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Charles de Lint Reading List: Charles is the acknowledged master of contemporary fantasy. Try a few of his books and you'll see what readers mean.
A Conversation With Ellen Kushner: Jeff Berkwits talks music with the author of Thomas the Rhymer.
Link Sites: Exhausted our links? Need more? Here's a list of sites devoted to collecting the best SF and Fantasy links.
Cilia-of-Gold: Wayne MacLaurin enjoyed the audio version of Stephen Baxter's short story.
Are you a writer? Do you know about these writers' resources?
Driving Blind: most of the stories in Ray Bradbury's latest collection work, either as entertainment or on a deeper level, but they do have a dated feel.
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Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase
a website edited by Al von Ruff
It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of the Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase, to the SF Site. The ISFDB is a continuous, ongoing effort to catalog works of Speculative Fiction. It is an attempt to link together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books.

Fedogan & Bremer Fedogan & Bremer
compiled by Rodger Turner
In their eight-year history small press publisher Fedogan & Bremer has concentrated on writers from the pulp era of horror and mystery. Their perseverance has paid off with 15 fine books, and three more at press. An eclectic mix, they include ten single author collections, three Lovecraftian anthologies and two novels, ranging over old-fashioned SF, fantasy, weird-menace, Gothic, Lovecraftian & modern horror.

Putting up Roots Putting up Roots by Charles Sheffield
reviewed by Thomas Myer
Thomas tells us Sheffield not only writes good characters, he writes good adolescent characters -- people who are in the middle of a vast, terrifying, pimply transition.

Earthquake Weather Earthquake Weather by Tim Powers
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Powers has a knack for establishing rules of weirdness that make enough occult-logical sense that you just come to accept them. This novel assumes that you're already familiar with Last Call and Expiration Date. If you're not, you may find yourself struggling to keep up.

Fool's War Fool's War by Sarah Zettel
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Steven found the story interesting, cast with characters and a Universe well worth the occasional confusing sequence. The few redundancies don't detract from the flow of the novel, and Zettel is adept at creating complex, believable worlds and likable people.

The Moon and the Sun The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The author spends much of the early portion of the novel trying to establish atmosphere and introduce the characters. Although McIntyre does a good job of setting the mood, so many characters are thrown at the reader so quickly, and with such few distinguishing characteristics, that it is, at times, difficult to keep their identities separate.

The Horns of Elfland The Horns of Elfland edited by Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman and Donald G. Keller
reviewed by Jeff Berkwits
Jeff found most of the stories worthwhile. But those that attempt to relate a character's reaction to music rather than the compositions themselves tend to be more successful, as the reader can readily insert personally powerful harmonies into the yarns.

Silicon Embrace Silicon Embrace by John Shirley
reviewed by Glen Engel-Cox
Yes, the aliens are among us, and they have been for thousands of years. The fractionalization of the U.S., including a second Civil War, has resulted in the world of 2017 resembling John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., complete with megalomaniac warlords and ex-military commandos. Glen loved the book.

The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick Reading List
compiled by Rodger Turner
This is the seventh installment of a ten part series putting together a reading list of Philip K. Dick's novels and short fiction.

Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman by Walter Miller, Jr.
reviewed by Steven H Silver
For Steven, Miller's world is far more complex than glimpsed in the classic A Canticle for Leibowitz. Miller examines the cultures of the novel's nomadic tribes, focusing on the war and alliances between them, the Church, and Texark.

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn by John Bellairs
reviewed by Jennifer & Chris Goheen
Jennifer liked the riddles and thought the mystery was challenging. Chris, Jennifer's dad, thought that, with a less melodramatic treatment of the villain and more skillful handling of a few of the plot twists, this would have been a much better read.

A King of Infinite Space A King of Infinite Space by Allen Steele
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Set in Steele's famously detailed future history, this book is much more pessimistic than his earlier efforts. It draws on events which occur in Clarke County, Space and the novella The Weight. But it may be a good starting point for readers of his future history.

The Gift The Gift by Patrick O'Leary
reviewed by Rodger Turner
Here is a story within many stories told by The Teller to a ship's captain and his crew. With the usual interruptions to remind us of the audience, we read the simple tale of a woodcarver's son, Tim, and a new king, Simon, and how they come to conquer the evil magic loosed in this world by The Usher, a scarred man who sold his soul to become a powerful wizard.

Series Review

Twilight of the Empire Twilight of the Empire by Simon R. Green
reviewed by Todd Richmond
This is a compilation of three novels set in Simon R. Green's Deathstalker universe. Each of these novels was published separately before the first of the Deathstalker trilogy. It can be read without any reference to Green's other books.

Second Looks

A Canticle for Leibowitz A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
Here is a novel that demands to be read. The author speaks through his characters on a number of universal issues -- euthanasia, abortion, the differences between men and animals, and the conflict between the Book of Nature and the Book of God. The long-awaited sequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, has just been published in hardcover.

First Novels

Mars Underground Mars Underground by William K. Hartmann
reviewed by Marc Goldstein
Anyone interested in the Mars Sojourner/Pathfinder mission will find this novel captivating. Hartmann is a real-life scientist with the Mars Global Surveyor team.

Non-Fiction

Planet Quest Planet Quest by Ken Croswell
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The author writes about our solar system with all the pride a native New Yorker or Chicagoan displays when describing their hometown. Unfortunately, Steven feels this type of enthusiasm is somewhat out-of-place in a science book, even popular science such as this.


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