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Scales Scales by Anthony G. Williams
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Journalist Matt Johnson is beavering away one evening in his study, when a mysterious buzzing noise fills the room. Shortly thereafter an explosion destroys the building. When he wakes up in hospital it becomes clear that some time has passed, and his life has been radically altered. Upon arrival for treatment, he was suffering from severe and extensive burns, and was not expected to live. But Johnson's body has been repairing itself, rebuilding him from the inside out.

The Foresight War The Foresight War by Anthony G. Williams
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Using his vast knowledge of the events and weaponry used during WWII, the author projects an alternate stream of events, where the flow of history is changed by two men. They are Don Erlang and Professor Konrad Herrman, who are both accidental time travellers from 2004, that wake up one morning to find themselves in 1934. Herrman in Germany and Erlang in England. Both men are military historians, who adapt quickly to their new circumstances, and independently set out to change history as they knew it.

The Unblemished The Grin of the Dark The Unblemished by Conrad Williams and The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
Horror fiction is still a relative rarity in the British mass market, so it's great to hear that Virgin Books are starting a monthly series of horror titles. It's also good to hear that the first few will be reissues of small press publications. Of course, we still want the books to be good -- but, with the first two at least, there's nothing to worry about in that regard.

Nearly People Nearly People by Conrad Williams
reviewed by William Thompson
While this setting has been touched upon by a wide variety of apocalyptic visions imagining the future, holocaust aftermath continues to remain one of the more lasting and central themes of science fiction literature. Here, the author infuses his novella-length telling with energy and spark in the form of his central character and, more significantly, through his use of metaphor and symbolism.

The Mirrored Heavens The Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The year is 2110, and a Second Cold War between the US and the Eurasian Bloc is thawing, until a terrorist group calling themselves Autumn Rain bring down the Phoenix space elevator. An act which, somewhat predictably, launches the world's great military powers on course toward all-out global conflict. Before the tipping point is reached, a Special Forces team are tasked with finding Autumn Rain, and putting a stop to their heinous plans.

Liz Williams

Angelos Angelos by Robina Williams
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
Steve enjoyed this book, the sequel to Jerome and the Seraph, better than its predecessor. He enjoyed Angelos less than its predecessor. That he enjoyed it both more and less than the original novel is perfectly in keeping with the quantum backdrop of the book, contrasted nicely by a day to day life at a friary, the other side of this book's quantum equation.

Jerome and the Seraph Jerome and the Seraph by Robina Williams
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
There are books that recount great upheavals in society. Others deal with crime, passion, or life and death. Indeed so much fantasy seems to revolve around fighting evil and saving the world, one might forget there is more to the genre. Brother Jerome lives at a Friary in the English countryside. It is often where the protagonist dies in the first paragraph.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams
reviewed by David Maddox
The story picks up a year after Starkiller's final battle with Vader and the Emperor on the still-under-construction Death Star. His former pilot and romantic interest, Juno Eclipse, is now Captain in the fledgling Rebel Alliance and doing her best to help and keep control of Jedi General Rahm Kota. But on Kamino, Darth Vader has not given up on his apprentice, either bringing him back to life, as he did once before, or finally managing to clone a Force-sensitive individual.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Star Wars: the Old Republic: Fatal Alliance is a chance for Star Wars fans to read the newest novel and immerse themselves in the characters before the release of Star Wars: the Old Republic video game in 2011. Bioware and Lucas Arts collaborated to make this game a reality, and no doubt there will be a scramble to get their hands on it.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams
reviewed by David Maddox
The Sith Rule of two is widely known. Darth Bane set it down millennia ago, a master and an apprentice, one to embody the power, the other to crave it. But the greatest treachery and deceit are also part of the Dark Side's path. Even the Greatest Sith Lord in history, Darth Vader, follows this code as he plots to seize Emperor Palpatine's throne by training his own, secret apprentice.

The Resurrected Man The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
It is a worthy blending of near-future high-tech, private-eye noir, and the police procedural. Along the way, we get a provocative look at a world being rapidly changed by a new technology -- personal teleportation booths. Here, the process occurs with a person being dematerialized in one place and reconstructed in another. The process is important because it amounts to copying a person. What if an extra copy is made?

