July 18, 2018

Review: The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013

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It’s the dream of many a science fiction author.

The Nebula Awards are one of the biggest recognitions in the world of science fiction. Every year, the Nebulas honor the very best in sci-fi novels, novellas, short stories and poetry.

This week, we take a look at the best of the best in the Nebula Awards Showcase 2013, edited by Catherine Asaro and out from Pyr Books. Whether your interest leans toward the fantastical, or harkens back to the hard “rockets & rayguns” of science fiction past, the 2013 compilation brings it all together for you in one tome. [Read more...]

Friday Review: The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi by Mark Hodder

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One of our all-time favorite Steampunk series is back in action this month.  In a sub-genre that cries out for a flagship franchise, Mark Hodder’s Burton & Swinburne series more than answers the call. Fans of this site and Mr. Hodder’s work will remember our review of the first three novels in the series, The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, and Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, all out from Pyr Books. Also worth checking out from Mr. Hodder and reviewed at this site was the recent A Red Sun Also Rises. This week, we look at the fourth book in the series out this month, The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi. [Read more...]

Review: In Thunder Forged by Ari Marmell

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Action… steampunk… lost lands of fantasy… these are all the things we crave. Back in the days of ye’ ole Commodore 64, (64K of memory man… that’s more than you’ll EVER need!) the 20-sided die reigned supreme as teenagers attended to endless basement sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. [Read more...]

Review: Reaper’s Legacy by Tim Lebbon

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It’s always great to see major world cities laid to waste all in the name of an apocalyptic science fiction saga.

Perhaps, the promise of an eventual Armageddon is comforting in a way, a realization that the mundane drudgery of daily life may yet come to pass. Hey, there’s no shortage of world-ending scenarios to choose from these days in sci-fi, from zombie plagues to alien invasions, zombie alien invasions… and, well, you get the idea.

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Review: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards.

Out in March!

You can’t go home again as the old cliché says, but what if you were trapped there permanently? We’re uniquely adapted for life on our tiny blue-green planet, but one often wonders if our space-faring descendants might see it as otherwise. Would a living on the Earth be seen as a blessing or a curse?

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Review: The Crossing: Blood of the Lamb Book One by Mandy Hager.

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Anyone that follows this space knows that we love us some dystopian science fiction. From 1984 to The Hunger Games,  there’s just something that’s oddly comforting about a warning presented by a frightening future heeded.

But what is it that makes us think that doom and destruction is always just around the corner? Why is it that while half of America is tuned into Downton Abbey on Sunday nights, the other half is watching The Walking Dead? And hey, is there a market for a series that mashes up the two?

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Review: The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley.

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By now, we should have given you, the curious reader, a firm grounding in the sub-Sci-Fi genre of all that is Steampunk. From The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack to Mike Resnick’s The Buntline Special to the Society of Steam series of books, there are copious alternate history timelines to explore with a snifter of brandy by the e-reader cyber-light…

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Review: A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder.

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It’s interesting what can inspire a story sometimes. Asimov said his Foundation series sprung from looking at a coffee table book with an image of a dancing soldier; The “OZ” of Wizard of Oz fame came from a second volume filing cabinet marked “O-Z.”

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Review: The Doctor & the Rough Rider by Mike Resnick.

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The West has never been wilder… as a veteran of the 2011 & 2012 NecronomiCon, we’ve noticed the enduring fascination with fans in all that is Steampunk. Strange, in that said genre really doesn’t have a flagship franchise such as a Trek or Star Wars. Or at least, not yet. [Read more...]

Review: The Dog in the Manger by Mike Resnick.

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Psst! Do you love a good mystery? Do you love the unfurling of the “Whodunit” plot-line, the murder by dimly-lit street light, the “It was a dark and stormy night” settings? Did you eagerly devour each and every Encyclopedia Brown novel as a kid, forcing yourself not to turn to the solutions at the back until you’d figured it out? Let’s see, one more murder-mystery intro… did you always wonder if it actually could occasionally be “Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with a candlestick?

Then Prometheus Books has a great new line for you. Introducing its new imprint, Seventh Street Books, “Where Fiction is a Crime.” I know, we’re straying a bit out of the hard science fiction mold with this week’s review; time to become a more rounded reader, and all that stuff your high school English teacher told you after you handed in the 20th book report featuring Asimov or Clarke. (Has anyone done a Sci-Fi detective story PI-style, I wonder?)

