UK Books - June 2007
by John Berlyne
Introducti ISBN/ITEM#: UKB062007
Date: 01 June 2007 /
So... we're ten years old this issue!! Thinking about it, that really is a huge achievement for any web site (given that the Internet is still a relatively new phenomenon - in universal terms at least)and certainly for a genre review site. In that time, Lord knows how many sites have spawned and died, yet here we are, still chuggin' away.
Our longevity is, of course, a testament to those who run SFrevu - not least our Editor Ernest Lilley and his team of associate editors, technical wizards and talented reviewers. Ern's dedication and steady hand at our helm makes him the kind of guy you don't want to disappoint by being late with your copy! It's now almost eight years since he invited me aboard to bring you reviews and commentary about the renaissance that genre fiction was undergoing here in the UK. I'm thrilled that this renaissance still continues to this day, with British authors, editors and publishers all right on the cutting edge of SF and Fantasy and I'm equally thrilled to still be banging on about it to you folks. May we continue for another ten years and far beyond. And so, to current events...
It's been a fantastic few weeks for advanced copies received here at SFRevu's UK headquarters and this gives me the chance to help you choose that all-important summer reading. In fact, with so many excellent publishers gearing up to battle each other for the right to provide your holiday reading, it falls to we in the reviewing community to help you make a good choice for that book you're planning to plough through on the plane, by the pool, or on the beach.
This summer, the choice of good reading matter is almost over-facing - there are so many highlights - rediscovered Stephen King classics; new SF from genre giants Richard K. Morgan and Peter F. Hamilton; fantasy adventure of the highest calibre from Scott Lynch, Steph Swainston; a genre thriller from Master William Gibson... and that only accounts for a fraction of the writers that we're familiar with. There are also a number of notable debuts due over the next few months from authors both here and abroad and, well, frankly, you're going to have some very tough choices to make about what to pack for your holiday read-fest.
My advice? Simply use all your suitcase space for books ... or better yet, why not just stay at home and instead of booking yourself two weeks in Malaga, invest in some fine first editions!