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Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark L. Williams
Nexus Graphica is a column about graphic novels and comics that grew out of discussions between Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams. They will alternate columns. Like Rick Klaw's Geeks With Books, the nature and subject of each piece will vary from month to month, but it will always have something to do with graphic novels or comic books. For the first column, Rick describes how they met and how their friendship evolved.

Galactic North Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
The stories collected here, some of them written and published before Revelation Space, show us even more about the future the author has envisioned, and often give us details of characters lives and events that are alluded to in the novels. At the same time, they prove that his writing can be just as dark and intense at shorter lengths as it is in novels like Chasm City and Absolution Gap.

Victory Conditions Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon
reviewed by Sherwood Smith
The bad news is that this book would be a tough place for new readers to begin, as it is the final installment of the chronicles of Vatta's War. Every major thread begins pretty much in medias res, pulling a long train of story investment along with it. The good news is that this is a smashing finish to an excellent series.

Overlooked or Over-hyped? Overlooked or Over-hyped?
a column by Neil Walsh
Neil has a secret: The Gormenghast Trilogy is the real reason he started this column in the first place. He had heard about the series for many, many years. So many authors have cited Mervyn Peake as a significant influence, that he knew he should really read him and find out what all the hype was about. But on the other hand, he had also heard disturbing reports from readers about how tedious and progressively unreadable the series ultimately becomes. He had heard rumours that Peake went insane while writing the series, and that the final book makes no sense at all.

2012: The War For Souls 2012: The War For Souls by Whitley Strieber
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Ever since the publication of the equally celebrated and condemned Communion, the jury has been out on Whitley Strieber. To some he's a crafty chancer, cleverly weaving his fake Grey alien stories into a modern mythology, in tune with the American psyche. Others believe what he writes is at least prophetic fiction and perhaps thinly disguised fact. Wherever the truth may lie, this vein has been a rich source of inspiration and has enabled him to produce works that are entertaining and unsettling.

I Am Legend I Am Legend
a DVD review by Rick Klaw
Arguably the most paranoid novel ever published, Richard Matheson's powerful tale of isolation, I Am Legend, informed the works of Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Joe R. Lansdale, and pretty much everyone else who has written horror since the story's 1954 publication. The book spawned two previous movie adaptations. The first, L' Ultimo Uomo Della Terra (The Last Man on Earth, 1964), starred Vincent Price in a dull yet faithful Italian production. 1971's The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston, used only the bare outline of the original story. In December 2007, director Francis Lawrence returned Matheson's classic to film, the first to sport the book title, I Am Legend.

Last Argument of Kings Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
reviewed by John Enzinas
This final book in the First Law trilogy pushes forward like an avalanche through to the bitter end of the various events taking place from the wars in Angland and with the Gurkish to the internal secret wars of the ruling Closed Council. Like the avalanche, it is powerful, mesmerizing and unstoppable. However, also like an avalanche, the only way things can end is in a crush at the base of the mountain with luck being more likely than skills or bravery to save you.

The Magician and the Fool The Magician and the Fool by Barth Anderson
reviewed by Rich Horton
Jeremiah Rosemont is a former academic, apparently an expert on the history of the Tarot, who has abandoned his former life and is wandering through Nicaragua when he gets a curious summons to Rome where he finds strange things happening. He becomes embroiled in a struggle over an ancient Tarot deck that might give great power to some very ancient beings. At the same time, a homeless man, called simply Boy King, who makes his living by dumpster diving and occasional Tarot readings in the streets of Minnesota, becomes aware that someone is after him.

In Deepspace Shadows In Deepspace Shadows by Kendall Evans
reviewed by Amal El-Mohtar
It isn't quite a play, it isn't quite a poem. It showcases a cast of artificially intelligent robots of different shapes and sizes, created by humans and placed aboard a spaceship, called The TransAtlantic Tortoise, sent out to find new, habitable worlds. The ship is also intelligent but, at the play's opening, it has mysteriously stopped communicating with the crew. We follow Gael-all-of-metal, the dog-shaped captain, as he reflects on and tests the boundaries of his programming, encourages mutiny aboard his ship and discovers love with another crewmate.

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
We have been in a "post-cyberpunk" period for longer than cyberpunk lasted. At least, we have if you take a strictly chronological understanding of the term. But "post-cyberpunk" has only really been bandied about for the last year or so, and the closest we have to a definition of the term is this particular anthology. Looking at this, one might say that "post-cyberpunk" bears pretty much the same relationship to "cyberpunk" that "postmodernism" bears to "modernism."

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers The Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Performed by Kristoffer Tabori

an audio review podcast by Brian Price for AudioFile Magazine
In this science fiction classic, the world's population is being taken over by an alien race. Kristoffer Tabori reads the first-person narrative with gritty intensity, reminding listeners of a smart and sinister 1950's detective novel. This production reminds us why it's called a classic.

Click on link to get the MP3 podcast file.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick has some thoughts on the return of Battlestar Galactica for one final season and what sort of year Smallville is having. He also gives us a list of SF on TV in April.

Supernatural Magazine #1 Supernatural Magazine #1
reviewed by Sandy Auden
It's becoming a rare achievement for a genre TV series to even complete a debut season these days, so the fact that Supernatural is now well into its third season radiates a silent message that the show has style, depth and most importantly, great ratings. A number of factors contribute to its success like the obvious chemistry between the two lead actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles along with the quality of the writing as the brothers hack their way through a huge range of strange monsters, knee-deep in spooky adversaries, while trying to deal with their own family neuroses at the same time.

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