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Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person review

There are good things about Skyline... But they're undone by a script containing the worst dialog of any film we've reviewed.

» NY Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2010 includes fiction titles by Charles Yu, Ian McEwan, Gary Shteyngart, David Mitchell, and Jennifer Egan; Michiko Kakutani's Top 10 Books of 2010 include the novels by Gary Shteyngart and David Mitchell

» Oprah Magazine's top ten books includes the novels by Jennifer Egan and Gary Shteyngart

» Publishers Weekly talks with Jo Walton

» News: Jo Fletcher leaves Gollancz to start a new imprint at Quercus Books, Jo Fletcher Books

» Awards news: Romanian SF&F Awards Announced; Cybils Awards nominations (for children's and young adult books); Nova Awards (for fanzines)

» Lawrence Person reviews Charles Stross' The Fuller Memorandum

» Black Gate interviews Gene Wolfe

» Guardian Books Podcasts asks, Is science fiction the only way of grappling with the modern world?

» Fantastic Literature's Bumper Christmas Booklist is online

» Note our cool new visitor flag counter at the bottom of this page

» John Joseph Adams seeks recommendations of Cthulhu Mythos stories for anthology The Book of Cthulhu

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews William Peter Blatty's Crazy

» NY Times profiles Anne R. Dick, author of just-re-released The Search for Philip K. Dick

» The Science Fiction Oral History Association launches its Space Dog Podcast with a 1976 discussion with Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Lester del Rey, Frederik Pohl, and Gordon R. Dickson

» NY Times: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Opens in Indianapolis

» Salem-News: Kourosh Ziabari interviews Adam Roberts, who explains why "Science Fiction is the most Powerful and Imaginative Mode of Writing"

» Guardian: Roz Kaveney explains why Antimatter? Not such a big deal

» Angry Robot has launched its digital short story store

» Denver Post: Dorman T. Shindler reviews Connie Willis' All Clear

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Galen Beckett, Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley

» Ellen Datlow's photos from November 17th KGB reading

» Library Journal's Best Books: 2010 names SF/Fantasy titles by James Barclay, Todd McCaffrey, China Miéville, Mark Charan Newton, and Skyler White

» Amazon's Omnivoracious highlights Hiromi Goto's Half World

» From Bar to Bar interviews Ekaterina Sedia

» Norman Spinrad is offering an e-book edition of Greenhouse Summer, his 1999 novel, for just $3 through Jan 1st '11

» Small Beer Press has invited several guest bloggers to celebrate the Fall; posts so far are by Karen Joy Fowler, Kathe Koja, and Vincent McCaffrey

» Ellen Datlow's photos from Neil Gaiman's birthday bash in New Orleans

» The Agony Column interviews S.G. Browne and reviews his new novel Fated

» Guardian: Sam Jordison's "Back to the Hugos" considers Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go

» LA Times: long obituary of Glen H. GoodKnight

» New Scientist's Clare Wilson reviews Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail

» BBC Woman's Hour: Margaret Atwood is interviewed about The Handmaid's Tale [via]

» SFWA notes the passing of Glenn Lewis Gillette

» The Agony Column interviews Kevin Kelly and reviews What Technology Wants

» ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) interviews Jeff VanderMeer

» Guardian talks with Hannu Rajamiemi

» Guardian: Neil Gaiman reviews Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars

» has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina

» More Best of 2010 lists: Amazon UK's SF & Fantasy; Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010, with SF titles on page 3 (scroll down); PW blogger Rose Fox lists her runners-up

» Publishers Weekly profiles

» Pyr-o-mania: Gillian Polack sits down with Enge, Shepherd & Kenyon

» The Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop offers three Online Writing Classes, beginning in January

» The German Conference on the Fantastic hosts an hour audiovideo of Paul Di Filippo reading his latest fiction

» The KGB Fantastic Fiction Raffle was a huge success

» Independent: Doug Johnstone reviews Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail

» New webzines; Angle Mort | Éclats d'imaginaire; "international sf" Inter Nova

» PLoS Blogs has Steve Silberman's Tripping Cyborgs and Organ Farms: The Fictions of Cordwainer Smith

» File 770 reports the death of Glen GoodKnight, founder of the Mythopoeic Society

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Laurence Cossé's A Novel Bookstore

» The Carl Brandon Society is holding a Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund eReader Drawing through November 22nd

»'s Editors' Picks: Top 100 Books of 2010 include titles by Justin Cronin, Charles Yu, Stephen King, Jennifer Egan, Gary Shteyngart, David Mitchell, Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, and Joe Hill; customer favorites (i.e. bestsellers) put Suzanne Collins, Charlaine Harris, and Stephenie Meyer in the top 10

