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In Memoriam: 2014 In Memoriam: 2014
a memorial by Steven H Silver
Science fiction fans have always had a respect and understanding for the history of the genre. Unfortunately, science fiction has achieved such an age that each year sees our ranks diminished. Deaths in 2014 included Neal Barrett, Jr., Mark E. Rogers, Michael Shea, Harold Ramis, Gabriel García Márquez, Mary Stewart, H.R. Giger, Daniel Keyes, Frank M. Robinson, Kirby McCauley and Graham Joyce.

The Oversight The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
This is the tale the last Hand; five people with supra-natural abilities, keeping the Law and Lore in an alternate Dickensian London. The Oversight was established to police and maintain the borders between the world of men and the darkly magical Sluagh. For many years an uneasy balance was achieved, mostly by mutual adherence to the rules that govern what is permitted from both sides. Then came the Disaster.

A Conversation With Rick Riordan A Conversation With Rick Riordan
An interview with Steven H Silver
On merging Greek and Egyptian mythology:
" It wasn't too difficult [to merge Greek and Egyptian mythology] because historically the Greeks and the Egyptians were merging their mythologies for centuries, that's the Ptolomaic dynasty, that's what it was all about. So that really was my stepping point: Ptolomy and when the Greeks took over Egypt, how they, in fact, tried to merge the mythologies, so that was kind of my stepping off point."

Galaxy's Edge #9 Galaxy's Edge #9
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The magazine is now considered an official SFWA-approved market and selling paper subscriptions. Mike Resnick always has his own topics he can discuss in his "The Editor's Word" slot and this time around it's about science fiction fandom, claiming his own fandom as 'oldphart' who has collected all the information needed to pass onto the next generation of fans so they have a clearer idea of the fandom.

Andromeda's War Andromeda's War by William C. Dietz
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Andromeda might have had chance to get over what had happened to her family over a year ago, but she missed her chance to kill the cruel and evil ruler, Ophelia. And now that her uncle has been killed in a government raid on Earth, she realises she is the only surviving heir and, as such, is the only one who can kill the empress and overthrow all the damage she has done.

Six-Guns Straight From Hell 2 Six-Guns Straight From Hell 2 by David B. Riley
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The days of straightforward Western stories have evolved from the Louis L'Amour's of yesterday to be considered Western horror, strange Western and even crossover stories, but one thing we can be sure of, they are well written. Edited, yet again by David B. Riley, this second offering takes the Western story to a whole new level with a haunted house, ghost hunter, vampires and gunfights -- every western story needs gunfights.

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer
reviewed by Dave Truesdale
We see that the bright flame for forward-thinking, optimistic projects geared to providing a better future for mankind in the mid-term forseeable future -- though perhaps dimmed, if current genre trends are any reliable metric -- has not died, but has been faithfully preserved and given new life by current spokesman Neal Stephenson. Indeed, it is Stephenson who is largely, if not solely, responsible for Project Hieroglyph, from which this original anthology of 17 stories (two reprints) is the result.

Asbury Park Asbury Park by Rob Scott
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
This sequel to 15 Miles, takes a good thing and makes it better. A mixture of horror, fantasy and thriller, it proves that the total is usually better than the sum of its parts. After working a double murder in a remote Virginian farmhouse, Sailor Doyle was called a hero and lauded for his bravery. So when he goes to a beach house on the New Jersey shore where he grew up to recuperate from his leg and shoulder injuries and try to repair his broken marriage, he wants to keep a low profile.

Andromeda's Choice Andromeda's Choice by William C. Dietz
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The second in the series, Andromeda McKee (Cat Carletto) has been given the Imperial Order of Merit, and as such she has to come back to Earth if she wants the award. As the story from Andromeda's Fall has already been a very strong one about her life so far and all the crises and horrors in it, this novel builds upon the character development we originally saw. While the first novel had her caught unawares with the death of her family, this novel finds her at her most mature ready to fight for what she believes in, despite all the odds being stacked against her.

Resistance Resistance by Samit Basu
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
How can you not like a novel that stars out with a monster in Tokyo that rightfully Godzilla should sort out? Here passengers of a flight from London to Delhi have developed super powers, and eleven years after, the world is awash with them. What it would be like if we had developed any ability we wanted and had the choice to use it for good or evil? But what if you had that choice, used it and others paid the ultimate price for the good guys and bad guys with super powers?

Ghosts of Manhattan Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
What if history as we know it had been different? In 1926 New York City, it's the time of the roaring twenties where coal run cars and zeppelins and biplanes watch over the citizens of the city. America is at war with the British Empire, yet in Manhattan the police are faced with a mafia so strong they can't hope to win against them. Only one man, a lone vigilante can try to break their morale and he is called the Ghost.

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Holmes is bored. A knock at the door brings him out of his troubles when a young man delivers a message from Mycroft Holmes about three deaths he believes are inexplicably linked. The deaths are of Captain John Cummins, a British Army officer who urged surrender before tossing himself into a tiger enclosure at London Zoo, a suffragette, Mary Temple, who threw herself under an Underground train and MP Herbert Grange who worked at the War Office and once gave a pro-German speech before hurling himself into the Thames.

