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Russell Letson reviews Old Venus

From Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue

These 16 stories, mostly of novelette length, aspire to resuscitate not only the obsolete, imaginary planetology of Old Venus, but the iconography and tropes that filled the pulp adventure stories once set there…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom McCarthy

Special to Locus Online

Whereas C was somewhat old school and massive, a big canvas with lots of characters, Satin Island is slim and bleeding edge, almost a claustrophobic monologue. But it’s a compelling, fascinating monologue, probably the best J.G. Ballard book not written by JGB himself.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kelly Link

From Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue

A new Kelly Link collection is still major news, in part because you can never really read a Link story for the second time, much like you can’t step in the same river twice.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Judd Trichter

Special to Locus Online

Trichter’s noirish dystopia Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is hallucinogenic naturalism, a prickly, disturbing descent into a world where only love — carnal or positronic — can offer a shelter from the artificial storms.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elizabeth Bear

From Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue

There’s no better series of words for describing Elizabeth Bear’s newest, Karen Memory, than “excellent grown-up steampunk yarn.” And, just FYI, “grown-up” modifies “steampunk,” rather than the yarn itself…

Faren Miller reviews Brian Staveley

From Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue

Brian Staveley acknowledges genre tradition, yet still finds ways to undermine it. The Providence of Fire starts with a flashback connected to the title, showing royal siblings Adare, Kaden, and Valyn as children whom their father has commanded to witness an Imperial Deed from the top of a very high tower…

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Bradley

From Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue

Clade is among the most literate and humane contributions to that slowly emerging tradition of what is sometimes called “slow apocalypse” fiction — tales that grapple with the emergent realities of climate change, species die-offs, virulent new diseases, and the inexorable pattern of the world going irreversibly to hell in a comparatively pokey handbasket.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Asher

I have a sense that Neal Asher is much more popular in his native UK than he is here in the USA. Given the high quality of his appealing, innovative work, such an incongruity is hard to explain. I suspect that much of the difference might be attributed to a spotty publishing history here, with […]

Russell Letson reviews Elizabeth Bear

From Locus Magazine’s January 2015 issue

Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karen’s opening line, I can’t imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.

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.

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