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Archive for November, 2016

Paula Guran reviews Short Fiction, October 2016

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

This month we discover some dark delights, but also encounter fiction bogged down in the end-of-summer doldrums. Of the five original stories in the July/August 2016 issue of recent Hugo-winner Uncanny Magazine, two can be said to be truly dark. …

Russell Letson reviews Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

In Traveler of Worlds, we have the latest and most substantial entry in [Silverberg’s] serial autobiography: a kind of interactive memoir built, as the subtitle signals, on a series of extended conversations between Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. Zinos-Amaro — himself cosmopolitan, cultured, attentive, articulate, and interactive — is well-suited to the task of unpacking the worlds of this sophisticated, widely-traveled and -read, ferociously intelligent man.

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Crowley

Special to Locus Online

It’s Crowley’s mad, capricious and hypnotically glorious retelling of a 400-year-old book which he has the temerity to dub, during an interview in the Guardian newspaper, “the first science fiction novel”…

Adrienne Martini reviews Chuck Wendig

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

Chuck Wendig’s Invasive, which is about killer ants (sort of), is a companion (also sort of) to Zer0es, which was about killer hackers (mostly (but not really)). Both are rich, darkly funny page-turners with details designed to make those little hairs on the back of your neck stand up with how plausible they seem.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Lauren Beukes and Bruce Sterling

Special to Locus Online

Currently in its twenty-first year of operation, Jacob Weisman’s Tachyon Publications has attained a nigh-legendary stature as one of the leaders and innovators in the modern domain of genre-centric small-presses. Just consider two of their latest offerings.

Rachel Swirsky reviews Short Fiction, October 2016

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

This review focuses on a sampling of short fiction from three prominent online venues — Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny Magazine.

Russell Letson reviews Alastair Reynolds

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

In Revenger Alastair Reynolds inserts a distinctly old-fashioned space opera into a Stapledonian milieu right out of Last and First Men, a solar system rendered unrecognizable by millions of years of natural and unnatural processes.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Dave Hutchinson

Special to Locus Online

The engine at the center of Hutchinson’s near-future landscape is a prophetically simple notion that permits elaborate outgrowths of plot and speculative riffs. Basically, Hutchinson proclaims that the past will reassert itself — an observation utterly relevant in the light of certain political events of our own 2016.

Two Thousand Translations: A Speech Odyssey: A Review of Arrival

Special to Locus Online

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a film that will be properly praised as an unusually intelligent and sensitive science fiction film, derived from an unusually intelligent and sensitive science fiction story, Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” (1998). In many respects, it is faithful to Chiang’s novella …. However, as invariably happens when Hollywood adapts even the finest science fiction literature available, certain aspects of the source material are, well, lost in translation.

Faren Miller reviews Keith Donohue

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

Keith Donahue’s The Motion of Puppets opens with a bold statement from the heroine’s perspective: “She fell in love with a puppet.”

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