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Since I normally snark about how accurate the term "affliction" is
james_nicoll
to describe the SF books that catch Suzanne Johnson's eye each month, I have to say this had some titles I would at least pick up and look at if I saw them in a book store. I didn't know Nix did SF, for example.

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I take it you've never encountered Nix's Shade's Children, then? I'd call that SF.

I did but I forgot it.

Which ones?

I appreciate her lists. More informative than the Locus list.

I don't blame her for the dismal parade that goes by each month (well, except she overlooks small presses, generally, which is sad).

Campbell is an ok timekiller; if that was mmpb I might look at it. I'd look at the Horton/Wallace (although I warn the editors their collection would be compared to such classic collections as PLEASE LET THERE BE WAR, HOW DARE THERE BE PEACE and GLOOMY SF ABOUT THE COMING SOVIET VICTORY). The Nix. I might look at the Emerson; looks very 1950s.

I probably should not look at the Brooke because "The aliens are here, all around us. They always have been. And now, one by one, they’re destroying our cities." raises in me "Wackjob Minuteman" expectations that are probably unfair.

I would not pick up the Hartwell/Cramer because I don't like their taste in SF, privileging as they do misery and gloom above all else in the name of "realism" but I would point out the f/m ratio is not strongly tilted towards m.

Going Interstellar I'd have snapped up when I was 14. As it turns out I've read it and it's a classic mix of essays of the sort you might find on Centauri Dreams and SF ranging from inoffensive to crimes against logic and prose (and I think there's one story by a BNA that has nothing to do with the theme) so about on par with one of the old time Space Colonies or Black Holes anthologies.









The Nix has an interesting feel: part human-triumphalist space opera, part hidden-orphan-destiny, part Tour My Universe. The technology is all so uber as to be fantasy with tech names applied. His protagonist's first-person viewpoint is astoundingly constrained and offers many hints to the experienced reader that All Is Not As It Seems... except that the obvious first guess as to How It All Is turns out to be right in almost every case.

Happily, it wraps up where a lesser author would have committed trilogy.

I have to say this had some titles I would at least pick up and look at if I saw them in a book store.

I feel sure that the book described by
In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts.
is not among them.

Does Angry Robot count as small press?

(I wasn't thrilled with the first Trent Jamieson but it didn't break my desire to keep trying new Angry Robot authors.)

So far I've found only one (or maybe two) Angry Robot authors that I would not keep buying (Andy Remic; lemme look at this checklist on the back page of the top book of my books-I-just-read pile ... oh, Ian Whates too).

I will keep buying Gustainis, Abnett, de Bodard, Forbeck, Hughes (of course), Jeter, Shevdon, Tidhar, and Waggoner. Have not actually read what I own by Beukes, Harvey, Roberson, or Warren yet, so don't know about those, but a couple have been well-recommended already. That's a pretty good ratio for one publishing house, I think?

--Dave