February 17th, 2007


Tears and Reviews.

Today at work I made a little kid cry. It happens.

On the other hand, here are two reviews.

The first is by David Soyka at Black Gate and is for 'Under the Red Sun' in Fantasy Magazine #4:

"Also of interest is Ben Peek's "Under the Red Sun," which posits a Frankenstein culture in which the dead provide useful resurrection components. Those who, for reasons of faith or lack of it, wish to ensure they or their loved ones don't become part of the inventory must arrange for cremation. When the narrator's mother insists on a Christian burial in the dirt for his sister, he and his brother comply, hoping to return shortly after the funeral to retrieve the corpse and protect it from grave robbers. They are too late, however, and in seeking to recover the body of his sister before the "surgeons" begin corporeal renovations, he discovers arrangements made that seem, well, unnatural."


While the second comes is by Paul Di Filippo at Asimov's and is about Johnny Cash from The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2, but i'll quote the whole thing because it's not that big:

"Editors Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt have assembled a stellar collection with The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Volume Two. This volume nicely supplements the USA domestic ones, and offers a tantalizing glimpse into the flourishing SF scene Down Under. The editors take a liberal view of precisely which high-quality works merit inclusion, based more on relevant author profiles than on venues of publication. Thus we get two entries from Datlow’s SciFiction (Rjurik Davidson’s “The Passing of the Minotaurs” and Lucy Sussex’s “Matricide”) as well as Greg Egan’s “Riding the Crocodile” from Dozois’s recent SFBC anthology I reviewed last time around. But there are also rarities from the US perspective, running the gamut from the experimental (Ben Peek’s “Johnny Cash”) to pastiched melodrama (Dirk Flinthart’s “The Red Priest’s Homecoming”). Purchase this volume and you’ll not only get hours of excellent entertainment, but also a fine appreciation of how simpatico our cousins are."