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» Slate's Book Club dissects Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay

» More of Lawrence Person's photos from Armadillocon

» John Joseph Adams' site for The Living Dead 2 features eight free stories, plus 36 author interviews appearing daily beginning today; the book is available now

» Locus Online attends this year's Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards Ceremony

» Lawrence Person is posting photos from Armadillocon

» Omnivoracious interviews Rose Fox, sf/f/h reviews editor for Publishers Weekly, while Jeff VanderMeeer reports from Shared Worlds, an sf/f writing camp for teen students

» The Agony Column interviews Mary Roach and reviews Packing for Mars

» Cosmos has free fiction Looking Good by Deborah Walker

» Discovery News talks with Robert J. Sawyer at SETI-Con; meanwhile at Philosophy Now, Nick DiChario interviews Sawyer

» Meteor House is posting excerpts from forthcoming book The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions

» LA Times: Susan Carpenter reviews Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay (on sale tomorrow) - "Wow"; also, Ed Parks reviews Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

» The New Gay interviews Hal Duncan

» BSCreview interviews Jane Lindskold, Alex Bledsoe, and Aaron Dembski-Bowden

» The Agony Column interviews Gary Shteyngart and reviews Super Sad True Love Story

» Daily Mail: Harry Ritchie reviews Stephenie Meyer, Justin Cronin, Charlaine Harris

» South Africa Mail & Guardian Online: Gwen Ansell reviews Mark Chadbourn, Jacqueline Carey, KJ Parker

» Ellen Datlow's photos from KGB reading on August 18 with Laura Anne Gilman and Mary Robinette Kowal

» Omnivoracious Reports from Clarion San Diego: Great Writing, Purple Dye, Water Gun Battles, and Book Recs

» Orbit Books has built a Chart of Fantasy Art, comparing elements in fantasy cover art from 2008 to 2009

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews William H. Patterson, Jr.'s Robert A. Heinlein biography, due from Tor August 17th

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Larry Doyle, Meg Cabot, Amelia Beamer

» Strange Horizons: John Clute reviews Hannu Rajaniemi's "brilliant first novel" The Quantum Thief

» Alt Hist is a new online magazine of historical fiction and alternate history

» The Berkeley Daily Planet profiles The Other Change of Hobbit bookstore, recently relocated

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Mary Roach's Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

» The Agony Column interviews David Mitchell and reviews The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

» Slate: Laura Shapiro reviews Shirley Jackson

» The Agony Column interviews Tim Powers

» Boston Globe: interview with J.C. Hallman, author of a book about utopias; also, Ethan Gilsdorf reviews Rick Moody's The Four Fingers of Death

» NY Times: Alan Dean Foster has an op-ed, Garden Variety Javelinas, about Arizona's new immigration law

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Amelia Beamer, China Miéville, Matt Kindt

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Rob Scott, Charles Stross, Rhys Thomas, Scott Sigler

» NY Times: Michael Wood reviews Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story; Clancy Martin reviews Rick Moody's The Four Fingers of Death

» Amazon's Best Books of 2010... So Far includes Justin Cronin's The Passage

» Norman Spinrad blogs about The Publishing Death Spiral - Part One and Part Two

» NPR: Nancy Pearl's Under the Radar Reads includes Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven

» Orion Magazine: Christopher Cokinos on Instead of Suns, the Earth: Another kind of science fiction

» The Rejectionist interviews Elizabeth Hand

» Adventures in SciFi Publishing has numerous interviews and articles from Comic-Con, from Matthew Sturges, Ann VanderMeer, John Picacio, Brandon Sanderson, Lou Anders, Brent Weeks, Paul Cornell, and others

» Lightspeed launches its August issue today

» Apex Magazine posts its first issue with new fiction editor Catherynne M. Valente

» BSCreview: Hal Duncan's column The Combat Fiction Bar & Grill

» NY Times: Paul Krugman's column Increasing Returns And Economic Areography quotes and links Charles Stross

» CNN profiles Ray Bradbury, on occasion of his 90th birthday; he "watches Fox News Channel by day, Turner Classic Movies by night. He spends the rest of his time summoning 'the monsters and angels' of his imagination for his enchanting tales"

» Publishers Weekly: Cory Doctorow's column, Doctorow's First Law; Genreville: Mark Van Name donating proceeds of next novel to charity

» Slate: Terrence Rafferty reviews Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story

» Dave Langford's Ansible 277

» The Agony Column interviews Justin Cronin

» August SF Site features Alexei Panshin

» Washington Post: Ron Charles reviews Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story - "a slit-your-wrist satire illuminated by the author's absurd wit"

