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Archive for October, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Dark, Strange Horizons,, Kaleidotrope, and Bastion

Adrienne Martini reviews Kaleidoscope

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

The seeds of an idea were planted and the result is a book full of YA SF/F shorter fiction that better resembles the actual world — you know, one that has more than straight, white people in it. A crowd-funding campaign was launched and the resulting book is now alive.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov’s, Analog, Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, and On Spec

Paul Di Filippo reviews Christopher Fowler

Special to Locus Online

One might expect a novel concerned with “fear of darkness” to take place in some twilit, northern, Germanic clime, a place where daylight hours are short and fleeting. But right away we sense Fowler’s inclination to mess with our expectations in his choice of settings: sunny Spain.

Russell Letson reviews William Gibson

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

The world evoked by The Peripheral is deliberately and progressively estranged, not only by its genre furniture (around to which we will get eventually), but by the writerly craft with which everything in the story is delivered.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter F. Hamilton

Special to Locus Online

Peter Hamilton’s new novel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Culture books of Iain Banks and the Kefahuchi Tract saga of M. John Harrison, but rotated through the looking glass of a totally different, resolutely non-postmodern worldview, to produce a book that is paradoxically both old-school and totally au courant: the best of two worlds.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jonathan Carroll

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

Jonathan Carroll’s greatest charm as a writer may well be simply that no one has yet been able to pin him down.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Special to Locus Online

Whenever discussion turns to candidates for the next SFWA Grandmaster Award, the name of one author who is fully entitled to such a distinction is notably missing. I refer to Norman Spinrad.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Reviews of stories in Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer’s anthology Hieroglyph and in new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Apex

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Watts

From Locus Magazine’s September 2014 issue

This is not a novel that wants to invite anyone in for tea. But while, on the one hand, it’s SF hard enough to break a tooth on, it also challenges some of the very tenets of hard SF by questioning whether religion might turn out to be as useful as science, at least in terms of predictive power.

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