Monday, December 31, 2007

Lord Darcy - Randall Garrett

An omnibus of rather large size than puts together the earlier collections Murder and Magic, and Lord Darcy Investigates, with a serialized novel, and a couple of stray stories, in a rather nifty volume.

Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 01 The Eyes Have It - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 02 A Case of Identity - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 03 The Muddle of the Woad - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 04 Too Many Magicians - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 05 A Stretch of the Imagination - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 06 A Matter of Gravity - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 07 The Bitter End - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 08 The Ipswich Phial - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 09 The Sixteen Keys - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 10 The Napoli Express - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy : Lord Darcy 11 The Spell of War - Randall Garrett


Ship swordplay does prove necessary in spy hunt.

3.5 out of 5


Assignation assassination.

3.5 out of 5


Ancient Albion blackmail.

3 out of 5


A magic detective, a nice premise and style. Definitely enjoyable. Smart duchess, polish agents, master sorcerer duels, and more.

Father son slaying trap.

3 out of 5




Of secret agents and beautiful gypsies.

3.5 out of 5


France is much easier to take in a bar, with beer. Unless stuff there is poisoned.

3.5 out of 5


Enchanting sorceress.

3 out of 5


One train, one dead Captain's funeral, one sword-stick, and a bloke with a lot of guys not liking him.

3.5 out of 5


Sex spells and secret panels.

3 out of 5


A meeting under fire.

3 out of 5





3.5 out of 5

Lord Darcy Investigates - Randall Garrett

Four stories about the magical investigator, Lord Darcy. An attempted suicide, a dead secret agent, a man experimenting with immortality potions is found dead in a locked room, and there is a homage to Murder on the Orient Express.

Lord Darcy Investigates : 1 A Matter of Gravity - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy Investigates : 2 The Ipswich Phial - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy Investigates : 3 The Sixteen Keys - Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy Investigates : 4 The Napoli Express - Randall Garrett

Of secret agents and beautiful gypsies.

3.5 out of 5


Enchanting sorceress.

3 out of 5


One train, one dead Captain's funeral, one sword-stick, and a bloke with a lot of guys not liking him.

3.5 out of 5


Sex spells and secret panels.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

A Matter Of Gravity - Randall Garrett

Enchanting sorceress.


3 out of 5

The Spell Of War - Randall Garrett

A meeting under fire.


3 out of 5

The Napoli Express - Randall Garrett

One train, one dead Captain's funeral, one sword-stick, and a bloke with a lot of guys not liking him.


3.5 out of 5

The Sixteen Keys - Randall Garrett

Sex spells and secret panels.


3 out of 5

The Ipswich Phial - Randall Garrett

Of secret agents and beautiful gypsies.


3.5 out of 5

The Bitter End - Randall Garrett

France is much easier to take in a bar, with beer. Unless stuff there is poisoned.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 669 - Gordon Van Gelder

When I saw the lineup and story titles for this issue, I didn't think I would like it as much as some others. Pretty much right by the looks, with a 3.36 average here being a bit down for this mag so far.

Elizabeth Hand takes a look at a publication of some old Arabian legends, and Lucius Shepard dissects Sunshine and others, and a rerelease of a decent old Dracula movie.

Call this a decent issue and with the non-fiction, a 4.

FSF669 : Fantasy and Science Fiction 669 [Feb 2008] - Gordon Van Gelder
FSF669 : Balancing Accounts - James L. Cambias
FSF669 : Retrospect - Ann Miller
FSF669 : Memoirs of the Witch Queen - Ron Goulart
FSF669 : Petri Parousia - Matthew Hughes
FSF669 : Bread and Circus - Steven Popkes
FSF669 : Philologos or A Murder in Bistrita - Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
FSF669 : If Angels Fight - Richard Bowes


Machine incentivisation Company combat.

3.5 out of 5


Book group is time for a change.

4 out of 5


Publishing vampires.

2.5 out of 5


Deity DNA clone discovery.

3.5 out of 5


Pro sport is for dinosaurs.

3.5 out of 5


Demon hunter investigation.

3 out of 5


Jumper boy.

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

Bread and Circus - Steven Popkes

Pro sport is for dinosaurs.


3.5 out of 5

Petri Patrousia - Matthew Hughes

Deity DNA clone discovery.


3.5 out of 5

Doppelganger - Marie Brennan

Elementally Void.


Here's a four elements based fantasy, but they throw in a fifth, whihc is the absence of everything - Void. A bit whacky.

Elemental Witches have to kill their doppelgangers - and in this case, one of them is a swordswoman, so you have the warlock vs warrior scenario of old.

Anyway, this is a pretty plain, mundane fantasy, of the finding out all that they have been told is not correct as far as the whole magic, doppelganger, and must slay her scenario goes.


2.5 out of 5

Memoirs Of the Witch Queen - Ron Goulart

Publishing vampires.


2.5 out of 5

Retrospect - Ann Miller

Book group is time for a change.


4 out of 5

Balancing Accounts - James L. Cambias

Machine incentivisation Company combat.


3.5 out of 5

The Hard Way Home - David Weber

Get out of my way you fracking fool, I have an avalanche to rescue people from.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Worlds To Kill - Harlan Ellison

Planet destroying is a lonely job, and everybody hates you.


3.5 out of 5

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Martin H. Greenberg and Carol-Lynn Waugh

As far as Sherlock Holmes anthologies goes, this one is not good. It starts fine, and ends fine, it is just all the stories in the middle that aren't very good, and several are subpar.

As a centennial celebration I am sure some people getting this would be disappointed in several of the stories for not being faithful at all to the style.


New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 01 The Infernal Machine - John Lutz
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 02 The Final Toast - Stuart M. Kaminsky
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 03 The Phantom Chamber - Gary Alan Ruse
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 04 The Return of the Speckled Band - Edward D. Hoch
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 05 The Adventure of the Unique Holmes - Jon L. Breen
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 06 Sherlock Holmes and The Woman - Michael Harrison
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 07 The Shadows on the Lawn - Barry Jones
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 08 The Adventure of the Gowanus Abduction - Joyce Harrington
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 09 Dr. and Mrs. Watson at Home - Loren D. Estleman
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 10 The Two Footmen - Michael Gilbert
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 11 Sherlock Holmes and the Muffin - Dorothy B. Hughes
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 12 The Curious Computer - Peter Lovesey
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 13 The Adventure of the Persistent Marksman - Lillian de la Torre
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 14 The House That Jack Built - Edward Wellen
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : 15 The Doctor's Case - Stephen King


Conspiracy and murder surrounding a new Gatling gun.

3.5 out of 5


Execution method changing, and a trap for Holmes.

3.5 out of 5


Relatives and ghost scams.

2.5 out of 5


Stoke Moran serpentess is a black widow.

3.5 out of 5


Acting for the Great Detective.

2.5 out of 5


Who was that Irene Adler?

2.5 out of 5


Death impersonation, and for a sick boy.

3 out of 5


Ancestral Adler adventures.

3 out of 5


Domestic farce.

1.5 out of 5


Servant villains.

2.5 out of 5


A charismatic intelligent young servant, some jewellery, and a passel of young ruffians.

3.5 out of 5


Strippers and police machine intelligence.

3 out of 5


Any shot will do, to get rid of him. If you are dodgy, don't invite Sherlock over, either.

3 out of 5


A mental battle for Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty and Riddler style.

3.5 out of 5


Watson works one out ahead of the master, but they have to decide what to do with the criminals.

3.5 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

The Doctor's Case - Stephen King

Watson works one out ahead of the master, but they have to decide what to do with the criminals.


3.5 out of 5

The House That Jack Built - Edward Wellen

A mental battle for Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty and Riddler style.


3.5 out of 5

The Adventure of the Persistent Marksman - Lillian de la Torre

Any shot will do, to get rid of him. If you are dodgy, don't invite Sherlock over, either.


3 out of 5

The Curious Computer - Peter Lovesy

Strippers and police machine intelligence.


3 out of 5

Sherlock Holmes and the Muffin - Dorothy B. Hughes

A charismatic intelligent young servant, some jewellery, and a passel of young ruffians.


3.5 out of 5

The Two Footmen - Michael Gilbert

Servant villains.


2.5 out of 5

Dr and Mrs Watson at Home - Loren D. Estleman

Domestic farce.


1.5 out of 5

The Adventure of the Gowanus Abduction - Joyce Harrington

Ancestral Adler adventures.


3 out of 5

The Shadows On the Lawn - Barry Jones

Death impersonation, and for a sick boy.


3 out of 5

Sherlock Holmes and the Woman - Michael Harrison

Who was that Irene Adler?


2.5 out of 5

The Adventure of the Unique Holmes - Jon L. Breen

Acting for the Great Detective.


2.5 out of 5

The Return Of the Speckled Band - Edward D. Hoch

Stoke Moran serpentess is a black widow.


3.5 out of 5

The Phantom Chamber - Gary Alan Ruse

Relatives and ghost scams.


2.5 out of 5

The Final Toast - Stuart M. Kaminsky

Execution method changing, and a trap for Holmes.


3.5 out of 5

The Infernal Machine - John Lutz

Conspiracy and murder surrounding a new Gatling gun.


3.5 out of 5

Metaplanetary - Tony Daniel

Large Array of Odd.


Serendipitously, I had been going through the couple of Stewart Cowley's Terran Trade Authority collections that I have, and Metaplanetary is a little reminiscent of that, in a much more 21st century style.

Its major problem is that as a novel, which it seems to be billed as, it has big structural issues with the cast of charcters and bits and pieces featuring them to be rather disjointed.

If it was actually put together as a collection (which probably publishers don't like to do), and structed so the 'archival' future history material was used to the full, and the code-scrap-ferret woman parts and other bits like that weren't, then it might have worked as one type of book.

As it is, it doesn't work particularly well as either. It has a whole bunch of nifty ideas though, and these are detailed at some length throughout the book and at the end in an appendix type section, and for me, those are the strongest parts.

With the array personalities, animal people, grist, baroque transport, quantum scientists and everything else thrown in it may be tough for some. I like that sort of thing, so I'd give 4 stars for stuff, but only 2.5 as a novel, so call it 3.25 and nifty enough to round up to 3.5.

As it ended, there is presumably more of it around, if not published.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Murder and Magic - Randall Garrett

Four more stories set in Garrett's stiff upper lip society where everyone is a good bloke, happy with what they are doing, apart from the odd murderer. Still entertaining as he works out the cases, though.

Murder and Magic : 1 The Eyes Have It - Randall Garrett
Murder and Magic : 2 A Case of Identity - Randall Garrett
Murder and Magic : 3 The Muddle of the Woad - Randall Garrett
Murder and Magic : 4 A Stretch of the Imagination - Randall Garrett

Ship swordplay does prove necessary in spy hunt.

3.5 out of 5


Assignation assassination.

3.5 out of 5


Ancient Albion blackmail.

3 out of 5


Father son slaying trap.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

A Stretch of the Imagination - Randall Garrett

Father son slaying trap.


3 out of 5

Too Many Magicians 3 - Randall Garrett

Checking out the plot.


3 out of 5

The Muddle Of the Woad - Randall Garrett

Ancient Albion blackmail.


3 out of 5

Great Space Battles - Stewart Cowley

Big spaceship pictures future history.


A book aimed at kids with very cool pictures of spaceships, and a decent series of short stories throughout, at least as far as that goes, detailing some elements of the society.

This aimed at younger reader books full of cool artwork and short tales of interstellar conflict and other adventures amidst the backdrop of Cowley's Terran Trade Authority future history is still fun.

