We tend to be fairly enthusiastic about Roger Zelazny around here. He was, after all, one of the foremost figures in science fictions New Wave, and one of the most consistently inventive science fiction and fantasy writers ever. And we’ve reviewed a lot of his work, both novels and, as today, short stories, essays, and . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Roger Zelazny; Donald S. Grubbs, Christopher S. Kivas and Ann Crimmins (eds.): Last Exit to Babylon: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, Volume 4
I reviewed sometime ago the first three volumes of the six total volumes in this set. So I figured that I was overdue to finish off my reviews of this exemplary collection of everything that this writer did save his novels. (And in a few cases, the genesis of his novels are in these volumes . . . → Read More: Roger Zelazny; Donald S. Grubbs, Christopher S. Kivas and Ann Crimmins (eds.): Last Exit to Babylon: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, Volume 4
A Confederation of Valor is the omnibus edition of Tanya Huff’s first two novels in the Confederation series, Valor’s Choice and The Better Part of Valor. They demonstrate that Huff, whom I first encountered as a writer of sharp, witty urban fantasy, is equally at home in the realm of military sf.
The centerpiece of . . . → Read More: Tanya Huff: A Confederation of Valor
With the onslaught (and I use that word advisedly) of dystopian future/supernatural teen-oriented books and/or movies (and sometimes both) recently . . . well, I’m going to let reviewer Denise Kitashima Dutton set the stage:
Another dystopian future full of young adults who don’t know where they fit in? Nooooo, you cry! You’re sick to . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Pierce Brown: Red Rising
This is a dark, dark novel. And it’s almost on the edge of science fiction and into the realm of human psychology or social satire, à la Brave New World or Lord of the Flies or even The Road. The contemporary setting, even after the contemporary characters are thrust into the future, makes everything seem . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: A Taste of Heinlein’s Dark Side
Immediately after Starman Jones, Heinlein wrote his seventh juvenile novel (ninth or tenth novel, total, if you keep track of that sort of thing). What a reversal. He’d been getting steadily more adult in his writing, perhaps as much because of his increasing clout and the resulting power reversal between him and his editors as . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Judging Books by Their Covers and Heinlein’s Star Beast
So, Heinlein’s first four juveniles were a nice warm-up. Rocket Ship Galileo was just fine for a first effort, while Farmer in the Sky is, even now, one of my all-time Heinlein favourites. Not just a favourite from amongst his juveniles, mind you. A favourite, period. What did he do next? A little something called . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Heinlein and Hot Streaks
Matthew Jarpe’s debut novel, Radio Freefall, is good hard science fiction about good hard rock and roll.
Fast-forward Earth a couple decades. A mysterious older musician known only as Aqualung has emerged from the desert with not much more than the clothes on his back and a custom painted vintage 1988 Les Paul Classic guitar. . . . → Read More: Matthew Jarpe: Radio Freefall
After Heinlein wrote The Rolling Stones, he wrote Starman Jones, another rousing adventure tale with nevertheless a bit more edge to it, as bildungsromans must needs have. Romance! Danger! The caprices of fate! No guarantee of a happy ending!
I reviewed the Baen reissue of this title a couple of years ago, as part of . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Heinlein and Huckleberry Finn
Well, it’s 2014. After several delays, Skynet has become self-aware and unleashed Judgment Day on the human race, any day now, the latest model of hoverboards should be hitting store shelves, and, mark your calendars, next year Marty McFly and Doc Brown should be completing their long (relative to us) journey from the year 1985, to get . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Revisiting Heinlein