Monday, November 30, 2009

Makers 64 - Cory Doctorow

"But it’s hard to fault Disney for being a business that makes a lot of money. That’s the point, after all. And it can’t be cheap to keep the tens of thousands of “castmembers” (yes, they really do call them that, even when they’re earning minimum wage and work jobs with all the glamour of a bathroom attendant) hanging around, picking up litter and confronting every new “guest” with eerily convincing cheer."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58279

In Camelot's Shadow 01 - Sarah Zettel

"“That one is for Vernus,” she whispered. “And the next is for Aelfric, and the next for Daffydd, and the next for Shanus, and the one after that is for me.”

“If my lady is thinking of counting her disappointments with arrows, we will be out here all the rest of the year,” said Aeldra, puffing up behind her.

“What would you have me do then?” Risa watched Innis crouch over the bird and pull out the arrow."


3 out of 5


http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Sarah-Zettel/Long-Rich-Reads/In-Camelot-s-Shadow-Chapter-One

Book Beat Interview - Isaac Asimov

From a CBS radio show apparently, from the 1980s. Asimov talks about being basically made to do more Foundation books - and about style, SF in general, etc.


4 out of 5

http://www.wiredforbooks.org/mp3/IsaacAsimov1987.mp3

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Unnullified World - Lloyd Biggle

Mining murder.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743488385/0743488385___1.htm

Haute Couture - Michael Swanwick

Chairhead arse.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_60.html

Grace and Nightmares - Michael Swanwick

Brothel minister whacking.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_59.html

Prick the Physician - Michael Swanwick

Donkey doctor.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_58.html

Grooming Your Nightmares - Michael Swanwick

Can't train 'em but don't need much looking after.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_57.html

The Empress Herself - Michael Swanwick

Almost fashion scam.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_56.html

The Stone Of Folly - Michael Swanwick

Old surgery.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_55.html

Elena's Little Secret - Michael Swanwick

Pants brain.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_54.html

Poor Little Girls - Michael Swanwick

Chickenhawk surprise.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_53.html

Prick the Warrior - Michael Swanwick

Donkey war.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_52.html

Capitalism For Dummies - Michael Swanwick

Restaurant work sucks - stew poo.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_51.html

The Mine - Matthew Reilly

Rodentus Carnifex Visitor Stoned.


3 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/downloads/themine.pdf

A Bad Day At Fort Bragg - Matthew Reilly

Ranger writer bash.


2.5 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/downloads/fortbragg.pdf

Altitude Rush - Matthew Reilly

Robin Hood and Little John's Flying Fox nazi deal memo stable altitude jump deal.


4 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/downloads/altituderush.pdf

The Rock Princess and the Thriller Writer - Matthew Reilly

Different world romance.


3 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/short_rockprincess.html

Time Tours - Matthew Reilly

Virtual Overlord writer nazi defeat.


3.5 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/downloads/timetours.pdf

The Dead Prince - Matthew Reilly

Crucified for nun orgy.


3 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/downloads/deadprince.pdf

Complex 13 - Matthew Reilly

Got your exponentially multiplying spaceship at the Russian Area 51 full of dragonmen aliens that like to eat human meat.


3.5 out of 5

http://matthewreilly.com/short_complex13.html

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nightmares and Witches - Michael Swanwick

Baby bloodlust.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_50.html

The Rookie - Michael Swanwick

Cross whore advice.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_49.html

The Morning After - Michael Swanwick

Witchnuke plans.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_48.html

The Donkey Method - Michael Swanwick

Ass got no sense.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_47.html

Grace At the Gallows - Michael Swanwick

Dead teeth and sorcerer blow scam.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_46.html

A Close Shave - Michael Swanwick

Naked Salome headless barbering.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_45.html

Prick Among the Demons - Michael Swanwick

Donkey president adviser.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_44.html

Elena's Day Of Rest - Michael Swanwick

Maneating tired.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_43.html

Paint Your Goat - Michael Swanwick

Naked ball decking.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_42.html

Grace Violated - Michael Swanwick

Rape rocks.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_41.html

Martian Chronicles 02 - Cory Doctorow

Puking, upside downing no whingeing.


3.5 out of 5

http://ia341334.us.archive.org/1/items/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_166/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_166_Martian_Chronicles_02.mp3

Superluminal 12 - Vonda N. McIntyre

"Orca grinned. “They discovered I’m not quite human.” She laughed. “I don’t think any of the techs ever had a diver to work on before. One of them was as nervous as a barracuda. He must be one of those nuts who believes they can catch the carrier virus.” She bared her prominent canine teeth, then giggled. “Just like an old movie — zap! Transformed into a were-fish!” "


3 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Vonda-N.-McIntyre/Novels/McIntyre-Superluminal12

The Olverung - Stephen Woodworth

Magician birdsong torment.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=download&id=58335&file=books/ybf9/YBF9-2.pdf

From the Clay Of His Heart - John Brown

Thief golem, witch wizard baby yum.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=download&id=58335&file=books/ybf9/YBF9-2.pdf

Pride Before Fall 3 - Kelly Meding

""No one," he finally said. "Habit." When Marcus produced his own phone, Tybalt stared. "Who are you calling?"

"Someone to come pick up this piece of shit," Marcus replied. "We will need him to testify to the Pride, in order to discredit Prentiss's challenge."

Astrid joined them, shooting Marcus a baleful look. "Eat his fingers? Really?"

Marcus shrugged as he dialed. "He believed it.""


3 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/still-dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-3.html

Pride Before Fall 2 - Kelly Meding

"Two days left to either produce Keenan or fight himself, weak from the Shadow and likely to die quickly in bloody battle. It would change the dynamics of the Pride—and not necessarily for the better—if leadership switched to a new bloodline."


2.5 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/still-dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-2.html

The Picadors' Club - Michael Swanwick

Sweaty speared bloke.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_40.html

Elena By Herself - Michael Swanwick

Dead blokes galore, but no friends.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_39.html

The Nightmares In Concert - Michael Swanwick

Shagging miscommunication.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_38.html

A Sad Story Concluded - Michael Swanwick

Boring toasty execution, with donkey.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_37.html

The Miser - Michael Swanwick

Gold leveler.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_36.html

Witches' Orgies - Michael Swanwick

Inventive advice.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_35.html

A Sad Story Continued - Michael Swanwick

No drama death guilt.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_34.html

Wicked Grace - Michael Swanwick

Sorta naughty.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_33.html

Friday, November 27, 2009

Makers 63 - Cory Doctorow

“Those freaks with their home-made ride. They’ve just published a system for printing their own objects on your boxes.”

Sammy rewound the conversations he’d had with the infosec people in Imagineering about what countermeasures they’d come up with, what they were proof against. He was pissed that he was finding out about this from Hackelberg. If Lester and Perry were hacking the DiaBs, they would be talking about it nonstop, running their mouths on the Internet. Back when he was his own competitive intelligence specialist, he would have known about this project the second it began. Now he was trying to find a competitive intelligence person who knew his ass from his elbow, so far without success.

“Well, that’s regrettable, obviously, but so long as we’re still selling the consumables...” The goop was a huge profit-maker for the company. They bought it in bulk, added a proprietary, precisely mixed chemical that the printer could check for in its hoppers, and sold it to the DiaB users for a two thousand percent markup. If you tried to substitute a competitor’s goop, the machine would reject it. They shipped out new DiaBs with only half a load of goop, so that the first purchase would come fast. It was making more money, week-on-week, than popcorn.

“The crack they’re distributing also disables the checking for the watermark. You can use any generic goop in them.”"



3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58278

Asylum 3 - Katherine Kerr

Red carded American neo-fascist critic.


4 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/The-Katharine-Kerr-Bookshelf/Katharine-Kerr-Novellas/Novellettes/Asylum-Part-3

Asylum 2 - Katherine Kerr

Red carded American neo-fascist critic.


4 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/The-Katharine-Kerr-Bookshelf/Katharine-Kerr-Novellas/Novellettes/Asylum-Part-2

Asylum 1 - Katherine Kerr

Red carded American neo-fascist critic.


4 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/The-Katharine-Kerr-Bookshelf/Katharine-Kerr-Novellas/Novellettes/Asylum-Part-1

Slander - Michael Swanwick

Snotty nightmare.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_32.html

To Go Boldly - Cory Doctorow

Space navies? You guys are crazy. No to mention inefficient.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/media.libsyn.com/media/starshipsofa/StarShipSofa_Aural_Delights_No_110_Cory_Doctorow.mp3

Focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy - John G. Hemry

Talking about the Jack Campbell Lost Fleet novels (which I have not read, but amazon tells me I should).

