Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 412)

A MILLION OPEN DOORS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"All in all, another impressive performance."
Another thoughtful, well-handled, polished coming-of-age yarn from the author of the splendid Orbital Resonance (1991), etc. The far future, with thousands of human colonies isolated from one another by vast stellar distances, offered enormous scope for social engineering according to exotic parameters. Read full book review >
THE UGLY LITTLE BOY by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Skeptics and cynics, however, will again simply wonder why they bothered."
Asimov's famous long story "The Ugly Little Boy" (cf. the equally renowned "Nightfall," novelized by the authors in 1990) first appeared in 1958 in Galaxy magazine and described the emotional repercussions resulting from a 21st-century time-travel experiment in which a Neanderthal child is brought into the present. Read full book review >

ALIEN PLOT by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"And most annoying of all is Anthony's blithe assumption that everything he writes is both essential and salable; he's wrong on both counts."
Only the second story collection (Anthonology, 1986) from prolific novelist Anthony: a mixed bag of 18 pieces, 1970-91, ranging from vignettes and quasi-essays to fiction novellas, and including seven works previously unpublished for one reason or another. Read full book review >
A SUDDEN WILD MAGIC by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Refreshingly inventive, full of wonderful characters and incidents—and a chuckle on almost every page."
Readers who've looked into Jones's YA fiction (Castle in the Air, etc.) know her easy way of moving between the fantastic and the everyday, her dry sense of humor, and her refusal to be straitjacketed by formula. Read full book review >
TO SAVE THE SUN by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Despite an audacious premise, a strong cast of characters, and Bova's knack for political intrigue, this is finally a disappointment."
One of the leading luminaries of hard science fiction (Mars, 1992, etc.) teams up with newcomer Austin for this "fix-up" novel, some parts of which appeared as long ago as 1978. Read full book review >

THE BROKEN LAND by Ian McDonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Inventive and often effective drama, but dense and oppressive, with the dark and anguished backdrop looming above the characters; and the ending bleakly acknowledges that, in terms of today's troubles, nothing much can be done."
Northern Ireland resident McDonald's medium/far future scenario—part allegory, all parallel—derives from the current situation in that unhappy land. Read full book review >
WHEN THE FIVE MOONS RISE by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Dazzling inventiveness, barbed wit, the renowned prose style combining spareness of detail with extraordinary visual richness: that Vance does not top popularity polls and win critical acclaim is the most intractable and perplexing of all science-fiction mysteries."
Twelve tales, most from the early/mid 1950's, previously uncollected in hardback, though all but two have appeared in paperback collections. Read full book review >
LADY OF THE FOREST by Jennifer Roberson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The minstrels were right—Robin's altruistic thievery remains the real story here."
Roberson, author of 15 previous novels, re-creates the first flush of romance between young Maid Marian and the man who will be Robin Hood in this prequel to the more familiar ``merry men'' legends—an often tiresome mixture of political chicanery and courtly passion that pales in comparison to those rollicking legends to come. Read full book review >
THE CUTTING EDGE by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Grab this one in the fervent hope that Duncan will maintain the same high standard throughout."
Book one of a projected four-part series, A Handful of Men, which itself follows Duncan's previous paperback series, A Man of His Word: lively, ingenious, disarming fantasy set in a well- realized land of sorcerers, gods, and numerous contending human varieties (``imps,'' ``fauns,'' ``elves,'' etc.). Read full book review >
LEVIATHAN by Paul Auster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"In a world thrown off-balance by uncertainty and chance, he pursues facts with the determination of a hard-nosed detective."
With each new work, Auster (Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, etc.) is quickly becoming our preeminent novelist of ideas—a postmodern fabulator who grounds his odd and challenging fictions in conventional and accessible narrative structures. Read full book review >
BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Prolific YA and children's writer Yolen (White Jenna, 1989, etc.) had a good idea here, but didn't follow through."
The latest in the Fairy Tales series begins with a provocative premise: retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty as a Holocaust memoir. Read full book review >
THE TURING OPTION by Harry Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 1992

ClichÇd, melodramatic, and thuddingly plotted—but, still, this novel by a Grand Old Man of sf and the world's leading expert on artificial intelligence contains some of the best extrapolation on the nature and creation of AI ever offered in fiction. 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 >