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reviewed Embassytown. May 28, 2011
posted in SF Signal
   Avice Benner Cho thought she was off and away from the strange, distant colony of Embassytown forever. After a difficult upbringing, she became an immerser, directing ships from planet to …
reviewed Pushing Ice. April 07, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Pushing Ice
Unlike most of his space opera novels, Pushing Ice is set in a different universe than the one of the Inhibitors. This gives Reynolds the freedom of a new history and new ideas, but he keeps the high …
reviewed The Quantum Thief. March 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Quantum Thief
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi "Time is what we make of it; relative, absolute, finite, infinite. I choose to let this moment last forever so that when I toil to clean your sewers and protect …
reviewed The Iron Khan: A Detective Inspector .... March 14, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Inspector Chen has come far.    Once he was the freak of his department in the near-future Chinese model city of Singapore Three, the departmentï¾’s Snake Agent. Chen is a former emissary …
reviewed The Unremembered. March 06, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Unremembered
   "I draw with the strength of my arms, but release as the Will allows"      Choice and consequences lie heavy freight on The Unremembered, the debut novel by …
reviewed Transition. March 04, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Transition
And now, my second attempt to "get" Iain Banks... Transition is a frustrating book.   This is my second attempt at reading Iain Banks. My first attempt at reading him, Inversions, …
reviewed Daybreakers. February 28, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Daybreakers
Daybreakers is a movie with Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill and Willem Defoe      It's the near future. A rapidly dwindling resource is causing increasing disruptions to society, with the …
reviewed Into the Looking Glass. February 28, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Into the Looking Glass
   Next up...another try at reading John Ringo. Glutton for Punishment, me. Never let it be said that I don't give people second chances. After my unhappiness with the story buzz-killing …
reviewed Hull Zero Three. February 28, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Hull Zero Three
   After an extended period where Greg Bear, once known for Hard "Big Idea" SF such as Eon and the Forge of God, took a detour into biological SF and near-future thrillers, Greg Bear …
reviewed The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.... February 24, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"I don't read SF...but I like the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"      That was what a friend once told me. She did not read SF or fantasy, although she did like what …
reviewed Midwinter. February 22, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Midwinter
Better known as co-author of the first volumes of the Fables comic series., Matthew Sturges has turned his talents to novel writing. Like his fellow Clockwork Storybook writer Chris Roberson, Sturges …
reviewed Infoquake: Book One of the Jump 225 T.... February 22, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Infoquake: Book One of the Jump 225 Trilogy
My next novel is a first novel, from author David Louis Edelman and the first in the "Jump 225" Trilogy: Infoquake. Bursting with ideas, set in an undefined medium term science fiction future, …
reviewed All the Windwracked Stars. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
All the Windwracked Stars
All the Windwracked Stars is a novel by Elizabeth Bear. Elizabeth Bear is an audacious, difficult, and ultimately rewarding author. There are good reasons why she won a Campbell award, and a Hugo award. …
reviewed Santa Olivia. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Santa Olivia
Santa Olivia is a book by Jacqueline Carey, who is better known for, and much better known for the Sundering Duology, and much much better known for many books in her Kushiel universe. While the former …
reviewed What Happened to the Indians. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
What Happened to the Indians
Note: This book was provided to me by the author.Please note I have heavily spoiled the plot. What Happened to the Indians is a science fiction novel by Terence Shannon. The time is the near future. …
reviewed Drood: A Novel. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Drood: A Novel
Simmons is an extremely literate author whose literacy has influenced more than a few of his works. The Hyperion novels owe a lot to the Romantic Poets of the 19th century. His novella Muse of Fire puts …
reviewed The Accidental Time Machine. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Accidental Time Machine
The Accidental Time Machine, by Joe Haldeman. Coincidentally, I was recently thinking about a Poul Anderson short story, "Flight to Forever", which has some resemblance to this novel. The …
reviewed Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change
Dies the Fire (Roc Science Fiction) I've been reading Stirling for quite some time, starting with the accidental picking up of the first Drake novel, Marching Through Georgia, thinking it was an …
reviewed The Stonehenge Gate. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Stonehenge Gate      by Jack Williamson I was disappointed. The book revolves around four poker loving friends who discover a mostly buried set of stone trilithons similar to …
reviewed The Planiverse. February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Planiverse
   The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two Dimensional World by AK Dewdney      The setting is a graduate program in the early 1980's. Computers are mainframes, time …
reviewed After the Downfall. February 20, 2011
posted in SF Signal
After the Downfall
   It's been a little while, too long I think, since I've read one of Dr. Harry Turtledove's novels. With After the Downfall, I remedied that deficiency.      …
reviewed Nation. February 20, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Nation
   Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld novels, ranging from the Colour of Magic to Making Money. Within that canon, Pratchett has written a few novels explicitly labeled for young …
reviewed Little Brother. February 20, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Little Brother
   Scott Westerfeld gives Doctorow's latest novel a blurb of "A rousing tales of techno-geek rebellion."      I was kindly given an Advance Reader's Copy …
reviewed The Years of Rice and Salt. February 20, 2011
posted in SF Signal
The Years of Rice and Salt
   Back in the 13th and 14th centuries, Europe was moving toward the High Middle Ages. The italianate city states were just starting their roads to power. Byzantium had reached a new apogee …
reviewed Thecla. February 20, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Thecla
   Thecla doesn't have a lot of screen time in Gene Wolfe's Tetraology--at least not much as herself.  Her existence and plight does drive Severian, to an extent, out of his existence …
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