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Archive for January, 2011

Adam Roberts’ 10 Best SF Novels of 2010

2010 was an unusually strong year for novel-length science fiction. I didn’t read every SF novel published during last year, which means I’ve certainly missed some excellent titles. But I read as widely as possible, and I was impressed by an awful lot of it. It seems to me that the membrane separating genre SF […]

Adrienne Martini reviews Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips’s Rut is nearly impossible to talk about without also talking about the mode of its publication. Concord Free Press’ publishing model defies all of our expectations about what a publishing house should do, which is, ultimately, make money for itself and its editors and investors. Instead, Concord Free Press eschews the concept of […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

It would almost seem to be February, Valentine’s month, for all the stories about love. I give the award to the ones in Fantasy Magazine. Publications Reviewed Fantasy Magazine, January 2011 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, January 2011, January 2011 Subterranean, Winter 2011 Abyss & Apex, 1Q 1st Quarter 2011 Interzone, 232 Jan-Feb 2011 Fantasy Magazine, […]

Faren Miller reviews Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot opens in modern police-procedural mode, with the discovery of a dead body and (six meters away) its missing head. Probationary Constable Peter Grant, the book’s young narrator, can only hope that someday he’ll be able to deal with that kind of case, instead of a newbie’s quiet beat or mounds of paperwork. At […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

The new publishing year comes with an alteration of the schedules of some of the zines, which means an alteration of my reviewing schedule. Unfortunately, I still can’t always get publishers to send me stuff when I have time to read it. This mid-month report is accordingly short. The good-story award this time goes to […]

The Ten Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the Twenty-First Century … As of December 31, 2010 … And A Prediction about Ten Best Lists to Come

by Gary Westfahl By one theory, a work of art should be judged primarily by how well it accomplishes its own goals. Thus, anyone would concede that a Three Stooges short does not offer viewers eloquent dialogue, beautifully framed shots, or thoughtful commentary on the human condition, suggesting that it completely lacks merit, yet such […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jo Walton

For any reader, there are always two histories of science fiction and fantasy (or of any other literature, for that matter). There is the formal evolutionary history that we critics and academics like to putter with, and there is our own personal history of what we read and when we read it, and which is […]

Gwenda Bond’s Top Ten for 2010

Best lists are strange and unwieldy beasts, especially for those of us with wide-ranging tastes and a healthy consumption rate for new books. And there’s something about the very concept of naming the “best” of the year that—like awards—brings out an instinctive need for fisticuffs and debate and “I can’t believe X didn’t make it.” […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Some first-of-the-month ezines, one from last year, and a new print anthology upcoming in February. The best stories this time are both from Clarkesworld. Publications Reviewed Clarkesworld, 52 January 2011 Apex Magazine, January 2011 Three-lobed Burning Eye, October 2010 GigaNotoSaurus, January 2011 Welcome to the Greenhouse, edited by Gordon Van Gelder Clarkesworld, January 2011 Starting […]

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