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Landscapes by Kevin J. Anderson

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

His novels tend to run to the thick side, with the Dune novels he co-writes with Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, consistently reaching the 700 page mark. But he also finds time to tell shorter stories, and this collection brings together some two-dozen of his forays into the speculative. It is divided into three sections, "Science Fiction," "Fantasy," and "The Great Outdoors."



A Conversation With Kevin J. Anderson

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

"An idea is just the starting point. "Let's go to Chicago." Then you have to get the map and plan your route, do research on where you want to stay and what you want to do, then you make the actual drive. Okay, maybe I stretched that metaphor a little too much. I find I have lots of smaller ideas, and some big ones, that float around in my head, and they collide, join with each other, and grow into bigger and bigger components of a story. Some of them are interesting characters, some of them are fascinating settings, others are visual scenes that I see like snippets from a movie trailer in my mind."



Schrodinger's Bookshelf: a column by Michael M Jones

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Michael is reading short fiction and young adult titles and he has some thoughts. This time, he looks at All Hell Breaking Loose edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Time After Time edited by Denise Little and Crossroads edited by Mercedes Lackey.



The Pillow Friend by Lisa Tuttle

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Sometimes books can be deeply unsettling. A book like this one kind of haunts you afterwards, not always in a good way -- it's fantasy in its subject matter but gritty literary realism in so many other ways and occasionally the two rub up against one another in a way that leaves you vaguely upset and ill at ease, questioning the nature of reality and fantasy and the borderline between them, questioning the validity of fantasy and whether it is a good thing at all or just a cauldron of uncontrollable dreams and wish fulfillment which does nobody any good at all.



Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

It opens with a curious prologue set 18,000 years in the future, describing an ambitious plan to celebrate the legendary Benefactor who started humanity on the road toward expansion into the Galaxy. Then we get a flashback to 2057, and the story of this Benefactor, a woman named Bella Lind. Bella is the captain of an ice mining spaceship, the Rockhopper. This ship is suddenly diverted to chase a moon of Saturn, Janus, which has suddenly accelerated and headed out of the Solar System: clearly, it's an alien artifact of some sort. Bella, however, must convince her crew to go along: it's a highly dangerous mission, and their corporate bosses do not inspire confidence.



Firebirds Rising edited by Sharyn November

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

These days being a teenager is tough. They have competitive parents telling them what they should do to ensure a good future. They have McJob employers giving them no end of grief over the franchise's rules and regulations. They have peers giving them bad advice for no reason other than an attempt at undermining their status in the local teenage hierarchy. They have their media idols trying to sell them on the latest fashion or tech toy. It seems that almost nobody is on their side and, when there is someone, often it leads to a betrayal to be buddies with someone cooler. It's no wonder adults think teens are rude and inconsiderate. How would you feel if it appeared that everybody was out to get you?



States of Grace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

During the tumult of the Reformation, St. Germain is living in Venice, and trying to keep his European publishing businesses from being closed down by the Inquisition. In these inflammatory times, anyone who writes and publishes intellectual works outside a narrowly prescribed range of religious subjects is open to persecution and St. Germain -- impossibly noble and suave as always -- is trying to protect his authors, even though he himself is in great peril if his nocturnal secret is revealed.



V for Vendetta: a movie review by David Newbert

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

You may not believe George Orwell would have allowed that someone like Guy Fawkes could exist under a true police state (17th century England notwithstanding), but if you can imagine what George Orwell would have done with Batman, and if you have felt a slowly germinating sense of unease under our developing political climate, then you should have something that resembles V for Vendetta, a righteous superhero fantasy from director James McTiegue and the Wachowski Brothers, whose last work was the hyperactive Matrix trilogy.



Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Readers of Pandora's Star will recall that that novel ended with a doozy of a cliff-hanger ending. Judas Unchained jumps forward from that time, as the leaders of the Commonwealth are attempting to deal with an attack that was far beyond anything they had anticipated. Some suspect treachery, a few individuals have started to believe that the Starflyer is real, and that the Guardians, known for a hundred years as a terrorist organisation, may have been right all along.



Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

In Gernia, first sons are their fathers' heirs, second sons are soldiers and third sons enter the priesthood. It has always been that way, and it would never occur to Nevare Burvel to question his destiny as the second son of a second son. His father was a hero two decades earlier when the King's Cavalry conquered the nomadic tribes of the grasslands, and now he expects to make his own career on the new frontier -- the mountainous forest lands that will give Gernia access to another coast. Still, he doesn't expect his father to send him for training with an old enemy -- a fierce Kidona warrior.



Red Lightning by John Varley

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Ray Garcia-Strickland is a pretty typical teenager. Which is to say he's bored, bitching about it, and going no place in particular. The fact that he lives on Mars and his folks pioneered interplanetary travel when they were about his age in Red Thunder only makes things worse. From where he stands, they don't look much like heroes; just a middle aged couple that's gradually growing apart. But when something hits the Earth moving at a considerable fraction of the speed of light, stirring up a tsunami that wipes out the entire East coast, he finds out what heroes really look like.



