Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 408)

EATERS OF THE DEAD by Michael Crichton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1976

"Minor Crichton but verily, verily a diverting send-up which you'll read faster than you can say qurtaq."
Almost "verily," the amazing Michael Crichton has presented the manuscript (922 A.D.) of an Arab, Ibn Fadlan, emissary of a Caliph who recorded his three-years among the Northmen with the "tone of a tax auditor, not a bard, an anthropologist, not a dramatist." Read full book review >
THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 12, 1976

"Lesser Le Guin, but often impressive."
Terran logging interests vs. the gentle natives of Athshe. Read full book review >

NEW VOICES IN SCIENCE FICTION by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1976

"Nice enough stories, but the flimsiness of the anthology-peg is annoying."
Another entry in the madly lucrative game of Pin The Raison d'Etre on The SF Anthology. Read full book review >
THE WIND'S TWELVE QUARTERS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1975

"For the most part, she leans toward abiding moral dilemmas, pursued with intelligent sympathy but an occasionally overdemonstrative piety."
Seventeen short stories by a major sf luminary of generously ranging interests and likable convictions. Read full book review >
BUY JUPITER AND OTHER STORIES by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 1975

"Rain, Rain, Go Away' (a what's-with-the-family-next-door variant) click; most of the other 22 are pretty thin."
We are apparently destined to see the entire Asimov oeuvre recycled between hard covers in our lifetime. Read full book review >

IMPERIAL EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 19, 1975

"Pleasant but oddly unformed."
As colonists from the entire solar system converge on the mother planet for the 2776 celebration, Duncan Makenzie—third of a "father-son" dynasty of clones—returns to Earth. Read full book review >
THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"A pessimistic, mordantly funny book, well translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel."
The futurologists of the world have gathered at their Eighth World Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton to discuss the problem of overpopulation. Read full book review >
THE INVESTIGATION by Adele Milch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1974

"A compelling and disturbing book, closer to Kafka than the police precinct house."
The Polish science fiction writer has taken the format of the procedural police mystery and turned it into a metaphysical puzzler of considerable power. Read full book review >
TALES OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 1974

"As insubstantial as cotton candy and as sweet."
These appealing five-finger exercises all involve meetings of a misogynistic secret society, the Black Widowers, who foregather monthly at a restaurant to eat good food and to quiz a single nonmember guest on his profession, interests and vagaries. Read full book review >
THE DISPOSSESSED by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 8, 1974

"All through, this impresses with small but incalculably right choices which add up solidly and confirm Mrs. Le Guin as one of our finest projectionists of brave old and other worlds."
It's a few thousand years from now, a time of widened horizons but all too familiar contours. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE GOLDEN AGE by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 1974

"Asimov's autobiographical introductory notes communicate a pleasure in these extravagant tales that only the most churlish fan could wholly fail to share."
The period that SF devotees call golden began in 1938 when John Campbell took over as editor of Astounding and technological precision became a feature of the field. Read full book review >
RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 7, 1973

"A perfect science fiction novel."
Only superlatives will do for Arthur Clarke's dazzlingly polished, wonderfully original exploration of a gigantic alien space ship that passes briefly through the solar system on its way to an unimaginable destination. 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 >