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Julie Czerneda A Conversation With Julie Czerneda
An interview with Kim Fawcett
On the biggest challenge to become a SF writer:
"Learning what I needed to do after writing the book -- and then having the patience to do it. You see, I didn't know anything about fiction publishing when I started out, so the challenge was teaching myself about the business side. If I'd known then about science fiction conventions -- or been on the Internet -- that might not have been such an uphill climb. Once I did meet people who could talk to me about who published what, what was involved, all those things, then it was a case of being very patient. Publishing is definitely hurry up and wait. Fortunately, I was busy writing science non-fiction which made the waiting part a little easier."

Probability Moon Probability Moon by Nancy Kress
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Human beings have expanded into space, and in the process discovered an interstellar transportation system left behind by some unknown alien race. Several other civilizations have been discovered, all humanoid and seemingly related to homo sapiens. The one exception is the hostile Fallers. When it is discovered that a moon orbiting an inhabited plant is actually an artifact, possibly a weapon, possibly left behind by the same aliens that built the transportation system, the race is on to figure out just what it is before the Fallers can get there.

Blue Kansas Sky Blue Kansas Sky by Michael Bishop
reviewed by Steven H Silver
He has written some of the best speculative fiction of the last 20 years, ranging from the gritty Minor League baseball novel Brittle Innings to the romantic anthropological novel Ancient of Days. The author's writing has never fully managed to find the audience it deserves. This is his 5th collection. If there is justice in the world, it will introduce his work to a wider readership.

Sci Fiction at SCIFI.COM Sci Fiction at SCIFI.COM
reviewed by David Soyka
David supposes that SF fans should welcome this sort of web site with open arms. After all, a future in which paper books are replaced by sleek disposable video displays was imagined way back in the Golden Age of the 30s and 40s, along with personal jet packs and interplanetary travel. Here in the once mythical 21st century, David hasn't had much opportunity to either blast off to the grocery store or vacation on Mars, but it's not news to anyone that the dawning of "screen-based" reading is upon us. Hell, you're doing it right now.

In Green's Jungles In Green's Jungles by Gene Wolfe
reviewed by Rich Horton
This is a mesmerizing book, beautifully written in the comparatively simple prose style the author adopted for his Book of the Long Sun (ostensibly told by the same character). Though it is full of action, colour, and many mysteries, it is by no means an appropriate starting point for his work. Thus this review is either preaching to the converted, who will be planning to read this book anyway, or at best hinting wonders to come if you should join the ranks.

Forthcoming Books Forthcoming Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
Here's a sampling of some of the F&SF books that are headed our way in the coming months...

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers his notes on what to watch in November along with his view of the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Drive" by Michael Taylor.

Along the Rim of Time Along the Rim of Time by Lillian Stewart Carl
reviewed by Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Of the 11 stories contained here, all have some sort of underlying mythic/historical theme, which is the author's forté. Whether the story is fantasy or science fiction makes no difference, as she deftly juxtaposes Greek legend among the red Martian sands, reincarnated Chinese princesses among modern American tourists. There's a thoughtful, rational quality present in each story that gives each one that elusive oh-so-plausible air.

The Bridge The Bridge by Janine Ellen Young
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
In the far reaches of a distant galaxy, circling endlessly through the rings that girdle a nameless gas giant, a race of dragon-like beings dreams of contact with intelligent life beyond their own planetary system. And so a great project is begun. A bridge across space-time is built, and a million tiny craft are launched scattershot into the universe. Each bears greetings and knowledge, meant to build a different kind of bridge -- one of understanding.

The Snow Queen The Snow Queen by Eileen Kernaghan
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," this is a fast-paced, adventure-laden story of the contrasting lives of two 19th century girls, one raised in the "civilized" portion of Scandinavia, the other the daughter of a shaman and a robber-baron of Lapland. Together they must confront the Ice Queen, sorceress of the icy Northern wastes.

On Writing On Writing by Stephen King
reviewed by Hank Luttrell
In an open letter to the author, Hank begins: "I just wanted to write to thank you for this book. I enjoyed it, and I will be recommending it to as many readers as I can. I think your practical, no nonsense approach to writing, and your advice about what tools are needed and what approach to pursue will be of use to people interested in writing. Your autobiographical notes will be of great interest to fans of your writing, and even for those readers who aren't trying to write fiction, it is fascinating to see the gears and levers at work behind the curtains."

New Arrivals Mid-October Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
This Hallowe'en season brought us a new Dark Terrors anthology of horror shorts, plus new vampire novels from Anne Rice, Susan Sizemore, and P.N. Elrod. But that's nowhere near all; we've also seen new works from Steve Aylett, Stephan Grundy, a new collection from Michael Bishop, and continuations of series from Mark Chadbourn, Dave Duncan, Diana Wynne Jones, and George R.R. Martin.

Second Looks

Earth Abides Earth Abides by George R. Stewart / The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Classics of science fiction, both are post-holocaust novels in which a single man survives. Beyond being rousing adventures, and having almost opposite approaches to the human nature of their last man, they explore the role of personal integrity and of knowledge in the development of humanity -- one centred on the concept of the all-controlling, all-conquering Übermensch; the other on its hero's uneasiness of the absolute power his deification by fellow survivors has brought him.

Dr. Bloodmoney Dr. Bloodmoney by Philip K. Dick
reviewed by David Soyka
The title character is a brilliant scientist who believes himself a godly incarnation of destruction, capable of bringing down atomic ruin simply by willing it. As is typical with the author's handling of the issue of whether just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you, you can't be quite sure how crazy he really is. The author is masterful at "getting into the head" of the paranoid, depicting how coincidence and happenstance serve to solidify delusions of grandeur and suspicion of others.

The Door Into Summer The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
reviewed by Rich Horton
The book opens in 1970, a few years after a nuclear war. Dan Davis is a successful inventor. His main product is an automated "cleaning lady" called Hired Girl. He's got a booming new company, run by his good friend Miles Gentry, and the company secretary, the beautiful Belle Darkin, is engaged to marry him. He is owned by a nice cat called Petronius Arbiter, and he has another great friend in Miles' 11-year-old stepdaughter Frederica. He has just finished designing an even better machine: an all-purpose automaton called Flexible Frank. Could life be any better?


One Mind's Eye One Mind's Eye by Kathy Tyers
reviewed by Suzanne Krein
Llyn Torfinn longs for a normal life. Ever since she was rescued from an alternate reality chamber, her life has been anything but normal. Music, which can be her greatest source of joy, can also throw her into the trance-like state of another reality. Her adopted mother, Karine, claims to have Llyn's best interests at heart. Karine is a member of the Empath Order. She uses her ability to see inside the minds of others as a tool for healing.

Schrodinger's Kitten Audio: Schrödinger's Kitten by George Alec Effinger
reviewed by Jayme Lynn Blaschke
At first glance, this would seem an odd choice for an audio production. True, this is of the exceedingly rare breed of short stories to win both the Hugo (1989) and Nebula (1988) awards, and he is a writer who's accumulated his share of well-deserved critical acclaim over the years. But the author, as a writer, is a stylist. It's his skill with the written word, that elusive knack for putting not just the right two words together on the page, but the exactly right two words that has always been his signature.


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