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November 2004 • Issue 526 • Vol. 53 No. 5
37th Year of Publication • 26-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Color Interviews Design by Arnie Fenner

Anne McCaffrey: Heirs to Pern / 6
Michael Bishop: The Blessing and the Curse / 8

P E O P L E   &   P U B L I S H I N G / 10
Notes on marriages, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Bruce Sterling, Terry Pratchett, Gregory Benford, Dan Simmons, Joe Haldeman, Michael Moorcock, Susanna Clarke, and many others

M A I N    S T O R I E S / 12
SF at the National Book Festival 2004 • Noreascon 4 • Thoughts on the Passing of Jacques Derrida by Samuel R. Delany

T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 13
S&S Next on the Block? • Wizards’ New Imprint • Kessel Banned • Kirkus for Hire • Kramer Still Awaits Trial • Tersias in Flames • Kryptonite Loses • No Dollar Left Behind • Worldcons Updates • Awards News • Publishing News • Contest News • Book News • Announcements

W O R L D C O N    R E P O R T
Noreascon 4 / 12    Color Photos / 41

I N T E R N A T I O N A L / 50
Britain: A Commonwealth of SF • Bulgaria: Eurocon 2004 • Finland: Finncon 2004 • Russia: Aelita Conference • Spain: Kosmopolis 2004 • Israel: Icon 2004

Magazines Received: September / 56    Books Received: September / 57   
British Books Received: August / 70    Bestsellers / 72

O B I T U A R I E S / 79
Sue Anderson • Konstantinos ‘‘Gus’’ Dallas • Jacques Derrida • Appreciation by Bruce Sterling • Paul Harland • Tetsu Yano

L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 80
Gregory Benford • Gordon Van Gelder

E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 80
This Month • Books, Books • Corrections • Noreascon 4 • This Issue • Next Issue

L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S

Short Fiction Reviews by Nick Gevers / 14
Sci Fiction 10/04; Asimov’s 12/04; F&SF 12/04; Interzone 9-10/04; ReVisions, Julie E. Czerneda & Isaac Szpindel, eds.

Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15
Realms of Fantasy 10/04; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 8-9/04; On Spec Summer ’04; Sci Fiction 10/04; Strange Horizons 9/04; Fortean Bureau 9/04; Oceans of the Mind Fall ’04; Leviathan 4: Cities, Forrest Aguirre, ed.; Between Worlds, Robert Silverberg, ed.; Polyphony 4, Deborah Layne & Jay Lake, eds.; Rabid Transit: Petting Zoo, Barth Anderson, Christopher Barzak, Alan DeNiro & Kristin Livdahl, eds

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17
The Wizard Knight, Gene Wolfe; In the Night Room, Peter Straub; Stamping Butterflies, Jon Courtenay Grimwood.

Reviews by Faren Miller / 21
Life, Gwyneth Jones; Banewreaker, Jacqueline Carey; The Wizard, Gene Wolfe; The Winter Oak, James A. Hetley; The Shadow Roads, Sean Russell.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 25
Lurulu, Jack Vance; Polaris, Jack McDevitt; Crossing the Line, Karen Traviss.

Reviews by Damien Broderick / 27
The Family Trade, Charles Stross; Very Bad Deaths, Spider Robinson; The Complete Roderick, John Sladek.

Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 31
The Purple Emperor, Herbie Brennan; Chill Factor, Rachel Caine; Close Kin, Clare B. Dunkle; The Sea of Trolls, Nancy Farmer; The Lovesick Salesman, Margaret Gray; Incubus Dreams, Laurell K. Hamilton; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Kim Harrison; Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure, P.B. Kerr; The Language of Power, Rosemary Kirstein; Sleeping With Schubert, Bonnie Marson; Trickster’s Queen, Tamora Pierce; Dog Warrior, Wen Spencer; The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Two: The Golem’s Eye, Jonathan Stroud; The Grand Tour, Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer.

Divers Hands: Reviews by Rich Horton, Tim Pratt, Matthew Cheney, Jonathan Strahan / 33
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic, F. Brett Cox & Andy Duncan, eds.; Triads, Poppy Z. Brite & Christa Faust; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War, Clive Barker; The Rose in Twelve Petals and Other Stories, Theodora Goss; The Blue Girl, Charles de Lint.

Locus Looks at Art Books: Reviews by Karen Haber / 37
Futures: 50 Years in Space (The Challenge of the Stars), David A. Hardy & Patrick Moore, eds.; Digital Art for the 21st Century: Renderosity, John Grant & Audre Vysniauskas; The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations Vol. 2, P. Craig Russell; Art Unknown: The Life & Art of Lee Brown Coye, Luis Ortiz; Gonna Roll Them Bones, Fritz Leiber, art by David Wiesner; SHORT TAKES: The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, Stephen King, illustrated by Darrel Anderson; Where Have You Been?, Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; The Queen Bee, Brothers Grimm, Elizabeth James, trans., illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev; Chelsea Morning, Joni Mitchell, illustrated by Brian Froud.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 19, 29, 31, 33

Quoted Without Comment / 40, 61, 63


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