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Archive for September, 2015

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September 2015

Reviews of stories from this year’s Twelve Tomorrows anthology, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and GigaNotoSaurus

Russell Letson reviews Michael Swanwick

From Locus Magazine’s September 2015 issue


Chasing the Phoenix is part of Michael Swanwick’s continuing account of the adven­tures of far-future con artists Darger and Surplus, which to my chagrin I have heretofore somehow not been following. (I am already remedying that situation as I write …)

Paul Di Filippo reviews Salman Rushdie

Special to Locus Online


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.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Toner

Special to Locus Online


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

An Un-Amazing Story: A Review of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Special to Locus Online


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.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September 2015

Reviews of stories from new issues of Asimov’s, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Shimmer

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tananarive Due

Special to Locus Online


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.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

From Locus Magazine’s August 2015 issue


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.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ian McDonald

From Locus Magazine’s September 2015 issue


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.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September 2015

Reviews of stories from new issues of Interzone, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Apex, and Clarkesworld

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