"JH: Poul Anderson was always a favorite, and a bit depressing once I started writing, because whenever I thought I was getting the hang of things I'd read something of his and think "I'll never be as good as that." I also read Dickson, Heinlein, and H. Beam Piper, and a lot of Andre Norton. Zelazny is another favorite, as is Leigh Brackett. I'm certain they all influenced me a great deal. My novelette "Lady Be Good" was very much a tribute to Brackett."


4 out of 5


http://focusonsff.blogspot.com/2008/01/johnjack-campbell-hemry-interview.html

Bone Shop - Tim Pratt

This is easily Pratt's best Marla Mason work.

The short novel follows Mason's existence as a homeless young teenager to getting a job offer and finding out those she are working for have people behind them that are rather more than they seem.

The story of how she gets good at arse kicking, gains her gear and learns the sorceress thing is very involving.

I'd certainly recommend this over any of the other novels.


4.5 out of 5

http://www.marlamason.net/boneshop/singlepage.html

The Red Shoes - Genevieve Valentine

Lesson shooting.


3 out of 5

http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/rrRedShoes2.html

Mister Weed Eater - Joe R. Lansdale

Blind bashing.


3 out of 5

http://www.joerlansdale.com/stories.shtml

The Year's Best SF and Fantasy 2009 Honorable Mentions 1 - Rich Horton

"For the next four weeks, Fantasy Magazine will be presenting in four segments every Tuesday all the honorable mentions listed in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2009 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, which is forthcoming in December from Prime Books."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/2009/11/theyearsbestsfandfantasyhmpart1/

Vortal Shockwave 3 - Ashok K. Banker

"And her hair wasn’t just disheveled, it was tangled, wild, as if it hadn’t been combed in days, and as I looked intently at it, I could see that there were actually things caught in it. Was that a fragment of a dried leaf? How could it be? She had been in Mikey’s room all this while, hadn’t she? What was going on?

“Viveka?” I said, unsure now.

She kept on staring at me with that same fierce, intense expression. Her eyes flicked briefly to look this way then that, as if she was trying to…what? Understand where she was? That was what it looked like, but that made no sense whatsoever. She was home, after all.

She continued to look at me with that same predatory expression.

And for some bizarre reason, I began to feel afraid, very afraid. Of my own daughter."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.terrania.us/netfic/

A Little Respect - Colin Harvey

Coffin-dodger flute dive.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.hubfiction.com/2009/11/hub-104/

Silversands 1 - Gareth L. Powell

"According to the ship we were in the hole five and a half years this time, which means we could have travelled five light years in any direction.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.pendragonpress.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/silversands-sampler.pdf

Moxyland the world Of - Lauren Beukes

"Where did the idea for Moxyland spring from?

The original short story which became the novel was inspired by the hush-hush underground Lucky Strike parties and how brands were finding more devious ways to connect to consumers and creating a generation of sponsor babies.

But when I started writing the novel, it veered into neo-apartheid, cool advances in bio-tech, graffiti culture, AIDS, the art scene, virtual lives, alternate-reality gaming, soccer, the schism of poverty, corporate interference in government, apartheid’s insidious Special Branch police unit and their double-agent askaris, Wouter Basson’s dodgy medical experiments and issues of identity. Basically, I took everything I’m interested in and squeezed it in wherever I could."


3.5 out of 5

http://paranormalwriters.blogspot.com/2009/11/moxyland-world-of-lauren-beukes.html

Innsmouth Free Press interview - Aliette de Bodard

"IFP:Can you tell us about your upcoming novel, Servant of the Underworld?

AB: Servant of the Underworld is a mystery set in Aztec times, with magic. Basically, it’s a historical mystery where the magic and the religion are real: the world continually totters on the brink of extinction, and only the magic of the living blood can keep the sun in the sky and the earth fertile. It’s my homage to all those historical mysteries I read as a child: Ellis Peters, Paul Doherty, Lindsey Davis, Steven Saylor, Robert Van Gulik… Except it’s got blood magic, ghostly jaguars and fingernail-eating monsters."


4 out of 5

http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/?p=3503

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pride Before Fall - Kelly Meding

"The jaguar sniffed his hand with a dry nose. Tybalt had been careful to wash his hands free of any scent of metal or gun oil. He'd been on patrol with his Triad teammates until midnight, and the linger odor of handling weapons could also be construed as a threat. Tybalt knew the subtle techniques necessary for a positive interaction with the Felia."


3 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/still-dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-1.html

Makers 62 - Cory Doctorow

"Kettlewell really hated Freddy, he realized. Not just a little—he had a deep and genuine loathing. “Oh, for fuck’s sake. You don’t like little companies. You don’t like big companies. You don’t like workers’ co-ops. What do you want us to do, Freddy? You want us to just curl up under a rock and die? You sit there and make up your funny names for things; you make your snarky little commentaries, but how much good have you done for the world, you complaining, sniping little troll?”

The line got very quiet. “Can I quote you?”"


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58273

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Hoarder 4 - Kelly Meding

"Footsteps pounded down the narrow hall, away. Ash angled her body and raised her katana, bracing the grip with both hands. With practiced precision, she sliced in a downward arc, chopping off the rotting woman's head in a single, clean stroke. It rolled off the mattress and hit the soggy carpet with a splat. She lopped the heads off the other two corpses for good measure, then raced after her teammates."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-4.html

The Hoarder 3 - Kelly Meding

"The stink of igniting paint stripper and searing goblin flesh stayed with Ash during the drive across town. Their new target lived in a trailer half a mile east of Mercy’s Lot, near the city freeway loop, in one of the poorest sections of the city. Single- and double-wides dotted several blocks in a landscape of poverty and despair. Few Dregs came out this far, preferring the closely-packed bodies of the city. Ash was a little surprised anyone cared enough to bother reporting the strange smells and noises coming from Mrs. Bettina Kearney’s trailer at night."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-3.html

The Hoarder 2 - Kelly Meding

"Ash put everything she had into her bellowed reply: “No!” Her target flinched, but Ash didn’t relent. “No, what we do is protect this city’s innocents from the Dregs. Not just from being attacked by them, but from finding out they exist at all. It’s Boot Camp 101, Stone, you know all of this. And we do it by cleaning up our messes. It might be fun for you to carve up a goblin like he’s going into a stir fry, but someone still has to make it all disappear. No one else can see this!” She waved her hand over the gore that was growing more odorous as it congealed, increasing the nauseating stink of seawater permeating the small room."

3.5 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-2.html

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Warmasters - Bill Fawcett

A collection of novellas related to ongoing series, Honor Harrington, Belisarius and Hammer's Slammers. Never read any of the Belisarius work, seems interesting enough - something to do with aliens or future people providing advanced tech to ancient times - the General appears to have artillery and telegraph communications for example.

The first two are quite good, with Weber's rookie Harrington tale the pick, but I am still not much a fan of the Slammers it seems.

Warmasters : Ms Midshipwoman Harrington - David Weber
Warmasters : Islands - Eric Flint
Warmasters : Choosing Sides - David Drake

Tactically reduced.

4 out of 5

Wifely tour of duty instructions.

4 out of 5

Political payback Slam.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/20-TorchCD/TorchCD/The%20War%20Masters/The_Warmasters.htm

Choosing Sides - David Drake

Political payback Slam.


3 out of 5

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/20-TorchCD/TorchCD/The%20War%20Masters/0743435346___3.htm

Islands - Eric Flint

Wifely tour of duty instructions.


4 out of 5

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/20-TorchCD/TorchCD/The%20War%20Masters/0743435346___2.htm

Grand Central Arena 10 - Ryk Spoor

"DuQuesne continued. "I know exactly what I'm saying. I get fusion temperature and pressure, and exactly nothing happens. The stuff goes to plasma, but no fusion, no radiation, nothing." He shrugged. "You're right, it's impossible. But that's what's happening." DuQuesne looked over to Ariane. "That's also why you had to go to the chemicals for that emergency stop; the fusion pellets kicked out right on cue for the nuclear pulse, but didn't detonate.""


3 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/154403.html#cutid1

How To Be A Good Citizen - Aidan Doyle

Abduction consolation.


3 out of 5

http://reflectionsedge.com/index.php/2007/10/how-to-be-a-good-citizen/

Blue Cherry Sky - Aidan Doyle

Character improvement.


3.5 out of 5

http://reflectionsedge.com/index.php/2008/08/blue-cherry-sky/

Reading By Numbers - Aidan Doyle

Century evidence.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/2009/11/reading-by-numbers/

Reading the Text - Joel Shepherd

"Could you take a minute and explain what your Cassandra Kresnov series happens to be about?

The Cassandra Kresnov series is about an artificial person, Cassandra (or Sandy), constructed to be the most lethal ever soldier in an interstellar war, who decides she’d rather be a normal person instead. But of course, the powers that shaped her creation on all sides don’t make it that easy for her. So it’s a lot about choices and individual rights and the like, as well as all the way-cool action stuff."


