Speculative Fiction Stars 2003

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.

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.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Red Dragon image Book Magazine unless otherwise noted. Titles are arranged by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author.

 


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December

  • The Destroyer Goddess: In Fire Forged, Part Two
    Author: Resnick, Laura
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765308754 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The popular fantasy author now delivers the explosive conclusion of the epic fantasy saga begun in The White Dragon.
    Updated 10.28.03
  • Air
    Author: Ryman, Geoff
    Publisher: Griffin $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0312261217 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    Chung Mae is the fashion expert of the farming village of Kizuldah, Karzistan. The town gets Air, a new communication technology that will connect everyone without wires or computers. But the initial test of Air is a disaster; people are killed by the shock, and Mae ends up imprinted with the memories of a dying old woman.
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Night Visions 11
    Author: Sheehan, Bill (ed)
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 30 ISBN: 1931081948 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Starfist: Lazarus Rising
    Author: Sherman, David & Dan Gragg
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 19.95 ISBN: 0345460006 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The popular Starfist series, featuring Marines in the far future, makes its hardcover debut with this story of a war against aliens on the planet Kingdom.
    Updated 10.7.03
  • More Tomorrow: And Other Stories
    Author: Smith, Michael Marshall
    Publisher: Earthling $ 40 ISBN: 0974420301 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 11.24.03

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November

  • X President: A Novel of the Cigarette Wars
    Author: Baruth, Philip E.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 11.95 (paper) ISBN: 0553802941 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    It is the year 2055 and America is entangled in a devastating world war--and losing badly. As the threat of homeland invasion grows stronger, the United States is desperate to change the tide--any way it can. Enter Sal Hayden, official biographer of a former president, who is hired to create the world's most daring, dangerous, and spectacular spin job.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Tournament
    Author: Clark, John
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 19.95 ISBN: 141300928 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Updated 7.28.03
  • The Dark: New Ghost Stories
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (ed)
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304449 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Datlow, referred to by some as the Mistress of Horror, has gathered ghost stories by 15 masters of the macabre in this deliciously frightening anthology of original terror.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars | Ghostly Stars
    Updated 10.20.03
  • The Salt Roads
    Author: Hopkinson, Nalo
    Publisher: Warner $ 22.95 ISBN: 0446533025 Date: 2003
    starLJstarKirkus
    "Whirling with witchcraft and sensuality, this latest novel by Hopkinson (Skin Folk; Midnight Robber) is a globe-spanning, time-traveling spiritual odyssey."--Publishers Weekly.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 10.08.03
  • Any Man So Daring
    Author: Hoyt, Sarah A.
    Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 044101092x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The final book in the Shakespeare fantasy trilogy by the author of All Night Awake. Shakespeare's success comes with a price--his son Hamnet has disappeared in the realm of the Elven King. Now Will must face the powers of darkness to rescue him.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14
    Author: Jones, Stephen (ed)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 11.95 (paper) ISBN: 0786712376 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The 14th volume of the Best New Horror series revisits the momentous events and chilling achievements on the dark side of fantasy.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 10.14.03
  • The Dark Tower V: Wolves of Calla
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Donald M. Grant/Scriber $ 35 ISBN: 1880418568 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Dragon's Kin
    Author: McCaffrey, Anne & Todd McCaffrey
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345461983 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    The Dragonriders of Pern learn about the special talents of the watch-wyers in this new novel by the beloved creator of the series and her son.
    Updated 10.7.03
  • A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales
    Author: Thomsen, Brian M. (ed)
    Publisher: Warner $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0446691879 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The contributors to this Christmas anthology include well-known writers with strong fan followings such as Bram Stoker and Hugo Award-winning author of American Gods Neil Gaiman, Hugo Award winner Connie Willis, Anne McCaffrey, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, and many others.
    Updated 10.23.03
  • The Presence of Mine Enemies
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: NAL $ 24.95 ISBN: 0451529022 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    In the 21st century, Germany's Third Reich continues to thrive after its victory in World War II--keeping most of Europe and North America under its heel. But within the heart of the Nazi regime, a secret lives. Under a perfect Aryan facade, Jews survive--living their lives, raising their families, and trying to avoid discovery.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
    Updated 9.22.03

