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News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media
a column by Sandy Auden
The Terra Incognita project has exercised Kevin J. Anderson's talents more than anything he's done before. Along with his usual role of book author, he's also turned his hand to writing a connecting narrative text for his CD booklet, lyric writing with his wife Rebecca Moesta and he's been involved with the musical evolution of the Terra Incognita progressive rock CD that ties into the main storyline of his latest trilogy. It could have been a daunting project but it was transformed into something hugely enjoyable by the enthusiastic approach of Anderson, Shawn Gordon (of ProgRock Records), and composer and producer Erik Norlander.

Road Trip of the Living Dead Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry
reviewed by Michael M Jones
The author has successfully subverted the sexiness of the supernatural, by plugging into the profane and earthy viewpoint of zombie party girl, Amanda Feral. Once again, our flesh-eating socialite is up to her undead ears in trouble, but this time, she's hitting the road in search of a little adventure and some new scenery. Her motivations are multiple. 1) Go see her mother, currently dying in a hospice... and help speed up the process. 2) Keep one step ahead of the angry porn king-turned-vampire and his werewolf minions. 3) See a few sights, have a few laughs, devour a few K-Mart shoppers.

Null-A Continuum Null-A Continuum by John C. Wright
reviewed by Rich Horton
Let's be honest upfront. Rich is not a fan of A.E. Van Vogt. He can intellectually appreciate the influence he had on SF. He can, at some level, perceive what his fans see in his best work. He hopes he may be forgiven if he suggests that encountering that work at one's personal Golden Age might help one ignore its faults.

Those Who Walk in Darkness Those Who Walk in Darkness by John Ridley
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
A tough, black, female cop, Soledad O'Roark, is attached to MTacs, a special unit which hunts down super-powered individuals. Not just those gone rogue, but anyone who happens to have metanormal abilities. Because in this world, the US government has outlawed super-people, regardless of their actions or intentions. An Executive Order has been enacted following the wholesale destruction of San Francisco, by a super-villain called Bludlust, who was not stopped in the nick of time.

Thrones for the Innocent Thrones for the Innocent by C.W. Kesting
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Alex d'Meiter lost her daughter in an alcoholic stupor on the beach when Cora Rose was five. Two years later, she has begun the long and slow process of recovery from both alcohol abuse and the loss of her child, but she realizes it will never go away: mothers never let go. Alex loses herself in her work as a nurse anesthetist until a strange experience with two patients in the hospital one night changes her life, thrusting her into a quest of spirituality, mystery, faith and the paranormal.

New Arrivals: Audiobooks New Arrivals: Audiobooks
compiled by Susan Dunman
Recent audiobook releases received by SF Site include works by Alex Bledsoe, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Simmons and L.E. Modesitt, Jr. At times it's more convenient (and enjoyable) to hear the latest in science fiction and fantasy.

The Sword-Edged Blonde The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe
an audiobook review by Susan Dunman
Eddie LaCrosse is a no-nonsense Private Investigator who, for the right amount of gold coin, will use his considerable skill at sword-wielding and sleuthing to find out what you need to know in any kingdom of the realm. With an office located over Angelina's Tavern in the backwater town of Neceda, Eddie waits for new business.

Into the Storm Into the Storm by Taylor Anderson
an audiobook review by Sarah Trowbridge
The year is 1942. Three months have passed since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and things are not going well for the Allies in the Pacific. Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy has recently assumed command of the destroyer USS Walker, a venerable relic of World War I. With Japanese vessels in hot pursuit, Matt Reddy steers his ship into a squall, hoping to throw the enemy off the trail. When they come out on the other side, the destroyermen soon realize that they have traveled much farther than they expected.

One Second After One Second After by William R. Forstchen
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Are you prepared for a natural disaster? What about a natural disaster that wipes out the fundamental way of life for the entire United States of America? We all like to say that we have learned something from the disasters created by hurricane Katrina or even the attacks of 9/11. But those disasters had something in common in that we could turn on the television or radio and find out information about the situation. We also knew that eventually help would arrive on the scene.

A Darkness Forged in Fire A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans
reviewed by Tammy Moore
Konowa Swift Dragon had good reason to kill the Calahrian Viceroy he was meant to protect. The man was a brute, a traitor and most likely even worse than that. He still ended up banished to the Elfkyna forest and the Iron Elves regiment he led was demanded. Alone among the unresponsive trees with only his bengar Jir for company Konowa thinks that things can't get much worse.

UFO in Her Eyes UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
This novella is a story of aftermath. The event that kick-starts the story happened some days before the book opens, we never see it, we never know for sure if it really happened. All we know are the consequences that build inexorably upon it. And even these have clearly been waiting for an appropriate occasion.

The Infinite Instant The Infinite Instant by Danielle L. Parker
reviewed by John Enzinas
The story is your basic hard boiled detective story with some SF trappings. The main character is the detective, a tough broad who's being bullied into taking on job she's not interested in. The manipulating party pushes her too far in framing her for murder. She decides to fight back using everything at her disposal. She's assisted in this by her mafioso boyfriend, the cop who wants to jail her and her boyfriend and her AI secretary, who has gone rogue.

Edge of Our Lives Edge of Our Lives by Mark Rich
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
There are science fiction stories that are in essence about the ideas of science fiction. That's a tradition that stretches from Jules Verne and on into the magazines of the Golden Age and survives in its most pure form in what we often refer to as hard SF. An alternative method is to instead use the concepts of SF, whether they be space travel, alien encounters, visions of a future world, etc., as the building blocks for setting up stories that aren't about technology or science as such.

Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
Like many people, Rick Klaw's earliest memories of nonfiction comics start with Ripley's Believe It or Not. First appearing in 1918 as Champs and Chumps, Robert Ripley's one-panel strip about sports evolved by 1919 into the more general Ripley's. During his childhood in the seventies, most bookstores sold Ripley's paperback collections. The one on UFOs helped to foster his lifelong interest in science fiction and scared the bejeezus out of him. That, along with the numerous Bigfoot "documentaries" of the era, kept him awake many a night. Now that he is older, Rick explores the evolution on nonfiction comics without a flashlight.

Terminator Salvation Terminator Salvation
a movie review by Rick Norwood
According to Rick, this is a stupid movie. Beginning with the previews giving away the "surprise," Rick goes on to detail why he thinks it is stupid in scene by scene. Rarely do five minutes go by without something stupid happening on screen.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick offers some advice for the summer.


How to Live on Mars How to Live on Mars by Robert Zurbin
reviewed by David Maddox
Could we live on other planets? Is it possible? Human ingenuity has always thrived to grow and expand our boundaries. But which worlds could support us? And how? All this and more is answered in this remarkable well explained guidebook that gives you the do's and don'ts of living on Mars.

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