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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Blinks: Washington Post’s reviews, and Best books of 2017; SF/F for and by Black People; Andy Weir; Alvaro Zinos-Amaro; Scott Edelman

» Washington Post’s Best Books of 2017 include titles by George Saunders and Naomi Alderman; Everdeen Mason’s 5 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2017 are by David Burr Gerrard, Maggie Shen King, John Kessel, Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland, and N.K. Jemisin

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews S.A. Chakraborty, Liz Ziemska, Rachel Neumeier

» The Verge: A Guide to Fantasy and Science Fiction Made for Black People, ...Read More

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New Books : 14 November 2017

New books published today include Andy Weir’s Artemis, Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God, Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Will and Temper, collections by Peter S. Beagle and Jane Yolen, and other titles by Gerald Brandt, Mike Brooks, Tina Connolly, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ian C. Esslemont, Alan Dean Foster, Mira Grant, Leanna Renee Hieber, Jonathan L. Howard, K.J. Parker, Jodi Taylor, Tracy ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews in SF Chronicle, NY Times; Louise Erdrich; Andy Weir

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Naomi Alderman, Ann Leckie, William Gibson & Michael St. John Smith

» Earlier, Berry Annalee Newitz, M.T. Anderson, Maggie Shen King

» SF Chronicle: Dan Cryer reviews Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God

» NY Times: Marjorie Ingall reviews YA fantasy by Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Ness, and Sarah Rees Brennan

» LA Times: Louise Erdrich discusses her ...Read More

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Blinks:’s Best Books of 2017

»’s Best Books of 2017

The Top 20 includes Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Robin Sloan’s Sourdough, Daryl Gregory’s Spoonbenders, and Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy list has titles by Katherine Arden, Neil Gaiman, Zachary Mason, Aliette de Bodard, Omar El Akkad, ...Read More

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New Books : 7 November 2017

New books published today include Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers, Neil Clarke’s anthology More Human Than Human, Tim Pratt’s novel The Wrong Stars, and titles by K.C. Alexander, Richard Baker, Levi Black, Chris Brookmyre, Beth Cato, David Dalglish, Matthew de Abaitua, David Drake, James Alan Gardner, Jim C. Hines, Cat Jordan, William Ledbetter, Fonda Lee, Leena Likitalo, Michael Livingston, Irene Radford, ...Read More

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Blinks: NYT reviews by Jemisin; Walter Isaacson on cyberpunk; Ansible; KSR; Okorafor; Naomi Alderman

» New York Times Book Review: N.K. Jemisin reviews Stephen R. Donaldson, Kat Howard, Andy Weir, Axie Oh

» This week’s NYTBR “By the Book” interview is with Walter Isaacson, author of a new da Vinci biography and one-time editor of Time magazine:

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have a weakness for cyberpunk. I jacked into it during the 1980s when I subscribed ...Read More

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New Books : 31 October 2017

New books listed today include James Gunn’s Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction, Joe Hill’s Strange Weather: Four Short Novels, Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior, a debut novel by Tochi Onyebuchi, and titles by Lila Bowen, Miles Cameron, Myke Cole, Mark Z. Daniewlewski, Amy S. Foster, Julia Keller, Joe R. Lansdale, Gregory Maguire, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Garth Nix & Sean Williams, Tamora Pierce, Brandon Sanderson, Lewis Shiner, ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 30 October 2017

Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Knopf) debuts on three print lists this week, two of them YA lists, the third the combined USA Today list, where it ranks #9.

Also debuting is a British Library book of an exhibition about the history of magic, tied to Harry Potter — under slightly different titles, it’s in hardcover in the UK, trade paperback in the US, and it ...Read More

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Blinks: PW’s Best of 2017; Hand on Crowley; Q&A Naomi Alderman; Lethem on Kavan

» Publishers Weekly has released its reviews editors’ selections of Best Books 2017. The Fiction list includes Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne; the SF/Fantasy/Horror list has titles by Peter S. Beagle, Becky Chambers, Lindsay Smith et al., Natasha Pulley, N.K. Jemisin, Rivers Solomon, and Marina J. Lostetter

VanderMeer’s singular novel has enough imagination to fill multiple books.

