Paul Di Filippo Reviews World Engines: Destroyer by Stephen Baxter

World Engines: Destroyer, Stephen Baxter (UK: Gollancz 978-1473223172, £20, 576pp, hardcover) September 2019

As nearly as I can suss out, Stephen Baxter currently has no publisher in the USA. His last three books in his classic Xeelee series—Xeelee Endurance (2015), Xeelee Vengeance (2017) and Xeelee Redemption (2018)—appeared from Gollancz in the UK, but not here. And this newest one has no American edition either.

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews All Worlds Are Real by Susan Palwick

All Worlds Are Real Era, Susan Palwick (Fairwood 978-1933846842, $17.99, 322pp, hardcover) November 2019

With the publication of her new story collection, All Worlds Are Real, Susan Palwick charts her sixth book over the course of her 35 years of professional publication. Measured reductionistically by number of pages produced, she has not been extremely prolific. But when gauged by the quality of her prose and the allure and ...Read More

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New Books : 5 November 2019

Locus‘s own Tim Pratt and Gary K. Wolfe both have new titles out this week!

New titles this week are by Mirah Bolender, Dave Butler & Aaron Michael Ritchey, David Carrico, John Crowley, Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt, Kel Kade, E.E. Knight, Sara B. Larson, Kristyn Merbeth, Erin Morgenstern, Daniel José Older, Jerry Pournelle (edited by John F. Carr), Tim Pratt, Shannon Price, Jennifer Roberson, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Neal ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Supernova Era by Cixin Liu

Supernova Era, Cixin Liu (Tor 978-1250306036, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover) October 2019

The Anglophone market for foreign fantastika often seems to have one significant niche available per era. No matter how many non-English-speaking authors are producing interesting material, only a single name becomes widely translated and prominent. For the longest time during the earliest years of the genre, that berth was filled of course by Jules Verne. Then by Lem. ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Antediluvian by Wil McCarthy

Antediluvian, Wil McCarthy (Baen 978-1-4814-8431-2, $25, 320pp, hardcover) October 2019

Award-winning author Wil McCarthy has not brought forth a novel since—if I am reading his ISFDB entry aright—2005’s To Crush the Moon, and I suspect a whole new generation of readers is unfamiliar with his name and accomplishments: the ability to splendidly blend solid scientific outrageousness with slambang action and likable Everyman characters. That’s a shame, since, as ...Read More

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Blinks: PW’s Best of 2019; NYT essays and reviews; Slate roundtable with Anders and Ashby

» Publishers Weekly’s Best SF/Fantasy/Horror of 2019 are by King, Turnbull, Hurley, Starling, McGuire, LaValle/Adams, and Wendig

» Recently in NY Times: For Some Horror Writers, Nothing Is Scarier Than a Changing Planet by Naomi Booth, discussing Amitav Ghosh and Jeff VanderMeer and others

» Also, Danielle Trussoni reviews horror by Lovecraft (annotated by Klinger), nonfiction by Kröger and Anderson, a novel by Marente de Moor, and a collection by ...Read More

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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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