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Archive for August, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Here are the monthly digests, one of them a double issue, and the month’s worth from Publications Reviewed Asimov’s, October/November 2013e Analog, November 2013, August 2013 Asimov’s, October/November 2013 A double issue, with no novellas! There’s a strong theme of time in several of these stories. Also an installment in Rusch’s ongoing Fleet […]

Russell Letson reviews Linda Nagata

I am very happy to see a new SF novel from Linda Nagata after much too long – and given the nanotech-space-opera-far-futuristics of Deception Well, Vast, and Memory, I am a bit surprised to find that it qualifies as (among other things) ‘‘military SF’’ and can be located smack in the middle of a long […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

A lot of stories here, beginning with the long-awaited September F&SF, and including another of the “world SF” anthologies I’ve recently received. Publications Reviewed F&SF, Sept.Oct 2013 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 127-128 August 2013 Strange Horizons, August 2013 We See a Different Frontier, edited by Fabio Fernandes and Djibril al-Ayad The New Yorker, August 12 & […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jason M. Hough

Hardcore SF seems to be a bit of a thing these days. I’m not talking about “the New Space Opera” solely, although that is certainly an important part of the phenomenon. Nor am I including postmodernists like Egan, Stross and Rajaniemi. Instead, I have in mind books like those by M. C. Planck, “James S. […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Christopher Priest

The fiction writer must exhibit many virtues and talents to be acclaimed. The ability to create living characters; the ability to plot and pace; the ability to convey moods and emotions; the ability to describe reality; the ability to invent; the ability to report; the ability to philosophize and moralize and instruct; the ability to […]

Faren Miller reviews Sally Gardner

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner is the offbeat tale of a boy living under a dictatorship that could be a very alternate take on mid-’50s England. The most unusual thing about Standish Treadwell isn’t his mismatched blue and brown eyes (as shown on the cover), but the dyslexia he shares with the author – a […]

Faren Miller reviews Tim Pratt

In Tim Pratt’s short fiction, setting doesn’t keep to its place as background but finds ways to come alive. In Antiquities and Tangibles and Other Stories, his third collection (a miscellany from the past five years that includes a poem and three original works), you’ll see it magicked into a human form, open to other […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Here are two anthologies along with the regular first of the month ezines. Also a new start for an established poetry zine, now offering fiction as well as verse. Best stories are in Clarkesworld and Lightspeed this time. Publications Reviewed Starship Century, edited by James Benford and Gregory Benford Clarkesworld, August 2013 Lightspeed, August 2013 […]

Heaven Off Earth: A Review of Elysium

by Gary Westfahl Anyone reviewing Elysium must begin, I suppose, by addressing the controversy du jour surrounding its release, namely, the extent to which the film is a disguised portrayal of contemporary America and its political issues. Certainly, despite their protestations, such suspicions of a covert agenda cannot be surprising to writer-director Neil Blomkamp and […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lauren Beukes

If The Time Traveler’s Wife wasn’t enough to convince you that the overworked time-travel warhorse has long since escaped the SF corral to become a general-purpose plot device for all sorts of fiction, Lauren Beukes’s much-promoted thriller The Shining Girls should help nail the case. Of course, long before Niffenegger and Beukes adapted the device […]

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