By Blood Alone By Blood Alone by William C. Dietz
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
As Captain Pardo is facing a court martial, he has only one chance to come through without embarrassment; Colonel Bill Booly. The problem is that his commanding officer, General Loy is adamant he change his testimony. Loy wants Bill to let him off even though he deserves to be punished, feeling that if he is sent down, then it would affect the whole legion. Bill knows there is some corruption going on up the ranks and wants nothing to do with it, but not changing his testimony could provide him with wider reaching implications.

Foxglove Summer Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
In the fifth novel featuring Peter Grant who, for the uninitiated, is a trainee wizard, and police constable in a special unit consisting of two full time staff, we find him out of London this time around. Seconded to help with an investigation into the mysterious, and possibly magical disappearance of two young girls, Grant tests his magical and mundane skills in the countryside. All the action takes place in and around a rural village policed by the West Mercia force, and containing the usual suspects. Nothing to see here, move along.

Lowball: Wild Cards #22 Lowball: Wild Cards #22 edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Wild Cards, for those coming to this series via the editor's more celebrated works, is the longest running shared world superhero series, in book form. It has its own counterfactual history, some gritty and great characters, and decades of stories written in a mosaic form. This approach has allowed many talented writers to mingle their literary blood since the mid-80s. Over the years there have been changes of publisher, but the song remained the same. Until more recent times.

Galaxy's Edge #10 Galaxy's Edge #10
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
So far the issues up to this one have had some major talent within the pages, this time around sci-fi great Larry Niven author of Red Tide with Brad R. Torgerson and Matthew J.Harrington has his Draco Tavern story, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, Tobias S.Buckell and Robert J. Sawyer all have their part to play in entertaining readers with their tales, but one special feature and an interview with world-famous Hugo award winner and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

Invisible Children's Book Instruction Manual Invisible Children's Book Instruction Manual by Nicholas Alan Tillemans
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The author has spent a lot of time honing his horror talent with his collections of short stories, now he has given readers a chance to see what he can do other than his brand of hard-core horror. For those who have liked and enjoyed it, it's fine, but for those who wanted to see a different side to the family man, he has provided it in a concise and fun way that puts the fun into fantasy.

An English Ghost Story An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Steven and Kirsty Naremore go house hunting in the hopes of getting away from their troubles and start anew with their son and daughter, Tim and Jordan. The home they first viewed was a run-down overgrown place they considered a 'long shot.' It is the one place they might never think of buying as it would take a lot of renovation. Jordan doesn't like it or the site it is on, comparing it to being: "like an extermination camp for cows."

Legion of the Damned Legion of the Damned by William C. Dietz
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
In the future criminals and the terminally ill all have two choices, be executed or join up for the Legion of the Damned. These fighters are cyborgs soldiers and humans who have had their bodies changed, and their minds put into huge war machines that will fight off the enemy. This is the first in the series that mixes military science fiction and adventure. It is this series which, incidentally, started the Andromeda prequel series of novels.

A Conversation With Jim Burns A Conversation With Jim Burns
An interview with Sandra Scholes
On the covers for A Song of Ice and Fire:
"I did create all four of the covers for the very first editions of the series A Song of Ice and Fire of which A Game of Thrones is Volume 1. This was in the U.K. in the late 90s. They were heavily worked pieces with lots of bonkers detail and real wood veneers. I almost had a nervous breakdown over those! I didn't work directly with George on these. Although I did know him slightly."

The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal by Jim Burns
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Science fiction and fantasy artist, Jim Burns has won three Hugo awards, being the only non-American artist to have ever won it as well as winning more British Science Fiction Awards than any other artist. He has become a national treasure with his lifelike depictions of aliens and other far off worlds. Since he was a child, Burns had a deep interest in the fantastic. Being a pilot in the RAF might have meant he had to abandon his art from an early time, but he wanted his hobby to be his career too much and, after a few years of getting noticed, it did.

Afterparty Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Take a pill. Get a god. If only it was as easy as it sounds. Lyda Rose, one of four neuroscientists has helped create Numinous, a brand new drug designed to treat schizophrenia. With a couple of quotes from T.H. Huxley and the Bible, the idea of the story is realised -- can one take a pill and get a god? Or does the user instead get a second voice inside their heads that seems, to the individual, to be telling them to do things that might be out of character. When a girl who is part of a new church is taken into a detention cell after being arrested, she despairs without the drug and kills herself.

Fear City Fear City by F. Paul Wilson
reviewed by Dave Truesdale
The author takes us back to the eleven days prior to the first World Trade Center bombing in February of 1993 and reveals how Jack's sometimes nefarious and questionable friends inadvertently draw him into a harrowing and deadly adventure as the authorities, a "black ops" character, and Jack must thwart the real life terrorists (and the shadowy, well-connected uber-group of terrorist planners known as the Septimus Order who manipulate the actual terrorists for their own ends).

Broken Soul Broken Soul by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
This eighth book in this fabulous urban fantasy saga has Jane and Derek Lee helping prepare for a visit from the Eurovamps that no one wants as they lust after Leo's territory and power. Jane has asked for an astronomical amount of money to help, but it turns out she has much more to deal with including fighting an enemy she can barely see, a creature of rainbows and light. Dangerous artifacts from the past raise their ugly heads as vampires of all kinds and others crave power. But can Jane keep the ones she's collected hidden?

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