Soundings
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SOUNDINGS :
REVIEWS 1992-1996

Gary K Wolfe



Winner 2006 BSFA Award
for Best Nonfiction Work

Shortlisted for 2006 Hugo Award
for Best Nonfiction Work


On the Locus "Recommended Reading List"
of the best non-fiction of 2005.
Wolfe
Photo © Roger Robinson


Reviews of this book appeared on the following sites -
Emerald City #120      The Eyrie      Christian Sauvé (no longer accessible)       SF Site      SF Studies #99     
and have also appeared in the following journals
Interzone#201 (by Niall Harrison)

Gary K Wolfe was awarded a Special Non-Fiction World Fantasy Award in 2007
for "reviews and criticism in Locus and elsewhere"

> > > > > Sample reviews from this book can be viewed here. < < < < <


There are two further volumes of Gary Wolfe's collected reviews from Beccon.
Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001 was published at Easter 2010
with Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006 following a year later.



Gary K Wolfe has been a long-time reviewer for Locus magazine, and 1992 was his first full year with the magazine. This book has collected most of his review columns from the first five years, along with his annual year-in-review columns, to provide a snapshot of what those five years had to offer the science fiction reader.

"Gary Wolfe is one of speculative fiction's smartest observers and wisest critics.
He's funny and trenchant, always acute and always perceptive.
We are fortunate to have him."
Neil Gaiman



Gary K Wolfe is the author of Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (with Ellen Weil), Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction, as well as hundreds of essays and reviews, mostly for Locus magazine since 1991. He has received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (1998), the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association (1987), and the Eaton Award (for The Known and the Unknown). He teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago.