» SF Chronicle: Alan Cheuse reviews Rick Moody's The Four Fingers of Death - an "homage to and pastiche of the work of Vonnegut"






August 2010 Posts:







August 2010 Posts:


This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 31 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

mockingjay
Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay still ranks #1 at Amazon.com; six genre-related titles rank on LA Times' fiction hardcover list

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Monday 30 August 2010  |  Reviews

gateways
Special to Locus Online

Reviews of Frederik Pohl tribute anthology Gateways, plus stories from Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Tor.com, and Subterranean

New Books : fourth week August

Sunday 29 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Ted Chiang's The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, and other titles by Terry Brooks, Bob Fingerman, Cameron Haley, Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner, Mike Resnick, Sandy Sampson, and Brent Weeks

Magazines & Websites: fourth week August

Saturday 28 August 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

io9 launches "SF 101: Science Fiction for Beginners", Tor.com has new fiction by Jay Lake and interviews by "The Rejectionist", SF Signal asks about favorite SF/fantasy settings, plus more fiction, reviews, and nonfiction at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ted Chiang

Friday 27 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

chiang
From Locus Magazine's August issue

Conceptually, The Lifecycle of Software Objects may seem understated compared to the intellectual bottle rocket of a story like "Exhalation", but it joins "Story of Your Life" and a handful of other tales which remind us that Chiang can write as movingly about characters as about ideas.

Classic Reprints: August 2010

Thursday 26 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Classic SF and fantasy in new editions this month include a new collection of stories by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore, anthologies of stories about devils and other-dimensional entities from Tim Pratt and Robert M. Price, a volume of H.G. Wells from Everyman Library, and novels by Greg Bear, Charles de Lint, and Michael Moorcock.

Spotlight on Charlie Jane Anders

Wednesday 25 August 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

charlie jane anders
From Locus Magazine's August Issue

If you see Writers With Drinks, do not attempt to photograph it — camera flashes tend to make it shape-shift — much less detain it.

The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards

Tuesday 24 August 2010  |  Resources

mieville
Latest updates: World Fantasy and Ditmar nominations; Chesley and Sidewise winners; covers images of book winners on listings pages

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 24 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

mockingjay
Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, published today, is #1 at Amazon.com

Notes from a Mixed Marriage, Or, The Lady and the Monster

Monday 23 August 2010  |  Perspectives

revenge
An essay by Gary Westfahl

Our relationship matches no conventional definition of a "mixed marriage." But if I add that I have been devoted to science fiction for my entire life, while my wife has never had any interest at all in science fiction, then some people will understand exactly what I am talking about.

New Books : third week August

Sunday 22 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

William H. Patterson, Jr.'s Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Rick Moody's The Four Fingers of Death, a first novel by Anthony Huso, a novel to benefit child soldiers by Mark L. Van Name, and other titles by Axler, Chadbourn, Finch, Kane, Monk, Norman, Reeve, Renier, Resnick, Shears, and Smith-Ready

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

Saturday 21 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

johnson
From Locus Magazine's August issue

At this midpoint the Spirit Binders trilogy has a style all its own: unflinching, sophisticated, imaginative enough to please (and jolt and challenge) even jaded adults.

Magazines & Websites: third week August

Friday 20 August 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Lightspeed, SF Site, and Strange Horizons, plus notable posts at io9, SF Signal, and Tor.com

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Theodore Sturgeon

Thursday 19 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

sturgeon
From the August 2010 issue of Locus Magazine

If Sturgeon is valued for any one thing in the SF community, it's for finding ways to tell stories that reach out emotionally beyond the props and tropes of the genre.

N.K. Jemisin: Rites of Passage

Wednesday 18 August 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

nk jemisin
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

The way we write traditional epic fantasy now is making the whole genre look bad. I think what they're saying is that the genre has become so formulaic that it's almost stagnant. There's no reason for medieval Europe-based fantasies to be as boring as they are.

