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New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

May. 25th, 2016 | 08:02 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

Two Hard SF titans:

http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2016/05/paul-di-filippo-reviews-stephen-baxter-alastair-reynolds/

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theinferior4

Lost City of the Pain God

May. 22nd, 2016 | 01:50 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4



Very glad finally to snag a copy of this Ellison prequel.

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Free Story!

May. 18th, 2016 | 11:36 am
posted by: ljgoldstein in theinferior4

My story "Sawing" is now available at Nightmare magazine.  There's also an Author Spotlight saying a bit about the story.

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New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

May. 18th, 2016 | 02:12 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

Four novels by Frank Herbert!

http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2016/05/paul-di-filippo-reviews-frank-herbert/

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New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

May. 11th, 2016 | 11:21 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

I look at a new story collection:

http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2016/05/paul-di-filippo-reviews-matthew-cheney/

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Story Is Out!

May. 1st, 2016 | 04:13 pm
posted by: ljgoldstein in theinferior4

Nightmare Magazine, with my story "Sawing," is live now.  Right now you have to subscribe to read it, but it will become available on May 18.

I actually have something to say about this story, which isn't the case with some of them.  Sometimes I'll start a book or short story by smashing together subjects that seem interesting and seeing if they turn into something.  So, for example, with my novel Dark Cities Underground I put together children's books, subway systems, and Egyptian gods, and, much to my amazement, they gelled into a story.  I don't recommend this as a system for writing because it works about as often as it doesn't, which can be very frustrating.

Anyway, the things I put together for "Sawing" were the Depression in the 1930s, live magic shows, and one other thing, which I can't mention because it's a spoiler.

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Dear Halls Cough Drops

Apr. 29th, 2016 | 08:41 pm
posted by: ljgoldstein in theinferior4

I’ve had a wretched cold for the last week and a half, during which I ingested about a pound of cough drops.  When I surfaced, a few days ago, I noticed that Halls cough drops puts little uplifting mottos on their wrappers: “Take charge and mean it.” “Bet on yourself.”  “Get back in the game.”  “Power through.”

Dear Halls:

I am lying on the couch, trying to work up the energy to open a bag of your cough drops.  If I were not exhausted, and coughing my lungs out, your mottos might make some sense to me.  Might I suggest slogans more in keeping with your clientele?  Something like “Don’t worry about that deadline.”  “Go back to sleep.”  “You can take Nyquil during the day too, you know.”

Yours sincerely,

Lisa

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New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

Apr. 29th, 2016 | 03:23 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

What's up with a hot new horror novel?

http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2016/04/paul-di-filippo-reviews-thomas-olde-heuvelt/

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Review of a DiFi Story

Apr. 26th, 2016 | 10:43 am
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

Very happy with this review by Charles Payseur of my recent story BACKUP MAN.

There is something nearly refreshing about finding a story here that's just rather unashamedly fast times with future guns and genetically modified soldiers. Lingo and flashy, punky descriptions give this story a movement, a speed that's nicely done and keeps things running from beginning to end, not letting up until the curtain downs on a stage littered with dead bodies. The main character is and definitely is not Drew Prosnitz, a thief who successfully foiled a contest to resettle a huge stretch of North America left vacant for many years because of ecological catastrophe. The setting is vividly drawn, a nice mix of humans, androids, modified people, and sentient "moldies." It's a strange mix and the action of the piece is hyperviolent and fast. Everything happens with a rush of implications and not-Prosnitz does a great job of keeping things mysterious enough to keep the strange band he joins guessing as to his true nature and not giving too much away to the reader as well. This does seem to fall into a larger story, a larger setting, but it stands on its own fairly well, an entertaining smash and grab with some sweeping looks at a future that has seen some messed up shit. And in any event it's rather light and fun and teases a lot that is probably explored elsewhere. Another fine read!

http://quicksipreviews.blogspot.com/2016/04/quick-sips-terraform-april-2016.html

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New Review at LOCUS ONLINE

Apr. 20th, 2016 | 10:37 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

I take a look at a new space opera:

http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2016/04/paul-di-filippo-reviews-alex-stewart/

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