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Archive for July, 2015

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

Kim Stanley Robinson novels are never about only one thing, so when he addresses a familiar SF trope or subgenre, you can expect matters to get slippery. He interrogates and unpacks assumptions, asks previously unasked questions, and often rethinks the mode of storytelling itself.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Novellas

Special to Locus Online

Johanna DeBiase’s Mama & the Hungry Hole, Jonathan Carroll’s Teaching the Dog to Read, and Tim Powers’ Nobody’s Home

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late July 2015

Reviews of new stories in Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons,, and Shimmer

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

For all its grim corporate dystopianism and moments of tragedy and startling violence, The Book of Phoenix is actually a more playful and experimental novel than Who Fears Death, and in a weird and unsettling way, it’s a lot of fun.

Paul Di Filippo reviews George Zebrowski

Special to Locus Online

George Zebrowski published three books from 1977 through 1983 which were collected in that latter year as The Omega Point Trilogy. Together, I think, they constitute one of the highpoints of that era in our genre, a late-period exfoliation of recomplicated Golden Age space opera, and should be properly invested as such.

Adrienne Martini reviews Naomi Novik

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

Most readers will recognize the furniture in Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. You’ve read this book a billion times if you’ve read it once. Except, of course, you haven’t. While the individual trees look familiar, Novik’s is a whole new forest. Part of this due to Novik’s mad writing skill.

Paul Di Filippo reviews The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera

Special to Locus Online

The variety of styles and topics and themes, and the high level of craft in this assemblage, prove that this subgenre is flourishing and has much to contribute to the field at large, despite any preconceptions from those who know it only by hearsay.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

Old Whiners in New Bodies: A Review of Self/less

Special to Locus Online

Self/less has several significant virtues: it is fast-paced and involving; it is unpredictable; it features excellent performances by an actor expected to provide them (Ben Kingsley) and an actor not expected to provide them (Ryan Reynolds); and its science-fictional premise, while not without questionable aspects, is developed with unusual care and consistency. However, director Tarsem Singh and screenwriters David Pastor and Alex Pastor were obliged to weaken their story by reducing a complex scenario to a simplistic morality tale and adding a modicum of gratuitous violence.

Gardner Dozois reviews Ian R. MacLeod

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

This month brings another early contender for the title of Best Collection of the Year, Frost on Glass by Ian R. MacLeod, a collection of 11 stories and copious interstitial material (forewords, afterwords, and autobiographical non-fiction pieces), mixing science fiction, fantasy, and harder-to-classify slipstreamish stuff.

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