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October

  • The Two Sams: Ghost Stories
    Author: Hirshberg, Glen
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 23 ISBN: 0786712254 Date: 2003
    starPW
    With this unique collection, acclaimed author Glen Hirshberg breathes new life into an age-old literary tradition.
    Suggested Reading: Ghostly Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Fudoki
    Author: Johnson, Kij
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765303906 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Set in the same universe as The Fox Woman, this time Kij Johnson takes on another animal totem and enters the world of the creature who comes to be known as Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctant confidante to noblemen. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Mirror Mirror
    Author: Maguire, Gregory
    Publisher: Regan $ 24.95 ISBN: 006039384x Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the bestselling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (debuting on Broadway this fall), Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Lost comes a master retelling of the Snow White story set in Renaissance Italy.
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Sunshine
    Author: McKinley, Robin
    Publisher: Berkeley $ 23.95 ISBN: 0425191788 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course she wouldn't, when they're vampires. A new direction for an already successful fantasy author.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars | Adult Books For Teens
    Updated 10.2.03
  • The Night Country: Or, the Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Author: O'Nan, Stewart
    Publisher: FSG $ 22 ISBN: 0374222150 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night Country creeps through the streets of one bedroom community, reaching into the connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by a car accident.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Lost Boy, Lost Girl
    Author: Straub, Peter
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060923 Date: 2003
    starBookliststarPW
    From the bestselling author of Black House and Mr. X springs a groundbreaking story of the persistence of evil, told with tantalizing ambiguity and structural audacity.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 9.22.03

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September

  • Star Dragon
    Author: Brotherton, Mike
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765307588 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The crew of the Karamojo--human and AI alike--will risk everything to capture the star dragon--a creature of fire with a nuclear furnace for heart. It will take all their technology, all their skill, and more courage than they knew they had, to come home alive. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Budayeen Nights
    Author: Effinger, George Alec
    Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846193 Date: 2003
    starPW
    George Alex Effinger's first short-fiction collection in nearly 15 years, these nine tales are set in Budayeen, the walled city in the sand, a city of dark shadows and even darker inhabitants, where a Raymond Chandleresque vision has been created--hardboiled, noir, futuristic--but with a twist. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.11.03
  • The Good House
    Author: Due, Tananarive
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743449002 Date: 2003
    starPWstarKirkus
    From the award-winning author of The Black Rose comes a terrifying story of supernatural suspense, as a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from evil forces.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars | African American Stars
    Updated 8.11.03
  • A Fortress of Grey Ice: Book Two of Sword of Shadows
    Author: Jones, J.V.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765306336 Date: 2003
    starPW
    In the highly charged epic adventure of Ash March and Raif Sevrance, the fate of the two outcasts is entwined with ancient prophecies and need as the cold, dark world threatens to be torn asunder by a war to end all wars.
    Updated 8.18.03
  • The Lost Steersman
    Author: Kirstein, Rosemary
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345462297 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Rosemary Kirstein is the long-awaited sequel to The Steerswoman and The Outskirter's Secret.
    Updated 8.25.03
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
    Author: Niffenegger, Audrey
    Publisher: MacAdam/Cage $ 25 ISBN: 193156146x Date: 2003
    starPWstarLJ
    The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points in time--sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman. When Henry meets Claire, he is twenty-eight, and she is twenty. He's a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire has known Henry since she was six...
    Suggested Reading: Librarian Stars | Time Travel Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Monstrous Regiment
    Author: Pratchett, Terry
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 006001315X Date: 2003
    starPW
    The 29th entry in Pratchett's internationally bestselling Discworld series explores the art of war and the brave women who wage it.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Douglas Adams
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Hybrids
    Author: Sawyer, Robert J.
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312876904 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    In Hominids, Nebula Award-winning author Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit. Now, Boddit and his homo sapien lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • The Companions
    Author: Tepper, Sheri
    Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 006053821x Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A thrilling new tale by the acclaimed author of The Visitor, Tepper pens an otherworldly tale of the planet Moss, where a group of humans discover an intelligent race of natives.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Crown of Slaves
    Author: Weber, David & Eric Flint
    Publisher: Baen $ 25 ISBN: 0743471482 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing dangerously restive in the alliance. A mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwick finds the intrepid agent facing myriad skullduggery, including a radical freed slave organization led by a notorious killer.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Master Storyteller: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard
    Author: Widder, William J.
    Publisher: Galaxy $ 49.95 ISBN: 1592120547 Date: 2003
    starPW
    A striking portrait of Hubbard's career as a fiction writer, this chronological history details his writings and corresponding art.
    Updated 8.04.03

