February Salon Futura

Issue #58 of Salon Futura went online last week, just squeaking into February thanks to the leap day. In it you can find the following:

Book reviews

Media reviews:

And finally, Chengdu Revisited, in which I have things to say about the future of WSFS than fandom probably doesn’t want to hear.

December Salon Futura

As I say in the editorial, this was a strange issue. For a variety of reasons most of the SF&F reading I did in December was now reviewable, but there was a bunch of other stuff that I could put in. Highlights of the December Salon Futura include:

There may be no issue in January because I still have a heap of Crawford reading to do, and work is still very busy.

New Salon Futura

I’ve made it to 50 issues, which is something of a milestone. In the new issue there’s a little extra content to celebrate, and an absolutely fabulous cover by Iain J Clark. You will find reviews of the following books:

  • Infinity Gate by Mike Carey
  • When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
  • Hel’s Eight by Stark Holborn
  • The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz
  • The Cleaving by Juliet E McKenna
  • Descendant Machine by Gareth L Powell
  • Celtic Wales by Miranda Aldhouse-Green and Ray Howell

In addition we have TV and convention reviews:

  • The Peripheral – Season 1
  • HistFest 2023
  • The 2023 Tolkien Lecture
  • Swansea ComicCon 2023
  • Willow – the TV Series


April Salon Futura

I’ve got the April issue online a little earlier than usual as I’ll be busy for the next few days. This one contains:

  • New reviews of fiction by Ken MacLeod, Francesco Verso and Susan Cooper
  • A review of a fabulous history book about native Americans travelling to Europe in the 16th Century
  • My Eastercon report
  • Reviews of the third seasons of Picard and His Dark Materials
  • An update on the future of the Astounding Award

New Salon Futura

The December issue was a little late up due to the holidays, but it did go live on January 1st which is not too bad. In it you will find:

Book reviews

  • Beyond the Hallowed Sky by Ken MacLeod
  • The Anthropocene Unconscious by Mark Bould
  • The Memory Theater by Karin Tidbeck
  • The Necropolis Empire by Tim Pratt

TV and Movie reviews

  • The Green Knight
  • Supergirl Season 7
  • Hawkeye
  • Titans Season 3

And to cap it all off one of those very long Worldcon reviews. All the controversy, all the time. And just who was responsible for selling the Hugo Awards to Raytheon (if indeed that happened)?

You can read it all here.

New Salon Futura

I know, it has been up for a week now, but I forgot to tell you about it here. Issue #35 has the following reviews:

  • Deep Wheel Orcadia by Harry Josephine Giles
  • Spear by Nicola Griffith
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson
  • Black Widow
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

There is also a lot of discussion of virtual conventions, and a preview of my Worldcon program schedule. You can find the issue here.

New Salon Futura

The July issue of Salon Futura went online over the weekend. It is a bit thin because life has been rather busy of late, but hopefully it will still be of interest.

The issue leads off with a look at the comics origins of the Loki TV series. There’s a good reason why the show is very reminiscent of Doctor Who, and an unexpected Alan Moore connection.

The fiction reviews are of A Strange and Brilliant Light, a rather unusual science fiction debut from Eli Lee, and the justifiably much praised Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi. There’s also a non-fiction review featuring a new biography of William Blake, William Blake vs the World. Plus I take a look at the latest Academia Lunare book, Worlds Apart. Finally I have a review of the new Disney animation, Raya and the Last Dragon. You can find it all here.

There will be no new issue in August as I take that month off. That’s ostensibly because of Worldcon, but this time more to hopefully get my life in order.

New Salon Futura

The May issue of Salon Futura went live over the holiday weekend. Here are the things I review in it:

  • A Master of Djinn – P. Djèlí Clark
  • Fugitive Telemetry – Martha Wells
  • Defekt – Nino Cipri
  • The Vanished Birds – Simon Jimenez
  • Requiem Moon – CT Rwizi
  • The Old Guard
  • Wonder Woman 1984

You can read it here.

New Salon Futura

The April issue of Salon Futura went online last week. Here’s what you can find in it.

Book Reviews

  • A Desolation Called Peace – Arkady Martine
  • Victories Greater Than Death – Charlie Jane Anders
  • Advanced Triggernometry – Stark Holborn
  • Rev – Madeline Ashby
  • Shadow of a Dead God – Patrick Samphire

TV/Movie Reviews

  • The Falcon & The Winter Soldier
  • Soul

Fan Stuff

  • DisCon III – Is the virtual membership worth it, and site selection drama
  • The Hugos – Who’s in? Who will win? What’s this year’s hot controversy?

March Salon Futura

This one went live at the end of March. There didn’t seem much point in doing lots of PR for it during the holidays, but hopefully people are back online again. Here’s what you can find covered in #28.

