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Archive for September, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

December already!? The year already done? So it would seem from the cover dates on the current issues of the digests, still following the increasingly obsolete newsstand calendar. Used to be, the gravitational pull of these premier magazines pulled the genre along in their wake, but unfortunately this influence is still felt, even while online […]

Faren Miller reviews J.M. Sidorova

The Age of Ice is the first novel of J.M. Sidorova, a Russian-born woman who moved to the States in 1990 and now works as a research professor of aging and carcinogenesis at a university in Seattle WA. This might sound like a good background for science fiction, but the protagonist of Age owes his […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Blumlein

Like his younger, award-winning counterpart Ted Chiang, Michael Blumlein is an uncommon artist of relatively sparse productivity (being a fulltime physician, which is Blumlein’s case, will do that to you), whose every rare story is eagerly anticipated and received for its meticulous, polished perfection and guaranteed quota of unparalleled astonishment. In a career stretching back […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Still digging through September. Particularly liking the current Interzone and Strange Horizons stories. Publications Reviewed Interzone #248, Sep-Oct 2013 Beneath Ceaseless Skies, September 2013 Lightspeed, September 2013 Strange Horizons, September 2013 On Spec #93 Summer 2013 Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #29, September 2013 Interzone #248, Sep-Oct 2013 A superior issue, the best of this zine […]

Cecelia Holland reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

At the beginning of Stan Robinson’s great new novel of the stone age, the men of his clan take the boy Loon to a mountaintop and sing him a little song: This is how we always start It’s time to be reborn a man Give yourself to Mother Earth She will help you if you […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews James Gunn

A couple of years ago I reviewed James Gunn’s This Fortress World for Asimov’s magazine. I found the book to be a small, unacknowledged classic of the field, containing a deeply stark and unromantic—yet not uncompassionate nor unhopeful—view of life and civilization. Potent stuff for what was ostensibly a mere 1950s space opera. Readers of […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Starting to attack the quarterly fiction deluge, looking over my back at the stuff I didn’t manage to cover last month, as it recedes into the calendar. I’m finding an adventitious theme of the survival of identity after death across several of these publications. It’s always interesting when that happens. Publications Reviewed Subterranean, Fall 2013 […]

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