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August

  • Lord of Snow and Shadows: Book One of the Tears of Artamon
    Author: Ash, Sarah
    Publisher: Bantam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0553803344 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The first book in The Tears of Artamon saga pays homage to the genre's traditions while carving a refreshingly bold place for its exciting new author. Trapped in a land racked by bitter rivalries, Gavril must take up the mantle of his father's rule to unite a divided kingdom.
    Updated 6.25.03
  • Gathering the Bones: Original Storeis from the World's Masters of Horror
    Author: Dann, Jack (ed)
    Publisher: Tor $ 15.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0765301792 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Chilling new anthology of all-original tales of horror
    Includes New Stories by: Ray Bradbury, Graham Joyce, Peter Crowther, Kim Newman, Sara Douglass, Thomas Tessier
    M. John Harrison & Gahan Wilson.
    Updated 8.14.03
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection
    Author: Datlow, Ellen & Terri Windling, editors
    Publisher: Griffin $ 35/19.95 ISBN: 0312314248/0312314256 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 7.28.03
  • Spirits in the Wires
    Author: De Lint, Charles
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312873980 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Ancient magic and the Internet weave a spell in the latest Newford novel from urban fantasy master Charles de Lint.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Stars
    Author: Ian, Janis and Mike Resnick (editors)
    Publisher: DAW $ 23.95 ISBN: 0756401771 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Janis Ian has inspired fans for years with her lyrical and evocative music. Now, this popular music legend has invited her favorite science fiction and fantasy writers to interpret her songs using their own unique voices.
    Updated 7.21.03
  • Dante's Equation
    Author: Jensen, Jane
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 15.95 ISBN: 0345430379 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    From the author of Judgment Day and creator of the popular Gabriel Knight computer games comes an edge-of-the-seat science-fiction thriller that weaves together elements of the Kabbalah and physics with doorways to other worlds.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Idlewild
    Author: Sagan, Nick
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399150978 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Set in the day after tomorrow, Idlewild opens as a young man awakes with amnesia: He cannot remember who he is and doesn't recognize anything around him--all he knows for sure is that someone is trying to kill him.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • American Empire: The Victorious Opposition
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 27.95 ISBN: 034544423x Date: 2003
    starPW
    The monumental conclusion to the American Empire trilogy finds the Confederacy racing along the path toward renewed war with the United States. In a drama of spies and traitors, lovers and soldiers, Turtledove has created an unforgettable reimagining of history itself.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
    Updated 7.7.03
  • Journey Into the Void: Volume Three of the Sovereign Stone Trilogy
    Author: Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman
    Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 0061051780 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Led by a brave nobleman, the Dominion Lords, a quartet of champions from each race--man, elf, ork, and dwarf--must bring their shard of the awesome Sovereign Stone to the Portal of the Gods. Fast-paced and thrilling, Journey into the Void is acclaimed fantasists Weis and Hickman at their epic best.
    Updated 6.203

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July

  • A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2
    Author: Anderson, Kevin J.
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446528714 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The bestselling and award-winning author continues his stunning epic series: a vast panorama of galactic civilization and apocalyptic war. "A rip-roaring space opera full of mystery, adventure, and suspense."--"Science Fiction Chronicle."
    Updated 5.6.03
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction
    Author: Dozois, Gardner
    Publisher: Griffin $ 35/19.95 ISBN: 0312308590/308604 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Fat White Vampire Blues
    Author: Fox, Andrew
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345463331 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    If Dracula slept with A Confederacy of Dunces, this funny first novel about Jules, a feckless, overweight vampire would be the result. He's watched his neighborhood go to hell--and now, a new vampire is looking to drive him out. Jules must find a way to contend with life's hurdles--without getting a stake through the heart.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 4.28.03
  • Changing Planes: Stories
    Author: LeGuin, Ursula K.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 22 ISBN: 0151009716 Date: 2003
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes - not airplanes but planes of existence - in this humorous and poignant series of stories by National Book Award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin.
    Updated 4.24.03
  • The White Dragon: In Fire Forged, Part One - A Novel of Sileria
    Author: Resnick, Laura
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312890567 Date: 2003
    starPW
    With this stunning, magical sequel to the epic romantic fantasy, Resnick stakes a claim as a true master of epic fantasy.
    Updated 5.19.03
  • Ilium
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 0380978938 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From the Hugo Award-winning author of the Hyperion Cantos comes the first book of a breathtaking new saga based on the themes of Homer's The Iliad and Shakespeare's The Tempest--a groundbreaking work from a "magnificently original" (Denver Post) writer.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • American Empire: The Victorious Opposition
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 27.95 ISBN: 034544423x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The monumental conclusion to the American Empire trilogy finds the Confederacy racing along the path toward renewed war with the United States. In a drama of spies and traitors, lovers and soldiers, Turtledove has created an unforgettable reimagining of history itself.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Blind Lake
    Author: Wilson, Robert Charles
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765302624 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPW
    At Blind Lake, a federal research installation in Minnesota, scientists are using a technology they barely understand to watch everyday life in a city of lobster-like aliens on a distant planet. Wilson tells a gripping tale of alien contact and human love in a haunted but hopeful universe.
    Updated 6.29.03

