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Issue #936 (June 1, 2007) of Entertainment Weekly offers some brief reviews of science fiction and fantasy books. Here’s a snippet…

Harm by Brian W. Aldiss

For Fans of… 1984; A Bug’s Life.

Bottom Line: Aldiss’ dystopian chops – his 1969 story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” – inspired Steven Spielberg’s A.I. – falter in this unsubtle vision of a paranoid West that persecutes Muslim minorities and anthropods alike.

Grade: B-

Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

For Fans of… George R.R. Martin; Anne Bishop.

Bottom Line: Moments of colorful intensity highlight the workmanlike coming-of-age adventure.

Grade: B

Brasyl by Ian McDonald

For Fans of… Philip K. Dick’s paranoid philosophizing; City of God‘s urban squalor.

Bottom Line: Packing his pages with local color and big-picture speculation, McDonald conjures three equally vivid worlds.

Grade: B+

In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan

For Fans of… Dick’s Man in the High Castle; Quantum Leap.

Bottom Line: Goonan weaves experimental jazz, particle physics, and biochemistry into a compelling adventure through alternate universes. But her interdisciplinary mystery unravels as theory gives way to sentimentality and antiwar hokum.

Grade: B-

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