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Two takes on Prometheus:

Gary Westfahl:
A Dash of DNA and Half a Brain

Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person:
We really wanted to like this film.

June 2012 Blinks

June News Posts

June 2012 Posts:

Online Periodicals: late June

Saturday 30 June 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, GigaNotoSaurus, SF Site, Tangent, and

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Friday 29 June 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Subterranean Online, Asimov's, Analog,, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Notable New UK Books : June

Thursday 28 June 2012  |  Monitor

Graham Joyce's Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Terry Pratchett's The World of Poo, and titles by Gary Gibson, M.D. Lachlan, and Robert Reed

Comments from the Locus Survey & Poll

Wednesday 27 June 2012  |  Magazine

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Here are comments from voters in this year's Locus Poll & Survey, about the poll, about Locus, about the state of SF/F/H, about ebooks, about audiobooks...

New Books : 26 June

Tuesday 26 June 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: James S.A. Corey's Caliban's War, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles, anthologies by John Joseph Adams, Paula Guran, and Paul Kane & Marie O'Regan, and other novels by Anderton, Arthur, Ballantine, Daniells, Duncan, Kane, Kemp, Mackenzie, Marmell, Maxey, McCullough, Peeler, Stauber, and Zettel

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 June 2012  |  Monitor

Laurell K. Hamilton's Kiss the Dead slips in its 2nd week; George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons maintains in its 69th week

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Sunday 24 June 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Now comes a shorter anthology of Moorcock's nonfiction prose, from the bold and challenging and ambitious PM Press. Because these pieces are mostly quite short, this book represents a browser's paradise. You can dip in anywhere for a quick and tasty morsel.

Print Periodicals: mid-June

Saturday 23 June 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and On Spec

Paul Di Filippo reviews Philip José Farmer

Friday 22 June 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Subterranean Press brings us three of Farmer's more reverent, play-it-straight tribute novels, set in the distant past of the Tarzan-verse. And one of these is a posthumous collaboration with Christopher Paul Carey, a devoted scholar of Farmer...

Classic Reprints: June

Thursday 21 June 2012  |  Monitor

A new translation of Arkady & Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic, Lucius Shepard's The Dragon Griaule, and other titles by John Barnes, Philip José Farmer, Robert Jordan, and Michael Moorcock

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

Wednesday 20 June 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Arc, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 19 June

Tuesday 19 June 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: David Brin's Existence, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter's The Long Earth, and titles by Erikson, Evans, Pitts, Pratt, and Ruiz; earlier, Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo's Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 and titles by Aaron, Cisco, and Starr

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 June 2012  |  Monitor

Laurell K. Hamilton's Kiss the Dead debuts at #1 on three lists; plus debuts by John Scalzi and others

Russell Letson reviews James S.A. Corey

Sunday 17 June 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2012 issue

The sequel to Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, subtitled Book Two of the Expanse, offers a remix of basic ingredients (plus some new additives) that is even better than the first volume's. It's sufficiently self-contained and satisfactorily resolved to be read on its own.

New in Paperback: June

Saturday 16 June 2012  |  Monitor

Lev Grossman's The Magician King, Dan Simmons' Flashback, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and titles by Aiken, Bakker, Drake, Flint & Spoor, Green, Lackey, Lo, McCaffrey & McCaffrey, Palma, Pitts, Thomas, and Yep

William F. Nolan: Last Man Standing

Friday 15 June 2012  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview.

The group back then — Beaumont, Matheson, Bradbury, myself, and a few others — has become an iconic thing, but we were really just a bunch of guys trying to pay the rent! And yet it turns out that we actually changed the face of science fiction and dark fantasy.

Locus Bestsellers, June

Thursday 14 June 2012  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by David Weber's A Rising Thunder, Gail Carriger's Timeless, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, Dayton Ward's Star Trek: That Which Divides, and Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: Know No Fear.

Adrienne Martini reviews Jennifer Pelland

Wednesday 13 June 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2012 issue

Despite its soft-porn cover, Jennifer Pelland's Machine is a novel about much, much more than what sexual shenanigans one could accomplish with a robotic/clockwork body.

New Books : 12 June

Tuesday 12 June 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: N.K. Jemisin's The Shadowed Sun and titles by Gemma Files and Vicki Pettersson; earlier, the first US edition of Christopher Priest's The Islanders, Robert McCammon's The Providence Rider, and titles by Lackey & Edghill, Nix & Williams, and Gavin Smith

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 June 2012  |  Monitor

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is selling unusually well this week.

Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person review Prometheus

Sunday 10 June 2012  |  Reviews

We really wanted to like this film, but the screenwriters made every character except the protagonist an idiot.

Star Makers, Slimed; Or, 'A Dash of DNA and Half a Brain': A Review of Prometheus

Saturday 9 June 2012  |  Reviews

While "It's Alien meets 2001: A Space Odyssey!" might work as a pitch to producers, it simply doesn't work as a film. Trapped between its conflicting priorities, Prometheus proves a film that is far less intriguing than 2001, and far less exciting than the original Alien.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2013

Friday 8 June 2012  |  Resources

Selected titles from Locus Magazine's June issue listings are arranged here by month.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

Thursday 7 June 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of the special SF issue of The New Yorker and new issues of Interzone, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Clarkesworld, Redstone SF, GigaNotoSaurus, and Apex

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nalo Hopkinson's The Chaos

Wednesday 6 June 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2012 issue

Hopkinson's joy of invention is palpable, and despite its darker edges, it's that joy in the possibilities of the imagination that I hope comes through to younger readers. Come to think of it, we could all use a dose of it.

New Books : 5 June

Tuesday 5 June 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: John Scalzi's Redshirts, the US edition of Alastair Reynolds' Blue Remembered Earth, titles by Ashford, Davidson, Elrod, Flint et al, Green, Hamilton, Hammond, Held, Lackey, Melko, Scott, Wilson, and Zahn, plus anthologies of steampunk and Writers/Illustrators of the Future and academic nonfiction on utopias

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 June 2012  |  Monitor

Mira Grant's Blackout, Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312, and titles by Modesitt and Wilson debut; Publishers Weekly now using Nielsen BookScan data for its expanded bestseller lists

Genevieve Valentine: Behind the Curtain

Sunday 3 June 2012  |  Perspectives

genevieve valentine
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview.

Steampunk is on the verge of being really great, as soon as we get big enough that a deconstruction, an acidic look at the genre conventions, can sell. We will hit the point where people will actually be hungry for work that really confronts the issues. I can't wait for that day.

Online Periodicals: early June

Saturday 2 June 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Expanded Horizons, Fantasy Short Stories, Ideomancer, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Redstone SF, and SF Site

June Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 June 2012  |  Magazine

june issue
The June issue has interviews with William F. Nolan and Genevieve Valentine, reports from this year's Nebula Awards Banquet and Writers and Illustrators of the Future event, listings of Forthcoming Books through March 2013, and reviews of new books by Gardner Dozois, Kate Griffin, S.A. Corey, John Scalzi, David Weber, and many others.

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