Review by Gayle Surrette
*Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: EM012012
Date: 01 January 2012
Links: Gayle's Blog / Astronomy Picture of the Day /
[Photo: A Horseshoe Einstein Ring from Hubble. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA.
Explanation: What's large and blue and can wrap itself around an entire galaxy? A gravitational lens mirage. Pictured above, the gravity of a luminous red galaxy (LRG) has gravitationally distorted the light from a much more distant blue galaxy. More typically, such light bending results in two discernible images of the distant galaxy, but here the lens alignment is so precise that the background galaxy is distorted into a horseshoe -- a nearly complete ring.]
Welcome to the new year and our first issue of 2012. We've got at least until the end of this December to fulfill your need for book reviews and advice on what's worth reading -- or at least some information to help you decide where to spend your book buying dollars. Then of course we either go on to 2013 (my bet) or the world resets for another 2,012 years (not a bad guess either) or life as we know it ends (where's the fun in that -- though it would mean I don't have to clean the office after the next New Year's Eve party.)
Anyway, this month we seem to have struck it rich with number of reviews of science fiction (even hard science) with Jack McDevitt's Firebird, Joe Haldeman's Earthbound, Michael Flynn's In the Lion's Mouth, and Peter Cawdron's Anomaly. We also have some interesting fantasy with Carol Berg's The Daemon Prism: A Novel of the Collegia Magica and Nicole Peeler's Eye of the Tempest to mention two. There's also a combination SF and romance by Ilona Andrews called Silver Shark, a blending that can be very difficult to pull off.
Meanwhile, Charles Mohapel has a review of the Blu-ray/DVD combo of Green Lantern along with his take on all the special features. If you're a Green Lantern fan and haven't yet seen the film, you should check out his review.
Sam Tomaino's turned in excellent coverage of short fiction on and off line in his Zines & Short Fiction column. John Berlyne's UK Books column gives readers an overview of what's coming out on his side of the pond this month.
Meanwhile, if you have news items of interest to the SF/F/H community, send us email with the item and we'll see that it's added to our News column. We're also looking for events, conferences, and conventions to add to our calendar.
Have a great start to your new year whether you read SF, fantasy, horror or any combination thereof.
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We started a News column last month. If you have a news item or announcement that you think would be of interest to readers of SF, send to: editor (at) sfrevu.com.
We'd like to add a convention calendar to our magazine. We've made a start. However, we don't have time to scour the Internet looking for what's happening in the SF/Fantasy arena. Please send us your convention listings. Send to: editor (at) sfrevu.com.
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