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Readers' Choice: Best Read Of The Year
Do recent events make you feel more than a little uneasy about the whole process of voting? Well now it's time to cast a ballot that should actually make you feel good about voting. Here's your chance to make your votes (all 10 of them) count, by voting for what you consider to be the best SF & Fantasy books of 2004. The deadline for voting is February 11, 2005.
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Robert Freeman Wexler A Conversation With Robert Freeman Wexler
An interview with Jeff VanderMeer
On the fantastic in the real world:
"There can be a dislocation between inner, creative life and the surrounding world, between being a writer and earning a living doing other things, between thinking creatively and listening to the surrounding clang of minutia. Dislocations of feeling like an outsider, of being an atheist Jew in an increasingly conservative Christian country. Transforming these dislocations into the literature of the fantastic is a way enabling myself to cope with the world."

Circus of the Grand Design Circus of the Grand Design by Robert Freeman Wexler
a novel extract
    "No sunlight, no waning crescent moon. And the wind? The chill, battering wind lay in wait, malevolent, hidden for the moment but ready to strike. Ice crumbled in its path; its onslaught leveled mountains. Not safe here, in this flimsy house-box with its No-heat No-light."

New Arrivals New Arrivals
compiled by Neil Walsh
Some of the new and forthcoming books for 2005 include new works from Ian R. MacLeod, Sara Douglass, Stan Nicholls, Harry Turtledove, Terry Goodkind, and Gregory Benford. Also featured are some classics re-issued from Dan Simmons, Geoff Ryman, Robert Silverberg, and more.

British Kids Have More Fun: Wood Magic and Bevis British Kids Have More Fun: Wood Magic and Bevis
a column by Georges T. Dodds
Bevis, a young boy wanders into an enchanted woodland world, where all of Nature has stories to tell. In particular, the water flowing in the creeks and the wind whistling through the trees, have more profound truths to reveal, about life, about good and evil, and so on. With their help, Bevis can sort out the intrigues surrounding the woodland creatures' attempts to overthrow the evil autocratic regime of the magpie.

The Sellamillion The Sellamillion by A.R.R.R. Roberts
reviewed by Steven H Silver
There are some works of art which beg to be parodied due to their popularity and their overindulgences. While J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion certainly qualifies for its overindulgences, the work's popularity is based not so much on its own merits, but its association with Tolkien's more popular books. Nevertheless, following the success of the parody The Soddit, he has turned his wit to the writing of The Sellamillion.

The Sword of the Rightful King The Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Given the seductive lure of Arthurian legend, a tale of an alternate Arthur sounded rather promising. The premise revolves around an uncertain young king, newly crowned, and struggling to unite those who have yet to fully accept him as their ruler. The archetypal magician, Merlinnus, and his former apprentice Morgause are both attempting to use their subtle magics and the symbol of Caliburnus to influence the once and future king of Cadbury.

Relativity Relativity by Robert J. Sawyer
reviewed by Adam Volk
When it comes to blending cutting edge science with complex philosophical ruminations, there are few authors more talented than Robert J. Sawyer. For those unfortunate few who have not yet heard of him, the man has left an indelible mark on the Science Fiction community; earning a well-deserved reputation as a major talent, in addition to his recent receipt of both a Hugo and Nebula award. He is one of those rare SF authors who is able to approach complex scientific concepts and humanize them with believable characters, rich dialogue and all too real moral and philosophical dilemmas.

Ashes and Angel Wings Ashes and Angel Wings by Greg Stolze
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
It is a cinematically written mad dash, rather like an episode of The Sopranos though a drug haze, but also including supernatural characters based on the angels and demons of Biblical lore. The mix is one of psychopathic violence, which is never mindless, Mafia culture, and snappy dialogue presented in a New Jersey accent. The anti-hero is one Harvey Ciullo. Things look terminal, especially when Harv has his brains blown out, but then his death attracts the attention of Hasmed, a fallen angel recently freed from Hell.

