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Archive for July, 2016

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Patricia A. McKillip

From Locus Magazine’s June 2016 issue


A rare new story collection is something to look forward to, especially when, as with Dreams of Distant Shores, it includes three previously unpublished tales, a long no­vella all but unavailable since its original 1994 publication, an essay by McKillip on high fan­tasy, and an appreciative and sharply insightful afterword by Peter Beagle.

Paul Di Filippo reviews David D. Levine

Special to Locus Online


This seems to be a “steam engine time” kind of period in publishing, when writers who have focused exclusively on short fiction for many years now step forth with their long-anticipated debut novels. Now comes David Levine’s Arabella of Mars, ushering him into hardcovers some twenty years after his first story appeared…

Steady As She Goes: A Review of Star Trek Beyond

Special to Locus Online


To a remarkable extent, Star Trek Beyond is a film designed to appeal to aging fans of the original series [yet] also includes ample doses of the explosions, fistfights, and chaotic chases that are said to most entertain young filmgoers, though these scenes invariably bore and confuse this no-longer-young reviewer. It is thus a film that is likely to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, albeit for different reasons.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jeffrey Ford

Special to Locus Online


Having surveyed and relished the contents of A Natural History of Hell, what can we adduce as Ford’s distinctions? A highly controlled mutable style and love of language, which can accommodate the first-person narration of a modern-day drug addict as easily as it contours to the omniscient attention given to a youth of the early twentieth century.

Faren Miller reviews Andrea Hairston

From Locus Magazine’s June 2016 issue


The glossary at the back of Andrea Hairston’s Will Do Magic For Small Change includes words and phrases from African and Native American tribes, plus a smattering of European (mostly German). Hairston deftly weaves all this and more into two powerful linked tales…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Douglas Lain’s Deserts of Fire

Special to Locus Online


Lain’s main introduction and his introductions to each segment of the collection contain much wisdom about the relationship between art and war. They could easily be collated together as a valuable essay on the topic. And in fact he addresses my question about how 21st-century wars are different from 20th-century ones and thus alter their own fictional responses.

Adrienne Martini reviews Hugh Howey

From Locus Magazine’s June 2016 issue


Hugh Howey’s Beacon 23 started as a novel-in-installments, with each of the mostly freestanding parts released individually. Only after you’d completed the set could you see the full story of a space-age lighthouse keeper who came back from the interstellar war deeply damaged.

John Langan reviews Gemma Files

From Locus Magazine’s June 2016 issue


There’s a cache of lost films at the center of Experimental Film, the fine, compel­ling novel by Gemma Files. The movies were made in the early years of the 20th century by a woman who herself went missing during what should have been a routine train journey to Toronto….

Gardner Dozois reviews Short Fiction, June 2016

From Locus Magazine’s June 2016 issue


The April/May Double Issue of Asimov’s is a substantial one, full of good stories, almost all of them core SF. The best story here is also the most ambitious one: “Flight from the Ages” by Derek Künsken, a story taking place over a timespan of billions of years…


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