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999 edited by Al Sarrantonio|
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
With excellent stories ranging from the straightforward and graphic to the complex and
cerebral, from suspense to supernatural horror, from
strict rationalism to irrealism, from the grimly horrifying to the humorous, with settings ranging
from current New York society to depression-era Southern farm-folk, anyone unable to find something to
raise the hair on the nape of their neck in 999, is likely in need of resuscitation
paddles. With authors ranging from horror icons like Stephen King and William Peter Blatty, to lesser
known or more recent entrants to the field, like Bentley Little and Michael Marshall Smith, the book
presents an excellent cross-section of horror as it is and as it stands to be in the next millennium.
Xena Warrior Princess: Go Quest, Young Man by Ru Emerson
reviewed by Pat Caven
The first book in a new Xena trilogy, it introduces the reader to the "arc"
plotline: Joxor is bedazzled into joining a quest to save Helen of Troy and bring her back into the
arms of her obsessive husband -- Xena's old enemy Menelaus.
Kaspian Lost by Richard Grant
reviewed by David Soyka
The author couples the politics of two otherwise unlikely connected subjects -- school reform
and UFO abductions -- and grafts them onto a highly amusing coming-of-age fable (as if growing up isn't
weird enough without having to endure crackpot politicos and alien visitations).
commentary by Paul T. Riddell
Paul takes aim at the movies released in the doldrums between July 31 and October 1 and why
studios have preview screenings. In 2 interludes he takes us to Skywalker Ranch and what it
is like attending a preview for a kid's film, especially in the summertime.
The Color of Distance by Amy Thomson
reviewed by Ken Newquist
Alien worlds are exactly that: alien. The terrain, the atmosphere, bacteria,
the plant spores, the weather, the life forms -- we can expect some or all
of these things to be different when we arrive on an extra-solar world. Most
mainstream SF avoids or ignores these possibilities, but this author takes them head on.
This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Centuries ago, when Earth first sent humans to the stars, something about
the Hausman stardrive caused bizarre mutations to those aboard the ships.
Just as Earth's colonies were getting started, Earth panicked, abandoning
their own people -- mutants known as "Hausman Variants" -- on foreign
worlds. Today the only safe way to cross deep space is by outpilot, for
only they have the peculiar mutation allowing them to navigate the dangerous
folds in spacetime. But now a fierce brainware computer virus is wreaking
havoc throughout known space, killing the starship outpilots.
compiled by Neil Walsh
September has a good showing of collections, including (but certainly not limited to) the much talked-about 999 original horror anthology, and Stephen King's collection of interconnected novellas. Other highlights include Jeff Long's hellishly hyped The Descent, Stephen Lawhead's vision of Arthur in the 21st century, and new titles by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, N. Lee Wood, Susan Sizemore, and more.
Shadowrun: Crossroads by Stephen Kenson
reviewed by Don Bassingthwaite
Don't let the giant ant on the cover of this book throw you. This not a book about the insect shamans.
There is one, but he is quickly, efficiently, and heroically dispatched in the opening pages as we
meet the main character. Talon is a shadowrunner in the cybermagical Awakened world of
2060. He's a streetmage, a rough and tumble wizard who came into his power in the damp concrete and rusty
steel of the toughest parts of Boston.
Teek by Stephen Krane
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Allison Boyle appears to be a completely normal teenager, living alone with
her mother. She has a boyfriend, a favourite stuffed animal, and is secretly
writing a romance novel. Unfortunately, she also has her very own stalker.
When she is finally attacked, she lashes out in self-defense with previously
dormant telekinetic abilities. She escapes, but at a cost. Her newly
revealed abilities bring her under the scrutiny of a mysterious black ops
agency, determined to capture her...
compiled by John O'Neill
The FictionHome page brings you the latest from the world of SF,
Fantasy, and Horror magazines. This issue we look at new issues of
Asimov's SF, Analog, Dark Regions / Horror
Magazine, and many others.
Moon Boy by Carolyn Garcia
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Some of us will seize any chance to share our love of science fiction and
fantasy with children. Lisa road-tested this book on her six-year-old niece and
three-and-a-half-year-old nephew. Like most quality children's literature,
there is a lesson and there is a reward. The moral is smoothly worked into
the entertaining story. Vivid illustrations and over-the-top behaviour make
Moon Boy a pleasure for children and adults.
From the End of the Twentieth Century by John M. Ford
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick gives us a snapshot view of
Crusade's "Visitors From Down the Street" (**) by J. Michael Straczynski, some thoughts
on what The X-Files holds for us in the fall season
and a look at the first 3 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.
Laws of the Blood: The Hunt by Susan Sizemore
reviewed by Steve Lazarowitz
If vampires had somehow survived into the
20th century, wouldn't they have constructed a set of laws to govern themselves? How would
they go about escaping detection? How are outlaws dealt with and who has the authority -- and the power --
to dole out punishment?
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 1999
reviewed by John O'Neill
The September issue is a compact, beautiful, and inexpensive package. A
bargain, in other words. It entertains as well as makes a handy introduction
to an author or two you may not be familiar with now, but soon will be. The
centrepiece of the issue is a huge novella from the collaborative trio of
John Kessel, Jonathan Lethem, and James Patrick Kelly -- an original tale of
first contact, bizarre alien biology, and eccentric human personalities.
compiled by Neil Walsh
New arrivals here at the SF Site offices over the past couple of weeks include new works by Timothy Zahn, Tess Gerritsen, William Sleator, Donna Jo Napoli & Richard Tchen, Tony Daniel, Robert Silverberg, and others; a new collection of essays by Arthur C. Clarke; a tribute to Clark Ashton Smith; and more...
The Phantom Menace Movie Storybook
reviewed by Jonathan Fesmire
If you have children who enjoy Star Wars (or to whom you'd
like to introduce it!), you'll want to get them this book. You may even
want to check it out to satisfy the science fiction loving child in yourself.
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Sometimes, reading a book is like a conversation with an old friend. Mike
Ford is your close companion, even if you've never even heard of him. This
strange and wonderful collection is a cross-section of the considerable
talents of the man. The pieces stretch over a 20-year time span, covering
essays, poems, short fiction, a game scenario, and even a hauntingly elegant song.
Free Live Free by Gene Wolfe
reviewed by Jean-Louis Trudel
Few authors succeed half so well when it comes to assembling a cast of uncommonly
interesting characters challenged to go beyond the confines of their everyday lives.
This novel will delight readers looking for a character-driven story set in a familiar world whose underlying
eeriness is slowly revealed.
Dragon's Winter by Elizabeth A. Lynn
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Ippa is a land where rare bloodlines in certain families lead to
changelings, children with the magical ability to shape-change
into animals whose form and powers are straight out of totemic
legend. The Dragons are the most revered and dangerous of the
changelings, and most powerful of these is the Lord Karadur Atani.