The Stone Mage and the Sea The Stone Mage and the Sea by Sean Williams
reviewed by William Thompson
The novel opens upon the arid Strand, a desolate waste of sand and stone bordering the margins of the sea, where small, remote villages lie along forgotten roads of crumbling macadam, and where strangers are viewed with suspicion.  Into this setting roll two outsiders, a father and his son, nomads from the Beyond that have spent their entire lives wandering from town to town, staying in one place only long enough to replenish their stocks and refuel their dune buggy before heading on for the next, seemingly random destination. There is a fugitive aspect to their travels, something beyond the desire to be accountable to no one, or the solitary rewards of always looking towards the horizon.

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.

A View Before Dying A View Before Dying by Sean Williams
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This chapbook is Sean Williams at his finest and, perhaps, his most menacing, but definitely at his peak. It's spell-binding, horrifying, and dazzling. Add to that intelligent commentary and you've got the total package.

Echoes of Earth Echoes of Earth by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Peter Alander is a long way from home -- well, the part of him that didn't remain at home on Earth, that is. He and the rest of his crewmates are engrams, computer recreations of their corporeal selves, minus the corporeal part, of course. Copies of Alander and others went out long ago to explore the universe. Now, they have found something that Earth must know about right away. The question is: should Earth really hear about this discovery? And come to think of it, did the crew find something or didn't it actually find them?

The Prodigal Sun The Prodigal Sun by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Commander Morgan Roche is a woman on a mission: deliver a new breed of AI to COE HQ. It sounds like a routine, even boring, mission until the frigate Midnight is attacked by enemy ships. Roche's only hope is to escape to the surface of the inhospitable Sciacca's World, a penal colony. Even if she and her people survive the attempt, they will still not be safe from their attackers.

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 30th Anniversary Anthology Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 30th Anniversary Anthology edited by Sheila Williams
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
There is a reasonable case to be made for tracing the history of 20th century science fiction through its keynote magazines. Such a history takes us from Amazing to Astounding to F&SF, across the Atlantic to New Worlds, and then into the curious asteroid belt of the 70s original anthologies. By this reckoning, science fiction during the last quarter of the 20th century was defined by Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Since it was launched in 1977 it has generally had higher circulation figures than its rivals, it has produced more stories that have won or been shortlisted for awards, it has produced more stories that have featured in the various Year's Best anthologies.

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 30th Anniversary Anthology Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 30th Anniversary Anthology edited by Sheila Williams
reviewed by Richard A. Lupoff
Since 1977 the former Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (somewhere along the way they dropped the Isaac) has published something like 3,000 stories. With this many candidates to choose among, Sheila Williams's task in selecting the contents of a retrospective anthology was mainly one of coping with an embarrassment of riches. She came up with a book of seventeen stories, the great majority of which range from excellent to absolutely breathtaking.

Tad Williams

Walter Jon Williams

The Searchers: City of Iron The Searchers: City of Iron by Chet Williamson
reviewed by Todd Richmond
There's no doubt that we're seeing more books about government conspiracies, supernatural activities and alien abductions. Not a bad thing if you're a fan. This novel is right on target with hints of secret government organizations, mysterious holy hitmen, and immortal Scotsmen with links to the Knights Templar.

The Silicon Dagger The Silicon Dagger by Jack Williamson
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Partly high-tech thriller, partly diatribe about the ills of America today, this is the latest book by a science fiction author who, if he is published in the year 2000, will have had a writing career spanning 9 decades!

The Black Sun The Black Sun by Jack Williamson
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The last of the StarSeed ships will soon be leaving Earth, taking its crew through a faster-than-light quantum-wave jump to wherever in the universe a large enough gravitational field exists to pull them out. Originally designed to seed the universe with humans, the StarSeed organization has been run into the ground by the drunken megalomaniac Herman Stecker and his sleazy aide Mr. Hinch. And so it begins...

Freehold Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Framed by unknown people for massive amounts of embezzling, Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is forced to abandon everything she's ever known, turn her back on the world she has served faithfully, and flee for her life, claiming sanctuary with the only human settlement to remain independent of the United Nations' stranglehold: the Freehold of Grainne. Leaving everything behind is hard enough; starting over on a new planet with new rules, new customs, and new people is even worse.

The Euonymist The Euonymist by Neil Williamson
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Calum is set the unenviable task of naming newly discovered planets. Calum is what is known in the field as a Euonymist, as a planet namer, but it isn't as easy as others think, certainly not his uncle or his wife. It is more difficult than that, and he spends most of the plot trying his best to think of these names for something that is sometimes beyond him.

