Posts By: justin

Dear Friends

This is the last week for Staffer’s Book Review. You are probably weeping uncontrollably. I’m not. It’s not because I don’t love my site. I do. But, we’ve come to the point where it has reached its logical conclusion. I have said much of what I wanted to say, and I have found new outlets for… Read more »

Reviewer Gonna Review: One SF, One Horror, One YA


War Dogs by Greg Bear I have never read Greg Bear before. To science fiction geeks this is like admitting I’ve not read Hunger Games in line for the Catching Fire midnight release. This is at least partially because I’m not a huge classic science fiction geek, but also because no one has ever sent… Read more »

Something I Care About


Do you remember this post I wrote about death in science fiction and fantasy? It was about my father-in-law who died almost two years ago from pancreatic cancer. It’s the same disease that killed Iain Banks and Steve Jobs. For those who don’t know, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. According to… Read more »

Duck and Covers: This Just In

Jo Walton is one of those writers who commands some readers to read everything she writes on blind faith. I’m not necessarily one of those people, but I recognize her appeal. Her newest project, due out in early 2014 is titled The Just City. It’s the story of time-traveling Pallas Athene and a social experiment. The… Read more »

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie and Space Case by Stuart Gibbs


Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie How to talk about Ancillary Sword? In the front pages of the novel, I am quoted about it’s predecessor, saying “Ancillary Justice does everything science fiction should do. It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world.” A sequel, doing many of the same kinds of… Read more »

The Future of Pyr: Reply Hazy, Try Again


Editor’s note: I believe Lou Anders leaving Pyr is a red flag for the imprint. I also believe that Anders is a very good editor, art director, and person. Nothing in this article is intended to discredit his ability. Publishing is a casino, as Kameron Hurley’s coined phrase goes. Sometimes things just come up snake… Read more »

Brian Ruckley’s The Free and Karen Miller’s The Falcon Throne


I apologize for the lack of reviews lately. Life has caught up with me to some degree. My kids, in particular, are now old enough to demand an excessive amount of attention. Who the hell do they think they are anyway? Not to mention the day job has become increasingly demanding and for some reason all… Read more »

Review of a Handful of Books

Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts Janny Wurts’ debut novel, Sorcerer’s Legacy, was published in 1982. Reading it is confirmation of that fact. It engenders nostalgia for a brand of fiction that’s largely gone. Where such an accusation is often damning, in the case of Sorcerer’s Legacy it’s a recognition of what’s best about that generation of fantasy literature. The… Read more »

The Series is Dying. And the Internet Is Killing It.

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You’ve heard of A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s a little series by a guy named George R.R. Martin. The first book, The Games of Thrones, debuted in 1996 to much critical fanfare. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award. The… Read more »

Breaking Down the Hugos: Careful Like


Why am I doing this? Got me. I think I’m doing it because the Hugo Award is important to me. It’s the one award I believe has significance outside our insular community. It has name ID, and that has power. Data also has power. With data we can explain the world around us. We can… Read more »