NOSE PICKERS FROM OUTER SPACE Gordon Korman (Hyperion, $3.99) Could it be that Lance Bass wanted to blast off into space for research? His company has optioned the tale of the eponymous gold diggers from the planet Pan.

ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR Lian Hearn (Riverhead, $24.95) Maybe Universal can score another Crouching Tiger out of Hearn’s sword fantasy.

LUCKY STARS Jane Heller (Forthcoming from St. Martin’s) Wouldn’t it be lousy if you were a struggling actress and one day your ma came to town and became a huge star? That would be lousy. But Lakeshore’s betting it’d make a good movie.