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Book Review: The Violent Century

March 7th, 2015

In a world very much like our own, super-powered clandestine operatives vie with each other on missions to save or destroy humanity

Book Review: The Just City

February 18th, 2015
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In Jo Walton’s latest novel, the “just city” of Plato’s Republic is brought to life via Greek gods, robots, and a little discreet time travel

Book Review: Unbreakable

January 21st, 2015
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When young Promise’s family is killed on their peaceful frontier planet, she signs up with the space-Marines – as one tends to do in such circumstances

Book Review: The Golden Princess

September 23rd, 2014
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The latest of S. M. Stirling’s novels of the post-technology “Change” takes up the adventures of a new generation in a strange new (and yet old) world

Book Review: Sword of the Bright Lady

September 4th, 2014
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A mild-mannered engineer goes out walking in Arizona and suddenly finds himself transported to a strange and violent alien world in M. C. Planck’s fantastic latest novel

Book Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 31st Collection

July 20th, 2014
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The legendary science fiction anthology series by Gardner Dozois reaches its thirty-first incarnation, with 700 pages of standout stories

Book Review: California

July 14th, 2014

After a handily vague apocalypse, a forlorn hipster couple bickers in the woods in Edan Lepucki’s much-hyped debut novel

Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Almanac

March 28th, 2014
time traveler’s almanac

A key element of science fiction DNA is the whole concept of time travel, and a gigantic new anthology assembles all the greatest time travel stories ever told

Book Review: Lockstep

March 20th, 2014
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When a tech-savvy young man wakes up fourteen thousand years after entering suspended animation, he finds the galaxy radically altered – and his brother firmly in charge

Book Review: Words of Radiance

March 11th, 2014
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Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy series set on a storm-raked world continues

Book Review: A Darkling Sea

March 6th, 2014
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A murder at the bottom of an alien ocean looks likely to spark an interstellar war

Book Review: The Waking Engine

February 25th, 2014
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In an amazing science fiction debut, a New Yorker awakens in a strange new world

Book Review: The Martian

February 16th, 2014

An unassuming botanist gets separated from his exploration team and finds himself stranded alone on Mars – and his survival rests entirely in his own hands.

Book Review: Like a Mighty Army

February 11th, 2014
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Armies clash and the technological stakes are raised in the latest installment in David Weber’s rip-roaring “Safehold” series

Book Review: The Emperor’s Blades

January 31st, 2014
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The engrossing first volume of a very promising new fantasy series

Book Review: What Makes This Book So Great

January 28th, 2014
what makes this book so great

One of the brightest stars in the sci-fi/fantasy night sky writes about the interesting stuff she’s been re-reading

Book Review: Two Serpents Rise

December 25th, 2013
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In a fantasy version of LA where sorcerous captains of industry wage war against the gods, a conflicted young ‘risk manager’ works to prevent a dark plot from poisoning millions of people

Book Review: 21st Century Science Fiction

December 17th, 2013
21st century science fiction

A legendary editor assembles the leading lights of science fiction for the new century – he hopes.

Book Review: Assault on Sunrise

September 7th, 2013
Book Review: Assault on Sunrise

In Michael Shea’s new novel, an insane movie producer seeks vengeance on the wily extras who eluded his grasp – it’s a delightful riff on late-night sci-fi movies … and a reminder of what sharp fun good science fiction can be.

Frederik Pohl

September 3rd, 2013
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Frederik Pohl

Book Review: Year’s Best Science Fiction

August 19th, 2013
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The powerhouse annual science fiction anthology series turns thirty with a new collection drawn from all the sci-fi periodicals of the English-speaking world

Book Review: Sea Change

July 12th, 2013

An inquisitive young woman falls in love with an ungainly, weirdly sophisticated alien creature

In Paperback: 2312

June 30th, 2013

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic space opera – now out in paperback – the mankind of two centuries hence has conquered space and colonized the solar system, but as usual, it carries its own dark side wherever it goes

Book Review: The 5th Wave

May 11th, 2013
the 5th wave

Is Rick Yancey’s latest teen-targeted sci-fi thriller mere filler for fans waiting on the next “Hunger Games” volume, or is there some meat on its bones?

