Paul Di Filippo reviews Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City, by Sam J. Miller (Ecco 978-0-06-268482-0, $22.99, 336pp, hardcover) April 2018

I’m going to confess to an idiosyncratic critical weakness: if you want me to be immediately predisposed towards your novel, preface it with an epigram from Dhalgren. Not only will I instantly respect your taste and cultural leanings, but I will be excited to see if your own book can possibly be worthy of bearing ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Sisyphean by Dempow Torishima

Sisyphean, by Dempow Torishima (Haikasoru 978-1-4215-8082-1, $16.99, 304pp, trade paperback) March 2018

With this stellar debut volume–a “mosaic novel” depicting a world of infinite biomorphic perversity that feels at once surreal yet authentic; estranging yet welcoming; otherwordly yet familiar–Dempow Torishima gives the world a book of fantastika with very few literary precedents. Perhaps the closest correlative is the cult classic Moderan, by David Bunch, a long-out-of-print sui generis ...Read More

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Blinks: Guardian reviews by Eric Brown; about Fahrenheit 451, by the HBO director; Christina Sng

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Heather Child, GX Todd, Jeff Noon, Claire North, Roger Levy

» NY Times: Ramin Bahrani, director of HBO’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 that debuts May 19th: Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age

» Singapore’s The Straits Times: Poet Christina Sng is the first Singaporean to win the Bram Stoker award ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The Rig by Roger Levy

The Rig, by Roger Levy (Titan 978-1785655630, $14.95, 617pp, trade paperback) May 2018

In the period from 2000 to 2006, Roger Levy gave the world three novels: Reckless Sleep, Dark Heavens and Icarus. I recall receiving review copies and making a mental note that these books seemed several cuts above the average, and I should pay attention to them. But of course, due to the constant, overwhelming ...Read More

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New Books : 1 May 2018

Greg Egan’s Phoresis, R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War; collections and novellas by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Priya Sharma, Steven Rasnic Tem, and Connie Willis; an anthology from Bill Campbell, & Francesco Verso; and novels by James Abbott, Joseph Brassey, Emily Devenport, Faith Hunter, Sarah J. Maas, Sylvain Neuvel, Eliot Peper, S.A. Sidor, Jodi Taylor, and Steve White & Charles E. Gannon. ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 30 April 2018


Two published books debut this week: Richard Powers’ novel The Overstory (Norton), ranking as high as #12 on the New York Times list; and a Star Wars novel by Daniel José Older, Last Shot (Del Rey), ranking #15 on the NYT list.

And forthcoming in November, but already selling on two Amazon lists: George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood: A History of House Targaryen of Westeros, Volume 1 (Bantam). ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts

The Real-Town Murders, by Adam Roberts (Gollancz 978-1473221451, $28.99, 240pp, trade paperback) US edition April 2018

Starting in the year 2000, with the appearance of his first book, Salt, I have read (and mostly reviewed) all of the non-parody novels from Adam Roberts, except, for some forgotten reason, Gradisil. (Must save one Roberts treat for my dotage.) In those eighteen years he has never repeated himself and ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Brian Stableford

Spirits of the Vasty Deep, by Brian Stableford (Snuggly Books 978-1-943813-54-4, $17.95, 300pp, trade paperback) March 2018

For a stretch of years in the recent past, the indefatigable and talented Brian Stableford was producing upwards of a dozen books annually. These consisted of his own fiction; translations for the essential Francophile publisher Black Coat Press; and non-fiction critical works, including the massive four-volume set New Atlantis: A Narrative History ...Read More

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Blinks: Tomi Adeyemi; reviews of Powers, Valente, Newitz, Miller, and others

» Entertainment Weekly: Is Tomi Adeyemi the new J.K. Rowling?

» New York Times Book Review, front cover review: Barbara Kingsolver reviews Richard Powers’ The Overstory

» The Verge: Andrew Liptak reviews Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera, “the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

» The Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Annalee Newitz, Sam J. Miller, Leo Carew, Stephen Lloyd Jones, Paolo Bacigalupi & ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Origamy by Rachel Armstrong

Origamy, by Rachel Armstrong (NewCon Press 978-1910935781, $14.99, 256pp, trade paperback) April 2018

When she is not wearing her fiction-writer hat and offering us her debut SF novel, Dr. Rachel Armstrong is performing her duties as Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle, and, like some character out of an early William Gibson novel, lecturing via TED Talks about “living buildings” ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Quietus by Tristan Palmgren

Quietus, by Tristan Palmgren (Angry Robot 978-0857667434, $12.99, 464pp, trade paperback) March 2018

Hidden spies from a high-tech culture inserted into the primitive polity of fellow humans in order to gather data, while obedient to a clause not to interfere. Oh, we must be talking about one of Connie Willis’s time-travel novels, or perhaps an installment of Kage Baker’s Company franchise. Maybe even The Man Who Fell to Earth ...Read More

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New Books : 3 April 2018

Michael Benson’s Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Three, Samuel R. Delany’s collection The Atheist in the Attic, Richard Powers’ The Overstory, and titles by R.S. Belcher, Kendare Blake, D.J. Butler, Leo Carew, David Drake, Sarah Beth Durst, Kevin Hearne, Margaret Killjoy, Mark Lawrence, Jeff Noon, Chris Roberson, and ...Read More

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