Sunday, August 31, 2008

Kilimanjaro - Mike Resnick

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/kilimanjaro-by-mike-resnick/#prologue

Complicated to make this new society fair and work proper.


4 out of 5

Them Shoes - C. E. Murphy

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/fiction-them-shoes-by-c-e-murphy/

Barefoot and bloody curvy.


3 out of 5

The Midland Specter - David Prill

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/fiction-the-midland-specter-by-david-prill/

Getaway ghost runaway.


3 out of 5

Big Man A Fable - Joe R. Lansdale

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/fiction-big-man-a-fable-by-joe-r-lansdale/

Hung low, sweet floaty toasty.


3 out of 5

The Secret History Of the Last Colony - John Scalzi

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/fiction-the-secret-history-of-the-last-colony-by-john-scalzi/

Let's try some Conclave cracking.


3.5 out of 5

Like Father - John Farris

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/fiction-like-father-by-john-farris/

Hard not to know Susie.


3.5 out of 5

Chain Of Fools - Jay Lake

http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/summer-2008/fiction-fiction-chain-of-fools-by-jay-lake/

Bucket-ship coming, hopefully.


3.5 out of 5

Night Walker - Donald Hamilton

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk16

"Okay, Dave," Wilson said. He gave his passenger’s uniform another glance before returning his attention to the road. "I used to be in the Navy myself, in a way," he said presently. "Only quit last year." Then he laughed sharply. "Quit, hell! Who am I trying to kid, anyway? You’re looking at a dirty red subversive, Dave."


3.5 out of 5

The Gutter and the Grave - Ed McBain

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk15&type=excerpt


"The name is Cordell.

I’m a drunk. I think we’d better get that straight from the beginning. I drink because I want to drink. Sometimes I’m falling-down ossified, and sometimes I’m rosy-glow happy, and sometimes I’m cold sober—but not very often. I’m usually drunk, and I live where being drunk isn’t a sin, though it’s sometimes a crime when the police go on a purity drive. I live on New York’s Bowery."


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Down the Well - Alaya Dawn Johnson

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080804/well-f.shtml

Time brane plant.


3.5 out of 5

The Emerald King - Kenneth J. Sargeant

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080811/emerald-f.shtml

A sickly green.


2.5 out of 5

Sex With Ghosts - Sarah Kanning

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080818/sexghosts-f.shtml

Ghost sexbot disinspiration.


3 out of 5

The Secret Identity - Richard Butner

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080825/secret-f.shtml

Ghost shag inspiration.


3 out of 5

Behind the Black Mask - Charles Ardai

http://btbm.libsyn.com/

As well as talking about his own work and a book written under the pseudonym Richard alias (which I think we get and is also apparently an anagram of his name) he talks at length about Hard Case Crime, setting it up, what they are trying to do, and that, unlike almost all other publishers, they have fans.


5 out of 5

The Girl With the Long Green Heart - Lawrence Block

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk14&type=excerpt

""Because you’d be only perfect for it. But the hell with that for the time being. The point is that I’m here, I made the trip, and if I can’t get you in it with me I could at least get you to give the thing a listen and tell me how you think it would play. You’ve been a lot of years on the long con, Johnny."

"Too many years."

"Well, a long time. You were an old hand when I was still heating up zircons and selling them as diamonds to jewelers who didn’t know better. I’m just getting into the big play."

"Who’ve you worked with?"

"I was up in Oregon. Portland. I was with Red Jamison and Phil Fayre and some other guys. I don’t know if you know them." I knew Red and Phil. "We had this wire, it was the first job I worked with an elaborate store arrangement. The first one where I had a big piece of the action."

"What did you do?"

"I was inside. Red did the roping, Phil and I and half the people on the Coast were inside the store. We took this wholesale druggist for seventy-five thou and a few other mooches for ten or twenty apiece. It was beautiful the way it worked. The whole thing, the bit about a man at the track with a transistor set-up that got the results before the store did. It all worked like a beautiful piece of machinery. It was sweet."

He told me all about it. The wire con is one of the three standard long cons, and as old as you can get. You keep being surprised when it still works after all those years. He told me all the cute little details and I could tell just how much of a kick it was for him, a kick to pull it off, a kick to remember it and talk about it. In a lot of ways he was the same kid I’d known before, in love with the whole pattern of the life, in love with the whole idea of being with it. I tried to remember if I had been like that once, all enthusiasm and excitement. It didn’t seem possible.

"But that’s history," he said. "Let me tell you what I’ve got on the stove now. You know the Canadian moose pasture bit, don’t you?"

"I worked it once.""


4 out of 5

Dutch Uncle - Peter Pavia

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk12&type=excerpt

"Why don’t you just let me worry about that?" Harry said. "When a man aiming an automatic weapon at you tells you to do something, you don’t debate him. You fucking do it. Are you with me?"


3.5 out of 5

Branded Woman - Wade Miller

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk11&type=excerpt

"Swine, swine without brains! You know she should be killed!"


3.5 out of 5

Plunder Of the Sun - David Dodge

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk10&type=excerpt

"The whole racket is dirty business. It’s the only way you can play it. The minute you sink a spade into a burial mound without a permit from the government, you’re outside the law. From then on, it’s cut-throat."


3 out of 5

361 - Donald E. Westlake

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk9&type=excerpt

"Thirty-eight miles outside New York City, when we had the road to ourselves, a tan-and-cream Chrysler pulled up next to us, and the guy on our side stuck his hand out with a gun in it and started shooting.

Dad looked at me, and his eyes were huge and terrified. He opened his mouth and said, "Cap," in a high strange voice. Then blood gushed out of his mouth, like red vomit."


3.5 out of 5

The Bronze Archive - Paul Malmont

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze233dr/paulmalmont/bronze_archive.pdf

Doc Savage was real - and good with a camel.


4 out of 5

Paul Malmont Revealed - Paul Malmont

http://media.libsyn.com/media/btbm/BTBM_2006_07_15.mp3

Behind the Black Mask Podcast interview talking to the author about The Chinatown Deathcloud Peril.


4.5 out of 5

Becoming Men - Douglas Clegg

http://www.douglasclegg.com/story1.html

"I am Sergeant Cleft, and my colleagues and I, your superiors in every way, are here to drill you until you break. We are not interested in bolstering your gutless egos. We are not interested in making men out of you. You are the worst kinds of boys imaginable, every one of your families has disowned you, and we intend to break you down as far as is humanly possible to go. Then, if you have what it takes, you will build yourself up from the tools we give you here. Right now, this is Hell to you."

Maybe I shouldn't have said Hell to a bunch of pyro guys.


3 out of 5

Meme - Jeff Carlson

http://www.revolutionsf.com/fiction2/meme/meme_page_three.html

Ordinary music union.


3 out of 5

Pressure - Jeff Carlson

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2003/20030825/pressure.shtml

Diver adjustments.


3.5 out of 5

Noircon 2008 The Official Podcast Day 2 Editors and Publishers Tackle Noir - Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards

http://media.libsyn.com/media/btbm/Noircon_2008_04_05_Day3_1.mp3

Talking about getting ya hardboiled out there.


3.5 out of 5

Barriers - G. David Nordley

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/StarShipSofa_Aural_Delights_No_39_Elizabeth_Bear.mp3

Family timespace separation re-enactment reunion.


3.5 out of 5

Hell - Robert A. Heinlein

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743471598/0743471598___3.htm

Leader theatre conditions.



3 out of 5

The Moonlight Fable - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/456

Fashion victim.


2.5 out of 5

The Story Of the Inexperienced Ghost - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0609221.txt

If you ask a spook for membership, he just might say yes.


4 out of 5

Slip Under the Knife - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0609221.txt

Operation scare.


3.5 out of 5

The Story Of Davidson's Eyes - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12750

Remote viewing.


3.5 out of 5

The Stepsister Scheme 1 - Jim C. Hines

http://www.sff.net/people/jchines/SS%20Preview.pdf

Bitchfight bloody pigeon escape.


3 out of 5

Plague War 1 - Jeff Carlson

http://www.jverse.com/plaguewarch1.html

" A lot of survivors called it Plague Year, or Year One, but it wasn't only human history that had crashed in the long fourteen months since the machine plague. The invisible nanotech devoured all warm-blooded life below 10,000 feet elevation. What remained of the ecosystem was badly out of whack, with only fish, frogs, and reptiles left to whittle down the exploding insect populations—and the land suffered for it. Entire forests had been chewed apart by locusts and termites. Riverways were forever changed by erosion."


3 out of 5

Plague Year 1 - Jeff Carlson

http://www.jverse.com/plagueyearch1_2.html

" They ate Jorgensen first. He'd twisted his leg bad—his long white leg. The man hadn't been much more than a stranger, but Cam remembered five hundred things about him.
It was a weakness.
Cam remembered someone who never cursed, who kept his credit cards and driver's license for some reason. He remembered a hard worker who exhausted himself the day that he fell.
Later there were others Cam had actually talked with, where they were from, what kind of jobs they'd had. Talking made the days easier, except that ghosts seemed very real after you’d sucked the marrow out of someone's finger bones, and Cam got extra portions because he volunteered for wood detail even when the snow drifted up over the roof."