3.5 out of 5

http://grindingtovalhalla.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/reading-the-text-joel-shepherd/

SF Revu Interview - Joel Shepherd

"SFRevu: Sandy's much vaunted edge over the other artificial soldiers is her ability to think "laterally," and come up with creative solutions to problems. Do you really think combat is that complex a puzzle to solve? I mean, if AIs can currently beat chess masters, shouldn't we expect grunt AI bots to be able to beat humans?

Joel: Ah, big question, big answer.

Modern warfare makes chess look like a child's game, and the more technology advances, the more complex it will become. The most serious advances regard situational awareness. I've never been in combat, but I've read accounts, and most of the time, they've got no clue what's happening. So combat is reduced to luck, and what separates veterans from rookies is risk-assessment. The veteran can make educated guesses about risk and tend to fare much better.

But in the future, you're going to have all units supported by a computer intel that knows enemy and friendly positions and movements and creates real-time situational awareness for everyone on the battlefield. In the Cassandra Kresnov series, I call this system tac-net. As a side effect of this, infantry tactics will become infinitely more complex, because soldiers will have a much better idea of exactly what's going on, and their options will change from fuzzy options to precise options."


4 out of 5


http://sfrevu.com/Review-id.php?id=4595

Graeme's Fantasy Book Review Interview - John Joseph Adams

"I’ve interviewed a few authors but this is the first interview I’ve done with an editor of a short story collection. Could you tell me a little bit about the process you had to go through to put ‘Wastelands’ together? Did you have an idea about specific stories that you wanted to be included or did you ask writers to submit work that they thought was suitable?

Well, after reading the abovementioned titles, it became harder to find books on the subject, and so I decided to write an article on the sub-genre, which required tons of research. (I figured if I was going to do the research anyway, I might as well write an article based on it and get paid for it!) In the end, it served me quite well when the time came to put the anthology proposal together; when the time came to do that, I put down most of the table of contents right off the top of my head.
Other than that, I just talked to my friends and colleagues and solicited recommendations from them. Also, once word got out that I'd sold the anthology, I had a few authors approach me to point out that they had stories on the subject I should consider.
There's a bit more to the process than that, of course. Once you settle on a table of contents, you have to contact all of the authors (or their agents) to negotiate permission to reprint the stories. Then, once you secure permission for all the stories, you have to set the order of the stories, which can be a lot like putting together a puzzle. And in the case of Wastelands, I had to write the introduction, write the header notes to all of the stories, and finally assemble the "For Further Reading" appendix."


4 out of 5


http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2008/02/interview-john-joseph-adams.html

Quiet Earth Interview with Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse editor - John Joseph Adams

"When you first started your research, were you surprised to find that an authoritative anthology of Post Apocalyptic fiction really wasn't out on the market? Have you formulated any opinions on why that is?

I wasn't surprised that there wasn't such an anthology--because there was one--but I was surprised that there was only one. The one I'm talking about is a book called Beyond Armageddon, edited by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and Martin H. Greenberg. But it came out around 1985, and it was the only anthology of its kind (not counting other similar anthologies, such as Armageddons, which is focused on apocalyptic rather than post-apocalyptic fiction).

Wastelands was put together as a kind of spiritual successor to Beyond Armageddon. I basically picked up where that left off. I purposely avoided duplicating anything that had already been reprinted in that book, and chose most of the stories from Wastelands from the time period following publication of Beyond Armageddon (though there are a few stories that pre-date it)."


4 out of 5

http://www.quietearth.us/articles/2008/03/01/Interview-with-Wastelands-Stories-of-the-Apocalypse-editor-John-Joseph-Adams

Nuts and Bolts - John Joseph Adams

"This week's Nuts & Bolts interviewee is John Joseph Adams. The assistant editor for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and a longtime book reviewer, he has recently turned his hand to editing anthologies. I interviewed him about Seeds of Change (Prime, August 2008)."

...

"Which leads us to editing difficulties--of which, I can thankfully say, there were relatively few. Which was fortunate, especially since this was my first attempt to put together an original anthology. One problem was that a lot of writers who I was counting on didn't deliver stories, so I ended up with a smaller pool of stories to select from than I'd been hoping for. (Not that I bear any ill will to those who didn't send me stories; it's all part of the process, and you have to plan accordingly for it.) Additionally, I couldn't hold an open reading period for the anthology (i.e., accept unsolicited submissions); this is because my day job is working as the assistant editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the publisher and editor, Gordon Van Gelder (my boss), felt like it would be a conflict if I accepted unsolicited submissions in this particular case since the theme of the anthology is so broad. Which is fair enough, though it did make editing the book a bit more difficult."


4 out of 5

http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog/400000640/post/430032643.html?nid=4381

Grasping For the Wind Slush God An Interview With - John Joseph Adams

"GFTW: What qualities do you look for in a short story? Are these any different from what you might look for in a novel?

JJA: It's really hard to describe what it is one looks for in a story; if it were easy to spell out, writer's guidelines for every publication in the world would have a nice detailed description of what it is they're looking for. The trouble is, it's really kind of impossible to say. Or at least I can't think of how to describe it.

I can compare short stories to novels, though. Short stories need to be really tight and don't have much room for digressions, while novels allow the writer more room to sprawl. Also, short stories tend to be a better vehicle for experimentation, and for challenging a writer's comfort zone."


4 out of 5

http://otter.covblogs.com/archives/024600.html

Ticonderoga Online Interview - Marianne de Pierres

"The setting for the Parrish Plessis trilogy shows aspects of a mutated Australia. Is the Australian landscape important to all of your writing?

Hugely. It's me. My writing identity. I love having its flavour in my books. I've spent as much time in the country as the city so I feel like I understand most aspects of it ‚ or at least my relationship with it physical and emotional landscape. The challenging thing is to try and capture it in different ways. I have a series of short stories set on Stradbroke Island that have a totally different tone to the Australia in the Parrish novels. The Gin Jackson story (although a Parrish-like character) in Agog!, is a world influenced by my time in the Pilbara.
Reading Terry Dowling opened my mind to so many possibilities. His writing is genius."

4 out of 5

http://ticonderogaonline.com/006TOL/interview006a.html

Walker Of Worlds Interview - Marianne de Pierres

"With the change of sub-genre with the Sentients of Orion series, how much of a difference is there writing space opera? Any pros or cons?

Sentients of Orion has given me a chance to be a whole lot of different people and visit some exotic and weird places - better than a holiday really. Much as I love Parrish, her world was tawdry and downright loathsome at times. Writing Sentients has been like growing wings. With Space Opera you can go anywhere, be anyone. I love that but it’s also meant juggling a number of balls over a number of books and I’d be lying if I didn’t say how demanding that is. One the greatest pleasures in writing this series has been weaving the character’s storylines so that they fall in and out of each others lives. Manipulating fate is unbelievably cool."


4 out of 5

http://walkerofworlds.blogspot.com/2008/12/interview-with-marianne-de-pierres.html

SFF World Interview - Marianne de Pierres

"Background first. Let’s start with a biggie. You were born and brought up in Western Australia. I’m a big believer myself in the idea that our experiences in our formative years affect our futures (and in the case of writers, their need to write as well as their writing!) Would you say that Western Australia was an influence on you in that way?

Marianne: Without a doubt. I grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in the central wheatbelt area of the state. Then I spent my twenties in an outback mining town in the far north of Western Australia. After that I have a couple of years on a sub-tropical island. I have a very strong connection with the physical landscape of Australia. In the Parrish series it is very definitely another character. In Dark Space the mining planet of Araldis is a direct extrapolation of my time living in the iron ore mining town, Paraburdoo (Place of the White Cockatoo). "


4 out of 5

http://www.sffworld.com/interview/233p0.html

Dragon Page Cover to Cover - Marianne de Pierres

"Interview: Michael, Summer and Michael talk with Australian author Marianne de Pierres about her latest book, Dark Space, the first book in her new series “The Sentients of Orion”. She’s created a new universe, different from the world in her Parrish Plessis series, one where the races are in a technological race to talk with God, who was discovered in deep space after an ship on a mining exploration run suffers a navigational failure and drifts off course."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.dragonpage.com/2007/08/06/cover-to-cover-274a/

Falcata Times Interview - Marianne de Pierres

"Mad Max meets Tank Girl."


4 out of 5

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=129548115&blogID=419987228&Mytoken=35EC52BF-5D8C-4F01-BD9091A3EC303CCA191882684

An Interview with the Creator of Parrish Plessis - Marianne de Pierres

"Will you ever return to The Tert?