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 17 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

deaths excellent vacation
Paranormal romance anthology Death's Excellent Vacation debuts on two fiction hardcover lists; Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four debuts; Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay is #1 at Amazon.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid August

Monday 16 August 2010  |  Reviews

is anybody out there?
Special to Locus Online

Reviews of stories from new issues Nick Gevers & Marty Halpern's anthology Is Anybody Out There? and new issues of F&SF, Albedo One, and Intergalactic Medicine Show

New Books : second week August

Sunday 15 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson, Lisa Mantchev's Perchance to Dream, and other titles by Carroll, Drake, Duane, Gibson, Liu, Lloyd, Millar, Richardson, Thomas, Viehl, and Williamson

New in Paperback: early August

Saturday 14 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood, Patrick Ness' The Ask and the Answer, and titles by Armstrong, Bova, Drake, Golemon, Herbert & Anderson, Lackey & Mallory, Lerner, and Richardson

Magazines & Websites: second week August

Friday 13 August 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

New issues of Analog, Apex, the SFWA Bulletin, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Jupiter, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, On Spec, Strange Horizons and Vector, plus notable posts online at io9 and Tor.com

Patrick Rothfuss: Worldbuilder

Thursday 12 August 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

patrick rothfuss
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

People talk about the trunk novel, writing 10 novels before the 11th or 12th gets published. For me it was just the one book. I worked on this one book for the same amount of time that other writers worked on 11.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Wednesday 11 August 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

okorafor
August New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include novels by Amelia Beamer, Jay Lake, Ian McDonald, China Miéville, Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, and Alastair Reynolds, plus collections and anthologies from Abraham, Datlow & Windling, Dozois, Gevers & Halpern, and Strahan & Anders.

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 10 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

super sad
Titles debuting this week include Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story, Kelley Armstrong's Waking the Witch, Todd McCaffrey's Dragongirl, and China Miéville's Kraken.

Russell Letson reviews Greg Egan's Zendegi

Monday 9 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

zendegi
From Locus Magazine's August issue

This book satisfies the claims that SF has to being an art form as fully engaged with the worlds of the family and the community as it is with those of the laboratory, the machine shop, the space habitat, or the computational environment.

New Books : first week August

Sunday 8 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Greg Egan's Zendegi, Harry Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat Returns, Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Imager's Intrigue, a first novel by Trent Jamieson, second novels in series by Chadbourn, Daniells, Del Franco, Glass, Mann, Meding, Rowley, and Swann, and other series novels by Golden & Lebbon, Mead, Moore, and Somers.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, August

Saturday 7 August 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

butcher
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Jim Butcher's Changes, Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet: Victorious, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Aaron Allston's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast, and Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman's Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

Magazines & Websites: first week August

Friday 6 August 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

What's new at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Flagship, io9, Lightspeed, Redstone SF, Reflection's Edge, SF Signal, SF Site, SFRevu, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Thursday 5 August 2010  |  Reviews

clarkesworld
Special to Locus Online

Reviews of stories from new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Apex, Abyss & Apex, and Tor.com

The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards

Wednesday 4 August 2010  |  Resources

bacigalupi
The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards is now updated with nominations and winners announced so far this year, including the first posting of the complete 2010 Locus Poll results.

Gardner Dozois reviews Gateways

Wednesday 4 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

gateways
A sample review from Locus Magazine

A festschrift (as we intellectuals call it) or tribute anthology (as the rest of you can call it) honoring Frederik Pohl's work. This is a substantial anthology, good value for the money, 17 stories from top authors...

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 3 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

sean williams
Sean Williams' Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance debuts on hardcover fiction bestseller lists this week.

August Issue Table of Contents

Monday 2 August 2010  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue has interviews with Patrick Rothfuss and N.K. Jemisin, complete results of this year's Locus Survey, reports on awards and conventions, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gardner Dozois, Terry Dowling, Greg Egan, A. Lee Martinez, Laird Barron, and many others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on Theodore Sturgeon

New in Paperback: late July

Sunday 1 August 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, Warren Fahy's Fragment, and titles by Birmingham, Di Filippo, Howard, Knight, O'Neal, and Twelve Hawks

Earlier posts:
July | June




August 2010

Locus Survey
Patrick Rothfuss
N.K. Jemisin
Awards and convention reports
Table of Contents
— Mailed 29 July 2010 —
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Locus Magazine seeks Interns





Previous Issues


July 2010

Locus Poll
Laurence Yep
Jedediah Berry
Cory Doctorow

Table of Contents
— Mailed 29 June 2010 —
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June 2010

Forthcoming Books through March 2011; Kit Reed; M.K. Hobson; Frank Frazetta

Table of Contents
— Mailed 2 June 2010 —
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May 2010

Poe & the Fantastic; Brian Evenson; Cory Doctorow; Reports from ICFA and World Horror
Table of Contents
— Mailed 30 April 2010 —
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April 2010

James P. Blaylock; David Anthony Durham; David Moles; Charles N. Brown's First Fandom; Report from India
Table of Contents
— Mailed 31 March 2010 —
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Charles N. Brown, 1937-2009

Appreciations

August





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