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January 2014 Posts:


New Books : January Supplemental

Friday 31 January 2014  |  Monitor

Rudy Rucker's The Big Aha, Jay Lake's Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh, Karen Joy Fowler's The Science of Herself, Catherynne M. Valente's The Bread We Eat in Dreams, and titles by Armstrong, Check, Clines, Dinniman, Estep, Jones, Maddox, Rainey, and Wingrove

Electronic and Print Periodicals: late January

Thursday 30 January 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

Wednesday 29 January 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and On Spec

New Books : 28 January

Tuesday 28 January 2014  |  Monitor

James L. Cambias' A Darkling Sea and titles by Brown, Christopher, Cole, Frost, Hutchinson, Kearney, Morden, and Schafer

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 January 2014  |  Monitor

Ransom Riggs' Hollow City debuts on three lists.

Classic Reprints: December - January

Sunday 26 January 2014  |  Monitor

Two big collections of fiction by Edmond Hamilton, plus titles by Avram Davidson and Robert A. Heinlein

Paul Di Filippo reviews Rudy Rucker

Saturday 25 January 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Big Aha — the title riffs on a state of deliberately triggered cosmic consciousness — picks up many of the themes Rucker has been exploring of late... Biotech; engineered telepathy, other-dimensional beings; and the nature of consciousness. Like a jazzman, Rucker takes his intellectual obsessions as chords and juggles them into fascinating new patterns each time out.

New UK Books : 24 January

Friday 24 January 2014  |  Monitor

Adam Roberts' Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea and other titles by Simon Ings, Stephen Leather, Andy McDermott, and James Smythe

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Leena Krohn

Thursday 23 January 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2014 issue

Datura, which takes its title from a flowering plant whose seed pods come to take on a more than metaphorical meaning as the tale unfolds, begins with the narrator offering us the Dickian proposition that "reality is nothing more than a working hypothesis."

Paul Di Filippo reviews Chang-rae Lee

Wednesday 22 January 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Post-collapse books are not out to indict malefactors or extoll the Heroic Resistance. Instead, they are all about how to share the common suffering of the low times and thereby lessen it; how to be happy even under perilous and reduced circumstances; and what kind of eternal values remain behind when all the extraneous fripperies of modern life are stripped away. And on this score, Lee's book does a wonderful job of fulfilling the author's intentions, with inventiveness, empathy, artistry and genuine extrapolative vigor.

New Books : 21 January

Tuesday 21 January 2014  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great, Scott Sigler's Pandemic, and titles by Golden, Kenyon, Powers, Walters, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 January 2014  |  Monitor

Trade paperback reprints by Kate Atkinson and George Saunders debut.

Faren Miller reviews Jeanette Winterson

Sunday 19 January 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2014 issue

Jeanette Winterson's short novel The Daylight Gate tackles the jittery years of Protestantism's first hold in England, where mobs could view both witches and Catholics with the deep suspicion we now reserve for Arab terrorists.

Electronic and Print Periodicals: mid-January

Saturday 18 January 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Focus, International Speculative Fiction, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, On Spec, Perihelion, and Vector

Russell Letson reviews Joe Haldeman

Friday 17 January 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2014 issue

Joe Haldeman's Work Done for Hire is a tricky book to review, thanks to its membership in the intrigue/mystery/pursuit family, the pleasures of which include having to withhold from the reader answers to various questions about who is doing bad things and how they're doing them.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Thursday 16 January 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Analog, Asimov's, and Lightspeed, and of a novella by Octavia Cade, with recommendations of stories by Greg Kurzawa, Rebecca Campbell, and Adam-Troy Castro

Spotlight on Galen Dara, Artist

Wednesday 15 January 2014  |  Perspectives

galen dara
Why the focus on science fiction/fantasy? Because as a kid I lived in my head. I wanted magic, special powers. I wanted swords, ray guns, rocket ships, and dragons. I wanted all the cool outfits that came with these other worlds too!

New Books : 14 January

Tuesday 14 January 2013  |  Monitor

Ransom Riggs' Hollow City and other titles by Alex Bledsoe, Matthew Costello & Rick Hautala, David Dalglish & Robert J. Duperre, Sarah Pinborough, and Brian Staveley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 January 2014  |  Monitor

Paperback reprints by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson and by Helene Wecker debut.

Stephen Baxter: Conceptual Breakthrough

Sunday 12 January 2014  |  Perspectives

hugh howey
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

It's a great sequence — a staggering piece of controlled wonder. I've been aiming for that deliberately with Proxima and Ultima, presenting a series of conceptual breakthroughs.

New in Paperback: January

Saturday 11 January 2014  |  Monitor

Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze, Jordan & Sanderson's A Memory of Light, Ian McDonald's Be My Enemy, and other titles by Bova, Frost, Hamilton, Hendee & Hendee, Weber, West, and White

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Friday 10 January 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Subterranean, Clarkesworld, Mythic Delirium, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Jeffrey Ford and Ursula Vernon

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 9 January 2014  |  Magazine

lackey
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Mercedes Lackey's Bastion, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves, and titles by Ian Doescher and R.A. Salvatore.

Spotlight on Annalee Newitz, Author and Editor

Wednesday 8 January 2014  |  Perspectives

annalee newitz
We agreed [io9] should fundamentally be about how we are living in a science fictional age, and that it's time to rekindle people's optimism about the future. I pushed hard for the site to be half science and half science fiction coverage — I like to think of science fiction as the cultural wing of a larger scientific project.

New Books : 7 January

Tuesday 7 January 2013  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Empress of the Sun, Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea, Joe Haldeman's Work Done for Hire, and titles by Brennan, Chadwick, Cooper, Frost, Golden, Green, Hager, Harris & Golden, Harvey, Hendee & Hendee, Hilburn, Howard, Hunter, Lackey et al, Lam, Lee & Miller, Logan, Modesitt, Radford, Rowland, Sagara, and Vaughn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 January 2014  |  Monitor

The highest ranking genre titles on USA Today's and Publishers Weekly's lists this week are Veronica Roth's YA trilogy Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant

Stina Leicht: Element of Magic

Sunday 5 January 2014  |  Perspectives

stina leicht
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

I love the religion and politics — it's part of the worldbuilding, as far as I'm concerned. I'm fascinated. It's part of the human condition. That's one of the things that I think is missing in science fiction. The whole assumption that we've moved past religion, so it doesn't exist in lots of SF. To me that's shallow.

Electronic Periodicals: early January

Saturday 4 January 2014  |  Monitor

What's new online at Clarkesworld, Daily SF, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse, and Subterranean

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Friday 3 January 2014  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books include Nicola Griffith's Hild, Jack McDevitt's Starhawk, Lynne M. Thomas' The Book of Apex, and titles by Baker, Blake, Farmer, Hartwell, Kiernan, Krohn, Lee, Martin & Dozois, Oliver, Waldrop, Watts, and Wolfe.

Cory Doctorow: Cheap Writing Tricks

Thursday 2 January 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

Our world is littered with catalogs of the ways in which human misunderstandings turn into problems, and how those problems worsen if not properly tended — they're called self-help books. Take "Twenty Four Standard Causes of Human Misjudgement," the classic 1995 speech by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s business partner...

January Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 January 2014  |  Magazine

january issue
The January issue features interviews with Stephen Baxter and Stina Leicht, a new column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on Annalee Newitz and Galen Dara, lots of publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Ian McDonald, Joe Haldeman, Brain Staveley, Alastair Reynolds, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.

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