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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.

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt

From Locus Magazine’s March 2015 issue

Allow me to now propose the McDevitt ramble, which wanders through time more than space, rummaging around in the apparently empty areas of a deep past, retrieving objects and records, reconstructing lost stories, and filling in blank spots.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ian Weir

Can a writer today compose a book in a vintage mode of storytelling without being postmodern or ironic or snarky or winking? In any other field of craftsmanship, such a question would be ridiculous. If I buy a new Adirondack chair for my porch, I do not think twice about the furniture possibly being some […]

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.

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