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My new SF page: A Science Fiction Reader's Page.
My anthologies: Best of the Year books.
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Certainly the center of my reading is science fiction. And most of my writing (book reviews and columns for the likes of Locus, Black Gate, and SF Site) is about Science Fiction and Fantasy. And I edit Best of the Year anthologies of SF and Fantasy stories for Prime Books. (See my anthologies page, though I update it too rarely.) But I also read a great deal of mainstream fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, popular science, even some romance and poetry.
A Brief List of Favorite Authors:
SF: Gene Wolfe, Ursula Le Guin, David Brin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, Iain M. Banks, Greg Egan, Samuel R. Delany.
Mainstream: Robertson Davies, Anthony Powell, Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, Michael Chabon, Penelope Fitzgerald, A.S. Byatt, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges, Nicholson Baker, Rudyard Kipling, David Carkeet. (The alert reader will note how many of those have "crossover tendencies". (All except Powell and Fitzgerald, I'd say.))
Mysteries: Anne Perry, Robert Barnard, Bill James, William Marshall, Ellis Peters, Robert B. Parker, Georges Simenon, Donald Westlake.
Regencies: Georgette Heyer above all, Jo Beverly, Rosemary Edghill.
Historical Fiction: Dorothy Dunnett, Cecelia Holland, Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwell.
Poetry: Wallace Stevens, W. B. Yeats, Philip Larkin
Reviews by me:
I've written many reviews by now. Some appeared in the SFF-Net and DM newsgroups, or on Usenet at rec.arts.sf.reviews, and I've put copies here. I also spent some years reviewing for Dave Truesdale's excellent short fiction review 'zine, Tangent, which is now online at Tangent Online. However, as of the February 2002 issue, my short fiction review efforts have been concentrated on being one of two short fiction reviewers (the other is the Gardner Dozois) for Locus, the "newspaper of the Science Fiction field". I also write occasional book reviews for Locus, as well as for Black Gate and SF Site. Previously I wrote a review column for the unfortunately short-lived British magazine 3SF. I did reviews for the last few issues of Dave Felts' small SF magazine Maelstrom SF, (sadly, also defunct). I've done a lot of reviewing for SF Site. Some of the reviews listed here are located at SF Site, and the link will take you there. The most recent three or four reviews (not counting the SF Site reviews) are marked with a .
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Kingsley Amis, A Biography, by Eric Jacobs
The Twinkling of an Eye, by Brian W. Aldiss
Non-Stop, by Brian W. Aldiss
Hothouse, by Brian W. Aldiss
For Love and Glory, by Poul Anderson
The Last Hawk, by Catherine Asaro
The Radiant Seas, by Catherine Asaro The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
Second Contact, by J. D. Austin
Sky Coyote, by Kage Baker
The Anvil of the World, by Kage Baker
Recursion, by Tony Ballantyne
Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks
Feersum Endjinn, by Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons, by Iain M. Banks
The Seedling Stars, by James Blish
Death and the Chaste Apprentice, by Robert Barnard
In the Hall of the Martian King, by John Barnes
The Prophecy Machine, by Neal Barrett, Jr.
Prince of Christler-Coke, by Neal Barrett, Jr.
Sword and Sorceress XIX, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Brightness Reef, by David Brin
Kiln People, by David Brin
Godplayers, by Damien Broderick
K-Machines, by Damien Broderick
Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Cetaganda, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Malignos, by Richard Calder
Future on Ice, edited by Orson Scott Card
Voice of Our Shadow, by Jonathan Carroll
The Wooden Sea, by Jonathan Carroll
The Fortunate Fall, by Raphael Carter
Dossier, by Stepan Chapman
The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
Appleseed, by John Clute
The Monsters of Morley Manor, by Bruce Coville
Mars Probes, edited by Peter Crowther
Satan is a Mathematician, by Keith Allen Daniels
The Avram Davidson Treasury, edited by Robert Silverberg and Grania Davis
The Boss in the Wall, by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis
The Cunning Man, by Robertson Davies
Strange Trades, by Paul Di Filippo
Beyond Lies the Wub and The Father Thing, by Philip K. Dick
The Game-Players of Titan, by Philip K. Dick
The Stars Asunder, by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
Time and the Gods, by Lord Dunsany
Permutation City, by Greg Egan
Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories, by Carol Emshwiller
The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller
The Well of Lost Plots, by Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten, by Jasper Fforde
The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald
Memoranda, by Jeffrey Ford
The Sweetheart Season, by Karen Joy Fowler
The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures, by R. Garcia y Robertson
Hunted, by James Alan Gardner
Vigilant, by James Alan Gardner
Radiant, by James Alan Gardner
New Worlds, edited by David Garnett
A Secret History and Carthage Ascendant, by Mary Gentle
Halfway Human, by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Hopeful Monsters, by Hiromi Goto
Past Imperfect, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg and Larry Segriff
