Any preconceptions that readers might have had about imaginary limitations regarding the kind of fiction that Ben Bova produces will be blown away by the broad spectrum of stories here…
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Most of China Miéville’s fiction describes a spectrum between the almost formal precision of novels like The City & The City and Embassytown and the more exuberant textual irruptions of Kraken or Railsea, and his style can range from a kind of ornate dialectical Mervyn Peake to the hardboiled irony of the post-Raymond Chandler school. His new novella, This Census-Taker, approaches neither extreme.
It is gratifying to see science fiction from around the world getting a little more traction. Hartmann should be commended for giving voice to authors who haven’t gotten much genre attention, and for providing us with a wide sampling of what African authors have to offer.
What strikes me about this volume 21 stories from more than three decades of production is how Kress’s sensibility remains intact across the range of science-fictional subtypes she employs. She remains always an observational writer who manages to get inside her characters’ skins working stiffs or middle-class moms or heiresses or narcissistic nobles.
Charlie Jane Anders takes a number of fascinating genre risks in All the Birds in the Sky, her first SF/F novel, and one of the most prominent is implied by that slashmark between SF and F: the basic concept of the story revisits the aging but indomitable trope of science versus magic, centered around the two best-friend main characters, one of whom is a powerful witch and the other a brilliant, cutting-edge scientist.
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Saga 978-1-4814-4657-0, $27.99, 405pp, hc) June 2015. Cover by Larry Rostant. The Trials, Linda Nagata (Saga 978-1-4814-4658-7, $27.99, 447pp, hc) August 2015. Cover by Larry Rostant. Going Dark, Linda Nagata (Saga 978-1-4814-4659-4, $27.99, 454 pp, pb) November 2015. Cover by Larry Rostant. As I was saying last month, all […]
Like most Americans, I came late to The Pilo Family Circus, since Will Elliott’s unnerving deep-black comedy, a first novel, appeared in Australia in 2006… By now, Elliott is a multiple award-winner author of a trilogy and two further unrelated novels and with The Pilo Traveling Show he returns to the Circus on his own time.
Jason Gurley’s Eleanor exhibits some of the transcendent but hardnosed New Age mysticism of Paulo Coelho’s work, hybridized with the gritty, pain-driven otherworldliness of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series. As an example of the “as above, so below” theory of existential harmony and disharmony, it does its job with micro-machined precision.