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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.

Karen Burnham reviews The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue


Alex Dally MacFarland should be commended for putting together such a diversity of voices in one anthology. You’ll find established masters here, and very new writers.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jill Ciment

Special to Locus Online


Ciment’s Act of God is a compact, droll farce, light-hearted and pleasurable as a chocolate truffle, yet with a nugget of hard, somewhat unpalatable truths in the center. It is propelled into motion by a conceit that echoes, in what I am sure is a deliberate way, Jack Finney’s classic The Body Snatchers.

Faren Miller reviews Sam Sykes

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue


Sykes may seem like a videogame designer more obsessed with quantity than quality, but here’s the rub: this brash, prolific wordsmith has a natural eloquence that grabbed my attention and refused to let go, over the course of almost 600 pages.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Neil Gaiman

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue


Trigger Warning contains perhaps a half dozen of his strongest short fictions and a handful of rather hasty ones, but by the time we’re done with it we feel like we’ve been celebrating not only Gaiman’s considerable imaginative skills, but also those of Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wu Ming-yi

Special to Locus Online


The fact that toward the book’s end Alice, revitalized, has written a novel titled The Man with the Compound Eyes speaks to the way in which larger cosmic forces flow through all living things, redeeming their inevitable losses, even through such seemingly crass instruments as a horde of seaborne trash.


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