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Ares Express by Ian McDonald

SF master Ian McDonald knows that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic realism. And, with humor, poetic grace, and an abundance of Big Ideas, he embodies that truth in Ares Express. Artificial intelligences manipulate mortals with the casual power of gods; prophecies come true; quantum realities erase railroad tracks with a slice of terrain from an alternate Mars—and that’s just for starters.

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The Sorcerer’s House by Gene Wolfe

By Wolfe’s standards, The Sorcerer’s House is fairly simple. Told in the familiar—almost naïve—first-person prose of many recent Wolfe novels. it’s also quite absorbing, a very nice read, and for all its relative “simplicity” stuffed with puzzles and such Wolfean obsessions as twins, shapechanging, and virtue. em>The Sorcerer’s House is, in the end, an entertainment, clever and satisfying—not great Wolfe, but good Wolfe, which is recommendation enough.

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Tenientes

Since the night she died, she’s been called beautiful five thousand, two hundred and seven times by five thousand, two hundred and seven different tenientes. Each one has his own, peculiar stiffness as he clings to her, as his veneer of restraint chars and peels back like pages in a burning book.

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Blog for a Best Of!

What’s the best fantasy, whether in the form of short story, book, movie, TV show, play or some other fantastic configuration? Two names will be chosen from the comments to receive a copy of Eoin Colfer’s And Another Thing, the sixth installment of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Superman: The Complete Animated Serieson DVD.

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Blog for a Bindlestiff

This week, Sethily, the heroine of Camille Alexa’s Shades of White and Road, goes traveling, along with various faithful companions, which led us to wonder about the topic of fantasy and travel. Has anyone ever written the equivalent of Kerouac’s On the Road for the fantasy genre? What fantastic journeys would you like to take – and which would you avoid at all costs? What would you pack to take along?

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Blog for an Invisible Bunny

This week’s reprint, Miss Cubbidge and the Dragon of Romance, got me thinking about fantasy companions…

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The Table Tennis Fantasy Tour

The Shandling show features a Goddess of Ping-Pong, a sometimes incandescent paddle carved out of a tree felled by a lightning bolt, and the climactic finish where Shandling smashes the final winner, and the ball goes into the air and–just as in the baseball version–knocks out the gym’s lights, showering everyone with sparks.