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Archive for December, 2016

John Langan reviews Ray Cluley

From Locus Magazine’s December 2016 issue

Ray Cluley’s Probably Monsters was one of the standouts of 2015, a collection of well-written stories about a variety of monsters in a variety of landscapes. His follow-up publication, the standalone novella, Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, is another success.

Faren Miller reviews Erika Johansen

From Locus Magazine’s December 2016 issue

Tackling both utopia and epic fantasy in a trilogy with divided timelines, multiple perspectives, and a wild genre mix, Johansen may not reach [Aldous] Huxley’s satiric heights. Nonetheless, the work is genuinely subversive: social commentary in the guise of supernatural adventure.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Lost World Novels

Special to Locus Online

The Lost World genre still remains readable, however, if we merely suspend our disbelief a little harder than with other genres. And thanks to Greg Luce at Armchair Fiction, we can enjoy new editions of some lesser-known classics from their “Lost World-Lost Race” series.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Alastair Reynolds

From Locus Magazine’s November 2016 issue

Revenger is tremendous fun, with perhaps the most linear, straightforward, and kinetic plot of all Reynolds’s novels.

Starshipboard Romance: A Review of Passengers

Special to Locus Online

There are several reasons to admire Passengers: it addresses a topic that is usually avoided in science fiction films — how humanity might colonize the galaxy without the magic of faster-than-light travel; its starship is filled with imaginative visual touches; and its story is genuinely unpredictable, consistently holding one’s interest despite a small cast and limited sets. And yet, there is also something strangely incongruous about the film, as its uneasy blend of disparate elements sometimes makes it seem like a film at war with itself.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Charles Wilson

Special to Locus Online

Robert Charles Wilson has crafted a novel that is at once shiny and futuristic and yet rousingly old-fashioned, considering its ambiance and character development, done up in the manner of a classic pre-modern adventure.

“I Have a Bad Feeling About This”:
A Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Special to Locus Online

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story provides precisely what it promises — a professionally-rendered, authentic Star Wars story — and enthusiastic devotees of the Star Wars universe will probably be pleased by the results. However, filmgoers who are not diehard fans… may be bored and appalled by this latest installment of the venerable franchise.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ken MacLeod

Special to Locus Online

Currently MacLeod is in the middle of a saga, The Corporation Wars, with the third book, The Corporation Wars: Emergence, due in September 2017. But we can gear up for that conclusion by having a look at the first two.

Adrienne Martini reviews Manuel Gonzales

From Locus Magazine’s October 2016 issue

Wrapping your metaphoric arms around Manuel Gonzales’s The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is nearly impossible — but it is delicious to try.

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