Just Another Judgement Day by Simon R. Green
reviewed by Michael M Jones
The Walking Man, the unstoppable instrument
of God's wrath, has come to the Nightside, for the sole purpose of killing the Authorities and razing the Nightside
to the ground. Guess who gets tapped to try to resolve this situation? John Taylor, that's who. He's a private
detective who's handled the weirdest, nastiest, most suicidal, most insane cases the Nightside has to offer, and
they think he's just right for the job.
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K.A. Bedford
reviewed by David Maddox
Time travel has fascinated humans for eons. To skip across years, see historical events that have passed and try to
change your world for the better… or worse. But imagine a world where time machines are as common as a toaster
oven. How would it affect choices, consequences and human nature?
The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Mars is being colonized and terra-formed under the auspices of the British Aerean Company,
an off-shoot of the British company that had successfully built a colony on the moon. Colonizing Mars hasn't gone
quite as well, there turns out to be a lot less immediate profit involved. As the story begins, many of the
Martian colonists have found their jobs with British Aerean terminated, and they are being left to fend for
themselves. Prominent among them is Mary Griffith, proprietor and brew-master of the only bar on the planet.
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard by Robert E. Howard
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and other memorable characters, has such a reputation
as a master of heroic fantasy that it's easy to forget that his huge production
includes a number of strong, colourful horror pieces. Never a refined stylist, he
displayed an energetic and vivid type of storytelling also in his horror fiction which tends to feature brave,
strong-willed men fearlessly facing alien forces and evil creatures.
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The first story, Jason Stoddard's "The Elephant Ironclads" features an alternate version of Navajo civilisation,
where scientists are searching for uranium, and two native boys are fascinated by armoured elephants of legend.
Elizabeth Bear, who is undoubtedly a top quality writer, delivers "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall," which
offers an new slant on the famous clashes between Liston and the then Cassius Clay.
Clockwork Phoenix by Mike Allen
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Billed as "Tales of Beauty and Strangeness," this anthology is the editor's latest effort to
inject a little more weirdness and artistic fantasy into the market, working from his own particular tastes of
what he personally enjoys reading. His introduction to the anthology yields little concrete wisdom into the
method and madness he used to construct this particular collection of stories, for all its poetic imagery and
vivid, dreamlike narrative, but consulting the Clockwork Phoenix web site turns up more solid requirements.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
an audiobook review by Sarah Trowbridge
"Do your neighbors burn one another alive? ... Do your shamans walk around on stilts? ... When a child gets sick,
do you pray? Sacrifice to a painted stick? Or blame it on an old lady?" Thus begins this monumental
new novel of ideas and adventure. Fraa Orolo is posing these questions to an artisan from the Saecular
world who -- against orthodoxy -- has been summoned inside the walls of a monastic-style
community (the "concent") to perform a hasty, unscheduled repair. Immersed in this encounter between denizens
of separate societies, the listener begins to know a world that is, by turns, strangely familiar and suddenly unexpected.
Justice League of America: Exterminators by Christopher Golden
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Based on a novelization of DC Comics' series, this audio adaptation begins when a surprisingly
large number of people begin popping up with super-powers. These "meta-humans" come under close scrutiny by the
Justice League because the newcomers can use their powers for either good or bad. While some mutants want to help
the world's renowned superheroes, others seek to use their powers for ill will, creating new problems for the heroes to overcome.
Starman Jones by Robert Heinlein
Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
an audio review podcast by Brian Price
A boy runs away from home and runs to the stars. Innocent, absorbing, and immensely entertaining -- that's what Robert Heinlein brought to the Golden Age of science fiction.
Click on the link to get the MP3 podcast file.
Postscripts: by Author
compiled by Rodger Turner
In the spring of 2004, PS Publishing launched a new magazine called Postscripts.
Originally, the magazine was to feature fiction, a guest editorial,
book reviews, and the occasional non-fiction article in each issue. Fiction includes SF, fantasy, horror, and crime/suspense.
The book was produced in two formats: numbered, limited edition in hard cover signed by all contributors and
a perfect bound paper cover version. With the publication of #18 (Spring 2009), Postscripts magazine
has morphed into a quarterly anthology with the paper version transforming into a hard cover title.
SF Site's Best Read of the Year: 2008
compiled by Neil Walsh
Welcome to the SF Site's 12th annual Editors' Choice Top 10 Best Books of the Year -- our official Best Reading recommendations from 2008!
As the votes came in for our official best read of the year, it seemed that our reviewers and other contributors were
not reading very much of the same thing -- our tastes and preferences vary widely. In consequence, the results were
very close. Nevertheless, I think you'll find that what we've come up with is a set of recommendations that will be sure to please.
