Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Noam Chomsky and the Time Box - Douglas Lain

Gate 23 multiple reactions.


3.5 out of 5

Interzone 231 - Andy Cox

Two very good stories in one issue doesn't happen in a lot. This Sanford special luckily he has one of them!

Five stories, all good or better gives a 3.70 and with the other non fiction stuff, good enough to round up to the 4.75 and hence 5 range.

Good that Interzone is back available on the web. This issue is definitely to good to be kept to just the pommies and their neighbours.

Interzone 231 : THE SHOE FACTORY - Matthew Cook
Interzone 231 : THE SHIPMAKER - Aliette De Bodard
Interzone 231 : PEACEMAKER PEACEMAKER LITTLE BO BEEP - Jason Sanford
Interzone 231 : MEMORIA - Jason Sanford
Interzone 231 : MILLISENT KA PLAYS IN REALTIME - Jason Sanford

Easy Rider No Singularity Emily loss tricky mind order rebuild.

4 out of 5


Mind birth.

3.5 out of 5


Triller cop killer. Killer killer, too. Bad aliens likely.

4 out of 5


Bad Earth, Bad Ship ghost.

3.5 out of 5


Gene debt final performance.

3.5 out of 5



5 out of 5

Millisent Ka Plays In Realtime - Jason Sanford

Gene debt final performance.


3.5 out of 5

Memoria - Jason Sanford

Bad Earth, Bad Ship ghost.


3.5 out of 5

Peacemaker Peacemaker Little Bo Beep - Jason Sanford

Triller cop killer. Killer killer, too. Bad aliens likely.


4 out of 5

The Shoe Factory - Matthew Cook

Easy Rider No Singularity Emily loss tricky mind order rebuild.


4 out of 5

Asimov's 431 - Sheila Williams

At 3.14 thankfully a huge improvement over the wretched last issue. The lead story by Suzanne Palmer is the best and suggests she is worth checking out for more work. McDaniel is funny again. Whereas stories by writers about books and writing are pathetically lazy in general, not so those about pure mathematics, so points for Ken Liu there. Steinmetz also geekily entertaining, again.

Asimov's 431 : SURF - Suzanne Palmer
Asimov's 431 : STRAWBERRY BIRDIES - Pamela Sargent
Asimov's 431 : THE LIST - Tim McDaniel
Asimov's 431 : EPHEMERA - Steve Rasnic Tem
Asimov's 431 : THE COUNTABLE - Ken Liu
Asimov's 431 : RUN BAKRI SAYS - Ferrett Steinmetz
Asimov's 431 : ALL ABOUT EMILY - Connie Willis

With Rooan on the Space Turd to Aurora Station.

3.5 out of 5


Needs more than an emp, this one.

3 out of 5


Santa got me.

3 out of 5


Stories about books. Not rare.

2.5 out of 5


Cantor moments, bloody.

3.5 out of 5


The Dying Game.

3.5 out of 5


Artificial Rockette.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

All About Emily - Connie Willis

Artificial Rockette.


3 out of 5

Run Bakri Says - Ferret Steinmetz

The Dying Game.


3.5 out of 5

The Countable - Ken Liu

Cantor moments, bloody.


3.5 out of 5

Ephemera - Steve Rasnic Tem

Stories about books. Not rare.


2.5 out of 5

The List - Tim McDaniel

Santa got me.


3 out of 5

Strawberry Birdies - Pamela Sargent

Needs more than an emp, this one.


3 out of 5

Surf - Suzanne Palmer

With Rooan on the Space Turd to Aurora Station.


3.5 out of 5

Asimov's 429 430 - Sheila Williams

This issue is rubbish at 2.70. With apologies to Kristine Kathryn Rusch (who again fails to disappoint with a Diving novella) and Derek Kunsken, who manages to be funny.

Half of the stories are bad.

Silverberg and Kelly are also interesting in their columns. I'd say check those out if they are online, and wait and buy Rusch's novella later this issue is so bad.

The Kress story is even lazy and dull, speaking of disappointing 'water problems in don'tcaresville USA for the zillionth time'.

