30 January 2015
This isn’t all resolved by science fiction, for Wright’s imagined future is not a hopeful one. Australia may be suffering (and suffering less) from climate change, the premier politician and saviour figure of the nation may be Aboriginal, but the more things change ...
28 January 2015
When someone mentions time-travel, the room is usually filled with collective groans of not again. We’ve seen all the clichés, all the surprise endings, all the "aha" moments. The End Was The Beginning And None Of This Ever Happened. We loved them, but now we’ve come to hate them. But this smart Australian science-fiction flick doesn’t so much flip these clichés as fill them with bullet holes. Then set them on fire.
26 January 2015
The seeming unreliability of the narrative voice swings away from hyperbole or an alternate-universe, and veers towards truth rendered in a kind of personalized code, less expressionistic than it is at heart a vein of realism.
23 January 2015
The Wilds is a short story collection that brims with untamed energy and exalts in the unknowable shadowland between today and tomorrow.
21 January 2015
For a third novel in a series, it has to be said that not very much happens in The Long Mars.
19 January 2015
Airtight worldbuilding isn't responsible for how vivid and real the world of The Wrenchies is. It's something else.
16 January 2015
A Killing in the Sun is punchy and awkward and well worth reading, but there can be a fine line between problematizing and problematic.
14 January 2015
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro have to tread a damned fine line in their new collaboration: Bitch Planet, an updated, feminist sci-fi riff on the women-in-prison trope, officially described as "Margaret Atwood meets Inglorious Basterds".
12 January 2015
The relationship A Man Lies Dreaming has with Osama is clear, but in many ways this is a better novel.
09 January 2015
Vintage Visions is a collection of essays from the pages of the academic journal Science Fiction Studies from the years 1976 to 2010. These sixteen pieces were chosen as ones that covered parts of the history of the field before the Golden Age began in especially interesting and well-written ways.
07 January 2015
Hobbit 3 is like Hobbit 2, but more so—a special effects splurge of weightless, affectless fighting and running around.
05 January 2015
We asked our reviewers to pick their SF-related highs and lows of 2014—books, films, TV, anything. This is what they said.
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