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Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Novellas

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Johanna DeBiase’s Mama & the Hungry Hole, Jonathan Carroll’s Teaching the Dog to Read, and Tim Powers’ Nobody’s Home

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

For all its grim corporate dystopianism and moments of tragedy and startling violence, The Book of Phoenix is actually a more playful and experimental novel than Who Fears Death, and in a weird and unsettling way, it’s a lot of fun.

Paul Di Filippo reviews George Zebrowski

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George Zebrowski published three books from 1977 through 1983 which were collected in that latter year as The Omega Point Trilogy. Together, I think, they constitute one of the highpoints of that era in our genre, a late-period exfoliation of recomplicated Golden Age space opera, and should be properly invested as such.

Adrienne Martini reviews Naomi Novik

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

Most readers will recognize the furniture in Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. You’ve read this book a billion times if you’ve read it once. Except, of course, you haven’t. While the individual trees look familiar, Novik’s is a whole new forest. Part of this due to Novik’s mad writing skill.

Paul Di Filippo reviews The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera

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The variety of styles and topics and themes, and the high level of craft in this assemblage, prove that this subgenre is flourishing and has much to contribute to the field at large, despite any preconceptions from those who know it only by hearsay.

Gardner Dozois reviews Ian R. MacLeod

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

This month brings another early contender for the title of Best Collection of the Year, Frost on Glass by Ian R. MacLeod, a collection of 11 stories and copious interstitial material (forewords, afterwords, and autobiographical non-fiction pieces), mixing science fiction, fantasy, and harder-to-classify slipstreamish stuff.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Hannu Rajaniemi

From Locus Magazine’s June 2015 issue

Collected Fiction is an uneven collection, and may be a bit premature for a young writer still experimenting with voice and balance, but there’s little doubt that Rajaniemi at his best is an imposing talent.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Nicole Kornher-Stace

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Archivist Wasp arrives from Big Mouth House, the imprint of Kelly Link’s and Gavin Grant’s Small Beer Press that specializes in books for Young Adults, and this novel is so labeled. But its vast virtues and wise lessons hold full appeal for any age group, despite its brushes with a narrowness of scope.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Kevin J. Anderson

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Anderson’s Saga is resolutely old school. Frank Herbert or Isaac Asimov are the most advanced of Anderson’s guiding lights, and in fact one might almost add Doc Smith to his pantheon. (A clan named “Duquesne” might well constitute an homage.)

Paul Di Filippo reviews A. Bertram Chandler

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We get vivid characters — Grimes is a salty, irascible softie, old-fashioned but empathetic, with a code of honor, but not inflexible — a solid plot and a negligible but not nonexistent quota of speculative bits.

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