Asimov's 429 430 : STEALTH - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Asimov's 429 430 : THE CULT OF WHALE WORSHIP - Dominica Phetteplace
Asimov's 429 430 : THIS PETTY PACE - Jason K. Chapman
Asimov's 429 430 : THE OUTSIDE EVENT - Kit Reed
Asimov's 429 430 : THE PASTRY CHEF THE NANOTECHNOLOGIST THE AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR AND THE PLUMBER - Eugene Mirabelli
Asimov's 429 430 : FREE DOG - Jack Skillingstead
Asimov's 429 430 : MY HUSBAND STEINN - Eleanor Arnason
Asimov's 429 430 : TO LIVE AND DIE IN GIBBONTOWN - Derek Kunsken
Asimov's 429 430 : A HUNDRED HUNDRED DAISIES - Nancy Kress
Asimov's 429 430 : THE MAN WHO BRIDGED THE MIST - Kij Johnson

Squishy's ancapa fears.

3.5 out of 5


With poison.

3 out of 5


Not good message.

2.5 out of 5


"When I unfolded it, all there was on the paper were two crossed-out lines and a penciled note:
FUCK I'M BORED."

1.5 out of 5


Bad drip.

1.5 out of 5


Copy or whatever, with vomit.

2.5 out of 5


Troll construction.

3 out of 5


Gibbons vs Bonobos. With good insults.

3.5 out of 5


Water war.

3 out of 5


Maybe big islands.

2.5 out of 5



1.5 out of 5

The Man Who Bridged The Mist - Kij Johnson

Maybe big islands.


2.5 out of 5

A Hundred Hundred Daisies - Nancy Kress

Water war.


3 out of 5

To Live And Die In Gibbontown - Derek Kunsken

Gibbons vs Bonobos. With good insults.


3.5 out of 5

My Husband Steinn - Eleanor Arnason

Troll construction.


3 out of 5

Free Dog - Jack Skillingstead

Copy or whatever, with vomit.


2.5 out of 5

The Pastry Chef The Nanotechnologist The Aerobics Instructor And The Plumber - Eugene Mirabelli

Bad drip.


1.5 out of 5

The Outside Event - Kit Reed

"When I unfolded it, all there was on the paper were two crossed-out lines and a penciled note:
FUCK I'M BORED."


1.5 out of 5

This Petty Pace - Jason K. Chapman

Not good message.


2.5 out of 5

The Cult Of Whale Worship - Dominic Phetteplace

With poison.


3 out of 5

Stealth - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Squishy's ancapa fears.


3.5 out of 5

Analog 965 - Stanley Schmidt

More consistent than the last at 3.29 with a Creek Splendor story and Rusch and Gannon.

Analog 965 : RAY OF LIGHT - Brad R. Torgersen
Analog 965 : TURNING IT OFF - Susan Forest
Analog 965 : FREUDIAN SLIPSTREAM - Brad Aiken
Analog 965 : HIDDEN - Kyle Kirkland
Analog 965 : ART FOR SPLENDOR'S SAKE - Dave Creek
Analog 965 : THE IMPOSSIBLES - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Analog 965 : NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE - Charles E. Gannon

Alien sun mirror block deepwater living daughter Glimmer Club surface discovery.

3.5 out of 5


Safeties that is, for shagging.

2.5 out of 5


AI assisted ship travel suspension vaccine work. Tasty.

3.5 out of 5


Energy weapon.

3 out of 5


Fur and highland diplomacy.

3.5 out of 5


Black Fleet defense case test.

3.5 out of 5


Barnard's Star Arat Kur battle.

3.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Not For Ourselves Alone - Charles E. Gannon

Barnard's Star Arat Kur battle.


3.5 out of 5

The Impossibles - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Black Fleet defense case test.


3.5 out of 5

Art For Splendor's Sake - Dave Creek

Fur and highland diplomacy.


3.5 out of 5

Hidden - Kyle Kirkland

Energy weapon.


3 out of 5

Freudian Slipstream - Brad Aiken

AI assisted ship travel suspension vaccine work. Tasty.


3.5 out of 5

Turning It Off - Susan Forest

Safeties that is, for shagging.


2.5 out of 5

Ray Of Light - Brad R. Torgesen

Alien sun mirror block deepwater living daughter Glimmer Club surface discovery.


3.5 out of 5

Rio Bravo - Leigh Brackett

You can put this one down as another of the rare novelisations worth reading and rereading. Not often that one of the screenwriters writes the novelisation, either, I suppose.

