Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira

Rating: 5.4 (out of 10) The Moon has been a hot topic in science fiction lately. Ian McDonald has his elegantly overstuffed Luna trilogy; Andy Weir gave us an intricately detailed, but overly mechanical procedural, Artemis; John Kessel snuck under the radar with his magnificent utopian epic The Moon and the Other. The cover and... Continue Reading →

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Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 136 (January 2018)

A solid issue from cover to cover,  with the original stories tied thematically by the concept of memory, both personal and cultural. There are also classic reprints by James Tiptree, Jr. and Michael Swanwick, and among the non-fiction there is an interview with Sue Burke, author of the much buzzed-about, forthcoming novel Semiosis. A World... 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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Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells

Rating: 8.2 (out of 10) There is a distinctive sensation I get from visiting Tanegawa’s World, the planet where Alex Wells’ Hob Ravani novels are set – like walking against the wind, sand grinding between my teeth. It’s a pitiless, unrelenting tableau of salt and grit and thirst, and, like the best planets, its inhabitants... Continue Reading →

Apex Magazine Issue 104 (January 2018)

The first Apex of 2018 has six original stories (reviewed here), two reprints by the talented Cassandra Khaw and the venerable T. Kingfisher (a.k.a. Ursula Vernon), three poems (I enjoyed “the saddest of angels” by Jeremy Paden), and the usual assortment of interviews, columns and editorials. The cover art by Daniele Serra is stunning. “Asylum... Continue Reading →

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 →

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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