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November 2014 Posts:

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Sunday 30 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, Analog, and Asimov's

Russell Letson reviews Ann Leckie

Saturday 29 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

Ann Leckie's debut novel, Ancillary Justice, created instant buzz in the field and then took a thoroughly deserved fistful of big awards. To my delight, Ancillary Sword is an even stronger book, though it takes an interestingly different path than the one that made Justice a bit of a magical mystery tour de force.

Periodicals: late November

Friday 28 November 2014  |  Monitor

Terraform debuts; new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Intergalactic Medicine Show; and what's new this month at Strange Horizons and

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mike and Rachel Grinti's Jala's Mask

Thursday 27 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

They have produced a very amiable, engaging, small-scale fantasy, praiseworthy both for its entertaining qualities and its "done in one" remit. Although not technically a YA, the book has an overall texture and tone akin to the best of Andre Norton, a writer whom many adult readers certainly and justifiably esteem.

Classic Reprints: November

Wednesday 26 November 2014  |  Monitor

Michael Bishop's Count Geiger's Blues, two early books by Greg Egan, and titles by James Gunn & Jack Williamson, Richard Kadrey, and Charles Sheffield

New Books : 25 November

Tuesday 25 November 2014  |  Monitor

David Nickle's collection Knife Fight and Other Struggles and titles by Estep, Grant, Harris & Kelner, Huff, Johnson, Kent, and Parks

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 November 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #1.

Linda Nagata: Adventure First

Sunday 23 November 2014  |  Perspectives

linda nagata
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

In 1995 there was no self-publishing option for a career, and of course things have changed incredibly since then. I hesitate to give career advice, because everybody's career is going to go in a different direction, but I'd say, consider all your options.

"The Revolution Will Be Televised": A Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Saturday 22 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I have been studying the films of the unfolding Hunger Games saga as a revealingly successful effort to reflect the attitudes and opinions of the teenagers and young adults in their target audience. And, in a manner that is both fascinating and annoying, this new film offers additional insights into the minds of America's future leaders.

Periodicals: mid-November

Friday 21 November 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, Bastion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, Shimmer, The Dark, and Uncanny

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brad R. Torgersen

Thursday 20 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

A fix-up or expansion that includes two earlier stories, one of which made the Hugo ballot in 2014, The Chaplain's War is wartime SF with a unique slant, offering moral and ethical complexities, adroit characterization, and plenty of firepower thrills as well.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Wednesday 19 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the debut issue of new 'zine Uncanny and in new issues of Interzone, Shimmer, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 18 November

Tuesday 18 November 2014  |  Monitor

The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert, Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and titles by Cory Doctorow, Peter Dub&3acute;, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and Sean Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 November 2014  |  Monitor

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat is #1 at Los Angeles Times.

Faren Miller reviews Gregory Maguire's Egg & Spoon

Sunday 16 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

Mingling in-jokes with history and witch­craft, fantastic creatures with disruptions in the weather, Egg & Spoon provides a feast much richer, subtler (and more digestible) than borscht with a side order of breakfast cereal.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming

Saturday 15 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse. Tidhar's latest variation on 20th-century history takes us into an alternate 1939 in which Adolf Hitler, having lost the 1933 German election to the Communists, is scraping by as a down-at-the-heels private eye in London.

New in Paperback: November

Friday 14 November 2014  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian and titles by Anthony, Baxter, Blake, Griffith, Hobb, Martin & Dozois, McDevitt, and Merz

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 13 November 2014  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Broken Eye, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by John Jackson Miller and Richard Lee Byers.

Hannu Rajaniemi: Posthuman Utopias

Wednesday 12 November 2014  |  Perspectives

hannu rajamiemi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

Real science is an infinite source of fascinating ideas. You can come up with these interesting connections: the very reason the first book is called The Quantum Thief is that I started wondering what a futuristic gentleman thief would actually steal in a post-scarcity society. What is there to be stolen?

New Books : 11 November

Tuesday 11 November 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival, Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem, Small Beer Press collections by Delia Sherman and Ysabeau S. Wilce, Stephen Jones' 25th Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and titles by Neal Asher and Jessica Leake

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 November 2014  |  Monitor

Titles by Patrick Rothfuss, Anne Rice, William Gibson, and National Book Award finalist Emily St. John Mandel debut on print lists.

Periodicals: early November

Sunday 9 November 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

"2014: A Grand Ole Odyssey": A Review of Interstellar

Saturday 8 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It requires considerable courage to make a film that, as I will argue, undertakes to both emulate and refute 2001: A Space Odyssey; and while I ultimately found its argument unpersuasive, the film is still provocative and, one might say, intelligently misguided in ways that are unfortunately rare in today’s filmmaking marketplace.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Steven Erikson

Friday 7 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Now comes Steven Erikson's rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson's version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism...

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Thursday 6 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens and from issues of Clarkesworld and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Gregory Benford and Robert Reed

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Wednesday 5 November 2014  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Ellen Datlow's anthology Nightmare Carnival and titles by Abercrombie, Bacigalupi, Belcher, Bennett, Clarke, Gould, Leckie, Morgan, Nix, Powers, Pratchett, Strahan, and Szarlan.

New Books : 4 November

Tuesday 4 November 2014  |  Monitor

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, Steven Erikson's Willful Child, Jack McDevitt's Coming Home, and titles by Baxter, Bedford, Brenchley, Brennan, Card, Carriger, Clark, Czerneda, Green, Grinti & Grinti, Marillier, Martin & Snodgrass, Metzl, Niven et al, Shinn, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 November 2014  |  Monitor

The World of Ice & Fire enters the USA Today list; still selling well at Amazon

Cory Doctorow: Stories Are a Fuggly Hack

Sunday 2 November 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

Storytelling is a fuggly (funky and ugly — that is, cool but also really weird and inefficient) hack to get you to feel stuff — make up a story about imaginary people in order to trick your naive empathy into believing that they exist so that you empathize with them and then feel some cool and difficult emotions.

November Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 November 2014  |  Magazine

november issue
The November issue features interviews with authors Hannu Rajaniemi and Linda Nagata, a new column by Cory Doctorow, a special R.A. Lafferty Centennial feature, a spotlight on Joe Monti, and reviews of short fiction and books by Lavie Tidhar, Ann Leckie, Stephen King, Gregory Maguire, and others.

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