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June

  • Redemption Ark
    Author: Reynolds, Alastair
    Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 044101958x Date: 2003
    starPW
    Named the Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year ("Chronicle"), this stunning sequel to Revelation begins late in the 26th century. The human race has advanced enough to trigger alien machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it.
    Updated 5.29.03

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May

  • Told By the Dead
    Author: Campbell, Ramsey
    Publisher: PS $ 50 ISBN: 1902880692 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 4.7.03
  • Bad Dream
    Author: Christopher, John
    Publisher: Severn $ 26.99 ISBN: 0727859609 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 5.12.03
  • The Light Ages
    Author: MacLeod, Ian R.
    Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 0441010555 Date: 2003
    starPW
    In this moody work set in a fantastical Age of Industry, Robert Borrows runs away from Bracebridge, West Yorkshire, only to find that he cannot escape from the magical secrets of his past.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
    Updated 4.14.03
  • Kingdom River
    Author: Smith, Mitchell
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765300087 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Sam Monroe is the reluctant commander of a tough-minded warrior people in northern Mexico. Sam's people cling to a precarious, hard-won freedom. Toghrul Khan, leader of the Khanate, wants the Kingdom's lucrative trade and lush farmlands. To get them, Sam Monroe must learn not just to command--but to rule.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Mistress of Dragons
    Author: Weis, Margaret
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304686 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    From the New York Times bestselling co-author of the Dragonlance, Dark Sword, and Deathgate series, comes her first solo fantasy novel set in an all-new, sure-to-be bestselling world, the Dragonvald.
    Updated 4.28.03
  • The Wizard Hunters: The Fall of Ile-Rein
    Author: Wells, Martha
    Publisher: Eos $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380977885 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Filled with wonder, adventure, magic, and danger, this is the first volume in an epic fantasy trilogy--the sequel to The Death of the Necromancer--from "one of the best new writers the field has to offer" (C. J. Cherryh).
    Updated 2.23.03
  • The War of the Flowers
    Author: Williams, Tad
    Publisher: DAW $ 24.95 ISBN: 0756401356 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Returning to the fantasy genre that made him a coast-to-coast bestselling phenomenon, Williams has written a new stand-alone contemporary novel set in Northern California, and in the strange parallel world that coexists in the farthest reaches of the imagination.
    Updated 5.19.03
  • The Phoenix Exultant
    Author: Wright, John C.
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765304325 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    The Phoenix Exultant is a continuation of the story begun in The Golden Age, and is a grand space opera in the tradition of Jack Vance and Roger Zelazny. At the conclusion of the first book, Phaethon of Radamanthus House was left an exile from his life of power and privilege. Now he embarks upon a quest to recover his memory and his life.
    Updated 2.10.03

 