A Conversation With Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)
An interview with Dave Truesdale
The following interview took place at Minicon 10, Minneapolis, MN, April 19, 1975 -- in the
hotel bar. Its first and only publication appeared in Tangent #2, May, 1975. Interviewers
were Dave Truesdale, Jerry Rauth, and Paul McGuire.
Some few months before this interview, Phil Farmer had written Venus on the Half-Shell
as by one of Kurt Vonnegut's characters, Kilgore Trout. It was all the rage in the fan
and semi-pro magazine press back then as fans and authors alike spilled a lot of ink
trying to guess who Kilgore Trout really was.
The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling
Black Ships by Jo Graham
reviewed by Derek Johnson
Told in three sections with a different clone sister as viewpoint character in each, the book opens
in the 2060s, thirty years after idealistic revolutionary Yelisaveta Mihajlovic has cloned seven daughters and
one son -- the caryatids of the title -- to save the world from ecological collapse. Dispersed by political
turmoil which results in the death of three, the surviving siblings are scattered throughout the globe, while
their mother escapes to Earth orbit.
Incandescence by Greg Egan
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Why do we read hard science fiction? It could be that in a hard SF story the characters are bound by the laws of the
universe, the threat they face is shaped by the immutable rule of nature. In other words, science is king, physics or
chemistry or, just occasionally, biology provides the threat faced and the solution, if any. It is science
fiction at its most intellectually austere, leaving little room for romance or colourful adventure.
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
Alan Moore injected relevancy into mainstream comics in the 80s. Previously, comic books lagged some five to six years behind
current trends. Moore's skills moved mainstream superhero comics ahead of popular culture
and established new trends, the punk to the old guard's rock 'n' roll. His success paved
the way for artists such as Moore protégé Neil Gaiman and Mike
Mignola, as well as the re-tooling of superheroes that lead to this century's spate of successful films such as the Spider-Man
franchise, the X-Men series, Iron Man, and even The Incredibles.
Rick Klaw has some thoughts on how Alan Moore's vision translates onto movie screens.
News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media
a column by Sandy Auden
Carol E Barrowman talks about writing a new Captain Jack story with her
brother John for Torchwood magazine, plus a free Torchwood
story to read online; Ricardo Pinto reaches a significant milestone with The Stone
Dance of the Chameleon; and we look into the future to see what's up and coming as
Robert Holdstock returns to Mythago Wood and Serbian writer Zoran Živkovic
goes loopy for PS Publishing.
a movie review by Rick Norwood
See it, and by all means see it in 3D. But it could have been so much better if it had just stuck to the book.
A book is not a sacred text. The changes Peter Jackson made in The Lord of the Rings were,
for the most part, improvements. But the changes Henry Selick made in Coraline weaken the story and are
hard to account for.
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers his thoughts on the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica this month.
He looks at viewership and renewal of SF series and whether there will be a Babylon 5 movie.
He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in March.
reviewed by Dustin Kenall
As seen through the eyes of Gull, a seer or Pythia of the Lady of Death, the
story of Prince Aeneas of Troy unfolds in accessible prose that is a model of clarity and swift pacing.
Whereas the Aeneid takes the perspective of a single individual, Black Ships
zooms out to encompass the wider Mediterranean world at the end of the Bronze Age when some cataclysm
shook the Ancient Classical world to its roots, inaugurating a mini-Dark Age of piracy, dislocation,
and the eclipse of trade and learning. This is not the age of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus...
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
In 16th century Bohemia, Mikal Kronos made a magnificent clock for the young Prince Rodolfo; in return, the prince had
the craftsman's eyes gouged out. Mikal's twelve-year-old daughter Petra resolves to travel to Prague to recover her
father's eyes. She gets a job in the royal palace and, with the aid of her pet mechanical spider Astrophil and a
Roma boy named Neel, sets about trying to find the eyes.
Matters of the Blood by Maria Lima
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Keira Kelly, a descendant of a paranormal family, doesn't know much more than that as she hasn't come
into her full powers yet, but the process has started. She could be a mind reader, healer or shape shifter, but
until the change has run its course, she may have bits and pieces of each talent. The beginning of "the change"
could explain some of her extraordinarily vivid nightmares including two dead animals on a nearby resort and the
murder of her not-so-intelligent human cousin, Marty.
The Wanderer's Tale by David Bilsborough
reviewed by Tammy Moore
It starts in Vaagenfjord Maw, the final battle in an epic war between good and evil. Scathur,
servant of the Rawgr and General of his armies, fulfils one last request for his dark master, a request that taints
the victory of the Pel-Adan forces for centuries to come. Five hundred years later, there are still those who fear
that the Rawgr will return and they have the ear of powerful men.