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May 2014 Blinks

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May 2014 Posts:

New Books : May Supplemental

Saturday 31 May 2014  |  Monitor

Anthologies Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds and The Book of Silverberg, Alena Graedon's The Word Exchange, Laline Paull's The Bees, and titles by Church, de Lint, Denton, Flint & Gannon, Fox, Fox & Older, Moore, Nix & Williams, Schoen, Thomas, and Williams

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Friday 30 May 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Interzone,, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Apex, with recommendations of works by Anna Tambour, Genevieve Valentine, E. Catherine Tobler, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Saxey

Periodicals: late May

Thursday 29 May 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Bastion, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Interzone, Shimmer, and Weird Tales, plus this month's content at Daily SF,, and Strange Horizons

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Wednesday 28 May 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2014 issue

When it was first announced that Nnedi Okorafor's new novel Lagoon would be an alien invasion story set mostly in Lagos, Nigeria, I imagine I'm not the only one who suspected the tone of the book might well be along the lines of "District 9, take that!"

New Books : 27 May

Tuesday 27 May 2014  |  Monitor

J.R.R. Tolkien's Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Jonathan Strahan's anthology Reach for Infinity, popular titles by Jim Butcher and Cassandra Clare, and other titles by Archer, Coates, Douglas, Durst, Lindskold, Moon, Pettersson, Waggoner, and Zettel

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 May 2014  |  Monitor

Cassandra Clare's City of Heavenly Fire and Jim Butcher's Skin Game both rank high on Amazon lists.

Cynthia Ward reviews Melissa Scott

Sunday 25 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Melissa Scott's new novel, Fairs' Point, is the most recent book in the Astreiant series. The Astreiant books are police procedurals, but with a difference: they're set in a secondary world in which alchemy, necromancy, and astrology are working sciences.

New UK Books : April - May

Saturday 24 May 2014  |  Monitor

Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon and titles by Brown, Hardinge, Heitz, Mamatas, Pinborough, and Watson

Faren Miller reviews Robin Riopelle

Friday 23 May 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2014 issue

Deadroads is a Novel of Supernatural Suspense with elements of the Western's quest, showdown, and vengeance... Riopelle knows what she's doing.

Classic Reprints: May

Thursday 22 May 2014  |  Monitor

A third volume of Kurt Vonnegut novels from Library of America and new editions of Robert Silverberg's anthology Science Fiction: 101 and titles by Benford, Blish, Cook, Dick, Norton, and Sakurazaka

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baker

Wednesday 21 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In the case of Stephen Baker's debut novel, The Boost, whose focal trope is that of brain implants, the impetus for tackling this bit of standard cyberpunk gear — again, used nowadays mostly as off-the-shelf background hardware — is not, I believe, technical progress, but social and cultural events.

New Books : 20 May

Tuesday 20 May 2014  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's My Real Children, Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eight, Kij Johnson's Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, and titles by Baker, Campbell, Canavan, Cornell, Dalglish, Evan Garriott et al, Hirshberg, Modesitt, Scott, and Wu

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 May 2014  |  Monitor

Titles by Charlaine Harris, Kristen Britain, and Jeff VanderMeer debut.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

Sunday 18 May 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new anthology Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and from second issue of new electronic 'zine Bastion

"Dinosaur Train Wreck": A Review of Godzilla

Saturday 17 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Why is it that American filmmakers, blessed with enormous financial resources, state-of-the-art special effects, and long experience in making successful films, have been consistently unable to make a good Godzilla film, a skill long ago mastered by the Japanese?

New in Paperback: May

Friday 16 May 2014  |  Monitor

The Best of Connie Willis, Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist, and titles by Campbell, Card & Johnston, Eggers, Flint & Spoor, Karpyshyn, Moon, Weber, and Wellington

Periodicals: mid-May

Thursday 15 May 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Galaxy's Edge, Jupiter, Lightspeed, Nightmare, On Spec, and Perihelion

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Mary Rickert

Wednesday 14 May 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2014 issue

It may be that love has always been Rickert's major theme, and while it sometimes goes off the rails in decidedly creepy ways in her short fiction, it's never treated cynically, and it's never without real power. That power is what finally drives The Memory Garden...

New Books : 13 May

Tuesday 13 May 2014  |  Monitor

Mary Rickert's first novel The Memory Garden, anthologies from John Joseph Adams and Paula Guran, and novels by Cargill, Malerman, Marmell, McIntosh, Painter, and Wellington

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 May 2014  |  Monitor

Christopher Moore's The Serpent of Venice ranks in the top 10 on two lists.

George Saunders: Irrational Skills

Sunday 11 May 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

What we want in art is to have something go in a way we don't expect, that isn't random, that builds on what we expected, and goes beyond. There's something delicious about that. There's no purpose in it, except the thrill. ... What my students are really training to do is to be that tiny percentage of the population that can actually thrill you with a narrative. That's almost like being a musician or an athlete. It's an irrational or a super-irrational skill set.

Locus Bestsellers, May

Saturday 10 May 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Andy Weir's The Martian, Patricia Briggs' Frost Burned, Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, and titles by Kirsten Beyer and R.A. Salvatore

Paul Di Filippo reviews John C. Wright

Friday 9 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In this installment of his far-future adventure Wright tries something daring which I'm not certain is a complete success. The entire action of the story takes place in the cloistered environment of the Tombs or, towards the conclusion, on the nearby surface. There's no large canvas, no zipping back and forth among stars and down the centuries, as we have come to expect.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Thursday 8 May 2014  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Peter Higgins' Truth and Fear and titles by Brennan, Datlow, Elliott, Gregory, Gunn, Pratchett, Priest, Schroeder, Steele, and VanderMeer & VanderMeer

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

Wednesday 7 May 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and The Dark, with recommendedations of works by Timons Esaias, Alexander Jablokov, E. Catherine Tobler, and S.L. Gilbow

New Books : 6 May

Tuesday 6 May 2014  |  Monitor

Jeff VanderMeer's Authority, Karen Burnham's Greg Egan, and titles by Anderson, Asher, Britain, Campbell, Clarke, Colebatch & Fox, Doyle, Drake, Fletcher, Harris, Hendee, Hulick, Kenemore, Koch, Martinez, McGuire, Raughley, Saulter, Scott, Swann, Ventresca, and Willrich

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 May 2014  |  Monitor

Christopher Moore's The Serpent of Venice debuts on four lists.

Kathleen Ann Goonan: Designing the Future

Sunday 4 May 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

At Georgia Tech, the students' minds are prepared for science fiction because it's one of the top engineering schools in the world. The students' enthusiasm regenerated my interest in science fiction — its history, its long-running conversation, its boldness in bringing important issues to life.

Periodicals: early May

Saturday 3 May 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Quantum Muse, and Star*Line

Cory Doctorow: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance

Friday 2 May 2014  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

I explained to my daughter that there was a man who was a spy, who discovered that the spies he worked for were breaking the law and spying on everyone, capturing all their e-mails and texts and video-chats and web-clicks. My daughter has figured out how to use a laptop, phone, or tablet to peck out a message to her grandparents... When I told her that the spies were spying on everything, she had some context for it.

May Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 May 2014  |  Magazine

may issue
The May issue features interviews with authors Kathleen Ann Goonan and George Saunders, lots of publishing news, a new column by Cory Doctorow, an obituary and appreciations of Lucius Shepard, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jo Walton, Jeff VanderMeer, Robert Reed, Steve Rasnic Tem, Shaun Tan, and many others.

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