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Faren Miller reviews S. Jae-Jones

From Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue


Historically, “The Earl-King” (Der Erlkönig), “Unfinished Sym­phony”, the title piece, and more are works by Franz Schubert. Jae-Jones plays her own games by reimagining and recasting him as the heroine’s young violin-virtuoso brother (not a composer in his own right), while still invoking the full pas­sion of the time when Baroque gave way to early Romantic — and the world changed.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

From Locus Magazine’s January 2017 issue


Binti: Home opens about a year after that earlier story began as a quiet coming-of-age story, turned suddenly into a survival adventure, and ended with Binti playing a key role in a kind of revolution.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Elan Mastai

Special to Locus Online


The first thing to note is that although Mastai might very well have been raised outside strict genre borders, he exhibits a playful fluency with, and is creatively savvy about, all the genre appurtenances and furniture. His does not make a single misstep with his speculations or language.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Richard Kadrey

Special to Locus Online


Lastly, and possibly the biggest attraction of the book, is the sheer language. Like S. J. Perelman writing for the Marx Brothers, combined with Raymond Chandler’s propensity for over-the-top similes and metaphors, Kadrey’s language pops off the page, whether as dialogue or description.

Faren Miller reviews Laura Eve

From Locus Magazine’s January 2017 issue


What is myth for the new millennium? In The Graces, Laure Eve confronts what’s left of the old with something that might take its place (no galactic empires required).

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Special to Locus Online


Spinrad revels in the juicy, sleazy, all-too-human Machiavellian machinations of all the parties, the rebels and the establishment alike. His ability to chart thrust and counter-thrust is akin to that of some television political strategist following the twists and turns of national affairs.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ellen Klages

From Locus Magazine’s January 2017 issue


Passing Strange may be the most fully developed and richly detailed of all of Klages’s stories for adults, but it never feels like it needs to be a longer novel…

Liz Bourke reviews Wesley Chu

From Locus Magazine’s December 2016 issue


The Rise of Io is a messy, scrappy, and yet incred­ibly fun science fiction thriller with extra body-snatching (more like body-sharing) aliens.

Adrienne Martini reviews Bob Proehl

From Locus Magazine’s December 2016 issue


I thought I knew what Bob Proehl’s A Hundred Thousand Worlds would be about be­fore I even cracked the spine. It’s about comic book conventions, the blurbs on the back said…

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Brin & Stephen W. Potts

Special to Locus Online


David Brin’s The Transparent Society (1998) surveyed the new technology that is driving us towards more and more disclosure, and drew fresh new conclusions about the issues. Now, still cogitating on the ramifications of these issues, and displaying admirable tenacity and dedication to the cause, Brin offers an anthology of fiction on the topic, featuring a stellar lineup of contributors.


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