Monday, February 9, 2009

Jim Baen's Universe 17 - Eric Flint

Just 3.28 for the fiction, here, but there's a pile of good non-fiction. Flint as usual heading the bunch looking at distribution in the digital age and a Grossman article, which he analyses.

Bova looks more at the astronomy of SETI, there's an article about writer talks in Second Life, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch on publishing short story collections (not enough of hers, for one). Resnick on authors who make publishers so much money they can't be edited, and hence will put out steaming piles of you know what at times. Ever longer turds at that, too.

Bud Webster's fine Past Masters column moves to a new home, and goes for C. M. Kornbluth.

JBU0317 : Astralis - L. E. Modesitt
JBU0317 : Food for Thought - Carl Frederick
JBU0317 : Primrose and Thorn - Bud Sparhawk
JBU0317 : The Good Son - Naomi Kritzer
JBU0317 : Johnny So Long At the Fair - Lezli Robyn
JBU0317 : Micromegas - Voltaire Voltaire
JBU0317 : Blade Light 1 - Michaele Jordan
JBU0317 : SETI Library: Ascending Everest - Gregory Benford
JBU0317 : Riders of the Three-Toed Horse - Garrett W. Vance


Clearing out the city.

3 out of 5


Learning transfer, the pointy end.

3.5 out of 5


Salvage race scare.

4 out of 5


Dead sort of mum, mortal.

3 out of 5


Peter Pan Syndrome train.

3 out of 5


Saturnian philosophy.

3.5 out of 5


"Who would serve the Goddess?" called the priestess, shaking the bells again. And again the crowd answered as one. "We would!"

2.5 out of 5


"The translator said stiffly for Akralan, "You require some explanation for my acts?" The Prefect put on his stiff face. "We have asked for none." "Yet he will give it." The translator paused, phrasing from her computer and her own intuition, "I come from a species which has evolved from planets. We harbor great nostalgia for them. Yet now we live in huge habitats at the edge of our solar system, where the light materials—water, air, gases—abound. So a trip through the 'bridge works' to your new world is a great boon. It is so unspoiled. Mine is ancient and trampled. We have no high mountains to scale, as in our accident. Long ago we converted ours into useful things. So I asked to sense your rich world in many ways, the ways of my kind. Thank you.""

3.5 out of 5


Prehistoric posse after me.

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

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