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Archive for January, 2012

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

Lackluster issues from both Dell digests this time. The Good Story award to McCarron’s “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” from Tor.com. Publications Reviewed Asimov’s, March 2012 Analog, April 2012 Tor.com, January 2012 Intergalactic Medicine Show, January 2012 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, January 2012 Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, January 2012 Asimov’s, March 2012 Not a very inspiring issue this month. [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Marcus

Out of all the forms of fiction, surely allegory is the hardest to bring off successfully. If the subtextual parable is too dominant, too overwhelming and up front, then all naturalism is lost, and the characters are rendered lifeless, their actions clockwork, all to hammer home an arid lesson. If, on the other hand, the [...]

Adrienne Martini reviews The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One: Target Earth

It’s probably easier to explain what The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One: Target Earth isn’t. It isn’t a standard Broadway spectacular, with glam costumes and nubile dancers. It isn’t a fraught family drama that is instant Tony bait. And it definitely isn’t an angst-filled monologue about coming of age. What I can unequivocally state is that [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Margo Lanagan

When Margo Lanagan’s novella ‘‘Sea- Hearts’’ received the World Fantasy Award in 2010, it was already widely known that a full-length novel was in the works, and it didn’t seem at all unreasonable when a few people I spoke to expressed excitement leavened by apprehension, as is often the case when a well-formed tale is [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Some more of the 2011 ‘zines that I dug belatedly out of the mailbox, one belated 2011 anthology, and some current monthly ezines as well as a first look at one: Something Wicked, which I find less wicked than its name. Publications Reviewed Lightspeed, January 2012 Strange Horizons, January 2012 Shimmer, December 2011 On Spec, [...]

Faren Miller reviews Lev A.C. Rosen

All Men of Genius makes no attempt to hide its main sources of inspiration: an odd couple of famous comedies, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Rosen’s twins of two sexes, a female character’s masquerade as a young man, several cases of infatuation spurred on by interfering tricksters, plus the [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

New year’s stuff, with a little leftover old year’s stuff. I dust off the Good Story award for the de Bodard piece from Clarkesworld. Publications Reviewed Clarkesworld, January 2012 Tor.com, December 2011 Apex Magazine, January 2012 GigaNotoSaurus, January 2012 Redstone Science Fiction, January 2012 Kaleidotrope, Winter 2012 Fantastique Unfettered, Winter 2011/2012 Ishtar, edited by Amanda [...]

Russell Letson reviews Joe Haldeman

With Earthbound, Joe Haldeman completes a sequence begun with Marsbound and Starbound. Last year, I called Starbound ‘‘a complete there-and-back-again narrative,’’ and in Earthbound the ‘‘back’’ part kicks in with, if not a vengeance, then at least a very stern warning. The warning is not the first, though explaining that requires a ‘‘Previously in the [...]


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