Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

EMPIRE BUILDERS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Sequel to Privateers (1985), Bova's near-future saga of swashbuckling capitalist Dan Randolph's efforts to save the world from communism. Read full book review >
THE SHINING ONES by David Eddings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"At least those who enjoyed volume one should be happy; non-fans need not bother."
Book Two of Eddings's latest trilogy (Domes of Fire, 1992): a second set of yarns about the Pandion Knight, Sparhawk, his wife, Queen Ehlana, and a supporting cast of thousands. Read full book review >

VIRTUAL LIGHT by William Gibson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Dazzling snapshots, then—but, like cyberspace, everything disappears when you switch off."
Near-future good little-guys vs. bad redevelopers tussle—set in a California split into two states: from the cyberspace and virtual reality guru (Mona Lisa Overdrive, 1988; The Difference Engine, 1991, with Bruce Sterling, etc.). Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1993

"Add on the various summations (Fantasy, Horror, TV and movies, obituaries, Honorable Mentions) and the result is another generous, appealing anthology, with much fine work and something to please all tastes."
Another colossal compendium, comprising 48 stories (although the late Angela Carter's ``Alice in Prague, or the Curious Room'' is included but not listed) and five poems (though two poems by Margaret Atwood are listed but not included). Read full book review >
CORE by Paul Preuss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"Notwithstanding the inherent improbability of any such material as hudderite: a fascinating scientific-technical spectacle, and never mind the tepid romancing, humdrum father-son clashes, and generally creaky plot."
Maybe-here-and-now yarn about a project to drill a hole down to the Earth's core in order to study the source of the planet's magnetic field, which is breaking down and wobbling about and threatening to cause all sorts of disasters. Read full book review >

OTHERWISE by Margaret Wander Bonanno
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 1993

"Fans of Bonanno's Star Trek novels are likely to be bored by this unhurried, nonlinear narrative, but more adventurous readers may find the warmth and occasional flashes of wit here much to their taste."
The third in Bonanno's Others series (The Others, 1990; OtherWhere, 1991) continues the story of the conflict between a belligerent race calling itself the People and the pacifistic, scientifically advanced Others, with whom they share their planet. Read full book review >
DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE by Katharine Kerr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"For series fans only."
Kerr's latest fantasy novel of the Westlands continues the story begun in A Time of Omens (1992). Read full book review >
HARVEST OF STARS by Poul Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Why he persists in grinding out ponderous, somnolent, bloated offerings like this is one of science fiction's enduring mysteries."
Medium-future power struggle between a North America gripped by a techno-religious dictatorship, and an interplanetary corporation representing the last bastion of free enterprise: from the author of The Boat of a Million Years, Orion Shall Rise, etc. The doctrine of Avantism predicts a transcendent future for humanity; but, meanwhile, the real ruler of North America is secret police chief Enrique Sayre, whose best weapon is a computer-copied personality (``download'') of Avantism's main opponent—the late Fireball head honcho Anson Guthrie—that's been reprogrammed to accept Avantism. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF ELYSIUM by Joan Slonczewski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A marvelous array of cultures presented in astonishing depth: an enormously impressive achievement, despite Slonczewski's inability to dramatize events rather than simply report them."
A fistful of cultural conflicts centered on the ocean-covered planet Shora, where a thousand years have passed since the actions described in Slonczewski's hardcover debut novel, A Door Into Ocean (1986). Read full book review >
A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER by Roger Zelazny
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Sparkling, witty, delightful: Zelazny's best for ages, perhaps his best ever."
After years of unprepossessing folderol—the wearisome Nine Princes in Amber retreads are depressingly typical—Zelazny bursts forth with, well, ``Victorian light supernatural fantasy'' just about covers it. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 1993

"Finally, a disappointing entry in a hitherto superlative series."
As the number of entries dwindles (28 last time, 24 this), the average length increases; here, take out the two novellas previously published as independent hardcovers (Michael Swanwick's Griffin's Egg and Frederik Pohl's Outnumbering the Dead) and the short-story version of Arthur C. Clarke's latest novel, The Hammer of Gold (p. 492), and 1992's Best SF begins to look decidedly hyperbolic. Read full book review >
GOLDEN TRILLIUM by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 15, 1993

"A satisfying installment, independently intelligible, with at least one more (from Bradley) still to come."
Third in the fantasy series following Black Trillium (1990, coauthored by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, and Norton) and Blood Trillium (1992, by May solo). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >