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August 2012 Blinks

August -- News Posts

August 2012 Posts:

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Friday 31 August 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and

Spotlight on: E. Lily Yu, Author

Thursday 30 August 2012  |  Perspectives

e. lily yu
As a writer, I've never paid much attention to the boundaries of genre, speculative or literary, or in-between. I write everything: poems, plays, novels, essays, stories, songs and someday I'd like to write the libretto for an opera.

Cynthia Ward reviews Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett

Wednesday 29 August 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Astrology as destiny! It's not just an inspired choice for creating a fantasy world which differs significantly from our own. It's an approach that casts a tremendously revealing light on our own beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions.

New Books : 28 August

Tuesday 28 August 2012  |  Monitor

Greg Egan's The Eternal Flame, Richard Kadrey's Devil Said Bang, anthologies by Paula Guran, Ekaterina Sedia, and Jonathan Strahan, and other novels by Aguirre, Almasi, Ballantine, Daniells, Douglas, Enge, Green, Jacka, Lloyd, McEntire, McMahon, and Stein

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 August 2012  |  Monitor

George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons is the highest ranking adult genre title on general lists again, still.

Notable New UK Books : August

Sunday 26 August 2012  |  Monitor

Neal Asher's Zero Point, Stephen Baxter's Iron Winter, and titles by Deas, Doubinsky, Erikson, Goonan, Resnick, and Tchaikovsky

Print and Online Periodicals: late August

Saturday 25 August 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and online at Strange Horizons, Tangent, and

Paul Di Filippo reviews Adam Roberts's Jack Glass

Friday 24 August 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I think his fiction represents some of the best work being done in our 21st-century genre. And yet I seem to be in a distinct minority among fans and critics.

New in Paperback: August

Thursday 23 August 2012  |  Monitor

New in paperback this past month, Stephen King's 11/22/63, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Ghost Ship, Greg Egan's The Clockwork Rocket, and titles by Butcher, Carson, Goodkind, Goonan, Lake, Lamplighter, Lawrence, Rawn, and Weber -- and, Future Lovecraft

Russel Letson reviews Gregory Benford & Larry Niven

Wednesday 22 August 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2012 issue

Benford & Niven have given themselves the space (conceptual and page-count) to spread out. Bowl of Heaven has room to accommodate both the thrill-ride and head-scratching sides of its sub-tradition, and I think when the second half appears, this new effort by two of the Old Masters will hold its own just fine.

New Books : 21 August

Tuesday 21 August 2012  |  Monitor

Collections: Christopher Barzak's Birds and Birthdays, Michael Flynn's Captive Dreams, Neal Stephenson's nonfiction Some Remarks, and Nalo Hopkinson's Report from Planet Midnight; novels by Brooks, Estep, Huso, Irwin, Itoh, Kaveney, Kenyon, Kittredge, the Kollin brothers, Long, Maas, MacGregor, Mamatas, Niven & Lerner, and Testerman; and a nonfiction guide by Scott Westerfeld

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 August 2012  |  Monitor

R.A. Salvatore's Charon's Claw and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Time Untime debut in the top 10 of the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer: The Weird

Sunday 19 August 2012  |  Perspectives

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

You always have to have at least this one guiding light, Lovecraft's definition of the Weird: it has to include the supernatural. But we chose by feel, and found some stories that didn't necessarily have a clear supernatural element yet were still Weird. We branched out from that with an idea of this continuum of stuff that's exploring the unknown, that's on the darker side.

Online Periodicals: mid-August

Saturday 18 August 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Expanded Horizons, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, James Gunn's Ad Astra, Lightspeed, Redstone SF, and SF Site

Classic Reprints: August

Friday 17 August 2012  |  Monitor

New editions of Michael Bishop's Brittle Innings, Robert Silverberg's Downward to the Earth, Samuel R. Delany's Starboard Wine, Philip K. Dick's Solar Lottery (and two others), and two novels by Andre Norton

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kij Johnson's At the Mouth of the River of Bees

Thursday 16 August 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2012 issue

