This week in new hardcovers: A big week for graphic novel and visual anthologies of famous franchises (featuring the Rocketeer, Tarzan, Star Trek, Space: 1999, and Rust) plus literary tomes on the relationship between sci-fi and the limits of humanity, the Latin American identity, and cannibalism!
by Piers Anthony
Xanth, Book 36. "Bryce is summoned to Xanth as part of a wager between the Demons Earth and Xanth. To his surprise, he has left behind his home and family and eighty-year-old body forever, in exchange for youth and magic….and a quest. He must court and marry Princess Harmony, who is anything but willing to be courted!" Tor Books, 352 pages, Dec 24.
by John C. Wright
"Continuing from Count to a Trillion, Menelaus Illation Montrose—Texas gunslinger, idealist, and posthuman genius—has gone into cryo-suspension following the discovery that, in 8,000 years, a powerful alien intelligence will reach Earth to assess humanity's value as slaves. Montrose intends to be alive to meet that threat, but he is awakened repeatedly throughout the centuries to confront the woes of an ever-changing and violent world, witnessing millennia of change compressed into a few years of subjective time. The result is a breathtaking vision of future history like nothing before imagined: sweeping, tumultuous, and evermore alien, as Montrose's immortal enemies and former shipmates from the starship Hermetic harness the forces of evolution and social engineering to continuously reshape the Earth in their image, seeking to create a version of man the approaching slavers will find worthy." Tor Books, 400 pages, Dec 24.
by Jennifer Brown
"From images of stewed missionaries to Hannibal Lecter's hiss, cannibals have intrigued while evoking horror and repulsion. The label of cannibal has been used throughout history to denigrate a given individual or group. By examining who is labelled cannibal at any given time, we can understand the fears, prejudices, accepted norms and taboos of society at that time. From the cannibal in colonial literature, to the idea of regional Gothic and the hillbilly cannibal, to serial killers, this book examines works by writers and directors including Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Thomas Harris, Bret Easton Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, Wes Craven, and Tim Burton. It explores questions of cultural identity and otherness in the modern period, offering an important and original examination of cultural norms and fears with reference to national, economic, linguistic, and sexual identity. Amidst the sharp teeth and horrific appetite of the cannibal, the book examines real fears of over-consumerism and consumption that trouble an ever-growing modern world." Palgrave Macmillan, 272 pages, Dec 24.
by Gerald Alva Miller Jr.
American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century. "Exploring the Limits of the Human through Science Fiction examines the genre of science fiction as its own form of critical theory and argues that it proves crucial to understanding the human in the postmodern era. Featuring chapters on novels, films, and anime, Gerald Alva Miller, Jr.'s scholarship intervenes in a diverse array of theoretical schools, including gender theory, psychoanalysis, political theory, and posthumanism. Through its engagement with different kinds of texts, this study represents a new way of approaching both science fiction and critical theory, and it uses both to question what it means to be human in the digital era." Palgrave Macmillan, 250 pages, Dec 24.
by M. Elizabeth Ginway (Editor), J. Andrew Brown (Editor)
"Combining work by critics from Latin America, the USA, and Europe, Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice is the first anthology of articles in English to examine science fiction in all of Latin America, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and the Southern Cone. Using a variety of sophisticated theoretical approaches, the book explores not merely the development of a science fiction tradition in the region, but more importantly, the intricate ways in which this tradition has engaged with the most important cultural and literary debates of recent year." Palgrave Macmillan, 252 pages, Dec 24.
by Royden Lepp
Rust Volume 2. "Picking up where the previous volume, Rust: Visitor in the Field, left off, after a second robot attack on the Taylor farm, Roman, Oswald, and Jet begin to seek answers to the mysteries of the past. Oswald becomes more and more suspicious of Jet's connection to the robots, while Jet himself tries to connect with the flesh and blood family that has harbored him. Roman looks for comfort in his friendship with girl-next-door Jesse, but what he doesn't know is that a new evil may be looming on the horizon for his family. Will they be ready when it comes?" Archaia Entertainment, LLC, 200 pages, Dec 25.
by Andrew E. C. Gaska, Gray Morrow (Illustrator), David Hueso (Illustrator), Miki (Illustrator), John Kenneth Muir (Introduction), Erik Matthews (Contributor)
"In an alternate universe where JFK was never assassinated, mankind has already suffered through World War III, unified into a single world government, and built a base on the moon by the year 1999! September 13th: 1999 - An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched towards their destiny across the stars. But what of the cataclysm and wanton destruction caused to the Earth in its wake?" Archaia Entertainment, LLC, 160 pages, Dec 25.
by Sharman DiVono, Thomas Warkentin (Author, Artist), Ron Harris
"Published in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Star Trek comic strip debuted on December 2, 1979, and ran in newspapers across the country for four years. This volume presents ten complete story arcs, first helmed by writer and illustrator Thomas Warkentin, before being taken up by writer Sharman DiVono and artist Ron Harris." IDW Publishing, 300 pages, Dec 25.
by Gaylord DuBois, Brendan Wright (Editor), Russ Manning
"Experience seven of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels as drawn by Russ Manning, the most beloved comic-book interpreter of the lord of the jungle! Manning's adaptations appeared in the Gold Key comics Tarzan #155-161, #163, #164, #166, and #167. This collection of comics originally published in the 1960s is an essential addition to any comics fan's library." Dark Horse, 296 pages, Dec 25.
by Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, Paul Dini, Tom Taylor, David Lapham, Louise Simonson, David Mandel, Matt Wagner, Stan Sakai, Michael Golden, Walter Simonson, Kyle Baker, Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Paul Leon, Bill Morrison, Colin Wilson, Chris Sprouse, Karl Stor, J. Bone, Eric Canete
"The second all-new, all-great Rocketeer Adventures anthology is crammed with great creators doing terrific Rocketeer stories by these high-flying talents: Marc Guggenhein, Sandy Plunkett, Peter David, Paul Dini, Bill Morrison, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, John Paul Leon, Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson, Stan Sakai, David Lapham, Chris Sprouse, Matt Wagner, Eric Canete, David Mandel, J Bone, and Michael Golden." IDW Publishing, 136 pages, Dec 25.