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An interview with Wayne MacLaurin
On writing different material:
"I'd like to do another dark fantasy. Heck, I'd like to try a quirky
'Elmore Leonard'-like character driven 'screwed up crime caper' book, or a
compelling police procedure novel. Most writers I think would like to try a
half-dozen things they'll never get around to."
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Centuries after a nuclear disaster known as the Great White, only
a few remote farming communities escaped the radiation and its
aftermath. To protect the survivors from radiation-induced
mutations, the communities' ruling body decreed that
all beasts and children not born normal should be burned. Over
time, it became clear that mutation could be mental as well as
physical, producing a range of strange, enhanced psychic abilities.
The Krilov Continuum by J.M.H. Lovegrove
reviewed by Todd Richmond
In 1908 on the Central Siberian Plateau, Valentina Aleksandrovna has tracked
her target, Professor Anton Krilov, to an old farmhouse, where he is at work
on an experimental flying machine that is centuries beyond the Wright
Brothers' invention. In the present time, we are introduced briefly to Tony
Byrne, a researcher at a top-secret government research facility in Nevada.
Meanwhile, in London, Cecil Evans, a homeless man, is seized by a vision on
the street. This is obviously not the first time this has happened to him.
And the adventure begins...
Twilight Tales: Tales of Forbidden Passion edited by Tina L. Jens
reviewed by Rodger Turner
The hot pink cover should prepare you for this collection of adults-only
horrific erotica. Not all the stories are horror in the sense of what
readers these days have come expect. Rather, words such as steamy,
compelling, uncomfortable, are a few that come to mind.
compiled by Neil Walsh
December certainly won't be a dull reading month, with new books from the likes of Victoria Strauss, Robert Charles Wilson, Stan Nicholls, Andre Norton, Peter Atkins, Diana L. Paxson, Jay Russell, Babylon 5's Captain Sheridan, and Terry Bisson's novelization of the new Dreamworks film Galaxy Quest. Or, if you're feeling nostalgic, pick up a reprint of one of the classics from such giants as Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Vance, Paul J. McAuley, or J.G. Ballard.
The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Seventh in the series, this novel follows The Night is For Hunting in which out team
had just killed off an enemy patrol nosing around the outskirts of their hideout. Here,
only 24 hrs later, Ellie, Homer, Kevin and Lee rendezvous with a helicopter bringing them a specialist in guerrilla tactics.
Returning to their hideout, they manage to kill or capture another enemy patrol making its way into their now useless
hideout. The allied forces are about to launch a final large offensive.
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick gives us his take on 3 episodes of
The X-Files, "The Sixth Extinction - Amor Fati" by Chris Carter and David Duchovny,
"Hungry" by Vince Gilligan and "Millennium" by Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz
as well as
Star Trek Voyager, "One Small Step," written by Mike Wallaeger & Jessica Scott and Brian Fuller & Michael Taylor.
Ties of Power by Julie E. Czerneda
reviewed by James Seidman
Sequel to A Thousand Words for Stranger, this novel starts with Sira
and Morgan in self-imposed exile from the Clan. But Sira cannot escape quite
so easily the ramifications of being the most powerful Clanswoman ever. She
discovers this when she is the victim of a surprise attack. Wounded and
weak, she instructs Morgan to go off after her attackers, flooding his mind
with her own rage. Thereafter, and throughout most of this book, Morgan is
not a very likeable character: with his mind altered by Sira's anger, he can barely control himself.
compiled by John O'Neill
The SF Site's FictionHome page brings you the latest news and
reviews of genre magazines and other short fiction. This week we look at brand new issues of
Altair, Weird Tales, Interzone, Dark
Planet, and many more.
A Signal Shattered by Eric S. Nylund
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
This novel continues the story begun in Signal to Noise. Jack Potter and a
few others, all of whom have a good reason to distrust
at least one another, are stranded on the moon with a limited oxygen
supply, dwindling energy resources, and no way to escape. And for Jack, all
his solutions seem to lead to more and more problems.
Fedogan & Bremer
Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask by Jim Munroe
compiled by Rodger Turner
In their 10-year history small press publisher Fedogan & Bremer has concentrated on writers
from the pulp era of horror and mystery. Their perseverance has paid off with
23 books thus far with several planned for 2000. An eclectic mix, they have done 15 single
author collections (including a new edition of their first book),
3 Lovecraftian anthologies, a supernatural detective anthology
and 3 novels, all of which have ranged over old-fashioned SF, fantasy,
weird-menace, Gothic, Lovecraftian & modern horror.
The Veiled Web by Catherine Asaro
reviewed by Jeri Wright
This novel explores the ramifications of AI and VR in terms of both science and of human spiritual values. Can machines
think, be self-aware? And how does the possibility of a true artificial intelligence fit into human ideas
about the soul? At the same time, this is also a very personal story of 2 people falling in love and trying to
find common ground between vastly different cultures.
The Black Raven by Katharine Kerr
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Continuing the threads from The Red Wyvern, this story alternates
between 1117 ("present day") and the time of the Deverry Civil Wars,
hundreds of years earlier. It's a facinating yarn, following the intricate
journeys of Rhodry, Niffa and Raena and their feelings and motivations.
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Ryan Slint can turn into a fly, something he discovered as a child and has
never told another living soul -- until he falls for Cassandra who
tells him, totally straight-faced, that her daughter was fathered by
an alien. Ryan shares his own big secret which prompts her to admit she has a superpower of
her own, the ability to make things disappear. Superheroes arise...
Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith
reviewed by Catherine Asaro
Captain Jani Kilian almost died in a civil war among the idomeni,
an alien race enough like humans to make their vast differences disturbing. Framed for treason and then presumed dead in
an explosion, she has spent the years since in hiding. After the blast, her doctors put her together with illegal
experiments that combined human and idomeni genes. Now it is catching up with her. Is she dying -- or changing into a new
species that could threaten the existence of both humans and idomeni?
Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Rhapsody is a former prostitute turned Singer, practitioner of a
musical magic that manipulates reality by use of the true names of
things. Fleeing from an irate former client, Rhapsody begs
protection from a pair of strangers she encounters in an alley, accidentally re-Naming one
who, it turns out, is a professional assassin on the run from the demon who enslaved him.
Flesh and Silver by Stephen L. Burns
reviewed by Jeri Wright
Bergmann Surgeons use abilities that seem more magic than science. They can use the power of their brains to
reach into the human body and heal with a precision that surgical tools cannot come close to matching. They can
literally perform miracles, but at a price; they gave up hands for replacements of silver, and
with that they gave up part of themselves.