Monday, March 31, 2008

The Twist Of Fate - David Grigg

http://www.rightword.com.au/ptero/article.asp?id=95&type=9

Tokamak sabotabe spacetime oops.


4 out of 5

Martian Knightlife 1-11 - James P. Hogan

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671318446/0671318446.htm

'"Guinness," the handler read from the transaction details that appeared on the screen, while the girl ruffled the dog's ears. "Are you Irish?"

"Oh, there's some lurking back in the ancestry somewhere, sure enough. But with a color scheme like that, what else could you call him in any case?"'

How about anything you want? Sheesh.


2 out of 5

Deadstock - Jeffrey Thomas

http://www.solarisbooks.com/assets/download.zip

Punktown dick doll search

I suppose he might not always be a dick given this book, what with the chmera shapeshifting thing letting Stake dfinitely go girly if he wants to.

Here he is hired to retrieve an artificial lifeform.

Given this sort of milieu there is a whole blue boatload of dodginess under the surface.

Thrown in some gangs, a bit of Lovecraftian tentacle works and a femme fatale or too and it isn't too bad a book.


3.5 out of 5

Satan's Murder Machines 1-8 - Norvell Page

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416521275/1416521275___2.htm

"The eyes of the masked man were riveted on the approaching watchman, whom he intended to kidnap, but all his senses were preternaturally alert, as became a man who must fight both the police and the Underworld through every waking and sleeping hour . . . as became Richard Wentworth, who, in another life, was that lone wolf of justice known as the Spider!"


3.5 out of 5

The Clan Corporate 1-4 - Charles Stross

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0765309300/0765309300.htm

"World-walking was a recessive gene-linked trait, one whose carriers far outnumbered those who had the ability. To have the ability in full both parents must at least be carriers: the three-generation long braids knotted the Clan's six inner families together, keeping the bloodlines strong, while the outer families occasionally threw up a cluster of world-walking siblings. In the past hundred and fifty years—since the world Helge had grown up in as Miriam had industrialized—the Clan had used their ability to claw their way up from poor merchants to the second seat of power in the kingdom. The ability to send messages from one side of the continent to another within a day gave their traders a decisive edge, as did the weapons and luxury goods they were able to import from America."


4 out of 5

The Hidden Family 1-4 - Charles Stross

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0765313472/0765313472.htm

"Not really, but . . ." Miriam glanced at Brill. "Look, here's the high points. This young lady is Brilliana d'Ost. She's kind of an illegal immigrant, no papers, no birth certificate, no background. She needs somewhere to stay while we sort things out back where she comes from. She isn't self-sufficient here—she met her very first elevator yesterday evening, and her first train this morning."

Paulette raised an eyebrow. "R-i-i-ght," she drawled. "I think I can see how this might pose some difficulties."

"I can read and write," Brill volunteered. "And I speak English. I've seen Dynasty and Rob Roy, too." Brightly: "And The Godfather, that was the duke's favorite! I've seen that one three times."

"Hmm." Paulette looked her up and down then glanced at Miriam. "This is a kind of what you see is what you get proposition, is it?"

"Yes," Miriam said. "Oh, and her family wants her back. They might get violent if they find her, so she needs to be anonymous.


4 out of 5

The Family Trade 1-4 - Charles Stross

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0765348217/0765348217.htm

It was raining again, and the first thing she noticed once she crossed over—through the blinding headache—was that Paulette was bouncing up and down like an angry squirrel, chattering with indignation behind the camcorder's viewfinder. "Idiot! What the hell do you think you were doing?" she demanded as Miriam opened the passenger door and dumped her pack on the backseat. "I almost had a heart attack! That's the second time you've nearly given me one this week!"


4 out of 5

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Marooned In Realtime 1-9 - Vernor Vinge

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0765308843/0765308843.htm

'"Yeah. I was born about ten megayears after the Singularity—the Extinction, Juan calls it. I've read and watched all about cops and criminals and soldiers, but till now I've never actually met any."

Wil laughed. "Well, now you can meet all three."'


3 out of 5

The Peace War 1-11 - Vernor Vinge

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0765308835/0765308835.htm

"Even then, Paul? Where do you think the plagues came from? That's not just Peace Authority jive. We know the Peace is almost as scared of bioresearch as they are that someone might find the secret of their bobbles. They bobbled Yakima a few years ago just because one of their agents found a recombination analyzer in the city hospital. That's ten thousand people asphyxiated because of a silly antique. Face it: The bastards who started the plagues are forty years dead—and good riddance."


3.5 out of 5

A Fire Upon the Deep 1-9 - Vernor Vinge

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0812515285/0812515285.htm

"Poor humans; they will all die."

"Poor us; we will not."

"I think they suspect. Sjana and Arne anyway." Once upon a time we were copies of those two. Once upon a time just weeks ago when the archaeologists started the ego-level programs.

"Of course they suspect. But what can they do? It's an old evil they've wakened. Till it's ready, it will feed them lies, on every camera, in every message from home."

Thought ceased for a moment as a shadow passed across the nodes they used. The overness was already greater than anything human, greater than anything humans could imagine. Even its shadow was something more than human, a god trolling for nuisance wildlife.


3.5 out of 5

A Deepness In the Sky 1-17 - Vernor Vinge

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0812536355/0812536355.htm

The Qeng Ho fleet was first to arrive at the OnOff star. That might not matter. For the last fifty years of their voyage, they had watched the torch-plumes of the Emergent fleet as it decelerated toward the same destination.


4 out of 5

The Blackcollar 1-18 - Timothy Zahn

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416509259/1416509259.htm

"Preparations were started immediately, but it was largely an exercise in futility. The TDE controlled twenty-eight planets; the Ryqril one hundred forty. Nevertheless, there was no question but that the TDE would go down fighting.

And fight it did. Eight years passed from the revelation of its sitting-duck status to the outbreak of all-out war, and in that period mankind designed, built, and tested an impressive array of new weaponry; everything from handguns to huge Supernova-class warships. Though it had never fought with an alien race, the TDE had had enough internal squabbles in its history to have learned something of space warfare, and countless pre-war skirmishes with the Ryqril gave human forces the chance to hone their skills. But the situation was still hopeless, and in its desperation mankind was forced to rethink accepted military theory, including such basic concepts as what exactly defined a weapon.

The blackcollars were the result."


3.5 out of 5

The Crossroads Of Time 1-9 - Andre Norton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1416555293/1416555293.htm

"CLASSIFIED REPORT: Division 1 Plus Information

PROJECT: 4678

NATURE OF OFFENSE: Attempt to influence
other level history.
AGENTS:

Section Leader: Com Varlt, MW 69321

Crew: Horman Tilis MW 69345 Fal Korf AW 70958
Pague Lo Sig AW 70889

PROGRESS TO DATE:
Traced subject—Kmoat Vo Pranj—to Levels 415-426 inclusive. Established prime base on likeliest world (E641—marked, on survey of Kol 30, 51446 E.G. as "culturally retarded, critical, forbidden, except to sociological investigators, rank 1-2" ). But subject may be on another world of this grouping or engaged in hopping."


3.5 out of 5

Kirinyaga - Mike Resnick

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/034541702X/034541702X___1.htm

Demon baby killer Maintenance.


4 out of 5

One Perfect Morning With Jackals - Mike Resnick

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/034541702X/034541702X.htm

Kenya piss off.


3.5 out of 5

Soothsayer 1-8 - Mike Resnick

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0441772854/0441772854.htm

"It was a time of giants.

There was no room for them to breathe and flex their muscles in mankind's sprawling Democracy, so they gravitated to the distant, barren worlds of the Inner Frontier, drawn ever closer to the bright galactic Core like moths to a flame."

...

"was looking for, always sure that he hadn't yet found it.

"There was the Whistler, who bore no other name than that, and who had killed more than one hundred men and aliens.

There was Friday Nellie, who turned her whorehouse into a hospital during the war against the Setts, and finally saw it declared a shrine by the very men who once tried to close it down.

There was Jamal, who left no fingerprints or footprints, but had plundered palaces that to this day do not know they were plundered.

There was Bet-a-World Murphy, who at various times owned nine different gold-mining worlds, and lost every one of them at the gaming tables.

There was Backbreaker Ben Ami, who wrestled aliens for money and killed men for pleasure. There was the Marquis of Queensbury, who fought by no rules at all, and the White Knight, albino killer of fifty men, and Sally the Blade, and the Forever Kid, who reached the age of nineteen and just stopped growing for the next two centuries, and Catastrophe Baker, who made whole planets shake beneath his feet, and the exotic Pearl of Maracaibo, and the Jade Queen, whose sins were condemned by every race in the galaxy, and Father Christmas, and the One-Armed Bandit with his deadly prosthetic arm, and the Earth Mother, and Lizard Malloy, and the deceptively mild-mannered Cemetery Smith.

Giants all.

Yet there was one giant who was destined to tower over all of the others, to juggle the lives of men and worlds as if they were so many toys, to rewrite the history of the Inner Frontier, and the Outer Frontier, and the Spiral Arm, and even the all-powerful Democracy itself. At various times in her short, turbulent life she was known as the Soothsayer, and the Oracle, and the Prophet. By the time she had passed from the galactic scene, only a handful of survivors knew her true name, or her planet of origin, or even her early history, for such is the way with giants and legends."


4 out of 5

Last Sons 1 - Alan Grant

http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/books/83/0446616567/chapter_excerpt22203.html

Just his luck. Lobo. The self-styled Main Man. The most feared bounty hunter in the whole stinkin’ galaxy.

“At yer service, pinhead,” the bounty hunter drawled, in a voice that sounded like bloodstained gravel. He stood six-foot-six, but his heavily muscled torso made him seem even taller. He wore a battered, black leather biker jacket over a tee shirt and skintight pants. Claaw didn’t like to think about what weapons he kept in the pouches slung from his skull-buckle belt.


2.5 out of 5

Helltown 1 - Dennis O'Neill

http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/books/85/0446616583/chapter_excerpt24019.html

"Charles Victor Szasz, who was not yet either Vic Sage or The Question, couldn’t find his way back home.

He felt like an idiot."


4 out of 5

The Wreck Of the Mary Byrd 1-8 - Cherie Priest

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1596060808/1596060808.htm

Jack Gabert went to India to serve his Queen. He returned to London a violently changed man, infected with an unnatural sickness that altered his body and warped his mind.

Eileen Callaghan left an Irish convent with a revolver and a secret. She knows everything and nothing about Jack's curse, but she cannot rest until he's caught. His soul cannot be saved. It can only be returned to God.


3.5 out of 5

The Gripping Hand 1-7 - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671795732/0671795732.htm

'Ruth Cohen looked puzzled. She glanced at the recorders. "Captain, if the Moties did break out, would they be that big a threat?"

"I don't know," Renner said. "It's not impossible. It isn't that their technology is so much better than ours, as that their instinct for technology is beyond anything we know. Humans are better at science, but once the principles have been discovered, the Moties—the Browns, anyway, the Engineers—are better at turning them to practical use than any humans who ever lived.'


3.5 out of 5

The Mote In God's Eye 1-16 - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671741926/0671741926.htm

"Interesting." Sally nodded. "Mice can live almost anywhere humans can—you know, there are probably as many mice in the galaxy as people? We've carried them to nearly every planet. Jonathon, are the miniatures mice?"

Whitbread shrugged. "She certainly didn't care about them. Killed all but two—but why bring two aboard? And a randomly selected two at that."

Sally nodded again. "We watched her catch them." She laughed suddenly. "And Mr. Renner was wondering if they were baby Moties! Get to sleep, Jonathon. We'll see you in ten hours or so."


4 out of 5

The Wizard of Karres 1-9 - Dave Freer and Eric Flint and Mercedes Lackey

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743488393/0743488393.htm

"We have orders to investigate the possibility that you may be carrying a dangerous criminal, as well as one of the infamous witches of Karres," said the commodore grimly. "Cut thrust further, Captain. You're within range of our guns now and they're locked onto your ship. Any attempt at escape and you will be fired on. Out." He cut the communicator-link."


3 out of 5

Flaming London 1-6 - Joe R. Lansdale

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1596060255/1596060255.htm

"Before my career as a best selling novelist, I lived an active life. I knew Captain Bemo, Doctor Momo, Buffalo Bill—still my hero—Annie Oakley—a peach of a woman—Wild Bill Hickok—a man's man . . . well, a seal's man as well—Sitting Bull—who invented the word stoic—I knew many others as well. I cruised beneath the seas in the Naughty Lass. I lived on the island with Doctor Momo when he made his beast men, and I am, in fact, a product of his handiwork. I even knew Tin, who came from a world far away, and I knew the Frankenstein Monster, who was one hell of a fine fella."


3.5 out of 5

Inheritance 1 - Devin Grayson

http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/books/84/0446616575/chapter_excerpt22909.html

"Batman gave a brief nod in his direction. “Orin.”

“Batman.”

Green Arrow frowned in confusion over the brief exchange and then turned back to Batman with his arms open and his most charismatic grin firmly in place.

“Well, obviously he isn’t here. But since you are, and since I’ve got this great little gang assembled, what can we do ya for?”

Batman turned with a frown to the moaning bartender fastened to the wall behind him and pulled the arrow out with a quick jerk of his gloved hand. The bartender went pale and passed out from the pain.

“You can avoid terrorizing Gotham’s citizenship.”

“He had a shotgun,” Green Arrow countered with a shrug. Nightwing felt the space behind him open up again and filled his chest with a slow inhale as he locked eyes with Arsenal. Roy was standing absolutely still by his bar stool but inclined his head toward the door and raised an eyebrow when he caught Nightwing’s eye. Nightwing pressed his lips together and gave one quick shake of his head, but Roy failed to look deterred."


4 out of 5

Agent Of Change 1-9 - Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1587870096/1587870096.htm

'"Yeah?" she said, brows rising. "That's good to know. Edger's easy to be fond of, the big ox." After a short pause, she asked, "What were the chances I could've killed you, the first time we were together?"

He sipped tea, watching the numbers appear on the scoreboard behind his eyes, then tried to relay the data dispassionately.

"If you had tried while I was unconscious, on the order of point ninety-nine: approaching surety. After I regained consciousness, before you returned my gun, and assuming that your own survival was a goal: perhaps point one five—fifteen chances in one hundred. Assuming your own survival was not a prime consideration, the odds would have approached point three—nearly one third chance of success.'


2.5 out of 5

The Well Of Stars and Shadow - Caitlin R. Kiernan

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1596060603/1596060603___2.htm

Riddle survival.


3.5 out of 5

Les Fleurs Empoisonnes - Caitlin R. Kiernan

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1596060603/1596060603___1.htm

A bailiff, a dead bear, and a League of monstrous women.


3.5 out of 5

People Of the Talisman 1-4 - Leigh Brackett

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0441757812/0441757812.htm

He heard Thord's men coming. Three of them tried to jam through the entrance at once, and one of them had a spear. Stark took it out of his hands. He used the butt of it, not speaking nor making a sound except the hard cracking of wood on bone. He cleared the doorway and flung the spear contemptuously after the stunned barbarians.

"Now," he said to the Lord Ciaran, "will we talk as men?"


3.5 out of 5

The Secret Of Sinharat 1-4 - Leigh Brackett

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1601250479/1601250479.htm

"CAST OF CHARACTERS

ERIC JOHN STARK
Though a dangerous outlaw, only he had a chance to save all Mars from a savage holocaust.
KYNON OF SHUN
He rode out of the Martian desert to bring the gift of eternal life.
BERILD
She was Kynon's woman, to be thrown aside the moment it suited his plans.
LUHAR
This treacherous Venusian mercenary had sold out Stark once before.
DELGAUN OF VALKIS
There was more in the shadowed depths of his eyes than mere hatred.
FIANNA
The youthful servant of the Lady Berild, she was the personification of—innocence?"


4 out of 5

The Reavers Of Skaith 1-7 - Leigh Brackett

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0345318293/0345318293.htm

"Strong bindings held N'Chaka fast to the flat, hard surface whereon he lay.

There was too much light above him. He could barely make out the face that leaned and looked down into his own. It moved and pulsed and swam with the movement of his blood, a handsome face cut from burnished gold, with a crest of hair like curled wires. There were other faces, dim in the shadows at the sides, but only that one mattered. He could not remember whose face it was. Only that it mattered.

There was pain again, the hollow jab of a needle.

N'Chaka snarled, and fought the straps.

The golden face asked a question.

N'Chaka heard. He did not wish to answer, but he had no choice. The poison running in him forced him to answer.

He spoke, in the clicks and grunts of a language so primitive that it was only a little more complex than the speech of apes.

Penkawr-Che, the golden man, said, "He reverts to that every time. Interesting. Bring Ashton.""


4 out of 5

The Hounds Of Skaith 1-7 - Leigh Brackett

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0345318285/0345318285.htm

'"One came," said Yetko. "He overthrew the Lords Protector. They fled from him through the passes of the Bleak Mountains, along the road to Yurunna; and he burned their Citadel that has been since before the Wandering, so that only the empty walls still stand."

A sigh went around the hall, a sound of astonishment and shock.

Kell à Marg said, "Did you see this person?"

"I saw him. He was very dark and tall, and his eyes were like the ice that forms over clear water."

Again the sigh, this time with a note of vicious hatred.

"It was Stark!"

Yetko glanced sidelong at Skaith-Daughter. "You know him?"

"He was here, a prisoner of the Wandsman Gelmar. He has brought death to the House of the Mother, killing two of our young men when he broke free by the northern gate."

"He will bring more death," said one of the Diviners. "The Eye of the Mother has seen this." He stepped forward and shouted at Yetko. "Why is it that the Northhounds did not kill him? Why, why? Always they guarded the Citadel from intruders. Why did they let him live?"

The Clan Mothers and the counselors echoed him, and Kell à Marg said:

"Tell us why."

"I do not know," said Yetko. "The Lords Protector told us that somehow he had slain the great king-dog Flay and taken control of the pack. They said he was more beast than man. Certainly the hounds went with him to the Citadel, and certainly they killed a number of the servants there." A deep shudder shook him as he remembered. "Certainly when he came to our camp to take riding animals from us, the Northhounds followed at his heels like puppies."'


4.5 out of 5

The Ginger Star 1-7 - Leigh Brackett

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0345318277/0345318277.htm

'Eric John Stark, otherwise known as N'Chaka, was Leigh Brackett's series character, stretching on through tales told of him in the Solar System and then to the world of Skaith, under a ginger-colored, dying star.

