Review – Lightspeed Magazine Issue 92 (January 2018)

The January issue of Lightspeed has four slightly-better-than-average original stories (reviewed here), two of them SF and the other two fantasy, as usual. I always perk up a little when I see new stuff from Adam-Troy Castro and Sarah Pinsker, but I was mildly disappointed with their offerings here. There is a good selection of... Continue Reading →

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Capsule Reviews – January 2018

Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty 6.3 Seven Surrenders, by Ada Palmer 8.5 The Changeling, by Victor LaValle 8.7 Tomorrow’s Kin (Yesterday’s Kin Book 1), by Nancy Kress 5.8 The Man in the Tree, by Sage Walker 8.2 Provenance, by Ann Leckie 8.1 Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes has an intriguing setup – six clones wake up... Continue Reading →

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Review – The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

Rating: 4.4 (out of 10) Tyrell Johnson’s The Wolves of Winter starts out as a reasonably well-written, if undistinguished, post-apocalyptic tale – a sort of YA-ish version of Cormac Mcarthy’s The Road (the “ish” owing to the fact that the protagonist is a handful of years older than the usual YA heroine). It quickly turns... Continue Reading →

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List – The Best Short SFF: Summer 2017

The Very Best Novellas Not Far Enough, Martin L. Shoemaker – Analog, Jul/Aug 2017 After their malfunctioning AI causes an accident that cripples their orbiting ship beyond repair, the surviving crew of the Bradbury is stranded on the surface of Mars with little hope of surviving until help arrives. But Captain Ames has a plan... Continue Reading →

List – The Best Short SFF: Spring 2017

The Spring Season was a disappointing one for me; it only brought about two favorites, and a handful of other recommendations. The Very Best Novellas All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries), by Martha Wells; Tor Novella The difficulty of reconciling one’s private self with one’s public façade produces a multitude of anxieties that manifest in... Continue Reading →

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