: Ford, Jeffrey
Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 23.95 ISBN: 193084610x Date: 2002
- Light Music
Author: Goonan, Kathleen Ann
Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN:0380977125 Date: 2002
In the concluding volume of Goonan's Nanotech Quartet, Jason Peabody, one of the few on Earth who remember when radio, television, and the Internet connected the world, makes a startling discovery and sets off on a desperate journey to find the truth behind long-concealed mysteries.
Author: Rucker, Rudy
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765303663 Date: 2002
- The Amazing Dr.
Darwin: The Adventures of Charles Darwin's Grandfather
Author: Sheffield, Charles
Publisher: Baen $ 24 ISBN: 074343529x Date: 2002
In 18th century Europe, Dr. Erasmus Darwin is called upon to heal a man dying of an ailment that seems impossible. Darwin has no idea that he will begin a quest that will take him to Scotland for a stunning encounter with the famous inhabitant of a Scottish loch.
Suggested Reading: Darwin, Naturalists and Evolution
Author: Bujold, Lois McMaster
Publisher: Baen $ 25 ISBN: 0743435338 Date: 2002
A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, after a bloody incident on the station docks. Commanded by his Emperor to intervene diplomatically, Lord Miles Vorkosigan--a special high-level troubleshooter--has no choice but to comply. However, the downside of being a troubleshooter becomes apparent when trouble starts shooting back.
- Schild's Ladder
Author: Egan, Greg
Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 0061050938 Date: 2002
"One of the best science fiction writers working today" (Locus) spins a mind-bending masterpiece of man's attempt to explore the depths of the universe and the complexities of the soul.
Author: Gotlieb, Phyllis
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312878761 Date: 2002
- Fire Logic
Author: Marks, Laurie J.
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312878877 Date: 2002
The warlike Sainnites have occupied the peaceful country of Shaftal for fifteen years. The Earth witch who ruled Shaftal is dead, leaving no heir. The ruling House of Lilterwess has been scattered and destroyed. The Shaftali mobilize a guerrilla army, but every year the cost of resistance gets higher. - Publisher marketing.
- Whole Wide World
Author: McAuley, Paul
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765303922 Date: 2002
Winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick Awards, McAuley now presents a gripping thriller of the day after tomorrow--when the world and the Web are one.
Suggested Reading: Internet Stars | A.I. Stars
Author: Schroeder, Kurt
Publisher: Forge $ 27.95 ISBN: 076530371x Date: 2002
Permanence is the story of young Rue Cassels' quest to visit and claim an alien ship and its treasures, set against a background of interstellar intrigue and warring empires.
of Saints and Madmen
Author: VanderMeer, Jeff
Publisher: Prime $ 40 ISBN: 0966896882 Date: 2002
- The Far Side
Author: Bond, Nelson
Publisher: Arkham $ 34.95 ISBN: 0870541803 Date: 2002
- Kushiel's Chosen
Author: Carey, Jacqueline
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312872399 Date: 2002
Following hard on the heels of Carey's spectacular debut novel, Kushiel's Dart, comes this powerful, erotic sequel. To save all she holds dear, Phedre will travel from the sun-drenched villas of La Serenissima to the wilds of old Hellas, and will discover a conspiracy dreadful enough to make the earth tremble.
- The Gates of Sleep
Author: Lackey, Mercedes
Publisher: DAW $ 24.95 ISBN: 0756400600 Date: 2002
In this new novel of magic and mystery in Edwardian England, beloved storyteller Lackey once again proves why she is one of the hottest writers in fantasy today.
- Abu and the
Author: Matheson, Richard
Publisher: $ 21.95 ISBN: 1887368493 Date: 2002
The novel revolves around the quest for the 7 marvels of the world, which Abu must find to win the hand of the princess he loves. Abu and the 7 Marvels is lavishly illustrated by acclaimed artist William Stout. - Publisher marketing.
- Chasm City
Author: Reynolds, Alastair
Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 0441009123 Date: 2002
The once utopian Chasm City has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, and it is through this city that Tanner Mirabel must pursue a lowlife postmortal, only to be taken far beyond the mere settling of a score to come face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.
- Jenna Starborn
Author: Shinn, Sharon
Publisher: Ace $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 044100900x Date: 2002
From the bestselling author of the Samaria trilogy comes a brilliant new sci-fi twist on the classic story of Jane Eyre.
Suggested Reading: Brontes
- The Visitor
Author: Tepper, Sheri S.
Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 0380979055 Date: 2002
Centuries after an asteroid nearly obliterates the Earth, young orphan Disme Latimer is keeper of a mysterious book. Written by her ancestor, Neil Latimer, who chose to protect the remains of the post-apocalyptic world, the book contains "myths" that suggest that a band of scientists from that time--including Neil--have miraculously survived. Disme's quest to discover the truth will bring her face to face with an unimaginable evil.
Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars
- The Golden Age: A Romance
in the Far Future
Author: Wright, John C.
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312848706 Date: 2002
The Golden Age is grand space opera, a large-scale SF adventure, where a man goes on a quest for his true identity when he learns from an alien that parts of his memory were removed and stored by the government.
- Swift Thoughts
Author: Zebrowski, George
Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846088 Date: 2002
- Fallen Dragon
Author: Hamilton, Peter F.
Publisher: Aspect $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446527084 Date: 2002
When his platoon is sent to a distant colony, it seems like a stroke of amazing fortune, and Lawrence plans to rob the colony of their fabled gemstone, the Fallen Dragon. However, he soon discovers that the Fallen Dragon is not a gemstone at all, but an alien life form that the local colonists have been protecting since it crashed in their area.
Author: King, Stephen
Publisher: Scribner $ 28 ISBN: 0743235150 Date: 2002
Writing about encounters with the dead, about near death, or about the plain dread of mundane life, King is in top form in this collection of dark tales--his first in nine years. Includes three never-before-printed stories and four pieces previously published in The New Yorker.
Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
- The Birthday
of the World: And Other Stories
Author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066212537 Date: 2002
The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka award, and five Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ursula K. Le Guin is celebrated not only for her imagination and clarity, but also for her profound moral vision. This new collection brings together eight short works including "Paradises Lost, " a never-before-published novella.
- Child of
the Prophecy (Book Three of the Sevenwaters Triology)
Author: Marillier, Juliet
Publisher: Tor $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312848811 Date: 2002
This is the final book in Juliet Marillier's trilogy of the Sevenwaters clan--a family whose fortunes are bound into the lifeblood of Ireland. Set against the lush woods of ancient Ireland and culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, Child of the Prophecy is the conclusion of a mystical war that has been waging in the Celtic Isles for eons.
- The Dragon
Author: Troop, Alan F.
Publisher: $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451458710 Date: 2002
For centuries, a secret race has lived among humans, inspiring legends, fairy tales, and nightmares. Here at last are the private confessions of the dragon Peter DelaSangre, who speaks of his life on an island off the coast of Miami, his lonely balancing act between worlds of humans and dragons, and the overwhelming need to give his life purpose: to find a female of his kind.
- The Years
of Rice and Salt
Author: Robinson, Kim Stanley
Publisher: Bantam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0553109200 Date: 2002 Date: 2002
With the same visionary scope that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to life, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson constructs an alternative history of the last 600 years--a history where the Black Death kills nearly everyone in Europe and where China, India and the nations of Islam control the world.
Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
Author: Bear, Greg
Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345435281 Date: 2002
After a terrifying attempt on his life, scientist Hal Cousins finds himself trapped inside an ever-twisting maze of shocking revelations. He is not the first person to come close to uncovering the key to immortality--and those who came before him will stop at nothing to keep the secret to themselves.
Author: Clute, John
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765303787 Date: 2002
A virulent data plague is infecting the local spiral arm of the galaxy all the way from Old Earth. Universal darkness threatens the vast concord of living civilizations, and a trap has been laid that will draw trader Nathanael Freer into an eons-old conflict.
- The Way of Light
Author: Constantine, Storm
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 031287328x Date: 2002
- The Watch
Author: Danvers, Dennis
Publisher: Eos $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380977621 Date: 2002
In 1921 Russia, a mysterious visitor from the far future appears at the deathbed of Peter Alexeivich Kropotkin, and offers him and extraordinary opportunity: the chance to be reborn. But as the former prince-turned-anarchist begins a new life in 1999 America, he finds his new home a difficult Eden.
Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
- The Eyre Affair
Author: Fforde, Jasper
Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670030643 Date: 2002
Based on an imaginary world where time and reality bend in the most convincing and original way since Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Eyre Affair is a an endlessly inventive caper unlike any other.
Suggested Reading: Time Travel Stars | Alternative History Stars | If You Like Douglas Adams | Brontes
- Fool's Errand: Book 1
of the Tawny Man
Author: Hobb, Robin
Publisher: Spectra $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553801481 Date: 2002
Fantasy master Robin Hobb makes a triumphant return to the Farseer saga, featuring that beloved cast of characters for which her readers have been clamoring. Fitz has become a hermit, and nothing can sway him from his isolation until he gets news he cannot ignore: Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, is missing.
- Ombria in Shadow
Author: McKillip, Patricia
Publisher: Ace $ 22.95 ISBN: 044100895x Date: 2002
When Ombria's prince breathes his last, the struggle to rule the whole of the city--both its light and shadows--will rest in the hands of those whose fractured lives align like the lost pieces of a magical puzzle.
- The Impossible
Author: O'Leary, Patrick
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 076530337x Date: 2002
An extraordinary literary science fiction novel by the author of Door Number Three explores alien invasion, resurrection, and brotherly love.
Suggested Reading: Immortalism
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