The latest SF Site reviews Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K.A. Bedford, The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker, The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard by Robert E. Howard, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow, The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling and Incandescence by Greg Egan.
On the coliums side of the zine, the SF Site's Best Read of the Year: 2008 as well as the SF Site's Readers' Choice: Best Read of the Year: 2008. There's also a review of Coraline, new Babylon 5.1 TV reviews by Rick Norwood and the Nexus Graphica column by Rick Klaw and Mark L. William.
Two big story arcs have concluded in the comics universe over the last few weeks: Marvel's Secret Invasion mini series, in which the alien, shape-shifting Skrulls attempt to take over the Earth, and Batman R.I.P, in which the Dark Knight dies. Or appears to die, because really, what are the chances that he's actually dead?
As a result, we're into the clean-up phase of both story arcs, as their respective universes attempt to deal with the consequences that have been unleashed upon them.
My Chrismas Reading List for 2008 went well; I finished two novels (Revelation Space, The Last Colony) on the list and made a serious dent in the third (The Amber Spyglass), while also finishing a hefty graphic novel (Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Vol. 1)
The mid-December edition of SF Site is online, with reviews of The Jack Vance Reader, which includes three novellas by scifi/fantasy master Jack Vance, Star Wars: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves, takes place shortly after the catastrophic Order 66 in Episode 3, and Busted Flush, a new Wild Cards superhero novel edited by George R.R. Martin.
After a long, hard-fought autumn spent coding, organizing projects and reviewing way, way too many video games, I've got the urge to read. It's a compulsion really, a strong desire to find a quiet corner of the house (or even a noisy, chaotic corner of the house) and lose myself in a good paperback.
I'm also looking for some good inspirational material for my Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic campaign; not necessarily things I want lift to include in the story, but rather ideas that can serve as a spring board for my own creative wanderings.
I'm particularly interested in reading newer space opera, stuff published since the turn of the century (that would be the turn of the 21st century, for those who forget which one we're living in ... which happens to me from time to time). I'm also interested in some current hard SF, but with an emphasis on Thinking Big; give me super-sized space structures, transhuman wars or encounters with alien civilizations; anything but another round of grim, near-future cyberpunk derivatives. Yeah, I like that stuff too ... but it's not what I'm shooting for right now.
Halo fans have a new novel through which to explore the video game's continium. Halo: The Cole Protocol by Tobias Buckell. The new book chronicles humanity's desperate quest to erase any and all navigational data that could lead the fundamentalist (and xenocidal) Covenant to Earth.