4 out of 5

The Strange Orchid - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12750

Hothouse leech.


3.5 out of 5

At A Window - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12750

Krees manhunt.


3.5 out of 5

The Advent Of the Flying Man - H. G. Wells

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12750

Parachute raid.


3.5 out of 5

The Tangled Web - 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

Blood Of Nalakia - 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.


3 out of 5

The Tuvela - James H. Schmitz

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671319841/0671319841__10.htm

Alien repulsion otter assist.

On an obscure planet an alien force that had previously tried to take territory in the Hub has a breakaway political group that decides to do some smalltime invasion.

A smart scientist, a local agent and their highly intelligent new species mutant otter friends are up to the challenge, though, at least until the Federation warships can get there to offer a hand.

A fast-paced action adventure with some superhuman subterfuge and an interesting epilogue type overview of some of what is really going on.


3.5 out of 5

A Tale Of Two Clocks - James H. Schmitz

Legacy - James H. Schmitz

Old Galactic Gun Girl mission.


While not the precocious super bright type Telzey Amberdon is, this 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

The Telzey Toy - James H. Schmitz

Ti's Toys - James H. Schmitz

Telzey, captured again, this time by your mad scientist type for his compound of artificial creations and drugged humans - wanting a copy of Miss Amberdon for his entertainment and research into creating Psis.

Creating a double-team opponent? Oops.


4.5 out of 5

Village Of the Damned - John Wyndham

http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=67

Again, Wyndham uses telepathic children in a story. This time it is handled completely differently, unlike the coming of the superhuman story in The Chrysalids, the Midwich Cuckoos develops far more along the lines of a horror story.

An alien force impregnates all the women i n the small town of Midwich. After all the pregnancies come to term, strange children are born, with strange abilities that pose a serious threat.

The various political and military forces must come to a solution that is ultimately palatable in England where this is happening.


3.5 out of 5

Re-Birth - John Wyndham

http://manybooks.net/titles/wyndhamjother05The_Chrysalids.html

Here we have the book that most likely influenced John Wagner to some degree with Judge Dredd's Cursed Earth.

In this society there is much genetic deviation, and the chance of getting a baseline human birth is low.

Mutant or different children are supposed to be killed at birth, but this of course is not always the case, humans being what they are.

A group of such mutant children have developed superhuman abilities, and decide to flee. Far from being deformed, these children, by evolution, are superior to the 'norms', as standard humanity comes to be seen.


3.5 out of 5

Revolt Of the Triffids - John Wyndham

http://www.archive.org/details/John_wyndham_theDay_of_the_triffids

http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=47

Somehow, an astronomical event has caused the overwhelming majority of the population to become blind.

If that wasn't bad enough, mobile, dangerous plans called Triffids
are able to take advantage of the disdavantage. Without sight humans are extremely vulnerable to these predators.

The narrator avoided blindness, by being in a hospital with bandaged eyes.

From there, we have an examination of this disaster scenario, and what would happen.


4 out of 5

The Lone Wolf - Fritz Leiber

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23164/23164.txt

Tickler problems.


2.5 out of 5

Texas Fold'Em - Lawrence M. Schoen

http://www.nanobison.com/nanov3n7.pdf

Building up bad luck is tricky.


3 out of 5

Exiles In the Dust - Justin Stanchfield

http://www.nanobison.com/issue6/nanov1n2.pdf

Enemy slippered in.


3.5 out of 5

Cat Futures - Lawrence M. Schoen

http://www.thetowndrunk.org/2006/schoen_cat.aspx

Paw of prophecy leavetaking.


3 out of 5

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Fool's Death - Lawrence M. Schoen

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200610-foolsdeath.html

A cooler end for you.


3.5 out of 5

Outside the Universe 1-4 - Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0241002710/0241002710.htm

"This squadron is supposed to have the easiest section of the whole Interstellar Patrol, out here along the galaxy's edge," said Jhul Din, "but we're no sooner clear of one cursed current than we're into another."

"Well, currents or no currents, we'll have to hold our course," I told them. "The Patrol has to be kept up, even out here." And as Korus Kan's hands on the controls brought our long, slender ship back into its proper path I stepped over beside him. Standing between the Antarian and the Spican and glancing back through our rear telescopic distance-windows I could make out in a moment the other ships of our squadron, falling again into formation far behind us. Then I had turned, and with my two friends was gazing forth into the great vista of light and darkness that lay before us.

It was toward our left that the light lay, for to the right and in front and behind us the eye met only blackness, the utter, unimaginable blackness of outer space. Left of us, though, there stretched along the ebon heavens a colossal belt of countless brilliant stars, the gathered suns of our galaxy. A stupendous, disk-like mass of stars, it floated there in the black void of space like a little island of light, and hundreds of billions of miles outward from the outermost suns of this island-universe our little squadron flashed through space, parallel to its edge. Looking toward the great galaxy from that distance, its countless thousands of glittering suns seemed merged almost in one mighty flaming mass; yet even among those thousands there burned out distinctly the clearer glory of the greater suns, the blue radiance of Vega, or the yellow splendor of Altair, or the white fire of great Canopus itself. Here and there among the fiery thousands, too, there glowed the strange, misty luminescence of the galaxy's mighty comets, while at the galaxy's edge directly to our left there flamed among the more loosely scattered stars the great Cancer cluster, a close-packed, ball-like mass of hundreds of shining suns, gathered together there like a great hive of swarming stars.

On our right, though, sharply contrasted with the galaxy's far-flung splendor, there stretched only blackness, the deep, utter blackness of that titanic void that lies outside our universe. Black, deep black, it stretched away in unthinkable reaches of eternal emptiness and night. Far away in that blackness the eye could in time make out, hardly to be seen, a few faint little patches of misty light, glowing feebly to our eyes across the mighty gloom of space; faint patches of light that were, I knew, galaxies of stars, island-universes like our own, separated from our own by a titanic void of millions of light-years of space, an immensity of emptiness into which even the swiftest of our ships could not venture, and beside which the distances between our own stars seemed tiny and insignificant.

In silence we gazed into that mighty panorama of thronging stars and cosmic void, standing there together as we three had stood for many an hour, Antarian and Spican and human. From the ship's hull, stretched beneath the little pilot-room in which we stood, there came dimly to our ears the strangely differing voices of our crew. Over these occasional voices, too, there beat unceasingly the deep, droning hum of the great mechanisms whose tremendously powerful force-vibrations were propelling us on through space at almost a thousand light-speeds. Except for these familiar half-heard sounds, though, there was only silence in the pilot room, and in silence we three gazed as our ship and the ships behind it flashed on and on. Then, abruptly, Korus Kan uttered a sharp cry, pointing upward. "Look!" he cried. "That swarm on the space-chart!"


3.5 out of 5

Six Of Swords - Erzebet Yellowboy

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=214

Flashy indecision.


2 out of 5

The Sun - Damien G. Walter

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=213

Wussy spacegirl.


2.5 out of 5

The Hanged Man - Catherynne M. Valente

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=212

Living up to it.


3.5 out of 5

Death - Mark Teppo

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=211

Gross ghost granny.


3 out of 5

The Eight Of Swords - S. Boyd Taylor

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=210

Smashed no oyster.


2.5 out of 5

Single Card Spread - Rachel Swirsky

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=209

Rigged, so definitely not.


2.5 out of 5

Two Of Cups - Ekaterina Sedia

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=208

Fairly stinky.


2.5 out of 5

The Magician - Cat Rambo

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=207

Blankly ludicrous.


2 out of 5

Seven Of Pentacles - Michelle Muenzler

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=205

Only a bit of a lemon.


3 out of 5

Queen Of Cups - Michelle Muenzler

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=206

Legless.


2.5 out of 5

Hierophant Bridge - Jay Lake

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=204

Maybe a spot of Chaos, for variety.


3 out of 5

The Tower - Paul Jessup

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=203

Bad key land.


2.5 out of 5

Aucun ImbÉcile Je - Berrien Henderson

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=202

No suprise the Jabberwocky couldn't be arsed.


1.5 out of 5

The Fool - Hal Duncan

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=201

Want to be a writer? Nice. This is one way not to have readers.


2 out of 5

The Seven Of Swords - Jacquelyn Benson

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=200

Not clever, likely flatulent though.


2.5 out of 5

The Ten Of Swords - Barth Anderson

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=199

Hopefully no-one knew about this.


2 out of 5

The Star - Barth Anderson

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=198

Closer, but not even a cheroot.


2.5 out of 5

Two Of Swords - Forrest Aguirre

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=197

No eyeballs preferred, definitely.


2.5 out of 5

The Hermit - Paul Abbamondi

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=196

Crank flood better with shoes.


2.5 out of 5

Selene 4 - Lilith Saintcrow

http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/selene/four/

"Selene lay curled on her side, facing him, her shoulder stiff and throbbing. Her face hurt, and her knees felt sticky.

Nikolai just lay there."


3.5 out of 5

Larissa Miusov - Lucius Shepard

http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/396425.html?#cutid1

http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/396624.html#cutid1

http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/396805.html?#cutid1

Small disappearance image.


