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Archive for January, 2015

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Asher

Special to Locus Online


What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels. This type of SF is really the litmus test for separating serious readers from, say, media fans who might groove to Guardians of the Galaxy but blanch at A.E. van Vogt or John Wright, flavors of both of whom season Asher’s book.

Lois Tilton Reviews Short Fiction, late January

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Unlikely Story, Kaleidotrope, Shimmer, and Farrago’s Wainscot, with recommendations of stories by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Michael Andre-Driussi, and Megan E. O’Keefe

Russell Letson reviews Elizabeth Bear

From Locus Magazine’s January 2015 issue


Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karen’s opening line, I can’t imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Special to Locus Online


Up until page 35 of Michael Moorcock’s brilliant new fabulaic book, The Whispering Swarm, you assume you are reading a straightforward roman a clef, a subtly transmogrified autobiographical memoir of a young fellow named Michael Moorcock… But then onto the mundane scene comes one Friar Isadore, a strange humble little chap who is a member of the secretive order known as the White Friars.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Aoex, and in the debut issue of Straeon

Paul Di Filippo reviews Greg van Eekhout

Special to Locus Online


Van Eekhout’s scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative…

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Morrow

From Locus Magazine’s January 2015 issue


I can think of few authors who would try to cast a deeply intellectual psychomachia in the form of a wildly comic picaresque tall tale, and fewer still who could get away with it and have so much fun in the process.

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

From Locus Magazine’s January 2015 issue


Blending elements of mainstream YA, dystopian SF, and political thriller, Love Is the Drug manages to fascinate, wherever and whenever it may go.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov’s, Analog, Interzone, and Lightspeed

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