Tachyon tidbits featuring Nicole Kornher-Stace, Josh Rountree, Patrick O’Leary, Brandon Sanderson, and Clifford Simak

The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web

At Literary Hub, Natalie Zutter includes Nicole Kornher-Stace’s FLIGHT & ANCHOR among 21 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Look Forward to in 2023.

Since the publication of Archivist Wasp in 2015, Nicole Kornher-Stace has whisked readers through a post-apocalypse populated by the ghosts of supersoldiers and the Archivists who catalog what happened in the world before theirs. The followup Latchkey cemented this engaging world and especially its depiction of platonic friendships, written with the care and depth that these relationships deserve. Last year’s somewhat standalone Firebreak expanded the scope of the Archivist Wasp universe, a video game thriller that does Ready Player One one better. And now, Kornher-Stace has brought us another story within that universe: FLIGHT & ANCHOR, following two of that book’s characters (supersoldiers known only as 06 and 22) as twelve-year-olds on a misadventure in a shipping container in a wonderful homage to The Boxcar Children. Watching Kornher-Stace play within her own realms is a delight, and the added nostalgia factor of this book makes it a can’t-miss.

Flight and Anchor cover
Cover by Elizabeth Story

The Speculative Shelf delivers the first review of Josh Rountree’s forthcoming THE LEGEND OF CHARLIE FISH.

By recounting their past tales of loss and longing, Rountree effectively crafts deep characterizations for each of his cast members and makes you care for their plight, especially during the breathless final act as a colossal hurricane bears down on their Galveston locale. 

I was thoroughly taken with this story, Rountree’s writing, and the unique island setting. Definitely add this to your TBRs.


The Legend of Charlie Fish;
Cover by John Coulthart

Rich Horton on his Strange at Ecbatan praises 51 by Patrick O’Leary.

It’s a confusing story, entirely on purpose, in part because of the atemporal arrangement, in part because of the unreliable nested narrators — and maybe mostly because the IFs are confusing period. But it’s fascinating, and compulsively readable, and cumulatively quite moving. O’Leary’s first three novels proved he is a major writer in our field — and 51 shouldn’t change anyone’s mind about that!

Cover by Elizabeth Story

On his Instagram, O’Leary shared a marvelous gift from artist Gary Scott.

An overwhelming present from an artist who felt inspired to sculpt the hidden hero of the tale: 51. Thanks, Gary Scott. Wow.

Dean Sas’ Reading 2022 included Brandon Sanderson’s Hugo-awarding novella THE EMPEROR’S SOUL.

lovely little novella that I’ve somehow missed out on

Cover of The Emperor's Soul
Cover art by Alexander Nanitchkov
Design by Elizabeth Story

On his eponymous blog, Jonathan Edward Feinstein lauds the audio book of Clifford Simak’s OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS: THE BEST SHORT FICTION OF CLIFFORD D. SIMAK.

The other stories are like that as well, and while, these are stories from the 1960’s (maybe some from earlier?) aside from the lack of smartphones and iPads and whatnot, it does not feel as dated as it probably ought to. By giving most of these stories a rural setting, you just don’t expect someone to say, “Oh, hang on, I’ll Google it.”

All told this was a fun set of stories to listen to.

Cover by Michael Dashow