Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

BLACK SWAN, WHITE RAVEN by Ellen Datlow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Fresh, often feminist significance teased out of ancient, ageless tapestries."
Fourth in the series of fairy tales reworked for modern audiences (Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
WIZARD OF THE WINDS by Allan Cole
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Hardworking, competently wrought, and independently intelligible, but talky and undistinguished."
First of a fantasy trilogy from the author of The Warrior Returns (1996), etc. Young Safar, of the Timura family of expert potters, becomes friends with warrior Iraj Protarus when the latter takes refuge in Kyrania after having been driven from his home by a blood feud. Read full book review >

WYRM by Mark Fabi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Grab those wizard privileges and beware of hostile frobnules."
The year is 1999. Read full book review >
THE EAGLE AND THE SWORD by A.A. Attanasio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"The backdrop is original if nothing else; otherwise, flavorsome if eccentric, the story offers many charms despite the present-tense narrative."
Sequel to The Dragon and the Unicorn (1996), Attanasio's outlandish justification for an unconventional new version of the Camelot story. Read full book review >
THE ART OF ARROW CUTTING by Stephen Dedman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"An agreeable blend of oriental fantasy and noir-ish sleuthing: a polished, well-organized debut, complemented by Dedman's nice light touch on the tiller."
In Australia writer Dedman's first novel, drifter-photographer Michelangelo ``Mage'' Magistrale runs into beautiful blond Amanda Sharmon in a small Canadian town. Read full book review >

DISTRESS by Greg Egan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Challenging, well informed, and iconoclastic, but also abstruse and often heavy: admirable rather than enjoyable, but an impressive first hardcover nonetheless."
About 60 years from now, SeeNet journalist and narrator Andrew Worth (he has a camera and computer software hardwired into his body) muscles in on a colleague's assignment to cover a physics convention on the artificial coral island, Stateless, at which Nobel laureate Violet Mosala is expected to announce a watertight Theory of Everything (TOE). Read full book review >
THE DAZZLE OF DAY by Molly Gloss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Your move."
Multigenerational starship yarn, a first science fiction venture for the mainstream author of The Jump-Off Creek (1989), etc. After 140 years traveling through space, propelled by its solar sails, Dusty Miller finally draws near a new world. Read full book review >
DESTINY'S ROAD by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"A fascinating and skillfully detailed alien ecology, along with solid characters and some intriguing problems for them to tackle: Niven in top form."
Hugo and Nebula Awardwinner Niven's latest (The Ringworld Throne, 1996, etc.) is set on planet Destiny, where the mothership Argo vanished into space, leaving the colonists with only two fusion-powered landers. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN'S BRIDGE by John Cramer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Cramer splendidly demonstrates just how fascinating and mind- boggling real science can be, and shows exactly how vulnerable basic research is to political whim."
Arriving too late for a full review, physicist-author Cramer's latest hard science fiction yarn (Twistor, 1989) begins in an alternate ``bubble'' universe where the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project didn't collapse through lack of funding in the 1990s. Read full book review >
FARADAY'S ORPHANS by Lee Wood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"The fresh, harrowing details and spunky heroine compensate somewhat for the creaky plotting, treacherous, repellent hero, and highly improbably windup."
In Wood's second outing (Looking for the Mahdi, 1996), the Earth's magnetic field declined, vanished, then reversed; with nothing to hold it in place, the ozone layer dispersed, allowing hard ultraviolet radiation to blast the surface, while the icecaps melted and refroze. Read full book review >
EXIT TO REALITY by Edith Forbes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1997

"Bland, trite, populated by mediocre characters, and painfully unsurprising: a crushing disappointment."
Far-future what-is-reality puzzler, a first venture into science fiction for the author of the mainstream Nowle's Passing (1996), etc. In the year 2874, Earth's population consists of 150 billion immortals, with all other species deliberately eliminated; every scrap of usable land (but not, for some reason, the sea) supports agriculture; and apartments are stacked inside landforms impossible to cultivate, though most folk prefer virtual reality anyway. Read full book review >
SPARES by Michael Marshall Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"If a novel was ever destined to follow Ridley Scott's classic filming of Philip K. Dick's Blade Runner, this is it. (Film rights optioned by DreamWorks SKG; author tour)"
British writer Smith's first US publication, an action fantasy about a future dystopia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >