Those Who Went Remain There Still by Cherie Priest
reviewed by Tammy Moore
Leitchfield is a hard, unforgiving place and those who live there are hard and unforgiving too: the Manders and
the Coys. Both families are descended from sour-natured patriarch Heastor Wharton, whose brutality and venom have
poisoned generations from womb to grave. Years ago John Coy escaped, heading east to New York and a community
that valued his intellect instead of deriding it. When he was eighteen John's nephew, Meshack Coy, fled west to
find family that wasn't dedicated to eating their own. Neither man ever planned to return to Leitchfield.
The Accord by Keith Brooke
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
Noah Barakh is "the man who built heaven," the architect of the Accord -- a vast virtual realm, as good as
the real thing, based on and sustained by a consensus (or accord) of realities. People can now have copies
of themselves archived, to be uploaded to the Accord when they die. And if someone dies in the
Accord, they'll be reborn there, again and again. It's as good an "afterlife" as humans could build.
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
reviewed by John Enzinas
The first section details the nature of the undead. In this world, it's
caused by a viral infection. The book talks about the effects of the virus and what this means for the zombies it
creates. From there, it transitions into how to kill zombies and what are the best tools to use.
Next up are the various survival scenarios such as how to defend your home or where to go if your home is indefensible.
News Spotlight Special -- In Supernatural Company
a column by Sandy Auden
So you think writing a TV Companion is about watching the episodes, chatting to your favourite TV stars
and having fun do you? Well, yeah, okay, it is, butů If you think that's all there is to it, think again.
News Spotlight Special -- Keeping A Supernatural Journal
a column by Sandy Auden
One of the most intriguing and obsessed characters in the Supernatural TV series (and played to
perfection by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan), John Winchester's back history is being revealed in a new book. Author
Alex Irvine talks about delving into the character's dark and difficult past in John Winchester's Journal.
News Spotlight Special -- Hunting For The Supernatural
a column by Sandy Auden
The Supernatural fan community is passionate and discerning and it's no surprise that the show has
inspired a whole range of people, including professional writers and professors, to share their thoughts on
the Supernatural universe.
Some of these thoughts have now been crafted into essays and published in In The Hunt.
Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout
Narrated by Pedro Pascal
an audio review podcast by Brian Price
Joaquin is the host of Ghost Radio, an increasingly popular late-night, call-in radio
show. Here, listeners phone in to share their fears of the macabre, the para-normal, and the strange.
Click on the link to get the MP3 podcast file.
Justice League of America: Wonder Woman Mythos by Carol Lay
reviewed by Gil T. Wilson
Wonder Woman decides to visit her island home after hearing that a man has disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle,
which is in the vicinity of Themiscyra. A man's appearance on Themiscyra could escalate into a dangerous situation
for both himself and the Amazons on the island. After arriving home, Diana is taken to the Oracle, who warns Diana
of the Island of Opposites and that Themiscyra will be attacked. Knowing that this prediction may be linked to the
missing man, Wonder Woman begins looking for him. What she finds is the man's new bride searching where her husband
was last seen scuba diving.
Biohell by Andy Remic
reviewed by Martin Lewis
Military SF has never been as popular in the UK as it is in the US. Perhaps it is the fact that the British aren't
very good with guns, as evidenced by scores of implausible Mockney gangster films. Perhaps it is a question of politics
since British science fiction is often seen as monolithically liberal. That isn't the whole story though.
Star Trek TNG: Lost Souls by David Mack
reviewed by Michael M Jones
After decades of buildup and innumerable skirmishes, the Borg have declared all-out war upon the Federation and her
allies. As thousands of Borg cubes launch a relentless, genocidal assault upon civilized space, leaving nothing but
destruction in their wake, only a few Federation starships are left free to seek out a solution. But what, if
anything, can stop the Borg once and for all?
Northwest of Earth by C.L. Moore
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
When we first meet Northwest Smith, he is leaning in a doorway in a dusty frontier town. He is tall and lean and
sunburned and dressed in old leather. A pistol is strapped low on his hip. He is, in other words, a cowboy. The fact
that the brawling frontier town is on Mars and the pistol in his holster fires a heat ray does not alter the fact
that he is a classic drifter, a man without ties who will ride into any lawless town looking for adventure and
ride out again afterwards without a backward glance.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Thunderer by Felix Gilman
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
This is not a fluffy bunny fairy story. It's a tale of real people with real problems which are just a little bit bigger than ours, and ours
don't seem to need that much more of a push to get themselves elevated to that orange alert status at
all. And the voice in which the story is told is the voice of a
cranky, precocious, hormonal, swaggering, vulnerable, struggling-to-understand adolescent is spot on.
The Map of Moments by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Ten weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Max Corbett, a history professor who left the city never
to return, is drawn back nonetheless, for the funeral of the girl he once loved. It doesn't take him long at all
to realize that he hadn't truly known her. A chance encounter
with a mysterious old man following the sparsely-attended funeral is Max's first step along what will prove to
be the strangest, deadliest journey of his life.
Multireal by David Louis Edelman
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Several hundred years in the future, there has been an historical disconnect
between our time and theirs. An assumption of power by artificial intelligences and subsequent revolt led to a
major catastrophe, the recovery from which has resulted in a new set of political and social institutions. Gone
are the nation-states and the structures that supported them, in their place are contracts for services with
local governments, and a governing body known as the Defense and Wellness Council.
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
For a comic book-centric town, Austin, Texas has historically
lacked significant events for fans of comics. The city's long running and influential
speculative fiction literary convention Armadillocon only recently opened its doors to
comic book creators, but remains primarily a prose affair. Throughout the 80s
and 90s, several small one-day comic book conventions popped up and failed -- the most
famous an affair in an abandoned McDonalds in the basement of a University of Texas
dorm. All that has changed with the arrival of STAPLE!
Rick Klaw tells us what he found there.
compiled by Neil Walsh
This time featuring the latest from Charles de Lint, Juliet E. McKenna, Peter F. Hamilton, S.C. Butler, Eric Brown, Steven Erikson, plus the Nebula Awards Showcase, Stories in Honour of Jack Vance, and plenty more.
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers his thoughts on what he enjoys in the way of SF on TV.
Given a choice, he prefers quality over quantity.
He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in April.
a movie review by Rick Norwood
Knowing is a dumb movie. The special effects are good, but you can catch most of those in the preview.
Rick flunked out of M.I.T., and he can testify that the character Nicolas Cage plays couldn't pass
for an M.I.T. professor at a senior prom, much less in a classroom.
a TV review by Rick Norwood
Rick has learned a number of thingswatching the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica. Here are five:
Life in a state of nature is beautiful, bountiful, peaceful, and clean.
God's is in his heaven, and if you have faith in him, he will send angels to save you. Except when he doesn't.
reviewed by Dustin Kenall
Some books telegraph their secrets from the first pages, while others husband them like water rationed for a long desert
journey. This book manages to do
both. It opens with the operatic spectacle of an entire city chasing after a giant white bird, a god of flight,
that is like a Broadway musical number choreographed in breathless prose. Artists, prisoners, politicians, and
one scientist dreaming of a flying warship, are all depicted in pursuit of this dream of freedom.