The book is broken into two sections :-

The Laguna Wars

Great Space Battles : The Nightmare Beings - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The Forgotten Fleet - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The First Clash - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : A Mysterious Liquid - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : A Clue - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : the Breakout - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : A Desperate Race - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The Defence of Terra - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The Final Victory? - Stewart Cowley

Conquest Of Space

Great Space Battles : The Nimrodian Club - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The Duel of Sisuphus Three - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : Great Space Battles - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : Colonization Incident 1 - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : Colonization Incident 2 - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The Pirate World - Stewart Cowley
Great Space Battles : The Hunters of Asteron - Stewart Cowley

First ship destruction fleet response.

3.5 out of 5


Manual control necessary.

3 out of 5


A long job.

3 out of 5


Surprise capture.

4 out of 5


Prisoner info not easy.

3.5 out of 5


City ships unstoppable.

3.5 out of 5


Reassembling problems.

3 out of 5


City ship invasion.

4 out of 5


Blockade search.

3 out of 5


Killer game.

4 out of 5


Monster trucks.

3 out of 5


Trade Authority dislike conflict.

3.5 out of 5


Mucousy worms.

3 out of 5


Cerberus illusion insanity.

3.5 out of 5


Mutant colony conflict.

4 out of 5


Crimelord missile launcher duel.

3.5 out of 5





3.5 out of 5

The Hunters Of Asteron - Stewart Cowley

Crimelord missile launcher duel.


3.5 out of 5

The Pirate World - Stewart Cowley

Mutant colony conflict.


4 out of 5

Colonization Incident 2 - Stewart Cowley

Cerberus illusion insanity.


3.5 out of 5

Colonization Incident 1 - Stewart Cowley

Mucousy worms.


3 out of 5

The Great Rebellion - Stewart Cowley

Trade Authority dislike conflict.


3.5 out of 5

The Duel Of Sisuphus Three - Stewart Cowley

Monster trucks.


3 out of 5

The Nimrodian Club - Stewart Cowley

Killer game.


4 out of 5

The Final Victory? - Stewart Cowley

Blockade search.


3 out of 5

The Defence Of Terra - Stewart Cowley

City ship invasion.


4 out of 5

A Desperate Race - Stewart Cowley

Reassembling problems.


3 out of 5

The Breakout - Stewart Cowley

City ships unstoppable.


3.5 out of 5

A Clue - Stewart Cowley

Prisoner info not easy.


3.5 out of 5

A Mysterious Liquid - Stewart Cowley

Surprise capture.


4 out of 5

The First Clash - Stewart Cowley

A long job.


3 out of 5

The Forgotten Fleet - Stewart Cowley

Manual control necessary.


3 out of 5

The Nightmare Begins - Stewart Cowley

First ship destruction fleet response.


3.5 out of 5

The Ultimate Encyclopedia Of Fantasy - David Pringle

A recent update of this publication, it seems.

Taking a slightly different approach to the Science Fiction version of this that I have seen (which admittedly is older), this book takes a broad media look at the fantasy genre, and covers movies, television, books, role playing games, and computer games.

I think for a reasonably shallow, graphics and pictures heavy book this is a pretty good idea, and being reasonably familiar with a lot of this it appears to be done pretty well.

If you are looking for literature heavy bibliography, look elsewhere.

Being of the pommie variety there are a few digs at American junk (admittedly some of them well deserved), and probably less at cheesy UK equivalents, particularly as far as movies and tv goes.

There are also sections on famous fantasy characters, and famous fantasy plaes - e.g. Conan, Middle-Earth and that sort of thing.

All in all, rather well done, and should be interesting to most, and really useful for someone coming in brand new to get some ideas of where to start.



4.5 out of 5

Angel Dark Angel - Roger Zelazny

Agents of 'Death', chosen for exception physical abilities and then enhanced and given cool toys. They also get two coffee breaks a day.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, December 28, 2007

Unshapely Things - Mark Del Franco

Faerie slaughter search.

The main bloke here is a Druid. That is capital D as in Druids are Magical Beings like Faeries, Werewolves, etc.

However, he is a busted arse Druid. A previous conflict left him light on in the power stakes.

So, when some faerie slayings start to pile up, he and the human policeman he works with at times pretty much have to do this the old fashioned way, and an investigation into faerie mating and breeding practices ensues to get to the bottom of it.

Probably go so far as 3.25 for this one.

Some supernatural conflict, help, and the odd magic dagger come into play, not to mention a super ex-girlfriend.


3 out of 5

More Penguin Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss

The second Penguin SF anthology by Aldiss, but not as good as the first, averaging only 3.41 compared to the 3.54 of the first, which is still fairly reasonable for a reprint anthology.

More Penguin Science Fiction : The Monkey Wrench - Gordon R. Dickson
More Penguin Science Fiction : The First Men - Howard Fast
More Penguin Science Fiction : Counterfeit - Alan E. Nourse
More Penguin Science Fiction : The Greater Thing - Tom Godwin
More Penguin Science Fiction : Built Up Logically [The Universal Panacea] - Howard Schoenfeld
More Penguin Science Fiction : The Liberation of Earth - William Tenn
More Penguin Science Fiction : An Alien Agony [The Streets of Ashkelon] - Harry Harrison
More Penguin Science Fiction : The Tunnel Under the World - Frederik Pohl
More Penguin Science Fiction : The Store of the Worlds [The World of Heart's Desire] - Robert Sheckley
More Penguin Science Fiction : Jokester - Isaac Asimov
More Penguin Science Fiction : Pyramid - Robert Abernathy
More Penguin Science Fiction : The Forgotten Enemy - Arthur C. Clarke

Big tin god bet.

3 out of 5


Super smart kids like bugs.

3 out of 5


Sick ship Venus copy.

3.5 out of 5


Underground last bullet escape observation.

4 out of 5


Resident alien galactic defense dishonesty.

3.5 out of 5


Native superstition addition.

4.5 out of 5


Brain capacity reduction circuit.

3 out of 5


Secret longing viewing.

3 out of 5


Computer humour intuition.

3 out of 5


Alien human observation biology power gain.

3 out of 5


There's a polar bear in there.

4 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Pyramid - Robert Abernathy

Alien human observation biology power gain.


3 out of 5

The Store Of the Worlds - Robert Sheckley

Secret longing viewing.


3 out of 5

The Liberation Of Earth - William Tenn

Resident alien galactic defense dishonesty.


3.5 out of 5

The Greater Thing - Tom Godwin

Underground last bullet escape observation.


4 out of 5

Counterfeit - Alan E. Nourse

Sick ship Venus copy.


3.5 out of 5

The First Men - Howard Fast

Super smart kids like bugs.


3 out of 5

The Monkey Wrench - Gordon R. Dickson

Big tin god bet.


3 out of 5

Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews

Mercenary magic Slayer.


A bit of a noir feel to this one, but with the protagonist a woman. Not a detective a such, but when a man close to her is killed she soon becomes a private investigator.

A reasonably short novel for these days, she goes and gets into some hardarse detective work and intimidation with the possible homage-named magic sword Slayer she carries. Just a touch of Stormbringer to this blade, it appears.

Werewolves, magical knights, or however, she is happy to draw down with whoever if they want to make her day.

No wasted padding here as she rushes through magic incident after magic incident, that may perhaps be too densely piled on for some, but I am presuming that is the feel she was going for, short, urban noir. With werewolves and vampire revenants, of course.

Nice to see someone penetrating vampires with edged weaponry rather than tongues, for a change.

I'd read another one, I think.


3 out of 5

Penguin Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss

A 1960s anthology, and a good one. In the introduction Aldiss talks about what he and others see Science Fiction as, and the role it can play.


Penguin Science Fiction : Sole Solution - Eric Frank Russell
Penguin Science Fiction : Lot - Ward Moore
Penguin Science Fiction : The Short-Short Story of Mankind [We’re Holding Our Own] - John Steinbeck
Penguin Science Fiction : Skirmish [Bathe Your Bearings in Blood!] - Clifford Simak
Penguin Science Fiction : Poor Little Warrior! - Brian W. Aldiss
Penguin Science Fiction : Grandpa - James H. Schmitz
Penguin Science Fiction : The Half Pair - Bertram Chandler
Penguin Science Fiction : Command Performance - Walter M. Miller
Penguin Science Fiction : Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
Penguin Science Fiction : The Snowball Effect - Katherine MacLean
Penguin Science Fiction : The End of Summer - Algis Budrys
Penguin Science Fiction : Track 12 - J. G. Ballard

Deity dream escape.

3 out of 5


Getting out of town is very important.

3.5 out of 5


Technology pioneer martyrs.

3.5 out of 5


Alien mini-machine awareness communication.

3.5 out of 5


He's got the dino crabs.

4 out of 5


Big ol' beast ride.

4 out of 5


Cuff link and hubby loss.

3 out of 5


New neural communication.

4 out of 5


Media and religion struggle with science. Still.

4 out of 5


Sociology maybe can do something.

3 out of 5


Immortal accidents and memories.

3.5 out of 5


Different sound score.

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

The End Of Summer - Algis Budrys

Immortal accidents and memories.


3.5 out of 5

Command Performance - Walter M. Miller

New neural communication.


4 out of 5

The Half Pair - A. Bertram Chandler

Cuff link and hubby loss.


3 out of 5

Skirmish - Clifford D. Simak

Alien mini-machine awareness communication.


3.5 out of 5

The Short-short Story Of Mankind - John Steinbeck

Technology pioneer martyrs.


3.5 out of 5

Sole Solution - Eric Frank Russell

Deity dream escape.


3 out of 5

Something Fishy - Shane Maloney

Rock the Falls with shotties, sleuthing and slaughter.


Maloney nails the atmosphere, feeling and weather of an Australian beach holiday for teenagers extremely well in this sun-drenched adventure, as one of the few members of parliament that is an amateur investigator runs into someone he thinks may have been responsible for the death of a loved one, and other dodgy characters.

A really good installment in the Murray Whelan mysteries. Maloney continues to impress with his ability to absolutely capture the Australian atmosphere and ethos.


4.5 out of 5

The Gorilla Hunters - R. M. Ballantyne

This is from the 40s, and is a very dated boy's adventure book, and bound to offend plenty of people these days I'd imagine.

A bloke and his large masculine manly mate go on an African safari, as the title suggests.

A faithful guide, an African princess, buffalo, leopards, lions, and more. That sort of thing.


2 out of 5

Daughter Of Regals and Other Tales - Stephen Donaldson

Daughter of Regals : Daughter of Regals - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : Gilden-Fire - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : Mythological Beast - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : The Lady in White - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : Animal Lover - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : Unworthy of the Angel - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : The Conqueror Worm - Stephen Donaldson
Daughter of Regals : Ser Visal's Tale - Stephen Donaldson

Mage manoeuvres and the dragon lady.

3.5 out of 5


Gilden Fire is is the result of one of the earlier modern fantasy writers inability to write anything short. Obviously a disease that has proved seriously catching.

Because the Illearth War was too long originally and threatened to turn into a black hole, this is a part chopped out of there and deals with Korik the Bloodguard's quest to Seareach, so is not a Thomas Conveant story as far as that goes, directly.

Lords, Giants, fighting as a big finale, too.

3.5 out of 5


Unicorn revival.

3 out of 5


Wizard lust magic disguise.

3 out of 5


Hunting cyborg armed animal casualties.

4 out of 5


Bloody rooted.

3 out of 5


Bugged relationship.

3 out of 5


Witch execution cauldron escape.

3.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Conqueror Worm - Stephen Donaldson

Bugged relationship.


3 out of 5

Unworthy Of the Angel - Stephen Donaldson

Bloody rooted.


3 out of 5

Animal Lover - Stephen Donaldson

Hunting cyborg armed animal casualties.


4 out of 5

The Lady In White - Stephen Donaldson

Wizard lust magic disguise.


