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August 2014 Posts:

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Sunday 31 August 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Periodicals: late August

Saturday 30 August 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, plus what's new online at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

New Books : August UK Books

Friday 29 August 2014  |  Monitor

A posthumous novel by John James, and other titles by John Hornor Jacobs, Chloe Neill, Tom Pollock, and Arianne 'Tex' Thompson

Kameron Hurley: People Don't Buy Books They Don't Know About (Even Great Ones)

Thursday 28 August 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

I get into perennial discussions with other authors about whether or not blog posts, or bookmarks, or reviews, or carrier pigeons, or flash mobs sell books. The cold reality is that any of these tactics, when done as a one-off, probably doesn't sell more than a book or two...

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter Watts

Wednesday 27 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In the sequel [to Blindsight], Echopraxia, Watts is not content merely to pick up his tale where he left off (with Siri alone in the ruins of the expedition). Rather, he returns us to Earth and makes a lateral move, from metaphysics to realpolitik.

New Books : 26 August

Tuesday 26 August 2014  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's Lock In, Peter Watts' Echopraxia, and titles by Agurirre, Anderson, Carson, Dashner, Duncan, Green, Hurley, Kadrey, Weeks, and Whates

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 August 2014  |  Monitor

Robin Hobb's Fool's Assassin debuts on three lists.

Ian McDonald: On Xenoforming

Sunday 24 August 2014  |  Perspectives

ian mcdonald
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

There's the whole Northern Ireland thing, living in a marginal country, which doesn't seem that science fictional — I'm drawn to other marginal places. When I write about a place, I always go there. (I'm doing a book about the moon, which is problematic. You should see the flyer miles I get with that.)

New Books : August Supplemental

Saturday 23 August 2014  |  Monitor

Mark Teppo's collection The Court of Lies, a tribute anthology to Laird Barron edited by Ross E. Lockhart & Justin Steele, and titles by Sarah Fine, Bishop O'Connell, Ken Scott Smith, Robin Spriggs, and Jonathan Thomas

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Varley

Friday 22 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With his newest book, Dark Lightning, John Varley has admirably and resoundingly terminated his sequence that began with Red Thunder in 2003.

Periodicals: mid-August

Thursday 21 August 2014  |  Monitor

The final issue of Subterranean, and new issues of The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, and The Dark

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Wednesday 20 August 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the new issue of F&SF and in Neil Clarke's upcoming anthology Upgraded

New Books : 19 August

Tuesday 19 August 2014  |  Monitor

Series openers by Alan Gratz and Ben Peek, and series installments by Kelley Armstrong, Drew Karpyshyn, and Lilith Saintcrow

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 August 2014  |  Monitor

Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land and Terry Goodkind's Severed Souls debut; Grossman is #1 at New York Times

Tim Pratt reviews Darin Bradley

Sunday 17 August 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2014 issue

Bradley's sophomore effort is just as ambitious as his debut, and his voice is more assured, his characters better delineated. Chimpanzee isn't cheerful stuff, but there's a revolutionary zeal, and a belief in the power of the mind to effect change in the world, that provides some light in this otherwise bleak dystopia.

"A Black-and-White Movie, in More Ways Than One": A Review of The Giver

Saturday 16 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

While one can complain at length about the ways that the film fails to do justice to Lowry's novel, published for readers in 1993, a film adaptation also has to be considered on its own terms, as an original creation designed for viewers in 2014. And, as it turns out, the film actually has some interesting things to say about the young people who were undoubtedly envisioned as its major audience.

Classic Reprints: August

Friday 15 August 2014  |  Monitor

A new NESFA volume of The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, and new editions of works by Samuel R. Delany, Hal Clement, Philip José Farmer, and Damon Knight

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Thursday 14 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Storytelling has always been his first claim to fame, and the fourteen tales in this new volume uphold his reputation splendidly.

Adrienne Martini reviews Rachel Bach

Wednesday 13 August 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2014 issue

The narrative never quite goes where you expect it to, in a good way. There are surprises here; even though Bach is clearly working from space opera/military SF/romance impulses, she never gets mired in easy shorthand that betrays her characters.

New Books : 12 August

Tuesday 12 August 2014  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's We Are All Completely Fine, Patrick Swenson's first novel The Ultra Thin Man, a collection of stories by Kate Bernheimer, and other titles by Cole, Hager, Herbert & Anderson, Hobb, Krinard, Ringo, Wells, and Wooding

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 August 2014  |  Monitor

Ilona Andrews' Magic Breaks debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Sunday 10 August 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from the final issue of Subterranean and new issues of Clarkesworld, The Dark, and Apex Magazine, with recommendations of stories by Rachel Swirsky, Joseph Tomaras, and Octavia Cade

New in Paperback: August

Saturday 9 August 2014  |  Monitor

Yangsze Choo's Shirley Jackson and Mythopoeic finalist The Ghost Bride and titles by Barker, Barron, Goyer & Cassutt, Harrison, Hines, Johnson, Lambshead, Lynch, Modesitt, Novik, Sniegoski, and Spencer

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

Friday 8 August 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2014 issue

Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.

Periodicals: early August

Thursday 7 August 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Dreams and Nightmares, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and Star*Line

Ann Leckie: Silhouettes

Wednesday 6 August 2014  |  Perspectives

ann leckie
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

The way you can't deal with somebody without putting them into that gender pigeonhole is so strong! When you take a baby to the supermarket, everybody wants to lean over and coo at your baby, because babies are adorable. But sometimes, people lean over to coo at the baby and they stop, because they don't know how to coo if they don't know what gender the baby is. That blew my mind, when I had babies.

New Books : 5 August

Tuesday 5 August 2014  |  Monitor

Lucius Shepard's Beautiful Blood and other Subterranean titles by K.J. Parker and Charles Stross; Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land; John Varley's Dark Lightening; 1st US editions of titles by Neal Asher, Greg Egan, and Graham Joyce; first novels by Lou Anders, David Shafer, and Chris Weitz; and other titles by Abraham, Berg, Blackmore, Blake, Esslemont, Gannon, Goodkind, Kashina, Lackey & Mallory, Radford, Richardson, Strieber, and Thurman

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 August 2014  |  Monitor

Deborah Harkness' The Book of Life is among the top 10 on all five print lists compiled here.

Locus Bestsellers, August

Sunday 3 August 2014  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's Skin Game, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by Ian Doescher and Erin M. Evans.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Saturday 2 August 2014  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books include Kieran Shea's Koko Takes a Holiday and titles by Buckell, Corey, Guran, Hearne, Horton, Martin & Dozois, Pratchett & Baxter, Pratt, van Eekhout, and Van Gelder.

August Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 August 2014  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue features interviews with authors Ian McDonald and Ann Leckie, a new column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary with appreciations of Frank M. Robinson, results of this year's Locus Survey, and reviews of short fiction and books by Lucius Shepard, Jeff VanderMeer, James S.A. Corey, Chris Willrich, Nick Mamatas, and many others.

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