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Archive for March, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late March

Still digging my way out of the avalanche of fiction that fell at the beginning of March. I think I found most of the best stuff earlier in the month. Publications Reviewed Asimov’s, June 2013 Analog, June 2013 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2013 On Spec, Winter 2012/2013, March 2013 Asimov’s, June 2013 Featuring a […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert J. Sawyer

The club of writers who blend science fiction with mystery tropes in a rigorous fashion has never been a large one. True, lots of SF books feature some type of investigation or pursuit of concealed knowledge, perhaps involving misdeeds and featuring bad guys and good guys and the hazy zone between them. But that’s almost […]

Russell Letson reviews M. John Harrison

If ‘‘empty space’’ came up on a word-association test, my response might well be ‘‘atoms and – ’’, signaling both a long-ago undergraduate encounter with Democritus and a general materialist orientation, philosophy-wise. But in M. John Harrison’s Empty Space (the completion of a trio of novels that includes Light and Nova Swing), the cosmos is […]

Gwenda Bond reviews Elizabeth Hand

Few things hold as much appeal for the artsy teenager as stories of rabble-rousing, society-defying artists in times past. And yet, this is relatively unexplored ground in YA fiction – with a few notable exceptions, such as Simmone Howell’s Notes from the Teenage Underground and Nikki Grimes’ Bronx Masquerade. In fact, I could think of […]

Karen Burnham reviews Kiini Ibura Salaam

In her introduction to Kiini Ibura Salaam’s debut collection, Ancient, Ancient, Nisi Shawl mentions her response to a question about the effect of the Afro-diaspora on genre literature: ‘‘Everything is going to get a lot sexier.’’ The very first story in this collection, ‘‘Desire’’, proves that right out of the gate. A delightful folkloric tale, […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-March

March is turning out to be a particularly good month for reading. I found good stories in all the publications reviewed below. The Good Story Award goes to the Howard and Kiernan pieces from Subterranean. Publications Reviewed Subterranean, Spring 2013 Interzone, March-April 2013 Eclipse Online, March 2013 Lightspeed, March 2013 Strange Horizons, March 2013 Subterranean, […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Deb Taber

With a handful of short stories behind her, Deb Taber now steps forward with her debut novel, Necessary Ill. It’s a deliberately transgressive offering, in a low-key manner befitting its main protagonist, Jin, who is a dispassionate (though not empty-hearted) and gender-free being called a “neut,” whose self-referential pronoun of choice is “it.” But besides […]

Cynthia Ward reviews Scott & Barnett’s Point of Dreams

This month, the Lethe Press project to reissue the classic Astreiant series reaches Point of Dreams, written by Melissa Scott and the late Lisa A. Barnett, and first published in 2001. Like prequel volumes Point of Hopes (1995) and Point of Knives (2012), the Lambda Literary Award winning Point of Dreams is a genre-bending police-procedural […]

Just a Very Bad Wizard: A Review of Oz the Great and Powerful

by Gary Westfahl For those who don’t have time to read a long-winded review, the essential message can be presented quickly: if you love bright colors, impressive visuals, and arresting uses of 3-D technology, one can enthusiastically recommend watching Oz the Great and Powerful as a film that offers exactly what you’re looking for. However, […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

March comes in and dumps a lion’s share of fiction on my head, along with the snow. I’m looking at the debut issues of two new ezines, though neither raises high my heart with hope. Also some of the usual monthly publications, which had strong selections overall. Publications Reviewed Galaxy’s Edge #1, March 2013 Crowded […]

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