The story of a sheriff who arrests the dumber brother of a wealthy rancher crimelord for murder and has to try and hold out in the small town of Rio Bravo until aid can get there in the form of a US Marshal. This means several days, as all communication is by stagecoach. He has help in the form of his recovering drunken deputy and expert gunman, an old geezer with a grudge against his enemies, and the green hired shootist of a friend that the same rancher Burdette had murdered for speaking out against him. They are still badly outnumbered and in a lot of trouble.

While the movie is pretty close to perfect this does rate a very good.


4 out of 5

Monday, November 28, 2011

Analog 964 - Stanley Schmidt

At 3.21, pretty ordinary, with the Nevala-Lee octopus caper the most interesting.

Analog 964 : WITH UNCLEAN HANDS - Adam-Troy Castro
Analog 964 : DIG SITE - Jack McDevitt
Analog 964 : THE BUDDY SYSTEM - Don D'Ammassa
Analog 964 : ROCKET SCIENCE - Jerry Oltion
Analog 964 : CHUMBOLONE - Bill Johnson
Analog 964 : IAN ISAAC AND JOHN - Paul Levinson
Analog 964 : THE BONELESS ONE - Alec Nevala-Lee

First-Given bloody chop.

3 out of 5


Achilles just had pretty good armour.

3.5 out of 5


Little, big, organic and machine. Predictions problematic.

3.5 out of 5


Maybe balloons, freefall, cans.

3 out of 5


Broca people dice snake eyes.

3 out of 5


Lennon time travel no.

3 out of 5


Octopus killer filter.

3.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

The Boneless One - Alec Nevala-Lee

Octopus killer filter.


3.5 out of 5

Ian Isaac and John - Paul Levinson

Lennon time travel no.


3 out of 5

Chumbolone - Bill Johnson

Broca people dice snake eyes.


3 out of 5

Rocket Science - Jerry Oltion

Maybe balloons, freefall, cans.


3 out of 5

The Buddy System - Don D'Ammassa

Little, big, organic and machine. Predictions problematic.


3.5 out of 5

Dig Site - Jack McDevitt

Achilles just had pretty good armour.


3.5 out of 5

With Unclean Hands - Adam-Troy Castro

First-Given bloody chop.


3 out of 5

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Cairnwell Horror - Chet Williamson

Long term ancestral care.


3 out of 5

The Art of Falling Down - Jonathan Carroll

House fuck eat.


2 out of 5

The Road Of The Eagles - Robert E. Howard

The conflict between corsairs and Cossack raiders gets complex as a captive prince becomes involved, with other twists and identity turns to follow.


3.5 out of 5

The Road of Azrael - Robert E. Howard

Where a knight and a Chagatai warrior rescue the former lover's sold as part of a deal between Western and Eastern lords. The madness over this slip of a girl consumes many lives - including those of a band of Vikings wrecked on the coast with their king in exile.


3.5 out of 5

Erosion - Susan Palwick

Falling off a cliff, with mermaids.


3.5 out of 5

Happy Hour - Ian Watson

Where a carnivorous plant eats a lamia.


3.5 out of 5

Hawks Over Egypt - Robert E. Howard

A Castilian soldier seeks revenge on a general in Cairo over the ambushing and death of his fellow knights. He ends up helping along some political destabilisation that benefits Spain.


4 out of 5

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Solaris Rising - Ian Whates

A solid and consistent anthology at 3.37, which is decent for originals. One standout in Dave Hutchinson's Watchmenesque superhuman story. One waste of space rubbish writer story by Hamilton at the end.

Solaris Rising : A Smart-Mannered Uprising of the Dead - Ian McDonald
Solaris Rising : The Incredible Exploding Man - Dave Hutchinson
Solaris Rising : Sweet Spots - Paul di Filippo
Solaris Rising : Best SF of the Year Three - Ken MacLeod
Solaris Rising : The One that Got Away - Tricia Sullivan
Solaris Rising : Rock Day - Stephen Baxter
Solaris Rising : Eluna - Stephen Palmer
Solaris Rising : Shall I Tell You the Problem with Time Travel? - Adam Roberts
Solaris Rising : The Lives and Deaths of Che Guevara - Lavie Tidhar
Solaris Rising : Steel Lake - Jack Skillingstead
Solaris Rising : Mooncakes - Mike Resnick and Laurie Tom
Solaris Rising : At Play in The Fields - Steve Rasnic Tem
Solaris Rising : How We Came Back From Mars - Ian Watson
Solaris Rising : You Never Know - Pat Cadigan
Solaris Rising : Yestermorrow - Richard Salter
Solaris Rising : Dreaming Towers Silent Mansions - Jaine Fenn
Solaris Rising : Eternity's Children - Eric Brown and Keith Brooke
Solaris Rising : For the Ages - Alastair Reynolds
Solaris Rising : Return of the Mutant Worms - Peter F. Hamilton

Dead grandma says her politician descendant is a crook is effective.