3 out of 5

Daughter Of Regals - Stephen Donaldson

Mage manoeuvres and the dragon lady.


3.5 out of 5

The Legion Of Space - Jack Williamson

Shakespearean space musketeers.


Or, Porthos = Falstaff?

Anyway, a newly minted Legion of Space officer is sent to a planetary outpost where he finds that elder members of his wealth family support a return to monarchy over democratic science.

They plan to do this with the help of an alien invasion, and all that stands between them is John Star, your space princess in control of a super weapon, and her loyal trio of guards from the Legion.

Cue exciting adventure of monsters, gliders, aliens, gas, tunnels, superweapons, and the bemoaning of a lack of grog.

Pretty entertaining.



3 out of 5

The Birds and Other Stories - Daphne Du Maurier

A good collection of horror stories, with a 3.58 average. The score for this one is hence basically 4.25 out of 5.

Birds and Other Stories : The Birds - Daphne duMaurier
Birds and Other Stories : Monte Verita - Daphne duMaurier
Birds and Other Stories : The Apple Tree - Daphne duMaurier
Birds and Other Stories : The Little Photographer - Daphne duMaurier
Birds and Other Stories : Kiss Me Again Stranger - Daphne duMaurier
Birds and Other Stories : The Old Man - Daphne duMaurier

I Ran - Flock Of Everything.

4 out of 5


Immortal mountain terror.

3.5 out of 5


Newly dead growth trap.

3.5 out of 5


Creepy pose.

3 out of 5


Shooter girl.

4 out of 5


Swanflict.

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

Kiss Me Again Stranger - Daphne Du Maurier

Shooter girl.


3.5 out of 5

The Little Photographer - Daphne Du Maurier

Creepy pose.


3 out of 5

The Apple Tree - Daphne Du Maurier

Newly dead growth trap.


3.5 out of 5

Monte Verita - Daphne Du Maurier

Immortal mountain terror.


3.5 out of 5

The Big Jump - Leigh Brackett

Dangerous hyperspace journey.


A family-held corporation has tested interstellar space travel to Barnard's Star - and something has gone badly wrong.

They race madly to put a second mission together before the oversight people can shut them down, as an outsider becomes involved with one of the women in the family, and mixed up in their corporate intrigue going along for the ride.

A really very short novel, with a reasonably powerful ending.


3.5 out of 5

Wanderers Of Time - John Wyndham

A short collection of stories from Wyndham's times writing for Wonder Stories and/or its incarnations. As such, pretty average quality, in general.

Wanderers of Time : Wanderers of Time - John Wyndham
Wanderers of Time : Derelict of Space - John Wyndham
Wanderers of Time : Child of Power - John Wyndham
Wanderers of Time : The Last Lunarians - John Wyndham
Wanderers of Time : The Puff-Ball Menace - John Wyndham


Ant machine heat ray escape.

3 out of 5


Salvage wipeout.

3 out of 5


Sixth sense boy.

3 out of 5


Besieged by the Moon-Men.

3 out of 5


New vegetable spread.

3.5 out of 5





2.5 out of 5

The Puff-Ball Menace - John Wyndham

New vegetable spread.


3.5 out of 5

The Last Lunarians - John Wyndham

Besieged by the Moon-Men.


3 out of 5

Child Of Power - John Wyndham

Sixth sense boy.


3 out of 5

Derelict of Space - John Wyndham

Salvage wipeout.


3 out of 5

Wanderers Of Time - John Wyndham

Ant machine heat ray escape.


3 out of 5

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Beyond 10000 - The 2007 Fiction Season by Average


BEYOND 10000 - The 2007 Fiction Season by Average

Still need 5 works to qualify.