Silicon Dreams, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg and Larry Segriff
Sol's Children, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg
Apprentice Fantastic, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis
My Favorite Science Fiction Story, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg
The Coming, by Joe Haldeman
Old Twentieth, by Joe Haldeman
Travel Arrangements, by M. John Harrison
The Door Into Summer, by Robert A. Heinlein
Stark's Crusade, by John G. Hemry
Outward Bound, by James P. Hogan
Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart
A Scattering of Jades, by Alexander C. Irvine
Deepdrive, by Alexander Jablokov
The Xenocide Mission, by Ben Jeapes
Deep Secret, by Diana Wynne Jones
The Merlin Conspiracy, by Diana Wynne Jones
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones
Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories, by James Patrick Kelly
Corrupting Dr. Nice, by John Kessel
The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall
Yanked!, by Nancy Kress
Witpunk, edited by Claude Lalumière and Marty Halpern
The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
The Leaky Establishment, by David Langford
Gifts, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Gun, with Occasional Music, by Jonathan Lethem
The Silk Code, by Paul Levinson
4 Stories, by Kelly Link
The Best of Xero, edited by Pat and Dick Lupoff
Claremont Tales II, by Richard A. Lupoff
The Light Princess, by George MacDonald
Voyages by Starlight, by Ian R. MacLeod
The Light Ages, by Ian R. MacLeod
The Star Fraction, by Ken MacLeod
The Stone Canal, by Ken MacLeod
The Sky Road, by Ken MacLeod
Such a Pretty Face, edited by Lee Martindale
Shrine of Stars: The Third Book of Confluence, by Paul J. McAuley
Ares Express, by Ian McDonald
The Collapsium, by Wil McCarthy
Lost in Transmission, by Wil McCarthy
Souls in the Great Machine, by Sean McMullen
To Hold Infinity, by John Meaney
Cold Iron, by Melisa Michaels
Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville
The Covenant, by Modean Moon
Starlight 2, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik
H.M.S. Surprise, by Patrick O'Brian
The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien
Other Voices, Other Doors, by Patrick O'Leary
If Lions Could Speak and Other Stories, by Paul Park
Traitor's Gate, by Anne Perry
Venusberg, by Anthony Powell
The Extremes, by Christopher Priest
Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds
Century Rain, by Alastair Reynolds
Pushing Ice, by Alastair Reynolds
Paragaea, by Chris Roberson
Pavane, by Keith Roberts
Point of Honour, by Madeleine E. Robins
Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Years of Rice and Salt, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Frek and the Elixir, by Rudy Rucker
Extremes, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Next of Kin, by Eric Frank Russell
Journey to Fusang, by William Sanders
J., by William Sanders
Smoke, by William Sanders
Redshift, edited by Al Sarrantonio
Telzey Amberdon, by James H. Schmitz
Permanence, by Karl Schroeder
The Engine of Recall, by Karl Schroeder
Lady of Mazes, by Karl Schroeder
Chimera, by Will Shetterly
Far Horizons, edited by Robert Silverberg
Way Station, by Clifford D. Simak
Ilium, by Dan Simmons
Cavalcade, by Alison Sinclair
Tik-Tok, by John Sladek
The Crown and Court Duet, by Sherwood Smith
A King of Infinite Space, by Allen Steele
Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson
Holy Fire, by Bruce Sterling
Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross
The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross
The Clan Corporate, by Charles Stross
Dreaming in Smoke, by Tricia Sullivan
The Year of Our War, by Steph Swainston
No Present Like Time, by Steph Swainston
Bones of the Earth, by Michael Swanwick
Spotted Lily, by Anna Tambour
Household Gods, by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
Darkspawn, by Lois Tilton
The Silver Gryphon, edited by Gary Turner and Marty Halpern
Emphyrio, by Jack Vance
Night Lamp, by Jack Vance
Leviathan 2: The Legacy of Boccaccio, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Rose Secrest
Leviathan Three, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Forrest Aguirre
Being Dead, by Vivian Vande Velde
Wizard at Work, by Vivian Vande Velde
Tangled Up in Blue, by Joan D. Vinge
A Deepness in the Sky, by Vernor Vinge
Night of Madness, by Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Wizard Lord, by Lawrence Watt-Evans
This is the Year Zero, by Andrew Weiner
Succession, by Scott Westerfeld
Snake Agent, by Liz Williams
The Praxis, by Walter Jon Williams
The Sundering, by Walter Jon Williams
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, by Connie Willis
Passage, by Connie Willis
To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis
Paul, the Mind of the Apostle, by A. N. Wilson
Bios, by Robert Charles Wilson
Blind Lake, by Robert Charles Wilson
Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
In Green's Jungles, by Gene Wolfe
30th Anniversary DAW Science Fiction, edited by Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila E. Gilbert
The Grand Tour, by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Night Train to Rigel, by Timothy Zahn
Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny
Time-Gifts, Impossible Encounters, and Seven Touches of Music, by Zoran Zivkovic
Book Stores: I like buying books online, mainly for the great selection. Three I can particularly recommend are:
Amazon UK, invaluable as a source for British books, so often not available in the US.
