Classic Reprints, October

Heinlein, Robert A. : Beyond This Horizon
(Baen 978-1-4767-3686-0, $14, 240pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-314-0

(First edition: Fantasy Press, 1948)

SF novel, first published as magazine serial in 1942, about a genetically improved ‘superman’, Hamilton Felix, who finds his life meaningless.
• This edition has an afterword by Tony Daniel.
• Baen’s site has this description with linkes to several chapters.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book.
• Amazon quotes the Publishers Weekly review of a 2001 reissue: “With his traditional hard-boiled detective voice, Hamilton makes an engaging hero. Despite some definite signs of age, as well as a tendency to the pedantic, the book remains highly readable.”

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* Jones, Darryl : Horror Stories
(Oxford University Press 978-0-19-968543-1, $24.95, 544pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Oct 2014

Anthology of 29 stories, subtitled “Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson”, first published from 1816 to 1912.
• Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Algernon Blackwood, and Bram Stoker.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the organizing theme of the anthology is “What do you consider to be the greatest element of terror?”, and concludes, “This survey of sensationalism will appeal to horror fans, critics, and academics alike.”

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Jordan, Robert : Knife of Dreams
(Tor 978-0765337825, $19.99, 752pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014

(First edition: Tor, October 2005)

Fantasy novel, 11th volume in the popular “Wheel of Time” series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an audiobook excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides text excerpts.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in 2005 for Locus Magazine: “This time out, a few sub-plots resolve, at least in part, but plenty of significant issues remain to be resolved before the Final Battle. I’m hoping for the best, but Jordan has left himself a lot of territory to cover if he’s to bring this epic to a successful, much less a great, conclusion.”

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* Klinger, Leslie S., ed. : The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
(Norton/Liveright 978-0-87140-453-4, $39.95, 864pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 13 Oct 2014

Collection of 22 stories by H.P. Lovecraft with annotations by Klinger. Alan Moore provides an introduction.
• There are nearly 300 illustrations, including color reproductions of covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories.
• Norton’s site has this description with blurbs from Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments about the editor, “His outline of the historical evolution of horror literature provides useful insight into the influences on Lovecraft’s style and the evolution of the pulp magazine industry that gave him a literary outlet.”

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Martin, George R. R. : The Ice Dragon
(Tor Teen 978-0765378774, $14.99, 128pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765379245
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427200334

(First edition: Ace 1980 as part of Dragons of Ligh, )

Fantasy novella set in the world of Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” novels.
• It was first published in 1980 in anthology Dragons of Light, and earlier book editions were published in 2006 and 2007.
• This edition has illustrations by Luis Royo.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and a video discussion with the author.

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Priest, Christopher : The Space Machine
(Orion/Gollancz 978-0575121225, £8.99, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575121362

(First edition: UK: Faber and Faber, 1976)

SF novel, the author’s fourth, that pastiches the works of H.G. Wells, in particular The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The novel won a Ditmar Award in 1977 for International SF.

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