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Articles by Karen Burnham

About Karen Burnham (82 Articles)
Karen is vocationally an engineer and avocationally a sf/f reviewer and critic. She has worked on the Orion and Dream Chaser spacecraft and written for SFSignal, Strange Horizons, and Locus Magazine.

REVIEW: Green by Jay Lake

MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A girl is enslaved and raised to be a key figure in the politics of a city; eventually she gets to make her own decisions about things. MY REVIEW: [...]

June 5, 2009 // 13 Comments

Mind Meld Make-Up Test with Geoff Ryman

When we first asked, Geoff Ryman wasn’t able to write us a response about Battlestar Galactica in time for that week’s Mind Meld. But he didn’t forget about [...]

May 1, 2009 // 3 Comments

MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel

Where would Fantasy be without gods to bicker, argue, and meddle with the fate of mortals? We asked the following of this week’s panelists, who responded with less [...]

April 29, 2009 // 9 Comments

REVIEW: Lamentation by Ken Scholes

REVIEW SUMMARY: An excellent start to a new series. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In the wake of the destruction of a major city, the world begins to reorganize itself. MY [...]

April 20, 2009 // 1 Comment

MIND MELD: The Tricky Trope of Time Travel

In which we get a lovely and diverse panel to discuss the best and brightest genre uses of time travel. Q: Time travel is one of the trickiest SF/F tropes to use well. Why [...]

April 15, 2009 // 19 Comments

MIND MELD: If We Ran Battlestar Galactica

After 5 years, BSG has come to its end (in this incarnation). As you’ll see below, it appears that over its life it spawned a host of debates and rather strong [...]

April 1, 2009 // 20 Comments

MIND MELD: Taboo Topics in SF/F Literature

Times change, and taboos change with them. What sort of taboos exist nowadays in the world of publishing? Q: Once upon a time, sf/f was full of taboos: no swearing, no sex, [...]

March 18, 2009 // 37 Comments

REVIEW: Incandescence by Greg Egan

REVIEW SUMMARY: A book for people who are really, really into science. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A pair of post-humans searches for clues to the origin of DNA based life; a [...]

October 23, 2008 // 6 Comments

REVIEW: Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory

REVIEW SUMMARY: A combination wacky pop-culture alt-history and moving portrait of mental illness MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Del has to try to understand the demons that are [...]

September 8, 2008 // 3 Comments

REVIEW: Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost

REVIEW SUMMARY: An entertaining story about stories. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A young girl must discover her own story in order to save those whom she loves. MY REVIEW: [...]

August 4, 2008 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall

REVIEW SUMMARY: A near-future examination of feminism and dystopia. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A woman escapes from the oppressive dictatorship of post-oil Britain and finds [...]

July 14, 2008 // 16 Comments

REVIEW: Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan

REVIEW SUMMARY: Interesting blend of secret history and faery, packed with intrigue. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In Elizabethan England, the Queen’s spy master begins to [...]

June 16, 2008 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: The Last Book by Zoran Živković

REVIEW SUMMARY: A book about books for people who love books. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The patrons of an independent bookstore have been dropping dead, and it’s up to [...]

May 16, 2008 // 0 Comments

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