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Reviews for the Year 1996

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1996 Titles Well Worth Re-Reading
Use the links below to read these columns here or read in Monthly Aspectarian Title of the Review Column Books Reviewed

January of '96

Willing Suspension of Disbelief


Genderspeak by Suzette Hadin Elgin (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993 - 7th in Elgin's Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense series but independent of them. Previous titles: The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, Success with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, Staying Well with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense Letter Book.)

Strange Luck - '95-6 season TV show. Check local Fox listings.

Astrology's Special Measurements by Noel Tyl (Llewellyn paperback, 1994).

Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology by Noel Tyl (Llewellyn pb, 1994),

Fortune's Wheel by Lisanne Norman (DAW pb, '95; sequel to her previous DAW title, Turning Point).

Alien Rites by Lynn S. Hightower (Ace pb, '95; a new Elaki novel).

Lord of Forever by Patricia Simpson (Harper Monogram pb, Sept. '95; Harper is a division of HarperCollins).

The Silent Strength of Stones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (AvonNova pb, '95).

Season of Shadows Vol. One of The Summerlands, by Ellen Foxxe (DAW pb, '95).

Mistwalker by Denise Lopes Heald (Del Rey pb, 1994).

Shadow, Shadow Hunt, Shadow Dance, Dagger's Edge, Dagger's Point all by Anne Logston (Ace Fantasy pb, '91 - 95).

Sing the Four Quarters and Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff (DAW pb, 1995).

February of '96

Universal Motherboard or What do you mean, Canceled?!

This column is on fanzine and fan-activity surrounding television shows such as Forever Knight and Star Trek -- and the effect all this fan-writing has had on the industry. 

March of '96

There is a Disturbance in the Force


Star Trek: Voyager - See local channel listings for syndication

Science Fiction Romance a newsletter edited by Jennifer Dunne, and Joanne Reid e-mail: or snail mail: POB 496, Endicott, NY 13760-0496 - they distribute an e-mail edition as well as print.

Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs, Ace Fantasy, paperback November 1995

Eye of the Daemon by Camille Bacon-Smith, DAW paperback, January 1996

Highlander: Scimitar by Ashley McConnell, Aspect TV Tie-in, Warner Aspect, Feb. 1, 1996

April of '96

Who The H--- Do You Think You Are?


NOW VOYAGER, edited by Michelle Erica Green, 8114 Inverness Ridge Road, Potomac, MD 20854,,

The Yellow Pages of Fandom from Star Trek Welcommittee compiled by Judy Segal. STWelcommittee mailroom address is 93 Vosper St., Box 12, Saranac, MI 48881. All queries must be accompanied by a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. The stamp is important — these folks get nothing from Paramount. They are fans who pay their own expenses.

Previous "Recommended Books" columns referred to here are posted at the World Wide Web site,

Lois and Clark - ABC network, Sunday nights.

Verbal Self-Defense - a series of nonfiction titles by Suzette Hayden Elgin discussed in some depth in my previous columns. Elgin was interviewed in this magazine in the January issue where I also discussed her book Genderspeak.

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues - check your local syndication/Fox channels.

Crown of Shadows by C. S. Friedman DAW hc, October '95; final volume on the Coldfire Trilogy I've reviewed the two prequels — Black Sun Rising and When True Night Falls — both with highest recommendations; they are currently available in paperback from DAW Books.

Partisan by S. Andrew Swann Hostile Takeover #2, DAW pb. I reviewed #1, Profiteer, with recommendation.

Sing the Light by Louise Marley, Ace Science Fiction, pb.

Prince of Dreams by Susan Krinard, Bantam Fanfare, pb.

The War Minstrels by Karen Haber — sequel to Woman Without a Shadow (also recommended) — DAW Books

May of '96

All The World's a Stage...


I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy, Hyperion hardcover, 1995. Watch for the paperback.

Visions of Murder by Florence Wagner McClain, Llewellyn Publications, pb.

The Lunatic Caf´┐Ż by Laurell K. Hamilton, Ace Fantasy, pb.

Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton, RoC Fantasy, pb.

Death of a Darklord by Laurell K. Hamilton, 11th in the Ravenloft series from TSR.

Two Crowns for America by Katherine Kurtz, Bantam Spectra hc.

Space: Above and Beyond, Fox TV network; check local listings.

June of '96

Karmic Flypaper


Forever Knight local TV syndication reruns.

