Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

THE COLLAPSIUM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Brilliantly, breathtakingly inventive superscience—along with sophomoric sociology and a promising plot that languishes undeveloped."
Far-future yarn involving gravity engineering, programmable matter, electromagnetic grapples, and whatnot, from the author of Bloom (1998), etc. Supergenius Bruno de Towaji now lives alone on a private planetoid in the Kuiper Belt; having engineered the Iscog, or interplanetary telecom network capable of transmitting, or "faxing," human patterns, out of collapsium, structured diamond-coated microscopic black holes, he's fabulously rich. Read full book review >
DARK MATTER by Sheree R. Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2000

"Ponder."
A first anthology of speculative fiction by black writers: 25 stories, 3 novel excerpts, and 5 essays, the oldest piece an 1887 tale of a bewitched vineyard, the majority from this year. Read full book review >

SATURN’S RACE by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2000

"Inventive and wide-ranging, but cold-hearted and singularly spineless in terms of both structure and morality."
Power struggles in a near-future world of privileged floating islands, desperate third-world billions, ninjas, intelligent dolphins, and sharks with arms and computer brains: from the authors of Achilles' Choice (1991). Read full book review >
DEEP SOUND CHANNEL by Joe Buff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2000

"One needs more than just a fondness for gadgetry fiction to stay the course here: One needs to be addicted."
More electronic gimcrackery than you can shake a MAD (magnetic-anomaly detector) at in this debut thriller about submarine warfare in the year 2011. Read full book review >
CALLAHAN’S KEY by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2000

"Okay for the fans, and is there some reason why all the question marks—just the curly bits, not the dots—have been rotated 180 degrees?"
Another outing (Callahan's Legacy, 1996, etc.) for bullet-proof bartender Jake Stonebender, his wife Zoey, their superintelligent 14-month-old, Erin, and the eponymous bar that, thanks to a vindictive licensing inspector, has been closed and shuttered for 18 months. Read full book review >

SPRINGWAR by Tom Deitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2000

"Deitz does supply a recap, but overall this is heavy and rather unpleasant stuff, best suited to fans of the previous book."
Second installment of Deitz's extended fantasy, begun with Bloodwinter (1999), about the quarreling kingdoms of frigid Eron and desert Ixti. Read full book review >
FLIGHTLESS FALCON by Mickey Zucker Reichert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2000

"Some ingenious plot convolutions eventually materialize, but mediocre is as good as it gets."
New fantasy from the author of The Children of Wrath (1998), etc. Down-and-out ex-miner Tamison is forced to steal in order to feed his family. Read full book review >
MORTALIS by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2000

"Fans only. (Author tour)"
First volume in a new DemonWars series (The Demon Apostle, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
WIT’CH WAR by James Clemens
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2000

Third entry in Clemens's fantasy saga (Wit'ch Storm, 1999, etc.) set in the kingdom of Alasea, where young blood magick-powered wit'ch Elena and the usual array of helpers must recover the lost Blood Diary in order to defeat the world-threatening Dark Lord and his customary evil lieutenant. Read full book review >
THE SPIRITUAL MEADOW by Yoryis Yatromanolakis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2000

"But the amusing mix of dream vision, condensed history, magical realism, and sociopolitical satire keeps us happily bedazzled, and eagerly reading all the same."
And now for something completely different . . . from the acclaimed Greek author of the suavely Ovidian Eroticon, this 1974 novel (his first) employs the currently obscure form of the "spiritual biography" (roughly akin to the saint's life) to relate the adventures of Theodore P., a teacher of humanities assigned to a remote Greek island. Read full book review >
PROBABILITY MOON by Nancy Kress
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Twisty and compelling, brimful of ideas, with Kress's usual life-sized characters: top-notch work from a major talent—and we haven't heard the last of the Fallers."
A far-future alien-contact yarn from the versatile author of Stinger (1998), etc. When humans expanded into space, they found a network of stargates left by vanished aliens—and also ran into the Fallers, xenophobic aliens who immediately declared war and continue to resist all attempts at communication. Read full book review >
FIRST CONTRACT by Greg Costikyan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Expect sequels."
Ironic alien-contact yarn from the computer-game designer and author of By the Sword (1993). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >