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The Night Sessions The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Subterfuge, misdirection, false assumptions and misplaced suspicions are the building blocks of many a good murder mystery. This is a novel that constantly leads its characters, and its readers, down one path, only to have the story twist away in a new direction. By the end, what begins as a murder mystery with some political overtones has become, for everyone involved, much, much more.

Manhattan in Reverse Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F. Hamilton
reviewed by Richard A. Lupoff
This collection contains nine stories of varying lengths. The longest of them is "Watching Trees Grow," is actually a short novel -- it runs the better part of 100 pages of rather small type. It's an alternate history story, and in an era when these things are as common as lying politicians, it's the most fascinating, and convincingly written example since Ward Moore's Bring the Jubilee (1953). The story begins at Oxford University in 1832, but it isn't the 1832 that we are familiar with.

Kill Decision Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The story centres on a deep cover special ops group led by an American soldier code-named Odin, whose mission brings him into contact with myrmecologist Linda McKinney, a scientist who studies the social structures of weaver ants. The gist of the plot is that persons unknown have taken McKinney's research, and used it as the basis of programming for what amount to swarms of autonomous drones; flying machines large and small that can be used to target any individual, asset or country.

No Sharks in the Med No Sharks in the Med by Brian Lumley
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
With a prolific literary career spanning over forty years, Brian Lumley is one of the most famous and celebrated contemporary horror writers, whose Lovecraftian tales and vampire Necroscope novels (just to mention a few examples) represent true genre milestones.

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Four The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Four edited by Ellen Datlow
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
The anthology has assembled eighteen stories that appeared in original anthologies, collections and magazines during 2011. They include "Roots and All" by Brian Hodge, an extraordinary, insightful tale where the strength of brotherly love and the nostalgia for a long gone past get imbued with supernatural horror and Leah Bobet's "Stay," a creepy, atmospheric piece revisiting the myth of the Wendigo.

Lizard Lust Lizard Lust by Lisa Tuttle
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The premise is that if a woman -- it can be any woman at all -- looks at a lizard, they will be struck with a deep, intense desire. Lizards, though at least to Lisa Tuttle, belong only to men who are the sensual desirable type that women lusted after in the first place. In this story, a woman is taken from what she perceives as her reality, and plunged into another one where lizards are the key to relationships.

Valley of the Sugars of Salt Valley of the Sugars of Salt by Anna Tambour
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Married life for Tim Thorburn hasn't been good, but his business has been, and he has a new idea for his next business venture. He wants to be known as The Man Who Rediscovered the Medlar. Yet in going out into the countryside to produce award winning fruit, he never thought he would get all the help he could muster from the most unusual sources. Tim is one of life's dreamers, and would love nothing more than to be a grower of the most unusual fruit imaginable.

Planesrunner Planesrunner by Ian McDonald
reviewed by Rich Horton
The novel opens with Everett Singh going to meet his physicist father at a lecture -- but instead Everett witnesses his father's kidnapping. The police are little help, and neither is his divorced mother. Soon enough Everett realizes that his father was involved in some very interesting research, research which led to opening a gate between parallel worlds. And when his father's rather creepy boss comes around, it seems clear that Dr. Singh must have made an important discovery, and that the authorities are after it.

A Princess of Mars: The Annotated Edition & New Tales of the Red Planet A Princess of Mars: The Annotated Edition & New Tales of the Red Planet by Edgar Rice Burroughs, annotations by Aaron Parrett
reviewed by David Maddox
John Carter's multiple world spanning adventures have become legend in the annals of heroic, action literature. Battling hordes of enemies on the mysterious world of Barsoom, the Warlord of Mars has left his mark on classic literature that has inspired the stories and adventures that we enjoy today.

New Arrivals New Arrivals
compiled by Neil Walsh
Newest arrivals at the SF Site office include the latest from Kevin J. Anderson, Stephen Baxter, Stephen Deas, Rowena Cory Daniells, Peter F. Hamilton, John Ringo, Michael Z. Williamson, some classic reprints from Andre Norton, Mike Resnick, Philip K. Dick, and plenty more.

Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
Rick Klaw has a look at Heartless by Nina Bunjevac, The Hive by Charles Burns, Monsieur Jean—The Singles Theory by Philippe Dupuy & Charles Berberian, The Manhattan Projects Volume 1: Science. Bad. by Jonathan Hickman and The Essential Warlock Volume 1 by Jim Starlin.


Pardon This Intrusion Pardon This Intrusion by John Clute
reviewed by D. Douglas Fratz
This seventh collection of commentary is an eclectic mix of material reaching back to the 80s, but has its main focus on his 21st century writings about the evolution of the genre over the past century. Its title is a reference to the first words spoken by Frankenstein's Monster in the seminal 19th century novel by Mary Shelley, words which John Clute argues provides a touchstone of meaning. Pardon This Intrusion includes 47 essays and talks, several of which have not been published previously.

Series Review

Touched By An Alien Alien Tango Alien in the Family Touched By An Alien, Alien Tango and Alien in the Family by Gini Koch
reviewed by Michael M Jones
When marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt instinctively, against all odds, kills a superhuman monster with nothing more than a pen, she's almost immediately dragged into a world of bizarre adventure unlike any she ever imagined. She's spirited away by a group of Armani-clad hotties who work for an agency so secret, it's literally out of this world.

The Adamantine Palace The King of Crags The Order of Scales Memory of Flame by Stephen Deas
reviewed by Dominic Cilli
If you are one of those people obsessed with dragons, you'll not want to miss this series, unless of course you only like your dragons depicted as loyal, lovable, honorable and dutiful. If that is the case, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. However, if you like your dragons vicious, arrogant, telepathic and hell-bent on plucking your limbs off for an appetizer before moving on to your torso as the entrée, you'll definitely want to check out this trilogy.

First Novels

Dead of Veridon Dead of Veridon by Tim Akers
reviewed by Rich Horton
This novel opens with Jacob Burn taking an assignment to make a delivery to the zombie-like riverdwelling Fehn. Things quickly -- and predictably -- go pear-shaped, as the delivery seems to precipitate a change in the Fehn, who suddenly begin to invade Veridon in great numbers. Jacob and his "spider" friend Wilson are on the run. The mystery involves a man named Ezekiel Crane, and the ancient people who may have built Veridon, as well as Jacob's dying father and general uproar among the rulers of the city, include Jacob's old enemy, the half-machine woman Angela Tomb.


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