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Books reviewed in SOUNDINGS

Brian Aldiss
The Secret of this Book
Somewhere East of Life
A Tupolev Too Far
David Alexander
Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry
Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason
Ill Wind
Kevin J. Anderson (ed.)
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches
Patricia Anthony
Brother Termite
Cold Allies
Catherine Asaro
Catch the Lightning
Isaac Asimov
I. Asimov
Isaac Asimov & Harlan Ellison
I Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay
Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg
The Ugly Little Boy
Brian Attebery & Ursula K. Le Guin (eds.)
The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction
J.G. Ballard
Rushing to Paradise
Jay Barbree & Howard Benedict with Deke Slayton & Alan Shepard
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon
John Barnes
Kaleidoscope Century
Steven Barnes
Blood Brothers
Stephen Baxter
Anti-Ice
Flux
Ring
The Time Ships
Voyage
Peter S. Beagle
The Innkeeper's Song
Greg Bear
Anvil of Stars
Legacy
Moving Mars
Greg Bear & Martin H. Greenberg (eds.)
New Legends
Doug Beason & Kevin J. Anderson
Ill Wind
M. Shayne Bell (ed.)
Washed by a Wave of Wind: Science Fiction from the Corridor
Peter Benchley
White Shark
Howard Benedict & Jay Barbree with Deke Slayton & Alan Shepard
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon
Gregory Benford
Matter's End
Sailing Bright Eternity
Gregory Benford (ed.)
Far Futures
Alexander Besher
Rim: A Novel of Virtual Reality
Michael Bishop
At the City Limits of Fate
Brittle Innings: A Southern Gothic World War II Baseball Novel
Terry Bisson
Pirates of the Universe
James Blish
A Case of Conscience
A Work of Art and Other Stories
Robert Bloch
Once Around the Bloch: An Unauthorized Autobiography
Ben Bova
Death Dream
Mars
Ray Bradbury
Quicker than the Eye
Scott Bradfield
Animal Planet
Damien Broderick
Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction
Eric Brown
Meridian Days
Algis Budrys
Hard Landing
David R. Bunch
BUNCH!
Katharine Burdekin ("Murray Constantine")
Proud Man
James Lee Burke
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
Stephen Bury
Interface
F. M. Busby
The Singularity Project
Octavia E. Butler
Bloodchild: Novellas and Stories
Parable of the Sower
Richard Calder
Dead Boys
Dead Girls
Orson Scott Card
The Call of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 2
Earthfall: Homecoming, Volume 4
Lost Boys
The Memory of Earth
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
Orson Scott Card & Kathryn Kidd
Lovelock
Angela Carter
Burning Your Boats
Michael Cassutt with Donald K. "Deke"Slayton
Deke! US Manned Space from Mercury to the Shuttle
Arthur C. Clarke
The Hammer of God
Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee
Rama Revealed
Arthur C. Clarke & Mike McQuay
Richter 10
John Clute
Look at the Evidence
Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
John Clute & Peter Nicholls (eds.)
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Theodore R. Cogswell (ed.)
PITFCS: Proceedings of the Institute for Twenty-First Century Studies
Paul Collins (ed.)
Metaworlds: Best Australian Science Fiction
D.G. Compton
Nomansland
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Glory
Glory's People
Glory's War
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The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard Science Fiction
John Crowley
Antiquities: Seven Stories
Brian D'Amato
Beauty
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Kara Dalkey
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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 8th Annual Collection
L.Sprague de Camp
Rivers of Time
Samuel R. Delany
Silent Interviews
Paul Di Filippo
The Steampunk Trilogy
Terry Dowling & Van Ikin (eds.)
Mortal Fire: Best Australian Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois (ed.)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: 13th Annual Collection
J.R. Dunn
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Tom Dupree, Jennifer Hershey & Janna Silverstein (eds.)
Full Spectrum 5
Greg Egan
Distress
Permutation City
Quarantine
Harlan Ellison & Isaac Asimov
I Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay
Harlan Ellison & Jacek Yerka
Mind Fields: The Art of Jacek Yerka/The Fiction of Harlan Ellison
Joel Engel
Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man Behind "Star Trek"
Joe Clifford Faust
Ferman's Devils
Edward L. Ferman & Kristine Kathryn Rusch (eds.)
The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: A 45th Anniversary Anthology
Yvonne Fern
Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation
Michael F. Flynn
Firestar
John M. Ford
Growing Up Weightless
Valerie J. Freireich
Becoming Human
Testament
Mark S. Geston
Mirror to the Sky
William Gibson
Idoru
Robert Gleason
Wrath of God
Janet Gluckman & George Guthridge
Child of the Light
Lisa Goldstein
Travellers in Magic
Walking the Labyrinth
Kathleen Ann Goonan
The Bones of Time
Queen City Jazz
Steven Gould
Wildside
Terence M. Green
Shadow of Ashland
Martin H. Greenberg (ed.)
Nebula Award-Winning Novellas
Martin H. Greenberg & Greg Bear (eds.)
New Legends
Nicola Griffith
Slow River
George Guthridge & Janet Gluckman
Child of the Light
Joe Haldeman
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Elizabeth Hand
Waking the Moon
Philip Harbottle & Stephen Holland
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Robert Harris
Fatherland
Harry Harrison & Bruce McAllister (ed.)
There Won't Be War
David G. Hartwell (ed.)
Foundations of Fear: An Exploration of Horror
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David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer (eds.)
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard Science Fiction
David G. Hartwell & Milton T. Wolf (eds.)
Visions of Wonder: The SFRA Reading Anthology
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (ed.)
Starlight 1
Jennifer Hershey, Tom Dupree & Janna Silverstein (eds.)
Full Spectrum 5
William Hjortsberg
Nevermore
Ernest Hogan
High Aztech
James P. Hogan
Out of Time
Steve Holland
The Mushroom Jungle
Stephen Holland & Philip Harbottle
Vultures of the Void: A History of British Science Fiction Publishing, 1946-1956
William Horwood
The Willows in Winter
Van Ikin & Terry Dowling (eds.)
Mortal Fire: Best Australian Science Fiction
Simon Ings
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Alexander Jablokov
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Harvey Jacobs
Beautiful Soup: A Novel for the 21st Century
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The Children of Men
Edward James
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K.W. Jeter
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Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human
Stephen Jones (ed.)
Best New Horror 6
Kathryn Kidd & Orson Scott Card
Lovelock
Damon Knight
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Dean Koontz
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Chris Kreski with William Shatner
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R. A. Lafferty
Argo
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Four Ways to Forgiveness
Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Attebery (eds.)
The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction
Gentry Lee
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Rama Revealed
Stanislaw Lem
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Mark Leyner
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Herbert Lieberman
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Aggressor Six
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James Morrow
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The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Charles Oberndorf
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Core
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Blue Mars
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Mary Rosenblum
Chimera
The Drylands
The Stone Garden
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Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas
Was
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Nebula Awards 29
Nebula Awards 30
Jack Seabrook
Martians and Misplaced Clues: The Life and Work of Fredric Brown
William Shatner with Chris Kreski
Star Trek Memories
Charles Sheffield
The Ganymede Club
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Charles Sheffield (ed.)
Future Quartet
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Delia Sherman
The Porcelain Dove, or Constancy's Reward
Tom Shippey (ed.)
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
Robert Silverberg
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume One: Secret Sharers
Hot Sky at Midnight
Kingdoms of the Wall
Starborne
Robert Silverberg & Isaac Asimov
The Ugly Little Boy
Janna Silverstein, Tom Dupree, & Jennifer Hershey (eds.)
Full Spectrum 5
Clifford D. Simak
Over the River & Through the Woods
Dan Simmons
Children of the Night
Endymion
The Hollow Man
George Gaylord Simpson
The Dechronization of Sam Magruder
Deke Slayton & Alan Shepard with Jay Barbree & Howard Benedict
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon
Donald K. "Deke"Slayton with Michael Cassutt
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Michael Marshall Smith
Spares
Norman Spinrad
Deus X
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Neal Stephenson
The Diamond Age
Snow Crash
Bruce Sterling
Holy Fire
Michael Stewart
Belladonna
Sean Stewart
Nobody's Son
Passion Play
Resurrection Man
R.L. Stine
The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
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Theodore Sturgeon
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Microcosmic God: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume II
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Lethe
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Sheri S. Tepper
Gibbon's Decline and Fall
A Plague of Angels
Shadow's End
Diann Thornley
Ganwold's Child
George Turner
The Destiny Makers
Gore Vidal
Live from Golgotha
Elisabeth Vonarburg
The Silent City
Michael Whelan
The Art of Michael Whelan
A. Susan Williams (ed.)
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Walter Jon Williams
Metropolitan
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The Humanoids
Connie Willis
Bellwether
Doomsday Book
Impossible Things
Remake
Uncharted Territory
Robert Charles Wilson
Mysterium
Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow (eds.)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 8th Annual Collection
Milton T. Wolf & David G. Hartwell (eds.)
Visions of Wonder: The SFRA Reading Anthology
Jacek Yerka & Harlan Ellison
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