Blinks: Reviews from SFC, Guardian, LAT, and Security Boulevard (of Gary K. Wolfe)

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Hannu Rajaniemi, Rebecca Roanhorse, Maria Dahvana Headley

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Rober Jackson Bennett, Stephen Palmer, Sam Hawke, SJ Morden, and Candas Jane Dorsey

» LA Times: Swapna Krishna reviews Thea Lim, Rachel Heng, Bina Shah

» Security Boulevard reviews Gary K. Wolfe’s How Great Science Fiction Works ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The End of All Our Exploring by F. Brett Cox

The End of All Our Exploring, by F. Brett Cox (Fairwood Press 978-1933846712, $17.99, 306pp, trade paperback) August 2018

Like a fine vintage wine, Brett Cox’s career has been slowly ripening, almost subliminally, for some time now, a vault-ensconced treasure that we handle and inspect at intervals, as if turning a precious stored bottle to prevent sedimentation, always anticipating the day when the long season’s whole batch is ready ...Read More

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New Books : 7 August 2018

Tim Powers’ novel Alternate Routes, Jo Walton’s An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, Martha Wells’ Rogue Protocol, Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 edited by Jane Yolen, and other titles by RJ Barker, John Dixon, Nicky Drayden, L. Timmel Duchamp, V.M. Escalada, Rachel Fellman, Eric Flint, Laurell K. Hamilton, Mercedes Lackey et al, Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro, Dale Lucas, Ari Marmell, Mary ...Read More

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An Awful Warning, in More Ways Than One: Gary Westfahl Reviews The Darkest Minds

If anyone is glancing at this review for advice on which films to see this weekend, my recommendation would be to avoid The Darkest Minds. For while it is competently executed and offers some superficial novelties, it is a film that most people have already seen several times, and since two similar franchises to be discussed have failed to generate expected sequels, it may be that many filmgoers are growing ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Annex by Rich Larson

Annex, by Rich Larson (Orbit 978-0-316-41654-2, $15.99, 368pp, trade paperback) July 2018

I’ve been enjoying the stories of Rich Larson for a couple of years now, amazed at his rate of production and polished skills. (Over a hundred tales sold since his debut in 2011, with several taken for best-of compilations.) So his first novel is a book greatly anticipated, and, happily, it lives up to the measure and ...Read More

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Blinks: Terrified authors; Richard Powers; Gary K. Wolfe reviews; Edelman dines with Klages

» NY Times: The Book That Terrified Neil Gaiman. And Carmen Maria Machado. And Dan Simmons. — and Joe Hill, Tomi Adeyemi, Victor LaValle, and others

» Guardian: Richard Powers: ‘I love sci-fi. The more 10-foot reptilians, the better’

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Rich Larson, Michael Blumlein, James Patrick Kelly

» Scott Edelman dines with Ellen Klages ...Read More

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Damien Broderick: Declassifying Psi Research

The Star Gate Archives, Volume 1 (of 4): Remote Viewing, 1972-1984 Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972-1995, compiled and edited by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha (McFarland 978-1-4766-6752-2, $95, 546pp, hardcover) 2018

For a time—especially in the 1950s—ESP or psi was the hottest trope in the broad fields of science fiction, promoted especially by John W. Campbell, the iconic, quirky editor of Astounding. ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling

Black Chamber, by S.M. Stirling (Ace 978-0-399-58623-1, $16, 400pp, trade paperback) July 2018

For the past twenty years, since the publication of Island in the Sea of Time in 1998, S. M. Stirling has been compounding an immense series of books that fall under the rubric “Novels of the Change.” But he has not focused exclusively on that series, issuing many other titles, standalone and otherwise, in that same ...Read More

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New Books : 17 July 2018

Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife, Seanan McGuire’s The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s The Expert System’s Brother, and titles by Ann Aguirre, Gail Carriger, B. Caitling, Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne, Sebastien de Castell, Jason Denzel, Craig DiLouie, Alan Dean Foster, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Chadwick Ginther, Kameron Hurley, A. Lee Martinez, Nick Setchfield, Emily Skrutskie, Melinda Snodgrass, and Carrie Vaughn ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews in NYT, WaPo, Guardian; Scott Edelman’s 1993 lunch

» NY Times Book Review: Matt Haig reviews Katie Williams’ Tell the Machine Goodnight

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews S.M. Stirling’s Black Chamber

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Franceso Dimitri, Hannu Rajamiemi, Ada Palmer, Craig DiLouie, and a 2001 anthology

» Scott Edelman flashes back to 1993 for lunch with Arlan Andrews, Sr., Gregory Benford, Geoffrey A. Landis, and Charles Sheffield ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri

The Book of Hidden Things, by Francesco Dimitri (Titan 978-1-785-65707-8, $14.95, 385pp, trade paperback) July 2018

Authors who write splendid books in languages other than their native tongue must all be rounded up and stopped, so they don’t make us struggling monolinguists look bad. Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov–well, they’re already canonized. But we still face Salman Rushdie, Hannu Rajaniemi, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, and Lavie Tidhar, among others. Their excellent ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Uncharted, by Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A. Hoyt

Uncharted, by Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A. Hoyt (Baen 978-1-4814-8323-0, $25, 272pp, hardcover) May 2018

American history is over five hundred years deep–much deeper, of course, if you venture beyond the European presence. The latest findings put the first human footprint in North America at 130,000 years ago. Given this vast tract of time, populated with myriad fascinating cultures and personages, knowable and conjecturable, it seems silly and ...Read More

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New Books : 3 July 2018

Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-fifth Annual Collection, Jeff VanderMeer’s revised Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Francesco Dimitri’s The Book of Hidden Things, Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, and titles by T.J. Berry, Rachel Caine, Larry Correia & John Ringo, Kurt Fawver, Kim Foster, Sam Hawke, Benedict Jacka, Sarah Kuhn, Christopher Ruocchio, Anthony Ryan, S.M. Stirling, Michael J. Sullivan, Michael ...Read More

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