|Jo Clayton||Skeen's Return (Skeen #2)||Skeen trilogy||Paperback|
|Jo Clayton||Fire in the Sky (Shadowsong Trilogy #1)||The Shadowsong Trilogy||Emerging from her centuries-long imprisonment inside an alien artifact, Shadith learns that she has developed an empathic musical skill, and is called upon to delegate a mission with a musically communicating alien race. Original.||Paperback|
|Jo Clayton||The Burning Ground (Shadowsong #2)||The Shadowsong Trilogy||Freed from ages of imprisonment in the Diadem, an alien artifact, Shadith discovers that she has the power to transfer her consciousness into any living creature, a talent that she uses to try to destroy a syndicate that creates civil wars as a tourist attraction. Original.||Paperback|
|Jo Clayton||Quester's Endgame (Diadem Saga)||Diadem Saga||Paperback|
|Jo Clayton||Skeen's Search (The Skeen Trilogy, Book 3)||Skeen trilogy||Paperback|
|Jo Clayton||Irsud (Diadem, Bk. 3)||Diadem Saga||Cover by Eric Ladd||Paperback|
|Jo Clayton||Ghosthunt (Diadem #7)||Diadem Saga||Paperback|
|Mona Clee||Overshoot||As global warming, environmental distress and political turmoil signal the catastrophic collapse of society in the mid-21st century, octogenarian Moira Burke and the residents of her California commune become the witnesses to the beginning of a new order of human existence. The author of Branch Point (Ace, 1996) brings the seminal events of the 20th century to life through the eyes of her aging protagonist in a thought-provoking novel that should appeal to New Agers and other fans of ecologically correct sf. Purchase for large collections.
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|Mona Clee||Branch Point||A time traveler who started out from the year 2062 chronicles four alternate histories of Earth, in which she and her companions save the world from nuclear war in the 1960s before becoming trapped in the 1830s.||Paperback|
|Rodgers Clemens||The Presence||Paperback|
|Hal Clement||Still River||Paperback|
|Hal Clement||Half Life||In his first novel since 1987's Still River, SFWA Grand Master Clement imagines a time 75 years in the future when life on Earth, from plant to human, has fallen into an unstoppable decline and medical science cannot hold back a new wave of plagues. A group is sent to investigate primordial life on Titan, one of Saturn's moons, in hope that understanding how life begins will help humans forestall their extinction. The 50 crew members are all infected with the incurable diseases that are ravaging Earth, their number determined by a calculation of their half-life (the time it will take for half of them to die). They are "persuadees," trained in the disciplines of military action and scientific thought. Because of their fragile health, they mostly remain locked in their separate quarantined rooms and control their equipment via virtual reality hookups. One of the crew strategically kills himselfAunable to continue suffering the pain of his illness and in order to provoke a crucial advance in the group's knowledgeAwhich lends a different meaning to the term half-life. As they wait for each other to die, the crew members become absorbed in their work and emotionally distant from each other. This distance, and the lack of consistent character development, makes it difficult for the reader to feel sympathy for them. Though the action is abundant, much of it is relayed through flavorless dialogue that grows monotonous, ultimately impeding the narrative. A good start and intriguing background won't suffice to carry readers all the way through this disappointing novel by one of the SF greats. (Sept.) FYI: Clement, who's 77, published his first short story 57 years ago.
