Titles out in paperback this month include
THE WATER KNIFE ( , 3 March, Orbit), Paolo Bacigalupi’s first “adult” book since his Hugo- winning debut The Windup Girl. It’s set in a near- future USA where, thanks to drought, water is now more valuable than gold, and follows various groups competing for the precious wet stuff. We said: “It’s certainly exciting, with Bacigalupi proving adept at crafting showstopper setpieces… where it falls down is that it doesn’t seem as radical or ambitious as The Windup Girl.” Also getting another run out is Lance Parkin’s
MAGIC WORDS ( , 3 March, Aurum Press); subtitle – The Extraordinary Life Of Alan Moore. Don’t expect scurrilous gossip about the beardy comics creator’s personal life, as this is a biography very much focused on the work. We said: “Alan Moore: Storyteller covered much of this, but this volume beats it for the sheer level of detail... Throughout, Parkin is witty and informed. He’s a devotee of Moore’s work, but not uncritical.” Finally, the latest entry in the SF Masterworks series of classic novels is Bernard Wolfe’s weird, blackly comic 1952 satire
LIMBO ( 10 March, Gollancz). Set in a dystopian 1990, 18 years after a nuclear holocaust, it revolves around a craze for pacifism which sees young men quite literally disarming by having their limbs amputated and replaced with prosthetics. Expect much discussion of philosophy and Freudian concepts, shamelessly awful puns, and some disturbing rape scenes.