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Robert Heinlein's EXPANDED UNIVERSE (0743499158, $7.99) covers a forty-year span and pairs some of his best short stories with his own comments and memoirs. This satisfying blend of fiction and nonfiction offers far more insights into Heinlein's work than fiction or memoir alone, and will attract any Heinlein fan who hunters for more of his works. Spider Robinson's NIGHT OF POWER (0743499174, $6.99) is also a winner from a prolific genre writer: set in a future New York City threatened by racial tensions, it tells of black Americans who finally have the power to take what is theirs in a night of power which will change the face of America and the lives of one interracial couple in particular. John Ringo and Linda Evans's ROAD TO DAMASCUS (0743499166, $7.99) tells of one SOL-0045, a surplus loan item who finds himself caught in a trap between duty and ethics in a mission which leads him to a dangerous civil war and a determined little boy. Taken from a story fragment by Keith Laumer, this fast-paced story is a thriller. David Weber and Steve white's THE STARS AT WAR II (0743499123, $27.00) presents space opera at its finest: the war isn't going well, the aliens are winning, and only the deadly Shiva Option might save humanity in the universe. Two novels are presented under one cover here: the first complete, uncut publication of INSURRECTION as well as SHIVA OPTION: together the saga of war and its aftermath provide excellent space opera and political science fiction. Dave Freer's A MANKIND WITCH (0743499131, $25.00) blends sword and sorcery with fantasy as it tells of one Manfred, a prince, who must brave a rugged winter world to recover a relic which is, impossibly, missing. If it's truly lost, a new Viking will be born which will destroy the Empire. David Weber's WIND RIDER'S OATH (1416508953, $8.95) tells of one Bahzell, son of the Horse Stealer's ill-favored ruler and an ambassador and champion who faces plots, wizards, and injustices as he struggles to stay alive. Swift action marks a different kind of hroic fantasy. Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis' 1634: THE GALILEO AFFAIR (0743499190, $7.99) presents a fine alternate history in which the Thirty Years War ravages 17th century Europe while a new force, the United States of Europe, is building -led by a 20th century set of time travelers who have arrived in the past by accident. A gripping tale of past-meets-future. Tom Kratman's A STATE OF DISOBEDIENCE (0743499204, $7.99) is also an excellent story set in the Second American Revolution and telling of a near-future world where America is divided by a president vying for dictatorial power and a mind-mannered governor who works against him. Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill edit BEDLAM'S EDGE (1416508937, $26.00), presenting a new collection of urban fantasy stories by such notables as Diana Paxon, Eric Flint, and even two new ones by Lackey herself, and one by Rosemary Edghill. All are set in the big city; all inject fantasy, mythology, and many times elements of the supernatural into their diverse plots. Michael Z. Williamson's THE WEAPON (1416508945, $25.00) presents Kenneth Chinran, who joined the military and was sent to infiltrate a fascistic planet--Earth--at the peak of his career. He lives on Earth undercover for years, even marrying and having a child--so when Earth forces attack his home system and force him from hiding, he questions not only his own roots but his newfound home in a fast-paced, different saga. John Ringo and Tom Kratman's WATCH ON THE RHINE (0743499182, $25.00) tells of an alien horde of invaders who have conquered all star systems and are advancing on Earth. All soldiers are called to the forefront and all forces may be used to survive--even rejuvenation. This adds a new chapter in the Posleen War series, telling of the days after the initial Posleen attack before the primary invasion, where Germany faces a dangerous decision?All are excellent fantasy and sci fi reads.

Diane C. Donovan

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