Monday, July 30, 2012

Butterfly's Kiss - Thomas S. Roche

Club play, Tarantula. 3 out of 5

Slow Drowning - David Tallerman

Taken away, with gnomes. 3 out of 5

Our Human - Adam-Troy Castro

Riirgan twisted tale. 3.5 out of 5

The End - Brian Stableford

Halfway Wandering Jew. 2.5 out of 5

Get to Know an Apex Author: Jennifer Pelland - Jason Sizemore

"Jennifer Pelland likes to describe herself as the two time losing Nebula Award-nominated science fiction writer. Considering how tough the short fiction category can be for the Nebula Award, I think she is seriously underselling herself, even if it is in the spirit of humor and self-deprecation." 3.5 out of 5

Interweave - Christopher K. Miller

Butterfly massacre mood. 3.5 out of 5

Bampot Central - Chris Brookmyre

Post office hold up decoy stuck professional. 4 out of 5

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Neptune's Return - Thomas S. Roche

Palm pilot bound dream. 3.5 out of 5

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fit to Print - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Got us a nest of space aliens. Barbequed.

3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Savage Pellucidar - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Entertaining and often rather amusing centre of the Earth savage land shenanigan stories. Savage Pellucidar : The Return to Pellucidar - Edgar Rice Burroughs Savage Pellucidar : Men of the Bronze Age - Edgar Rice Burroughs Savage Pellucidar : Tiger Girl - Edgar Rice Burroughs Savage Pellucidar : Savage Pellucidar - Edgar Rice Burroughs David Innes is back in the fight. Ghak is a hairy one and Dian goes ballooning. 3 out of 5 Dian gets worshipped. 3 out of 5 Fake god chases fake goddess in balloons made of dinosaur. 3.5 out of 5 Search party convergence. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Savage Pellucidar - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Search party convergence. 3.5 out of 5

Tiger Girl - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Fake god chases fake goddess in balloons made of dinosaur. 3.5 out of 5

Men of the Bronze Age - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Dian gets worshipped. 3 out of 5

The Return To Pellucidar - Edgar Rice Burroughs

David Innes is back in the fight. Ghak is a hairy one and Dian goes ballooning. 3 out of 5

The Girl In the Gem - John Jakes

The Girl In the Gem - John Jakes
A plague of dwarves and tentacles for Brak, here. 3 out of 5

MIND MELD: Ecological Science Fiction - Fabio Fernandes

"The recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio 2012 or Rio+20, where the heads of state of 192 governments discussed sustainable development and declared their commitment to the promotion of a sustainable future, has – even if for a short while – galvanized the media attention. Science fiction, however, has never turned its back on ecology, being a constant theme, growing strong particularly in the past few years, with authors ranging from the master ecothinker Kim Stanley Robinson to younger and prolific Paolo Bacigalupi, all focusing in strategies to survival of humankind under a grim scenario of climate change. So, we asked this week’s panelists: Q: With all the debates on global warming, the constant fear that we may be running scarce of basic resources such as potable water in the near future, what is science fiction’s role in this panorama? What are your favorite SFnal scenarios for problem-solving regarding the maintenance and sustainability of ecosystems, if any? Is there any scenario science fiction could be exploring better with relation to ecology?" 5 out of 5

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kill the Boss Goodbye - Peter Rabe

A gangster in charge of an extensive bookmaking setup has a few mental problems. A leavetaking allows an underling to make a power grab. So, confrontation on return as well as trying to keep the wheels greased. 3 out of 5 htp://

Monday, July 09, 2012

Burial Detail - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Sight and skulls.

3.5 out of 5

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Observer Effects - Tim Pratt

Supertypes Installing surveillance of everyone by everyone doesn't go so well, forcing installation of no facial recognition in everyone. 3.5 out of 5

How Propeller-Heads BNFs Sercon Geeks Newbies Recovering GAFIAtors and Kids in the Basements Invented the World Wide Web All Except for the Delivery System - Roger Ebert

"In grade school I had a paper route, and one of the homes where I threw the Champaign-Urbana Courier was a tarpaper wartime housing unit occupied by two University of Illinois students from Poland and their mother. When I came around to collect (20 cents a week), they’d invite me in and quiz me, perhaps because I was an odd and talkative kid who amused them. They read science fiction, and when they moved out at the end of the school year they gave me a big cardboard carton filled with old issues of Astounding Science Fiction–old even then, from the 1940s, with names like A.E. van Vogt, Robert Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard on the covers. For a time they sat in the basement, to be taken up, looked at," 3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

How Cyberpunk Saved Sci-Fi - Paolo Bacigalupi

"For me as a kid, reading cyberpunk was like seeing the world for the first time. Gibson’s Neuromancer wasn’t just stylistically stunning; it felt like the template for a future that we were actively building. I remember reading Sterling’s Islands in the Net and suddenly understanding the disruptive potential of technology once it got out into the street. Cyberpunk felt urgent. It wasn’t the future 15 minutes out—it was the future sideswiping you and leaving you in a full-body cast as it passed by." 3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Gunmetal Magic 1 - Ilona Andrews

"Thud. My skull bounced off the pavement. Blood stained my blond hair. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Sarah take a running start like a kicker before a field goal. The flesh on her body boiled. Bones grew, muscles wound around them like cotton candy over a stick, hair sprouted, sheathing the new body, half human, half animal, in a coat of pale sandy fur dappled with telltale hyena spots. The bouda grinned at me, her malformed mouth full of fangs. I clenched up, curling my ten-year-old self into a ball. The clawed foot crashed into my ribs. The three-inch claws scraped bone and it crunched inside me like a snapped chopstick. She kept kicking me." 4.5 out of 5

Monday, July 02, 2012

Angel Plantation - Tina Connolly

Motivating the organslaves. 3.5 out of 5

The Apocalypse Codex Prologue Office Job - Charles Stross

"Things are getting better: It's been ten months, and I only wake up screaming about once a week now. The physiotherapy is working and my right arm has regained eighty percent of its strength. The surviving members of the Wandsworth Cell of the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh have been arrested and detained indefinitely at Her Majesty's Pleasure, in accordance with the secret supplementary regulations in Appendix Six of the Terrorism Act (2003); and every day, in every way, my life is getting better and better. (The happy pills help, too.)" 4.5 out of 5

Remodeling - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Muffler Man was right? 3.5 out of 5