Kindred: The Embraced - Check your local Fox station Wednesday night after 90210

Vampire: The Masquerade by Mark Rein-Hagen (I can't find the date and publisher)

Dance of Death by P. N. Elrod, ACE Fantasy, 1996

Time without End by Linda Lael Miller, Berkley Romance, 1995

You Can Write A Romance and Get it Published! By Yvonne MacManus, Toad Hall Press, 1996

Blood Ties by Karen E. Taylor, Zebra Horror, 1995

The Time of the Vampires edited by P. N. Elrod and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW pb, 1996

July of '96

What Did I Ever Do To Deserve This!

(as of June '98 there has been no further progress on the project discussed in this column)

Molt Brother by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Playboy Science Fiction pb, 1982 and Berkley Science Fiction paperback, 1985

City of a Million Legends by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Berkley Science Fiction pb 1985

Boldly Writing, a Trekker Fan and Zine History, 1967-1987 by Joan Marie Verba, FTL Publications, POB 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363, September 1996, e-mail:

August of '96

Rules of Evidence: A Social Convention


Inheritor by C. J. Cherryh, DAW hardcover, 1996 -sequel to Foreigner and Invader both reviewed here previously.

Exile's Song by Marion Zimmer Bradley, DAW hc, 1996 -- sequel to The Heritage of Hastur and Sharra's Exile, Darkover novels reviewed here previously.

Dreamfall by Joan D. Vinge, Warner Books, hc, 1996 -- sequel to Psion and Catspaw and if I haven't reviewed them here previously, I should have.

Firehand by Andre Norton and P. M. Griffin, Tor pb,1994 (in Norton's famous Time Trader series).

September of '96

Aha!: The Story of My Life!


Hunter's Oath by Michelle West, DAW paperback, 1995

Hunter's Death by Michelle West, DAW pb, 1996 (direct sequel to Oath)

Reclamation by Sarah Zettel, Aspect Science Fiction pb, 1996

Fire Dancer, Dancer's Luck and Dancer's Illusion by Ann Maxwell, reissued by Pinnacle Futuristic Romance, 1996 (Originally from Signet circa 1983.)

The Cloudships of Orion: Siduri's Net, Maia's Veil and Orion's Dagger by P. K. McAllister, RoC science fiction pb (Orion's Dagger is a '96 release.)

One Mind's Eye by Kathy Tyers, Bantam Spectra, 1996

The Fugitive Stars by Daniel Ransom, DAW pb, 1995

Hostile Takeover #3: Revolutionary by S. Andrew Swann, DAW pb, 1996 (Direct sequel to Profiteer and Partisan.)

Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Harper Prism pb, 1996

October of '96

Where Do You Do Your Living?


Mansions of Darkness by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tor Books hardcover, 1996

Full Moon Dreams by Lori Handeland, Love Spell Romance, 1996

Waiting for the Moon by Kristin Hannah, Fawcett, 1995

A Vampire in the Theatre by Nanci Folsom Casad, private publication, 1983, 1995; POB 49, Savoy, IL 61874 (you won't find this at

November of '96

Those Who Lack Identity


Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton, Ace Fantasy, 1996

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold, Baen Science Fiction, 1996

Cloud's Rider by C. J. Cherryh, Warner Aspect hc, 1996

The Warding of the Witch World by Andre Norton, Warner Aspect hc,1996

Wind Whispers, Shadow Shouts by Sharon Green, Avonova, 1995

The Cup of Morning Shadows, Book Two of the Twelve Treasures, by Rosemary Edghill, DAW Fantasy, 1995

The Vampire Viscount by Karen Harbaugh, Signet Regency Romance, 1995

The Reluctant Cavalier by Karen Harbaugh, Signet, 1996

Scotland The Brave, a Highlander novel by Jennifer Roberson, Warner Aspect pb, 1996

The Knowledge of Water by Sarah Smith, Ballantine Books hc, 1996

December of '96

The Guardian At the Gate


Veteran readers of this column know that in order to avoid participating in the commercialization of a sacred holiday, I don't review books in December. This gives you all a chance to catch up on reading the books I've induced you to buy in previous months.

This year's envelope topic has been how to make your first entrance onto the astral plane -- how to gain entree to the part of your mind or level of consciousness where Initiation can occur. Since the first (of many) challenges you meet when you try this is your Guardian Angel, a.k.a. The Guardian at the Gate, who asks terribly complicated questions, we have been studying how to find clues to the answers in science fiction and fantasy novels.



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