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io9 on The Political Prisoner has posted a nice review of Charles Coleman Finlay’s "The Political Prisoner" (which includes some discussion of the story prior to that, "The Political Officer," which you can currently read on our website).

They also shower some more love on Maurizio Manzieri‘s illustration for Robert Reed’s "Five Thrillers," which they reviewed a few months ago.

IROSF Recommends Stoddard, Wilhelm

In the latest issue of The Internet Review of Science Fiction, short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton reviews the April 2008 issue, singling out "First Editions" by James Stoddard" and "The Fountains of Neptune" by Kate Wilhelm as the best of the issue.

io9 on "Five Thrillers"

The io9 blog calls Robert Reed’s "Five Thrillers" the standout story in the April issue, and labels it a "must read." Click through to read their insightful review, as well as the subsequent comment thread.

"Five Thrillers" is "a masterpiece of action"

Speaking of "Five Thrillers," Jason Sanford declared in a review that it is "a masterpiece of action, fast-paced narration, and insightful examination of the attributes which make humans so successful and potentially scary" and added that he’d be "extremely disappointed" if it didn’t end up on many of the major SF award ballots. He also called Maurizio Manzieri’s cover art "mind blowingly great."

So, obviously, for Mr. Sanford, "Five Thrillers" = love. What did you think of it?

Monsters & Critics reviews Paolo Bacigalupi

Jason Sanford over at Monsters & Critics reviews Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut story collection Pump Six, which mostly contains stories originally published in F&SF: "Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi the best science fiction short story collection of recent years. […] So if you enjoy philosophical science fiction stories, read Pump Six. If you hate philosophical science fiction stories, read Pump Six. Because like the evocative concrete rain which continually falls from the buildings in Bacigalupi’s title story, Pump Six gently rains upon the reader until you find yourself swimming in a deep ocean of truth. And no matter how you approach this book–whether for the ideas or for the great stories–you won’t be disappointed." The full review is here. Jason also offered up some additional thoughts about the title story over on his blog.

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