I have one more story to tell in the Tert. Book 3 finishes as the Tert and Viva are on the brink of war. I’m pretty keen myself to find out what Parrish will do during *major civil unrest*. Could get ugly.

So, yes."


3.5 out of 5

http://writing-genre-fiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/sf_author_marianne_de_pierres

SFF World Interview - Joel Shepherd

"Q: What was the spark that generated the idea which drove you to write CROSSOVER and the Cassandra Kresnov series in the first place?

I'd had an idea for a super-warrior in my head for a long time, I've long been fascinated by the concept of great power, and the morality plays entailed in deciding how to use such power. Not in superheroes so much, because so few of the great American superheroes actually kill anyone, which seems to me the true essence of great power -- the power of life and death. Comic book superheroes always seemed to me to be dodging the issue -- the villain threatens to kill entire nations, and Superman responds by punching him in the jaw... no. That's a false moral choice, because Superman gets off cheap -- he never has to make the truly hard choices, the choice of whether or not to take life... and possibly a lot of life... and as such, he never acquires much depth for me as a character. Sandy's dilemma is much deeper, because all of her power is derived from lethal force, and she's the kind of person who'd much rather be loving life than taking it.

But it never occurred to me to make her fully artificial until one day I was reading the manga of 'Ghost in the Shell' by Masamune Shirow, and some characters were talking about how in that world, cyborgs with human brains have souls, and wholly artificial minds do not. It seemed a strangely metaphysical and possibly indefensible notion... and what if you were artificial, and quite certain you had a soul, and deserved all the same rights as cyborgs or straight humans, but no one believed you? And then it occurred to me that this could be the super-warrior concept I'd had before, and the proverbial light flashed on in my head -- her ethical dilemmas, her struggle for a purpose in life, the discrimination against her, the fear she generated, the broader politics of her creation... etc. And I knew I had to write a book about her. Possibly several books."


4 out of 5

http://www.sffworld.com/interview/209p1.html

Fantasy Book Critic Interview - Joel Shepherd

"Q: In other interviews you mentioned how you wanted to play around with certain stereotypes in the Kresnov books, such as the ‘android cliché’, making your leads female, and I also liked how the futuristic setting was utopian rather than the much more common dystopian backdrop and how you made Cassandra accountable for her actions. Were there any other tropes that you were trying to break down in the series?

Joel: Not really. Though I’m not sure I’d describe the series as utopian, more just as not dystopian. I think the trend of human progress has been generally to the positive, with some nasty hiccups, and I don’t expect that to change. I also think some of the attraction of dystopian worlds is that a lot of writers either aren’t interested in politics, or can’t see a way to use it excitingly in their plots. Dystopian worlds usually preclude politics as we understand it...so it’s a bit of a cop out."


4 out of 5

http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2007/11/interview-with-joel-shepherd.html

Tobias Buckell Interview - Joel Shepherd

"-Last, but not least, if zombies were spreading throughout the land
by infectious bite what would be your 5 point response?

One: Kill all the zombies.
Two: Have a lie down.

Thereby making the final three points redundant. Cunning, huh?"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/2007/03/08/joel-shepherd-interview-2/

2009 SF Anthology Database - Charles Tan

A list of the anthologies that have come out (or will) in 2009 for SF, fantasy, horror.
It is editable.

5 out of 5

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p0zUEk4idZvfpaEXrGLqWGQ

2010 SF Anthology Database - Charles Tan

A good idea - making it a form that people can enter newly discovered books into for the upcoming year.


5 out of 5

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tHCBTtHRsyQf0XlRBKXDCYg&output=html

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - John Joseph Adams

"What I appreciate about you is how you market your anthologies, especially the websites you create which feature short interviews and excerpts from the book. How involved are you with the marketing/promotions, and who comes up with these ideas? What techniques in your opinion have been the most effective so far?

I'm glad you and others seem to find the anthology websites useful; it's hard to measure how effective they are, but I figure they can't hurt, and it's always nice to be able to sample before you buy. I believe I decided to do the website for Wastelands on my own, or perhaps it came about as a result of a discussion with my friend and colleague Jeremiah Tolbert, who built and designed that website for me. Later anthologies have all employed a WordPress template customized to the anthology; building a new template for each book proved to be too time consuming and costly (as I can't do that stuff on my own), but what matters most is the content, and the template I've been using is clean and has a nice aesthetic. Basically what happens is, I get Jeremiah (who is also my web host and webmaster) to setup the blank template for me (substituting the default banner with one for the anthology), then I just use WordPress to fill the site with content. (Lately, I've had my interns help me out with this; huge thanks go to Haris Durrani for the work he did on the By Blood We Live and Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes sites.)

As for marketing and promotions otherwise, well, for my Night Shade titles, I'm pretty involved otherwise, as I'm also Night Shade's publicist. (That's not how or why I was able to sell Wastelands, incidentally; they hired me to be their publicist after I sold them Wastelands.)"


4.5 out of 5

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/09/interview-john-joseph-adams-2009.html

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - Pablo Defendini

"In your opinion, how is Tor.com leveraging New Media and the genre? What are the things that you're doing right?"

One of the things we’re doing the best, I think, is engaging with our audience, and listening. Publishing is a very insular industry, where insiders are constantly talking to each other, but very rarely do they actually talk to or listen to the actual end customer: the reader. There have traditionally been some very valid arguments as for why this is the case, but as digital media democratizes the world more and more, those arguments become much less convincing or even relevant.

Tor.com is one way in which we’re talking directly with readers, listening to what they have to say, and we’re finding out a lot about them. And I do mean a whole hell of a lot—some of the very dearly-held assumptions of the publishing industry really don’t hold much water with the reading public, and it’s very sobering to compare and contrast what I see and read every day on Tor.com in particular and the internet in general with what I see and hear from within the walls of the Flatiron building."


4.5 out of 5

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/10/interview-pablo-defendini.html

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - Elizabeth Hand

"You've written both novels and short stories. Is it difficult for you continually switching back and forth or is it a seamless experience by now? Did a short story ever turn into a novel and vice versa or do you always know beforehand which it's going to be?

The form I’m most comfortable with is actually in between those two — the novella, and sometimes the novelette. “The Boy in the Tree” grew into Winterlong, but I’ve never had the reverse happen. Usually — almost always — I start work on a short story, and it grows into a novella. Sometimes the novellas turn into short novels, as with “Illyria” and “Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol.” It’s kind of a problem, because I think my best work is in the novella form, and that’s the most difficult format to publish — too long for most traditional print magazine formats, too short for book publisher.

But Viking is bringing out Illyria as a stand-alone novel next year, which is fabulous — that’s probably my favorite of everything of everything I’ve ever written, and it was a story I’d been trying to tell since I was 17. So that’s the happiest ending I can imagine for that particular work. I have a novelette ("The Far Shore”) in the current, 60th anniversary issue of FSF Magazine, and a novella called “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” that will be out in Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio’s Stories anthology next year. I love writing at that length. It’s long enough to develop and fall in love with your characters, but it’s not the sort of marathon writing experience that a novel is."


4.5 out of 5

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/search/label/interviews

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - Jeremiah Tolbert

"Well, I'm a nerd and a geek, and thus I have a genetic predisposition to anything vaguely science-y. I'm told that when I was asked what I wanted to be when I was 3 years old, I calmly sat aside my plastic dinosaurs and explained that the only logical path for me was to be a mad scientist."


4.5 out of 5

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/11/interview-jeremiah-tolbert.html

Bibliophile Stalker Interview - K.J. Bishop

"I suspect a taste for the sensational is part of it. It might be that fantastical elements help me to organise my thoughts, by acting as archetypal or mythical magnets around which emotional and cognitive material can accrue. There's also the surreal factor. The mind is a strange place, and I like to express that strangeness directly, which produces oddness in my writing -- like taking my brain out of my head and making a sort of potato-print with it on the paper."


4 out of 5

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/11/interview-kj-bishop.html

BSC Interview - Joe Abercrombie

"You have said on your blog that most of your reading time these days goes to non-fiction. If you’re not reading too much of your peers’ work, what do you do to keep yourself apprised of market trends, if you consider them at all?

I am the market trend. A ha ha. But seriously, I think if you’re watching the market to see what you should be writing you’re (a) going to write a rubbish version of what other people are writing, and (b) a couple of years too late anyway. Regardless of trends there will always be a place for quality, original fiction of any kind, and I think your best chance of producing that is to (a) write what you love and not what you think other people might like, and (b) try to be as honest and truthful as possible and find your own voice, and you do that by (c) not reading slavishly within any one genre, especially if you intend to write in it."


