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Liz Bourke reviews Ian Tregillis

From Locus Magazine’s April 2015 issue

The Mechanical is an excellent novel. Truly excellent: I have rarely found myself this gripped by a book which I began knowing full well there could be no happy outcome.

Russell Letson reviews Kit Reed

From Locus Magazine’s April 2015 issue

Where sits along one of those inter-generic fault lines, or (to shift metaphors) it is contained in a literary Schrödinger box, waiting for some categorical function to collapse it into a definite condition of fantasy or science fiction or magic-realism or expressionism, or any number of half-sibling traditions and forms.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Robert Charles Wilson

From Locus Magazine’s April 2015 issue

It’s tempting to say the novel is a grown-up version of the Divergent series, but that would overlook one of the novel’s main insights: if the government pigeonholes you on the basis of required tests, it’s pretty much a dystopia to begin with, but if you choose to be tested and join a group, the dystopia or utopia is what you and the group make of it.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Dale Bailey

Special to Locus Online

Throughout all these fictions Bailey exhibits his compassion for and comprehension of his characters, his inerrant sense of choosing just the right words, and his determination to make all the matter of fantastika over afresh.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Algernon Blackwood

Special to Locus Online

This current Ashley-compiled volume from Stark House — a superb small press which concentrates on rescuing groovy vintage noir, but which has also reprinted ten Blackwood novels and story collections previously — features rare stories and essays from the early years of Blackwood’s career.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Purdom

Special to Locus Online

This volume collects the quartet under the lovely and somewhat Vancian title Romance on Four Worlds, a title which blithely plays with the dual meanings of romance as carnal, emotional affection, a love affair, and romance as adventure, as in “scientific romances,” that great old term that predated “science fiction.”

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Ellen Datlow’s Nightmare Carnival

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

The dark carnival theme has been a staple of weird fiction since the early part of the twentieth century, and over the decades numerous writers have written stories drawn from its most familiar inspirations, notably sideshow performers whose incredible feats border on the uncanny, and the grotesque physical horrors of the freak show. Several of the stories in Nightmare Carnival fit this bill, but to Datlow’s credit a number of her selections take the dark carnival theme into provocative new territory.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Mike Allen

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Allen can write as lyrically and as viscerally as the best of them, sometimes in the same paragraph. This is an exceptional debut collection, and its stories show an imaginative writer with a very original voice working at the top of his game.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Valentine now strikes out in entirely different directions again with both her new novel Persona and the novella Dream Houses.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Past Futures

Special to Locus Online

In 1957, with the launch of Sputnik and the dawn of the Space Age, artists in Latin America cast their eyes to the heavens just as their North American counterparts did, and began to incorporate Space Age imagery into their works. Past Futures is the physical record of an exhibition mounted at Bowdoin College which sought to reveal this hidden 1960s realm of SF-inspired painting, sculpture and installations.

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