3.5 out of 5

Gunning For the Buddha - Michael Jasper

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2007/gunning.html

Shoot him already.


3 out of 5

Of Moon Dust and Starlight - Beth Bernobich

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2007/moondust.html

Ain gonna care much.


2.5 out of 5

Memree - Jenn Reese

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2007/memree.html

Bloody dead girl.


2.5 out of 5

Oma Dortchen and the Pillar Of Story - David J. Schwartz

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2007/dortchen.html

Rotting folklore.


3 out of 5

A Soul Touched - Stephanie Campisi

http://www.behindthewainscot.com/2007/soul_touched.html

Small lack of punch.


2.5 out of 5

The Inferno - Yoon Ha Lee

http://www.behindthewainscot.com/2007/inferno.html

Instrument of fire.


3 out of 5

The Proslogium Of The Great Lakes - Catherynne M. Valente

http://www.behindthewainscot.com/2007/proslogium.html

More dinosaurs, less bridges.


3 out of 5

Shadows In My Mind - S. C. Bryce

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2008/6/shadows.html

Stop it, Brooklyn.


2.5 out of 5

Selene 3 - Lilith Saintcrow

http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/selene/three/

"Jorge’s hand closed around her left arm. He yanked her up from the ground so hard her shoulder gave a screaming flare of pain. Her right arm clamped around the blue canvas bag and her purse. Something hard and round that must have been the glass apple bounced against Selene’s ribs as he spun her around, sheltering her behind the bulk of his Jarmani.

He shoved her into the limousine. There was an acrid smell—cordite, Selene thought, recognizing it from childhood violence and the firing range where Jack had taught her to shoot. Someone’s firing a fucking gun. At me. Why?

Glass shattered. The limousine pulled away from the curb. Selene looked over her shoulder, through the broken window. Jorge grabbed her arm and pushed her down against the leather seat, but not before she saw a low-slung black shape—someone on an old petroleo motorcycle, hunching down, the snub of an assault rifle poking up.

Netley calmly shoved another clip into a silver automatic—9mm, maybe, some part of Selene said with chilling, lunatic calm. Her body burned, little prickles of electricity crawled over her skin. The latte rose hot and insistent against her back teeth again, sour and tainted with the taste of false hazelnut."


3.5 out of 5

Transparent - Lee Gimenez

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/2105/full

Surfing the dirt.


3.5 out of 5

Pointing At the Moon - Vylar Kaftan

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1814/full

Zen folding space.


3.5 out of 5

For the Love Of Jazz - Jason K. Chapman

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1813/full

Bugbot mimic.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A World Called Crimson - Stephen Marley

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25684/25684.txt

Not Out Of Copyright.


3.5 out of 5

General Max Shorter - Kris Neville

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25684/25684.txt

Colony killer.


3 out of 5

Kiss Her Goodbye - Allan Guthrie

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk8&type=excerpt

"First rule of debt collecting: If you want to improve the odds on your client being at home, visit him at night when he ought to be curled up in bed, asleep. Second rule: Always carry a weapon."


4 out of 5

Home Is the Sailor - Day Keene

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk7&type=excerpt

"Her smile turned wry. "Any port in a storm, eh, sailor?" She lifted her hair away from the back of her neck. "What would Corliss say?"

"Who’s Corliss?" I asked her.

She came part way into the room. "You don’t even remember her, huh?"

"No," I admitted. "I don’t. What’s the name of this joint?"

"The Purple Parrot.""


3 out of 5

The Thing In the Refrigerator That Could Stop Time - Matthew Kressel

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2005/06/short-fiction-the-thing-in-the-refrigerator-that-could-stop-time/

Dick cord chord mistake.


2 out of 5

The Man Who Murdered Himself - Nancy Fulda

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2006/01/short-fiction-the-man-who-murdered-himself/

Replicator cure.


3 out of 5

Only Springtime When She's Gone - Eugie Foster

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2006/05/short-fiction-only-springtime-when-shes-gone/

Caste into a luddite virus.


3.5 out of 5

The Jerusalem Theatre - Lavie Tidhar

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2005/12/short-fiction-the-jerusalem-theatre/

Stay dead.


2.5 out of 5

Vigorish - Randall Garrett

Vigorish - Randall Garrett

TK and gambling shenanigans.


3 out of 5

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Source Of Gravity - Ekaterina Sedia

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2007/gravitysource.html

""A collector," Agatha said. "I'm sure there are more of you, poor magical idiots. Just give away everything you have, why don't you?"
"I can get my tail back," Miranda said."


3 out of 5

The Life and Times Of Penguin - Eugie Foster

http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2007/penguin.html

Blow-up Toy Story.


3 out of 5

The Secret History Of Moscow - Ekaterina Sedia

http://www.behindthewainscot.com/2007/secret_history.html

"She was already thinking of a lie to tell her co-workers to explain the blisters. Iron. Sizzling, spitting oil in the skillet. Napalm. She laughed at the thought. Napalm is never reassuring, and only reassuring things made for good lies—food, ironing, domesticity."


3 out of 5

Medusa At Morning - Beth Bernobich

http://www.behindthewainscot.com/2007/medusa.html

Suspect snakey seeya.


3 out of 5

Untitled - Jay Lake

http://behindthewainscot.com/?p=142

Alert the media, there's a freaky looking guy in a smurf mask with a Nancy Reagan fetish and automatic weaponry.


3 out of 5

A Spaceship Named Maguire - Randall Garrett

A Spaceship Named McGuire - Randall Garrett

My memory keeps on going it seems.


3 out of 5

In Case Of Fire - Randall Garrett

In Case of Fire - Randall Garrett

Only got the half dregs and xenophobic diplomats to deal with here.


3.5 out of 5

The Unnecessary Man - Randall Garrett

The Unnecessary Man - Randall Garrett

Complicated Terran Empire influence.


3.5 out of 5

The Man Who Hated Mars - Randall Garrett

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25644/25644.txt

It's criminal to undergo these changes.


3 out of 5

Or Your Money Back - Randall Garrett

…Or Your Money Back - Randall Garrett

Psionic gear Vegas uproar.


3 out of 5

The Measure Of A Man - Randall Garrett

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24135/24135.txt

Rats, they're ahead.


3 out of 5

The Highest Treason - Randall Garrett

The Highest Treason - Randall Garrett

Need a high level collaboration strategy.


4 out of 5

The Destroyers - Randall Garrett

The Destroyers - Randall Garrett

War, change and die.


3.5 out of 5

Despoilers Of the Golden Empire - Randall Garrett

Despoilers of the Golden Empire - Randall Garrett

Pizzaro invasion pastiche.


4 out of 5

Dead Giveaway - Randall Garrett

Dead Giveaway - Randall Garrett

Centaurus City research screening.


3 out of 5

Damned If You Don't - Randall Garrett

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24064/24064.txt

Power Converter Cheap Power Play.


4.5 out of 5

Card Trick - Randall Garrett

Card Trick - Randall Garrett

Psi powers. Gambling. Not PC.


3 out of 5

But I Don't Think - Randall Garrett

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24005/24005.txt

Guess where my ship is.


3 out of 5

The Bramble Bush - Randall Garrett

The Bramble Bush - Randall Garrett

The moon hasn't blown up, but we do have a little reactor problem.


3 out of 5

Anchorite - Randall Garrett

The Anchorite - Randall Garrett

Earth is too dull for us Belters putting the pedal down.


2.5 out of 5

After A Few Words - Randall Garrett

…After a Few Words… - Randall Garrett

Smoking knights.


2.5 out of 5

The Monster - Randall Garrett

http://manybooks.net/titles/tenneshawsm2491324913.html

Didn't mean to make a space mutant.


2 out of 5

The Penal Cluster - Randall Garrett

The Penal Cluster - Randall Garrett

Telepathic Controller conflict convict.


3.5 out of 5

What the Left Hand Was Doing - Randall Garrett

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25166/25166.txt

that psionics stuff a bit hard to deal with.


3 out of 5

Heist Job On Thizar - Randall Garrett

Heist Job on Thizar - Randall Garrett

Poison pilferer plucked by pash.


3.5 out of 5

The Judas Valley - Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett

The Judas Valley - Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett

Fomaulhaut frenzy.


2.5 out of 5

Cum Grano Salis - Randall Garrett

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/25234

Space service plant potential.


3 out of 5

Hail To the Chief - Randall Garrett

Hail to the Chief - Randall Garrett

Decoy ship politics.


3 out of 5

Viewpoint - Randall Garrett

Viewpoint - Randall Garrett

Time prison.


3 out of 5

Suite Mentale - Randall Garrett

Suite Mentale - Randall Garrett

Telepathy is pretty insane.


4 out of 5

Transformations - David Barr Kirtley

http://www.davidbarrkirtley.com/transformtext.html

Transformers, bedrooms in disguise.


3.5 out of 5

Veritas Nos Liberabit - Kristin Janz

http://futurismic.com/2008/06/02/veritas-nos-liberabit-by-kristin-janz/#more-3362

As you know, Bob is a dickhead.


3 out of 5

Solitude Ripples From the Past - David Reagan

http://futurismic.com/2008/05/01/solitude-ripples-from-the-past-by-david-reagan/

Sex fight.


