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January 2015 -- News Posts

January 2015 Posts:

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Asher

Saturday 31 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels. This type of SF is really the litmus test for separating serious readers from, say, media fans who might groove to Guardians of the Galaxy but blanch at A.E. van Vogt or John Wright, flavors of both of whom season Asherís book.

Periodicals: late January

Friday 30 January 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Farrago's Wainscot, and Uncanny, plus what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

Thursday 29 January 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons,, Unlikely Story, Kaleidotrope, Shimmer, and Farrago's Wainscot, with recommendations of stories by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Michael Andre-Driussi, and Megan E. O'Keefe

Russell Letson reviews Elizabeth Bear

Wednesday 28 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karenís opening line, I can't imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.

New Books : 27 January

Tuesday 27 January 2015  |  Monitor

Walter Mosley's Inside a Silver Box and titles by Cole, Dietz, Shannon, Shearin, Sykes, and Van Eekhout

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 January 2015  |  Monitor

Dean Koontz's Saint Odd debuts at #1.

Lauren Beukes: Shining Girl

Sunday 25 January 2015  |  Perspectives

lauren beukes
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

Actual serial killers are not diabolical Hannibal Lecters. They're not super smart. Some of them can be charming and functional, but many of them are pathetic lonesome losers who feel powerless in the world. ... They're not monsters; they're vile opportunists.

New Books : January Supplemental

Saturday 24 January 2015  |  Monitor

The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay and titles by Strayhorn, Sykes, and Williams

Spotlight On: David Pomerico, Editorial Director

Friday 23 January 2015  |  Perspectives

david pomerico
My vision is to help continue the great science fiction and fantasy tradition at Harper Voyager. Voyager has been doing such an amazing job in terms of fantasy. I think one area that I'm really excited about is expanding our list a bit, specifically in terms of science fiction.

Classic Reprints: January

Thursday 22 January 2015  |  Monitor

A collection of Harlan Ellison's award-winning short fiction, two novels by Greg Egan, and the first novel of Jacqueline Carey

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Wednesday 21 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Up until page 35 of Michael Moorcock's brilliant new fabulaic book, The Whispering Swarm, you assume you are reading a straightforward roman a clef, a subtly transmogrified autobiographical memoir of a young fellow named Michael Moorcock... But then onto the mundane scene comes one Friar Isadore, a strange humble little chap who is a member of the secretive order known as the White Friars.

New Books : 20 January

Tuesday 20 January 2015  |  Monitor

The final volume in Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas series, Saint Odd, plus titles by Files, Fine, Hocking, O'Flaherty, Powers, and Pratchett/Stewart/Cohen

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 January 2015  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Firefight debuts.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Sunday 18 January 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Aoex, and in the debut issue of Straeon

New in Paperback: January

Saturday 17 January 2015  |  Monitor

Joe Haldeman's Work Done for Hire, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, Allen Steele's V-S Day, and titles by Cook, Friedman, Hendee & Hendee, Modesitt, Spoor, Tregillis, Weber, and Wright

Paul Di Filippo reviews Greg van Eekhout's Pacific Fire

Friday 16 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Van Eekhout's scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative...

Periodicals: mid-January

Thursday 15 January 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Galaxy's Edge, Kaleidotrope, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Morrow

Wednesday 14 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

I can think of few authors who would try to cast a deeply intellectual psychomachia in the form of a wildly comic picaresque tall tale, and fewer still who could get away with it and have so much fun in the process.

New Books : 13 January

Tuesday 13 January 2015  |  Monitor

James Morrow's Galapágos Regained, Michael Moorcock's The Whispering Swarm, Jo Walton's The Just City, and titles by Black, Carey, Grahame-Smith, Larke, Rusch, and Staveley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 January 2015  |  Monitor

Highest ranking paperbacks this week are Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library and Andy Weir's The Martian.

Robert Jackson Bennett: Subreality

Sunday 11 January 2015  |  Perspectives

michael moorcock
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

I've always loved the Cold War and spy novels. I love the idea that there's something fake and transient about those lives. These people are ghosts. They go from hotel room to hotel room. They exist in this interstitial realm in urban society. I found that really interesting, the idea that spies live in a sub≠reality of our own...

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

Saturday 10 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

Blending elements of mainstream YA, dystopian SF, and political thriller, Love Is the Drug manages to fascinate, wherever and whenever it may go.

Spotlight On: An Owomoyela, Writer and Editor

Friday 9 January 2015  |  Perspectives

an owomoyela
When it comes to hard SF, a lot of my interest is rooted in the fact that science is absolutely wonderful. Once you start catching glimpses of it, it's hard not to let it capture your imagination and shake up your thinking patterns.

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 8 January 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Mercedes Lackey's Bastion, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by Kirsten Beyer and R.A. Salvatore.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Wednesday 7 January 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Interzone, and Lightspeed

New Books : 6 January

Tuesday 6 January 2015  |  Monitor

Karen Lord's The Galaxy Game, Pierce Brown's Golden Son, Pete Terrin's The Guard, and titles by Aaronovitch, Asher, Benson, Campbell, Coe, Gordon, Green, Harper, Hendee & Hendee, Hines, Kristjansson, Lee, Love, Merz, Older, Ringo, Sanderson, and Shepherd

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Sunday 4 January 2015  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books include Jack McDevitt's Coming Home and titles by Allen, Brissett, Finn & Cramer, Fleskes, Grant, Herbert, Jones, King, Klima, Rice, Sherman, and Williams.

Periodicals: early January

Saturday 3 January 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and Shimmer

Cory Doctorow: A New Deal for Copyright

Friday 2 January 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

Last November, I published a book-length essay about how copyright is failing to serve artists, and how it has come to present a clear and present danger to wider society. The book is called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, and it is composed of three snappy arguments...

January Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 January 2015  |  Magazine

january issue
The January issue has interviews with Lauren Beukes and Robert Jackson Bennett, a column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on David Pomerico and Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, reports from Cheryl Morgan and Tobias S. Buckell, and reviews of short fiction and books by James Morrow, John Twelve Hawks, Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, David Mitchell, and many others.

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