4 out of 5

http://www.bscreview.com/2009/11/joe-abercrombie-interview/

The Hoarder 1 - Kelly Meding

"Killing was easy if you had the stomach for it. Killing quickly and efficiently, with only minor cleanup required, took effort and training. Judging by the sixteen countable pieces of goblin strewn around the row home’s dilapidated living room, as well as the congealing puddle of fuchsia blood and effluvia, the effort had not been made and training had gone sorely to waste. The Rookie was trouble, she thought. Trouble, plain and simple."


4 out of 5

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/11/dead-on-suvudu-the-dreg-files-day-1.html

Revise the World 16 - B. W. Clough

"She looked up. “What is it, dear?”

He could feel the tingling retreat of the blood from cheeks and lips as he turned pale. Slowly he pulled his hands free from hers. “Shell. Was it — for practise?”

The fevered thoughts drove him to his feet. “You’ve been training to communicate with aliens. With the oddest, most unimaginably strange beings you can lay hands on. And who could be stranger and more alien than a traveller from 1912?” "


3 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Brenda-Clough/Novels/Revise-the-World-Chapter-16

Revise the World 15 - B. W. Clough

"“Titus, this is not Horatio Hornblower. Starships don’t have cabin boys.”"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Brenda-Clough/Novels/Revise-the-World-Chapteer-15

Revise the World 17 - B. W. Clough

"“Are you sure that thing is working correctly? It might almost be giving off an electric shock. And what is that smell?”

“Hairs being burnt off short. The electric sensation is a feature, not a bug. I mean to say, we’re told the slight static charge stands each hair up straight to be seared off close.”

“It sounds peculiarly painful. And dangerous. Suppose my hand slips — will I burn my head off?”"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Brenda-Clough/Novels/Revise-the-World-Chapter-17

Nightmare 01 - Steven Harper

"During four days of captivity, they had picked up tiny bits of information here and there, mostly from what the slavers told them. The colonists had been sleeping for either nine hundred years (real time) or fifty years (ship time), take your pick. While the colonists lay in cryo-sleep, someone had discovered something called slipspace, which allowed faster-than-light travel between solar systems. Pelagosa and hundreds of other inhabitable planets had quickly been colonized. Slower-than-light ships vanished into history and the vastness of space, their slumbering inhabitants forgotten.

But the slavers remembered.

It didn’t matter to the slavers that the colonists and crew of the ship were not legally slaves. All records of their existence had long ago been lost or purged, and in any case, Earth was under a different government trillions of kilometers away. "


3 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Steven-Piziks/Steven-Piziks-Novels/Nightmare-Prologue-and-Chapter-One

Nightmare 02 - Steven Harper

"“These’re American bullfrogs,” Pup said. “We have sixteen ponds of them. That’s the most. They’re used in laboratories and for eating.” He squatted and held out a bit of bread from his roll. A blur of movement launched itself out of the water with a great splash. Evan jumped and Pup snatched his hand back. The bread was gone.

“They eat bread?” Evan said.

“They eat just about anything,” Pup replied, wiping his hand on his shirt. “Crickets, worms, fish, mice—”

“Mice?”

Pup nodded. “They eat anything that fits in their mouths, so don’t hold out anything they shouldn’t have. They got no teeth, though, so you don’t need to worry about getting bit.” "


3.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Steven-Piziks/Steven-Piziks-Novels/Nightmare-Chapter-Two

Makers 61 - Cory Doctorow

"Suzanne rode the bullet-train from Miami airport in air-conditioned amusement, watching the Mickey-shaped hang-straps rock back and forth. She’d bought herself a Mickey waffle and a bucket-sized Diet Coke in the dining car and fended off the offers of plush animatronic toys that were clearly descended from Boogie-Woogie Elmo."


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58224

List Of Poems By Robert E. Howard - Various Various

Not something that fits here generally, but I am putting it here for reference, so can check occasionally to see if more have been added. May interest someone else. It is from Wikipedia.


5 out of 5

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poems_by_Robert_E._Howard

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Sad Story - Michael Swanwick

Diaphragm execution.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_31.html

Science Fiction in Portugal: The Drawing Up of a Territory - Teresa Sousa de Almeida

"This work intends to present the outlines of science fiction and of a certain fantastic literature related to it, having a reference in the national space in which it has been produced (Portugal). Although it contains a sort of introduction, it is mainly focused upon the production of the eighties and nineties, in which there has been a slight defining of a new paradigm."


3.5 out of 5

http://worldsf.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/monday-original-content-science-fiction-in-portugal/

My Favourite Books - Lou Anders

A brief interview about upcoming stuff.


3.5 out of 5

http://myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com/2009/11/lou-anders-visits-mfb-and-talks-books.html

A Brief History Of Tanusha - Joel Shepherd

"Following on from my world-building piece about ‘Sasha’, I thought I’d do something similar for the ‘Cassandra Kresnov Series’."


4 out of 5

http://www.joelshepherd.com/2009/11/following-on-from-my-world-building.html

Grand Central Arena 09 - Ryk Spoor

"Holy Grail drifted within a monstrous enclosure, in the shape of a somewhat flattened sphere, over twenty thousand kilometers across the wide axis, sharing that space only with a handful of other, spherical objects ranging in size from one at the exact center which was nearly three kilometers across to several only a few meters across; with the exception of the central object, none of them exceeded 300 meters.

Ariane studied the other objects. Featureless spheres as far as their radar could make out, and no more detailed by the few visible-light images acquired during the brilliant firing of the rocket, they were all clearly laid out along a plane that cut through the center of the enclosure, none more than a relatively few kilometers off of that imaginary surface. Judging by the minimal data left from the recorders during their emergency stop, they'd first entered this weird place at roughly a thousand kilometers from the center, maybe a little less, and then careened outward until they'd almost hit the … wall. Moving pretty much along the plane of the other objects, too –"


3.5 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/154231.html

Grand Central Arena 08 - Ryk Spoor

"Why exactly did we design this experimental ship to be like a giant coffin?"


3.5 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/153563.html

Grand Central Arena 07 - Ryk Spoor

"Simon floated in the zero-G observation lounge, looking straight "up" along the axis of Kanzaki-Three, staring at the long, slender shape of Holy Grail. The experimental vessel had the look of some delicate sea-dwelling creature, a streamlined torpedo with four exquisitely narrow tendrils – the magnetic guide ribs for its mass-beam drive – trailing far behind it. In a few days, he thought, they would all be on board, and only a few hours after that… he would know. One way or another, he would know.

Or, he admitted to himself and Mio, I may not know, if everything goes perfectly terribly and we explode or disappear."


3.5 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/153039.html

Grand Central Arena 06 - Ryk Spoor

"In the past 40 years, no less than twelve interstellar probes were launched, using whatever was top-of-the-line in automation and nanodesign at the time. A couple of these were basically backyard fan projects, but most of them got quite a bit of interest and energy backing at their time. By now, more than half of them should have arrived at their destinations and started survey and possibly even nanoconstruction work.

"Not a single one of them has been heard from."


3 out of 5


http://seawasp.livejournal.com/152487.html

Grand Central Arena 05 - Ryk Spoor

"Your prior tests only lasted for a few seconds,Simon," DuQuesne pointed out. "If we stay in this … transition space for days, how far away will we have gone?"

"A question that's not quite as simple to answer as it sounds. Remember that the probes seemed to emerge at almost random locations. There was some correlation between how fast they were going and how far they had gone when they emerged, but it was not nearly so clear as I would have liked."


2.5 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/151836.html

Grand Central Arena 04 - Ryk Spoor

"Yeah, he's definitely a Transcender; believes in the ultimate destiny of mankind to unify with the machines we created. Doesn't do the full Upload thing because it'd qualify him as an AI under current rules."


3 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/151626.html

Grand Central Arena 03 - Ryk Spoor

" She tried to look as though she were thinking, then gave it up. "Much as I'd like to keep you hanging, Simon, I can't. The chance to be on the crew of the first FTL ship ever made? Even as a probably-useless supernumerary? You just try to keep me OUT of your ship!"

Simon's face relaxed slightly. "That's gratifying, I will admit. Now, I have to emphasize that there is a quite significant risk involved in this –"

She burst out laughing. "Risk? Doctor Sandrisson, I just ran a race where I tried – with my opponent – to get one of us run into a keyhole barrier at several klicks a second!" She laughed again. "One and a half percent chance of something going wrong? Without that, it wouldn't even be worth FLYING your little toy.""


3.5 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/151409.html

Grand Central Arena 02 - Ryk Spoor

" That explained the casing. A Tayler-5 was the highest permitted AI rating outside of special research and even with modern equipment you weren't fitting a T-5 in ordinary headware. A T-1 was generally considered equal to an ordinary human, and Mio – just about top-of-the-line for a headware AISage – had a Tayler rating of 2.5.

