Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Agreeable fare for series regulars."
Another adventure for do-gooder Wizard Gar Pike (A Wizard in Peace, 1996, etc.), his sidekick Dirk DuLaine, and their intelligent spaceship Herkimer, as they zoom around the galaxy looking for misgoverned planets to emancipate. Read full book review >
THE CIVILISATION GAME by Clifford D. Simak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Dated in places, but Simak's backwoods courtesy and charm are genuine and free of nostalgia."
Part of a series of collections first published in England, where Simak (190488) was always appreciated, this volume offers seven stories (though the copyright page actually lists eight) dating from 193969 and uncollected or very hard to find since their first appearance. Read full book review >

TIME MACHINES by Jr. Adler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Far from sustaining the absurdly hyperbolic subtitle: a selection that's no better than one chosen completely at random with editorial whim and nostalgia no substitute for scholarship and judgment."
Only 3 of the 22 selections here would appear on almost anyone's ``best of'' list: Connie Willis's Nebula and Hugo Novelette Awardwinner, ``Fire Watch,'' has time travelers helping to save St. Read full book review >
CROSS AND CRESCENT by Susan Shwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The upshot is schizophrenic and only moderately engaging."
Sequel to the 11th-century historical fantasy Shards of Empire (1996). Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF NIGHT WITH MOON by Diane Duane
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Still, fantasy-loving ailurophiles will curl up and purr."
Fantasy set in the universe Duane created in a YA series (Deep Wizardry, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

MISSISSIPI BLUES by Kathleen Ann Goonan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Heavy-handed technovariations without plot or control; pointless curlicues and flourishes in which all but the most committed readers will swiftly lose interest."
Pudgy sequel to Queen City Jazz (1994), a medium-force vision of nanotechnology run riot. Read full book review >
THE WAR AMONGST THE ANGELS by Michael Moorcock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Your move."
Moorcock's latest metamorphic, calculated, gnomic, self- referential venture into the ``multiverse'' completes the trilogy of Blood (1995) and Fabulous Harbors (1997). Read full book review >
THE PURE PRODUCT by John Kessel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"No matter what the merits of Kessel's material, this sort of lazy and indifferent publishing does everybody a disservice."
Fifteen reprinted stories, 198096, one new tale, two poems, and a play that's blurbed as ``award-winning,'' even though it's listed as original to this collection. Read full book review >
FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Only fans who need everything spelled out in the tiniest detail will stick around."
First hardcover appearance for Lackey's Bardic Voices series (The Eagle and the Nightingales, etc.). Read full book review >
EARTHLING by Tony Daniel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Daniel's stimulating ideas deserved a rethink and rewrite, not this lumpy fix-up treatment with its all-but-irrelevant robot."
Disjointed non-novel cobbled together from three long stories, by the author of Warpath (1993). Read full book review >
IN ALIEN HANDS by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Agreeably inventive, well plotted, interestingly peopled, deftly paced and controlled: a quantum leap ahead for Shatner, following the abysmal Man O'War (1996)."
Second installment in a new series (Delta Search, not reviewed). Read full book review >
ILLEGAL ALIEN by Robert J. Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A consistently plotted if not always persuasively motivated yarn, with ingeniously constructed aliens in a fairly routine courtroom melodrama."
Aliens-on-trial, from the author of Frameshift (p. 424), etc. When a spaceship containing nonhumanoid aliens splashes down in the Atlantic, the President's science advisor, Frank Nobilio, and astronomer Clete Calhoun are sent to make contact. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >