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Powers: Secret Histories A Conversation With John Berlyne, Tim Powers, Peter Crowther and Dirk Berger
An interview with Sandy Auden
John Berlyne's Powers: Secret Histories is so much more than just a bibliography of Tim Powers' stories -- it's a unique insight into the writing life of one of the most respected fantasy authors around. The project has been a huge undertaking for Berlyne, taking nearly a decade to complete, and here he is joined by the book's artist Dirk Berger, the publisher Pete Crowther and Tim Powers himself to discuss how the book came into being, the problems with designing it, the artwork, the bodies buried in the garden and spilling beer.

Cyberabad Days Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonald
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
At the heart of this book is a story called "The Little Goddess." It is, perhaps, the best story in the collection, the mid-point of the book, but more than that it is the piece that captures, better than any of the other stories, better even than the novel, River of Gods, to which this volume is a welcome pendant, exactly what it is that makes Ian McDonald's vision of near-future India so exciting and so right.

Night Child Night Child by Jes Battis
reviewed by Tammy Moore
In a world where humans have to co-exist with demons, half-demons and mages, a dead vampire in a stinking alley doesn't really merit a 2AM wake-up call. Not in OSI-1 Tess Corday's opinion anyhow. Only this dead vampire turns out to be anything but routine, in fact, it might just be the tip of the supernatural iceberg. With her job on the line, Tess has to deal with vampire politics, overly helpful necromancers, over-protective guardians and angry teens before she can get anywhere near the truth.

Clockwork Phoenix 2 Clockwork Phoenix 2 edited by Mike Allen
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Inside the cover of Clockwork Phoenix 2 there's a list of blurbs about the first volume of the anthology series. Among them is a phrase taken from Mario's review. (Although the publisher didn't deem it necessary to mention his name.) It says that the book contains "top-notch fiction irrespective of genre labels." Can one make the same statement concerning the second volume? Yes and no.

For All Mankind For All Mankind
a DVD review by David Newbert
This is a visually impressive film, even if it isn't very informative. There are better documentaries about what led to the Apollo program, how the moon landings were accomplished, and so forth. Setting out an official history of NASA's accomplishments isn't the goal here. Instead, this is a film about what it felt like to ride rockets into space, journey to the moon, walk on the surface, and then return home. It's a film about the tremendous thrill of spaceflight itself.

New Audiobooks New Audiobooks
compiled by Susan Dunman
Recent audiobook releases received by SF Site include works by Simon R. Green, David Weber, R.A. Salvatore and Richard Matheson. At times it's more convenient (and enjoyable) to hear the latest in science fiction and fantasy.

The Turn of the Screw The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
an audio review podcast by Brian Price
With the publishing world cranking out new horrors, mysteries, and fantasies at an amazing and sometimes frightening rate The Turn of the Screw is one those nineteenth century pieces of American literature that's easy to avoid. Well, don't. This short novel remains one of most atmospheric, perplexing and downright creepy ghost stories ever written.

Hell House Hell House by Richard Matheson
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
A very rich man on the edge of life wants to find if there is life after death. The perfect place to prove this is the notorious Belasco House, known as Hell House. Two different groups of people have visited Hell House before to explore the haunting and only one person has survived. The house's original owner, Emeric Belasco, was know to throw parties in which all party-goers reveled in evil. All manner of sin is said to have occurred and many people died in the house during these parties. Belasco's body was never found and his evil is said to destroy all who enter the house.

The Strain The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
The story begins in a post-9/11 New York City where a Boeing 777 has landed at JFK airport. The landing is perfect and without event, however, once the plane begins taxiing, it just merely stops and loses all power. The air traffic controllers need the strip for other planes to land and, after repeated attempts at communication, send a baggage cart out to investigate.

Juggler of Worlds Juggler of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Sigmund Ausfaller is an Agent for the U.N. More specifically, he is a highly valued Agent of the Amalgamated Regional Militia (A.R.M.). What makes him so valuable is that he is a Paranoid. Sigmund is perfect for rooting out conspiracies because he sees conspiracies in everything. The U.N. has several paranoids that are used to uncover conspiracies, but they achieve paranoia through the use of drugs. Sigmund is naturally paranoid, and that's what makes him unique and actually better at the job.

Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
The question that came to Mark London Williams while standing outside the convention center at this year's San Diego Comic Con was "if the geeks have won, how come I don't feel better?" The "Con," of course, now only deals in "comics" as one aspect of the pop media buffet/entertainment news cycle launching pad that it has become, which shows you far the formerly "fringe" types of fandom -- not only the four-color sequential stuff, but "sci fi," "fantasy," noir, gaming, "cosplay," etc. -- have seized the mainstream.

Rides A Dread Legion Rides A Dread Legion by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Set ten years after the events portrayed in Wrath of a Mad God, the book introduces yet another cataclysmic threat to Midkemia. A lost tribe of elves, the taredhel or people of the stars, are facing annihilation by a demon horde. Just in time, they find a way back to the place they consider to be their ancestral home; Midkemia.

New Arrivals New Arrivals
compiled by Neil Walsh
Highlights from the newest of the new and forthcoming books to arrive at the SF Site include the latest from Terry Brooks, Mark Chadbourn, Paul McAuley, Karl Schroeder, Harry Turtledove, Robert Charles Wilson, as well as new editions of old classics from F. Paul Wilson, Ian McDonald, Tanith Lee, plus much more.

Clockwork Phoenix 2 Clockwork Phoenix 2 edited by Mike Allen
reviewed by Amal El-Mohtar
The anthology is not themed, except in being a sequel to the much-lauded Clockwork Phoenix; the stories themselves defy straight-lacing as obvious as "fantasy," "science fiction," or "horror," though many would certainly be comfortably filed under any of those headings. The chief accomplishment of this anthology is its showcasing of sixteen unique voices that manage nevertheless to harmonize into a sort of choir of the uncanny singing in the key of beauty and strangeness.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Most people watch television to move themselves painlessly a few hours closer to death. There was a time when television could produce the same excitement, delight, or deep contentment found in music, books, movies, and games. Then came incessant pop-up commercials. Rick offers his thoughts on Torchwood, Children of Earth, Doctor Who, Planet of the Dead, Warehouse 13 and the Eureka episode, "Your Face or Mine."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
a movie review by Rick Norwood
Rick has seen the new Harry Potter movie twice, but he's still not sure whether it deserves four stars or three. It's an excellent film, fun to watch the second time around. The attention to detail is amazing. The three young stars have grown into their roles. Acting, direction, script, and special effects are all first rate.

Second Looks

Dagon Dagon by Fred Chappell
reviewed by Richard A. Lupoff
A writer, Peter Leland, has settled in a Southern farm house along with his attractive wife, in order to concentrate his efforts on composing a book. At first this seemingly idyllic setting is ideal, but soon things start to sour. They go from bad to worse, and eventually -- please forgive the partial spoiler!

Non-Fiction

The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science by Frank McConnell, edited by Gary Westfahl
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
There are very few academic critics of science fiction whose style is immediately identifiable. There's a critical language to be used that mitigates against an individual style. But you could probably give Paul, sight unseen, a page from one of Frank McConnell's papers and he would know instantly from whom it came. No-one else, Paul thinks, in the world of sf academe threw off papers with such bravura flair, such a cavalier disregard for the minutiae of critical disputes, such a range of references, such a love of good puns and bad jokes.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Look at the cover of the book you've been reading. Chances are you'll see an illustration that evokes the novel within the cover. There is also a good chance that if you look on the back cover or the title page, you won't be able to find the name of the artist who created the work of art which may have caused you to pick up the book in the first place.

First Novels

The Unincorporated Man The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin & Eytan Kollin
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Justin Cord, a multi-billionaire from our own time, used his wealth to develop a working cryogenic suspension device. When he is taken ill, he uses the device to freeze himself and is revived three hundred years later in a world where governments hardly exist and society is run almost entirely by corporations. Even individuals in this new society are incorporated, and most people spend most of their lives trying to acquire enough of their own stock to have control over their own economic lives.


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