Interview with SF Novelist M. M. Buckner by Byron Merritt

Women Write Science Fiction, Too, Ya Know!
SFFWORLD.com – by Byron Merritt

Mrs. Buckner–like Connie Willis (author of To Say Nothing of the Dog)–has broken the mold when it comes to what most readers think of when they envision a science fiction writer. Many see the geeky-looking computer nerd (always male) plunking away at a keyboard while imagining visits to distant galaxies. But M.M. Buckner isn’t a man, nor is she imagining other galaxies. Her works center on Earth and its inhabitants in the near future, the focus always on the characters, the science aspect there but subtle. And her stories are excellently laid out. Don’t believe me?

Her first novel, Hyperthought (Ace, 2003) won the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the prestigious Phillip K. Dick Award. M.M.’s second novel, Neurolink (Ace, 2004), received an A- rating in Entertainment Weekly (a periodical that rarely rates science fiction works). And now her latest novel, War Surf (Ace, 2005) has just been nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award…again. (more…)

WAR SURF: Book Review by Byron Merritt

“A Wonderful SF Read.”
Review by Byron Merritt

Merritt Not having read any of this author’s previously hailed works (Hyperthought and Neurolink), I approached this science fiction work as a Buckner virgin. Being a bit of an SF buff myself (writing some and being the grandson of Frank Herbert, author of Dune), I always approach authors new to this genre with a grain of salt
poised on my tongue. But here, I need not have worried.

Buckner layers War Surf with so many ethical, moral and religious undertones that I dare say any reader will find enjoyment on some level within these pages. There’s an underlying current dealing with mortality and the need for the rejuvenation of youth. There’s advanced biological technology that may or may not be helpful. There’s the recycling of humans in great nutrient vats. And, toward the end, there’s the obvious “eat and drink of me and you will live forever” religious parallels to Catholicism. (more…)

WAR SURF: Book Review by Nancy Fulda

“It Blew Me Away”
War Surf Review by Nancy Fulda

This week I read M. M. Buckner’s War Surf.

Wow. Waaaaooooow. I don’t know if it’s because Buckner’s a stellar author, or because I’ve been reading so much slush lately that my literary expectations have dropped, or because Buckner’s style is so different from the Bujoldian novels I typically read but, man, it blew me away.

This is not idle praise. Picture me in bed at ten PM, idly thumbing through the pages, thinking the teaser on the back doesn’t sound all that thrilling, thinking “This looks like military sci fi. I don’t usually like that stuff.” Imagine me opening to the first chapter and discovering that it’s written in first person, one of our major Baen’s Universe pet peeves. Now hear me grumbling to myself and thinking, “Well, Jason Sizemore gives Buckner high praise. Might as well give it a chance. One chapter. That is all.” (more…)