07 March 2014
Beyond the Rift presents a disconcertingly othering view of women.
05 March 2014
The Age of Ice, the debut novel from J. M. Sidorova, is a very fine historical fiction that makes adroit use of fantasy elements. But I can well imagine readers of historical fiction giving this book a miss because the fantasy clearly belies the primary duty of the historical novelist to imagine the past into life; while fantasy readers are unlikely to be tempted by a novel that traces, in some detail, the last 250 years of Russian history. Such, at least, is the only possible reason why this wonderful novel is not being lauded from the rooftops by all and sundry.
03 March 2014
"The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling" is trying to do something very typical of Chiang's fiction, using an imaginary technology to make us wonder about the building blocks of our consciousness, and the ways in which that consciousness has already been altered by technology.
28 February 2014
Thao Worra's poems revel in their own monstrosity, in their mixing of languages and influences from Laos, the United States, and elsewhere.
26 February 2014
Utilizing the recognizable, asexual green Martian form, Wiseman writes not of gender, but instead curiously, humorously and perhaps unintentionally poses a question: what is it like to live without the perspectives of gender roles?
24 February 2014
Out of two dozen-odd poems, only a few stand out for their poetic grace and power.
21 February 2014
Starting from its in media res opening paragraphs, in which a multiverse-traveling steampunk dirigible crashes into the forest of a gigantic constructed disk world, Empress of the Sun revels in its pulp adventure milieu.
19 February 2014
With no chance of new works from Kon, scholars and fans have naturally turned their attention to his early pre-directorial career. This is not only a chance to discover more stories by Kon, but also to discover more pieces in the great puzzle, to reveal more of his legacy which consists of tragically small body of work.
17 February 2014
Afrofuturism, as described by Womack and others, is not only about the future, but it uses the future as a source of energy.
14 February 2014
The central achievement of this fine novel lies in confounding many of the clichés of generic horror not by subverting them precisely, but by confronting them head on.
12 February 2014
We are meant to be aware that we are looking at approximations and representations of things we were not and are not there to see. We are looking at a memory palace. It evokes something, certainly, and what it evokes is interesting and moving, but it cannot be the original experience; it is something of its own.
10 February 2014
While Wolves can definitely be understood as a re-commitment to science fiction, it is by no means a simple embrace, since Ings seems to be deliberately following in the footsteps of one of the most ambiguously committed men of the genre, M. John Harrison.
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