» Jeff VanderMeer blogs about Amazon's Top 10 SF & Fantasy Books of 2010, here (#1 to #5) and here (#6 to #10)

» Locus Online recounts World Fantasy Con Panels

» Dave Langford's Ansible 280

» Washington Post: Scientists nominate "lost sci-fi classics" that include works by Holland, Lem, Womack, Galouye, Sheckley, Zamiatin, Stapledon, Gunn, and Stewart

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo reviews The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

» From Bar to Bar interviews Mark Charan Newton

» Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, asked its membership of research scientists and engineers Did Science Fiction Influence You? (PDF)

» The Agony Column podcasts an interview with Graham Hancock and reviews his novel Entangled; also, interview with Charles Burns and review of X'ed Out

» Fantastic Literature's November booklist is online

» Washington Post Book World: Bill Sheehan reviews Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars; also, Yvonne Sipp reviews five books on zombies, and Michael Sims selects three books on Dracula

» Los Angeles Times: Ed Park's "Astral Weeks" online column reviews Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others

November 2010 Posts:

November 2010 Posts:

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Tuesday 30 November 2010  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from e-zines Fantasy, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, and Subterranean

December Issue Table of Contents

Monday 29 November 2010  |  Magazine

december issue
December features interviews with Nancy Kress and Robert V.S. Redick, reports from this year's World Fantasy Convention, lists of forthcoming books through September 2011, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gene Wolfe, Catherynne M. Valente, Larry Niven, Anne Rice, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" on John Wyndham

Magazines & Websites: fourth week November

Sunday 28 November 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

New issues of Adventures in SciFi Publishing, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons; and what's new at sites io9, SF Signal, Tangent, and

Classic Reprints: November 2010

Saturday 27 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

A new edition of Fritz Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness plus collections of Poul Anderson, Clark Ashton Smith, and Lovecraftian tales of Yith

Spotlight on Frank Wu, Artist

Friday 26 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

frank wu
Some people find shameless self-promotion distasteful, but I've always had fun at it. Maybe I'm overcompensating because I was never popular in high school. I was always drawing weird things and talking about weird nerdy stuff no one cared about. But now... I get invited to be Artist Guest of Honor at conventions for exactly the same behavior!

Spotlight on Mur Lafferty, Podcaster

Thursday 25 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

mur lafferty
With audio, most people do it while driving cars, or exercising, or cleaning. We know stories need a good hook, and shouldn't drag to lose the reader, but in audio those rules are even more important.

New Books : third week November

Wednesday 24 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three, John Freeman's Sci-Fi Art Now, Paula Guran's Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Martin & Dozois' Songs of Love and Death, Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life, and other titles by de Bodard, Harvey, Pelegrimas, Petrucha, Price, Rabe & Greenberg, Remic, Roberson, Shepherd, Snyder, and Waggoner

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 23 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

stephen king
Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars debuts strongly on print lists, ranking #2 on 2 lists; Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's Towers of Midnight slips only a bit, still ranking #4 on 4 lists.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Greg Bear

Monday 22 November 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

greg bear
From Locus Magazine's November issue

The main strength of Hull Zero Three, at least for veteran hard SF readers, lies in the ingenious manner in which Bear has constructed these through-the-looking-glass puzzles, and in which he eventually unpacks them...

Magazines & Websites: third week November

Sunday 21 November 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

New issues of print 'zines Interzone, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, On Spec, and Science Fiction Studies; and what's new at sites io9, SF Signal, SF Site, Tangent, and

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Saturday 20 November 2010  |  Reviews

apex mag
Reviews of stories from Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers' Postscripts 22/23: The Company He Keeps and Jonathan Strahan's Godlike Machines, and of Gregory Feeley's novella Kentaurus

New in Paperback: November

Friday 19 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Paolo Bacigalupi's Pump Six and Other Stories, Anne R. Dick's The Search for Philip K. Dick, Ekaterina Sedia's The Secret History of Moscow, and other titles by Boyett, Brown, de Lint, Holland, Kerr, Marillier, Niven & Lerner, Ringo, Taylor, Turtledove, and Williams

Greg van Eekhout: Story Grenades

Thursday 18 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

greg van eekhout
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

Splatterpunk writers can be mature artists, but I was not approaching it with any maturity or artistry whatsoever... I eventually got bored with reading that stuff, so I didnít want to write it anymore.

