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Speculative Fiction for ages 12+
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Fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

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  • The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
    Author: Azania, Malcolm & Minister Faust
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345466357 Date: 2004
    starLJstarBooklist
    Mix together two young slackers with a thirst for adventure, several dangerous characters seeking a mystical Egyptian artifact, a hearty dose of mysterious occurrences, and a rollicking plot, and one has Faust's pop culture/sci fi debut.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.15.04
  • Exultant
    Author: Baxter, Stephen
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345457889 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Humanity battles to survive against an implacable alien force in the second installment of the Destiny's Children trilogy.
    Updated 10.08.04
  • Fledgling
    Author: Butler, Octavia E.
    Publisher: Seven Stories $ 24.95 ISBN: 1583226907 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Butler's first new novel in seven years is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire.
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Shadow of the Giant
    Author: Card, Orson Scott
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312857586 Date: 2005
    starPW
    "The complexity and serious treatment of the book's young protagonists will attract many sophisticated YA readers, while Card's impeccable prose, fast pacing and political intrigue will appeal to adult fans of spy novels, thrillers, and science fiction."--Publishers Weekly (starred review).
    Updated 2.21.05
  • The Meq
    Author: Cash, Steve
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 13.95 ISBN: 0345470923 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    When his parents die suddenly, leaving him alone with only a clue to his true heritage as a member of the non-human Meq race, 12-year-old Zianno begins a search to unravel the mystery of his people, and to stop the evil Meq Known as the "Fleur-du-Mal."
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Forge of Heaven
    Author: Cherryh, C.J.
    Publisher: Eos $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380979039
    starBooklist
    From the Hugo Award-winning author of Hammerfall comes the second volume in the Gene Wars epic, which further explores this captivating new universe where two interstellar empires, scarred by nanotechnology weaponry, hover in an uneasy detente.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
    Author: Clarke, Susanna
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 29.95 ISBN: 1582344167 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that it leaves readers longing for more.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Magicians & Magic
    Updated 8.16.04
  • The Carpet Makers
    Author: Eschback, Andreas
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765305933 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    With an Introduction by Orson Scott Card, this imaginative work is by Andreas Eschbach, "incontestably the shooting star of the German SF scene" ("Heyne Science Fiction Yearbook").
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Phantom Nights
    Author: Farris, John
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765307782 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Dubbed "a legend among thriller novelists" (Dean Koontz), Farris returns with a chilling gothic tale set in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. After a 14-year-old boy sets out to avenge the brutal death of his black nurse, she becomes trapped in a netherworld by the force of the boy's will and his need for revenge.
    Updated 1.5.05
  • Anansi Boys
    Author: Gaiman, Neil
    Publisher: Morrow $ 26.95 ISBN: 006051518x Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. When he dies on a karaoke stage, things get very interesting for Charlie.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Legendary Characters
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Boys Are Back in Town
    Author: Golden, Christopher
    Publisher: Bantam $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0553382071 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Will James isn't looking forward to his tenth high school reunion. But what Will finds is a sort of alternative universe in which realities fade and "new" memories begin to block them out. This changed world of ever-shifting certainties threatens to remake the whole of the world--unless he can find a way to stop it.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Reflex
    Author: Gould, Stephen
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312864213 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A mysterious group has kidnapped a teleport to use his abilities. His wife unexpectedly shares his teleporting ability and may be the only one able to rescue him.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • The Ordinary
    Author: Grimsley, Jim
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765305283
    starBooklist
    Science and magic collide in this story of two realms marching inevitably towards war, as a young linguist finds herself at the center of events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself.
    Updated 4.21.04
  • Elegy for a Lost Star
    Author: Haydon, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312878834 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A son is pitted against his mother and Rhapsody is caught in the middle in Book Five of the national bestselling Symphony of Ages series.
    Updated 7.12.04
  • Fool's Fate: Book 3 of the Tawney Man
    Author: Hobb, Robin
    Publisher: Spectra $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553801546 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Combining epic vision, intricate plotting, and seamless interweaving of characters and worlds, Hobb has emerged as one of the most popular and acclaimed authors of "big book" fantasy. Now, she concludes her third spectacular trilogy with a novel of breathtaking imagination.
