|Bud Sparhawk||Dancing with Dragons||...uniformly high quality...surprised a major publisher hadn't already snapped them up...Wildside beat them to the punch. -- Science Fiction Chronicle, November 2001||Paperback|
|John Wallace Spencer||Limbo of the Lost||the chilling bestseller that explores the Bermuda Triange, one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time!||Paperback|
|Wen Spencer||Bitter Waters (Ukiah Oregon, Book 3)||Ukiah Oregon||Half-alien PI Ukiah Oregon is in bad grace with his moms, Jo and Lara, and his protecting pack. They are unhappy about Ukiah's engagement to FBI agent Indigo Zheng: the moms because, though Ukiah is a couple of centuries old, Indigo is too old for him; and the pack because he is marrying at all. Partner and mentor Max Bennett is on Ukiah's side, however, and that is critical when the routine tracking of a missing boy exposes Ukiah to a fanatical, malignant cult that kidnaps his son, Kitanning. The cultists have learned of the existence of the Ontongard, descendants of Ukiah's enemies who are still programmed to attempt to conquer Earth for their hive, and they are every bit as dangerous as those they call "demons," for they have acquired Ontongard chemical and biological weapons. Well-chosen everyday details as well as fire, murder, sudden death, and a lot of sex lead to an ending that resolves some of Ukiah's problems but leaves Earth's fate hanging fire for eagerly anticipated sequels. Roland Green
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|Wen Spencer||Dog Warrior (Ukiah Oregon, Book 4)||Ukiah Oregon||Paperback|
|Wen Spencer||Tainted Trail (Ukiah Oregon, Book 2)||Ukiah Oregon||The sequel to Alien Taste (2001) sends Ukiah Oregon off on the trail of Alicia Kraynak, the niece of his partner Max's best friend. What appears to be an ordinary disappearance quickly turns out to involve alien invaders, the Ontongard (somewhat like the Borg of Star Trek: The Next Generation), and one of Ukiah's earlier selves, the feral Wild Boy of the Oregon wilderness. These contingencies immediately put Ukiah on his mettle, for he is actually the only fertile offspring of a rebel faction of the Ontongard that has been struggling for centuries to save Earth from universal infection and conversion into another conquered group-mind of the "orthodox" Ontongard. The battle against evil aliens is action-packed though relatively unsurprising, but Spencer's skillful characterizations, vividly drawn settings, and comic exploitation of Ukiah's deceptively youthful, highly buff looks make the romp high light entertainment. Fortunately, this isn't likely to be Ukiah's farewell performance. Roland Green
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|Wen Spencer||Tinker||Steel City Magic||Wit and intelligence inform this off-beat, tongue-in-cheek fantasy from Spencer (Alien Taste, etc.), set in near-future Pittsburgh-or rather, the part of Pittsburgh that's been translated to the Faerie world of Elfhome by a faulty hyperphase gate created by the Chinese. After 18-year-old tech genius Tinker saves Windwolf, the elven governor of North America on Elfhome, from a pack of nasty wargs, Windwolf in gratitude turns her into an elf and makes her his consort. In her new and important position, Tinker becomes the target for a conspiracy of humans, elves and oni (Japanese demons that control their own part of Faerie) who are trying to build another gate for use in conquering Earth and Elfhome. Furious action, including a memorable car chase, good characterization, playful eroticism and well-developed folklore all help lift this well above the fantasy average. The routine jacket art, of an elven biological dirigible, probably won't help, but Buffy fans should find a lot to like in the book's resourceful heroine. FYI: Spencer has won the 2003 John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award.
