Dawn of Injustice: A Review of Suicide Squad

by Gary Westfahl

It is not a critical term that often comes to mind, but David Ayer’s Suicide Squad strikes me as a very meh kind of film – a hodgepodge of characters and moments that work, and characters and moments that don’t work, tossed together in a story line that sometimes makes sense and sometimes doesn’t. Further, the film cannot escape the perception that it is a stopgap measure, ...Read More

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A Working Model for Superhero Films: A Review of Wonder Woman

Without a doubt, Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman is the very best of the recent “DC Extended Universe” superhero films – yet the praise doesn’t mean as much as it should, inasmuch as its undistinguished precursors – Man of Steel (2013 – review here), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016 – review here), and Suicide Squad (2016 – review here) – set the bar very low, to put it mildly. ...Read More

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Six Characters in Search of an Auteur: A Review of Justice League, by Gary Westfahl

Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed watching Justice League, which can be appreciated as unpretentious fun, featuring likable characters and some moments of genuine humor. To be sure, it is not an ideal film, but the concept of bringing together popular superheroes to battle against common foes is appealing enough to overcome the recurring infelicities that have marred almost all of the recent films in the DC Extended ...Read More

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2017 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2017 Scribe Awards July 21, 2017 at Comic-Con International, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.

Speculative Original

Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Christie Golden (Ubisoft) Warhammer 40,000: Warden of the Blade, David Annandale (Castellan Crowe) Supernatural: Mythmaker, Tim Waggoner ...Read More Read more

2017 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the nominees for the 2017 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Speculative Original

Warhammer 40,000: Warden of the Blade, David Annandale (Castellan Crowe) Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Christie Golden (Ubisoft) Supernatural: Mythmaker, Tim Waggoner (Titan) Star Trek: Elusive Salvation, Dayton Ward (Pocket)

Adapted Speculative

Assassin’s Creed, Christie Golden (Ubisoft) Suicide Squad ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ken MacLeod

The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, by Ken MacLeod (Orbit 978-0316363655, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback) US edition November 29 2016

The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, by Ken MacLeod (Orbit 978-0316363693, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback) December 20, 2016

I just missed celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Ken MacLeod’s debut, the publication of The Star Fraction in 1995. I make out that he’s issued nearly that many books in the two ...Read More

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Another Day, Another Dinosaur: A Review of Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence)

by Gary Westfahl

Because the Japanese film Shin Godzilla (also known as Godzilla Resurgence) was unexpectedly given only a limited American release, beginning on October 11, it is inevitably a film that will take quite a while to achieve its full audience, as it gradually becomes more accessible via Netflix, cable television, DVDs, and network television; in this case, then, a promptly posted, day-after-release-date review did not seem important. ...Read More

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2017 Directory: Page 2

Books are original 2017 publications, except first-US editions of books that earlier appeared in the UK, Australia, or elsewhere (indicated by +).

Page 1 2017 Novels (sorted) (first novels) Page 2 2017 YA novels | Novellas & short fiction | Collections | Anthologies Nonfiction & Art | Media & Gaming Related Page 3 2017 New in Paperback Classic Reprints Page 4 Magazines Young Adult Novels • Aguirre, Ann • Vanguard ...Read More Read more

John Langan reviews Joe Hill

The Fireman, Joe Hill (William Morrow 9780062200631, $28.99, 768pp, hc) May 2016.

The Fireman, Joe Hill’s big new novel, is a freight train of a book. Long, composed of many sections, it’s already in motion on the first page, and it does not let up until the very end. Its premise is straightforward: a plague is spreading around the world. The infection’s scientific name is Draco incendia trychophyton, ...Read More

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The Fogeys of July: A Review of Independence Day: Resurgence

by Gary Westfahl

Since I was recently complimented at a conference for writing “honest” film reviews, I feel obliged to begin this one by conveying my honest reaction to Independence Day: Resurgence: although I was bored and appalled by the original Independence Day (1996), and utterly baffled by its tremendous popularity, I somehow found its belated sequel to be surprisingly engaging, even moving, despite some obvious issues in its ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Just two works here this time: the September issue of F&SF and a cyborg anthology from the publishers of the ezine Clarkesworld, which adds up to just about as many stories as usual, or maybe more.


Publications Reviewed F&SF, September/October 2014 Upgraded, edited by Neil Clarke


F&SF, September/October 2014

Back to the regular lineup of suspects here, after the last, guest-edited issue that offered some rare fresh author ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Here are two anthologies along with the regular first of the month ezines. Also a new start for an established poetry zine, now offering fiction as well as verse. Best stories are in Clarkesworld and Lightspeed this time.


Publications Reviewed Starship Century, edited by James Benford and Gregory Benford Clarkesworld, August 2013 Lightspeed, August 2013 Apex Magazine, August 2013 Mythic Delirium, 0.1 July-September 2013 Pathlight: New Chinese Writing; science ...Read More Read more