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.)
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