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