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Russell Letson reviews Cory Doctorow

From Locus Magazine’s March 2017 issue

For all of its engagement with What’s Happenin’ Now, Baby, Walkaway feels like good old-fashioned science fiction: part thrill-ride, part warning, part all-night political wrangle with your really smart college roommate.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cat Sparks

From Locus Magazine’s March 2017 issue

[Her] fine first novel Lotus Blue, set in a far future Australian wasteland, is as evocative of Terry Dowling’s Rynosseros stories, with their neat sandships, or even of David R. Bunch’s surreal Moderan stories, as it is of George Miller’s monster truck rallies.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Caitlín R. Kiernan

Special to Locus Online

The heterogeneous tales assembled in this collection display Kiernan’s large but tightly interlocked range of interests. Outsiders, art, the elements, transcendence, sex, love, failure, responsibility.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

Special to Locus Online

This book is amiable, humorous, good-natured, optimistic, in love with the quotidian and with the crazy quilt adaptive existence that life under stress assumes. Robinson gives us a host of fascinating, interlocking plots, and some of them have global resonance.

Adrienne Martini reviews Carrie Vaughn

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

Carrie Vaughn’s Martians Abroad clearly shares DNA with Heinlein’s juveniles, and is, the author states, and homage to Podkayne of Mars.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Paul La Farge

Special to Locus Online

Put most simplistically, it’s a novel examining the friendship between H. P. Lovecraft and his teenage pal, Robert Barlow, who became HPL’s literary executor. But it’s also much more than that, as we shall see.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ken Liu

The Wall of Storms, Ken Liu (Saga 978-1-4814-2430-1, $29.99, 860pp, hc) October 2016. In one of those enjoyable but pointless conven­tion barroom debates a few years ago, I found myself drawn into the question of whether the term ‘‘fantasy novel’’ is a redundancy or an oxymoron. The argument, as I recall it (and I don’t […]

Langan reviews Pinborough: They Say a Girl Died Here Once

From Locus Magazine’s March 2017 issue

The family at the heart of They Say a Girl Died Here Once, Sarah Pinborough’s excellent new novel, is in retreat. Three years prior to the book’s opening, Anna, its teenaged protagonist, was slipped a date-rape drug at a party.

Liz Bourke reviews Bookburners

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

Book­burners Season 1 might top 200,000 words, but it reaches that total in 16 novelette-to-short-novella-length episodes. Structurally, then, it’s a lot more like a television show than a serial novel — as it’s intended to be. A supernatural copshow/caper/spies and intrigue television show, with added complicated team dynamics.

Faren Miller reviews S. Jae-Jones

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

Historically, “The Earl-King” (Der Erlkönig), “Unfinished Sym­phony”, the title piece, and more are works by Franz Schubert. Jae-Jones plays her own games by reimagining and recasting him as the heroine’s young violin-virtuoso brother (not a composer in his own right), while still invoking the full pas­sion of the time when Baroque gave way to early Romantic — and the world changed.

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