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April

  • Darwin's Children
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345448359 Date: 2003
    starLibrary JournalstarPW
    In Darwin's Radio, the human race underwent a leap in evolution, as women began to give birth to human "upgrades." Now a decade has passed, and millions of new children have been born around the world. Darwin's Children is the story of Stella Nova and her fellow new humans as they fight to survive.
    Updated 3.3.03
  • Kushiel's Avatar
    Author: Carey, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312872402 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. Citizen Phedre no Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Phedre's path has been strange and dangerous, and through it all, the devoted swordsman Joscelin has been at her side, following the central precept of the angel Cassiel: Protect and serve.
    Updated 4.28.03
  • Talon of the Silver Hawk: Conclave of Shadows Book One
    Author: Feist, Raymond
    Publisher: Eos $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380977087 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From the New York Times bestselling author of the Riftwar Legacy comes the first installment of a new series--a thrilling new epic of adventure and deceit set in his signature world of Midkemia.
    Updated 2.24.03
  • Lost in a Good Book
    Author: Fforde, Jasper
    Publisher: Viking Books $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031909 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Literary detective heroine Thursday Next returns in this follow-up to the acclaimed The Eyre Affair. To rescue the love of her life, Thursday must retrieve a supposedly vanquished enemy from the pages of Poe's "The Raven." Soon, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Douglas Adams
    Updated 3.13.03
  • The Wreck of the River of Stars
    Author: Flynn, Michael
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765300990 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In this magnificent stand-alone epic of the spaceways, author Flynn grows in stature. The luxury liner River of Stars was once the envy of all solar sailors, but she operates now as a tramp freighter and her crew is a motley group of misfits. When an unlikely and catastrophic engine failure strikes, the story of their doom has the inevitability and power of a Greek tragedy.
    Updated 1.10.03
  • Cerulean Sins
    Author: Hamilton, Laurell K.
    Publisher: Berkley $ 22.95 ISBN: 0425188361 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves.
    Updated 3.27.03
  • Wasteland of Flint
    Author: Harlan, Thomas
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 076530192x Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In five centuries, the mighty Empire of the Mexica, descendants of the ancient Aztecs, has spread out to conquer the earth. Now, on a desolate, barren world far from the heart of civilization, Gretchen Andersson, a young human xeno-archeologist is about to discover an awesome, long-buried secret that could alter the galactic balance of power forever.
    Suggested Reading: Aztec Stars
    Updated 3.13.03
  • Celtika: Book One of the Merlin Codex
    Author: Holdstock, Robert
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765306921 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From an award-winning fantasist comes a magical novel linking the Arthur cycle to the mysteries of ancient Greece.
    Suggested Reading: Legendary Characters
    Updated 3.13.03
  • Daylight
    Author: Knox, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345457951 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    Beautifully written, Daylight combines Knox's greatest gifts, her wildly imaginative storytelling and her clear eye for atmosphere and place. The vampires of this book are distinctly Knoxian, as intriguing and intelligently drawn as the angel in The Vintner's Luck.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Immortalis
    Author: Salvatore, R.A.
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 26.95 ISBN: 0345441222 Date: 2003
    starLibrary Journal
    Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author of Transcendence, returns to the magical world of Corona for the epic conclusion of the DemonWars saga.
    Updated 4.7.03
  • Year Zero
    Author: Stableford, Brian
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 0786253339 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Updated 3.27.03
  • Jaws of Darkness
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765304171 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Turtledove's masterful saga of a magical world's cataclysmic war, which began with Into the Darkness, has earned accolades from readers and reviewers alike. In this fifth volume of the series, hope may be dawning. The terrible onslaught of the forces of Algarve begins to founder as it runs into Habakkuk: a sorcerous ship of ice.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
    Updated 3.13.03
  • Veniss Underground
    Author: VanderMeer, Jeff
    Publisher: Prime $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 1894815645 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 2.4.03
  • Red Thunder
    Author: Varley, John
    Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 0440010156 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Seven suburban misfits are constructing a spaceship out of old tanker cars. The plan is to beat the Chinese to Mars--in under four days at three million miles an hour. It would be history in the making if it didn't sound so insane.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Sims
    Author: Wilson, F. Paul
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765305518 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A new science thriller, Sims takes place in the very near future, when the science of genetics is fulfilling its vaunted potential. It's a world where genetically transmitted diseases are being eliminated, and manual labor is gradually being transferred to "sims", genetically altered chimps who occupy a gray zone between simian and human.
    Updated 2.23.03

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March

  • Paper Mage
    Author: Cutter, Leah R.
    Publisher: NAL/Roc $ 6.50 ISBN: 0451459172 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The first in a stunning new series inspired by the ancient art of origami. "An enchanting novel, skillfully rooted in Chinese history and myth--mystical, unusual, and thoroughly convincing."--Terri Windling, Editor of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
    Updated 4.28.03
  • Joust
    Author: Lackey, Mercedes
    Publisher: Daw $ 24.95 ISBN: 0756401224 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The first book in this thrilling new series introduces readers to a young slave who dreams of becoming a Jouster--one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Altered Carbon
    Author: Morgan, Richard
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 13.95 ISBN: 0345457684 Date: 2003
    starLibrary Journal
    A stunning debut sci-fi/noir thriller reminiscent of Blade Runner--and the beginning of a new series featuring a one-of-a-kind anti-hero: ex-UN envoy Takashi Kovaks.
    Updated 1.16.03
  • Angelica: A Novel of Samaria
    Author: Shinn, Sharon
    Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 044101013x Date: 2003
    starPW
    The bestselling author of The Alleluia Files makes her long-awaited journeyback to Samaria for the story of Archangel and Angelica, as the future of the planet hangs in the balance.
    Updated 2.20.03
  • The Risen Empire: Book One of the Succession
    Author: Westerfield, Scott
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765305550 Date: 2003
    starPW
    In this space opera of the 21st century, Zai and pacifist senator Nara Oxham must face the challenge of the of a new race of humans who want to overthrow the powerful, undead Emperor of the empire.
    Updated 1.20.03

