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September 2013 Blinks

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September 2013 Posts:

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 September 2013  |  Monitor

Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge debuts on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Sunday 29 September 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Asimov's, Analog, The Dark,, Unlikely Story, and Mythic Delirium, with recommendations of stories by Ian R. MacLeod, Gregory Norman Bossert, Daniel Hatch, Dale Bailey, and Mark Rigney

Periodicals: late September

Saturday 28 September 2013  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, On Spec, and Shimmer, plus new online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Perihelion SF, SF Site, Strange Horizons, and

New Books : September Supplemental

Friday 27 September 2013  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's Zombie Baseball Beatdown, John Scalzi's The Mallet of Loving Correction, Gary Westfahl's William Gibson, and titles by Bardugo, Boston, Datlow, Fforde, Hellard & Thomas, Holt, Kiernan, Klima et al., Lovegrove, Maberry, McClure, Melton, Wasserman, and Zettel

Spotlight on Betsy Mitchell of Open Road Media

Thursday 26 September 2013  |  Perspectives

betsy mitchell
What we do is match up book fans with authors they may not know but will very likely enjoy, using every means of finding readers available to the modern online marketer. The process is so different from what I learned in pre-internet times!

Faren Miller reviews J.M. Sidorova

Wednesday 25 August 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2013 issue

Even if The Age of Ice sometimes strains patience or belief with its vast wealth of detail, on the whole Alexander's sharp observations — and the author's ability to plunge him into the thick of things, fraught with emotions far more intense than ennui — display a remarkable power.

New Books : 24 September

Tuesday 24 September 2013  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, Stephen Baxter's Proxima, Steven Brust & Skyler White's The Incrementalists, Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart, and titles by Adams, Holloway, James, Littlewood, Mansbach, Schwab, Siegel, Willrich, and Wooding

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 September 2013  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Doctor Sleep is #1 at

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Blumlein's What the Doctor Ordered

Sunday 22 September 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Blumlein's prefered mode is fabulism, a blend of the Three Faces of Fantastika — Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction. Laid of course atop a foundation of actinic naturalism. The ratios shift and flow from story to story. Tone varies from downright scary to wistfully melancholy to surreally absurd.

Classic Reprints: September

Saturday 21 September 2013  |  Monitor

The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Eight and new editions of works by Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Dan Simmons, and Jo Walton

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Friday 20 September 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, On Spec, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet; with recommendations of stories by Greg Kurzawa, Sean McMullen, M Bennardo, Meda Kahn, and Lillian Wheeler

Spotlight on Luis Ortiz, Publisher

Thursday 19 September 2013  |  Perspectives

luis ortiz
I don't buy into the "Amazon taking over the world" thinking. I believe that in the long run Amazon will stumble in the publishing arena. I do know that e-books make it a lot easier for publishers to sell directly to readers without a mid≠dleman and I don't know why the big publishers are not doing more of this.

Cecelia Holland reviews Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman

Wednesday 18 September 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2013 issue

Stan Robinson has always been a writer of huge ambition — he owns Mars, after all — and in taking on this theme, he has another huge purpose: not to tell us what this most ancient of human worlds was, but somehow, through the act of fiction, to make us remember.

New Books : 17 September

Tuesday 17 September 2013  |  Monitor

Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge, a children's picture book by Neil Gaiman, and titles by Armstrong, Black, Cummings, de la Cruz & Johnston, Di Filipo, Duncan, Gibson, Hawke, Kristoff, Lalumière, Modesitt, Moyer, Stiefvater, Sullivan, Thomas, and Werlin

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 September 2013  |  Monitor

Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx debut on print lists; also, titles by S.M. Stirling, Seanan McGuire, and J.K. Rowling

Jack Skillingstead: Ups & Downs

Sunday 15 September 2013  |  Perspectives

jack skillingstead
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I'm always obsessed with meaning. I veer back and forth. Sometimes I think, 'Of course, everything in life has meaning.' If nothing has meaning, things are pretty bleak. My point of interest with it is, 'Does it matter what's true, or does it only matter what you believe?'

New in Paperback: August - September

Saturday 14 September 2013  |  Monitor

Iain M. Banks' The Hydrogen Sonata, Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatrilís Alliance, Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema, and titles by Bennett, Buehlman , Butcher, Card, Carson, Lee & Miller, Levithan, Maberry, Smith, Stirling, and Weeks

Paul Di Filippo reviews James Gunn's Transcendental

Friday 13 September 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Gunn has issued a novel that equals or tops his earlier landmark, earning, I think, a permanent rank in the extended canon of our genre. It is wise, exciting, clever, surprising, hip and au courant (or perhaps timeless is a better word). Its technical craftsmanship is subtle and awe-inspiring.

Locus Bestsellers, September

Thursday 12 September 2013  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, James S.A. Corey's Abaddon's Gate, and titles by Daniel Wallace and R.A. Salvatore

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Wednesday 11 September 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Subterranean, Clarkesworld, Apex, and anthology Glitter and Mayhem; with recommendations of stories by Ted Chiang, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Tregellis, Amal El-Mohtar, and Alan deNiro.

New Books : 10 September

Tuesday 10 September 2013  |  Monitor

Patrick Ness' More Than This, Kim Newman's Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard, anthologies from Steve Berman and Paula Guran, and other titles by David Barnett, Joel Shepherd, and Rick Yancey

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 September 2013  |  Monitor

John Jackson Miller's Star Wars novel Kenobi debuts on three lists.

Nalo Hopkinson: As Magic Does

Sunday 8 September 2013  |  Perspectives

nalo hopkinson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

Despite what some people think, I know exactly how the magic works in the book. I thought it out very carefully. But I was telling the story through the eyes of somebody who is only half aware of the magic, who has lived with some version of that magic all her life anyway, and so doesn't find it all that weird.

Electronic Periodicals: early September

Saturday 7 September 2013  |  Monitor

The New York Review of Science Fiction celebrates its 300th issue; Omni Reboot debuts; plus, what's new at Apex, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Ideomancer, Indian SF, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, SF Site, and Subterranean

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

Friday 6 September 2013  |  Resources

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Thursday 5 September 2013  |  Magazine

September New and Notable books include art books Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! 2 and Exposé 11 and titles by Datlow, Dozois, Guran, Kadrey, Lansdale, McIntosh, Novik, Shea, Shirley, Sidorova, and Stross.

New Books : 4 September

Wednesday 4 September 2013  |  Monitor

Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman, Laird Barron's The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, Nancy Farmer's The Lord of Opium, and titles by Barnes, Bond, Drake, Gilman, Hill, Jonach, Kenyon, Masterton, McGuire, Merz, Millar, Rawlik, Rees, Reichert, Ringo, Scull, Stirling, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 3 September 2013  |  Monitor

Terry Goodkind's The Third Kingdom and Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season debut strongly on print lists.

Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books

Monday 2 September 2013  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

While I was in Chicago, I sat down with some of the ALA strategists to talk about how libraries are getting a raw deal on e-books. When libraries want to buy an e-book from the publisher, they find themselves paying as much as five times the price you or I pay for the same book.

September Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 1 September 2013  |  Magazine

september issue
The September issue features interviews with Nalo Hopkinson and Jack Skillingstead, a new column by Cory Doctorow, listings of forthcoming books through June 2014, spotlights on Betsy Mitchell and Luis Ortiz, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Kim Stanley Robinson, Paul McAuley, Stephen P. Kiernan, Marcus Sedgwick, Seanan McGuire, and many others.

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