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Archive for April, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late April

The monthly digests for April feature a double issue of Analog. There’s good work in Asimov’s from Wilber and Schwartz. Also a nice lineup from, where I give the Good Story Award to “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Publications Reviewed Analog, July/August 2013 Asimov’s, July 2013, April 2013 […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee is fantastika’s Joyce Carol Oates (if you allow the stipulation that while Oates certainly contributes to our genre, she is not of it, so to speak). Immensely talented, immensely prolific, intrinsically fluent and fluid, writing all over the imaginative map, Lee nonetheless assume a kind of background permanency as an invariant feature of […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Sofia Samatar

The first thing you notice about Sofia Samatar’s extraordinary debut novel A Stranger in Olondria, quite literally from the opening sentence, is the hypnotic lyricism of its prose: ‘‘As I was a stranger in Olondria, I knew nothing of the splendor of its coasts, nor of Bain, the Harbor City, whose lights and colors spill […]

Five Ways of Approaching Oblivion: A Review of Oblivion

by Gary Westfahl Since Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion is both an entertaining and interesting film, a reviewer faces the pleasant challenge of finding the best way to explore its provocative virtues and revelatory flaws. At the moment, I can discern five appropriate descriptions of the film: as a typical sci-fi action film; as yet another response […]

Russell Letson reviews John Varley

John Varley is another writer whose backgrounds and idea-sets were developed in magazine pieces before being fed into novels, and whose career cannot be fully appreciated without the short-form part of the canon. So a few years back, I was happy to see The John Varley Reader (reviewed in December 2004), which brought back into […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

A batch of the usual monthly and bimonthly zines. Lightspeed has overall good work this time. Publications Reviewed F&SF, May/June 2013 Apex Magazine, April 2013 Lightspeed, April 2013 Strange Horizons, April 2013 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #118-119, April 2013 F&SF, May/June 2013 Starting out with the Stewart novella, I began to think this could be one […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is a science fiction author, right? Well, that’s certainly the instinctive, easy response, given the fame of his Ender books above all others in his oeuvre. But a quick scan of his impressive array of titles in the front of his newest novel, The Gate Thief, identifies a goodly number that are […]

Cecelia Holland reviews Guy Gavriel Kay

The master of the historical fantasy has found a canvas large enough for his ambitions. Guy Gavriel Kay’s second novel based on the Chinese past is his finest work so far, a vision of tremendous scope, achieved through precise, intimate observation of a brilliant culture in the throes of disintegration and rebirth. The Song Chao, […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Starting with the second of TTA Press’s new novella series, I also have some little magazines and the first-of-the-month Clarkesworld. Sadly, I also note that the promising ezine Eclipse Online has fallen victim to the Night Shade collapse. Publications Reviewed “Spin” by Nina Allan Clarkesworld, April 2013 Shimmer #16, Winter 2013 Kaleidotrope, Spring 2013 “Spin” […]

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