Cat Rambo’s Near+Far Reviewed by ISF

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About the Author:

Cat Rambo was an editor for Fantasy Magazine, has written numerous nonfiction articles and interviews, and has volunteered time with Broad Universe and Clarion West. She has been shortlisted for the Endeavour Award, the Million Writers Award, the Locus Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and most recently the Nebula Award (for “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” which appears in the book and is re-printed in this issue of IndianSF).

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Krishna Udayasankar’s Govinda Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo

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About the Author:

Krishna Udayasankar was born and brought up in India. As a child, she has lived in many cities all across India as well as in different continents such as Africa and Australia. She is a lawyer who holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as well as a graduate qualification in International Business and an Honors degree in Law from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore. She currently works as a Lecturer at Nanyang Business School and is also co-author on an International Business textbook. She lives in Singapore with her family, and this is her fantasy debut. Continue reading

Mindjammer By Sarah J Newton Reviewed By ISF

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MindJammerAbout the Author:

Sarah is a writer of science-fiction and fantasy roleplaying games. She is the author of the ENnie Award-winning RPG setting of Mindjammer, the techno-fantasy RPG setting The Chronicles of Future Earth; and the Legends of Anglerre roleplaying game.

She’s writing Zero Point, a series of globe-spanning World War 2 adventures for the Achtung! Cthulhu RPG setting, published by Modiphius; the ‘Great Game’ campaign for the Steampunk Leagues of Adventure RPG from Triple Ace Games; and The Worm Within, the first Chronicles of Future Earth novel, to be published by Chaosium, Inc. in 2013.

She lives in a field in rural France, surrounded by numerous farmyard animals.

Setting:

Old Earth has seeded the stars in vast, slower-than-light ships, their crews frozen in stasis fields. They’ve formed colonies light years apart and have lost any commonality with the Core Worlds.

Faster-than-light (FTL) travel makes it possible for New Commonality of Humankind to re-discover these worlds colonized in the distant past. Starships spread out from Old Earth to contact the thousands of new worlds, but find that the colonies have lost all memory of Old Earth. The colonies, over the thousands of years, have evolved beyond recognition—some of their populations are no longer human.

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Selso Xisto’s Particle Horizon Reviewed By Abhinav Jain

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About the Author:
Graduated from King’s College London longer ago than seems possible, and went on to work in kid’s TV for over 10 years making promos for Disney and Cartoon Network. Perhaps as an antidote he writes gritty, epic science fiction; forever his first love.
Surviving his ongoing obsession with fast motorbikes and flirtation with the underrated virtual worlds of videogames, he somehow found time to put to paper his long-gestating scifi epic. Influenced by the great space opera of Peter F Hamilton and Yokinobu Hoshino, as well as a lifetime of digesting the classics of Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke, he lives and breathes SciFi in all its forms.

He lives in London with his awesome cat.

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Book Review – Satin – A Stitch in Time

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Satin – A Stitch In Time reviewed by Mandar Talvekar

I have always wondered why Payal Dhar and her Shadow in Eternity series are not famous enough. For the large number of authors that seem to have their 15 minutes under the limelight these days, the lack of excitement around Payal Dhar’s Shadow in Eternity trilogy feels like a betrayal by us readers. Those three books, to me, are amongst some of the best fantasy fiction written in India and I always thought that the story should get its due.

After her interesting and enjoyable Shadow in Eternity trilogy, I had marked Payal Dhar as an author to follow and waited for her next with much anticipation and expectation. It is the sort of feeling that one probably gets after seeing a highly remarkable debut by a young cricketer. For the next match or series, you have your fingers crossed — will he live up to his promise? Or was that just one good innings? There are so many writers who have nothing better to tell than their first story, that the idea of a second book (in this case, a second series) fills the reader with both anticipation and dread.

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Book Review – The Beast With Nine Billion Feet

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The Beast With Nine Billion Feet reviewed by Mandar Talvekar

Anil Menon’s The Beast With Nine Billion Feet uses “opposites” to tell its story. At the most primary level this is a story of social and ethical issues about genetic engineering. This is depicted through the covert war between two groups: one wants to make genetic engineering affordable and used for public good. It believes in propagating its boons through something similar to the current open source movement in software and is against manipulating genes to create creatures for entertainment, or engineering humans with special abilities. The other group believes such engineering is the future of the world — thus the single seed, which depending on the fertilizer can be “programmed” to grow three different kind of crops or the attempt to make humans immortal. This group also believes in monopolizing the IPR for their genetically modified creations.

This ethical dilemma and the major conflict of the novel plays out through the lives of a pair of siblings, Tara and Aditya (Adi) who are opposites of each other. Tara, the younger sibling, is a voracious reader, takes school seriously and is extremely grounded in the physical world around her. She loves her aunt, Sita, and her two friends, the twins, Ria and Francis. Her brother, Adi, on the other hand, is hooked on to virtual worlds through “illusion tech,” and can’t read, doesn’t believe in formal education but is a genius self-taught genetic engineer. Adi finds acceptance in his virtual friends, his “posse,” with whom he has worked on some genetic engineering projects. Adi also dreams of emigrating to Nurth, an artificial island near the North Pole, which believes genetic engineering of humans is the future.

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