The Wesleyan Early Classics of Science Fiction Series: Four Titles
reviewed by Matthew Cheney
Looking back on futures past is one of the pleasures of reading classic science fiction -- our own lives may seem mundane
compared to what old-time futurists thought they would be, but the overlay of yesterday's tomorrows onto awareness of today's
now illuminates both the past and the present, and even restores a certain wonder in the everyday moments we take for granted.
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
This being Harry Dresden's life, he's immediately plunged into a vicious multi-element struggle that makes the Maltese
Falcon affair look like a Bobbsey Twins adventure. The crazies start popping out of the woodwork, everyone looking for
either the Word of Kemmlar, or an ancient book about the mythical Erlking, and they either want Harry to find said
books, hand them over promptly, or please die now. In some cases, all three. The really bad news? Six of the new
nasties in town are necromancers. Before you know it, Harry's up to his wizard's staff in zombies, with no end in sight.
compiled by Neil Walsh
New books this time include the latest novels from Ben Bova, Sara Douglass, Andre Norton, and Mark Chadbourn, plus sneak peeks at forthcoming works from Paul McAuley, Michael Moorcock, Connie Willis, and many more.
Vox: SF For Your Ears
a column by Scott Danielson
Scott Danielson is listening to audio SF -- on tape, on CD, on whatever. This
time out, he has been listening to the audio CDs included in Orson Scott Card's Posing as People.
The book includes each original story, comments by the authors of the scripts, and the scripts themselves.
A 4-disc audiobook is also there made up of a reading of each original story and a performance of each script by the actors.
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers his thoughts on two episodes of Star Trek Enterprise, "Terra Prime" and "These Are the Voyages...",
the latter of which is the series finale. He also gives us a list of his most fondly remembered Star Trek episodes.
A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The Sidhe now have a murky coexistence with te modern world, based in North America. A nation within a nation, they
are in some ways similar to Native Americans. The
central character, and narrator, is Meredith Gentry, a runaway from the Unselie Court. Merry as she is known to her
friends, has been in hiding for three years, establishing herself as a glamour shrouded member of The Grey Detective Agency,
a firm specialising in cases involving magic.
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Should an artist's life be kept separate from his or her work? Alice Bradley Sheldon thought it important enough at the
beginning of her writing career that she used the name James Tiptree Jr. as a pseudonym and a P.O. box as an address in
order to keep the rest of her life private. But she was writing science fiction, and her audience was a community in which
readers knew writers, writers knew readers, and writers all knew each other.
A Terrible To-Do about Voodoo: an interview with Stephen Gallagher
conducted by Sandy Auden
"Voodoo is actually quite a sweet natured religion.
I'd always fancied doing something about the reality of voodoo, but there are frequently surprises with the way a project can work out."
City of Pearl and Crossing the Line by Karen Traviss
reviewed by Stuart Carter
Welcome to the end of the 23rd century and the world of Superintendent Shan Frankland. Shan is just finishing a final case
for her employer, the Federal European Union, on the Mars Orbital. She works in Environmental Hazard Enforcement -- the
environment cops. Unfortunately her last day is about to get a bit longer -- about 150 years longer -- because she's been
chosen to head up an interstellar mission to Cavanagh's Star, ostensibly to follow up on a missing colony there, but probably
also for other reasons too.
Chaotic Lives: an interview with Michael Moorcock
Seal Island by Kate Brallier
conducted by Sandy Auden
"I'm naturally given to plunge into all kinds of things, though maybe less so these days. Linda, my wife,
is the same. We'll go places that most people would be too scared to go. If we're travelling abroad, we'll wind
up in the dark alleys rather than on the brightly lit boulevard. You'll find much more interesting stuff in the
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
reviewed by Alisa McCune
Jason, Sookie's brother, is experiencing his first full moon as a werepanther. Amazingly enough, Jason embraces his new life and enjoys
shifting. As much of a relief as this is for Sookie, trouble is looming. Someone is killing shifters and Jason is
the prime suspect. To add to Sookie's turmoil, Eric does not remember his time with Sookie, but knows something
a column by Matthew Peckham
Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers is being marketed by DC as "the most ambitious new storytelling venture in
modern comics history," an attempt to "redefine the concept of the super-hero," "a colossal tale unlike any seen in comics before."
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2005
reviewed by Chris Przybyszewski
This edition of Fantasy & Science Fiction offers writing from Alex Irvine, Esther Friesner,
Paul Di Filippo, John McDaid, Arthur Porges, Lucius Shepard, and Bruce Sterling, among others. The results are mixed, though
some bits are worth the price of admission by itself.
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
With its Gothic atmosphere and moody setting, this twist on the old selkie legend is the kind of romance Mary Stewart
might've written thirty years ago -- in about 250 pages. Recently down-sized from her dull New York City office job,
Cecilia ("Cecil") Hargrave is more than ready to head north when she inherits her Aunt Allegra's house on Seal Island,
just off the Maine coast.
Boxing Stories by Robert E. Howard
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
For many of the stories, some never reprinted before, the editor has gone back to the original typescripts or
magazine appearances: restoring 10,000 words to "The Iron Man" cut by the editors of Fight Stories; restoring Sailor Steve
Costigan as the protagonist of Dennis Dorgan stories, a name change brought on by Howard having to disguise his
authorship to avoid having two stories under the same by-line in a single magazine issue.