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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