Zima Blue and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Hard science fiction, and space opera, are styles of SF that tend to work better at lengths longer than short stories. The depth
of historical background, and the ideas needed to sustain a story that ranges far in space and time often requires a fairly large
number of words. In order to make it work at a shorter length, hard SF writers tend to focus in on a single idea. The story
becomes an exploration of that idea, sometimes at the expense of character and style.
Geeks With Books
a column by Rick Klaw
In the fourth and last part of the article on the making of Weird Business, the 400+ page comic
book anthology he co-edited with Joe R. Lansdale, Rick tells us
about how booksellers and comic retailers reacted in their attempts to sell the book and its
impact on the sale of graphic novels.
Rude Mechanicals by Kage Baker
reviewed by David Soyka
The title alludes to a famed staging of the Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer's Night Dream, by German director Max Reinhardt in the 30s.
More specifically, it concerns the comic exploits of two cyborg operatives from the author's long-running Company series.
Those who seek to perform the play as part of the duke's wedding celebrations
are considered "rude" due to their low class and "mechanical" because they are tradesmen, skilled at making things, but lacking
"higher" intellectual abilities, which include acting skills.
For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
reviewed by Michael M Jones
You'd think that after a while, the universe would give Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch and bounty hunter, a break. After all, her best
friend is a living vampire who's drinking blood again, the shady machinations of her ex-boyfriend left her saddled with an ancient
artifact of immense power, a prominent drug lord wants her to work for him, and demons want her, body and soul. Rachel knows it's
really bad when Newt, an insane demon, shows up in her home in the middle of the night, and it only gets stranger, and worse, from there.
The Last Mimzy
a movie review by Rick Norwood
This slight, surprisingly pretty, mildly enjoyable film is based on a classic science fiction story of more than sixty
years ago by Henry Kuttner and his wife, C.L. Moore. Thanks to the film, a collection of their stories has been reissued in
paperback, under the film's title and spelling.
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers his movie predictions for what is worth seeing in 2007 (based entirely on the reputation of the
writers) and reflects upon his predictions for 2006.
The Alchemist's Apprentice by Dave Duncan
reviewed by Donna McMahon
What could be stranger than a dodecahedral planet? One might reasonably ask that question after reading a couple of
the author's latest titles and the answer, interestingly enough, is: a genuine historical setting. Renaissance Venice,
as painted in in this book is full of delightful detail that's far too daft to be fiction.
Adventures in Unhistory by Avram Davidson
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Avram Davidson's heyday probably stretched from the late 50s to perhaps the early 70s. By the time of his death in 1993,
however, his star had slipped from the SF firmament. He was a writer's writer, indeed right to the end other authors would
extol his work, but for the last twenty years or more of his writing life he made little substantial impact on the reading
public. Since his death, however, Tor have made sterling efforts to bring his work back to public attention.
a column by Michael M Jones
Michael is reading short fiction and young adult titles and he has some thoughts. This time, he looks at
If I Were An Evil Overlord edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis,
Under Cover Of Darkness edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Jana Paniccia
along with the April 2007 and the May 2007 issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Blindsight by Peter Watts
Axis of Time Trilogy by John Birmingham
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
Sixty five thousand alien objects burn up to ashes in Earth's atmosphere... and the world holds its breath. For two months, in which
nothing happens. And then something, maybe, does -- a half-dead space probe overhears whispers out there in interstellar space,
whispers that may or may not be connected with those 65,000 defunct UFOs, whispers that may or may not be aimed at Earth -- but
may be aimed, far more frighteningly, at something else, something that might be en route to Earth, intentions unknown.
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction edited by George Mann
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
Solaris Books is the new science fiction and fantasy imprint from Games Workshop's publishing arm.
This anthology is their "book-sized calling card." It's heartening to see a company with
Games Workshop's clout investing, as it were, in the field; so one wants to wish Solaris well -- provided, of course, that they
publish good fiction.
Golden Age SF: Tales of a Bygone Future edited by Eric T. Reynolds
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Peter Graham once noted that the golden age of science fiction is twelve. While it may be true that age is the one at which
science fiction is most likely to grab hold of a reader's imagination, it is also true that there was a period in the 40s and
50s when there was something magical about science fiction. Lurid covers promised adventure and
thrills. In this anthology, the editor has selected stories that will remind our internal
twelve-year-olds of the adventure of that other golden age.
compiled by Neil Walsh
Some of the new books that have come our way in recent weeks include the latest from John Meaney, Harry Turtledove, Sarah Zettle, first novel from newcomer Joe Hill, sneak peeks at forthcoming titles from Charles de Lint, Jacqueline Carey, Poppy Z. Brite, and plenty more!
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
A naval task force from 2021 is diverted to 1942 by a DARPA teleportation experiment gone spectacularly wrong. In the confusion of the transition,
the moderns sink most of Admiral Spruance's fleet, enroute to the Battle of Midway.
The trilogy goes on to re-fight WW2, and to show once again that the oldest cliché can look fresh
in the hands of a good writer with a new approach.
Star Trek, The Animated Series: Logs Three and Four by Alan Dean Foster
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
The logs are everything you'd expect from one of the original Star Treks. The stories are
fun, fast paced, entertaining, and Alan Dean Foster tackles
them with obvious relish (and perhaps a bit of mustard as well). As he is always an entertaining read, this isn't
entirely unexpected. What IS unexpected is the quality of the stories, which originally were created for Saturday morning television.