Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

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 >

PALLAS by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"This is just the beginning of a plot that takes in family entanglements, revolutions, alien objects, immortality treatments, etc. Reasonably diverting, if you can tolerate Smith's unsubtle ideological slant, and fluffed up with references to Star Wars, Star Trek, and other cultural icons."
Something like a playful, knowing, Heinlein-ish Little House in the asteroid belt. Read full book review >
THE FIRES OF HEAVEN by Robert Jordan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Overwhelming, then—in sheer bulk if nothing else."
Another colossal installment in Jordan's already immense saga (most recently The Shadow Rising, 1991), which many volumes ago proceeded past the point of intelligibility to outsiders. Read full book review >
WANDERER by Donald E. McQuinn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Presumably, however, Warrior fans will wish to investigate."
Sequel to Warrior (1990—not seen), McQuinn's fantasy/science- fiction hybrid saga of religious warfare set in a Pacific Northwest five hundred years after a nuclear and biological war. Read full book review >

THE CHRONICLES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Fairly mediocre stories, overall, but don't underestimate the crowd-pulling power of McCaffrey's all-but-legendary planet."
Four originals, one magazine reprint: the first story collection centered on McCaffrey's immensely popular Dragonriders and their battle to keep planet Pern free of the invidious, corrosive Thread. Read full book review >
BROTHER TO SHADOWS by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Pleasingly peopled, and with a satisfyingly convoluted plot: Norton's most persuasive solo outing in quite some time."
Far-future science-fiction outing, with a peripheral role for Norton's well-known alien Forerunners, from the Grand Dame of the field. Read full book review >
A PLAGUE OF ANGELS by Sheri S. Tepper
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"So the upshot, while panoramic and often absorbing, is full of distractions, and so preoccupied with worthy Messages that you can almost hear the halos being polished."
Another hypercomplicated, problematic amalgam of fantasy, science fiction, and Message, from the author of Sideshow, Beauty, etc. Long after most of humankind has left for the stars, or so tradition has it, ``manland'' consists of isolated farms whose sons soon run off to the ``cities''—in reality, slums ruled by barbaric gangs. Read full book review >
BERSERKER KILL by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Dwells rather too long on virtual reality, currently one of science fiction's hot topics, but otherwise reliably plotted and executed: a worthy addition to a popular series."
Addition to Saberhagen's long-standing series (The Berserker Throne, 1985, etc.) about the ``berserkers''—insensate smart machines that roam the galaxy seeking out and destroying intelligent organic lifeforms. Read full book review >
WHEN TRUE NIGHT FALLS by C.S. Friedman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Not for the purists, but competently wrought, independently intelligible, reasonably engaging, and worth a try for eclectic readers."
Second volume in the Cold Fire trilogy (after the well- received Black Sun Rising, 1991—not reviewed)—a disquieting hybrid epic with a science-fiction backdrop (starship colonists marooned on a remote, hostile planet) and a fantasy plotline: to survive, humanity must battle planet Erna's inimical fae, a sort of evil magic, not to mention the cat-like natives, human sorcerers, demons, and what-all. Read full book review >
VOYAGE OF THE FOX RIDER by Dennis L. McKiernan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Evidently, the formula to please McKiernan fans."
Another expansive yarn set in the fantasy world of Mithgar, occurring this time in the First Age, thousands of years before the events in McKiernan's last outing, The Eye of the Hunter (1992). Read full book review >
THE EYE OF THE EVERLASTING ANGEL by Noel Virtue
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 1993

"A creaky plot, but quite readable."
Fifth novel, set in the late 60's, from Virtue (Among the Animals, 1988—not reviewed): a mishmash of genres—picaresque, coming-of-age, gay, fantasy—that manages to build up enough steam to keep the story moving against the grade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >