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February 1998
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The February issue is the annual Year in Review issue for 1997.

  • 1997 Recommended Reading List: extensive selections of noteworthy sf novels, fantasy novels, first novels, collections, anthologies, non-fiction books, art books, novellas, novelettes, and short stories.
  • Recommended reading essays by Locus's editors and reviewers, with each reviewer's choice for the top 5 titles of the year; plus essays John Clute and Gardner Dozois.
  • 1997 Book and Magazine summaries, with discussions of the year's publishing trends, statistics, graphs, and analysis.
  • The ballot for this year's Locus Poll & Survey -- with categories for All-time Best SF Novel and All-time Best Fantasy Novel. (See previous results here.)

    Other highlights:

  • Interviews with Vonda N. McIntyre and Vincent Di Fate.
  • News of Arthur C. Clarke's knighthood; changes at Analog and Asimov's, and the first batch of this year's awards nominations.
  • People and Publishing items about Charles Sheffield & Nancy Kress, Steven Barnes & Tananarive Due, Michael Bishop & Paul Di Filippo, Melissa Scott & Lisa Barnett, Grania Davis & Avram Davidson, Stephen King & William Gibson, and more.
  • New and recommended books.


  • Of Shin'ichi Hoshi and Kjell Borgström.

    Reviews -- Locus Looks at Books

    Distillations: Short Fiction Reviews by Mark R. Kelly
    Playboy 1/98; Interzone 12/97; Omni Online 12/97; John Kessel, The Pure Product; Analog 2/98; SF Age 1/98; F&SF 1/98; Asimov's 3/98.

    Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe
    A Scientific Romance
    , Ronald Wright; The Troika, Stepan Chapman; Jack Faust, Michael Swanwick; Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, Robert Irwin; The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures, R. Garcia y Robertson.

    Reviews by Faren Miller
    Dying For It
    , Gardner Dozois, ed.; Where the Children Cry, Jenny Jones; In the Garden of Iden, Kage Baker; Ports of Call, Jack Vance; The Claus Effect, David Nickle & Karl Schroeder.

    Reviews by Russell Letson
    Dinosaur Summer
    , Greg Bear; Maximum Light, Nancy Kress.

    Reviews by Edward Bryant
    One Day Closer to Death
    , Bradley Denton; Fear Nothing, Dean Koontz; Hot Blood: Crimes of Passion, Jeff Gelb & Michael Garrett, eds.; Terminal Frights, Ken Abner, ed.

    Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman

    Voices of Chaos, A.C. Crispin & Ru Emerson; Shards of a Broken Crown, Raymond E. Feist; Commitment Hour, James Alan Gardner; Hand of Prophecy, Severna Park; Illegal Alien, Robert J. Sawyer; The Godmother's Web, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough; Iron Dawn, Matthew Woodring Stover; Empire of the Ants, Bernard Werber.

    Short Reviews by Jonathan Strahan
    The Fear Principle
    , B.A. Chepaitis; Signal to Noise, Eric S. Nylund; Kirinyaga, Mike Resnick; The Arbitrary Placement of Walls, Martha Soukup; Polymorph, Scott Westerfeld

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