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Liz Bourke reviews Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing 978-0765392039, $17.99, 192pp, hc). June 2017. I had mixed feelings about Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart A Doorway, the first work of McGuire’s Wayward Children series. It made me feel uncomfortably as though I were being asked to agree with a protagonist who, subject to conditioning […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Susan Casper

Special to Locus Online

In February of this year, after several long illnesses, we lost Susan Casper. Wife to Gardner Dozois, she was on her own merits so much more, including a talented fiction writer. It is a testament to the high regard in which she was held that this commemorative volume was so quickly assembled and issued.

Russell Letson reviews C.J. Cherryh

From Locus Magazine’s June 2017 issue

Even newcomers might find Convergence an engaging (if occasionally puzzling) read — the parallel depictions of the two protagonists navigating the complexities of their respective societies, each conditioned by a necessarily partial but passionate understanding of the Other, can stand on its own.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Christopher Brown

Special to Locus Online

This debut novel from Chris Brown — many of whose earlier short stories appeared under the byline “Chris Nakashima-Brown” — is a knockout first novel, paradoxically solemn yet exuberant, restrained yet inventive, as attested to by well-deserved encomiums from William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Cory Doctorow.

Liz Bourke reviews Cassandra Khaw

From Locus Magazine’s May 2017 issue

Food of the Gods is a mosaic novel, of sorts. It collects three linked novellas by Cassandra Khaw that, together, form a whole arc. At least two of these novellas have already been published as standalone e-books. The first of these is called “Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef”, and if I tell you it really does live up to the title, you’ve got some idea of the flavour of the novel as a whole.

Russell Letson reviews Ian McDonald

From Locus Magazine’s May 2017 issue

Ian McDonald’s Luna: Wolf Moon (the second-act volume in the sequence that opened last year with Luna: New Moon) is instantly recognizably as hard SF: it’s set only a century from now, in a future developed from current conditions and built on technologies that we can imagine evolving from today’s cutting-edge efforts in AI, medicine, and engineering.

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.J. Parker and James Morrow

Special to Locus Online

Both these novellas offer as much pleasure as books three times their size. Snap them up!

Bruce Sterling reviews Cory Doctorow

From Locus Magazine’s June 2017 issue

Walkaway is a real-deal, generically traditional science-fiction novel; it’s set in an undated future and it features weird set design, odd costumes, fights, romances, narrow escapes, cool weapons, even zeppelins. This is the best Cory Doctorow book ever.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ellen Klages

From Locus Magazine’s May 2017 issue

Like Bradbury, Klages is notable for the clarity and unstrained elegance of her prose, though she never reaches for the self-conscious rhapsodizing that often characterized Bradbury’s later work. To the extent that Klages’s world is like Bradbury’s, it’s for the most part Bradbury without the boys and without the exclamation points.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

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Just after I had lamented, a few reviews ago, that authors were not inclined nowadays to indulge in old-school, one-on-one collaborations, along comes this giddy, engrossing romp of a novel authored by a team. It’s a seamless performance reminiscent of such ancestors as de Camp & Pratt, while still hewing to ultra-modern standards and practices for SF novels with a magical slant.

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