Classic Reprints: September – October 2015

* Armstrong, Kelley : Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong
(Tachyon Publications 978-1616962029, $16.95, 425pp, trade paperback, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015

Collection of 23 stories, first published from 2004 to 2015, with two of the stories original to this volume.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with an annotated table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “From the first moment, this collection of fantastical tales sizzles with dark promise, rich world-building, and complex, often haunting characters.”

(Fri 21 Aug 2015)
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Bear, Greg : Eon
(Tor 978-0765380494, $18.99, trade paperback, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Eon #1

(First edition: Bluejay, August 1985)

Hard SF novel about a hollowed-out asteroid that holds a habitat built by humans from a parallel universe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Sequels Eternity and Legacy will be re-released in this format over the next two months.

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Beaumont, Charles : Perchance to Dream
(Penguin Classics 978-0143107651, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Oct 2015

Collection of 23 stories, including five that were later adapted as episodes of the TV series The Twilight Zone.
• The book has a 1981 tribute by Ray Bradbury and a new afterword by William Shatner.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “The legacy of prolific author Beaumont (1929–1967) might be better preserved with a less exhaustive collection…”

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* Kress, Nancy : The Best of Nancy Kress
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-721-9, $45, 560pp, hardcover, September 2015, jacket illustration Tom Canty)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 30 Sep 2015

Collection of 21 stories, including award winners “Beggars in Spain”, “Dancing on Air”, “The Flowers of Aulit Prison”, and “Out of All Them Bright Stars”.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The much-lauded talents of SF and fantasy writer Kress are finely showcased in this sparkling and thoughtful collection of 21 short stories. Kress, a self-professed “science groupie,” takes standard SF ideas in unique directions. “
• Gardner Dozois reviewed it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “Another candidate for the title of best collection of the year, in a year that’s turning out to be a very strong one for short-story collections.”

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Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Dispossessed
(Harper Perennial 978-0062421074, $10, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 20 Sep 2015

(First edition: Harper & Row, 1974)

SF novel about a physicist who travels from his home on Anarres, a moon settled by utopian anarchists, to the moon’s mother planet Urras, a capitalist culture of warring nations.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The novel won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Prometheus Hall of Fame awards.

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Moorcock, Michael : The Sword and the Stallion
(Titan Us 978-1783291755, $9.95, 240pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015

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

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* Niffenegger, Audrey, ed. : Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-5011-1119-8, $28, 464pp, hardcover, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015

Anthology of ghost stories with illustrations by the editor, including a new story by the editor.
• Other authors include Ray Bradbury, Edith Wharton, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Saki, Kelly Link, and P.G. Wodehouse.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a reading group guide.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Some of the older stories are more musty than scary, but the best, such as Gaiman’s very short “Click-Clack the Rattlebag,” do an excellent job of evoking that crucial frisson of dread.”

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* Simak, Clifford D. : I Am Crying All Inside and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Vol. 1
(Open Road 978-1-5040-1267-6, $15.99, 332pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Oct 2015
• SF Encyclopedia: Clifford D. Simak

Collection of 10 stories, the first volume of a projected series. One story in this book is original, “I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up in the Air”, written for Harlan Ellison’s The Last Dangerous Visions, but not published until now.
• Open Road Media’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This volume contains a smashing selection of excellent stories whose sophistication may surprise younger readers, even as they remind more seasoned fans of some of the best of Simak’s post-WWII work.”

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Sloane, William : The Rim of Morning: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror
(New York Review Books 978-1-59017-906-2, $18.95, 488pp, trade paperback, October 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Oct 2015

Omnibus of two SF/horror novels, To Walk the Night (first published 1937 and revised 1954) and The Edge of Running Water (1939).
• This same omnibus was published in 1964 by Dodd, Mead. This edition has an introduction by Stephen King.
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “These all-but-forgotten texts make excellent reading for any fan of classic SF or eldritch horror.”

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