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On Keeping Pluto a Planet, by Greg Beatty (1/25/10)
Uneven, unbalanced, elliptical,/not even the farthest out,
Dark Emblem, by Greg Beatty (7/6/09)
From our fingers, what falls, / when we new faithful fall?
Reviews for the week of 11/24/08
Monday: Very Bad Deaths and Very Hard Choices by Spider Robinson, reviewed by Greg Beatty
Wednesday: Twelve Collections and The Teashop by Zoran Živković, reviewed by Lara Buckerton
Friday: Fast Foward 2, edited by Lou Anders, reviewed by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Reviews for the week of 7/28/08
Monday: Hello Summer, Goodbye and I Remember Pallahaxi by Michael G. Coney, reviewed by Colin Harvey
Wednesday: The Sharing Knife: Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold, reviewed by Greg Beatty
Friday: The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell, reviewed by Tanya Brown
Reading the Rhysling: 1981, by Greg Beatty (9/11/06)
1981 saw two poems awarded the Rhysling, poems at the opposite end of the speculative poetry spectrum, or better, at opposite ends of several speculative poetry spectrums: length, accessibility, and most notably attitude and relation to the genre.
Reviews for the week of 7/24/06
Monday: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, reviewed by Jasmine Johnston
Tuesday: Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, reviewed by R. J. Burgess
Wednesday: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife: Beguilement, reviewed by Greg Beatty
Thursday: Flatland, Flatterland, Spaceland: an education in three books, by Lori Ann White
Reading the Rhysling: 1980, by Greg Beatty (6/12/06)
Once presented, the image seems so logical that it poses its own rhetorical question: why can't there be particles of darkness?
Reading the Rhysling: 1979, by Greg Beatty (4/3/06)
Bishop's dance with Andrew Marvell and Stephen Hawking displays speculative poetry's bravura ambition.
Reading the Rhysling: Introduction, by Greg Beatty (2/13/06)
[T]here is one area that has heretofore been neglected, and that is a systematic reading of the poems which science fiction poets have designated as superior.
Reading the Rhysling: 1978, by Greg Beatty (2/13/06)
Rhysling's vision stands as a metaphor for all science fiction poetry, and perhaps for all science fiction: we write in verse what we cannot see with our eyes.
Reviews for the week of 1/23/06
Monday: Lou Anders's Futureshocks, reviewed by Mahesh Raj Mohan
Tuesday: M.P. Shiel's The House of Sounds, reviewed by Greg Beatty
Wednesday: Scott Mackay's Tides, reviewed by Justin Howe
Thursday: Dale Bailey's The Resurrection Man's Legacy, reviewed by Colin Harvey
Reviews for the week of 12/5/05
Monday: Maureen F. McHugh's Mothers and Other Monsters, reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum
Tuesday: Michael Blumlein's The Healer, reviewed by Lori Ann White
Wednesday: Anne Sheldon's The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor, reviewed by Donna Royston
Thursday: Jeffrey Allen Tucker's A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity and Difference, reviewed by Greg Beatty
Reviews for the week of 10/10/05
Monday: Holly Phillips's In the Palace of Repose, reviewed by Yoon Ha Lee
Tuesday: Enki Bilal's The Nikopol Trilogy, reviewed by Mark Teppo
Wednesday: The 4400, reviewed by Selila Honig
Thursday: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Hallowed Hunt, reviewed by Greg Beatty
Reviews for the week of 9/19/05
Monday: Doctor Who 2005: a feature-length review by Graham Sleight
Tuesday: Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners reviewed by Geneva Melzack
Wednesday: Byron de Prorok's Dead Men Do Tell Tales reviewed by Justin Howe
Thursday: Kate Wilhelm's Storyteller reviewed by Greg Beatty
Return Engagements, by Greg Beatty (8/29/05)
When the whirring saucers came, / back in the 1950s, they came / for our women,
Making Robot Poets Great, by Greg Beatty (7/18/05)
They remembered perfection
Interview: Louise Marley, by Greg Beatty (5/16/05)
"I've been intrigued by all issues of the spirit ... but I find that lots of people who say they have no faith per se are still deeply spiritual beings, fascinated by those things we can't explain, even by death."
Louise Marley's The Child Goddess, by Greg Beatty (5/16/05)
The Child Goddess is a science fable. That is to say, in this novel Louise Marley uses the settings and tools of science fiction to tell an intentionally simplified and stylized story of extreme moral clarity.
