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Archive for June, 2011

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

The new issue of F&SF, plus the regular ezines. The Good Story award goes to Tor.com, with a double. Publications Reviewed Tor.com, June 2011 F&SF, July/August 2011 Strange Horizons, June 2011 Lightspeed, June 2011 Fantasy Magazine, June 2011 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, June 2011 Tor.com, June 2011 Two good ones this month. “Six Months, Three Days” [...]

Graham Sleight’s Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (Library of America 978-1-59853-072-8, $35.00, 827pp, hc) June 2010. Shirley Jackson evades description. She published her work in venues like the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Saturday Evening Post, yet her sense of the uncanny plainly discomfited her readers. She has been enormously influential on the field of the fantastic, [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Greg Egan

Egan’s Clockwork Rocket, the first volume of a trilogy collectively titled Orthogonal, begins with an almost textbook example of SFnal estrangement: ‘‘When Yalda was almost three years old, she was entrusted with the task of bearing her grandfather into the forest to convalesce.’’ Immediately we surmise that there’s something unusual about this three-year-old, or perhaps about [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

The current SF digests and the current issue of Orson Scott Card’s ezine, mostly fantasy. Publications Reviewed Asimov’s, August 2011 Analog, September 2011 Intergalactic Medicine Show #23, June 2011 Asimov’s, August 2011 A lot of familiar names, familiar stories. “The End of the Line” by Robert Silverberg Another Majipoor story. Stiamot is an official of [...]

Lantern Wilder: A Review of Green Lantern

by Gary Westfahl The modern comic book character of Green Lantern, originally Hal Jordan, has lasted for over half a century. He was born from the ashes of a Golden Age superhero who combined awesome powers with a senseless origin story and a disheartening propensity for spending his time in the company of an idiot [...]

Adrienne Martini reviews Tansy Rayner Roberts

In less than 120 pages, Tansy Rayner Roberts has not only told a kick-ass series of interlinked stories in Love and Romanpunk, she has also, quite possibly, kicked off the next historical period for writers to mine. For such a slim volume, it packs a wallop. Rayner Roberts’s ancient Rome was infested with all models [...]

Familiar Invaders: A Review of Super 8

by Gary Westfahl In the beginning, some little-regarded filmmakers in the 1950s created the genre of science fiction film with a series of unpolished but evocative movies that to this day can impress viewers with their energy and originality. Then, in the 1970s, young filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg made films that reflected [...]

Russell Letson reviews Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams has a long history of merging elements of the science-fictional/fantastical and thriller/crime genre families, from his Drake Maijstral capers and the dark police-procedural Days of Atonement to the noirish Metropolitan duo. He recently performed this procedure on the day-after-tomorrow techno-thriller in This Is Not a Game (2009), in which alternate-reality-game producer Dagmar [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

Good issues of Interzone and RoF, but I think the Good Story award goes to “Semiramis” by Genevieve Valentine, in Clarkesworld. Publications Reviewed Realms of Fantasy, June 2011 Clarkesworld, June 2011 Interzone #234, May-June 2011 GigaNotoSaurus, June 2011 Apex Magazine #25, June 2011 Redstone Science Fiction, June 2011 Realms of Fantasy, June 2011 Seven stories [...]


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