01 September 2014
James Morrow has a talent for breathing poignancy and life into what might, in less deft hands, read like a ham handed satirical lecture.
18 August 2014
Half a King draws its influences rather more directly from the coming-of-age narrative so traditional in epic fantasy that it has at times descended into cliché—and then proceeds, neatly and without undue fuss, to subvert several of our expectations for how this sort of story should go.
15 August 2014
The idea of a future archaeology delving into the objects we present-day people, and our successors, will leave behind, has been explored with care and insight by some of science fiction's finest writers. But the subject has seldom been handled with the grace and style Emmi Itäranta has brought to her debut, Memory of Water.
13 August 2014
The sequel to Samit Basu's Turbulence, Resistance, much like its preceding volume, is a post-modern, comedic, smart romp through superhero storylines and tropes.
11 August 2014
A writer practiced at his craft and knowledgeable of the field can, from the tail end of a genre's heyday, survey what has come before and produce something inventive and affecting. For the most part, M. R. Carey is such a writer, and his novel The Girl with All the Gifts is very nearly such a book.
08 August 2014
Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica joins the list of fantasy novels whose portrayal of science and scientists outstrips anything I have seen from recent science fiction.
06 August 2014
Structurally and thematically, and not a little stylistically, Allan is trying something rather unusual with The Race: a distancing novel about drawing in, a science fiction novel aware of its own artifice, a literary fiction impatient with mimesis.
04 August 2014
Though it is every bit as heavy as The Weird, I don't think this new anthology quite matches its predecessors. This is partly because no one anthology, no matter how extensive, could hope to contain all of the great time travel stories; but mostly it is because of a series of editorial decisions that seem, to my mind, questionable.
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