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Larry Niven and Steve Barnes’ Dream Park, The Barsoom Project, and The California Voodoo Game

Gaming in many forms has been part of the fandom community for decades now, so it’s not surprising that one of the best-known authors in the science fiction field would decide to do a series built upon the idea of … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bear’s Ancestral Night

Elizabeth Bear is one of our favorite and most reviewed authors here at GMR, so I’m a little chagrined to admit that Ancestral Night is the first book of hers that I’ve read. It’s also the first ebook that I’ve … Continue reading

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Symbaroum: Treasure Hunts in Davokar

Symbaroum: Treasure Hunts in Davokar harkens back to early “box” editions of role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, adding the narrative and stylistic instincts of Free League (Publisher of Tales from the Loop among others) to produce a most attractive … Continue reading

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John M. Ford’s The Last Hot Time

Listen close, for I’m about to tell you a story that sounds familiar, yet is as different from what you know as rain is from snow. It’s a story of magic and love, power and loss, life and death. In … Continue reading

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An Essential Bordertown Guide

“Where Magic Meets Rock & Roll” Once upon a time, in a far off land much like our own, there was magic. Then, one day, it was gone, and the world was a much drearier place for it. But we … Continue reading

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Larry Niven’s Rainbow Mars

Ah, to visit John Carter and the inhabitants of Barsoom, Edger Rice Burrough’s richly imagined Mars. The characters in Robert Heinlein’s The Number of The Beast did in their travels across the multiverse, and now the protaganist of Rainbow Mars … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles

Carter Napier penned this review. By June of 1949, Ray Bradbury was gaining recognition as one of America’s leading short story writers. He had won the O. Henry Award in 1947 and again in 1948. Bradbury’s friend Norman Corwin encouraged … Continue reading

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Elly Bangs’ Unity

Elly Bangs’ Unity is a novel dealing with I, a cyberpunk of possibly post cyberpunk world. There are cybernetic enhancements, data uploads, terrifying weapons and a variety of other problems. One of the greatest threats in this society is nanotechnology, … Continue reading

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Clifford D. Simak’s City

To one who grew up on science fiction (and I really did — the first book I ever bought all on my own was The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Groff Conklin; I think that was about fifth … Continue reading

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Two period novels for your delectation: David Liss, and Barbara Monajem

The Peculiarities by David Liss is a strong steampunk story about Victorian magicians, featuring Aleister Crowley and other lights of the era. Thomas Thresher, a formerly well-heeled idler now enslaved in his family’s bank, has a lot of problems. His … Continue reading

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