Classic Reprints, August 2015

* Benford, Gregory, edited by David G. Hartwell : The Best of Gregory Benford
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-686-1, $40, 615pp, hardcover, July 2015, jacket illustration John Harris)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jul 2015

Collection of 38 stories, first published from 1970 to 2013, with an afterword by the author.
• Notable titles include “Doing Lennon”, “In Alien Flesh”, “Exposures”, “Matter’s End”, “Centigrade 233”, and “Bow Shock”.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• Tom Shippey reviewed the book for the Wall Street Journal, saying the stories are “the best introduction you can find to how scientists think.” The review later comments, “The odd thing is that, for all the chill of the situations, this collection is actually “heartwarming” (to use an adjective Mr. Benford would scorn). He’d much prefer “clear-eyed.” But the fact is, he remains an optimist. There’s a solution for everything, if, but only if, you have the will and the skill to find it.”

(Thu 13 Aug 2015)
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* Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Wind’s Twelve Quarters & The Compass Rose
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473205765, £9.99, 592pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 13 Aug 2015

Omnibus edition of the author’s first two short story collections, originally published in 1975 and 1982 respectively.
• Notable stories include “Nine Lives”, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, “The Day Before the Revolution”, “The New Atlantis”, “The Diary of the Rose”, and “Sur”.
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* McAuley, Paul J. : Confluence: The Trilogy
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575119420, £16.99, 944pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 13 Aug 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575119567

Omnibus of three SF novels: Child of the River (1997), Ancients of Days (1998), and Shrine of Stars (1999), set in a far-future artificial world.
• Orion’s site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews.

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Moorcock, Michael : The Bull and the Spear
(Titan 978-1783291717, $9.95, 240pp, trade paperback, August 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Aug 2015
Corum #4

(First edition: Allison & Busby, 1973)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Knight of the Swords, The Queen of the Swords (both 1971), and The King of the Swords (1973), all recently reissued by Titan, about Prince Corum, one of the many incarnations of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion.
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