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Gradisil Gradisil by Adam Roberts
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Manipulation of the Earth's magnetic field leads to the development of orbital flight without the need for rockets. It may not be physically possible, but it does create the impetus for an orbiting society composed mainly of independently wealthy mavericks determined to keep their wealth and status free from earth's increasingly belligerent nations. When those countries start to extend their power into space, the conditions for revolution are at hand. Klara Gyeroffy, one of the early inhabitants of the Uplands, has her life changed by the murder of her father.

White Night White Night by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
As any Spider-Man fan can tell you, with great power comes great responsibility. As Harry Dresden, wizard, private investigator, and Warden of the White Council, can tell you, with great responsibility comes even greater headaches. And in Harry's case, the headaches tend to be magically explosive, often fatal, and always messy.

The Poisoned Crown The Poisoned Crown by Amanda Hemingway
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Fifteen-year-old Nathan Ward, a human boy whose alien genetic heritage gives him the power to dream himself through the Gates between worlds, has already visited many realities in his quest for three ancient relics, part of a Great Spell crafted thousands of years ago to save a dying universe. The Cup and the Sword are safe in the keeping of Nathan's adopted uncle, the wizard Bartlemy; it remains only to find the final relic, the Crown.

Ilario: the Lion's Eye Ilario: the Lion's Eye by Mary Gentle
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
Although a stand-alone novel, this is billed as a prequel, a book in the universe of Ash: The Secret History, set fifty years before. It's a stab at fleshing out and explaining the weird universe that Ash and her cohorts live in. But that's just part of it. For it takes a special character to be able to carry a storyline -- in first person -- for the duration of a novel this long and complex, but that's exactly what Ilario does.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick speculates on which TV shows will be renewed for the 2007-2008 season, what is on TV in May, what is coming in the months ahead and what titles we can expect as DVD original releases.

Next Next
a movie review by Rick Norwood
Next is one of those all too common films where craftsmanship on the part of the actors and technicians is rendered pointless by a total lack of craftsmanship on the part of the writers. The gimmick is that Nic Cage can see two minutes into the future. If there were such a person, Rick'll tell you later on what his life would really be like, but that doesn't happen in the movie, because the writers never bother to think.

Soldier of Sidon Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe
reviewed by Matthew Hughes
In this episode, we reconnect with the centurion Lucius (or Latro, as he was known in the first two books, Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete), some years after he made it home from Greece after the Hellenes had fought off the last invasion by Persia. Lucius had served on the losing side, a mercenary in King Xerxes's army that was slaughtered by Spartan and Athenian hoplites at the Battle of Plataea. There he suffered a catastrophic head wound that left him with a great scar on his scalp and a brain that can only remember the last twelve hours.

Ink Ink by Hal Duncan
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Vellum was a mess, a sprawling, swaggering, aggressive mess, but through the too-many stories there was still a thin, frail thread of Story leading you through. And it was a big enough book that it deserves to be about something more than the little metaphor of being a writer. Oh it has to be there -- Ink, Vellum, how could you hope to escape the metaphor of writing? -- but please, as part of a bigger, grander mix, not as the guiding principle of the book. Fortunately Hal Duncan is too brash and arrogant a writer to tie himself down so lightly.

Dispatches From Smaragdine: May 2007 Dispatches From Smaragdine: May 2007
a column by Jeff VanderMeer
In this month's column from Smaragdine, Jeff learns about how Elizabeth Hand's books got published in translation and why she is so popular. He has read two of her new titles, Generation Loss and Illyria and provides us with a brief excerpt from Generation Loss.

Spider-Man 3 Spider-Man 3
a movie review by Rick Klaw
Opening as the previous films with a sensational Kyle Cooper-designed kaleidoscope sequence interspersed with scenes from the first two chapters, Spider-Man 3 picks up from the end of Spider-Man 2 with all the major players and unresolved plot lines returning. Peter Parker and Mary Jane explore the next level of their relationship. Harry Osborn seeks revenge for the death of his father, the Green Goblin. Spider-Man enjoys unprecedented levels of popularity as media star. Chaos quickly ensues.

Electric Velocipede #11 Electric Velocipede #11
reviewed by Jakob Schmidt
This issue offers 13 pieces of short (occasionally very short) fiction and four poems. The stories range from vaguely weird realism (Marly Youmans's "The Geode") to straightforward science fiction ("The Duel" by Tobias Buckell). Most of the pieces are short character studies, utilising whatever technological or magical element appropriate to make their point.

First Novels

The Summoner The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Prince Martris Drayke, second son of the king of Margolan, has always had an affinity for magic. Among other skills, he's able to see the ghosts of the dead. His talent has been cultivated by his grandmother, the famed sorceress and Summoner Bava K'aa; but Bava K'aa is years dead, and since her passing there has been no one to teach him.

Second Looks

The Witling The Witling by Vernor Vinge
reviewed by Paul Raven
A pilot and an archaeologist from the planet Novamerika, part of a widely scattered human diaspora, become stranded on the planet Giri when the natives destroy their shuttle accidently while landing. Escape is imperative, not just because of the risk of being exposed as aliens rather than foreign wizards, but because of the lethal diet -- the heavy metals content of the local flora and fauna provides a ticking time-bomb of poisonous pressure. Our heroes are captured by the natives, and become playing pieces in the political intrigue that drives the planet's society.

Star Trek, The Animated Series: Logs Five and Six Star Trek, The Animated Series: Logs Five and Six by Alan Dean Foster
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
A long time ago in a decade far, far away, Star Trek ruled the world of television science fiction. After three seasons of superb television, the series was canceled to the outrage of millions of fans. Then the wait began. Years later, when the animated series first aired and suffering Star Trek withdrawal, we watched not because it was great television, but because we loved the characters. When the logs came out, fans were treated to what amounted to a new Star Trek.

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