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Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherine Asaro

Special to Locus Online

Asaro plants herself firmly into that grand SF tradition of future history franchises favored by luminaries like Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, Anderson, Dickson, Niven, Cherryh, and Baxter. It really seems to me that any future mention of this stefnal lineage must include her name as a worthy exemplar.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cixin Liu

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue

The main reason The Three-Body Problem is noteworthy is that it’s for the most part a compelling piece of work, brilliantly translated by Ken Liu, whose astonishing con­trol of tone lets us experience the novel as a speculative thriller without losing the sense of Chinese language and culture that makes it uniquely different from the familiar rhythms of Western SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jennifer Marie Brissett

Special to Locus Online

If Carol Emshwiller — oblique and delicate — had collaborated with Samuel Delany — straightforward and blunt — then the result might resemble Jennifer Brissett’s impressive debut novel, Elysium, a kind of fantasia on identity and character, what is superficial and what is central to both.

Russell Letson reviews Ann Leckie

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue

Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice, created instant buzz in the field and then took a thoroughly deserved fistful of big awards. To my delight, Ancillary Sword is an even stronger book, though it takes an interestingly different path than the one that made Justice a bit of a magical mystery tour de force.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mike and Rachel Grinti

Special to Locus Online

They have produced a very amiable, engaging, small-scale fantasy, praiseworthy both for its entertaining qualities and its “done in one” remit. Although not technically a YA, the book has an overall texture and tone akin to the best of Andre Norton, a writer whom many adult readers certainly and justifiably esteem.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brad R. Torgersen

Special to Locus Online

A fix-up or expansion that includes two earlier stories, one of which made the Hugo ballot in 2014, The Chaplain’s War is wartime SF with a unique slant, offering moral and ethical complexities, adroit characterization, and plenty of firepower thrills as well.

Faren Miller reviews Gregory Maguire’s Egg & Spoon

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue

Mingling in-jokes with history and witch­craft, fantastic creatures with disruptions in the weather, Egg & Spoon provides a feast much richer, subtler (and more digestible) than borscht with a side order of breakfast cereal.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue

No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse. Tidhar’s latest variation on 20th-century history takes us into an alternate 1939 in which Adolf Hitler, having lost the 1933 German election to the Communists, is scraping by as a down-at-the-heels private eye in London.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Steven Erikson

Special to Locus Online

Now comes Steven Erikson’s rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson’s version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism…

Adrienne Martini reviews Kaleidoscope

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

The seeds of an idea were planted and the result is a book full of YA SF/F shorter fiction that better resembles the actual world — you know, one that has more than straight, white people in it. A crowd-funding campaign was launched and the resulting book is now alive.

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