Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen | LJ Review

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Bowen, Lila. Wake of Vultures. Orbit: Hachette. (Shadow, Bk. 1). 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780316264310. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316264303. FANTASY Bowen’s debut,  a fantastical coming-of-age Western, introduces half-Native American, half-African American teenager Nettie Lonesome. Raised by foster parents who treat her like a slave, Nettie learned early on how to take care of herself, and she isn’t […]

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction


SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.

Bowen’s Debut of the Month, de Bodard, Dickinson, Tripp, Series Lineup, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, August 2015


A fantastical coming-of-age Western; in a cruel and decaying Paris fallen angels rule; a heroine whose motives are murky; a hugely entertaining hunter of vampire treasures; new series from Conroy, Odom, Rhoades, Snodgrass, and Weber

Wilde’s Debut of the Month, Garrison, Hobb, New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, July 2015


Readers will be anxious to revisit Wilde’s world; Garrison debuts an engaging and quick-moving story of love, revenge, and justice; Hobb returns with a new adventure starring one of the most touching friendships in fantasy fiction

Hunder’s Debut of the Month, Cline, Jemisin, Nix, plus Series Lineup & News | SF/Fantasy Reviews, June 15, 2015


Hunder’s engaging debut cleverly skewers traditional fantasy tropes; Cline mines the nostalgia and geek spheres just as successfully as he did in his acclaimed debut; Nix shows off his mastery of the short form; Jemisin’s latest is a must-buy

2014 Nebula Awards/ Take Our Sf Survey

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards, and an inquiring LJ wants to know about your sf/fantasy collections.

Hot Summertime Reads


Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

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


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


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


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.