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Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Special to Locus Online

Up until page 35 of Michael Moorcock’s brilliant new fabulaic book, The Whispering Swarm, you assume you are reading a straightforward roman a clef, a subtly transmogrified autobiographical memoir of a young fellow named Michael Moorcock… But then onto the mundane scene comes one Friar Isadore, a strange humble little chap who is a member of the secretive order known as the White Friars.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Greg van Eekhout

Special to Locus Online

Van Eekhout’s scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative…

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Morrow

From Locus Magazine’s January 2015 issue

I can think of few authors who would try to cast a deeply intellectual psychomachia in the form of a wildly comic picaresque tall tale, and fewer still who could get away with it and have so much fun in the process.

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

From Locus Magazine’s January 2015 issue

Blending elements of mainstream YA, dystopian SF, and political thriller, Love Is the Drug manages to fascinate, wherever and whenever it may go.

Faren Miller reviews Beth Cato

From Locus Magazine’s December 2014 issue

The magic that saves lives in The Clockwork Dagger, a memorable debut by Beth Cato, cenĀ­ters around the myth of another mortal woman who lost loved ones to illness and became a lady goddess.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Emily St. John Mandel

Special to Locus Online

Like all the best SF, Station Eleven is simultaneously a comment on the present moment, and a speculation on where we go from here.

Adrienne Martini reviews Ben H. Winters

From Locus Magazine’s December 2014 issue

While World of Trouble is bleak, it is also beautiful in its own way, and redemptive. And unlike other episodic stories about the end of the world, this one pays off by the time the apocalypse arrives.

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 conĀ­trol 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.

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