How science fiction helped me through my grief

During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also… » 6/16/13 7:00am 6/16/13 7:00am

Some of the Coolest Space War Stories You've Ever Seen

War and Space: Recent Combat, from editors Rich Horton and Sean Wallace is possibly one of the finest anthologies that I've ever come across. This anthology looks at the nature of war, and how it might impact our future civilizations in space. Fans of high-octane stories with lots of action might be let down by the… » 7/25/12 8:00am 7/25/12 8:00am

Terraforming A Barren Planet — With Your Bare Hands

Once again, the best thing in the current Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a very political novella about spying during wartime. Like Robert Reed's "Five Thrillers," which we praised a few months ago, "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay features spies, political turmoil and genetically altered… » 7/21/08 11:40am 7/21/08 11:40am

Sociopath Saves Humanity In "Five Thrillers"

The stand-out piece in the current Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is clearly "Five Thrillers," a novelet by Robert Reed about an antisocial maniac who takes on genetically modified insurgents. "Thrillers" starts small and crazy, and the story of Joseph Carroway's life gets bigger and crazier, until you think it… » 3/17/08 11:21am 3/17/08 11:21am