3.5 out of 5

Maquech - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

http://futurismic.com/2008/07/01/maquech-by-silvia-moreno-garcia/#more-3549

“Monkeys are the thing now. Everyone wants a monkey.”


3.5 out of 5

Dry Frugal With Death Rays - Alex Wilson

http://futurismic.com/2008/08/01/dry-frugal-with-death-rays-by-alex-wilson/#more-3688

Opening up a can of zap-arse.


3.5 out of 5

Eyelid Movies - Will McIntosh

http://futurismic.com/2006/05/01/eyelid-movies-by-will-mcintosh/

Dream fantasy hack.


3.5 out of 5

Peace In Our Time - Carrie Vaughn

http://futurismic.com/2004/12/07/peace-in-our-time-by-carrie-vaughn/

Holding the not dead fort.


3.5 out of 5

Real City - Carrie Vaughn

http://futurismic.com/2006/06/01/real-city-by-carrie-vaughn/

Want to get into these movies.


3 out of 5

The Confession - Dominic Stansberry

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi

"Some of you will remember this story. It was ten years ago, and I was employed then as a forensic psychologist in Marin County. Much of my work involved talking to criminals, then testifying as to their sanity in a court of law. On the afternoon this all began, for example — that afternoon when I blacked out in Sara Johnson’s apartment — I was scheduled to examine a man who’d been accused of strangling his wife."


3 out of 5

Little Girl Lost - Charles Ardai

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk4&type=excerpt

"She topped off my drink, even though I had only taken a sip. "It’s disgusting," she said softly, leaning forward to say it into my ear. "But, you know, this isn’t exactly Scores here."

That was putting it mildly. There was top drawer and there was second rate in New York the same as anywhere else, but this wasn’t even second rate, it was tenth rate. Scores was a "gentleman’s club" where, between dances, you could get rare prime rib and watch hockey games on flat-screen TVs. A notch or two down, strip clubs like Flashdancers and Private Eyes dispensed with the steak but still had large dance floors and pretty girls in nice costumes, and gave the impression that they cared about the impression they gave. The Sin Factory was another animal altogether. It hurt to picture Miranda working here."

Shade - Steven Gould

http://tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=4231

David and Millie lend a hand to some people stuck in the middle of a conflict, in a camp, with some help from a brave local boy.


4.5 out of 5

The Republic Of the Southern Cross - Valery Bryusov

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

Bit of a disaster.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Playground - Ray Bradbury

http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=68

Bargain for the little beasts.


3 out of 5

What Would Bob The Angry Flower Do? - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/bob.html

Cartoon sign.


3 out of 5

Warren Zevon - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/zevon.html

ahhhooooo, werewolves of London
Draw blood


4.5 out of 5

Ubiquitous Computing - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/comp.html

Not even a backed-up toaster.


3.5 out of 5

Teller - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/teller.html

Pennless unique bullet eater.


3 out of 5

Scribble Scribble Scribble - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/scribble.html

Less fleas than a monkey, anyway.


3 out of 5

Pirates - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/pirates.html

Dumb one never heard of a ferrari.


2.5 out of 5

One Fine Morning In Spring - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/morning.html

You'll get your gear off too.


3 out of 5

Nissassa - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/nissassa.html

AI trap.


4 out of 5

The Moon-poet - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/poet.html

Eat him, blow him up, gas him, any of these seem fair


3 out of 5

Minor Planets Phoebe - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/phoebe.html

Mummy, where thy keys.


3 out of 5

Like the Boiled Eggs In Isaac Asimov - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/short.html

Pattern Recognition Kagan lead pipe putdown.


3 out of 5

Jack Hammett Precognitive Detective - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/jack.html

Past case hookup prediction.


3.5 out of 5

Hunting the Great White - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/great.html

I did mean immortal you gun happy shishkebab.


3.5 out of 5

Humanity 2.1 - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/human.html

Orgasmic upgrade price.


3 out of 5

His Flea Wife - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/flea.html

Hop off mate.


3 out of 5

Death and the Housekeeper - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/death.html

Bony toasted tanty.


3 out of 5

The Court Of Public Opinion - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/court.html

A Clear and Present Slacker.


3.5 out of 5

After Science Fiction Died - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/after.html

Now useless writer escapes.


3.5 out of 5

Soldier Sailor - Lewis Shiner

Soldier, Sailor - Lewis Shiner

Martian ruin return.


3.5 out of 5

Fade To Blonde - Max Phillips

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk2&type=excerpt

"The Centaur was gotten up as some sort of chateau. Beneath the cement gewgaws, you could see it was just a big brick shed, but they were nice gewgaws, and I passed two doormen and walked into a foyer with a big statue of a centaur in something that was supposed to be gilt bronze. She was rearing back on her hind legs, getting ready to wing a spear at the bandstand. She looked like she wished somebody would give her a shirt."


3.5 out of 5

Grifter's Game - Lawrence Block

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk1&type=excerpt

"There was a girl in it, naturally. There always is.

Her name was Linda Jamison and she smelled like money. She had short black hair and wild eyes and pretty breasts. Her speech sounded like finishing school. She looked well and dressed well and talked well, and I figured her for Main Line or something damned close to it.

But she wasn’t Main Line. She was just sniffing around."


4 out of 5

Top Of the Heap - Erle Stanley Gardner

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk3&type=excerpt

"All right," he said to Bertha, "you find the girls and I’ll donate five hundred dollars to your favorite charity."

"Are you nuts?" Bertha asked.

"What do you mean?"

"My favorite charity," Bertha told him, "is me."


3.5 out of 5

Two For the Money - Max Allan Collins

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk5&type=excerpt

"Nolan’s hand in his jacket pocket squeezed down around the rough handle of the .38. He put on a smile and stood up from the bench. Stepping out into the stream of traffic, sidestepping cars, Nolan called out to the watchdog."


3 out of 5

The Last Quarry - Max Allan Collins

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk34&type=excerpt

"I told him how after I got back from Nam, I found my wife — my first wife — shacked up with some guy, some fucking auto mechanic, who was working under a car when I kicked the jack out. The jury let me off, but I was finished in my hometown, and I drifted until the Broker found me. The Broker, who gave me the name Quarry, was the conduit through whom the murder-for-hire contracts came, and, what? Ten years later the Broker was dead, by my hand, and I was out of the killing business and took my savings and went to Paradise Lake in Wisconsin, where eventually I met a pleasant, attractive, not terribly bright woman and she and I were in the lodge business until the past came looking for me, and suddenly she was dead, and I was without a life or even identity. I had managed to kill the fuckers responsible for my wife’s killing — political assholes, not wiseguys — but otherwise I had nothing. Nothing left but some money stashed away, that I was now retrieving."


3.5 out of 5

Fright - Cornell Woolrich

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk34&type=excerpt

"Dead. They called this being dead. This was what it was when they said someone was dead. He’d never seen anyone like this before. He’d seen them dead in coffins, stylized, prepared, but not like this, just minutes after. And—done by himself."


3 out of 5

Dead Street - Mickey Spillane

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk37&type=excerpt

"On the sidewalk we shook hands solemnly and Brice said, "For a minute there I thought you were going to shoot me."

"For a minute there," I said, "I was.""


3.5 out of 5

Shooting Star - Robert Bloch

"My private eye was a little bloodshot that morning."


3.5 out of 5

Baby Moll - John Farris

""Catch me," I said, then jumped over the side, splashing water on her swim suit.

"Pete!" she wailed.

"So what?" I chided. "That’s what it’s for, isn’t it? To get wet?"

She backed away and waded indignantly out of the water. I followed with towels and the basket of lunch. She was good to watch. A tall girl with long legs, a smooth straight walk. She wore a blue bathing suit, cut high at the firm thighs, fitting snugly over the slender curve of waist and small breasts. Made to run, quick and laughing, along the beaches, to lie in the sun that nourished her slender strength. I had found her on a beach, and had known the ache of wanting something so much that the long months of waiting were almost unendurable."


3.5 out of 5

The First Quarry - Max Allan Collins

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk48&type=excerpt

"As far as Iowa City itself went, I didn’t stick out at all. I certainly didn’t look like a guy who’d come to town to take out a college professor. And by "take out," I don’t mean invite to dinner—I was here to put a bullet in the brain (or heart, my option) of a supposedly fairly well-known writer called K. J. Byron. This was a contract kill, and I was the contract killer, even if I looked like just another college kid."


4 out of 5

Adjuster's Dilemma - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/london.html

"The Twenty Ninth Amendment, article 2, subsection 2, paragraph 3 permits a corporation or an individual to purchase your life by compensating the State for the cost of your capture, containment, trial, and execution. In addition, the interested party would make the necessary compensation to the families of your victims, which in your case triples the already sizeable sum, and assume responsibility for any further damages your existence might precipitate. Our research indicates that no other conglomerate or individuals are interested in your option. POM Corporation is prepared to extend you this offer. As you know, we are unable to purchase your life without your consent."

The prisoner flexed her biceps, trying to get blood flowing into muscles held static for too long. Her motion sent the two-inch thick links of her chains clinking softly.

"I make a piss-poor gladiator," she said. "I kill too quickly. And you would have to be clinically insane to attempt turning me into a whore. So what could you possibly want with me?"

