Classic Reprints, April

Arnason, Eleanor : Daughter of the Bear King
(Aqueduct Press B00UZP7VAM, $7.95, 245pp, ebook, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Mar 2015

(First edition: Avon, August 1987)

Fantasy novel about a middle-aged woman suddenly transported to another world.
• The publisher’s description and order page says the book is “Not your everyday fantasy” and that it “clearly arises from Second Wave Feminism”.
• This is one of three Arnason novels released as ebooks by Aqueduct, along with To the Resurrection Station and The Sword Smith (all on the same order page).

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Egan, Greg : Teranesia
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805438, $15.99, 280pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, August 1999)

SF novel about an uninhabited Pacific island where the butterfly population exhibits strange evolutionary mutations.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The novel won both the Aurealis and Ditmar awards, though the author declined both.
• The author’s site has this page about the book, with links to the afterword and an excerpt.

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McCaffrey, Anne : Dragonsinger
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481425810, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015

(First edition: Atheneum, 1977)

Young adult sf novel, second in the “Harper Hall of Pern” trilogy that’s part of the author’s Dragonriders of Pern series.
• The first novel, Dragonsong, appeared last month from this publisher; the third, Dragondrums, will be published April 28th.
• The three books have new introductions by Tamora Pierce, Naomi Novik, and Brandon Sanderson respectively.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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Newman, Kim : The Night Mayor
(Titan 978-1781165669, $14.95, 192pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015

(First edition: UK: Simon & Schuster, August 1989)

SF novel, the author’s first novel from 1989, about a criminal who’s escaped into a virtual reality scenario called the City.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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Silverberg, Robert : Downward to the Earth
(Gollancz 9781473211926, £8.99, 256pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575106154

(First edition: Nelson Doubleday, 1970)

SF novel set on a world inhabited by sentient elephant-like aliens, concerning a human administrator returning to the planet after it gained its independence.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this summary.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides an excerpt.
• This novel is the one by Silverberg included in David Pringle’s Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels (covering 1949 to 1984).

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* Vance, Jack, edited by Terry Dowling & Jonathan Strahan : Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-710-3, $45, 472pp, hardcover, March 2015, jacket illustration Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Mar 2015

Collection of 5 stories, the fifth volume of Vance’s early work following Hard-Luck Diggings (2010), Dream Castles (2012), Magic Highways (2013), and Minding the Stars (2014).
• Four of the stories first appeared in the early 1950s, and two of them eventually appeared in book form as The Five Gold Bands (1963) and The Houses of Iszm (1964). The fifth story, Space Opera, was published in 1965.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Fans of SFWA Grandmaster Vance (1916–2013) know him for jeweled language and dry wit, but this volume of five short novels brings out his two-fisted, pulp-action side.”

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