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The Philip K. Dick Award Nominees have been announced. It will be presented at Norwescon 21 in Seattle.
Steven H Silver looks at
More Amazing Stories edited by Kim Mohan.
It bills itself as "The very last issue of Amazing Stories magazine!"
Conventions: we've expanded our coverage to include a list of sites broken down by date, by location and by category.
Our Contents Page highlights reviews of
Jan Clark's Prodigy
and Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun.
Author & Fan Tribute Sites: we've built 26 pages of them (plus one for Mc).
What's new from the SF Site reviewers? Browse through the list to see if any of your favourites are represented.
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It is with a great pleasure that we announce the addition of
Asimov's Science Fiction to the SF Site.
Asimov's is in their 20th Anniversary year and are expanding into
the online world. Check out the site for exciting story
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Reflections column, and cartoons. Forthcoming features will include online
interviews and chats with your favorite writers, Isaac Asimov's
famous Editorials, reprints of classic Asimov's stories,
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Dark of the Night edited by Stephen Jones
reviewed by Rodger Turner
Rodger wonders why we see so few horror anthologies
from mainstream publishers anymore.
He believes that most of the cutting-edge stuff first appears in them and in the magazines. Someone
once said that if you want to see what
going to be in novels in three years, read the magazines and original anthologies.
The Transfigured Hart by Jane Yolen
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
The mythology of unicorns is cleverly interwoven with the modern elements.
This, combined with a strikingly beautiful and simple style, leave the
reader with the feeling of having experienced something magical. And
the real magic lies in the mastery of Yolen's storytelling.
New Worlds edited by David S. Garnett
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The magazine New Worlds was first published in England in 1946. It is
important to establish this anthology's pedigree, for Steven imagines there
are many SF readers almost completely unaware of both it and
Interzone. These two British SF magazines have had an important
influence on the cutting edge of science fiction, both in England and in the
Phoenix Café by Gwyneth Jones
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Thanks to virtual reality and designer sex drugs, it's difficult to put much faith in
any aspect of this novel's world. But, that's part of what Gwyneth Jones does best, destroying assumptions
and keeping the reader off-balance. Assumptions about sex and sexuality -- as
you may have already learned in the first two volumes of this trilogy -- are the first to go.
December New Arrivals
compiled by John O'Neill
The year winds up well with terrific new volumes from Gwyneth Jones,
Nancy Kress, David Zindell, Charles Sheffield, Piers Anthony and Clifford A. Pickover,
Harry Turtledove, Terry Brooks, David Eddings and Leigh Eddings, and others.
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
reviewed by Alex Anderson
Alex believes this is a brilliant effort to attain the truly definitive SF
anthology, by doing an anthology series. Ascent of Wonder is the
second in this series. In this volume, you'll find all the greats and more
-- with one notable exception. (Harlan Ellison, where are you?) 990 pages
of previously published fiction worth reading from 69 names worth knowing.
SF Site: Best of 1997
There were over a thousand Science Fiction,
Fantasy and Horror books published in 1997.
The writers, reviewers and editors of the SF
Site present their pick for the Top Ten Books
of the year. Have a look at their selection
-- and cast your own vote for the Best of '97.
Edgeworks 4 by Harlan Ellison
short fiction reviews by David Truesdale
In his column, David looks first at the
February issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
His choice is
"The Orchard" by Paul Levinson.
He also read the
February issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
His choices are
"Graft" by Christine Beckert
"Home Time" by Ian R. MacLeod.
Maximum Light by Nancy Kress
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
It's a stampede of a read. You'll find yourself hooked from the first page.
The story lines converge seamlessly, pulling readers
deep into the heart of the mystery. The premise seems all too possible in a
world where fertility seems to become less likely and government conspiracies
more likely with every news flash.
Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
Murder mysteries and science fiction are similar in that both expect the reader to think.
There is a rich history where the two have been melded together.
To this illustrious list we can add Robert J. Sawyer.
This novel does more than just bring a murder mystery into a science fiction
setting; it also brings the legal intricacies of a courtroom drama into the story.
Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell
reviewed by Neil Walsh
It offers a satisfying conclusion to the tragic story of Arthur,
as related in Cornwell's The Warlord Chronicles. It does not end
happily -- it's a tragedy, after all -- but it concludes the story in such a way
as to offer some faint hope... or does it?
The Kingdom of Kevin Malone by Suzy McKee Charnas
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
The story is fast-paced and seductive. The main characters are engaging
and tough. Charnas uses familiar fantasy elements to her advantage
in managing to make them seem familiar but not boring.
Patriots by David Drake
reviewed by Thomas Myer
When Thomas received his copy, he had to read
the opening scene six times. Not because it was bad writing, or a complex
scene. Nope. This novel does not start with a platoon of 200-ton tanks
rushing the berms on some distant hellhole planet, nor does it open
with a withering artillery barrage. And Thomas has come to expect that from Drake.
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Whether you're already an Ellison fan just looking for a great addition to your
collection, or you're wondering what all the fuss is about, the
Edgeworks series is a great way to discover (or rediscover)
the remarkable talent that is Harlan Ellison.