BREAKDOWN IN AVERAGE RATING ORDER

4.50 07 Hartwell, David G. and Kathryn Cramer
4.40 05 Morgan, Richard
4.30 05 Cooper, Susan
4.30 10 Miller, John J.
4.29 07 Milan, Victor
4.23 13 May, Julian
4.21 19 Dozois, Gardner
4.14 11 Williams, Sheila
4.14 11 Flint, Eric
4.13 30 Reynolds, Alastair
4.11 09 Bacigalupi, Paolo
4.10 05 Maggin, Elliot S.
4.08 06 Sanders, William and Lawrence Watt-Evans
4.06 93 Dowling, Terry
4.06 08 Frahm, Leanne
4.04 14 Van_Gelder, Gordon
4.00 08 Rosenblum, Mary
4.00 05 Westerfeld, Scott
4.00 05 Lake, David J.
4.00 23 Smith, Cordwainer
4.00 22 Brust, Steven
3.99 59 Egan, Greg
3.96 14 Tiptree_Jr, James
3.95 10 Steele, Allen M.
3.94 09 Chiang, Ted
3.93 07 Scott, Martin
3.93 07 Barron, Laird
3.93 23 Hamilton, Peter F.
3.92 06 O'Donnell, Peter
3.90 21 Doctorow, Cory
3.90 10 Shiner, Lewis
3.88 13 McDonald, Ian
3.86 07 Wilson, Robert Charles
3.86 07 Cassutt, Michael
3.86 11 Schmidt, Stanley
3.85 10 Dick, Philip K.
3.83 06 Lackey, Mercedes and Steve Libbey and Cody Martin and Dennis Lee
3.83 06 Haines, Paul
3.83 06 Blackford, Russell
3.83 36 McMullen, Sean
3.82 22 Libbey, Steve
3.80 05 Rucka, Greg
3.80 05 MacLean, Alistair
3.79 07 Collins, Paul
3.78 47 Kress, Nancy
3.78 43 Stross, Charles
3.77 11 Jones, Gwyneth
3.76 27 Simmons, Dan
3.76 27 Gemmell, David
3.75 08 Haynes, Simon
3.75 06 Wilson, F. Paul
3.75 06 Dumas, Alexandre
3.75 06 De_Pierres, Marianne
3.75 16 Turner, George
3.74 41 McAuley, Paul J.
3.73 69 Martin, George R. R.
3.73 61 Leiber, Fritz
3.72 30 Williams, Sean
3.71 07 Murray, Will
3.71 07 Mieville, China
3.71 53 Shepard, Lucius
3.71 14 Landis, Geoffrey A.
3.71 12 MacLeod, Ken
3.71 12 Chandler, A. Bertram
3.70 05 McAllister, Bruce
3.70 05 Ings, Simon
3.70 05 DeCandido, Keith R. A.
3.70 05 Clement, Hal
3.70 05 Blackwood, Algernon
3.70 05 Baen, James
3.69 08 Pelland, Jennifer
3.69 16 Pohl, Frederik
3.69 13 Cadigan, Pat
3.68 47 Reed, Robert
3.68 14 Flinthart, Dirk
3.68 11 Waldrop, Howard
3.68 11 Buckell, Tobias S.
3.67 06 Wright, John C.
3.67 06 Longyear, Barry B.
3.67 06 Levine, David D.
3.67 24 Fleming, Ian
3.66 25 Baxter, Stephen
3.65 26 Clarke, Arthur C.
3.65 10 Schroeder, Karl
3.65 10 Cook, Glen
3.64 07 Langford, David
3.64 07 Haining, Peter
3.64 73 Lovecraft, H. P.
3.63 08 Lafferty, R. A.
3.63 20 Snodgrass, Melinda M.
3.63 15 Davis, Lindsey
3.63 12 Lackey, Mercedes
3.62 41 Kelly, James Patrick
3.62 26 Williams, Walter Jon
3.62 21 Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
3.62 13 Simons, Walton
3.61 09 Oltion, Jerry
3.61 18 Poe, Edgar Allan
3.60 05 Warrington, Freda
3.60 05 Stoddard, Jason
3.60 05 Nichols, Ian
3.60 05 McArthur, Maxine
3.60 05 Kornbluth, C. M.
3.60 05 Harper, Leanne C.
3.60 40 Di_Filippo, Paul
3.60 25 Sussex, Lucy
3.60 15 Farmer, Philip Jose
3.60 10 Sheffield, Charles
3.60 10 Livings, Martin
3.59 52 Dedman, Stephen
3.59 34 Bear, Elizabeth
3.59 16 Gibson, William
3.59 11 Nestvold, Ruth
3.58 06 Russ, Joanna
3.58 06 Garrett, Randall
3.58 06 Endacott, Sarah
3.58 06 Chadbourn, Mark
3.58 06 Bisson, Terry
3.58 152 Doyle, Arthur Conan
3.58 13 Le_Carre, John
3.58 13 Irvine, Alex
3.57 07 Scalzi, John
3.57 07 Lansdale, Joe R.
3.57 07 Campbell, John W.
3.57 07 Asher, Neal
3.57 15 Hodgson, William Hope
3.57 14 Williams, Tad
3.57 137 Moorcock, Michael
3.56 09 Isle, Sue
3.56 08 Collins, Nancy A.
3.56 18 Sheckley, Robert
3.55 19 Pratchett, Terry
3.55 11 Vandermeer, Jeff
3.55 11 Pratt, Tim
3.55 10 Flint, Eric and Dave Freer and Andrew Dennis
3.54 23 King, Stephen
3.54 12 Tepper, Sheri S.
3.53 18 Sterling, Bruce
3.53 17 Battersby, Lee
3.53 16 Kuttner, Henry
3.53 15 Wells, H. G.
3.53 15 Burroughs, Edgar Rice
3.53 139 Howard, Robert E.
3.52 81 Zelazny, Roger
3.51 35 Herbert, Frank
3.50 09 Navarro, Yvonne
3.50 09 Bester, Alfred
3.50 08 Kilworth, Garry
3.50 08 Dahl, Roald
3.50 07 Walton, Jo
3.50 07 Knight, Damon
3.50 07 Kessel, John
3.50 07 Foster, Eugie
3.50 07 Collins, Max Allan
3.50 07 Clough, B. W.
3.50 06 Williams, Liz
3.50 06 Schow, David J.
3.50 06 Finney, Jack
3.50 06 Battersby, Lyn
3.50 06 Barclay, James
3.50 05 Steele, Curtis
3.50 05 Goossens, Darren
3.50 05 Finlay, Charles Coleman
3.50 05 Duncan, Andy
3.50 05 Benson, E. F.
3.50 17 Lake, Jay
3.50 17 Grant, Maxwell
3.50 13 Roberts, Adam
3.50 12 Delany, Samuel R.
3.50 10 Williams, Sean and Shane Dix
3.50 10 Hobb, Robin
3.50 10 Ellison, Harlan
3.48 20 Newman, Kim
3.47 29 Benford, Gregory
3.47 18 Peek, Ben
3.47 16 Haldeman, Joe
3.47 15 Van_Vogt, A. E.
3.47 15 Broderick, Damien
3.46 53 Silverberg, Robert
3.45 29 Roberson, Chris
3.45 19 Feist, Raymond
3.45 11 Vinge, Vernor
3.45 11 Bova, Ben
3.45 10 Green, Simon R.
3.45 10 Blish, James
3.44 09 Wagner, Karl Edward
3.44 09 Skillingstead, Jack
3.44 09 Jamieson, Trent
3.44 09 Budrys, Algis
3.44 18 Brin, David
3.43 07 Wilhelm, Kate
3.43 07 Laidlaw, Marc
3.43 21 Sturgeon, Theodore
3.43 14 Golden, Christopher
3.43 141 Swanwick, Michael
3.42 06 Tenn, William
3.42 06 Shiras, William H.
3.42 06 Gregory, Daryl
3.42 06 Chalker, Jack L.
3.42 38 Leigh, Stephen
3.42 26 McDevitt, Jack
3.42 13 Varley, John
3.42 12 Willis, Connie
3.41 11 McIntyre, Vonda N.
3.40 05 Zebrowski, George
3.40 05 Wellen, Edward
3.40 05 Van_Eekhout, Greg
3.40 05 Murphy, Pat
3.40 05 Mahr, Kurt
3.40 05 Estleman, Loren D.
3.40 05 Darlton, Clark
3.40 05 Brackett, Leigh
3.40 40 Bear, Greg
3.40 21 Robeson, Kenneth
3.40 20 Kipling, Rudyard
3.40 10 Roberts, Tansy Rayner
3.40 10 Cox, Greg
3.40 10 Brown, Frederic
3.39 09 Bierce, Ambrose
3.39 14 Simak, Clifford D.
3.38 08 Prineas, Sarah
3.38 08 Haggard, H. Rider
3.38 08 Adams, Douglas
3.38 56 Anderson, Poul
3.38 42 Resnick, Mike
3.38 29 McCaffrey, Anne
3.38 12 Watts, Peter
3.38 12 Shirley, John
3.37 15 Nix, Garth
3.36 07 Leinster, Murray
3.36 25 Stableford, Brian
3.36 25 Rosenbaum, Benjamin
3.36 14 Wellman, Manly Wade
3.35 34 Harrison, Harry
3.35 33 Le_Guin, Ursula K.
3.35 17 Brown, Simon
3.35 13 MacLeod, Ian R.
3.35 13 Bloch, Robert
3.35 10 Piper, H. Beam
3.35 10 Baker, Kage
3.35 10 Anderson, Kevin J.
3.34 35 Wolfe, Gene
3.33 09 Spinrad, Norman
3.33 06 Malzberg, Barry N.
3.33 06 Hand, Elizabeth
3.33 06 Gerrold, David
3.33 06 Byers, Richard Lee
3.33 06 Alexander, Lloyd
3.33 12 Sparks, Cat
3.32 19 Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn
3.32 17 McHugh, Maureen F.
3.32 11 Wyndham, John
3.32 11 Kennett, Rick
3.31 08 Turtledove, Harry
3.31 08 Charteris, Leslie
3.31 21 Gunn, James
3.31 13 Gaiman, Neil
3.31 13 Effinger, George Alec
3.31 129 Smith, Clark Ashton
3.31 113 Bradbury, Ray
3.30 05 Utley, Steven
3.30 05 Reilly, Matthew
3.30 05 Jansson, Tove
3.30 05 Harvey, Edwina
3.30 05 Duane, Diane
3.30 05 David, Peter
3.30 05 Creasey, Ian
3.30 43 Robinson, Kim Stanley
3.30 10 Cummings, Shane Jiraiya
3.30 10 Campbell, Ramsey
3.29 07 Savage, Les
3.29 07 Lee, Stan
3.29 07 Greenberg, Martin H.
3.29 07 Gardner, Craig Shaw
3.29 07 Congreve, Bill
3.29 17 Hamilton, Laurell K.
3.29 17 Asprin, Robert Lynn
3.29 14 Maloney, Geoffrey
3.29 12 Foster, Alan Dean
3.28 09 Le_Fanu, J. Sheridan
3.28 09 Borneman, John
3.28 16 Bujold, Lois McMaster
3.27 199 Asimov, Isaac
3.27 15 Stoker, Bram
3.27 15 Nolan, William F.
3.27 13 Stapledon, Olaf
3.26 19 Moon, Elizabeth
3.26 17 Norton, Andre
3.26 17 Dickson, Gordon R.
3.25 08 Meaney, John
3.25 08 Blackmore, Leigh
3.25 06 Tidhar, Lavie
3.25 06 Schmitz, James H.
3.25 06 Pendleton, Don
3.25 06 Lawhead, Stephen R.
3.25 06 Barnes, John
3.25 26 Modesitt, L. E.
3.25 14 Scott, Melissa
3.25 10 Barnes, Arthur K.
3.25 101 Niven, Larry
3.23 13 Griffith, George
3.22 09 Merritt, Abraham
3.22 09 McKenzie, Chuck
3.22 09 Brunner, John
3.21 07 Hogan, Robert J.
3.21 07 Arnason, Eleanor
3.21 21 Fowler, Christopher
3.21 17 Holder, Nancy
3.21 12 Smith, E. E. Doc
3.20 05 Yolen, Jane
3.20 05 Watt-Evans, Lawrence
3.20 05 Vaughn, Carrie
3.20 05 Sherman, Delia
3.20 05 Rountree, Josh
3.20 05 Odom, Mel
3.20 05 Lee, Yoon Ha
3.20 05 Haber, Karen
3.20 05 Emshwiller, Carol
3.20 05 Crider, Bill
3.20 05 Clancy, Tom
3.20 05 Christie, Agatha
3.20 05 Bixby, Jerome
3.20 40 Vance, Jack
3.20 10 De_Camp, L. Sprague and Lin Carter
3.19 08 Tem, Steve Rasnic
3.19 08 Browne, Adam
3.19 08 Biancotti, Deborah
3.18 37 Orczy, Emmuska
3.18 25 Dann, Jack
3.18 19 Lumley, Brian
3.18 11 Herbert, Brian and Kevin J. Anderson
3.18 11 De_Lint, Charles
3.17 09 Vinge, Joan D.
3.17 09 Matheson, Richard
3.17 09 Goulart, Ron
3.17 06 Zahn, Timothy
3.17 06 Sanders, William
3.17 06 Luckett, Dave
3.17 06 Lerner, Edward M.
3.17 06 Fowler, Karen Joy
3.17 06 Crowther, Peter
3.17 18 Hood, Robert
3.16 29 Ludlum, Robert
3.15 24 De_Camp, L. Sprague
3.15 20 Hamilton, Edmond
3.15 10 Crichton, Michael
3.15 10 Adams, Stephen
3.14 25 Lanagan, Margo
3.14 18 Jordan, Robert
3.13 08 Williamson, Jack
3.13 08 Wilder, Cherry
3.13 08 Warren, Kaaron
3.13 08 Joyce, Graham
3.13 15 Lee, Tanith
3.12 13 Masterton, Graham
3.11 28 Watson, Ian
3.10 05 Williams, Tess
3.10 05 Stockbridge, Grant
3.10 05 Oates, Joyce Carol
3.10 05 Lovett, Richard A.
3.10 05 Klages, Ellen
3.10 05 Boothby, Guy
3.10 15 Ford, Jeffrey
3.10 10 Saberhagen, Fred
3.10 10 Frederick, Carl
3.08 06 Weber, David
3.08 06 Hoch, Edward D.
3.08 06 Heron, E. and H. Heron
3.08 13 Love, Rosaleen
3.08 12 Friesner, Esther M.
3.08 12 Anonymous, Anonymous
3.02 26 Harris, Lee and Alasdair Stuart
3.00 09 Jones, Diana Wynne
3.00 09 Drake, David
3.00 08 Tambour, Anna
3.00 07 Smith, David C. and Richard L. Tierney
3.00 07 Barker, Clive
3.00 06 Tilley, Patrick
3.00 06 Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle
3.00 06 Martens, Paul E.
3.00 05 Smith, Michael Marshall
3.00 05 Drummond, John Peter
3.00 05 Davidson, Avram
3.00 05 Caselberg, Jay
2.99 35 Heinlein, Robert A.
2.97 17 Donaldson, Stephen
2.96 26 Anthony, Piers
2.96 13 Bauer, Steven
2.95 10 Brooks, Terry
2.94 09 Henderson, Samantha
2.94 08 Thomson, June
2.94 24 Card, Orson Scott
2.92 06 Harrison, M. John
2.92 06 Betancourt, John Gregory
2.92 12 Van_Lustbader, Eric
2.92 12 Sisolak, Marsha
2.91 11 Tepperman, Emile C.
2.90 05 Trimm, Mikal
2.90 05 Moore, James A.
2.90 05 Barrett, Neal
2.90 05 Adams, Richard
2.89 14 Rucker, Rudy
2.89 14 Banks, Iain M.
2.88 08 Kiernan, Caitlin R.
2.83 06 Verne, Jules
2.83 06 Greenland, Colin
2.83 18 Aldiss, Brian
2.81 08 Sheehan, Perley Poore
2.80 05 Tilton, Lois
2.80 05 McDonald, Sandra
2.79 21 Rice, Anne
2.77 15 Tolkien, J. R. R.
2.71 07 Wilson, Robert Anton
2.71 07 Hoffman, Nina Kiriki
2.70 05 Smith, Sherwood
2.70 05 Lefferts, George
2.70 05 Friedman, M. J.
2.70 05 Brite, Poppy Z.
2.67 06 Mitchell, Elynne
2.65 13 Wallace, Sean and Nick Mamatas
2.65 10 Sutcliff, Rosemary
2.64 07 Rickert, M.
2.58 06 Chadwick, Paul
2.56 08 Whitehouse, Arch
2.52 24 Marin, Eric
2.50 07 Jameson, Malcolm
2.42 06 Kimoy, Ernest
2.33 06 Butler, Octavia
2.33 06 Bradley, Marion Zimmer
2.31 13 Fradella, Frank
2.20 05 Rosenberg, Barry
2.20 05 Pierce, Meredith Ann
2.18 11 Lewis, C. S.
2.00 05 Cain, James R.

Beyond 10000 - The 2007 Fiction Season by Score


BEYOND 10000 - The 2007 Fiction Season by Score

BREAKDOWN BY WORKS

5 works to qualify, in both these blogs there are around 2700+ authors or teamups, and last time I think there were 200+ qualified, now 400+.

As far as the 2007 fiction season goes :

I am quite sure Doctor Asimov will crack the double century for next time, and Swanwick's form looks set to have him be a big chance.

Dowling and Martin have chances for the ton.

Kress and Reed don't look like going out and half centuries seem certain. Resnick and Stross are likely solid in the long run, and Heinlein, Dick, Dozois, Clarke, Schmidt and Van Gelder look like chances for your slower, plodding innings to rack up a good score, too.

Newcomers with talent and with hitting power from that overpopulated 'B' area seem to have sprung up - Barron, Bacigalupi, and (E) Bear, and at the rate the latter racks up the score a half century is a definite chance.