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February

  • Jinn
    Author: Delaney, Matthew B.J.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312276702 Date: 2003
    starPW
    An ancient evil discovered by Marines in the South Pacific during World War II is linked to a depraved serial killer many years later on the streets of Boston. Detectives Jefferson and Brogon have no idea that to solve this case, their investigation must take them around the world and through time and history.
    Updated 1.3.03
  • The Revenants
    Author: Farrington, Geoffrey
    Publisher: Dedalus $ 11.99 (paper) ISBN: 1903517044 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Updated 2.23.03
  • Crossfire
    Author: Kress, Nancy
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765304678 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Kress made her reputation in the early 90s with her multiple award-winning novella, Beggars in Spain, which became the basis for Beggars Trilogy. Now comes a brand new science fiction epic, the story of a human colony started by Jake Holman, a man trying to escape a dark past.
    Updated 12.02.02
  • Children of the Shaman
    Author: Rydill, Jessica
    Publisher: Roc $ 6.50 ISBN: 0451459113 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Thirteen-year-old Annat and her older brother, Malchick, leave their sheltered upbringing and reunite with their father, a shaman-healer. With him they venture into the magical kingdom of La Souterraine. Only then and there do they learn what their heritage means to them and to those around them.
    Updated 2.20.03
  • Laughing Man
    Author: Wright, T.M.
    Publisher: Leisure $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0843950846 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    New York City detective Jack Erhmun has his own peculiar ways of solving homicides--ways which can frighten his colleagues. Assigned to a series of gruesome murders, Jack delves into facts that make it seem no human killer can be involved. He soon becomes more and more erratic. Is it the case that affects him, or is it something no one dares to consider?
    Updated 1.25.03

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January

  • A Shortcut in Time
    Author: Dickinson, Charles
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765305798 Date: 2003
    starLibrary Journal
    Dickinson's novels and short stories have won widespread acclaim for their deft characterization, humanity, and humor. Now Dickinson slips beyond the bounds of mundane realism to create a poignant fantasy that bears comparison to the work of Jack Finney and Jonathan Carroll.
    Suggested Reading: Time Travel
    Updated 1.16.03
  • Hades Daughter: Book One of the Troy Game
    Author: Douglass, Sara
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765305402 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The first title in Douglass's compelling new series, this is a riveting historical fantasy series of love and revenge and the madness that can ensnare even the most noble soul.
    Suggested Reading: Legendary Characters
    Updated 12.16.02
  • Things That Never Happen
    Author: Harrison, M. John
    Publisher: Night Shade $ 27 (hard) $15 (paper) ISBN: 1892389266/1892389339 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 12.16.02
  • Anise: A Tale of True Love in a World Gone Mad
    Author: Henry, Maren
    Publisher: Wildside $ 32.95 ISBN: 1587156997 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 1.20.03
  • The Briar King
    Author: Keyes, Greg
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345440668 Date: 2003
    starPW
    An ensemble fantasy in the tradition of George R.R. Martin and Terry Goodkind, The Briar King will establish the award-winning Greg Keyes as one of the finest authors in the world of fantasy today.
    Updated 12.02.02
  • March to the Stars
    Author: Weber, David & Eric Flint
    Publisher: Baen $ 26 ISBN: 0743435621 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Prince Roger MacClintock and the Royal Marines are up against an enemy spaceport, bristling with heavy artillery. Roger's team has only hand weapons. But neither Roger nor the Marines are about to give up in this new adventure by two established masters of military sci-fi.
    Updated 1.15.03
  • The Poison Master
    Author: Williams, Liz
    Publisher: Spectra $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0553584987 Date: 2003
    starPW
    On a distant world ruled by an alien race, humanity is enslaved, having forgotten its own past and condemned to have no future--until one woman is offered a choice that could restore humanity's freedom.
    Updated 12.02.02

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