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Archive for June, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Reviews of stories from Jonathan Strahan’s anthology Reach for Infinity and from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com, with recommendations of stories by Ian McDonald, Karl Schroeder, Stephen Case, JY Yang, and Yoon Ha Lee

Adrienne Martini reviews Tim Pratt

From Locus Magazine’s June 2014 issue


Tim Pratt’s writing just keeps getting better and better. In Heirs of Grace, his voice feels dialed in. The writing is tight and sassy without wasting one word — and he makes it seem easy.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Green Planets

Special to Locus Online


In this era of climate change, when the very fate of the biosphere — and consequently the fate of our species — is up for debate, it’s more important than ever that SF exert its intelligence on the ecologies we inhabit. This is precisely the intention and accomplishment of Green Planets, another of the typically outstanding genre-connected critical works from Wesleyan University Press.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

Reviews of new issues of Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Jacob A. Boyd, Robert Reed, and Crystal Lynn Hilbert

Paul Di Filippo reviews Laline Paull

Special to Locus Online


What Laline Paull has accomplished here is multivalent: a rumination on nature; a portrait of the struggle between individual and the stifling matrix of society; and a depiction of how humanity might organize itself along different lines. I’d call it, in the end, science fiction at its best.

Faren Miller reviews Lauren Owen

From Locus Magazine’s June 2014 issue


Early in Lauren Owen’s first novel The Quick, library scenes help establish the narrative tone. Evidently splendid tomes, “delicious-smelling volumes,” line the shelves of Owen’s library…

Paul Di Filippo reviews James Morrow

Special to Locus Online


What is surprising is its relative brevity, its light-hearted zip, and its rollicking comic tone, compared to the gravitas and black, piercingly satirical humor of his other books. Which is not to say that Morrow’s central theme of the role of religion in humanity’s affairs is absent.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

Reviews of new issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Interzone, with recommendations of stories by Paul M. Berger and Spencer Ellsworth

“If You Get It Wrong, You’ll Get It Right Next Time”:
A Review of Edge of Tomorrow

by Gary Westfahl From one perspective, Edge of Tomorrow is simply the latest, and strangest, in a long series of films about D-Day, strategically released on the seventieth anniversary of the daring assault that led to the Allied victory over Germany. Again, we observe American and British forces landing on the beaches of Normandy, confronting […]


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