"The POM Corporation deals in insurance," a female voice told her.

The prisoner laughed. As the eerie sound of her amusement rolled echoed through the room, the pulses of the shadows quickened.

"We have other interests besides those, but your line of work would concern the Insurance division," the same female voice said. "The details of our proposal will be brought to you for your review. You will enjoy a reasonable degree of personal freedom. You will draw a salary, although a curtailed one, since a portion of your paycheck will be allocated to compensate the Corporation for its expense in procuring your life. I assure you that even with that limitation, the financial compensation you will receive will enable you to lead a comfortable existence. You will have a chance at a productive, fulfilling career, limited by only two provisions: first, you may not quit your employment with the Corporation and second, the Corporation reserves the right to terminate your life at will, should you give it probable cause."

The chains clinked again. "Is it true that you have a supervillain working for you?"

"If you're referring to the individual formerly known as the Ordinator," said a male voice, "then the answer is yes. He is, indeed, employed by our Corporation."

"I would like to meet him." The prisoner stretched as far as her restraints would allow. "And I would like my sword back."

"That," a male voice assured her, "can be arranged."


4 out of 5

The Dead Man's Brother - Roger Zelazny

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk52&type=excerpt

"I decided to let him lie there, since he was not likely to bother anyone, and I went to the kitchen and made coffee. As the stuff gurgled, I lit a cigarette. The police had to be notified, of course. But since very few people know when my alarm goes off, I figured he could be allowed to get a bit stiffer. I sat there in my old blue robe, stared out at the gray morning, nursed my hangover.

It had been a very pleasant party, and I was certain that he had not been present."


3.5 out of 5

The Colorado Kid 1 - Stephen King

"He shook twice. First time, nothing happened. Second time, the guy’s head fell over on his left shoulder—Johnny had been shakin the right one—and the guy slid off the litter basket that’d been holding him up and went down on his side. His head thumped on the sand. Nancy screamed and ran back to the road, fast as she could...which was fast, I can tell you"


3 out of 5

A Small Blue Key - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/key.html

Leave my pumpkin alone.


2.5 out of 5

A Mere Formality - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/formality.html

"I feel dirty." Fatima laid her head back. "I don't think I can take anymore."

"Found another one," Michel Rashvili announced. "The man on the back, legs bent, the woman holds his hands on the sides and squats onto his..."

"The amazon," Deirdre and Nina said at the same time.

"Did that one," Robert said.

"I thought the amazon was the one in a chair." Michel yawned.

"No, that's side-saddle." Nina yawned too.

"Has anyone actually done the amazon? I mean like in real life?" Michel wondered.

"I have." Duke of Rodkil yawned. "It's overrated."


3.5 out of 5

Incandescence 1 - Greg Egan

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

"“Our ancestors have sucked the Milky Way dry. We were born too late; there’s nothing left for us.”

“Only several billion other galaxies,” Parantham observed mildly."


4 out of 5

Principles Of Angels - Jaine Fenn

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2828

"At the junction he had a choice: rimwards or hubwards, the direction he thought the hunt was headed. He peered that way: the mazeway went off long and straight, with plenty of support ropes and a fully netted gap. The nets at the far end were swinging back and forth. Someone – probably the hunt’s prey – had gone that way recently: a meatbaby’s twisted limbs allowed them take to the nets where most downsiders wouldn’t risk it."


3 out of 5

Monday, August 25, 2008

Song Of Time - Ian R. MacLeod

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2797

"The company I chose to cheat death with, although they would never have used that term, has centres in most of the world’s major capitals, as well as a conveniently local — but not too local — office in Bodmin. I was basically anonymous — music only gives you a certain kind of fame — and I submitted to old-fashioned interviews with real people, and rigorous mental and medical assessments, and to group sessions with others of the soon-to-pass. We sat awkwardly in our circles of soft-backed chairs beneath marble heads and goldlists of dignitaries long gone. Death, we were assured, is no longer a final barrier."


3.5 out of 5

An Autumn War - Daniel Abraham

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2835

"The burden had killed seventeen of his men, and now it was his to carry as far as the tower that rose up slowly in the violet air of evening. He could not bring himself to think past that."


3.5 out of 5

Tearjerker - Steve Berman

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2887/

"“You think being young and pretty masks cleverness.”

What did they know? She tried to recall everything she had taken.

“You’ve been feeding our Book.”

“He has a name.”

Both made an odd sound of derision, almost a wheeze.

“I’m not the one keeping a man prisoner.”

Another chuff. “Who’s locked and who’s the locket?” The left Grace stabbed towards Gail and spilt her drink. “His stories have left us old.”"


3.5 out of 5

Unclean Spirits - Daniel Abraham

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2834

"I took another bite of the omelet, chewing slowly to give myself time to think. On the one hand, everything Midian said was clearly insane. A two-hundred-year-old man cursed by demons. A cabal of evil wizards planning to engineer the demonic possession of a new batch of cultists. And my uncle in the middle."


3 out of 5

The Secret History Of Moscow 5 David - Ekaterina Sedia

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2902

"He traveled to Melbourne, Australia—not entirely voluntarily, as he hinted. There, he joined the nascent Communist Party of Australia and started a socialist newspaper, which caught the attention of the authorities somewhat earlier than he believed just, and that of his intended audience—not at all. His link to the illegal Industrial Workers of the World led to criminal charges.

“You have to understand,” he told Yakov and touched his hand with tentative warm familiarity. “In those days, it took a lot to be considered an undesirable person in Australia. A lot. And I only wished that my political activity had done someone some good, for all the trouble it caused me.”"


3.5 out of 5

Money Shot 1 - Christa Faust

http://www.christafaust.com/pdf/MSsample.pdf

"Coming back from the dead isn't as easy as they make it seem in the movies."

...

"Hammer shoots never felt like work. More like big happy Sunday barbecues where they just happened to be filming people having sex."


4.5 out of 5

Dope Fiend - Andrew Vachss

http://www.vachss.com/audio/dope_fiend.mp3

Might hurt less dead, but I dunno.


3 out of 5

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cut Man - Christa Faust

http://media.libsyn.com/media/sethharwood/CrimeWAV-04-CutMan.mp3

Or woman even. Throw in perhaps some boxing, bullets and poison.


3.5 out of 5

Here Comes Santa Claus - Bill Pronzini

http://www.mysterynet.com/Christmas/mysteries/santa/

Xmas delinquent family bust.


3 out of 5

Goblin Hunter - Jim C. Hines

http://media.libsyn.com/media/clonepod2/ep5__Goblin_Hunter.mp3

No, having a big spider as a pet won't make a runty little monster more popular.


3.5 out of 5

The Poisoned Chalice - Brian Stableford

http://media.clonepod.org/ep4_Poisoned_Chalice.mp3

If you jump, non-human, watch out for the spiders.


3.5 out of 5

The Saga Of Tam Suji - Jeffrey R. DeRego

http://www.clonepod.org/2008/08/13/ep16-union-dues-the-saga-of-tam-suji-by-jeffery-derego/

Take a team of kid superheroes to a showground, let there be a gorilla suit, a wrestler, and rides, and what do you think will happen?


3.5 out of 5

The Ballad Of Kitty Momoiro - Jeffrey R. DeRego

http://media.libsyn.com/media/clonepod2/ep11_Ballad_of_Kitty.mp3

A young Union member's sister turns up out of the blue, and she finally has to deal with her abusive father.


3.5 out of 5

Changing the Tune - Jason Stoddard

http://futurismic.com/2005/10/08/changing-the-tune-by-jason-stoddard/

Big suit, little suit oversight. Go grow a big one.


3.5 out of 5

The Other Side Of Silence - Ruth Nestvold

http://futurismic.com/2006/01/05/the-other-side-of-silence-by-ruth-nestvold/

Cube kid genmod chick pick monkeyfuckers.


3.5 out of 5

Diamond Dust - David Walton

http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2797

Everyone's a spy, probably.


3 out of 5

Tabula Rasa - Jeffrey R. DeRego

http://media.rawvoice.com/escapepod/media.libsyn.com/media/escapepod/EP172_UnionDues_TabulaRasa.mp3

Big brick boss type has amnesia accident.


3 out of 5

The Drowned Life - Jeffrey Ford

http://trashotron.com/agony/audio/2008/2008-news/032708-sfinsf-ford.mp3

Octopus advice maybe dodgy.


3 out of 5

Selene 2 - Lilith Saintcrow

http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/selene/two/

"Oh, I’d love to. I’d love to take a stake and about fifty gallons of petroleo to the bastard. And I’m not going to forget this, Jack. You can hunt your own goddamn murderers from now on. “Fuck you,” Selene tossed over her shoulder as she took her latte from Jorge and opened Jack’s office door. “Don’t call me, Pepper. I’ll call you.” So I can tell you to go to hell."


3 out of 5

After the Downfall 1 - Harry Turtledove

http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2909

"A Russian submachine gun burped bullets. Behind Hasso, something shattered with a crash. It might have come through two or three thousand years, but a curator had decided it wasn’t worth taking to G Tower. Nobody would study it any more—that was for sure."


