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Faren Miller reviews Brian Staveley

From Locus Magazine’s April 2017 issue

Over the course of killings and adventures, Skullsworn explores deeper issues — love and death, humanity and Other — without becoming ponderously profound… Stavely pulls it all off with style.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews John Kessel

From Locus Magazine’s April 2017 issue

The Moon and the Other brilliantly balances character, social commentary, and hard SF in a novel of surprising density and depth of feeling.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Jackson Bennett

Special to Locus Online

The rest of the book is a hurdle across many venues, a cat-and-mouse game in which Sigrud and his allies have to stay one step ahead of Nokov to frustrate his plans for world domination. Finished pretty much with any fresh worldbuilding — that activity was executed sufficiently in the first two books — Bennett can now use his well-established venues and cultures as stagesets for incredible action.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Bud Sparhawk

Special to Locus Online

Sparhawk offers us unflashy, solid tales which nonetheless often extend SF’s remit. He never neglects either real technological novums nor humanistic story-telling values. He does not privilege message over entertainment, nor vice versa, but rather tries to keep both in balance. And in the end, he’s all about the art and the history and traditions of the genre, not self-aggrandizing grandstanding.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Elizabeth Hand

From Locus Magazine’s March 2017 issue

PM Press’s ongoing series of chapbook mis¬≠cellanies of “outspoken authors” — basically appetizer-size collections of fiction, non-fiction, and interviews — can at their best convey a sense of meeting an old radical friend in a bar, sharing a few memories, and catching up on things. Elizabeth Hand’s Fire, the series’ 18th volume, offers a cross-section of Hand’s work as both author and critic.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Eric Flint & Mike Resnick

Special to Locus Online

Flint and Resnick deliver an outstanding, madcap, goofball adventure, with plenty of surprises and not a dull moment. If you want some points of comparison, I would adduce Ron Goulart, Keith Laumer, James Schmitz and — a fellow who has unfortunately dropped off the publishing map — that master of surreal japes, Philip Palmer.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

From Locus Magazine’s March 2017 issue

In contrast to the Dos Passos expan¬≠siveness of 2312 and despite its panoramic title, New York 2140 is a comparatively intimate tale of a handful of representative characters whose paths cross in various ways in a New York defiantly rebuilding after two separate “pulses” have left sea levels something like 50 feet higher than they are now.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Poul Anderson

Special to Locus Online

The date range is almost identical to that of the selections in The Best of Gordon R. Dickson: Volume 1 that I reviewed earlier this month. And right up front, I believe we can make an important distinction along these lines. Poul Anderson was simply the better and more influential and consequential writer of the pair…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele

Special to Locus Online

After being more or less defunct for decades, this seems to be Captain Future’s time to be reborn. The Captain’s retro yet timeless virtues — both the hero’s personal creed and the narrative stylings — are arguably congruent with cultural trends today toward a desired and desirable return to basics and old verities with a useful revisioning.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elan Mastai

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue

This is a science fiction love story that is by turns funny and wistful and smart, while remaining fully invested in how being human feels.

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