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Archive for August, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Reviews of new stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter Watts

Special to Locus Online


In the sequel [to Blindsight], Echopraxia, Watts is not content merely to pick up his tale where he left off (with Siri alone in the ruins of the expedition). Rather, he returns us to Earth and makes a lateral move, from metaphysics to realpolitik.

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Varley

Special to Locus Online


With his newest book, Dark Lightning, John Varley has admirably and resoundingly terminated his sequence that began with Red Thunder in 2003.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

The final issue of Subterranean, and new issues of The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, and The Dark

Tim Pratt reviews Darin Bradley

I said nice things in these pages a while back about Darin Bradley’s debut novel Noise, an ambitious book about a slow-motion apocalypse, with economic collapse triggering a breakdown of order in the United States, and young people trying to forge a new and brutal system of morality and pragmatism that would allow them to […]

‘A Black-and-White Movie, in More Ways Than One’: A Review of The Giver

Special to Locus Online


While one can complain at length about the ways that the film fails to do justice to Lowry’s novel, published for readers in 1993, a film adaptation also has to be considered on its own terms, as an original creation designed for viewers in 2014. And, as it turns out, the film actually has some interesting things to say about the young people who were undoubtedly envisioned as its major audience.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Special to Locus Online


Storytelling has always been his first claim to fame, and the fourteen tales in this new volume uphold his reputation splendidly.

Adrienne Martini reviews Rachel Bach

From Locus Magazine’s August 2014 issue


The narrative never quite goes where you expect it to, in a good way. There are surprises here; even though Bach is clearly working from space opera/military SF/romance impulses, she never gets mired in easy shorthand that betrays her characters.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Reviews of stories from the final issue of Subterranean and new issues of Clarkesworld, The Dark, and Apex Magazine, with recommendations of stories by Rachel Swirsky, Joseph Tomaras, and Octavia Cade

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

From Locus Magazine’s August 2014 issue


Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.


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