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Archive for October, 2012

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

No digests this time, only one print publication, the long-surviving Interzone, in a more compact format. Instead, among the large amount of other material coming in for review in October, I’m finding more publications that have switched from print to some sort of electronic media. The pixels are on the wall. Publications Reviewed Beneath Ceaseless [...]

Somber and Silly Symphonies: A Review of Cloud Atlas

by Gary Westfahl In a way, one hates to criticize Cloud Atlas, for it is a film that clearly reflects the good intentions of many talented people determined to respectfully adapt a complex novel to the screen and provide audiences with a drama that is both emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking. Yet despite its ostensible virtues, [...]

Russell Letson reviews John Varley

The imagined disaster and its immediate aftermath – as distinct from the other, longer-view branch of what is usually called the ‘‘post-apocalypse’’ subgenre – is a perennial in SF as well as in various areas of the mainstream that are unacknowledged parts of our turf. The precise nature of the cause of the collapse might [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

The year-end issue of F&SF, another good one. Also a couple of anthologies. I keep looking for new original anthologies, hoping to find fiction of high quality; overall, I’m not finding a whole lot of it this time. Publications Reviewed F&SF, November/December 2012 Magic, edited by Jonathan Oliver After, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Park

A recent Small Press Spotlight feature at SF Signal focused on ChiZine press, publishers of the novel under consideration here today. Reporter Justin Landon examined ChiZine as a determined purveyor of the unconventional, the weird, the odd, even the transgressive, and found them living solidly and boldly up to their mission statement. Certainly, John Park’s [...]

Gwenda Bond reviews G. Willow Wilson

Previously best known for her memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, and her work in comics, including the too-short-lived monthly Vertigo title Air, G. Willow Wilson now turns her attention to the novel. And what a first novel Alif the Unseen is. An outgrowth of research she did during work on her memoir that led to her [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Rudy Rucker

Here’s a primer in the unique 21st-century, digital-mediated relationship between writers and readers, an illustration of how novels are often composed and marketed these days. If you are a regular follower of Rudy Rucker’s entertaining blog, where he generously posts intriguing essays and snazzy visual material, you will have been privy, over the past year [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews M. John Harrison

No other author I can think of can write with such elegant precision about indeterminacy, or with such purposefulness about purposelessness, as M. John Harrison. Throughout his new novel Empty Space: A Haunting – the third volume in his Kefahuchi Tract sequence that began with Light in 2002 and continued with Nova Swing in 2006 [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Debuting a couple of new online magazines, a good hard SF anthology, and the usual first-of-the-month zines. Best magazine this time is Clarkesworld, with the Good Story award to Yoon Ha Lee. Also to Elizabeth Bear and Gwyneth Jones from the Infinity anthology. Publications Reviewed Nightmare Magazine, October 2012 Eclipse Online, October 2012 Edge of [...]

When the Stars Are Right: A Review of Point of Knives: A Novella of Astreiant by Melissa Scott

by Cynthia Ward Over a decade ago, the science fiction writer Melissa Scott and her partner, the writer/editor Lisa A. Barnett, released Point of Hopes (1995) and Point of Dreams (2001), a pair of police-procedural novels with a twist: they were set in a fictional city. That imaginary setting was Astreiant, dominant power of a [...]


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