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Archive for May, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Reviews of stories from Interzone,, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Apex, with recommendations of works by Anna Tambour, Genevieve Valentine, E. Catherine Tobler, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Saxey

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

When it was first announced that Nnedi Okorafor’s new novel Lagoon would be an alien invasion story set mostly in Lagos, Nigeria, I imagine I’m not the only one who suspected the tone of the book might well be along the lines of ‘‘District 9, take that!’’ The very reasonable displeasure that Okorafor and other […]

Cynthia Ward reviews Melissa Scott

Special to Locus Online

Melissa Scott’s new novel, Fairs’ Point, is the most recent book in the Astreiant series.
The Astreiant books are police procedurals, but with a difference: they’re set in a secondary world in which alchemy, necromancy, and astrology are working sciences.

Faren Miller reviews Robin Riopelle

From Locus Magazine’s May 2014 issue

Deadroads is a Novel of Supernatural Suspense with elements of the Western’s quest, showdown, and vengeance… Riopelle knows what she’s doing.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baker

Special to Locus Online

In the case of Stephen Baker’s debut novel, The Boost, whose focal trope is that of brain implants, the impetus for tackling this bit of standard cyberpunk gear — again, used nowadays mostly as off-the-shelf background hardware — is not, I believe, technical progress, but social and cultural events.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

Reviews of stories from new anthology Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and from second issue of new electronic ‘zine Bastion

Dinosaur Train Wreck: A Review of Godzilla

Special to Locus Online

Why is it that American filmmakers, blessed with enormous financial resources, state-of-the-art special effects, and long experience in making successful films, have been consistently unable to make a good Godzilla film, a skill long ago mastered by the Japanese?

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Mary Rickert

From Locus Magazine’s May 2014 issue

It may be that love has always been Rickert’s major theme, and while it sometimes goes off the rails in decidedly creepy ways in her short fiction, it’s never treated cynically, and it’s never without real power. That power is what finally drives The Memory Garden

Paul Di Filippo reviews John C. Wright

Special to Locus Online

In this installment of his far-future adventure Wright tries something daring which I’m not certain is a complete success. The entire action of the story takes place in the cloistered environment of the Tombs or, towards the conclusion, on the nearby surface. There’s no large canvas, no zipping back and forth among stars and down the centuries, as we have come to expect.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

Reviews of stories from Analog, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and The Dark, with recommendedations of works by Timons Esaias, Alexander Jablokov, E. Catherine Tobler, and S.L. Gilbow

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