Blinks: David Mitchell, N.K. Jemisin, Marlon James, Desert-island SF books

» Guardian: David Mitchell on Earthsea – a rival to Tolkien and George RR Martin

» Guardian: NK Jemisin: ‘It’s easier to get a book set in black Africa published if you’re white’

» LA Times: Dystopian fiction has always been real for Ray Bradbury prize winner Marlon James

» Washington Post: Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar on Desert-island books: Science fiction tales set in isolation that feel just right ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang

Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang (Saga Press 978-1-5344-2208-7, $28.99, 608pp, hardcover) April 2020

The growing corpus of Chinese science fiction translated into English—mainly, as in this case, by that indefatigable polymath, Ken Liu—receives a welcome addition in the form of Hao Jingfang’s meditative and stimulating Vagabonds, arriving on the heels of her award-winning story, “Folding Beijing”. Part of the pleasure of such works is getting the perspective of writers from ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews War of the Maps by Paul McAuley

War of the Maps, Paul McAuley (Gollancz 978-1473217348, £14.99, 432pp, hardcover) March 2020

From the opening lines of Paul McAuley’s magnificent new novel of an exotic far-future world anchored by intensely human characters, we can sense that certain archetypical templates and genres are in play.

A lone tree leaned over the cistern, its bell-shaped yellow-leaved canopy dinting and swaying in the hot breeze, sprinkling coins of mirrorlight across the ...Read More

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New Books : 7 April 2020

Keep your distance this week in: the Banished lands, the Virgin Zones, a castle in the Italian Alps, and an island in the Rhône.

New titles this week are by Henri Bosco, Rae Carson, Hank Davis & Christopher Ruocchio, John Gwynne, Laurell K. Hamilton & William McCaskey, Tim Lebbon, Corry L. Lee, Louisa Morgan, Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle/Steven Bares, Veronica Roth, Emily Strutskie, Caroline Stevermer, Dan Stout, and Danielle Trussoni. ...Read More

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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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