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Archive for March, 2015

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late March

Reviews of stories in Interzone,, Shimmer, and in John Joseph Adams’ anthology Operation Arcana

Karen Burnham reviews The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Alex Dally MacFarland should be commended for putting together such a diversity of voices in one anthology. You’ll find established masters here, and very new writers.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jill Ciment

Special to Locus Online

Ciment’s Act of God is a compact, droll farce, light-hearted and pleasurable as a chocolate truffle, yet with a nugget of hard, somewhat unpalatable truths in the center. It is propelled into motion by a conceit that echoes, in what I am sure is a deliberate way, Jack Finney’s classic The Body Snatchers.

Faren Miller reviews Sam Sykes

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Sykes may seem like a videogame designer more obsessed with quantity than quality, but here’s the rub: this brash, prolific wordsmith has a natural eloquence that grabbed my attention and refused to let go, over the course of almost 600 pages.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-March

Reviews of Alastair Reynold’s short novel Slow Bullets and stories in new issues of Asimov’s, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Neil Gaiman

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Trigger Warning contains perhaps a half dozen of his strongest short fictions and a handful of rather hasty ones, but by the time we’re done with it we feel like we’ve been celebrating not only Gaiman’s considerable imaginative skills, but also those of Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wu Ming-yi

Special to Locus Online

The fact that toward the book’s end Alice, revitalized, has written a novel titled The Man with the Compound Eyes speaks to the way in which larger cosmic forces flow through all living things, redeeming their inevitable losses, even through such seemingly crass instruments as a horde of seaborne trash.

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Allow me to now propose the McDevitt ramble, which wanders through time more than space, rummaging around in the apparently empty areas of a deep past, retrieving objects and records, reconstructing lost stories, and filling in blank spots.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld, Unlikely Story, and Diabolical Plots, with recommendations of stories by Vajra Chandrasekera and Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu)

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ian Weir

Special to Locus Online

That is precisely what Ian Weir has done with Will Starling. He’s taken the kind of nascently-pre-Victorian narrative that might have been written by Fielding or Richardson or their slightly later compatriots (the book takes place in 1816), with that mode’s picaresque, loquacious, directly-address-the audience-baggy-pants-style, and created a new instance of such.

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