3 out of 5

Incarnation Day - Walter Jon Williams

http://media.libsyn.com/media/clonepod2/ep13_Incarnation_Day.mp3

Parental supervision control program subversion.


4.5 out of 5

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/kate1.html

"When people had trouble of a magic kind, the kind of trouble that cops couldn't or wouldn't handle, they called the Mercenary Guild. If the job happened to fall into my territory, the Guild then called me. I grimaced and rubbed my hip. It still ached after the last job, but the wound had healed better than I expected. That was the first and last time I would agree to go against the Impala Worm without full body armor. The next time they better furnish me with a level four containment suit."


3.5 out of 5

Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/kate2.html

I ducked behind the support just as the fire smashed against concrete. Flames shot past on both sides of me. The acrid stench of sulfur stung my nostrils.

"That last fireball missed me by a mile. You shoot blanks with your other salamander too, Jeremy?"

"Eat shit and die!"


3.5 out of 5

Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/kate3.html

"It was called post-Shift resonance: magic drowned the world in a wave, snuffing out anything complex and technological, smothering car engines, jamming automatic weapons, and eroding tall buildings. Mages fired ice bolts, skyscrapers fell, and wards flared into life, keeping undesirables from my house. And then, just like that, the magic would vanish, leaving monsters in its wake. Nobody could predict when it would reappear and nobody could prevent it. All we could do was cope with an insane tarantella of magic and technology. That's why I carried a sword. It always worked."


3.5 out of 5

Days Of Swine and Roses - Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilonaland.com/pig.html

Hooking a hot pig. Wizard!


3.5 out of 5

David Gemmell His Mortal Life Mortal Heroes - John J. Miller

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120105682970108777.html?mod=hpp_us_leisure

A little about him, a little about the completion of his last book.


4 out of 5

Out Of the Dark - David Gemmell

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/27585/ref=ed_art_135796_txt_1/203-0170232-1413500

On stories, violence, heroes, and not being a prat.


4 out of 5

Luciferase - Bruce Sterling

Luciferase - Bruce Sterling

No-one eating anyone is bugging me.


3.5 out of 5

Junk DNA - Bruce Sterling and Rudy Rucker

http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0301/Junk.shtml

Scrumpti Pumpti.


4 out of 5

The Growthing - Bruce Sterling

http://www.metropolismag.com/html/content_0103/str/index_b.html

Mum's too wooden, dad.


3.5 out of 5

Cosmic Revelations - Alastair Reynolds

A short interview based around Revelation Space.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/27000/ref=ed_art_135796_txt_1/026-1615405-7443661

SF Revu Interview - Alastair Reynolds

On Revelation Space and Chasm City in particular.


4 out of 5

http://www.sfrevu.com/ISSUES/2001/0105/9903%20May%20Cover/index.html

Some Sort Of Internal Consistency - Alastair Reynolds

An interview, particularly about Redemption Ark.


4 out of 5

http://www.zone-sf.com/alreynolds.html

Dark Matters Science Fiction by Alastair Reynolds - Rick Klefferl

http://trashotron.com/agony/columns/07-30-02.htm

Revelation Space, Chasm City, Diamond Dogs - bits about.


4 out of 5

Aberrant Dreams Interview - Alastair Reynolds

A lengthy interview talking about influences, books, science, and if we discovered aliens at Barnard's Star his sales might suffer.


4.5 out of 5


http://www.hd-image.com/interviews/myles_cabot_05.htm

Deep Space Deeper Revelations - Alastair Reynolds

An interview with Nick Gevers about Revelation Space, how he came to be a writer, etc.


4.5 out of 5

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/intar.htm

John Grimes Autobiogrpahical Notes - A. Bertram Chandler

http://www.bertramchandler.com/works/johngrimesnotes.htm

A bit of a career history of the reactionary old bastard.


4.5 out of 5

My Life and Grimes - A. Bertram Chandler

http://www.bertramchandler.com/works/scythrop22.htm

Where he talks at length about how it came to be, and ends with :-

"Would there have been the Rim Worlds and a Commodore Grimes if I had not emigrated to Australia? I doubt it. And even if Grimes had somehow produced himself by spontaneous generation, he would never have become involved in - and blamed for — the disappearance of Ayers Pock; nor would he have been the Astronautical Superintendent of Rim Runner. Nor, come to that, would there have ever been the villainous Captain Drongo Kane, Master of “Southerly Buster”, who exists in typescript - but not yet in print.

And Grimes would not have turned out the way that he has were It not for the women in his life. Make what you like of that — but I will say that it is Important for a writer In any field to have the right sort of wife. I owe very much to mine.

Finally... I may not be Australian born, but I like to kid myself that I have become an Australian writer."


5 out of 5

Bones Of the Earth 1 - Michael Swanwick

http://www.michaelswanwick.com/fiction/bones.html

"Now look at these smaller sets of prints here and here, coming out of the forest and following along to either side of the apatosaur's prints. These belong to a hunting pair of Allosaurus fragilis. Killer dinosaurs twelve meters long, with enormous sharp claws on their hands and feet, and teeth as large as daggers but with a serrated edge. They move more swiftly than their prey, but they're not running yet – they're stalking. Notice how they've already positioned themselves so they can come up on it from either side.

"Here, the apatosaur becomes aware of its danger. Perhaps the wind shifts and it smells the allosaurs. Maybe the creatures scream as they attack. We'll never know. Whatever alerted it left no trace in the fossil record.

"It runs."


4 out of 5

Riding the Gigantosaur - Michael Swanwick

http://web.archive.org/web/20020408132652/http://www.harpercollins.com/hc/features/eos/bonesoftheearth/riding.asp

T-Rex! Hah. Could have him for breakfast.


4 out of 5

The Wireless Folly - Michael Swanwick

http://web.archive.org/web/20041205005409/http://www.yardbird.com/wirelessfollyswanwick.htm

Adding on weird bits.


3.5 out of 5

The Full Story of How Chicago Survived the Discontinuity - Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/stories.html#chicago

Freezing emigration plan.


3.5 out of 5

The Full Story Of the Firstborn Assault On Mars - Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/stories.html#clarke

Areolonely Q-Bomb.


4 out of 5

Scrapbook - Stephen Baxter

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/stories.html#scrapbook

Raft survival.


4 out of 5

The Works of Stephen Baxter - Stephen Baxter

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/articles.html#destiny

The author talks about his books, including Xeeleeness.


4.5 out of 5

The Leeshore 1 - Robert Reed

http://www.robertreedwriter.com/novels/leeshore-chapter1.html

"A pair of figures crawled out from one of the bright orange gills. They looked small against the sailer’s broad back, wearing lifesuits and minimal packs and an assortment of lightweight equipment. Keeping low, they watched the island. Their voices were soft and cautious and not a little frightened by their circumstances. “At least the blood-oaks are doing well,” said the girl, her tone caustic and cold. “Can you see anything?” she asked. “Jellico?”

”Nothing,” her half-brother said."


3.5 out of 5

Come Lady Death - Peter S. Beagle

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/beagle/beagle1.html

http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC001_ComeLadyDeath.mp3

You like me? Great! Now you can be me!


4 out of 5

The Animal Fair - Robert Bloch

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/bloch/bloch1.html

Sick gorilla stunt.


4 out of 5

Nine Hundred Grandmothers - R. A. Lafferty

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/lafferty/lafferty2.html

Old Special Aspects.


3.5 out of 5

The Pink Caterpillar - Anthony Boucher

http://web.archive.org/web/20031203014126/http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/boucher2/boucher21.html

Skelly cohab time.


3.5 out of 5

All Tomorrow's Parties 1 - William Gibson

http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/parties.asp#excerpt

"Laney reaches up and removes the bulky, old-fashioned eyephones. Yamazaki cannot see what outputs to them, but the shifting light from the display reveals Laney's hollowed eyes. "It's all going to change, Yamazaki. We're coming up on the mother of all nodal points. I can see it, now. It's all going to change."


3.5 out of 5

Idoru 1 - William Gibson

http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/idoru.asp#excerpt

"We're the media, Laney. We make these assholes celebrities. It's a push-me, pull-you routine. They come to us to be created.'' Vibram cleats kicked concisely off the hotdesk. She tucked her boots in, heels against denim haunches, white knees hiding her mouth. Balanced there on the pedestal of the hotdesk's articulated Swedish chair."


3.5 out of 5

Pattern Recognition 1 - William Gibson

http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/pattern.asp#excerpt

"She wonders if this gets gradually worse with age: the nameless hour deeper, more null, its affect at once stranger and less interesting?"


3 out of 5

Count Zero 1 - William Gibson

http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/zero.asp

It took the Dutchman and his team three months to put Turner together again. They cloned a square meter of skin for him, grew it on slabs of collagen and shark-cartilage polysaccharides. They bought eyes and genitals on the open market. The eyes were green.


4 out of 5

Neuromancer 1 - William Gibson

http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/neuromancer.asp#excerpt

"A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and still he'd see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void…The Sprawl was a long strange way home over the Pacific now, and he was no console man, no cyberspace cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo, and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, his hands clawed into the bedslab, temperfoam bunched between his fingers, trying to reach the console that wasn't there."


