Classics in Reprint : August 2016

Constantine, Murray : Swastika Night
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473214668, £9.99, 208pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, 1937)

Alternate history SF novel set 700 years after the Nazis took power and Adolf Hitler is worshipped as a god.
• “Murray Constantine” was a pseudonym for Katharine Burdekin (1896-1963).
• Orion’s site has this description.

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+ Jones, Stephen, ed. : In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus
(Pegasus 978-1681771458, $27.95, 752pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2016

First US edition (UK: Robinson, 1994)

Reprint of The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein from 1994.
• Contents include a foreword by Neil Gaiman and three complete novels, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Other stories are by Paul McAuley, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, John Brunner, Karl Edward Wagner, and Kim Newman.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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Le Guin, Ursula K. : Always Coming Home
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473205802, £9.99, 544pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Jul 2016

(First edition: Harper & Row, October 1985)

Anthropological SF novel about the Kesh, a matriarchal society in a far-future Napa Valley, and consisting of various stories, reports, and songs by the Kesh themselves.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this substantial entry about the book.

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McCammon, Robert : Swan Song
(Pocket 978-1501131424, $9.99, 928pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016

(First edition: Pocket , 1987)

Post-apocalyptic horror novel about the battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity.
• Simon and Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The novel won the Bram Stoker Award in 1988 (tying with Stephen King’s Misery).

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Ness, Patrick : A Monster Calls
(Candlewick Press 978-0763692155, $9.99, 240pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Candlewick, September 2011)

Young adult fantasy novel, “Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd”, about a 13-year-old boy who is visited by a monster with three parables, demanding that the boy respond with his own, true, stories.
• This is a movie tie-in edition, omitting the Jim Kay illustrations from earlier editions. Candlewick’s site has this description.
• The movie version opens October 21st.
• The original illustrated edition won a Kitschies Award for Best Novel in 2012.

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Piercy, Marge : Woman on the Edge of Time
(Random House/Ebury/Del Rey Uk 978-1785033780, £9.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016

(First edition: Knopf , 1976)

Feminist utopian novel about a woman in a mental institution shown alternative utopian and dystopian visions of future society.
• This is a 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author.
• Penguin UK’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including a portion of the new introduction.
• Wikipedia has this plot summary.

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