New Arrivals compiled by Neil Walsh

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Highlights from our most recent crop of new arrivals include the latest from Bruce Sterling, Jeffrey Ford, forthcoming titles from Alan Dean Foster, Greg Keyes, Harry Turtledove, and plenty more.



Babylon 5.1: TV reviews by Rick Norwood

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Rick offers his thoughts on what to make of the new Doctor Who.



Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

On his 75th birthday John Perry does two things: he visits his wife's grave, then he enlists in the army. Fortunately for him, this being at some unspecified (but not terribly distant) point in the future, he doesn't have to impose gunpoint democracy and secure oil supplies; rather he gets taken up into earth orbit via a space elevator and shipped off to join the Colonial Defense Forces, fighting and dying to win a place for mankind in a remarkably busy and even more remarkably hostile galaxy.



Arts Unknown: The Life and Art of Lee Brown Coye by Luis Ortiz

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

This book chronicles the life of Coye, and reproduces several hundred of his works. While Coye largely successfully supported himself (and his family) as an artist of some sort or other, from when he left high school until his death, the coincidence of his early efforts to get established with the onset of the Great Depression and later attempts to get out of advertising with the outbreak of WWII, meant he never got the big break.



Payseur & Schmidt: The Definitive Interview with Jeff VanderMeer

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

"Payseur & Schmidt has always been a family institution. Of course, in 1912, when Martina Faye Payseur and Hilde Frauke Schmidt began their venture together, there were no formal job titles, just lots of work to be done. Martina and Hilde shared editing duties until 1920, when the increased workload (as well as the birth of Hilde's daughter Maude) necessitated the need for a full-time editor. From here, as far as I can piece together, the Payseur & Schmidt editorial helm was manned (or womanned) successively by no less than 37 different editors, most of whom are lost in our records. Some editors of note: Salius Pempe (1934-1935) the Austrian wunderkind, began his short tenure when he was merely 12 years old, but with puberty, his stellar editing skills vastly diminished, and he was sent back to his homeland. Rachel Thorpe (1946-1962) was born blind and armless, and required all manuscripts (in triplicate) to be presented unabridged in Braille. Despite this difficulty, she maintained the longest editorship at P&S."



Lost Books Resurrected: Notable Books by Famous Authors (2006) collected and annotated by Jeff VanderMeer

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

They are found in attics, libraries, file cabinets, under beds and elsewhere. A relative, an agent, a friend brings them to the attention of a publisher. Each year, new books by authors revered for particular novels are published in the hopes that another of their work will find their way into the pantheon of titles in print for a generation or two. Jeff VanderMeer has combed the 2006 catalogues and found works by Milorad Pavic, Bruno Schultz, Alasdair Gray, Marcel Proust, Vladimir Nabokov, Cormac McCarthy and Angela Carter.



New Arrivals compiled by Neil Walsh

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

The month of March brought us a wide variety of new and forthcoming titles from the likes of Paul Di Filippo, Ben Bova, Robin Hobb, Barth Anderson, Amanda Hemingway, Bruce Sterling, George Zebrowski, Dave Duncan, and many others.



Operation Vampyr by David Bishop

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Subtitled 'Fiends of the Eastern Front,' this is the first in a new series, combining WWII military action with the supernatural. Set in 1941 it features the adventures of the brothers Vollmer, not a circus troupe but three German soldiers battling their way across Russia. These Germans have a unique ally, the 1st Rumanian Mountain Troop. As the brothers' adventures progress and intertwine, we find out just what makes the Rumanians so feared by the retreating Russians, and so dangerous to the Fatherland.



Transcendent by Stephen Baxter

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Set millennia after the events depicted in Exultant, tens of thousands of years have passed after the centralized government that was necessary for the conquest of the Milky Way has broken down into many cultures, each pursuing its own evolutionary path. Alia is a young woman in that distant future, just coming of age in her generation-ship home. Her life changes when a visiting stranger informs her that she has been chosen to become part of the Transcendence.



Shimmer, Autumn 2005

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Shimmer is a glossy, perfect-bound quarterly magazine devoted to speculative short fiction. The first issue, released in the autumn of 2005, features stories by J. Albert Bell, Mel Cameron, Dario Ciriello, Edward Cox, Richard S. Crawford, Stephen M. Dare, Kuzhali Manickavel, Michael Mathews, and Jeremiah Swanson; it also showcases artwork by Sam Tsohonis, Mary Robinette Kowal, Chrissy Ellsworth and Stephanie Rodriguez.



War Surf by M.M Buckner

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Nasir Deepra, in his mid-200s -- but kept young by nanotechnology and replacement parts -- has seen it all. Now a semi-retired hugely wealthy and powerful executive who has survived ecological Armageddon and rebuilt the world economy with a handful of friends, he can and has done pretty much everything that can be done. He is bored silly and out of touch with the greater mass of humanity. Rather than sink into a funk, he and a group of like-bored execs, the Agonists, make an extreme sport of showing up and sauntering through armed conflicts opposing plebes (workers) and commies (giant corporations).