War Is For the Hard of Hearing, by Greg Beatty (1/10/05)
That soldiers silently embrace
The Other Sleeping Beauties, by Greg Beatty (11/22/04)
Once upon a time, you couldn't / shoot an arrow through these / woods without tinking a glass bier.
Many Voices: A Review of Polyphony, Vol. 1, 2, and 3, by Greg Beatty (8/9/04)
These stories use the fantastic as methods to evoke emotion. They focus on the personal, the interpersonal, and the social. In doing so, they strive for, and often achieve, beauty.
The 2004 Campbell Award, by Greg Beatty (8/2/04)
. . . quite a crop of writers have appeared in the past two years . . . they fall all across the spectrum of speculative fiction.
Old Books Made New: Four Book Reviews, by Mary Anne Mohanraj, James Palmer, Greg Beatty, and Sean Melican (6/7/04)
Four short reviews of James White's General Practice, Robert Holstock's Mythago Wood, Lord Dunsany's The Pleasures of a Futuroscope, and Gene Wolfe's Latro in the Mist.
Science Fiction's Secret Father: Time to Celebrate the Seusscentennial, by Greg Beatty (3/1/04)
The S in SF stands for Seuss. / It makes things better, silly goose.
The 2003 John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award Finalists: Who, What, and Why?, by Greg Beatty (8/4/03)
All of these writers are committed to speculative fiction for the long run. They value it as a literary and interpersonal community, and are actively working to improve their craft.
Easy Reading: The Hard Science Fiction Renaissance, by Greg Beatty (3/3/03)
Rather than being dead or moribund, hard SF has huge, untapped potential. It has its own aesthetic, and the rules for this beauty are not accidental or formed in reaction to the mainstream, but conscious and well-conceived.
Undead for the Holidays: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Night Blooming and Fred Saberhagen's A Coldness in the Blood, by Greg Beatty (10/28/02)
[T]wo very different new books indicate that what our generation needs to deal with is time, identity, and power.
Interview: Steven Barnes, by Greg Beatty (7/29/02)
"Evil is anything that adds to entropy. . . . Damaging children. Interrupting caring. Interfering with the process of life. That's evil."
Violence, Ethics, and Ethnicity: Charisma by Steven Barnes, by Greg Beatty (7/29/02)
One of the first things that [Barnes] does well [in Charisma] is build a complex narrative, and even that statement is unfair to the novel. . . . As he does so, he interweaves an ambivalent parable of heroism and violence.
Naming the Stars: The Awards of Science Fiction (part 2 of 2), by Greg Beatty (5/6/02)
Welcome back to my discussion of the various awards of science fiction. . . . [I]n this article I'll be looking at the different awards that seek to change science fiction.
Naming the Stars: The Awards of Science Fiction (part 1 of 2), by Greg Beatty (4/15/02)
So you're in the bookstore, browsing the science fiction shelves, and a back cover blurb catches your eye. "Winner of the Sidewise Award!" Or "Nominated for a Ditmar!" or "Two Time Winner of the Golden Duck Award!" If you're like me, your first reaction is "Huh?"
The Wonder and Limits of Science: An Evening with Freeman Dyson, by Greg Beatty (12/31/01)
When Dyson took the stage . . . he took it as a platform, as another chance to talk about issues that have consumed him his entire career.
Problems of Xenography: Thunder Rift by Matthew Farrell, by Greg Beatty (10/22/01)
The Blues . . . live in a world of sound. They talk, they sing, they chant, they evoke meaning and physical space through a web of resonance, and it is strange and threatening and wonderful.
Reason, Sexuality, and the Self in Libertarian Science Fiction Novels, by Greg Beatty (9/17/01)
The sense of wonder so central to science fiction comes, in libertarian science fiction, from rebellion and material achievement, and not from curiosity and its satisfaction. . . .
Alien or Human? Humanity's orphan children in Scott Mackay's The Meek, by Greg Beatty (7/2/01)
You should read The Meek because it is a work of hard science fiction that manages to both be realistic and magical. It re-awoke in me a lot of the classic sense of wonder that led many of us to read science fiction in the first place, and it did so via a string of images that are original and resonant.
The Bridge Between Truth/Death and Power/Knowledge: Ted Chiang's "Seventy-two Letters", by Greg Beatty (4/16/01)
Chiang's main characters explore their universes on profound levels, and in each story striking images mark a place where the fundamental laws of the universe must be re-examined. . . .