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June 2013 Posts:


Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Sunday 30 June 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of a novella by Jay Lake and stories in new issues of On Spec, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, James Gunn's Ad Astra, and Three-lobed Burning Eye

Electronic Periodicals: late June

Saturday 29 June 2013  |  Monitor

What's new at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, SF Site, Strange Horizons, and Subterranean

Paul Di Filippo reviews Barry N. Malzberg

Friday 28 June 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

For readers and writers of Malzberg's heyday, he was — and remains — a seminal figure without whom the entire shape of today's field would be different. He might be said to occupy the same kind of USA niche that Ballard did in the UK at the same period. Published in the genre, but somewhat outside it, with a different slant of vision.

New Books : Supplemental June

Thursday 27 June 2013  |  Monitor

Iain Banks' last novel The Quarry, titles by McBride, Tobler, and Yellowboy from Prime Books' new digital imprint, and other titles by Davidson, Lee, Littlewood, and Marshall

Adrienne Martini reviews Ben H. Winters

Wednesday 26 June 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2013 issue

That's where Winters's work shines. Yes, the characters are well drawn and, yes, his plot is engaging — but what is most compelling is how finely drawn and horrifyingly plausible his vision is.

New Books : 25 June

Tuesday 25 June 2013  |  Monitor

New this week: Christopher Priest's The Adjacent, Graham Joyce's The Year of the Ladybird, Ofir Touché Gafla's The World of the End, and titles by Ashby, Berman, Extence, Greer, Haley, Kemp, McCullough, Nickle, Niven & Harrington, Roman, and Wolverton

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 June 2013  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Joyland rises to #1 on five lists.

Faren Miller reviews Kit Reed

Sunday 23 June 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2013 issue

Kit Reed's The Story Until Now, aptly subtitled "A Great Big Book of Stories", takes its 35 works from a long career that shows no sign of stopping.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Neil Gaiman

Saturday 22 June 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2013 issue

The most remarkable thing about his short new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and what makes it possibly his best, is that for the first time at novel length, he's writing from the inside out.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brian Aldiss

Friday 21 June 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Finches of Mars is somewhere in a hybrid realm: full of incident and history and character, yet also somewhat rambling and aleatory, breaking off into philosophical passages and introducing new characters right up till the end, against all best-seller patternings. It's truly a novel of ideas.

Classic Reprints: June

Thursday 20 June 2013  |  Monitor

SF Masterworks by Isaac Asimov and James Morrow, a novel by Richard Bowes, and backlists from Paul Di Filippo, Norman Spinrad, and Theodore Sturgeon

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

Wednesday 19 June 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Subterranean, F&SF, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 18 June

Tuesday 18 June 2013  |  Monitor

New this week: Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, S.M. Wheeler's debut novel Sea Change, nonfiction by Fred Nadis about Ray Palmer, and titles by Ahlborn, Barry, Berman, Bledsoe, Clarke, Hoover, Knight, Patrick, Pratchett & Baxter, Scholes, Yolen & Stemple, and Zafón

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 June 2013  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Joyland debuts strongly; titles by Card & Johnston and Corey also debut.

Spotlight on Deborah Biancotti, Author

Sunday 16 June 2013  |  Perspectives

deborah biancotti
Alfred Adler said it's easier to fight for your principles than it is to live up to them. I think for a long time I took that as a personal challenge. I wanted to walk the walk.

‘This Man Is Not Our Enemy’: A Review of Man of Steel

Saturday 15 June 2013  |  Reviews

While the film gets many things right in its generally intelligent and respectful reinterpretation of this iconic superhero, it also gets some key things wrong — which provide telling commentary on how the world, and its films, have changed since Superman first appeared seventy-five years ago.

New in Paperback: June

Friday 14 June 2013  |  Monitor

Alastair Reynolds' Blue Remembered Earth, Kevin Barry's City of Bohane, Neal Stephenson's Some Remarks, and titles by Bernobich, Bova, Harkness, Kadrey, McCaffrey & McCaffrey, O'Neal, Palma, Spencer, and Weber

Locus Bestsellers, June

Thursday 13 June 2013  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson's A Memory of Light, David Brin's Existence, Max Brooks' World War Z, and titles by Tony Daniel and R.A. Salvatore.

Rudy Rucker: Quantum Wetware

Wednesday 12 June 2013  |  Perspectives

rudy rucker
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

I do like the classic tropes of SF — I call them the 'power chords.' That's how I thought of cyberpunk, as a way of taking the classic SF things, like alien invasions, telepathy, giant ants, and making them rock a little harder.

New Books : 11 June

Tuesday 11 June 2013  |  Monitor

New this week: Brian Aldiss' last SF novel (maybe), Finches of Mars, Will McIntosh's Love Minus Eighty, Elizabeth Moon's Limits of Power, and titles by Jones, Sheehan, Swain, and Ware

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 June 2013  |  Monitor

Dean Koontz' Deeply Odd debuts strongly on three lists.

Electronic Periodicals: early June

Sunday 9 June 2013  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Apex, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Ideomancer, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, New Worlds, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Waylines

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

Saturday 8 June 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog, and Apex

Print Periodicals: mid-May to early June

Friday 7 June 2013  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Analog, Andromedia Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Asimov's, Black Static, Interzone, Jupiter, F&SF, and On Spec

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2014

Thursday 6 June 2013  |  Resources

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

Sofia Samatar: Stranger Scripts

Wednesday 5 June 2013  |  Perspectives

sofia samatar
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

I went to the Small Beer table and I met Gavin Grant and said, 'I wrote this book.' He said, 'What's it about?' And I said, 'Well, you know, it's about somebody who leaves home and then he's haunted by a ghost.' He didn’t seem enthusiastic about my description at all!

New Books : 4 June

Tuesday 4 June 2013  |  Monitor

New this past week: Stephen King's Joyland, Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, James S.A. Corey's Abaddon's Gate, the US edition of Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls, and titles by Antczak & Bassett, Averill, Card & Johnston, Green, Lackey et al, Lackey, Lafferty, MacFarlane, Marmell, Masterton, Mead, Olson, Robinson, Ross, Silverberg & Broderick, Smith, Spencer, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 June 2013  |  Monitor

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur debuts on two lists.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Sunday 2 June 2013  |  Magazine

June New and Notable books include Sofia Samatar's A Stranger in Olondria, Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni, Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars, and titles by Cherryh, Cornell, Gaiman & Headley, Haldeman, Hill, Hobb, McAllister, and Shepard

Father Doesn't Know Best: A Review of After Earth

Saturday 1 June 2013  |  Reviews

After Earth is, strangely enough, not as awful as one might expect; it may be mediocre, but it is not execrable, perhaps because the two massive egos dominating the project managed to restrain each man's distinctive excesses.

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