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Reviews for the Year 1993
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Intimate Adventure Selected by Jacqueline Lichtenberg
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A Proposal for a New Genre Name - Part 1
A Proposal for a New Genre Name - Part 2
These 2 parts together are an article defining Intimate Adventure within the New Age sf/f genre.
For a version that includes the feminist point of view which is posted in the WorldCrafters Guild Writing Workshop click here.
Read comments by publishing industry insiders on the concept of Intimate Adventure as a New Genre.
|Delan The Mislaid by Laurie J. Marks, DAW 1989,
The Gate of Ivory by Doris Egan, DAW 1989, $3.95
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Survivors by Jean Lorrah, Pocket Books, 1989. $3.95
Imago by Octavia E. Butler, Questar, 1989, $19.95
The Song Of Naga Teot, Book One; Teot's War by Heather Gladney, Ace, 1987, $2.95
The Song Of Naga Teot, Book Two; Blood Storm by Heather Gladney, Ace, 1989, $3.95
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin, Poseidon Press (an imprint of Pocket Books), 1982. There was also a paperback that had a plain white cover.
The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ballantine Books, Hardcover April 1979, paperback, August 1980.
P. M. Griffin's Star Commandos series from Ace Books, Star Commandos, Star Commandos: Colony in Peril; Star Commandos: Mission Underground; Star Commandos: Death Planet; Star Commandos: Mind Slaver; Star Commandos: Return to War; Star Commandos: Fire Planet; Star Commandos: Jungle Assault, the latest of which came out in April 1991, illustrate how a pure Action framework can still support Intimate Adventure.
Witch World: The Turning, Storms of Victory, $19.95 from Tor, 1991, probably in paperback by now, which contains two related novels, one by Andre Norton and one by P. M. Griffin.
Fire Dancer, Dancer's Luck, and Dancer's Illusion all by Ann Maxwell, from Signet, 1983,
The Pride Of Chanur, Chanur's Venture, The Kif Strike Back, and Chanur's
Homecoming all by C. J. Cherryh tell the story of a human lost in a vicious and
warlike galaxy who makes a very bare (but realistic) beginning at intimacy with a nonhuman
Becoming Alien by Rebecca Ore, Tor, 1988
War For The Oaks by Emma Bull, Ace 1987
Bright And Shining Tiger by Claudia J. Edwards, Questar, 1988,
Shards Of Honor, The Warrior's Apprentice, and Ethan Of Athos all by Lois McMaster Bujold, Baen Books, 1986. This is about a martial arts expert (a prince among his people) whose bones break easily.
Firebird and Fusion Fire, (Kathy Tyers, Bantam 1987 &'88)
Blood Hunt and Bloodlinks by Lee Killough from Tor, 1987 and 1988. Lee Killough has been working around the edges of Intimate Adventure, using vast amounts of action woven into the intimacy. Here are a few of her titles: from Del Rey, The Dopellganger Gambit, Deadly Silents, The Monitor, The Miners And The Shree. From DAW, Liberty's World.
Check out three books by the deceased Ward Hawkins from Del Rey -- an interdimensional action/adventure which pivots entirely on the intimacy (non-sexual) between a human and an alien: Red Flame Burning, Sword Of Fire, and Blaze Of Wrath.
From DAW books comes another two titles for the Intimate Adventure label, both by Kris Jensen, Free Master and in 1991, Mentor.
|The Adept by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner
Harris, $4.95, Ace Fantasy, March 1991.
The Adept, Book Two: Lodge of the Lynx, by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris, Ace Fantasy, $4.99, June 1992.
ADEPT III: The Templar Treasure, May '93, and ADEPT IV: Dagger Magic, probably mid '94. And keep an eye out for her other occult novel, Lammas Night. It is set in England during World War II and involves an arcane battle by England's indigenous occultists against Hitler's own best magicians. And another alternate historical - Two Crowns for America, "a tale of Jacobite intrigues, Freemasonry, and American crypto-history." It should be out from Bantam as a hc.
In 2000 King Kelson's Bride.
I admit I'm partial to non-horror, non-killing vampires like Nicholas Knight on Forever Knight, on Crime Time After Prime Time on CBS so I suggest you try THE VAMPIRE DIARIES by L. J. Smith. There are four volumes I know of: The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, and Dark Reunion. They are all YA novels from Harper, in paperback, the latest dated 1992.
|Romance imprints that are striving to lead the way with
Vampire-Romance (Lori Herter's three novels, Obsession, Possession, and Confession,
all from Berkeley Romance 1991-1992 come instantly to mind as some of the very best
hybridization I've seen.)
Since my own vampire-sf-romance hybrid novel, THOSE OF MY BLOOD, (St. Martins hc) was published as genre science fiction (complete with a mechanical drawing of a dish antenna on the cover), I have been trying to write a true Category Romance vampire novel -- just to prove I could do it.
Jane Toombs who is famous for her many Romance novels and now is publishing a werewolf trilogy which is sf/f. (Book I is MOONRUNNER: Under the Shadow from RoC, July 1992 -- has this column's Highest Recommendation)
Gordon R. Dickson's novels The Dragon and the George, from ACE Fantasy in both hard and soft cover and the sequels The Dragon Knight and The Dragon on the Border, both very successful books. And now he's given us The Dragon At War.
The Spirit Ring, by Lois McMaster Bujold, Baen Fantasy hardcover, 1992, $17.00. (It should be available in paperback, too, but your library probably has copies.)
Return to Bloodstone House, by Jane Toombs, Silhouette Shadows #5, pb., April '93, $3.50.
The book titles by Bujold include, Barrayar, The Warrior's Apprentice, Brothers in Arms, Borders of Infinity, and The Vor Game, all in paperback from Baen Books
This one is by Paula E. Downing and is called Fallway. It's a paperback from Del Rey, published Jan. '93. The lead character is female, human, and supremely competent, but raised in a non-human dominated environment. She waxes utterly incompetent in managing a relationship with a human male raised among humans -- but to me that makes perfect sense. I couldn't have done any better in her place. Read this one when you need a refreshing change of pace.
The Vampire-as-Good-Guy Story as Intimate Adventure - Part I
Forever Knight, tv pilot episode
Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly, $4.50, Del Rey, 1988.
Yellow Fog by Les Daniels, Donald M. Grant, (West Kingston, Rhode Island 02892), 1986.
Vampire Notes by Robert Arthur Smith, $3.95, Fawcett Gold Medal, 1989.
The Vampire Files: Bloodlist, Lifeblood, BloodCircle, Art in
the Blood, Fire in the Blood, all by P. N. Elrod, Ace, March 1990, to June
1991 $3.50 to $3.95.
Blood Hunt & Bloodlinks both by Lee Killough, Tor, 1988 and 1989
Mark of the Werewolf by Jeffrey Sackett, $3.95, Bantam 1990.
Dracula, The Vampire and the Critics edited by Margaret L. Carter, U.M.I. Research Press, an imprint of University Microfilms Inc., Ann Arbor, MI 48106. 1988.
Shattered Glass, Blood Rites, Daughter of the Night, Elaine Bergstrom, Jove '89, '91, '92. And there's another I don't have, Blood Alone.
The Vampire-as-Good-Guy Story as Intimate Adventure - Part II
Obsession, Berkley Romance, 1991; Possession, Berkeley Romance 1992, Confession, Berkley Romance, 1992, all by Lori Herter.
The Making of a Monster, Dell Horror, 1993, by Gail Petersen
The Golden, A sensual Novel of Vampires and Bloodlust, Bantam, 1993, by Lucius Shepard.
The Undead, Zebra Horror, 1993, by Roxanne Longstreet.
Darkness On The Ice, Pinnacle Horror, 1993, by Lois Tilton
The Gilda Stories, Firebrand Books, 1991, by Jewelle Gomez.
That's Not What I Meant, Ballantine Books Trade Paperback, 1992 by Deborah Tannen, Ph.D.
"Reality Is Just a Crutch For People Who Can't Handle Science Fiction"
Darker Jewels a novel of Saint-Germain
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tor Fantasy hardcover, March 1993.
I, Strahd The Memoirs of a Vampire by P. N. Elrod, TSR, Ravenloft, October, 1993.
Good Guys Wear Fangs, ed. by Mary Ann B. McKinnon, Order From Bill Hupe, Footrot Flats, 916 Lamb Rd., Mason, MI 48854-9445.
Knights of the Blood, Created by Katherine Kurtz, written by Scott MacMillan, Roc Fantasy pb, July 1993.
The Adept Series: Book One, The Adept by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris, Ace Fantasy pb, 1991. Book Two, The Lodge of the Lynx, Ace Fantasy pb, June 1992. Book Three, The Templar Treasure, Ace Fantasy pb, July 1993.
Dark Enchantment by Jane Toombs, Silhouette Shadows #12, Silhouette Books, July 1993.
The Ritual Bath (a Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Mystery) by Faye Kellerman, Fawcett Crest, 1986 -- check your library for hc editions -- sequels: Sacred and Profane, The Quality of Mercy, Milk and Honey, Day of Atonement.
In 2000 - Stalker
Murder Most Mellow (a Kate Jasper Mystery) by Jaqueline Girdner (she actually spells her name without the c before the q as in my name). Other Kate Jasper mysteries include: Adjusted to Death, The Last Resort, and lastly, in June 1993, Fat Free and Fatal.
"Where No One Has Gone Before"
Damia by Anne McCaffrey, Ace/Putnam hc, 1992, Ace pb Feb. 1993.
Starbridge 4, Serpent's Gift, by A. C. Crispin and Deborah Marshall, Ace, May 1992.
Dancer of the Sixth by Michelle Shirey Crean, Del Rey March 1993.
Jaydium by Deborah Wheeler, DAW May 1993.
Chanur's Legacy by C. J. Cherryh, DAW Sept. 1992
Legend of the Duelist by Rutledge Etheridge, Ace July 1993
Forests of the Night by S. Andrew Swann, DAW July 1993
Hero by Daniel R. Kerns, Ace October 1993
The Profit Motive and the Christmas Buying Season
|As always, the December column does not review any books, but discusses what has been learned from the previous year's worth of reading.|
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