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November 2013 Posts:


New Books : November Supplemental

Saturday 30 November 2013  |  Monitor

Frank Schaetzing's Limit, books on gay horror creators and black sf/f culture, and other titles by Card, Goodnight, Kaufmann, Marsh, Polansky, Richards, Shinn, and Souders

Periodicals: late November

Friday 29 November 2013  |  Monitor

What's new with Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Dreams and Nightmares, Galaxy's Edge, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Jupiter, Mythic Delirium, Perihelion, SF Site, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Thursday 28 November 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Betwixt, The Dark, and Unlikely Story, with recommendations of stories by John Shirley, Sarah Brooks, Sarah Singleton, and Maria Dhavana Headley

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Nathan Ballingrud

Wednesday 27 November 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2013 issue

Matched to his original ideas and refreshing re≠furbishments of genre set pieces, Ballingrud's writ≠ing makes North American Lake Monsters one of the best collections of short fiction for the year.

New Books : 26 November

Tuesday 26 November 2013  |  Monitor

Gene Wolfe's The Land Across, Greg Egan's The Arrows of Time, and titles by Campbell, Knight, Lloyd, Oliver, Pratchett, Priest, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 November 2013  |  Monitor

Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is the only #1 ranking title on this week's lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Old Mars

Sunday 24 November 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This blockbuster anthology from the consummate professional editing team of Martin & Dozois exhibits at its heart a topic that's received much airing lately on the internet and at convention panels. What is the relationship of the genre's past to the present, actual and ideal? Is the medium stagnating or advancing by continuing to create such stories?

"No Easy Way to Be Free": A Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Saturday 23 November 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The film as a whole could be charitably assessed as harmless, well-made entertainment for America's youth, who certainly deserve an occasional diversion from the vicissitudes of their stressful lives. Yet adults have a long history of becoming distressed about each new pastime favored by their children, so some will not be surprised to find an aging reviewer becoming distressed about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. No, the film will not rot teenagers' minds or weaken their moral values, but there is a message embedded within its story that subtly undermines its seemingly subversive qualities.

Classic Reprints: November

Friday 22 November 2013  |  Monitor

Anne & Jeff VanderMeer's anthology The Time Traveller's Almanac, plus new editions of novels by Michael Bishop, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Jordan, Pat Murphy, Christopher Paolini, and E.E. "Doc" Smith

Faren Miller reviews Samantha Shannon

Thursday 21 November 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2013 issue

While this young writer can approach the mix of genres in her debut with a fervency that borders on the overwrought, most of the time her even younger heroine manages to bring a soaring saga of hearts, minds, and worlds solidly back down to earth.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Wednesday 20 November 2013  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois' anthology Old Mars and in new issues of Lightspeed and Strange Horizons

New Books : 19 November

Tuesday 19 November 2013  |  Monitor

Leena Krohn's Datura, or A Delusion We All See, collections by Baker, DeNiro, Vainonen, and Watts, and other titles by Ee, Fenner & Fenner, Kress & Pieczynski, Mitchell, Nassise, Philip, and Swank

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 November 2013  |  Monitor

Highest ranking titles remain Stephen King's Doctor Sleep and George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Howard Waldrop

Sunday 17 November 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Perhaps the greatest thing about Howard Waldrop and his marvelous fictions is that he has totally obliterated the modern/postmodern divide. He is Sax Rohmer and Donald Barthelme, Bela Lugosi and Johnny Depp.

New in Paperback: October - November

Saturday 16 November 2013  |  Monitor

George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Nalo Hopkinson's Sister Mine, and titles by Brett, Conroy, Harris, Harrison, Hoyt, Huff, Marillier, McDevitt & Resnick, Modesitt, and Wells

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Robert Charles Wilson's Burning Paradise

Friday 15 November 2013  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2013 issue

We find ourselves in a 2015 in which a near-universal peace has prevailed since the end of WWI — no Depression, no WWII, no Holo≠caust, no Vietnam, etc. — but only because a parasitical alien collective intelligence called the hypercolony has been manipulating human history to set the stage for its own reproductive agenda...

