Geosynchron by David Louis Edelman
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
As this final volume of the Jump 225 Trilogy opens,
all the good guys are at a low ebb. Natch has managed to escape from Brone's
murder attempt but is disoriented and immediately finds himself imprisoned by business rivals, the Patel
brothers. Quell is in an orbiting prison where the inmates literally have to fight for survival and escape is
impossible. And Jara finds her fiefcorp breaking apart with no worthwhile products for the public.
Albedo One, #37
reviewed by Rich Horton
Albedo One appears twice yearly from Ireland. The current issue includes an editorial,
an interview with Greg Egan, conducted by David Conyers, and a book review section, by Conyers and Juliet
McKenna. But the heart, of course, is the fiction, in this case seven stories.
The leadoff story, "Safe," by Robert Reed, is particularly impressive.
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss by Troy Denning
reviewed by David Maddox
Fear in the Galactic Alliance is building. Fear of the Jedi. Head of State Daala is convinced that the strange rash
of madness that seems to be infecting young Jedi Knights can only be cured by locking up those stricken. With Jedi
Grand Master Luke Skywalker still in exile, Leia and Han Solo on the opposite side of the law, who can save the galaxy?
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
The first time Mark London Williams can recall that comics made "news"
was when the collecting craze took off in the 70s, and items would pop up in the new
about how much Action Comics #1 or Detective Comics #27 would go for at auction, with
Mark's dad shaking his head sadly each time, swearing he'd once owned them, and trying to remember if it was when he
was off in the Army that Mark's grandmother threw them out.
But he was surprised when comics cropped up twice, outside of showbiz reports, in just the span of time since he
last filed a Nexus Graphica column.
Warbreaker, Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson
an audiobook review by Ivy Reisner
What happens when the not-as-useless-as-she-thought princess Siri is sent to the not-as-horrible-as-people-say
country of Halladren to be wed to the not-as-evil-as-advertised god king? She must learn to find her own angle
in a world where everything is a lie wrapped in a veil of propaganda if she is going to survive.
Dune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Back in 1999, Brian Herbert discovered some manuscripts written by his father, Frank Herbert, containing
additional information on the Dune universe. Teaming up with Kevin J. Anderson, the two began a quest
to add more stories to the "Duneverse" based on these manuscripts and their own talents in writing
science fiction. The first series they wrote was Prelude to Dune and this title is the first book in that series.
The Quiet War by Paul McAuley
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Climate change has left a ravaged but re-building Earth dominated by powerful aristocratic
families who control, among other things, the large environmental projects upon which much of the populace labors
Further out in the Solar System, the Outers control the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and are engaged in
social and technological experimentation that feels threatening to the interests of Earth.
My Dead Body by Charlie Huston
Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding
reviewed by John Enzinas
In this conclusion to the Joe Pitt casebook series, it begins with Joe
homeless and living in the sewers of New York. It ends with the majority of the vampire power structure wiped
out and Joe riding off into the sunset with his lady love and a doomsday device to ensure that he is not bothered.
Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon
reviewed by Michelle Enzinas
In this the follow-up to The Deed of Paksenarrion, Duke Keri Phelan becomes
King of Lyonya, working through the human and Elvin customs in a unique Kingdom to finally
rule jointly with his Elvin Grandmother Flessinathlin. Captain Dorrin Verraki is drawn into her corrupt family's
dark legacy, after the Verrakai attack on Keri's royal progress in Deed is considered treason by Tasia's Crown
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
The TV reviewer for Entertainment Weekly and Rick have very different tastes. He likes
Caprica and gave a recent episode of Smallville an A. Not Rick.
He's also not a big fan of horror movies, but he does have a soft spot in his head for the Universal monsters. The remake
of The Wolf Man, now titled The Wolfman, gives him occasion to mention the Universal films.
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Evangeline Stone was on a job with her colleagues,
and the next thing she knows is when she wakes up on a mortuary slab, in another body.
Her colleagues are dead, her Handler is missing, and she is being held responsible. Evy Stone -- inhabiting the
body of suicide victim Chalice Frost -- is immediately on the run, with just three days to find out what
High Times, An Alien Paradise by Mark R. Viliborghi
reviewed by John Enzinas
The story is told in the first person in present tense by Horn, a saxophone player in the house band
at High Times, a nightclub/dance-hall/restaurant with a heart-shaped swimming pool in the basement. Horn, and
many of the other employees of High Times live an apartment building who spend all of their free time either
wandering back and forth between their apartments or at High Times.