SF Site Logo
Date SearchContents PageSite MapCurrent Issue
Privacy Policy
Gorilla Nation  
From the Editor
SF Insite:John O'Neill looks back at The Books of 1998, and invites you to help select the best.
Letters: We love letters. They make us think. They make us laugh. They make us sit up and take notice.
Like to cast a ballot? You can cast one SF Age Readers' Choice Award simply by filling out this form.
Publishers: Who produces books, who sells them?
EZines & Mags: can you spot tomorrow's big names?
Award Sites: Who won the Hugo last year? How about the Nebula? You can find the answers at one of these sites.
Are you a writer? Do you know about these writers' resources?
Author & Fan Tribute Sites: we've built 26 pages of them (plus one for Mc).
Our Contents Page highlights reviews of The Children Star by Joan Slonczewski, Bloom by Wil McCarthy, All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger by Lloyd Kaufman and James Gunn and The Riverworld Saga by Philip José Farmer.
SF Site Interviews: In past issues, we've interviewed Gregory Benford, Bruce Sterling and many others. If you missed any, here is an easy way to see which ones.
Conventions: we've updated our coverage to include listings broken down by date, by location and by category.
SF Site Chronological and Alphabetic List: wondering what appeared in previous SF Site issues?
Or perhaps you're just interested in our recent issues:
SF Site is host to:
Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Dark Planet
First Impressions
Steven Silver's SF Website
Visit our sister site
for the best in SF-oriented chat.
For SF TV movie listings from SF Site and TVNow, visit
Please note:
Early in 1999, SF Site will be moving its past Feature Reviews and columns to new directories. If your site has a link to one of them or one is saved as a bookmark, a redirection page will return you to this one. Please update your links.
FictionHome FictionHome.com
The SF Site is proud to announce the launch of a brand new website, www.fictionhome.com, dedicated to the best in SF and Fantasy magazines. FictionHome celebrates the finest short fiction on the market, with info and links to the latest from Asimov's SF, Analog, F&SF, Absolute Magnitude, Weird Tales, and many others. Simultaneous with the launch of FictionHome we welcome Tangent Online to our pages -- the ground-breaking, Hugo-nominated magazine that features reviews of every story in all major North-American SF and Fantasy markets. Consider FictionHome and Tangent Online your launch pad for the finest in short fiction. Welcome aboard.

Tomorrow The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Georges finds this series to be among the best imaginative fiction he's read in 10 years. It doesn't matter if you're a teenager or a middle-aged businessman, these books transcend age barriers. In their portrayal of the harrowing, gut-wrenching brutality of war, these books will entertain you, stun you, make you think -- but they simply won't let you put them down.

Stinger Stinger by Nancy Kress
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Terrorism, racial tension, and scrambled personal lives make for taut suspense. The author has blended exhaustive research with fast-paced narration to produce a unique and hypnotizing novel. If you are one of those readers who insists on trying to "figure out" the story long before the final page, good luck with this one.

The Invisible Country The Invisible Country by Paul J. McAuley
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This is the author's second short story collection. The stories, mostly hard SF that draw on McAuley's background in biology, are a good introduction to a writer who is both a first-rate story teller and remarkable stylist.

The Books of 1998 The Books of 1998
compiled by John O'Neill
It's the end of the year again, and we've already begun the work of assembling our Top Ten lists. In the meantime, here's your chance to pick the best SF and Fantasy books published in 1998. Choose from a list of nearly 800 titles -- virtually every book we've received in the last twelve months.

Thoughts Of God Thoughts Of God by Michael Kanaly
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The greatest threat to children in America? Anyone who has investigated the situation will answer, without hesitation, the sexual predator. This is one reason why God deems this planet, according to his divine observations and lab notes, to be a major disappointment.

Allen Steele Allen Steele
Part 1 of an interview with Steven H Silver
At Windycon XXV, Steven sat down with guest of honor Allen Steele to discuss his books, small presses and winning two Hugo Awards. Allen Steele specializes in writing stories set in the near future, so far in near Earth space, although he has gone as far afield as Mars, the asteroid belt and Jupiter.

Blue Moon Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
reviewed by Kim Fawcett
Who is she? Anita Blake is Saint Louis' own tough-talking, zombie-raising, vampire-slaying force of nature. Life used to be simple for her -- get up, raise the dead, stake the undead, and go back to bed. But lately Anita has found that life gets a bit more complicated when you date the monsters instead of just beheading them.

Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death by The Firesign Theatre
reviewed by A.L. Sirois
Since the days of their greatest fame, the individual members of the Firesign Theatre have gone on to a fair bit of commercial success. The group did a critically well-received 25th anniversary tour a few years ago, and on the strength of that they caught a spark and began working on this, their first new album in fifteen years.

Mark V. Ziesing Books Mark V. Ziesing Books
compiled by Rodger Turner
From Gene Wolfe to Joe Lansdale, Stephen King to James Blaylock, Mark Ziesing has published an eclectic mix of titles since he did his first book in 1982. This is the third installment of a nine part series putting together a reading list of Mark V. Ziesing Books.

The Barrens and Others The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
In the realm of big-name authors, few are as hard to pin down as F. Paul Wilson. The man is all over the genre map, refusing to be restricted to a single classification or style. That may be why his work is so entertaining. Here, he has chosen the worlds of crime and mystery, with an unhealthy dose of the supernatural.

Future Indefinite Future Indefinite by Dave Duncan
reviewed by Jean-Louis Trudel
Conjuring up more than a few memories of Kipling with a sprinkling of military derring-do and a dash of Zelazny's Lord of Light, in a setting halfway between the usual backdrops of generic fantasy and a storybook version of the Far East, this novel holds a few surprises for unwary readers. And the main one is a doozy.

Smoke and Mirrors Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Neil voted for Neverwhere as the the best new book in SF Site's "Best of 1997." So this one is a real treat for him as it offers not only a wide selection of stories and poems, but also some insight into the mind of the artist.

Blood Roses Blood Roses by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
reviewed by Steven H Silver
In this, the 12th volume of the Saint-Germain Chronicles, Yarbro has placed Saint-Germain in the small Provencal village of Orgon in the middle of the 14th-century, just in time for the first outbreak of the Bubonic Plague.

Forthcoming Books Forthcoming Books
compiled by John O'Neill
Part of the joy of reviewing books is the occasional glimpse at a future title or two. And to share some of that fun with you, we've crafted a set of pages devoted to news and info on forthcoming books -- including work from Charles de Lint, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, John Barnes, and many others. We think you'll find it very interesting.

Amazing Amazing Stories, Fall 1998
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Once again Amazing Stories has risen from the ashes, this time with a unique mix of original stories and licensed fiction, a first for a major genre magazine. Steven has a look at the second new issue, with stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ursula Le Guin, Diane Duane, and many others -- and find it to be something of a mixed bag.

White Light White Light by William Barton and Michael Capobianco
reviewed by Jean-Louis Trudel
In this novel, the characters leap from a future Earth, devastated by a thermonuclear war, into a succession of ever more exotic locales, climbing the great chain of beings until they start rubbing elbows with godlike entities and delving into their own neuroses.

Scion's Lady Scion's Lady by Rebecca Bradley
reviewed by Rodger Turner
The author's prose offers us a degree of tension rarely seen except in work of more experienced authors. It is a taunt, exhilarating yet poignant portrait of characters involved in circumstances not of their making. Boy, Rodger was glad to be reading it rather than being a part of it.

New Arrivals December Books
compiled by John O'Neill
Peter F. Hamilton and Stephen Baxter reveal the inner workings of their rich Future Histories, Charles Grant and Jane Jensen check in with creepy page-turners, and Michael A. Stackpole, William R. Forstchen, Susan R. Matthews and Marilyn Kaye all deliver the latest novels in their respective series. All that and much more in the latest installment of our bi-weekly book column.


The Sci-Fi Channel Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction The Sci-Fi Channel Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction by Roger Fulton and John Gregory Betancourt
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
As a long time fan of television SF, Steve couldn't wait to get his hands on this book. But when it finally arrived, it was somewhat different than he had envisioned. Steve had not realized just how many SF series had graced the screen throughout the years.

Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today by Katherine Ramsland
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Be forewarned, if you want the Jerry Springer version of vampires in America, the stories of Goth mall-rats, or the born-again Christian version of vampires as Satanists corrupting just about everybody, this book is not for you.

First Novels

The High House The High House by James Stoddard
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
In contrast to the increasing trend in fantasy to seek authenticity by focusing on real-world details and topical issues, this novel unapologetically situates itself entirely outside mundane reality, plunging the reader fully into an other-world of symbol and legend.

The Blood Jaguar The Blood Jaguar by Michael H. Payne
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
There is no way that this novel is going to escape being compared to Watership Down. Intelligent animals, living in structured communities, with a spiritual belief system, working together to overcome the threat of certain doom... The parallels are there but does it matter?

Series Review

Hel's Crucible Duology Hel's Crucible Duology by Dennis McKiernan
reviewed by Todd Richmond
There are a couple of common themes here, both of them pointed out by the author in the foreword. One is about common people thrust into uncommon situations and struggling to meet the challenge. The other is about how all things are connected, that nothing happens without having some consequence on other events. Did the author stick to them? Todd comments.

Second Looks

Neverwhere Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
reviewed by S. Kay Elmore
It isn't often that modern writers can approach a fairy tale with such originality and fresh wit. This novel is a fairy tale for grown ups. It's a gothic novel in the vein of the early 80s London music scene rather than in the literary sense.

Fugitive Prince Fugitive Prince by Janny Wurts
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
In a reprise review to coincide with the paperback release, Wayne found that, despite its ability to stand as a solo novel, this book is really meant to be read as a sequel to previous novels in the series, Wars of Light and Shadow.

Rose Daughter Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
In a reprise review to coincide with the paperback release, Margo found that McKinley's style is simple, elegant and finely detailed. Despite her characters being named out of fairy tales, they are very human, interesting and likeable -- you really care about them.


The Merlin Mystery The Merlin Mystery by Jonathan Gunson
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Is it a book? Is it a puzzle? Is it the best darned marketing ploy in the publishing industry? Well, yes, it's all of those, but it's also a beautifully packaged product, sure to challenge the cleverest of treasure hunters.

Dataware Dataware
a gaming accessory review by Don Bassingthwaite
If you intend to make the Grid (or artificial intelligence or robots) a part of your Alternity campaign, you need this book. But remember to bring your imagination, it'll be needed to fill in the gaps.

New Arrivals Mid-November Games
compiled by John O'Neill
Modern gaming features some of the most creative work in fantasy and science fiction today. From the rich background of TSR's Forgotten Realms to the detailed future of White Wolf's Trinity, gamers and game authors around the world are enjoying some of the most fully-realized fictional settings ever created. If you're looking for innovative ideas and energetic prose, look no further.

SearchContents PageSite MapContact UsCopyright

If you find any errors, typos or other stuff worth mentioning, please send it to editor@sfsite.com.
Copyright © 1996-2014 SF Site All Rights Reserved Worldwide