Connie Willis

Nebula Awards 33 Nebula Awards 33 edited by Connie Willis
reviewed by David Soyka
In her short intros to each selection, the editor acknowledges the difficulty in classifying the work as say, cyberpunk or alternate history, noting that they often encompass a range of sub-genres. Some aren't even strictly SF or fantasy and wouldn't be out of place in an avant-garde literary collection.

Charles Wilson

Amped Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Science fiction for the masses. It's a well-established technique; take a present-day setting, soup it up with a concept out of science fiction, one that's a little edgy but close enough to people's experience so that you don't have to spend a lot of time on technical details, throw in a thriller plot and a little romance and voila!, you've got it, a main-stream best-seller with just enough SF to give it a sparkle. Michael Crichton is the established master at this, but now we have anothe who takes a big step toward making the territory his own.

Robopocalypse Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
reviewed by David Maddox
Imagine a future not so far away and not so fantastic, where humans are so dependant on robots that we hardly give them a second thought. They're in our homes, cars, phones, and work places. They clean out house, cook out food and take care of the dangerous and tedious work we don't want to do. And what would happen if they all turned against us?

Roll Them Bones Roll Them Bones by David Niall Wilson
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Jason, Frank, Ronnie and Lizzy were all friends growing up in the small town of Random, Illinois. One Halloween they decided to visit a witch that lived in the woods, where they all sought to have their fortunes told by the town's legendary haunter of the woods. The only problem was that once they reached the witch's campfire, things went all wrong.

Deep Blue Deep Blue by David Niall Wilson
reviewed by Gil T. Wilson
"Crossroads or crosshairs, it's all the same. There's only one way through the pain and that's through the music." That's what the mysterious old bluesman tells Brandt when Brandt learns he has a new musical power. This quote grabbed me and kept hold as Brandt, a burned out musician, begins to play music that can absolve people of their pain.

The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & the Currently Accepted Habits of Nature The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & the Currently Accepted Habits of Nature by David Niall Wilson
an audiobook review by Susan Dunman
Not much happens in the backwater town of Old Mill, North Carolina. It's so quiet that Jasper, the local air-conditioner repairman, decides to let his customers swelter just one more day while he goes fishing. But on his arrival at his favorite fishing hole, Jasper discovers a partially submerged body in the middle of his fishing spot. The upper torso and head are hidden under the dark water and Jasper has no desire to see what lies beneath.

To Sift Through Bitter Ashes To Sift Through Bitter Ashes by David Niall Wilson
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Vampires, the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, Egyptian sorcerers and the Catholic Church all rolled up in one neat package. For Wayne, it was an engaging combination.

F. Paul Wilson

Mirage Mirage by F. Paul Wilson and Matthew J. Costello
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
What is the fascination with identical twins? Are why is everyone so intrigued by dream analysis? Both questions tie in to human beings' unending search to understand the mind and memory. How does memory "work," and shouldn't it work precisely the same for people with identical DNA?

Masque Masque by F. Paul Wilson and Matthew J. Costello
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
An idle question -- "If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?" -- turns deadly serious. Enter the world of Masque where one segment of the population can do just that: transform their bodies into virtually anything or anyone.

Robert Charles Wilson

Seduced by Twilight Seduced by Twilight by Natalie Wilson
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Stephenie Meyer's novels have interested many people over the past few years, and feature a lot of messages on love sexuality, class, race and cultural issues. This time around the characters in her books are discussed by lecturer Natalie Wilson using these themes of life, love and other cultural issues. Her interest is making this book happened when she was asked to do a series of talks.

Tesseracts Ten Tesseracts Ten edited by Robert Charles Wilson and Edo van Belkom
reviewed by Jakob Schmidt
This anthology presents a broad range of fantastic short fiction, from classic interplanetary science fiction to a mainstream story that has only slightly fantastic overtones. If the fact that this book was co-edited by Robert Charles Wilson leads you to expect lots of Hard SF content, you may be disappointed.

Horrors of the Holy Horrors of the Holy by Staci Layne Wilson
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
This collection of 13 stories covers a wide range of subject matter, from the undead enjoying the living's nightlife in "Slumber Party" to the monster picking off unsuspecting teenagers in an old movie theatre in "Cutting Room Floor" and a lovely understated and atmospheric story ("Thundering Hooves") of an old cowboy and capturer of wild horses.

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