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The Hotel Under the Sand The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker
reviewed by Rich Horton
Stranded on an isolated island, Emma digs up something wonderful -- an old hotel. And with the hotel comes a ghostly Bell Captain named Winston who tells Emma the hotel's story -- a century or so in the past, a rich inventor named Wenlocke built the hotel. Along with it, he created an invention: the Temporal Delay Field, which would allow hotel guests to stay as long as they like, while no time passes in the outside world.

Crystal Nights and Other Stories Crystal Nights and Other Stories by Greg Egan
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
There are hard science fiction writers, and then there is Greg Egan. No one stays truer to the precepts of hard SF to the point where several of his novels, and even a few short stories, come replete with footnotes and explanations pointing the reader towards a fuller detailing of the ideas presented in the story. In much the way that a work like John Coltrane's Giant Steps showed the limits of where jazz could go, Greg Egan's stories show just how far the concept of hard science fiction can be pushed and still retain its appeal as fiction.

The Dragon Keeper The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
reviewed by Dominic Cilli
The story picks up where it left off in Ship of Destiny, but shifts the action completely over to the Rain Wilds. Tintaglia has successfully led the tangle of serpents up the Rain Wild River to hatch into dragons, but the tangle is in bad shape when they begin to cocoon. The dragons that emerge are nothing like the majestic creatures that once roamed the skies. These dragons are incapable of flight, feeding and other essential daily activities. The task of feeding and housing the dragons then falls on the people of the rain wilds in the town of Cassarick.

1942 1942 by Robert Conroy
reviewed by David Maddox
The year is 1942. The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor. The American forces are in disarray. But what if Japanese Admirals Nagumo and Yamamoto had continued their attack? What if they had won the battle that day? What would the repercussions be then?

New Audiobooks New Audiobooks
compiled by Susan Dunman
Recent audiobook releases received by SF Site include works by Christopher Moore, Rachel Caine, E.E. Knight and Lev Grossman. At times it's more convenient (and enjoyable) to hear the latest in science fiction and fantasy.

Shards of Honor Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
an audiobook review by Nicki Gerlach
Cordelia Naismith, like all inhabitants of Beta Colony, has heard of the reputation of the Barrayaran military: efficient, soulless, and ruthlessly brutal. So when the base camp of her Astronomical Survey team is destroyed, and she is taken prisoner by Barrayaran Captain Aral Vorkosigan, the Butcher of Komarr, she has more than a little reason to worry.

Blood Groove Blood Groove by Alex Bledsoe
an audiobook review by Jennifer McCann
If you're looking for a vampire romance like Twilight, this is not the story for you. No, this is a dark, wet, sticky, ugly, gritty visit to the anti-Twilight. Beginning many years earlier, at the staking of the vampire, Baron Rudolfo Zginski, this is a tale of Old World vampiric culture clashing with the "tuned in, turned on, dropped out" culture of the 70s. Picture Roller Boogie meets Bram Stoker.

The Demon Spirit, Part 1 The Demon Spirit, Part 1 by R.A. Salvatore
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
After destroying the Demon Dactyl, there is hope that the end of the Dactyl means the end of evil in the land. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, the armies of the Dactyl are now scattered throughout the land of Corona with no leader and are wreaking havoc on the countryside. Heroes from the earlier conflict meet Juraviel, the elf, who tells them how the Dactyl may have ruined the lands of the elves forever. Determined not to let the same fate befall humanity, the group decides they must now rid the land of the Demon Spirit that still inhabits Corona.

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence
reviewed by Charles de Lint
There's a growing trend of authors scripting comic books based on popular characters from their prose series. As a long-time comic reader, Charles often wonders if the readers of these tie-in comics are ever intrigued enough with the medium to go on and try other titles. He hopes so. And this particular title is good enough that it should certainly pique their curiosity.

Metatropolis Metatropolis edited by John Scalzi
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Originally conceived as an audio anthology, the book is a shared world anthology set in a future in which cities have begun to be transformed from their traditional form. John Scalzi and the four other authors, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, and Karl Schroeder, have worked together the create new types of cities which co-exist in their world of the future.

Dog Days Dog Days by John Levitt
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Mason excels at improvisation, both in his jazz guitar playing and in his magic. He could probably play better music and be a better magical practitioner if he wanted, but he's content with his life as it is. Well, content enough until magical attacks start coming from nowhere to affect the status quo. He manages to deflect them by improvising magic from the feel, emotion, scent and physicality of his environment.

Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
The last time Rick Klaw wrote an original story for comics, it never even made it to press. In 1997, he crafted the five-page "Pox," a Twilight Zone-like eco-thriller for an anthology that was never completed. Since then, he has adapted several Joe R. Lansdale stories -- most notably for Avatar's By Bizarre Hands series -- and penned lots of comic book criticism, but no original comic creations. But he spent the past week crafting his first original comic book story in over a decade. Seems odd that it has been so long since, for the first half of his writing career, all he wanted to do was write comics.

News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media
a column by Sandy Auden
This month's column features Mike Carey on the latest supernatural exploits of exorcist Felix Castor in The Naming of the Beasts; Mick Sims and Len Maynard leave their safe house to reveal the truth about Department 18; and Mark Newton reveals his light touch during an interview about Nights of Villjamur.

The Case of the Dragon Slayer The Case of the Dragon Slayer by Kouhei Kadono
reviewed by John Enzinas
The book is a cross between a typical buddy story and a serial killer profile story. One of the world's seven Dragons has been killed. As these dragons are god-like beings of near infinite power, this changes everything. The story follows the path of three people as they rush to discover not only who killed the dragon, but how.

Jupiter, Issue 25 Jupiter, Issue 25
reviewed by Rich Horton
Jupiter's issue XXV is subtitled Erinome. (As ever, these names of obscure Jovian moons make Rich feel terribly mythologically ignorant!) The feel of the magazine remains constant (Fantasy is welcome, but SF, even slightly old style SF, dominates), but Rich thought this was even better than the last issue, which he thought pretty good.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick takes a look at the movie, District 9, and the TV series, Defying Gravity. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in September.

First Novels

Intergalactic Gazette Intergalactic Gazette by Madeleine Hart
reviewed by John Enzinas
Remember the first time you read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Remember those delightful tangents that Mr. Adams went on to give you amusing little details about the world? Remember all the fun non-sequiterish conversations that the various characters would occasionally have? Now, imagine a book where the majority of the text is made up of those tangents and conversations instead of the plot.


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