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Hundreds of in-depth science fiction and fantasy book reviews by Thomas M. Wagner, for discriminating readers.
  1. Can a washed-up physicist, his not-terribly-sane former colleague, and a rogue artificial intelligence crack through the barriers of time and space, solve the Fermi Paradox, and discover the true nature of the universe? (****)
  2. She does magic, he does science, and they just might be perfect for each other if they don’t unwittingly destroy the world first. io9 editor Anders’ urban fantasy debut is brimming over with warmth, wit and humanity. (****)
  3. In a land where only men are allowed to pursue music and poetry, a young female singer may be the only hope to restore magic to musicians and prevent evil sorcery from spreading a horrific plague. (**1/2)
  4. A young boy living in a mountainside town fears that his father may be a brutal killer in this novella by the Hugo-winning New Weird superstar. (***1/2)
  5. In 1849, a young girl with the magical ability to detect gold heads west to California to escape the clutches of her parents' killer in this sweeping if uneven Wagons West epic that employs its fantasy elements sparingly. (***1/2)

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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