  • Ten Low by Stark Holborn
  • WandaVision
  • In Veritas by CJ Lavigne
  • Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
  • Gendering Time, Timing Gender by PM Biswas
  • The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There’s also an article titled, “Is WSFS Fit for Purpose?”, and a look back on two newly released books I did sensitivity reads for: The Fall of Koli by Mike Carey, and SisterSong by Lucy Holland. You can find all of that lot here.

New Salon Futura

Here’s a quick reminder that the January issue of Salon Futura went live last weekend. The books reviewed were as follows:

  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  • The Four Profound Weaves by RB Lemberg
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
  • Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
  • Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

There’s also a bunch of TV reviews:

  • Agents of SHIELD – Season 7
  • Star Trek: Discovery – Season 3
  • His Dark Materials – Season 2
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1

That Time of Year

Everyone is doing their Award Eligibility posts, so I need to remind you that Salon Futura is a fanzine, and therefore eligible in that Hugo category. That makes me an eligible fan writer.

More importantly the excellent Cora Buhlert, whom you should totally vote for in Fan Writer, has decided to do a series of Fanzine Spolights featuring eligible zines that you might want to nominate. You can find the initial posts here, and they will be added to in the coming weeks.

Also, both The Green Man’s Silence by Juliet E. McKenna, and Unjust Cause by Tate Hallaway, are eligible wherever fine fantasy novels are awarded.

New Salon Futura

The December issue of Salon Futura went live last week. Here’s a list of the things reviewed:

  • Blackthorn Winter by Liz Williams
  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
  • When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
  • The Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
  • Last Stand in Lychford by Paul Cornell
  • Miracles of Our Own Making by Liz Williams
  • Merry Happy Valkyrie by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Mandalorian – Season #2
  • SMOFcon 37¼

If you are in the UK and like the sound of any of those books, you can buy them through Bookshop.org and help support Wizard’s Tower Press in the process.

New Salon Futura

The October issue of Salon Futura went live over the weekend. It includes reviews of books by Hao Jinfang, Elizabeth Bear, P Djèlí Clark, Linden A Lewis, and Elizabeth May & Laura Lam. There’s also a review of the Lovecraft Country TV series, and no less than three separate convention reports. You can read the whole thing here.

New as of last night, I have puchase links to Bookshop.org in the UK. Unlike the Amazon links, these are affiliate links, and of course any sales made means money going to independent bookstores, as well as to Wizards’ Tower. So if you are in the UK, I’d appreciate you using them.

Salon Futura #23

The September issue of Salon Futura went live yesterday. This issue has reviews of the following books:

  • Piranesi – Susanna Clarke
  • Settling the World – M John Harrison
  • Flyaway – Kathleen Jennings
  • Reclaim, Restore, Return – Karen Lord & Tobias Buckell (eds.)
  • Shadow in the Empire of Light – Jane Routley
  • The Drowned Country – Emily Tesh

There is also a report on FutureCon, and a look at the 40th anniversary release of the film, Flash Gordon.

New Salon Futura

The August issue of Salon Futura went live yesterday. Here’s what is reviewed in the issue:

  • Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
  • The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
  • Selkie Summer by Ken MacLeod
  • Supergirl: Season 5

In addition there are reports on Worldcon and NASFiC. I have chosen to concentrate on the virtual aspects of the conventions because that seems important.

New Salon Futura

Here we go again. The new issue of Salon Futura went live on Wednesday night. Here’s what I have on review:

  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M John Harrison
  • Mordew by Alex Pheby
  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune by from Nghi Vo
  • Scarlet Odyssey by CT Rwizi
  • Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders by Aliette de Bodard
  • Exhalation by Ted Chiang
  • Season one of Doom Patrol

I have also written a length article about how WSFS might change to become more responsive to fans, and to help fans feel more part of the organisation. It seems to have been well-received thus far, but writing means nothing if it isn’t followed up by action.

June Salon Futura

The June edition of Salon Futura is now online. Here’s what you can find in it.

Book reviews

  • Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
  • FINNA by Nino Cipri
  • Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma

TV Reviews

  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Seasons 4 & 5
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths

I have also done a diversity audit of the book reviews. The results aren’t great, but they are not terrible and I can see where there is room for improvement.

May Salon Futura

Issue #19 of Salon Futura went live last night. You can find it here. A quick summary of the contents is:

Book Reviews

  • Network Effect by Martha Wells
  • Goldilocks by Laura Lam
  • The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley
  • Threading the Labyrinth by Tiffani Angus
  • Paper Hearts by Justina Robson
  • Earth Abides by George R Stewart
  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Other stuff

  • A report on this year’s Wiscon, which was held entirely online
  • A review of Season 1 of The Mandalorian
  • An interview with Dr. Maria Gerolemou, an expert on ancient automata
  • A brief review of Oxford University’s fantasy literature podcasts

Hopefully there’s something in that lot that you will enjoy reading.