199 3.27  Asimov, Isaac
152 3.58 Doyle, Arthur Conan
141 3.43 Swanwick, Michael
139 3.53 Howard, Robert E.
137 3.57 Moorcock, Michael
129 3.31 Smith, Clark Ashton
113 3.31 Bradbury, Ray
101 3.25 Niven, Larry
093 4.06 Dowling, Terry
081 3.52 Zelazny, Roger
073 3.64 Lovecraft, H. P.
069 3.73 Martin, George R. R.
061 3.73 Leiber, Fritz
059 3.99 Egan, Greg
056 3.38 Anderson, Poul
053 3.71 Shepard, Lucius
053 3.46 Silverberg, Robert
052 3.59 Dedman, Stephen
047 3.78 Kress, Nancy
047 3.68 Reed, Robert
043 3.78 Stross, Charles
043 3.30 Robinson, Kim Stanley
042 3.38 Resnick, Mike
041 3.74 McAuley, Paul J.
041 3.62 Kelly, James Patrick
040 3.60 Di_Filippo, Paul
040 3.40 Bear, Greg
040 3.20 Vance, Jack
038 3.42 Leigh, Stephen
037 3.18 Orczy, Emmuska
036 3.83 McMullen, Sean
035 3.51 Herbert, Frank
035 3.34 Wolfe, Gene
035 2.99 Heinlein, Robert A.
034 3.59 Bear, Elizabeth
034 3.35 Harrison, Harry
033 3.35 Le_Guin, Ursula K.
030 4.13 Reynolds, Alastair
030 3.72 Williams, Sean
029 3.47 Benford, Gregory
029 3.45 Roberson, Chris
029 3.38 McCaffrey, Anne
029 3.16 Ludlum, Robert
028 3.11 Watson, Ian
027 3.76 Simmons, Dan
027 3.76 Gemmell, David
026 3.65 Clarke, Arthur C.
026 3.62 Williams, Walter Jon
026 3.42 McDevitt, Jack
026 3.25 Modesitt, L. E.
026 3.02 Harris, Lee and Alasdair Stuart
026 2.96 Anthony, Piers
025 3.66 Baxter, Stephen
025 3.60 Sussex, Lucy
025 3.36 Stableford, Brian
025 3.36 Rosenbaum, Benjamin
025 3.18 Dann, Jack
025 3.14 Lanagan, Margo
024 3.67 Fleming, Ian
024 3.15 De_Camp, L. Sprague
024 2.94 Card, Orson Scott
024 2.52 Marin, Eric
023 4.00 Smith, Cordwainer
023 3.93 Hamilton, Peter F.
023 3.54 King, Stephen
022 4.00 Brust, Steven
022 3.82 Libbey, Steve
021 3.90 Doctorow, Cory
021 3.62 Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
021 3.43 Sturgeon, Theodore
021 3.40 Robeson, Kenneth
021 3.31 Gunn, James
021 3.21 Fowler, Christopher
021 2.79 Rice, Anne
020 3.63 Snodgrass, Melinda M.
020 3.48 Newman, Kim
020 3.40 Kipling, Rudyard
020 3.15 Hamilton, Edmond
019 4.21 Dozois, Gardner
019 3.55 Pratchett, Terry
019 3.45 Feist, Raymond
019 3.32 Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn
019 3.26 Moon, Elizabeth
019 3.18 Lumley, Brian
018 3.61 Poe, Edgar Allan
018 3.56 Sheckley, Robert
018 3.53 Sterling, Bruce
018 3.47 Peek, Ben
018 3.44 Brin, David
018 3.17 Hood, Robert
018 3.14 Jordan, Robert
018 2.83 Aldiss, Brian
017 3.53 Battersby, Lee
017 3.50 Lake, Jay
017 3.50 Grant, Maxwell
017 3.35 Brown, Simon
017 3.32 McHugh, Maureen F.
017 3.29 Hamilton, Laurell K.
017 3.29 Asprin, Robert Lynn
017 3.26 Norton, Andre
017 3.26 Dickson, Gordon R.
017 3.21 Holder, Nancy
017 2.97 Donaldson, Stephen
016 3.75 Turner, George
016 3.69 Pohl, Frederik
016 3.59 Gibson, William
016 3.53 Kuttner, Henry
016 3.47 Haldeman, Joe
016 3.28 Bujold, Lois McMaster
015 3.63 Davis, Lindsey
015 3.60 Farmer, Philip Jose
015 3.57 Hodgson, William Hope
015 3.53 Wells, H. G.
015 3.53 Burroughs, Edgar Rice
015 3.47 Van_Vogt, A. E.
015 3.47 Broderick, Damien
015 3.37 Nix, Garth
015 3.27 Stoker, Bram
015 3.27 Nolan, William F.
015 3.13 Lee, Tanith
015 3.10 Ford, Jeffrey
015 2.77 Tolkien, J. R. R.
014 4.04 Van_Gelder, Gordon
014 3.96 Tiptree_Jr, James
014 3.71 Landis, Geoffrey A.
014 3.68 Flinthart, Dirk
014 3.57 Williams, Tad
014 3.43 Golden, Christopher
014 3.39 Simak, Clifford D.
014 3.36 Wellman, Manly Wade
014 3.29 Maloney, Geoffrey
014 3.25 Scott, Melissa
014 2.89 Rucker, Rudy
014 2.89 Banks, Iain M.
013 4.23 May, Julian
013 3.88 McDonald, Ian
013 3.69 Cadigan, Pat
013 3.62 Simons, Walton
013 3.58 Le_Carre, John
013 3.58 Irvine, Alex
013 3.50 Roberts, Adam
013 3.42 Varley, John
013 3.35 MacLeod, Ian R.
013 3.35 Bloch, Robert
013 3.31 Gaiman, Neil
013 3.31 Effinger, George Alec
013 3.27 Stapledon, Olaf
013 3.23 Griffith, George
013 3.12 Masterton, Graham
013 3.08 Love, Rosaleen
013 2.96 Bauer, Steven
013 2.65 Wallace, Sean and Nick Mamatas
013 2.31 Fradella, Frank
012 3.71 MacLeod, Ken
012 3.71 Chandler, A. Bertram
012 3.63 Lackey, Mercedes
012 3.54 Tepper, Sheri S.
012 3.50 Delany, Samuel R.
012 3.42 Willis, Connie
012 3.38 Watts, Peter
012 3.38 Shirley, John
012 3.33 Sparks, Cat
012 3.29 Foster, Alan Dean
012 3.21 Smith, E. E. Doc
012 3.08 Friesner, Esther M.
012 3.08 Anonymous, Anonymous
012 2.92 Van_Lustbader, Eric
012 2.92 Sisolak, Marsha
011 4.14 Williams, Sheila
011 4.14 Flint, Eric
011 3.86 Schmidt, Stanley
011 3.77 Jones, Gwyneth
011 3.68 Waldrop, Howard
011 3.68 Buckell, Tobias S.
011 3.59 Nestvold, Ruth
011 3.55 Vandermeer, Jeff
011 3.55 Pratt, Tim
011 3.45 Vinge, Vernor
011 3.45 Bova, Ben
011 3.41 McIntyre, Vonda N.
011 3.32 Wyndham, John
011 3.32 Kennett, Rick
011 3.18 Herbert, Brian and Kevin J. Anderson
011 3.18 De_Lint, Charles
011 2.91 Tepperman, Emile C.
011 2.18 Lewis, C. S.
010 4.30 Miller, John J.
010 3.95 Steele, Allen M.
010 3.90 Shiner, Lewis
010 3.85 Dick, Philip K.
010 3.65 Schroeder, Karl
010 3.65 Cook, Glen
010 3.60 Sheffield, Charles
010 3.60 Livings, Martin
010 3.55 Flint, Eric and Dave Freer and Andrew Dennis
010 3.50 Williams, Sean and Shane Dix
010 3.50 Hobb, Robin
010 3.50 Ellison, Harlan
010 3.45 Green, Simon R.
010 3.45 Blish, James
010 3.40 Roberts, Tansy Rayner
010 3.40 Cox, Greg
010 3.40 Brown, Frederic
010 3.35 Piper, H. Beam
010 3.35 Baker, Kage
010 3.35 Anderson, Kevin J.
010 3.30 Cummings, Shane Jiraiya
010 3.30 Campbell, Ramsey
010 3.25 Barnes, Arthur K.
010 3.20 De_Camp, L. Sprague and Lin Carter
010 3.15 Crichton, Michael
010 3.15 Adams, Stephen
010 3.10 Saberhagen, Fred
010 3.10 Frederick, Carl
010 2.95 Brooks, Terry
010 2.65 Sutcliff, Rosemary
009 4.11 Bacigalupi, Paolo
009 3.94 Chiang, Ted
009 3.61 Oltion, Jerry
009 3.56 Isle, Sue
009 3.50 Navarro, Yvonne
009 3.50 Bester, Alfred
009 3.44 Wagner, Karl Edward
009 3.44 Skillingstead, Jack
009 3.44 Jamieson, Trent
009 3.44 Budrys, Algis
009 3.39 Bierce, Ambrose
009 3.33 Spinrad, Norman
009 3.28 Le_Fanu, J. Sheridan
009 3.28 Borneman, John
009 3.22 Merritt, Abraham
009 3.22 McKenzie, Chuck
009 3.22 Brunner, John
009 3.17 Vinge, Joan D.
009 3.17 Matheson, Richard
009 3.17 Goulart, Ron
009 3.00 Jones, Diana Wynne
009 3.00 Drake, David
009 2.94 Henderson, Samantha
008 4.06 Frahm, Leanne
008 4.00 Rosenblum, Mary
008 3.75 Haynes, Simon
008 3.69 Pelland, Jennifer
008 3.63 Lafferty, R. A.
008 3.56 Collins, Nancy A.
008 3.50 Kilworth, Garry
008 3.50 Dahl, Roald
008 3.38 Prineas, Sarah
008 3.38 Haggard, H. Rider
008 3.38 Adams, Douglas
008 3.31 Turtledove, Harry
008 3.31 Charteris, Leslie
008 3.25 Meaney, John
008 3.25 Blackmore, Leigh
008 3.19 Tem, Steve Rasnic
008 3.19 Browne, Adam
008 3.19 Biancotti, Deborah
008 3.13 Williamson, Jack
008 3.13 Wilder, Cherry
008 3.13 Warren, Kaaron
008 3.13 Joyce, Graham
008 3.00 Tambour, Anna
008 2.94 Thomson, June
008 2.88 Kiernan, Caitlin R.
008 2.81 Sheehan, Perley Poore
008 2.56 Whitehouse, Arch
007 4.50 Hartwell, David G. and Kathryn Cramer
007 4.29 Milan, Victor
007 3.93 Scott, Martin
007 3.93 Barron, Laird
007 3.86 Wilson, Robert Charles
007 3.86 Cassutt, Michael
007 3.79 Collins, Paul
007 3.71 Murray, Will
007 3.71 Mieville, China
007 3.64 Langford, David
007 3.64 Haining, Peter
007 3.57 Scalzi, John
007 3.57 Lansdale, Joe R.
007 3.57 Campbell, John W.
007 3.57 Asher, Neal
007 3.50 Walton, Jo
007 3.50 Knight, Damon
007 3.50 Kessel, John
007 3.50 Foster, Eugie
007 3.50 Collins, Max Allan
007 3.50 Clough, B. W.
007 3.43 Wilhelm, Kate
007 3.43 Laidlaw, Marc
007 3.36 Leinster, Murray
007 3.29 Savage, Les
007 3.29 Lee, Stan
007 3.29 Greenberg, Martin H.
007 3.29 Gardner, Craig Shaw
007 3.29 Congreve, Bill
007 3.21 Hogan, Robert J.
007 3.21 Arnason, Eleanor
007 3.00 Smith, David C. and Richard L. Tierney
007 3.00 Barker, Clive
007 2.71 Wilson, Robert Anton
007 2.71 Hoffman, Nina Kiriki
007 2.64 Rickert, M.
007 2.50 Jameson, Malcolm
006 4.08 Sanders, William and Lawrence Watt-Evans
006 3.92 O'Donnell, Peter
006 3.83 Lackey, Mercedes and Steve Libbey and Cody Martin and Dennis Lee
006 3.83 Haines, Paul
006 3.83 Blackford, Russell
006 3.75 Wilson, F. Paul
006 3.75 Dumas, Alexandre
006 3.75 De_Pierres, Marianne
006 3.67 Wright, John C.
006 3.67 Longyear, Barry B.
006 3.67 Levine, David D.
006 3.58 Russ, Joanna
006 3.58 Garrett, Randall
006 3.58 Endacott, Sarah
006 3.58 Chadbourn, Mark
006 3.58 Bisson, Terry
006 3.50 Williams, Liz
006 3.50 Schow, David J.
006 3.50 Finney, Jack
006 3.50 Battersby, Lyn
006 3.50 Barclay, James
006 3.42 Tenn, William
006 3.42 Shiras, William H.
006 3.42 Gregory, Daryl
006 3.42 Chalker, Jack L.
006 3.33 Malzberg, Barry N.
006 3.33 Hand, Elizabeth
006 3.33 Gerrold, David
006 3.33 Byers, Richard Lee
006 3.33 Alexander, Lloyd
006 3.25 Tidhar, Lavie
006 3.25 Schmitz, James H.
006 3.25 Pendleton, Don
006 3.25 Lawhead, Stephen R.
006 3.25 Barnes, John
006 3.17 Zahn, Timothy
006 3.17 Sanders, William
006 3.17 Luckett, Dave
006 3.17 Lerner, Edward M.
006 3.17 Fowler, Karen Joy
006 3.17 Crowther, Peter
006 3.08 Weber, David
006 3.08 Hoch, Edward D.
006 3.08 Heron, E. and H. Heron
006 3.00 Tilley, Patrick
006 3.00 Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle
006 3.00 Martens, Paul E.
006 2.92 Harrison, M. John
006 2.92 Betancourt, John Gregory
006 2.83 Verne, Jules
006 2.83 Greenland, Colin
006 2.67 Mitchell, Elynne
006 2.58 Chadwick, Paul
006 2.42 Kimoy, Ernest
006 2.33 Butler, Octavia
006 2.33 Bradley, Marion Zimmer
005 4.40 Morgan, Richard
005 4.30 Cooper, Susan
005 4.10 Maggin, Elliot S.
005 4.00 Westerfeld, Scott
005 4.00 Lake, David J.
005 3.80 Rucka, Greg
005 3.80 MacLean, Alistair
005 3.70 McAllister, Bruce
005 3.70 Ings, Simon
005 3.70 DeCandido, Keith R. A.
005 3.70 Clement, Hal
005 3.70 Blackwood, Algernon
005 3.70 Baen, James
005 3.60 Warrington, Freda
005 3.60 Stoddard, Jason
005 3.60 Nichols, Ian
005 3.60 McArthur, Maxine
005 3.60 Kornbluth, C. M.
005 3.60 Harper, Leanne C.
005 3.50 Steele, Curtis
005 3.50 Goossens, Darren
005 3.50 Finlay, Charles Coleman
005 3.50 Duncan, Andy
005 3.50 Benson, E. F.
005 3.40 Zebrowski, George
005 3.40 Wellen, Edward
005 3.40 Van_Eekhout, Greg
005 3.40 Murphy, Pat
005 3.40 Mahr, Kurt
005 3.40 Estleman, Loren D.
005 3.40 Darlton, Clark
005 3.40 Brackett, Leigh
005 3.30 Utley, Steven
005 3.30 Reilly, Matthew
005 3.30 Jansson, Tove
005 3.30 Harvey, Edwina
005 3.30 Duane, Diane
005 3.30 David, Peter
005 3.30 Creasey, Ian
005 3.20 Yolen, Jane
005 3.20 Watt-Evans, Lawrence
005 3.20 Vaughn, Carrie
005 3.20 Sherman, Delia
005 3.20 Rountree, Josh
005 3.20 Odom, Mel
005 3.20 Lee, Yoon Ha
005 3.20 Haber, Karen
005 3.20 Emshwiller, Carol
005 3.20 Crider, Bill
005 3.20 Clancy, Tom
005 3.20 Christie, Agatha
005 3.20 Bixby, Jerome
005 3.10 Williams, Tess
005 3.10 Stockbridge, Grant
005 3.10 Oates, Joyce Carol
005 3.10 Lovett, Richard A.
005 3.10 Klages, Ellen
005 3.10 Boothby, Guy
005 3.00 Smith, Michael Marshall
005 3.00 Drummond, John Peter
005 3.00 Davidson, Avram
005 3.00 Caselberg, Jay
005 2.90 Trimm, Mikal
005 2.90 Moore, James A.
005 2.90 Barrett, Neal
005 2.90 Adams, Richard
005 2.80 Tilton, Lois
005 2.80 McDonald, Sandra
005 2.70 Smith, Sherwood
005 2.70 Lefferts, George
005 2.70 Friedman, M. J.
005 2.70 Brite, Poppy Z.
005 2.20 Rosenberg, Barry
005 2.20 Pierce, Meredith Ann
005 2.00 Cain, James R.