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|Wen Spencer||Wolf Who Rules||Steel City Magic||The sequel to Tinker (2003) continues the adventures of salvage-yard owner and intuitive mechanic Tinker and Wolf Who Rules Wind, an elflord whose domain now includes most of early-twenty-first-century Pittsburgh, which was transported to Elfhome through a gate. Tinker is now genetically an elf, and she and Wolf are married. Their honeymoon consists, however, of trying to coordinate the mind-sets of humans and elfkind, both between one another and as lord and lady of Wolf's realm. And they also must stave off the attempts of the oni (Japanese demons) to conquer the realm, fight intrigue that includes assassination plots, and build a gate to return those Pittsburghers who wish to return. All of that keeps them busy and the reader turning pages. Frieda Murray
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|Wen Spencer||Alien Taste (Ukiah Oregon, Book 1)||Ukiah Oregon||Paperback|
|Wen Spencer||A Brother's Price||Spencer continues to amaze, cranking up both suspense and wonder. -- Julie E. Czerneda||Paperback|
|Wen Spencer||Endless Blue||The 2003 John Campbell Award Winner, Wen Spencer spent twenty years living in Pittsburgh, so its only natural that she sets her stories there. Currently she's living outside of Boston with her husband and son. She's a fan of Japanese anime and manga, and it flavors her writing. Her fantasy novel Tinker won the 2003 Sapphire Award and was nominated for the Romantic Times Review Choice Award for Best Fantasy. Anne McCaffery has listed Wen on her website as one of two recommended authors.||Hardcover|
|Wen Spencer||Elfhome||Steel City Magic||John W. Campbell Award Winner Wen Spencer resides in paradise in Hilo, Hawaii with two volcanoes overlooking her home. Spencer says that she often wakes up and exclaims "Oh my god, I live on an island in the middle of the Pacific!" This, says Spencer, is a far cry from her twenty years of living in land-locked Pittsburgh. According to Spencer, she lives with "my Dali Llama-like husband, my autistic teenage son, and two cats (one of which is recovering from mental illness.) All of which makes for very odd home life at times." Spencer's love of Japanese anime and manga flavors her writing. The Elfhome series opener, Tinker, won the 2003 Sapphire Award for Best Science Fiction Romance and was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Fantasy Novel. Wolf Who Rules, the sequel to Tinker, was chosen as a Top Pick by Romantic Times and given their top rating of four and a half stars.||Hardcover|
|Norman Spinard||No Direction Home||Paperback|
|Norman Spinrad||Riding the Torch||Trade Paperback|
|Norman Spinrad||Child of Fortune||"A sublime comedy-an epic, an extended narrative in the heroic tradition with grandeur and sweep. It's a Homeric space voyage, a Joycean interstellar trip, a Huck Finn saga of humanity's next adventure. It's a literary masterpiece."-Timothy Leary
"An outstanding book on every level."-Michael Moorcock||Hardcover|
|Norman Spinrad||Agent of Chaos||Paperback|
|Norman Spinrad||Songs from the Stars||Hardcover|
|Brian M. Stableford||Journey to the Center||Original novel. First book in the "Asgard" sequence. Science Fiction Book Club edition is first edition (gutter code "M14" on page 152 indicates a printing). Later rewritten and published as "Asgard's Secret" (2004). Followed by "Invaders from the Centre" (US title, "Asgard's Conquerors") and "The Centre Cannot Hold" (US title "Asgard's Heart").||Hardcover|
|Brian M. Stableford||Realms of Tartarus||Paperback|
|Brian M. Stableford||The Paradise Game (Star-Pilot Grainger #4) ||Star Pilot Grainger||Cover by Kelly Freas||Paperback|
|Brian M. Stableford||Rhapsody in Black (Star Pilot Grainger #2)||Star Pilot Grainger||Cover by Kelly Freas||Paperback|
|Brian M. Stableford||The Cassandra Complex (Future History)||Veteran British author Stableford's Emortality series of future history novels (Inherit the Earth, Architects of Emortality and Fountains of Youth, which start in the 22nd century and end in the 26th) receives a near-future underpinning in this mid-21st-century puzzle of maneuvers in the face of impending doom. Police forensic scientist Lisa Friemann wakes one night to armed intruders in her highly secure dwelling. Nothing in all the information storage media the thieves steal seems important, or even work related. Events are hardly clarified by the news that prominent geneticist Morgan Miller, her graduate supervisor and longtime colleague, is missing. Does someone think Miller made a discovery that, contrary to usual practice, he had shared with no one in his field? And why would anyone want to bomb Mouseworld, the half-million-strong genetic library of rodent strains? Lisa's cityplex police and university colleagues enter the story one by one, followed by a confusing (to all concerned) array of other agencies and factions. Could there be a secret that will avert or postpone the expected world catastrophe, or at least give some people advantages over others? Stableford's background in biological and social sciences makes for convincing behavior and dialogue among the scientists, while long practice in the novelist's trade ensures a smooth and involving read. This series should remain more visible in the U.S. than his large stable of unjustly neglected past work.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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|Olaf Stapledon||Star Maker||"A buried treasure of 20th century literature reemerges in this splendid and practical edition. McCarthy's revealing introduction and notes display the genius of Star Maker to a new century." (Robert Crossley, author of Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.||Trade Paperback|