Stark was further known as The-Man-Without-a-Tribe, so named by the half-human aborigines of Mercury's twilight zone who raised him after a murderous group of claim-jumpers wiped out his human family at the Mercury Metals and Mining company installation.

...

It was Ashton, at that time supervisor of the Mercury mining effort, who took the feral boy, who could speak only in the aboriginal clicks and grunts, and who thought he was an aborigine, and raised him to human appearance and gave him his human name. What Ashton could not do--what no one could do--was to make of Eric John Stark a fully human man. And so Stark grew to manhood, but not to gentleness, and the way he made his living was to rent himself out as a mercenary. So that by the time we first see him he is tall and lean, scarred in any number of places, including his soul. He would as soon kill you as love you . . .'


3.5 out of 5

The Star Kings 1-7 - Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1419183435/1419183435.htm

'"I am Zarth Arn, prince of the Mid-Galactic Empire. I speak to you from two hundred thousand years in your future."

Gordon felt vaguely aghast. That couldn't be true! Yet that voice was so real and distinct in his mind.

"Two hundred thousand years? That's insane, impossible, to speak across a time like that. I'm dreaming."

Zarth Arn's reply came quickly. "I assure you that it is no dream and that I am as real as you are, even though two thousand centuries separate us."'


3 out of 5

The False Prophet - David Drake

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1597800716/1597800716___6.htm

Roman snakeman chop.


3.5 out of 5

Denkirch - David Drake

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1597800716/1597800716___5.htm

Alien transmission transformation.


3 out of 5

Awakening - David Drake

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1597800716/1597800716___4.htm

She's got the power. Whoosh!


3 out of 5

Smokie Joe - David Drake

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1597800716/1597800716___3.htm

Crotch rot blackmail.


4 out of 5

A Land Of Romance - David Drake

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1597800716/1597800716___2.htm

Fast food king removal.


3 out of 5

The Red Leer - David Drake

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1597800716/1597800716___1.htm

Cow chomping man murder.


3 out of 5

Chance Encounter - A. Bertram Chandler

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0739439650/0739439650.htm

Fear Of the Dark. With purple octopi.


4 out of 5

The Kinsolving Planet's Irregulars - A. Bertram Chandler

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0441137830/0441137830.htm

The case of the kidnapped commodore fictional immortality.


3.5 out of 5

The Subtracter - A. Bertram Chandler

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0441317553/0441317553.htm

Being charge gets you more drinks and more furry princesses.


3.5 out of 5

With Good Intentions - A. Bertram Chandler

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0441317553/0441317553___1.htm

Grimes a bit grumpy about scientist babysitting.


3.5 out of 5

The Demons At Rainbow Bridge 1-4 - Jack L. Chalker

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671878875/0671878875.htm

"I want a drink," he told her. "I want to get rip-roaring, stinkin'-arse drunk. I want to pop some aphros and go out on my own alone for a night on the town, that's what. I want to pick a fight, go bloody roughhouse, get tossed in the tank with all the other arse-kickin' fools blowin' off steam. I wanna check into an Erotics parlor and indulge all my silly dreams for a bit, that's what. And I wanna do it alone."


2.5 out of 5

Twilight At the Well Of Souls 1-7 - Jack L. Chalker

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/141650916X/141650916X.htm

'"A Morvath squad reports it definitely just killed Nathan Brazil," the Czillian said wearily, limbs drooping and pumpkinlike head somehow conveying a note of exhaustion as well.

Serge Ortega sighed. "How many does that make today?"

"Twenty-seven," the plant-creature responded. "And it's early yet."'


3 out of 5

Mirror Dance 1-4 - Lois McMaster Bujold

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671722107/0671722107.htm

"Miles re-crossed the room, frowning fiercely. Damn the time-lag. He wanted to know what was happening right now. Tight-beam communications crossed a local-space region at the speed of light, but the only way to get information through a wormhole was to physically record it, put it on a jumpship, and jump it through to the next relay station, where it was beamed to the next wormhole and jumped again, if it was economically worthwhile to maintain such a service."

Clone brothers can be annoying, too.


3.5 out of 5

Komarr 1-3 - Lois McMaster Bujold

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671578081/0671578081.htm

'"Well," he grinned around a mouthful of salad, "there was the Dagoola IV episode. You must have heard of it, that giant breakout from the Cetagandan prisoner of war camp that the Marilacans made a few years ago?"'


3 out of 5

Exiles At the Well Of Souls 1-9 - Jack L. Chalker

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743436032/0743436032.htm

"But it was too late. The ship was already closing on the planet, felt its pull, and used it to whip around to the other side.

Here was an incredible sight. The world, close up, shimmered like a dream-thing, and yet it somewhat resembled a great, alien jewel. It was faceted, somehow; countless hexagonal facets of some sort, and below whatever was causing the faceting was a hint of broad seas, mountain ranges, and fields of green around which clouds swirled."


3.5 out of 5

Midnight At the Well Of Souls 1-9 - Jack L. Chalker

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743435222/0743435222.htm

"Actually, the passengers had more contempt for him than he for them. In an age of extreme conformity, men like Nathan Brazil were the mavericks, the loners, the ones who didn't fit. Recruited mostly off the barbarian worlds of the frontier, they could take the loneliness of the job, the endless weeks often without human company. Most psychologists called them sociopaths, people alienated from society.

Brazil liked people all right, but not the factory-made ones. He would rather sit here in his domain,the stars showing on the great three-dimensional screens in front of him, and reflect on why society had become alienated from him."


4 out of 5

A Civil Campaign 1-5 - Lois McMaster Bujold

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671578855/0671578855.htm

I'll protocol 'em to pieces.


3 out of 5

The Return Of Nathan Brazil 1-9 - Jack L. Chalker

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743499018/0743499018.htm

"They were missing Zinder's computer, they finally concluded, and the plans for it had died with him on some Markovian world that possibly was not even in our Universe and the machine itself had been destroyed in a Com Police operation where chunks of anti-matter had been driven into collision with it."


4 out of 5

Memory 1-7 - Lois McMaster Bujold

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/067187845X/067187845X.htm

"I was off-world, at the time," Miles sighed. "As usual." He suppressed an irrational twinge of jealousy. "Nobody ever said anything to me about this proposed promotion. When . . . was this vile little surprise supposed to be sprung?"

"Within the year, apparently."

"I thought I'd made the Dendarii too valuable for ImpSec to even dream of doing anything else with me."

"So, you did a little too good a job."


3.5 out of 5

Kushiel's Dart 1-24 - Jacqueline Carey

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0312872380/0312872380.htm

Espionage? Yeah, that could give me the horn.


3 out of 5

Gold - Isaac Asimov

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671878522/0671878522___2.htm

Doing up a new one like Lear.


3 out of 5

A Walk In the Sun - Geoffrey A. Landis

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671878522/0671878522___1.htm

Astronaut walks, woman may not die.


3 out of 5

Sidhe-Devil 1-7 - Aaron Allston

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0671319930/0671319930.htm

"Quick introductions," Gaby said. "This is Zeb Watson; he manages fighters like Harris. This is Doctor Alastair Kornbock, the finest physician who ever slung a submachine gun, and Noriko Nomura Lamignac, princess—at least for the next few days—of the kingdom of Acadia."

The princess also carries a sword.


4 out of 5

The Destiny Mask The Stymphalian Birds - Martin Sketchley

http://www.pyrsf.com/destinymask.html

Busted seering and sailing.


3.5 out of 5

Star Of Gypsies 1-2 - Robert Silverberg

http://www.pyrsf.com/stargypsies.html

Don't wanna be in charge. I'm off.


3 out of 5

The Prodigal Troll 1 - Charles Coleman Finlay

http://www.pyrsf.com/prodigaltroll.html

Knight bashing with breastfeeding.


3 out of 5

A World Too Near 1 - Kay Kenyon

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/WorldTooNear/WorldTooNear.htm

One of these universes has to go.


3.5 out of 5

Hurricane Moon 1 - Alexis Glynn Latner

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/HurricaneMoon/HurricaneMoon.htm

Actually when it comes down to it, a long cold trip does scare me. A lot.


3.5 out of 5

Tides 1 - Scott Mackay

http://www.pyrsf.com/tides.html

A lot more than 99 red balloons.


3 out of 5

Killswitch 1 - Joel Shepherd

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/Killswitch/Killswitch.htm

Hey mate, sorry that you aren't an android superheroine and easy to bust up and all. Look on the bright side, no off button on you.


4 out of 5

Breakaway 1 - Joel Shepherd

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/Breakaway/Breakaway.htm

Infiltration, with bombs. And a decent place to live.


4 out of 5

Crossover 1 - Joel Shepherd

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/Crossover/Crossover.htm

Shag, shower, shit, job, snack, shootout. Crap.


4 out of 5

Dark Integers - Greg Egan

http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0805/DarkINtegers.shtml

Mathematical Border Guards detente conflict resolution.


5 out of 5

Recovering Apollo 8 - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0805/Apollo8.shtml

Hero rescue important.


4 out of 5

Distant Replay - Mike Resnick

http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0805/Distantreplay.shtml

Generational doppelgangers.


4 out of 5

The Hanging Mountains 1 - Sean Williams

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/HangingMountains/HangingMountains.htm

Boneship time.


