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October 2013 Blinks

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October 2013 Posts:

Electronic Periodicals: late October

Thursday 31 October 2013  |  Monitor

What's new online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mythic Delirium, SF Site, Strange Horizons, and

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Wednesday 30 October 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, and Paula Guran's anthology Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, with recommendations of stories by Sunny Moraine and Gemma Files

New Books : 29 October

Tuesday 29 October 2013  |  Monitor

Lavie Tidhar's The Violent Century, Richard Kadrey's Dead Set, and titles by Bernobich, Burgess, Chu, Clare & Lewis, Douglas, Gladstone, Hair, Harris, Henry, Hollihan, Holloway, Holzner, Jones, Kent, Lyle, McGugan, Shepherd, and Spring

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 October 2013  |  Monitor

Titles by Stephen R. Donaldson, Veronica Roth, and Neal Shusterman debut on USA Today's list.

Russell Letson reviews Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice

Sunday 27 October 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2013 issue

A revenge-quest intertwined with a set of figure-my-culture puzzles wrapped around a reluctant-buddies adventure-travelogue, climaxing in a series of revelations and action-movie physical confrontations. The complexity and strangeness of the world that generates all this requires a degree of patience at the beginning — there is a large dose of guess-my-world in the book's DNA, and some of the questions one puzzles over are necessarily left unanswered for some time. But patience is rewarded. This is not entry-level SF, and its payoff is correspondingly greater because of that.

New Books : October Supplemental

Saturday 26 October 2013  |  Monitor

S.T. Joshi's The Assaults of Chaos: A Novel about H.P. Lovecraft, anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, and titles by Alexander, Ballantyne, Brozak, Kirkman & Bonansinga, Nevill, Newton, Pierce, and Rought

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Tales of Jack the Ripper

Friday 24 October 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2013 issue

Ross Lockhart's Tales of Jack the Ripper is the latest in a succession of anthologies featuring stories on the Jack the Ripper theme. Its 19 selections — poetry and fiction — are a mix of reprints and (mostly) originals that show both the possibilities and limitations of that theme.

Classic Reprints: October

Thursday 24 October 2013  |  Monitor

New editions of Michael Bishop's Ancient of Days and other novels by Crowley, Dick & Zelazny, Powers, and Verne; plus omnibuses, collections, and anthologies from Aldiss, Ashley, Blaylock, Blish, Davis, and Moorcock

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Graham Joyce's The Year of the Ladybird

Wednesday 23 October 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2013 issue

A couple of elements that may seem fantastical, such as the record-smashing heat wave and the locust-like plague of millions of ladybirds, turn out to be well-documented actual events from the summer of 1976, when the novel takes place. As is often the case with Joyce, we come to realize that some events which seem fantastical aren't, and some events which seem real turn out fantastical.

New Books : 22 October

Tuesday 22 October 2013  |  Monitor

Dan Simmons' The Abominable, Veronica Roth's Allegiant, and titles by Anthony, Grant, Jones, Marr & Pratt, Pinborough, and Rouaud

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 October 2013  |  Monitor

Dave Eggers' The Circle and Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves debut on lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Sunday 20 October 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of F&SF and Lightspeed and in anthology Rags and Bones, with recommendations of stories by Michael Blumlein, Albert E. Cowdrey, M.K. Hobson, Neil Gaiman, Tim Pratt, and Gene Wolfe

New in Paperback: September - October

Saturday 19 October 2013  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Red Country, Joe Hill's NOS4A2, and titles by Anthony, Baxter, Campbell, Carey, del Toro & Hogan, Lackey, Philip, Pratchett, Shinn, and Spoor

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.W. Jeter

Friday 18 October 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The interesting question now, concerning Fiendish Schemes, released some twenty-five years of steampunkishness onward, is whether Jeter can offer advances on the form. I'm happy to report a triumph. This is state-of-the-art "mad Victorian fantasy."

Gwenda Bond reviews Holly Black

Thursday 17 October 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2013 issue

In a world filled with more fantasy series than anyone could follow, a satisfying standalone is always an excellent thing to find. Yet here's hoping The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is embraced by so many lovers of dark fantasy and horror, by readers ready for vampires to be truly scary again, that Black is tempted to visit this world again.

G. Willow Wilson: Landscape of the Imagination

Wednesday 16 October 2013  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

The beauty of science fiction and fantasy is that the reader can take it on whatever level they're capable of. The reading can be that multifaceted. If somebody wants to read a story as a metaphor for a political situation, or gay rights, or women in history, or whatever, they can do that. But if they donít want to read it that way, and it's a good standalone story, they don't have to read the deeper meaning into it.

New Books : 15 October

Tuesday 15 October 2013  |  Monitor

Wolfgang Jeschke's The Cusanus Game, Stephen R. Donaldson's last Thomas Covenant novel The Last Dark, K.W. Jeter's Fiendish Schemes, Jeff VanderMeer's Wonderbook, and other titles by Barnes, Berman, Cast & Cast, Cole, Connolly, Crilley, Rice, Shusterman, Williams, and Wilson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 October 2013  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Doctor Sleep is still #1.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Eric Lundgren's The Facades

Sunday 13 October 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The accomplished and engaging debut novel of Eric Lundgren basically conflates the absurdist doings of a typical George Saunders story with the homegrown Midwest eccentric ambiance of Garrison Keillor's Lake Woebegone — except that Lundgren's venue of Trude is not a village but a medium-sized city.

Electronic Periodicals: early October

Saturday 12 October 2013  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Daily SF, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, Perihelion, Quantum Muse, and SF Site

Print Periodicals: early October

Friday 11 October 2013  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Focus, Interzone, and Vector

Locus Bestsellers, October

Thursday 10 October 2013  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312, Max Brooks' World War Z, and titles by Troy Denning and Michael A. Stackpole.

Scott Lynch: Mythic Lineage

Wednesday 9 October 2013  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

I have firm plans for the Gentleman Bastard sequence. Assuming that it continues to be commercially successful enough that my publishers will give me carte blanche to keep going, I would like to follow it with a further seven books, set about 20 years after the end of Inherit the Night, book seven of the current sequence.

New Books : 8 October

Tuesday 8 October 2013  |  Monitor

David Eggers' The Circle, Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves, Martin & Dozois' anthology Old Mars, a collection by Nnedi Okorafor, and other titles by Adams, Bein, Buehlman, Campbell, Carey, Carlson, Cooper, Dalglish, Dashner, DeLima, Goodman, Guran, Harper, Jobling, Lackey, Marr, McKinley, McMann, Morton, Nye, Shane, Stinson, Strout, and Ward

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 October 2013  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Doctor Sleep is #1 on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Sunday 6 October 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceasless Skies, Clarkesworld, Apex, Kaleidotrope, and Strange Horizons, plus Paula Guran's anthology Once Upon a Time, with recommendations of stories by Richard Parks, Nathan Ballingrud, Geoffrey W. Cole, and Rose Lemberg

"It's Time to Go Home": A Review of Gravity

Saturday 5 October 2013  |  Reviews

Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is not only an excellent movie that people should see, but also an excellent movie that people need to see, to learn about what they have mostly been missing in the last half century of films about space travel — namely, the actual experience of living in space.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Friday 4 October 2013  |  Magazine

October New and Notable books include Paul McAuley's Evening's Empires, Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman, other novels by Asher, Banks, Bond, Enge, Hunt, and Lain, collections by Ballingrud, Blumlein, and Silverberg, and anthologies from Datlow, Guran, and Mooney & Fawcett

Kameron Hurley: "Everybody Already Knows": How Silence About the Realities of Publishing Hurts Authors

Thursday 3 October 2013  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's October Issue.

It's quite possible we're sacrificing a good many new writers. We're letting them navigate the tricky waters of publishing on their own, with the expectation that their agent will be great, their publisher will always love them, industry professionals will always act professionally, and the checks will always come on time.

October Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 2 October 2013  |  Magazine

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The October issue features interviews with Scott Lynch and G. Willow Wilson, an obituary and many appreciations of Frederik Pohl, commentary by Kameron Hurley, reports and photos from LoneStarCon 3, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Wolfgang Jeschke, Scott Lynch, Chris Willrich, Maggie Stiefvater, Ann Leckie, and many others.

New Books : 1 October

Tuesday 1 October 2013  |  Monitor

Rachel Swirsky's How the World Became Quiet, Alastair Reynolds' On the Steel Breeze, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, a previously unpublished work by Evangeline Walton, and other titles by Asher, Bear, Best, Campbell, Correia & Kupari, Crowther, Daniells, Erikson, Flint & Carrico, Hair, Hough, Kenyon, May, Moore, Mullins, Newman, Phoenix, Resnick & Garcia, Tallerman, Valente, and Weber & Lindskold

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