3.5 out of 5


This is a more DC than Marvel, I think, with Reporter Manhattan.

4.5 out of 5


Can get the girl, the skateboard and maybe save the Earth from asteroid Perses.

3.5 out of 5


Weather prediction, not antigravity.

3 out of 5


Fishy core swim.

3.5 out of 5


Get rid of the crazy humans, just leave some copies to look after the animals.

3.5 out of 5


Time to be not you a lot and elite.

3.5 out of 5


Nuclear energy problem.

3 out of 5


Multiple revolutionary Boys From Argentina.

3.5 out of 5


Waking dream drug family.

3 out of 5


Eat double yolk ones before going on a Generation Ship.

3 out of 5


Suspended animation, with future cybernetic sentient Triffid takeover and archaeology.

3.5 out of 5


In a Project 51 flying saucer into a conspiracy theory Western tourist set.

3.5 out of 5


When things might blow up on record.

3 out of 5


Nonlinear Split life murder stop.

3.5 out of 5


Gate archetype city.

3.5 out of 5


Everybody else, spore colony planet not even close.

3.5 out of 5


A message for our cosmological descendants safety margin cheat messup.

3.5 out of 5


Stupid embarassment SF standover.

2.5 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Return of the Mutant Worms - Peter F. Hamilton

Stupid embarassment SF standover.


2.5 out of 5

For the Ages - Alastair Reynolds

A message for our cosmological descendants safety margin cheat messup.


3.5 out of 5

Eternity's Children - Keith Brooke and Eric Brown

Everybody else, spore colony planet not even close.


3.5 out of 5

Dreaming Towers Silent Mansions - Jaine Fenn

Gate archetype city.


3.5 out of 5

Yestermorrow - Richard Salter

Nonlinear Split life murder stop.


3.5 out of 5

You Never Know - Pat Cadigan

When things might blow up on record.


3 out of 5

How We Came Back From Mars - Ian Watson

In a Project 51 flying saucer into a conspiracy theory Western tourist set.


3.5 out of 5

At Play In The Fields - Steve Rasnic Tem

Suspended animation, with future cybernetic sentient Triffid takeover and archaeology.


3.5 out of 5

Mooncakes - Mike Resnick and Laurie Tom

Eat double yolk ones before going on a Generation Ship.


3 out of 5

Steel Lake - Jack Skillingstead

Waking dream drug family.


3 out of 5

The Lives And Deaths Of Che Guevara - Lavie Tidhar

Multiple revolutionary Boys From Argentina.


3.5 out of 5

Shall I Tell You The Problem With Time Travel? - Adam Roberts

Nuclear energy problem.


3 out of 5

Eluna - Stephen Palmer

Time to be not you a lot and elite.


3.5 out of 5

Rock Day - Stephen Baxter

Get rid of the crazy humans, just leave some copies to look after the animals.


3.5 out of 5

The One That Got Away - Tricia Sullivan

Fishy core swim.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Best Sf Of The Year Three - Ken MacLeod

Weather prediction, not antigravity.


3 out of 5

Sweet Spots - Paul Di Fillippo

Can get the girl, the skateboard and maybe save the Earth from asteroid Perses.


3.5 out of 5

The Mirrored Heavens - David J. Williams

After multiple conflicts and alliances over resources and the environment the same thing continues in the 22nd century, with continuing problems. However, space and the lagrange points are also key military strategic areas. So the spies and enhanced soldiers (or criminals, depending on your point of view) and combinations of the them continue the slaughter and skullduggery even there.


2.5 out of 5

The Incredible Exploding Man - Dave Hutchinson

This is a more DC than Marvel, I think, with Reporter Manhattan.


4.5 out of 5

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Smart-mannered Uprising Of The Dead - Ian McDonald

Dead grandma says her politician descendant is a crook is effective.


3.5 out of 5