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Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Special to Locus Online


Any preconceptions that readers might have had about imaginary limitations regarding the kind of fiction that Ben Bova produces will be blown away by the broad spectrum of stories here…

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

From Locus Magazine’s January 2016 issue


Most of China Miéville’s fiction describes a spectrum between the almost formal preci­sion of novels like The City & The City and Embassytown and the more exuberant textual irruptions of Kraken or Railsea, and his style can range from a kind of ornate dialectical Mervyn Peake to the hardboiled irony of the post-Raymond Chandler school. His new no­vella, This Census-Taker, approaches neither extreme.

Karen Burnham reviews AfroSF v2

From Locus Magazine’s January 2016 issue


It is gratifying to see science fiction from around the world getting a little more traction. Hartmann should be commended for giving voice to authors who haven’t gotten much genre attention, and for providing us with a wide sampling of what African authors have to offer.

Russell Letson reviews Nancy Kress

From Locus Magazine’s January 2016 issue


What strikes me about this volume — 21 stories from more than three decades of production — is how Kress’s sensibility remains intact across the range of science-fictional subtypes she employs. She remains always an observational writer who manages to get inside her characters’ skins — working stiffs or middle-class moms or heiresses or narcissistic nobles.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Cobley

Special to Locus Online


If you want a rousing space adventure full of sense of wonder that is also ideationally challenging, then you need look no further than Ancestral Machines.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Charlie Jane Anders

From Locus Magazine’s December 2015 issue


Charlie Jane Anders takes a number of fascinat­ing genre risks in All the Birds in the Sky, her first SF/F novel, and one of the most prominent is implied by that slashmark between SF and F: the basic concept of the story revisits the aging but indomitable trope of science versus magic, centered around the two best-friend main char­acters, one of whom is a powerful witch and the other a brilliant, cutting-edge scientist.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Morgan Llywelyn

Special to Locus Online


Only the Stones Survives is a melancholy, elegiac yet ultimately life-affirming tale, written with bardic simplicity, clarity and elegance. It concerns a pivotal era of change…

Russell Letson reviews Linda Nagata

The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Saga 978-1-4814-4657-0, $27.99, 405pp, hc) June 2015. Cover by Larry Rostant. The Trials, Linda Nagata (Saga 978-1-4814-4658-7, $27.99, 447pp, hc) August 2015. Cover by Larry Rostant. Going Dark, Linda Nagata (Saga 978-1-4814-4659-4, $27.99, 454 pp, pb) November 2015. Cover by Larry Rostant. As I was saying last month, all […]

Faren Miller reviews Will Elliott

From Locus Magazine’s December 2015 issue


Like most Americans, I came late to The Pilo Family Circus, since Will Elliott’s unnerving deep-black comedy, a first novel, appeared in Australia in 2006… By now, Elliott is a multiple award-winner — au­thor of a trilogy and two further unrelated novels — and with The Pilo Traveling Show he returns to the Circus on his own time.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jason Gurley

Special to Locus Online


Jason Gurley’s Eleanor exhibits some of the transcendent but hardnosed New Age mysticism of Paulo Coelho’s work, hybridized with the gritty, pain-driven otherworldliness of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series. As an example of the “as above, so below” theory of existential harmony and disharmony, it does its job with micro-machined precision.


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