02 September 2015
Slow Bullets is a huge leap forward for Alastair Reynolds; the culmination of a long-term interest in how memory affects society. It begins as that most strikingly individualistic of genres, the revenge narrative, and escalates until it’s questioning not just the individual’s place in society, but how societies are formed and function, and how they record themselves.
31 August 2015
It is a sad truism in our genre that books by women are less likely to be reviewed, less likely to be supported by publisher and bookshop promotions, less likely to be noticed, and that, as a result, many women writers are disproportionately under-read. I am pretty sure that, if we truly had a level playing field in SFF, Downum would be a star.
28 August 2015
It’s a testament, then, to the conceptual strength of Duncan’s alternate history that, while I was never intending to read the sequel, Unseemly Science, I nevertheless immediately said yes when I was offered the opportunity to review it.
26 August 2015
These signatures (or shibboleths) are gestures toward the encyclopedic joys of epic fantasy, the pleasure of leisure-work rewarded. When these moments are controlled, they can be fun or interesting. When they are not, an attempt at a meticulous construction of a character is suddenly revealed to be built on a foundation much shallower than it initially seemed.
24 August 2015
In NoFood, Total Gastric Bypass is a way into a new world, a way to rethink what the pleasure of eating might entail, to rethink what it means to eat food that someone has cooked for you, a way to reimagine what causes hunger. What does it mean for hunger to be a sign of love, or of grief?
21 August 2015
Though it may sound odd at first (wrong century, wrong gender, wrong academic field), the Indiana Jones comparison is in some ways hilariously apt.
19 August 2015
Fairy-tales were a way of engaging with the moral (and physical) realities of the nineteenth century—a time just as affected as ours by the opportunities and threats of new technologies and conceptual breakthroughs.
17 August 2015
The quality of van den Berg’s writing alone would be enough to indicate that Find Me is something more than standard near-future-disaster fare.
14 August 2015
I can't help but feel that, overall, Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep is a wasted opportunity to show what could have been a uniquely Swedish take on its chosen tropes.
12 August 2015
Nandini Ramachandran: Uprooted is a novel that could have been marvelous, but it settles for being fantastic.
10 August 2015
After all, when you’re hunting monsters, you want to be fast and flexible; what you don’t want is to offer some undead beastie a good handhold.
07 August 2015
Minus its supernatural elements, The Visible Filth would still be a potent story of one man shocked out of his complacent life, finding that he's failed to ask the right questions at the right time—and consequently experiencing the complete upheaval of all he knows.
05 August 2015
Science fiction about our far-reaching humanity is nothing new—not even in the canon of the Wachowskis (Cloud Atlas, The Matrix), who co-created their latest piece with J. M. Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame. Nonetheless, Sense8, their 12-episode Netflix Original Series,...
03 August 2015
In order to truly appreciate The Devourers, we need to understand the world Das’s characters inhabit—the India of 2015 with a British-era law from 1860 which makes homosexuality a crime.
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