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 14 November 2013  |  Magazine

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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 Dayton Ward and R.A. Salvatore.

Steven Gould: What Will Be

Wednesday 13 November 2013  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's Novembere Issue interview

My feeling about film adaptations in general is that we, as writers, have to win the lottery. It's totally a lottery, but you need a ticket to win, and that ticket is getting something published. The next step is getting optioned — many books are optioned, and few are called. Jumper was optioned four different times by different people.

New Books : 12 November

Tuesday 12 November 2013  |  Monitor

Richard Bowes' If Angels Fight, Howard Waldrop's Horse of a Different Color, Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam, Sean Williams' Twinmaker, George R.R. Martin's The Wit & Wisdom by Tyrion Lannister, and titles by Golden, Gregory, Griffith, Hume, Locke, MacGregory, Priest, and Ramsey

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 November 2013  |  Monitor

Charlaine Harris' After Dead debuts in hardcover; George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons is #1 in mass market paperback.

Print Periodicals: early November

Sunday 10 November 2013  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Star*Line

Electronic Periodicals: early November

Saturday 9 November 2013  |  Monitor

What's in new issues of Apex, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and SF Site

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Friday 8 November 2013  |  Reviews

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

Sheila Williams: New Directions

Thursday 7 November 2013  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

Itís very exciting to be a magazine editor, because you know someone's going to get mad at you sometime. You donít know when or who or whether it will be someone on the left or the right — but someone's going to be mad. I find that kind of exhilarating, and a little bit nerve-wracking. I donít set out to upset anyone, but we want to break ground. The magazine is my magazine. It's stories I like. We're out to explore new directions.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Wednesday 6 November 2013  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Martin & Dozois' anthology Old Mars, collections by Barron, Crowther, Di Filippo, and Swirsky, and novels by Atwood, Bacigalupi, Black, Howey, King, Lynch, McKinley, Sanderson, Valente, and Walton

New Books : 5 November

Tuesday 5 November 2013  |  Monitor

Robert Charles Wilson's Burning Paradise, Jack McDevitt's Starhawk, David G. Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden's Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, and other titles by Cat Adams, Rachel Bach, Stephen Baxter, Rachel Caine, Gail Carriger, J. Kathleen Cheney (a first novel), Nancy A. Collins, Eliza Crewe (another first novel), David Dalglish, Hank Davis (a Christmas anthology), Jonathan L. Howard, Tom Kratman, Tim Lebbon, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Devon Monk, Laura Resnick, and Ryk E. Spoor

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 November 2013  |  Monitor

Veronica Roth's Allegiant is #1.

Cory Doctorow: Collective Action

Sunday 3 November 2013  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

All the money made by a troll from a single stupid patent is much more than the cost of fighting to get the patent invalidated. All the money made by Warner on "Happy Birthday" dwarfs the expense of proving, in court, that they weren't entitled to any of it. The reason the victims don't get together to fight back is that they don't know each other and have no way to coordinate among each other. In economists' jargon, they have a "collective action problem."

Winners and Losers: A Review of Ender's Game

Saturday 2 November 2013  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The quickest way to describe what's wrong with this film is to say that it conveys mixed messages. After employing every trick in the film director's handbook to persuade viewers to embrace one viewpoint, it turns around and condemns those viewers for being so thoughtlessly immoral as to embrace that viewpoint. If you enjoyed our movie, the filmmakers ultimately say, you were gullible, reprehensible dupes.

November Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 November 2013  |  Magazine

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The November issue features interviews with Steven Gould and Sheila Williams, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Robert Charles Wilson, Catherynne M. Valente, Brian Aldiss, Stephen King, Nick Mamatas, and many others.

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