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Archive for July, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late July

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Tor.com, and of a forthcoming novella by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Faren Miller reviews Erika Johansen

From Locus Magazine’s July 2014 issue


The Queen of the Tearling portrays the early stages of a quest where reason may be more relevant than you might expect.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Joe Abercrombie

From Locus Magazine’s July 2014 issue


In an era when fantasy seems enthralled by long series of huge volumes that seem to pass by like freight trains at a crossing when you’re trying to get somewhere, Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King serves as a reminder that there are considerable virtues yet to be found by efficient, on-the-ground storytelling propelled more by plot than by setting, with crisp dialogue, humane characters, and a distinct inward spiral of rapid-fire events.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov’s, Analog, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Shimmer, and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

Paul Di Filippo reviews Scott Nicolay and Rhys Hughes

Special to Locus Online


Thank goodness that so many fine and bold small presses have stepped into the breach. They are performing a vital service to the field, and making all us short-story-philes very happy. They deserve our support. Let’s look at two such volumes today.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Vintage Visions

Special to Locus Online


These sixteen essays all derive from Science Fiction Studies, and appeared from 1976 to 2010, but boast new afterwords. The books they cover date from 1657 (Cyrano de Bergerac) to 1937 (Olaf Stapledon). That’s a lot of rewardingly oddball grandparental material.

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.J. Parker

Special to Locus Online


“Let Maps to Others” is certainly be my favorite piece here. A ironic and blackly humorous account of the rediscovery of a Prester John-style kingdom lost to history involves scholarly rivalry and deceit and royal bull-headedness. It’s comic gold where, as in much comedy, the most vile deeds are the funniest.

‘Carrying That Weight’: A Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Gary Westfahl The original series of Planet of the Apes films took on the character of a cycle, as apes from the first two films traveled back in time to instigate the events that were seemingly leading, in the fifth film, to the emergence of the world of the first film. Dawn of the […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, Apex, Unlikely Story, Luna Station Quarterly, and James Gunn’s Ad Astra, and of a two-story collection by Peter Grandbois

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