Beyond 10000 - The 2007 Fiction Season Overview



BEYOND 10000 - The 2007 Fiction Season Overview

This is combined from Not Free SF Reader and Free SF Reader. Note that the blogspot blog counts are usually wrong as far as I can see, but somewhere in the area. Hence, these are different being the actual numbers.

Likely xmas 2008 makes it before 15000, speaking of favorites, I would think.

Still have 250 odd novels to go, and maybe a dozen anthologies and collections if I ever track them down again as far as what I can remember having read. As far as the underrepresented from that, then Wolverton, Farmer, Donaldson and Forsyth, along the the kids stuff like Dixon and Dick of the Doctor Who massive output.

Lying around unread now includes a lot of old magazines, Australian anthologies, Year's Best and other assorted anthologies, and a bunch of collections, as well as many a garden variety as well as hero novel.


OVERALL AVERAGE

3.35

BREAKDOWN BY RATING

RAT % TOT
1.0 0.00 44
1.5 0.01 96
2.0 0.03 338
2.5 0.09 926
3.0 0.30 2994
3.5 0.30 3051
4.0 0.20 2046
4.5 0.04 432
5.0 0.02 201

BREAKDOWN BY TYPE

t anthology 3.66 179
t collection 3.59 216
t magazine 3.40 207
t non-fiction 4.00 41
t novel 3.22 2306
t omnibus 3.83 23
t short story 3.38 7156

BREAKDOWN BY GENRE

scary horror 3.30 1114
science fiction 3.45 4859
shootist 3.23 28
sleuth 3.44 292
soldier 3.07 82
sorcery fantasy 3.34 1021
speculative 2.80 309
sport 3.00 12
spy 3.28 174
study 4.07 37
superhero 3.40 727
supernatural fantasy 3.19 1323
swords 3.20 150

BREAKDOWN BY GENRE WITH HERO

scary horror superhero 3.41 146
scary horror 3.28 968
science fiction superhero 3.36 440
science fiction 3.46 4419
shootist superhero 3.14 18
shootist 3.40 10
sleuth superhero 3.61 174
sleuth 3.20 118
soldier superhero 3.00 43
soldier 3.15 39
sorcery fantasy superhero 3.54 376
sorcery fantasy 3.22 645
speculative 2.80 309
sport 3.00 12
spy superhero 3.31 88
spy 3.25 86
study 4.07 37
superhero 3.40 727
supernatural fantasy superhero 3.27 216
supernatural fantasy 3.17 1107
swords superhero 3.52 26
swords 3.14 124

BREAKDOWN BY GENRE AND TYPE

scary horror superhero t anthology 3.75 2
scary horror superhero t collection 3.33 3
scary horror superhero t novel 3.31 55
scary horror superhero t omnibus 3.00 1
scary horror superhero t short story 3.48 85
scary horror t anthology 3.36 18
scary horror t collection 3.27 15
scary horror t magazine 3.50 10
scary horror t novel 2.98 81
scary horror t short story 3.31 844
science fiction superhero t anthology 3.50 2
science fiction superhero t collection 3.39 19
science fiction superhero t novel 3.30 264
science fiction superhero t omnibus 3.50 3
science fiction superhero t short story 3.45 152
science fiction t anthology 4.00 83
science fiction t collection 3.69 91
science fiction t magazine 3.42 193
science fiction t non-fiction 3.50 2
science fiction t novel 3.23 699
science fiction t omnibus 3.63 4
science fiction t short story 3.49 3347
shootist superhero t collection 3.50 1
shootist superhero t novel 2.90 5
shootist superhero t short story 3.21 12
shootist t novel 5.00 1
shootist t short story 3.22 9
sleuth superhero t anthology 3.80 5
sleuth superhero t collection 4.44 9
sleuth superhero t novel 3.60 20
sleuth superhero t short story 3.55 140
sleuth t anthology 3.00 1
sleuth t collection 2.60 5
sleuth t novel 3.24 53
sleuth t short story 3.23 59
soldier superhero t novel 3.06 25
soldier superhero t omnibus 3.50 1
soldier superhero t short story 2.88 17
soldier t collection 2.75 2
soldier t novel 3.33 18
soldier t short story 3.03 19
sorcery fantasy superhero t anthology 2.75 2
sorcery fantasy superhero t collection 3.96 38
sorcery fantasy superhero t novel 3.46 105
sorcery fantasy superhero t omnibus 4.36 7
sorcery fantasy superhero t short story 3.48 224
sorcery fantasy t anthology 2.97 15
sorcery fantasy t collection 3.38 4
sorcery fantasy t non-fiction 3.00 1
sorcery fantasy t novel 3.24 261
sorcery fantasy t omnibus 4.10 5
sorcery fantasy t short story 3.20 359
speculative t collection 2.00 2
speculative t magazine 2.50 1
speculative t novel 2.91 55
speculative t short story 2.78 251
sport t short story 3.00 12
spy superhero t collection 3.30 5
spy superhero t non-fiction 3.50 1
spy superhero t novel 3.36 48
spy superhero t short story 3.24 34
spy t novel 3.26 83
spy t short story 3.00 3
study t non-fiction 4.07 37
superhero t anthology 3.62 30
superhero t collection 1.00 1
superhero t magazine 1.00 1
superhero t novel 3.22 200
superhero t short story 3.46 495
supernatural fantasy superhero t anthology 3.63 4
supernatural fantasy superhero t novel 3.23 148
supernatural fantasy superhero t omnibus 3.50 1
supernatural fantasy superhero t short story 3.33 63
supernatural fantasy t anthology 3.12 17
supernatural fantasy t collection 3.40 15
supernatural fantasy t magazine 3.00 2
supernatural fantasy t novel 2.86 122
supernatural fantasy t omnibus 2.00 1
supernatural fantasy t short story 3.21 950
swords superhero t novel 3.67 15
swords superhero t short story 3.32 11
swords t collection 3.00 6
swords t novel 3.03 48
swords t short story 3.22 70


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Trinity and Other Stories - Nancy Kress

An early Kress collection. Pretty clearly she is better now, but this is still quality stuff, with the stories averaging 3.50 even then. Cleverly has the good stuff at the start and the end, too.

Trinity : With the Original Cast - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Casey's Empire - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Talp Hunt - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Against a Crooked Stile - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Explanations Inc. - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Shadows on the Cave Wall - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Ten Thousand Pictures One Word - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Night Win - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Borovsky's Hollow Woman - Nancy Kress and Jeff Duntemann
Trinity : Out of All Them Bright Stars - Nancy Kress
Trinity : Trinity - Nancy Kress


Joan of Arc doesn't play well.

4 out of 5


Sci-fi writer's spaceship backdown.

4 out of 5


Past life problems.

3 out of 5


Body current changes.

3.5 out of 5


Rational universe franchise.

3.5 out of 5


Art for art's sake, money is third rate.

3 out of 5


Female departure.

3 out of 5


Needs analysis.

3 out of 5


Smartsuit sheila's strangling subertfuge.

3.5 out of 5


Aliens make me mad.

4 out of 5


Clone twin teleological trance test.

4.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Cavern Of the Damned - Curtis Steele

It would seem to me that there are a far greater percentage of sorceresses, witch queens, voodoo women and just plain evil magic using wenches whose names start with Z than there has any right to be on probability.

Or, as the most redoubtable of the Christopher clan puts it :-

"If it were any other thing we were fighting, Nan; anything but this damnable mystic power--I could believe that. But not now!"

...

"I--my thoughts are running wild. I feel the damnable power of Zaava
everywhere, even here. Shaky, I guess, Nan. Good-bye. So long, Dad."

So, an escapade a little out of the ordinary for Operator 5.


3 out of 5

Trinity - Nancy Kress

Clone twin teleological trance test.


