Blinks: Ben H. Winters; Slaughterhouse-Five; Guardian reviews; free anthology; Scott Edelman

» NY Times Book Review: Ben H. Winters asks What Do the Make-Believe Bureaucracies of Sci-Fi Novels Say About Us?

» NY Times: The Moral Clarity of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ at 50 by Kevin Powers

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Ann Leckie, Tade Thompson, Helen Marshall, Stephen Palmer, Temi Oh

» The Verge: Arizona State University released a free sci-fi anthology about the future of solar power

» Scott Edelman dines with ...Read More

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New Books : 19 March 2019

A war journalist, warrior priest, war against the machines, war on the moon, interstellar war, and Game of Thrones leadership secrets on this week’s list of 13 new books! New titles this week are by K. Ancrum, Bruce Craven, David Dalglish, Cory Doctorow, K.A. Doore, Sarah Beth Durst, M.T. Hill, Kameron Hurley, Ian McDonald, Sarah Pinsker, Sarah Porter, Alastair Reynolds, and Jack Skillingstead. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones by Micah Dean Hicks

Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, Micah Dean Hicks ((John Joseph Adams 978-1-328-56645-4, $24, 304pp, hardcover, February 2019)

Arguably, we live in a golden age for ghost stories, of an excellence and profusion on a par with the Victorian era classics. Writers such as Mike Carey, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Tim Powers, and Paul Tremblay are working in this mode at the top of their game. As an article in ...Read More

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Blinks: NYT reviews and essay; PRI on Chinese SF; Scott Edelman

» NY Times Book Review: Alec Nevala-Lee reviews John Lancheseter’s The Wall

» Also in NYTBR, Jennifer Hubert Swan reviews Y.A. crossover fantasy by Berry, LaFevers, Ahmed, and Chokshi

» Next week’s NYTBR: Zambian novelist Namwali Serpell on When Science Fiction Comes True

» PRI podcast: The sci-fi of another language, about Liu Cixin and Ken Liu

» Scott Edelman dines with Michael J. Walsh ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor 978-0-7653-7996-2, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, February 2019)

Charlie Jane Anders’s debut novel from 2016, All the Birds in the Sky, marked the emergence of a truly distinctive voice. In her tale of battling magicians and scientists, she managed to gainfully conflate a touching love story with a scary apocalypse, yoking the quotidian with the cosmic, the comic ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Plotters by Un-su Kim

The Plotters, Un-su Kim ((Doubleday 978-0385544382, $25.95, 304pp, hardcover, January 2019)

The theme of secret conspiracies running our mundane world has sunk deep roots into the genre of fantastika. Although quite often such books exhibit no supernatural or SFnal apparatus, they still manage to evoke speculative or weird effects that resonate with the genre, since they demand a kind of cognitive estrangement: everything you know is wrong. John Crowley ...Read More

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New Books : 5 March 2019

20 new science fiction and fantasy books released this week! New titles this week are by Andrew Bannister, Elizabeth Bear, Laura Bickle, Anne Bishop, K. Chess, Brian Lee Durfee, Jenna Glass, Kevin Hearne/Lila Bowen/Chuck Wendig, Kate Heartfield, John Lanchester, Tim Maughan, Seanan McGuire, Rati Mehrotra, Dan Moren, Helen Oyeyemi, Tim Powers, John Ringo & Gary Poole, Amber Royer, Martin L. Shoemaker, and Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye. ...Read More Read more

New Books : 19 February 2019

13 new science fiction and fantasy books this week, including: 12 dark fantasy stories in COLLISION by J.S. Breukelaar; 16 stories translated from Chinese in BROKEN STARS, edited by Ken Liu; and 25 original stories, plus nine microstories by China Mieville, in THE OUTCAST HOURS, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin. New titles this week are by J. S. Breukelaar, Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre, P. Djéli Clark, T. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds

Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit 978-0316555708, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, January 2019)

A person huddles alone in the wreckage of a spaceship, body glowing with strange patterns of light. And all that the person can think of is revenge on those responsible for the situation.

Sounds familiar, right? Good old Gully Foyle in The Stars My Destination. Well, surprisingly, that’s not the book under discussion today. Instead, we ...Read More

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New Books : 12 February 2019

11 new books this week, including several continuing series: Susan Dennard’s BLOODWITCH; TERMINAL UPRISING by Jim C. Hines; THE REVENANT EXPRESS by George Mann; and David Moody’s ALL ROADS LEAD HERE. New titles this week are by Charlie Jane Anders, Susan Dennard, Jasper Fforde, Jim C. Hines, George Mann, Kate Mascarenhas, David Moody, Sylvain Neuvel, Leife Shallcross, Sharma Shields, and Jodie Lynn Zdrok. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Arkad’s World by James Cambias

Arkad’s World, James Cambias (Baen 978-1-4814-8370-4, $24, 304pp, hardcover, January 2019)

One of my all-time favorite SF novels is Earthblood, by Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown. It’s a space operatic quest following the life of a man called Roan, from youth to maturity. He’s the only human, and despised, in a galaxy of oddball aliens, and he’s determined to find the rest of his species on the ...Read More

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New Books : 5 February 2019

Royalty reigns over this list of 17 new books: evil queens, the ruin of kings, a space princess, and five royal daughters! New titles this week are by Larry Correia, Theodora Goss, Joanna Hathaway, Micah Dean Hicks, Darius Hinks, Marlon James, Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams, Jenn Lyons, Evie Manieri, Jessie Mihalik, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Scotto Moore, Larry Niven, Patrice Sarath, S.A. Sidor, Kristen Simmons, and Kim Wilkins. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-267813-3, $26.99, 640pp, hardcover, January 2019)

Chakraborty’s second novel, a sequel to The City of Brass, which I reviewed on this site, continues to chronicle with grace and elegance the ongoing exploits of Nahri, once an unassuming child of Cairo’s streets, whose true role was proven to be the scion of a race of magical healers. When her mystical powers ...Read More

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New Books : 29 January 2019

Gods rule this week’s new books: Inuit and Viking gods battle in THE WOLF IN THE WHALE by Jordanna Max Brodsky; TIDE OF THE TITANS by Thoraiya Dyer is about the gods and goddesses of thirteen cities in a forest canopy; and R.A. Salvatore’s latest RECKONING OF FALLEN GODS.  Other new titles this week by Mike Ashley, Leigh Bardugo, Robert Jackson Bennett, Mike Chen, Simon Ings, Michelle Sagara, and Shaun ...Read More Read more