Cover © Judith Clute

REVIEWS 1997-2001

Gary K Wolfe

Introduction by Peter Straub
Index by Leigh Kennedy Priest

Shortlisted for the 2011 Hugo Award
for Best Related Work of 2010.

On the Locus "Recommended Reading List"
of the best non-fiction of 2010.

Short-listed for the 2011 Locus Award
for the best non-fiction of 2010.
Photo © Amelia Beamer /
Locus Publications

Reviews of this book have appeared in the following journals
Interzone#229 (by Paul Graham Raven)
and on the following websites
Strange Horizons (by Nick Hubble)      Vector (Torque Control) (by Niall Harrison)      SF Site (by Paul Kincaid)
Endless Falls Up (in both English and Russian) (by Ray Garraty)

> > > > > Sample reviews from this book can be viewed here. < < < < <

There are two other volumes of Gary Wolfe's collected reviews from Beccon.
Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 was published in 2005
and Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, was published in 2011.

Gary K Wolfe has been a long-time reviewer for Locus magazine, and 1992 was his first full year with the magazine. This book collects most of his review columns (nearly 200 books) from the beginning of 1997 up to the end of 2001.

Gary K Wolfe is the author of Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (with Ellen Weil), Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction, as well as hundreds of essays and reviews, mostly for Locus magazine since 1991. He has received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (1998), the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association (1987), and the Eaton Award (for The Known and the Unknown). He also received a World Fantasy Award, for reviews and criticism, at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007. He teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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The Gaia Websters
John Barnes
Stephen Baxter
Deep Future
Vacuum Diagrams
Manifold: Space
Time: Manifold 1
Ωmegatropic: Non-fiction & Fiction
Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter
The Light of Other Days
Peter S. Beagle
Greg Bear
Darwin's Radio
Foundation and Chaos
Gregory Benford
Foundation's Fear
Alfred Bester - ed. by Robert Silverberg, Byron Preiss, & Keith R.A. Decandido
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
Alfred Bester & Roger Zelazny
Terry Bisson
The Pickup Artist
In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories
Everett F. Bleiler with Richard J. Bleiler
Science Fiction: The Gernsback Years
Chesley Bonestell - ed. Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III
The Art of Chesley Bonestell
Ray Bradbury
Driving Blind
From the Dust Returned
David G. Hartwell & Damien Broderick (eds.)
Centaurus: The Best of Australian Science Fiction
Fredric Brown - ed. by Ben Yalow
From These Ashes
Melvin Burgess
Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Talents
Pat Cadigan
Tea from an Empty Cup
Orson Scott Card
Ender's Shadow
Shadow of the Hegemon
Jonathan Carroll
The Wooden Sea
The Marriage of Sticks
Stepan Chapman
The Troika
Suzy McKee Charnas
The Conqueror's Child
Greg Costikyan
First Contract
Arthur C. Clarke
3001: The Final Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter
The Light of Other Days
Hal Clement - ed. Mark L. Olsen & Anthony R. Lewis
The Essential Hal Clement, Volume Two
John Clute & John Grant (eds.)
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
Robert Coover
Briar Rose
Michael Crichton
Tony Daniel
Jack Dann (ed.)
Nebula Awards 32
Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (eds.)
Dennis Danvers
The Watch
The Fourth World
Circuit of Heaven
Ellen Datlow (ed.)
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology
Avram Davidson & Grania Davis
The Boss in the Wall, A Treatise on the House Devil
Avram Davidson - ed. by Robert Silverberg & Grania Davis
The Avram Davidson Treasury
Stephen Dedman
Foreign Bodies
Thomas M. Disch
The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of
Candas Jane Dorsey
Black Wine
A Paradigm of Earth
Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (eds.)
Tananarive Due
My Soul to Keep
J.R. Dunn
Days of Cain
Full Tide of Night
Greg Egan
Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison - ed. by Terry Dowling, Richard Delap & Gil Lamont
The Essential Ellison: A 50-Year Retrospective
Joe Clifford Faust
Boddekker's Demons
Michael Flynn
The Forest of Time and Other Stories
John M. Ford
The Last Hot Time
Neil Gaiman
American Gods
R. Garcia y Robertson
The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures
Amitav Ghosh
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium, and Discovery
Carolyn Ives Gilman
Halfway Human
Molly Gloss
The Dazzle of Day
Lisa Goldstein
Dark Cities Underground
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Mississippi Blues
Crescent City Rhapsody
Steven Gould
Blind Waves
John Clute & John Grant (eds.)
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel (eds.)
Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Pashazade: The First Arabesk
Joe Haldeman
The Coming
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James L. Halperin
The First Immortal
Elizabeth Hand
Black Light
Last Summer at Mars Hill
Anne Harris
Accidental Creatures
David G. Hartwell & Damien Broderick (eds.)
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Nalo Hopkinson
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K.W. Jeter
Bill Johnson
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Daniel Keyes
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His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Fiction of C.M. Kornbluth
Ursula K. Le Guin
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Murray Leinster - ed. by Joe Rico
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Paul Levinson
The Silk Code
Borrowed Tides
Scott Mackay
The Outpost
Ken MacLeod
The Sky Road
Cosmonaut Keep
Paul McAuley
Whole Wide World
The Secret of Life
Child of the River: The First Book of Confluence
Jack McDevitt
Infinity Beach
Standard Candles
Ian McDonald
Sacrifice of Fools
Maureen F. McHugh
Mission Child
Donna McMahon
Dance of Knives
Walter M. Miller Jr.
Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
Laura J. Mixon
Walter Mosley
Blue Light
Linda Nagata
Limit of Vision
Yvonne Navarro
Final Impact
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (ed.)
Starlight 3
Patrick O'Leary
The Gift
The Impossible Bird
Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel (eds.)
Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
James Patterson
Where the Wind Blows
Frederik Pohl (ed.)
The SFWA Grand Masters: Volume One
Tim Powers
Paul Preuss
Secret Passages
Christopher Priest
The Prestige
The Extremes
Daniel Quinn
After Dachau
Kit Reed
Seven for the Apocalypse
Robert Reed
The Dragons of Springplace
Alastair Reynolds
Revelation Space
Frank M. Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson
The Martians
Rudy Rucker
Saucer Wisdom
Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow
Geoff Ryman
253: An Interactive Novel
Jose Saramago
Charles Sheffield
The Billion Dollar Boy
Robert Silverberg
The Alien Years
Robert Silverberg (ed.)
Far Horizons: All New Tales from the Greatest Worlds of Science Fiction
Dan Simmons
The Crook Factory
Dan Simmons
The Rise of Endymion
Harry Martinson
Aniara: A Review of Man in Time and Space
Joan Slonczewski
Brain Plague
The Children Star
Norman Spinrad
Greenhouse Summer
Brian Stableford
Inherit the Earth
The Cassandra Complex
The Fountains of Youth
Neal Stephenson
Bruce Sterling
A Good Old-Fashioned Future
James Stevens-Arce
Sean Stewart
Peter Straub
Magic Terror
Mr. X
Stephen King & Peter Straub
Black House
Theodore Sturgeon - ed. by Paul Williams
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Michael Swanwick
Jack Faust
William Tenn - ed. by James A. Mann & Mary C. Tabasko
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Sheri S. Tepper
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Singer from the Sea
The Family Tree
Sheree R. Thomas (ed.)
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John Updike
Toward the End of Time
Peter Watts
Scott Westerfeld
Evolution's Darling
Rick Wilber
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Walter Jon Williams
The Rift
Connie Willis
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