4.5 out of 5

Out Of All Them Bright Stars - Nancy Kress

Aliens make me mad.


4 out of 5

Borovosky's Hollow Woman - Nancy Kress and Jeff Duntemann

Smartsuit sheila's strangling subertfuge.


3.5 out of 5

Night Win - Nancy Kress

Needs analysis.


2.5 out of 5

Ten Thousand Pictures One Word - Nancy Kress

Female departure.


3 out of 5

Shadows On the Cave Wall - Nancy Kress

Art for art's sake, money is third rate.


3 out of 5

Against A Crooked Stile - Nancy Kress

Body current changes.


3.5 out of 5

Talp Hunt - Nancy Kress

Past life problems.


3 out of 5

Dancing On Air - Nancy Kress

Bioengineered ballet breakdown.


4.5 out of 5

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Passenger - Paul J. McAuley

Gene wizard girl discovery conflict.


4.5 out of 5

The Year's Best Science Fiction 16th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois

A bit weaker for a Year's Best collection this book, averaging only 3.77, which as all other anthologies go is still excellent. The long introduction and overview by Dozois is still the same quality as other editions.

Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Oceanic - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Approaching Perimelasma - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Craphound - Cory Doctorow
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Jedella Ghost - Tanith Lee
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Taklamakan - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Island of the Immortals - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Sea Change with Monsters - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Divided by Infinity - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : US - Howard Waldrop
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Days of Solomon Gursky - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Cuckoo's Boys - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Halfway House at the Heart of Darkness - William Browning Spencer
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Very Pulse of the Machine - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Story of Your Life - Ted Chiang
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Voivodoi - Liz Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Saddlepoint: Roughneck - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : This Side of Independence - Rob Chilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Unborn Again - Chris Lawson
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Grist - Tony Daniel
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : La Cenerentola - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Down in the Dark - William Barton
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Free in Asveroth - Jim Grimsley
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Dancing Floor - Cherry Wilder
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Summer Isles - Ian R. MacLeod

A boy growing up in a backward fundamentalist community on another planet begins to understand how much the local biology has altered the people that live there, and why a religion surrounds this.

3.5 out of 5



Black hole wormhole fun.

4.5 out of 5


A human and alien have a rivalry over trash and treasure and other market collecting.

4 out of 5


Local apparition.

3 out of 5


Sneaky Spider seekers suss out secret spaceships and other splendiferous scary and snazzy stuff.

4 out of 5


Carbon based longlife.

4 out of 5


Dragon hunter's misogynist defiance discovery.

4 out of 5


Book fake reasoning stupidity blast.

4 out of 5


Yeager variety.

2.5 out of 5


Dead rebellion expansion.

4.5 out of 5


Genius kid spread plan.

4 out of 5


Game addiction help.

3 out of 5


Moon life message.

4 out of 5


Predicting language.

4.5 out of 5


Rebuilding story is a bit fishy.

3.5 out of 5


Lunar volatility mine life.

3.5 out of 5


Scrap planet.

3.5 out of 5


Butchered baby brain bits disease treatment.

4 out of 5


Ferret girl proves vital in time tweaking titans massive personality conflict.

3.5 out of 5


Twin disappearance.

3.5 out of 5


Leftover people life discovery.

4 out of 5


Losing to the space invaders.

3 out of 5


Android archaeology.

4.5 out of 5


Post-war bad.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

The Summer Isles - Ian R. MacLeod

Post-war bad.


3.5 out of 5

Free In Asveroth - Jim Grimsley

Losing to the space invaders.


3 out of 5

Down In the Dark - William Barton

Leftover people life discovery.


4 out of 5

This Side Of Independence - Rob Chilson

Scrap planet.


3.5 out of 5

Saddlepoint Roughneck - Stephen Baxter

Lunar volatility mine life.


3.5 out of 5

Voivodoi - Liz Williams

Rebuilding story is a bit fishy.


3.5 out of 5

The Halfway House At the Heart Of Darkness - William Browning Spencer

Game addiction help.


3 out of 5

Divided By Infinity - Robert Charles Wilson

Book fake reasoning stupidity blast.


4 out of 5

Jedella Ghost - Tanith Lee

Local apparition.


3 out of 5

The Pulse Of the Machine - Michael Swanwick

Moon life message.


4 out of 5

The Cuckoo's Boys - Robert Reed

Genius kid spread plan.


4 out of 5

Sea Change With Monsters - Paul J. McAuley

Dragon hunter's misogynist defiance discovery.


4 out of 5

The Island Of the Immortals - Ursula K. Le Guin

Carbon based longlife.


4 out of 5

Rats Of the System - Paul J. McAuley

Transcendent hunter-killer chase experiment.


4.5 out of 5

Veritas - Robert Reed

Roman Empire past takeover target.


4 out of 5

The Assassination of Faustino Malarte - Paul J. McAuley

Loyal servant revenge.


3.5 out of 5

Back Door Man - Paul J. McAuley

A line on internet awareness aliens.


4.5 out of 5

Golden Bird - Mary Rosenblum

City boy.


3.5 out of 5

Rejection - Robert Reed

Alien interview.


3.5 out of 5

The War On Treemon - Nancy Kress

Peace corps.


3 out of 5

To Cuddle Amy - Nancy Kress

Daughter do over.


4 out of 5

State Of Nature - Nancy Kress

Wealthy minority enclave rejection.


4 out of 5

Evolution - Nancy Kress

Terror disease infighting cure.


3.5 out of 5

And No Such Things Grow Here - Nancy Kress

The seeds of crime bear fitter fruit.


4 out of 5

Always True To Thee In My Fashion - Nancy Kress

Emotional models.


3.5 out of 5

Pipes - Robert Reed

Plumbing the depths of predator-prey relations.


4 out of 5

Pogrom - James Patrick Kelly

Selfish elder generation.


4 out out of 5

In Memoriam - Nancy Kress

Killer memory life wipe.


4 out of 5

Home Front - James Patrick Kelly

Enlistment prospect never heard of the Human Bomb, but what they say about a good big man still holds.


4 out of 5

Big Guy - James Patrick Kelly

Way Out fast heroware operator.


4 out of 5

The Leila Torn Show - James Patrick Kelly

Segmented audience pressure.


3.5 out of 5

The Dark Side Of Town - James Patrick Kelly

Expensive advice tour.


3.5 out of 5

Breakaway Backdown - James Patrick Kelly

Colony life change.


4 out of 5

Bernardo's House - James Patrick Kelly

Architecture sexware's new girl.


4 out of 5

Inertia - Nancy Kress

Quarantine lack of collapse restraint.


4.5 out of 5

Ram Shift Phase 2 - Greg Bear

Robot review parody.


3.5 out of 5

Ailoura - Paul Di Filippo

Rejuvenation prevention murder motives.


4 out of 5

Casey's Empire - Nancy Kress

Sci-fi writer's spaceship backdown.


4 out of 5

With the Original Cast - Nancy Kress

Joan of Arc doesn't play well.


4 out of 5

Dragonhead - Nick DiChario

Implant overload.


4 out of 5

Dead Worlds - Jack Skillingstead

Too trippy.


4.5 out of 5

Calling Your Name - Howard Waldrop

Wrong president.


4 out of 5

Friday, December 21, 2007

Riders Of the Purple Wage - Philip Jose Farmer

Winnegan's World, Winnegan's Universe.


3.5 out of 5

Universe 14 - Terry Carr

A rather borderline passable anthology, the average only 3.35. So while really a 3.25, we'll give it a 3.5 for the bookend pieces by Robinson and Shepard. Not much else to recommend this.

Universe 14 : The Lucky Strike - Kim Stanley Robinson
Universe 14 : Gate of Horn Gate of Ivory - Robert Silverberg
Universe 14 : Passing as a Flower in the City of the Dead - Sharon N. Farber
Universe 14 : O - Damon Knight
Universe 14 : Art in the War Zone - Pat Murphy
Universe 14 : Interlocking Pieces - Molly Gloss
Universe 14 : The Menagerie of Babel - Carter Scholz
Universe 14 : Deadtime - Joel Richards
Universe 14 : Me Days - Gregory Benford
Universe 14 : Black Coral - Lucius Shepard

Japan nuke near miss punishment.

4.5 out of 5


Sleep longtime

3 out of 5


Bloodless living.

3 out of 5


Vowel removal.

3 out of 5


You're dead! Am not!

3.5 out of 5


Brain transplant choice.

3.5 out of 5


Landlord alien.

3 out of 5


A spot of precrime.

3 out of 5


Computer communication killer.

3.5 out of 5


Spirited island drug supply gets a Bill.

4 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Deadtime - Joel Richards

A spot of precrime.


3 out of 5

Art In the War Zone - Pat Murphy

You're dead! Am not!


3.5 out of 5

Passing As A Flower In The City Of The Dead - Sharon N. Farber

Bloodless living.


3 out of 5

Mayflower II - Stephen Baxter

Long trip oversight.


4 out of 5

Mother - Philip Jose Farmer

Stay at home's mobile mate misunderstandings hard on the in-laws.


4 out of 5

Investments - Walter Jon Williams

Corporate corruption x-radiation.


4 out of 5

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ten Sigmas - Paul Melko

Millions of me for music nicking.


3 out of 5

Sisyphus and the Stranger - Paul Di Filippo

Frenchie N-Ray cultural conquest.


3.5 out of 5

Shiva In Shadow - Nancy Kress

Stellar observation science ship conflict upload event horizon existence.


4 out of 5

Footvote - Peter F. Hamilton

Exodus rules.


4 out of 5

Skin Deep - Mary Rosenblum

Filial facsimile repair choice declined.


4 out of 5

The Pasho - Paolo Bacigalupi

Knowledge prevention.


3.5 out of 5

Proboscis - Laird Barron

Bounty hunter mound terror.


4 out of 5

Guest Of Honour - Robert Reed

Average explorer losses.


3.5 out of 5

Recording Angel - Ian McDonald

Africaforming.


4 out of 5

Second Skin - Paul J. McAuley

Spies sort of like us.


4 out of 5

The Book Of Dreams - Jack Vance

Last revenge.


The end of the Demon Princes series is also the weakest part of it, as the last opponent to be tracked down has gone a bit quiet, after attempting to control both the crooks and the cops where he has decided to hang out.

This knowledge gives him a start to finding Treesong, his last enemy, along with his colourful underlings.


3 out of 5

The Face - Jack Vance

Fourth revenge.


This is probably the best of the Demon Princes books, as our hero chases his next opponent, Lens Larque, across space and to many planets, finally ending up on one that has a really interesting, if rather bloody local game that they play.

Given there is a fifth book, Larque's chances obviously aren't too good.


4 out of 5

The Palace Of Love - Jack Vance

Third revenge.


Girlfriends are part-time, killing your crimelord enemies is a full time occupation. So Gersen now turns his newly acquired wealth from the previous book to the task of getting to Falushe, the next on his list.

Yet again he has to find the planet the guy hangs out on, find out which person he is - which is kind of interesting, overlord megalomaniac types that like to hide who they are. Be a bit easier if they paraded around like Ming the Merciless, but a much shorter series.


3 out of 5

The Killing Machine - Jack Vance

Second revenge.


Having disposed of his first target, Gersen is working as a sort of cop to improve his chances and learn new stuff. This leads to a mission that may involved Hekkus, his next chosen Demon Prince to bump off.

This eventually leads him to track down the bizarre feudal style existence planet Hekkus has set up for himself, complete with barbaric entertainments. The Demon Prince has a surprise of his own, however.


3.5 out of 5

Star King - Jack Vance

First revenge.


A chance encounter in a bar gives Gersen a lead on his first target, as does a fortuitous coincidence of transport.

