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December 2014 Posts:


Lois Tilton's 2014 Reviews in Review

Wednesday 31 December 2014  |  Reviews

Lois Tilton cites titles by J.Y. Yang, Robert Reed, Nina Allen, Richard Bowes, K.J. Parker, Rachel Swirsky, Theodora Goss, Geoffrey A. Landis, Cory Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Justina Robson, Gregory Benford, Ken Liu, and many others.

New Books : 30 December

Tuesday 30 December 2014  |  Monitor

Eleanor Arnason's Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies, and titles by Adams, Perry, Powell, Taylor, and Vaughn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 December 2014  |  Monitor

Highest ranking titles this week are Stephen King's Revival and Andy Weir's The Martian.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December

Sunday 28 December 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of Tim Powers' novella Nobody's Home and stories from Lackington's, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Tor.com

Periodicals: late December

Saturday 27 December 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Jupiter and Three-lobed Burning Eye, and what's new online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Tor.com

Classic Reprints: December

Friday 26 December 2014  |  Monitor

10th anniversary edition of Lee Thomas' first novel Stained, plus omnibus volumes by Jack L. Chalker, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock

Faren Miller reviews Beth Cato

Thursday 25 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

The magic that saves lives in The Clockwork Dagger, a memorable debut by Beth Cato, cen­ters around the myth of another mortal woman who lost loved ones to illness and became a lady goddess.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Emily St. John Mandel

Wednesday 24 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Like all the best SF, Station Eleven is simultaneously a comment on the present moment, and a speculation on where we go from here.

New Books : 23 December

Tuesday 23 December 2014  |  Monitor

Guy Haley's Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction, and UK titles from recent weeks by Barclay, Gaiman & Riddell, Hair, Kent, Newton, Pratchett, Sheehan, Tidhar, and Whates

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 December 2014  |  Monitor

Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven debuts on three lists.

Michael Moorcock: Multiverses

Sunday 21 December 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

I think the notion of worldbuilding is a failure of literary sophistication. I only invent what's necessary to explain the mood of a character. I haven't thought about an imaginary world's social security system; I don't know the gross national product of Melniboné.

Adrienne Martini reviews Ben H. Winters

Saturday 20 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

While World of Trouble is bleak, it is also beautiful in its own way, and redemptive. And unlike other episodic stories about the end of the world, this one pays off by the time the apocalypse arrives.

Periodicals: mid-December

Friday 19 December 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Bastion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

The Tolkienator, or, Thorin Hacks Again: A Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Thursday 18 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

One might characterize this film as a charming 30-minute rendering of the last six chapters of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) padded out with two hours of repetitive slashing, stabbing, bludgeoning, and beheading. Tolkien, one imagines, would not be pleased.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherine Asaro's Undercity

Wednesday 17 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Asaro plants herself firmly into that grand SF tradition of future history franchises favored by luminaries like Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, Anderson, Dickson, Niven, Cherryh, and Baxter. It really seems to me that any future mention of this stefnal lineage must include her name as a worthy exemplar.

New Books : 16 December

Tuesday 16 December 2014  |  Monitor

Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library, Laird Barron's The Year's Best Weird Fiction, Jennifer Marie Brissett's Elysium, Lydia Millet's Mermaids in Paradise, Johanna Sinisalo's The Blood of Angels, and other titles from recent weeks by Brett, Bullington, Datlow, Farr, Littlewood, Pratchett, Scott & Griswold, Sedia, Sweet, and Tripp

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 December 2014  |  Monitor

Laurell K. Hamilton's Jason is #1 on New York Times' mass market paperback list.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cixin Liu

Sunday 14 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

The main reason The Three-Body Problem is noteworthy is that it's for the most part a compelling piece of work, brilliantly translated by Ken Liu, whose astonishing con­trol of tone lets us experience the novel as a speculative thriller without losing the sense of Chinese language and culture that makes it uniquely different from the familiar rhythms of Western SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jennifer Marie Brissett

Saturday 13 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If Carol Emshwiller — oblique and delicate — had collaborated with Samuel Delany — straightforward and blunt — then the result might resemble Jennifer Brissett's impressive debut novel, Elysium, a kind of fantasia on identity and character, what is superficial and what is central to both.

New in Paperback: December

Friday 12 December 2014  |  Monitor

Gene Wolfe's The Land Across and titles by Bornikova, de Lint, Dietz, Drake, Lee & Miller, Martin & Dozois, Ringo, Turtledove, and Vaughn

Periodicals: early December

Thursday 11 December 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Black Static, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Interzone, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Nightmare

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Wednesday 10 December 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Tom Crosshill and Eleanor Arnason

New Books : 9 December

Tuesday 9 December 2014  |  Monitor

Shannon Page & Jay Lake's Our Lady of the Islands and titles by Stephen Baxter, Jordan Ellinger & Richard Salter, N.K. Jemisin, K.V. Johansen, and John Klima

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 December 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #1 at Washington Post and #4 on three other lists.

Spotlight On: Joe Monti

Sunday 7 December 2014  |  Perspectives

joe monti
I'm working with editor Navah Wolfe on the imprint, so while I do not want to speak for her, I can say that Saga Press is taking the best practices of SF/F imprints, along with select general fiction imprints and children's/YA publishing, and incorporating them into our business.

Locus Bestsellers, December

Saturday 6 December 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Broken Eye, Seanan McGuire's The Winter Long, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by John Jackson Miller and R.A. Salvatore.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through September 2015

Friday 5 December 2014  |  Resources

Titles from Locus Magazine's December issue listings of Selected Forthcoming Books by Author are arranged here by month.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Thursday 4 December 2014  |  Magazine

December New and Notable books include Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem and titles by Bear, Carriger, Carroll, Gibson, Grossman, Hamilton, Harrison, Headley & Howard, Latham, Millet, Silverberg, Tepper, Westerfeld, and Wilce.

Kameron Hurley: Publishing's Not Dying, It's Diversifying (And You Should Too)

Wednesday 3 December 2014  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's December Issue.

For all the doom and gloom about the publishing industry during the last 20 years (or more!), what the advent and proliferation of digital platforms has given us as creators are options.

New Books : 2 December

Tuesday 2 December 2014  |  Monitor

Hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens and titles by Amish, Arthur, Asaro, Dietz, Fowler, Hughes, Koch, Kurtz, Lackey et al, Lackey, Lukyanenko, MacFarlane, Nassise, Oliver, Painter, Resnick, Spoor, and Yarbro

December Issue Table of Contents

Monday 1 December 2014  |  Magazine

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The December issue has a 75th Birthday Feature on Michael Moorcock, with an interview, tributes, and novel excerpt; plus, a report and photos on the World Fantasy Convention, lists of forthcoming books through September 2015, a new column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Cixin Liu, Shannon Page & Jay Lake, Stephen Gould, Ben H. Winters, and others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 December 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #2.

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