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Archive for November, 2015

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Uncanny, Lackington’s, and Shimmer

Laird Barron reviews Damien Angelica Walters

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue


Sing Me Your Scars is another debut collection of horror and dark fantasy stories by an outstanding young author. I’ve observed Damien Angelica Walters’s progress over the past few years, not­ing that she has quickly gone from an intriguing newcomer to a mainstay, appearing in various anthologies, including year’s bests….

Russell Letson reviews Greg Bear

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue


I should probably cop to this: I’m fascinated by military history, but I’ve never been much taken by what I think of as genre military SF, by which I mean adventure stories set in the military establishment and emphasizing weaponry, com­radeship, chains of command, career progress, and (of course) combat….

Carolyn Cushman reviews Terry Pratchett, Sarah Prineas, David Weber

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue


Pratchett’s last Discworld novel is fifth in the Tiffany Aching series, and it comes with a major spoiler that is a little hard to talk around, for the few fans who haven’t already heard, but I’ll try…

Rebels Without a Clue: A Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Special to Locus Online


In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, one can definitely detect echoes of the points I have already extracted from the previous films — that young people today regard themselves as victims of adult mistreatment, yet they also want adults to solve all their problems, simply because young people are inherently and amazingly wonderful — but I will shift my attention to other, more novel, messages in this generally entertaining but occasionally disappointing film.

Carolyn Cushman reviews Julie E. Czerneda, Tanya Huff, Yanni Kuznia

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue


Someone is hunting the M’hiray, the people who can teleport themselves through the M’hir. Whoever this someone is, they have influence and money to send killers after many all at once….

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November 2015

Reviews of stories from Ivor W. Harmann’s anthology AfroSF 2 and from Interzone, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherynne M. Valente

Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor 978-0-7653-3529-6, $24.99, 432pp, hardcover) October 2015 Only with the passage of time can certain literary trends, personalities, influences, movements and scenes be evaluated. While we are in the midst of such happenings, objectivity is clouded and patterns are often indiscernible. Perhaps it is merely a case that not enough […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Clifford D. Simak

Special to Locus Online


Precisely by having this unassuming nature, in both his personality and on the page, Simak did not generate as many headlines or partisans as did Heinlein. And since his death, it seems to me that his star has unjustifiably faded a bit. Now comes Open Road Media with the stated intention of issuing all of his short fiction in fourteen books. Hooray! Maybe the Simak Renaissance is finally here!

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mission: Tomorrow

Special to Locus Online


The takeaway from this outstanding anthology is that even after a century of tales involving solar system exploration, writers have barely begun to scratch the surface — especially as new scientific findings offer new story parameters.


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