A Hat Full of Sky A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Now eleven, Tiffany is ready to leave the Chalk to study with Miss Level, a "research witch" in distant High Overhang. Changes are in the offing for the Nac Mac Feegle as well. Their new Kelda, Jeanine of the Long Lake clan, is determined to whip the wild blue men into shape. First off, they must learn to read and write -- despite their lifelong distrust of the literary arts. After all, writing leads to implicating documents and court cases, both of which have a way of seriously cramping a Feegle's style.

The Fetter Mission The Fetter Mission by M.L. Roland
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Rick and Bill of the Jerdain military are amongst those attacking Bahar, the lair of Thomas Fetter and son Curtis, a pair of evil, ruthless immortals, masters of mind control as well a number of other advanced technologies, and -- naturally -- bent upon ruling the universe. Sure, this sort of thing has been done a thousand times by the likes of Ray Cummings, Edmond Hamilton, and John W, Campbell, Jr. -- but perhaps never quite so poorly.

Not One of Us, #32 Not One of Us, #32
reviewed by Rich Horton
The opening story is perhaps the best, Sonya Taaffe's "Another Country". Taaffe is a poet, and it shows in her dense and evocative prose. This story slowly builds a portrait of the relationship between a newly pregnant woman and her two lovers -- it in itself a fraught situation, but made a bit more complex by the nature of one of the possible fathers. Danny Adams's "A Deconstruction of Beauty" is about a cop in a grim world who encounters a woman painting forbidden things -- like trees.

Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 2 Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 2 by Ken Akamatsu
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
Negi Springfield's main dream in life is to become a wizard. He has taken the classes, he has mastered several spells, but to prove his true worthiness, he needs to become accepted as an official instructor at Mahora Academy, an all girl's school. The girls seem to finally be accepting their ten-year-old English teacher, but can he bring his class, who are notorious for only ever making last place in the exams, up to snuff before the final exams next Monday?

Leviathan 4 Leviathan 4 edited by Forrest Aguirre
reviewed by Matthew Cheney
This anthology is a book that rises from the marketing category known as SF, though most readers of science fiction and fantasy will find much frustration in amidst the wonders sensed here, because some of these stories slip into a different stream, one where fabulation looks conservative and traditional when viewed through a lens of narrative displacement, meta-fictional paradox, and autonymic antitropes. How many fish can breathe in such rich, polluted water?

Black Gate, #7 Black Gate, #7
reviewed by Sherwood Smith
This issue features six stories; except for one they are either novellas or novelettes. Instead of a range, this issue's fiction leans far toward dark side of the fantasy spectrum; arguably one or two of them are downright horror. Perfect reading for the days of cold, long nights, wind-rattled barren branches and deep shadows.

In Memoriam: 2004 In Memoriam: 2004
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. The science-fictional year 2004 could have been much worse for the science fiction community in sheer numbers. While there were a few tragic surprises, the mortality rate for 2004 was no higher than would normally be expected.

Asgard's Secret Asgard's Secret by Brian Stableford
reviewed by Susan Dunman
Welcome to Asgard. No, not the fabled city of Norse mythology, but an equally amazing structure that seems to have been made by the gods themselves. In fact, no one can figure out exactly who made it, but Asgard is a planet-sized artifact that consists of innumerable concentric spheres, one inside the other. No one knows how many levels comprise the entire structure, but scientists, explorers, crooks, and grave robbers from all the nearby galaxies have made their home in Skychain City, the base of operations for the exploration of Asgard.

Lost In Transmission Lost In Transmission by Wil McCarthy
reviewed by Rich Horton
Third in a series, this is the story of a journey to Barnard's Star and the effort to colonize one of the planets of that star. The main character is Conrad Mursk, the First Mate of the Newhope. His lover Xiomara Li Weng, or Xmary, is the Captain. Bascal is the leader of the expedition and will be King once the new planet is reached. Conrad himself is a rather stolid young man, though perhaps not so stolid as he seems to think.

