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Secret Realms by Tom Cool|
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
For a military SF reader questions arise. Is the
sacrifice of the few outweighed by the survival of the many? At what price peace?
Tom Cool adds to the mix. Do feelings of remorse assuage
some of the guilt? Or should society even desire such emotions from killing machines?
The Arm of the Stone by Victoria Strauss
reviewed by S. Kay Elmore
This is an intelligent, fascinating novel. The story itself is enough to
keep you interested while the complicated politics and social structure of
this world give it a depth most fantasy novels lack.
Tomorrow & Tomorrow by Charles Sheffield
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
Charles Sheffield shows us one possible future, both for humankind and for the
universe. With his firm grounding in math and physics he lays out what happens
in a closed universe -- one that will collapse in on itself.
The Soulforge by Margaret Weis
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Rastlin is perhaps the single most identifiable character in TSR's immensely popular
This is an engaging look at a character who is much more complex than most,
and a worthy addition to the growing volumes that make up TSR's
Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
reviewed by Glen Engel-Cox
Connecting fairy tales together is not new but Donoghue strings hers together like a strand of pearls.
Glen found the technique quite refreshing, as it forced Donoghue into unlikely territory for fairies.
More than anything else, the author's fantasy resembles life, and that's an accomplishment.
Walking the Labyrinth by Lisa Goldstein
reviewed by Katharine Mills
An enjoyable read, the novel's two mysteries, Molly Travers' modern one and Emily Wethers'
turn-of-the-century one, are beautifully linked together. Goldstein has a quaint and amusing
touch with her characters, making them eccentric without sacrificing details, and her
quiet humour catches the reader by surprise.
The Life of God (as Told by Himself) by Franco Ferrucci
reviewed by David Soyka
This is not some convoluted dry academic "high lit" tome. While not marketed
as science fiction or fantasy, it is certainly in the James Morrow tradition - funny, wise,
and, for the most part, right on the money in considering the ontological problems raised
by the notion of God.
Kingdom Come audio version by John Whitman
reviewed by Mark Shainblum
Mark's become a huge fan of radio drama. It's wonderfully expressive, and it's the only
electronic medium which allows SF script writers the full range of their imagination. After all,
the sound of Superman flying or a hyperdrive starship jump isn't a much more expensive
effect than a gunshot or a kettle boiling.
a Web site review by Steven H Silver
Mike Carlin has undertaken a huge task, but he has made good progress towards its ultimate
completion. This is a site which any fan of Asimov's Foundation series should visit.
The Last Wizard by Simon Hawke
reviewed by Alex Anderson
Often critical neglect of large portions of a writer's career can be a blessing, but not for Simon Hawke. Some
of his work ranks with the best and most creative pure entertainment writing Alex has ever read, with extremely
complex, multifaceted plots and solid characters.
short fiction reviews by David A. Truesdale
In his column, David will be looking at the March 1998 issue of Asimov's SF.
His choices are "Radio Praha" by Tony Daniel
and "Wild Child" by S.N. Dyer.
Rogue Star by Michael Flynn
ELV by Nick Nielsen
reviewed by Marc Goldstein
With no less than two Hollywood blockbusters coming out this summer dealing with the subject
of giant asteroids colliding with Earth, Rogue Star finds itself in
an ideal position to ride the asteroid zeitgeist.
April New Arrivals
compiled by John O'Neill
Ah, it's spring. The lawn is green, the bees are buzzing... and the
mailman is showing up with heavy packages of big seasonal releases,
including new books from Frederik Pohl, Nancy Springer, Sharon Shinn,
Michael A. Stackpole, Paul Di Filippo, Tom Cool, William Shatner, Edith
Pattou, Tricia Sullivan, and Mark Kreighbaum, among others.
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
This novel does for time travel what Tom Holt does for classic literary characters with
titles like Who's Afraid of Beowulf? and Faust Amongst Equals.
With many misadventures, such as robots rebuilding cities at 15% scale and
a self-replicating AI with the first artificial sense of humour, Nielsen has a winner on his hands.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
reviewed by James Seidman
This story is definitely one of the "must-read" classics of fantasy fiction.
For those who have never read this nightmarishly gripping page-turner, this
Avon reprint offers you a perfect opportunity to add it to your library.
The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson
Klingon for the Galactic Traveler by Marc Okrand
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
Imagine that you wake up in hospital bed. All you can remember is the last mission. You don't
know who you are, or what happened before that last planetary landing. You don't
remember the people around you, either their names or what they mean to you. How's that for an opening?
Kane of Old Mars by Michael Moorcock
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Steven found this compendium to provide wonderful escapist fantasy set on a Mars that never
was. It stands in marked contrast to more recent realistic depictions like those
of Kim Stanley Robinson or Ben Bova. None can even approach Kane of Old Mars
for sheer fun of the Burroughs-like portrayal of the planet.
Einstein's Bridge by John Cramer
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
In a reprise review to coincide with the paperback release, Wayne
found that Cramer weaves a compelling tale and even manages to deal with the
paradox of the two physicists meeting their younger selves.
reviewed by Alexander von Thorn
It may seem strange to think of etiquette in the context of
Klingons, but the fact is they are a touchy race who one would not
want to inadvertently offend. As Klingons become more commonplace, some people
may be tempted to strike up a conversation with them.
This book makes the point over and over that it's best to be cautious when
speaking to them.