Paul Di Filippo Reviews Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton

Salvation Lost, Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey 978-0399178856, 512pp, $32.00, hardcover) October 2019

I’m always chuffed when a review of mine provides a sentence that is deemed blurb-worthy by a publisher. This just happened with my review of Peter Hamilton’s novel Salvation from 2018. I appear on the back cover of the brand-new sequel, Salvation Lost, saying, “It’s a bravura performance from start to finish… Hamilton is juggling ...Read More

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New Books : 15 October 2019

Three books on this list were recently reviewed by Locus: THE DOLLMAKER, ESCAPING EXODUS, and THE ROSEWATER REDEMPTION. Check out these and other new releases this week!

New titles this week are by Nina Allan, Harold Bloom, Elizabeth Bowen, Daniel Braum, John Connolly, Nicky Drayden, S.C. Emmett, Derek Künsken, Joel Levy, Laurence MacNaughton, Benjamin Percy, Madeleine Roux, Priya Sharma, and Tade Thompson. ...Read More

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Blinks: Dirda on F&SF; Moreno-Garcia and Tidhar on SF/F; NYT reviews Tremblay, Booth, Winterson

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda celebrates anniversaries, including the 70th anniversary issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

» Washington Post: Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar discuss The weird, the wacky, the underappreciated: A new look at science fiction and fantasy

» NY Times Book Review: Danielle Trussoni reviews horror by Paul Tremblay and Naomi Booth

» NY Times: Dwight Garner reviews Jeanette Winterson’s Frankissstein ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Hollywood North by Michael Libling

Hollywood North, Michael Libling (ChiZine Publications 978-1-77148-490-9, $17.99, 360pp, trade paperback) September 2019

After winning a World Fantasy Award in 2015, ChiZine Publications has continued even more strongly than before as a powerhouse of offbeat fantastika, publishing dozens of titles from such visionary luminaries as Bracken MacLeod, Helen Marshall, and David Nickle. Their latest is the debut novel of Michael Libling, based on his award-nominated short with the same ...Read More

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New Books : 8 October 2019

These new books include THE FORBIDDEN STARS by Locus‘s own Tim Pratt, and THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION by Locus film reviewer Gary Westfahl!

New titles this week are by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Julia Armfield, Leigh Bardugo, Kristen Berg & Tori Bosch, Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne, Dave Duncan, K. Eason, Christopher Hinz & Etan Ilfeld, John Horner Jacobs, Robert Jordan, Tim Pratt, Philip Pullman, Kate ...Read More

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New Books : 1 October 2019

Halloween is coming! Check out things that go bump at high noon in STRAIGHT OUTTA DEADWOOD; the end of the world in THE RAMPANT; a sea captain ghost in THE SHAPE OF NIGHT; and the monstrous women in the new Theodora Goss. Plus HEX LIFE, THE TWISTED ONES, FRANKISSSTEIN, and, fittingly, a book called OCTOBER.

New titles this week are by David Boop, Patricia Cornwell, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Julie C. ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

First Cosmic Velocity, Zach Powers (Putnam 978-0525539278, $26, 352pp, hardcover) August 2019

Thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union (counting from the initial revolts of the satellite nations in 1989, albeit not from the official dissolution date of 1991)—and ignoring all the present complicated realities that remnant Russia entails on the geopolitical scene—the era of the Communist empire (roughly starting in 1917) seems—at least to my perceptions, ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Silver Wind by Nina Allan

The Silver Wind, Nina Allan (Titan 978-1789091694, $14.95, 368pp, trade paperback) September 2019

There’s a certain kind of SF that no one does better than the British. Eerie, ambiguous, sly, multivalent, sensitive to the nuanced emotional weather of the protagonists, highly naturalistic despite the weirdness…. If I mention the names Christopher Priest, Brian Aldiss, D.G. Compton and, on the horror end of the spectrum, Robert Aickman, I think you’ll ...Read More

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New Books : 24 September 2019

Time slips in mysterious ways with this week’s titles, including SHATTER WAR (the sequel to TIME SHARDS), THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz, and a new edition of R.A Lafferty’s PAST MASTER!

New titles this week are by R.J. Barker, Stephen Baxter, Jillian Boehme, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald, Jennifer Giesbrecht, Bendict Jacka, Paul Krueger, Annalee Newitz, Beth Revis, K. Arsenault Rivera, Vivan Shaw, and Lauren ...Read More

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“The Fault… Is Not in the Stars, but in Ourselves”: Gary Westfahl Reviews Ad Astra

James Gray’s Ad Astra is the most recent example of the subgenre that I have called the spacesuit film, dedicated to realistic portrayals of space travel in the near future; and in keeping with tradition, it offers an ample amount of the breathtaking astronomical vistas and meticulously detailed spacecraft that audiences have come to expect in such films since Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) permanently transformed the ...Read More

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New Books : 17 September 2019

Sensing a theme in September’s new books? MENACE OF THE MONSTER, A COSMOLOGY OF MONSTERS, and MONSTER, SHE WROTE are among the dozen titles this week.

New titles this week are by Joe Abercrombie, Mike Ashley, L.X. Beckett, Miles Cameron, Shaun Hamill, Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson, Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane, Félix J. Palma, Valerie Valdes, Scott Westerfeld, Jin Yong, and Joe Zieja. ...Read More

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New Books : 10 September 2019

New titles this week are by Dahlia Adler, David Afsharirad, Nina Allan, Margaret Atwood, Desirina Boskovich, Orson Scott Card, Ellen Datlow, Alix E. Harrow, Tyler Hayes, Tom Holt, Rich Horton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Stephen King, Rachel Eve Moulton, Tamsyn Muir, Sarah Pinsker, Alexandra Rowland, Kim Scott, Wendy Trimboli & Alicia Zaloga, and Edward Willett.
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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The City and the Cygnets by Michael Bishop

The City and the Cygnets, Michael Bishop (Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions 978-1933846781, $19.99, 466pp, trade paperback) August 2019

Many authors can’t resist the temptation to revisit the work of their younger selves and do a little improving, while others subscribe to the famous verse by Omar Khayyám: “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,/Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit/Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,/Nor ...Read More

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New Books : 3 September 2019

22 books on this week’s massive list, including Booker shortlisted QUICHOTTE; ONLY ASHES REMAIN, the sequel to a Sunburst finalist; and HOLLYWOOD NORTH, which was expanded from a World Fantasy nominated novella!

New titles this week are by Rachel Caine, Becky Chamber, Richard Chizmar, Neil Enock, Eric Flint & Iver P. Cooper, Deborah Hewitt, Dave Hutchinson, Les Johnson & Robert E. Hampson, Michael Kelly, David Koepp, Jay Kristoff, Michael Laurence, ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro

Sing Your Sadness Deep, Laura Mauro (Undertow 978-1988964133, $27.99, 236pp, hardcover) August 2019

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of Undertow Publications, under the aegis of Michael Kelly, who wears a second hat as an accomplished fiction writer himself, thus continuing the field’s grand tradition of editors who know how stories are put together from the inside out (Knight, Dozois, Campbell, et. al). During that span ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes by Howard V. Hendrix

The Girls With Kaleidoscope Eyes: Analog Stories for a Digital Age, Howard V. Hendrix (Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-77-4, $17.99, 318pp, trade paperback) August 2019

I do believe I’ve read all six of Howard Hendrix’s ingenious, well-crafted and entertaining novels, all of which I’ve enjoyed immensely. When, retrospectively, his output of novels seemed to cease with Spears of God, in 2006, I was dismayed and sad. For one reason or ...Read More

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