Archive for December, 2013
Looking back at the year’s best stories from print and electronic ‘zines and a few anthologies
Posted: December 29th, 2013 under Lois Tilton, Short Fiction.
Reviews of the last issue of Electric Velocipede, a novella by Greer Gilman, and stories online at Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons
Posted: December 27th, 2013 under Lois Tilton, Short Fiction.
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 […]
Posted: December 22nd, 2013 under Books.
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.)
Posted: December 20th, 2013 under Books, Paul Di Filippo.
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, […]
Posted: December 18th, 2013 under Books.
Reviews of stories from 2014 issues of F&SF, Asimov’s, and Analog, with a recommendation of a story by Derek Künsken
Posted: December 17th, 2013 under Lois Tilton, Short Fiction.
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 […]
Posted: December 15th, 2013 under Books, Paul Di Filippo.
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.
Posted: December 12th, 2013 under Books.
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
Posted: December 8th, 2013 under Lois Tilton, Short Fiction.
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