    Updated 12.8.03
  • The Iron Grail
    Author: Holdstock, Robert
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 076530726x Date: 2004
    starPW
    After long travels, Merlin has returned to the future England. Likewise, Urtha, High King of the Cornovidi, is coming home, and Jason is sailing in to seek his son. But Urtha's stronghold has been taken by warriors from Ghostland. Now there will be war--against the Otherworld.
    Updated 5.19.05
  • Prodigal Son
    Author: Koontz, Dean and Kevin J. Anderson
    Publisher: Bantam $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 0553587889 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The "New York Times" bestselling author brilliantly re-imagines the classic story in a mesmerizing original four-part series that brings the 200-year-old "creature," a literate, mysterious loner, to modern day New Orleans on the trail of his creator and the serial killer he has spawned.
    Updated 1.18.05
  • New Spring
    Author: Jordan, Robert
    Publisher: Tor $ 22.95 ISBN: 0765306298
    starPW
    This is the prequel to the Wheel of Time series from America's premier fantasy writer, and New York Times and USA Today #1 bestselling author of Crossroads of Twilight. In this book, it is prophesied that an infant will change the world--an infant that has been born with enemies.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Foxmask
    Author: Marillier, Juliet
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765306743 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The Norseman Eyvind, a fierce and loyal Wolfskin, came to a new land on top of the world to find his destiny. With his priestess bride Nessa he saved the land and weathered the treachery that was caused by Eyvind's blood-sworn friend Somerled. After much pain and sorrow the two lovers have managed to create a society where the Norse warriors and the gentle folks of the Orkney Isles live and thrive in contentment at last. A decade and more has passed since the devastating events of the creation of the settlement and Eyvind and Nessa have watched their children grow and thrive in peace. . . What happens to them on their journey of discovery will ultimately change the lives of all they know and love...and will doom (or redeem) an entire people. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Gil's All Fright Diner
    Author: Martinez, A. Lee
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765311437 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Bloodier than Fried Green Tomatoes! Funnier than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Welcome to Gil's All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer . . . - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars
    Updated 3.21.05
  • White Devils
    Author: McAuley, Paul J.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765307618 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    In a futuristic Congo, where plague, civil war, and uncontrolled experiments in genetic engineering have spawned chaos and devastation throughout Africa, forensic pathologist Nick Hyde is determined to uncover the origins of a band of mysterious creatures.
    Updated 12.20.05
  • Dragonsblood
    Author: McCaffrey, Todd
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345441249 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    The dragons of Pern are dying . . . and the only person who can save them hasbeen dead for over 400 Turns. This new fantasy is written by Anne McCaffrey'sson, Todd, heir to the literary world of Pern.
    Updated 12.2704
  • Once Upon a Summer Day
    Author: McKiernan, Dennis L.
    Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 045146012x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The enchanting follow-up to
    Once Upon a Winter's Night from the million-copy bestselling author.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Alphabet of Thorn
    Author: McKillip, Patricia A.
    Publisher: Ace $ 22.95 ISBN: 0441011306 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The latest fantasy epic form McKillip whose last book, In the Forests of Serre, was praised as "A mystical, eerie fantasy about the flight from love--and the haphazard progress toward love . . . A skillfully told adult fairy tale."--"Publishers Weekly".
    Updated 1.21.04
  • Firethorn
    Author: Micklem, Sarah
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743247949 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    A fantasy in the tradition of The Mists of Avalon, Firethorn is an extraordinary tale--at once magical and violent, beautiful and frightening--about a bold young woman and her journey to the brink of war.
    Updated 4.15.04
  • Flash
    Author: Modesitt, L.E.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765311283 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Flash is a new science fiction adventure set in the world of Archform: Beauty, Modesitt's most acclaimed SF novel.
    Updated 7.26.04
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
    Author: Moers, Walter
    Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 1585677248 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ | Voya Best Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror
    Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first 13-1/2 lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease, water flows uphill, and dangers lie in wait for him around every corner.