What a racing pilot needed, or wanted, with a T-5 AISage, now that was a mystery. Simon liked mysteries – it was part of what had drawn him into physics, unravelling the mysteries of how and why the universe worked the way it did – and now Ariane Austin wasn't just a daredevil in a totally anachronistic sport, she was a puzzle."


3 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/151202.html

Grand Central Arena 01 - Ryk Spoor

"She didn't mind matching scrapes with most people, but Hawke was a different matter. Scrape in a keyhole, that was even worse. The hundred kilometer long hollow obstacles were basically tunnels a hundred meters across and two hundred high -- something very, very narrow when you were in a craft with a 20-meter wingspan moving at several kilometers per second, and even narrower if you had another 20-meter craft with you. Even the fact that the keyholes were mostly made of aerogel and the racing craft of ring-carbon composite didn't make it comfortable; yes, many craft and their pilots had survived collision with the keyhole wall, but many hadn't, often by hitting one of the widely spaced, but much more solid, supports for the keyhole. Even if you survived, of course, you would have lost so much time that you might not even finish the race."


3 out of 5

http://seawasp.livejournal.com/150995.html

Grace and Elena - Michael Swanwick

Happy ho.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_30.html

Death In Venice - Michael Swanwick

Perverse perfume.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_29.html

The Homonculus - Michael Swanwick

Witchy make kid.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_28.html

Trolls - Michael Swanwick

Three joke.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_27.html

Grace In the Bordello - Michael Swanwick

No good ho.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_26.html

Prick In Love - Michael Swanwick

Donkey serenade.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_25.html

Elena On the Street - Michael Swanwick

Ho order sting.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_24.html

Spanking - Michael Swanwick

Old and dominatrixed.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_23.html

Witches and Nightmares - Michael Swanwick

Pants off robbery.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_22.html

The Beer Of Eternity - Michael Swanwick

Good with the dodgy.


3 out of 5

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/swanwick/sleep_of_reason_21.html

Save the Dragons 16 - Dave Freer

"The trigger-happy policeman found himself with his wrist pinned to a no-parking sign by a skillfully wielded rapier. "Squigs tells me that you are supposed to be officers of the law. I am Lord Ashill, and a justice of the peace. I am accustomed to being treated with respect by people of your order. Now, I suggest you go away and leave us to our legitimate business."

The third cop had advanced, pointing a wary gun at the evil looking 3'6" fellow, who beckoned to him. The poor man was foolish enough to bend down."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.savethedragons.nu/chapter16.html

Save the Dragons 15 - Dave Freer

"With Korg watching him expectantly, Squigs sacrificed his arteries on the altar of friendship. "How'd you like it?" said the dwarf, when Squigs arrived at the inch-thick sediment at the bottom.

"Er it's, um, it's . . . it's . . . quite strong," he replied.

"Huh! You should try pygmy coffee," said Korg. "The stuff they drink stunts your growth. Now, are you properly awake, or do you need another cup?" Korg gestured at the battered cast-iron coffee-pot.

"I'm awake! I'm awake!" Another cup like that and he would have to prop his eyelids closed with match-sticks for the next two weeks when he wanted to sleep.

"And the great brain?" inquired Korg with suspicion-causing solicitude. "Did you explode all of it yesterday, or is it still under the weather from last night? Can we ask you for advice without the springs popping out of your ears?""


3.5 out of 5

http://www.savethedragons.nu/chapter15.html

Save the Dragons 14 - Dave Freer

"While they'd been doing this, the heroes had been setting up pipe-bombs. Squigs, in quiet determination to get his own way, had modified these. Instead of the blast being directed upwards, now they would blow a cone of metal junk downwards. To the non-technically minded heroes a pipe-bomb was a pipe bomb. Squigs had carefully organized Korg into another task by the simple method of assigning it to Venus. They'd organized the trip-lines in the water leading back to the command raft. The swamp had been neatly squared off into target areas, little colored rags on the reed tips marking each patch. When someone pulled a trip-line it waved a little colored flag on the board in the sandbagged raft.

And that was just the start of the dirty tricks Squigs' contorted mind had come up with."


3 out of 5

http://www.savethedragons.nu/chapter14.html

Imago 02 - Amy Sterling Casil

"“It was an old military base. We’ve taken it over. Exclusively for victims of the Human Mutational Virus. They’re safe there, and they’re being helped.” He grinned at her.

“I had no idea,” she said. “They have places to live there? Work?”

He nodded. “We’re working on a cure,” he said. “We can rewrite their genetic structure, given enough time and enough research on the proper models. That’s where the PerfectTown comes in.” "


2.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Amy-Sterling/Novels/Imago-Chapter-02

Imago 01 - Amy Sterling Casil

"“You’re absolutely right,” the guide told Martinez. “It is a computer program, but the most sophisticated program the world has ever known. The figures you see are real. They change as you look at them, and as they interact among themselves.”"


2.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Amy-Sterling/Novels/Imago-Chapter-01

The Star and the Rockets - Harry Turtledove

Roswell baseball fan.


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=56475

Death Inc 3 - Edward Morris

"I can feel the spirits of these violently departed, fading from world to world with all but that last bit of their humanity falling away. They are so desperate to hold on to any and all memories, and all of them shriek in my ears at once from the fridge, drowning out anything like a normal night's work..."


2.5 out of 5

http://www.mercuryretrogradepress.com/Worlds/TWACM/DeathInc/DeathInc3.asp

Death Inc 2 - Edward Morris

"Yes. Apparently he was up and walking around, dead. Dozens of witnesses. They had to call a special session of the Town Council to keep this all quiet. Took a lot of hush money."


3 out of 5

http://www.mercuryretrogradepress.com/Worlds/TWACM/DeathInc/DeathInc2.asp

Service With A Smile - Charles L. Fontenay

Housebot man division.


2.5 out of 5

http://feedbooks.com/book/4359

ISO - Derek Zumsteg

Spam seek.


3 out of 5

http://www.brainharvestmag.com/2009/11/iso/

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bar Talk - Joe R. Lansdale

Not drunk Martian.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.joerlansdale.com/stories.shtml

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Memory Of Wind - Rachel Swirsky

Shoulda run away mum.


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=58211

The Haunted House - E. Nesbit

Four race blood combo.


3 out of 5

http://www.scribd.com/doc/16464123/The-Haunted-House-by-Edith-Nesbit

Superluminal 10 - Vonda N. McIntyre

"“I could have misinterpreted the extra directions,” Radu said in a rush.

“Not directions,” Ramona-Teresa said, “dimensions.”

“Seven of them?”

“Seven spatial dimensions in theory, six in practice, until now.”

“Seventh doesn’t exist, Ramona,” Vasili said.

Ramona managed to smile. “True,” she said, “nor will it until someone perceives it.” "


3.5 out of 5


http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Vonda-N.-McIntyre/Novels/McIntyre-Superluminal10

Superluminal 11 - Vonda N. McIntyre

"He felt the radial acceleration as the linked ships slid into a slow, gentle spin. After half a turn, a counterthrust stopped them. Radu shut his eyes, then opened them again. With his eyes closed it was all too easy to let the petals of dimension open out onto an endless abyss.

Radu Dracul shivered."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Vonda-N.-McIntyre/Novels/McIntyre-Superluminal11

Revise the World 14 - B. W. Clough

"“You shall do no such thing! Shell, I’ve been dodging predatory mamas with daughters on the Marriage Mart for years. You should have seen them in India, leaving cards at my bungalow, trying to lure me to tea. You can’t trap an old bachelor that way.”"


3 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Brenda-Clough/Novels/Revise-the-World-Chapter-14

Revise the World 13 - B. W. Clough

"“But if the dial goes up to 130, surely that speed is an option.”

“Titus, you see that sign by the side of the road? Oh God! Be careful not to veer in the direction you’re looking, okay? It says, ‘Speed Limit 70.’ That means seventy miles per hour!”

“I should think that would only be a suggested speed, Shell. Any sensible man could judge for himself the safest speed for road conditions. And today’s dry, good visibility — “"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Brenda-Clough/Novels/Revise-the-World-Chapter-13

Crawling Between Heaven and Earth - Sarah A. Hoyt

A towards ok collection at 3.14, sort of your 2.75 book. A mixed genre collection of sf, fantasy with some tending towards horror.

Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Elvis Died for Your Sins - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Like Dreams of Waking - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Ariadne's Skein - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Thirst - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Dear John - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Trafalgar Square - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : The Green Bay Tree - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Another George - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Songs - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Thy Vain Worlds - Sarah A. Hoyt
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth : Crawling Between Heaven and Earth - Sarah A. Hoyt

New Age King sermon.

3 out of 5


Stonewall friendly end - my fault?

3 out of 5


Minotaur ride, nat prettyboy.

3.5 out of 5


Roman suckers lost.