|Starhawk||The Fifth Sacred Thing||In her sometimes clumsy but compelling first novel, the author of The Spiral Dance (a central work in the women's spirituality movement) considers two possible futures for America. In ecologically devastated mid-21st-century California, San Francisco is a precariously maintained oasis, its society based on egalitarianism and environmentalism, its deeply spiritual populace possessed of psychic and mystical powers. Drought-plagued southern California suffers under an oppressive, militaristic, technocratic regime that spouts a perverted Christian ideology. After 20 years of uneasy peace, the south's armies mass to invade the north, whose militantly nonviolent denizens must decide how to defend themselves without compromising their pacifism. Starhawk delivers her message with a heavy hand and several cliches: her besieged utopia echoes the liberal politics and ecofeminism of her nonfiction; her dystopia features the overused SF bugbear of Christian fanaticism. However, she creates memorable characters--a young midwife, a broken musician, an old Witch-Woman--and skillfully conveys their emotions in gripping, sometimes harrowing scenes set against vivid backdrops. Though the resolution is somewhat pat--and an obvious plug for Starhawk's philosophy--the story is moving and absorbing.
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|Christopher Stasheff||The Warlock Enraged (3-in-1)||A Three-in-One Volume including: King Kobold Revived, The Warlock Unlocked, and, The Warlock Enraged
AT first glance, the planet was unremarkable. Its five continents and numerous small islands were covered with rain forest and inhabited by amphibians and hordes of insects - very much like Terra during its Carboniferous Era. One large island was noticeably different, however. It had been terraformed by human colonists centuries earlier . . . colonists who had abandoned technology in order to recreate the medieval / renaissance culture of Old Earth, right down to the belief in magic and witches. And on Gramarye, those beliefs were not merely archaic superstitions; they were facts of life. Rod Gallowglass, agent for the Society for the Conversion of Extraterrestrial Nascent Totalitarianisms (SCENT, for short), had sniffed out the Lost Colony - and been amazed to discover it was a communications gold mine: a segment of the population were genuine espers. No matter that, in this particular anachronistic setting, they were known as witches and warlocks: they were telepaths, and with their ability to communicate instantaneously, regardless of distance, they would be invaluable to the Decentralized Democratic Tribunal which had created SCENT. It was Rod's job to steer them gently in the right direction . . . to see that Gramarye's monarchy gradually evolved along democratic lines. And, aided by an old family retainer named Fess - an antique robot whose brain he had placed in a black steel horse's body - the agent was doing quite well. He had earned the Crown's respect and, in recognition of his "powers," been awarded the title "High Warlock." He had also married a beautiful, gifted witch - strange as it was to raise children who were capable of levitation and telekinesis, among other adorable tricks. But if Gramarye had strategic value for the DDT, it was equally important to the opponents of democracy. With all of technology at their command - resources unknown on Gramarye - and no scruples about using it, Rod's enemies had a powerful advantage. . . .||Hardcover|
|Christopher Stasheff||Oathbound Wizard (Vol 2)||(sequel to) Her Majesty's Wizard||Poetry's magic--real magic--draws Matthew, Lord Wizard of Merovence, deeper into trouble in this sequel to Her Majesty's Wizard . In his alternative world, where words become truth and magic spells are created by verse, Matt's thoughtless declaration that (in order to be a worthy suitor to Alisande, the queen of Merovence) he would unthrone Gordogrosso, evil sorcerer-king of neighboring Ibile, lands him in the middle of that unhappy kingdom. He's joined by Narlh, a discontented dracogriff with an inferiority complex; Fadecourt, a cyclops with an unsavory reputation in Ibile; and the beautiful and noble Yverne, fleeing the attentions of the king's hoodlums. As the ill-assorted band moves in on Gordogrosso, Queen Alisande marshals her knights to save the beloved commoner whom she cannot wed (even though he is a wizard), and Matt's magic produces unusual results, including the addition of Robin Hood and his band to his forces. Stasheff's fantasy romp has a strong theological underpinning: God is serious about his creatures and about their taking responsibility for themselves, their actions and their words.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|