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Archive for November, 2012

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Reading some of the strange stuff that people send me. As often is the case these days, the best stories come from Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Publications Reviewed Interzone, 243 Nov-Dec 2012 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 107-109 November 2012, November 2012 Journal of Unlikely Entomology, 4 November 2012 Stupefying Stories, November 2012 Unidentified Funny Stories, , […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Hannu Rajaniemi

A couple of years ago Hannu Rajaniemi made one of the most spectacular first-novel debuts in recent memory with The Quantum Thief, which employed a powerfully seductive – if not entirely new – narrative strategy of linking a wildly inventive and disorienting post-singularity future with a comparatively straightforward adventure plot, partly derived from the decidedly […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brenda Cooper

The “power chord” of the slower-than-light, multigenerational starship is a potent one still, despite decades of literary exploration. (The trope seems to date back to 1928, and the non-fiction work of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.) Something about the combination of heroic sacrifices, the vast void of space, clannishness in a tin can, historical nescience, cultural degeneration, the […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

The storm surge recedes and the digests wash onshore, although the fiction is a bit washed-out. Also the regular monthly ezines. Publications Reviewed Analog, January/February 2013 Asimov’s, January 2013 Eclipse Online, November 2012 Lightspeed, November 2012 Nightmare Magazine, November 2012 Strange Horizons, November 2012 Analog, January/February 2013 Here’s a double issue with double novellas, both […]

Gwenda Bond reviews David Levithan

David Levithan is best known as the author (and co-author) of several sharp contemporary novels. His work has openly and refreshingly tackled politics – most notably in Wide Awake – but is also often about exploring the human heart and its politics. He wrestles with the ways we connect to the people around us and […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Anna Tambour

Anna Tambour is the author of one short story collection—quirkily titled Monterra’s Deliciosa & Other Tales &–and of one novel, Spotted Lily. Although her stories often end up on annual recommended-reading lists, she might very well have slipped under your literary radar, since she does not publish overmuch, nor in lots of big-name venues. But […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Karin Tidbeck

For the past few years, there have been a number of salutary efforts to bring international SF to the attention of the wider community (by which I mean monolingual English-language readers) – a new translation award, recent Japa­nese and Latin American anthologies, sterling reviews for Angelica Gorodischer, Johanna Sinisalo, and Hannu Rajaniemi, etc. Now Cheeky […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Again no digests, so here are the first of the month ezines and some other stuff I didn’t have time to fit into the column in October. The Good Story award goes to the Robert Reed novella. Publications Reviewed Clarkesworld, November 2012 Apex Magazine, November 2012 Bourbon Penn #5, September 2012 Three-lobed Burning Eye, October […]

Faren Miller reviews Lois McMaster Bujold

Miles Vorkosigan, the offbeat young hero whose passage into adulthood took place over a number of adventures, is no longer central in Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, but the title character turns out to be his cousin, Ivan Xav: a member of the Barrayaran ruling class, which strongly resembles 19th-century Britain’s aristocratic warriors and public servants, in […]

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