3.5 out of 5


Doxy engineered dead president.

3.5 out of 5


Enhanced Mongol pillaging.

3 out of 5


Riotous rellos.

2.5 out of 5


Old dragon abomination.

3 out of 5


Radio ghosts.

3 out of 5


Always needy humans.

3.5 out of 5


Ill Edmund fairy.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/s-61-sarah-hoyt.aspx

Crawling Between Heaven and Earth - Sarah A. Hoyt

Ill Edmund fairy.


3 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294__11.htm

Thy Vain Worlds - Sarah A. Hoyt

Always needy humans.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294__10.htm

Songs - Sarah A. Hoyt

Radio ghosts.


3 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___9.htm

Another George - Sarah A. Hoyt

Old dragon abomination.


3 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___8.htm

The Green Bay Tree - Sarah A. Hoyt

Riotous rellos.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___7.htm

Trafalgar Square - Sarah A. Hoyt

Enhanced Mongol pillaging.


3 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___6.htm

Dear John - Sarah A. Hoyt

Doxy engineered dead president.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___5.htm

Thirst - Sarah A. Hoyt

Roman suckers lost.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___4.htm

Ariadne's Skein - Sarah A. Hoyt

Minotaur ride, nat prettyboy.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294.htm

Like Dreams Of Waking - Sarah A. Hoyt

Stonewall friendly end - my fault?


3 out of 5

http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/1888993294/1888993294___2.htm

Reader's Guide - Lisa Goldstein

24. Not without some connection, matey-jim.


2 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=download&id=58333&file=books/ybf9/YBF9-1.pdf

The Salting And Canning Of Benevolence D. - Al Michaud

'“A burial ground?” Clem felt his heart sink into his chest. It was common knowledge that one should never disturb an Indian Burial Ground.'


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=download&id=58333&file=books/ybf9/YBF9-1.pdf

Daltharee - Jeffrey Ford

Domeworld no Brainiac.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=download&id=58333&file=books/ybf9/YBF9-1.pdf

Deluge 39 - Brian Keene

"Later, when they talked about it, Gail would have trouble accurately describing what she’d seen. Despite the creature’s massive bulk, much of its body was concealed by the fog, rain and surf. She had a sense of a cross between a dinosaur and a whale, but the anatomy was all wrong, as were its colors and markings. Its hide looked like earth, rather than flesh. The thing’s lower half was beneath the water but its upper bulk towered far above the waves, looming over them like a skyscraper. Mist swirled around it and raindrops bounced of its body. When it roared, the fog momentarily parted before congealing again."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.briankeene.com/?p=2960

Martian Chronicles 01 - Cory Doctorow

No handouts on Mars, Pov.


3 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/download/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_165/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_165_Martian_Chronicles_01.mp3

Epoch 8 - Cory Doctorow

Bad AI. Kill. We hope.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/download/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_164/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_164_Epoch_08.mp3

Epoch 7 - Cory Doctorow

Maybe we can buy you, AI guy?


3.5 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/download/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_163/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_163_Epoch_07.mp3

Over the Walls Of Eden - Jay Lake

Emissary trip.


3 out of 5

http://web.me.com/normsherman/Site/Media/Drabblecast%20133-%20Over%20the%20Walls%20of%20Eden.m4a

Death Inc 1 - Edward Morris

"Shiya, you know well's I do, it's... not done. The story just...leaves off, like in that Monty Python bit, 'cept nobody carved Aargh anywhere..."

Coroner Mallory snickered at his own joke. I wanted to laugh. Truly, but...

"It's not complete," I heard myself clarify. "It... goes with something else. There are letters that just stray off into nowhere, sentences unfinished, it... See, right here, 'He Couldn't Die...' -- 'He was trudging the last mile...' -- 'Allegheny Ridge...' ""


3 out of 5

http://www.mercuryretrogradepress.com/Worlds/TWACM/DeathInc/DeathInc1.asp

Spell Of Magic 1 - Harry Harrison

"Merlo sat with one leg dangling over the ten-storey drop to where the ocean lashed the jagged rocks below. In his hand he held a thin thread, woven from one of the new miracle plastics. In another moment, Merlo’s life would be hanging from it. The knot where he had tied the thread to the radiator inside his hotel room held firm when he put his weight against it. It would do."


2.5 out of 5

http://harryharrison.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/merlo-the-magician/

Take That You Alpha Centaurian Swine! - Harry Harrison

"The general level of weaponry in hand-to-hand space battling is very depressing. All of the invention seems to have been done by E.E. Smith a few generations back, and the authors who came along later have been happy to use Doc’s armory without modification. The names may be changed, but call it what you will – it is still Van Buskirk’s space axe that crunches through the helmet."


3.5 out of 5

http://harryharrison.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/take-that-you-alpha-centaurian-swine/

Makers 60 - Cory Doctorow

"The smell at the Wal-Mart was overpowering. It was one part sharp mold, one part industrial disinfectant, a citrus smell that made your eyes water and your sinuses burn."


3.5 out of 5


http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58223

Makers 59 - Cory Doctorow

"“Good morning, my beautiful woman. What’s the plan for today?”

“Whatever you want,” she said.

“Breakfast, then down to the ride,” he said. “I’ll do my email and writing there today.”

“Something before breakfast?” she asked, with a lopsided smile that was adorable.

“Oh yes, please,” he said, his voice breathy."


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58221

Makers 57 - Cory Doctorow

"Sammy grinned. “Why yes, I believe I do.” Their eyes met in a fierce look of mutual recognition. “It’s a breakfast printer, isn’t it?” The other supplicants in the room sucked in a collective breath. Some chuckled nervously.

“It’s about moving the apparatus to the edge. Bridging the last mile. Why not? This one will do waffles, breakfast cereals, bagels and baked goods, small cakes. New designs every day—something for mom and dad, something for the kids, something for the sullen teens. We’re already doing this at the regional plants and distributorships, on much larger scales. But getting our stuff into consumers’ homes, getting them subscribed to our food—”"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58182

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Adventure Of the Death-Fetch - Darrell Schweitzer

Bad Idol.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.johnjosephadams.com/sherlock-holmes/?page_id=60

The Meteor Girl - Jack Williamson

Get that swimmer girl, dimension wizard.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30166/30166-h/30166-h.htm#The_Meteor_Girl

The Lake Of Light - Jack Williamson

Mushies, crabs with heat rays. The odd aviatrix.


2.5 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30452/30452-h/30452-h.htm#The_Lake_of_Light

The Adventure Of the Field theorems - Vonda N. McIntyre

Doyle too whack for Holmes.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Vonda-N.-McIntyre/Novellas/Novelettes/A-Sherlock-Holmes-story-by-Vonda-N.-McIntyre

The Horror Of the Many Faces - Tim Lebbon

Bee double Holmes.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.johnjosephadams.com/sherlock-holmes/?page_id=59

The Big Trip Up Yonder - Kurt Vonnegut

Grandpa scribble quibble.


3 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30240/30240-h/30240-h.htm

Monsters Of Mars - Edmond Hamilton

Matter transmissions a croc-Man!


2 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30452/30452-h/30452-h.htm#Monsters_of_Mars

The Red Hell Of Jupiter - Paul Ernst

Rogan tube men.


1.5 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30214/30214-h/30214-h.htm

The Foreign Hand Tie - Randall Garrett

"Spies, like fairies and other such elusive sprites, traditionally come in rings."


2 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/3/0/4/9/30497/30497-h/30497-h.htm

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Innsmouth Free Press interview - Tanith Lee

"IFP: What are you working on right now?

TL: Lots of short stories. And trying to finish a short contemporary novel called Ivorian, that has only about twenty pages left to do – and which, due to other things, not all work, I haven’t had a chance to get to for over a year! Then I shall be off to finish (also) a novel of dark fantasy called At the Court of the Crow, which is due for Nightshade. Additionally, I’m tackling pieces of artwork for the covers of the Flat Earth reprints from Norliana."


4 out of 5

http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/?p=3360

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Gender Plague - K. D. Wentworth

Sex switch? Who cares?


4 out of 5

http://daybreakmagazine.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/daybreak-fiction-“the-gender-plague”/

Lion Loose - James H. Schmitz

Heslet Quillan in the middle of guns and gangster, on an old space resort.


3.5 out of 5

Lion Loose - James H. Schmitz

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/3/0/4/9/30493/

7th Son Descent 1 - J. C. Hutchins

"The President Of the United States is dead. He was murdered by in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy."


