The Complete Encyclopedia of Elves, Goblins, and Other Little Creatures (Sept., $39.95) by Pierre Dubois, illus. by Claudine and Roland Sabatier, offers a survey of mysterious critters.
The Priest of the Blood (Oct., $19.95) by Douglas Clegg is the first book in the Vampyricon trilogy, in which a man finds his destiny as a vampire.
Seeker (Nov., $24.95) by Jack McDevitt involves Alex Benedict and his assistant in a riddle that leads them to the edge of known space.
Red Lightning (Jan., $TBA) by John Varley returns readers to Mars in this sequel to Red Thunder.
High Druid of Shannara: Straken (Sept., $26.95) by Terry Brooks concludes the Shannara trilogy. Author publicity. SF book club main selection.
Woken Furies (Sept., $24.95) by Richard K. Morgan returns readers to the noir Takeshi Kovacs series. 8-city author tour.
Changelings: Book One of the Twins of Petaybee (Jan., $24.95) by Anne McCaffrey. On the planet Petaybee, a set of siblings who can shape shift into seals set out in search of their missing father.
Star Wars: Outbound Flight (Jan., $26.95) by Timothy Zahn reveals the full story of the mysterious Outbound Flight Project, which sent Jedi Masters and Knights to search for life outside the known galaxy. Six-city author tour.
Shaman's Crossing: Book One of the Soldier Son Trilogy (Sept., $25.95) by Robin Hobb tells of a noble's son who is claimed by magic. 75,000 first printing.
The Gate of Gods: Book Three of the Fall of Ile-Rien (Nov., $24.95) by Martha Wells concludes an epic trilogy of adventure and magic.
GOLLANCZ (dist. by Trafalgar Square)
The Brightonomicon: Brentford Trilogy Book 8 (Sept., $20) by Robert Rankin continues a popular comic fantasy series.
The Ampara Project (Oct., $23) by William Kotzwinkle is an intergalactic adventure. 50,000 first printing. Author tour.
One Good Knight (Jan., $24.95) by Mercedes Lackey. In this Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms story, Andromeda's sacrifice to save her city hasn't gone as planned.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters #4) (Oct., $25.95) by Mercedes Lackey. This historical fantasy series is set in England during the country's waning days of imperial glory.
Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars: Vol. 7) (Feb., $25.95) by Kate Elliott concludes the Nebula-nominated epic fantasy series.
Silverheart: A Novel of the Multiverse (Sept., $25) by Michael Moorcock and Storm Constantine focuses on a trickster who must discover the secrets of his heritage or die from an eerie witch mark.
Context: Book Two of the Nulapeiron Sequence (Oct., $25) by John Meaney. This sequel to Paradox takes place in an isolated world whose subterranean inhabitants are in the midst of a revolution.
The Protector's War (Sept., $24.95) by S.M. Stirling, a follow-up to Dies the Fire, pits two groups of survivors in the Pacific Northwest against a brutal Protectorate.
The Road to Dune (Sept., $25.95) by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson and Frank Herbert collects Dune treasures such as unpublished chapters, newly discovered papers and more. 150,000 first printing.
Knife of Dreams (Oct., $29.95) by Robert Jordan is the 11th installment in the bestselling Wheel of Time series. One million first printing.$750,000 ad/promo. Author tour.
Phantom: Sword of Truth Book #10 (Jan., $29.95) by Terry Goodkind continues the trials and tribulations of Kahlan, who had vanished in Chainfire. 500,000 first printing. $500,000 ad/promo.
(497 West Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90065)
Phase One After Zero (Oct., $22.95) by Vladimir Chernozemsky. This alternative history thriller links al-Qaeda, the CIA, a secret Communist cell and the Oklahoma Bomber. $40,000 ad/promo.
The Wave (Jan., $22.95) by Walter Mosley delivers a fantastic vision of the near future in the author's first SF work since Blue Light.
WESLEYAN UNIV. PRESS
The Begum's Millions (Nov., $29.95) by Jules Verne, trans. by Stanford L. Luce. Two scientists build experimental cities in this modern and corrected English translation.
Showdown (Feb., $22.99) by Ted Dekker takes place in the mountain town of Paradise, where nothing is as it seems.
WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Promise of the Witch-King: The Sellswords, Book II (Oct., $27.95) by R.A. Salvatore is the sequel to Servant of the Shard. 400,000 first printing. $500,000 ad/ promo.