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December 2012 Blinks

December -- News Posts

December 2012 Posts:

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 31 December 2012  |  Monitor

Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's A Memory of Light is #1 today on

Lois Tilton's 2012 Reviews in Review

Sunday 30 December 2012  |  Reviews

Looking back at the year's best stories from print and electronic periodicals and a few anthologies

Locus Online's 2012 All-Centuries Polls Results: Short Fiction

Saturday 29 December 2012

The results of Locus Online's polls for best SF and fantasy short fiction -- novellas, novelettes, and short stories -- of the 20th and 21st centuries are titles by Ted Chiang, Daniel Keyes, Arthur C. Clarke, Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, and Ted Chiang.

Notable New UK Books : December

Friday 28 December 2012  |  Monitor

Eric Brown's Starship Spring, Paul Cornell's London Falling, and titles by Ramsey Campbell, Will Elliott, S.T. Joshi, and Joe R. Lansdale

Classic Reprints: December

Thursday 27 December 2012  |  Monitor

Ursula K. Le Guin's The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories and titles by Daniel Abraham, Kelly Link, and Gene Wolfe

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick's The Cassandra Project

Wednesday 26 December 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2012 issue

The puzzles just keep getting more puzzling — an excellent trait in a narrative driven by puzzles. It's clear early on that (despite initial uncertainty on the part of some characters) odd things really did happen on a couple of pre-Apollo-XI lunar missions and that all records of such events were thoroughly and deeply buried...

New Books : 25 December

Tuesday 25 December 2012  |  Monitor

December books released yesterday are John C. Wright's The Hermetic Millenia and titles by Piers Anthony and James F. David.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 December 2012  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker debuts on the NY Times YA list.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ursula K. Le Guin

Sunday 23 December 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2012 issue

Learning how Le Guin views her own fiction suggests that the long and almost irresistible habit of deifying Le Guin in the realm of SF and fantasy just might, paradoxically, be another way of underestimating her achievement.

Print Periodicals: early December

Saturday 22 December 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, F&SF, and On Spec

Locus Online's 2012 All-Centuries Polls Results: Novels

Friday 21 December 2012

The results of Locus Online's polls for best SF and fantasy novels of the 20th and 21sth centuries are titles by Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman.

New in Paperback: December

Thursday 20 December 2012  |  Monitor

Rudy Rucker's Nested Scrolls and titles by Bova, Dietz, Douglass, Dyachenko, Flynn, Foglio, Hodgell, Martin & Dozois, and Turtledove

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-December

Wednesday 19 December 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Subterranean, Eclipse Online, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, and On Spec

New Books : 18 December

Tuesday 18 December 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: Jesse Bullington's The Folly of the World. Plus: recent titles by Damien Broderick, Buckell & Monti, Nancy Kilpatrick, Sherwood Smith, Gary Westfahl, and an Annotated Frankenstein.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 December 2012  |  Monitor

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is #2 on today.

The Hobbit

Sunday 16 December 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It's a mess where the novel was a mess, and padded where it wasn't, and shares some of the flaws of modern special-effects-laden cinema. But with all those caveats, I can't help but thinking that we would be hailing it as masterpiece of filmmaking if only Jackson hadn't already set the bar so high.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Lois McMaster Bujold

Saturday 15 December 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online - Paul Di Filippo reads Lois McMaster Bujold, for the first time

I can now easily see why Bujold's books are so popular. They live at the still-beating eternal heart of science fiction, Campbellian space opera.

Elizabeth Bear: Earthly Convention

Friday 14 December 2012  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

I have heard from a number of friends, of Asian and African descent, about how frustrating it is to see how focused Western fantasy is on the history of medieval Europe. With Range of Ghosts, I wanted to write a book for them and their kids, that would in some way honor their heritage.

Locus Bestsellers, December

Thursday 13 December 2012  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by David Weber's Midst Toil and Tribulation, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and books by Kirsten Beyer and R.A. Salvatore.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts

Wednesday 12 December 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Steele does everything right in this book, without a single false note. Moreover, he does it all with grace, the story unspooling in an accomplished manner that seems effortless, but which really hides immense work and skill.

New Books : 11 December

Tuesday 11 December 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: Howard Andrew Jones' The Bones of the Old Ones and James Herbert's Ash; earlier, titles by Mira Grant, Henry Melton, C.E. Murphy, and Joshua Skye

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 December 2012  |  Monitor

Jim Butcher's Cold Days is #1 on the NY Times fiction hardcover list; Kevin Hearne's Trapped also debuts.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Sunday 9 December 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in anthology A Fantasy Medley 2 and in new issues of Clarkesworld, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Stupefying Stories

Online Periodicals: early December

Saturday 8 December 2012  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Ideomancer, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and SF Site

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

Friday 7 December 2012  |  Resources

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

Faren Miller reviews Richard E. Gropp

Thursday 6 December 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2012 issue

Richard E. Gropp won the Del Rey Suvudu Writing Contest with first novel, Bad Glass, which explores a strangely plagued Spokane WA (in a time not too far from the present) through the first-person viewpoint and some of the work of lead character Dean Walker...

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Wednesday 5 December 2012  |  Magazine

December New and Notable books include Robert Shearman's Remember Why You Fear Me, other collections by Elizabeth Bear, Peter Dickinson, and Elizabeth Hand, novels from Baxter, Benford & Niven, Bray, Griffin, Rucker, and Sanderson, and anthologies from Buckell & Monti, Grzyb & Helene, Hannett & Slatter, Tan, and VanderMeer

New Books : 4 December

Tuesday 4 December 2012  |  Monitor

Released today: Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner's Spectrum 19, and titles by Conroy, Dietz, Freer, Hodder, Hoyt, Koch, Komatsu, Lackey, Nye, Patton, Resnick, Turtledove, Viehl, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 December 2012  |  Monitor

New editions of The Hobbit rank on a couple lists.

Ted Kosmatka: Game Master

Sunday 2 December 2012  |  Perspectives

ted kosmatka
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

The idea for my first novel goes all the way back to a job I had when I was 15 years old, as a corn de-tasseler on a farm.

December Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 December 2012  |  Magazine

december issue
The December issue features interviews with Elizabeth Bear and Ted Kosmatka, a report on the World Fantasy Convention, lists of forthcoming books through September 2013, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Ursula K. Le Guin, Allen Steele, Kage Baker & Kathleen Bartholomew, and many others.

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