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Archive for May, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Mostly fantasy this time, as I lead out with a new original anthology. Real science fiction seems to be getting scarce, though not good fantasy. A Good Story award to K J Parker’s “The Dragonslayer of Merebarton” from Fearsome Journeys. Publications Reviewed Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy Volume One, edited by Jonathan […]

Gwenda Bond reviews Karen Healey

Let it never be said that authors from Australia and New Zealand don’t have a huge influence on American YA. From Margo Lanagan to Justine Larbalestier to Garth Nix to Elizabeth Knox, they are widely represented on best-of lists and have earned legions of devoted fans on the other side of the world. Karen Healey, […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

The debut of a new publication, some occasional ezines, and a couple of the regular monthlies. I particularly enjoyed Electric Velocipede this time around. Publications Reviewed Electric Velocipede #26, Spring 2013 Lightspeed, May 2013 Strange Horizons, May 2013 Adventure Rocketship! #1 edited by Jonathan Wright Bourbon Penn #7, May 2013 Electric Velocipede #26, Spring 2013 […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Bruce McAllister

At the SF Encyclopedia, John Clute sums up the career of Bruce McAllister (the first of whose eighty-some short stories appeared in 1963) with his trademark critical “excessive candour.” “Because his first novel was published in a dying series (it was a late Ace Special), because his second novel speaks unrelentingly of painful matters, and […]

Heroes and Villains: A Review of Star Trek into Darkness

by Gary Westfahl J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek into Darkness is such a superb piece of cinematic entertainment that it seems a shame to say anything critical about it; yet after the adrenalin rush dies down, and one begins to think about the film in the context of the entire Star Trek franchise it is […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Paul Cornell

There’s a lot of respectable thriller DNA in Paul Cornell’s first urban fantasy novel London Falling. From one perspective, it’s simply an account of the worst football fan in the world. From another, it joins the great game of Hidden London novels, which has seen recent entries from writers as diverse as Neil Gaiman, China […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Milton Lesser

If you do not know the enchantingly retro line of SF/F/H books published by Armchair Fiction, under the knowledgeable aegis of founder Greg Luce, who defines his venture as “a labor of love,” then I offer you now an eye-popping introduction. Visit his site and marvel at the vast range of vintage fiction, long out […]

Faren Miller reviews Mary Robinette Kowal

The first four books this month are fantasies set in some kind of alternate England: Regency era for Kowal’s Without a Summer (third in a series); steampunk Victorian for James P. Blaylock’s The Aylesford Skull (a new clash between Professor Langdon St. Ives and evil mage Dr. Ignacio Narbondo); late Victorian for Thomas Brennan’s debut […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

An Australian anthology from Fablecroft Publishing, featuring women writers, as well as some of the usual ezines. Publications Reviewed Clarkesworld, May 2013 Apex Magazine #48, May 2013 One Small Step , edited by Tehani Wessely Waylines #3, May 2013 Clarkesworld, May 2013 Three well-written stories of captivation by the other. “Soulcatcher” by James Patrick Kelly […]

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