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 …

Bloom, by Wil McCarthy

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating My reading stack already contains more volumes than I could hope to get through in a lifetime, so there’s a better than even chance I’d never have gotten around to reading Bloom. But I …

Mars Crossing, by Geoffrey A. Landis

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Who says Mars belongs to Kim Stanley Robinson? Here’s a confession: I never finished Robinson’s Mars trilogy. I know that’s a little like saying you’ve never sat through ne With the Wind …

All Tomorrow’s Parties, by William Gibson

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Putnam Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating So you’re a hundred pages into All Tomorrow’s Parties and you’re thinking: “Okay. This is typical Gibson. It’s pungent with detail, brimming with flavor, palpable with grit. The new characters are razor-sharp, real. The old …

Essential Saltes: An Experiment, by Don Webb

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating The dedicated SF reader does well to scrounge other then the Science Fiction shelves. Many books are hard to categorize, and many books are categorized for marketing reasons rather than any formal genre …

The Road to Mars, by Eric Idle

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Pantheon Books Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Here we have Eric Idle’s second adult novel, The Road to Mars. Idle, of course, is a member of the great British comedy group Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and a reasonable successful comedian, …

Ascendant Sun, by Catherine Asaro

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Ascendant Sun is a sequel to two branches of her “story so far”. It follows the journey of Kelric, hero of The Last Hawk, a Nebula Award nominee, as he returns to …

Peregrine: Primus, by Avram Davidson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Wildside Press Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Wildside Press, under the direction of John Gregory Betancourt, has been a respected small press in the field for some time. One of their most worthy projects is the reprinting of most of Avram …

Feersum Endjinn, by Iain M. Banks

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Published: 1995 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Iain M. Banks has been publishing SF novels for the past several years, as well as publishing mainstream novels (with horror and/or slipstream SF facets) as by Iain Banks. He has received considerable praise …

Hannibal, by Thomas Harris

Hannibal, by Thomas Harris Genre: Horror Publisher: Delacorte Press Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Vincent W. Sakowski Reader Rating Hannibal begins roughly seven years after the ending of The Silence of the Lambs. It picks up with Clarice Starling (the heroine of Silence) as a Special Agent in the …

Hammerfall, by C. J. Cherryh

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morrow, William & Co Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Elizabeth Kelley Buzbee Reader Rating When Hammerfall came out this summer, I rushed to get my copy. There are only a couple of SF writers for whom I will shell out the extra bucks for a …

Bag of Bones, by Stephen King

Genre: Horror Publisher: Pocket Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Vincent W. Sakowski Reader Rating So, you’re wondering if this King is worth shelling the big bone out for, especially after so many duds he’s been putting his name on in recent years. (Wizard and Glass being an exception, of …