SF/Fantasy

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Hawkins’s Debut of the Month, Nnedi Okorafor, Natasha Pulley, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Readers often divide the fantasy genre into two camps: epic and urban. This month’s selections reveal that there is a lot more variety than such an accepted duality would imply.

Tanzer’s Debut of the Month, Peter Clines, Neal Stephenson, RIP Terry Pratchett, Plus Series Lineup | Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews, April 15, 2015

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When people think of sf, they usually picture far-flung futures and alien encounters. But just as many novels in the genre hew much closer to our own time and place. Some riveting examples included here deal with the present and the near future.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

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The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

Ken Liu’s Debut of the Month, P.N. Elrod, Erika Johansen, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, March 15, 2015

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Epic fantasy is one of the most popular and longest enduring genres in speculative fiction. This month’s reviews bring a wide variety of choices for readers, with new installments of popular series but also compelling debuts and fresh sequels.

Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers

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LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

Out of This World Reading: Nebula Nominees 2014

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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced their nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards. Judging by the six nominees for Best Novel, 2014 was a outstanding year for original, provocative, and challenging fiction.

Short Fiction Is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

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Last summer Tor.com, which has been publishing original short fiction on its site, announced a new imprint “dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors.” On February 12, it released its initial list of titles.

Bacigalupi’s Near-Future Thriller, Maresca’s Debut of the Month, Award Winner Smale, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2015

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This month’s selections feature a wide range of romance. Bridging the paranormal romance and urban fantasy aisles are stories of affection that still create fantasy worlds.

E-Originals from Blackwood, Goodger, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews

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Blackwood’s sultry romance is written for a new adult audience; appealing characters and a bit of intrigue contribute to Goodger’s enjoyable romance; hard-core sf readers looking for a new author will go for Wilson’s Echoes

Fresh Voices in Fiction: Anderson, Carr, Freeman, Jackman, Lester, van den Berg, Yoerg, & Others | Debut Fiction, January 2015

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Freeman’s debut is thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended; Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road; van den Berg presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements; Yoerg’s debut leaves readers wanting more.