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Fractal Paisleys Fractal Paisleys by Paul Di Filippo
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Paul Di Filippo is one of the funniest writers working in SF today, and maybe the only one writing in the "trailer park SF" genre. In this collection, small-town characters are confronted with science fiction weirdness, and instead of running away and hiding, they grab it and go. The results are always entertaining and often outright hilarious.

Planet Dreams Planet Dreams by Michaela Carlock
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Imagine the best of all possible worlds, and the worst of all possible worlds. Two worlds, and the only bridge between them consists of dreams of startling clarity. Lisa found this novel to be completely irresistible; one of those books you know long before you finish that you plan to read again.

Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast by Jane Yolen
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
While all twelve stories contain elements of the fantastic, the range of style, subject and emotional content is unexpectedly diverse. There are fairy stories and horror stories; stories about loss and stories about triumph; silly stories and quietly disturbing stories.

Black Cats and Broken Mirrors Black Cats & Broken Mirrors edited by Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Don't let James Brown fool you. Martin H. Greenberg is the hardest working man in show business. Since his first anthology in 1974, he's followed up with over two hundred more. Here, he teams up with newcomer John Helfers for a look at superstitions, both modern and ancient.

Dreaming In Smoke Dreaming In Smoke by Tricia Sullivan
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
A lost colony story set on a planet with an extremely hostile environment, this book produces an attention to biochemical detail that should satisfy even the most rigorous hard SF fan. Sullivan takes another step forward in both ambition and technique. Too much more of this and it will be hard to leave her name off the list of best SF writers working today.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column this month, Rick's commentary on SF television includes the two episodes of The X-Files leading up to the movie, "Patient X" and "The Red and the Black", written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz plus the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, "The Sound of Her Voice", a teleplay by Ronald D. Moore.

New Arrivals June New Arrivals
compiled by John O'Neill
It can't be mid-June. We're not done with all the great books from May yet. Time to set aside some serious catch-up time -- it's either that, or miss enticing new titles from Kim Stanley Robinson, Orson Scott Card, Martha Wells, Jack Dann, Aaron Allston, Pamela Dean, Sean McMullen, Midori Snyder, Carole Nelson Douglas, Katya Reimann, Felicity Savage, Caitlín R Kiernan and many others.

I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot by Nancy Springer
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
Stephen felt this to be an entertaining, if flawed, work dealing with the Arthurian character of Mordred. It bothered him that Mordred's part has been rewritten, giving him an unwitting and unwilling role in the destruction of Arthur.

A Point of Honor A Point of Honor by Dorothy J. Heydt
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
This is a fast-paced mystery novel set against the backdrop of a VR world. Wayne was a bit disappointed that the author spent more time wandering through the various VR worlds than she did on the mystery itself. Nevertheless, he found it to be a pretty good novel as it kept him reading.

Infinity's Shore Infinity's Shore by David Brin
reviewed by Catherine Asaro
By using many different voices to relate events, the author layers on the story rather than telling it in a more conventional linear fashion. From a less talented writer, this technique could have been a confusing disaster; here it works like a dream. Despite it being her first Uplift novel, Catherine was able to follow the plot and appreciate its artistry.

The Ogre's Laboratory The Ogre's Laboratory by Louis Buss
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The author's style harkens back to the rich tradition of atmospheric British horror by authors such as Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, and more recently Robert Aickman. Unlike the graphic presentation of many of today's American horror writers, nothing happens in plain sight -- and horror is left to suggestion and innuendo.

Jingo Jingo by Terry Pratchett
reviewed by Todd Richmond
The latest Discworld novel takes a look at war, land disputes, assassination, science and weapons development, and prejudice. Of course, Terry Pratchett has his own unique way of looking at things -- who else could make war and assassination so utterly hilarious?

Editor's Choice: Short Fiction Reviews Editor's Choice
short fiction reviews by David A. Truesdale
In his column, David looks at the April and May 1998 issues of Asimov's SF. His choices are
"A Question of Grammar" by L. Timmel Duchamp from April and "Wild Minds" by Michael Swanwick from May.

Jericho Moon Jericho Moon by Matthew Woodring Stover
reviewed by Regina Lynn Preciado
This is the sequel to Iron Dawn, and while you can enjoy the second novel without reading the first, Regina highly recommends starting at the beginning. The author is doing something that few, if any, other fantasy writers are, and he's doing it well.

On Crusade: More Tales of the Templar Knights On Crusade: More Tales of the Templar Knights edited by Katherine Kurtz
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Secret organizations, conspiracies, vast sums of hidden wealth, government corruption, whispering of the occult. No, it's not the introduction to a new X-Files book, it's a book of stories about the Templar Knights.

Fire Arrow Fire Arrow by Edith Pattou
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Volume 2 of the Songs of Eirren is replete with fascinating and fantastical images, creatures, and settings. Victoria particularly enjoyed the story's integration -- and transformation -- of Irish myth and folklore.

Nazareth Hill Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
reviewed by Chris Donner
The novel focuses on the degenerating relationship between a father and daughter, but Nazarill, their house, is always in the background, feeding their conflict. The history of this imposing structure is hidden deeply, forgotten by most of the townspeople, but it begins to haunt the tenants.

The Magic Bicycle The Magic Bicycle by William Hill
reviewed by Todd Richmond
When a young boy receives a wonderful gift, he must decide how to use it. Should he travel back in time and make some adjustments? Not to change all of history; just the small part of it that affects him...

The Shape Of Their Hearts The Shape Of Their Hearts by Melissa Scott
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
It's entertaining. It's chilling. Scott has the talent to bring her creations to life, and the insight into human nature to make her audience examine their own lives more closely.

Four Walls Eight Windows Four Walls Eight Windows
compiled by Rodger Turner
Four Walls Eight Windows has become the prime source for the short fiction of Paul Di Filippo who is a book reviewer for Asimov's Science Fiction. A new collection, Lost Pages, is due later this year. Plans call for books from Kathe Koja, Rudy Rucker and Lucius Shepard.

Second Looks

Ribofunk Ribofunk by Paul Di Filippo
reviewed by David Soyka
Di Fillipo emphasizes the depiction of an unsettling reality over the development of a traditional storyline. Although David can't think of any other author who is quite as, well, weird, he thinks that if you're looking for a few uncomfortable laughs in a quick-but-stylish read, this would be a most excellent choice.

The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich by Fritz Leiber
reviewed by Neil Walsh
In a reprise review to coincide with the trade paper release, Neil found that, as Lovecraftian horror goes, it's a well-constructed tale that's neither too gruesome for the weak-stomached, nor too tame for the warp-minded.

The Ecolitan  Enigma The Ecolitan Enigma by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
Shadowy organizations of dedicated, competent fighters-against-evil are a classic SF trope, and Modesitt knows the classics. This novel is one of the best. It is thoughtful, well-written, an accurate and disturbing portrait of the dark side of humanity.

Nightseer Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Steven felt that, while Hamilton's legions of fans might applaud the re-release of her first novel, this really is only a novel for the die-hards among them. For the rest, it is, he's afraid, a reminder of why many first novels disappear from the shelves, only to be found in used bookstores.

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