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|Hal Clement||The Nitrogen Fix (Ace Science Fiction)||Trade Paperback|
|Hal Clement||The Essential Hal Clement Volume 1: Trio for Slide Rule & Typewriter||The Essential Hal Clement||Three full-length novels from Clement (Still River, 1987) dating from an era when novels ran to 150200 pages and didn't wear out their welcome. Most of his best works feature children and young people solving intriguing puzzles within a solid science framework. In Needle (1949), an alien criminal crash-lands on Earth, closely pursued by a policeman of the same species. The twist is that they're parasitic blobs of jelly, dependent on a host to survive. Iceworld (1953) lacks both a puzzle and youthful protagonists; an alien criminal from a very hot, bright planet perceives Earth as a gloomy, frigid netherworld. The brave young girl and her alien counterpart of Close to Critical (1958) become trapped on the surface of a planet under conditions where phase changes make water unpredictable. Persuasive aliens, remarkable world-building, and splendid puzzles: fans partial to any of these will find Clement well worth investigating. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Review by Bill Johnston (PSSFS):
Needle by Clement is about a race of amoeba-like organisms who are parasites beneficial to other intelligent beings. One "crazy" one, which has no qualms about harming his host, is loose on Earth, and another, a detective, is trying to find him. The book is written for juveniles, and while it may seem implausible, it is rather unique. ||Hardcover|
|Jeff Clinton||Kane's Odyssey||16 in the Laser Books series of original science fiction novels, released in January 1976.||Paperback|
|Brenda W. Clough||How Like a God||Rob Lewis, an ordinary computer programmer with a wife and two kids, becomes something extraordinary one day after he wakes up and discovers he can read--and control--other people's minds. It's an ability most people dream of having, but for Rob it quickly destroys his life. There is a death, injuries, the threat of warping the lives of his children. Rob flees to New York where, homeless and destitute, he contacts Edwin Barbaross of the National Institutes of Health. Together they travel to Uzbekistan, where Rob will face both the source of his powers and his own inner demons.
Review by James Walton (PARSEC):
One morning, meek, mild mannered suburbanite Rob Lewis wakes up with the ability to read the thoughts of other people and manipulate those thoughts. He doesn't question this gift/curse at first, he is too busy straightening out lives. He forces a homeless drunk to give up alcohol and he reforms prisoners in a state penitentiary. It is not until he accidently affects the minds of his young twins does he realize his power may be dangerous. He finally wonders if he has the right to impose his will on others, no matter how well meaning he may be.
A frightened Lewis abandons his family and home and becomes a street person in New York City. He uses his power to sponge off rich people and winds up acting much more like Coyote or Loki than any benevolent god. (Hmm. Is it possible the author gained part of her idea from observing homeless people talk to themselves?)
How Like a God is Clough's retelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh. How well does Clough perform this retelling? I don't know. I've never read the Epic. Many years ago, when faced with the choice of reading Gilgamesh or studying for a Chemistry final, I chose the latter. (Hey, Chemistry was my major, not ancient literature.)
Clough attempts to show us the despair and loneliness Lewis feels as he struggles to come to terms with his power, and she more or less succeeds. Parts of the book dragged as we watched Lewis wallow in his self pity and doubt, but real people sink to much lower depths with less reason, so things were pretty much true to life. (Peter Parker has used the same shtick for 30+ and he's as popular as ever.)
The scenes in which Lewis discovers the source of his "godhood" and deals with it are almost anticlimactic. The major confrontation leaves Lewis the victor but no wiser. By then he has some measure of control over his rapidly increasing power. And we never learn exactly why Lewis was chosen to receive the gift/curse instead of thousands of other who might have handled the power differently.
I suspect Ms Clough plans a continuation of How Like a God. We never learn the full extent of Lewis' power, nor do we learn the fate of his poor, abandoned family.
How Like a God has interested me in reading The Epic of Gilgamesh. ||Hardcover|
|Molly Cochran, Warren Murphy||The Broken Sword||In a Moroccan bazaar, amidst gunfire and chaos, a battered cup falls into a blind girl's hand, and her eyes are filled with light. But Beatrice is not alone in her appreciation of the Holy Grail, and her vision goes deeper than the surface. She meets Taliesin, who brings her to Arthur, and they join forces to protect the power of the Grail from abuse and to protect themselves from a soulless, amoral man who will stop at nothing to possess it.