5 out of 5

Narrow Valley - R. A. Lafferty

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/lafferty3/lafferty31.html

Ditch illusion psychic projection projectile fun.


3.5 out of 5

Land Of the Great Horses - R. A. Lafferty

http://web.archive.org/web/20020607005324/http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/lafferty2/lafferty21.html

Terran slice nice.


3 out of 5

Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death - James Tiptree Jr

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/tiptree/tiptree1.html

I'm for dinner, mum.


4 out of 5

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison

http://web.archive.org/web/20010616053153/http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/ellison/ellison1.html

AM modelled slave.


4 out of 5

Reality School In The Entropy Zone - Jeffrey A. Carver

Reality School: In the Entropy Zone - Jeffrey A. Carver

Shaping the kiddies' continuum.


3.5 out of 5

Shapeshifter Finals - Jeffrey A. Carver

Shapeshifter Finals - Jeffrey A. Carver

Alien Hog hold.


3.5 out of 5

Though All the Mountains Lie Between - Jeffrey A. Carver

Though All the Mountains Lie Between - Jeffrey A. Carver

Flux rigger dragon convo.


3 out of 5

Rocket Ride! A Short Day's Journey Into Space - Jeffrey A. Carver

Rocket Ride! A Short Day’s Journey into Space - Jeffrey A. Carver

Zeus One is rolling. Standby ticket.


3.5 out of 5

The Last Big Sin - Kit Reed

The Last Big Sin - Kit Reed

Is Fat Boy Slim.


3 out of 5

The Giant Has Fleas - Carroll John Daly

http://www.munseys.com/book/18072/Giant_Has_Fleas,_The

Talking to the little guys.


3 out of 5

Friday, August 22, 2008

The False Burton Combs - Caroll John Daly

http://www.munseys.com/book/8224/FALSE_BURTON_COMBS,_THE

Robber robber double dame shootout sendup witness pre-spousal save.


3.5 out of 5

More Than A Scam - Dave Zeltserman

http://www.mystericale.com/historical/MORE_THAN_SCAM.html

Nigerians make us go to pieces.


4 out of 5

Possibilities - Bill Pronzini

http://www.strandmag.com/htm/strandmag_pronzini.htm

Stuff for dogs.


3 out of 5

Most Sincerely Mine - Jonathan Gash

http://www.strandmag.com/htm/strandmag_lovejoy.htm

Lovejoy and a statuesque bust.


3.5 out of 5

Web Noir - Matthew Baldwin

http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/profiles/web_noir.php

A newspaper article about online crime fiction magazines.


4.5 out of 5

Selene 1 - Lilith Saintcrow

http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/selene/one/

"The thing that had killed her brother smelled like death and pain and blood, something male, ancient—and hungry. Wet ratfur and a kind of musk. Selene made it up to a sitting position, her knees drawn up, and rested her fevered forehead on her knees, blood soaking into the loose silk of her robe. Whatever it was, it was hungry. She shivered, her teeth chattering, even though she was sweating freely again."


3 out of 5

Armageddon's Children 1 - Terry Brooks

http://www.terrybrooks.net/novels/wv/ac-chap1.html

"It was an old struggle, one that dated all the way back to the birth of Mankind. It was a struggle for supremacy between shadings of light and dark, between variations of good and evil. Logan Tom didn’t pretend to understand all the nuances. It was enough that he understood the difference between a desire to preserve and a determination to destroy. The Knights, as servants of the Word, sought to keep the balance of the world’s magic in check; the demons, as creatures of the Void, sought to destroy it. It was a simple enough concept to grasp and one easily embraced if you believed in good and evil – and most humans did. They always had. What they didn’t want to believe, what they tried repeatedly to dismiss, was that whatever good and evil there was in the world came from within themselves and not from some abstract source. It was easier to attribute both to something larger than what they knew, what they could see. A refusal to accept that it came from within was what had ultimately undone them."


3 out of 5

Hardboiled - Harold de Polo

http://www.netlibrary.net/eBooks/WorldeBookLibrary.com/hardboiled.htm

Take that, you bird offing dirty rat.


3.5 out of 5

Hallah Iron-Thighs and the Change Of Life - K. D. Wentworth

http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC021_HallahChangeOfLife.mp3

Dodgy bandits, monks and gear, old thing.


3 out of 5

Looking For Langalana - Mercurio D. Rivera

http://transmissionsfrombeyond.com/podpress_trac/web/98/0/tfb004iz.mp3

You lot like us too much. It's a worry.


3 out of 5

The Simple Art Of Murder - Raymond Chandler

http://www.en.utexas.edu/amlit/amlitprivate/scans/chandlerart.html

Chandler writing about people writing about killing people.


4 out of 5

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Generation Loss 1 - Elizabeth Hand

http://www.elizabethhand.com/2007/gen_loss.mp3

http://www.lcrw.net/hand/hand-excerpt.htm

"I didn't care if the pictures were over- or underexposed, or even if they were in focus. I liked things that didn't move: dead trees, stones. I liked dead things: the fingerless soft hand of a pheasant's wing, mouse skulls disinterred from an owl pellet, a cicada's thorax picked clean by tiny green beetles. I liked portraits of my friends when they were sleeping. I've always watched people sleep. When I occasionally babysat, I'd go into the children's rooms after they were in bed and stand there, listening to their breathing, waiting until my eyes adjusted to the soft glow of nightlight or moonlight. I liked to watch them breathe."


3.5 out of 5

SeanMcMullen.net.au - Sean McMullen

http://www.seanmcmullen.net.au/

Also a multi-genre author, with a bit more a wisecracking style. Website has stories and the usual author bits and pieces.

Oh, if you like the postapocalyptic steampunk sort of thing, you should check out Souls In the Great Machine, etc.


4.5 out of 5

Seanwilliams.com - Sean Williams

http://www.seanwilliams.com/

Australian multi-genre author and space opera master has work online. Apparently wants to do a PhD and write a mystery novel before deciding if he wants to continue to conquer the universe. Bah. These humans and their funny ideas. Possibly has R2D2 underpants. Does like Modesty Blaise.


4.5 out of 5

Sci Fiction - Ellen Datlow

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/archive.html

Despite what the warning says, and it being slow, apparently the stuff is still there. Grab avidly while you can. A whole lot of stories.


5 out of 5

Rifters.com - Peter Watts

http://www.rifters.com/updates.htm

All the stuff you'd expect a talented SF author to have, along with the odd harangue, rant or satire. With space vampires. Novels and stories to download. He's good, go read. If you like fluffy bunnies and ponies and still go and do it and end up bawling your eyes out, don't blame me.


4.5 out of 5

Spacejock - Simon Haynes

http://www.spacejock.com.au/

Website of the author, first book of his comedy SF series free, some stories. Also some cool software - a paperback double page emulating ebook reading that will download content from the web on the fly and reformat, a book database, a text to speech ebook reading program as well for those that like the audio thing.


5 out of 5

Infinity Plus - Keith Brooke

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/

The best purplish SF website going around. Not adding much in the way of new stuff as far as I know, but there's a lot here, anyway, many stories, interviews, reviews, etc.


4.5 out of 5

The Official James Patrick Kelly Website - James Patrick Kelly

http://www.jimkelly.net/

All sorts of cool stuff to show that he definitely does not Think Like A Dinosaur. Articles, stories, podcasts, essays, etcetera.


4.5 out of 5

Autopope - Charles Stross

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/index.html

Occasional blogging, fiction (including the Accelerando site), non-fiction and computer geek stuff.


4.5 out of 5

Craphound.com - Cory Doctorow

http://craphound.com/

Stuff about said author, non-fiction, downloads of stories in multiple formats, etc.


4.5 out of 5

Project Gutenberg Australia - Colin Choat

Home to http://www.gutenberg.net.au/sfproject.html which has some Australian SF and other work not available in the US, with some links to other bits and pieces.


5 out of 5

Futurismic - Paul Raven

http://www.futurismic.com/fiction/index.html

Some fiction, and a whole lot of that Near Future Fact stuffaroonie. Like that geeky tech stuff too, then have a look. The fact influences the fiction style.


4.5 out of 5

Project Gutenberg - Various Various

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

American bookscanning project to make large numbers of public domain books available. Work from many genres of interest to be found here.


5 out of 5

Project Gutenberg SF Bookshelf - Various Various

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Science_Fiction_(Bookshelf)

A subset of Project Gutenberg that breaks out the SF work.


5 out of 5

Many Books - Matthew McClintock

http://manybooks.net/

Here's what he says "

"Hi, my name is Matthew McClintock, and I maintain manybooks.net as a service to the internet community at large. If you would like to contact me please use this form.

Updates and information about the working of this site are chronicled in the Site News section.

All of the eBooks from manybooks.net are free, however donations toward the maintenance of the site are welcome.

Many of the etexts are from the November, 2003 Project Gutenberg DVD, which contains the entire Project Gutenberg archives except for the Human Genome Project and audio eBooks, due to size limitations, and the Project Gutenberg of Australia eBooks, due to copyright. As of July 2004 most current PG texts are available here, usually within the week of release. There are also public domain and creative commons works from other sources."