4 out of 5

The Blood Debt 1 - Sean Williams

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/blooddebt/blooddebt.htm

Sky Warden. That can't be good.


3.5 out of 5

The Crooked Letter 1 - Sean Williams

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/crookedletter/crookedletter.htm

Twin killing pursuit.


4 out of 5

Silver Screen 1 - Justina Robson

http://www.pyrsf.com/silverscreen.html

Too smart for your question, dumbarse.


4 out of 5

Gradisil 1-4 - Adam Roberts

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/Gradisil/Gradisil.htm

Space, please.


3 out of 5

Here There and Everywhere Day Tripper - Chris Roberson

http://www.pyrsf.com/herethere.html

SortaBeatles. Bah.


3 out of 5

Starship Pirate 1 - Mike Resnick

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/StarshipPirate/StarshipPirate.htm

What it boils down to is, we are robbing the robbers.


3.5 out of 5

Starship Mutiny 1 - Mike Resnick

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/StarshipMutiny/StarshipMutiny.htm

Unimpressive hero assignment.


3.5 out of 5

Silverheart A Thief In Gragonatt - Michael Moorcock

http://www.pyrsf.com/silverheart.html

Metal trade interrogation.


3.5 out of 5

River Of Gods 1 Shiv - Ian McDonald

http://www.pyrsf.com/riverofgods.html

Ovary run.


3 out of 5

The Man Who Melted 1 - Jack Dann

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/ManWhoMelted/ManWhoMelted.htm

Screamer stuck.


3 out of 5

Galileo's Children Introduction - Gardner Dozois

http://www.pyrsf.com/galileos.html

Talking about the struggle between science and religion and violence.


3.5 out of 5

Paradox Nulapeiron AD 3404 - John Meaney

http://www.pyrsf.com/paradox.html

Pilot handover roasting.


4 out of 5

Context Nulapeiron AD 3418 - John Meaney

http://www.pyrsf.com/context.html

Necessary ethics.


3 out of 5

Resolution Nulapeiron AD 3423 - John Meaney

http://www.pyrsf.com/resolution.html

Anomaly stress.


3.5 out of 5

Brasyl 1 - Ian McDonald

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/Brasyl/Brasyl.htm

Three story time starter.


3.5 out of 5

Bright Of the Sky 1 - Kay Kenyon

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/BrightofSky/BrightofSky.htm

New Universal corporate control.


4 out of 5

The Blade Itself 1 - Joe Abercrombie

http://www.pyrsf.com/chapters/BladeItself/BladeItself.htm

Of Logen of the Nine fingers and whole craploads of doom.


4.5 out of 5

Men Like Us - David Drake

Men Like Us - David Drake

Changeling NDP very proactive.


4 out of 5

Pyramid Scheme - Dave Freer and Eric Flint

Pyramid Scheme - Dave Freer and Eric Flint

Mythology fun and pun.


I am not sure if it is possible to make fun of everything in a book, but Freer and Flint give it a fair shake.

This writing combination seems more than able in producing amusement.

Right from the introduction of the first absent-minded professor they start skewering in the kitchen, you have some idea of what you are in for.

A presumably alien pyramid lands in the USA, rather perturbing the military and spook agencies, who can't do anything about it, and when they do, it actualy makes it bigger, and things get worse.

People also disappear, and end up in odd recreated mythological worlds.

In this case, Greece and Egypt.

The disappeared, including the prof from before, cops, soldiers, and others get to try and use what modern nouse they have to try and get back home.

Everything talks it seems, hydras, sphinxes, dwarves, except maybe the odd big Egyptian crocodile monster.

The gods are real, and don't take too kindly to upsetting their alien-dominated applecart.

Plenty of fun, this one.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction Sixth Series - Anthony Boucher

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

This is all very fifties, in general. The exceptions being Poul Anderson, Davidson, and Charles L. Fontenay, as the stories worth looking at if you want something less dated. Plus a Conan spoof.

If you want a look back then, check this one out.

Best from FSF 06 : The Cosmic Expense Account - C. M. Kornbluth
Best from FSF 06 : Mr. Sakrison's Halt - Mildred Clingerman
Best from FSF 06 : The Asa Rule - Jay Williams
Best from FSF 06 : King's Evil - Avram Davidson
Best from FSF 06 : The Census Takers - Frederik Pohl
Best from FSF 06 : The Man Who Came Early - Poul Anderson
Best from FSF 06 : Final Clearence - Rachel Maddux
Best from FSF 06 : The Silk and the Song - Charles L. Fontenay
Best from FSF 06 : The Shoddy Lands - C. S. Lewis
Best from FSF 06 : The Last Present - Will Stanton
Best from FSF 06 : No Man Pursueth - Ward Moore
Best from FSF 06 : I Don't Mind - Ron Smith
Best from FSF 06 : The Barbarian - Poul Anderson
Best from FSF 06 : And Now the News... - Theodore Sturgeon
Best from FSF 06 : Icarus Montgolfier Wright - Ray Bradbury

Functional Epistemology fake.

3 out of 5


Stop loss.

2.5 out of 5


Martian ritual rather buggy.

3 out of 5


Magnetical mesmerism.

3 out of 5


Disaster count.

3 out of 5


Yank is a Viking misfit.

4 out of 5


"But, Tom . . ."
"Yes, Muffin?"
"Tom, if you're not ... well, if you aren't cleared for death, then you must be alive."

3 out of 5


Riding man Wild Human escape ship.

3.5 out of 5


Big beach girl.

3.5 out of 5


Weapon pile out.

3 out of 5


Time-space continuum warp trip.

3.5 out of 5


Just a New York eunuch.

3 out of 5


""I yam Cronkheit duh Barbarian, an' I wanna audience widjer queen!'*
...

"As is well known, our beloved Empress, Her Seductive Maj esty the Illustrious Lady Larra the Voluptuous, is built like a mountain highway and is commonly believed to be an incarnation of her tutelary deity, Aphrosex, the Mink Goddess."

3.5 out of 5


Ejected junkie's hermit wake-up winnowing walkover.

3 out of 5


Wing dreams.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

And Now the News - Theodore Sturgeon

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Ejected junkie's hermit wake-up winnowing walkover.


3 out of 5

The Barbarian - Poul Anderson

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

""I yam Cronkheit duh Barbarian, an' I wanna audience widjer queen!'*
...

"As is well known, our beloved Empress, Her Seductive Maj esty the Illustrious Lady Larra the Voluptuous, is built like a mountain highway and is commonly believed to be an incarnation of her tutelary deity, Aphrosex, the Mink Goddess."


3.5 out of 5

I Don't Mind - Ron Smith

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Just a New York eunuch.


3 out of 5

No Man Pursueth - Ward Moore

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Time-space continuum warp trip.


3.5 out of 5

The Last Present - Will Stanton

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Weapon pile out.


3 out of 5

The Shoddy Lands - C. S. Lewis

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Big beach girl.


3.5 out of 5

The Silk and the Song - Charles L. Fontenay

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Riding man Wild Human escape ship.


3.5 out of 5

Final Clearance - Rachel Maddux

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

"But, Tom . . ."
"Yes, Muffin?"
"Tom, if you're not ... well, if you aren't cleared for death, then you must be alive."


3 out of 5

The Census Takers - Frederik Pohl

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Disaster count.


3 out of 5

King's Evil - Avram Davidson

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Magnetical mesmerism.


3 out of 5

The Asa Rule - Jay Williams

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Martian ritual rather buggy.


3 out of 5

Mr Sakrison's Halt - Mildred Clingerman

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Stop loss.


2.5 out of 5

Icarus Montgolfier Wright - Ray Bradbury

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Wing dreams.


3 out of 5

The Man Who Came Early - Poul Anderson

http://ia331325.us.archive.org/1/items/bestfromfantasya008838mbp/bestfromfantasya008838mbp_djvu.txt

Yank is a Viking misfit.


4 out of 5

This Little Pig - Mary Robinette Kowal

http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/fiction/MRKfiction.zip

In the poo, with wedgie.


3 out of 5

Death Comes But Twice - Mary Robinette Kowal

http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/fiction/MRKfiction.zip

Poison replay.


3 out of 5

Cerbo En Vitra Ujo - Mary Robinette Kowal

http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/fiction/MRKfiction.zip

Body harvested boy bits bonk breathe no more.


3.5 out of 5

The Bound Man - Mary Robinette Kowal

http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/fiction/MRKfiction.zip

Kill the Troll King? Piece of piss, any time.


4 out of 5

The Guardian - Paul Chafe

The Guardian - Paul Chafe

Software routine investigation run upgrade surprise.


4 out of 5

Reunion - Mark L. Van Name

Reunion - Mark L. Van Name

"Download Anxiety Syndrome".


3 out of 5

Firewall - David D. Levine

Firewall - D. D. Levine

Lunar network Lockdown AI conjunction operation.


4 out of 5

Three Unbroken 28 Major Superiority - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page28.asp

Thirty odd cm of sap.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Voyage Out - Gwyneth Jones

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gwynethann/Voyage.htm

Death Row colony code.


3.5 out of 5

Big Cat - Gwyneth Jones

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gwynethann/BigCatTaster.htm

Crying wolf just totally wrong.


