Archive for September, 2015
Rushdie’s newest, whose initially arcane title translates simply to “1001 nights,” pointing us slyly to the book’s Arabian fairytale influence, would not have been regarded askance coming from Tor or DAW or Angry Robot or Saga, wrapped in a Michael Whelan jacket. And in fact its basic conceit a shift in cosmic parameters unleashes some latent wild talents in a select group of folks is a pure comic book/pulp invention.
Now, I think, you can safely add the name Tom Toner to that list of space opera revolutionaries. With The Promise of the Child, subtitled “Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum,” this debut author has gifted us with a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity and, well, all-round weirdness
The makers of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials have taken a reasonably inventive and innovative novel and transformed it into a less inventive and less innovative film. They might profitably recall that science fiction novels often become popular precisely because they are offering their audiences something different. It is not a comment that one can make about this science fiction film.
Due did not begin publishing short fiction until five years into her career, with three stories appearing at last in the year 2000. She has since accumulated the fifteen stories that grace her impressive first collection. The wait for such a milestone volume was well worth it, since the book holds a treasure trove of scary and touching tales.
China Miéville’s devout following is all the more remarkable because he never does quite the same thing twice. Most of the contents of Three Moments of An Explosion: Stories will be new to readers, apart from the fact that ten of the 28 stories appear for the first time in print and some are likely to be puzzling as well.
Luna: New Moon is the best moon novel I’ve seen in many years, but it’s also something of a piece with the recent movement on the part of Paul McAuley, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others to confine novels to the solar system, out of a realistic assessment that this is likely all we’ll have to work with but McDonald takes this a step further.