5 out of 5

Baen Free Library - Eric Flint

http://www.baen.com/library/

A library of free to download titles from the aforementioned publisher, and a few stray others who have decided to join in. Ahead of the curve, it appears. Also some articles called 'Prime Palaver' about setting it up, that are well worth taking a look at.


5 out of 5

GregEgan.net - Greg Egan

http://www.gregegan.net/

Home page of the SF genius. Has stories, non-fiction, an Interzone index, and more.


5 out of 5

Eidolon Online - Jeremy Byrne

http://eidolon.net/index.html?pagename=magazine.html&pagetitle=Eidolon+Magazine

Archive of content from old Australian SF magazine, along with some author information
and other bits and pieces.


4.5 out of 5

SF Signal - John DeNardo and J. P. Frantz

http://www.sfsignal.com/

Daily collection of links, news, features, reviews, commentary and youtube cheese to keep you up to date with stuff all over the internet. Even whacky enough to link to here in the past. Definitely one good reason to use RSS readers.


5 out of 5

Pulp Gen - Various Various

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/index.html

For those that like stuff from the pulp magazines - a variety of stories from all genres to be found here.


4.5 out of 5

Free SF Online - Richard Cissee

http://www.freesfonline.de/

Very large link collection (on the order of 2000) of modern era and onwards SF and Fantasy that is free to download. Organised by author, with the occasional feature like 'these are the Nebula stories online'.


5 out of 5

RARA-AVIS Bibliographies Anthologies - William Denton

http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/biblio/anthologies.html

The contents of some retrospective type anthologies of the large variety for hardboiled, pulp fiction that sort of thing.


4 out of 5

The Hardboiled Era A Checklist 1929-1958 - Geoffrey Bennett

http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/biblio/checklist.html

"Since contrasts are more interesting than rigid categories (which are untenable anyway), I have thrown together all sorts of dissimilar works - naturalistic novels, political novels, spy thrillers, conventional whodunits - all those books that seem to orbit near the undefinable quantity I have referred to as the hardboiled novel."


4.5 out of 5

Hard Case Crime's Charles Ardai - Charles Ardai

http://www.allanguthrie.co.uk/7/Hard%20Case%20Crime%20Interview.htm

On creating the line and being a bit surprised when asking Stephen King for a blurb, he said no, how about a book instead?


4.5 out of 5

On the Money - Christa Faust

http://www.allanguthrie.co.uk/Jan08/Christa%20Faust.htm

Partly about being the first woman to publish Hard Case Crime, but she has also produced, among her other novels :-

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamspawn (2005)
The Twilight Zone: Burned / One Night at Mercy (2005)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
Friday the 13th: The Jason Strain (2006)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)


4.5 out of 5

Crime Culture Crime Fiction - Various Various

http://www.crimeculture.com/Contents/CrimeFiction.html

An academically focused site that has a bunch of articles and links.


4 out of 5

Hardboiled Crime and Mystery Checklist - Brad Lang

http://members.tripod.com/~writer89/id7.html

An interesting list of authors, apparently by an author.


4 out of 5

Australian Pulp Fiction - Toni Johnson-Woods

http://www.mysteryfile.com/Australian/Pulp_Fiction.html

A look at the local industry in the 50s, in particular the Carter Brown phenomenon.


4 out of 5

Towards A Hardboiled Genealogy - Megan Abbott

http://www.mysteryfile.com/Abbott/Hardboiled.pdf

A short document done family tree style, tracing the evolution of this sort of crime story.


3.5 out of 5

Beautiful Stuff - Susan Palwick

Beautiful Stuff - Susan Palwick

Corpse revival kerfuffle.


3.5 out of 5

Cucumber Gravy - Susan Palwick

Cucumber Gravy - Susan Palwick

Space vegemen dayglo beanbag graveyard.


3.5 out of 5

Billy and the Wizard - Terry Bisson

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/StarShipSofa_Aural_Delights_No_38_Kage_Baker.mp3

Sissy magazine has 2-D devil.


3 out of 5

Hellfire At Twilight - Kage Baker

http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/StarShipSofa_Aural_Delights_No_38_Kage_Baker.mp3

Mystery not berry real, but game commences for more than usual fee.


4 out of 5

The Empire Strikes Back Script - Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan

http://www.scenebyscene.net/v/tesbscript.txt

Anyone that hasn't heard of this movie may just be from a Galaxy far, far, away.

Pet Sematary Script - Stephen King

http://www.dailyscript.com/movie_n-z.html

The Master Of Horror, scaring himself.

2001 A Space Odyssey Script - Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/2001.html

No-one needs to be told why this one is interesting.

The Big Sleep Script - Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman and William Faulkner

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Big_Sleep.pdf

I know nothing about screenplays, etc., and plays, poetry, all that stuff I pretty much ignore here. However, for interest and for Leigh Brackett, rules can be broken.

The Eldritch Dark the Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith - Boyd Pearson

http://www.eldritchdark.com/

If you'd like to read pretty much everything Clark Ashton Smith ever wrote, go here. It is online for your perusal.


5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Here There Be Dragons - Roger Zelazny

http://www.moshkow.kulichki.com/ZELQZNY/dragons.txt

Fire import.


3 out of 5

A Jury Of Her Peers - Susan Glaspell

http://www.learner.org/interactives/literature/story/fulltext.html

Knotty craft.


3.5 out of 5

The Silver Protector - Ellis Parker Butler

http://www.fullbooks.com/The-Water-Goats-and-Other-Troubles.html

Dumb guy should have taken the carpet.


3.5 out of 5

Rats Bats and Vats - Dave Freer and Eric Flint

Rats, Bats and Vats - Eric Flint

Motley mammal squad.


A planet has been colonised and exploited by the now wealthy first arrivals. They have vat grown clone people, and uplifted bats and rats that are now sentient to do the hard work for them.

This includes fighting off an alien horde while seriously underequipped. So, an inexperienced human, some bats, some rats and a brain-damaged rich girl who operates on some of the same tech as the animals.

These are your heroes. The military management of the wealthy has a competence rating of not very much, except for one intelligence officer who is doing what he can to help the poor grunts stay alive.

A not completely serious book, as you can, as part of the bats programming means they speak with Irish accents! The rats are boozing lechers, and their doctor could be Beast out of the X-Men, I suppose, with his penchant for quotes.

The alien enemy has higher tech, too, including body shields very similar to those in Dune, and not only do our heroes have crap gear, they are running out of food and may actually have to eat their enemies.

In this amusing tale, the human main characters are the straight people for the lines of the others, with the Bats being the most interesting.


3.5 out of 5

Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization in Seven Easy Lessons - Fred Kiesche

http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/archives/270952.php

This is pretty cool, another list that makes some sense of Anderson's Technic future history, as well as future publishing plans.

Schmitz, Anvil, Laumer, Brackett, Hamilton, Bertram Chandler and Cordwainer Smith.

Baen rocks for this sort of thing, it seems.

Oh, and to the people that have the rights to Captain Future and wouldn't do a deal? Should take zero time to count the zero dollars you are making from those rights I believe.


3.5 out of 5

The Cosmic Cloud - Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1401403190/1401403190__12.htm

Poor galactic visibility? Won't worry a blind alien attack fleet.


3 out of 5

The Comet Drivers - Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1401403190/1401403190__12.htm

This should be easy. We have heaps of ships. Hang on, why's a big round astronomical object have a massive cube fleet of its own?


3.5 out of 5

Within the Nebula - Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1401403190/1401403190__12.htm

Stopping sun, not so hard compared to one of these. Especially as it has a planet in it. Space axes to the fore.


3 out of 5

Crashing Suns - Edmond Hamilton

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1401403190/1401403190___1.htm

Stellar collisions are bad. Especially if someone is doing it deliberately. Time for a Great Space Battle. Then all we have to do is stop a star.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

CAPES COWLS and COSTUMES It's Super Man! - Paul Kupperberg

http://www.bookgasm.com/reviews/sci-fi/capes-cowls-costumes-its-super-man/#more-3580

In the first column, he talks about early Superman novels, specifically.


4.5 out of 5

CAPES COWLS and COSTUMES S'Wonderful S'Marvelous - Paul Kupperberg

http://www.bookgasm.com/reviews/sci-fi/capes-cowls-costumes-swonderful-smarvelous/#more-3809

The author writes a column about some early superhero novels, in particular here, Marvel.


5 out of 5

Poul Anderson's Future Histories - Paul Shackley

http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:2gH1aaxMpNEJ:www.zen118085.zen.co.uk/poulandersonsfuturehistories.htm+poul+anderson%27s+future+histories+shackley&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&client=opera

Found via wikipedia, link broken, so google cache version - get it while you can if interested.

Short details of the settings of Anderson's various series in this vein.


4 out of 5

On Thud and Blunder - Poul Anderson

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/thud.htm

On making the details of Sword and Sorcery etc. a bit more realistic.


4 out of 5

The Escape - Poul Anderson

http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=4769

Escape (better known as Brain Wave) describes what happens when an astromonical phenomenon passes Earth, and elevates the intelligence of a sizable proportion of the planet's population.

This causes plenty of changes, as super geniuses have to keep busy and keep from getting bored, somehow.


3.5 out of 5