3.5 out of 5

Grey - Jon Armstrong

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/Grey.htm

Satire suit.


If you took C. M. Kornbluth's snarky satire and changed the language to be far more Ellisonesque in its euphemism then you might get some idea of the tone of this book, which can border on the hysterical.

Our protagonist is a naif scion of one of the filthy richest corporates in a not particularly nice at all dystopian media overloaded you get the picture society. All is good for these really rich people, apart from the habit that people, particularly the off the grid and untraceable freeboot society have of inserting bullets into their bodies at high velocity, or occasionally blowing them up.

Such an happening interrupts a planned corporate-marriage-merger, and our not so with it main character starts to get his eyes opened.

His father--imagine J. Jonah Jameson with an extremely high daily quota of f-bombs and tarts to get through, and you will have some idea of his personality--is not overly pleased, as when invulnerable super corporate families get penetrated, ratings plummet.

If you'd like an example of some of his father's eloquence:-
"'Anyway, I feel for you, son! I do. I was watching that date—and holy fucking shit was it boring—but whatever! I was there with my girls, my snacks, and we were all cheering and going on, and then I couldn't fucking believe a freeboot! They should all be rounded up and fried in oil! Motherfuckers.''

"'They’re off the system,' said Joelene, with surprising annoyance. 'That’s why they can’t be located and rounded up, as you say.'

Father leaned far forward and squinted. 'You’re here, too? Jesus fuckercakes, Michael! Can’t you fart without her anymore?' He smacked his face with one of his thick hands. 'God, son, what do you have in your ball sack? Muffins?'"

The rest of it continues as the bad son finds out what his father (and mother) have really been up to, and more about anti-corporate activities.


4 out of 5

The Fulcrum - Gwyneth Jones

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gwynethann/Fulcrum.htm

Anti-information score dangerous.


3 out of 5

A Small Room In Koboldtown - Michael Swanwick

http://www.tachyonpublications.com/pdfs/A_Small_Room_in_Koboldtown.pdf

Right role for reveal.


3 out of 5

Who's Afraid Of Wolf 359 - Ken MacLeod

http://outofthiseos.typepad.com/blog/files/KenMacleodWhosAfraidofWolf359.htm

Empire threat impetus attack gives boomerang inspiration.


4 out of 5

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Teacher - Paul Tremblay

http://www.chizine.com/teacher.htm

Horror education.


3.5 out of 5

The Stars My Brothers - Edmond Hamilton

The Stars, My Brothers - Edmond Hamilton

Corpsicle recovery future ecology.


3 out of 5

Linkworlds - Will McIntosh

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080317/linkworlds-f.shtml

Skip that colour at the outside.


3 out of 5

Kip Running - Genevieve Williams

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080310/running-f.shtml

"attempting to catch a maglev in motion is an excellent way to get killed"

(call it 3.25)
3.5 out of 5

Fire-bringer - Nick Mamatas

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=457

Tricky fault.


3 out of 5

Glass - Nikki Alfar

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=456

Mountain mover.


3 out of 5

Uxo Bomb Dog - Eliot Fintushel

Uxo, Bomb Dog - Eliot Fintushel

Mine Sweeper, large grid.


3.5 out of 5

Alphabet - Becca de la Rosa

http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=455

Tasted love.


2.5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 27 Nourishment - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page27.asp

One reason for robots: R2 wouldn't choke to death on his vomit while staying on target.


3 out of 5

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fallen Angels - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/067172052X/067172052X.htm

Earth has a bit of a problem with a new ice age. Here, no one likes the anti global-warming types. So, readin this part of the book now may seem really, really silly.

Along with the people struggling along in coats and gloves on Earth are a few people living in space stations. They have a resource problem as well.

One of their people crashlands on Earth, and a group of SF fans try and get him back home. He can't really cope with the gravity, and they have to build a spaceworthy type vehicle. Not too easy.


3 out of 5

The Lizard Of Ooze - Jay Lake

http://www.tachyonpublications.com/pdfs/Lizard_of_Ooze.pdf

Fishy dead clown.


3.5 out of 5

Anthology Editing - Jay Lake

Jay Lake on anthology editing

Detailing putting a mock book together. Quite interesting.


5 out of 5

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - John DeNardo and J. P. Frantz

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2008/02/feature-interview-with-sf-signal.html

Wherein they explain why you get everything from story links to awards, to book reviews to youtube clips of how much they admire Kate Beckinsale's scrawny arse in latex.


4 out of 5

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - John Klima

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2008/03/feature-interview-with-john-klima.html

Stuff on magazine editing, as well as briefly talking about his anthology.


3.5 out of

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - Ellen Datlow

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2008/03/feature-interview-with-ellen-datlow.html

Where she talks about various projects, and how she initially became a publishing type, pre-Super Editorhood.


3.5 out of 5

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - Rich Horton

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2008/03/feature-interview-with-rich-horton.html

Some talk of various anthologies edited, among other stuff in this interview.


4 out of 5

Oz HorrorScope Interview - Bill Congreve

http://ozhorrorscope.blogspot.com/2008/02/interview-bill-congreve.html

Where the Australian Super Editor talks at some length about Australian Year's Best editing.


4 out of 5

SF Signal Interview - Lou Anders

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/004224.html

With definitely brief comments on the Fast Forward series.


4 out of 5

SF Revu Interview - David G. Hartwell

http://www.sfrevu.com/ISSUES/2002/0212/Feature%20Interview%20-%20David%20Hartwell/Interview.htm

Where he talks briefly about putting together The Space Opera Renaissance among other things.


3 out of 5

New Weird Interview - Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer

http://trashotron.com/agony/audio/2008/2008-news/012508-vandermeers.mp3

A mp3 from The Agony Column I believe with them talking about putting together that anthology, which sounds very interesting.


3.5 out of 5

The Professional - Peter Haining

http://www.crimetime.co.uk/interviews/peterhaining.php

An interview with Peter Haining - more focused on crime work, in general.


4 out of 5

A Conversation With Gardner Dozois - Gardner Dozois

http://www.sfsite.com/11b/gd93.htm

Whereupon he expounds upon his philosophy for Year's Best editing and magazine editing for a fair part of.


4 out of 5

Fearzone - Ellen Datlow

http://www.fearzone.com/blog/ellen-datlow

Wherein she talks some more about Year's Besting and anthologising.


4 out of 5

Editor Fantastique - Ellen Datlow

http://www.sfsite.com/columns/jeff239.htm#Editor%20Fantastique:%20Ellen%20Datlow

Jeff Vandermeer talks to her at sfsite, and she gives some detail on how she edits and in particular co-edits some work.


3.5 out of 5

Jack of All Trades Master of Some - Stephen Jones

http://www.tabula-rasa.info/Horror/StephenJones.html

Hosted at David Carroll and Kyla Ward's Tabula Rasa, with some comments on creating anthologies.


3.5 out of 5

The Iron Man Of Anthologists - Jonathan Strahan

http://www.sfsite.com/04a/js245.htm

In an interview with Jeff Vandermeer at sfsite, he talks about doing the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year book, and some on anthologies in general, with some of his history.


4 out of 5

How To Edit An Anthology - Gary Bowen

http://www.mamohanraj.com/Writing/anth.html

What the title says.


3.5 out of 5

Nancy Kress story Musings - Rich Horton

http://nancykress.blogspot.com/2007/12/editor-replies.html

Kress wondered on her blog why Art of War was chosen over some other stories, and the esteemed Mr. Horton replied, and she summarises, above.


3 out of 5

Open vs Closed Submission Anthologies - Jeff VanderMeer and Ellen Datlow and Jay Lake

Jay Lake, Jeff Vandermeer and Ellen Datlow on open vs closed submission anthologies

A few bits of minor interest only to readers.


3 out of 5

2008 Original Anthology List - Jonathan Strahan

Jonathan Strahan's 2008 original anthology list

All the stuff coming out this year, as far as he is aware.


5 out of 5

Zen and the Art of Anthology Making - Jonathan Strahan and Jack Dann and Bill Congreve

Zen and the art of anthology making podcast - Jack Dann, Jonathan Strahan, Bill Congreve


Wherein the talk about the latter, not too much of that Zen stuff. :)


4.5 out of 5

Finisterra - David Moles

Aeronautical gasbag butchery breakdown backup solution.


4 out of 5


http://web.archive.org/web/20080330213955/www.sfsite.com/fsf/fiction/dm03.htm

Three Unbroken 26 Great Domestication - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page26.asp

Two moon desperation.


3.5 out of 5

The Sea A Deeper Black - Tim Pratt

http://www.abyssandapex.com/archives/theseaadeeperblack.html

"Hey, mister, want to buy a god?"


3.5 out of 5

Annabelle's Alphabet - Tim Pratt

http://www.ideomancer.com/fy/Pratt-Annabelle/Pratt-Annabelle.htm

Flyers, crawlers, the breeze, just a whole list of stuff.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Playing the Dozens - Leah Bobet

http://www.ideomancer.com/fy/Bobet-Dozens/Bobet-Dozens.htm

Curse contest crankypants.


3.5 out of 5

The Trick Of Disaster - Jay Lake

http://www.ideomancer.com/fy/Lake-Trick/Lake-Trick.htm

Clown pain wait.


3 out of 5

Building A Taller Chair - Leah Bobet

http://www.forteanbureau.com/mar2005/Bobet/printerfriendly.html

Arse planting philosophy power.


