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Archive for May, 2016

Alice the Great and Powerful: A Review of Alice Through the Looking Glass

Special to Locus Online

The visual effects are regularly creative and engaging, and there are lines here and there that might make you laugh, but overall, anyone looking for 153 minutes of entertainment on this Memorial Day weekend would be best advised to read, or reread, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) instead of watching this film, which borrows its title but none of its unique wit and charm.

Russell Letson reviews Zachary Brown

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

As with recent work by Greg Bear, Ann Leckie, and Linda Nagata, Brown’s picture of future soldiering and the context in which it operates leavens traditional respect for the fighting man and woman with a recognition of the ambiguities, ironies, failures, and outright criminalities of warfare. This becomes the central non-combat feature of Brown’s second book, Titan’s Fall

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds

Special to Locus Online

The voice of The Medusa Chronicles is utterly organic and seamless, a blend of Baxter’s and Reynolds’ distinct styles which emulates Clarke’s to a high degree, without affectations or pastiche.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Madeline Ashby

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.

Gardner Dozois reviews Short Fiction, April 2016

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

Clarkesworld is off to a good start in 2016, with two strong issues in January and February. The best story in the January Clarkesworld is Rich Larson’s “Extraction Request”, a viscerally powerful, disturbing, at times even horrific, bit of military SF….

Paul Di Filippo reviews Frank Herbert

Special to Locus Online

As Kevin J. Anderson reveals in his introduction, these four books were composed after the success of Herbert’s first novel, The Dragon in the Sea (1956). They are finished product, deemed fully polished by Herbert at the time. But unable to place any of them, even with the help of agents, he moved ahead to Dune, serialized beginning in 1963, and the rest is history, with these novels languishing. Consequently, these books reflect the vintage era of their composition.

Russell Letson reviews Judith Merril

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

Between 1956 and 1969, Merril produced a body of commentary that explored and explained the field of science fiction and fantasy even as it was changing around her and her readers. She was not an academic critic but an anthologist, reviewer, and working SF writer….

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matthew Cheney

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A well-wrought and substantial and invigorating contribution to this Belle Epoque now arrives in the form of Matthew Cheney’s first solo book of fiction, Blood. His name has previously appeared on anthologies as an editor, but all the while, since at least the days of his “Getting a Date for Amelia” (2001), he has been amassing macabre and odd tales in various periodicals, with finally enough, over a score, to fill a volume.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

Tidhar has been writing a quieter, rather lovely series of tales that are both more lyrical in style and more directly engaged with particular SF traditions than the high-wire acts of his more transgressive novels. Detailing the lives of an interlinked group of characters who live and work around a massive spaceport called Central Station in a future Tel Aviv, these stories, apparently with some revisions, are now assembled…

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