    Updated 8.2.05
  • The Necessary Beggar
    Author: Palwick, Susan
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 076531097x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPWstarLJ
    A compelling new contemporary fantasy novel from the award-winning author of Flying in Place.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Contemporary Fantasy
    Updated 10.24.05
  • The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of Gateway
    Author: Pohl, Frederik
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 076531049x Date: 2004
    starPWstarKirkus
    Returning to his bestselling Gateway universe for the first time in nearly 20 years, Pohl has written a science fiction novel to captivate the readers who helped Gateway and Beyond the Blue Event Horizon win the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
    Updated 8.9.04
  • Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld
    Author: Pratchett, Terry
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060013133 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The newest entry in Pratchett's internationally bestselling series is a splendid send-up of government, the postal system, and everything that lies in between.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.6.04
  • Thinner Than Thou
    Author: Reed, Kit
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765307626 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    In the tomorrow of Thinner Than Thou, the cult of the body has become the one true religion. The Dedicated Sisters are a religious order sworn to help anorexic, bulimic, and morbidly obese youth. Throughout the land, houses of worship have been replaced by the health clubs of the Crossed Triceps. And through hypnotically powerful evangelical infomercials, the Reverend Earl preaches the heaven of the Afterfat, where you will look like a Greek god and can eat anything you want. Just sign over your life savings and come to Sylphania, the most luxurious weight-loss spa in the world, where the Reverend himself will personally supervise your attainment of physical perfection.
    But the glory of youth and thinness that America worships conceals a hidden world where teens train for the competitive eating circuit, where fat porn and obese strippers feed people's dark desires, and where an underground railroad of rebellious religions remember when people worshipped God instead of the Afterfat. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.15.04
  • Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy
    Author: Sarrantonio, Al (ed)
    Publisher: Roc $ 24.95 ISBN: 0451459776 Date: 2004
    starPW
    This daring, all-new anthology showcases some of the genre's biggest names and best newcomers--and sets the standard for fantasy in the 21st century. Included are new stories by Neil Gaiman, Harry Turtledove, and more.
    Updated 5.17.04
  • Poison Study
    Author: Snyder, Maria V.
    Publisher: Luna $ 19.95 ISBN: 0373802307 Date: 2005
    starPW
    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Perfect Circle
    Author: Stewart, Sean
    Publisher: Small Beer $ 24 ISBN: 1931520070 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A novel about Texas, ghosts and perfect pop songs.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars
    Updated 6.10.04
  • Dies the Fire
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 0451459792 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    An electrical storm over Nantucket island causes all electrical devices to cease function, and as some people band together, others are building armies for conquest.
    Updated 7.13.04
  • Mistress of the Pearl
    Author: Van Lustbader, Eric
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312872372
    starBooklist
    This sequel to The Ring of Five Dragons and The Veil of a Thousand Tears is the third volume of the towering fantasy epic, The Pearl.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Dragon's Son
    Author: Weis, Margaret
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304694 Date: 2004
    star PW
    There is a new hope for the human race in the form of a special offspring of a high priestess and a dragon who might be able to contain the anarchy that is disrupting the delicate and unseen order that the Parliament has tried to protect.
    Updated 6.7.04
  • Midnight Mass
    Author: Wilson, F. Paul
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765307057 Date: 2004
    star Booklist
    A new vampire thriller is penned by the bestselling author of The Tomb and the creator of Repairman Jack.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 4.21.04
  • The Knight: Book One of the Wizard Knight
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765309890 Date: 2004
    star PW
    This is Wolfe's first book in a two-volume epic fantasy, written in the Tolkien tradition, that is an original and morally complex heroic fantasy.
    Updated 12.1.03
  • The Wizard: Book Two of the Wizard Knight
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765312018 Date: 2004
    star PWstar Booklist
    His knighthood now beyond question, Able works to fulfill his vows to his king, his lover, his friends, his gods, and even his enemies. Able must set his world right, restoring the proper order among the denizens of all the seven worlds.
    Updated 11.2.04