Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition, edited by Gardner Dozois, offers 13 stories by such genre giants as Ursula K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, Robert Silverberg and Arthur C. Clarke. This reprint anthology reminds us that the struggle against fear and superstition remains as relevant today as in Galileo's time. (Pyr [], $25 343p ISBN 1-59102-315-7)

Night Shade ( rolls out three striking works of imaginative fiction: World Fantasy Award—winner Terry Lamsley's Conference with the Dead, a collection of 10 disturbing tales set in haunted Derbyshire ($29 256p ISBN 1-597800-00-7); Matthew Hughes's The Gist Hunter and Other Stories, nine of whose 13 selections are set in the Archonate universe of his acclaimed novel Black Brillion ($27 256p ISBN 1-597800-20-1); and Steven Erikson's Blood Follows: A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the first of a series of novellas set in an exotic world that will appeal to fans of Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar. ($25 120p ISBN 1-597800-04-X)

Gary A. Braunbeck buffs will welcome the Stoker-winning author's Home Before Dark: The Collected Cedar Hill Stories, Volume 2, which collects 19 tales plus the novella "Kiss of the Mudman." Cover artist Deena Warner also provides more than two dozen interior illustrations. (Earthling [], $45 429p ISBN 0-9766339-0-6)