Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Reveiws

I'm running late in setting up the post for you to link up all reviews you posted in March. Please make sure that the link you provide is to the review itself and not to the top/home of your blog.

Remember that your reviews should be of science fiction and not fantasy—though we all know there's a bit of an overlap when it comes to things like dragons (are the Pern novels SF or fantasy?) and psi. Use your own judgement and if you think others might question your categorization, perhaps explain your logic in your review.

And don't forget that there's a drawing for a prize at the end of the year for all those who post at least 42 reviews.

Monday, February 16, 2015

February Reviews

February is a pretty good month for SF films in the cinema. You might want to view one of these this month, but don't forget to write a review.

Movie poster: Jupiter Ascending The most recently released movie (6 February), Jupiter Ascending, tells a story set in a bright and colorful future. Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.


Movie poster: Project Almanac Project Almanac showed up in theaters at the end of January. A group of friends discover plans for a time machine and decide to build it. They use it to fix their problems and for personal gain, but as the future falls apart with disasters, each of them disappear little by little. There's only one way to make things right—they must travel back to make sure they never invent the machine. Failure will mean the destruction of humanity.


Movie poster: Interstellar A Fall 2014 release Interstellar explores an attempt to ensure mankind's survival through interstellar travel. Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, a retired NASA pilot and now a farmer. Earth has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to search for a planet that can sustain life. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, is torn between seeing his children grow up and the future of the human race.


And, it's time to link up all reviews you posted in February. Please make sure that the link you provide is to the review itself and not to the top/home of your blog. By December, your February review would be lost in the archives.

Remember that your reviews should be of science fiction and not fantasy—though we all know there's a bit of an overlap when it comes to things like dragons (are the Pern novels SF or fantasy?) and psi. Use your own judgement and if you think others might question your categorization, perhaps explain your logic in your review.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January Reviews

2015 is here and this is the post where you will link up all reviews you posted in January. Please make sure that the link you provide is to the review itself and not to the top/home of your blog. By December, your January review will be lost in the archives.

Remember that your reviews should be of science fiction and not fantasy—though we all know there's a bit of an overlap when it comes to things like dragons (are the Pern novels SF or fantasy?) and psi. Use your own judgement and if you think others might question your categorization, perhaps explain your logic in your review.

And don't forget that there's a drawing for a prize at the end of the year for all those who post at least 42 reviews.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.

In addition to the current issue, past issues are available from the web site, and annual “best of” anthologies are sold through various online book stores.

Issue #163 just went online on December 25. It features a podcast of short story Alloy Point by Sam J. Miller, which is also available in traditional text format for those who don't want to listen. The second short story is Until the Moss Has Reached Our Lips by Matt Jones, and from the Audio Vault, The Last Gorgon by Rajan Khanna.

Baen Ebooks

Baen Ebooks sells eBooks free of digital rights managment (DRM) encryption. Most books are available in seven downloadable formats, ensuring that the purchaser can read the book on any device that they might own—PC, tablet, phone, and all known eReaders. Specializing in science fiction and fantasy, Baen Ebooks features books from over a dozen publishers and close to 250 authors.

Baen Books offers a number of its titles for free. Called the Baen Free Library, anyone can read these titles online with no strings attached. The books in the Baen Free Library are also available for download.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Unlikely Story: A Fine Selection of Unlikely Journals

Unlikely Story is the home of Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, and assorted “Unlikely” journals. Publishing three issues a year, with archives online, Unlikely Story is a magazine consisting entirely of fiction—about bugs, about information technology, and more.

If you're looking for some short fiction, check out How to Recover a Relative Lost During Transmatter Shipping, In Five Easy Steps by Carrie Cuinn in The Journal of Unlikely Cartography. Or Coping With Common Garden Pests by Will Kaufmann in the November 2014 issue of Journal of Unlikely Entomology.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy

I found another online SF/F magazine which would be a good source for short stories and articles. Lightspeed is a science fiction and fantasy magazine published on the internet which can be read for free online. To keep things interesting, the monthly magazine is released incrementally on the web site, with new articles made available every Tuesday morning. So, the first week in December, roughly 1/4 of the magazine was online, with additional content to be available in the 2nd and subsequent weeks of the month.

In addition to online access, the magazine is available in eBook editions which can be purchased directly from the Lightspeed bookstore or from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The eBook editions include bonus articles not available online.