Paul Di Filippo Reviews Forced Perspectives by Tim Powers

Forced Perspectives, Tim Powers (Baen 978-1-9821-2440-3, 384pp, hardcover) March 2020

When I reviewed the first book in this series, Alternate Routes, for Asimov’s, I said the novel “continues Powers’s invigorating investigations into spirits from the vasty deep, employing an approach and tone he has not previously offered. As is to be expected, after such a long and vital congress with specters, Powers brings his A-game to the page.” ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Rambunctious by Rick Wilber

Rambunctious, Rick Wilber (WordFire Press 978-1-68057-068-7, hardcover) March 2020

Hewing to the high standards of probity that all reviewers should follow, I solemnly promise not to employ any easy baseball similes, metaphors, or analogies during this review of Rick Wilber’s new story collection, despite the fact that he is most famous, perhaps, for his alternate-history stories involving Moe Berg, Major League Baseball catcher and spy. And despite the fact ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Providence by Max Barry

Providence, Max Barry (Putnam’s 978-0593085172, $27, 320pp, hardcover) March 2020

I tend to create whimsical schools of writers in my own mind, where none necessarily exists in real life. Thus, I place Max Barry in a class with such folks as Ned Beauman, Karen Russell, Nick Harkaway, Matt Ruff, Reif Larsen and others: a clade of “Pop Culture-Savvy, Slipstreamy, High Concept, Maximalist, Always Pioneering New Territory Weirdos.” As silly, ...Read More

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New Books : 10 March 2020

New books including story collections A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN, EVERYONE ON THE MOON IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, and YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

New titles this week are by Luke Arnold, Anne Bishop, Patrice Caldwell, Myke Cole, T. Frohock, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Duncan M. Hamilton, Julian K. Jarboe, Alma Katsu, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Tina LeCount Myers, Mary South, and S.M. Stirling. ...Read More

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New Books : 3 March 2020

Uploads, mechs, and old-school cyberpunk: 20 new books this week including THE COMPANIONS, RE-COIL, OTAKU, and CYBER SHOGUN REVOLUTION.

New titles this week are by Matt Bechtel, Frank Chadwick, Cassandra Clare, Eric Flint & Ryk E. Spoor, Katie M. Flynn, Sarah Gailey, Michael Kelly, Chris Kluwe, Jean LeBlanc, Sarah J. Maas, Premee Mohamad, J.T. Nicholas, Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane, Tim Powers, K.M. Szpara, Peter Tieryas, K.B. Wagers, Cynthia Ward, ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Fighters of Fear, Edited by Mike Ashley

Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories, edited by Mike Ashley (Talos 978-1945863523, $29.99, 624pp, hardcover) January 2020

It is a simple and undeniable fact that the past will in many ways always overpower and outweigh the present. It’s a matter involving sheer numbers and mass. The present is a tiny moving window of some quantum of time in which our consciousness lives. To be generous, let’s denominate “the present” ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Initiate by James L. Cambias

The Initiate, James L. Cambias (Baen 978-1-98212-435-9, $25, 288pp, hardcover) February 2020

Producing four superior novels in six years, starting with A Darkling Sea in 2014 and extending to the current one in 2020, James Cambias seems to have hit his stride, but not his peak. We can only anticipate many more fine books to follow.

Indicative of his desire always to be expanding his range, Cambias’s newest is ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, by Ken Liu (Saga 978-1982134037, $26, 432pp, hardcover) February 2020

Ken Liu is the kind of prodigious talent who makes mere mortals melt in despair at ever matching his accomplishments. He could have been content to remain a software engineer and lawyer, but instead he added to his CV the vocations of editor, translator, and fiction writer. If he had done any of ...Read More

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New Books : 11 February 2020

Historical fantasies dominate this week’s new books in THE ILLNESS LESSON, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, STORM FROM THE EAST, STORMSONG, SENSATIONAL, and A WITCH IN TIME.

New titles this week are by Clare Beams, Eric Brown, Andy Davidson, Sergey & Marina Dyachenko, Joanna Hathaway, Andrew Krivak, A.K. Larkwood, C.L. Polk, Constance Sayers, and Jodie Lynn Zdrok. ...Read More

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Blinks: Two Talks with Kim Stanley Robinson; Eric Brown’s reviews in Guardian

» Slate: Isaac Butler talked with Kim Stanley Robinson about Three Californias, Infinite Futures

» And at Wall Street Journal: Russell Gold talks with Kim Stanley Robinson: A Sci-Fi Author’s Boldest Vision of Climate Change: Surviving It

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Anne Charnock, Marc-Uwe Kling, AJ Hackwith, Andrew Hunter Murray, Menna van Praag ...Read More

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