In November the exciting talent of Sarah Zettel is showcased in her first hardcover novel, PLAYING GOD (3). Biology is the key to survival for a planet of intelligent beings who have been brought to the edge of extinction by their instinctual violence. Forced by a terrible biological weapon into an unprecedented compact, planetary leaders hire the Bioverse corporation to clean up their environment. But will a variety of factions take advantage of the situation to further their own ends? Although the unexpected resolution may not satisfy all readers, Ms. Zettel brilliantly creates a unique alien culture with endlessly fascinating interactions.