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john scalzi Locus interviews Redshirts author and Chicon 7 Toastmaster John Scalzi..
I'll be blunt about it: humor is one of the great taboos of science fiction.
e. lily yu ..and Spotlights Campbell New Writer winner E. Lily Yu -
I write everything: poems, plays, novels, essays, stories, songs...
cory doctorow Cory Doctorow's new column:
Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts
Although these spectacles look like movies, what they really are is opera.

September 2012 Blinks

September -- News Posts

September 2012 Posts:

October Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 30 September 2012  |  Magazine

october issue
The October issue features interviews with Kij Johnson and Stanley Schmidt, coverage of Chicon 7 with lots of photos, and reviews of short fiction and new books by M. John Harrison, Kate Griffin, John Varley, Charles Yu, Tiffany Trent, and many others.

"Twentieth-Century Affectations": A Review of Looper

Saturday 29 September 2012  |  Reviews

It's entertaining enough, if a bit disquieting at times and too violent to recommend for a date night, and the film can be thought-provoking in both ways that its writer-director anticipated and ways that he probably did not anticipate.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Friday 28 September 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Jabberwocky, and at

Classic Reprints: September

Thursday 27 September 2012  |  Monitor

Gary K. Wolfe's Library of America volume American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, six Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin, three ebook anthologies by Ellen Datlow, two titles by Robert Silverberg, and titles by Paul Levinson and Cordwainer Smith

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Brian Evenson

Wednesday 26 September 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2012 issue

The most unusual story in Windeye, Brian Evenson's outstanding new collection of short fiction, is devoid of the reality slips and nods to the supernormal that distinguish the other 24 stories in the book. In fact, it doesn't even read like fiction.

New Books : 25 September

Tuesday 25 September 2012  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's Dodger, Kij Johnson's collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees, memoirs by Brian Aldiss and Diana Wynne Jones, and other titles by Archer, Beaudoin, Cobley, Currie, Frost, Gropp, Guran, Habel, Lockhart, Lovegrove, Millet, Schafer, Sizemore, Spradlin, Stephenson et al, Strout, and Tallerman

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 September 2012  |  Monitor

Brent Weeks' The Blinding Knife debuts on three lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Barrett, Jr.'s Other Seasons

Sunday 23 September 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This generous, stimulating, mammoth compendium commemorates the fifty-two years of Neal Barrett Jr.'s short-story production, and arrives none too soon, while the author is still a sprightly young eighty-three-years old.

New in Paperback: September

Saturday 22 September 2012  |  Monitor

New in paperback this past month, Joan Slonczewski's Campbell Award-winner The Highest Frontier, William Gibson's nonfiction collection Distrust That Particular Flavor, and other titles by Anthony, Buehlman, Buettner, Charlton, Cook, Doctorow, Elliott, Friedman, Gilman, Smith, Stirling, Weber, and Ziegler

Richard Kadrey: Running with the Devil

Friday 21 September 2012  |  Perspectives

richard kadrey
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview.

So I ended up with dual lives and ways of being and speaking around different groups. I sort of became different people. I learned how to tell some stories and how to lie. That was probably helpful to becoming a writer: learning how to be fast on your feet with the right story at the right time.

Gwenda Bond reviews Malinda Lo's Adaptation

Thursday 20 September 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2012 issue

Lo moves into the territory of The X-Files without a hitch, crafting a well-developed character in Reese and making us believe her slow discovery that she is now part of something larger. All the twists and turns you'd expect from a good SF thriller are here...

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Wednesday 19 September 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Subterranean, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies

New Books : 18 September

Tuesday 18 September 2012  |  Monitor

Rae Carson's The Crown of Embers and other YA novels by Malinda Lo and Maggie Stiefvater, two books about J.R.R. Tolkien, collections from Hampton Fancher and Ursula K. Le Guin, and other titles by Edward, Erikson, Kristoff, Leslie, Trahan, and Weber

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 September 2012  |  Monitor

Titles by S.M. Stirling, Kevin J. Anderson, and Seanan McGuire debut.

