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Paul Di Filippo reviews C.S.E. Cooney

Special to Locus Online

The latest offering from Mythic Delirium Books is the first collection (five sizable stories) by C. S. E. Cooney. This is a strong and enduring debut collection.

Colleen Mondor reviews Daniel José Older

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

Behind the decidedly fierce cover of Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper is the story of a young woman thrust into a fast-paced adventure that is heavy with magic and mystery.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wesley Chu

Special to Locus Online

When you add up all the elements — great cast, high stakes, well-crafted language, new exfoliations of a classic premise — I think we can say with assurance that Chu is certainly on his way to a vibrant second stage of his career.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Pamela Sargent

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Sargent’s prose is always distinctively hers, yet molded professionally to the imperatives of the story, whether those urges are tonal or character-driven. Not a rococo stylist, nor a writer given to flashy experimental story-telling techniques, she believes in delivering her mind-movies in the most direct and impactful manner possible. Her stories always seem utterly vital and imperative, not factitious or arbitrary. They are built to convey solid truths in lasting forms.

Karen Burnham reviews Carolyn Ives Gilman

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

Dark Orbit raises many, many more interesting questions than it has time to interrogate and resolve. It leaves itself almost demanding a sequel.

Faren Miller reviews Natasha Pulley

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a remarkably assured first novel that makes the most of Natasha Pulley’s varied influences, from studies in English lit. and creative writing to her current life in Tokyo.

Russell Letson reviews Alastair Reynolds

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

Slow Bullets finally addresses a set of questions about what it takes to rebuild a damaged society: what is worth saving, what can or should be jettisoned, how to choose a new direction, and how one’s humanity might be reshaped in order to make that all happen.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

Kim Stanley Robinson novels are never about only one thing, so when he addresses a familiar SF trope or subgenre, you can expect matters to get slippery. He interrogates and unpacks assumptions, asks previously unasked questions, and often rethinks the mode of storytelling itself.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Novellas

Special to Locus Online

Johanna DeBiase’s Mama & the Hungry Hole, Jonathan Carroll’s Teaching the Dog to Read, and Tim Powers’ Nobody’s Home

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

For all its grim corporate dystopianism and moments of tragedy and startling violence, The Book of Phoenix is actually a more playful and experimental novel than Who Fears Death, and in a weird and unsettling way, it’s a lot of fun.

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