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Archive for December, 2014

Lois Tilton’s 2014 Reviews in Review

Lois Tilton cites titles by J.Y. Yang, Robert Reed, Nina Allen, Richard Bowes, K.J. Parker, Rachel Swirsky, Theodora Goss, Geoffrey A. Landis, Cory Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Justina Robson, Gregory Benford, Ken Liu, and many others.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December

Reviews Tim Powers’ novella Nobody’s Home and stories from Lackington’s, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Tor.com

Faren Miller reviews Beth Cato

From Locus Magazine’s December 2014 issue


The magic that saves lives in The Clockwork Dagger, a memorable debut by Beth Cato, cenĀ­ters around the myth of another mortal woman who lost loved ones to illness and became a lady goddess.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Emily St. John Mandel

Special to Locus Online


Like all the best SF, Station Eleven is simultaneously a comment on the present moment, and a speculation on where we go from here.

Adrienne Martini reviews Ben H. Winters

From Locus Magazine’s December 2014 issue


While World of Trouble is bleak, it is also beautiful in its own way, and redemptive. And unlike other episodic stories about the end of the world, this one pays off by the time the apocalypse arrives.

The Tolkienator, or, Thorin Hacks Again: A Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Special to Locus Online


One might characterize this film as a charming 30-minute rendering of the last six chapters of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1937) padded out with two hours of repetitive slashing, stabbing, bludgeoning, and beheading. Tolkien, one imagines, would not be pleased.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherine Asaro

Special to Locus Online


Asaro plants herself firmly into that grand SF tradition of future history franchises favored by luminaries like Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, Anderson, Dickson, Niven, Cherryh, and Baxter. It really seems to me that any future mention of this stefnal lineage must include her name as a worthy exemplar.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cixin Liu

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue


The main reason The Three-Body Problem is noteworthy is that it’s for the most part a compelling piece of work, brilliantly translated by Ken Liu, whose astonishing conĀ­trol of tone lets us experience the novel as a speculative thriller without losing the sense of Chinese language and culture that makes it uniquely different from the familiar rhythms of Western SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jennifer Marie Brissett

Special to Locus Online


If Carol Emshwiller — oblique and delicate — had collaborated with Samuel Delany — straightforward and blunt — then the result might resemble Jennifer Brissett’s impressive debut novel, Elysium, a kind of fantasia on identity and character, what is superficial and what is central to both.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Tom Crosshill and Eleanor Arnason

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