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Archive for June, 2012

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Giving the palm to Subterranean this time. Publications Reviewed Subterranean, Spring 2012 Asimov’s, August 2012 Analog, September 2012 Tor.com, June 2012 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #97-98, June 2012 Subterranean Online, Spring 2012 One thing I appreciate about this site is the longer fiction that they often publish. In the current issue, there is a novella by [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Let me illustrate how prolific and magnificent the nonfiction career of Michael Moorcock has been. In 2010 Savoy Books published a wonderful, ginormous hardcover (over 700 pages) by Moorcock titled Into the Media Web: Selected Short Non-Fiction, 1956-2006. Compiler John Davey told us in his “Editor’s Introduction” that he had culled 150 items from “maybe [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Philip José Farmer

If one were handing out an award for the most variegated, high-quality oeuvre in the field of fantastika, the name of Philip José Farmer would surely figure among the finalists. The long-lived (1918-2009) and prolific Grand Master turned his hand to nearly every kind of imaginative fiction during his career, not excluding contemporary/naturalistic fiction (Fire [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

The highlight this time is F&SF, with the best issue I’ve seen in almost a year. I give the Good Story award to the pieces from Wilhelm, Arnason and Ford. Publications Reviewed F&SF, July/August 2012 Arc 1.2, May 2012 Lightspeed, June 2012 Strange Horizons, June 2012 F&SF, July/August 2012 A superior issue. The editor tells [...]

Russell Letson review James S.A. Corey

I quite enjoyed the Alfred-Bester-meets-Neal-Asher mix of last year’s Leviathan Wakes, by the pseudonymous collaboration calling itself James S.A. Corey (and wearing the separate bodies of Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck). I seem not to have been alone in this opinion, since the novel is currently on the Hugo ballot. Now comes its sequel/middle-volume-follow-up: Caliban’s [...]

Adrienne Martini reviews Jennifer Pelland

Despite its soft-porn cover, Jennifer Pelland’s Machine is a novel about much, much more than what sexual shenanigans one could accomplish with a robotic/clockwork body. Which is too bad, in a way, because this book might be judged by its cover. Those seeking graphic sex will leave disappointed by how little of it there is [...]

Howard Waldrop and Lawrence Person review Prometheus

Both: We really wanted to like this film, but the screenwriters made every character except the protagonist an idiot. Lawrence Person: This is a prequel to Alien. It starts off in prehistory, depicting a very human-looking alien watching a saucer leave, then swallowing some icky living black goo, then dissolving into the rushing waters, where [...]

Star Makers, Slimed; Or, ‘A Dash of DNA and Half a Brain’:
A Review of Prometheus

by Gary Westfahl If Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is a disappointing film, as I will argue, it is at least an interesting disappointment, offering unusual insights into both the powers and the limitations of science fiction in pondering what one character calls “the most meaningful questions ever asked by mankind.” The film also provides an illuminating [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

I take a look at The New Yorker‘s science fiction issue and recommend it. Publications Reviewed The New Yorker, 4 & 11 June 2012 Interzone #240, May-Jun 2012 Intergalactic Medicine Show, May 2012 Clarkesworld, June 2012 Redstone Science Fiction, June 2012 GigaNotoSaurus, June 2012 Apex Magazine, June 2012 New Yorker, June 4 & 11, 2012 [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nalo Hopkinson

Over the past several years, young-adult fiction has become such a ubiquitous part of SF and fantasy that there’s hardly any point in separating it from the mainstream of the genre, but in a way this isn’t a new development at all, and probably isn’t driven entirely by the vague hope of post-Potter, post-Hunger Games [...]


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