Ironcrown Moon Ironcrown Moon by Julian May
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
In this second book of The Boreal Moon Tale, Snudge, spy, wild talent, and trusted friend of King Conrig Windcantor continues to reveal the secrets of what really happened, risking his own life and the security of the Blenholme Sovereignty. In the last book Conrig's wife, Queen Maudrayne, forced into a divorce from her husband, calmly signs the papers, then leaps off the castle walls and to her death. But now Conrig knows she did not die, and that she may have born a child.

SF Site News SF Site News
compiled by Steven H Silver
Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. His column will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.

Philip K. Dick Awards Philip K. Dick Awards
compiled by Rodger Turner
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.

Prisoner of the Iron Tower Prisoner of the Iron Tower by Sarah Ash
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
Gavril is working side by side with his men, trying to rebuild their kastle, and is eventually taken to the asylum, where he is forced into a terrible choice. Eugene, even, though he is the antagonist, is not easily categorized as evil. He is filled with insecurities about his marriage, worries over his daughter, and he treats the people around him, mostly, with decency and respect. His government concentrates on tasks such as providing schooling for every child and improving the economy.

Babylon 5.1 Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick has TV reviews of the Star Trek Enterprise episode titled "Daedalus," and the two Battlestar Galactica episodes titled "33" and "Water." He also has some ideas on the similarities between Andromeda and Stargate SG-1.


Arkham House Books:  A Collector's Guide Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide by Leon Nielsen
reviewed by Trent Walters
Arkham House is one of the finest publishers of collected short fiction in the field. Its beginnings were humble as friends of H.P. Lovecraft founded the house in order to publish Lovecraft in book form as a memorial. Later, they began publishing others of that weird fiction clan: the first collections of Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Fritz Leiber, Lord Dunsany, August Dereleth, Clark Ashton Smith, Frank Belknap Long, William Hope Hodgson, Seabury Quinn, and Donald Wandrei.

Second Looks

Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
reviewed by Chris Przybyszewski
It is one of the more remarkable books of our time. Sure, the text has its share of warts. The characters are more like caricatures, over the top and thin in their complexity. The auhtor indulges his inner high-school writer with his strong use of comparisons. Moreover, the ending is simplistic and idealistic, where the well read of society emerge from their homeless shelters to save a post-apocalyptic world. But still.

What Rough Beast What Rough Beast by H.R. Knight
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
A scoundrel has come to town and he's just the sort Harry Houdini lived to expose. This Victorian Era John Edwards claims to be able to put the bereaved in touch with their deceased relatives, provided the bereaved can enrich Maxmillian Cairo's existence on this plane. Debunking such frauds was of special interest to both Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and they expect no problems with exposing this con man's tricks before he can bilk anymore vulnerable clients.

There Will Be Dragons There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo
reviewed by Michael M Jones
In the far future, we've finally used technology to master the world and all aspects of our lives. Teleportation and shapechanging are commonplace, sickness and death are practically unknown, and there is no need. Our imaginations dictate our surroundings, and we spend our lives indulging in fantasies and various forms of instant gratification. Technology has, in other words, become sufficiently advanced so as to be indistinguishable from magic...

First Novels

The Magister's Mask The Magister's Mask by Deby Fredericks
reviewed by Donna McMahon
In the city of Chalsett, it is traditional that an apprentice who has finished her training shall be assigned the very next case that requires a magister. But Shenza Waik, humble daughter of an illiterate fisherman, feels far from ready when that case turns out to be the horrifying murder of the First Lord of Chalsett by magical fire.

The Silver Spoon The Silver Spoon by Stacey Klemstein
reviewed by Alisa McCune
No one knows when the Observers originally arrived on Earth, but their unveiling was an event not to be forgotten. Somewhere in the world, nuclear warheads were launched, escalating into war. Everyone was glued to the television with announcers giving us 20 minutes until the end of the world. Then they appeared on TV with an offer no one would refuse -- "We will save Earth from destruction if you allow us to study mankind." The Observers got what they requested with no resistance.

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