The Broken Sword is almost too fast-paced, packed with agonizing cliffhangers as peril presses young Arthur, Beatrice, and Hal (Galahad, now a retired FBI agent) on all sides, though the lengthy recapitulations of Arthur's and Taliesin's previous lives detract from the real story in the 20th century. But The Broken Sword has a complete-feeling ending that puts Arthur, his recovered knights, Beatrice, and Merlin happily in place for future victories.||Hardcover|
|David B. Coe||Rules of Ascension (Winds of the Forelands, Book 1)||Winds of the Forelands||Magic and mayhem, politics and personal sacrifice weave a sophisticated tapestry in this first in an epic fantasy series from award-winner David B. Coe. Once, the magic-wielding Qirsi fought the Eandi clans for control of the Forelands. Defeated by a traitor, the Qirsi have been uneasily absorbed into Eandi society, serving as councilors to the powerful, but they are still mistrusted. Now a Qirsi faction hopes to subvert the rules of ascension to the Eandi throne. Tavis, a young noble in line for the kingship, becomes a target of the conspiracy and finds that he must turn to an unlikely source for help--a powerful and enigmatic Qirsi who may be more than he seems.
The opening chapters take the time to develop the politics, history, and customs of the Forelands. The patient reader will be rewarded with adventure, betrayal, love, and hope set against a well-realized blend of epic events and the beginning of Tavis's personal hero-quest. --Roz Genessee||Hardcover|
|Allan Cole||The Warrior Returns||Solo writing proves no problem for Cole, who, in this wrap-up to the fantasy Anteros series (Kingdoms of the Night, etc.), loses longtime coauthor Chris Bunch but turns in a rousing yarn nonetheless. Narrator Rali Emilie Antero, the warrior of the title, sorceress and reluctant tool of the goddess Maranonia, falls into the hands of Novari, the Lyre Bird, a changeling whose "primary form" is a beautiful woman and who was created through the sacrifice of thousands of virgins to be a prince's sexual slave. Escaped and become a powerful sorceress, Novari has set out to avenge herself against the world. When Rali rejects Novari's offer to become her consort, the warrior is imprisoned in the mines of Koronos, minus an eye and hand and most of her memory. With the aid of a fellow prisoner, Zalia, Rali regains her powers and apparently destroys Novari and her source of power. But during the struggle, Zalia, who is revealed as the queen Salimar and who becomes Rali's lover, is gravely injured. Maranonia offers Rali and Salimar surcease in an endless sleep of beautiful dreams. Fifty years later, however, Maranonia awakens Rali to fight the Lyre Bird resurgent, who now poses a threat even greater than before. Cole's vivid, densely crafted world, peopled with well-drawn inhabitants of all classes, rings true. Fans of this series may be sad to see it end, but they'll be happy that it does so in mighty high style. (Apr.) Notes
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|Nancy A. Collins||Sunglasses after Dark (Onyx)||Paperback|
|Michael Coney||Neptune's Cauldron||Paperback|
|Michael Coney||Gods of the Greataway||The Song of Earth|
|Groff Conklin (ed.)||Selections from Science-Fiction Thinking Machines||Paperback|
|Groff Conklin (ed.)||Omnibus of Science Fiction||Hardcover|
|Michael Conner||Archangel||Conner's (Eye of the Sun) second novel, though obviously influenced by Geoff Ryman's Was (1992), is a tour de force. Set in an alternative Minneapolis ("Milltown") in a world that was infected near the end of WWI by the "Hun," a disease that kills whites but leaves blacks unharmed, the narrative refreshingly features no significant adult characters who are wholly sympathetic. Everyone, black or white, is driven by prejudices, a trait that Conner uses to enhance the frisson that keeps the action moving along. The Archangel of the title is a pirate radio broadcaster (whose identity is obvious well before it is revealed), who rails against the town leaders' refusal to acknowledge the dire present and future. Conner exposes the corruption in all strata of the society through the investigations of reporter Danny Constantine, who accidentally photographs one of a series of grisly deaths in which the victims' blood is entirely drained from their bodies. Danny and black police sergeant Dooley Willson's search for a "vampire" leads them to Dr. Simon Grey's Hematological Institute, which is working on a cure for Hun. The several subsequent pilot twists follow naturally from the biases and presumptions of Conner's fascinating melange of characters, ranging from charming Selena Crockett and precocious Shirley Lund to alcoholic reporter Bing Lockner and misguided Lou Ravelli, a pro baseball player in a major league that integrates by necessity. The real-life parallels to Conner's tale are obvious yet elegantly understated; even those tired of the recent myriad of "vampire/AIDS" stories should delight in the author's fresh, character-driven approach.
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