3 out of 5

The Girl With the Heart Of Stone - Leah Bobet

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2006/20060109/heart-f.shtml

I keep on searchin' for ... the squishy old one, actually.


3 out of 5

They Fight Crime - Leah Bobet

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/20051010/crime-f.shtml

"He's just about found the right rhythm when: "Hey, fuck," a voice yells, and there's a loud rap on the window. "It's superheroes! Superheroes fucking!""

Or, not so super, superheroes. In fact, really pretty lame.


3 out of 5

Towers - Leah Bobet

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2006/20060313/towers-f.shtml

Dragon slayer widow.


3 out of 5

Three Days And Nights In Lord Darkdrake's Hall - Leah Bobet

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2007/20070129/darkdrake-f.shtml

Company woman's earlowering recruitment interview shortened to the point.


4 out of 5

Bears - Leah Bobet

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2007/20071105/bears-f.shtml

Meta ursine finis.


4 out of 5

Spirits - Leah Bobet

http://www.forteanbureau.com/nov2003/Bobet/printerfriendly.html

Lagavulin (25 year old if you don't mind) can make you feel like dead people.


3.5 out of 5

The Girl From Another World - Leah Bobet

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2007/20070813/girl-f.shtml

Firry princess quest.


3 out of 5

The Whoremaster Of Pald - Harry James Connolly

http://www.blackgate.com/fiction/2002/w-master.htm

Keeping the judge happy, certainly helps when they conspire against your joint.


3.5 out of 5

The Gods Have Left Us - Paul Jessup

http://www.swordandsorcery.org/fs/vol2-iss6-03.htm

Yes, Machete. Definitely. Please.


1.5 out of 5

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Western Front - Patrick Samphire

http://media.rawvoice.com/pseudopod/media.libsyn.com/media/pseudopod/Pseudo063_TheWesternFront.mp3

Too many shells, for me.


3 out of 5

Friction - Will McIntosh

http://media.rawvoice.com/escapepod/media.libsyn.com/media/escapepod/EP144_Friction.mp3

Reading can really wear you out.


3 out of 5

Sweet Charity - Elizabeth Moon

Sweet Charity - Elizabeth Moon

Beauty queen piracy.


4 out of 5

Fool's Gold - Elizabeth Moon

Fool's Gold - Elizabeth Moon

Mandrake hard to swallow.


3 out of 5

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Library Of Sorrows - Jeffrey Thomas

The Library of Sorrows - Jeffrey Thomas

Ghost mama memory removal.


3 out of 5

The Hate Machines - Jeffrey Thomas

The Hate Machines - Jeffrey Thomas

Whipping Boy Scapegoat kill.


3.5 out of 5

Tangled In the Nets Of the Gods - Paul Di Filippo

http://www.tachyonpublications.com/pdfs/View_8.pdf

Mind control monster, with monkey dung.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Pale Dog - Tim Pratt

http://www.facebook.com/note_redirect.php?note_id=23636785573&h=cea80485af490f36dc65004826f15300&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.randomhouse.com%2Fbantamdell%2Fspectra_stories%2Fpale_dog_by_TA_Pratt.pdf

Hound definitely not pointless you pissy sorcerer.


3 out of 5

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Skin Of the World - Douglas Clegg

http://www.douglasclegg.com/story.html

Chop off the bad bits.


2.5 out of 5

Wanting To Want - Eugie Foster

http://media.rawvoice.com/pseudopod/media.libsyn.com/media/pseudopod/Pseudo040_WantingToWant.mp3

Mini-junkie monsters.


3 out of 5

Crystal Rain - Tobias S. Buckell

http://e2ma.net/go/993163530/886381/32414451/goto:http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/olmk/tor.com/BuckellCRHTML/Buckell,%20Tobias%20-%20Crystal%20Rain.html

http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/sampler/crystalrainsampler.html (first third online)

Adventuring with aliens and aztecs.


What seems to start off as a run of the mill adventure type tale reminiscent of something that Idriess or Fenimore Cooper might have come up with, develops into something a lot more complex.

A human colony is cut off after the closing of a wormhole and the use emp nuclear weapons devastate the technological level of a planet.

Opposing alien races plot and scheme using humans to do their dirty work, while a couple of enhanced humans try and get by on the planet after enduring several centuries of waiting.

When one finds the other, the conflict between aliens and humans turns into war. Human sacrifice, airships, seaships, spears, guns and whatever else can be used to fight with, is, as the secret to operating a much more powerful type of ship is fought for.

This book ends a lot more strongly than it starts, building nicely throughout.


4 out of 5

Paolo Bacigalupi and Jeremy Lassen Interview - Rick Kleffel

http://trashotron.com/agony/audio/2008/2008-interviews/bacigalupi-lassen-2008.mp3

Long interview where Bacigalupi talks at length about his work, and the publisher of his collection talks about his publishing more in general, too. Rather good.


4.5 out of 5

Instead Of A Loving Heart - Jeremiah Tolbert

http://media.rawvoice.com/escapepod/media.libsyn.com/media/escapepod/EP145_InsteadOfALovingHeart.mp3

No-art robot death ray doctor assistant decomissioning.


4 out of 5

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cryptic Coloration - Elizabeth Bear

http://www.elizabethbear.com/crypticcoloration.html

Cockatrice investigation transformation duel virgin slaying.


4 out of 5

The Rest Of Your Life In A Day - Elizabeth Bear

http://www.elizabethbear.com/restofyourlife.html

Tattoo power brother recovery.


4.5 out of 5

Arthur C. Clarke

The Haunted Spacesuit - Arthur C. Clarke
The Nine Billion Names Of God - Arthur C. Clarke
Rescue Party - Arthur C. Clarke
The Sentinel - Arthur C. Clarke
The Star - Arthur C. Clarke
Summertime On Icarus - Arthur C. Clarke
A Walk In the Dark - Arthur C. Clarke

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Mummy's Foot - Theophile Gautier

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22662

No cradle snatching with a 2000 year age difference, sorry dear.


3.5 out of 5

The Mysterious Mummy - Sax Rohmer

http://manybooks.net/titles/rohmersaother05mummy.html

Monster faking attack.


3 out of 5

A Professor Of Egyptology - Guy Boothby

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601581h.html

Becoming Pharaoh plotting.


3 out of 5

My New Year's Eve Among the Mummies - Grant Allen

http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/newmummy.htm

'My answer created a profound impression. 'He has spoken to the Brother of the Sun,' cried Ombos in evident perturbation. 'He must be of the Blood Royal in his own tribe, or he would never have dared to do so!'

'Otherwise,' added a person whose dress I recognized as that of a priest, 'he must be offered up in expiation to Amon-Ra immediately.'

No beers, either.


3.5 out of 5

Some Words With A Mummy - Edgar Allan Poe

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2151

"I should have thought," observed Mr. Buckingham, "that it is high time you were dead."

"Why," replied the Count, very much astonished, "I am little more than
seven hundred years old! My father lived a thousand, and was by no means in his dotage when he died."


3.5 out of 5

Telzey Amberdon - James H. Schmitz

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671578510/0671578510.htm

To start with the end of the book, there is an Afterword, where Flint talks about having the idea for the Schmitz project, the most excellent Mr Baen saying give it a shot, and then Flint coming across Guy Gordon's very impressive James H. Schmitz website encyclopedia. Hence evolving into a co-editing credit because of his vast knowledge. Very nifty.

There's a second end piece, with a general overview of the Hub society, so interested parties can check that out too, as well as the rest, given this is part of the Baen Free Library (speaking of brilliant Jim Baen stuff).

Here's a quote "James H. Schmitz knew one of the cardinal rules of writing science fiction adventure: don't inflict the reader with irrelevant background material—get on with the story! And so Schmitz seldom comes right out and tells us any facts about the Hub. (After all, when was the last time world geography came up in your casual conversation?) Part of the fun of reading Schmitz is piecing together the clues dropped here and there, because the Hub is an amazing place to visit."

Sometimes these days when I hear or read the evil words 'worldbuilding' you can feel like taking an editor and a writer linging them up, getting a suitably weightt tome, like say, the Geographica atlas, sticking their nose on a whole globe map, then closing book forcefully, one side to each ear. Maybe that would cut down on a bit of tedious excess tree-slaughtering verbiage.

Anyway, again, Schmitz has written a bunch of fun stories that are compiled here.

Telzey Amberdon is utterly precocious, brilliant, and only 15. You'd might think she was an annoying brat at a fancy school, but she is really quite charming, and not self-centred at all. She is also happy to take down the bad guys with anything from legal references to psi-bolts, to guns. The one thing people might find odd about her, as her powers grow, is her tendency to be of the Doc Savage/early Xavier school of rehab, as far as other brains go.

A pleasure to read this sort of entertainment.

Hub : Telzey Amberdon 1 Novice - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 2 Undercurrents - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 3 Poltergeist - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 4 Goblin Night - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 5 Sleep No More - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 6 The Lion Game [Trigger Argee] - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 7 Blood of Nalakia [The Vampirate] - James H. Schmitz
Hub : Telzey Amberdon 8 The Star Hyacinths - James H. Schmitz

"These, she told herself defiintely, were powers one should treat with respect! Better rattle through law school first; then, with that out of the way, she could start hunting around to see who in the Federation was qualified to instruct a genius-level novice in the proper handling of psionics . . ."

