Lion’s Blood, by Steven Barnes

Genre: Alternate History Publisher: Warner Books Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? The world of Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes is a slightly tweaked version of our own. In this alternate history, Egypt and Abyssinia are the great powers of the world, …

SZMONHFU, by Hertzan Chimera

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Eraserhead Press Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Do not adjust your mind.On second thoughts, scratch that. Maybe you should. Eraserhead Press, known for their strange taste in fiction, have at long last taken on board a purveyor …

The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a hardcover I bought on a lark because I was feeling prosperous after a big run-up in my stocks. Well, now my net worth is about half …

Voyage, by Stephen Baxter

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Voyage is the story of a mission that never was. In this long and meticulously researched novel, Baxter speculates that if John F. Kennedy had survived the assassination attempt …

The Faded Sun Trilogy, by C. J. Cherryh

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: DAW Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This trilogy works well as an omnibus novel. The three books tell a single tale with really no logical break between them, something I imagine annoyed people at the time. …

Orion Arm, by Julian May

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Those of you who read my review will recall that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked May’s light adventure Perseus Spur. Well now she’s back with a …

The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Harcourt Published: 1959 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? A rising tide lifts all boats, they say. The rising tide caused by the phenomenal success of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books has indeed lifted the boats of many …

Corrupting Dr. Nice, by John Kessel

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? A cheap answer to the question “When did I know I would like Corrupting Dr. Nice?” would be to say “When I saw the name John Kessel on …

Deepdrive, by Alexander Jablokov

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morrow, William & Co Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? I’ve been a fan of Jablokov’s ever since reading his first short stories in Asimov’s. I really liked his first novel, Carve the Sky, which was “baroque” …

A Case of Conscience, by James Blish

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? A Case of Conscience won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. And for good reason. If I might generalize a bit, a lot of science fiction seems to be implicitly …

White Queen, by Gwyneth A. Jones

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates Published: 1993 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by C. Douglas Baker Have you read this book? Set in 2039-40 A.D., this novel of first contact creates an almost credible near future earth and avoids the cliche of vastly superior aliens swooping down to subjugate …

Quarantine, by Greg Egan

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1994 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? A nice, satisfying novel written against the backdrop of a 21st century Earth where nanotechnology exists, you can upload custom software mods to your brain, and the solar system …

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Bill Sheehan Have you read this book? In the introduction to his 1973 collection, Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison stated that “when belief in a god dies, the god dies,” yielding, inevitably, to deities who reflect …

Rules of Conflict, by Kristine Smith

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? I liked Kristine Smith’s Code of Conduct a lot and apparently so did a lot of other people, because Smith was nominated for the John W. Campbell …

Foundation’s Fear, by Gregory Benford

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Prism Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Michael Lichter Have you read this book? Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy is one of the great classics of science fiction. Spanning a period of several thousand years, it tells the tragic story on one hand of an …

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1989 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? For some little time a top-recommended book for me has been Bridge of Birds. As it was published in 1984, I was somewhat skeptical of my ability to find it: however …