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Archive for December, 2013

Lois Tilton’s 2013 Reviews in Review

Looking back at the year’s best stories from print and electronic ‘zines and a few anthologies

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December

Reviews of the last issue of Electric Velocipede, a novella by Greer Gilman, and stories online at, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Ever since her first novel Zahrah the Windseeker in 2005, Nnedi Okorafor has mined a richly textured heritage of Windseekers, dada hair, alligator pepper, palm wine, Shadow Speakers, juju, mmuo, akatas – enough inventions to populate an entire speculative world, except that they aren’t all inventions and they aren’t entirely speculative. Okorafor’s genius has been […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jean-Christophe Valtat

Special to Locus Online

Cheeky Frawg Books’ two newest titles reflect the VanderMeers’ smart and wide-ranging curatorial talents, which have stretched to Finland to bring back English translations of fascinating work by Jyrki Vainonen and Leena Krohn. (And the several deft translators involved here are due big thanks.)

Gwenda Bond reviews Ursula Dubosarsky

Not all of gifted Australian writer Ursula Dubosarsky’s books make it to the US, alas, but the ones that have – The Red Shoe and now The Golden Day, particularly – tend to garner quiet attention and critical acclaim. Speculative elements are understated if present, or even metaphorical, in some of her work. For instance, […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-December

Reviews of stories from 2014 issues of F&SF, Asimov’s, and Analog, with a recommendation of a story by Derek Künsken

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jyrki Vainonen and Leena Krohn

The year 2014 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Ministry of Whimsy Press by Jeff VanderMeer in 1984. That pre-internet era seems like an antique age sometimes, but the accomplishments of MofW endure. During its heyday, the house published a stimulating and eclectic range of books, such as Stepan Chapman’s Troika. But […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Watts

From Locus Magazine’s December 2013 issue

Watts argues in the Afterword to his new collection Beyond the Rift that he’s really an optimist, that he can’t really write villains, that his sometimes dystopic worldview is something he’s inherited rather than invented, and he’s right on all counts.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Reviews of stories from new issues of Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Apex, and of individual stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Pat Cadigan, and Caitlín R Kiernan

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