V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014
The World Is Ending or Light Is Dying
Lev Grossman’s journey to lit magic
To become a bestselling fantasy novelist, Lev Grossman (who’s coming to Santa Fe) first had to realize what he wasn’t.
V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
All That Glitters Is Foretold
An unusual, existential fantasy novel counts down to death.
V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
First World Problems
Hard to Be a God
Don Rumata seems like any other obnoxious noble with money to spend and ladies to court, but he’s actually a Communist operative from Earth.
V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
Whether you’ve a hankering for summery sci-fi or the history of food, two New Mexico authors deliver.
V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013
Jason and the Anglophiles
“Atlantis” on BBC America
A shameless mashup of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Game of Thrones” comes to the boob tube.
Farewell, My Metaphysic
Something More Than Night
Ian Tregillis’ genre-warper Something More Than Night isn’t quite your typical mystery. For one thing, it’s set in Heaven, and the VIP who got himself rubbed out just happens to be the angel Gabriel.
V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013
The Last Dark: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
In this final book of the series, Thomas Covenant must traverse a near-apocalyptic world in hopes of defeating the evil entity Lord Foul.
V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
RIP Jack Vance
The cusp of the demon is the iPad in your lap
If you said “Jack who?” you might want to know George R.R. Martin once called him the greatest living science fiction writer and a master of fantasy “right up there with Tolkien.” That’s right, buddy, Tolkien. Unfortunately, as of Sunday, May 26, 2013, he no longer qualifies as living and will have to settle for merely being the greatest.
Carlo Rotella’s overview of Vance’s significance as a writer in The New York Times Magazine is probably the best thing I’ve ever read about him. I suggest you read it too. “The Eyes of the Overworld” (from the second Dying Earth book) is a prescient and deeply ironic metaphor for this avatar-obsessed virtual non-life we’re cultivating as a race of touchscreen and phone addicts. And this, 40 years before FaceBook. It’s also hilarious. Thank you, Jack Vance, for just being you.
V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011
Five Seven Five
The winners of our 19th annual Haiku Contest
It wasn’t easy editing the results of our 19th annual haiku contest. Below the winners wax poetic on subjects ranging from “APD” to “Erotic” to “Breaking Bad.”
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