Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow & Co. Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Lalith Vipulananthan Have you read this book? Cryptonomicon was first published in 1999 and continues Neal Stephenson’s fairly meteoric rise from obscurity to the bestseller lists. After attracting the praise of William Gibson and Bruce …

The Way of the Wolf, by E. E. Knight

Genre: Horror/Vampires Publisher: iPub iWrite Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Lynn Nicole Louis Have you read this book? The Way of the Wolf is an eBook, available in electronic format or as a POD (print on demand, for those of you not familiar with the lingo). What this …

Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ace Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Lalith Vipulananthan Have you read this book? After the success of fellow countrymen Peter F Hamilton and Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds is being hailed as the next British hard SF author to watch. His first novel Revelation Space …

Gemquest: The Twins, by Gary Alan Wassner

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: iUniverse Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? Caveat: I’m not an epic fantasy fan. I like more realism, less power and a certain amount of grittiness. Believable characters in a consistent setting following a cohesive plot are the most …

Once, by James Herbert

Genre: Horror Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? ‘Once…upon…a…death…’ For almost 30 years now James Herbert has been trying to scare us senseless. Ever since the publication of The Rats in the early 70s, he’s been at the …

Age of Reason, edited by Kurt Roth

Genre: Mixed Genre Anthology Publisher: SFF Net Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jack Crane Have you read this book? The editor of The Age of Reason anthology, Kurt Roth, states in his intro that he believes the human race is destined to integrate imagination and logic. Furthermore, he …

Night Lamp, by Jack Vance

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Night Lamp is Science Fiction in Vance’s most familiar style, elegantly written, full of ironic bits, often downright funny, portraying at least three complex social structures based on …

Chimera, by Will Shetterly

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Will Shetterly’s novel Chimera mixes together a few fairly familiar SF themes: human/animal combinations, artificial intelligences, the issue rights for both of the above, and a somewhat balkanized …

Telzey Amberdon, by Jame H. Schmitz

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: Baen Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? James H. Schmitz was one of SF’s most popular writers of the 1960s and early 1970s. His stories were published between 1943 and 1974, but despite early successes such …

Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? One of the most impressive ongoing hard science fiction epics of recent years has been Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. Red Mars won the Nebula award, Green Mars won …

Satellite Nights, by Mithran Somasundrum

SFReader 2002 Story Contest First┬áPlace Winner I don’t sleep anymore, thought Lange, and wondered if he ever had. Opposite his bed, evil crimson digits read “02:15.” Another sterile night stretched out. It was always in summer. Those slow evenings when the city seemed to sigh and loosen itself. The streets …

Gravid, by Justin Stanchfield

SFReader 2002 Story Contest Second┬áPlace Winner Wind whistled through the tear in the outer hull, a low, keening moan, the Yellowstone’s death cry shaking its frame. Sara Reed stumbled painfully to her knees, the off-axis spin accelerating as the cabin’s atmosphere bled into the frigid vacuum outside. The bomb had …

Homecoming, by Howard Andrew Jones

SFReader 2002 Story Contest Third Place Winner Howard Andrew Jones edits technical books for a living, but he’d much rather be writing tales of heroic fantasy. His fiction has appeared in several semi-pro magazines and some pro ezines, and he has written a half-dozen computer game hint guides. He lists …

The Kafka Effekt, by D. Harlan Wilson

Genre: Mixed Genre Anthology Publisher: Eraserhead Press Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? “Things are unique and meaningful only by dint of their difference to other things.” — “The Cocktail Party,” by D. Harlan Wilson* Any book with “Kafka” in the …

The Sky Road, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? This is another excellent, engaging, novel from a fairly new Scottish writer, just now making his mark in the United States. The Sky Road is his fourth novel. …

The Stone Canal, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? It’s long been true that a lot of the best SF comes from British or UK-based writers. Nowadays, frustratingly for those of us in the US, a lot …

1984, by George Orwell

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: NAL Published: 1949 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? ‘The most powerful and terrifying novel I have read in years.’ — Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Undoubtedly for many of you this book will bring back bad memories. Of dreary English lessons, …

The Light Princess, by George MacDonald

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux Published: 1969 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? George MacDonald’s name has come up on our YA SF&F thread before. (This refers to Melisa Michaels’ forum at the late, lamented, online bookstore Book Stacks.) He …