Of course, this is after she makes a deal with the bureacracy to stop the hunting and study of the local intelligent telepathic crest cat population, and at 15, no less.

4 out of 5


One of Telzey's friends happens to be wealthy and involved in corporate plans involved it getting at her stockholdings - removing the opposition from the state of being living is part of corporate work where she is from.

Some psionic work from Miss Amberdon is required, and a bit of blackmail, when he discovers the levels of psionic snooping the government actually does get up to.

3.5 out of 5


Telzey comes across a man with a very powerful psi split personality, and has to try and help.

3.5 out of 5


Telzey is camping with some classmates when someone makes contact with her, psi fashion. She soon finds out that this man is not what he seems. It is a good thing that she is looking after a friend's large, powerful and very capable pooch when the 'Goblin' appears.

3.5 out of 5


A few weeks after the events of Goblin Night, Telzey is doing some investigating of the area, and finds that another monsters with powers are still out there.

3.5 out of 5


Telzey is tapped to investigate a series of murders, alien teleport portal networks, a conspiracy, so plenty of psionics, gunplay, and a scrambling wilderness duel to be had, all before her birthday.

4 out of 5


Early Lion Game. In Telzey's past, the aliens she encounters in the aforementioned story feature here.

3 out of 5


Dasinger, a blonde, and maybe more than a bit of the possibility of space pirate, with some Quist.

3 out of 5





4 out of 5

The Star Hyacinths - James H. Schmitz

The Star Hyacinths - James H. Schmitz

Dasinger, a blonde, and maybe more than a bit of the possibility of space pirate, with some Quist.


3 out of 5

The Vampirate - James H. Schmitz

Blood of Nalakia - James H. Schmitz

Early Lion Game. In Telzey's past, the aliens she encounters in the aforementioned story feature here.

(Like I would pass up using an alternate title like The Vampirate?)


3 out of 5

Legacy - James H. Schmitz

Legacy - James H. Schmitz

Old Galactic Gun Girl mission.


While not the precocious super bright type Telzey Amberdon is, this Trigger Argee not-kid-either can handle a gun.

Again, a mission for a talent young woman with the skills to suit a mission with strange aliens, disguise, subterfuge, and more.

At stake could be interplanetary war, as the plasmoids are Repulsive.

The Hub is in good hands with the platinum blonde Space Agent babe on the case (with the odd bit of male help of varying use).


3 out of 5

Dexterity - Sarah Monette

http://www.shadowunit.org/dexterity.html

No cackhanders allowed, just a Sledgehammer hand.


3.5 out of 5

Those Boiled Bones - Jay Lake

http://www.abyssandapex.com/archives/boiledbones.html

House dreams, some blood.


2.5 out of 5

Fading Away - Jay Lake

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200701-fadingaway.html

Fat Elvis sendoff.


3 out of 5

Clown Eggs - Jay Lake

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200405-clowneggs.html

Maybe godzilla could eat all of these?


2.5 out of 5

The River Knows Its Own - Jay Lake

The River Knows Its Own - Jay Lake

Skinny butt witch ride, with bigfoot and dragon.


4 out of 5

The Soul Bottles - Jay Lake

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1391307.html#cutid1

Dwarves named Bijaz - usually not good.


3.5 out of 5

The Dying Dream Of Water - Jay Lake

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1306403.html#cutid1

Pony up, girl.


3 otu of 5

A Conspiracy Of Dentists - Jay Lake

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1289272.html#cutid1

Tooth rain.


3 out of 5

In Defeat Of Transcendent Epiphany - Jay Lake

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1321849.html#cutid1

Knees up please, space patrol.


3 out of 5

Timmy Gromp and the Golden Hand Of Time - Chris Roberson

http://www.chrisroberson.net/2008/03/free-fiction-friday-timmy-gromp-and.html

Badgered into chicken run.


3 out of 5

The Angel's Daughter - Jay Lake

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1405662.html#cutid1

Changing tune suit.


2.5 out of 5

Arrange the Bones - Jay Lake

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1357002.html#cutid1

Ghost cause.


3 out of 5

Monday, March 17, 2008

Tyger - Jack McDevitt

http://penbay.org/wrfr/bstories/tyger.mp3

Wanna make a cosmos?


3.5 out of 5

Through the Shaving Mirror - Michael Moorcock

http://www.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Through_The_Shaving_Mirror_.mp3

Maniac multiverse sports and physics.


3 out of 5

All That We Leave Behind - Jeffrey DeRego

http://media.rawvoice.com/escapepod/media.libsyn.com/media/escapepod/EP149_AllThatWeLeaveBehind.mp3

A high school kid becomes a classic beefy brick, but has a mother dying of cancer to look after.


4 out of 5

Terminal - Chaz Brenchley

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Chaz_Brenchley_Terminal.mp3

Chuting through.


3 out of 5

The Gift Of Joy - Ian Whates

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Ian_Whates_The_Gift_Of_Joy.mp3

Just a shapeshifting impersonating gigolo.


4 out of 5

Lighting Out - Ken MacLeod

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Ken_MacLeod_Lighting_Out_.mp3

Partial emigration game.


4 out of 5

The Lion Game - James H. Schmitz

The Lion Game - James H. Schmitz

Telzey is tapped to investigate a series of murders, alien teleport portal networks, a conspiracy, so plenty of psionics, gunplay, and a scrambling wilderness duel to be had, all before her birthday.


4 out of 5

Sleep No More - James H. Schmitz

Sleep No More - James H. Schmitz

A few weeks after the events of Goblin Night, Telzey is doing some investigating of the area, and finds that another monsters with powers are still out there.


3.5 out of 5

Undercurrents - James H. Schmitz

Undercurrents - James H. Schmitz

One of Telzey's friends happens to be wealthy and involved in corporate plans involved it getting at her stockholdings - removing the opposition from the state of being living is part of corporate work where she is from.

Some psionic work from Miss Amberdon is required, and a bit of blackmail, when he discovers the levels of psionic snooping the government actually does get up to.


3.5 out of 5

Poltergeist - James H. Schmitz

Poltergeist - James H. Schmitz

Telzey comes across a man with a very powerful psi split personality, and has to try and help.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Flowers On Their Bridles Hooves In the Air - Glen Hirshberg

Flowers on Their Bridles, Hooves in the Air - Glen Hirshberg

Old game contest ghosts.


3 out of 5

Enemy Of the State - Jack C. Haldeman

Enemy of the State - Jack C. Haldeman

Privacy overload dodgy bloke.


3.5 out of 5

We the People - Jack C. Haldeman

We, the People - Jack C. Haldeman

Peace tax.


3 out of 5

Louisville Slugger - Jack C. Haldeman

Louisville Slugger - Jack C. Haldeman

Winner dinner.


3.5 out of 5

Sleeping With Bears - Theodora Goss

Sleeping with Bears - Theodora Goss

Ursus filthius richus fuzzius gives me the hornius.


3 out of 5

Fellow Americans - Eileen Gunn

Fellow Americans - Eileen Gunn

Political monologue.


3 out of 5

The Fate Of Nations - James Morrow

The Fate of Nations - James Morrow

Alien sports fan conspiracy.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Refugees From Nulongwe - M. Shayne Bell

Refugees from Nulongwe - M. Shayne Bell

Elephant crisis communication.


3.5 out of 5

Night Ride - Charles Beaumont

Night Ride - Charles Beaumont

Dead On jazz.


4 out of 5

Doctor Pinter In the Mythology Isles - Barrington J. Bayley

http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=1161

Love goddess making.


3 out of 5

Gryphon Rider - Cherith Baldry

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/gryphonrider.htm

The eaglelion woman of Aumeril.


3.5 out of 5

Standing In His Light - Kage Baker

Standing in His Light - Kage Baker

Flatland picture tech.


3 out of 5

Worlds Apart - Tony Ballantyne

Worlds Apart - Tony Ballantyne

Alien disease date.


3 out of 5

The Dust Enclosed Here - Kage Baker

The Dust Enclosed Here - Kage Baker

CyberWill.


2.5 out of 5

The Pile - Michael Bishop

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/fiction-the-pile-by-michael-bishop/

Gorilla macarena curse.


4 out of 5

No Need Of Wings - Tia V. Travis

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/fiction-no-need-of-wings-by-tia-v-travis/

Governess ghost.


3 out of 5

Dragon Chili From the Grand Church Cookbook - Joe R. Lansdale

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/fiction-dragon-chili-from-the-grand-church-cookbook-by-joe-r-lansdale/

Big, tasty lizard bits.


3 out of 5

Ceremony - Lewis Shiner

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/fiction-ceremony-an-excerpt-from-black-white-by-lewis-shiner/

Voodoo developments.


3.5 out of 5

A Monkey Will Never Be Rid Of Its Black Hands - Rachel Swirsky

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/fiction-a-monkey-will-never-be-rid-of-its-black-hands-by-rachel-swirsky/

Phantom pain death.


4 out of 5

A Jaguar Never Changes Its Stripes - Mike Resnick

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/fiction-a-jaguar-never-changes-its-stripes-a-lucifer-jones-story-by-mike-resnick/

Skin hunt men revoltin'.


