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Archive for November, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Reviews of stories from new issues of Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, Betwixt, The Dark, and Unlikely Story, with recommendations of stories by John Shirley, Sarah Brooks, Sarah Singleton, and Maria Dhavana Headley

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Nathan Ballingrud

From Locus Magazine’s November 2013 issue

Matched to his original ideas and refreshing re­furbishments of genre set pieces, Ballingrud’s writ­ing makes North American Lake Monsters one of the best collections of short fiction for the year.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Old Mars

Special to Locus Online

This blockbuster anthology from the consummate professional editing team of Martin & Dozois exhibits at its heart a topic that’s received much airing lately on the internet and at convention panels. What is the relationship of the genre’s past to the present, actual and ideal? Is the medium stagnating or advancing by continuing to create such stories?

“No Easy Way to Be Free”:
A Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by Gary Westfahl Like The Hunger Games (2012) (review here), its wildly successful precursor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a film that makes few demands on its expected audiences of young viewers. They are expected to bond with plucky heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), whose affections are intriguingly torn between sweet boy-next-door Peeta Mellark […]

Faren Miller reviews Samantha Shannon

From Locus Magazine’s November 2013 issue

While this young writer can approach the mix of genres in her debut with a fervency that borders on the overwrought, most of the time her even younger heroine manages to bring a soaring saga of hearts, minds, and worlds solidly back down to earth.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Reviews of stories in George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois’ anthology Old Mars and in new issues of Lightspeed and Strange Horizons

Paul Di Filippo reviews Howard Waldrop

Special to Locus Online

Perhaps the greatest thing about Howard Waldrop and his marvelous fictions is that he has totally obliterated the modern/postmodern divide. He is Sax Rohmer and Donald Barthelme, Bela Lugosi and Johnny Depp.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Robert Charles Wilson

From Locus Magazine’s November 2013 issue

We find ourselves in a 2015 in which a near-universal peace has prevailed since the end of WWI — no Depression, no WWII, no Holo­caust, no Vietnam, etc. — but only because a parasitical alien collective intelligence called the hypercolony has been manipulating human history to set the stage for its own reproductive agenda…

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Reviews of stories in new issues of Analog, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Interfictions, and Apex

Winners and Losers: A Review of Ender’s Game

by Gary Westfahl In several respects, Ender’s Game represents precisely the sort of film that I have been calling for in recent reviews, since it rejects the simplistic and unrealistic world view of melodrama, refuses to divide the universe into virtuous heroes and despicable villains, and explicitly endorses efforts to understand and reconcile with apparent […]

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