To ease you into the world of mystery, this week’s review is by an author that you might have heard of, Mike Resnick. Fans of this space will recall our reviews of his Starship space opera series, Starship: Rebel & Starship: Flagship. Mr. Resnick’s latest offering, Dog in The Manger sees Cincinnati Private Investigator Eli Paxton on the trail of the disappearance of a prized Weimaraner (the “dog” in the title) and into a deepening mystery where things are not what they seem. Without introducing any spoilers (it is a ‘mystery’ after all) the title refers to a lesser known Aesop’s fable of the same name. OK, I’d never heard of that one either, but the ever present moral revolves around denying someone something that you have absolutely no interest in purely out of spite. Amazing, what talking animals can teach us…

What I really liked about Dog in the Manger was how Resnick took hard-nosed, street-wise Paxton out of his own element (i.e. the streets of Cincinnati) and sent him on the trail of a disappearance that spans Mexico and the American southwest. Aside from being set in our old Astroguyz stopping ground of Tucson plus environs, being thrust into the unfamiliar brings out the best in a character. (Try it sometimes!)

As you might expect, the tale presented in Dog in the Manger is much more than just a story about a missing canine. Watch those casually dropped references, as they come back as clues later on. The book also includes a teaser chapter to another Eli Paxton tale, “Even Butterflies can Sting.”

Looking at the forthcoming catalog, Seventh Street Books has titles soon to be released by Owen Fitzstephen, Adrian McKinty, Mark Pryor, Erec Stebbins, and more. It’s great to see the classic mystery novel finding a new market; lovers of mystery and thrillers now have a new haven in Seventh Street Books!

Next Week: Not to forget Prometheus’s other fiction imprint, we look at The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper, forthcoming from Pyr Books!


Review: London Eye: Toxic City Book One by Tim Lebbon.

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Pssst! Ever wanted to see the city of London laid in ruin? Have we got a book for you. It seems that as of late, post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction is all the rage. One has to wonder; is this a result of a global air pessimism and disillusionment in our modern world culture? [Read more...]

Review: Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald.

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Ya gotta be careful with that whole multiverses and/or parallel universes thing… just ask Homer Simpson; playing with a time-travelling toaster can have dire consequences.  Which brings us to this week’s review, Be My Enemy: Everness Book Two by Ian McDonald. Out in early September from Pyr Books, Be My Enemy traces the further dimension-splitting adventures of Everett Singh.  Fans of this space will remember our action-packed review of Everness Book One entitled Planesrunner as well as Mr. McDonald’s Turkish dystopian future world of The Dervish House. Mr. McDonald has a knack of taking a dimension-spanning adventure and putting it down in a realm as familiar as your own backyard.

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The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod.

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It’s a brave new 21st century world out there, with a combustible mix of technology and “old world thinking” still driving much of society. This week, we’re taking a look at just one of those new future visions in The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod out next month from Pyr Books. Fans of this space will remember our review of Mr. MacLeod’s cyber-thriller The Restoration Game last year. [Read more...]

Review: The Doctor & the Kid by Mike Resnick.

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The West has never been weirder… This week, we look at the Steampunk sequel to The Buntline Special with The Doctor & the Kid by Mike Resnick out from Pyr Books. [Read more...]

Review: Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder.

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We made an interesting observation at last year’s Necronomicon convention. Trekkies and storm-troopers seemed noticeably absent, while goths, zombies, and steam-punkers seemed to be all the ‘rage’. It is of note that the Steampunk movement has yet to really have a flagship movie or television franchise… but that all could change if anyone was willing to pick up the Burton and Swinburne series. [Read more...]

2011: The Year in Science Fiction.

The Emerald Crusader finally makes it big.

(Credit/Copyright: Warner Bros/DC Comics).

The tumultuous year that was 2011 is about to come to a close… perhaps you’re rightfully wondering why you’re not commuting by jet pack by now, or glad that the post-apocalyptic vision of Road Warriors has yet to occur. [Read more...]

Review: Planesrunner by Ian McDonald.

Out this December from Pyr Books!

Ever wonder why this existence of ours just doesn’t seem to make since most of the time?  Believe me, the thought has crossed our minds here at Astroguyz HQ as we see the likes of the Kardashians and what not trending. Perhaps there’s a multitude of universal possibilities out there, branching off from our own bizarre existence… [Read more...]

Review: The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

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Be wary of that video game you’ve just been called in to code… the fate of your alternate reality motherland might just depend on it. This week, we review The Restoration Game, the new cyber-science fiction thriller by Ken MacLeod out from Pyr Books. This smart, fast-paced read pits Lucy Stone, a young savvy programmer against the political whims that have shaped her native and fictional (well, in THIS reality!) homeland of Krasnia. Plop the Krassian Republic down on a map and it would be right at home amongst Soviet Georgia and the like. [Read more...]