Too much disbelief for this reader to suspend to begin to engage with the characters.
Charles Coleman Finlay. Wild Thing. The Arthurian mythos is seen from another perspective, with the young boy who will grow up to become Sir Percival becoming involved with the faerie folk in the woods. The main characters are Howl and Pooka, two of the little people, who get caught up in the political machinations and… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2003
Adam Troy-Castro. Among the Tchi. A novelist finds his ego suddenly deflated when arriving on-planet to find that not only is he not the only Writer in Residence, he is one in a long, long line of writers who have signed up to a year-long contract. Worst still, the alien hosts take a perverse delight… Continue reading Analog, May 2009
Adam-Troy Castro. Gunfight on Farside. A sequel to ‘Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earls’, worrying, all the way back from 2001 (eight years!!!). That story didn’t grab me that much, but was a Nebula nominee in 2004. This satisfies a bit more. Castro returns to the setting some years later, and intertwines the unreliable… Continue reading Analog, April 2009
Adam Troy Castro. Unseen Demons. A touch of the ‘Lecters’ in that a young woman, with some dark secrets in her own past, has to confront a ‘monster’ in the shape of an Earth diplomat. Emil Sandburg, an otherwise dull and simple man, has been slaughtering specimens of the indigineous life form. There is a… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, July/August 2002
Precipice. Ben Bova. The second instalment of a Ben Bova novel. As I don’t review novels, I shall press on. Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl’s. Adam Troy Castro. An elderly man returns to a tamed, tourist attraction moon, far different to the one he knew some seventy years ago when there as one… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2001 (Peanut Press edition)
Jack Dann picks up the editorial reins from Vonda N. McIntyre in the Nebula Awards Showcase series. There’s a lot of high quality fiction in this volume, and the only real beef is that the stories are from 2002, which means that in a number of cases you are reading stories which appeared in the Year’s Best anthologies two years ago.
I can recommend this year’s ‘Showcase’ as being chock full of good stuff – a marked improvement over last year’s issue which didn’t have a whole lot of fiction in it to read