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Archive for May, 2015

Paul Di Filippo reviews Chris Beckett

Special to Locus Online


Beckett’s themes are societal inequalities, the strengths and dangers of mythmaking, the ways in which knowledge is power. One gets an almost Biblical, early dynastic sense of history here, and something of a foreshadowing that life on Eden will continue to replicate the lines of the history we know.

Paul Di Filippo reviews James L. Cambias

Special to Locus Online


Corsair fulfills all its multiple mandates to perfection. It thrills and amuses, enlightens and surprises. James Cambias has validated every SF novel that ever featured cutlasses in space.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May 2015

I find one favorite story in each of the publications reviewed this time. Publications Reviewed Beneath Ceaseless Skies #173-174, May 2015 Tor.com, May 2015 Analog, July/August 2015 Asimov’s, July 2015 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #173-174, May 2015 There’s no obvious connection between the stories in Issue #173; both stories in #174, the better issue, are set […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Clive Barker

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With the painterly brio of H. R. Giger and Guillermo del Toro, and the transgressive flavor of some French antinovelist, Clive Barker splashes as much crimson on his gospels as the page will permit.

Star-Crossed Horizon: A Review of Tomorrowland

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Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is a film that one yearns to love, but not a film one can actually love …. One wishes to argue that that this film needs to be cherished and celebrated because of its resoundingly optimistic message about the future, driven home by an uplifting and emotionally powerful conclusion that constitutes by far the film’s best sequence; but sadly, the more one thinks about that message, the less resonant it seems.

Liz Bourke reviews Ian Tregillis

From Locus Magazine’s April 2015 issue


The Mechanical is an excellent novel. Truly excellent: I have rarely found myself this gripped by a book which I began knowing full well there could be no happy outcome.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

Reviews of stories from Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Apex, and Shimmer

Mad Maxine and Her Marvelous Machines: A Review of Mad Max: Fury Road

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George Miller’s new installment of the Mad Max saga must stand entirely on its own, and for the most part it does so remarkably well …. And those seeking intellectual as well as physical stimulation will find that the film’s dystopian future society is interestingly in dialogue with a modern world that no longer shares the concerns that inspired the original series.

Russell Letson reviews Kit Reed

From Locus Magazine’s April 2015 issue


Where sits along one of those inter-generic fault lines, or (to shift metaphors) it is contained in a literary Schrödinger box, waiting for some categorical function to collapse it into a definite condition of fantasy or science fiction or magic-realism or expressionism, or any number of half-sibling traditions and forms.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

Reviews of stories from The Dark, Interzone, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny, and of Erzebet Yellowboy’s novella Fingerbones

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