V for Vendetta: a movie review by Rick Norwood

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

This is an old fashioned movie, fashioned from words and images instead of villains and violence. It is not as good as the comic book. It is a kinder, gentler terrorism -- a terrorism that blows things up but doesn't actually hurt anybody (except for bad guys of course).



Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories by Gregory Frost

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

It is a rare writer who is well served by a large retrospective collection of their short fiction, and, unfortunately, Gregory Frost is not one of them. He is a good writer, a skilled writer, a writer responsible for a couple of stories that are, in fact, better than average. A collection of 150 pages or so would have shone his strengths well.



Cagebird by Karin Lowachee

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Yuri Kirov is only a small child when his home colony is destroyed by the aliens and, after a confused evacuation, his family washes up at a barren, remote refugee camp. The kids run half wild in the camp, and eventually Yuri is recruited by a visiting "merchant" ship. Once he goes aboard, he discovers that the ship is manned by pirates.



Chainfire by Terry Goodkind

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

The ninth book in the Sword of Truth series picks up after Naked Empire, once Richard Rahl has left Bandakar in the Old World. He awakes after a near deadly wound to find that his wife Kahlan is missing. But worse, discovers that not a single person remembers her. Cara and Nicci, two of his closest advisors and friends, believe that Richard is suffering from delusions. Richard, holding fast to his knowledge and love of Kahlan, knows that he is the only person that will be able to save her.



SF Site's Readers' Choice: Best Read of the Year: 2005 compiled by Neil Walsh

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

In past years, there has frequently been considerable overlap between the SF Site Editors' choices and the Readers' choices for the best books of the year. This time, however, we were surprised to find that the top two books chosen by the SF Site Readership hadn't even made it at all onto the Editors' Choice Top 10. Oh, your top 2 choices received votes from the Contributors and Editors here, but they just didn't make it onto our Best of the Year recommendations -- and not because we don't think they're excellent books. Perhaps it was simply because there was just too much to choose from. At any rate, we're glad the lists are a little different from each other this year, because it gives us an opportunity to highlight an even wider array of great books. Read on to see what you and your fellow SF Site readers considered to be among the best books of 2005.



Like a Virgin: A Conversation with Jayme Lynn Blaschke, Part 2 of an interview with Rick Klaw

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

"Just the interconnection with the interview subjects. I've met so many people through the interviews, and a number of them I've kept in contact with. It's kind of a friendship level. There's networking, but I've never been a really tremendous, tremendously impressive networker. I kind of accumulate acquaintances and contacts and everything, but I'm not working the angles so I can get in so-and-so's next book. Possibly a lot of ambitious authors out there would dog me for that and say, "Aw, you're squandering such opportunities; you should be flogged." "



Babylon 5.1:TV reviews by Rick Norwood

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Rick offers his thoughts on what to watch on TV in April (and late March) along with what he thinks of the new Doctor Who.



Moonlight and Vines by Charles de Lint

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

These are stories of people who get more out of their everyday reality in one hour of some enchanted day than most of the rest of us are capable of siphoning out of our humdrum lives in a year. These are the people who share their city with elemental spirits, with shapeshifters, with ghosts and with invisibles; with the shadows of their earlier selves; with gnomes and sprites and crow girls. They are not perfect people; most if not all of them are damaged in some fundamental way, through things that they wish they could remember and things that they wish they could forget.



Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Anybody who takes a delight in Dickens or Thackery, or in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon books, is likely to have a fine time reading Susanna Clarke's first novel. This is definitely a book that requires you to sit back and enjoy the journey because it is long and discursive, and even has footnotes. But the journey is full of delight -- quaint period detail, sly characterizations, and charming language.



Temeraire / His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Alma couldn't seem to begin this review without gushing -- she tried it a half-dozen different ways, and it always came down to this: "Naomi Novik is one of those authors whose books, on the strength of Temeraire, I will be buying on sight from now on as soon as I see a new one in the shops. It really is that good."



Silver Screen by Justina Robson

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

AI-psychologist Anjuli O'Connel's friends really give her a hard time: the obsessed genius Roy Croft is suddenly lying dead in his bedroom, leaving her with cryptic clues obviously designed to make his dreams of machine evolution come true. Just before his death, he filed against OptiNet, the company employing him and Anjuli, at the World Court of Human Rights. His case is about granting legal subject status to the artificial intelligence 901 -- an entity attached to Anjuli by more than just a professional relationship.



The Cunning Blood by Jeff Duntemann

Sat, 1 Apr 2006 11:00:00 GMT

Peter Novilio is in trouble. Having fallen foul of 1Earth's anti-violence laws, his sentence is transportation to the prison planet Hell -- unless, that is, he accepts a mission from the Governor General of America, Sophia Gorganis. Hell's technological development was supposedly stalled two hundred years earlier, when Earth placed a nano-mechanism in the planet's atmosphere that would destroy all electrical conductors -- but now it seems that something strange is occurring on Hell...



RSS Feeds

Sat, 1 Jan 2005 11:00:00 GMT

After constructing our first RSS feed, it soon became apparent that the size of files could grow quickly. We decided to separate them into smaller ones, breaking them up by month. On this page you will find RSS feed files for all of our content beginning with January 2005.