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Clifford D. Simak’s City

To one who grew up on science fiction (and I really did — the first book I ever bought all on my own was The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Groff Conklin; I think that was about fifth … Continue reading

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Charles Vess’ The Book of Ballads

This review was originally published in 2004. Really cool things arrive here at Green Man for review, some so cool that they barely make it out of the wrappers before being snatched up by an eager staffer. Fortunately the revised … Continue reading

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An Armload of Fur and Leaves

In the last year or so, I found a genre that hadn’t previously been on my radar, but which I really enjoy: furry fiction. Kyell Gold had put up his novel Black Angel on the SFWA member forums, where members … Continue reading

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Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, Jeffrey D. Smith, eds., The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1; The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2

In case anyone doesn’t know, the mysteriously reclusive science-fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr., whose writing was cited by no less than Robert Silverberg as “ineluctably male,” was in fact Alice Sheldon, who, during the course of her somewhat unconventional life, … Continue reading

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Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, Jeffrey D. Smith, eds., The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3

Anyone experiencing art, particularly with the goal of commenting on it, inevitably faces a quandary: how much of the meaning was the intent of the artist, and how much was supplied by the audience? This observation is particularly relevant to … Continue reading

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Jack Vance’s The Kragen; Thomas M. Disch’s The Voyage of the Proteus: A Eyewitness Account of the End of the World; Cat Rambo and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories

You may recall that we here at GMR are extraordinarily fond of the small presses that publish so many of the things we discuss. We are fond of them because they bring us all-but-forgotten classics, exciting new works from important … Continue reading

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Michael Cadnum’s Can’t Catch Me And Other Twice-Told Tales; Tim Powers’ A Soul in a Bottle

It seems that more and more, the books that cross my desk don’t fit into any sort of traditional category. I have to assume that’s deliberate, since there is a whole generation of young writers who are deliberately blurring the … Continue reading

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Thomas M. Disch’s The Wall of America

Thomas M. Disch was one of the more challenging of the American New Wave science-fiction writers. Where writers such as Roger Zelazny and Samuel R. Delany were pushing the boundaries of the formally acceptable in science fiction (and fantasy, for … Continue reading

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Roger Zelazny’s The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories

Although he published his first story in the early 1950s, Roger Zelazny didn’t really impact the science fiction scene until 1963. That’s when I remember reading “A Rose for Eccelsiastes” in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (with their … Continue reading

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Peter S. Beagle’s Return

As you’ve no doubt heard many times here at GMR, there is something unique about the writing of Peter S. Beagle. There’s a “can’t quite put your finger on it” quality that is, perhaps, equal parts simple, uninflected narration, universes … Continue reading

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Peter S. Beagle’s Giant Bones

Peter S. Beagle does not do sequels. He says. He is also one of the two fantasy writers I know who quite blithely admits that his universe-building is more than a little haphazard, just enough to hang the story on. … Continue reading

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Leslie What’s Crazy Love

I first ran across Leslie What in the anthology Interfictions, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss. The story included there, the completely delightful “Post Hoc,” seems to be typical of What’s approach: place a character into a situation that … Continue reading

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Robert Silverberg’s To Be Continued: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume One

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that Robert Silverberg was one of those writers of the 1950s and 1960s who was regularly turning out interesting and workmanlike stories. Then came a series of novels that rocked readers of science fiction back on their … Continue reading

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Robert E. Howard’s Kull: Exile of Atlantis

I’m sitting here somewhat red in the face at having to admit that, though a long-standing aficionado of heroic fantasy, I’ve never read anything by Robert E. Howard. It’s an appalling failure on my part, happily now rectified by the … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock’s The Metatemporal Detective

The Metatemporal Detective is a collection of stories chronicling the various encounters between investigator Sir Seaton Begg and his arch-rival and distant cousin, a master criminal known as “Monsieur Zenith,” in various realms of the multiverse. The realms all occupy … Continue reading

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Charles de Lint’s The Hour Before Dawn and Two Other Stories from Newford

This volume was my first encounter with Charles de Lint’s Newford. Strangely enough, these works, particularly the title story, remind me very strongly of some of Jonathan Lethem’s stories, and I couldn’t begin to say why. De Lint’s stories are … Continue reading

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Charles de Lint’s Dreams Underfoot

Charles de Lint’s Dreams Underfoot is another collection of Newford stories, rather different in feel than those in The Ivory and the Horn. While that collection leaned more toward the “ghost stories” category, this one is much more inclined toward … Continue reading

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Connie Willis’ The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories and D.A.

What can I say about Connie Willis, except that she is one of the most consistently engaging writers I’ve ever run across? The Winds of Marble Arch and D.A. reinforce that opinion: they are, in a word, terrific. The Winds … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bear’s Bone and Jewel Creatures

Elizabeth Bear’s novella Bone and Jewel Creatures takes us to a bizarre fantasy world that Bear doesn’t describe so much as imply. Bijou the Artificer is a Wizard of Messaline; she makes Artifices out of bone, wire, and jewels. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s Winter’s Dreams

Glen Cook is known for his series — Dread Empire, Black Company, Garrett, P.I., Starfishers, and the like. What we tend to forget is that he has also written short fiction, which is fully up to the standard set in … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire

“Before the Instrumentalities of the Night, before the Black Company, there was the Dread Empire. . . .” So declares the jacket flap on this collection of Glen Cook’s short fiction, all set in the universe of Shinshan, Kavelin, Itaskia, … Continue reading

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Leona R. Wisoker’s Fallen City

Leona Wisoker’s Fallen City is described as “a supplement to Children of the Desert“. It’s the story of the origin of the Desert and the Desert Families, and to a certain extent, the story of the early years of Deiq, … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bear’s Book of Iron

With Book of Iron, Elizabeth Bear pays another visit to the world of Bijou the Artificer, the Wizard of Messaline who makes creatures out of bone, jewels, and metal and who embarks on adventures, whom we first met in Bone … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas’ Haunted Legends

It’s something of a paradox:  As a collection I found this volume kind of weak, but there are a lot of very fine stories in it.  So many, in fact, that on going back over the anthology a second time, … Continue reading

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