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Paul Di Filippo reviews Jeff Noon

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While [Noon’s first novel] Vurt was undeniably the in-your-face work of a brash wunderkind, A Man of Shadows is arguably even better: the product of a more mature, surer writer with less desire to awe the reader for the sheer sake of showing off his chops, and more intent on producing emotional resonances, more vivid storylines, and imparting whatever hard-earned wisdom the writer has garnered.

Russell Letson reviews Charles Stross

From Locus Magazine’s July 2017 issue

The harried operatives of the demon-wrangling covert service called the Laundry can’t catch a break in Charles Stross’s The Delirium Brief, which picks up in the aftermath of the disastrous cross-universe invasion of last year’s The Nightmare Stacks.

Paul Di Filippo reviews C. Robert Cargill

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And now comes Sea of Rust, which takes off from the death of our species. It’s a rousing adventure tale seasoned deeply with philosophical and speculative nuggets; and while its artificial intelligences exhibit a certain amount of anthropomorphism in their behavior and language (only natural, given their genesis in the template of the human mind), they also display sufficient non-humanness to be truly (and entertainingly) Other.

Paul Di Filippo reviews James Bradley

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Clade is an irresistible title for a hardcore SF novel. Bradley offers a quiet, humanist perspective, salted with climate-change themes. Its spiritual and tactical progenitors are such fine books as Kate Wilhelm’s Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang and Brian Aldiss’s Greybeard. But it’s also up-to-date in the manner of Matthew De Abaitua’s books.

Liz Bourke reviews The Witch Who Came in from the Cold

From Locus Magazine’s July 2017 issue

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold is one of a number of serial narratives that originated with Serial Box in electronic format and are now be­ing published in paper by Saga Press. This volume contains all 12 episodes of the first season, written by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis & Michael Swanwick.

Russell Letson Reviews Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island Press, 978-1-937197-23-0, $18.00, 464 pp, tp) June 2017. Cover by Philippe McNally. Linda Nagata’s The Last Good Man runs a compelling set of variations on motifs and themes introduced in her Red trilogy (2013-15). Once again we have detailed accounts of technologically enhanced near-future warfare, but this […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nina Allan

From Locus Magazine’s July 2017 issue

Nina Allan has always struck me as a subversive writer in a more purely formal narrative sense: playing with both the familiar protocols of genre and with the nature of the reading experience itself. The Rift begins with what a first seems a fairly conventional mystery, segues into what might be a planetary romance, and ends up with those familiar questions of memory and identity.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baxter

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2017 is an anniversary year for the serialization of H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds, which appeared in Pearson’s in 1897. Baxter’s offering now joins a select assortment of Wellsian spinoffs, proving once again just how fertile and seminal and influential old Herbert George was and remains.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Nat Segaloff

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Nat Segaloff’s long-awaited biography of Harlan Ellison is a momentous occasion for me. This is a book that should serve to cement Ellison’s achievements and reputation. But, moreover, it is an affirmation of the power of an individual’s will and talent to remake the world, even in the face of doubt, disdain and derision.

Liz Bourke reviews Jack Campbell

From Locus Magazine’s July 2017 issue

Vanguard is set at a point in time long before the events of The Lost Fleet. It is clear from the novel’s beginning that Campbell has set out to tell the story of the foundation of the Alliance, the polity to which most of the characters in The Lost Fleet belonged. These are the early days of human expansion across different star systems…

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