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  • 5 Writing Tips: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Underground Author Rises to the
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Classics in Reprint: October 2017

Classic works back in print in October include the Strugatsky Brothers’ most popular work in Russia, Monday Starts on Saturday; enhanced new editions of Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, e-book editions of three novels by Samuel R. Delany and a trilogy by Jeffrey Ford, Penguin Classics’ The Best of Richard Matheson, the first volume of Poul Anderson’s Psychotechnic League stories, ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess

Above the Timberline, by Gregory Manchess (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5923-5, $29.99, 240pp, hardcover) October 2017

For nearly twenty years I have been a member of an egroup called Fictionmags, founded by David Pringle, best known for his helming of Interzone. Our broad remit covers “all magazine fiction of any sort.” Populated with passionate readers and bibliophiles, the group naturally tends however to wander all over the literary map ...Read More

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Print Periodicals, October 2017

Omni returns to print, after over 20 years, with Ellen Datlow returning as fiction editor, and with stories in this quarterly issue by Nancy Kress, Maureen McHugh, and Rich Larson; plus, November/December issues of Analog, Asimov’s, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, with fiction by Connie Willis, Scott Edelman, James Sallis, Sean McMullen, Greg Egan, James Patrick Kelly, Kate Wilhelm, Larry Niven, and many others. ...Read More

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New Books : 24 October 2017

This week’s new books include a new novel by John Crowley, Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, Rich Horton’s latest volume of The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, an illustrated novel by Gregory Manchess, and other titles by Darin Bradley, Melissa Caruso, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory, Silva Moreno-Garcia, Kim Newman, and Melissa F. Olson. ...Read More

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Blinks: SF Chronicle reviews King & King; Edelman dines with Xia Jia; Wired on Nat Segaloff/Harlan Ellison

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews ‘Sleeping Beauties,’ by Stephen King and Owen King

Maybe the Kings are too much in sync. Perhaps they could have experimented a little more and let any rough patches remain. However the father-son collaboration worked, “Sleeping Beauties” is nevertheless a well-tooled horror thriller, a worthy venture from a productive family business.

» Scott Edelman dines with Xia Jia

» Wired: Harlan Ellison Is ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 23 October 2017

Several hardcover titles debut this week, by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, Orson Scott Card, and Maggie Stiefvater, and most prominently Alice Hoffman, whose The Rules of Magic (Simon & Schuster) ranks #5 on the New York Times.

Publishers Weekly‘s website is not updated with this week’s issue’s bestsellers today.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.29 LAT
10.22 USAT
10.15 PW
10.16 Amz
(10.23) UK:
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New in Paperback: October 2017

Titles newly in paperback this past month include the Shirley Jackson Award-winning (and finalist for three other awards) The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisen & Navah Wolfe; and other titles by Ben Bova, Brom, Lois McMaster Bujold, Cassandra Clare, Eric Flint & Ryk E. Spoor, Gree Hurwitz, Mercedes Lackey, Juliet Marillier, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and Nisi Shawl.

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Bova, Ben : Apes and ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews of Philip Pullman; Google Maps Planets and Moons

» Slate, Katy Waldman: The Book of Dust, Volume 1, subtitled “Fall in love with Philip Pullman’s imagination all over again”

The headline on Slate’s homepage is “La Belle Sauvage Is a Masterpice: Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials will fall in love with his highly anticipated follow-up.”

I am confident in pronouncing that people will love the first volume of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, The Book of Dust, with ...Read More

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New Books : 19 October 2017

This week’s new books include the simultaneous US/UK release of The Book of Dust, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, first volume in a highly-anticipated follow-up trilogy to the author’s His Dark Materials trilogy; a climate change novel by Paul McAuley; first volume of a new fantasy trilogy by K.J. Parker; an anthology of classic and new space opera by Bryan Thomas Schmidt; and other ...Read More

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Blinks: Philip Pullman; Hevelin Collection; Iraq; Afrofuturism; History of SF Art; Julie Phillips; Reviews of Matheson, Tidbeck, Okorafor, Leckie

» NY Times Magazine: Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World

» Slate: Retyping the Future’s Past, about the Hevelin Collection at the University of Iowa

» The Atlantic: How Sci-Fi Writers Imagine Iraq’s Future

» ThinkProgress: Afrofuturism: The imaginative sci-fi movement black people need now

» The Verge: Andrew Liptak on A new book aims to explore the glorious history of sci-fi cover art about this Unbound crowdfunding project ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 16 October 2017

A new, anonymously edited, Star Wars anthology, From a Certain Point of View (Del Rey) debuts on three lists, ranking has high as #11 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.22 LAT
10.15 USAT
10.08 PW
10.16 Amz
(10.16) UK:
Amz UK
(10.16) Canada:
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