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This Is Not a Game

This Is Not a Game by Walter Jon WilliamsNor is it a drill – my review of Walter Jon WilliamsThis Is Not a Game went up at Strange Horizons yesterday, so you can go read my attempts to taxonomise a genuine (and really pretty decent) hybrid of near-future sf and technothriller.

In some respects I’m kind of grateful it hasn’t generated the same degree of fierce controversy as the review preceding it (or, indeed, any feedback at all)… though the mean little voice at the back of my head likes to tell me that’s probably because my opinions are pedestrian and equivocal.

Shut up, mean little voice.

[In case you were wondering, I’ve used the US editon cover art here because I was distinctly underwhelmed by the UK version. YMMV.]

Review of Philip Palmer’s Debatable Space

My review of Philip Palmer’s Debatable Space is now online at Strange Horizons:

“Writing an entire novel in the first person is a stylistically brave and challenging exploit to undertake, particularly for one’s début, and in the sections set in the “present” of the multiple viewpoint characters, Palmer doesn’t do too badly. But Lena’s thought-diary sections fall foul of two cardinal sins of novel writing; one general, and one specific to science fiction.”

That’s me off Orbit’s Christmas card list, I think.