Paul Di Filippo reviews James P. Blaylock's Zeuglodon

Sunday 16 September 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

After some recent books that explored his steampunk interests, Blaylock now returns to urban fantasy, producing a thrill-filled novel blended of whimsy and danger, absurdity and eternal wisdom.

Print Periodicals: mid-September

Saturday 15 September 2012  |  Monitor

The last print issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction, and new issues of Analog, Asimov's, and On Spec

Nancy Pearl: Elastic Realism

Friday 14 September 2012  |  Perspectives

nancy pearl
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview.

Books have always been an escape for me — from reality, from the world. There were wonderful children's librarians at the Parkman branch of the Detroit Public Library who opened the world of books and reading to me. Going there was a way to escape the world, and that's where I discovered science fiction.

Locus Bestsellers, September

Thursday 13 September 2012  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by John Scalzi's Redshirts, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, David R. George III's Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn, and Christian Dunn's Warhammer 40K: The Horus Heresy: The Primarchs.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jeffrey Ford

Wednesday 12 September 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2012 issue

Crackpot Palace is the work of a writer who knows where to look for that magic, and who is firmly at the forefront of those writers, emerging mostly during the last couple of decades, who seem utterly comfortable with inventing their own genres as they go along.

New Books : 11 September

Tuesday 11 September 2012  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Be My Enemy, the US edition of Margo Lanagan's The Brides of Rollrock Island, James P. Blaylock's Zeuglodon, and other titles by Anderson, Battersby, Carlson, Christopher, Correia, Glass, Hogan, Levithan, Lumley, Maberry, Sanderson, Weeks, and Wendig

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 September 2012  |  Monitor

Christie Golden's World of Warcraft novel Jaina Proudmore: Tides of War debuts on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Sunday 9 September 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, On Spec, Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Redstone SF, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, and Apex Magazine

Online Periodicals: early September

Saturday 8 September 2012  |  Monitor

What's new at Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Ideomancer, Lightspeed, Redstone SF, and SF Site

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

Friday 7 September 2012  |  Resources

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Thursday 6 September 2012  |  Magazine

expose 10
September New and Notable books include a collection of digital art, novels by Aaronovitch, Brandon, Milford, Parker, Payton, Stross, and Williams, and collections and anthologies from Carroll, Guran, Hoffman, Horton, Kiernan, and Stephenson.

New Books : 4 September

Wednesday 5 September 2012  |  Monitor

Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross' The Rapture of the Nerds, John Varley's Slow Apocalypse, Gwenda Bond's debut novel Blackwood, plus other debuts by Kim Curran, Linda Grimes, Katherine Amt Hanna, and Alex Hughes, other novels by Aguirre, Bornikova, Griffith & Griffith, Lee & Miller, Marr, McGuire, Milford, Palma, Petrucha, Roberson, Stirling, Sykes, and Williams, and collections by Phillips and Resnick

September Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 4 September 2012  |  Magazine

september issue
The September issue features interviews with John Scalzi, Nancy Pearl, and Richard Kadrey, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Jeffrey Ford, N.K. Jemisin, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross, Brian Evenson, Jim C. Hines, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 September 2012  |  Monitor

Terry Brooks' Wards of Faerie debuts #3 at New York Times, #6 at PW.

John Scalzi: Redshirts

Sunday 2 September 2012  |  Perspectives

john scalzi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview.

I'll be blunt about it: humor is one of the great taboos of science fiction. It's not just an issue of being able to write it well. When I first started writing, I was told, 'You canít sell a humorous science fiction novel.' I honestly feel that Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was an extinction-level event for humor in science fiction.

Cory Doctorow: Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts

Saturday 1 September 2012  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

Although these spectacles look like movies, what they really are is opera — stylized, larger-than-life, highly symbolic work that is not meant to be understood literally. And it makes me nuts.

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