3 out of 5

Repeating the Past - Peter Watts

http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm

Holocaust memories, game boy.


4 out of 5

Three Unbroken 25 No Errancy - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page25.asp

Hughes laughed. “I know, I know, they’re hardly armored at all, but they move like greased weasel dung.”


3 out of 5

Friday, March 14, 2008

Transformation - Mary Shelley

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/english/f1102-005x01/readings/transformation.htm

Well, dwarf me.


2.5 out of 5

The Bell-Tower - Herman Melville

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15859/15859-8.txt

Clock creation and stuff go boom.


3 out of 5

The Reanimated Englishman - Mary Shelley

http://www.horrormasters.com/Text/a0278.pdf

Unfrozen bloke.


2 out of 5

The Creature Lives - Mary Shelley

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/84

If you don't know about this, I always wanted to meet someone from another planet.


3.5 out of 5

Heisenberg's Magazine - Michael A. Burstein

Heisenberg's Magazine - Michael A. Burstein

Disappearing goodness.


2.5 out of 5

Sentimental Value - Michael A. Burstein

Sentimental Value - Michael A. Burstein

Magic camera certainly deserves a whack in the head with a rocket.


2.5 out of 5

High Weir - Samuel R. Delany

High Weir - Samuel R. Delany

Useless spudpeople on mars.


2.5 out of 5

The Keepers Of the House - Lester del Rey

The Keepers of the House - Lester Del Rey

Doc's loyal dog, always.


4 out of 5

The Duke Of Wellington Misplaces His Horse - Susanna Clarke

The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse - Susanna Clarke

Editing the fight.

(Oh yeah. To make something easy to read one of the last things you would do is put a huge floating graphic symbol that overlays and follows whatever you are moving on the page.

Idiot web design of the month award (and likely non-reading illiterate designer too, if they couldn't tell.))


3 out of 5

The Spear Carrier - A. M. Dellamonica

The Spear Carrier - A. M. Dellamonica

At the pointy end of interspecies communication.


3.5 out of 5

Three Times Over the Falls - A. M. Dellamonica

Three Times Over the Falls - A. M. Dellamonica

Band Time Division.


3.5 out of 5

Ruby In the Storm - A. M. Dellamonica

Ruby, in the Storm - A. M. Dellamonica

Alien housing.


3.5 out of 5

Nevada - A. M. Dellamonica

Nevada - A. M. Dellamonica

Dogmagic defeat.


3.5 out of 5

The Girl Who Ate Garbage - A. M. Dellamonica

The Girl Who Ate Garbage - A. M. Dellamonica

Rubbish sorcerer Burger Time.


3.5 out of 5

A Key To the Illuminated Heretic - A. M. Dellamonica

A Key to the Illuminated Heretic - A. M. Dellamonica

I was jousting with the Queen of old Orleans.


3 out of 5

Coyote Goes To College - Gregory Frost

Coyote Goes to College - Gregory Frost

Bears beat little doggies. Big shock.


2.5 out of 5

Collecting Dust - Gregory Frost

Collecting Dust - Gregory Frost

Shrunk dad.


3.5 out of 5

Throwing A Wobbly - Stan Nicholls

Throwing a Wobbly - Stan Nicholls

Big fat Pref hunt.


2.5 out of 5

Make Mine Homogenized - Rick Raphael

Make Mine Homogenized - Rick Raphael

Farm production power shift.


3.5 out of 5

A Filbert Is A Nut - Rick Raphael

A Filbert is a Nut - Rick Raphael

Bomb crazy guy.


2.5 out of 5

Jack's Gift - Jason Stoddard

Jack's Gift - Jason Stoddard

Toy limits.


3.5 out of 5

Selling the Scythe - Jason Stoddard

Selling the Scythe - Jason Stoddard

"I was the middle manager of the Apocalypse, not the Antichrist."


3.5 out of 5

Fermi Packet - Jason Stoddard

Fermi Packet - Jason Stoddard

B & L primitive talk.


3.5 out of 5

Ending Thesis - Jason Stoddard

Ending Thesis - Jason Stoddard

Second States stayers.


3.5 out of 5

The Station With No Name - Justin Stanchfield

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200504-station.html

Dead music pickup


3.5 out of 5

God's Guitar 2 - Justin Stanchfield

http://www.abyssandapex.com/archives/godsguitar2.html

Clueless Gibson tour.

(call this 2.75)
3 out of 5

God's Guitar 1 - Justin Stanchfield

http://www.abyssandapex.com/archives/godsguitar.html

Smokin' angel axe advice.


3.5 out of 5

In the Flesh - Brian Stableford

In the Flesh - Brian Stableford

Future's So Bright...


3.5 out of 5

An Oasis Of Horror - Brian Stableford

An Oasis of Horror - Brian Stableford

Undead is not so cool.


3 out of 5

The Fat Vampire - Norman Spinrad

The Fat Vampire - Norman Spinrad

Good eating transfer.


3.5 out of 5

The Fliers Of Gy - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Flyers of Gy - Ursula K. Le Guin

Winged handicap ritual.


3.5 out of 5

The Wild Girls - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Wild Girls - Ursula K. Le Guin

Dirty men look for Roots.


3 out of 5

The Day Of the Boomer Dukes - Frederik Pohl

The Day of the Boomer Dukes - Frederik Pohl

Adventure time gang.


3.5 out of 5

Sanctification - John Meaney

Sanctification - John Meaney

This Saint thought waves, more wishful thinking collapse.


4 out of 5

The Wolf-Man Of Alcatraz - Howard Waldrop

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/waldrop6/

Old furry breakdown.


4 out of 5

The Winter Quarters - Howard Waldrop

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/waldrop2/waldrop2.2.html

Fuzzy heffalump show.


3.5 out of 5

Three Unbroken 24 Return - Chris Roberson

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/three-unbroken/free/page24.asp

Shoot at me, I'm really very sleepy.


3.5 out of 5

View From A Height - Joan D. Vinge

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/vinge2/vinge21.html

Interstellar one-way trip journal.


3.5 out of 5

To Bell the Cat - Joan D. Vinge

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/vinge/vinge3.html

Mobile trog sense.


3.5 out of 5

The Other Real World - Howard Waldrop

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/waldrop3/waldrop32.html

Cuba crisis convo links


3 out of 5

Thursday, March 13, 2008

ChiZine 35 - Brett Alexander Savory

http://www.chizine.com/fiction.htm

Some poetry, an editorial that was a link to another blog?


Chizine 35 : Chizine 35 - Sandra Kasturi
Chizine 35 : Dust and Bibles - Michael Colangelo
Chizine 35 : The Mystery of the Missing Puskat - Lavie Tidhar
Chizine 35 : Matthew - A. C. Wise


Heady delivery job.

2.5 out of 5


Is that a gun in your pocket, pussy?

3 out of 5


“When was the last time a dead man offered to cook you dinner?”

3 out of 5




1.5 out of 5

Matthew - A. C. Wise

http://www.chizine.com/matthew.htm

"When was the last time a dead man offered to cook you dinner?"


3 out of 5

The Mystery Of the Missing Puskat - Lavie Tidhar

http://www.chizine.com/mystery_puskat.htm

Is that a gun in your pocket, pussy?


3 out of 5

Dust and Bibles - Michael Colangelo

http://www.chizine.com/dust_and_bibles.htm

Heady delivery job.


2.5 out of 5

Spider Star 1-4 - Mike Brotherton

http://www.mikebrotherton.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/ss5_first4.htm

Starsmacked monkey crap.


2 out of 5

The Situation - Jeff VanderMeer

http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/files/Situation-Wired-Final.pdf

Paper-thin management style really bugs me.


4 out of 5

Ideomancer 07 01 - Marsha Sisolak

http://www.ideomancer.com/pdf/Ideomancer-08-03.pdf

Easily the worst issue of this I have seen, I think. By far the best bit is the interview with John Joseph Adams.

Ideomancer 07 01 : Seer of Cities - Nicole Kornher-Stace
Ideomancer 07 01 : Crowntree - LaShawn M. Wanak
Ideomancer 07 01 : Children of Old Earth - L.E. Elder


Dirty hippie boy hanging wouldn't be sad.

2.5 out of 5


Greenie busted.

2.5 out of 5


Just can't get enough mind fuck.

2.5 out of 5



1 out of 5

Children Of Old Earth - L. E. Elder

http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol7issue1/elder/one.html

Just can't get enough mind fuck.


2.5 out of 5

Crowntree - Lashawn M. Wanak

http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol7issue1/wanak/one.html

Greenie busted.


2.5 out of 5

Seer Of Cities - Nicole Kornher-Stace

http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol7issue1/kornher-stace/one.html

Dirty hippie boy hanging wouldn't be sad.


2.5 out of 5

The King Of Sentences - Jonathan Lethem

http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2007/12/17/071217fi_fiction_lethem

Clea again fails to come up with anything as cool as "May the Winds of Watoomb waft you away"


3 out of 5

Operation Haystack - Frank Herbert

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24721/24721-h/24721-h.htm

Breeding conspiracy politics.


3.5 out of 5

Mathralon - David Louis Edelman

http://www.davidlouisedelman.com/fiction/mathralon/

Rocky story.


3.5 out of 5

Dead - Haddayr Copley-woods

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080225/dead-f.shtml

Stalker regrowth.


4 out of 5