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Archive for April, 2017

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

From Locus Magazine’s March 2017 issue

In contrast to the Dos Passos expan­siveness of 2312 and despite its panoramic title, New York 2140 is a comparatively intimate tale of a handful of representative characters whose paths cross in various ways in a New York defiantly rebuilding after two separate “pulses” have left sea levels something like 50 feet higher than they are now.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Poul Anderson

Special to Locus Online

The date range is almost identical to that of the selections in The Best of Gordon R. Dickson: Volume 1 that I reviewed earlier this month. And right up front, I believe we can make an important distinction along these lines. Poul Anderson was simply the better and more influential and consequential writer of the pair…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele

Special to Locus Online

After being more or less defunct for decades, this seems to be Captain Future’s time to be reborn. The Captain’s retro yet timeless virtues — both the hero’s personal creed and the narrative stylings — are arguably congruent with cultural trends today toward a desired and desirable return to basics and old verities with a useful revisioning.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elan Mastai

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

This is a science fiction love story that is by turns funny and wistful and smart, while remaining fully invested in how being human feels.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gordon R. Dickson

Special to Locus Online

Dickson began publishing professionally in 1950, and this first volume of his Best Stories chronicles the years 1954 through 1964 — with one important exception. Editor Hank Davis has wisely and temptingly kicked off the collection with “Love Song,” the piece that Dickson sold to Harlan Ellison for Last Dangerous Visions, and which has been unseen since.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kameron Hurley

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

While the raw template may be space opera, The Stars Are Legion draws enthusiastically and effectively on a number of mythological and horror traditions as well.

Russell Letson reviews Ken MacLeod

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

Ken MacLeod’s new trilogy-in-progress bears the overall title The Corporation Wars, with US print editions of the first two volumes, Dissidence and Insurgence, appearing just a month apart late in 2016. (The third, Emergence, is due out later this year.) The story is told from a variety of viewpoints and features a mixture of motifs: the post-human condition, interstellar coloni­zation, and space combat, along with familiar MacLeodian discussions about political systems and revolution.

Liz Bourke reviews Charles Stross

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

Empire Games is the start of a new trilogy, set in the world of his Merchant Princes novels (six books, now released as three omnibus edi­tions), but several years on from the nuclear events that punctuated those novels.

Back to the Retrofuture, Version 2.0:
A Review of Ghost in the Shell

Special to Locus Online

Ghost in the Shell is most definitely a film worth seeing, and no one who buys a ticket will feel cheated afterwards; they may especially appreciate the film, as I did, as an unusually artful rendering of all the things that people used to worry about in the 1980s. Still, like me, they may also conclude that the film just wasn’t their cup of tea.

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