Tag Archives | Allen Steele

Fantasy and Science Fiction June 2001

Counting the Shapes. Yoon Ha Lee. Fantasy with a mathematical bent – in fact, fantasy with magic with a mathematical bent. A female mathemagician, a long-lost son, a dark, evil enemy – an almost perfect recipe for bog-standard fantasy phare. Fortunately, Yoon Ha Lee handles the story elements quite deftly and manages to create a […]

Asimovs, January 2008

Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw. The Perfect Wave. Rucker has collaborated in Asimovs recently with Bruce Sterling, with ‘Hormiga Canyon’ in Aug 2007 featuring a pair of dudes heading into uncharted nano-territory in the desert. Here Rucker and Laidlaw serve up some surfpunk SF, in which a VR-surfing facility out back of Cheezemore Ratt’s Surf […]

Asimovs, October/November 2007

Greg Egan. Dark Integers. A sequel to the well-received and Dozoised (13th) ‘Luminous’ from Asimovs, Sept 1995. According to my mini-summation of that volume : “Massive computing power is used to probe mathematical certainties. And if 2+2 does not equal 4, then what does that mean for the fabric of the universe? Maths was never […]

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, March 2001 (Peanut Press edition)

Reflections. Robert Silverberg. Robert Silverberg’s ‘Reflections’ looks back, with rose-tinted spectacles (of a metaphorical nature) at the New Wave of SF in the 1960. An issue or two back James Patrick Kelly pondered ‘on being a cyberpunk’. I wonder how the future will view this period? A fairly low-key period, with sharecrop, media tie-ins a […]

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, January 2001 (Peanut Press edition).

Robert Silverberg’s editorial ‘Reflections: The Evaporation of Reputations’ ponders the nature of fame and reputation, citing the example of A. Merritt, a very popular and high profile fantasy author of the 1930/40s, whose work is now little known. Allen Steele’s Stealing Alabama is a standout story. It starts as it continues throughout the story, by […]