3.5 out of 5

http://cdn3.libsyn.com/jchutchins/7thSonDescent_PDF_1.pdf?nvb=20091118003424&nva=20091119004424&t=0c4009f58b096fcc2e8aa

Actusf Interview - Peter Watts

"On a purely descriptive level, the Scramblers are my attempt to create an alien life-form that is both justifiable biologically and at the same time *alien* to human sensibilities. The aliens depicted in most science fiction works tend to follow a bimodal distribution ; either you’ve got cryptic monoliths or energy-balls so far removed from humanity that they are forever incomprehensible by definition, or you’ve got a creature in a rubber suit that might as well *be* humanity with one or two cultural knobs cranked up to maximum (the "warrior race", the "logical race", and so on)."


4 out of 5

http://www.actusf.com/spip/article-8477.html

Vital Ingredient - Charles de Vet

Big eating problem.


3 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/3/0/4/9/30491/30491-h/30491-h.htm

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Angel Stations - Gary Gibson

"Space twisted briefly around the probe as it emerged only a few thousand light years from the Galactic Core, the very weave and warp of the universe briefly exposed in a burst of exotic particles that destroyed themselves in minuscule flashes of energy. The probe was tiny, small enough to balance on the fingertip of one of the scientists who had designed it, a compact and powerful bundle of molecular circuitry that stored information on the deep quantum level, recording and collating everything it saw or detected.

It unfolded like a silver flower, a gossamer-leafed bauble catching the cosmic wind, at its heart a microscopic bud of molecular circuitry: the hub of a dizzying assortment of sensors directing their mindless yet infinite attention towards the stars of the Core."


3.5 out of 5

http://whitescreenofdespair.blogspot.com/2009/08/angel-stations-excerpt.html

Nova War Prologue - Gary Gibson

"Inside a Shoal reconnaissance corvette, lost and hunted through a dense tangle of stars and hydrogen clouds a thousand light-years wide, a Bandati spy was being tortured by having his wings pulled off one by one."


4 out of 5

http://whitescreenofdespair.blogspot.com/2000/01/nova-war-prologue-orion-perseus.html

Makers 58 - Cory Doctorow

"“Hello, Suzanne,” he said. The gloat in his voice was unmistakable. He had something really slimy up his sleeve.

“How can I help you?”

“I’m calling for comment on a story,” he said. “It’s my understanding that your lad, Perry, pitched a tantie and fired the business-managers of the ride, and has told the lawyers representing him against Disney that he intends to drop the suit.”

“Is there a question in there?”"


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58183

Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom - David Moles

Posthuman griefer game pullback.


4.5 out of 5

http://www.chrononaut.org/stories/down-and-out/

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cherry Bomb - J. A. Konrath

"Alex follows while hunched over, keeping out of sight of the occasional passing car. She helps Officer Stark into the back seat.
"Be right back, cutie."
Alex winks and slams the door. Then she gathers up the items from the back of the Honda and transfers them into the passenger seat of the cop car, save for a fist-sized chunk of PENO, a pyrotechnic blasting cap, and four feet of pink thermalite fuse. She pushes in the Honda's cigarette lighter, then spends a few dirty minutes crawling under the chassis. Alex hums as she works, sticking the PENO to the gas tank, and the combined fuse and cap into the plastic. The road, and the undercarriage, are still damp from the earlier rain, but the explosive sticks like peanut butter.
Boom time.
Alex pops out the lighter, admiring the orange glow. She hesitates, savoring the moment, letting some anticipation build.
The fuse ignites, hissing and sparking and making Alex feel like she's ten years old again, behind Father's barn with Charles, lighting cherry bombs and blowing up tin cans."


4 out of 5

http://www.henryperezbooks.com/

Sublimation Angels - Jason Sanford

Low kid AI mom decay alien Handling.


4 out of 5

http://www.jasonsanford.com/files/sublimationangels-1.pdf

Travels through Balaia An Interview with - James Barclay

"People are unfamiliar with me? Who? I want them caught and shot now."


4 out of 5


http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2009/11/travels-through-balaia-interview-with.html

Fuzzy Navel 1-7 - J. A. Konrath

"I'm going to ask you this one time, and one time only. And then I'm going to start hurting you."


4 out of 5

http://www.jakonrath.com/FuzzyNavelSample.pdf

The Rise and Fall of the Military Techno-Thriller - Nader Elhefnawy

"Arguably the most widely read science fiction of the 1980s, though rarely recognized as such, were the military techno-thrillers that topped the bestseller lists in that decade—​novels like those written by Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Dale Brown, Payne Harrison and Ralph Peters. The genre attracted little attention from serious critics in its heyday, and with the decline in its popularity it has received less attention of all kinds."


5 out of 5

http://www.irosf.com/q/zine/article/10603

Rusty Nail 1-7 - J. A. Konrath

"There hadn't been a homicide in Chicago for four days, which had to be some kind of record."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.jakonrath.com/RustyNailExcerpt.pdf

They Also Serve - Donald E. Westlake

Waiting for a war.


2 out of 5

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/3/0/4/7/30474/30474-h/30474-h.htm

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Deluge 38 - Brian Keene

"A black stalk-like object was sticking out of the water about ten feet away from him. It was as thick as his forearm and covered in sleek, fine hair. Muscles rippled beneath the flesh. The tendril bent in the middle and leaned toward him. The tip held a single hooded eye. It stared at him without blinking."


4 out of 5

http://www.briankeene.com/?p=2912

Friday, November 13, 2009

Makers 56 - Cory Doctorow

"The whole way back, Lester talked about the Disney-in-a-Box. There’d been some alien autopsy videos of them posted online already, engineers taking them to bits, making guesses about and what they did and how. Lester had watched the videos avidly and he held his own opinions, and he was eager to get at the box and find answers for himself. It was the size of an ice-chest, too big to fit on his lap, but he kept looking over his shoulder at it.

The box-art, a glossy pic of two children staring goggle-eyed at a box from which Disneoid marvels were erupting, looked a little like the Make Your Own Monster toy Perry’d had as a boy. It actually made his heart skip a beat the way that that old toy had. Really, wasn’t that every kid’s dream? A machine that created wonders from dull feedstock?"


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58181#comments

Makers 55 - Cory Doctorow

"Perry thought of all the things that had happened since then and wondered how much of it, if any, Death had a right to know about. He leaned in close, conscious of all the observers. “I’m out of the lawsuit. We are. Me and Lester. Fired those guys.” Behind his reflective contacts, Death’s eyes widened a touch."


2.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58130#comments

Neuropath 2 - R. Scott Baker

“Christ, no! That’s how I started. After the preliminary success of the SenDep program, I was identified as a rising star. They transferred me from the psychomanipulation division to the neuro. They opened the vault, good buddy, and let me wander the wonderful world of black ops.”

Thomas lowered his beer. “The NSA has a neuromanipulation division.”

“You’re surprised? Why do you think places like Washington or Beijing are infested with spies? Because that’s where the decisions are made. Wherever important decisions are made, you find spies. And ultimately”—he tapped his temple with a finger—“this is where all the decisions are made. So why not?”


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=58265#comments

Novice - James H. Schmitz

'These, she told herself definotely, 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

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/3/0/4/5/30458/

Novice - James H. Schmitz

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bloody Mary 1-7 - J. A. Konrath

"It would be so easy to kill you while you sleep."

This also includes some notes by the author.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.jakonrath.com/BLOODYMARY.pdf

Whiskey Sour - J. A. Konrath

Jack Daniels husband is gone, has no boyfriend, an old car, and an oversupply of bourbon, and a tendency to hang out in dodgy bars.

Luckily, she lives in Chicago so no horrible twangy country music, and she has no dog to get run over, not even a budgie.

She does, however , have a tendency to attract serial killer freaks, being a detective lieutenant in the Violent Crimes squad.

So to add to her woes, getting beaten up and shot can be added to the list of not so good stuff going on.

This particular offender, known as the Gingerbread Man, likes to make his own snuff movies.

Her partner could actually eat a full size Gingerbread Man.

She, however, is rather tough and can still trade insults after being perforated, bludgeoned, or thrown over a pool table.

She also is reasonably intelligent, as are some of her dodgy mates, whichever side of the law they man be in the grey area between.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.jakonrath.com/WhiskeySourFree.pdf

World Fantasy Convention Interview - Michael Swanwick

"What is valuable is the presence of other writers of your same generation who are doing the same sort of thing you are, and writing the kind of stories that you aspire to write. When “Hardfought” by Greg Bear or “Hive” by Bruce Sterling or “My Brother's Keeper” by Pat Cadigan, or “Black Air” by Kim Stanley Robinson first appeared, they all sent me straight to the typewriter to prove that I could do that too. Not the specifics of the story, of course, but something that cool, that sharp, that innovative, that literary. Thy pushed me into new areas. They showed by example exactly how good you have to be to avoid being an also-ran. "


4 out of 5

http://www.bookotron.com/agony/Current/Current_Commentary.html