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Russell Letson reviews Greg Bear

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue

I should probably cop to this: I’m fascinated by military history, but I’ve never been much taken by what I think of as genre military SF, by which I mean adventure stories set in the military establishment and emphasizing weaponry, com­radeship, chains of command, career progress, and (of course) combat….

Carolyn Cushman reviews Terry Pratchett, Sarah Prineas, David Weber

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue

Pratchett’s last Discworld novel is fifth in the Tiffany Aching series, and it comes with a major spoiler that is a little hard to talk around, for the few fans who haven’t already heard, but I’ll try…

Carolyn Cushman reviews Julie E. Czerneda, Tanya Huff, Yanni Kuznia

From Locus Magazine’s November 2015 issue

Someone is hunting the M’hiray, the people who can teleport themselves through the M’hir. Whoever this someone is, they have influence and money to send killers after many all at once….

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherynne M. Valente

Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor 978-0-7653-3529-6, $24.99, 432pp, hardcover) October 2015 Only with the passage of time can certain literary trends, personalities, influences, movements and scenes be evaluated. While we are in the midst of such happenings, objectivity is clouded and patterns are often indiscernible. Perhaps it is merely a case that not enough […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Clifford D. Simak

Special to Locus Online

Precisely by having this unassuming nature, in both his personality and on the page, Simak did not generate as many headlines or partisans as did Heinlein. And since his death, it seems to me that his star has unjustifiably faded a bit. Now comes Open Road Media with the stated intention of issuing all of his short fiction in fourteen books. Hooray! Maybe the Simak Renaissance is finally here!

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mission: Tomorrow

Special to Locus Online

The takeaway from this outstanding anthology is that even after a century of tales involving solar system exploration, writers have barely begun to scratch the surface — especially as new scientific findings offer new story parameters.

Faren Miller reviews Nancy Jane Moore

From Locus Magazine’s August 2015 issue

The Weave, a first novel by Nancy Jane Moore, is science fiction that thoroughly deserves its ad­vance praise by Vonda N. McIntyre and Michael Bishop. Rather than simply chronicle the first hu­man expedition to a solar system beyond our own, First Contact with sentient aliens, and the ensuing war, Moore shows a future Earth and that alien world as experienced by two protagonists – one human, one alien – in plotlines that intertwine throughout the book…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matthew De Abaitua

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This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else. It is full of magisterial weirdness, logical surrealism, melancholy joy and hopeful terror. If I begin to toss out names like Adam Roberts, Brian Aldiss, Keith Roberts, and J. G. Ballard, I will not be lavishing undue praise.

Faren Miller reviews Ken Scholes

From Locus Magazine’s August 2015 issue

While the titles in Ken Scholes’s Psalms of Isaak sequence for Tor seem as monumental as Bach oratorios (Lamentation, Canticle, Antiphon, Requiem and the forthcoming Hymn), his col­lections have longer, more offbeat yet deliberately chosen names. In November 2008 (issue #574) I reviewed Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys. Though I missed the sequel, I’m back for his third collection, Blue Yonders, Grateful Pies and Other Fanciful Feasts.

Ysabeau Wilce reviews Marguerite Reed

From Locus Magazine’s September 2015 issue

Though Archangel, Marguerite Reed’s debut SF novel, may begin with the warning “This is not Eden,” the planet Ubastis certainly seems that way to those not privileged enough to live there.

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