Magazine Review

Tar Vol Reads a Magazine (or Three): Reviews of Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, and F&SF (January 2023)

In a short fiction landscape with a staggering number of options for genre fans, it can be hard to beat back shiny object syndrome and consistently support a particular publication. But jumping around wildly leaves readers at the mercy of catchy titles and social media marketing, and it leaves the publications themselves undersupported. So in… Continue reading Tar Vol Reads a Magazine (or Three): Reviews of Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, and F&SF (January 2023)

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Sci-fi Novel Review: The View From Infinity Beach by R.P.L. Johnson

Each of my teammates in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) have evaluated their initial allotment and have made their recommendations for the quarterfinals, which consist in our collective top eight of the 28 books in our team’s slush pile. Four of those eight quarterfinalists had been in my scouting allotment, so I… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The View From Infinity Beach by R.P.L. Johnson

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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Left Hand of Dog by Si Clarke

Each of my teammates in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) have evaluated their initial allotment and have made their recommendations for the quarterfinals, which consist in our collective top eight of the 28 books in our team’s slush pile. Four of those eight quarterfinalists had been in my scouting allotment, so I… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Left Hand of Dog by Si Clarke

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Sci-fi Novel Review–Syn City: Reality Bytes by Lewis Knight

Each of my teammates in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) have evaluated their initial allotment and have made their recommendations for the quarterfinals, which consist in our collective top eight of the 28 books in our team’s slush pile. Four of those eight quarterfinalists had been in my scouting allotment, so I… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review–Syn City: Reality Bytes by Lewis Knight

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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Audacity by Carmen Loup

Each of my teammates in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) have evaluated their initial allotment and have made their recommendations for the quarterfinals, which consist in our collective top eight of the 28 books in our team’s slush pile. Four of those eight quarterfinalists had been in my scouting allotment, so I… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Audacity by Carmen Loup

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Fantasy/Horror Novella Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

You know those authors with undeniable talent, but who always seem to leave you wondering exactly what to think? For me, that’s Stephen Graham Jones. It probably doesn’t help that he’s primarily a horror writer, and I don’t read a whole lot of horror. It also doesn’t help that he always seems ready to lean… Continue reading Fantasy/Horror Novella Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

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Fantasy Series Review: The Inda Quartet by Sherwood Smith

Back in 2019, after discovering the stunning works of Carol Berg, I began to hunt for female-authored epic fantasy that had flown under the radar in the 90s and 00s. And despite it being overshadowed by other popular mid-2000s fantasy [grumbles at marketing dollars thrown at The Name of the Wind instead], one series I… Continue reading Fantasy Series Review: The Inda Quartet by Sherwood Smith

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An SPSFC2 Review Two-Pack: Fear and The Sphere

My judging team in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) has released our list of eight quarterfinalists, which we will be reading and reviewing over the next two months. Two of that quarterfinals group were the top two books that I selected out of my slush allocation. But two more–Fear by James McLellan… Continue reading An SPSFC2 Review Two-Pack: Fear and The Sphere