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Archive for December, 2012

Lois Tilton’s 2012 Reviews in Review

It’s time again to look back at the year’s short fiction. I see two general trends in 2012, one inevitable and one depressing. First, the continuing migration from print to electronic publication, in some cases with versions offered in both media. I don’t see this trend as reducing either the number or the quality of [...]

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick

The random activities of publishers and writers have resulted in a number of collaborations showing up in the stack on my dresser recently – novels by Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross, Larry Niven & Greg Benford, Larry Niven & Edward M. Lerner, and Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck (DBA James S. A. Corey). The newest [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ursula K. Le Guin

The most significant word in the title of Ursula K. Le Guin’s monumental two-volume short fiction retrospective from Small Beer Press is the least assuming one: ‘‘selected.’’ Le Guin, whose deservedly legendary 50-year career includes (according to the ISFDB) more than 130 stories, has chosen only 38 of them, which means that a lot gets [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-December

Getting into the new year’s first issues of F&SF and Subterranean. Also some of the December ezines and the fall issue of On Spec. Publications Reviewed F&SF, Jan/Feb 2013 Subterranean, Winter 2013 Eclipse Online, December 2012 Lightspeed, December 2012 Nightmare Magazine, December 2012 Strange Horizons, December 2012 On Spec, Fall 2012 F&SF, Jan/Feb 2013 A [...]

Howard Waldrop and Lawrence Person review The Hobbit

Both: Split decision. Howard doesn’t like it, while Lawrence thinks it’s pretty good (but not great). Both agree it’s markedly inferior to The Lord of the Rings: The Movie Trilogy (henceforth known as LOTR:TMT). Howard Waldrop: They’ve been trying to make The Hobbit as a movie since the ‘60s (at one time to star the [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Lois McMaster Bujold

My only refuge at this point from charges of dereliction of duty and critical malfeasance is a famous statement made by Thomas Pynchon in the foreword to his collection Slow Learner: “Ignorance is not just a blank space on a person’s mental map. It has contours and coherence, and for all I know rules of [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele

The press release from Pyr for Allen Steele’s new book, Apollo’s Outcasts, labels it “YA—Ages 12 & Up.” Such a statement is of course both true and not true. This compelling and solidly engineered near-future tale is straightforwardly “the latest Allen Steele,” a typically Steele-ian novel written to his usual high standards and exhibiting his [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

One short original anthology, plus miscellaneous e-publications, with Clarkesworld, as usual, standing out above the rest in quality. Publications Reviewed A Fantasy Medley 2, , ed Yanni Kuznia Clarkesworld, 75 December 2012 Intergalactic Medicine Show, 31 December 2012 Apex Magazine, 43 December 2012 Strange Horizons, October 2012 Stupefying Stories, December 2012 A Fantasy Medley 2, [...]

Faren Miller reviews Richard E. Gropp

Richard E. Gropp won the Del Rey Suvudu Writing Contest with first novel, Bad Glass, which explores a strangely plagued Spokane WA (in a time not too far from the present) through the first-person viewpoint and some of the work of lead character Dean Walker, who sneaks into a mostly evacuated city under military guard [...]


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