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Archive for April, 2012

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late April

Here’s the latest F&SF, plus some more obscure publications, including a debut. Publications Reviewed F&SF, May/June 2012 Tor.com, April 2012 Fireside Magazine, Spring 2012 Bull Spec #7, Spring 2012 F&SF, May/June 2012 The best issue of the year, so far. “Maze of Shadows” by Fred Chappell Another tale of Falco the shadow thief. Master Astolfo [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Henry Kuttner

When I was but a lad, the Science Fiction Book Club held out as enticement to join (cost: one thin dime, to be mailed physically via USPS) the two-volume anthology edited by Anthony Boucher and titled A Treasury of Great Science Fiction. When I received this induction premium, my head practically exploded. The set contained [...]

Adrienne Martini reviews A.S. Byatt

At its heart, A.S. Byatt’s Ragnarök is a story about stories. Here Byatt explores why we tell them and how some grow to become myths. The book’s slightness does nothing to indicate the weight of the ideas enclosed within. On its surface, this is a story about a character referred to only as ‘‘the thin [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. “Chip” Delany wants to push your buttons—I mean that in a good way—and really knows how to do so in the most esthetically magnificent, narratologically adroit, intellectually rich, and filthily transgressive fashion. More so than many writers, who only want to entertain, he wants his work to hit you where you live, in [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

A lot of reading this time. Publications Reviewed Asimov’s, June 2012 Analog, June 2012 Intergalactic Medicine Show, March 2012 Strange Horizons, April 2012 Lightspeed, April 2012 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #92-93, April 2012 Asimov’s, June 2012 Most of the stories this time involve aliens of some kind, in some way. “Missionaries” by Mercurio D Rivera Cassandra, [...]

Russell Letson reviews Karl Schroeder

Karl Schroeder can’t seem to stay away from Virga, the splendid Big Smart Object setting that started off as an excuse to write about flying zero-gee pirates, floating wooden cities, and revenge. But he also managed to pursue several of his more abstract interests, viz., the nature of nature, the nature of technologies, the technologies [...]

Graham Sleight’s Yesterday’s Tomorrows: John M. Ford

Star Trek: How Much for Just the Planet? John M. Ford (Pocket 0-671-62998-0, 253pp, pb) 1987. This is my last Yesterday’s Tomorrows column, at least for the moment. It’s been six years since Charles Brown first invited me to write them, and it feels like time for a break. I’m enormously grateful to him for [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nancy Kress

Interestingly, Nancy Kress’s short novel After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall also deals with a communal group of young people living in a dome, only this time it’s neither of their own making nor their own choice. In 2035, humanity has been virtually wiped out by a series of ecological catastrophes involving [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

A last-chance review of Weird Tales, along with the usual and less usual first-of-the-month ezines. Publications Reviewed Weird Tales #359, Winter 2012 Clarkesworld, April 2012 Redstone Science Fiction, 23 April 2012 Apex Magazine, April 2012 Kaleidotrope, Spring 2012 GigaNotoSaurus, April 2012 Weird Tales #359, Winter 2012 A sort of first and last, at the same [...]

Faren Miller reviews Melanie Rawn

In Touchstone, Melanie Rawn chronicles the formation and wayward path to success of the title group of players, whose form of theater could only exist in a world where the creatures of our fairytale and fantasy have survived to become part of human life and culture in a land that resembles an 18th-century England – [...]


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