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February 2015 Posts:


Dead, and a Rival: A Review of The Lazarus Effect


Saturday 28 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

To epitomize the experience of watching The Lazarus Effect, then, imagine a new film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith (1925) in which Dr. Martin Arrowsmith, after years of quiet, painstaking medical research, somehow makes a mistake and ends up creating the Incredible Hulk.

Periodicals: late February

Friday 27 February 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Ficiton, On Spec, Perihelion, Star*Line, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late February

Thursday 26 February 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois's anthology Old Venus and Tor.com, with recommendations of stories by Paul J. McAuley, David Brin, and Ian McDonald

New in Paperback: January - February

Wednesday 25 February 2015  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great and titles by Abercrombie, Bear, Bishop, Brennan, Briggs, Cambias, Drake, Elliott, Forstchen, Herbert & Anderson, Koontz, Kratman, Lain, Moon, Moore, Rawn, Sagara, Schwab, Weber & Flint, Wheeler, and Williams

New Books : 24 February

Tuesday 24 February 2015  |  Monitor

Paul McAuley's Something Coming Through and titles by Adams, Carman, Elliott, Frater, Goss, Khoury, Lethem, Molles, Reichert, and Schwab

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 February 2015  |  Monitor

J.D. Robb's Obsession in Death debuts on four lists.

Russell Letson reviews George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois' anthology Old Venus

Sunday 22 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

These 16 stories, mostly of novelette length, aspire to resuscitate not only the obsolete, imaginary planetology of Old Venus, but the iconography and tropes that filled the pulp adventure stories once set there...

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom McCarthy

Saturday 21 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Whereas C was somewhat old school and massive, a big canvas with lots of characters, Satin Island is slim and bleeding edge, almost a claustrophobic monologue. But it's a compelling, fascinating monologue, probably the best J.G. Ballard book not written by JGB himself.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kelly Link

Friday 20 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

A new Kelly Link collection is still major news, in part because you can never really read a Link story for the second time, much like you can't step in the same river twice.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Judd Trichter

Thursday 19 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Trichter's noirish dystopia Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is hallucinogenic naturalism, a prickly, disturbing descent into a world where only love — carnal or positronic — can offer a shelter from the artificial storms.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-February

Wednesday 18 February 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Asimov's, and Analog, with recommendations of stories by Will Kaufman, Patricia Russo, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

New Books : 17 February

Tuesday 17 February 2015  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Half the World, and titles by Enge, Hill, Manieri, McDougall, Roman, and Tchaikovsky

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 February 2015  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances debuts on three lists.

Simon Ings: Hyperreal

Sunday 15 February 2015  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

To be honest, the future of digital is print. The economics of small editions are fantastic. Print distribution isn't going away, and people are waking up to the fact that there's this fantastic engine running slightly on idle at the moment, because publishing is in a fairly difficult state.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elizabeth Bear

Saturday 14 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

Thereís no better series of words for describing Elizabeth Bearís newest, Karen Memory, than "excellent grown-up steampunk yarn." And, just FYI, "grown-up" modifies "steampunk," rather than the yarn itself...

Faren Miller reviews Brian Staveley

Friday 13 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

Brian Staveley acknowledges genre tradition, yet still finds ways to undermine it. The Providence of Fire starts with a flashback connected to the title, showing royal siblings Adare, Kaden, and Valyn as children whom their father has commanded to witness an Imperial Deed from the top of a very high tower...

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Bradley

Thursday 12 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

Clade is among the most literate and humane contributions to that slowly emerging tradition of what is sometimes called "slow apocalypse" fiction — tales that grapple with the emergent realities of climate change, species die-offs, virulent new diseases, and the inexorable pattern of the world going irreversibly to hell in a comparatively pokey handbasket.

Locus Bestsellers, February

Wednesday 11 February 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David Mack and R.A. Salvatore.

New Books : 10 February

Tuesday 10 February 2015  |  Monitor

The Very Best of Kate Elliott, two novels by Jonathan Aycliffe, and titles by Barnes, Carr, Heitz, Henderson, Hieber, McClellan, Simmons, Wells, and Wright

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 February 2015  |  Monitor

Samantha Shannon's The Mime Order debuts on three lists.

Periodicals: early February

Sunday 8 February 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

A Myriad of Texts, Reloaded, or, The Clich´-Hoarderís Guide to the Galaxy: A Review of Jupiter Ascending


Saturday 7 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Readers of this review, at this point, might feel that I am relentlessly berating the Wachowskis for displaying a lack of originality. Yet I am theorizing that the film might have originated when one of them said, "Hey, letís remake The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but take out all of the jokes." And that represents a genuinely original idea. More grievously, though, the Wachowskis also removed something else from The Hitchhiker's Guide, and from every other film that they borrowed from, and that is their messages.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early February

Friday 6 February 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, On Spec, and Perihelion, with recommendations of stories by Paul M. Berger, Kat Howard, and Rich Larson

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 5 February 2015  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include William Alexander's Ambassador and titles by Aaronovitch, Bova & Choi, Brenchley, Grandbois, Guran, Lafferty, Lord, Page & Lake, Parks, Powers, Sykes, and Valentine.

Kameron Hurley: The Privilege to Publish; the Power to Persevere

Wednesday 4 February 2015  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

Sometimes I think it's because the only ones of us left in this business are the writers with safety nets. The writers who have another way to eat, and have the privilege, yes, privilege, of persevering even in the face of constant rejection.

New Books : 3 February

Tuesday 3 February 2015  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Kelly Link's Get in Trouble: Stories, Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory, and titles by Asher, Bara, Davis, Fisher, Flint & Spoor, Ing, Maresca, Marmell, Tettensor, Tierney, Trichter, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 February 2015  |  Monitor

Karen Marie Moning's Burned debuts on four lists.

February Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 1 February 2015  |  Magazine

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February is the 2014 Year in Review issue, with the annual Recommended Reading List, the Locus Poll & Survey ballot, and Commentary by Liza Groen-Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, and many others; plus, an interview Simon Ings, a column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by James Bradley, Brian Staveley, Keith Stevenson, Elizabeth Bear, and many others.

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