Yes, I will admit, I would have preferred to see fewer brutal fistfights accompanied by the amplified sound of crunching lettuce and more leisurely attention to the imaginative underwater environments that mostly serve as backdrops for the film’s incessant free-for-falls; and yes, the film would have benefited from some judicious editing to reduce its two-and-a-half hour length to two hours. But overall, Aquaman qualifies as a successful superhero film, persuasively ...Read MoreRead more
» Time: The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018 are by Adeyemi, Kuang, Maas, Miller, Suri, Novik, Bennett, Tolkien, Penelope, and Harris
» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo on The Future is (Nearly) Now: Science Fiction’s View of 2018, discussing Nick Clark Windo, Ahmed Saadawi, John Scalzi, Chandler Klang Smith, and Gordon Van Gelder
» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Whiteley, Cobley, Jemisin, Owen, and Cogman ...Read MoreRead more
Since Mary Poppins Returns was one of those rare films falling within my area of expertise that was of interest to my other family members, I watched it in the company of my wife and granddaughter, and I should report that six-year-old Serena Michelle Kong thoroughly enjoyed the film, explaining that she found it just as delightful as its esteemed precursor Mary Poppins (1964). And perhaps, that is the only ...Read MoreRead more
I must first admit that I enjoyed Christian Rivers’s Mortal Engines far more than I thought I would, and the film’s first hour definitely qualifies as a marvelous piece of entertainment. Unfortunately, this story about motorized, traveling cities starts to sputter and run out of gas as it progresses, at the precise time when the filmmakers evidently believed that they were ratcheting up the excitement to an even greater level. ...Read MoreRead more
Classic works in new editions include a Library of America anthology of SF by women edited by Lisa Yaszek, other anthologies by Mike Ashley and by Hank Davis & Christopher Ruocchio, and titles by Poul Anderson, Peter S. Beagle, David ...Read MoreRead more
N.K. Jemisin’s first collection How Long ’til Black Future Month?, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s 15th collection The Dinosaur Tourist, Scott Edelman’s 6th collection Tell Me Like You Done Before and Other Stories Written on the Shoulders of Giants, and titles by R.S. Belcher, Cassandra Clare, Michael Cobley, Julie ...Read MoreRead more
» Slate: Tammy Oler: Changing the Lore: N.K. Jemisin is reimagining other worlds, and ours.
» NY Times Book Review: Amal El-Mohtar reviews Martha Wells, Maria Romasco Moore, Seth Dickinson
» NY Times Book Review: Laura Miller review N.K. Jemisin’s How Long ‘Til a Black Future Month?
» Scott Edelman dines with Jo Walton and comics legend Paul Levitz ...Read MoreRead more
Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet, edited by Mike Ashley (University of Chicago Press 978-0226575087, $17.00, 304pp, trade paperback) October 2018
Once upon a time, when book publishers first decided that there was a wealth of fantastical stories that deserved reprinting, buried in back issues of magazines, our field featured many expert spelunkers of pulp, editors who could delve deep into the substrata of ...Read MoreRead more
Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Hazards of Time Travel and titles by Jacey Bedford, Genevieve Cogman, Ian Douglas, W. Michael Gear, Tom Kratman, Mercedes Lackey, and J. Barton Mitchell ...Read MoreRead more
Two new sets of Harry Potter books debut on lists this week, both from US publisher Arthur A. Levine.
First, in paperback, Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the series first book in the US. And second, Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection, a boxed set of the first three illustrated volumes of the series, in ...Read MoreRead more
The Subjugate, by Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot 978-0857667717, $12.99, 400pp, trade paperback) November 2018
I have not had the pleasure of reading Amanda Bridgeman’s six-book Aurora series, nor her previous standalone novel, The Time of the Stripes. But if they are half as good as her newest singleton, The Subjugate, I will heartily search them out with the guaranteed prospect of enjoying them thoroughly. This new book ...Read MoreRead more
George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History), Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World, and titles by Ben Aaronovitch, Mirah Bolender, ...Read MoreRead more
» LA Times: Scott Bradfield reviews Alec Nevala-Lee’s Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction
» Guardian: Colin Burrow reviews The Black Prince by Adam Roberts – wonderful homage to Anthony Burgess
» Scott Edelman’s World Fantasy Convention Guest of Honor Speech, about inclusion ...Read MoreRead more