"The Man Who Bridged the Mist" is a stunning example of what Johnson does best — using the materials of SF, fantasy, myth, and even romance not as genres to inhabit, but as tools for building or, you could say, as a kind of story kit.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Wednesday 15 August 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in F&SF, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, Shimmer, and anthology Solaris Rising 1.5

New Books : 14 August

Tuesday 14 August 2012  |  Monitor

Jeffrey Ford's collection Crackpot Palace, the US edition of Russell Hoban's last book Soonchild, Charles A. Tan's Filipino-Chinese anthology Lauriat, and other titles by Bedford, Canavan, Guran, Kiernan, Litore, and Wrede

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 August 2012  |  Monitor

Dean Koontz' Odd Apocalypse debuts at #2; Ilona Andrews and Carrie Vaughn debut in paperback.

Science Fiction Awards Database

Sunday 12 August 2012  |  Resources

The initial phase of the Science Fiction Awards Database, the redesigned and rebranded successor to The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, is now online, with awards listings and nominee indexing updated through today, including last night's Aurora Awards winners. Several additional phases with new content are planned for the site by the end of this year.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Stephenson's Some Remarks

Saturday 11 August 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Reading these pieces provides not only the immediate intellectual pleasures associated with their varied topics and themes, lucidly explored by the author, but also allows us to see anew the qualities that make Stephenson so interesting.

Faren Miller reviews Gwenda Bond

Friday 10 August 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2012 issue

Offbeat and imaginative, Blackwood mingles past and present, dark forces with a hint of pulp SF, along with many kinds of drama. Whether viewed as young adult, genre mix, or a first novel, it belongs with the year's best.

Locus Bestsellers, August

Thursday 9 August 2012  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Charlaine Harris' Deadlocked, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Neal Stephenson's Reamde, Jeff Grubb's Star Wars: ScourgeWarhammer 40,000: Void Stalker

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Wednesday 8 August 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in Asimov's, Analog, Interzone, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Redstone SF, and Jabberwocky

New Books : 7 August

Tuesday 7 August 2012  |  Monitor

Anthologies: Rich Horton's Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2012, James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel's Digital Rapture, Steve Berman's Wilde Stories 2012. And, novels by Caine, Cantrell, Cardamone, Duncan, Hines, Kerr, Lawrence, Malan, Payton, Richardson, Ringo, Saintcrow, Smith, Sniegoski, Sperring, Stewart, and Williamson.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 August 2012  |  Monitor

Kelley Armstrong's Thirteen debuts in hardcover, Stephen King's 11/22/63 in trade paperback.

Print Periodicals: early August

Sunday 5 August 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Analog, Asimov's , Jupiter, Shimmer, and Star*Line

Memories of Philip and Arnold: A Review of Total Recall

Saturday 4 August 2012  |  Reviews

The new Total Recall, despite some changes in its story, is for the most part a very faithful remake... People who have seen the Schwarzenegger film may feel that they have watched this film before, and that is not exactly a case of false memory.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Friday 3 August 2012  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books include G. Willow Wilson's Alif the Unseen, James S.A. Corey's Caliban's War, Ian Tregillis' The Coldest War, and titles by Adams, Bernbich, Dozois, Joyce, Pratchett & Baxter, Reynolds, Roberts, Silverberg, Williams, and Yu.

Jack Vance: Go for Broke

Thursday 2 August 2012  |  Perspectives

jack vance
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

I think if you've had a lot of fun in your life, it changes your brain. I'm serious about this. I think if you did some research, you'd discover that if you have a lot of fun, it keeps you young. That's a theory of mine and I don't see any reason not to believe it's true.

August Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 August 2012  |  Magazine

july issue
The August issue features interviews with Jack Vance and with Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, results of this year's Locus Survey, more appreciations of the late Ray Bradbury, reports and photos from Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Kij Johnson, Paula Brandon, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven, John Barnes, and many others.

Earlier posts:
December | November | October | September | August | July | June | May | April | March | February | January | December | November | October | September | August | July | June

August 2012

- Jack Vance
- Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
- Locus Survey
- Ray Bradbury appreciations
— Mailed 31 July 2012 —
Electronic availability:
1 August 2012
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