He learns what Malagate actually is, and sets out to track down who he actually is, but has to deal with his henchmen first to get to him.

One thing Gersen has going for him is that your crimelord types aren't always nice to those around him, giving him a lever or two.


3.5 out of 5

Asimov's 294 - Gardner Dozois

A rather good issue, with a 3.58 average. Egan's Oracle is the standout, and if I looked at that on another day, could be a 4.5.

The smellysaurus one was the one I remembered, too, so I'll call that second, and McAuley and Baker were lurking in the back of my mind as old and familiar, particularly the Company story that I thought I had come across much earlier but couldn't remember where.

ASIMOVS294 : Asimovs's 294 - Gardner Dozois
ASIMOVS294 : Interstitial - Paul J. McAuley
ASIMOVS294 : The Young Master - Kage Baker
ASIMOVS294 : Vasquez Orbital Salvage and Satellite Repair - Matthew Jarpe
ASIMOVS294 : The Great Economy of the Saurian Mode - Michaelene Pendleton
ASIMOVS294 : Hawk on a Flagpole - Timothy Robert Sullivan
ASIMOVS294 : Oracle - Greg Egan

Testosterone boosted worm tech booger discovery.

3.5 out of 5


Company time again.

3 out of 5


Handy alien save.

3.5 out of 5


Terribly smelly lizards.

4 out of 5


If you go out on the woods today you aren't bloody likely to run into anything nice like teddy bears.

3.5 out of 5


In a reality where a man, similar to Alan Turing is working for the government in rather more unpleasant circumstances is visited by a reality hopping android woman things change rapidly. A man somewhat similar to C. S. Lewis has problems coping and believing.

4 out of 5






4.5 out of 5

Hawk On A Flagpole - Timothy Robert Sullivan

If you go out on the woods today you aren't bloody likely to run into anything nice like teddy bears.


3.5 out of 5

The Young Master - Kage Baker

Company time again.


3 out of 5

Asimov's 293 - Gardner Dozois

Of all the science fiction magazine issues I have managed to read by now, I have to put this one down as the best by a considerable margin.

Apart from being influential in leading me to pick up some other anthologies by the editor, etc., and staying with me many years later in the back of my mind until I finally tracked down which one it was, it also has two top class stories. The excellent Feel The Zaz, by James Patrick Kelly - one of the people that helped me eventually remember it, and the brilliant saviour by Nancy Kress.

So picking a couple of magazines up at random and scoring this one is a stroke of luck.

The story average is 3.92. That is a good Year's Best sort of quality.

Have to say I can't remember the non-fiction stuff at all, and probably never will. Reason to care about a review or something 7 years later is pretty much zero, unless it happens to talk about something that still interests you, that hasn't been seen.

Anyway, brilliant and influential issue, here. You see this one lying around a shop it is worth grabbing, absolutely.

Tempted to get the back issue again, myself.


ASIMOVS293 : Stephen to Cora to Joe - Rick Wilber
ASIMOVS293 : Feel the Zaz - James Patrick Kelly
ASIMOVS293 : The Terrible Lizards of Luna - Michael Carroll
ASIMOVS293 : Chitty Bang Bang - Ian R. MacLeod
ASIMOVS293 : The Art of Fugue - Charles Sheffield
ASIMOVS293 : Savior - Nancy Kress


Bleeding baseball guy.

3 out of 5


Schizo CAT woman has old time star turns Down.

4.5 out of 5


Monkeyboys are slow.

3.5 out of 5


Peacekeeper home front.

4 out of 5


Longtime music hunt.

3.5 out of 5


Humans a bit slow on the uptake about alien craft, muddle through disasters, and must have lost all the Stargate episodes when they tried the replicator thing. Oh, and AI's are quite fast.

5 out of 5





5 out of 5

Chitty Bang Bang - Ian R. MacLeod

Peacekeeper home front.


4 out of 5

The Terrible Lizards Of Luna - Michael Carroll

Monkeyboys are slow.


3.5 out of 5

The Art Of Fugue - Charles Sheffield

Longtime music hunt.


3.5 out of 5

Stephen To Cora To Joe - Rick Wilber

Bleeding baseball guy.


3 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 586 - Gordon Van Gelder

Going to happen I suppose, getting a dodgy issue. Saw this with Analog, and just recently trying Interzone for this first time. I read this one several years ago thanks to an airport, and little surprise I didn't remember it, as for this magazine, pretty poor. The average here is 3.00, and a couple of solid stories and not much else. Robert Reed - highly dependable.

An article by Benford on what NASA did wrong with a probe or two, and the usual reviews and entertaining short piece.

FSF586 : Mad for the Mints - Amy Sterling Casil
FSF586 : The New Horla - Robert Sheckley
FSF586 : Angel Face - M. Rickert
FSF586 : The Mandrake Garden - Brian Stableford
FSF586 : Seven Sisters - Rick Wilber
FSF586 : Dave Dickel's Historic Interview with the Father of the Hart Cart transcribed and annotated by Debbie Jean Locust - Nancy Etchemendy
FSF586 : Hybrid - Robert Reed
FSF586 : Inheritance - Dale Bailey


Crazy poms, talking horses, and chonks.

3 out of 5


Killed the monster. I think.

2.5 out of 5


Nothing here.

2 out of 5


Roots of destruction.

3.5 out of 5


Dowsing history.

3 out of 5


Housing solution.

3.5 out of 5


Picking the right werewolf.

3.5 out of 5


Cold return.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

Inheritance - Dale Bailey

Cold return.


3 out of 5

Hybrid - Robert Reed

Picking the right werewolf.


3.5 out of 5

Dave Dickel's Historic Interview with the Father of the Hart Cart - Nancy Etchemendy

Housing solution.


3.5 out of 5

Seven Sisters - Rick Wilber

Dowsing history.


3 out of 5

The Mandrake Garden - Brian Stableford

Roots of destruction.


3.5 out of 5

Angel Face - M. Rickert

Nothing here.


2 out of 5

The New Horla - Robert Sheckley

Killed the monster. I think.


2.5 out of 5

Special Flight - John Berryman

Moving body calculation problem.


3 out of 5

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Otherworld - W. A. Harbinson

Jungle craziness.


An American journalist gets involved in strange goings on with a trible down on the Amazon. Or, bad things, man. Steamy things man. Plus a few snakes. While an ok atmosphere for the book, the story isn't really very interesting at all.


2.5 out of 5

Genesis - W. A. Harbinson

A Saucerful Of Secrets.


Here is an interesting book that plays pretty well upon all the crazy UFO conspiracy stuff, so if you have a fondness or liking for that, then you will probably really like this book.

Secret locations, covered up bases, all that kind of thing, you get the idea.


3 out of 5

Five Decades Of the X-Men - Stan Lee

Taking a slightly different approach to the other X-Men anthologies, this anthology is all novellas.

Each one is set in a particular decade of X-Men activity, starting at the beginning in the 60s, right up until the 00s.

Quite good quality, with a 3.40 average.

Five Decades of the X-Men : 1 Baptism of Fire Baptism of Ice - John J. Ordover and Susan Wright
Five Decades of the X-Men : 2 Firm Commitments - Sholly Fisch
Five Decades of the X-Men : 3 Up the Hill Backwards - Thomas Deja
Five Decades of the X-Men : 4 The Cause - Glenn Greenberg
Five Decades of the X-Men : 5 Gifts - Madeleine E. Robins


Basically the first x-men comic, adapted with some Bobby Drake extra.

3.5 out of 5


A geneticist with a new technique goes to work for a company that is under the control of the Secret Empire, and literally experimenting with exploiting mutant power. Being your basic smart good guy, he lets the X-Men in on the info, at great risk to himself.

3.5 out of 5


Recovering from the Massacre, the X-Men's current roster is green (Dazzler, Longshot, Psylocke, etc.) and Ororo asks Sean Cassidy to do her a favour and help with training them, and getting Alex Summers to take a leadership role.

A worked out training exercise between them and some government agent types is interrupted by Peter Wisdom and his crew, and a N'Gari out for mutant snacks via portal.

4 out of 5


With Reverend Stryker betting out of prison, anti-mutant sentiment is stirred up, as well as different anti-mutant factions themselves.

2 out of 5


The X-Men are sent to investigate a destructive disturbance that is very likely to be mutant, and find both a student and teacher involved.

4 out of 5





4 out of 5

Gifts - Madeleine E. Robins

The X-Men are sent to investigate a destructive disturbance that is very likely to be mutant, and find both a student and teacher involved.


4 out of 5

The Well Of Darkness - Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron

Ever warcats need a shag.


Our hero has bucked the odds, and managed to find himself with a non-evil sorceress, so good for him. However, dangerous missions to the desert beckon, and his faithful warcat has other plans for this one.

So, lots of sand, bad guys, and just the two humans to deal with it this time.


2.5 out of 5

The Bronze Of Eddarta - Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron

One magic sword, one gorgeous sorceress, and still the trusty warcat remains.


Quest for treasure this time, in good old sword swinging style. Or, go get the magic item before the bad guys, and keep fingers and maybe legs crossed that the usual 85% change that the beautiful sorceress is really, really, dodgy doesn't pay out on your swordsman self.


3.5 out of 5

The Glass Of Dyskornis - Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron

One swordsman, one babe, one warcat, and one ancient arseload of trouble.


It is all well and good to be good with a blade, have the hot woman want to marry you, and an awesome animal. It is not well and goood when lots of people would like to separate you from this planet of existence.

What to do? Joining the warcat foreign legion sounds pretty good around then.


3.5 out of 5

The Steel Of Raithskar - Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron

There was nothing in the travel brochure about a time machine.


A bloke on his holiday cruise, minding his own business doesn't expect to get blown up and transported millions of years into the past and discovered that he is a talented adventurer type, good at chopping people up, and also wanted by various authorities for doing what they would call naughty things.

At times like this it helps to have a telepathic supercat around to explain things to you and help you out.


3.5 out of 5

The Golden Apple - Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea

More craziness to be found in this part, for example :-

"And they looked at the Vision more closely, and because they could see into the future and were all (like every intelligent entity) rabid Laurel and Hardy fans and because they zonked on the weed, they saw that Yahweh bore the face of Oliver Hardy. All around him, below the mountain on which he lived (his world was flat), the waters rose and rose. They saw drowning men, drowning women, innocent babes sinking beneath the waves. They were ready to vomit. And then Another came and stood beside Yahweh, looking at the panorama of horrors below, and he was Yahweh's Adversary, and, stoned as they were, he looked like Stanley Laurel to them. And then Yahweh spoke, in the eternal words of Oliver Hardy: "Now look what you made me do," he said."

Or, pretty much the same as the rest of it.


3.5 out of 5

A For Andromeda - Fred Hoyle

Message babe from space.


Astronomers detect a signal that they realise is information, not your random junk they usually get. Great excitement follows when they realise it is some sort of plan.

Now, is downloading and building this thing a good idea, or very gullible? That is what they are soon going to find out as a fancy computer is built to deal with it, and something surprising emerges.


3.5 out of 5

The Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle

Gaseous, but smart.


When the astronomy types detect a giant titular object heading Earth's way, they get rather stressed, and there is a bit of a conspiracy to keep things quiet.

It becomes a bit hard to do that when it turns up, and it is discovered it is actually intelligent, not just your random cosmic disaster.


2.5 out of 5

Invasion Of the Body Snatchers - Jack Finney

Pod people! AAAhhhh!!


Or, they are taking over my town. The poor wasn't paranoid at all decent bloke small town bush doctor guy has a pretty serious problem, in that aliens are taking over his town via taking over the people.

That is never fun A pretty decent book, really, as the terror of the situation slowly dawns on those involved as they work out what is going on and what those pods are.


3.5 out of 5