Advanced Book Exchange, This is a great way to find used books: they search the databases of many used book stores, and provide email forms to contact the book stores which have the book you want.
SF-Related: (these are from the Science Fiction category of my bookmarks, though the SF relationship may at times be tenuous):
SFF Net Our hosts. Lots of authors have home pages here. (Not to mention non-authors like yours truly.) In addition, there is a lot of neat discussion going on at the SFF-Net Newsgroups.
Tangent An excellent SF short fiction review magazine, founded by Dave Truesdale and now edited by Chris Markwyn. I formerly was an active contributor to these pages.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database This site seems to have a record of every SF story ever published. Well, not quite, but they're trying.
Archon I'm not a big con-goer, but I have started attending a couple fairly local conventions: Archon is held in Collinsville, IL, every October (just in time for my birthday), and ConQuest is held Memorial Day Weekend in Kansas City.
SF Site Perhaps the most comprehensive SF-related site I've ever seen: it has lots of worthwhile content of its own, including plenty of timely book reviews. (I have also been contributing reviews to SF Site.)
Best SF Mark Watson's fine site attempts to briefly review much of the short SF published, as well as provide links to much of the short SF available online.
Strange Horizons Another very fine online SF venture. (Niall Harrison is the editor in chief, and the senior fiction editor is Jed Hartman.)
Locus Online Locus is the best known newsmagazine of the SF field, and its online incarnation, run by Mark Kelly (who seems to read and review more SF short fiction than I do, even), includes plenty of neat stuff not in the print version. I add immodestly that I have contributed some stuff to the online version of Locus, specifically a few short fiction review columns. (And as of the February 2002 issue, I will be one of two new short fiction reviewers (with Nick Gevers) for the print edition of Locus.)
Black Gate A brand new High Fantasy magazine, published by former SF Site editor John O'Neill, with Dave Truesdale as fiction editor. I have contributed some reviews and a long essay I'm rather proud of.
The Speculative Literature Foundation Here is the Foundation's mission statement: To promote literary quality in speculative fiction, by encouraging promising new writers, assisting established writers, facilitating the work of quality magazines and small presses in the genre, and developing a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction. There website has lots of interesting resources, and also includes webbed versions of my end of the year short fiction summaries.
The Internet Review of Science Fiction This is a new online SF critical 'zine, run by John Frost. I have a feature in the fourth issue (April 2004). There are excellent regular short fiction reviews by Bluejack, and there have been several other fine features.
News on the Web: Lots of newspapers have web sites, and there are some decent web-based news sources. These are the ones I use most regularly:
Salon, an online magazine with a literary and political focus.
Slate, an online magazine with a decidedly political focus, edited by Michael Kinsley.
The New York Times, their online edition is free. A very fine newspaper.
The Wall Street Journal, their online edition is =not= free. But I actually pay for it. A very useful newspaper.
Arts and Letters Daily, a wonderful "portal" site, providing a daily update of fascinating links to Web articles on the subjects of, basically, Arts and Letters.
Miscellaneous Fun Stuff: These are a few miscellaneous sites which I enjoy:
James Lileks' Bleat, I don't do very much reading of Weblogs (Blogs), but Mitch Wagner pointed me at this wonderful one, and I've grown quite attached to it.
WWW Bible Gateway, searchable online texts of five English language Bible translations, as well as at least five other languages.
PGA Tour Home Page, only of interest if you follow professional golf, but this is the best constructed site of its nature that I have seen. Live scoring of PGA events, stats for the three PGA tours, feature articles.
Anthony Powell Resources Page, Powell is my favorite author, and this is a wonderful page on him, put together by Keith Marshall. Well-organized, and full of great information.
The Jane Austin Home Page, people are always asking about the famous writer Jane Austin. Here's a neat page.
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