Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Spectra Published: 1987 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Iain M. Banks has built an impressive reputation of what might be called (if one dared) “Literary Space Operas”, which is to say, Science Fiction set in space, usually …

The Last Hawk, by Catherine Asaro

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Catherine Asaro’s latest Skolian novel is The Last Hawk. This takes place roughly at the same time as the action of her first novel, Primary Inversion, but on …

Grendel, by John Gardner

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Random House Published: 1971 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Have you read this book? John Gardner was a scholar of Anglo Saxon literature-not to mention one of the finest American novelists of the late twentieth century. His widely acclaimed novel, Grendel, first released in …

Ribofunk, by Paul Di Filippo

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Have you read this book? Why not rate it? In this loosely interconnected collection of short stories, DiFillipo has created a world after my own heart, a transgenic world in which the advances …

To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating To Say Nothing of the Dog is one of Connie Willis’ time travel stories, sharing a milieu with her award-winning novelette “Fire Watch” and her award-winning novel Doomsday Book. I’m very fond of …

Realware, by Rudy Rucker

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Rudy Rucker’s fiction is concerned with mathematical anomalies and the manipulation of consciousness, the creation of new beings from the cross-fertilization of materials technology, computer science and biotech, and the lives of …

Teranesia, by Greg Egan

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating This book takes a slightly different tack on one of my favorite science-fictional themes: the evolution of the human race. Ever since I first read Dune as a pimple-faced boy, I’ve thought that …

Zeitgeist, by Bruce Sterling

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Bantam Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Leggy Starlitz, the pragmatic, overweight, harried protagonist of Zeitgeist, living out the tail-end of the 90’s in a dizzying succession of escapades ranging from the outlandish to the merely prosaic, is the Twentieth Century in …

Marrow, by Robert Reed

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Have you read this book? Robert Reed’s short fiction, at least what I’ve seen of it, is full of wonderful speculations, quasi-magical technologies and mutations, and a delicious sense of irony. One of …

Cetaganda, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Baen Published: 1995 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating The latest of Lois McMaster Bujold`s Miles Vorkosigan adventures, Cetaganda, is, by Bujold’s own testimony, a rather light-hearted romp, a bit of a step down in seriousness and apparent ambition from Barrayar and Mirror …

Permutation City, by Greg Egan

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1995 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Greg Egan is one of the most inventive and exciting current SF writers. His SF is distinctly “hard”, rife with “cutting edge” speculations, and also generally “through-composed”, in that he tries to set …

The Fortunate Fall, by Raphael Carter

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating This is really, really, good. Set in the 23rd century, the Russian narrator (Maya, making at least three major SF novels this year to feature a major character named Maya (also Holy Fire and …

The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Penelope Fitzgerald is a rather well-known author in the U.K., having been short-listed for the Booker Prize four times and winning once (for Offshore (1979)). The Blue Flower is the story of the romance …

Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow & Co. Published: 1968 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Gods, but I miss Roger Zelazny. Didn’t know the man, although I did have a chance to meet him once, when I was fifteen, at the second Phoenix LepreCon, St. Paddy’s …

Holy Fire, by Bruce Sterling

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Bantam Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating On the face of it, Holy Fire is about a woman’s quest for youth, for some small measure of immortality. But look deeper, and you’ll see that when Sterling’s 90 year-old protagonist, Mia, undergoes an …

Eater, by Gregory Benford

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow & Co. Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating In the final analysis, this is another hard sf disaster novel a la Lucifer’s Hammer. The difference is that Eater doesn’t depict a Big Dumb Space Object Headed for Earth, but …

Diaspora, by Greg Egan

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating By the late 30th century, human beings have split into several different manifestations. Most people reside as virtual consciousness in the polises, independent city-states embedded in virtual reality. Others, the gleisners, occupy robot …

Darwin’s Radio, by Greg Bear

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Darwin’s theory of the evolution of species, as originaly formulated by Darwin himself, paints a picture of changes occuring in populations at a slow, steady rate. Such a view does not jibe with the …