New Books : second week November

Wednesday 17 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars, James Enge's The Wolf Age, Pamela Sargent's Seed Seeker, Robin McKinley's Pegasus, and titles by Ballantine, Destefano, Jordan & Sanderson, Modesitt, Rardin, Saintcrow, and Whates

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 16 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

jordan sanderson
Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's Towers of Midnight is #1 at New York Times; a new novel by Patricia Briggs also debuts this week


Monday 15 November 2010  |  Reviews

We have a slightly split opinion. Howard only thinks it sucks a little. Lawrence thinks it sucks a whole lot more.

Magazines & Websites: second week November

Sunday 14 November 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

New issues of print 'zines Analog, Asimov's, Andromeda Spaceways, and Jupiter; electronic 'zines Three-lobed Burning Eye and Strange Horizons, and highlights from daily sites io9, The Portal, SF Signal, Tangent, and

Spotlight on Lynne M. Thomas, Archivist

Saturday 13 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

lynne m thomas
The biggest change in our field in the past 30 years is the growing amount of electronic documentation in addition to paper materials. To completely document the genre, libraries like mine are now actively working to preserve both formats as part of their mission.

New Books : first week November

Friday 12 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Kingdoms, Catherynne M. Valente's The Habitation of the Blessed, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's Towers of Midnight, Jack McDevitt's Echo, Pierre Pevel's The Cardinal's Blades, and other titles by Aaron, Ahern & Ahern, Cook, Kent, Lee, Monk, Oliver, Scholes, and White

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, November

Thursday 11 November 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Brent Weeks' The Black Prism, Terry Prachett's Unseen Academicals, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Sean Williams' Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance, and James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: Nemesis.

Mercedes Lackey: Making Fun

Wednesday 10 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

mercedes lackey
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

Publishers really don't want a difficult writer who writes brilliant books. Publishers really like a good writer who writes good books and doesn't have any problem with being a prima donna.

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 9 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

jim butcher
Jim Butcher's Side Jobs debuts in hardcover; Karen Marie Moning's Dreamfever debuts in paperback.

Tim Pratt reviews James Enge

Monday 8 November 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

james enge
From Locus Magazine's November issue

The Wolf Age is the third book in James Enge's inventive and delightful sword and sorcery series following the adventures and misfortunes of larger-than-life hero Morlock Ambrosius.

Magazines & Websites: first week November

Sunday 7 November 2010  |  Monitor; Directories

New issues of print 'zines Weird Tales and the SFWA Bulletin, electronic 'zines Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Lightspeed, Quantum Muse, Redstone SF, Salon Futura, SF Site, Strange Horizons, and Subterranean, and highlights from daily sites io9, SF Signal, Tangent, and

New Books : last week October

Saturday 6 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail, Richard Kadrey's Kill the Dead, Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and other titles by Butcher, del Toro & Hogan, Gilman, Hendee, Kearney, Kiernan, Lima, Navarro, Palmer, Stackpole, Weber, Wells, Wilson, and Zajac.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Friday 5 November 2010  |  Reviews

apex mag
Special to Locus Online

Reviews of stories from a special Muslim and Arab writers issue of Apex Magazine and from new issues of Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Thursday 4 November 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

charles yu
November New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Greg Egan's Zendegi, William Gibson's Zero History, Patrick Ness' Monsters and Men, and other titles by Bernheimer, Bernobich, Black & Larbalestier, Fowler, Gilman, Hodder, Kadrey, Niffenegger, Priest, Resnick, Smith, Sturgeon, and Westerfeld.

Cory Doctorow: A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web

Wednesday 3 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

For me, to be cosmopolitan is to live your life by the ancient science fictional maxims: "All laws are local" and "No law knows how local it is."

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 2 November 2010  |  Monitor, Directories

Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan's Towers of Midnight is #2 at; new books by Stephen R. Donaldson and Lois McMaster Bujold debut on print lists.


Monday 1 November 2010  |  Reviews

Monsters isn't a good low-budget movie, it's simply a really good movie, period.

Earlier posts:
October | September | August | July | June

Previous Issues

October 2010
Pulp Fiction!
Silverberg, Lupoff, & Robinson
Barry N. Malzberg
Hugo Awards
Table of Contents
— Mailed 30 Sep 2010 —
october cover

September 2010
Cherie Priest
Gail Carriger
Phil & Kaja Foglio
Cory Doctorow
Forthcoming Books
Table of Contents
— Mailed 31 August 2010 —
september cover

August 2010

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

July 2010

Locus Poll
Laurence Yep
Jedediah Berry
Cory Doctorow

Table of Contents
— Mailed 29 June 2010 —
july cover

June 2010

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

Table of Contents
— Mailed 2 June 2010 —
june cover

May 2010

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

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 —
april cover

Charles N. Brown, 1937-2009



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