Book Review: Wolfhound Century

April 23rd, 2013
wolfhound century

A killer stalks a dark-fantasy alternate version of the Soviet Union in Peter Higgins’ fantastic debut novel

Book Review: Farside

April 5th, 2013

Science fiction grand master Ben Bova sets his latest novel on the far side of the moon

Classics Reissued: Dune

March 23rd, 2013
Classics Reissued: Dune

The greatest sci-fi novel of all time is inaugurated into the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics library

Book Review: Ice Forged

January 8th, 2013
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The first volume in a new fantasy series opens on a world where the everyday background magic on which everybody depends is beginning to flicker out …

Book Review: The Kassa Gambit

January 5th, 2013
the kassa gambit

In the future setting of this promising sci-fi debut, world-hopping humanity finds the last thing it expected: aliens!

Book Review: The Clone Sedition

November 15th, 2012
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The warrior-clones in Steven Kent’s Clone Republic series can handle just about anything on the battlefield – but what if somebody starts tinkering with their programming?

Book Review: London Eye

October 27th, 2012
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In the opening volume of the “Toxic City” series, London is cut off from the rest of the world and filling up with super-powered mutants – two things which have been true on YouTube for some time now.

Book Review: Kiss of Steel

September 7th, 2012
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The melodramatic first novel in a series set in a vampire-ridden steampunk version of Victorian London

Book Review: Star Trek: Forgotten History

August 9th, 2012

All the time-jaunts of the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise, contained – and explained – in one novel? Inconceivable!

Classics Reissued: Fevre Dream

July 27th, 2012
Fevre Dream

A new reprint delivers George R. R. Martin’s science fiction novel about 19th century American vampires!

Book Review: Three A.M.

July 22nd, 2012
3 am – march 2012

In a fog-enshrouded city, a tough PI takes on a case that changes everything.

Anthology Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29

July 5th, 2012

The latest edition of the venerable science fiction anthology series!

New in Paperback: Bloody Red Baron

May 24th, 2012
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In the sequel to Kim Newman’s great “Anno Dracula,” the evil Count wages war – the First World War, to be exact – with the living!

Book Review: Star Trek: That Which Divides

May 6th, 2012
Star Trek That Which Divides

Kirk and crew must conduct a rescue mission on a planet that disappears every three years – and is set to vanish mighty soon!

In Theaters: John Carter

March 8th, 2012
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The new movie “John Carter” has spawned a dozen reprints of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories – including the official Disney tie-in featuring both the screenplay novelization and the debut ERB novel

Book Review: Star Trek, The Rings of Time

February 1st, 2012
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Captain Kirk finds himself stranded in the middle of space in the 21st century in this new Star Trek novel.

Book Review: Death and Resurrection

January 24th, 2012
death and resurrection

A new fantasy novel from a neglected giant in the genre!

Classics Reissued: Fire Upon the Deep

January 14th, 2012
fire upon the deep

Vernor Vinge’s epic science fiction masterpiece gets a spiffy reprint on its twentieth anniversary!

Anthology Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 28

January 10th, 2012
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The living giants of science fiction stretch and subvert the fabric of imagination in the latest instalment of this legendary anthology series.

Book Review: The Romulan War

November 10th, 2011
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Two new linked “Star Trek” novels dramatize a pivotal event in the fictional universe of the beloved TV show – Earth’s first war with the Romulans!

Author Interview: Justin Gustainis

August 15th, 2011
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A quick Q & A with Justin Gustainis, author of the Morris and Chastain novels, on fame, devils, and holy scripture

Book Review: Sympathy for the Devil

August 14th, 2011
sympathy for the devil

In their latest outing, intrepid paranormal investigators Morris and Chastain look into an American presidential candidate who seems too good to be true.

Book Review: The Fallen Blade

August 11th, 2011
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A terrific new fantasy novel set in an alternate 15th century Venice.

In Paperback: A Princess of Mars

June 13th, 2011
John Carter of Mars

A paperback re-issue of the first instalment in the adventures of John Carter, gentleman of Virginia and superhuman warlord of distant Mars!

Book Review: A Taint in the Blood

May 8th, 2011
a taint in the blood

The first book in a new vampire series shows all the veteran author’s signature strengths.