Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

MAGICNET by John DeChancie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"What it's all supposed to add up to is anybody's guess; if the author himself knows he's not telling."
DeChancie's hardcover debut begins when English professor Skye King receives a desperate phone call from his computer-nut friend Grant Barrington; minutes later Grant falls silent, while Skye hears noises of destruction.... Read full book review >
INFERNO by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A pity."
Third of Resnick's science-fictionalized African commentaries, following Paradise (about Zimbabwe) and Purgatory (Kenya). Read full book review >

INTO THE LABYRINTH by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Stay tuned for the seventh- -and last—volume."
Sixth entry in the authors' sprawling, grand-scale Death Gate fantasy series (The Hand of Chaos, p. 30, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WOLF OF WINTER by Paula Volsky
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Thoughtful, distinctive, unconventional, and shapely."
Intriguing other-world fantasy from the author of Illusion (1991), set in the subarctic Russian-flavored land of Rhazaulle. Read full book review >
MONSTERS IN OUR MIDST by Robert Bloch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Better than you may expect but not memorable."
Companion to last year's Psycho-Paths horror anthology, edited as before by the renowned motherstuffer of Psycho. Read full book review >

CHRISTMAS FOREVER by David G. Hartwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Roger Zelazny, Joan Aiken, Gene Wolfe, Charles de Lint, Rudy Rucker, Damon Knight, Alan Dean Foster, Robert Sheckley, Brian Stableford, Michael Bishop), skeptical browsers will be forgiven for regarding somewhat cynically askance a volume whose sole raison d'etre is to cash in on the festivities."
Expect neither old favorites nor unjustly neglected gems: these are 28 all-new tales with a Yuletide flavor, ranging from fairy tales to hard sf, assembled by one of the field's most highly regarded editors. Read full book review >
CONSCIENCE OF THE BEAGLE by Patricia Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Anthony's meteoric rise to the novelistic front ranks is thoroughly deserved."
Interstellar detective yarn from the author of two excellent novels involving aliens (Cold Allies, 1992; Brother Termite, p. 896). Read full book review >
INTO THE GREEN by Charles de Lint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Thin as tissue paper, insubstantial as air."
The Green is how de Lint (Dreams Underfoot, The Little Country, Spiritwalk, etc.) recasts Faerie, accessible to those with the (now many times diluted) Summerblood that confers magical abilities. Read full book review >
GODSPEED by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Passably diverting and involving—if you don't mind precarious plots and chirpy 16-year-old narrators."
Far-future piratical quest/coming-of-age yarn by the author of Cold As Ice and Transcendence (both 1992), etc. Hundreds of years ago, all ships equipped with the faster- than-light Godspeed drive suddenly and mysteriously vanished, leaving planet Erin isolated and doomed to a slow decline. Read full book review >
TEK SECRET by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The Tek telemovie reportedly in the works should help, too."
Fifth in the series (Tek Vengeance, 1992, etc.) featuring private detective Jake Cardigan and his sidekick Sid Gomez. Read full book review >
THE POSITRONIC MAN by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Still, there's bound to be an audience for Asimov's last novel, even if he didn't actually write it."
Third and final collaboration between the late Asimov and Silverberg (Nightfall, 1990; The Ugly Little Boy, 1992), this based on Asimov's famous long story "The Bicentennial Man." Read full book review >
MOVING MARS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"So it has been; so it is here."
Medium-future Martian odyssey from the author of Anvil of Stars (1992), etc. In 2171, Mars inhabitants are grouped in extended family businesses that sometimes compete, sometimes cooperate, and resist the imposition of a central authority. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >