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Talebones Talebones
It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of Talebones magazine to the SF Site. Talebones is the quarterly in-house magazine of Fairwood Press featuring dark science fiction and dark fantasy from established and up-and-coming writers. It is fiction with a dark slant, stories and poems with punch -- sometimes experimental or psychological, sometimes laced with black humour. At their site, you'll find information on the current issue, ordering, excerpts from the publication, and connection points to other places of interest. Thier new issue features fiction by such writers as Hugh Cook, Leah R. Cutter, Paul Melko, Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Charles S. Pfister and columns by Ed Bryant, A.P. McQuiddy, and Duane Wilkins along with an inteview by Ken Rand with Ed Bryant.

Little Green Men Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
John Oliver Banion hosts an influential political talking-head show on TV. He has a beautiful house in Georgetown, a permanent spot on the A-list of every Washington hostess of note, and commands lecture fees of $25,000 and up. Life is good -- until he's abducted by aliens at the fourth hole of the Burning Bush golf course.

The Stone War The Stone War by Madeleine E. Robins
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Perhaps it started with Alas, Babylon or On The Beach, but some of us can't get enough of post-apocalyptic fiction. Or dystopias, for that matter. It may be a morbid fascination, but whether and how people and societies survive is endlessly engrossing. Combine this with Armageddon and you have the ingredient for a winning novel.

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
reviewed by Todd Richmond
The sleepy town of Pine Cove threatens to boil over when their sole clinical psychiatrist decides to takes all of her patients off anti-depressants after one of them commits suicide. This is a strangely delightful story with a zany group of characters, a 100-foot lizard, and a totally unpredictable plot.

The Haunting The Haunting
a movie review by Rick Norwood
Don't let the critics scare you away. This is a good, old fashioned, "things that go bump in the night," horror movie. It's not art house horror; it's a Hollywood special effects movie -- with some very impressive effects.

The Blair Witch Project The Blair Witch Project
a movie review by Rick Norwood
You've heard the buzz. You know it is a low budget horror film that is now the cover story in Time magazine, a real rags-to-riches tale. With no clear supernatural element, Rick places it in the "lost in the woods with rednecks lurking" genre of horror, like Deliverance.

New Magazines New Magazines
compiled by John O'Neill
The FictionHome page brings you the latest from the world of SF, Fantasy, and Horror magazines. This issue we look at new issues of Asimov's SF, Analog, Dark Regions/Horror Magazine, and many others.

Analog, July/August 1999 Analog, July/August 1999
reviewed by Ken Newquist
Analog beats the summer doldrums with a July/August edition that will have science fiction fans drooling for more. The best story of the edition -- and one of the best of 1999 -- is Adam-Troy Castro and Jerry Oltion's "The Astronaut From Wyoming."

Spinners Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen
reviewed by Jeri Wright
A young man in the throes of first love makes a foolish boast that he can clothe his beloved in a wedding dress of gold. He makes good the boast, but loses both the girl and the better part of himself.

Double Helix Book 1: Infection Double Helix: Infection by John Gregory Betancourt
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Jean-Luc Picard, in his first year as Captain of the Enterprise, is sent to Archaria III, where a raging epidemic is sweeping the planet. It's a particularly nasty disease that only strikes down individuals with mixed genetic backgrounds. (Perhaps you'll want to take a moment to think of which Enterprise crew members are at risk...)

New Arrivals August Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
This past month has seen reprints of several old SF classics, including Alfred Bester, Philip K. Dick, and Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin. We've also seen reprints of not-so-old classics, including the likes of Suzy McKee Charnas, Jack Dann and Charles de Lint. And if you're looking for something fresh and new, there's no shortage on that front either, with new works by Ben Bova, Roger Zelazny & Jane Lindskold, Robert Silverberg, Stephen L. Burns, Peter Watts, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Timothy Zahn and many more!

The 3rd Alternative The 3rd Alternative, Issue #20
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
TTA is a quarterly magazine from the UK. It contains cutting-edge speculative fiction, features and interviews, and has won several awards. The fiction can range from surreal to humorous, dark to quirky -- but it's always fresh and innovative. Take a break from the status quo and give it a whirl.

Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, 12th Annual Collection Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, 12th Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
In fantasy literature, like most other genres, novels usually get the bulk of the attention. Thankfully we have brave and tireless editors like Datlow and Windling who can do the sorting for us and come up with a final tally of the past year's notable fantasy and horror short stories.

Metal Fatigue Metal Fatigue by Sean Williams
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This is a tough, violent novel of decay and defiance. Kennedy Polis is the only remaining metropolis in what was, at one time, the United States. As the rest of the country disintegrated around them, Kennedy viciously defended its borders and survived. 40 years later, though, the city is just barely shambling along and Kennedy is wearing out around the inhabitatnts.

Lydon's Lament Lydon's Lament
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
SF Site's columnist gives us his take on the merits and demerits of Hollywood's continuing effort to bring us feature films based on one superhero comic book character or another. Paul admits to having his sanity questioned for getting such an unabashed thrill out of Mystery Men, but he'll tell you why he liked it.

Rewind Rewind by William Sleator
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Fans of Sleator's creepy and complicated SF stories may be surprised by this relatively straightforward tale, in which there aren't any particularly strange goings-on -- other than the fact that the narrator is dead, of course. But not permanently dead, or at least not yet. He is given a chance to go back and prevent his death.

The Dream Spheres The Dream Spheres by Elaine Cunningham
reviewed by Don Bassingthwaite
Not exactly a sequel to Thornhold, it is the story of a new magic which has come to Waterdeep -- small milky spheres holding a single perfect illusion to be cast into the mind of the user like a dream. As word of their existence and addictive power spreads, various factions struggle to exploit, control, or contain them.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick tells us 2 of the best television programs of all time will be rerun in the last half of August but that Crusade will be remembered only as an odd footnote to Babylon 5.

Second Looks

The Alleluia Files The Alleluia Files by Sharon Shinn
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Not everyone wants the truth, if indeed it does exist, to be uncovered. A faction, led by the Archangel Bael, who fears loss of power and influence, are hunting down and killing Jacobite agents. Fortunately not all the Angels have joined Bael's pogrom against the Jacobites.


The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet by Freeman J. Dyson
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
This book covers scientific revolutions, technology and social justice, and the exploration and colonization of space -- familiar Dyson topics all, and delivered with his usual clarity of thought, graceful use of language, big ideas expressed modestly, and sense of history.


The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Baron Munchausen The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Baron Munchausen
a game review by Don Bassingthwaite
Wax your moustache or tighten your bodice, and call the potboy for another round of drinks. The year is 17__ and Baron Munchausen is tired of being pressed into relating the tales of his remarkable adventures for unappreciative hosts. To free himself from such mundane demands, he has created his own roleplaying game.

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