Issue #917 of Entertainment Weekly offers some brief reviews of science fiction and fantasy books. Here’s a snippet…

Overclocked by Cory Doctorow

Studio Pitch: I, Robot meets Dr. Stangelove.

Lowdown: The four page opening fable is as absorbing an prescient as the gruesome 76-page war story that ends the book. Doctorow is rapidly emerging as the William Gibson of his generation.

Grade: A.

Ice Vladimir Sorokin

Studio Pitch: George A. Romero meets Nikolai Gogol.

Lowdown: Sorokin’s inventively sliced plot doesn’t make room for a proper climax, bu the particulars of his pulp allegory are eerie enough to chill.

Grade: B+.

Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber

Studio Pitch: Battlestar Galactica meets Master and Commander and the Protestant Reformation.

Lowdown: A thin sci-fi frame for a sometimes rousing, often sluggish age-of-sail epic.

Grade: B.

From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust

Studio Pitch: Super Friends meets Analyze This.

Lowdown: While fanboys might wish Faust had played it more straight, Brain is entertaining and impishly savvy about comics.

Grade: B+.

Elsewhere in the issue is a review of Voices in the Street by Philip K. Dick which gets a B+ rating.

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